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Kodak unveiled its own bitcoin miner at CES, will let you rent it for $3,400 for two years

12 Jan

If you thought Kodak news couldn’t get any stranger following the company’s debut of a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” called KODAKCoin earlier this week… you were wrong. In a further attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency mania currently spreading across the world, Kodak has debuted its own bitcoin mining machine at CES.

The bitcoin miner is called the Kodak KashMiner, and you can rent it for just $ 3,400 and keep a share of the profits you make mining bitcoin for the next 2 years.

We’ll give you a moment to let the absurdity of those last few sentences soak in before we attempt to put this madness in context.

Ready to move on? Okay.

First of all, here is the Kodak KashMiner in the flesh at CES 2018:

The deal, according to the pictures of Kodak’s pamphlet about the KashMiner, is that you can rent the machine on a 2-year contract for $ 3,400. From there, contends Kodak—who clearly know their stuff, having been publically interested in cryptocurrency for a full 48 hours now—you will earn approximately $ 750 per month, half of which you get to keep while the other half goes to a company called Spotlite Energy Systems in California.

At that rate ($ 375 per month), you’ll make $ 9,000 in 24 months, or approximately $ 5,600 in profit.

There’s just one problem with that line of thinking. Okay, actually, there are a few, as many people with actual cryptocurrency mining knowhow pointed out on the twittersphere as soon as news of Kodak’s bitcoin mining machine hit the headlines.

Basically, bitcoin mining will not produce the same output month after month for 2 full years, even in the unlikely even that the price stays at $ 14,000 per bitcoin. According to bitcoin economist Saifedean Ammous, mining difficulty is increasing by about 15% per month, which means your total output after 24 months will be a lot less than the advertised $ 9,000+. But even if Kodak’s numbers were correct, there’s one other problem.

It seems the KashMiner that Kodak is so graciously offering to rent you for $ 1,700 per year is just a rebranded Bitmain Antminer S9, an industry standard bitcoin miner that you can buy outright for just $ 2,320—a full $ 1,080 less than Kodak’s 2-year rental fee.

The Bitmain Antminer S9

Kodak’s initial cryptocurrency and blockchain announcement on Monday seemed, if a bit strange, at least not entirely crazy.

Using the blockchain for copyright registration and tracking makes sense (and has been done before), and if Kodak wants to create its own cryptocurrency for photographers, it’s a risk the company is more than welcome to take. In fact, at first, it seemed like a risk that was well worth taking, as Kodak’s stock more than tripled on the news.

But this bitcoin mining rental scheme feels like something else entirely. If the bitcoin experts speaking out about this online are correct, either Kodak has no idea what it’s doing, or this is a full-blown bitcoin mining scam.

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OnePlus 5T unveiled: edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera optimized for low light

17 Nov

OnePlus has just launched its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. The 5T carries over most of the internal components, including the Snapdragon 835 chipset, from its predecessor the OnePlus 5, but comes with a very obvious change on the exterior: The AMOLED screen now features an 18:9 aspect ratio and covers almost the entire front of the device, as it is en vogue this year.

Another important change can be found in the camera department: The 5T comes with the same 16MP main camera as the OnePlus 5, but instead of a telephoto module the secondary camera slot now houses a 20MP sensor that has been optimized for low-light performance.

Like on the main camera, the sensor is coupled with a fast F1.7 aperture, but is using what OnePlus calls ‘Intelligent Pixel Technology’ to merge four pixels into one, reducing image noise and improving sharpness. The system kicks in at light levels lower than 10 Lux… which is pretty dim.

Of course, a background-blurring portrait mode is on board as well, and a new multi-frame algorithm helps improve image quality when using the function in low light. OnePlus also says the new camera setup offers a similar zoom performance to the OnePlus 5’s camera.

Most other components, including the unibody metal shell, remain unchanged from the OnePlus 5. The 5T will be available from November 21st at $ 500 for the 64GB model with 6GB or RAM, and $ 560 for the 128GB version with 8GB of RAM. This makes the smartphone, like its predecessors, a real bargain when compared to most competitors.

We have our hands on a test device, and are eager to check the performance of the new dual-camera over the coming days.

Key specifications:

  • Dual-camera
  • Main camera: Sony IMX 398 1/2.8″ 16MP sensor, F1.7,
  • Secondary camera: Sony IMX 376K 1/2.78″ 20MP sensor, F1.7
  • 27.22mm equivalent focal length
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 720p slow-motion at 120 fps
  • Manual mode and Raw capture
  • 16MP / F2.0 front camera
  • 6″ 1080p AMOLED display, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 64/128GB storage, 6/8GB RAM
  • 3,300 mAh battery

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Reflex modular SLR unveiled: The first new manual 35mm SLR design in decades

08 Nov

Reflex has just launched the Reflex I: the first newly-designed manual 35mm SLR system to see the light of day in more than 25 years. The camera pairs a classic look with a modular design that enables personalization, including an interchangeable film back and lens mount. Reflex I supports legacy lenses, as well as both personally designed 3D-printed components and third-party accessories.

