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Dani Pedrosa tops Day One @ Motegi for Japanese MotoGP

30 Sep

Dani Pedrosa led a Repsol Honda top three on day one of the Grand Prix of Japan, with Casey Stoner second and Andrea Dovizioso following third on the timesheet. Under darkening skies, the MotoGP class headed out for the second free practice session on Friday which saw no fewer than six riders run off the track during the outing.

All but one of the riders in the field improved upon their earlier times with the top four spots of the day going to the Factory Hondas. Dani Pedrosa took over the top spot with 21 minutes to go and set a new fast lap of 1’46.790 ahead of team mate Stoner by a margin of 0.054s. Andrea Dovizioso followed with a 1’46.952, an improvement of eight tenths over his FP1 time, with San Carlo Honda Gresini Team’s Marco Simoncelli occupying the fourth spot after leading in the early part of the session.

Jorge Lorenzo was fifth in the combined times, posting a lap at 1’47.310, six tenths better than his earlier time, while Nicky Hayden, who had been third in FP1, bettered his earlier time by four tenths to end the day in sixth.

Hiroshi Aoyama stepped up his pace by a full second, putting the Japanese rider seventh with a time of 1’47.785, two tenths ahead of Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi in eighth. Héctor Barberá ended the day ninth just 0.02s ahead of Colin Edwards in tenth.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies was the sole rider who did not improve in the outing, the American retired from the session after completing just 5 laps after exhaustion took over him due to fighting an illness the past two days. He checked himself into the medical center and will try to rest enough to participate in tomorrow’s events.

 
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Motegi Circuit is ready for MotoGP action

29 Sep

Álvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Hiroshi Aoyama and Shinichi Itoh attended the Grand Prix of Japan press conference on Thursday.

After plenty of build-up the Grand Prix of Japan takes place at the Motegi circuit this weekend and on Thursday the traditional pre-GP press conference took place with a quintet of MotoGP riders in attendance. Championship leader Casey Stoner was scheduled to be present at the press conference but the Repsol Honda rider was unable to make it due to problems with the late arrival of his flight, with Honda’s wild card Japanese rider Shinichi Itoh taking his place at the pre-event.

The other four riders who took questions from the media were Valentino Rossi, Hiroshi Aoyama, Álvaro Bautista and Jorge Lorenzo, and it was the reigning World Champion and closest challenger to Stoner who spoke first as he sized up the weekend’s task. Lorenzo, who is currently 44 points behind Stoner with four rounds (including this weekend) remaining, began: ”Casey has won so many races and has finished on the podium more than any other rider, so it’s normal he has so many points. Maybe it’s too late to fight with him for the Championship, but anyway there are still four races to go, 100 points to be taken, so you never know. You have to give everything and anything is possible. We must fight for the win in every race.”

Lorenzo finished fourth at Motegi last year and won the MotoGP race here in 2009, and anticipates a tough race this weekend. He added: “Normally it’s a difficult track for us because it has a lot of acceleration points and a lot of big straights, but we come here motivated to fight for the win and we will see.”

Rossi lies sixth in the standings at the moment as he and his Ducati Team continue working away on the Desmosedici GP11.1. The Italian has stood on the podium nine times in the premier class at Motegi, including third place last year following a bitter battle with then team-mate Lorenzo, and would dearly love a turnaround in his 2011 fortunes this weekend. He will ride the same configuration machine as he rolled out at Aragón, where the GP11.1 incorporated a new aluminium element in the front chassis section.

“It’s the same specification with the same modification we already tried at Aragón,” said Rossi of the bike. “Unfortunately there we struggled with rear grip and I destroyed the tyre towards the end (of the race). Here it will be very different, we have to understand the condition of the track.”

He continued: “We come from a very bad GP in Aragón, the result was of course not what we would have expected, but even last year at Aragón I was in trouble. Last year here at Motegi was a good race and a good result, I was on the podium and not so far from the victory, so I hope to take the same step with Ducati and to improve.”

