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Cheapest possible Hackintosh Mainboard and CPU

Here is some advice for penny pinchers and bargain hunters: the cheapest possible motherboard and CPU available for hackintosh (apple replica computers) out there.

Price in Europe: 69,47€
Price in the USA: $86.40

Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV

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41,48€ on Amazon Germany
$51.27 on Amazon US

CPU: Intel BX80637G1610 Celeron Dual-Core 1.6GHZ

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27,99€ on Amazon Germany
$35.13 on Amazon US

The iGPU (internal graphics card) is a Intel HD2000 iGPU which can be used with hackintosh kexts. There are only small modifications to be done, which are outlined in this forum post.

Android Mini HDMI Sticks: HDMI, Android 4 for $30 – Google ChromeCast Replicas

There are a lot of cheap HDMI sticks that offer on-board RAM, Storage and Android 4 support, everything in a small case and with very competitive pricing around $35 including free worldwide shipping.

cnx software compared the MK802 II Mini PC to the raspberrrypi, the cheap android sticks even beat the raspi in price (and features, since the come with 4GB NAND SSD).

Here are two sticks worth consindering. They might be CheapCast compatible, though nanofunk has not tested this yet (we ordered two sticks though, so stay tuned.)

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Update: Here is a super-cheap HDMI Android 4 Cortex A9 Stick with 8GB NAND for $30 free international shipping: Bluetooth Android 4.1 Mini PC TV Box Stick MK808B Dual Core 8GB RK3066 Cortex A9

Optibay replica for $12 and free international shipping: SSD or HDD extension for your Macbook (Pro)

As the title suggests, here is a recommendation for an Optibay (2nd HDD SSD SATA Hard Drive Caddy Bay for Apple MacBook Pro Unibody SuperDrive) that adds an additional drive slot to you Macbook Pro. The replica is the same as the original (nanofunk already tested it and can confirm that it works perfectly) – though the price is much cheaper: you can get the optibay replica for $12, including international shipping. Highly recommended!

Apple Macbook Pro Optibay drive SSD hdd extension replica cheap with international free shipping

MEGA cloud storage, 50GB Free and PRO Accounts with Bitcoin support. Plus: Linux Command Line Application

MEGA File Hosting, secure, 50GB Free and Bitcoin support.

Some of you might already have heard about MEGA, the online cloud service of Kim Schmitz. After some months of use, i have to point out our experiences with the service. We never experienced any downtime so far – and we currently are using a free account as well as a paid 2TB account, which can also be paid via Bitcoin.

Upload speeds are very high compared to Dropbox (we had around 10MB/s, which is more than double to Dropbox). Currently, I am mostly using it with the linux command-line client to directly push backups from our servers to the cloud. There are two tools which you can currently use to do direct command line interaction with your mega account:

1) megacmd
2) megatools (which is only available via github)

Both are quite straight forward to install. Highly recommended!

UPDATE: The MEGA Vulnerability Reward Program pays up to 10.000$ – “rewards to anyone reporting a previously unknown security-relevant bug or design flaw”.

Apple Mac OS X 10.8.4 Update for Hackintosh

An update for Apple’s Mac OS X ML Mountain Lion was released – the 10.8.4 Update (OS X Build 12E55) features the 12.4.0 Darwin kernel, as wellas updated NVIDIA and AMD graphics drivers, updated audio and storage drivers as well as a new Wifi Diagnostics App. As tonymacx86 points out: “Be sure to back up any important data, and if possible clone your hard drive before applying the update”.

UPDATE: the Geforce GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 770 and GTX 760 seem to be supported out of the box with 10.8.4, as we heard from people trying out that cards.

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Avalon ASIC Bitcoin unit from Avalon Batch #2 for sale

Although there are some ASIC units available online already, one person is selling his batch #2 order at Avalon Online for $1.300.

While the Butterfly Labs ASIC devices operate at much less kilowatts per hashrate, they are actually still not really delivered – though there are some online offers already.

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“Buy Now” price is 40.000$, so lets see how much people are willing to pay to actually get an ASIC.

Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 7950 Mac Graphics Card: Upgrade your Mac Pro or your Hackintosh!

Sapphire recently announced the Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card that is an “Exclusive Mac Edition with AMD GCN architecture”. The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition is compatible with Apple Mac Pro models from 2010 and later with an available PCI-Express x16 slot. Two six-pin power cables required are supplied with the card.

The card is said to boost GPU performance of existing Mac Pro models by up to 200%, which is especially interesting for people doing video and photography work on Apple Mac Pro machines.

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition is currently available for $479,00 in the US.

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Exclusive to SAPPHIRE, the HD 7950 Mac Edition is based on AMD’s latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This highly acclaimed architecture delivers a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, audio or video editing and content creation. For example, gaming frame rates are increased by over 200%, general benchmark performance increased by around 30% and graphics intensive benchmarks increased by as much as 300% compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines (SAPPHIRE internal data).

The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 Mac Edition is equipped with 3GB of the latest GDDR5 memory, and its Dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE) deliver up to 2.87 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power. It provides hardware support for Open GL 4.2 and Open CL 1.2 as well as AMD HD3D technology and APP acceleration.

While this is not so big news for Hackintosh owners, it is for people that have to work on an original Apple Mac Pro from 2010. For Hackintosh still the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Classified, 4GB GDDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort is the fastest card to get, featuring a chip clock of 1111MHz, shader clock of 1006MHz and RAM clock of 1502MHz.

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Apple Mac OSX 10.8.3 brings AMD Radeon 7xxx: 7750, 7870, 7950, 7970 to Hackintosh!

Apple’s recent update of Mac OS X 10.8.3 finally brings AMD Radeon drivers (kext) to hackintoshers around the globe.

Here is some other update news of the recent ML update by Apple: About the OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 Update, which also contains various security fixes:

New Kexts:
ATI7000Controller.kext
AMDRadeonX4000GLDriver.bundle
nVida kexts (ver. 8.10.18 304.10.65a13) included.

As of March 24, 2013, the AMD Radeon HD 7970, 7950, 7870, 7770, and 7750 have been confirmed to work “out of the box” (without the need for additional drivers), while the AMD Radeon HD 7850 only works with specially edited kext files.

The fastest AMD Radeon (that is confirmed to work) is the the Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7970 OC 3GB GDDR5 DVI-I/HDMI/2x Mini-Displayport PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card GV-R797OC-3GD

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In other news: Sapphire launched Radeon 7950 based Mac Graphics Card, that is supposed to work out-of-the-box on a Mac Pro and supposedly also on Hackintosh computers.

Guides with dslr4video: Black Magic Cinema Camera, Panasonic GH2 and GH3 Hacking

The first part of our new guide-format has been written together with dslr4video:

* DSLR Video: Panasonic GH2 and GH3 hacked
* Guide to BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera

The guides are by no means complete, they should be an initial aim to compile all the existing information to said topics – please send us feedback and links to resources or more information you want to see included. Also, if you have ideas or request for other guides, let us know.

Dslr4video and Earlyadopterdemands are selling Hackintoshes, SLR Cameras and Audio Computer Gear

fotocredits: cc orphanjones

Two guest bloggers of nanofunk.com – namely dslr4video and earlyadopterdemands recently joined forces in a new studio-space that they are sharing now in Austria. They asked me to promote their current studio-closing-sale, which is intended to raise money for a prototyping lab they are setting up.

They also created a blog where their stuff is listed (nanofunk was already recommending it some time ago) – please take a look for yourself, it is located at www.consumelog.net.

dslr4video has lots of items from their previous studio that are for sale now, including various Hackintosh configurations, SLR cameras and tons of other stuff. A partial list is available on ebay.com as well as on ebay.de, though the full list on consumelog is much larger. Please contact them directly for any questions regarding the items.

Theatrical Video Shoot with 2 Nikon D800E Cameras, Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 + Wireless HDMI

[Update] after my interview with the group, they clarified that while the HDMI setup was used for initial tests, they were switching to a wireless HD-SDI transmitter/receiver pair. The HDMI solution was quite stable but the HD-SDI version was rock solid even after “filming while moving through the mud”.

