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Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung smartphone are about to get a lot more internal storage. Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage solution that will appear in the next generation of smartphones from the South Korean giant.

The 512GB chips will provide vast internal storage space and may spell the end of the need for microSD cards by most smartphone users who want to store years of photo and video memories.

Samsung says that this is the first chip of its size in the mobile industry that offers this new level of “unparalleled storage capacity and outstanding performance.” It takes up the same amount of physical space as Samsung’s previous 256GB chip, so it’s unlikely we’ll see smartphones increase in size as a result.

Smartphones using the new 512GB chip will be able to store about 130 10-minute-long 4K Ultra HD video clips.

“The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of micro SD cards,” says Samsung VP Jaesoo Han. “By assuring an early, stable supply of this advanced embedded storage, Samsung is taking a big step forward in contributing to timely launches of next-generation mobile devices by mobile manufacturers around the world.”

Samsung has introduced a new “power management technology” in the chip, helping to minimize the “inevitable” increase in the amount of energy required to run it.

The new chip will be able to do fast transfers, boasting read and write speeds of 860MB/s and 255MB/s respectively. At these speeds, a 5GB video clip can be transferred to an SSD in about 6 seconds — that’s over 8 times faster than a “typical” microSD card.

For random operations, the chip can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS — that’s about 400 times faster than the 100 IOPS of a conventional microSD card.

Samsung has said that it intends to “steadily increase an aggressive production volume” for the 512GB chips, as well as expanding the previous 256GB chip’s production.

“This should meet the increase in demand for advanced embedded mobile storage, as well as for premium SSDs and removable memory cards with high density and performance,” says Samsung.

(via Samsung via DPReview)


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Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District
As it stands, Gucci is a fashion force to be reckoned with. And over the course of several months, the Italian fashion house has celebrated their décor line at Maxfield, started a holiday gift giving initiative, and is now opening a storefront in the Miami Design District just in time for Art Basel. The imaginative design concept, conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, features a two-floor boutique decorated with velvet armchairs, pale pink velvet dressing rooms, textured rugs and…

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Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

It started full of hope and possibilities: In 2011, Lytro promised a camera that could change photography forever with its light-field technology, which allowed photographers to refocus after the shot. But having already announced a change in the company’s direction towards video rather than consumer still cameras, Lytro has now shut down its online sharing platform for light-field still images. pictures.lytro.com is no more.

The platform was used by Lytro camera owners to share interactive images where the focus could be selected simply by clicking on any part of the scene. With the closure of the service, it’s now impossible for owners of Lytro cameras to share such interactive images online — the Lytro desktop application is now the only remaining way to refocus shots.

Other ways you can still experience the images are by printing them as 3D lenticular prints or through a VR headset. If you want to share such an image online, the only thing you can now do is export a standard video, JPEG, or GIF file.

Lytro’s original light field camera.

“More than two years ago, Lytro began focusing on Light Field video solutions for the cinema and virtual reality industries and discontinued the manufacturing and distribution of Lytro cameras for photography,” writes Lytro. “As a part of our plan to further focus on these new efforts, the ability to publish from Lytro Desktop and Lytro Mobile to pictures.lytro.com will be discontinued.”

Any Lytro photos embedded on websites will no longer work, and there’s no way of circumventing that. The company says all the stored images are gone for good. In fact, you can now see the missing embedded file on a previous post PetaPixel wrote about the Lytro web viewer.

In other news, Lytro just announced the Immerge 2.0, its new volumetric video camera that’s covered with lenses.

(via Lytro via DPReview)


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Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

CamFi has just unveiled CamFi Pro, the second generation to its popular CamFi wireless camera controller. CamFi Pro will bring increased transfer speeds — the world’s fastest, the company claims — for a better user experience.

The main difference between the original CamFi and the CamFi Pro is the speed at which is can transfer images back to your device.

CamFi says that cameras that have WiFi capabilities usually transfer at around 2MB/s. This device, on the other hand, uses the 802.11 ac protocol to transfer photos at 10MB/s and more.

“This is two to three times faster than most built-in Wi-Fi cameras and 2.4G Hz wireless camera controllers,” says CamFi.

The device is compatible with Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras, and it’ll be the only 5.8G Hz wireless tethering solution for Sony cameras.

