Archive for November, 2012

ACDSee 15.1 & ACDSee Pro 6.1

30 Nov

ACD Systems have released version 15.1 of ACDSee and version 6.1 of ACDSee Pro, adding raw file support for a number of cameras. Newly supported models include the Panasonic G5, Panasonic LX7, Panasonic GF5, Panasonic FZ200, Sony A37, Sony NEX-F3, Sony RX100, Samsung NX1000, Nikon 1 J2. Nikon D3200, Nikon P7700, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i. Pentax K-30, Leica X2 and Leica M Monochrom. Additionally, the updates incorporate a number of improvements and bug fixes.

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Samsung Malaysia Launches Galaxy Camera With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

28 Nov

Samsung Malaysia Sdn Bhd has finally launched its eagerly-awaited Galaxy Camera to the Malaysian market. Developed to fit the changing ways we communicate, the new Galaxy Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Android 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand new type of device. Samsung Galaxy Camera fits perfectly for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.

The Galaxy Camera makes outstanding photography on the go. Users never again have to sacrifice picture quality if they want to edit and share their photos instantly. It easily outperforms any smartphone camera. The Galaxy Camera, boasting a 21x super long zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, delivers pictures in brilliant quality. The device also features ‘Smart Pro’ technology, a series of modes that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. What truly revolutionizes this photography experience is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless connectivity, which opens up the device to applications for photo-editing, sharing, and much more. Users will experience all of Galaxy Camera’s great features on a market-leading HD Super Clear LCD. With stunning clarity, incredible ease-of-use and unparalleled connectivity, the Galaxy Camera is the next step in imaging innovation.

The Galaxy Camera’s ‘Smart Pro’ feature makes it easy to recreate advanced photographic setups in just a few simple steps for stunning artistic results. Using the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can choose from a series of preset scenario options which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings in order to capture the perfect photo. The Galaxy Camera boasts large and vivid enough camera display – a 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear LCD screen, which makes it a pleasure to shoot, share and edit images from the palm of the hand. Another advantage of smartphone technology is the Voice Control option which allows the user to control a number of functions such as ‘Zoom in’ and ‘Shoot’ through voice.

The camera’s convenient ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature will automatically save precious photos into the cloud via Samsung’s AllShare the instant they are taken. The camera also allows users to share photos at the same time as they shoot them with ‘Share Shot.’ As well as sharing to social networks and cloud services, users can also connect to a range of GGalaxy devices including the Galaxy S-III and Galaxy Note II for effortless and automatic sharing of pictures across the Galaxy platform.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera is available now from any Maxis mobile dealers at the retail price of RM1,899.

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TGV Cinemas Goes Fully Digital with 3D-X @ Setiawalk Mall in Puchong.

27 Nov

TGV Cinemas Sdn Bhd (TGV Cinemas) led the way to the future for exhibitors and cinema operators in Malaysia with the launch of its new Digital 3D projection system called 3D-X with the exclusive premiere of Ang Lee’s first 3D film, Life of Pi at the spanking new 50,923 sq ft TGV Cinemas SetiaWalk in Puchong.

However, all the hypes and expectation of the new 3D-X projection fell flat in front of vast audience of the media and invited guests as technical glitches put paid to the planned screening of the movie in all of its 3D glory. The audience was later relocated to other halls to watch Lee’s movie that are only capable of screening movies in Digital 2D format.

This launch also signifies the theatre’s progressive transition from 35 mm film projection to digital cinema projection which is expected to be fully completed by January 2013. Apart from delivering unmatched brightness, sharpness and superior 3D images, with 3D-X, TGV Cinemas is now capable of displaying high-definition content – 2K, 4K and 3D feature films, documentaries and alternative content.

“The innovation found in today’s digital cinema technology to greatly improve the movie-going experience makes the film-to-digital conversion a top priority for TGV Cinemas. With the 3D-X roll-out, TGV Cinemas can now offer the best in digital cinematic experience in 3D,” explained Kenny Wong, CEO of TGV Cinemas.

The new cinema at SetiaWalk is the 20th TGV outlet and is located in the Puchong vicinity. The opening of a new cinema is timely as it addresses the growing need of a cinema exhibitor in the developing neighbourhood which extends to Subang and Shah Alam. Cinema-goers can catch their favourite movies without needing to travel to high traffic areas in other parts of the Klang Valley.

The 3D glasses needed for viewing movies at the 3D-X hall are disposable, with the audience able to bring back them home instead of returning at the end of the movie as compared to conventional and IMAX 3D formats. Surprisingly, the 3D-X glasses are fully compatible with LG’s Cinema 3D TVs and monitors although it is not certain whether the latter’s 3D glasses will work the same on the former.