A press release just reached me via email: the group ArtisticBokeh finished a project, combining a theatre play with a video/film shooting. According to the press release, the used hardware for realizing the piece (and a live stream setup for online viewers) were

* 2x Nikon D800E Cameras
* Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle 2
* Atomos Ninja 2
* 2 Wireless HDMI Devices: brite-View HDelight BV-1222 (USA), CM3 WHDICM3 Wireless HDMI (Europe)

Image CC ArtisticBokeh, a theatre play that was intertwined with a movie shooting using two Nikon D800E Cameras, Black Magic Hyperdeck Shuttle, Wireless HDMI and SDI among a live stream.

Miasma – Call for Reduction was an initial prototype that combined the media/formats of theatre and film: in three days, the performance that took place in the viennese ‘Alte Ankerbrotfabrik’ was interwoven with a movie-shooting. The actual production included the DSLR-cameramen – the cameras were not hidden from the public, but rather included in the storytelling and the stage set. ‘Call for Reduction’ was not only a performative experiment, but also consisted of various experiments with new media technologies as well as new audiences and forms of reception regarding the story-complex and the fictional world of Marie Müller, the main character of the play.

In my opinion, this project perfectly shows how a creative combination of camera and computer hardware can bring new perspectives to rather “old artforms” such as theatre. According to the press release, the group will work on additional prototypes with self-developed camera rigs and settings. You can follow them on twitter and subscribe to their mailinglist directly on their website.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina graphics performance is very slow: 18FPS

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15inch Notebook GPU too slow for pro users?

According to Anandtech the 2880 x 1800 Pixel HiDPI Display of the new MacBook Pro Retina has to deal with so much pixels, the GPU cannot deal with that amount of information anymore. This results in slow performance and a jumpy interface (scrolling and zooming is very slow). Previous models of the MacBook Pro could display between 46-60 frames per second, while the MacBook Pro Retina is only capable of displaying 18-24fps. Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion should improve this a little – but still under 30fps. According to Anand, the solution will be the upcoming Haswell and Broadwell chipsets from Intel, that will be released in 2013.

To quantify exactly what I was seeing I measured frame rate while scrolling as quickly as possible through my Facebook news feed in Safari on the rMBP as well as my 2011 15-inch High Res MacBook Pro. While last year’s MBP delivered anywhere from 46 – 60 fps during this test, the rMBP hovered around 20 fps (18 – 24 fps was the typical range). Remember at 2880 x 1800 there are simply more pixels to push and more work to be done by both the CPU and the GPU. It’s even worse in those applications that have higher quality assets: the CPU now has to decode images at 4x the resolution of what it’s used to. Future CPUs will take this added workload into account, but it’ll take time to get there.

For early adopters and for posers, the new MacBook Pro Retina might be a fit. For serious people using their computers to actually get work done, it might be better to get a MacBook Pro from the previous Generation, since the price drops are significant: the Apple MacBook Air MC968LL/A 11.6-Inch currently sells for $829 new (refurbished from $789), the Apple MacBook Pro MC700LL/A 13.3-Inch sells for $1050 new ($900 refurbished).

The Apple MacBook Pro MC975LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (NEWEST VERSION) starts at $2,089.99.

Nikon D800 and D800E DSLR Cameras are DxOMark Leaders

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens independent image quality measurements and ratings – DxO Labs is also behind the software DxO Optics Pro, a “Photo Enhancing Software for Mac and Windows”, which is said to have the best RAW converters out there, compared to Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture. Long story short, the latest Nikon Cameras are the top-leaders of the DxOMark scoreboard – with the Nikon D800E scoring 96 points and the Nikon D800 scoring 95 points.

The Nikon D800E as well as the Nikon D800 are in stock on amazon marketplace, so make sure to get either model. As previously reported on nanofunk – the differences of the D800 to the D800E are minor – but both models are highly recommendable cameras. I just ordered myself a D800E, expect some in-depth experience postings here soon.

