tbreak.ae http://tbreak.ae tech'ing the Middle East Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:52:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Leica’s M-A Rangefinder camera is truly beautiful yet fully mechanical http://tbreak.ae/leicas-m-rangefinder-camera-truly-beautiful-yet-fully-mechanical/ http://tbreak.ae/leicas-m-rangefinder-camera-truly-beautiful-yet-fully-mechanical/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:52:33 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26206 Camera purists will love this. After 60 long years since the first Leica M rangefinder camera was released, Leica Camera AG has decided to release a new analogue camera as a part of celebrating the anniversary in its finest precision-engineered form- the Leica M-A (Type 127), a pure mechanical rangefinder camera that brings photography experience […]

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Camera purists will love this. After 60 long years since the first Leica M rangefinder camera was released, Leica Camera AG has decided to release a new analogue camera as a part of celebrating the anniversary in its finest precision-engineered form- the Leica M-A (Type 127), a pure mechanical rangefinder camera that brings photography experience in its most original form.

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There will be no displays, exposure metering, batteries and electronics of any form so photographers can focus only on the required parameters such as focal length, aperture and shutter speed to fire at the precise moment. Most of the specifications are similar to the previous generation Leica MP, including shutter speed dials, the aperture ring and the rangefinder focusing principle.

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Leica ensures absolute robustness and long life for the camera’s components and Leica seems to appreciate its workforce for hand-building the camera’s metal body. The weight of the M-A is 578g. The Leica M-A will come in silver chrome or black chrome top plates and every M-A will be supplied with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film which was legendary for its time.

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If you wish to experience photography in its truest form, the M-A will cost you a heavy $4750 (17,446 AED).

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Amazon gives its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 a spec boost http://tbreak.ae/amazon-gives-kindle-fire-hdx-8-9-spec-boost/ http://tbreak.ae/amazon-gives-kindle-fire-hdx-8-9-spec-boost/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:50:31 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26198 Along with the launch of its new budget tablets, Amazon decided to bump the specs of its flagship Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The tablet will be the first to feature the impressive Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. The tablet will be packed with a quad-core 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor along with a battery rated for […]

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Along with the launch of its new budget tablets, Amazon decided to bump the specs of its flagship Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The tablet will be the first to feature the impressive Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.

The tablet will be packed with a quad-core 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 805 processor along with a battery rated for 12 hours of usage. The display is an 8.9-inch screen along with 2560 X 1600 resolution with a pixel density of 339ppi. The new “Dynamic Light Control” feature changes the white balance depending on light conditions- giving you a feel of a real book and you can turn it off if not satisfied.

Wi-Fi is upgraded to 802.11ac and the tablet will run on Fire OS 4.0 with features such as 6 profiles, Family Library, unlimited online photo storage, the Firefly and ASAP features and a word processing app called the WPS Office. The Fire OS 4.0 is based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 will start at $379 (1392 AED) and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities.

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Canon unveils the 7D Mark II with fast AF and 10fps bursts http://tbreak.ae/canon-unveils-7d-mark-ii-fast-af-10fps-bursts/ http://tbreak.ae/canon-unveils-7d-mark-ii-fast-af-10fps-bursts/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:47:11 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26188 Canon Inc has announced its latest and most anticipated APS-C flagship, the Canon 7D Mark II at Photokina 2014 with a set of new worthy features. The camera is aimed solely at high speed photography such as sports and adventures and built four times tougher for dust and weather resistance. The camera boasts a new […]

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Canon Inc has announced its latest and most anticipated APS-C flagship, the Canon 7D Mark II at Photokina 2014 with a set of new worthy features. The camera is aimed solely at high speed photography such as sports and adventures and built four times tougher for dust and weather resistance.

The camera boasts a new 20.2MP APS-C that’s supports base ISO upto 16,000 and extended upto 51,200. Canon’s Dual Pixel AF holds 65 cross-type points and with the help of the dual Digic 6 image processors, the camera can shoot 10fps in continuous bursts. The rear screen is a 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD panel and a built-in intervalometer helps in shooting time-lapse photography. The 7D Mark II can record 1080p videos at 60fps in MP4 or MOV format.

Other features include a 150,000 pixel RPG+IR 252 zone metering sensor, GPS and a higher capacity battery for longer shooting sessions. Unfortunately, there is no WiFi. The Canon 7D Mark II will hit the stores in November for $1800-body only (6611 AED), or with EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for $2150 (7896 AED).

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Amazon reveals new budget tablets, including for children http://tbreak.ae/amazon-reveals-new-budget-tablets-including-children/ http://tbreak.ae/amazon-reveals-new-budget-tablets-including-children/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:45:38 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26192 Amazon has introduced new 6 and 7-inch tablets built for children with special parental controls at an affordable price range. The tablets are named Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7. Both the tablets feature similar specifications such as a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 720p screen, Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancements, dual cameras with the […]

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Amazon has introduced new 6 and 7-inch tablets built for children with special parental controls at an affordable price range. The tablets are named Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7.

