A new camera has been unveiled called the Relonch Camera, that has been designed to be used with Apple’s iPhone smartphone allowing you to capture fancy photographs, say its creators.
The Relonch Camera allows you to insert your smartphone into the back of the camera case, adding extra features and making it easy to share your captured footage. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Relonch Camera and see it in action.
The Relonch Camera is fitted with a large APS-C size sensor, a normal lens with large aperture and the unique image processing algorithm with the aim to create magazine-class photos on your smartphone, but other hardware specifications are hard to locate on the site. Apparently the current prototype has a resolution of just one megapixel, also the commercial version of the Relonch likely won’t feature a flash, or the ability to change the lens. Its creators explain :
“Relonch Camera is the eye. iPhone is the brain. It’s gentle and safe for your iPhone. The camera switches on automatically when you plug in your iPhone. The camera switches off automatically when you unplug your iPhone.
The Relonch Camera is designed to help everybody to believe in themselves and to evoke the talent of a true photographer, which lives in everyone. “
The Relonch Camera is now available to pre-order for $499 and you will be charged immediately with shipping taking place sometime in late 2015. For more information on the new iPhone Relonch Camera jump over to the Relonch website for details.
When HP unveiled there new HP Stream laptop powered by an AMD processor at the beginning of last month priced at $299. It was thought that HP had gone back on their promise to provide a Windows laptop for just $199.
Today however HP has unveiled a new HP Stream laptop which indeed does run the Windows 8.1 operating system and is equipped with a 11.6 inch screen all for $199. Together with a slightly larger 13.3 inch Windows laptop priced at $230.
Both new HP Stream Windows laptops are powered by Intel Celeron processors and come supplied with 32GB of internal flash storage for media, documents and applications. The processor is supported by 2GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics, together with a battery that is capable of running the Microsoft Windows operating system for up to 8.5 hours on a single charge.
HP also today unveiled a new HP Stream 7 inch tablet that is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor supported by 1GB of RAM offering Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and 32GB of onboard storage, that can be expanded further using the handy microSD card slot.
Unfortunately no more information on the HP Stream laptops specifications or worldwide availability on the new hardware has been released as yet by HP, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Garmin has today unveiled a new addition to their GPS watch range with the launch of the new Garmin Forerunner 920XT which builds on the previous 910XT GPS watch and now has the ability to communicate with your smartphone.
Garmin has equipped their multisport watch with Running Dynamics and newly added connected features that enable users to record swim distance, pace, stroke type identification, stroke count, drill logging, rest timers and more.
The Garmin 920XT is capable of transferring data via the Garmin Connect Mobile app on your smartphone using low energy Bluetooth connectivity. Offering the ability to also set up one or more Wi-Fi hot spots or sync with your desktop PC via a USB connection. Watch the video below to learn more about the latest Garmin GPS watch to be added to the range and its connectivity features. Garmin explains :
“Forerunner 920XT packs a fleet of high-end training features into a sleek watch that is wet suit-friendly and about 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, the Forerunner 910XT. It boasts a high-resolution color display; flexible, hinged bands and a watch mode, so you can wear it all day. The activity tracking feature measures your steps, sleep and calories burned all day, giving you a more complete picture of your daily activity.”
For more information on the new Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch jump over to the Garmin website for details and the ability to purchase for $490.
Yesterday in San Francisco Microsoft unveiled their new Windows 10 operating system that will be replacing the current Windows 8.1 that has been received with mixed reviews.
For some reason Microsoft jumped from 8 to 10, however for the latest Windows 10 Windows VP Joe Belfiore announced how you can be part of the Tech Preview and the Windows Insider Program. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Windows 10 operating system and see it in action.
Microsoft explains : “Today was an important beginning for our customers and partners as we embark on the Windows 10 journey together. While it’s early and things are bound to change as we collaborate together in the months ahead, this should give a strong sense of where we’re going not only with the desktop experience, but in general overall. We’re looking forward to getting your feedback on Windows 10, as well as continuing this conversation in the weeks and months to come.”
Features of the new Windows 10 operating system include:
- Start menu: The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles. - Everything runs in a window: Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click. - Snap enhancements: You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps. - New task view button: There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create. - Multiple desktops: Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop. - Find files faster: File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.
Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills in Taken 3, and 20th Century Fox have released a new trailer for Taken 3, which you can see below.
The first Taken move was excellent, the second movie, Taken 2 wasn’t bad, it will be interesting to see if Taken 3 is as good as the first one.
Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.
Taken 3 or Tak3n as 20th Century Fox calls it will launch in movie theaters on the 9th of January 2015, you can find out more details about the movie over at the official website.
In July, Aston Martin confirmed the were working on a new super saloon, the Aston martin Lagonda, and now the company has unveiled their new high end saloon.
The last Aston Martin Lagonda was produced back in 1990, this new version is based on Aston Martin’s aluminum VH architecture and it features a carbon fiber body, with each panel of the body being made from carbon fiber.
