US Bans Lithium-Ion Batteries in Cargo of Passenger Flights

US Bans Lithium-Ion Batteries in Cargo of Passenger Flights

The United States has officially banned lithium-ion batteries from being transported in the cargo holds of passenger planes. If you travel with camera gear, you’ll need to bring all your lithium-ion batteries into the cabin in a carry-on bag.

The major new rule was announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the FAA “to strengthen safety provisions.”

The FAA’s 2018 fact sheet about lithium-ion batteries didn’t ban them completely from cargo holds:

Devices containing lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries, including – but not limited to – smartphones, tablets, and laptops, should be kept in carry-on baggage. If these devices are packed in checked baggage, they should be turned completely off, protected from accidental activation and packed so they are protected from damage.

In addition to prohibiting the transport of lithium ion cells or batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft, the Interim Final Rule (IFR) also requires that lithium-ion cells and batteries shipped on cargo planes to not have more than 30% charge.

“This rule will strengthen safety for the traveling public by addressing the unique challenges lithium batteries pose in transportation,” says Chao.

The FAA published a warning against storing spare lithium ion batteries in checked bags back in 2015, and the US began urging airlines to ban cameras and other large electronics in checked bags in 2017.

The main concern is that lithium ion batteries can (in rare cases) catch fire and explode.

TechCrunch notes that the UN International Civil Aviation Authority already implemented the same restriction for member countries back in 2016, so the US regulation is codifying the guidance that has already been in place.


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US Bans Lithium-Ion Batteries in Cargo of Passenger Flights

Sony Jumping Into CFexpress with an Ultra-Tough 1700MB/s Card

Sony Jumping Into CFexpress with an Ultra-Tough 1700MB/s Card

The rise of CFexpress memory cards is accelerating. Just months after ProGrade Digital unveiled the world’s first 1 terabyte CFExpress card, Sony has announced its own tougher and faster CFexpress card.

The upcoming Sony TOUGH CFexpress Type B memory cards will boast blazing-fast speeds of up to 1700MB/s for reading and 1480MB/s for writing. By comparison, the ProGrade 1TB card tops off at 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s+ write speeds.

The Sony card will be about 3 times faster than Sony’s fastest CFast memory card (which has a 530MB/s read speed), perfect for high-res cameras.

“With a write speed of up to 1480MB/s, this card meets future requirement needs for secure industry data-recording or requirements from professionals to capture hi-resolution images or high-bitrate video,” Sony says.

But with more speed comes less capacity: Sony’s card will initially be launched in a 128GB capacity, with 256GB and 512GB models planned for the future.

In addition to being fast, Sony’s upcoming card will be extremely durable. Sony says the card’s strength is three times stronger than the CFexpress standard — it’s able to withstand 70N of bend force. The card is 5 times better (than the standard) at surviving falls as well, as it’s rated for falls from up to 16.4 feet (5m).

The card is also temperature proof, X-ray proof, anti-static, and features a UV guard.

If you have an XQD-compatible camera, you’ll likely be able to use CFexpress cards if/when the manufacturer pushes out a firmware update that adds CFexpress compatibility.

Sony TOUGH CFexpress Type B 128GB memory card (and a card reader) is set to hit the market sometime in the summer of 2019.


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Sony Jumping Into CFexpress with an Ultra-Tough 1700MB/s Card

Photographer Finds Owner of Camera That Fell 1,500ft in Zion 3 Years Ago

Photographer Finds Owner of Camera That Fell 1,500ft in Zion 3 Years Ago

New Zealand photographer Luke Riding was hiking around the base of Angels Landing in Zion National Park when he stumbled upon a smashed-up Fujifilm camera that had clearly fallen from atop the 1,488-foot-tall rock formation. The memory card was intact and Riding found a number of photos on it.

After trying and failing to find the owner through posts on Instagram and Twitter, his friend (and fellow photographer) Ben Horne got involved with the search. On February 20th, Horne shared this 3-minute video in an effort to track down the owner to return the photos.

Here’s the camera that Riding found:

And here are some of the photos that were discovered on the memory card:

Amazingly, the owner was identified less than 24 hours after Horne published his YouTube video.

“I posted the video at 6am Pacific time, and it was in turn posted on Reddit by a third party,” Horne tells PetaPixel. “On the Reddit page, a guy named Patrick recognized one of the girls in the photo as a high school acquaintance from nearly 10 years ago.

“He remembered her name, saw he was still Facebook friends with her, then reached out to her. The girl confirmed that it was indeed her sister’s camera, and by 7:30pm that same day, I got a message from Sarah on Instagram. The whole thing took place in just over 12 hours.”

It turns out the camera’s owner is a gal named Sarah Salik who had been hiking Angels Landing with her sister in mid-2016. Upon reaching the top, the pair stopped to have lunch, at which time Salik accidentally knocked her camera over the edge.

Luke is now working to send the camera and memory card back to Sarah (seen on the left in the photo of the two sisters) so that she can be reunited with the gear and photos she lost nearly three years ago.

“It’s a pretty simple story really, but it shows how interconnected we all are and the power of social media,” Horne says.


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Photographer Finds Owner of Camera That Fell 1,500ft in Zion 3 Years Ago

Simone Rocha’s 4 Moncler is a Garden of Femininity

Simone Rocha’s 4 Moncler is a Garden of Femininity
4 Moncler by Irish designer Simone Rocha is available in stores today.