AMD Radeon 6970 GPU working in Lion, Intel HD4000 and other Kext Updates for Hackintoshing

netkas reported success in getting a AMD Radeon 6970 working in his hackintosh using Mac OSX 10.7 Lion. Besides that news the Nvidia Geforce gtx6xx among Intel HD4000 drivers are also working, as well as USB 3.0 kexts for Z77 based mainboards.

This is all due to the MBP 2012 release adding some drivers (kexts); but the 11G15 Mac OSX Lion 10.7.5 beta update also adds those drivers, so chose whatever way you want to get your 6970 up and running.

We can recommend the Radeon XFX HD 6970 2GB GPU for use with hackintosh. If you are unsure or want some customac built, there are some recommended people setting up hackintoshes in europe.

Update from WWDC 2012: Retina MacBook Pro with up to 16 GB RAM, 768 GB SSD (Retina!)

Great stuff folks – MacBook Pro Specs leaked short before they will be actually presented on the WWDC 2012: 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display!
This is epic, I am wondering how much people will get a new MacBook Pro soon, expect the prices of the previous models to drop dramatically: there is already a Apple MacBook Pro MD313LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop selling (new) for $934, expect prices to drop even more…

here are the leaked specs and model numbers (thanks to 9to5mac)
MC975LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.3/8GB/256GB FLASH-USA
MC976LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.6/8GB/512GB FLASH-USA
MD831LL/A – MBP 15.4/2.7/16GB/768GB FLASH-USA

New Nikon D800 and D800e stock available shortly, according to Nikon and various online sources

30,000 Units of the D800 and D800E are produced per month. Demands are still more than can be produced.According to Nikon USA and to various sellers, the next bunch of D800 cameras will be released by end of the month, since the production volume of the cameras (D800 and D800E) is 30,000 units per month. I am also on various waiting lists for a D800E (which is actually even harder to get hands on, since it is produced in smaller quantities), such as Amazon and B&H Photography – and I can recommend you do the same, if you are really interested in getting any version of the D800 camera.

In Europe (UK and Mainland), there are some sellers that actually have the Nikon D800 in stock, although for a slightly higher price than Nikon’s recommended price tag, but what about the USA? I tweeted yesterday, that the Nikon D800 is available for $2750 in the US, but the stock of this particular shop seems to have been completely sold in only 3 hours. There are some people selling their factory sealed D800 cameras in the USA, so if you really want one, you have to pay the price of some few extra bucks.

But according to big resellers and to Nikon, the next batch of units will be available soon in Europe and in the USA: end of the month/beginning of next month, another big amount of preorders will be fulfilled.

With the current 1,600 workers, the factory is producing one unit of camera per minute on a daytime shift with each unit of the D800 variant produced every four hours and the D4 variant every five hours.” (source: nikonrumors)

But this is not the whole deal: according to techradar, “Some components for camera production are sourced from overseas factories including Nikon China, with around 1600 component parts required to produce both the D800 and D4.

All this hype and lots of work go into the D800, which already received the Camera GP2012 Camera of the Year and Readers Awards, and still the demand is very high.

Recommended SSD Solid State Drives for your Apple Mac, MacBook Pro and your Hackintosh

Since the SSD technology already matured a lot and the drives are mostly more stable than Hard Disk, the only question remains on which drive to choose. Actually, the answer is more simple than you might have thought: go for the longest warranty.

The OCZ Vertex 3 is a very cheap and awesome piece of hardware (read the benchmarks here: OCZ Vertex 3 vs. Intel 520 SSD) but the Vertex 3 has one major problem: it features only 3 years of warranty. So what drives are currently offering more than 3 years? The OCZ Vertex 4 and the Intel 520 SSD drives, both the cutting edge of speed and durability offer 5 years of warranty.

OCZ Vertex 4 features the best 4K random performance, so this is the drive to look out for! highly recommended!

OCZ Vertex 4 features the best 4K random performance, so this is the drive to look out for! highly recommended!

