• Syrp Genie and Genie Mini


    In the last year, I’ve found myself constantly shooting time-lapses, where previously I would have taken a single landscape shot (maybe HDR, if I had a tripod) and moved on. If I went anywhere with a camera and a tripod, there were bound to be a few time-lapse shots produced. When things all line up, time-lapses can make a very interesting, different impression on your audience.

    One thing I wanted to experiment with, though, was having some camera movement in my shots since a bit of movement can make a shot much more immersive. Unfortunately, all of the motion-control systems I looked at that allowed precise movement over a long period of time were extremely expensive and proprietary. Then I heard about a cool new solution called the Genie from the New Zealand company Syrp.

    While most motion-control systems require you to use a specific slider or camera base, the genius of the Genie is that it runs along a simple nylon cable. As a result, you can use it with any slider out there, or even a dolly. I’ve mounted the unit on several different sliders, a little Pico dolly and even on a soft cloth to slide across linoleum! Just tell the Genie how far you want it to go (in metric and imperial) and how long…

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  • Sony launches MDR-XB50BS and XB80BS wireless extra bass in-ear headphones

    Sony MDR-XB80BS and MDR-50BS have a battery life of up to 7 hours and 8.5 hours respectively
    Sony India has unveiled its all new MDR-XB50BS and MDR-XB80BS sports wireless (extra bass) in-ear headphones today. Sony says, “This wireless headphones line-up, comes with uncompromising sound quality, distinct finish, portability with aesthetic design and an urban appeal.” The headphones are being targeted for the sports enthusiasts, and Sony claims are tuned for EDM music that has the best matching tempo.

    “These powerful additions to Sony’s wireless in-ear headphones eliminate the hassle of connecting wires. Listening experience becomes much smoother as one can connect their music player, Smartphone or dock via Bluetooth and with one-touch NFC. It also has built in mic for hands free calling,” Sony added in its press stat…

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  • Logitech announces M221 Silent and M331 Silent Plus mice

    Logitech M221 Silent comes with an 18-month battery life, while the M331 Silent Plus offers a 24-month battery.
    Logitech has announced the launch of M221 Silent and M331 Silent Plus wireless mice in India. The devices are the first quiet mice developed by Logitech. The mice offer a 90 per cent sound reduction as compared to company’s earlier offerings in the same space. Logitech M221 Silent and M331 Silent Plus come with the Quiet Mark seal of approval from Noise Abatement Society. “Whether you work in a shared office space or at home, even small sounds like a mouse click can impair productivity and be disturbing to your colleagues or loved ones,” said Ashok Jangra, Logitech, Cluster Category Head – India & SWA.

    “That’s why we created the M221 Silent and the M331 Silent Plus Mice. Our engineers studied the sources of noise made by a…

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  • Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 processors with dual-camera support

    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 653, 626 and 427 processors come with dual-camera support.
    Qualcomm has announced its latest processors in the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 series. Qualcomm has announced the launch of Snapdragon 653, Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 427 processors at company’s annual summit in Hong Kong. Qualcomm says smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 and Snapdragon 626 should be hitting the market by the end of 2016 while Snapdragon 427 chipset based smartphones will be seen on devices in early 2017.
    Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 400 series processors bring improvements to processing performance and support for QuickCharge 3.0 and dual rear camera support as well. The processors also add support for X9 LTE modem with Cat 7 downlink speeds up to 300Mbps and Cat 13 uplink spee…

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  • Amazon Great Indian Festival: Deals on Apple MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, and other laptops

    Amazon Sale: Deals on Apple MacBook Air, Surface Pro 4, Lenovo Yoga 500 and other laptops.
    Amazon’s Great India festival continues till October 20, and there are discounts/exchange offers on smartphones like Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4, OnePlus 3, etc. Amazon is also hosting deals on laptops and tablets, and here’s a quick look at some of the best offers. Apple MacBook Air, HP, Lenovo, Dell and Asus laptops are available at discounts, as well as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Most of these discounts have a time limit, so you’ll need to claim them quickly. Here’s a look at the best deals on laptops, tablets.
    Apple MacBook Air: Apple MacBook Air is available at Rs 59,799 during the deal well below the Rs 80,900 asking price. This one comes with a 13.3-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM + 128GB SSD, Mac OS X which can be upgrade to MacOS…

