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Facebook Live continues to be an outlet for gruesome crime

On Tuesday, two journalists were shot dead during a Facebook Live stream in the Dominican Republic. That afternoon, Facebook Live captured a separate incident where a two-year-old child and 26-year-old man were shot dead and a pregnant woman was critically injured.

Why this matters: Like the spread of fake news, Facebook is struggling to balance the freedom of its users to post what they want with having some control over what spreads among its billions of users.Facebook Live

The grim toll: Earlier this year four teens kidnapped and tortured a disabled teen and streamed it live. These incidents are just the latest in a string of similar murders and gruesome crimes taking place on Facebook Live last year:

In March, a Chicago man was shot in his home.-More…

High-quality Panasonic DMP-UB900 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is the 1st THX-certified Ultra HD Blu-ray player.While this does not automatically signify an benefit over non-certified players,it does guarantee a typically
high baseline functionality level.
The DMP-UB900 also features the company’s High Precision Chroma Processor, which interpolates native 4:2:0 content on both Ultra HD and regular Blu-ray to a 4:4:4 format.In addition, Panasonic’s player offers
linear remapping of HDR content on discs for display on regular dynamic
range TVs. For those interested in 3D, the DMP-UB900 can also play Blu-ray 3D discs.Panasonic DMP UB
Netflix 4K streaming is supported on the DMP-UB900, andNetflix HDR is now said to be supported as of the
unit’s version 1.5 firmware upgrade.Other applications include YouTube,
Amazon InstantVideo, and Vimeo. Panasonic’s promotional materials for the DMPUB900 say it can stream native 4K
content from YouTube, but the 4K clips we checked out all indicated they were simply being delivered in typical HD
format. It turns our that the DMPUB900’s YouTube app doesn’t really support this. Even so, the DMP-UB900
does a good enough job of upconverting streamed content to 4K that
most people won’t be able to tell the
difference.Confusingly,the Panasonic omits Vudu and UltraFlix,the other two streaming applications at this time
offering 4K.

In aspect due to its audiophile intentions,the Panasonic DMP-UB900 also seriously outdoes its competitors when it
comes to connectivity.In addition to a pair of HDMI ports (one HDMI 2.0a) on the back panel (configurable for
video-plus-audio,video-only, or audioonly output),it also provides 7.1-channel analog, stereo analog,
and coaxial and optical digital outputs. There’s also a LAN connection back there.Around front,the previously mentioned USB port and SD memory card slot are hidden beneath a flip-down panel next to
the disc drawer.We always liked the SD card slot Panasonic provides on its players,a unique feature that lets you easily
and quickly view photos and video clips on your TV that were shot with a digital camera.

The Panasonic DMP-UB900’s HDMI menu provides settings to select output resolutions up to 4K/60p along with
4:4:4 (12-bit) or 4:2:0 (8-bit) color depending on the functionality of your display.There is also an Advanced
Settings submenu with options to select Deep Color and HDR output.A Video Settings menu provides
additional adjustments,for example advanced settings to tweak sharpness and noise reduction, along
with basic ones for luminance,gamma, and color. The player as well provides two picture memories to
store and recall your adjustments.Panasonic DMP UB

With the introduction of Panasonic’s DMP-UB900, we lastly have a player adequately suited up to provide
the high quality potential of not just Ultra HD Blu-ray, but regular Blu-ray,a format many enthusiasts have an
investment in and will continue to watch for years to come. In addition,
the DMP-UB900 sounds excellent when playing both hi-res audio files and CDs. Add to that list a full-featured
remote control and flexible connectivity solutions,and it becomes clear which Ultra HD Blu-ray player
is leading the pack-at least until models that also support Dolby
Vision begin to arrive.

Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 17.2 x 2.7 x 7.9
Weight (Pounds): 5.3 – Video Outputs: HDMI (2, 1 ver. 2.0a) • Audio
Outputs: 7.1-channel analog RCA, Stereo RCA, coaxial and optical digital –
Other: LAN , USB, SD Card slot
PANASONIC DMP-UB900 ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
PLAYER
PRICE: $600
Panasonic – panasonic.com

High-quality up-conversion
of Blu-rays and DVDs
Powerful detail improvement and noise reduction
Full-featured remote control

PEUGEOT 3008-New French Car Launch

To be seated behind the wheel of the new Peugeot 3008 is an engaging experience.The French firm has introduced its i-Cockpit into the family-sized SUV to provide a driving environment right up there with the very best on the market.

What’s more, you don’t have to buy one of the top trim levels to enjoy it – every 3008 comes with the system.Featuring a eight-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch high-resolution instrument panel, the i-Cockpit has five display modes accessed through a roller switch on the steering wheel.

The instrument panel is positioned above the compact steering wheel, which has a flat top and bottom, enabling the driver to get a clear view virtually directly ahead.In addition to the i-Cockpit there’s a neat row of chunky buttons to select more functions, plenty of storage spaces for bits, bobs and bottles and comfy seats.

 

You can even have a choice of three scents wafting through the cabin and a driver’s seat massage, along with phone connectivity, lighting ambience settings and the option of a ten-speaker top-notch audio set-up.Peugeot reckons “no direct competitor can offer this experience”, and I would have to agree with that boast.

With an upmarket strategy, it has discarded the entry-level Access trim available in other countries and is offering UK customers only Active, Allure, GT Line and GT specification models. That in turns means a pricing start point above £20,000 rising to more than £30,000.The 208 hatchback is still the company’s bestseller, but the SUV market is definitely where it’s at. One in four new cars sold is an SUV. Hence, five new Peugeot SUVs will be launched in one year.

Built on the so-called EMP2 platform previously available in the 308 and 308 SW, the 3008 measures 4.45 metres long (8cm longer than its predecessor) and has a ground clearance of 22cm.Peugeot readily admits that its 3008 will not be able to tackle difficult off-road conditions but with that sort of ground clearance in conjunction with its Grip Control traction option and hill descent control system that regulates the car to travel at 2mpg down a steep slope it is more capable than most to tackle difficult environments.

Of more use will be the latest generation driver assistance systems, which include blind spot monitoring, a distance alert to warn drivers of an imminent collision with a car or pedestrian, emergency braking and active brake safety to bring the car to a halt if the driver does not respond to the likelihood of a collision.

Engine choice includes six-speed 1.2-litre petrol 130bhp models with manual or automatic transmission and a 1.6-litre 165bhp manual version.If diesel is your preference, then there are five engines to choose from – three 1.6-litre versions and two at 2.0 litres.I tested the 2.0-litre 180bhp in the GT model and 1.6-litre 120bhp in GT Line form, and found the willing and able latter version to be my preference.Not surprisingly, Peugeot expects this internationally-acclaimed engine to find most buyers. It’s a perfect match for a car of this size, and although it lacks the sub-10 seconds 0 to 62mph acceleration of other models it is by no means sluggish.

A word of warning here: the GT version rides on 19-inch wheels as opposed to the 18-inchers to be found on the GT Line and other models, and I found the smaller tyres gave a more supple and smooth ride.With so much to evaluate about the cabin, it is easy to overlook the stylish exterior. There’s a vertical appearance to the front, a boldness in the design and body protection for the wheel arches, bumpers and door sills. LED headlights, a raised waistline and roof bars add to the package.

Peugeot’s SUV offensive for 2017 has started with a shining star.

source:hampshirechronicle

 

The best running watch- Garmin Forerunner 35

With built-in GPS to track where, how far and how fast you run, the Forerunner
35 gives you plentiful feedback during training. The watch also track calories
burned, helping you to make informed dietary choices to support your current
training regime.

A Virtual Pacer mode pits your performance against pre-set targets,while timely audio prompts keep you
on track. There are also various training regimes (available via the Garmin Connect app) to help you work towards bigger
goals, including the run/walk function to help you build up to running for longer
each time you train. Garmin Forerunner 35

The Forerunner 35 also features Garmin Elevate, wrist-based heart-rate-tracking tech that gives you real-time insight.If you fancy a change from running, select from several indoor and outdoor sports profiles,
including cycling and elliptical workouts,to track your performance during those.