Both drives feature a 5 year warranty, which shows us that the drives are really high quality.

The Intel 520 Cherryville Solid State Drives are built with duarbility in mind: Intel has a very good reputation when it comes to Solid State Drives - nanofunk can highly recommend this SSD for Hackintosh or Apple usage!

The Intel 520 Cherryville Solid State Drives are built with duarbility in mind: Intel has a very good reputation when it comes to Solid State Drives - nanofunk can highly recommend this SSD for Hackintosh or Apple usage!

The Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema

If you are into cinematography or video production, you might have come across terms such as “grading” or “color grading”. Color grading and correction are essential in photography when editing RAW files (DNG, NEF and the like) but also in video editing it is essential to know the basics to get the maximum out of your footage. Especially when using the hacked Panasonic GH2 or external recording devices such as the Atomos Ninja or the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder.

The upcoming Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera includes DaVinci Resolve, which is said to be “world’s most advanced color correction software”, but you can of course also grade your footage with Adobe Premiere or Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

The Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema is a very good read for beginners and intermediate videographers that want to get the maximum out of their shoots in post-production. Highly recommended read!

Color Grading and getting the maximum out of video footage in post is not so hard. Here are the basics every cinematographer needs to know.

The colorist working in film and video is the individual responsible for breathing life into characters, bringing a mood into a scene, and making the final product polished and professional-looking. This craft is an art form that often takes years to perfect and many trial-and-error attempts at getting it right.

A peek inside the book is available here.

Panasonic 12-35mm GX Vario f2.8 MFT Lens for Micro Four Thirds: Possible Kit Lens for Panasonic Lumix DMC GH3

eoshd writes about the upcoming 12-35mm weather sealed lens that is Panasonic’s new top-range Lumix Zoom with a constant aperture of f2.8. While the Panasonic GH3 camera is not out yet, it is rumored to be a competitor to the current weather-sealed and in-body image stabilized Olympus OM-D (EM-5). The Olympus OM-D has the only flaw that it does not output clean HDMI, a shortcoming that the upcoming Panasonic GH3 could address (and solve) since the GH2 also outputs a clean HDMI signal and allows us to use RAW/HiRes external recording devices such as the Atomos Ninja or the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder.

The Panasonic 12-35mm GX Vario f2.8 MFT Lens will of course also work with existing Micro Four Thirds Cameras, such as the GH2 or the OM-D, and features four aspherical elements, a 25cm minimum focus distance and Panasonic’s new nano-particle coating. Also the video-optimized image stabilizer (Power OIS) is said to be better.

Expected price is EUR 1100 (approx. 1400$). The original article is in spanish but definitely worth a read (just use google translate to get the information decrypted).

Here are some other sources from the web:
* ePhotoZine: “New Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 Lens Announced”
* dpreview: Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH Power OIS Preview
* dcresource: Panasonic announces F2.8, 12 – 35 mm Micro Four Thirds lens (sample photos available)

Nikon D800 vs. D800E – no real technical difference, only for different market segments

[Update] as outlined by commenter dslr4video, there are minimal differences to the two camera models, but they are minimal and can be ignored.

Falk Lumo from LumoLabs made an interesting comparison of the D800 vs the D800e: they came to the conclusion that “the differences between the two models are less than one would expect” and “with ~100% amount sharpening, the D800E should deliver comparable results with ~0.5 pixels less sharpening radius, compared to a D800. This also means that one should not refrain from sharpening when using the D800E. Just use weaker settings”.

In conclusion, the Nikon D800 and the D800E are almost the same cameras, with only a pricey difference: the Nikon D800 sells for $2999,00 while the Nikon D800E currently costs $3299,00. As Falk Lumo notes – the biggest difference is the market segment, the different Nikon models approach: while the D800 is meant for APS-C and 35mm full frame SLR crossgraders (coming from Canon, Sony, Pentax or Panasonic, etc), since those cameras already have a Bayer-AA Filter. The D800E is meant for medium format (or Leica M9) cross-graders as all those cameras have no Bayer-AA filter implemented and photographers are used to the moire that can show up on fabrics or repetitive patterns.

