New 12.9″ & 10.5″ Apple iPad Review – From an Art Perspective by Susan Murtaugh from Wisconsin, US

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We are so proud and delighted to publish this thoroughly non technical but utterly intelligent, astute and well-informed iPad review by a remarkably talented iPad Artist, Susan Murtaugh from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, US, an artist whom we admire so much. Murtaugh purchased the brand new Apple  iPad 12.9″ and 10.5″ this week, these are her thoughts and conclusions. To my mind, these are the most relevant and important reviews artists’ can read – enjoy!

 

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Mobile Photography – The Software behind the Cameras in Google’s Pixel Devices – Gcam

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A really interesting article by my friend and colleague, Lars Rehm in DPReview yesterday, links to a collection of stories about Google’s now independent X research division, known as the ‘moonshot factory’. These stories relate to the group’s graduated projects and where they stand today.

Rehm explains, “The blog post outlines how the Gcam team was set up back in 2011 to find a solution for the Google Glasses smart goggles’ most pressing challenge: providing a high-quality camera in a very small device. As using bigger hardware wasn’t an option, the Gcam team developed a method called image fusion, which uses multi-frame-stacking techniques to create a single, higher quality image with lower noise levels, better detail and increased dynamic range”

To read more about this, please go here.

Source: DPreview.com

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Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

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Apple today announced iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition in a vibrant red aluminium finish, in recognition of more than 10 years of partnership between Apple and (RED). This gives customers an unprecedented way to contribute to the Global Fund and bring the world a step closer to an AIDS-free generation. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning Friday, March 24.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The introduction of this special edition iPhone in a gorgeous red finish is our biggest (PRODUCT)RED offering to date in celebration of our partnership with (RED), and we can’t wait to get it into customers’ hands.

“Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” said Deborah Dugan, (RED)’s CEO. “Combining the global reach of the world’s most loved smartphone with our efforts to provide access to life-saving ARV medication in sub-Saharan Africa, customers now have a remarkable opportunity to make a difference and contribute to the Global Fund through the purchase of this new beautiful (PRODUCT)RED iPhone.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the best, most advanced iPhones ever, packed with unique innovations that improve all the ways iPhone is used every day. Both phones feature the most popular camera in the world with advanced camera systems that shoot incredible photos and videos day or night, more power and performance with the best battery life ever in an iPhone, immersive stereo speakers and a wide colour system from camera to display, all in a water and dust resistant design. iPhone comes with iOS 10, which brings more expressive and animated ways to communicate in Messages, new ways to use Siri with your favourite apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News, and the Home app, which lets you simply and securely set up, manage and control your home all in one place.

(RED)’s critical work provides access to life-saving HIV/AIDS programs in sub-Saharan Africa, which is home to more than two thirds of the world’s HIV-positive population. One hundred percent of all money raised by (RED) goes directly to Global Fund HIV/AIDS grants that provide testing, counseling, treatment and prevention programmes with a specific focus on eliminating transmission of the virus from mums to their babies. Since it was founded in 2006, (RED) has generated more than $465 million for the Global Fund, with more than $130 million from Apple alone.

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New 9.7-inch Apple iPad Features Stunning Retina Display & Incredible Performance

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Apple today updated its most popular-sized iPad, featuring a brighter 9.7-inch Retina display and best-in-class performance, starting at $329/£339. Designed for unmatched portability and ease of use, along with incredible performance and all-day battery life, iPad is the world’s most popular tablet and the primary computing device for millions of customers around the world. Through the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad, customers can do even more, from learning to code with Swift Playgrounds and reading books on the large screen to boosting productivity through Microsoft Office and using multitasking features like Split Screen.

“iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies, to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, our powerful A9 chip, and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it.

iPad features a beautifully bright Retina display with over 3.1 million pixels for stunning pictures and videos, and is enclosed in a sturdy yet thin aluminium unibody enclosure weighing less than half a kilo for great portability and durability. The Apple-designed A9 chip with 64‑bit desktop-class architecture delivers fast processing and graphics performance for apps and games, while maintaining the same all-day battery life¹customers have come to expect from iPad.

The front- and back-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording, making it fun and easy to FaceTime with friends and family and capture unforgettable memories using the large Retina display as a viewfinder. Ultrafast wireless means connecting with iPad is quick and easy, and support for LTE cellular bands worldwide helps customers stay connected when travelling. Apple SIM makes it even easier to connect to wireless data plans right from your device when travelling in more than 140 countries and regions.

Touch ID gives iPad users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad, keep personal information private within apps and approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store. With Apple Pay³ on iPad, paying for physical goods and services within apps or on a website in Safari has never been easier.

iPad comes with iOS 10, which brings more expressive and animated ways to communicate in Messages, new ways to use Siri with your favourite apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News, and the new Home app, which lets you simply and securely set up, manage and control your home all in one place. Multitasking features including Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture help you do even more.

Pricing & Availability

• iPad comes in silver, gold and space grey and starts at $329/£339 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459/£469 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores.

