DSLRs have their 16-35mm staple lenses, now Fujifilm is offering a 10-24mm f4 -- equivalent to 15-36mm on a full-frame camera -- X-mount lens for its X series of interchangeable-lens cameras.
Notably, it has image stabilization; a lot of manufacturers still contend that you don't need that in short focal-length lenses, but some folks, like me, need it in every lens.
It uses internal focus, has a seven-blade aperture, incorporates the company's High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating, and can focus as closely as 9.4 inches. Plus, like some of the higher-end XF lenses, it offers a manual … Read more
Executives from patent licensing firm InterDigital have been threatened with arrest should they try to attend a proposed meeting in China.
What's behind this threat? The story starts with InterDigital, a wireless R&D company that licenses patents for its inventions.
As outlined by Reuters on Monday, InterDigital filed a patent infringement complaint with the US International Trade Commission against certain Chinese companies, including ZTE and Huawei Technologies.
That complaint clearly upset China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), an agency that holds much power over the Chinese economy. As a result, the NDRC launched an investigation … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- U-Turn Orbit: An audiophile-quality turntable for $179.
- Steven's Koss Pro4AA Titanium review.
- MDR SA5000: Sony's classic, audiophile-grade, full-size headphone.
- Why open a huge new record store in 2013?
- New Spotify report debunks "per stream" payments for artists.
- Check out Fuse's awesome video series about obsessive record collectors.
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on the many pieces of Samsung Group's empire, on road-testing Samsung's S Translate app, on TVs and appliances in a Q&A with co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon, and on how Samsung torture-tests its products.SEOUL, South Korea -- "It sounded like a toilet."
Samsung Electronics sound designer Myoung-woo Nam is describing the not-quite-right noise his team created for the Galaxy S3, at least initially. Here, in a dimly lit room on the eighth floor of a Samsung skyscraper, in the heart of Seoul's … Read more
Most cheap turntables sound cheap -- they're rumbly, thin and distorted -- but the U-Turn Orbit Basic suffers no such faults. Before the $179 Orbit's debut, audiophile turntable prices started at around $400. And while used turntables might be a way to get into vinyl for less, turntables are rather delicate devices, so used buys can be risky. If you're ready to take the plunge and explore new vinyl frontiers, you need a decent turntable to hear what the fuss is all about. The Orbit Basic will take you there.
I first heard about the Orbit when … Read more
For the past few years, DigitalGlobe has been snapping high-resolution shots of Earth from its constellation of satellites, picking the most interesting ones, and asking the public to help select its image of the year.
This year the company gave CNET access to the 20 nominees, which show our planet at its most awesome, weird, and wacky.… Read more
It appears not only people in the tech world believe Bitcoin is the currency of the future -- one of the US' biggest banks also sees legitimacy in the virtual currency.
Bank of America published its first research report (PDF) on Bitcoin on Thursday saying that the digital currency could become a major contender to other types of online money-transfer providers.
"We believe Bitcoin could become a major means of payment for e-commerce and may emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money-transfer providers," Bank of America wrote in its report. "As a medium of exchange, Bitcoin … Read more
Bitcoin, the increasingly popular encrypted digital currency, will not be traded at Chinese banks.
The Chinese government sent down the order on Thursday, saying that while trading in the digital currency is allowed for Chinese citizens, they cannot head to banks and attempt to exchange them for real currency. The government claims that Bitcoins pose a potential risk to the financial system. A posting on the People's Bank of China said the effort is tied to the government's desire to limit money laundering.
Bitcoin's popularity has prompted governments around the world to take a hard look at … Read more
Microprocessors, he said in an article published more than a decade ago, "are a dream business, with wonderful margins and a wonderful market position. How could anything else compete here for resources and profitability?"
Barrett might have been talking about Intel of 2000 when he made those comments, but the statement still rings pretty … Read more