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+ - A Look at the New Dell UP2715K - The First 5K 27 inch LCD->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "4K displays are so last year – get ready for the next big thing – the new Dell UP2715K which boost an unbelievable 5120×2880 pixel resolution – or 14.7 Megapixels. What can you actually run on this bad boy is a different matter — finding 4K content seems hard enough these days (although 4K BDs should start appearing in the near future), however gamers, video editors and image editors might find the extra 70% more resolution useful.

The monitor will reach the market later this year according to Dell at a pretty reasonable price of about $2.5K and from the quick video demo it seems that Dell was able to counter glare on this screen in quite a decent way."

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+ - Is the New 8 Core intel Processor Really the Ultimate CPU for Video Editing?->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Earlier this weekend Intel announced 3 new “Extreme” processors based on the Haswell-E i7 architecture including a new 8-core i7-5960X CPU. But how does this new processing king preform as part of super high end video editing machine alongside the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory and do more cores more important than a higher clock rate?

Photographer Dave Dugdale and JJ Guerrero from ASUS decided to check these questions out and recorded and extensive video looking at some of the interesting questions that has to do with building a very high end system for editing 4K videos with the latest hardware around (as long as you have deep pockets...)."

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+ - Students Develop an unbelievable 2D to 3D Object Manipulation Software->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "A group of students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of California, Berkeley developed a free software which uses regular 2D images and combines them with free 3D models of objects to create unbelievable video results.

The group of 4 students created a free downloadable software (currently for mac OS-X only) that allows users to perform 3D manipulations, such as rotations, translations, scaling, deformation, and 3D copy-paste, to objects in photographs. However unlike many 3D object manipulation software, the team’s approach seamlessly reveals hidden parts of objects in photographs, and produces plausible shadows and shading. This is done by using 3D models (which can be obtained freely online from many repositories)."

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+ - A New Way to Connect Portable Extra Monitors for Your Laptop->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "A British inventor created a system which allows you to connect one or more external monitors to your laptop to create a portable, high resolution multi monitor setup for the road warrior who can’t live without the extra screen real estate — the only drawback — you will need a Mini DisplayPort or a DisplayPort on your laptop.

If you are used to working with a multi monitor setup on your desktop but you find it hard to leave it behind when you are on the road – you are not alone.A new kickstarter project called Packed Pixels brings an interesting way to connect one or two extra high res displays to your laptop for a relatively low price."

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+ - Machine Learning Used to prevent medication errors->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "There are an estimated 7,000 deaths in the United States due to preventable medication errors each year. A new company called MedAware is looking to use artificial intelligence and smart learning algorithms to counter this growing problem.

MedAware developed smart software that analyzes large databases of medical records and created specific profiles for each drug based on the type of patients to which it was given (including things such as age, sex, medical history and condition). Whenever a patient who does not fit the profile of a specific drug receives a prescription for it — a message pops up on the physician's computer signaling a problem."

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+ - New Technology Uses Cellular Towers for Super Accurate Weather Measurements->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Israeli scientists from the Tel Aviv University perfected a method for using cell phone service towers microwave emitters to measure rain, snow and even (for the first time ) detect fog with great accuracy over vast areas in real time.

The research team members have analyzed endless amounts of raw cellular data and developed more accurate ways to measure meteorological information and added more parameters that they can now measure using their growing database. When combined with existing meteorological monitoring technologies such as radars and local ground based weather stations, the results show unprecedented level of accuracy that can give better and further weather forecast as well as special warnings about upcoming floods, fog and hail which can affect both people and crop production."

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+ - What's on the Way for Photographers on Android L->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "The next version of Android known as Android L (or 5) will bring a whole host of new features including several interesting features for photographers.

During the recent Google I/O 2014 event Google gave an interesting demonstration of some of the features we should be looking for in Android L including a lot more direct manual control over the camera and the ability to shoot in RAW. Other interesting features including a much faster shooting rate (depending on your Smartphone capabilities — Nexus 5 — up to 30 frames per second). In the demo on the following link you can see some interesting HDR capabilities and a look into a few more things that might be the basis for a new generation of photography apps."

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+ - The Internet Of Things Comes to Your Garden->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Connected devices are becoming ubiquitous — a number of new companies are now offering WIFI and BT enabled devices that can let you control almost all aspects of your garden from your smartphone or tablet, save you money on water and allow you to monitor your plants health from a distance.

In the past few months we are seeing an expulsion of new companies and products belonging to the "Internet Of Things" (IOT) and this trend isn't skipping the garden. For years irrigation controllers were amongst the most hated non intuitive devices around but a new generation of small start-up companies such as Rachio, GreenIQ and GreenBox are looking to change that and create a completely new was of interaction with our garden which will be more wireless and more connected (with lots of smart sensors that will tell us what is going on with our plants before its too late)."

