Dec 292012
 

Canon has a 18-70 f/2.8-6 lens new patent again, but this lens should use on the non-interchangeable lens APS-C format digital camera, which should be obvious, and it is perhaps the new lens used on the Canon G1X updating product. And it seems Canon temporarily has no intention to launch the full frame interchangeable lens DC like Sony RX1, even if the G1X is no that popular.

Canon released the G1X at last year’s CES, and on the CES2013 show, we may see the G1X updating product.

Dec 062012
 

Toshiba released 13 million pixels 1.12um back-illuminated sensor T4K37, which has built-in CNR color noise reduction processing system. The sensor is suitable for 8.5mm ×8.5mm size camera module, and it can be used for mobile phones and other devices.

Due tot he limit of the pixel MUTsize, the current 1.12um sensor is still insufficient in photosensitivity and SNR signal-to-noise ratio. The back-illuminated technology can improve the sensor’s photosensitivity, but a limited effect in quality improvement. Toshiba said this latest research and development sensor integrated the CNR back-illuminated can effectively improve the capacity and signal-to-noise ratio. Its signal-to-noise ratio is about 1.5 times higher than the existing 1.12um sensor and it can obtain high image quality equivalent to 1.4um sensor.

The T4K37 sensor will offer sample in December this year, and the price is 1500 yen.

Dec 042012
 

The Astell&Kern AK100 looks simple but luxury. The integration metal body surface combined with metal wire drawing process, brings excellent visual effects and feel, in order to  correspond with the 2.4-inch LCD screen, it has embedded in a single piece of glass to the back. The AK100 body size is only 59.2mm*79mm*14.4mm and it weighs about 122g. AK100 adopts Telechip TCC9201 processor, Wolfson 8740 DAC chip, and supports a variety of lossless music formats including WAV, FLAC, WMA, MP3, OGG and APE. With the support of excellent hardware, the AK100 can support up to 24bit 192kHz lossless audio, to pass the most original and most authentic voice to the user.

As a lossless music player, AK100 not only has excellent hardware performance, but also provides vast amounts of storage space. It’s known that the lossless music is real and original but it has huge volume capacity. In view of this, while the AK100 has a built-in 32GB storage space, it also provides two microSD card slots, each slot supports up to 32GB capacity memory card.

The small but powerful is AK100 design original intension. Thus, while it provides Headphone out interface, it also has fiber optic input and output interface, which greatly improves the playability of the product. The product has a 2000mAh lithium polymer battery, in the maximum load (playing 24bit 192kHz lossless music) it can provide more than 12 hours of continuous playback time.

Nov 292012
 

Currently, Microsoft, Asus and Lenovo have officially sold their NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processor based Windows RT tablet products, according to media quoted the NVIDIA website article as saying, the Windows RT has not fully played Tegra 3 processor entire performance so far.

It’s because Windows RT system also can not perfectly match with the 4-PLUS-1 Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core specially design Tegra 3 used, which allows processor to decid the participating number of core data processing according to the user’s current workload, and the companion core role is to handle the low power consumption task such as standby, music and video playback, in order to maximize the savings on electricity consumption.

However, the reality is that Windows RT equipment can not normally use the companion core in Tegra 3, but to enable one of the four high-performance cores to process low-power task, thereby increasing the overall power consumption of the Windows RT devices, this is why the Tegra 3 device operating frequency in Windows RT is lower than in Android devices.

Nov 282012
 

According to German site gHacks reports, laptop manufacturers have directly embedded Windows product key into the motherboard BIOS, so when reinstall the operating system it can be directly activated without entering it.

Users who recently purchased Windows 8 notebooks may find that the label printed with Windows key on the back no longer exists, and also there is no additional explanation, then how to reinstall the system without the key?

The answer is simple, Windows 8 product key has been embedded in the motherboard BIOS, it will automatically recognize and automatically activate the system when reinstall the system.

For Microsoft and OEM manufacturers, it will limit the system key to spread unchecked to some extent, and also for brand users, they do not have to worry about the loss of key, but it’s difficult to make piracy and the spread the Key.

It will be difficult if you want to install other operating systems or non-pre-installed version of Windows 8, such as your laptop is with the standard version Windows 8, but you also have a Windows 8 Pro OEM copy, if you install Windows 8 Pro now, then the laptop will still directly use the BIOS stored in the key without providing typing key option, eventually the loaded is Windows 8 instead of the Windows 8 Pro.

