July 10, 2014
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Pic of the Day: Good Morning Himalaya (EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8)

EOS 70D & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8

23mm, 1/200, f/8, ISO 100

Good Morning Himalaya by CW Steve on 500px

On my way back after the motorcycle accident, I had to sleep in the truck that was taking me and the bike back to Manali. The picture was shot at 5:30am, the sun was rising over the mountains.

Shot with the Canon EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.

I can tell you: the EOS 70D and the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 are a killer kit!

July 10, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal Alert: Canon Rebel SL1 w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS STM and EF 75-300mm Lenses – $540


Rebel SL1 Very good deal on eBay today.eBay seller digjungle (98.9% positive ratings) has the Canon Rebel SL1 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 lenses on sale for just $539.99.

That’s a great price for the bundle. However, note that the seller’s rating isn’t stellar, so take your precautions (e.g. keep all documents in case of wrong shipping).

Free shipping in US. Limited quantity.

July 10, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Announces 2 New Models Of CanoScan LiDE Color Image Scanners

CanoScan LiDE

CanoScan LiDE 220

Two new models in the  CanoScan LiDE Color Image Scanner line-up, the The estimated retail price for the Canon CanoScan LiDE 220 scanner is $89.99 and $59.99 for the CanoScan LiDE 120 scanner. For more information on these new scanners, visit Canon USA’s website.

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Refreshes Its High-Quality CanoScan LiDE Color Image Scanner Line with Two New Models

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two CanoScan LiDE Color Image Scanners – the LiDE 220 and LiDE 120 scanners to the current lineup. These compact, lightweight scanners offer consumers affordable scanning without sacrificing image quality. The two models also feature an integrated “Send” button that makes archiving, scanning, emailing, and saving photos or important documents to the cloud effortless.

With a maximum optical resolution1 of 4800 x 4800 dpi for the LiDE 220 and 2400 x 4800 dpi for the LiDE 120 scanner, users can be confident that scans will be crisp and high quality. For tight workplaces such as a home or remote office, the LiDE 220 scanner utilizes upright scanning allowing the user to scan while the unit is in a vertical position. Additionally, since both color image scanners utilize USB-power, they have been qualified as meeting the Energy Star® energy efficiency criteria.*

“The ability to scan important photos and documents for archival and business purposes remains a top priority for our consumers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the introduction of these two CanoScan LiDE scanner models, Canon shows its commitment to meeting consumers’ needs for high-quality scanning that easily fit into their busy work and home life.”

The CanoScan LiDE 220 and LiDE 120 scanners feature a new “Send” button that enables users to transfer photos or documents to popular cloud services such as the Evernote® and Dropbox™. For users who want to email photos or documents, the scanners can adjust the size of the scanned file and attach it to a message for easy and seamless delivery. For crafting and scrapbooking enthusiasts, the color image scanners are compatible with My Image Garden software from Canon, which makes organizing and printing photos easy and fun. This software features facial recognition, special filters, calendar organization, automatic layout suggestions, and more.

CanoScan LiDE

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July 10, 2014
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Canon, Dropbox, Google, and Other Companies Cooperate Against Patent Trolls

Patent Trolls

Canon press release:

Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement

TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.

Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.

More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.

The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.

The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.

The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.

“The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world,” said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. “By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products.”

“Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them,” said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.

“The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value,” said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. “Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality.”

“We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation,” said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, “The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be.”

“Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being.”

“The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing,” said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. “As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it.”

More information is available at http://www.lotnet.com.

July 9, 2014
Posted in Deals

Hot Deal: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS – $640

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Top Rated Plus eBay seller 6ave (99.2% positive ratings) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM on sale for $639.99. Free shipping in the US, limited stock. Compare to $1,199
July 9, 2014
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Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Available At Digitalrev ($399/£259/€359)

Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

DigitalRev might be the first of the big and serious retailers to have Canon’s new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM for EOS M systems ready to be purchased. Waiting time for your order to be delivered should be around 2 weeks.

DigitalRev sells the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM for  $399/£259/€359 (price in € is computed for Germany), which most probably will be the most competitive price you will ever see for this lens. Shipping is free and all custom taxes are included in the price (for EU and Asia customers; US customers have to check this, since it depends by the state). DigitalRev also has the outstanding EF-M 11-22mm IS STM (not available in the US) in stock and ready to ship, this is my favorite lens on the Canon EOS M.

EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM specs:

  • Compact zoom lens that takes you closer
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Great quality images that you’ll be proud of
  • Designed to make great photography easy
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Filter Size: 52mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length: 60.9 x 86.5mm
  • Weight: 260g

Product description after the break.

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