Following the Aragón round Rossi tested the latest version of the developing 2012 Desmosedici, and commented: “We tested at Jerez after the Aragón race, and we have some data with which to work for the 2012 Ducati bike, so we’ll try to understand as much as possible during this season.”

Round 15 provides Aoyama with his much anticipated home race and the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider is determined to deliver something special for the crowd at a track where he was twice a 250cc race winner.

“I want to say thanks to those who came here to race because it was, I think, a hard decision and it means a lot for Japanese motorcycle fans,” he started. “Personally this is my home race and for sure it’s very important. Last year I was injured and couldn’t perform as I would have liked, and this year after Assen I was also injured and suffered a lot on the bike, but now I’m much better and feel good on the bike and I hope this time I can perform much better than last year. My best result so far this year is fourth place at Jerez and I want to better that here.”

Discussing the area he will target for improvement in the lead up to Sunday’s race, Aoyama added: “I always struggle at the beginning of the race because I can’t push the tyre enough, but from mid to end of the race I have a good rhythm, so the target is to improve in the first part of the race.”

Bautista has also tasted victory in the former 250cc class at Motegi and the Rizla Suzuki rider is keen to convert his recent good form into another solid result on the GSV-R after a recent run of impressive displays.

“We have had good results and have been consistent in the last few races, and our target here is to continue in the same way and be closer to the second group like Dovizioso, Spies and Simoncelli. We are working very well and we’ll try to get off to a good start on Friday and have a good set-up ready for the race,” he said.

Bautista continued: “Last year I had a good race here and finished seventh, this year I think we’re more competitive and have more confidence in the bike. It’s a good track for Suzuki and I hope to get a good result here.”

Itoh was the final man to speak and the HRC test rider, who will be on board an RC212V as a wild card under the Honda Racing Team banner this weekend, outlined the significance of being able to ride in the Grand Prix of Japan.

“After what happened in March, it feels like a dream to be here racing this weekend,” he said. “First I would like to thank Honda and all my sponsors for this opportunity. This weekend I will do my best and I can represent and give some hope to all those who have been, and still are, suffering from the tragedy that happened back in March. This track is one of my favourites so I’ll try my best but also make sure I don’t get in the way of the regular riders.”

 
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Wacom Launches New Bamboo Tablets with Wireless Capabilities

29 Sep

To meet the needs of the increasing number of social and creative computer users, Wacom today launches an all-new line-up of its market-leading Bamboo tablets. The multi-touch and pen tablets now boast wireless capability, allowing users more flexibility to bring ideas and creativity to life through an intuitive, versatile and fun computing experience.

Ideal for everyone that wants to create personalised digital content and use a more intuitive input device, Bamboo enables anyone to express their creativity. The range of colourful interactive tablets includes the Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch (small/medium), the Bamboo Pen & Touch (small) and the Bamboo Pen (small). The lightweight Pen & Touch and Fun models are now wireless capable and ideal for working while relaxing on the sofa or taking out and about. Users can benefit from hours of cable-less freedom. In addition, the improved design and combination of multi-touch and pen-on-paper-feel technology delivers a more connected, inspiring and fun way to use a computer.

Precise Pen & Multi-Touch Experience

For fast, easy navigation of PCs or Macs, all Bamboo tablets combine the pressure-sensitive, battery-free and cordless pen experience with multi-touch functionality that Wacom is renowned for. The pen’s design has been improved. Now offering a more aesthetic shape due a new soft touch grip area, improved pen buttons and new eraser shape, it still maintains the impressive 1024 pressure levels and enables users to make accurate cursor movements and handwritten notes. The multi-touch experience is enhanced and more intuitive, so sweeping with fingers over the tablet to scroll through documents, surf the web, rotate images or flick through photo galleries is quick and easy.

