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  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] U.S. Treasury's Lew: true test of China FX reforms will come from pressured currency: LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday the true test of China's credentials in reforming its foreign exchange policy would come when its currency is under...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] U.S. Treasury's Lew fears miscalculation over Greece could spark new crisis: LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday he was worried that a miscalculation could lead to a new Greek crisis, which it would be a mistake to think would have no...
  • [Reuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods] Irish property prices rise again in April: DUBLIN, May 27 (Reuters) - Irish residential property prices rose by 0.6 percent in April to push prices 15.8 percent higher year-on-year following falls earlier this year that briefly slowed a recovery from a 2008 real estate crash.
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] Fitch: Spanish Regions' Preliminary 2014 Results - Current Balance Still Negative: (The following statement was released by the rating agency) Link to Fitch Ratings' Report: Spanish Autonomous Communities: Preliminary 2014 Results...
  • [Reuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods] UPDATE 1-Alibaba-affiliated online bank get green light from China regulator: SHANGHAI, May 27 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has given a green light to MYbank, the online bank affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, to start operating.
  • [Reuters: Deals] Altice owner Drahi says wasn't ready for Time Warner Cable buy: PARIS (Reuters) - Patrick Drahi, the billionaire owner of European telecoms group Altice , said he put an end to talks to buy Time Warner Cable because his company was not ready, adding that he...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] Danish PM calls general election on June 18: COPENHAGEN, May 27 (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday called a general election for June 18 in which her centre-left Social Democrats will face stiff competition...
  • [Reuters: Deals] Irish government backs sale of Aer Lingus to IAG: DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish government agreed to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to IAG , paving the way for the owner of British Airways and Iberia to formally launch its 1.36 billion euro...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] Rush to dollar assets costing Japanese investors dear: TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) - Cash-rich Japanese banks are paying almost as much extra to borrow dollars on the currency swaps market as they did when they were fighting for survival two decades ago, due...
  • [Reuters: Deals] Orange sees no need for more Spanish assets after Jazztel buy: MADRID (Reuters) - French telecoms group Orange said on Wednesday it saw no need to buy further assets in Spain following a takeover of Spanish rival Jazztel which was approved by the Spanish...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] G7 finance chiefs meet with growth problem to fix: DRESDEN, Germany, May 27 (Reuters) - Little more than a gentlemen's club in recent years, G7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth...
  • [Reuters: Deals] Skymark creditor Airbus opposes revival bid, threatens ANA stake deal: TOKYO (Reuters) - Airbus Group may block an attempt by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings to become a key shareholder in Skymark Airlines , people familiar with the matter said, becoming the second...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] UPDATE 1-Sony mobile exec: pricing tweaks, cost cuts to cope with dollar's rise: TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) - The head of Sony Corp's loss-making mobile telecoms unit plans to tweak handset prices and cut costs if need be to absorb the dollar's sharp rise versus the yen, citing...
  • [Reuters: Non-Cyclical Consumer Goods] UPDATE 1-Finland's Kesko sets out growth plan based on three strategic areas: * Plans to expand in grocery, home improvement and car retail
  • [ePHOTOzine] Kenro Clampod Is Clamp And Tripod In One: Kenro has announced the Clampod, a versatile device made from aerospace grade aluminium alloy.
  • [Reuters: Deals] For BAWAG owner Cerberus, Postbank bid is just one option: VIENNA/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - It took years and a small fortune for U.S. investor Cerberus Capital Management [CBS.UL] to polish Austrian lender BAWAG PSK [CCMLPB.UL] into a retail gem. The question...
  • [Reuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods] Alibaba-affiliated MYbank given green light to open: SHANGHAI, May 27 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has granted permission to operate to MYbank, the online bank affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] G7 finance chiefs meet with growth problem to fix: DRESDEN, Germany, May 27 (Reuters) - Little more than a gentlemen's club in recent years, G7 finance ministers and central bankers have their work cut out this week to revive stuttering global growth...
  • [Reuters: US Dollar Report] GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar retreats after its best day in two years: LONDON, May 27 (Reuters) - A string of reversals from sharp moves the previous day marked global financial market trading on Wednesday, with stocks and oil gaining ground and the U.S. dollar falling...
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  • 'Evolve' simplifies the hunt with free deathmatch arena mode (937 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 07:07:00 -0400'Evolve' simplifies the hunt with free deathmatch arena modeEngadget RSS Feed