“Speed is a big problem for current Wi-Fi products. It limits the productivity of the professional photographers,” said Mark Ma, CEO of CamFi. “CamFi Pro is going to use new technology to solve this challenge.”

The company says that it takes just 2-3 seconds to transfer a raw file of about 20 megabytes in size using CamFi Pro.

The device uses a 5.8G signal band, avoids WiFi interference, is “suitable for professional photographers covering events and meetings.”

You can also use CamFi Pro to control multiple cameras from your computer, reviewing images as they come in. This is ideal for those looking to create “bullet time” style shots. All of the cameras can be triggered to shoot simultaneously.

As expected, the CamFi Pro will have the previous features of the original CamFi device.

Its high transfer speed enables a smoother look to the Live View playback of the camera, and you’re able to adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and touch to autofocus.

The HDR and focus stacking modes allow for more creative control over your images. CamFi have “more advanced program modes” in development.

Its auto print feature allows you to automatically print out any frames you shoot, and you can even watermark them and set templates to be applied. The system also features video record and time-lapse modes.

Here’s a 4-minute video showing what the device can do:

If backed successfully, CamFi Pro will deliver in February 2018. It is available via its crowdfunding campaign for $200.


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CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

US Says DJI Camera Drones Are Spying for China, DJI Calls Claim ‘Insane’

US Says DJI Camera Drones Are Spying for China, DJI Calls Claim ‘Insane’

DJI camera drones are likely spying on the United States for China. At least, that’s what a newly uncovered US government memo claims. DJI has responded by calling the allegations “insane.”

Fast Company reports that the unclassified memo was issued back in August by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) in Los Angeles.

In the memo, the ICE agent writes that he or she “assesses with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.”

The memo further “assesses with high confidence the company is selectively targeting government and privately owned entities within these sectors to expand its ability to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data.”

The list of sensitive data being gathered by DJI is extensive, the agent claims:

The UAS operate on two Android smartphone applications called DJI GO and Sky Pixels that automatically tag GPS imagery and locations, register facial recognition data even when the system is off, and access users’ phone data. Additionally, the applications capture user identification, e-mail addresses, full names, phone numbers, images, videos, and computer credentials. Much of the information collected includes proprietary and sensitive critical infrastructure data, such as detailed imagery of power control panels, security measures for critical infrastructure sites, or materials used in bridge construction.

What’s more, the agent says the info collected could be used to launch an attack against the US, writing with “high confidence” that “the critical infrastructure and law enforcement entities using DJI systems are collecting sensitive intelligence that the Chinese government could use to conduct physical or cyber attacks against the United States and its population.”

These conclusions were made after the agent looked into “information derived from open source reporting and a reliable source within the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry with first and secondhand access.”

Here’s the full memo:

In an email to Fast Company, DJI spokesperson Adam Lisberg called the memo “utterly insane.” After the memo was published on the Internet, DJI also quickly published a statement on its website refuting the allegations and saying that the memo was “based on clearly false and misleading claims from an unidentified source.

“[T]he allegations in the bulletin are so profoundly wrong as a factual matter that ICE should consider withdrawing it.”

Many of the allegations in the ICE report are obviously false. The claims that DJI systems can register facial recognition data even while powered off, that Parrot and Yuneec have stopped manufacturing competitive products, and that DJI products have substantial price differentials between the U.S. and China can be easily disproven with a basic knowledge of technology and the drone industry, or even a simple internet search.

DJI has also asked ICE to look into whether the agent may have “had a competitive or improper motive to interfere with DJI’s legitimate business by making false allegations about DJI.”

DJI, based in Shenzhen, China, is a dominant force globally in the camera drone industry — DJI reportedly owns a 70%+ market share of all non-hobbyist drones in the US, according to a recent survey. But the company has been the subject of cybersecurity scrutiny as of late.

In August, the US Army abruptly ended its use of DJI products, citing cyber vulnerabilities. DJI responded less than 2 months later by launching a Local Data privacy mode that allows drones to fly completely offline.

“DJI has built its reputation on developing the best products for consumer and professional drone users across a wide variety of fields, including those who fly sensitive missions and need strong data security,” DJI concludes in its statement. “We will continue working to provide our customers the security they require.”

