The first of five ads in Nikon’s “Pure Photography” ad campaign shows a guy “alone in a bleak landscape”, as the accompanying blurb informs us, adding, “Something has been missing in his creative life.”
He certainly looks as if he has things on his mind; perhaps he’s worried about how much he’ll have to shell out for the new camera, or maybe he’s concerned about claims that it’ll have no video functionality.
Being a teaser (check it out below), Nikon doesn’t actually show us the camera. Instead, we can hear it in all its retro glory. By that, we mean we can hear the heavy clicks as the actor turns the shooter’s dials, and then, the real giveaway, the sound of the shutter, one that’ll be familiar to those with experience of film SLR cameras and which may cause a warm, fuzzy feeling in their tummies. Go on, have a listen and lose yourself in a haze of nostalgic bliss.
Nikon Rumors claims the new camera will be called the Nikon DF, with DF standing for Digital Fusion. Design-wise, it’s expected to resemble the camera maker’s old F3 film cameras (above) popular with professional photographers in the 1980s and beyond.
The DF’s autofocus system is rumored to be the same as Nikon’s recently released entry-level full-frame D610 camera, with 39 points. Additionally, the upcoming camera is thought to incorporate settings for 1:1, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratios. Add a full-frame FX sensor, an EVF/OVF hybrid viewfinder, and a Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens and we may have ourselves a very stylish piece of kit.
Now Nikon has rolled out its first ad, we probably don’t have too long to wait before the big reveal - in fact, there’s already a space for it on Nikon’s website alongside its other full-frame offerings.
Under the direction of Governor Mike Pence, Amtrak and several local communities agreed Tuesday to split the $3-million in costs to keep the Hoosier State Passenger Rail running four days a week. The 186-mile route was set to go out of service Wednesday if a deal couldn’t be reached.
In 2008, Congress voted to end federal support for Amtrak routes less than 750 miles. Dozens rallied outside the State House last month, calling local communities to collectively fund the service to Amtrak’s hub.
"It provides options for people to travel to other trains through other cities: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Cleveland to St. Louis," said Doug Yerkeson of Hoosiers for Passenger Rail. "If we want to maintain our competitiveness with other states that are investing in rail, this was a wise move to make."
Supporters said they’d hate to lose the Hoosier State train service. In 2012, 36,669 riders took the route. Under the agreement, ticket prices would stay the same at about $23 one-way, which is a cheaper option to flying and driving.
"I think world cities have world class train service, and Indianapolis is a world class city," said Ted Collins, an Amtrak rider. "I’d like to see it improve. I think it might help us get another Super Bowl."
The deal has also bought more time for officials to find ways to make improvements to increase ridership. Some have recommended adding more trains, Wifi service, food service and shortening durations of routes.
"It keeps the service operating and certainly that gives us the option for service improvements that haven’t even been explored to date," said Will Wingfield of INDOT.
The deal has also helped keep more than 530 jobs at Amtrak’s Beech Grove facility. The Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will discuss the details of the agreement at 1 p.m. at the Senate Chambers Wednesday.
It seems that for the iPhone, a new, colorful shell isn’t enough to overcome the shininess of new performance.
According to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners obtained by AllThingsD, iPhone buyers have been reaching for the new iPhone 5s iphone cases otterbox black hair more than twice as often as the iPhone 5C. CIRP surveyed customers who bought new iPhones during the final weeks of September after its launch, and the results showed that the 5S, Apple’s newest flagship phone, comprised 64 percent of iPhone sales.
While that’s impressive, it’s hardly surprising. The 5C is aimed at a customer who doesn’t necessarily want to pay top dollar for the latest and greatest iPhone. Those people are more likely to want to upgrade to a new phone on their schedules, not Apple’s update cycles. According to CIRP’s co-founder Josh Lowitz, the same trend played out last year, though the new design of the 5C might add a few wrinkles.
"Over time, the lower-priced phones have tended to gain share versus the flagship phone, after the initial rush of dedicated upgraders to the newest device. So we expect that the 5c will account for a higher percent of total U.S. iPhone sales in the coming months, but the design changes may alter that dynamic. The iPhone 5c may appeal to different buyers than the legacy 4S did last year, or the new 5s will this year."
It’s also worth noting that these aren’t Apple’s official numbers, which haven’t been released. Apple is holding its fourth quarter earnings call on Oct. 28, and Tim Cook may give a more detailed snapshot of iPhone sales then.Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.
The DSPCA’s chief executive ruins the effect by being called Brian Gillen.
All the DSPCA employees, whatever their second names, are passionate about animals.
At first, the site at the foot of the Dublin Mountains seems idyllic. Young volunteers play with puppies. Two excitable small dogs bark at a stubborn- looking goat through a fence (“the goat’s teasing them,” says Bird).
A large recently homed lurcher called Rocco chases a ball for a transition-year student in a high-viz vest. Honking geese (“perfect guard animals,” jokes Gillen) mingle with ducks, goats and a type of hen bred for cock-fighting. Two chipmunks frolic around an enclosure more usually used as an aviary.
A large Vietnamese pig, a misguided 21st birthday present, snuffles around his pen and a roomful of soon-to-be adopted cats listen to Rhythm is a Dancer on the radio. “Cats love music,” says Gillen. (He doesn’t explain why these cats have such terrible taste.)
