Friday, 29 June 2012

Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Digital Photography Review reports: [edited]

A licensee of the Polaroid brand name has created the Z2300 Instant Digital Camera - a compact camera with built-in Zink printer. The Z2300 produces 2x3" prints using the Zink 'zero ink' system that uses heat to control the development of colour images from layers of dye encapsulated in specially prepared paper.

The Z2300 is distinguished from the existing, larger Z340 model by its use of the smaller 2x3" format, rather than 3x4". Like the Z340, the Z2300 can leave white borders around the image to imitate a classic Polaroid print. The 2x3" Zink paper in the Z2300 will be available at a cost of around $15/£10 for 30 sheets.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Nokia 808 Pureview

Engadget has published a comprehensive review of Nokia's camera-centric phone.

Snippets of the review follow:

"The Nokia 808 PureView has a 41-megapixel camera sensor. That huge sensor is paired with a new five-element Carl Zeiss lens and a refreshed flash with double the strength of the one on the Nokia N8 - the existing cameraphone champ."

"So what do images taken with the 808 PureView look like? Stunning, detailed, vibrant and noise-free. The sweet spot appears to be 8-megapixel PureView shots with little to no zoom - this provides the ideal conditions for pixel oversampling to do its magic."

"When zooming in all the way or when taking pictures at full-resolution (thus revealing the sensor's original pixels) we noticed a bit less detail and a touch more noise. Even then, the results surpass that of capable shooters, like the HTC One X."

"In our tests, exposure was spot on and low-light performance was spectacular."

"The Nokia 808 PureView is the best cameraphone out there, but you'll have to be willing to forgo the simplicity, function and comfort of competing smartphones if you intend to own it."

"You also have to be seriously imaging-obsessed to handle this as your daily driver... with constrained options and an OS that often collapses under the weight of even moderate demands. [It is] a clear cameraphone champion. The problem is, it's one that demands a more capable and (future-facing) operating system."

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Free Font - Znikomit

Want an ultra thin, half-way-decently-drawn fancy serif? Pay a visit to Font Squirrel.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Microsoft Announces Surface Tablet

The Telegraph reports: [edited]

Speaking at an event in Hollywood chief executive Steve Ballmer said the touchscreen devices, which are likely to launch from October, made 'no compromises' between tablet and PC capabilities.

Two versions were demonstrated, one running Windows RT, the new version of Windows that resembles Windows Phone and uses low power processors, and another running the full Windows 8 and using traditional Intel chips.

Although no prices were announced, some specifications were released. The two devices will be 9.3mm and 13.5mm thick respectively, and both will feature 10.6” HD displays and a kickstand.

They will weigh 676g and 903g respectively, and also both come with a new case incorporating a thin keyboard. The Pro Version offer up to 128GB of memory, while the RT will come with either 32GB or 64GB.

In a Microsoft press release, the company claimed “Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out”.

Monday, 18 June 2012

New Twitter Logo

Twitter has revised its 'bluebird' logo, entirely removing the lettering component.

To obtain copies of the new logo click here.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Free Font - Tenderloin

Chank reports: [edited]

Ben Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti — the form of letters. So it’s only natural that his work should be adapted to become a font for modern age computers.

Tenderloin comes in two beautiful styles that can be overlapped. The uppercase are the fills, and the lowercase are the shadows; set them in defferent colors on overlapping text blocks and voila! you get thrilling two-colour type!

Ben likes to call this his ‘San Francisco font’ because it is based on the lettering style he used on a number of aerosol murals and letters he painted on the shutters and walls of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in 2010 and 2011.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Apple WWDC 2012 Keynote

Upgraded laptops and desktops, iOS6, Mountain Lion and a very, very desirable 2kg, 18mm thin, 'Retina' display (2880 x 1800 pixels) uber MacBook Pro.

For more details and to view the keynote address, click here

Monday, 11 June 2012

Free Font - Dubtronic

Font Squirrel is hosting this all caps display face, in solid and outline versions.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

LG to release 5" 1080p display

engadget reports: [edited]

LG Display's newly-announced 1920 x 1080p HD mobile display was designed with HD content in mind, and the LCD technology is a variant of IPS known as Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS), which is said to boast wide viewing angles, fast response times and improved brightness efficiency.

The display is set for availability during the second-half of this year.