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ASUS announces Eee Pad Slider

31 Jul

ASUS has launched the ASUS Eee Pad Slider, a tablet that builds on the great success of the Eee Pad Transformer. Prior to its launch, the Eee Pad Slider has already made its mark with its winning design at the International Design Excellence Awards 2011. The Eee Pad Slider, which comes in metallic brown, features a slide-out keyboard, the new Google Android 3.1 operating system (Android 3.2 upgradable*), as well as a plethora of powerful multimedia features. In pad mode, users can experience rich visuals on the 178° wide viewing angle IPS display.

Connectivity is a breeze too, with the built-in USB port, Micro SD card reader, and mini-HDMI port. In slide-out mode, users can take advantage of the keyboard to compose emails and blog posts faster than ever.

Superior multimedia experience

Powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual coreprocessor, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider is blazing fast whether browsing the web, watching HD movies, listening to music, or doing all of the above at once. HD video playback and surround sound system are supported, so users can easily view media from their Eee Pad Slider on their home entertainment system.

The brilliant IPS display panel, with an ultra-wide 178° viewing angle and 16:10 golden ratio, not only provides an unrivaled experience, but is also protected by a layer of scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. With 10 finger multi-touch support, users can have the most natural and intuitive touch experience possible. On top of that, the front-facing 1.2MP camera and back-facing 5MP camera gives users video conferencing capabilities as well as the ability to take stunning pictures.

Ultra-mobile productivity

The slide-out keyboard that is built right into the ASUS Eee Pad Slider gives users a faster and more comfortable typing experience compared to an on-screen keyboard. Now users can be productive anytime and anywhere. The pre-installed Polaris® Office 3.0 gives users a professional Mobile Office Solution, allowing them to view and edit office documents including documents, spreadsheets and presentation files.

To help users seamlessly transfer data between devices, ASUS WebStorage provides one year of unlimited cloud storage so users can backup and share all of their favorite songs, movies, and photos. With the addition of the 16/32GB eMMC slot, USB port, Micro SD card reader, and mini-HDMI port, the Eee Pad Slider is truly a productivity and entertainment powerhouse.

Trendsetting cloud experience

With Google’s revolutionary Android 3.1 operating system (Android 3.2 upgradable*), designed and optimized for tablets, users will receive the full web experience on the Eee Pad Slider. Adobe Flash** is enabled, which means rich and immersive content is right at users’ finger tips.

ASUS also included several ASUS propriety applications such as MyNet, MyCloud, and MyLibrary. MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly to home network devices, so HD videos or music can be played on HDTVs or desktop PCs. MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines, and newspapers in one easy-to-browse profile, while MyCloud is a total  cloud solution that provides access to digital content such as music, videos and photos. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control their PC or Mac systems and access applications to extend the capabilities of the Eee Pad Slider.

Finally, the Google Android Market offers hundreds of thousands of apps for users’ enjoyment, including popular ones such as Angry Birds, Facebook, and Twitter.

*Android Honeycomb 3.2 upgrade will be available through FOTA.

**Users may need to download Adobe Flash from the Android Market.

In Malaysia, the Eee Pad Slider is expected to land on Malaysian shores in early of September. Consumers will be able to receive their dream gadget from ASUS concept stores. Check out more details from ASUS Malaysia Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/asusmalaysia

 
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MiMedia Partners with Digital Memories

30 Jul

As digital media collections become increasingly important to consumers, the digitization of old photos is as critical as ever. However once photos are digitized and on a computer, what’s to stop them from disappearing with a stolen laptop or during a hard drive crash? Teaming online backup and access with top-of-the-line photo scanning, MiMedia and Digital Memories are taking photo collections from analog to digital to the cloud, where they are perpetually accessible.

“Even as digital media collections continue to grow exponentially, the average person still has albums, piles of old photos, fading slides, negatives, and shoeboxes of memories that can be destroyed in any number of ways,” said Erik Zamkoff, CEO, MiMedia. “MiMedia has partnered with a trusted digitization service in Digital Memories to make photo archiving a painless process that will keep generations-worth of memories safe and secure.”