    Evolve isn't a typical multiplayer shooter. The game pits four hunters against a quickly mutating monster, with the first task usually being to find and trap the player-controlled goliath. The experience can be a little bewildering for newcomers, so developer Turtle Rock Studios is throwing in a free Arena Mode that keeps everything simple. In a best-of-three match, the hunters and monster are dropped in a small, pre-determined dome with only one goal; take down your opponent(s). The monster starts at stage two with 50 percent armour, reducing the need to devour local wildlife, and when a hunter dies they're out until the next round. It's a bare-bones take on the Evolve formula, stripping away some of what makes the game unique. Still, if you're interested in shorter rounds where you can easily hone your combat skills, Arena Mode could be a welcome change on planet Shear.

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  • Pati Jinich leads a culinary tour of Mexico (313 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 07:00:00 -0400Pati Jinich leads a culinary tour of MexicoFood: Food & Dining News, Guides, Recipes & More - The Washington Post

    THURSDAYA CULINARY TOUR OF MEXICO: Chef and author Pati Jinich presents a culinary tour of Mexico. Ticket includes tasting of three regional specialties and beverages. 6:45-8:45 p.m. $35-$45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. Read full article >>







  • 70,000 pictures make up this panorama of Mont Blanc (1135 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 06:13:00 -040070,000 pictures make up this panorama of Mont BlancEngadget RSS Feed

    This is a photo of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union. But it's not just any photo: it's actually just a small part of a panorama comprised of 70,000 pictures and 365 gigapixels. In 2014, a team of photographers led by Filippo Blengini spent 35 hours overall within two weeks -- in temperatures averaging 14F at an altitude of 11,500 feet -- taking as many pictures as they could of the mountain. They used a Canon 70D DSLR with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS lens and an extender, all attached to a robotic mount. It then took them two more months to stitch all 46 terabytes of pictures together to create a panorama, which they claim is the world's largest photo.

    According to The Telegraph, if you printed it at 300dpi, it would be as big as a soccer field. The world's largest photo title's been unofficially passed around almost every year and was once claimed by a 360-degree panorama of London. You can see the whole Mont Blanc image on its website and zoom in to see cool little details, including people climbing the icy peak.

    Filed under: Misc, Canon

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    Via: Gizmodo, Telegraph

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  • Oculus VR bought a firm that reconstructs 3D scenes in real time (1316 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 05:02:00 -0400Oculus VR bought a firm that reconstructs 3D scenes in real timeEngadget RSS Feed

    I'm willing to bet that one of the best things about having Facebook in your back pocket is that your pocketbook is likely bottomless. How's that? Well, Oculus has acquired yet another company on its path to a retail model. This time it's Surreal Vision, a firm focused on "3D scene reconstruction" according to a recent post on the VR outfit's blog. "Great scene reconstruction will enable a new level of presence and telepresence, allowing you to move around the real world and interact with real-world objects from within VR," the post reads. So! This acquisition should help out quite a bit when it comes to building out the social spaces and experiences Oculus has been crowing about since Zuckerberg and Co. made their $2 billion purchase.

    "We're developing breakthrough techniques to capture, interpret, manage, analyse, and finally reproject in real-time a model of reality back to the user in a way that feels real, creating a new, mixed reality that brings together the virtual and real worlds," it continues. We'd typically be skeptical of such lofty claims, but considering one of the Surreal gents also reconstructed scenes in real time with a paltry Xbox 360 Kinect those promises seem a little less like moonshots.

    Filed under: Gaming, Home Entertainment, Facebook

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    Source: Oculus blog

  • UPDATE 1-Sony mobile exec: pricing tweaks, cost cuts to cope with dollar's rise (334 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 05:01:00 -0400UPDATE 1-Sony mobile exec: pricing tweaks, cost cuts to cope with dollar's riseReuters: Cyclical Consumer Goods

    TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) - The head of Sony Corp's loss-making mobile telecoms unit plans to tweak handset prices and cut costs if need be to absorb the dollar's sharp rise versus the yen, citing currency shifts as a bigger potential threat to the Japanese electronics maker's efforts to turn the business around than competition.

