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  1. Leaked early renders of Samsung's future Galaxy S22 Ultra smart phone is revealing that Samsung might intend on bringing back the Galaxy Note as a concept, just not in name as the renders show the phone with the distinctive oval for Samsung's S-Pen: From Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/09/galaxy-s22-ultra-renders-show-integrated-s-pen-galaxy-note-style-design/ The leaked renders are here: In contrast, the early renders for the S22 and S22+ reveal that they will for the most part going to be identical to t
  2. GoPro has announced another iteration of their action camera lineup, with the new Hero 10 Black: Via Tech Crunch and Engadget: https://techcrunch.com/2021/09/16/gopro-debuts-the-hero10-black-action-camera/ https://www.engadget.com/gopro-hero-10-review-a-big-invisible-upgrade-130041612.html Many hardware things from the Hero 9 Black carry over, including the sensor, but GoPro dropped in a new processor, the GP2, which improves image processing, improves camera responsiveness, boosts video recording frame rates across the board (adding 5.3K a
  3. I've heard them constantly mention Microsoft Teams, and have seen various screenshots from various members that are clearly from Teams... And Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 in the business and enterprise plans, so yes, I will say they are using Office 365.
  4. Hyundai is a massive Korean conglomerate, with hands in many sectors, such as automation and robotics.
  5. Canon has released more details about the upcoming R3, including some more specs: https://www.dpreview.com/news/5600618654/canon-eos-r3-will-shoot-30-fps-raw-bursts-with-oversampled-4k-and-8-stop-is We already knew about the back-side illuminated CMOS sensor, and it's ability to shoot 30 fps in RAW. We now know the camera will also have in-body image stabilization, and with compatible RF lenses, will provide up to 8 stops of image stabilization. Autofocus capabilities with improved face/eye/head and animal detection, plus new car and motorcycle tracking capa
  6. Sharp Electronics, a name that isn't well known in the smartphone industry has debuted its new Aquos R6 phone with a new trick up it's sleeve; a enormous 1" sensor, the biggest yet fitted to a smartphone, and was jointly developed with Leica: From GMSArena, Engaget and DP Review: https://www.gsmarena.com/sharp_aquos_r6_is_a_flagship_with_one_camera_and_a_huge_1_1_sensor-news-49137.php https://www.engadget.com/sharps-aquos-r-6-smartphone-has-a-1-inch-sensor-and-2000-nit-display-084637650.html https://www.dpreview.com/news/6700690282/s
  7. The dispute between Roku and Google has intensified, with Google deciding to do an end-run and integrate Youtube TV directly into their Youtube app on Roku: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/google-foils-rokus-youtube-tv-ban-adds-service-to-the-main-youtube-app/ Google is also considering sending free devices to Youtube TV subscribers as well, if they continue to face any issues with gaining access via their Roku devices. It very much seems like the dispute between Google and Roku is heating up, with neither side budging.
  8. Google and Roku are now butting heads again, after Roku pulled the Youtube TV app from their App Store: Via Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/roku-vs-google-part-2-the-youtube-tv-app-gets-pulled-from-the-roku-store/ This primarily affects the Youtube TV app, which is a Youtube subscription service that delivers live TV streams over the internet. While the app has been pulled from the store, existing users of the app on Roku devices will still be able to use the app, but new users won't be able to sign up. Both companies have mad
  9. Atomos has announced a number of new products, including the Ninja V+ and Ninjia Stream. Via DPReview: https://www.dpreview.com/news/6700488724/atomos-announces-new-ninja-v-monitor-recorder-with-8k-30p-4k-120p-support The Ninja V+ is perhaps the most notable of all, as it supports recording 8K/30p and 4K/120p with Apple ProRes RAW support with their external recorders. It will also feature 10-bit HEVC codec out of the box. Currently, Atomos only mentions 8K/30p ProRes RAW recording with Canon’s EOS R5 and 4K/120p ProRes RAW recording with the Z Cam
  10. Canon EOS RP with the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens? It'll be the only new full frame option near that price point.