Rocha is up for Moncler’s newest reiteration of collaborations as she emulates a garden in full bloom by tapping into the world of gardening for her stylized collection. Her sensitive and literary approach allowed her to reimagine the Moncler pieces through the lens of contemporary femininity.

Using ultra lightweight nylon, dolmia, taffeta, PVC, and tulle, Rocha brought form to airy silhouettes adorned with floral pri…

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Simone Rocha’s 4 Moncler is a Garden of Femininity

Rihanna’s Presence is Loud and Clear

Rihanna’s Presence is Loud and Clear
Rihanna’s hefty resume as a music artist, actress, beauty and lingerie designer continues to expand as her plans to collaborate with the luxury conglomerate LVMH to start her own label Project Loud France was recently confirmed.

Named after the artist’s fifth album Loud, the brand won’t be the first time LVMH and Rihanna have collaborated together. It’s no news that Rihanna is already established in the beauty and lingerie industries. Before Savage x Fenty, the singer’s beauty line …

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Rihanna’s Presence is Loud and Clear

New Photos of Jupiter Show the Planet from Fresh Perspectives

New Photos of Jupiter Show the Planet from Fresh Perspectives

Jupiter is usually shown with its cloud layers running horizontally across the face of the gas giant. NASA has released new photos from its JunoCam showing full-disc views of Jupiter from uncommon angles.

The composite photo above shows Jupiter’s southern latitudes. The photos were captured by the JunoCam camera on NASA’s Juno orbiter on February 25th, 2019. The composite photo below was captured on February 21st, 2019.

The individual JunoCam shots that went into both images were released on NASA’s Image Processing website before being combined and processed by Kevin M. Gill, a software engineer and “data wrangler” at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

You can follow along with the latest processed photos from JunoCam over on NASA’s site.


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New Photos of Jupiter Show the Planet from Fresh Perspectives

Light Teaming Up with Xiaomi Too for Multi-Camera Smartphones

Light Teaming Up with Xiaomi Too for Multi-Camera Smartphones

Just days after announcing a new partnership with Sony, Light has announced a partnership with the Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi as well to develop new photography tech for smartphones.

Light, which calls itself “the leader in advanced computational imaging,” has been pushing into the world of smartphones after its L16 16-camera camera failed to make a splash among dedicated cameras. The company’s technology revolves around using multi-camera arrays and computational photography for improved image quality and innovative features (such as refocusing photos after they’re shot).

Under their newly signed agreement, Light and Xiaomi will “jointly develop and market new imaging solutions for smartphones,” which is what Light and Sony said they’re doing as well. But while Sony said it would be creating smartphones with “four or more” cameras, Xiaomi isn’t putting any specific number on how many cameras it’s planning to use.

But Light and Xiaomi say they’re working to bring to market multi-camera smart devices that offer “DSLR-level” capabilities.

“We are thrilled to partner with Light to leverage their advanced imaging solutions for our future devices,” says Xiaomi smartphone VP Zhu Dan. “Xiaomi works tirelessly to remain at the forefront of smartphone innovation, and perfecting smartphone photography is a key focus for us. We are excited to work on devices using Light’s technology so our users can produce even more amazing photos.”

(via GlobalNewswire via DPReview)


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Light Teaming Up with Xiaomi Too for Multi-Camera Smartphones

Queen Ariana Is Now the Most Followed Woman on Insta

Queen Ariana Is Now the Most Followed Woman on Insta
2019 has shown itself to be a year of broken records for Ariana Grande. With Thank U, Next still number one on the charts, Grande is coming for Taylor Swift’s crown, and just today she snatched that of another pop queen. Toppling Selena Gomez’s long-held perch, Grande is now the most followed woman on Instagram, clocking in at 146 million followers.

This news follows an even more earth-shaking feat: becoming the first artist to simultaneously hold the top three spots on the Billboard charts s…

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Queen Ariana Is Now the Most Followed Woman on Insta

Ricoh Unveils the THETA Z1, A $1,000 360° Camera with 4K and Raw

Ricoh Unveils the THETA Z1, A ,000 360° Camera with 4K and Raw

Ricoh has announced the THETA Z1, the company’s latest THETA 360-degree camera that becomes the flagship camera of the line that was first introduced in 2013.

THETA cameras are designed to capture 360-degree spherical photos in a single snap — the camera automatically stitches the two photos together for you — and the new THETA Z1 turns image quality up another notch.

Inside the camera are dual 1-inch CMOS sensors that together capture 23-megapixel photos and 4K/30fps videos in a 360-degree spherical view. And improved processing algorithm provides improved noise reduction and low-light performance.

The lenses of the camera feature an improved design with less ghosting, fringing, and flares. Aperture can be selected from f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6.

In addition to JPEG photos, the THETA Z1 can capture Adobe DNG raw files, giving photographers greater flexibility in editing to produce higher-quality results.

At the bottom of the magnesium alloy camera is a 0.93-inch organic EL display that shows status and info.

Other specs and features include 19GB of built-in storage, 4-channel mics, 3-axis rotational stabilization, a Function (Fn) button, and 360-degree live streaming in 4K or 2K.

Ricoh hasn’t announced an exact date of availability, but the THETA Z1 will have a price tag of $1,000 when it hits stores (likely within the next few months).


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Ricoh Unveils the THETA Z1, A ,000 360° Camera with 4K and Raw