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Emma Davenport

— Mobile Technology

Cathay Pacific to offer broadband on flights by 2012

By - July 9, 2010 1 Picture
Passengers boarding either a Cathay Pacific Airways or Dragonair jet in 2012 will be able to make use of broadband connectivity. This week, the airline confirmed an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide broadband access across its entire fleet with download speeds of up to 50Mbps (to the aircraft – not individual passengers), as well as call and data access for cell phones. Read More
— Space

NASA releases low-light space images captured with Nikon dSLRs

By - July 8, 2010 14 Pictures
At the end of 2009, Nikon managed to secure a nice little order from NASA for a bunch of D3S digital cameras and seven of its AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses. These were destined to be whisked off into space for photographic documentation. Now, humble earthlings are being given the chance to have a look at some of the rather spectacular images taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. To date, NASA has captured more than 700,000 images with its own Nikon equipment, showing off the D3S’ noise suppression features and how well it’s able to cope with the low-light conditions of space. Read More
— Medical

Non-contact sensors monitor patient heartbeats from a meter away

By - July 1, 2010 1 Picture
When rest is important to a patient, being rigged up to a heart monitor or disrupted whilst they sleep and having a cold stethoscope placed on their chest isn’t ideal. To get around this problem, a team of scientists at the University of Sussex, UK have successfully developed sensors that are able to detect a heartbeat up to a meter away. The Electric Potential Sensors (EPS) are the world’s first electrical sensors able to monitor heartbeats accurately whilst patients relax in their bed, or rest at home. This breakthrough device gives medical teams and health workers the chance to administer patient-friendly monitoring with minimum impact on mobility or personal space. Read More
— Space

1,400 megapixel telescope powered-up to spot earthbound asteroids

By - June 23, 2010 5 Pictures
If there’s a killer asteroid or comet hurtling towards Earth it’s probably best to know about it sooner rather than later. However, space is a big place and keeping our eyes out for these little blighters is no mean feat even with a mighty automated telescope to hand. Fortunately, astronomers in Hawaii have just announced they’ve successfully managed to boot up the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) telescope, also known as PS1. Working from dusk-to-dawn every night Pan-STARRS is able to map one-sixth of the sky each month, allowing astronomers to track every moving object, calculate their orbits and identify any potential threats to Earth. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Rayqual adapters get your Canon and Nikon lenses on Sony NEX compact cameras

By - June 17, 2010 4 Pictures
Sony recently released a couple of interchangeable lens cameras – theNEX-3 and NEX-5. Although these models are great for boosting the functionality and flexibility of a compact, being tied down to Sony lenses would probably end up being a bit frustrating. What if you're a keen photographer who has already invested in other lenses from the likes of Canon and Nikon? What if you wanted to be able to take the lighter-weight compact with you now and again and maybe pop one of your old lenses in your bag? Japanese manufacturer Rayqual has snapped up this opportunity, releasing an additional range of adapters available for shipping from July 2010. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Adobe Lightroom 3: New features introduced since the public beta

By - June 7, 2010 4 Pictures
If you’re a fan of Adobe’s indispensable digital darkroom software, Lightroom then chances are you might have already had a nose around some of its new features and improvements in the beta. Although most of the major updates were introduced during this public pre-release we’re pleased to say a few more features have come to light in the final version announced today. Read More
— Digital Cameras

PMA 2011, Las Vegas set to open its doors to the public for the first time

By - June 4, 2010 1 Picture
The dates for 2011’s PMA International Convention and Trade Show have been confirmed. In an unexpected twist, rather than being held in its traditional first quarter slot, the convention has been moved from February to September. The event will now be taking place September 8-10, 2011, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The shift in dates has been attributed to changes in “industry buying cycles and technology developments." More significant, though, is the announcement that the convention will be open to the public on September 10, with photo enthusiasts welcome throughout the day. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Underwater HD camcorder antics with Sanyo's new Xacti

By - June 2, 2010 4 Pictures
Sanyo has confirmed it will be expanding its range of gun-shaped Dual Camera Xacti devices this month with the launch of the DMX-CA100 - a full HD Dual camera suitable for underwater use. Able to withstand up to 3 meters of water, the Sanyo DMC-CA100 will have the capacity to record up to 60 minutes of full HD video MPEG-4 files (1920 x 1080 pixels). This device will also be able to capture 14-megapixel still images. Available in black, yellow or pink, sales for the Sony Xacti DMX-CA100 will start at the end of June 2010. Final prices have yet to be announced. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Canon releases compact "Scan-tini" scanner for Mac workers on the move

By - May 27, 2010 1 Picture
With so many mobile workers and executives lured in by the lightweight appeal of the MacBook, it seems crazy there isn't already a raft of compact, Mac-specific scanners on the market. Now, Canon is putting things right with the launch of the lightweight, portable imageFORMULA P-150M Scan-tini personal scanner, designed to shine with the Mac operating system. Read More
— Computers

HP joins Team AMD for release of more than a dozen notebooks

By - May 18, 2010 3 Pictures
HP has boosted its range of laptops quite substantially, with its largest single introduction of AMD-powered notebook PCs to date. Fourteen new machines are on offer in total, pitched towards both business customers and home users. All of the models in HP’s new notebook range include updated AMD multicore processors. Among the new brood is a set of Phenom II Dual-Core N620 systems promising to offer users up to 69 per cent faster performance than previous models. Read More
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