Both the tablets feature similar specifications such as a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 720p screen, Dolby Digital Plus audio enhancements, dual cameras with the rear one can shoot 1080p videos, and a battery rated for 8 hours of usage. Both runs on Amazon’s Fire OS 4.0 with features such as FireFly scan-and-buy from the Fire phone and the ASAP feature (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) from the Fire TV. Users can add upto six user profiles and the new “Family Library” lets you share books, apps, games and content with another user.

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Amazon decided to use a Gorilla Glass to protect from scratches. The only difference between the tablets is the screen size and the six inches come with a 252ppi panel, where as the 7-inch tab comes in a lower 216ppi. Meanwhile, the kids’ edition comes with rubber casing, a 2-year replacement, but lacks dual cameras. The parental controls won’t allow children to access the Appstore or make in-app purchases, settings, browse the web or send an email. Parents can set time goals to restrict children to access the entertainment section, unless they learn something for the day- that’s interesting, bet our parents wished such a feature when we were kids.

The Kindle Fire HD 6 will be available for $99 (363 AED), while the Kindle Fire HD 7 will cost the same $139 (510 AED). Both will come in white, black, fuchsia, cobalt blue and neon yellow-green colors to choose. However, the kids edition tablets will cost $149 (547 AED) for the 6-incher and $189 (694 AED) for the 7-incher. All of them will be available next month October.

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Microsoft rolls out Age of Empires: Castle Siege for Windows Phone & PC http://tbreak.ae/microsoft-rolls-age-empires-castle-siege-windows-phone-pc/ http://tbreak.ae/microsoft-rolls-age-empires-castle-siege-windows-phone-pc/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:40:37 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26182 Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Smoking Gun Interactive returns one of the most popular medieval empire conquering strategy game series of all times- Age of Empires: Castle Siege for Windows Phone and Windows platform. Users can choose several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus. With advanced research, users can fortify walls and garrison […]

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Microsoft Studios in collaboration with Smoking Gun Interactive returns one of the most popular medieval empire conquering strategy game series of all times- Age of Empires: Castle Siege for Windows Phone and Windows platform. Users can choose several civilizations, including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus.

With advanced research, users can fortify walls and garrison troops to protect the city and train an army with heavy siege equipment to storm other cities. Play alongside heroes, including Saladin, Richhard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc and outsmart the attackers to earn achievements and make it to the top of the Leaderboards.

The game is available to download for free on XBOX Live. Don’t worry, users with entry-level handsets won’t be left out as the game will support mobile devices with 512MB RAM. So start exploring and conquering empires in your Windows Phone.

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BassBuds Headphones Review http://tbreak.ae/bassbuds-headphones-review/ http://tbreak.ae/bassbuds-headphones-review/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:10:04 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26213 When it comes to headphones, I much prefer in-ear ones, simply because I find them much lighter and comfortable than having something balancing precariously on my head with massive earcups. In-ear headphones are also less finicky when you’re exercising, and are easy to stuff into a backpack when you’re travelling. So to add to my […]

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When it comes to headphones, I much prefer in-ear ones, simply because I find them much lighter and comfortable than having something balancing precariously on my head with massive earcups. In-ear headphones are also less finicky when you’re exercising, and are easy to stuff into a backpack when you’re travelling. So to add to my miniature collection of in-hear headphones, I gave the BassBuds Earphones a run for their money this weekend.

Build Quality & Design

What’s good about BassBuds is that they come in a variety of colors to match anyone’s taste. The ones I received were in a light grey and silver combination, and have a small Swarovski crystal embedded on the outside of each earbud. The box includes a carrying pouch and a selection of earbud tips for different ear sizes.

These BassBuds feature a single circular button on the cord, which acts as your control button when connected to your media device. One press will play or pause content, two presses will skip forward, and three will skip backward. You can also long-press to bring up voice control on supported devices. There is also a small microphone that is placed almost at your chin-level, which makes for much clearer voice input and phone calls.

Audio Quality

I listened to a selection of music using the BassBuds, and one thing is clear – these earphones are certainly for the bass lovers. For pop music or tracks with a heavy bass line, these will do fine, but listening to classical or acoustic numbers will almost instantly highlight a noticeable lack of emphasis for the mid to high ranges. They’re still there, but they’re being outshone by the bass in almost every instance. The earphones feature 9mm dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets, as well as BassBuds’s own Crystaltronics sound tech to cut down on noise.

Conclusion

BassBuds certainly stays true to its name with a bass-friendly pair of earphones that might not suit all music tastes. For the average listener this may not be a problem, but anyone looking for a more pronounced audio performance should look elsewhere.