Once you’re home, dive into the Garmin Connect app on your tablet,smartphone or PC to view stats such
as your top speed and average pace.Via the app, you can also discover
routes uploaded by others in your area.

Before you start training, visit buy.garmin.com to get a Forerunner35.The watch is available in
four colours and two different sizes.Garmin Forerunner 35__
Next, download the Garmin Connect app for your smartphone, tablet or PC.Sync the watch with your device,
then go for a run.Thanks to a dedicated run-walk function,it’s the ideal running watch to help you nail your first 5K race.

source:T3

The future of Android Wear smartwatches

Apple these days is market leader but it wasn’t the first to build smartwatches. Companies such as Microsoft, Seiko and Sony had a go at making them. That’s not to say Apple’s watch has been a runaway success. Far from it. Figures produced by IDC in October last year showed that in the third quarter Apple posted its second-largest year-over-year decline in smartwatch sales.

To be fair, Apple series 2 watches had only just come to market, with chief executive Tim Cook reported this week as declaring the December 2016 quarter the best in watch sales for Apple. Patent filings suggest the next Apple watch might have technology embedded in the band, for example a battery.

The Kickstarter campaign-inspired Pebble Watch ignited interest in 2013. Now owned by Fitbit, it seems the Pebble’s days are numbered, with its new owner guaranteeing only to keep the Pebble’s eco-sphere afloat this year, not beyond.

Sadly, the portents for Android brands are not good either. While manufacturers such as Huawei, LG and Motorola have produced beautiful smartwatches, they have been hampered by Google’s cumbersome and primitive Android Wear operating system.

Android watches using version 1 Android Wear delivered a pretty unattractive experience. So bad that last year those same three manufacturers threw in the towel and didn’t bother producing a new Android watch.Huawei Smart Watch

Samsung, however, fared better. That’s because the Korean manufacturer ditched Android Wear on its Gear S2 and S3 in favour of its own Tizen operating system. It offered a much better user experience. Users could move between watch functions by rotating the bezel. It’s brilliantly efficient, to the point where you’d wager others will copy the rotating bezel concept.

The future of Android Wear watches, therefore, is pinned on Android Wear 2.0, which starts rolling out. It is the last throw of the dice for Google’s watch operating system.

There are significant advances. With version one, you had to swipe and swipe and swipe to move between menu functions. Now, with a new navigation drawer feature in Android Wear 2.0, you swipe down from the top and then sideways to move between apps, which is an improvement. Swiping up from the bottom will display menu items you can enact.

There is an expanded view of notifications, hopefully now with enough information on a small watch face. You can chat from your watch, respond to messages using predefined responses or even by flicking your wrist out or in, so-called wrist gestures.

Adjustments have been made to better display images on circular displays. Normal computer screens are rectangular but watch faces traditionally are round.

The user interface is improving with Apple-style complications where you can add extra features to your watchface such as a step counter or battery level indicator — which are already available on Apple Watch.

LG is flagged as first cab off the rank for Android Wear 2.0 with its LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style. They use something like Apple’s digital crown button to aid menu functionality. But that’s in the US. LG Australia says for now there’s no plan to bring these watches to Australia.

However go to the Android Wear 2.0 developers site and you can download a preview and try it out.

Android Wear 2.0 watches face a huge task in reversing dire market sales trends. That same IDC research recorded a 51.6pc decline in smartwatch shipments overall in the third quarter last year, compared to the same period in 2015.

The problem remains that, except for basic functionality, smartwatches are too complicated and finicky for many consumers, and only duplicate smartphone functions. It’s easier to get your phone from your pocket than operate a finicky smartwatch device with its itsy-bitsy screen. And with little more than a day’s battery life, it’s another device to recharge regularly.

If the Android Wear 2.0 watches don’t succeed, it will leave Apple and Samsung.

