Nikon has announced that it is currently developing an update to its flagship D4 full-frame DSLR, the D4S. So, what does it look like? Well, it looks exactly like the old D4.The company made the announcement CES that the D4S is in development, but gave no exact details except to say that the new camera will have better autofocusing and the latest image processor. The camera, which was housed in glass on the show floor (it was most likely a dummy unit or an old D4 with D4S markings, resembled the D4 in almost every way; we could not identify what was different. So, for all we can guess, the final product will either be the same as the D4 or look slightly different when it’s all said and done.To recap, the D4 is Nikon’s flagship DSLR. It’s a 16.2-megapixel full-frame camera for pros that costs $6,000. CES isn’t a show geared toward professionals, so we weren’t expecting Nikon to announce anything pro related. But perhaps this appease Nikon DSLR prosumer … [Read more...] about Nikon developing new full-frame D4S flagship DSLR, and here’s what it looks like
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Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would start supporting embedded posts – a smart move, albeit one that once again confirms Facebook’s not-so-subtle metamorphosis into Twitter. So what does it look like? Let’s say you want to share one of the music videos from Kendrick Lamar’s Facebook page. If you want to embed a post, even a video post, you just click in the top right corner. There, you’ll see options to “Report or mark as spam” or “Embed post.” Once you’ve clicked “Embed post” the code will come up, which you can copy and paste. Then you enter that code into your post, and voila! Facebook video comin’ atcha. Now, this doesn’t work for every post on Facebook – they have to be public, so make sure the world icon is there before you go trying to embed an update.Facebook also made sure to optimize this new capability for mobile by reducing the width of … [Read more...] about You can now embed Facebook posts – here’s what it looks like
Those of you with an iPhone 4S will by now be well accustomed to chatting with Siri, the device’s virtual personal assistant happy to offer help and advice morning, noon and night — and even in the small hours when you really should be sleeping.So familiar have some of you become with Apple’s voice-activated app that you may on occasion have found yourself asking the type of questions you’d never dream of asking someone in the real world for fear of receiving a slap in the face or a stare icier than a penguin’s bottom.The thing is, after all of those long-into-the-night conversations covering a multitude of disparate topics, the likelihood is that by now you have an image in your mind of exactly how Siri looks.Shapeways, a New York-based start-up specializing in customized 3D printing, was so curious about this idea that it recently decided to put the call out to members of its online community asking everyone to send in an image, video, sketch, or 3D … [Read more...] about What does Siri look like? A competition endeavored to find out…
It looks like our Android phones may have yet another preinstalled app in the near future. In many cases device manufacturers opt to have preinstalled apps available on the Google Play Store, so that they can update individual apps rather than pushing an entire system update. Another one of those apps, called “Carrier Services,” has appeared on the Google Play Store.According to the app description, the app “helps carriers provide mobile services using the latest networking capabilities,,” including support for the Android Messages app.So what exactly does Carrier Services do? Well, right now, nothing. Android Police has gone over the app’s code to find that it only contains a dummy service, which simply means that it doesn’t do anything. In other words, the app is up on the Google Play Store, but it won’t actually do anything until Google updates it.We could speculate as to what the new app is all about. Some reports hint that it … [Read more...] about Mysterious Google Carrier Services app lands on Google Play, but what does it do?
Microsoft ran its first ad for the coming Phone 7 mobile operating system this weekend and in the tradition of anticipation-building teaser ads, this one is atmospheric, artsy, overly dramatic and, for some, probably puzzling.It reminded me of the first TV ad for the luxury car Infiniti in which the car was never shown. “What is it? What does it look like? I want to know more!” And you’re hooked.The You Tube video of the Phone 7 ad is titled “Lawrence of Arabia Windows 7 Trailer” and was screened at Secret Cinema, an event over the weekend at the Alexandra Palace in London in which classic films are shown and movie goers dress in the costumes of the characters.“Lawrence of Arabia,” released in 1962, tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, a British Army officer who played a key role in military battles in Arabia during World War I. The film won the Oscar in 1963 for Best Picture and Best Cinematography, among others, and made number five on the list … [Read more...] about What does ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ have to do with Phone 7?