“The results are pretty similiar, with a bit more sarurated false colors and false color moiré in the D800E (as to be expected). But the D800 is able to show a bit of false color moiré too (a phenomenon known from the Canon 5DmkIII too).”

Please read the article for yourself on falklumo.blogspot.de (written in english), since they really did a good job in measuring the actual sharpness differences.

Recommendation from nanofunk: get the Nikon D800 – currently there is a discount price, where it sells for $2.750 in the USA.

Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 5D Mark III is finally available

Finally, the battery grip for the Canon EOS 5D MKIII is available and can be ordered starting from $358 in the USA. In Europe the Canon BG-E11 is not yet officially available but can be pre-ordered for €379,99.

The Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 5D MK3 MKIII is finally available and provides longer shooting and filming time

Besides the obvious possibility of shooting more images (the battery grip can handle two extra LP-E6 battery packs or six AA Batteries with included battery magazine), the grip also offers more comfort for vertical shooting.
Canon describes the power-gain with “double-length shooting time”. Also, the Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip adds operating controls such as shutter button, Main Dial, multi-controller, AF point selection button, AE lock/FE lock button, AF start button, and multi-function button.

Overall, the grip looks solid and can not only bring a longer time for shooting photos or video, it can also make the camera more solid and provide a better image stabilisation, because of the added weight of 10.93 oz (310g) without batteries.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone has already 9 Million orders – beats iPhone on preorder volume

The Samsung Galaxy S3 (SIII) is one awesome piece of hardware: not yet available (but can be preordered for $774) it already beat Apple’s iPhone in preorders: over 9 million people already ordered Samsung’s Smartphone

“Samsung’s new Galaxy S3 phone has been pre-ordered by more than 100 global carriers, who expect to sell at least 9 million devices at launch.” (via telegraph).

I am still deciding if i go for the Samsung Galaxy SIII Gt-i9300 or the much cheaper Samsung I9250 Galaxy Nexus, which already sells for $389.99. I am not sure if I really need the quad-core CPU and the larger screen; also the battery standby and talking time seem to be quite similar. Anyone can help me make my decision? ;)

Return to product information 	 SAMSUNG GALAXY SIII GT-i9300 16GB PEBBLE BLUE FACTORY UNLOCKED GSM i9300 S3 (3G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100) - PRE-ORDER

Apple Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion RC3 Released with some updates, 10.7.4 around the corner

Apple’s Mountain Lion Developer Preview was updated to version 12A193i (from 12A178q) weighing 1.45GB.

The Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Operating System got an update bumping the version number to 12A193i (from 12A178q). (Photocredits By KRO-Media Kristen Ortwerth-Jewell)

“With the Developer Preview, you can explore Game Center, Notification Center, Documents in the Cloud, new sharing capabilities, advanced security features, and much more”

Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes lots of features from iOS, such as Reminders, Messages and Game Center. One noted update from the previous version of the Developer Preview is a Do Not Disturb setting to Mountain Lion’s Notifications Center, as outlined by 9to5mac, which allows users to block incoming alerts and banners.

Furthermore Mac OSX 10.7.4 Lion Update is around the corner: 11E53 is the current build that was seeded to developers. The previous release was numbered 11E52 – so a final public update is imminent. Apple notes that there are no known issues with this build but asks developers to focus their testing on graphics, iCal, Mail, Printing, and Time Machine.

If there are updated kexts is not known at the time of writing – it looks like we have to wait for the final release of 10.8 ML to get new graphics drivers, such as support for the 7xxx AMD Radeon GPUs with the Codenames Cedar, Caicos, Turks, Cape Verde, Pitcairn, Tahiti and New Zealand.

Nikon D3200 is already shipping, 1 week after announcement

The just recently announced NIKON D3200 DSLR camera is already shipping via Amazon in the US, people in europe have to still wait, since you can only pre-order for now (but the camera should be available soon, according to Nikon). The D3200 features a 24.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor (crop factor of 1.5) and has EXPEED III image processing. It is an entry level DSLR but it can shoot 1080p HD video – still the problem is that it won’t output clean HDMI signal (which could be fixed by a firmware update theoretically).