  11. Youtube is building and using a custom-designed video transcoding chip for use to support video transcoding for uploaded content on Youtube. This is being reported by the Youtube Blog, and Ars Technica: https://blog.youtube/inside-youtube/new-era-video-infrastructure https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/youtube-is-now-building-its-own-video-transcoding-chips/ The new video transcoding chip is called "Argos", and is mounted on a full-length PCI-E card, with two chips per card. There is a giant heat sink that covers the entire card, and what appears to b
  12. Details are a bit thin, but Canon has announced development of a new EOS R3 camera, along with a couple of lenses as well: Via DPReview: https://www.dpreview.com/news/2152580168/canon-eos-r3-development-announced-high-end-full-frame-mirrorless https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/0931673290/canon-r3-what-do-we-know DPReview has a picture supplied by Canon of the new R3: So, what do we know? 1. It is using a brand new, Canon developed stacked, back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor with the tradi
  13. Another major Microsoft acquisition, this time purchasing Nuance Communications for about $20 billion: Via Axios and Ars Technica: https://www.axios.com/microsoft-readies-deal-frenzy-bbc807a2-fd5b-48a7-99d1-cf06d0a41547.html https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/04/microsoft-acquires-nuance-makers-of-dragon-speech-rec-for-16-billion/ Nuance Communications is perhaps best well known for speech recognition software, in particular Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and being the core technology behind Apple's Siri voice recognition features.
  14. This isn't new in advertising; see Wendy's Where's the Beef advertisement, and the advertisement that took the main character actor from that commercial and used in their's by Prego pasta sauce:
  15. Pro tip: If you are lying about your income on your taxes as a social media influencer, don't post about it on social media: Via the National Post: https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/the-cra-is-watching-you-auditors-scouring-social-media-for-unreported-income-from-influencers I suppose what they say is true about social media; if you choose to make a public post on social media, don't expect any privacy. Obviously, people need to pay their taxes, but it's something interesting when the government is going through one's social media
  16. OnePlus has signed a 3 year partnership agreement with Hasselblad, a camera manufacturer to ‘co-develop the next generation of smartphone camera systems’ inside OnePlus’ phones, starting with the upcoming launch of the OnePlus 9: Via DPReview: https://www.dpreview.com/news/3940514580/oneplus-3-year-partnership-hasselblad-reveals-9-series-smartphone-launch-details The partnership will see Hasselblad work alongside OnePlus to improve OnePlus' camera technology, starting first with the software side, such as colour tuning and sensor calibration, and w
  17. The judge and the court involved released the clip, per a Twitter statement: But talk about grace under pressure... I'm surprised no one else on the call was giggling their heads off...
  18. A bit of humourous news, but please remember to check your Zoom settings before starting any important meetings! Otherwise, you could end up in a unfortunate situation where you'll be in an important video conference, but thanks to a Zoom video filter, you'll be appearing as a talking cat, as one lawyer hilariously did during an virtual court hearing: https://www.dailydot.com/debug/lawyer-cat-filter-zoom/ The actual video clip of the incident is here:
  19. Tony Northrop apparently doesn't like the A1, noting issues with autofocus (issues with autofocus wandering, and eye, animal and bird AF being inconsistent and front-focusing), an inability to reach the stated 30fps against moving subjects, and if you are using a non-Sony lens, the A1 is apparently hard-coded to drop down to lower frame-rates, down to 15fps, and 8K recording is limited to 16 minutes due to overheating in standard mode: Otherwise, he praises the excellent EVF, the fast flash sync speed and the almost non-existent rolling shutter. But the price... th
  20. Any of the most recent Canon cameras can be used with Canon's EOS Webcam Utility, so you can use some of the most recent Canon cameras as a webcam directly with a USB cable.
  21. After Boston Dynamics dropped a video before the new year of their robots dancing, Boston Dynamics is moving to expand their Spot product lineup in response to customer feedback. Via IEEE Spectrum, Engadget and the livestream from Boston Dynamics's Youtube page: https://www.engadget.com/boston-dynamics-spot-enterprise-self-charging-spot-arm-153956229.html https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/boston-dynamics-spot-robot-arm The announcements are as follows: A new Spot Enterprise packag
  22. This via Ars Technica, whom is quoting various news outlets in Korea: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/01/lg-says-it-might-quit-the-smartphone-market/ To summarize, LG is considering a major shake up to their smartphone division, and leaving the smartphone business is on the table due to mounting losses and a shrinking market share, with a possible decision being made by January 26. Per a now deleted article that Ars is quoting, LG's senior management has directed their smartphone division to halt all research and development on new phones, except for the
  23. I'm finding that the NUC's are getting very popular as corporate and office computers, precisely because of their compactness. It seems Intel has a hit on their hands, and the fact that Intel keeps refreshing the lineup and adding to it says they are seeing good sales numbers as well.
  24. GM at the 2021 Virtual CES show announced a new business unit, Brightdrop, which is a ecosystem of electric and connected products targeting commercial clients in the logistics and delivery industries: From TechCrunch: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/12/gm-targets-delivery-companies-with-new-ev-business-unit-brightdrop/ Driving.ca: https://driving.ca/general-motors/auto-news/news/gms-new-brightdrop-sees-it-enter-the-electric-connected-commercial-delivery-biz GM has so far announced two products under Brightdrop; the first is an
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