TGV SetiaWalk brings a whole new dimension to the cinema experience for Malaysians as it includes the very best of comfort and digital cinema experience. The new cinema is home to a Beanieplex, which has comfortable cushy beanbag seats that come in pairs, and eight other cinema halls all equipped with the latest digital projection system.

Movie seating at TGV SetiaWalk is one of the features not to be missed. The stadium-like seating provides cinema-goers an exceptional vantage point inside the cinema halls directed to the screen. This unique positioning of plush seats is paired with wider leg room that guarantees comfort throughout the duration of a movie. Setting new benchmarks in the cinema industry, TGV Cinemas is more than just a cinema exhibitor. TGV SetiaWalk is also another venue for hosting corporate and private events. Equipped with two function rooms and a classy foyer, Malaysians can expect one-of-a-kind-event experiences at TGV Cinemas.

“Cinema-goers constantly demand for a change of environment whilst watching a movie. The combination of high technology and unique experience are the essentials to provide a value-added cinema experience. With the distinctive features at SetiaWalk, our patrons are now able to experience the full potential of a movie screening with crystal clear image and sound and a comfortable ambience.

“We are in the business of entertainment and entertainment is all about engaging the emotional experience of the audience. As this is also a natural part of our business, TGV Cinemas is always at the forefront in ensuring Malaysians get to experience new and innovative measures as they step foot into our cinemas. With the technology enhancements and upgrades, all our cinema patrons can look forward to a slew of exciting blockbuster movies lined up next year with a cinematic experience unlike any other,” Wong added.

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Marc Marquez Fastest During Private Test @ Sepang

27 Nov

The second day of testing in Malaysia was kinder to both the Repsol Honda Team and the Go & Fun Honda Gresini outfit, as dry conditions gave their riders a full day’s running to test their respective bikes.

The track was dry by 11:30 with an ambient temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and 65% humidity. And it was Repsol’s Marc Márquez who went fastest, as the Spanish youngster spent the day trying various set ups and also tested the 2013 prototype which teammate Dani Pedrosa already experienced in Valencia. He completed 60 laps with a best time of 2’01.355, which is just over a second off the pole record set this year. His time was also over two seconds faster than yesterday, showing just how much progress he has made in the space of a day.

The Spaniard commented: “Today we finally had dry conditions for the whole day! In the morning the track was a little wet still from yesterday but it dried up pretty quickly and we were able to go out on track at around 11.30am and make use of the entire day. In the first exit we improved our time from yesterday, which is definitely a positive. Then we tried some new set ups and I started to understand the bike better and my confidence began to grow. I also tried the 2013 prototype today, which felt good, but it’s more important that I take my time to learn the MotoGP bike and adapt my riding style to suit these bigger machines. It’s been a great day and I hope the weather remains dry for tomorrow so we can cover more laps and continue to learn.”

Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista continued his work on the new components brought by suspension supplier Showa, posting the second fastest time on his 2012-spec satellite Honda machine with a 2’01.950. Following yesterday’s test in wet conditions, the team is also hoping to get some more wet time to evaluate the new parts further for such track conditions. Despite finding some good points, Bautista was not satisfied that the improvement was significant enough. The team will be trying new parts from brake supplier Nissin in the final day of testing tomorrow.

He said: “It has been a long and busy day because we had a lot of stuff from Showa to test. It was hard, because every time I exited on track was with a new fork or new rear shock, so it was not easy to stay focussed. The small positive we found yesterday is the only positive we had today. We tested different suspensions but we didn’t find any better settings than yesterday. It has been hard, but in the end we could test everything. It was not what we expected, but this is reality. We have to speak with HRC and together we have to take a decision [about which suspension to use next year]. This is not easy, as I’m here to try and improve the Showa suspension by request from HRC, but after two busy days of work we didn’t find big improvements, so we have to talk to HRC and take a decision together.”

Honda test-rider Kousuke Akiyoshi was tasked once more with evaluating the 2013 upgraded bike’s engine parts, which so far has received good feedback, whilst new test rider Takumi Takahashi continued his “training” with the team. Takahashi suffered a crash around mid-day, but walked away unhurt. Akiyoshi put in a total of 48 laps to post the third fastest time with a 2’03.820, while Takahashi recorded a 2’07.360 from 57 laps.

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Ferrari’s 20th anniversary in China Attracts 250,000 People

27 Nov

Hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators lined the streets of Guangzhou in the south of China during the closing event of 11 months of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in China. The importance of the event was marked by the arrival of Ferrari’s Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, who in the morning met the nation’s media during the first press day at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

During the packed press conference on the Ferrari stand, Montezemolo underlined the importance of the Chinese market for the company. “We consider our first 20 years presence in this nation as just a start. I am very pleased with the results we have attained so far and I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard and who share our dreams and our passion. With the warmth and affection we feel surrounding Ferrari in China I am sure we will continue to grow together.”