Nikon D3200: cheap, nikon quality.

After all, we got a nice new cheap camera to chose from when shooting low budget video or just want to take casual fotos. While the Nikon D3200 should be superior in terms of photography compared to the Panasonic GH2, still in video the Lumix GH2 is the top of the class. We will see if there will be a firmware hack for the D3200 – it is quite possible since there is some hacking done with Nikon cameras, but it will take time for sure. Maybe we can order the D3200 to sweeten the long time of waiting for the D800 which is still only available via preorder.

DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount Pad Steady Rig Stabilization System for EUR 100

DSLR Rigs go for as low as 100€ (130 US$) on ebay. But are they any good? How do they compare to expensive DSLR Shoulder Rigs and should you care?

DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount Pad Steady Rig Stabilization System for EUR 100
pictured: DSLR Rig Shoulder Mount Pad Steady Rig Stabilization System for 7D 5D Mark II Z7 from filmcity23 (international orders)

Short answer: go for the cheap Rigs! They are quite durable and you can buy another one if it breaks.

Longer answer:
The upgradeability of the cheap rigs are limited. Furthermore the materials used are also cheap, so of course, if you are a pro-shooter you might want to get the more expensive Rigs, such as the Proaim DSLR KIT-3 or the (very expensive) Redrock DSLR Cinema Bundle. If you are beginner or intermediate, you should definitely try the cheap Rigs for a little over 100€, since they are often sufficient. Stabilizing the video output and generating good footage should be your main concern – after all the rig is not visible on your footage.

Atomos presents the Ninja 2 HDMI Field Recorder with Updated Sceen 800×480 and HDMI Out, adds Avid DNxHD

Atomos Ninja 2 HDMI Raw Video DSLR Recorder - the perfect companion for the Nikon D800

Atomos released the “Ninja 2″ HDMI Recorder, following the success of the previous Atomos Ninja – featuring a much larger screen (800×480 pixels at 4.3″) and support for Avid DNxHD Codecs. Furthermore the device has HDMI Output now, which means that we can mount a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle SSD Field Recorder to it, allowing for simultaneous RAW Video and ProRes/DNxHD 220Mbit recording. (that was a joke, why would you do that?)

The Ninja is really an awesome device. Pricing is also quite moderate, $995 USD | €795 Ex.VAT | £695 Ex.VAT is the cost for a portable DSLR recording monster. Owners of the Version 1 of the Ninja will be presented with an upgrade option soon, according to Atomos.
A recent update to the AtomOS operating system allows native 24P recording, which is supported by the Nikon D800. Nikon owners are very pleased, as outlined on some example videos on Vimeo.

Here are the news in a flash:

  • Online or Offline, Master or Back-up: 10-bit 4:2:2, 220Mbps, 2.5” HDD or SSD
  • Any HDMI or HD-SDI source: DSLRS, Decks, Switchers, PC, Mac, iPad & iPhone
  • Ready to deliver, high-capacity HDD or SSD: No more expensive memory cards!
  • 800×480 screen with 170° viewing and loop play: Focus Peaking, Zebra, False Color & Blue Only Exposure
  • Pristine Playback & Playout: SmartLog – Just Mark & Tag

Google introduces Google Drive (GDrive) with 5GB free space in the cloud

Google presented its new cloud storage solution, directly aimed at competing with Dropbox, Microsoft Skydrive and Apple’s iCloud: Google Drive offers 5GB of free data storage in the cloud.

The extra-pricing is very competitive, 25GB of extra space costs 2.49$ per month, 100GB are $4.99. For 1000GB (1TB) Google charges 50 dollars a month. Price drops at Dropbox should appear soon.

Remember: if you sign up to Dropbox with our Affiliate Link, you get 1GB of extra storage for free (a total of 3GB).