Of course, there are also the likes of Garmin, Fitbit and others, who produce sports watches that are simpler to use and have a clear, albeit limited purpose.

source:theaustralian

Opel Mokka X compact crossover-update styling

Offering 131 mm worth of terrain clearance and a raised driving position that’s taller still,together with artificial scuff plates,front and rear, and all the additional off-road prowess that black-plastic
wheelarch protection affords,the Opel Mokka is a perfect example of what can be achieved from fairly humble starts.

While the vehicle’s dimensions remain unchanged, the most evident update to the exterior
styling is a modified,handsom front-end,incorporating new LED-highlighted head- and foglamp clusters, a fresh family
grille and, ironically, colour coding where the previous model boasted tough-looking black
plastic. Where the Mokka had an 18-inch alloy wheel-size solution,
the new range features 17-inch rubber on entry-level Enjoy spec with high-end Cosmo models now fitted with
19-inch items.mokka-x

The significant change to the revised Mokka range’s interior packaging is an Astra-inspired look.The
previously fussy arrangement of controls and functions for the climate control and audio settings
has made way for an altogether neater and more rational interface.
In entry-level Cosmo specification,this new facia houses Opel’s clever R4.0 IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system (it’s standard in the Cosmo), although adding satellite navigation is an extra R10 700 on both models.
As before, the presence of logically arranged subsidiary buttons
for audio, telephone and cruise-control functions on the steering
wheel is a advantage.
If there was one gripe about the interior treatment of our particular test unit,it was that the chrome lining around the
instrument cluster reflected unwanted glare both onto the dials and towards the driver’s eye line. Otherwise, perceived fit and finish are commendable.Mokka X
Aimed at younger family buyers, as well as the young at heart,the cabin boasts a welcome array
of storage options, including a deep bin ahead of the gear lever, a part of the facia that is strangely blanked off in the Astra to provide a fixing point for a
number of aftermarket equipment. Where Opel could look to further enhance matters of
storage is by including surfaces that are lined with rubber; as it stands, items placed in these bins
tend to rattle about when the car is on the move.

The impressively punchy 103 kW engine feels and sounds most comfy within the lower reaches of its rev
range; run it towards its 6 500 r/min redline and the unit starts taking strain. Operated
sedately, however, and it’s generally economical – we averaged just
6,9 L/100 km on our mixed-conditions 100 km fuel route.Mokka X opel

While that raised driving position aids excellent all-round visibility, some lankier members of our team felt that the
combination of a tall seating position and previously mentioned relatively narrow body leads to a
top-heavy sensation from behind the wheel. Nevertheless, despite a lack of feedback through the
light steering setup, the Mokka offers a surefooted and composed driving experience that most will find pert rather
than busy.

What the Mokka X does well is embrace its quirkiness and provide something slightly different to
the norm for those buyers who aren’t necessarily looking for family-spec packing space.While not ultimately as refined
in conditions of interior trim as its similarly priced Astra equivalent,the Mokka X nevertheless builds
on an already compelling package that, together with the Adam, nicely complements Opel’s more traditional modern
solutions.

cyl/capac (cm3) 4/1 364
power (kW/r/min) 103/4 900-6 000
torque (N.m/r/min) 200/1 850-4 900
gears/drive 6/F
0-100 km/h (sec) 9,93
max speed (km/h) 191
fuel index (L/100 km) 7,92
luggage capac (dm3) 200/976
serv/maint plan S5/90 000 km

Charge your phone in seconds-prototype looks encouraging

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have produced a prototype supercapacitor battery for small devices that
can be charged in seconds, but potentially last all week. It can also be recharged 30,000 times without degrading.what-

Supercapacitors store energy electrostatically on the surface of a material.There are no chemical processes, which
are slow and cause physical damage to the structure of the battery. A supercapacitor can charge and discharge extremely rapidly,because the only moving thing internally is the electrical charge.
Traditionally, supercapacitor tech has been held back by low energy density. To get a usable amount of power meant unfeasibly
large capacitors, limiting previous applications to buses and trains. This is where the new generation of nanomaterials
comes in, making it possible to build huge surface areas into a tiny film of material. The prototype contains millions of nano-meter-thick coated wires to store the static charge.

