Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Camera Deals of the Day: Save up to $600 on Nikon DSLR bundles; refurb Nikon D600 body $1,325; Canon 5D Mark III body $2,550 and much more!

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Happy hump day! We've found a big selection of DSLR-related deals for you to browse through this morning! There's a new promotion for Nikon DSLR bundles from B&H Photo Video, as well as a new set of Canon mail-in rebates. We've also uncovered some great discounts on Canon and Nikon DSLRs, plus special savings on a fast Canon prime lens. Lastly, we found a nice little bargain on some cool neoprene DSLR lens pouches to safely haul you new glass. Check back tomorrow for all new camera deals and discounts.

  • Save up to $600 on Nikon DSLR when bundled with lenses and speedlights - Free Shipping
    B&H has started a new Nikon promotion where you can get up to $600 off with select bundles of lenses and speedlights. Eligible DSLRs run the full gamut of Nikon models from the the D3100 and D5200 to the D800 and D4. Visit the special promotion page for all the details and various configuration of bundles with corresponding discounts. Offers expire at different times depending on the models, but most expire on Nov. 11.
    Read ourNikon D3100 review, Nikon D5200 review, Nikon D800 review and Nikon D4 overview for more details.
  • Mail-in rebates on select Canon EF lenses - Free Shipping
    Canon has a new round of mail-in rebates for select full-frame EF lenses, the vast majority of which are L-series lenses. Eligible lenses include the EF 17-40mm f/4L with $100 off, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with $300 off or both EF 24-70mm L zoom lenses in either f/2.8 II or f/4 IS versions at $300 off. See the full selection of lenses at Adorama, B&H or on the official mail-in rebate form (PDF).
    Read ourCanon lens reviews for more details.
  • Canon 5D Mark III body - $2,550 (compare to $3,100) - Free Shipping
    BigValueInc via eBay has the Canon 5D Mark III body-only for $2,549.99 with free shipping. Limited quantity available.
    Read ourCanon 5D Mark III review for more details.
  • Refurbished Nikon D600 body - $1,325 (compare to $1,897 new) - Free Shipping
    RobertsCamera via eBay has the Refurbished Nikon D600 body for just $1,325 with free shipping. Limited quantity available.
    Read ourNikon D600 review for more details.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens - $1,259 (compare to $1,619) - Free Shipping
    Adorama has a special deal on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens for a final checkout price of $1,259 with free shipping, plus extra accessories like an Adorama lens cleaning kit, 16GB USB flash drive and a 72mm filter kit. In addition to the $150 mail-in rebate (PDF), Adorama is tacking on additional discounts for this lens. You must go all the way to checkout to see the final lowest price.
    Read ourCanon 50mm f/1.2L lens review for more details.
  • Neoprene DSLR lens pouch 4-pack - $10 (compare to $15) - Free Shipping
    Hottest Deal Ever via eBay (98.9% positive feedback) has a Neoprene DSLR Lens Pouch 4-Pack for $9.95 with free shipping.

Source: Imaging-resource

Friday, October 18, 2013

BlazeVideo Halloween Gift Pack Saves Up to 98 to Create, Burn and Transfer Awesome Halloween Movie

Guangdong, China -- ( SBWIRE) -- 10/18/2013 -- October 31st is 2013 Halloween day and to celebrate the upcoming Halloween day, people are getting busy with preparation work for activities, costumes and gifts. To gain some useful Halloween gifts from all kinds of online promotion can make Halloween more happy and exciting. As an outstanding software developer majoring in first-class multimedia applications for media fans all over the world, has launched BlazeVideo 2013 Halloween Special Gifts in a bid to bring people more fun in this special festival. In the Halloween special offer activity, people, especially those who fancy DIY movie, could get quite a bunch of free and high-discounted movie helpers to make an awesome Halloween movie, burn them into discs to present friends as Halloween gifts and transfer their masterpiece onto all kinds of iDevices.