Adobe Presents Creative Suite CS6 with Tons of Updates, introduces Subscription Service

Adobe officially announced the the launch of Creative Suite 6 (CS6) which can already be read about on the Adobe CS6 Website. Adobe also presented a new payment method for the usage of CS6: for $49,99 per Month, the whole Bundle of Software can be used on a subscription basis, which is significantly lower than assumed. Small project-teams and low-budget productions can benefit from this service. Updates of Premiere have some highlights such as “native DSLR and Video Camera support”, where Adobe also lists the ARRI Alexa, Red EPIC, Red Scarlet, Canon EOS C2300, as newly supported devices. Adobe After Effects finally supports Illustrator path-import. All in all, the whole Suite is said to be much faster, as the new Mercury Engine speeds up overall usage with improved GPU support.

Adobe Creative Suite CS 6 features tons of new updates and a heavily updated graphics engine.

iPhone 5 might have new in-cell technology for updated multi touch display

via macrumors: Apple might be planning to use new “in-cell” display technology from Japanese manufacturers in the next-generation iPhone. “Compared with on-cell technology, touch panels that use in-cell technology can be made thinner because the touch sensors are actually placed inside the color filters rather than on top of them”

This would mean we can expect the new iPhone 5 to be much thinner than the previous iPhone 4S Model.

Dropbox Cloud Storage increases Free Accounts to 16GB (maximum), increased Referrals from 250MB to 500MB

dropbox backup cloud storage save files safe online download upload extra extend more space free extra referral backup vaultDropbox increased the maximum space for Free Users to 16GB: referrals were upped from 250MB to 500Mb per invited user, for “Pro” Account holders, the referral space was even upped to 1GB per accepted invitation. If you sign up to Dropbox with this link, you get an extra 500MB for your signup – that means you will start with initial 2.5GB free cloud storage. A maximum of 16GB is possible, if you invite some more people.

I mainly use Dropbox for Backups and Syncing my data between devices – the Dropbox application/client is available for almost all platforms. We can recommend using the free service as long as possible, since Google plans a new service that will be a strong competitor: the Google Drive Service (GDRIVE) could force Dropbox to lower prices drastically.

OCZ releases Vertex 4 – based on Indilinx Everest 2 silicon

OCZ just released the OCZ Vertex 4 as a successor to the OCZ Vertex 3. The internals and performance of the Vertex 4 are very different from the Vertex 3: based on the Indilinx Everest 2 Chipset, the OCZ Vertex 4 is a totally different story: I would call this drive the Octane 2, but OCZ went with Vertex 4, to show the future of the Vertex product line.

Ocz vertex 4 solid state drive ssd indilinx everest 2 via anandtech

The drive shows lots of potential, especially in random 4K writes, where it even outperforms Intel’s 520 Cherryville SSD. Anandtech notes “OCZ has finally delivered much of what we’ve wanted in an SSD: low write amplification and very good random/sequential write performance. It could use a more aggressive real-time garbage collection algorithm but running an OS with TRIM, that’s mostly picking nits.” Is the Indilinx Everest 2 Chipset finally challenging the throne of the dominating Sandforce Chipset? I would definitely say: yes.

Ocz vertex 4 indilinx everest vs intel 520 cheryville ssd drive benchmarking performance via anandtech

[Update] the drives are already available and are actually quite cheap! The 128GB variant is $139.99, the 256GB version sells for $277.00 and the 512GB edition sells for $639.99.

OCZ Vertex 3 vs. Intel 520 SSD Benchmarks on OSX (Hackintosh)

Long story short, the Intel 520 240GB SSD is a bit faster than the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB.

The tool to test read/write speeds: AJA System Test is a free download from AJA. The Software is available for Mac and Windows, the Tests performed were on a 10.7.2 Z68 Chipset Hackintosh System (Intel Chipset).

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Benchmark Performance AJA Disk Test slower drive almost equal

OCZ Vertex 3, Firmware v2.15 240 GB (SATA 6GBPS)

Intel 520 Cherryville 240GB AJA Disk Test Performance Results Benchmark Winner

Intel 520 Cherryville 240 GB SATA6GBPS