Greater China has recently become Ferrari’s second most important market along with Germany, with sales that have reached over 700 and with a 25-strong dealership network. In the afternoon the streets of Guangzhou were the scene of celebrations, starting with a parade of over 130 Ferraris, the biggest ever seen in China. The enthusiasm of the crowds of spectators, clients and fans on the passage of the cars was amazing and one of the highlights of the parade was the appearance, for the first time in public, of a new version of the 458 Italia produced as a limited series for the Chinese market, with characteristic Chinese elements and finished in a special Rosso Marco Polo.

The cars paraded from the local Ferrari showroom as far as the Haixinsha stadium, which hosted the highly successful 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, where 18,000 people filled the venue to watch a display that concluded with an exhibition of the 2012 International GT Open championship-winning 458 GT2 driven by Gianmaria Bruni who took the Drivers’ title. The celebrations continued with the illumination of the Canton Tower, the city’s main landmark, in red for the occasion while 500 clients took part in the gala evening inside.

“It has been a marvellous day of celebrations,” commented Montezemolo, “with many enthusiasts, a lot of young people and the city full of Ferrari flags. This has been the best demonstration yet of what the Prancing Horse represents in China – not just from a commercial point of view, but above all else for the Chinese people’s passion for Ferrari.”

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UK’s Digital Photographer #129

22 Nov

The next issue of Digital Photographer magazine- #129, will be on sale November 29th in the UK, and is expected to be available within a week later in Malaysia from Borders and Times bookstores.

In among the 132 pages of tips, techniques and tricks, there’s a practical masterclass on low-light shooting, 50 ways to shoot close-up and an ultimate guide to mastering composition.

As if all that wasn’t enough, this issue of DP also has an in-depth review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and comparison of flash and LED lighting.

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HINO Launches 500/700 series Trucks in Malaysia

21 Nov

Hino Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the No 1 brand in commercial vehicles for all segments, has today introduced key upgrades to its award winning HINO 500 Series mid-range commercial vehicle and HINO 700 Series heavy commercial vehicle for the Malaysian market, to offer local businesses with new properties that improve productivity, cost efficiency and safety.

Nobuyuki Tanaka, Managing Director, Hino Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. said: “The upgraded HINO 500 Series GH Models and HINO 700 Series SH Models which were launched today are the latest innovation of Hino Motors. These offerings show our determination to lead the industry with state-of-the-art products and services. Our New Straits Times-Shell Rimula Truck of The Year – HINO 500 Series, and HINO 700 Series have earned their reputation within the industry. We believe the new additions to the series will further demonstrate Hino Malaysia’s commitment in developing world-class solutions for commercial vehicles market with priorities on Quality, Reliability and Durability.”

The upgraded HINO 500 Series GH models consist of 3 improved models, namely the HINO GH1JRPA, the HINO GH1JLPD, and the HINO GH1JMPA. The 3 models are equipped with EURO-2 engine for more powerful output and efficient performance, continuing its predecessor’s legacy as the most powerful yet fuel efficient 18-tons truck in the market. It is also a highly durable commercial vehicle capable of conquering up to one million kilometers without major engine overhaul. These models are also equipped with full airbrake which will reduce maintenance cost and improve braking efficiency. The HINO GH1JRPA model is also equipped with Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), a safety feature to improve the stability of braking vehicle.

Notable features of the HINO 500 Series GH Models include:

  • Full air brake – as compared to the  “air over hydraulic brake” in the previous models
  • Parking brake on rear wheels  – as compared to the “parking brake on transmission output shaft”  in the previous models
  • ABS is equipped on the long haul (highway) model, the HINO GH1JRPA

The upgraded HINO 700 Series SH Models, the HINO SH1EERG and the HINO SH1EERA, put comfort and safety as priority with key upgrades that redefine the industry standard. The HINO SH1EERG which equipped with rear air suspension is uniquely designed to target sensitive cargo transporter such as petroleum tanker hauler and electronic goods transportation. Cabin comfort is one of the major concerns among heavy commercial vehicle drivers who often travel for long distance. The HINO 700 Series SH Models are equipped with full floating cabin with the objective to reduce driver fatigue and help drivers to stay alert.

Notable features of the HINO SH Models:

  • SRS Airbag – to reduce fatalities and injuries
  • Auto rear view mirror – as compared to previous models as manual operation is required
  • Rear air suspension – as compared to the spring suspension  in the previous models
  • ABS – system to improve braking efficiency on low friction road
  • Parking brake on all wheels – for better slope grip

In year 2011, HINO enjoyed a 51% market share within the mid-heavy commercial vehicle category, making HINO the best-selling brand. The company is targeting approximately 10% increase in sales as they continue to evolve with the current demands of the fast growing transportation industry in Malaysia.