In addition, with Bamboo Paper, a seriously fun new Bamboo app, Wacom provides users with the ability to create virtual notebooks for their computers, letting them share their ideas visually with handwritten notes, sketches or doodles. Bamboo Paper is available as a free app in Bamboo Dock (which sits on a computer’s desktop). This ever-growing library of apps includes games and tools for creating and sharing.

Bamboo Pen & Touch

The new, effortless design of the Bamboo Pen & Touch is certainly eye-catching and sure to be a hit on anyone’s desk. The black tablet is framed with striking contrast colors of black and lime and includes a bay for the wireless accessory kit that is available separately. Four customizable express keys assist with easy navigation of computers, while the pen provides precision when creating. It’s the tactile connection with content through drawing, annotating, scribbling, painting and navigating that makes the Bamboo Pen & Touch so great to use. Bamboo Pen & Touch is priced at £74.99.

Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch

This is a silver tablet that makes a stylish impression and screams premium design. But underneath its luxurious, MacBook-esque exterior is a fun tablet that is instinctive and easy to use. Taking the features of the Bamboo Pen & Touch, it also comes with an outstanding software bundle: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (for the small) and 9 (for the medium) and ArtRage 3. The medium-sized tablet also comes with Corel Painter Essentials 4, which turns any computer into a digital canvas and the Bamboo pen into a multi-purpose paintbrush. The Bamboo Fun is ideal for creative work, whether retouching and editing or creating from scratch. Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch is priced at £89.99 (small) or £169.99 (medium).

Bamboo wireless accessory kit

Both Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch and Bamboo Pen & Touch tablets can now be used wirelessly to make the tablet more portable and easier to use remotely. The plug’n’play accessory kit includes a wireless dongle to connect the tablet wirelessly and simply to PCs, Macs and laptops. It is priced at £34.99.

 
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Fun with Photography 2011 @ Sunway Pyramid

29 Sep

Aver Awards are having their largest annual event “Fun with Photography” again. This year, their “Fun with Photography” is held at Sunway Pyramid @ Orange Atrium (concourse in front of Harvey Norman). The event started from 26th September 2011 and until October 2nd, 2011. Throughout the 7 days, there are numerous programs not only for the photo enthusiasts but the whole family to join as well.

Just like 2010, there will be a model shooting photography contest; instead of 1, there are 2 contests for 2011. Those who has the interest to participate these shooting contest will need to purchase the “ticket” through our virtual shop website – www.aa2u.com.my. The “ticket” will be cost for RM50 for early bird only applicable for first 50 people who purchase it and RM100 as a participation fees for the rest after the first 50. Register at www.aa2u.com.my 

  • 1st Prize RM3,000 cash voucher (to buy any products at our outlets)
  • 2nd Prize RM1,500 cash voucher (to buy any products at our outlets)
  • 3rd Prize RM500 cash voucher (to buy any product at our outlets)
  • Consolation Prize 10 x Exclusive Photographers Vest

 

For those who purchase the “ticket” will rewarded a Goody Bag while the value is more than RM 50. There will be 6 models for 1 of the contests and those who likes to take picture come and have fun together. Before and in-between the contests, Aver Awards will have a  professional photographer giving a talk and sharing tips on how to take photos.

 

Thematic tryouts will be designed around the stage as well for people to try. The topics are from Aver Awards’ previous Lepak Corner sessions. Those who do not have the chance to try them out previously are able to do so during the event. Face painting and sand art are also included for the kids to have fun there.

 
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ACDSee Pro 5 & ACDSee 14

28 Sep

ACD Systems International Inc. today announced two photo editing and management products which provide the richest combination of capabilities and value available. Both ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 incorporate the company’s patented technology and user-focused design which have made ACD the products of choice for over 50 million users worldwide.

ACDSee Pro 5 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers. Pro 5 is the only solution that allows photographers to carry out the essential elements of the photography creative process and distribution in one place. The standard version, ACDSee 14, gives sophisticated amateurs the high end tools they need to produce professional quality results and easily manage their library of images. Both products provide professional quality features normally found across multiple traditional products such as Adobe Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom, at a much lower cost. They also offer users the ability to share images via social media networks and on the company’s free online photo sharing service, ACDSeeOnline.com.