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Hisense unveils Android-powered ‘Vision TV’ in the UAE http://tbreak.ae/hisense-unveils-android-powered-vision-tv-uae/ http://tbreak.ae/hisense-unveils-android-powered-vision-tv-uae/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:21:28 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26202 At a private event this week TV manufacturer Hisense unveiled its ‘Vision TV’ powered by Android in the UAE. The TV comes with Google Play Store, Chrome Web Browser, Full HD 1920p x1080p 3D LED screen, Voice Search facility, Digital High Definition Tuner, Built-in Dual Band WiFi, Digital Media Player and a host of other […]

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At a private event this week TV manufacturer Hisense unveiled its ‘Vision TV’ powered by Android in the UAE. The TV comes with Google Play Store, Chrome Web Browser, Full HD 1920p x1080p 3D LED screen, Voice Search facility, Digital High Definition Tuner, Built-in Dual Band WiFi, Digital Media Player and a host of other features. The edge-lit Hisense Vision TV range comes in 40-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch models.

“Here in the UAE, the demand for SMART televisions has significantly grown over the recent years. Driven primarily by innovative technology and sliding prices, we foresee a healthy growth pattern in the UAE Smart TV market with our superior quality TVs that are offered at competitive price points. Now with Grand Stores on board as our reliable partner in this segment, we are confident that our market performance will be taken care with utmost diligence & dignity.” said Dr. Wang Zhihao – Senior Vice President of Hisense Group.

Official Launch

The event also featured the special demonstration of Glass-Free 3D television from Hisense. The new 50-inch TV uses an Ultra High Definition (UHD) panel to provide a 3D picture from almost any angle, so multiple viewers can enjoy the 3D effect without needing multiple pairs of glasses. The UHD panel displays a 2160p resolution image by using a video engine that projects the content through a high-precision lenticular lens. A facial tracking system built into the TV also adjusts the image subtly to ensure the user gets the best possible view.

The company also revealed its brand new 65” H8s Curved Ultra HD TV, which features a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and comes loaded with Android 4.2.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Unboxing http://tbreak.ae/blackberry-porsche-design-p9983-unboxing/ http://tbreak.ae/blackberry-porsche-design-p9983-unboxing/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:05:21 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26176 BlackBerry and Porsche design revealed the new BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone in Dubai today. This is the second Porsche Design phone based on BlackBerry OS10 and probably the one that many Porsche Design fans have been waiting for as it features a physical keyboard. The phone will be retailing at AED 6999 (US$1905) and […]

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BlackBerry and Porsche design revealed the new BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone in Dubai today. This is the second Porsche Design phone based on BlackBerry OS10 and probably the one that many Porsche Design fans have been waiting for as it features a physical keyboard. The phone will be retailing at AED 6999 (US$1905) and earlier on stage, Porsche Design CEO Dr. Jurgen Gessler mentioned that they sell over 70,000 units per year.

Thanks to BlackBerry Middle East, I received a review sample at the event and while I work on a full review in the next few days, here is a quick unboxing video. Sadly, no case or cover is provided in the packaging- you now have to buy that separately.

The Porsche Design P’9983comes with BlackBerry OS 10.3 pre-installed and has a replaceable back as you saw from the video and you will be able to customise if with a set of different coloured back covers.

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Win Tickets To GITEX Shopper http://tbreak.ae/win-tickets-gitex-shopper/ http://tbreak.ae/win-tickets-gitex-shopper/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:45:12 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26163 Looking for a bargain on a smartphone or a new laptop? GITEX Shopper is around the corner, and we’ll be heading down to comb through the hundreds of deals to get you the best offers that you can buy. But if you’d like to head down to the show yourself, we’re giving away your free […]

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Looking for a bargain on a smartphone or a new laptop? GITEX Shopper is around the corner, and we’ll be heading down to comb through the hundreds of deals to get you the best offers that you can buy. But if you’d like to head down to the show yourself, we’re giving away your free tickets right here. Thirteen lucky winners will each win a pair of tickets to GITEX Shopper which runs from September 27th to October 4th at Dubai World Trade Centre. Just fill in the form below to enter the contest!

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Microsoft sets date to unveil Windows 9 http://tbreak.ae/microsoft-sets-dates-unveil-windows-threshold/ http://tbreak.ae/microsoft-sets-dates-unveil-windows-threshold/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:33:30 +0000 http://tbreak.ae/?p=26155 Microsoft has finally confirmed an event to be held in San Francisco on September 30th for the reveal of the next version of Windows and Enterprise solutions. Reports indicate that Microsoft will roll out a “Windows Technical Preview”, so power users and enterprise customers can evaluate the changes and new features Microsoft has implemented in […]

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Microsoft has finally confirmed an event to be held in San Francisco on September 30th for the reveal of the next version of Windows and Enterprise solutions. Reports indicate that Microsoft will roll out a “Windows Technical Preview”, so power users and enterprise customers can evaluate the changes and new features Microsoft has implemented in newer versions.

Recent rumors and leaks suggest Microsoft has added numerous features, such as the new Start menu, the notification center, multi-virtual desktops, changes in icons and UI, and the integration of Microsoft’s personal assistant- Cortana. For now, let’s have a look at the leaked Windows 9 videos that WinFuture had unearthed a few days ago. The videos reveal the long awaited multi-desktop support, new Start menu and the new notification center.

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