  • XF 90mmF2 WR: ?A Royal Deluxe Portrait Lens that beats all previous XF lenses!?: Review and samples of Jonas Rask (291 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 04:39:00 -0400XF 90mmF2 WR: ?A Royal Deluxe Portrait Lens that beats all previous XF lenses!?: Review and samples of Jonas RaskFuji Rumors

    FXF Member Toon triggered off a hot discussion at the new FXF – 56mm(APD) or 90mm for potraits? _ _ _ Is the XF 90mmF2 WR Fuji’s Best Lens in terms of IQ? I had this impression reading the review and especially looking at the tons of samples of Rico in his XF 90mmF2 WR […]

  • Wake up to the smell of money, not farts (1051 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 04:00:00 -0400Wake up to the smell of money, not fartsEngadget RSS Feed

    If we were rich, we'd pay gourmet baker Richard Bertinet to rouse us every day with the scent of his freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, we're not, which is why SensorWake's smell-based alarm clock is such an exciting prospect. Rather than waking users up with the traffic report, the device uses a cartridge of odors to get you out of bed in the morning, from coffee and croissants all the way through to the smell of US dollars.

    The project was created by 18-year-old engineering student Guillaume Rolland and was named a "top 15" invention at last year's Google Science Fair. Now, the company is taking to Kickstarter to raise cash for an initial production run, with deliveries expected to begin in November. If you're interested in getting your hands on one of these devices, then early birds can snag one for €60 (around $65), with two capsules of your choice. When a capsule expires, you'll be able to replace it for $7.50, with each one rated to last roughly two months at a time.

    Filed under: Misc

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    Source: Kickstarter

  • A tiny string of text can disable iPhone Messages (790 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 03:17:00 -0400A tiny string of text can disable iPhone MessagesThe Verge - All Posts

    Apple device owners have discovered a string of text characters that, when received on an iPhone in Messages, can lock people out of the app and ? reportedly in some cases ? crash the phone. Users who receive the string with Messages open won't be able to go back to other conversations without crashing the app, while users who get the string on their lock screen won't be able to open the Messages app entirely.

    People have already started using this forbidden string for evil, sending the code to others in a bid to block them from seeing Messages from any recipients. The effect is undone if the sender follows up with another message, but according to a legion of Twitter users, some nefarious jokesters are refusing to send replies to...

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  • Airbus faces tensions over Spanish board appointment (272 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 03:16:00 -0400Airbus faces tensions over Spanish board appointmentReuters: Industrials

    AMSTERDAM, May 27 (Reuters) - Airbus Group faces a tussle with the Spanish government over the choice of a new board member at its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, in a new test of efforts by Europe's largest aerospace company to assert political independence.







  • Austria ready to sue over subsidized nuclear plants: minister (269 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 03:14:00 -0400Austria ready to sue over subsidized nuclear plants: ministerReuters: Environment

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will take legal action to block any subsidized nuclear power plants in an effort to discourage use of the technology in Europe and scare off investors, the country's environment minister, Andrae Rupprechter, said in a newspaper interview.







  • Byron Jones: happy bmo push day! (924 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 03:11:00 -0400Byron Jones: happy bmo push day!Planet Mozilla

    the following changes have been pushed to bugzilla.mozilla.org:

    • [1168357] Unable to reset mentor in modal bug view
    • [1146782] migrate autocomplete from yui to jquery
    • [1165355] sanitizeme.pl script should remove webservice api keys from database to remove sensitive information
    • [1158010] provide a standard and simple way to render relative dates, in perl and javascript
    • [1168303] send-request-nags.pl is triggering oom on bugzillaadm.private.scl3
    • [1162854] hitting back after making an edit should keep edit mode open
    • [1164850] add preferences to request nagging watching facility (reviews only, extended period, and skip encryption)
    • [1164780] updating an attachment with pre-existing review requests shouldn?t enforce the ?last logged in to bugzilla? limit
    • [1162427] the ?reset assignee to default? checkbox / functionality should be visible

    discuss these changes on mozilla.tools.bmo.


    Filed under: bmo, mozilla
  • Fact Checker: Jeb Bush?s claim that Islamic State ?didn?t exist when my brother was president? (257 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 03:00:00 -0400Fact Checker: Jeb Bush?s claim that Islamic State ?didn?t exist when my brother was president?Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    ?ISIS didn?t exist when my brother was president. Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when my brother was president.??Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), remarks during a business rountable in Portsmouth, N.H., May 20, 2015Read full article >>







  • Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island (261 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:48:00 -0400Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed islandReuters: World News

    MANILA (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway.

  • Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island (269 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:41:00 -0400Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed islandReuters: Energy

    MANILA, May 27 (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway.







  • Did Tamron design the Zeiss Batis 85mm lens? (973 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:32:00 -0400Did Tamron design the Zeiss Batis 85mm lens?sonyalpharumors

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    The Japanese site Egami spotted a brand new Tamron patent for a 85mm f/1.8 optical stabilized lens for Full Frame mirrorless system. We don’t have yet the official lens element design of the new Zeiss Batis but it could be that the Tamon design has been sold to Zeiss for the Batis?

    Anyway, what really matters is that the lens performance is terrific no matter who actually designed it. And it’s quite common in the lens world to buy lens design from other companies. So this doesn’t diminish the value of the lens. Or, what do you think about it?

    Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
    Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
    Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
    In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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  • Windows Phone to out-grow smartmobe market for next four years (256 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:27:00 -0400Windows Phone to out-grow smartmobe market for next four yearsThe Register

    Smartmobe growth contracts a little, but between now and 2019 we'll make one for just about every human

    Abacus-wielder IDC has issued a new set of prognostications about the mobile phone market, predicting that 1.447 billion of them will ship this year.?

  • Nikkei extends gains to 9th day, limited by U.S. rate hike nerves (492 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:16:00 -0400Nikkei extends gains to 9th day, limited by U.S. rate hike nervesReuters: Company News

    TOKYO, May 27 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up in choppy trade on Wednesday, extending its gains into a ninth day, but gains were limited after upbeat U.S. data fed fears that a rate hike may come earlier than expected. The Nikkei 225 ended 0.2 percent higher to 20,472.58 after moving between negative and positive territory. The index rose for nine consecutive days, the longest winning streak since last August. The broader Topix gained 0.1 percent to 1,661.33 and the

  • Mexican ministry to request audit of its OHL Mexico contracts (259 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:14:00 -0400Mexican ministry to request audit of its OHL Mexico contractsReuters: Company News

    MEXICO CITY, May 27 (Reuters) - Mexico's Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday it would ask the Public Administration Ministry (SFP) to audit its contracts with builder OHL Mexico, which has lately become embroiled in a corruption scandal.







  • Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (1000 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:10:00 -0400Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?Slashdot

    An anonymous reader writes: The music industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past thirty years. Virtually everything is different except the structure of the songs we listen to. Distribution methods have long influenced songwriting habits, from records to CDs to radio airplay. So will streaming services, through their business models, incentivize a change to song form itself? Many pop music sensations are already manufactured carefully by the studios, and the shift to digital is providing them with ever more data about what people like to listen to. And don't forget that technology is a now a central part of how such music is created, from auto-tune and electronic beats to the massive amount of processing that goes into getting the exact sound a studio wants.

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  • Alleging racism, Palestinians seek to have Israel suspended from world soccer (268 characters)

    Wed, 27 May 2015 02:09:00 -0400Alleging racism, Palestinians seek to have Israel suspended from world soccerReuters: Sports News

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Dressed in the black and yellow of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team and holding aloft banners reading "Pure Forever" and "Beitar Good For The Jews", La Familia is Israel's most notorious soccer gang, denounced by the club they purport to support.







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  • Assorted Market Data

    China Galaxy International comes with a wide collection of market data, primarily about Apple camera module supplier Cowell and the camera module industry in general:

  • Invisage Videos Deleted

    Invisage has removed all its nice videos from Youtube. There is only one left in the Invisage Tube channel:

  • Toshiba Image Sensor Circus Continues

    Toshiba updates its popular explanations of image sensor work it started in 2013. The new CMOS Image Circus series compares image sensor with human eye, talk about image sensor features and more:

  • Memorial Day 2015, Town of Upton, Cemetery Ceremonies and Parade Schedule

    If the image below is too small to read click this link final – Memorial Day 2015 – Upton – sequence of events (1) Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Cemetery Ceremonies and Parade Schedule, Memorial Day 2015, town of upton

  • Panasonic Image Sensor Based Datacom

    DigInfo TV publishes a video on Panasonic image sensor optical commonication technology:

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