Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone By Clip Syndicate Sony’s QX series of cameras is an oddity, but one that the company is apparently still committed to – a new leak from Sony Alpha Rumors reveals a treasure trove of press images depicting a so-called “QX1″ model, which takes the basic concept of the QX10 and QX100 smartphone camera accessories and adds interchangeable lenses.

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If Apple Makes A Move Into Mobile Payments, It Could Not Come At A Better Time By Clip Syndicate Apple, the reports say, will add NFC technology to the iPhone 6, and it will debut a mobile wallet-style service that could include integrations with American Express, Visa and MasterCard and possibly PayPal to enable physical, in-store payments using the smartphone.

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Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year By Clip Syndicate according to IDC, tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year. The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. Tablet sales won’t catch PC sales for a lenghtyperiod of time. Another point of context: Quarterly smartphone sales are substantially larger than yearly tablet sales, a gap that is increasing. And as only smartphones of the group are growing quickly, we shouldn’t expect the internal ranking order to change much.

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SoftBank, Sprint To Offer Sony Xperia Smartphone For First Time By Clip Syndicate Sources with knowledge of the matter said SoftBank Corporation is to offer Sony Corporation smartphones for the first time, selling the upcoming Xperia handset both in Japan and through subsidiary Sprint Corporation in the United States. Four sources told Reuters that Sony's Xperia Z3, its next flagship smartphone expected to be unveiled at next week's IFA tech expo in Berlin, will be available in time for the winter holiday season in both countries. ...Read More »
SoftBank's First Sony Smartphone Deal Takes Aim At U.S. Market By Clip Syndicate Japan's SoftBank and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market. The deal could give a much-needed boost to Sony's struggling mobile division, which last month said it no longer expected to make a profit in the year to next March. SoftBank, Japan's second most valuable company, is pushing price cuts and promotions at Sprint while unveiling joint smartphone offerings to shore up the No. 3 U.S. carrier, after U.S. regulators thwarted its hopes for a merger to give it the scale to take on bigger rivals.

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New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone By Clip Syndicate Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and could announce at a Sept. 9 event.

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Two Very Different Nexus X Models Might Launch This Year By Clip Syndicate Unlike in previous years when it only released one Nexus smartphone at a time, Google might be changing its tune this year as the company may have plans to launch two different sized Nexus X models, both made by Motorola. Accidental Nexus X store listing reveals new details Phone Arena reports that Motorola is apparently testing 5.9-inch and 5.2-inch versions of the Moto S , and the one that will actually launch depends on the public’s reaction to the upcoming Moto X+1 flagship handset.

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No Instant Success By Larry O Connor We love the observations of people "he's an overnight success" and "boy it must be great to be the big boss and give everyone orders." There's no such thing as an overnight success and it's tough being the boss and making people really believe the ultimate success or destruction of the company is based on how well they manage what they do and how they manage their failures because...they'll come. The CEO of OWC has some great advice for dealing with the challenges, the opportunities. ...Read More »
Instagram Reveals Stunning Tech Behind Its New Hyperlapse App By Clip Syndicate Instagram released a new app this week called Hyperlapse , an app that makes it simple for users to create seamless time-lapse videos on iPhone or iPad. Now, Instagram is offering a look at how the app was built from a technical perspective on the Instagram Engineering Blog . One of Hyperlapse's lead engineers, Alex Karpenko, describes how the team could successfully create time-lapses with a smartphone without needing a steadicam mount. It requires a good deal of video stabilization.