(via Fast Company via DPReview)


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US Says DJI Camera Drones Are Spying for China, DJI Calls Claim ‘Insane’

Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark, Highest Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark, Highest Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

DxOMark just awarded the new Sony a7R III a score of 100, the highest mark ever given to a mirrorless camera. The score ties the Nikon D850 DSLR for 1st place among all non-medium format cameras.

The Sony a7R III was particularly impressive in low-light ISO tests, DxOMark writes, with performance that’s only beaten by two medium format cameras — the Hasselblad X1D-50C and Pentax 645Z, the only cameras that have scored higher than the D850 and a7R III — and the Sony a7S II (a low-light monster).

Even though the a7R III scored the same overall score as the Nikon D850, DxOMark says the D850 is ranked higher on its leaderboard because it outperforms the a7R III in the Color Depth and Dynamic Range categories.

“[C]omparing the A7R III sensor to the Nikon D850’s reveals the advantage that the Nikon camera’s lower minimum sensitivity (ISO) value brings,” DxOMark writes. “Photographers who predominantly shoot in bright light or capture motionless subjects with the camera on a tripod will record the most information, be it color, tone, or detail with the Nikon D850 set to ISO 32.”

But if you shoot with higher ISO values, the a7R III will produce “marginally better images.”

“It’s clear that the Sony A7R III has a high-performing sensor that’s capable of capturing images with a broad range of color and tone, while keeping noise well under control,” DxOMark concludes.

This latest sensor quality test shows one reason why the a7R III is one of the most highly anticipated cameras of 2017 and one that has been delayed due to overwhelming demand. TIME just named the camera one of its top gadgets of 2017.


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Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark, Highest Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

Sony Unveils New CFast Lineup of Pro Memory Cards

Sony Unveils New CFast Lineup of Pro Memory Cards

Sony just announced that it’s joining the CFast memory card market and has unveiled a new line of professional memory cards. The new G Series cards are “designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers,” and are available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The cards have a write speed of up to 510MB/s and read speeds of up to 530MB/s.

Sony claims the cards “far outperform the capabilities of existing CFast cards” and are perfect for high frame rate DSLR cameras, as well as 4K video cameras.

Supporting VPG130, the cards offer “reliable recording of Cinema-grade or high-bitrate 4K video.” The cards guarantee a minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s.

The CFast cards have also passed a variety of “stringent drop, vibration, shock and rigidity tests,” making them ideal for outdoor work. They work over a wide range of temperatures and are highly resistant to static.

Using the Sony File Rescue software, it will be possible to recover accidentally deleted photos and videos from these cards.

The new 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB G Series CFast cards will be available in early 2018 and will retail at $120, $200, and $350 respectively.

(via Sony via Canon Rumors)


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Sony Unveils New CFast Lineup of Pro Memory Cards

Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane Jewelry Is Now for Sale

Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane Jewelry Is Now for Sale
Collaborations between the late great Alexander McQueen and famed jewelry designer Shaun Leane brought some of the greatest fashion moments into public consciousness, from the SS98 skeleton corset to the AW96 crown of thorns. Their works together are even on display in a current exhibition at the Fashion Space Gallery.
To celebrate the famous collaborators, Sotheby’s is creating an exhibition for the archived pieces. The exhibit, A Life of Luxury, will open November 30, followed by a Decemb…

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Alexander McQueen and Shaun Leane Jewelry Is Now for Sale

Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME

Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME

Sony sparked a great deal of excitement when it announced its blazing fast full-frame a9 camera in April, but somehow it managed to make an even bigger splash with its a7R III unveiling in October. In addition to fantastic reviews coming out about it, the a7R III just got another solid vote of approval: TIME just selected it as one of the top 10 gadgets of 2017.

The a7R III is the only camera that made it onto TIME’s list, coming in at #10.

“With notable improvements over its predecessor and a cheaper price than Sony’s A9 Alpha, the recently unveiled Sony Alpha A7R III stands to be one of the best mirrorless cameras ever made,” TIME writes. “It can shoot at twice the resolution of the A9 and has an autofocus that’s twice as fast as the A7R II, although it’s worth remembering that the A9 offers faster burst shooting.

“But the lower price and heightened performance are likely more than enough to impress pro and novice photographers alike.”