In the thought of enriching people's multimedia life and bring movie fans better movie experience not only at this Halloween holiday but also tons of other popular festivals, BlazeVideo packed 3 of its best sellers into the Halloween Gift Pack, which could help solve almost all video creating, editing and burnning issues as well as iDevice data transferring problems. This gift pace consists of: BlazeVideo SmartShow, BlazeVideo DVD Creator and BlazeVideo iTransfer, originally costs $139.85, these 3 apps now as Halloween Gift Pack only need $41.95 in BlazeVideo 2013 Halloween Special Gifts, totally $98 saved.

BlazeVideo SmartShow is a powerful yet easy to use video maker to help create horror Halloween movies with funny halloween movies pictures, scary video clips and creepy background sounds. People can enhance and liven up their artwork with abundant built-in editing tools, fantastic effects, titles and transitions by simple drag-and-drop operation. At last, the newly-created movies can be created into various popular SD/HD video formats fit for portable devices. If people want to burn it into DVD for backup or send these disks to friends or families as Halloween special gifts, BlazeVideo DVD Creator is here to burn help burn these videos into ISO files onto hard drive or blank discs in high quality. It is a good idea to transfer these awesome Halloween movies onto iDevices like iPhone, iPod or iPad and enjoy it anywhere and anytime, BlazeVideo iTransfer is just the right software people can easily apply to transfer data including music, movies, TV shows, ringtones, images, ebooks, apps, etc. between iDevices and computers. With this gift pack, people could create and watch any movies in any format on any device anytime and anywhere.

Besides the Halloween Gift Pack, BlazeVideo also offer BlazeDVD full-featured media player and video converter Blaze Video Magic with up to 50% price cut. These special offers are all valid until the end of November 7th. What's more, in BlazeVideo 2013 Halloween Special Gifts, people could get totally free gift: BlazeVideo iPad video converter from October 14th to November 7th as Halloween free gift from BlazeVideo.

Source: Sbwire

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

iPhone 5S' poor availability hurting Japan's biggest carrier

The scarcity of Apple's new high-end handset is wreaking havoc on NTT DoCoMo as subscribers flee.

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Can't get your hands of the iPhone 5S? Neither can Japan's largest carrier, which is suffering mightily as a result.

NTT DoCoMo lost a net total of 66,800 subscribers in September, the worst loss ever, according to a report in Japan's Nikkei on Monday.

And DoCoMo lost 133,100 subscribers based on the mobile number portability (MNP) system, the report said.

DoCoMo blamed its subscriber-based problems on the double whammy of customers, who were waiting for the new iPhone, putting off purchases, and the subsequent scarcity of the 5S after it was announced, according to the report.

The iPhone has been reshaping Japan's telecommunications market -- one of the largest in the world -- as it gains in popularity. DoCoMo's problem is that it was late to the Apple phone game: the 5S and 5C are its first phone products from Apple.

Softbank, which began carrying the iPhone in 2008, has seen its market share expand on the back of Apple's phone. KDDI (au) picked up the iPhone in 2011.

SoftBank and KDDI gained a net total of 270,700 and 232,700 subscribers, respectively, in September.

Both are offering discount programs for the iPhone 5 to incentivize upgrades to the 5S.

Things are much better stateside, either. There has been only sporadic availability of the 5S at Apple stores and carriers like Verizon Wireless.

Source: Cnet

Sunday, October 6, 2013

'Climate refugee' fights to stay in New Zealand in long-shot case

David Gray / Reuters, file

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he's a refugee - suffering not from persecution, but from climate change.

The 37-year-old and his wife left his remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born. Immigration authorities have twice rejected his argument that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati.

So on Oct. 16, the man's lawyer, Michael Kidd, plans to argue the case before New Zealand's High Court. Kidd, who specializes in human rights 5s iphone cases life proof samsung case, told The Associated Press he will appeal the case all the way to the country's Supreme Court if necessary.

Legal experts consider the man's case a long shot, but it will nevertheless be closely watched, and might have implications for tens of millions of residents in low-lying islands around the world. Kiribati, an impoverished string of 33 coral atolls about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, has about 103,000 people and has been identified by scientists as among the nations most vulnerable to climate change.