Beginning today, customers who enlist Digital Memories to scan photos will have the option to automatically pre-populate a MiMedia account.  MiMedia offers 7GB of free storage space to any and all consumers, and Digital Memories customers with media collections larger than 7GB will still receive three-months of MiMedia for free, with a discount on conversion.

MiMedia offers consumers secure storage and universal access to all of their files, including music, pictures and video. While other back-up services offer limited access and sharing portals lack security, MiMedia addresses both of these needs. The company leverages geo-redundant back-up, a web-based interface for in-browser access, sharing capabilities and a patent-pending Shuttle Drive—a plug and play USB hard drive that drastically reduces the initial upload time. MiMedia also presents user photos, videos, and music in an easy-to-navigate and attractive interface.

Founded in 2002 by two brothers in Ohio, Digital Memories is a family-owned digitalization service focused on the consumer market, but with the capabilities to handle professional photo collections. The company handles orders nationwide via FedEx Express shipping.

“We’re thrilled about the ability to take the family history from the dusty attic, or shoebox, all the way to the cloud,” said Robert Blau, Founder, Digital Memories. “Both MiMedia and Digital Memories realize that digital media is becoming increasingly important to consumers. We make sure consumers can enjoy their photos in a digital format, while MiMedia keeps these photos alive in the cloud forever and makes them readily accessible from anywhere.”

About MiMedia
MiMedia brings consumers a totally new approach to online backup—a way to protect, access, enjoy and share their digital lives all in one place. MiMedia will back up and protect personal files in a secure online storage account. Beyond online backup, MiMedia also provides instant on demand access to files from anywhere. The company is privately held and based just outside of New York. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at http://www.MiMedia.com

 
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ClickrChart Site Launches

30 Jul

ClickrChart is a new Web-based application aimed at identifying the most interesting photographers and their photos in the Flickr world. “ClickrChart extracts the top 100 most popular photos, using the secret interestingness recipe created by Flickr,” says ClickrChart owner Gianluca Merlo. “The website provides free daily, weekly and monthly charts as well as interviews with the most popular photographers in order to promote a photographic culture and encourage rookies to improve themselves.”

Website: ClickrChart

 
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Microsoft Adds Raw Support to Explorer in Windows 7 & Vista

28 Jul

Microsoft has released a new Camera Codec Pack that allows Windows 7 and Vista users to view digital camera RAW files as thumbnails natively in Windows Explorer, and edit copies of them with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011. The author, Brad Weed, notes that “dealing with raw images on Windows hasn’t always been easy” but says that the update will likely make raw shooters’ lives “a little easier”. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack only supports a selection of some 108 raw-capable cameras, excluding a whole range of recent (and not-so recent) models. This may of course change in the future, albeit there is no information on when or if the list of supported models will.be expanded. By clicking through / scrolling down, you can view a short video detailing the benefits of the update.

Website: Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

 
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ASUS Launches Eee PC X101H – Thin Laptop

28 Jul

ASUS has has launched the thin and lightweight netbook, the Eee PC X101H. Announced earlier this year at Computex, the X101H has a super thin 22mm profile and weighs 1.02kg so it is easily slipped in to bags for superior portability. Preloaded with the choice of either Windows® 7 Starter or MeeGO with 320GB HDD, the X101H allows users to stay connected to their favorite social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and more. The X101H model gives users the option to choose the environment they are more comfortable with. This is the perfect netbook as a first computer for kids, teens, as well as students.

Mobility achieved

The X101H comes with its thin profile of 22mm and a lightweight 1.02kg, yet is still equipped with all the standard netbook goods. It features the latest Intel Atom N455 processor with 1GB of RAM, 2x USB 2.0 ports, a MicroSD Card reader, built-in webcam. ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology is also built-in to help conserve battery life for the X101H, which is available in a variety of colors including white, black, brown and red.

Staying social

The new MeeGo OS was developed to help users stay connected through a convenient, easy to use interface. With specific applications for Facebook, Twitter, as well as a dedicated instant messaging client, keeping up with friends has never been easier. Google’s Chromium browser is also built-in to the MeeGo for web surfing, while a variety of cloud-based services like asus@vibe, the asus appstore and the popular Dropbox online file storage are also available for use.