“The declining cost of digital cameras has enabled better image capture, however the cost of software has not fallen dramatically,” said Doug Vanderkerkhove, Founder and CEO of ACD Systems. “While great cameras are more accessible to both pros and amateurs, the second part of the process—enabling more creativity, better control and accessibility of the photos taken—has lagged far behind for everyone but the elite. ACD Systems is striving to change that. Democratization of quality photography tools is something that we feel very strongly about. ACD System’s commitment to this has engendered incredible loyalty around the world. These new products symbolize a renewed dedication to both professional and amateur photographers, and to the art of photography.”

Both ACDSee Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 new features include:

Customizable color labels – a new, powerful way to help photographers track an image through the various stages of multi-step workflows.
Drawing tools – mark up an image—draw arrows, lines, circles or highlight to draw attention to certain aspects of your photos or add subtle or dramatic drawing effects.
New special effects – easily modify images. Apply popular effects without needing to go through a cumbersome, technical, multi-step process. Create collages in Polaroid-like frames. Indulge in the art of Lomographic photography, or apply the Orton softening effect to portraits and landscapes.

ACDSee Pro 5, the newest Pro product, offers new editing and management features, including:

Dodge and Burn – the traditional darkroom effect can be used to digitally apply saturation and vibrancy, as well as darken and/or lighten certain areas of photographs.
Split Toning – the easiest way to selectively adjust the saturation of specific hues in your photograph’s shadows and highlights.
Advanced sharpening tools—available via a new Mask slider-based interface that allows you to easily control the amount of sharpening applied to areas of texture and detail. This allows the photographer to mask out areas with little detail helping to avoid applying sharpening to noise in areas of low detail. This is especially useful for RAW conversion workflow.
Remove Metadata – With this feature, you are able to protect the details of your photos, such as location, camera setting and equipment choices. To ensure that images are socially safe, photographers can remove and edit metadata to keep sensitive information private prior to sharing photographs with others or online.

ACDSee 14 gives dedicated amateur photographers pro-quality tools including:

New map view and geotagging support – For security reasons photographers can strip out geotagging information automatically added by their camera.
A new metadata panel that includes custom metadata views for improved control over viewing important data.
The ability to upload local files conveniently using Sync to Web folders.

And Pro 5 and ACDSee 14 will continue to provide industry-leading features including:

Full control of where images reside. Users never have to import or export images into a vendor-controlled database resulting in a virtual view. Unlike other solutions, ACDSee allows you to edit photographs in real-time, directly from the source – whether it is an external hard drive, local file system or network accessed folder.

Editing can be seen in real-time and previewed in full screen, instantly without waiting for image rendering.

ACDSee’s catalog-based technology stores key identifying metadata for each image, including date, location, and equipment used. This makes it fast and simple to perform tasks such as powerful search according to keywords, dates and other important information using the Quick Search, Organize Pane and Saved Searches features.

The company also announced today that its online photo sharing and storage site, ACDSeeOnline.com, is now free, so anyone can create beautiful photographs then use ACDSee Online’s cloud-based environment to store and share images. ACDSee Online users can easily archive any file format (including RAW formats), email photo albums, post albums on Facebook and Tweet links to albums. ACDSeeOnline.com is safe and secure and does not require purchase of any ACDSee product.

 
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SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 3.0 Reader

27 Sep

Transfer photos and video faster with the new ImageMate® All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer. Based on USB 3.0 interface transfer performance of up to 500MB/sec*, this card reader/writer reduces transfer time when downloading data from card to computer. Outfitted with four card slots, this compact solution supports all major card formats and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 enabled devices. Its sleek vertical design and small footprint make this a great choice for stylish and fast photo and video transfer.

