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Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon Coolpix P610, L840 mid-range cameras bring ultra zoom

Nikon has introduced a trio of new compact high-zoom cameras in its S-Series, and rounding out its new ultra-zoom lineup are a couple additional Coolpix cameras: the P610 and the L840. These cameras are more robust than compact shooters but smaller than a DSLR, both offering features relatively similar to the new S-Series compacts with the addition of ultra-zoom ratings. The P610 is the higher end of the two models, though both are substantial offerings; both models arrive in March.

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Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Nikon Coolpix S-Series: new compact super-zoom cameras

Compact cameras can swing to both extremes: some are cheap and barely functional, while others pack a lot of features into a slim body. Nikon's new trio of S-Series compact cameras fall into the latter group, each of them featuring thin and compact bodies coupled with high zoom rates, both WiFi and NFC, large displays, and an array of other features. The S6900 model is the lowest end of the bunch, while the S7000 falls into the mid-range (as far as compacts go), and the S9900 is the highest of the bunch.

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Nikon D810A DSLR is designed for astrophotographers

Nikon D810A DSLR is designed for astrophotographers

Nikon has introduced a new DSLR camera that has been optimized specifically for astrophotographers. The new D810A is akin to the D810 DSLR, but features a hydrogen alpha wavelength infrared cut filter, which the camera maker says allows photographers to capture quality photos of space in particular. Joining that filter are some features that are likewise tailored to astrophotography; the camera, however, isn't meant for general photography, and so is reserved for those who need a camera for snapping images of the universe.

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French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

French law allows websites to be blocked sans court order

France is cracking down against extremists and child abusers, and as part of it the nation has unveiled a new law that gives its law enforcement's cybercrime general directorate the power to order an ISP to block a website sans a court order. The ISPs will have 24 hours to obey the request, and will be reimbursed for whatever costs this could result in. Likewise, the ISPs will also be able to appeal the decision if they feel it was an inappropriate order, something that may or may not be honored depending on the specific circumstances.

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2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

2015 Ford Focus scores new stability control tech

The 2015 Ford Focus is set to offer the auto maker's Enhanced Transitional Stability Control system, providing the car with technology that recognizes when driving situations have become particularly dangerous, acting to help correct them before the car spins out or starts skidding. Though the technology itself has already been available in some other Ford models, this latest addition will open it up to a wider array of buyers at a lower price point -- all the while proving better than previous offerings.

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8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

8-Bit Philosophy makes you existential using retro games

Maybe you glossed over your philosophy homework in college, or some of the concepts were a bit too heavy to stick properly the first time around. Regardless, there's a better way to get your feet wet with all things existential and ponderous, and it's called 8-Bit Philosophy. Fans of 8-Bit Cinema will be familiar with the style and nature of the videos -- each one is short and styled after a retro game, but rather than recreating popular movies, the series sets out to simplify philosophical concepts.

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Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Gamer swatted in Minnesota, calls out prankster

Despite the increasing number of individuals getting in trouble for it, some disgruntled or otherwise less-than-wise individuals are still swatting others -- calling in fake threats to have law enforcement and/or a SWAT team set to a gamer's home. One such 'prankster' was recently arrested for swatting, but already another incident has happened to fill the void, this time against gamer Joshua Peters, a USAF veteran living in Minnesota who goes by the handle "Koopatroopa787". After the incident, Peters called out his prankster.

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Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

As we noted recently, the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul premiered on Sunday night following the return of The Walking Dead, and in doing so it smashed through previous records to become the highest-rated cable series debut ever. The series hit a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating among its 6.9 million viewers, blasting through the previous record while confirming those raving early reviews that kept rolling in. For those curious, The Walking Dead's return did pretty well, too.

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Samsung and Microsoft end royalty payments dispute

Samsung and Microsoft end royalty payments dispute

Microsoft and Samsung's very public tiff over patent royalty late fee payments has come to a private end, with both companies making a brief announcement today about a new agreement between them. Says both companies, "Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration." They go on to says that the terms under which this agreement was struck are confidential, and leave the rest of the details in the dark.

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Better Call Saul and Walking Dead premiere tomorrow

Better Call Saul and Walking Dead premiere tomorrow

The weekend is officially upon us, and for some that means hunkering down for quality time in front of the television. While Netflix is always a good choice, tomorrow is a special day for some TV viewers: The Walking Dead returns and the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul makes its official debut. Both will be arriving on AMC back-to-back, making for an eventful Sunday night, with The Walking Dead's return arriving first followed by the Better Call Saul premiere.

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