Before we get too excited, this is still at the proof of concept phase, but building a working prototype looks encouraging. The
Florida team is among many such groups working on new battery technologies, and many use nanotechnolgy in one form or
another. A group based at MIT has developed a new form of anode built from carbon nano-tubes, to boost the effectiveness of
Lithium-ion batteries, which shows promise.
The world has been waiting for a replacement for chemical batteries for years; while everything has got more capable and faster, it has drained batteries all the more rapidly. If nanotechnology capacitors can be made commercially
viable, waiting hours for your car or phone to charge will become a distant memory.

source:maximumpc

Integrated amplifier Cambridge CXA80

As the flagship integrated amplifier in Cambridge’s CX range,the CXA80 boasts 80W per channel,a hi-res built-in DAC and an asynchronous USB Type B input. To that it adds three hi-res digital inputs: one coaxial and two optical. A second USB port supports the BT100 Bluetooth dongle (available for £70).
The trade off is no onboard phono stage, but there are four line-level inputs into which you can plug your own plus a pair of balanced XLR inputs and, on the fascia, 3.5mm inputs for personal players and headphones. And,
there are two sets of speaker terminals to easily facilitate bi-wiring.On top, the heat venting also doubles up as a showcase for the smartly dressed toroidal transformer and flanking heat sinks. But pretty as it looks, the symmetrical circuitry
drops a strong hint about the CXA80’s intent, which pushes the performance potential of its dual mono layout a
step further by having separate transformer taps for both the left and right channels.amplifier Cambridge CXA80

In terms of build and finish, it’s hard to see where any corners have been cut. On the contrary, the thick aluminium fascia and smooth,radiused edges are something you expect to find on a far more expensive amp. As an ownership proposition,
the CXA80 looks and feels as desirable as any in the group.

Cambridge says it previously went to almost surgical lengths to minimise distortion in its amplifiers for the best
results and that, invariably, it meant 46 components sat in the signal path.For the CX Series, the company wanted to dramatically cut the component count. As a result, the CXA80 has just 24 components in the signal path. The big difference is that there are 500 support components as well. Their job is to guarantee those 24 key components are optimal
all the time regardless of mains fluctuations and other influences. So where previously tweaking one of the 46 components only made a tiny,hard to quantify, difference to the sound, changing just one of the 24 components in the CXA80 affects the
character of the amplifier, making it possible to hear clearly what each component is doing.cxa80

Power output80W RMS into 8 Ohms, 120W RMS into 4 Ohms-DACWolfson WM8740-Frequency Response<5Hz– 60kHz +/-1dB-Analogue audio inputs1x balanced XLR, 4 x RCA, 1 x 3.5mm MP3 input (front panel)-Digital audio inputs1 x S/PDIF coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK optical, 1 x USB audio, Bluetooth via BT100 (not supplied)-CompatibilityTOSLINK optical, S/PDIF coaxial, USB 1.0 and 2.0, BT100 Bluetooth receiver-OutputsSpeakers A+B, 3.5mm headphone, Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output-Max power consumption750W-Standby power consumption<0.5W-Dimensions (H x W x D)*115 x 430 x 341mm (4.5 x 16.9 x 13.4”)-Weight8.7kg (19.1lbs)

Timing feels fleet and generally secure, but a little more mechanical than some others here. That said,we seriously doubt you’ll find more clarity, drive and capacity to entertain in an integrated amplifier at this price.

Cambridgeaudio

Affordable Honor 6X-dual camera,dual SIM,Fast performance…

The 32GB unlocked Honor 6X launches at $50 higher than last year’s Honor 5X but brings with it a host of improvements that are worth the extra coin, including smoother overall performance and a better camera with a unique secondary lens for bokeh. The UI layer is still heavy, but it’s free from the slowdown we experienced on the previous generation phone. That makes the Honor 6X an undoubtedly worthwhile improvement. But depending on your budget, the Moto G4 and ZTE Axon 7 are also worth checking out.

