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Over the last few years, the ability to record HD video on a DSLR has gone from non-existent to a very common feature. The video quality DSLR cameras are capable of mean that a lot of video pros are using the cameras to record video. Many of those people are finding that it's hard to make smooth zoom transitions using the manual zoom lenses on most DSLR cameras.
Nikon filed a patent applicant back on June 3 2009 that surfaced last week that outlines a cool new lens that videographers and still shooters will really like for their DSLR cameras. The lens has a method to allow for manual focus and to allow for automatic focus on one lens. The automatic zoom would be used for smoothly zooming in on the subject when making video.
The manual focus option could be used when taking still photos where speed is more important than zooming smoothly. The lens would be controlled manually by twisting the lens like any DSLR user is familiar with and by hitting a button on the back of the camera body for automatic zoom. At this time, there is no word on when the lens will surface for people to purchase.
I would bet that just about everyone has read a Wikipedia page about one thing or another. There are pages for just about everything you can think of, even if some of those pages are suspect. If you like Wikipedia and want to be able to look at the pages you like without having to be online you can with a little gadget that has been around for a while called the WikiReader.
The WikiReader is a small square handheld device that has a touchscreen. You can type whatever subject you want to know into the device and it will then retrieve the listings about your search without needing a web connection. The device has all the wiki pages stored on its internal memory.
The company behind the WikiReader offers updates every so often that adds new content and changes to existing Wiki content to the device. The latest update also gets the users of the WikiReader access to 33,000 new eBooks. All of the eBooks come to the reader by way of Project Gutenberg and include titles ranging from the Bible to Walden according to Openmoko, the company that makes the WikiReader. You can pick one up right now for about $100.
Rumor has it that the Mac App Store will miss it's December 13 date and will also be released without Game Center support or in-app purchases, no ability to offer demos, trials or betas.
It is supposedly coming in January, which is still within Apple's promised 90 days when they first announced the App Store in October. Not long to find out, but Apple have done this before and eventually the extra upgrades are included after a while.
The peeps over at Gizmodo have an Apps Deal of the Day post today with has specials like Angry Birds Seasons for Android users (for FREE!) and Fruit Ninga HD for iPad for $1.19
There are a huge list of games on special (and an even bigger list of free games for iOS) today.
Live in Australia? Jealous of the current Black Friday sales? Apple fan or user? Well, don't feel left out - we have actually gotten a better deal. Yes, you read that right! Australia wins for once!
There's a few bargains to be had, iPad's are $51 off, iMac's are $121 off. MacBook Pro/Air are both $121 off also. iPod Nano's are $25 off and finally iPod touch is $51 off.
The collective sigh of Apple iOS past, present and future users has just rumbled over.
Mozilla today officially cancelled the project for Firefox Mobile on iOS.
The team behind the project posted on the Mozilla mobile blog today saying "no Firefox browser for the iPhone, also adding "technical and logistical restrictions that make it difficult, if not impossible, to build the full Firefox browser for the iPhone".
But, instead Mozilla will be putting all efforts into it's Firefox Home, which is a cloud-based add on for iOS devices.
They offered a list of upcoming features for Firefox Home, including: password synchronization from desktop installs of Firefox, social network integration and better integration with other iOS applications. The team also confirmed that work is being done on bringing Firefox Home to other platforms that currently lack a Firefox browser build - including, both Blackberry and Symbian platforms in the next few months.
Disappointing news for Firefox and iOS fans!
For Android handset users, Google released the Froyo 2.2 update a little while back now, but their Gmail team have been a bit slow with upgrading their Gmail e-mail App on the Android OS. There's now an update available in the Android Market for the new Gmail client.
There's a few features included, such as a new header at the top of a message, with buttons for "star, reply, reply all and forward" which means you no longer have to scroll to the bottom of the message to access those functions.
One feature (that I have waited for) is "show quoted text" to reveal the previous message. In the current Gmail app, you're required to try and press the previous message tab - which sometimes doesn't work as planned.
Got friends who run an Android or Blackberry - when you have an iPhone or iPad - and wished you could play games against each other? Well, rub your genie bottle one more time and that wish will come true.
Apple has reversed it's policy on rejecting apps that were created using cross-platform tools such as Adobe Flash CS5. Up until now Apple has been denying apps onto it's App Store if they were programmed in anything but their tools. Developers had to choose between putting apps on the App Store OR other phone app stores (like Google Androids "Market").
What does this mean you ask?
Now, developers can make games for both devices. Yes there were work arounds, but when the gates are let down on rules - people will adopt to them better. Apple most likely know this and have reversed their ruling - which is a good thing.
A new patent application has turned up from Apple that sounds interesting. The application is for sensors that would potentially let the user sign in just by picking the iPhone up.
The system uses a series of sensors in the case of the phone that would read the person's heart rate while holding the phone. The iPhone would be able to tell if the user was authorized by analyzing the heartbeat.
Exactly how the analysis would work is unclear. I wonder if you took set up your login while resting and then tried to access the phone with your heart rate increased from exercise if you would let you in.
There's a new language translation app coming out for the iPhone which looks to be very well thought out and should be embraced by travellers as the perfect companion in times when you'd otherwise be left scratching your head.
Converse iPhone app is a double ended multilingual translator that provides face-to-face instant messaging between people of different languages. It's designed in such a way that messages from either end of a single iPhone can be written at the same time and displayed to the person on the other end.
51 different languages are selectable as are non-Latin keyboards for languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Czech, Hebrew and Ukrainian.
The publisher's website is said to be going live very soon.