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And just like that, the mirrorless camera sector just got a whole lot more interesting. While Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and even Nikon have thrown their hats in the ring, the Micro Four Thirds / compact camera world has been missing a major player for years: Canon. But that's changing tonight, as Canon unveils its EOS M Digital Camera. It took quite a long time for Canon to get a mirrorless competitor to the market, but the specifications make clear that the company isn't taking the challenge lightly. It has the specs of a Rebel T4i, but a size that's far smaller. There's an 18MP APS-C CMOS image... Read more...
Sony may be most likely to be associated with their VAIO notebooks and slimmer-than-slim HDTVs, but the company's camera modules are pretty stellar. The NEX line of mirrorless cameras are giving everyone else in that market a run for their money, and now the company is unveiling a next-gen back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that's more capable of capturing more precise imagery in the same size form factor as before. This image sensor layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit section for signal processing, which is in place... Read more...
If an image is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand images worth? What they're not worth is your time waiting for them to load on a Web page. While the Web is primarily a visual medium, the more image-heavy a Web page becomes, the longer it takes to load before you can see its entire contents. Even pages with just a few images can take a seemingly inordinate amount of time to load if the images aren't properly optimized for Web viewing. Everyone from professional Web page designers to casual bloggers walk the delicate line between including relevant content on a page and causing download... Read more...
We recently got a chance to get some hands-on time with ASUS' upcoming Eee Box PC and snapped off a few pictures we thought you'd all like to see.  If you're unfamiliar with the Eee Box, it's a play off of ASUS' popular Eee PC, but designed for desktop users.  Take a look...        Asus Eee Box We're not able to disclose the actual specifications of the final version just yet, but a full review is forthcoming, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you'd like to check out some of the information that has already been released regarding the Eee... Read more...
Google has a pretty reliable algorithm for determining page rank on text searches. All sorts of attempts are made to game the system, by both legitimate and unscrupulous Search Engine Optimization schemes alike, but those strategies always seem to fail in the long run. But put a search query into Google Images, especially with safe-search turned off, and you'll get a bizarre assortment of pictures to look at. That's because image searches generally just comb through the associated text appended to images. It's the reason why if you're an ornithologist looking for pictures of birds with bright blue... Read more...
When DirectX 10 was first introduced to the market by graphics manufacturers and subsequently supported by Windows Vista, it was generally  understood that adoption by game developers was going to be more of a slow  migration than a quick flip of a switch. That said, nearly a year later, the  question is how far have we come?In this HotHardware article, we showcase  many of the most popular DX10-capable games, like Bioshock, World In  Conflict, Call of Juarez, Lost Planet, and Company of Heroes, and feature current image quality comparisons versus DX9 modes with each.  The... Read more...
DirectX 10 (DX10) has been one of the hottest topics for discussion and news coverage since the first DX10 compliant hardware appeared in the second half of last year. Touted as the biggest milestone in games development since programmable shaders were introduced with DirectX 8, nearly seven years ago, DX10 has generated a lot of buzz. Unlike the older versions of DirectX which were each built on top of the previous version, DirectX 10 is a completely new beast. With Windows Vista, Microsoft fundamentally changed the way drivers are designed, and they also completely redesigned DirectX from the... Read more...
Google saves too much information about you, and keeps it too long. At least that's the general consensus among privacy watchdogs and various governmental agencies. But Marissa Mayer, VP of Search for Google, said Google is trying to find a way for Google to allow you to explicitly consent to archiving your search data for longer than the current standard 18 months, in an effort to more finely tune search results to the user and return them faster. Speaking at a press event in Paris, Ms Mayer said: "Personalised search tracks and shows you in your search history the clicks and trends... Read more...
Remember those hidding images on the Windows Vista DVDs we talked about just the other day? If not, you can check them out right here.  Well, it turns out the images are a mix of images from the public domain and pictures of the team that worked on the Windows Vista hologram.  Nick White from the official Windows Vista Blog talks about the images and explains why they're on the discs in the first place... "The real story is interesting, but conspiracy theorists will be disappointed to learn that it is not the result of a deliberate attempt to deceive.  The photo displays members of the team who... Read more...
I spy with my little eye something that doesn't belong!  Here's a clue, it's big, square, and green.  Yep, you guessed it.  It's the oddly placed, lone AMD umbrella flanked by dozens of Intel umbrellas outside of an eatery at this year's Computex... Now if that image isn't reminiscent of AMD's current situation with Intel I don't know what is. :)  This had to be such a funny thing to see for all of the hardcore geeks out in Taipei this past week.... Read more...
AMD Ushers in Breathtaking Multimedia for Mobile Devices with Next-Generation AMD Imageon Media Processors - New AMD Technology Enables Handheld Manufacturers to Captivate Consumers with Remarkable Video, Audio and Imaging - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - February 12, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD Imageon 2298, 2294 and 2192 media processors, offering ultra-fast, high-resolution image processing, DVD-quality video and high-definition audio for compelling mobile multimedia experiences. These new processors further enhance the industry-leading AMD Imageon family of discrete media processors,... Read more...
The problem with machine vision is that the cameras are two-dimensional recorders of three-dimensional scenes. Objects in an image may be obscured by lighting, occluded by obstacles or camouflaged by similar colors in the background. Sophisticated software can sometimes piece together objects from subtle cues, such as when two camera positions are used to reveal parallax. But such algorithms take time to run, making them inappropriate for real-time applications, like automobile collision avoidance. Now one company claims to have solved the problem with a real-time 3-D camera that uses pixel-level... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is only weeks away from public consumption, so it's time to start getting informed on all of the new features and intricacies of the new OS, if you haven't already done so that is.  APC Magazine has an informative article on-line today dealing with Vista's new image-based installation process. "Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. So how does it adjust to your... Read more...
With shrinking feature sizes, smaller and smaller form factor devices are coming to market. Imagine this little image processor coupled with bluetooth embedded in such devices as key chains, pens and other small form factor devices. James Bond would have a ball with this type of technology. I wonder what the power requirements will be? The new Micron image sensor (product number MT9M019) captures 30 frames per second (fps) at full 1.3-megapixel resolution (1,280 by 1,024 pixels) or 60 fps at VGA resolution (640 by 480 pixels), allowing for high-quality, seamless video. Additionally, another critical... Read more...
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