Computer aided learning

While the X101H is a great computer to stay connected, it is also a great tool to learn the world’s international language, English. Offered on the X101H is the British Council Learning Application, which comes in the form of a content bundle of interactive games, videos and mp3s which are pre-installed on the X101H. Over 300 pieces of material was developed by English Language Training (ELT) leaders and the British Council, with the application designed by Intel’s award winning Performance Learning Solutions.

Product Highlights

Ultra-thin and light for easy portability — just  22mm thick and 1.02kg

Seamless  chiclet keyboard & comfortable large touchpad

MeeGo operating system with comprehensive  selection of preinstalled productivity, entertainment and social  networking applications

Preinstalled British Council English Language  Learning software for industry-leading language learning across all age  ranges

Bundled ASUS Appstore for instant access to  applications, ebooks and games, plus asus@vibe for rich cloud-based  entertainment content

The price and specification of ASUS Eee PC X101H will vary from country to country. In Malaysia, it will cost RM799 and is expected to land on Malaysian shores in the middle of August.

 
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Canon Launches X Mark I Lite Mouse

27 Jul

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has strengthened the X Mark I series of products today with the launch of two new desktop business accessories, the X Mark I Mouse Lite and the X Mark I Keypad. Designed with input from Canon’s Camera design team, these sleek and stylish products are the ideal extension to a laptop’s standard keyboard, helping to improve overall work efficiency for business professionals working remotely.

“The addition of the X Mark I Keypad and X Mark I Mouse Lite marks Canon’s entry into a new product category,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon recognizes that business professionals are always on the search for tools that help improve work efficiency and we feel these new products will certainly accomplish this task.”

The three-in-one Canon X Mark I Mouse Lite combines the functionality of a laser mouse in addition to a keypad and 10-digit calculator making it ideal for the traveling business professional along with anyone interested in minimizing the number of accessories in a workspace. Available in either black or white, the X Mark I Mouse Lite is compatible with Windows PC or Mac laptops, has three mouse buttons and Bluetooth 2.01 connectivity. In addition, this new mouse has a low battery indicator to avoid running out of power unexpectedly.

Designed for the on-the-go business professional, the Canon X Mark I Keypad provides users with a two-in-one keypad in addition to a 10-digit Semi-Desktop Calculator that can be easily paired with either a Windows PC or Mac laptop through Bluetooth 2.01. Powered by solar and AAA batteries, the X Mark I Keypad is available in black or white.

The Canon X Mark I Mouse Lite will have an estimated selling price of $59.99 and is expected to become available in August while the Canon X Mark I Keypad will have an estimated selling price of $59.99 and is expected to ship in September.

 
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Ilford Partners With Canon USA Inc. on “Try My Photo”

27 Jul

ILFORD America Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced it has partnered with Canon USA Inc. on the new “Try My Photo” campaign, a limited-time offer exclusive to United States residents which will allow them to see one of their favorite images printed on ILFORD GALERIE media using the select Canon PIXMA Pro series printers.

To demonstrate the professional quality printing capabilities of its inkjet printers, Canon has selected the ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl , on which to produce the free 8.5”x11” print. The ILFORD GALERIE line is a top choice of professional and enthusiast photographers looking for a truly universal inkjet photo paper compatible with all high-end inkjet printers on the market. The GALERIE Smooth Pearl is a high density, nanoporous paper, which delivers an instant drying pearl surface for superior image quality and color rendition.

To take advantage of this excellent opportunity to see their favorite image finely printed on high-quality paper with top-tier hardware, photographers can upload a JPEG file via: www.trymyphoto.com/pro. The free prints will be produced on both the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II Professional Inkjet Photo Printers, and mailed to the recipient, with a limit of one print per household.

“Canon USA has long been a great partner for us here at ILFORD and we look forward to helping photographers produce superb photographic prints through this new campaign,” said Tim Maher, President of ILFORD America, Inc. “The ‘Try My Photo’ campaign presents photographers of all levels with a unique opportunity to view their favorite images on a choice of professional printers. I’m confident that the prints they receive on our GALERIE media, produced on the latest Canon professional inkjet printers, will really blow them away.”