This new super saloon is equipped with a 6.0 litre V12 engine, and the car has reached a top speed of 175MPH under testing, the company has yet to release full figures and specifications on the new Lagonda.
Aston Martin will be selling their new Aston martin Lagonda in the Middle East, the vehicle is expected to command a high price tag and the car will only be available to customers on an invitation only basis.
When Apple announced their new Apple Pay mobile payment system, there was one major payment provider who Apple did not include in the new system, PayPal.
PayPal is one of the largest online payment systems, and it would have made sense for Apple to make PayPal an Apple pay partner, and now details have emerged on why PayPal were excluded from Apple Pay.
According to a recent report, Apple and PayPal has been in talks for months about Apple’s new mobile payment service, and someone at PayPal decided to would be a good idea to partner with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 for mobile payments.
This apparently annoyed Apple, and the decided to exxclude PayPal from their new mobile payments, Bank Inovation explains below exactly what happened.
But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe. PayPal’s now-former president David Marcus was purportedly categorically against the Samsung deal, knowing that it would jeopardize PayPal’s relationship with Apple. Donahoe won the day, however.
Apple was said to be absolutely furious that PayPal did the deal with Samsung, which led Apple to cut PayPal out of the Apple Pay process entirely. (One source said: “Apple kicked them out of the door.”) This dust up with Apple was a big reason that David Marcus ended up leaving PayPal for Facebook.
PayPal and eBay announced yesterday that they would be forming separate companies, which would means that this sort of thing could not happen in the future as eBay will not be able to force PayPal to do deals like the Samsung Galaxy S5 one.
GoPro has today officially announced the launch of three new cameras to its range with the official launch of the GoPro Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver and Hero action cameras.
Specifications for the new GoPro Hero4 range of cameras was leaked last week ahead of the official unveiling today, that confined the new range of action cameras will be available to purchase easily next month from October 5th 2014.
The GoPro Hero4 Black will be priced at at £370 and Go Pro Hero4 Silver at a slightly less at£290, with the GoPro entry level camera being proved at just £100. GoPro explained in their press release today:
“Hero4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutter in most scenarios while allowing for time-bending slow motion effects.
Hero4 Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Additional enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface that allows for easier discoverability and access to key features and controls. The Hero4 Black is simply the highest performance GoPro yet.
The GoPro Hero4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as Hero4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. Hero4 Silver includes a brilliant built-in touch display for those who value convenience and ease-of-use over the no-holds-barred performance of the Hero4 Black.
GoPro is also proud to debut Hero, the perfect entry-level GoPro. Designed with simplicity in mind and built directly into a rugged, waterproof housing, HERO captures high-quality 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 60fps.
Hero captures the same immersive, eye-popping footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world—all in a simplified package that’s accessible to everyone with an RRP of £99.99..”
For more information on the new ramge of GoPro action cameras jump over to the official press release website for details.
McLaren has launched a new supercar in Asia, the McLaren 625, which is based on the McLaren 650s, and there will be coupe and spider models available at launch.
The McLaren 625C has been designed specifically for the Asian market, according to McLaren this is their ‘first regionally tailored McLaren model’.
The Asian market has seen the biggest area of growth for McLaren Automotive over the past two years, not least with the entry into China in September 2013. Sales are set to grow from 20 percent in 2013 to more than a third in 2014.
The McLaren 625C is being launched in response to customer demand in the Asian region, sharing the visual drama of the 650S, but with an increased focus on day-to-day usability and comfort. Through revisions to the groundbreaking ProActive Chassis Control and the suspension hardware, the driving dynamics and ride quality are further optimised. The end result is another no-compromise sportscar, offering class-defining levels of performance and quality, and taking refinement to a new level.
The McLaren 625C comes with 616HP and it has a o to 62MPH time of just 2.1 seconds and it can reach 124MPH (200 km/h) in just 8.8 seconds.
It will launch in Hong Kong first and will be available in both coupe and spider versions, it will then be rolled out to selected regions in Asia in the coming months, there are no details on pricing as yet.
Thanks to China’s censorship, the Chinese can not enjoy many of the services and social network websites that we take for granted in the US. Because they are blocked in China. Even services like Google have been blocked and social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well. Take a moment to imagine a world without those things. Yes, it is bad.
For some reason, China’s government has mostly left Instagram alone, despite the fact that it belongs to Facebook. Well this has changed. According to reports, the Chinese government has recently added Instagram to its block list. It looks like this is the result of recent protests in Hong Kong, where Hong Kong’s residents were using Instagram to post photos of the protests. Obviously the government would not want these things to get out over the service.
Hong Kong residents are not happy with a new proposal that would allow officials in Beijing to approve political candidates before election day, which many believe would make a mockery of the elections. Since Hong Kong was under British rule for many years before returning to China, they aren’t as easily put in their place as the Chinese themselves. Hong Kong protestors have used the #OccupyCentral hashtag to tag their photos of the protest. Even though Instagram has been blocked in China, users in Hong Kong itself continue to post photos.