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BlackBerry Teams With Verizon To Keep Business Away From Android And IOS By Clip Syndicate As BlackBerry struggles to regain momentum in the smartphone market, it is looking for ways to hold on to its existing clients, which is why a partnership with Verizon could be huge for enterprise customers. Verizon announced this week that if a business decides to stick with BlackBerry, it will receive up to $150 in bill credits for every legacy device it upgrades. ...Read More »
Time Warner Cable Hit By Service Outage For Almost Two Hours By Clip Syndicate Time Warner Cable the second-largest U.S. cable operator, experienced a major network outage early Wednesday morning that shut down Internet services for almost two hours. The outage, which the company said was caused by routine network maintenance, affected 2 percent of the routed networks in the United States. It was not known how many customers lost Internet service or cable television service. Spokesman Bobby Amirshahi said the outage occurred at around 4:30 a.m. ...Read More »
Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Makes Mobile Timelapse And Steady Video Capture Easy By Clip Syndicate Instagram is building new apps that aim to do more with mobile photography, and Wired reports today that they’re launching Hyperlapse. The app allows you to make timelapse videos, using standard video captured with your smartphone camera on the fly. The app is due to be released at 10 AM Pacific Time today. It offers iPhone users a way to make professional looking timelapses--without expensive photography equipment like pro cameras, steady-mounts or tripods. ...Read More »
For The First Time, More People Will Watch MLB.tv Streams On Devices Than Desktops By Clip Syndicate On August 26th of 2002, Major League Baseball streamed its first live MLB.tv videoof a game to the web — a tiny, grainy little player that looks laughable in comparison to today’s HD streams you hold in your palm. This month, 12 years later, the MLB says that it projects that over 51% of its monthly live streams will be watched on ‘connected’ and mobile devices in August. ...Read More »
For The First Time, More People Will Watch MLB.tv Streams On Devices Than Desktops By Clip Syndicate On August 26th of 2002, Major League Baseball streamed its first live MLB.tv videoof a game to the web — a tiny, grainy little player that looks laughable in comparison to today’s HD streams you hold in your palm. This month, 12 years later, the MLB says that it projects that over 51% of its monthly live streams will be watched on ‘connected’ and mobile devices in August. ...Read More »
Jumping Genres on "Trent & Isabella" Close your eyes and picture the first time you watched "The Maltese Falcon." Now do the same with "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Can you picture the soft shadows and tenseness of film noire? How about the heightened details of spaghetti westerns where you can see every hair on a face and every bead of sweat? Both genres of film have very distinct feelings, color schemes and emotional responses. Now shake your head, mix them together and imagine what it would look like if you combined the two. You would get "Trent & Isabella." ...Read More »
Deepak Chopra Backs Art Marketplace GlobeIn By Clip Syndicate GlobeIn , an online marketplace where you purchase art and handmade goods from around the world, has the backing of an unusual investor — spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. It’s also launching its first iOS app today. To do that, it has built a network of “Artisan Helpers” who photograph the artisans, record their stories, and help them use the necessary technology.