In a transcript of the immigration case obtained by the AP, the Kiribati man describes extreme high tides known as king tides that he says have started to regularly breach Kiribati's defenses - killing crops, flooding homes and sickening residents. New Zealand immigration laws prevent the AP from naming him.

The man said that around 1998, king tides began regularly breaching the sea walls around his village, which was overcrowded and had no sewerage system. He said the fouled drinking water would make people vomit, and that there was no higher ground that would allow villagers to escape the knee-deep water.

He said returning to the island would endanger the lives of his two youngest children.

"There's no future for us when we go back to Kiribati," he told the tribunal, according to the transcript. "Especially for my children. There's nothing for us there."

The man's lawyer said the family is currently living and working on a New Zealand farm.

Last week, an international panel of climate scientists issued a report saying that it was "extremely likely" that human activity was causing global warming, and predicted that oceans could rise by as much as 3.3 feet by the end of the century. If that were to happen, much of Kiribati would simply disappear.

Though that is a dire prospect, New Zealand's Immigration and Protection Tribunal has said it is not one that is addressed by laws dealing with refugees.

In a decision recently made public, tribunal member Bruce Burson said the legal concept of a refugee is someone who is being persecuted, which requires human interaction. He said the tribunal rejected the man's claim because nobody is persecuting him.

The tribunal found there was no evidence that the environmental conditions on Kiribati were so bad that the man and his family would face imminent danger should they return. Burson said the man's claim was also rejected because the family's predicament was no different than that faced by the wider population of Kiribati.

In his court appeal, Kidd said the fact that many people face the same threat is no grounds to dismiss a claim. He also argued that his client did suffer an indirect form of human persecution because climate change is believed to be caused by the pollution humans generate. He said his client also would face the threat of a climate-induced breakdown in law and order should he return.

Bill Hodge, a constitutional law expert and associate professor at the University of Auckland, said he applauded Kidd's "ingenious arguments" but didn't think they would succeed because his client hasn't been singled out and victimized due to something like his gender, race or political persuasion.

But Hodge added that even if the Kiribati man loses, his case might make a good argument for expanding the definition of what constitutes a refugee. He said he expected there would be increasing pressure on nations like New Zealand and Australia to help provide new homes for Pacific Islanders threatened by rising seas.

Tidal gauges indicate the world's oceans have been rising at an annual rate of 0.1 inches since 1970. Many scientists expect that rate to accelerate and for climate change to trigger more intense storms, which may pose an even more pressing threat to many of the world's low-lying islands.

Kiribati's government is pursuing its own strategies. It has paid a deposit for 6,000 acres in nearby Fiji, which Kiribati President Anote Tong has said will provide food security and a possible refuge for future generations. The nation has also been talking with a Japanese firm about the possibility of constructing a floating island, which would cost billions of dollars.

Rimon Rimon, a Kiribati government spokesman who said his opinions on the matter were his own, said he thought the man in New Zealand was taking the wrong approach. He said the government is working hard to train people in skills like nursing, carpentry and automotive repairs so that if they do leave Kiribati, they can be productive in their adoptive countries.

"Kiribati may be doomed by climate change in the near future," he said. "But just claiming refugee status due to climate change is the easy way out."

Source: Nbcnews

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Adobe reports massive security breach

<couponp>Adobe reported what it called a "sophisticated" cyberattack on its network where hackers gained unauthorized access to confidential customer information including IDs and encrypted passwords. The hack affects some 2.9 million customers, the company estimates.

Information accessed in the attack includes names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and order information. Adobe does not believe the criminals removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from company systems, however.

This security breach extended to Adobe source code for numerous products such as Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder, and other company products, Adobe said. According to a blog entry, Adobe believes that the two security violations are related.

In addition to contacting and assisting law enforcement, Adobe says it's resetting relevant customer passwords. Customers whose user ID or passwords were affected will be notified via email and instructed to change their passwords. The company will also notify customers whose credit or debit card information may have been compromised. Those customers will receive additional instructions about how to guard against credit card fraud. In addition, Adobe says customers whose information was compromised will be offered the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.