Features:

Based on USB 3.0 transfer performance of up to 500MB/S*

  • Fast transfer of photos and video up to 500MB/s* interface transfer speed
  • Work in style with a sleek, inconspicuous, small-footprint device
  • Worry not because the ImageMate® All-in-One USB 3.0 Card Reader/Writer is backed by a two year limited warranty±

Fast and Easy Data Transfer Between Memory Card and Computer

  • Supports all popular card formats
  • Supports UDMA 7 enabled CompactFlash® cards
  • Supports SDHC™ and SDXC™ UHS-I performance
  • Support USB 3.0 transfer performance of up to 500MB/s*

Fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 host device

  • Detachable metal stand included

± 2 year warranty in regions not recognizing limited.
* Based on USB 3.0 specification; Performance may vary depending upon use case.

 
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New Products from SanDisk

27 Sep

SanDisk 32GB SDHC and 64GB SDXC

SanDisk doubled the performance and capacity of its professional-grade imaging lineup to create a new SD card based on the latest SD 3.0 specification’s Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus architecture. The card offers the fastest write performance of any SD card in the world to date and is ideal for imaging enthusiasts using UHS-enabled cameras.

The card’s up to 90 megabyte per second (MB/sec) write speeds let photographers capture a series of RAW images using burst mode, and its UHS Speed Class 1 rating can record Full HD videos. The card features up to 95MB/sec read speeds capable of supporting transfer of photos to a computer in half the time. SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC and SDXC UHS-I cards come in 8GB to 64GB capacities.

SanDisk 64GB microSDXC card

SanDisk’s new 64GB microSDXC card can double the capacity of even the most advanced smartphones and tablets. The UHS-based, high-capacity card features up to 30MB/sec4 transfer speeds and offers the Class 6 performance needed to capture Full HD videos. The card is compatible with any tablet or smartphone equipped with a microSDXC card slot.

Mobile phone sales are expected to reach 1.7 billion in 2014, and the majority of these handsets will include microSDXC card slots, according to Strategy Analytics, Slotted Phone Shipments Forecast, 12/10. Mobile phones allow consumers to create and enjoy an increasing amount of digital content, ranging from user-generated Full HD videos to full-length feature films and videogames. High-capacity mobile memory cards provide the storage expansion consumers need to keep up with the explosion of digital content.

SanDisk Mobile Ultra cards come in capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB to meet a variety of needs.

Cruzer Fit and Cruzer Switch USB Flash Drives

SanDisk’s new Cruzer Fit USB flash drive is about the size of a dime, fitting easily into USB-compatible tablets and notebooks for convenient storage expansion. The drive comes in 4GB to 16GB capacities with MSRPs starting at US$24.99. SanDisk’s new Cruzer Switch USB flash drive features a cap-less, slider-less, flip-top design for easy portability and comes in 2GB to 32GB capacities.

 

 

 

Regional SanDisk representatives during the launch in Kuala Lumpur today

 
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Redrock Micro LiveLens MFT

26 Sep

Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-grade cinema accessories, announced today the release of the new Redrock Micro LiveLens MFT. The LiveLens MFT is the first active lens mount to allow Canon EF lenses to be used with any micro four-thirds camera body, including the Panasonic AG-AF100, Panasonic GH2, and Olympus E-P3. Now, the exceptional sharpness and clarity of Canon optics can be mated with the compact, powerful capabilities of micro four-thirds cameras.

Small Lens Adapter with Big Capabilities

Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT provides the required power and electronics to control Canon EF lenses when attached to a micro four-thirds camera body. With the LiveLens MFT’s control touchpad, the EF lens’ aperture can be open and closed in increments as small as 1/3 stop. The LiveLens MFT works with virtually every EF lens available today, including variable aperture zoom lenses, prime lenses, consumer-level lenses, professional L-series lenses and most third party EF-compatible lenses. A marvel of advanced design, the LiveLens MFT is incredibly compact and weighs less than 6oz.