In addition to the launch of the upgraded HINO 500 Series GH Models and HINO 700 Series SH Models, Hino Motors Ltd. (Japan) has recently entered a joint-venture agreement with long-time partner, MBM Resources Berhad, to inaugurate its first manufacturing plant in Malaysia. This expansion move will open a new chapter for HINO to provide full-fledge services from manufacturing to sales. It is a proof of Hino Motors Ltd.’s long term commitment to the local market.

The improved HINO 500 Series and HINO 700 Series will be available at HINO authorized dealerships across Malaysia. For appointment, customers can contact Hino Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. at 603 – 7957 5199 for sales and service or log on to for more information.

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Kingston microSDXC 64GB Class 10 Memory Card

21 Nov

The new 64GB Kingston microSDXC Class 10 memory card. In the current age of smartphones and tablets, the need for more mobile data storage has become more important than ever. The Kingston microSDXC Class 10 card significantly improves a consumer’s digital lifestyle by delivering higher storage speeds and capacities to get the most out of their electronic and mobile devices.

Available in 64GB capacity, microSDXC cards offer additional storage for more music, videos, pictures and apps — more of everything the consumer needs in today’s mobile world. Fully compliant with the latest SD Association specification, Kingston’s microSDXC card operates on the exFAT file system, which is designed to handle extremely large volumes of data, such as files bigger than 4GB.

“The need for higher storage capacity is growing as consumers shoot more pictures and videos, and carry around more data,” said Ann Keefe, Regional Director UK and Ireland, Kingston. “With our new 64GB Class 10 microSDXC card, we offer our customers a chance to fully maximize the performance and storage capabilities of their existing mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, by providing them with a reliable and easy upgrade solution.”

For added reliability and durability, Kingston’s solid-state microSDXC memory cards are built of non-volatile memory components and have no moving parts that could wear out or break. Additionally, microSDXC cards offer a speed “class” rating known as Class 10* that delivers a 10MB/s minimum sustained transfer rate for optimum performance with microSDXC compatible devices.

All cards are 100-percent tested and are backed by a lifetime warranty as well as free live technical support. For more information, visit

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Lowepro Rover Pro AW Series

20 Nov

If you love photography in the great outdoors but have never quite found the right camera backpack for mountain adventures, search no longer – it’s here! Lowepro has launched the brand new Rover Pro AW series of backpacks – now available in the UK in time for Christmas!

The Lowepro Rover Pro series includes two backpacks (35L & 45L) specifically designed for adventure photographers who demand more – whether out for a day on the trails, or overnight on longer trips. Firstly the backpack is designed for comfort on the mountains with its trampoline style suspension system the pack is kept off your back allowing the free flow of air and even distribution of weight.

The contoured shoulder straps and waist belt are also fully adjustable – ensuring breathable load carrying comfort for both male and female photographers.  This custom fit system accommodates 16-19 inch torso lengths, so is truly adjustable for a range of heights.

The pack itself is made from the highest quality, lightweight technical fabrics:  210D ripstop nylon with PU coating for added durability.  And for the ultimate protection from the weather there’s also Lowepro’s patented All Weather Cover – which on this pack is removable and reflective – so can double as a groundsheet on which to place the pack in wet conditions, while providing enhanced visibility for safety on the hills.

Inside, this feature packed backpack contains removable, modular camera cases which provide the top quality protection for your gear. Accessible in two ways – you can either reach camera gear from the traditional top opening of the pack, or for super fast access, from the front-hatch opening. The camera cases can also be completely removed from the pack turning it into a tough spec outdoor backpack.

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Panasonic Malaysia Launches New Lumix Cameras

19 Nov

Panasonic Malaysia continues to pamper women by introducing a new range and line-up of Lumix cameras with six models and three interchangeable lens that promised to meet their needs and preference. The abundance of cutting-edge features, sophisticated, stylish and lightweight body design is Panasonic Lumix camera innovation, which strives to attract female consumers’ attention.

“We intend to expand the camera range in female market for the ongoing Photonista campaign. Today, we introduce G series cameras, ultra high zoom, digital compact and 3 types of lens before the end of 2012,” said Jeff Lee, Managing Director of Panasonic Malaysia.

“Women nowadays are very demanding with choices they have in life, including their life partner and career, nevertheless when choosing a perfect camera that meets their personal needs. There are value added features with the new line-up for female photography enthusiasts”, added Lee.

The new LUMIX G Series, DMC-G5 and DMC-GH3 are Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, compact and light weight body equipped with new Venus Engine image processor, while the 2 ultra high zoom camera models are DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FZ60 with 12-megapixels and 16-megapixels New High Sensitivity MOS Sensor respectively target to attract more mature female customers,” said Harry Sasaki, Marketing Director of Panasonic Malaysia.

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