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Documenting A Road Trip Via Video By David Hague The Monaro is to be wired up with a phalanx of camcorders; a Kaiser Baas dashcam is mounted on the windscreen with a 64GB Sandisk card, a Sony HDD DCR-SR200 Handycam is on a Hague headrest mount (no relation by the way), and a Canon Legria Mini-X 'action cam' is to perform roving boundary rider camcorder duties when not mounted to another Hague mount, a suction based heavy duty unit kitted out with Manfrotto hardware. Audio is also well catered for too. An Azden wireless mic setup with a label lav mic will record dialogue to a Samsung Recorder, a RØDE VideoMic Go on the Sony will record ambience, suitably backed up with a RØDE Videomic 2 on the Legria. ...Read More »
Mounting Camera To Auto Headset By David Hague I have been asked by a few people to give some more nuts'n'bolts information on the mounts I have in the Monaro. First up, we'll look at the headrest mount. It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts. ...Read More »
Job Alert for 8-21-14 By Clip Syndicate Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this fall in Cabot. A temporary hiring center has opened at 1102 S. Pine St. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com. Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.* Interested veterans may find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com. Walmart provides a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time associates. For example, it provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance. The majority of new associates will begin work in October to help prepare the store for its grand opening. Concentra is looking for talented professionals who will embrace and personify the Company values of: A Healing Focus, A Selfless Heart, and A Tireless Resolve. Successful candidates will be those who exemplify the welcoming, respectful & skillful behaviors that support our Company focus on excellence in health, wellness, customer service and a passion for lifestyle change. Under supervision, assists the Center Administrator in the supervision and coordination of activities of Center staff to ensure optimal level of center operations and customer satisfaction according to Concentra policies, practices and procedures. Assists in planning and preparing work schedules and assigns colleagues to specific duties. Assists in ensuring the financial performance of the center. Assists in developing and maintaining new policies, procedures and training programs for the assigned center. Assists with hiring, training, and evaluating Center operations colleagues in consultation with Human Resources. Assists Center Medical Director with the hiring, training, disciplining and terminating of back office personnel. Assists in the preparation and review of operational reports and schedules to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Assists Center Administrator in conjunction with Human Resources in the implementation of Human Resource policies and procedures for Center personnel. Assists in preparing annual budgets. Assists with on-site tours and training of Center personnel to present clinic services to clients to ensure achievement of established goals. Provides technical support and/or resources to client and Center personnel. Assists with managing on-site nursing services provided by Center to client companies, including billing counseling, and supervision of on-site personnel. Assists in enhancing communication between Client Company and Center and identification of problems with service to clients. Supervises testing by medical staff to ensure proper performance, and ensures all certifications are current and regulatory procedures are adhered. Assists in monitoring marketplace trends and gathers competitive information. Assists in coordinating and consolidating services with local vendors to obtain best prices for goods and services obtained. Facilitates productivity and customer service. Performs other duties, as assigned. A key member of the Membership, Volunteer, Program Department, the Membership Specialist is responsible for developing, retaining, and increasing girl/adult membership in assigned geographic area; recruits and provides ongoing support to volunteers; assists in developing and implementing plans for membership extension in all markets; represents and extends Girl Scouting in the community through presentations, collaborative efforts, and networking; and ensures the Girl Scout Program is visible and accessible within assigned geographic area. MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Recruit volunteers to work with girls in a variety of settings using traditional and non-traditional means. 2. Develops and administers effective special short-term programs focused on recruitment of girls 3. Effectively identifies, analyzes, and solves problems, and successfully handles conflict resolution in assigned areas. 4. Establishes and maintains contact with community organizations and educational institutions to deliver Girl Scouting to underserved girls by implementing programs under the guidance and supervision of the Council’s Program Director. 5. Encourages and supports Service Units and volunteers in their areas under the guidance of the Volunteer Pathways Department 6. Recruits, trains, and provides on-going support, supervision, and direction to administrative volunteers in assigned geographic areas by interpreting GSUSA and council policies, standards, and procedures, and by ensuring the availability of support services to enable volunteers to carry out their jobs effectively. ...Read More »
Job Alert for 8-21-14 By Clip Syndicate Walmart will hire up to 95 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this fall in Cabot. A temporary hiring center has opened at 1102 S. Pine St. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested applicants may also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com. Through Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, the company will offer a job to any qualified veteran who has been honorably discharged within the past 12 months.* Interested veterans may find out more at http://walmartcareerswithamission.com. Walmart provides a benefits program to eligible full- and part-time associates. For example, it provides a variety of affordable health and well-being benefits including health-care coverage with no lifetime maximum. Walmart also offers eligible associates matching 401(k) contributions of up to 6 percent of pay, discounts on general merchandise, an Associate Stock Purchase Program and company-paid life insurance. Additionally, eligible associates receive a quarterly incentive based on store performance. The majority of new associates will begin work in October to help prepare the store for its grand opening. Concentra is looking for talented professionals who will embrace and personify the Company values of: A Healing Focus, A Selfless Heart, and A Tireless Resolve. Successful candidates will be those who exemplify the welcoming, respectful & skillful behaviors that support our Company focus on excellence in health, wellness, customer service and a passion for lifestyle change. Under supervision, assists the Center Administrator in the supervision and coordination of activities of Center staff to ensure optimal level of center operations and customer satisfaction according to Concentra policies, practices and procedures. Assists in planning