One of the biggest disappointments of WWDC 2016 was the lack of a dark mode in iOS 10. Many people had expected Apple to announce it but, alas, the company didn’t do so.That has led many to expect that it might still happen in a later iOS 10 beta, and sure enough a dark mode was found hidden in the first iOS 10 beta.Zach Epstein reports for BGR:Several developers have begun digging through the iOS 10 beta code to see what goodies they can find, and one goody in particular had Apple fans buzzing Thursday morning. That’s right, the much-desired dark mode was found hiding inside iOS 10. For those unfamiliar with the feature, it does exactly what the name implies.Enabling dark mode sets iOS’s background to black and it darkens all of the colors of the interface. As nice a Night Shift is, dark mode will be much better on the eyes once it hits iPhone and iPads this fall.It’s unclear exactly when Apple plans to make dark mode available in iOS 10’s settings, but … [Read more...] about What dark mode looks like in iOS 10
Last month, we celebrated our 29th annual CIO 100 Awards program, which culminated at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where we honored the award winners and our seven Hall of Fame inductees. The ocean-side venue was impressive, but we were more dazzled by the honorees and their winning projects. (See "Transforming development in the race to innovate" video at the end of this article.)The theme for the CIO event was "Customers in control: The race to innovate." It's not just a catchy line. The race to innovate is being run everyday in every industry, and IT leaders are driving transformations where winning is the only option. This installment of CIO Quick Takes continues with that theme. We asked three CIOs this question: What has been your biggest innovation in the past six months?While the answers varied in the specifics of the projects, of course, there's no mistaking the common denominator. Below you'll read about how a wine-maker is improving … [Read more...] about CIO Quick Takes: What does innovation look like?
It may have been easy for Congress on Friday to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), despite past controversy around it.This bill does not hike federal spending or impose sweeping regulatory rules. Its main feature is something many firms will be happy to get: liability protection if they share information with the government about cyberthreats and attacks.CISA was slipped into the keep-the-government running $1.1 trillion spending bill. It was approved just before lawmakers took their holiday recess. The cybersecurity provisions of the bill itself are expected to cost the government about $20 million over a four-year period.The White House was expected to sign the bill, and possibly upset a long list of tech firms, including Apple, Google and Facebook, who are worried about private information getting into government hands.Lawmakers are betting that the measure will improve security, but the legislation's effectiveness will ultimately be settled by the attackers … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity bill approved, but what does it accomplish?
Women tech bloggers get comments their male counterparts don't — ones concerning their appearance. What exactly is up with that?——————————————————————————————————————————-I had an e-mail exchange recently with a former IT consultant who now writes about tech. Or at least she did. She has pretty much made up her mind to leave the field altogether due to some derogatory feedback she's received in the comment sections of her blogs. When I asked if she felt that being a woman was a detriment to a career in tech, she said there are too many factors involved to categorically say yes — one's age, geographic location, and depth of knowledge also have something to do with how one is perceived.But she did make one statement … [Read more...] about Sure she’s a good tech blogger, but what does she look like?
In September 2009 my FD forwarded me an email from SecurityMetrics, Inc., an approved security scanning vendor (ASV) appointed by our payment processor (Barclaycard). The email told me we were now obliged to comply with PCI DSS and gave us a deadline about a month hence to sort it out."We have to what...?! But we only process a few card payments a year! Surely that security standard stuff is for the big players?"Apparently not. And as this article shows, criminals are aware that smaller organizations may not be as careful with card data as they ought to be.Once we started to investigate the implications, we seriously considered whether it was worth the trouble of taking card payments. On balance, though, we decided that although only a few customers pay us this way we should press ahead and see if we could achieve the standard. Merchants of our size aren't subject to on-site assessments, so for us there were two elements to compliance: External vulnerability scans Self-assessment … [Read more...] about PCI DSS compliance — what does it look like for a small business?