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Paul Ridden

Paul Ridden

While Paul is loath to reveal his age, he will admit to cutting his IT teeth on a TRS-80 (although he won't say which version). An obsessive fascination with computer technology blossomed from hobby into career before the desire for sunnier climes saw him wave a fond farewell to his native Blighty in favor of Bordeaux, France. He's now a dedicated newshound pursuing the latest bleeding edge tech for Gizmag.

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— Music

ToneWoodAmp pushes digital effects through an acoustic guitar's body

By - September 24, 2014 4 Pictures
Acoustic players looking to augment the natural sound of their guitars with live effects may well have to succumb to a world of cables, amps and stomps to do so. Ofer and Helene Webman out of Phoenix, AZ, have developed a smartphone-sized box called the ToneWoodAmp – or Twamp for short – that brings the kind of effects enjoyed by electric guitarists to acoustic pickers without needing to route the instrument through a big power amp. Read More
— Digital Cameras

In pictures: A look back at Photokina 2014

By - September 22, 2014 60 Pictures
Every two years Cologne in Germany goes photo crazy. Photokina is the focal point for everyone who is passionate about taking photographs or recording video, or sitting back to enjoy looking at both. Over the past week, Gizmag has covered the big news coming out of Germany. Now we take a look at some new releases that didn't make the front page, and catch up with some show favorites. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Jobo's LensTrue system auto corrects perspective distortion

By - September 20, 2014 5 Pictures
Image manipulation software like Photoshop can be used to correct perspective distortion in photographs. But, says Germany's photo equipment veteran Jobo, the results can only ever be something similar to real proportions, and approximating perspective by sight and experience is time-consuming and cumbersome at best. The LensTrue system combines an electronic inclinometer that sits underneath the user's camera with advanced software that automatically deskews the captured RAW image to the correct perspective. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Polaroid's Socialmatic camera edges closer to production

By - September 17, 2014 9 Pictures
ADR Studio first revealed the Socialmatic concept design back in 2012. A year later Polaroid announced that the chunky photo sharing and printing camera would hit stores by the close of 2014. When Gizmag visited the company's booth at Photokina, that shipping target looks to have been refined again, with a possible "in time for the holidays" window being replaced by a probable Q1 2015 release. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Samsung aims for the pros with the NX1 compact system camera

By - September 15, 2014 14 Pictures
Samsung today announced a new mirrorless camera that was designed by professionals for professionals. The NX1 features the latest DRIM image engine, a brand new 28 megapixel BSI sensor, super quick autofocus and a high ISO sensitivity range. The new pro level camera is also capable of 4K video recording and can send UHD footage to a high resolution TV wirelessly. Read More
— Electronics

Smartwatches and monster TVs: A look back at IFA 2014

By - September 11, 2014 50 Pictures
The sun has now set on Europe's biggest consumer technology show, exhibitors are packing away their wares and cleaning crews are moving in. Though smartwatches and big curved UHD televisions were just about everywhere at IFA 2014, exhibitors had plenty of other gadgets and gizmos to show to the bustling crowds pounding the halls of Berlin's Messe. Join Gizmag as we look through some of our favorites, a few that didn't make our main event coverage and one or two snaps from the show itself. Read More
— Electronics

There's much more to E Ink than e-Readers

By - September 10, 2014 9 Pictures
Being able to shrink your entire hardback collection down to a single device that you can carry with you everywhere is not the only thing that convinced legions of bookworms to swap paper for e-Readers. If it wasn't for the low fatigue reading experience offered by E Ink, devices like the Kindle and Kobo may not have become quite as popular as they are. But, as E Ink's Director of Product Management Giovanni Mancini told Gizmag at IFA this last week, the low power display technology is finding its way into much more than just e-Readers. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Creative takes aim at pro gamers with audiophile-grade Sound Blaster X7

By - September 9, 2014 5 Pictures
Creative Technologies has combined its audio processing know-how with high end audiophile-grade components and specifications for a new addition to the Sound Blaster audio family that's been developed to wrap serious gamers in high resolution sonic goodness. The new X7 boasts more features than any Sound Blaster before it, including a built-in power amp, cross-platform connectivity and intelligent audio enhancement technologies. Read More
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