and preparing work schedules and assigns colleagues to specific duties. Assists in ensuring the financial performance of the center. Assists in developing and maintaining new policies, procedures and training programs for the assigned center. Assists with hiring, training, and evaluating Center operations colleagues in consultation with Human Resources. Assists Center Medical Director with the hiring, training, disciplining and terminating of back office personnel. Assists in the preparation and review of operational reports and schedules to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Assists Center Administrator in conjunction with Human Resources in the implementation of Human Resource policies and procedures for Center personnel. Assists in preparing annual budgets. Assists with on-site tours and training of Center personnel to present clinic services to clients to ensure achievement of established goals. Provides technical support and/or resources to client and Center personnel. Assists with managing on-site nursing services provided by Center to client companies, including billing counseling, and supervision of on-site personnel. Assists in enhancing communication between Client Company and Center and identification of problems with service to clients. Supervises testing by medical staff to ensure proper performance, and ensures all certifications are current and regulatory procedures are adhered. Assists in monitoring marketplace trends and gathers competitive information. Assists in coordinating and consolidating services with local vendors to obtain best prices for goods and services obtained. Facilitates productivity and customer service. Performs other duties, as assigned. A key member of the Membership, Volunteer, Program Department, the Membership Specialist is responsible for developing, retaining, and increasing girl/adult membership in assigned geographic area; recruits and provides ongoing support to volunteers; assists in developing and implementing plans for membership extension in all markets; represents and extends Girl Scouting in the community through presentations, collaborative efforts, and networking; and ensures the Girl Scout Program is visible and accessible within assigned geographic area. MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Recruit volunteers to work with girls in a variety of settings using traditional and non-traditional means. 2. Develops and administers effective special short-term programs focused on recruitment of girls 3. Effectively identifies, analyzes, and solves problems, and successfully handles conflict resolution in assigned areas. 4. Establishes and maintains contact with community organizations and educational institutions to deliver Girl Scouting to underserved girls by implementing programs under the guidance and supervision of the Council’s Program Director. 5. Encourages and supports Service Units and volunteers in their areas under the guidance of the Volunteer Pathways Department 6. Recruits, trains, and provides on-going support, supervision, and direction to administrative volunteers in assigned geographic areas by interpreting GSUSA and council policies, standards, and procedures, and by ensuring the availability of support services to enable volunteers to carry out their jobs effectively. ...Read More »
ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
MAXON CINEMA4D R16 By Ko Maruyama My interest in MAXON is no mystery. As a motion graphics animator in Hollywood, working in several major promo design and VFX houses, I?ve seen CINEMA4D become a staple in designers' pipelines. Each time a new version of CINEMA4D is released, 3D motion graphics designers and VFX artists get excited to see what MAXON has in store for us. This year, R16 offers us a lot to be excited for. ...Read More »
After Effects World in Seattle By Ko Maruyama Future Media Concepts is hosting their second After Effects World conference for the application's users in Seattle, Washington. On September 25-28, animators and compositors from around the world will participate in discussions focused on the potential of the software. ...Read More »
Back to School with Boinx By Ko Maruyama Boinx software has been a helpful aid to instructors at many levels. Most notably, their simple Mousepose cursor highlighting and keystroke callouts has been the widely used and recognized. There are a few other applications by the company you may want to check out while their school sale period is in session. Many apps are 10% off and come with a Mousepose license. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Creates New Unit For Potential High-growth Assets By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry said on Monday it has created a new unit to house what many consider to be among its most promising assets - cryptographic applications, its QNX embedded software and Project Ion platform for connecting devices. The Canadian smartphone maker, which CEO John Chen is trying to revamp, said Sandeep Chennakeshu will start immediately as president of the BlackBerry Technology Solutions unit. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Creates New Unit For Potential High-growth Assets By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry said on Monday it has created a new unit to house what many consider to be among its most promising assets - cryptographic applications, its QNX embedded software and Project Ion platform for connecting devices. The Canadian smartphone maker, which CEO John Chen is trying to revamp, said Sandeep Chennakeshu will start immediately as president of the BlackBerry Technology Solutions unit. ...Read More »
'Advanced Warfare' Jumps Past Predecessors By Clip Syndicate The more customizable virtual army is one of several updates coming to the multiplayer mode of "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare," the latest installment of Activision Blizzard's wildly successful shoot-'em-up franchise. "Advanced Warfare," scheduled for release Nov. 4, is setting the 10-year-old military series' sights squarely on the future. The high-tech elements extend to the game's multiplayer matches, the addictive mode where "Call of Duty" players spend most of their time. ...Read More »
State TV: Iraq's Al-Maliki Gives Up Post To Rival By Clip Syndicate Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday — a move that could end a political deadlock that plunged Baghdad into uncertainty as the country fights a Sunni militant insurgency. The Iraqiya television network said al-Maliki has "relinquished the post of prime minister." It did not elaborate. Afak television, al-Maliki's private network, ran a bulletin saying "al-Maliki joins the greatest men of history by giving up posts. ...Read More »
An Oculus Rift In Every Home By Clip Syndicate Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift VR gaming system, has a simple ambition. Luckey, the 21-year-old founder of Oculus VR, is readying his machine for launch in 2015 and recently shipped Version 2 of the Software Development Kit. Oculus Rift is a head-mounted virtual reality system that has won widespread praise --and backing--from the likes of Jon Carmack and Gabe Newell. In a recent interview with Kotaku UK, Palmer said "We see one in every home. But, just at launch we need to be realistic.The people who are going to be buying this initially are going to be gamers--probably hardcore gamers--and they're going to be the ones with PCs most capable of running it."