The phone measures 5.9 by 3.0 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.7 ounces, nearly identical to the 5X and similar to the Axon 7 (6.0 by 2.9 by 0.3 inches, 6.2 ounces) and Motorola Moto G4 (6.0 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches, 5.5 ounces). Like those phones, it’s a bit too wide to reach across with your thumb, but Mini Screen mode lets you shrink what’s shown and move the keyboard to one side to make use with one hand easier. The volume rocker and power button can both be found on the right, a 3.5mm audio jack is on the top, and the bottom holds a micro USB charging port sandwiched between a microphone and speaker grille.Honor 6X

The front is home to a 5.5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080-pixel IPS LCD, the same resolution as the Moto G4 and Honor 8’s screens.

The Honor 6X is an unlocked GSM phone with LTE bands 2/4/5/12/20/38, like the Honor 8. The only key omission is band 17, which improves building penetration for AT&T users. The phone showed strong network performance on T-Mobile throughout my testing in midtown Manhattan, registering a top download speed of 16.6Mbps. Other connectivity protocols include Bluetooth 4.1, but the 6X offers s no NFC or dual-band Wi-Fi, as you get on the Axon 7.

Call quality is good. Voices come across with a clear, natural tone free from any robotic edge. Earpiece volume is loud enough to be heard in noisy settings, but the speakerphone isn’t very strong even when Loud Voice mode is enabled.

The 6X is powered by Huawei’s proprietary Kirin 655 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.1GHz. It’s a capable processor, scoring 56,602 on the AnTuTu benchmark, which measures overall system performance. That puts it above the Snapdragon 617–powered G4 (46,260) but below the Kirin 950–powered Honor 8 (91,712). It’s also no match for the Axon 7’s superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (141,989). That said, with 3GB of RAM, regular usage is a breeze. The Honor 6X has none of the stuttering or sluggishness of its predecessor. Multitasking is smooth, switching between apps is swift, and I never encountered any instances of slowdown. Honor 6X phone

The Honor 6 has a 5.5-inch, 1,920-by- 1,080-pixel IPS LCD, the same resolution as the Moto G4 and Honor 8’s screens.

Battery life is also solid, but it’s nothing to write home about. The phone clocked 5 hours, 35 minutes in our rundown test, in which we stream full-screen video over LTE at maximum brightness. That’s just a little less than the Moto G4 (5 hours, 58 minutes) and the Axon 7 (6 hours). It’s enough to get an average day’s worth of use, but probably not the two days Huawei claims. The phone has fast charging with the included adapter, and a built-in Battery Manager that lets you reduce power drain by controlling which apps run in the background. The phone also has two different power saving modes.

The Honor 6X uses a dual-sensor camera setup with one 12-megapixel shooter on the top and a 2-megapixel sensor on the bottom. The camera does a nice job in well-lit settings, matching the Moto G4 in overall sharpness. Pictures are clear and detailed, and auto-focus locks on quickly. As with all mid-range phones, shots become grainy in dimmer light, but enabling HDR or Night mode helps reduce some of the muddiness (at the cost of longer focus and post-processing times). But in more challenging low-light settings, pictures look dull and have a fair amount of noise and blur.

The purpose of the secondary sensor is to allow for bokeh in Wide Aperture mode. Wide aperture shots taken by the 6X worked well indoors and out, successfully focusing on objects in the foreground and attractively blurring out the area behind it.Price-$279.99