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  • MediaTek announces MT2511 and MT2523 SoCs targeted at wearable device makers

    MediaTek’s new SoCs with onboard GPS and Bluetooth LE are aimed at wearables and fitness device makers
    MediaTek has announced two new SoCs targeted at healthcare and fitness device makers. The two new SoCs – MT2511 and MT2523 – are targeted towards emerging health, fitness and wearables market. MediaTek says end products powered by MT2511 and MT2523 will be available in Indian market by early 2017. MediaTek’s new SoCs deliver on needs of a top range fitness tracking device.

    The new MediaTek MT2511 is the first chip from the semiconductor manufacturer to feature bio-sensing analog front-end (AFE) chip. MediaTek MT2523 is designed for active and fitness smartwatches. The new chip is the first with system-in-package (SiP) to offer GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth Low Energy and a MIPI-supported high resolution mobile screen.
    “Med…

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  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, 4K Chromecast Ultra and more: Here is everything that was announced last night

    Google also announced Google Home, Google WiFi router, 4K Chromecast Ultra and Daydream VR headset along with Google Pixel and Pixel smartphones.
    Google Pixel and Pixel smartphones have officially been announced by the search giant at an event in San Francisco. These are first smartphones made entirely by Google, which means the company has worked on its hardware as well as software. Also, the smartphones are company’s first devices to come with Google Assistant built-in, which can can be launched simply by tapping the home button. Google also announced Google Home, Google WiFi router, 4K Chromecast Ultra and Daydream VR headset at the event. Google Home, which is Google’s answer to Amazon Alexa, will come with Google Assistant as well.
    According to Google, its new smartphones are built on five pillars – Google Assistant,…

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  • Microsoft HoloLens now available for preorder in the UK and five other countries

    Microsoft HoloLens is the first self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10 operating system (Source: Microsoft)
    Microsoft HoloLens, the mixed reality headset is now available for preorder in the UK, Australia, Ireland, France, Germany and New Zealand. Microsoft is pitching HoloLens as a tool to communicate, create and colloborate more easily than ever before. The HoloLens is available for pre-order in each of these countries starting today.

    HoloLens is the most craziest thing from Microsoft in the recent times. While most consumers are yet to get acquinted with virtual reality, the HoloLens projects objects on a real world instead of projecting objects on a virtual world. As Microsoft’s Alex Klipman calls it, “HoloLens is a more personal way of interacting with technology.” Microsoft is now allowing de…

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  • Microsoft announces October 26 Surface and Windows 10 event

    Microsoft’s October 26 event could see the future of Windows 10 on a Surface branded All-in-One device (Source: Microsoft)
    Microsoft’s next big event is happening on October 26 and in all likelihood, the Redmond-based software maker has few hardware devices to show off. For Microsoft, October has always been about Surface branded hardware. Last year, Microsoft stunned the world by announcing Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

    However, it seems like a quite event this time around. According to ZDNet, Microsoft’s October 26 will be more about Windows 10 and less about Surface hardware. The focus is reportedly around Windows 10 Redstone 2 update and Microsoft is reported to showcase third party OEM products.
    Microsoft is widely rumoured to announce Surface All-in-One type device at this event. There are reports indicating Mic…

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  • Sony announces RX100 V and A6500 mirrorless with incredibly fast 0.05 second AF system

    Sony RX100 V and A6500 have the world’s fastest autofocus system at 0.05 seconds (Source: Sony)
    Sony has announced the launch of two new cameras – the RX100 Mark V and the new mirrorless A6500. The cameras follow the launch of Alpha A99II, which was introduced at Photokina 2016.

    For those who are familiar, Sony’s RX100 series has been the best high-end compact zoom camera for quite sometime and with RX100 IV, Sony made the range exceptionally better with both stills and video. But who wants RX100 IV, when there is RX100 V instead. Sony RX100 V is the latest in company’s high end compact zoom camera range and it has everything we loved about RX100 IV but only better.
    The highlight here with the RX100 V is its speed – the camera can shoot 24 RAW images per second. Sounds impressive, isn’t it? At the heart of RX100 V, there is a new 315-point pha…

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