Each print comes with information explaining exactly how the image was printed, so photographers can easily replicate the results using their Canon printer at home. To ensure accurate reproduction of their images in home-printing, photographers can also download the free ICC profiles from the ILFORD web site. To download the ICC profiles crafted by the ILFORD print experts, please visit: http://www.ilford.com/profiles/index_en.asp?type=profile

In addition to GALERIE Smooth Pearl, the ILFORD GALERIE range includes: Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Gloss, and Smooth Lustre Duo media. To learn more about the ILFORD GALERIE line up, please visit: http://www.ilford.com/en/products/galerie/index.asp

 
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Canon Pixma MG5320 & Pixma iP4920

27 Jul

The new PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One1 and the PIXMA iP4920 Photo Inkjet Printer models. Developed to enhance the overall user experience, both printers feature significant upgrades to Easy-PhotoPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print2 software.

Printing Flexibility

An incentive for those who have registered with the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY service or Picasa Web Albums is PIXMA Cloud Link, which provides the ability to print, directly through the PIXMA MG5320 printer without the use of a computer, photos from photo albums stored in those services3. Users of PIXMA Cloud Link will also have access to exclusive templates including stationary, envelopes, memos, calendars and many others.  In addition, the PIXMA MG5320 printer is 802.11n Wi-Fi certified allowing for a fast network transfer rate. Wireless networks can be set up with the press of one button when using a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

The Canon EPP mobile app, for use with compatible Android and Apple smartphones and tablets, will be upgraded in August to have documents scanned on the printer to then be sent directly to a compatible device.  Users can also print pdfs of documents that were created with the App directly from compatible devices whereas in the past only photos were able to be printed.

Creative Personalization

Since its inception, the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint EX software has provided users with an easy way to get the most out of prints by creating albums, calendars and stickers from almost any image.  Now with the latest version, users can bring creativity to a whole new level with the addition of Fun Filter Effects similar to scene modes found on the latest Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras.  Images can be customized with Fish-Eye, Miniature and Toy Camera effects to make them even more memorable while being a conversation piece at the same time.  In addition, there is an option to change the focus of the image to have it appear softer and the ability to blur specific aspects of the background, an effect previously only captured with a SLR.  Adding to the versatility of these Canon PIXMA printers is the ability to print directly on to CDs, DVDs, and Blue-rays allowing users to personalize media in a creative way while creating fun photo projects at the same time.

Full HD Movie Print, which is available on both new PIXMA printers, has been enhanced to produce clearer images of frames from videos captured on compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital Cameras.  This technology allows users to tell the story of a video captured in the park or at a memorable event frame by frame in a more unique way than before.  One new aspect is the ability to merge multiple images into one final shot so users will be able to capture nearly every portion of a golfer’s swing or a baby’s first steps.  In addition, a new layout feature allows printing up to 72 individual images on one sheet of paper.

PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer

For the consumer interested in a high-quality multifunction printer which is easy to use and affordable, the Canon PIXMA MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One Printer should be at the top of the list.  This printer features five individual ink tanks which is part of the ChromaLife100 + ink system4 and help to produce a 4” x 6” borderless photo in approximately 20 seconds 5.  In addition the printer has a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi6.  This new PIXMA office machine will deliver output at approximately 12.5 ipm for black-and-white documents6 and approximately 9.3 ipm for color7.  The Advanced Media Handling options such as Auto Duplex printing which helps conserve your paper supply and a two-way paper feed that can help reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a project.  The LCD has been repositioned toward the middle of the printer helping to streamline the navigation process and achieving a more sleek and stylish design.  The size of the LCD screen has also been increased to 3.0-inches for easy viewing and navigation through menus.