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+ - New Technology for Building Homes Lower Costs by 50%!->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "An Israeli entrepreneur has developed a smart building block that has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry, reducing building and running costs for new homes.

The new block, currently under development, is called S-brick. It looks like a large concrete Lego piece with built in holes and a v-shape part which can be removed, exposing the inner porous structure. This design combines several distinct advantages. The S-block is made from a special concrete developed in Germany that is as strong as steal — eliminating the need for expensive and time consuming metal reinforcements in the building. Each block has holes for running pipes, plumbing and electrical wires. The outer part of the block is removable, allowing easy access for inserting the pipes during construction and inspecting and maintaining them later on. These are just two of almost a dozen unique advantages of the S-brick compared to any existing comparable building technology which according to the developers could reduce building costs by as much as 50%."

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+ - High School Students Launch the First Satellite to Locate SOS Radio Signals->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Last Thursday a unique miniscule solar-powered satellite built by a group of Israeli high school students was launched successfully from the Yasny launch base in Russia. The satellite will demonstrate the capability to help travelers in remote locations use a simple low-cost radio transmitter to report their location in case of emergency.

This is only the second nano satellite in the world to be built by high school students (the first was TJ3SAT launched with the help of NASA in late 2013). Almost 200 students worked on the project over the years, with 40 working nonstop over the past several months to complete the satellite in time for the launch."

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+ - Adobe Finally Fixes Photoshop HiDPI Issue for 4K Displays ->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "It took almost a full year but Adobe finally released a working fix for Windows 8 users who are working with ultra high resolution displays. This problem prevented many users from working with their Photoshop CC (even when reducing their resolution). The new fix is part of a new version of Photoshop Creative Cloud released today called Photoshop CC 2014 which brings a host of new and interesting features including a new focus mask feature which allows the user to quickly choose only the areas in focus in the image. Other changes include a new version of Camera RAW, better content aware functionality, realistic spinning blur function and much more.

Adobe released a long list of videos showing many of these features which you can check on the following link (which also includes an explanation on what to do in order to fix the HiDPI issue after installing the new version of Photoshop CC."

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+ - Adobe Shares a Peek at the Next Photoshop->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Earlier today Adobe shared a short glimpse at the next version of Photoshop which will be unveiled next week released. In what it calls a sneak peek video, Senior Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee demonstrated an upcoming new feature called focus masks.

This new feature which will be added to the select tab of the next iteration of Photoshop CC is capable of selecting an object from the background based on focus. This means that if you have a subject which is distinctly separated from the background you will be able to select it in a very quick and easy way – as it was demonstrated on the video (including refine edges for choosing hair and other fine details that might be missed by the automatic algorithm)."

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+ - MIT and Adobe Researchers Developed Image Mimicking Technology->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Researchers from MIT alongside colleagues from Adobe and the University of Virginia, have developed an algorithm that could allow the use of a portrait image shot with a particular style to be the basis for a image filter that can be added to any image.

The new algorithm can use any great portrait image as the basis for creating the filter. The researchers even demonstrated a version of the algorithm that can work as a video filter which can add a unique look to your video. Adobe is already working to implement this technology into a future commercial product.

A short video demonstration shows the algorithm in action promising some very interesting capabilities far ahead of current day filters."

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+ - New: Raglite – The Indestructible Flexible Light->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Two Chicago based film guys developed one of the first commercial flexible lighting system which you can carry anywhere with little to no install time. This new system looks and acts like a fabric, can be made water resistant (in fact they have a video of it working in water), and is based on LEDs which are said to be flicker free, dimmable and color accurate.

The developers of this technology called Raglite are looking for funding on Kickstarter from anybody who is a film buff, planet grower or simply needs a type of indestructible flexible light which you can use anywhere and carry any place."

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+ - Is LG New Ultra Widescreen Display better than "Normal" 4K?->

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Forget about 4K displays, are Ultra Widescreen “cinematic” displays the real deal? earlier this year LG announced its new 34UM95 – a 34 inch Ultra Widescreen monitor with a “cinematic” 21:9 aspect ratio and a generous 3440 x1440 resolution — a recent hands on review suggest that this monitor might be the new productivity king, for those who simply can't stand that annoying bezel between their multiple monitors.

linus sebastian had a chance to play with the new LG 34UM95, and although he seem to start as a skeptic (after all how really useful can a 21:9 display be right?) he ended up his review fully converted with no going back. We still think that pro graphic users will not rush to switch over their EIZOs and NECs for this baby, but video editors, gamers, programers and basically anybody who loves multitasking, might be very tempted — what do you think?"

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