source:pcmag

Digital SLR all-weather,outdoor Camera PENTAX K-70

The Pentax K-70 is dustproof, weatherproof and cold-proof down to -10 degrees Centigrade. PENTAX is pitching the dustproof,
weather-resistant and cold-resistant K-70 at the outdoor photography market.
However, the K-70’s specs suggest it’s an all-rounder suited to a much wider range of subjects.
Its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor has no anti-aliasing filter,but an AA Filter Simulator that applies microscopic vibrations to
imitate the effect of a physical filter. This is made possible by Pentax’s five-axis Sensor Shift system. This can cut camera
shake and is used for a Pixel Shift Resolution mode for better colour and definition in ultra-fine detail. Pentax has also added hybrid contrast and phase detection autofocus in Live View mode.Pentax K
The PENTAX K-70 features a new accelerator unit, which has been designed to optimize the newly developed, high-performance noise-processing technology. In combination with the PRIME MII imaging engine, this unit effectively reduces noise to a minimum, even during super-high sensitivity shooting at ISO 102400 (standard output sensitivity). This combination not only improves image quality at more commonly used sensitivities, but also delivers beautifully depicted images at higher sensitivities by minimizing graininess. As the result, it expands the boundaries of low-illumination photography.

The K-70’s square body and square-shaped grip are purely functional: it’s compact, easy to grip and the controls are all in the
right places, but it’s not really  a thing of beauty. The twin control dials make it handy for experts who want to make adjustments quickly and the mode dial’s Sv (Sensitivity Priority) and TAv (Shutter and Aperture Priority) effectively bring
the ISO setting into the ‘exposure triangle’ on the main mode dial.
The kit lens has a long focal range, is weather-resistant and has a non-rotating front element, so it’s perfect for use with filters. It’s also relatively fast, smooth and quiet.Pentax K
Our lab results show that the Pentax K-70 is clearly capable of good results,but the 18-135mm kit lens has poor edge definition throughout the zoom and aperture range. K-70 buyers might be better off purchasing it in body-only form and then investing
in more expensive glassware.The default multi-pattern exposure metering does a reliable job and the auto white balance system
strikes a good balance between correcting colour casts and preserving the atmosphere.

Sensor APS-C CMOS sensor,
23.5 x 15.6mm, 24.2MP
Lenses Pentax KAF2
Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, UHS-I
Viewfinder Optical pentaprism,
0.95x, 100%
Max video resolution 1,920 x 1,080
ISO range 100-102,400
Autofocus points 11 (9 cross-type)
Max burst rate 6fps
Screen 3-inch vari-angle, 921,000 dots
Shutter speeds 1/6,000 sec to
30 sec, Bulb
Weight 688g
Dimensions 126 x 93 x 74mm
(body only)
Power supply D-LI109 lithium-ion
battery, 410 shots

digitalcameraworld   photo:pentax ricoh

Headphone Amp & DAC-HRT MicroStreamer,for on the go use

The HRT MicroStreamer is the excellent solution if you’re searching for a headphone amp & DAC strictly for your personal computer, tablet or smartphone for on the go use. The MicroStreamer has a an easy-to-use interface with simply a USB input, headphone jack, and a fixed-level, low impedance 2.25V line output. The device powers directly from a computer, and despite it’s small sizes, is able to drive most headphones with competence. Volume is controlled by a digital ‘slide’ control on the host pc’s music playback software package.HRT MicroStreamer

The Micro Streamer allows native-resolution playback of music content up to 24-bit/96k and is indicated by the LED indicators on the side of the unit displaying the current sample rate (32k, 44k1, 48k, 88k2 & 96k). HRT’s upstream utility allows the MicroStreamer to be up-to-date right from the computer’s desktop as firmware updates become available. Simply put, this smooth little aluminum box that’s designed and manufactured in California, USA, will leave you with very little to worry about and a whole lot to love.

Apple iOS compatibility needs use of the appropriate lightning or 30-pin Camera Connection Kit on the following devices: iPad (all generations), iPhone4 or newer running iOS7 or iPod touch 5th generation (iOS7).HRT MicroStreamer-1

Features:

compact & portable headphone amp & DAC accepting up to 24/96 material
supports 32k, 44.1k, 48k, 88.2k and 96k sample rates, identified by LED light
plug and play w/ standard 1.0 audio drivers, upstream utility for fast firmware upgrades
asynchronous mode operation eliminates jitter

HRT MicroStreamer specifications:

THD at 1V output: THD+N (1 kHz Full Scale): .002% (line), .008% (headphone)
DAC: yes
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: DC to 30kHz: 18uV RMS; A-weighted: 105 dB
Inputs: USB
Outputs: 1/8 line level, 1/8 headphone jack
Output Impedance: 50 Ohm (line), .5 Ohm (headphone)
Output Power: up to 140mW (headphone).