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DxO Camera Updated with Pro Quality Solution for Facebook Live

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DxO, pioneer in digital imaging technologies, announces a major free update to its award-winning DxO ONE pro-quality miniaturized and connected camera for iPhone that will take Facebook Live broadcasting to new heights. The DxO ONE camera iOS app version 2.5 will introduce the world’s first pro-level multi-camera solution for Facebook Live, enabling users to take full advantage of the DxO ONE’s remarkably compact design, outstanding image quality, and integrated internet connectivity while broadcasting to their followers. Available to all DxO ONE users free of charge, the update is expected to be available in early 2017 via the iTunes App Store.

With the update, the DxO ONE app will embrace Facebook Live, providing the ability to quickly and easily create a live stream with only a few taps of the app. When combined with full Wi-Fi remote control, the DxO ONE will operate as a remote broadcast camera, giving users the ability to experiment with camera compositions and placements that are impossible to achieve with the iPhone’s built-in cameras alone. The DxO ONE’s large image sensor and fast lens combine to provide a shallow depth-of-field and natural looking bokeh that lets users live stream with a level of quality that is breathtakingly cinematic.

The DxO ONE Facebook Live solution provides a sophisticated set of controls, including an elegant multi-camera source panel, that lets you preview all three camera views at once­—DxO ONE, iPhone front and back—so you can recompose the shot, adjust the lighting, or prepare your subject before going live with any camera view. You become the technical director, as you seamlessly cut between each of the three cameras on-the-fly with a quick tap. Your audio feed can be sourced from the DxO ONE’s internal microphone, the iPhone’s microphone, or set to automatically switch between the two as you cut between cameras. And of course, the DxO ONE app will allow you to name your Live stream and let you connect with the people who care most, whether it’s a select group of personal friends, or your fans worldwide.

“Because it’s so incredibly compact, the DxO ONE has been my go-to camera for pro-quality video whenever and wherever I need it most,” said Nathan Yamniak, Film Director. “Now with the addition of a multi-camera broadcast control panel, and deep support for Facebook Live, it has become for me and my clients the ultimate pro-quality live broadcasting solution.”

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ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS – Accessory Lenses Now Also Compatible with iPhone 7 Family

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The three accessory lenses with the new family name ExoLens®1 PRO with Optics by ZEISS are now also compatible with the iPhone®2  7 family. The new Edge bracket with six device-specific inlays for the iPhone® 6 and iPhone® 7 families will be available at camera specialty stores starting at the end of January 2017. The bracket for the iPhone® 7 as well as the wide-angle accessory lens are now also available at camera specialty stores.

“We can now confirm the compatibility of the existing accessory lenses for the entire iPhone® 7 family in addition to the iPhone® 6 family,” says Michael Schiehlen, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Service in the Camera Lenses division at ZEISS. “The ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses work exclusively with the wide-angle camera on the iPhone®3) 7 Plus. All existing lenses are generally compatible with the iPhone® 7 Plus, but due to the built-in 2X telephoto camera on the device, we recommend using the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle and Macro-Zoom with the iPhone® 7 Plus primarily,” explains Oliver Schindelbeck, Product Manager at ZEISS. “The technology for these accessory lenses has not changed. The addition of ‘PRO’ to ‘Optics by ZEISS’ is just an enhanced product name to better distinguish it from ExoLens’ own PRIME line”, explains Schiehlen.

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All Moment Cases $25 Each This Weekend Only and Free US Delivery

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Thought you would like to hear this news, if you are hoping to get into the Moment series, which includes a selection of top mobile photography lenses and cases, then this weekend Moment have a special offer, all of their cases are available for $25, with free postage within the US using this code freeshipping.

To find out more, go here.

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DxO ONE 2.1 update integrates full RAW processing workflow in an iPhone environment

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DxO, pioneer in digital imaging technologies, announces a major update to its award-winning DxO ONE miniaturized camera that lets demanding photographers take their mobile image making to the next level. Less than three months after the release of a 2.0 update that brought Wi-Fi as a new feature, DxO continues to extend the use of its pro-quality camera by introducing the world’s first seamless RAW workflow, direct from the DxO ONE to your iPhone or iPad. The version 2.1 update takes full advantage of RAW support in iOS 10, enabling a one-touch transfer of DxO ONE RAW files to the iOS Photos library where they can be processed on-the-go. Available to all DxO ONE users free of charge, the update also enables direct Wi-Fi remote control, and adds other performance boosting enhancements.

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Mobile Photography – Moment Confirms Their Lenses ‘Tentatively’ Work with New iPhone 7

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Moment openly admit that they were ‘more than a little bit worried’ that there lenses would not work with the new Apple iPhone 7.  Following testing they have now confirmed that their lenses do, at least ‘tentatively’ work, which is great news as Apple have changed the sensor, lens and aperture combinations in the iPhone 7. Moment still have additional testing to do with their lenses and the iPhone 7 though, they need to validate image quality and work out how to modify their exisiting mounting plate design to work with the iPhone 7.

They have not tested their lenses with the iPhone 7 Plus yet, so we will update you with that news as soon as we hear but good news so far.

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Apple iPhone 7 – Tear Down

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Want to know exactly what’s inside the brand new Apple iPhone 7? The camera system is ‘in the lab to determine who made what, and the optical image stabilization source‘ according to the report, which has been co-authored by Chipworks (a TechInsights company) and Teardown.com but there are other points of interest within this article, including confirmation of the Intel socket rumors.

To read and view it in full, please go here.

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