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CompactFlash Association announces XQD as next generation for high-end camera memory cards

CompactFlash Association announces XQD as next generation for high-end camera memory cards

Just when you think you've got all your memory card problems figured out, BAM, along comes the CompactFlash Association with an announcement that it has adopted a brand new specification and format called XQD to replace what some (of course) call the too-venerable CompactFlash memory card we've been using for a while now in our high-end cameras. This new XQD format is a PCI Express-based memory card that's both smaller and faster than the current CompactFlash format cards. XQD is also said to offer significant benefits over the competition - that competition of course being Secure Digital (aka SD)'s SDHC and SDXC cards.

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Toshiba debuts FlashAir 8GB SDHC card with WLAN

Toshiba debuts FlashAir 8GB SDHC card with WLAN

Toshiba is announcing a new SDHC memory card called the FlashAir that is WiFi-enabled. The card features an embedded wireless LAN that allows it to both transmit and receive files wirelessly. The FlashAir is being touted as the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality to meet the SD Memory Card Standard.

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The Dead Rise: Macintosh SE/30 Brought Back to Life

The Dead Rise: Macintosh SE/30 Brought Back to Life

Hackers delight. Using a Seagate Dockstar, some USB 2.0 ports, 128MB of RAM, and a small Linux server running a 1.2GHz ARM processor, YouTube user Spritetm has brought a Mac SE/30 back to wonderful, wonderful life. It runs a Mac emulator and works as a server. The floppy drive also works, reading SD cards mounted on floppy-shaped protoboard enclosures instead of the original 3.5" discs.

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Eye-Fi Pro 4GB adds ad-hoc WiFi, RAW support, Selective Transfer

Eye-Fi Pro 4GB adds ad-hoc WiFi, RAW support, Selective Transfer

Eye-Fi have announced their latest wireless memory card, the 4GB Eye-Fi Pro.  Using the SDHC format, the new Eye-Fi Pro offers the usual automatic wireless transfer of images from digital cameras to a computer or website; however it also adds new file-type support, increased control over which images are synchronized, more flexible WiFi connectivity and video functionality.

The Eye-Fi Pro 4GB now includes "Selective Transfer", which allows users to choose which photos and/or videos are uploaded.  This bypasses the issue with the older cards where every shot was transferred; according to Eye-Fi all users will now be able to use Selective Transfer, not just those with the Pro 4GB.  Images are selected by locking them through the camera's own menus.

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Apple MacBook Pro range gets 13-, 15-inch updates; cheaper 17-inch MBP and Air

Apple MacBook Pro range gets 13-, 15-inch updates; cheaper 17-inch MBP and Air

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro range, announcing a new 15-inch MBP with a built-in battery that is apparently good for up to 7hrs of runtime.  It also drops the ExpressCard slot of the previous model and replaces it with a far more user-friendly SD card slot.  Meanwhile the 17-inch MacBook Pro gets a price cut to $2,499, while the 13-inch MacBook now graduates to the Pro line with integrated 7hr battery among other things.  Full details after the cut, plus a big price-cut for the MacBook Air.

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Eye-Fi Explore Video 4GB reviewed: few glitches but good

Eye-Fi Explore Video 4GB reviewed: few glitches but good

Eye-Fi's latest Explore Video 4GB card has come in for examination over at GeekTonic, and if you've ever wished you could get on with sharing video clips rather than going through the hassle of retrieving them from your digital camera, this could be the SDHC card for you.  Reviewer Brent was impressed by how straightforward the system is, though battery life on your device will take a hit from powering the WiFi radio.

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Samsung SMX-C14 & SMX-C10 Touch of Color camcorders

Samsung SMX-C14 & SMX-C10 Touch of Color camcorders

Touch of Color was always too slick to be restricted to Samsung's TV ranges, and the company obviously agrees: the new Samsung SMX-C14 and SMX-C10 camcorders get the glossy red accents across their slickly-curved casings.  Announced today, the pair each have Hyper Image Stabilization, 2.7-inch flip-out 230,000 pixel displays, and Samsung's Active Angle Lens which allows for a "more relaxed" shooting angle.

 

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