Canon EOS M5 Camera with APS-C Type CMOS sensor-good choice

The Canon EOS M5 is amazingly made with a compact body and ergonomic style and design.The body is primarily
made of poly-carbonate with metal reinforcements wherever required.
The Canon M5 has two control dials on top together with the exposure compensation dial and mode dial.The shutter release
is mounted with a slight slanting for quick access.The camera has a tilting LCD,which exposes the connecting cable even more than other tiltable models.Both the lens mount and tripod receptacle are metal.

The Canon EOS M5 uses a 24.2 megapixel APS-C Type(22.3 x 14.9mm) CMOS sensor, supported by a DIGIC 7 processor.The camera is suitable with Canon EF-M lenses and can accept Canon EF and EF-S lenses with the support
of an EF-EOS M mount adapter.The M5 can record JPEG or Raw images (synchronous recording of Raw and
JPEG possible) at a maximum dimension of 6000 x 4000 pixels.It can shoot
continuously at up to 9 frames per second up to a maximum of 26 JPEG Large/Fine, 17 Raw or 16 Raw+JPEG images.canon m5

The EOS M5 uses Dual pixel CMOS AF with up a total of 49 AF points.It offers One-Shot and Servo AF modes
along with Continuous AF.Metering modes available are Evaluative, Partial,Spot and Centre-weighted average.
Shooting modes include Program (P),Shutter priority (Tv), Aperture priority (Av) and Manual (M).Sensitivity
ranges from ISO 100 to 25,600 along with an Auto option.Exposure can be compensated up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Auto Exposure Bracketing can be set for ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.Drive modes include Single and Continuous and the
Self-timer mode enables you to set the timer at 2 or 10 seconds.

The camera uses an electronically controlled,focal-plane shutter, which delivers shutter speeds from 30 to
1/4000 sec along with Bulb mode.camera m5

The camera uses a 3.2inch, 1.62 million-dot TFT tilting capacitive touch LCD. Images are recorded on an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (UHS-I compatible).The interface includes a Hi-Speed USB and HDMI OUT (Type D) terminals along with a 3.5mm
stereo mini jack. The camera features built-in WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth.The M5 is run by an LP-E17 battery
pack. The camera measures 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm (WxHxD) and weighs around 427g.
Videos were smooth, though the autofocus was not fast enough to our liking.

Canon EOS M5 KEY SPECIFICATIONS
Lens Mount: Canon EF-M
Image Sensor: APS-C Type (22.3 x
14.9mm)CMOS
Effective Pixels: 24.2 million
Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Image type: Still: JPEG, RAW (RAW + JPEG
possible)
Lens Correction: Peripheral illumination,
Chromatic aberration, Diffraction
Autofocus Type: Dual pixel CMOS AF
(1-point AF, face + tracking priority AF)
AF Points: 49 points (Maximum)
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Partial, Spot,
Centre-weighted
Exposure control: Program, Shutter priority,
Aperture priority, Manual
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 25,600
Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled,
focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 sec.
X-sync: 1/200sec.
Built-in Flash: Guide number 5m (ISO
100/m)
Drive modes: Single, Continuous
Max. continuous speed: Approx. 9.0 shots
per sec
Max. burst: JPEG Large / Fine: Approx. 26
shots; Raw: Approx. 17 shots
Movie Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recording Format: MP4
Best Video Quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD),
60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p
Monitor: 3.2inch 1.62 million-dot TFT
colour LCD
NFC: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Power Source: Battery Pack LP-E17 (Supplied)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 115.6 x 89.2 x
60.6mm
Weight: Approx. 427g

source:Canon

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