To help fuel the customization options, Reflex plans to freely release most of the camera’s electronic and hardware designs once the camera officially hits shelves. Notable among the modular design is Reflex’s I-Plate and included universal M42 lens mount; the company says buyers can also use alternative mounts compatible with Nikon F, Olympus OM, Canon FD, and Pentax PK lenses.

Loading film, meanwhile, has been simplified via the modular I-Back, an interchangeable back piece that enables photographers to pre-load film for rapidly swapping to a different film during a shoot. Other modern features hope to join these two modular components, though their inclusion will partly depend on how successful the Reflex’s Kickstarter funding campaign is.

The Reflex I features an integrated flash and continuous LED light source, a first for analog cameras, according to the company. Photographers can select between three different LED intensities, plus the flash.

Assuming the Kickstarter campaign reaches at least £150k in funding, the company plans to integrate the Reflex I with a companion mobile app that will log the settings for each film and shot, enabling photographers to note the settings used to capture their favorite photos.

Reflex is offering the Reflex I camera body early bird units to backers who pledge at least £350 / $ 458 on Kickstarter. Deliveries to those backers are estimated to begin in August 2018. The Kickstarter campaign also offers other rewards for different backing tiers, such as a bundle with just the I-Back and I-Mount, a prime lens, “Analogue Pack,” and more.

Check out the campaign page for more details.

Camera Specifications:

  • Type: Single Lens Reflex Camera
  • Format: 135 film, 35mm/FF
  • System: Reflex RM
  • Lens Mount: Reflex I-Plate (in M42, Nikon F, Canon FD, Olympus OM, Pentax PK)
  • Focus: Manual
  • Film Loading: Reflex I-Back
  • Film Advance/Rewind: Manual
  • Exposure: Manual – Aperture Priority (+ 4 stops EV)
  • DOF inverted preview
  • Shutter Speeds: 1s – 1/4000th, Time and Bulb
  • Metering: AV + Spot + 4 stops EV
  • ISO: 25-6400
  • Controller: Arduino based modular design
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth (BLE) enabled
  • Body: Magnesium Alloy
  • Weight: 490g
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 74.5mm x 34mm
  • Electronic system: 5v Ion Lithium rechargeable via USB-C
  • Resolution: Zero Megapixels

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SanDisk 1TB SDXC card prototype unveiled at Photokina

20 Sep

Western Digital has introduced the first ever 1TB SDXC card, doing so under its recently acquired SanDisk brand. Though the card will not be available on the market anytime soon, the prototype does serve to highlight the next level in SD card capacity. This isn’t the first time SanDisk has unveiled a high-capacity prototype at Photokina; in 2014, the company unveiled its then-prototype for a 512GB SDXC card.

‘Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic – it’s amazing that we’re now at the point where it’s becoming a reality,” said Stargate Studios CEO Sam Nicholson. ‘…High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards.’

Though Western Digital is showcasing the prototype at Photokina, it has not stated when it anticipates the card being available commercially, nor what consumers can expect to pay.

Via: SanDisk

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Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina

20 Sep

As promised earlier this month, Metz has launched a new flash at Photokina, the Metz mecablitz M400. This model is the flagship for the company’s new line of compact flash devices; it is more than 30-percent smaller than ‘traditional flash units,’ says Metz. Despite its compact size, the M400 is said to offer high-performance for all varieties of photographers and videographers.

The mecablitz M400 flash offers Auto TTL mode, an adjustable LED video light, a max guide number of 40 (ISO 100), a 24-105mm motor zoom function, a 12mm integrated wide-angle diffuser and a completely pivotable reflector including a removable reflector card. The flash also includes an integrated OLED display with what Metz says is a simplified user interface for viewing and adjusting settings.

The flash is available in variants for Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Pentax and Olympus/Panasonic/Leica cameras. Though the M400 is currently listed on Metz’s website, pricing and availability information hasn’t yet been provided.

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Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 4K action cam unveiled with voice control

03 Sep

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Garmin has introduced the VIRB Ultra 30, a rugged action camera capable of recording 4K/30fps footage. Despite its small size, Garmin packs a bunch of sensors and features into the camera, including GPS, voice control to start recording, a touchscreen display and a high-sensitivity microphone. The VIRB offers what Garmin calls 3-axis image stabilization, but it’s available up to 1440/60p, which leads us to believe it’s digital.

In addition to 4K footage, the new VIRB action camera can record 720p/240fps slow motion video and can capture 12 megapixel still images. Content is stored on a microSD card. The touchscreen display works when the camera is enclosed in its waterproof case, as does the microphone, according to Garmin. That waterproof case includes an anti-glare coated and water-repellant lens.