LiveLens MFT uses Canon lens control technology proven for over three years in professional productions. For operators and DPs who have invested in Canon EF lenses and want to extend their investment to MFT cameras like the AF100, LiveLens MFT is an invaluable tool.

Pricing and Availability

Introductory pricing for the LiveLens MFT is US$442.50. Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT is a limited edition product and is available immediately. LiveLens MFT can be purchased direct from Redrock Micro at http://www.redrockmicro.com/livelensmft

 
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American Honda Unveils 2012 Honda CBR600RR and CBR1000RR

25 Sep

Honda CBR1000RR: The Essential Superbike

Honda’s CBR1000RR is the essential superbike?the perfect balance of power and handling designed to work together as one complete package. The CBR900RR set the bar for liter-bike performance when it was introduced 20 years ago, and the new 2012 CBR1000RR sets that bar even higher. For 2012, the CBR1000RR boasts even better handling via a patented Balance-Free Rear Shock, Big Piston Fork and new wheels. Add to that a 999.8cc engine pumping out huge midrange horsepower and torque for class-leading real-world muscle, and you have a high- performance package unmatched in its overall balance by the competition. In addition, new aggressive bodywork aids aerodynamic flow and high-speed handling, and new LCD instrumentation, including a lap timer, five-level shift indicator and more, redefine the pure essence of liter-class sportbikes.

Availability: December 2011; MSRP: US$13,800 (standard model), US$14,800 (C-ABS model) Colours – Pearl White/Blue/Red

Honda CBR600RR: Leading the Way Among Middleweights

The CBR600RR melds a light and compact chassis with impeccable power delivery to create a balanced combination that remains a favorite among sport riders. In racing, no other 600cc machine has won more AMA and World Supersport championships than Honda’s CBR600. Also available with Honda’s unique Combined ABS for the pinnacle of sportbike braking performance, the CBR600RR continues to lead the way in the middleweight class.

Availability: December 2011; MSRP: $11,540 (Black, standard model), US$11,690 (Red, standard model), US$12,540 (C-ABS model)

 
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Corbis Portfolio Collections

25 Sep

Corbis Images has announced a new online Portfolio that highlights the extensive inventory of its nine signature collections that range from commercial images, to unforgettable moments in history to natural wonders and iconic celebrities.

The Corbis Portfolio collections also reveal the stories behind the images from contributors and art directors. These stories, many shared for the first time, highlight how a particular image was shot, the challenges, and the series of details required to capture the subject, preserve the mood or record that key moment in time. These behind-the-scenes stories from the eye of the photographer provide a new perspective for customers as they view and learn about the new Portfolio collections.

“Each of our nine Portfolio collections has a distinct personality and purpose and empowers the creative community to solve any story telling need,” said John Cosley, Vice President of Marketing at Corbis. “Whether it’s shooting up-close images of an African elephant or having access to the hottest entertainment events and celebrity photo shoots, our contributors and art directors do whatever it takes to capture spectacular photography.”

The Corbis Portfolio collections feature a broad range of commercial, editorial and historical images, including:

· Outline™: Candid, intimate and exclusive studio portraits of today’s most iconic celebrities.
· Blink: Realistic and expressive images capturing today’s youth and their everyday experiences.
· Crush: Conceptual photography using timeless props and backdrops.
· Ivy: Authentic shots showcasing people in everyday business and lifestyle situations.
· Fancy: Stock compositions in contemporary, casual and elegant settings.
· Terra: Up-close wildlife images captured from the most remote corners of the world.
· Encyclopedia: Microscopic subjects are beautifully magnified turning science into art.
· Latitude: Nature’s great wonders with strong conceptual dimension and aesthetic appeal.
· Bettman Archive: Historical photo album with more than 11 million irreplaceable images of key world events, social and cultural moments.

Visit the new online Portfolio http://www.corbisimages.com/portfolio to tour Corbis’ signature collections.

 
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