Multiple sources are indicating this week that Microsoft may be considering releasing their new Windows 9 operating system as a free download to Windows users that have already installed Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on their systems.
Currently there are a couple of conflicting reports on exactly how the new Windows 9 operating system will be rolled out to users by Microsoft. With some websites claiming the company is considering offering incentives to existing Windows XP users and some Windows 8.
Diantoro reports that the Microsoft Windows 9 upgrade will be free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users in a similar way to how Apple rolls out updates to it’s operating system.
Microsoft is expected to officially unveil their new Windows 9 operating system in the coming months and is expected to release a technical preview for developers and those interested to test out.
Features that have been rumoured to be included with the new Microsoft Windows 9 OS include voice-based searching using the Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant together with the return of the popular Start Menu from older versions of Windows, that was removed by Microsoft in the previous operating system software, to the dislike of many users.
Unfortunately none of the rumours have been officially confirmed by Microsoft at the current time.
Canonical has this week announced the release of a new version of its Ubuntu operating system with the rollout of the new 14.10 beta version which is now available to download and test out.
The latest 14.10 beta includes a variety of new enhancements, features and bug fixes together with a newer version of the Linux kernel that provides enhanced support for Intel Broadwell, NVIDIA and AMD graphics together with support Intel’s upcoming Cherryview chips.
Adam Conrad announced the availability of the second and final beta release of Ubuntu 14.10 explaining :
“The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Codenamed “Utopic Unicorn”, 14.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours.
The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of 14.10 that should be representative of the features intended to ship with the final release expected on Octobe 23rd, 2014.”
For more information on the new enhancements and features included with the latest Ubuntu 14.10 beta release jump over to the Ubuntu website for details and download links.
Apple recently released iOS 8, the new version of their mobile OS is available for a range of devices, and this includes the older iPhone 4S.
When Apple iOS 8 was released, there were reports that the iPhone 4S was experiencing lag when the update was installed, and now we have a video comparing iOS 7 to iOS 8 on the iPhone 4S.
The video below shows two iPhone 4S handsets side by side, one is running iOS 7.1.2, the other is running iOS 8.0.2 which was released last week.
The Appstore application appears to be faster with iOS 7.1.2, whilst other apps appear to be only marginally slower when running iOS 8.
As you can see from the video, the older iOS 7.1.2 seems to be slightly faster than the new iOS 8.0.2, although there does not seem to be much in it.
Considering that all of the new features that the new iOS 8 update adds to the iPhone 4S, it is probably worth updating to the new version, as it doesn’t appear that there is that much difference in terms of speed on the iPhone 4S with the two versions of iOS.
DJs looking for a portable MIDI controller might be interested to know that IK Multimedia has this week unveiled their new iRig Pads that offer a 16-pad MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as well as Mac and PC.
Features of the iRig Pads include 2 x MIDI knobs, 2 x pushbuttons, 1 x slider and a pushbutton rotary encoder, all of which are programmable. Together with 16 user-programmable MIDI scenes for instant recall of custom MIDI maps when required.
The iRig Pads are less than 23mm thick and smaller than an iPad and allow you to simply plug in your iOS device via the 30-pin connection, and its 16-pad layout makes it an ideal platform for creating beats while on the go, says IK Multimedia who explains a little more :
“iRig Pads are an extremely versatile system, letting you make beats, launch loops, mix like a DJ and a whole lot more no matter whether you’re on stage, in the studio or anywhere between. It’s the ultimate travel companion for the mobile electronic music producer on the go.
You’ll enjoy incredible tactile control thanks to iRig Pads’ 4×4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolor rubber pads. Each pad lights up in multiple colors – red, green, orange and every shade in between – depending on the velocity of your playing and the MIDI information sent by your chosen music app or software.”
For more information on the new IK Multimedia iRig Pads jump over to the IK Multimedia website for details and full specifications.
Ello is a new social network which is looking to take on the world’s largest social network, Facebook, although Ello is designed to be slightly different to Facebook.
The idea behind Ello is that it will have no adverts and no data mining, it has been created by a group of artists and designers, and the company has a completely different approach to the social network than Facebook does.
Virtually every other social network is run by advertisers. Behind the scenes they employ armies of ad salesmen and data miners to record every move you make. Data about you is then auctioned off to advertisers and data brokers. You’re the product that’s being bought and sold.
Collecting and selling your personal data, reading your posts to your friends, and mapping your social connections for profit is both creepy and unethical. Under the guise of offering a “free” service, users pay a high price in intrusive advertising and lack of privacy.
The company will make its money in a different way to traditional social networks, instead of adverts, Ello will offer additional features to users in the future, which they will be able to purchase, this works well for mobile games with the ‘fremium’ model.
Ello is currently in Beta at the moment, and it is invite only, you can find out more information over at Ello, and you can add your email address for an invite when they become available.