Adobe reports it has notified the banks involved in customer payments for Adobe, so that the company can work with the credit card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers' accounts.

Source: Pcworld

Otterbox Introduces New iPhone 5/5s Case With Space for Credit Cards and Cash

Otterbox has introduced iPhone case/wallet combination, the Commuter Series Wallet. The $45 case includes space for 3 credit cards and a single dollar bill, while coming in black, white/grey and pink/grey color combinations.

The new case competes against other wallet cases like TwelveSouth's BookBook, as well as dozens of other wallet cases on the market.

- Multi-layer case guards against damage to your device
- Slimline design hides contents, keeping them safe and secure
- Self-adhering screen protector guards against scratches and scrapes to the glass display
- Access drawer holds up to three cards and one bill
- Audible click closure gives you peace of mind knowing your items are securely enclosed
- Access Wallet drawer contents without turning case over

The Commuter Series Wallet case, for the iPhone 5 and 5s iphone cases life proof kindle fire case, is available from Otterbox and other retailers for $45.
Source: Macrumors

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark coming to iOS

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Curve Studios' 2D platformer Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark is set to see a future release on iOS devices, developer Jonathan Biddle told PocketGamer.

The team is currently working on the iOS port for Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark, which will retain its relatively new title for the mobile release. The game's original name was Stealth Bastard before the studio changed it in April to reach a wider audience.

"For some of the same reasons, we'll be using Stealth Inc for the iOS release. Apple do allow titles with swear words in them, but I tell you now, they won't feature them," Biddle told PocketGamer. "It was the punchline to the joke and it made people smile. It matches the tone of the game; it lets you know that you're not going to have a serious time with this title and its homage to metal gear says something about the games it is referencing."

Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark is available on Windows PC, Linux and Mac via Steam. It hit PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on July 23 featuring cross-buy access, allowing consumers who buy the game on one platform to play it on the other.

According to Biddle, Curve Studios will focus on development and digital publishing after Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark's iOS release. The developer teased that it has more of its own titles in development and details on the new games will be released "some time next year."

Source: Polygon

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

First iPhone 5s Waterproof Case: A ZipLoc Bag

The iPhone 5s is still a fairly new device, so there aren't very many accessories for it just yet, and this includes waterproof 5s iphone cases waterproof vinyl flooring. We should be seeing waterproof cases for the iPhone 5s pop up sooner or later, but it'll be a little tricky given that the iPhone 5s has that nifty new Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Since most waterproof cases of yore are simply just a rubber seal that covers up the home button, the same can't be done with the iPhone 5s.

Instead, case manufacturers will have to think of a clever way of waterproofing the fingerprint sensor, while still keeping it functional. So far, we've heard from a few case companies who are working on iPhone 5s-specific waterproof cases, but nothing has been released yet as far as that goes (an update to iOS 7 also won't waterproof your phone, no matter how convincing the fake ads are). In the meantime, we figured out a cheap and quick way to keep your phone waterproof, while still keeping the fingerprint sensor usable. All it involves is a ZipLoc bag.

This little life hack has been around for awhile now: Put your phone in a ZipLoc bag to protect it from getting wet, or keep sand out of it if you're going to the beach. Luckily, though, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s works flawlessly through the plastic of the ZipLoc bag, as demonstrated in our own video:

However, there is a catch: It only works when the bag and your fingers are dry. Once the ZipLoc bag and your fingers have been compromised with water, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor doesn't work at all. It's a bit of an interesting twist, given that the point of the ZipLoc bag is to protect it from water, so you'll most likely be using it when it's wet, but the touch screen will still work flawlessly, no matter the conditions.

With that said, it's still a good trick to use if you have an iPhone 5s and are going hiking or running for the day and might come across some rain. In these instances, it's always a good idea to protect your phone somehow, and while the fingerprint sensor won't work when it's wet, you'll still be able to unlock your phone by entering in your passcode, obviously.

Let us know how this worked for you in the comments below, and feel free to send us more ideas on how to waterproof the new iPhone 5s.

Source: Gottabemobile