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Night Trap Kickstarter Slams Nintendo; Applies For Nintendo License By Clip Syndicate The Night Trap Kickstarter soap opera took another twist yesterday, with organizer Tom Zito lashing out at Nintendo in a lengthy update, while pledging to apply to that same company for a Wii U release of the game, as a potential stretch goal. Zito's blog post recounts his animosity towards Nintendo due to an episode 20 years ago, when the original Night Trap, a schlocky horror game, was the subject of media and federal scrutiny into the game industry. Night Trap was subsequently withdrawn from sale.

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Night Trap Kickstarter Slams Nintendo; Applies For Nintendo License By Clip Syndicate The Night Trap Kickstarter soap opera took another twist yesterday, with organizer Tom Zito lashing out at Nintendo in a lengthy update, while pledging to apply to that same company for a Wii U release of the game, as a potential stretch goal. Zito's blog post recounts his animosity towards Nintendo due to an episode 20 years ago, when the original Night Trap, a schlocky horror game, was the subject of media and federal scrutiny into the game industry. Night Trap was subsequently withdrawn from sale.

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Night Trap Kickstarter Slams Nintendo; Applies For Nintendo License By Clip Syndicate The Night Trap Kickstarter soap opera took another twist yesterday, with organizer Tom Zito lashing out at Nintendo in a lengthy update, while pledging to apply to that same company for a Wii U release of the game, as a potential stretch goal. Zito's blog post recounts his animosity towards Nintendo due to an episode 20 years ago, when the original Night Trap, a schlocky horror game, was the subject of media and federal scrutiny into the game industry. Night Trap was subsequently withdrawn from sale.

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Content Insider #351 - Next Gen Payments By Miles Weston England has announced plans to bring back the "good ol days" - The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire." No they aren't planning on occupying countries again. This time they've set their sights on being the global center for cyber money. You know it's the money that exists as 1s and 0s on computers somewhere that some people are accepting as cold hard cash. Actually it makes perfect sense because there's no need today for thousands of different currency with floating degrees of value being held by millions of yesteryear's banks. One currency worldwide to pay for stuff that's made all over the globe. Makes sense once you think about it... ...Read More »
NVIDIA offers some major GPU muscle By Ko Maruyama Just in time for all of the crazy new supercharged software offerings from SIGGRAPH 2014, NVIDIA has given us the next generation of GPU muscle. This week at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA unveiled its Quadro GPUs which provide new tools and technologies. While it's not just for us VFX and Motion Graphics artists, the monster GPU power that sits behind the new lineup seems like it was made for us on the front line of these massive visual demands. ...Read More »
Content Insider - Video Storage By Miles Weston Most of the focus at the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) was on enterprise storage (nice but dull). One of the biggest audience sessions and greatest amount of discussion was how the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry relies so heavily on storage -- flash, SSD and HD. We spent some time with one of the largest production/post productioin storage providers and added details from the lively session that featured professionals and solution providers to discuss the industry's storage demands for speed, performance, capacity. ...Read More »
Lightwave3D & OctaneRender together By Ko Maruyama When SIGGRAPH comes around each year, new users and old alike look for the special offers that are often presented by brand new software companies, poised to lure visual effects artists to their program. This year, NewTek offers a huge bundle that includes a license for OTOY?s Octane Render 2.0 software. ...Read More »
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