It is hard to believe that all of these animals have experienced cruelty and neglect until I meet the new admissions.
There’s a malnourished husky with seven puppies (“found in a drug-dealer’s house by the garda&;”) and two German Shepherd pups whose faces are disfigured by mange.
Whatever you feel about the cat-shooting scene in Love/ Hate (I’m not going to go into that here), it’s easy to understand why Bird and Gillen find it upsetting. They wince at the mention of it. They and their inspectors regularly encounter animals who have been shot or burned and, coming up to Halloween, they expect to see a spate of such incidents.
Someone recently brought in a fox that was hanged alive off some school railings. They had a cat shot with a crossbow bolt. “It survived,” says Bird. They frequently get malnourished horses beaten for being unable to run. “And they use nylon blue ropes as bridles which cut into their flesh,” says Gillen.
Dogs and Cats Home
The DSPCA lives by the four Rs - “rescue, rehabilitate, release and rehome”.
Started in 1840 and long known to Dubliners as the Dogs and Cats Home, little is known about its origins (records were destroyed by flooding and fire over the years, says Bird). What is known is that it was an offshoot of the RSPCA which was founded in 1932 by Galway man Richard Martin, aka “Humanity Dick”, a wealthy landowner known for being tough on tenants who mistreated animals.
GADGET DESIGNER Apple’s iPad 5, which is likely to launch as simply “the new Apple iPad”, hasn’t done very well at keeping out of the limelight ahead of its launch.
Expected to launch along with the iPad Mini 2, the tablet will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup and Microsoft’s new Surface tablets, and apparently will be the first full-sized Apple tablet to debut with a redesigned look.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Apple’s iPad 5 tablet. Keep this page bookmarked to keep on top of all of the latest iPad 5 release date, price and specification rumours.
According to Allthingsd, which has a stellar record of correctly guessing Apple’s product launch dates, the iPad 5 will be unveiled at an event on 22 October. Location and timing details are still to be announced, and Apple has yet to confirm to the speculative report.
It’s still unclear when the device will go on sale, but Apple will no doubt get it on shelves in time for the Christmas rush, and it’s likely to follow the firm’s usual practice of arriving in stores one week after the launch. If it’s anything like last year’s release, it’s likely to go on sale in the UK and US on Friday 1 November.
There’s no word on pricing for the iPad 5 yet, although it’s widely expected to fetch the same price as last year’s iPad 4.
If so, the WiFi-only model, in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage versions, will be available from Apple for &;399, &;479, &;559 and &;639. For those with deep pockets who want 3G and 4G, these prices increase to &;499, &;579, &;659 and &;739.
Unlike those surrounding the iPad Mini 2, iPad 5 rumours are still fairly thin on the ground, at least compared to the firm’s previous tablet releases.
However, one major tidbit of information has leaked, revealing that the iPad 5 will debut a complete redesign, bringing it more in line with Apple’s pint-sized tablet alternative. It reportedly will be thinner, at 7mm, and lighter than its predecessor, while having a more angular, scaled down design.
There’s also talk that the iPad 5 will take tips from the iPhone 5s designer iphone cases by coach, being made available in white, space grey and gold models. That’s not all it will borrow from Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, with further rumours suggesting that it will also feature a fingerprint scanner, allowing people to unlock the device using their finger, and the same 64-bit A7 chip.
While the tablet’s 9.7in 1536x2048 Retina display is likely to remain unchanged, there’s also chatter than the iPad 5 will feature upgraded front and rear cameras and an improved battery life. Perhaps unsurprisngly, the iPad 5 is also expected to arrive running Apple’s iOS 7 operating system out of the box.
Not sure whether you fancy Apple’s iPad 5 or the iPad Mini 2? Check out our iPad Mini 2 release date, rumours, price and features roundup. &;
Jamie Aitchison, commissioning editor for sport at Channel 4, denied the 73-year-old presenter’s claim that his age cost him his job.
He said the station wanted a more serious and inclusive show and accused McCririck of hogging the limelight from his fellow presenters “because he loved the camera”.
McCririck - who is challenging the broadcaster and TV production company IMG Media Limited - was seen as “unappealing and irritating”.
Mr Aitchison said in his witness statement: “John McCririck was considered to have a pantomime style of exaggerated delivery, which was incongruous with the more serious, measured and journalistic style proposed for the programme from 2013.”
He said he was advised by senior executives across the industry not to use McCririck on the new show. He went on: “I would be foolish to ignore that kind of expertise.”
The executive told the London tribunal that one presenter considered was stylist Gok Wan, who would have fronted a fashion section on race&;goers’ outfits. But he said Wan would not have commentated on races.
Tory MP Philip Davies, a lifelong racing fan, who appeared as a witness, said the sacking by Channel 4 was a “catastrophic mistake”.
McCririck is demanding &;3million compensation for being axed after 29 years. The hearing continues.
Otterbox has introduced iPhone case/wallet combination, the Commuter Series Wallet. The $45 case includes space for 3 credit cards and a single dollar bill, while coming in black, white/grey and pink/grey color combinations.
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