PIXMA iP4920 Inkjet Photo Printer

The Canon PIXMA iP4920 Inkjet Photo Printer is an ideal choice for the consumer interested in an affordable, single function printer producing superb quality.  Utilizing the ChromaLife100 + ink system4 with five individual ink tanks, the printer is capable of producing a 4”x6” borderless photo in approximately 20 seconds5. This new PIXMA machine delivers output at approximately 12.5 ipm for black-and-white documents and approximately 9.3 ipm for color7.  In addition, the printer has a maximum color resolution 9600 x 2400 dpi6 and is capable of Auto Duplex printing to help conserve paper.  The overall functionality of the PIXMA iP4920 printer helps make this printer a perfect addition for any home or office.

 
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New S-Frames from Sony

27 Jul

The S-Frame range of digital photo frames from Sony grows with the introduction of three stylish new models, all offering sparkling picture quality and smart features. Available in a choice of panel sizes from 18cm (7-inch) up to 26cm (10inch), S-Frame combines desirable looks with simple operation.

Transfer images on your camera’s memory card, then choose from an exciting range of slideshows and clock/calendar display modes. Operation is friendly and intuitive: simple buttons and on-screen icons guide you through making adjustments and selecting display modes with no fiddly menus. All new models feature an energy-saving timer that’s kinder on your pocket and the environment. The timer can be set to switch the photo frame into power-saving standby mode any time it’s not needed – like at night or during the day when you’re out at work.

S-Frame Gift Series: DPF-C1000/C800/C70A
These elegant S-Frame models make a beautiful gift for friends or family. Just transfer images from your camera’s memory card (compatibility with Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD/SDHC formats). Then enjoy a crisply detailed view of your favourite photos with rich, lifelike colours. All models feature an energy-saving timer, and offer a choice of four slideshow patterns plus a choice of attractive clock and calendar displays.

The new S-Frame range from Sony will be available from September 2011.

 
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Photoshop & You Store Opens in San Francisco

26 Jul

Adobe Systems Incorporated kicked off the Photoshop & You experience at 550 Sutter Street in San Francisco. Open to the public through August 6, Photoshop & You is a place for visitors to explore the innovative world of digital imaging with leading photographers, renowned teachers, industry influencers and the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop Elements teams.

“The Photoshop & You experience is a celebration of the iconic Photoshop brand and all things related to digital imaging,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging products, Adobe. “We’re bringing our customers and fans a tangible way to learn from and engage with like-minded imaging enthusiasts. Photoshop & You promises to be a gathering place of imagination, activities, shared learning and inspiration.”

The Photoshop & You calendar is jam-packed with exciting product “how-to” sessions, photowalks through San Francisco’s vibrant neighborhoods and opportunities for visitors to experience extreme printing firsthand. After a quick photo shoot, guests can visit the Extreme Imaging Lab hosted by popular Photoshop Evangelist Russell Brown to see how Photoshop turns images into works of art through advanced laser engraving and large-format printing. The lab also features a printing station for guests to have their favorite critter letterform, created by distinguished illustrator Craig Frazier, printed on t-shirts. Visitors can also reserve individual sessions with Photoshop experts to learn how to make photos look their best and get a chance to have profile pictures shot by professionals.

World-renowned photographers, artists and authors such as Bert Monroy, Corey Rich, Robert Seale, Seth Resnick, Brad Mangin, Glen Wexler and Scott Kelby will make special appearances to lead workshops. Designed as a visually rich environment, Photoshop & You also includes a gallery exhibiting the works of celebrated artists such as Joel Grimes and members of the Photoshop team including Winston Hendrickson and Kelly Castro.

Additionally, a photo studio will be available for guests to try out the newest camera models, and visitors will have a chance to purchase software and limited-edition merchandise in the retail area. Net proceeds from the sales of Photoshop gear will be donated to Adobe Youth Voices, Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program.

Support to bring the Photoshop & You experience to life is provided in partnership with AIGA, Alioscopy, Blu Dot, Blurb, Calumet Photographic, Canon, Commercial Embroidery Systems, Epson, Hasselblad, HP, Leica, Lynda.com, NAPP, Peachpit, Universal Laser Systems, Wacom and Westcott.

Photoshop & You Location Details

Location: 550 Sutter Street, San Francisco (between Powell and Mason, 1.5 blocks from Union Square)
Dates: Open through Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT (Sunday – Wednesday); 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT (Thursday – Saturday)
All presentations, classes and other activities are free to the public.

 
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