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Nov 262012
 

Ordinary laptop can connect a second screen, and now Chromebook users will also get support of the expansion of this screen. Google is recently marketing its Chromebooks, and the products are mainly manufactured by Samsung and Acer. According to reports of MaximumPC.com, Google brings Chrome OS device with multi-monitor support in a recent developer update.

The update also includes additional improvements and features, such as Google Intelligent Windows Positioning. Google said in a note to explain the function, “If you do not manually move your window, we will always arrange them to show more content.” The update also brings a new version Pepper Flash (sandbox version Adobe Flash Player).

The software update can only be obtained in the Chrome OS development channel, it seems Google will bring official update for the Chromebook and Chromebox users in the near future.

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Nov 222012
 

We can predict the quad-core processor is not the end of the development of intelligent mobile phone, but it is hard to imagine there has manufacturer planning 8-core ARM chip product, and it’s said that it will debut on International Solid-State Circuits Conference in February 19th next year. The manufacturer is Samsung.

According to reports, Samsung 8-core chip program uses ARM ” big.LITTLE ” technology new products, that is to combine a quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor performance with a quad core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor energy-saving effect, so that one application software can achieve seamless switching between the two processors.

Allegedly, the Cortex-A7 will be made by the 28 nm process production line, and it will be 5 times smaller than the current Cortex-A8, but more efficient.

Although it sounds crazy, it’s visible that the next year’s intelligent mobile phone field and tablet pc area will have a greater improvement in terms of performance.

Nov 192012
 

In recent days, two Nokia PowerPoint presentations have been leaked, one of which exposured by WPArea.de presentation is up to 25 pages. It shows that there is an overlap between the WP 7.x and WP 8 timetable. We have been very familiar with “Mango → Tango → WP 7.8″ process, but the strange thing is that a text box followed 7.8, which says “WP 7.x.

Microsoft may not update WP 7.8 to WP 7.x, but why Nokia added a text box after WP 7.8?

WP 7.8 launch time is after WP 8, which we already know, but this is the first time that it will be launched before the first update of WP 8. The Windows Phone 8 updates is with plural, which may mean WP8 has a longer life cycle, to have a number of general update in the next few years, or numerous small update in the next few months.

Microsoft will use the OTA (over-the-air) to offer a variety of small patches and complete the OS update. It is also one reason why the many smartphone users are optimistic about WP8. But it is hard to say if the facts will be like that, especially after the intervention of the operators.

The WP Russian official Twitter page said Microsoft support for WP 7.8 is up to 18 months, which will continue to mid-2014. But no matter how it will be updated it can not be compared with WP 8, WP 8 can support multi-core processor, a microSD slot (on some models), and also can accept the OTA update and supports the NFC, which the WP 7 can not do.

Nov 152012
 

A few days ago, we have reported that Microsoft decided the graphics software DirectX 11.1 is exclusive for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012, and there are no plans to make it available on Windows 7, but it seems that now Microsoft has changed its idea, according to the latest Windows and DirectX blog, it will soon release Windows 7 DirectX 11.1 same as the IE10.

The blog said in the future they will add DirectX 11.1 on Windows 7 platform and does not include Windows Server 2008 R2:

At the same tine the blog also said these new features will also be applied on Windows 7 platform, but still part of the functions are exclusive for Windows 8 system.

Nov 082012
 

According to media reports, a Switzerland design team newly developed a rocking chair to be able to swing the potential energy converted into electrical energy, to charge for the iPad or the iPhone. Allegedly, rocking in the rocking chair for an hour, it will be able to charge 35% for the iPad.

This rocking chair is now named “iRock”, using a built-in generator, to convert potential energy to electricity by slight shaking. The rocking chair is made by the Swedish pine by hand, it has all the characteristics of the traditional rocking chair, but you can get an iPad charging platform on the basis design of rocking chair. At the same time, the rocking chair backrest has built-in speaker.

The designer said, only one hour it will be able to charge the iPad 35%, while it can also be compatible with other Apple devices. This rocking chair uses a clockwork combined with a set of gears, to be able to generate enough power to drive the generator, the research team said, it is a challenge to manufacture sufficient energy suitable for practical applications. Currently, they hope the same device can be used for power generation device installed in the door and the stairs.

The rocking chair is still under development, the Michael Cypriot laboratory who are responsible for the design of this rocking chair expect the sales price to be £1,038, which is a bit too high for retirees.

The iRock is a new design furniture, which is combined with the iPad charging platform, the movement potential energy as energy harvesting will be a major challenge for the future.