In addition to changing settings via the touchscreen display, the VIRB Ultra 30 supports Sensory TrulyHandsfree voice control. Commands like ‘OK Garmin, remember that’ for tagging moments and ‘OK Garmin, start recording’ are supported. Additionally, the camera can be controlled remotely using the VIRB app on a tablet or smartphone. The VIRB app is complemented by the Garmin VIRB Edit desktop software for post-processing.

The Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 is available in the U.S. now for $ 499, and will be available in the UK for £449 in Q3 2016.

Via: Garmin Blog

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World’s First 3D-Printed Office Building Unveiled in Dubai

27 May

3d office front dubai

Printed layer by layer from the ground up using a special cement mixture, this rapidly-produced curvilinear structure is a functional example as well as proof of concept, illustrating the architectural potential of 3D printing.

3d printed office

3d scultupre interance

The entire 2,700-square-foot structure was built for a relatively modest $ 140,000, requiring just one operator to oversee the printer plus an array of electricians, plumbers and detailers to outfit the completed shell for power, water, lighting and telecommunications. The modular machine assembled to do the printing measured approximately 120 by 40 feet and stood 20 feet high, able to build while sitting in one place.

3d interior curves

3d interior

The new building will (aptly enough) be home to the Dubai Future Foundation, providing space for offices, workshops and events. Global architecture firm Gensler designed the building in partnership with structural experts from Thornton Tomasetti and Syska Hennessy.

3d lounge meeting area

3d future foundation

Complex curves on the interior and exterior were both considered part of the visual design but also a way to showcase the possibilities of 3D printing technology.

3d office person

3d bakc yard

“We announce today the opening of the first 3D-printed office in the world, after less than one month of launching Dubai 3D printing strategy which showcases a modern model of construction. This is an experience we present to the world on utilizing future technology in people lives. It also represents a new milestone for the UAE as a global leader in strategic achievements,” Sheikh Mohammed said.


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RED Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome unveiled: shipping starts in February

12 Dec

RED has introduced its new Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome pro-grade cameras. Both models feature RED’s Dragon sensor with recording options that include 5K/60fps, 4K/150fps, and 2K/300fps. Additionally, the Scarlet-W Monochrome makes it possible to capture black and white footage with enhanced resolution and improved light sensitivity. Thanks to a durable and lightweight design, Scarlet-W is suitable for on-the-go projects.

RED says its new offering makes ‘obsolescence obsolete’ by using the DSMC2 accessories line, which is also compatible with RED’s Red Raven and Weapon cameras. The same modular design found on RED’s other cameras comes with Scarlet-W and is joined by an interchangeable lens mount.

Scarlet-W (body-only) is priced at $ 9,950 USD/€10,040 EUR/£7,175 GBP with shipping set for February 2016. Deposits are now being accepted at $ 1,000 USD. Packages are also available starting at $ 14,500 USD.

Press release:


Today RED introduced the newest addition to the RED DRAGON® family, SCARLET-W. Bringing an unparalleled level of accessibility to content creators everywhere, SCARLET-W combines RED’s intuitive camera design—including integrated mounting points, interchangeable lens mounts, simultaneous REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes recording formats, intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D LUT outputs—with a RED DRAGON sensor to provide a solution that blends flexibility and accessibility with high-end performance.

Coupling RED’s wide dynamic range and renowned color science with simultaneously recording capabilities in REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes, SCARLET-W provides shooters with the best image quality possible in any format. Professionals are empowered to capture their vision exactly as they see it with recording frame rates of 5K at 60 frames per second (fps), 4K at 150 fps, or 2K at 300 fps when shooting REDCODE RAW.

SCARLET-W is estimated to begin shipping in February 2016, with deposits now being accepted through the RED website or with a RED Authorized Dealer. Customers have the choice to purchase the camera BRAIN® only—with either a color or black and white monochrome sensor—or the SCARLET-W Base I/O V-Lock Package, which provides the key components necessary to get out and start shooting. Additionally, current SCARLET DRAGON® owners are eligible to receive a $ 2,500 discount on the SCARLET-W Base I/O V-Lock Package price (Only available through RED.COM).

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Entry-level GoPro HERO+ action camera with Wi-Fi unveiled

29 Sep

GoPro has introduced a new entry-level action camera, the HERO+ with Wi-Fi. In terms of specification, this model sits above the HERO, but below the recently launched HERO+ LCD. Read more

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Kodak PixPro SP360-4K 360-degree camera unveiled

09 Sep

Kodak licensee JK Imaging has introduced the PixPro SP360-4K camera, a variation of its PixPro SP360 Action Camera model that includes a 4K resolution option for still images and video. The camera comes with desktop software that transcribes recorded footage into YouTube’s 360-degree video format. Read more

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