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DIY DSLR anti-blur hack is cool and looks complex

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Generally, when I shoot pics with my DSRL I don't have a problem with blur if I am outside where it is bright thanks to a really fast shutter. Inside or when I try to shoot pics in the dark things are different though. I end up with blur almost every time thanks to the fact that my D80 lacks any anti-blur tech inside.


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I guess I could buy a lens that has the technology in it, but I rarely need it. If you are like me and don't want to spend the money, it costs to get a lens to reduce blur in your pics and you have a DIY penchant this new hack at Hack A Day might be just what you need. The builder took an Arduino board and connected it with a Bluetooth modem, 3-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, and a camera trigger.


The smaller camera you see on the side isn't a part of the final rig and is there to help tweak the algorithm that removes blur. The final product controls the camera shutter and supposedly does a good job of removing image blur. I think I'd rather just fight the blur or buy a lens that have to use that thing, but it is really cool.

Active Media Products launches new 1.8-inch upgrade SSDs for MacBook Air and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 7:02 pm

There are many small notebooks out there that use tiny 1.8-inch PATA HDDs inside that owners might like to update. The catch is that the small HDDs that the machines use don't have a ton of upgrade options available. Active Media Products has added a new upgrade path for owners of the machines that is a line of fast SSDs.


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The new line is called the SaberTooth ZF Turbo ZIF SSD and it is offered in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. All of the SSDs use the same thin 1.8-inch 5mm thick form factor. The drives use special power saving circuits that will help extend the battery life of the notebook the drive is used inside.


The drives use MLC NAND flash and have ECC for better reliability. They also use wear leveling algorithms and ship with the screwdriver and instructions needed for the install. The SSDs will fit a number of small and portable notebooks that are on the market including the original MacBook Air, Acer Aspire One, and machines from Dell, Asus, Samsung, Sony, and a lot more. Prices are $129.95 for 32GB, $189.95 for 64GB, and $349.95 for the 128GB SSD.

Silicon Power ups storage capacity in 600x CF card line

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 6:06 pm

The brand of DSLR camera you purchase has a lot to do with the sort of storage format that the camera needs. The closer you get to a true professional DSLR the more likely you are to need pro storage rather than the more consumer focused SD cards. Silicon Power has unveiled a new larger capacity CF card for DSLR shooters that has lots of speed and storage space.




The card is called the Silicon Power 600x compact Flash Card and the thing has been around in capacities of 8GB to 32GB already. The latest update to the line brings a new 64GB capacity to the family. The memory card promises file transfers of up to 90MB/s. The cards use the ATA interface and consume little power when in use.


The new memory card supports 8-bit and 16-bit host data transfer. It also supports PIO mode6 / MWDMA4 / UDMA6. The memory card also has ECC and wear leveling for longer life and less errors. Pricing and availability on the new card is unknown.

Facebook lands $1.5 billion in new investments

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 5:04 pm

Facebook started as the new guy in the social networking scene a few years ago when MySpace was dominating the market in the US. Facebook had more cool to it than MySpace though and users started flocking to Facebook and away from MySpace. Today MySpace is nearly at an end.




While MySpace sinks, Facebook is riding the tide of success to new heights all the time. The latest round of financing for Facebook has happened over the last month or so. The interesting part to me is that Facebook didn't seek more money; Goldman Sacs approached Facebook with an offer for investing in the company.


Over the last several weeks, Facebook has taken in $500 million of new investment and an additional $1 billion in new investment from overseas. Facebook could have taken as much as $1.5 billion from the overseas investors and actually turned some of the money offered down. Facebook reports it has no plans to use the money right now and will use it as cash reserves. Facebook is valued at $50 billion.

Monday Afternoon Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 4:57 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 24th, 2011




- Zotac Zbox Blu-ray AD03 HTPC @ tbreak

- Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Notebook @ Techreviewsource




- ASUS P8P67 Deluxe @ Hardware Overclock

- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 @ Ocaholic

- Foxconn P67A-S motherboard @ Funkykit

- Asus M4A87TD/USB3 Motherboard @ Kitguru

- Zotac H67-ITX & ECS H67H2-I motherboards @ tbreak




- Sparkle GeForce GT430 1024MB DDR3 Low Profile @ Testfreaks

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Hacker selling access to government websites for under $500

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 4:16 pm

When you make the laws and rules that govern data security and safety online, you expect that the rule makers will follow them. That isn't always the case though. Hackers are always trying to find their way though the security around websites in the private and government sectors for all sorts of nefarious uses. Apparently, one hacker has succeeded in getting around the security on some government websites and is selling the access to the highest bidder.


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According to Imperva it found an auction online from a hacker that claims to be selling access to the US Army CECOM website for under $500. The same hacker also offers access to other civilian, government and military websites for prices running from $33 to $499. The use for the access is apparently to steal user data stored on the servers.


A thousand records will cost the buyer $20 each for some sites. The data can then be used to break into other accounts. Indications are that information on 300,000 people has been stolen from the sites. The exact method used to hack the sites is unknown, but Imperva suspects the hacker used SQL injection.

Radeon HD 6990 Antilles spotted

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 10:11 am

AMD's Matt Skynner has teased the world with the upcoming dual-GPU based Radeon HD6990. The HD6990 codenamed "Antilles" will feature two 40nm "Cayman" GPU's.


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Although this one will be a different style of card compared to the HD5970 in the way that it uses a cylindrical blower (like the ones used in air-conditioners) to draw air from the rear portion of the cooler, circulate the air through the complex vapour-chamber enhanced heatsink inside.

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Killzone 3 gets open beta next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 9:51 am

Killzone 3 gets its beta started on February 2nd. Within the next month we have betas of Crysis 2 and now Killzone 3, on 360 and PS3 respectively. Come February 2, North American PlayStation 3 owners are able to try out the multiplayer portion of Killzone 3.


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The demo includes one map called "Frozen Dam" but includes four different modes of play. The beta winds up on February 14th just in time for Valentines Day.

Download of the Day: SUPER v2011 build 44

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 8:22 am

Our Download of the Day today is SUPER v2011 build 44.


SUPER is an easy-to-use Multimedia Encoder and Player, requiring only one simple click.


If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert or play any Multimedia file, without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER is all you need.


SUPER supports any Multimedia file format. SUPER plays files that cannot be played with WMP or even other libavcodec-based players like MPC and VLC. SUPER also plays and saves Internet Media Streams of different protocols (mms://, rtsp://, and http://).


SUPER is the fastest and simplest tool to encode full-length movies to any other format without any time or function limitation. It does NOT require any additional external codecs. They're all built in!


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Deal of the Day: Lenovo Video Docking System for Only $52 with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 24, 2011 7:34 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Lenovo US (ThinkPad) - Lenovo Video Docking System for Only $52 with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: Thanks to stackable ecoupon, you get 60% off this $129 video docking system to make it just $52. Even shipping is free! You get a DVI-I output, 4 additional USB 2.0 plugs, 10/100 Mbps ethernet, mic and headphone plugs for your speakers, all in a compact body. At $52, it's the lowest we've ever seen it. Use ecoupon: USPC11J36576 (expires 1/24/11 or while supplies last)


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