It seems photographers are equally enthusiastic. The camera is a #1 seller over at B&H, and Sony issued an announcement and apology last week, stating that a7R III shipments may be delayed because of extremely high demand.

“[The a7R III] has received orders exceeding our expectations greatly […], ” the notice reads. “For reservations up to the release date it will be delivered in order by early December. We will do our utmost to respond to customer’s request as much as possible, so please wait for a while.”

The Sony a7R III features a 42MP full-frame backside-illuminated sensor, a 399-point AF system, 10fps shooting, 4K video, 5-axis in-body stabilization, a max ISO of 102400, dual SD card slots, and built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.


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Sony a7R III Named a Top 10 Gadget of 2017 by TIME

Man Finds DJI Customer Data Exposed, Gets Threat and Rejects $30K Bounty

Man Finds DJI Customer Data Exposed, Gets Threat and Rejects K Bounty

Security researcher Kevin Finisterre recently found a flaw that exposed private customer data of the Chinese drone company DJI to the public. After reporting the bug to DJI’s bug bounty program, Finisterre received pushback and a legal threat. So instead of collecting his $30,000 bounty, Finisterre is now going public with his findings (and experience).

Ars Technica reports that DJI developers had left private keys for the company’s web domains and cloud storage accounts within source code hosted on GitHub.

Using the keys, Finisterre discovered that he was able to access private data uploaded by DJI customers — not just flight logs and aerial photos, but also government IDs, drivers licenses, and passports. What’s more, some of the flight logs appeared to have been sent from government and military domains (as a side note, the US Army ended its use of DJI drones earlier this year due to “cyber vulnerabilities.”

A redacted screenshot of one of the Chinese government IDs discovered by Finisterre.

After reporting the vulnerability to DJI, Finisterre was initially informed that his report qualified for the top bounty of $30,000. He then engaged in a lengthy conversation with a DJI employee who both confirmed the existence of the exposed data and showed a striking lack of cybersecurity know-how.

“This was the first in a long line of education on basic security concepts, and bug bounty practices,” Finisterre says. “Over 130 emails were exchanged back and forth at one point in one thread. At one point days later DJI even offered to hire me directly to consult with them on their security.”

As he continued his conversations with DJI, however, Finisterre soon found that DJI wasn’t readily agreeing that its servers were part of the scope of the new bounty program. Finisterre was also turned off by DJI’s refusal to provide him with protection against legal action.

What’s more, DJI itself sent a threat of charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), accusing Finisterre of “unauthorized access and transmission of information.”

Still, Finisterre went ahead and negotiated a “final offer” from DJI for the contract in the bug bounty program. After consulting with lawyers, however, Finisterre concluded that the terms were horrible.

“[N]o less than 4 lawyers told me in various ways that the agreement was not only extremely risky, but was likely crafted in bad faith to silence anyone that signed it,” Finisterre writes. “I went through various iterations to get the letter corrected. It was ultimately going to cost me several thousand dollars for a lawyer that I was confident could cover all angles to put my concerns to bed and make the agreement sign-able.”

So instead of collecting his lucrative $30,000 bounty, staying silent, and risking future legal action, Finisterre decided to gather all of his findings into an 18-page PDF he just published, titled “Why I walked away from $30,000 of DJI bounty money.

After the report was published, DJI called Finisterre a “hacker” in a statement to Ars Technica:

DJI is investigating the reported unauthorized access of one of DJI’s servers containing personal information submitted by our users. As part of its commitment to customers’ data security, DJI engaged an independent cyber security firm to investigate this report and the impact of any unauthorized access to that data. Today, a hacker who obtained some of this data posted online his confidential communications with DJI employees about his attempts to claim a “bug bounty” from the DJI Security Response Center.

DJI implemented its Security Response Center to encourage independent security researchers to responsibly report potential vulnerabilities. DJI asks researchers to follow standard terms for bug bounty programs, which are designed to protect confidential data and allow time for analysis and resolution of a vulnerability before it is publicly disclosed. The hacker in question refused to agree to these terms, despite DJI’s continued attempts to negotiate with him, and threatened DJI if his terms were not met.

Finisterre says that DJI has since given him “cold blooded silence” after his last messages expressing disappointment and offense over DJI’s bug bounty program.


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Man Finds DJI Customer Data Exposed, Gets Threat and Rejects K Bounty