Meridian is a legendary British company; I think of it as the Mercedes-Benz of audio, and the gear is priced accordingly. Meridian's engineering was always ahead of the pack, and it was the very first to market a high-end CD player in 1985. The company developed the original high-resolution lossless compression technology, MLP, that debuted in DVD-Audio players, and is now used in Dolby TrueHD-encoded Blu-ray discs.
Google has confirmed a flaw in Android's operating system, which could make Bitcoin digital wallets vulnerable to theft.
Android security engineer Alex Klyubin penned a blog post on Wednesday outlining the root cause of the vulnerability.
"We have now determined that applications which use the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) for key generation, signing, or random number generation may not receive cryptographically strong values on Android devices due to improper initialization of the underlying PRNG," Klyubin wrote. "Applications that directly invoke the system-provided OpenSSL PRNG without explicit initialization on Android are also affected."
The flaw was … Read more
South Korea may be the canary in the coal mine for traditional digicam makers Canon and Nikon.
The two Japanese camera giants face a tough market this year as smartphones become the de facto camera for many consumers, the Korea Times said Thursday.
South Korea has one of the world's highest penetration rates for smartphones -- which pack increasingly sophisticated cameras.
The Korea Times echoed news out of Japan last month that said consumers value the social networking aspect of smartphone cameras, which allow sharing of images immediately.
Market researcher IDC expects the "camera market to go into … Read more
The category of interchangeable-lens cameras subsumes a variety of capabilities and designs. You have the familiar dSLRs, large-bodied models that use a reflex mirror to enable the use of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Then there are Sony's SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) models, which incorporate the same phase-detection autofocus system as dSLRs, but with a fixed mirror that requires the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. And then there are the mirrorless models, which generally use contrast-detection autofocus and, if they have a viewfinder, it's an EVF. Though they're sometimes referred to as "compact system cameras," they're not all compact; in fact, only a handful could really be classified as such.… Read more
Amazon's U.K. store has added support for digital downloads.
The e-commerce company on Wednesday brought its Digital Games and Software services to Amazon U.K. Now, customers in the U.K. can buy and download video games and both PC and Mac software.
Amazon already offers a digital-download service on its U.S. page. Customers can access a wide array of programs and games and download the titles directly to their computers. Some of the items are paid, but Amazon also delivers free-to-play titles, as well.
According to Amazon, its U.K. implementation is still in beta and … Read more
In my regular chronicling of the Apocalypse's approach, there are occasional bright spots of hope.
This is clearly one.
For it has reached an area between my temples that Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as a Dogg) is selling $100 digital stickers.
Alright, they're $99.99, but I am in no state to quibble when I'm still confused about how a man who was a dog can now be a cat.
These stickers are especially artistic. They feature a marijuana joint that emits colored smoke, a few sparkles and can hypnotize you into believing that you are, indeed, a famous rock star.… Read more
A lot of people still like having a AA-powered camera for the convenience, especially when traveling. Most camera manufacturers have abandoned them, though, which is really the only reason to pay attention to the Nikon Coolpix L620.
The L620 is an 18-megapixel compact megazoom with a 14x, f3.3-5.9, 25-350mm lens and 3-inch 460K-dot-resolution LCD. It's a fully automatic camera; lots of scene modes and filter effects and a solid scene-recognition Auto mode, but no manual or semimanual controls. It also records movie clips at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second.
In fact, it looks … Read more
Nikon made a couple of small but welcome announcements on Monday night for owners of its consumer dSLRs. First is a new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens, slipping into the lineup between the 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 and 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 lenses, and which will likely become a kit step-up staple. And second, the Speedlight SB-300 flash, which replaces and improves upon the entry-level SB-400.
Priced between its two siblings, the 18-140mm fits in the spot left unoccupied when Nikon discontinued the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 over three years ago. In addition to … Read more