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Sony’s share of the sensor business now tops 40 percent

Posted on by Mike Evans

According to Dpreview, Sony now has over 40 percent of the world’s sensor business:

…..the image sensor business is doing so well that internally it now has a higher priority than some consumer electronics divisions, for example digital cameras. Accordingly Sony is investing significantly into its image sensor manufacturing facilities. It remains to be seen if in the long run Apple and others want to rely on third party providers for components as important as image sensors or will be looking into making their own chips. However, for now it seems Sony is successfully converting itself from consumer electronics manufacturer to component provider.

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Leica buyers now get a free copy of Adobe's new version of Lightroom

Posted on by Mike Evans

Leica has announced that all new cameras will now come with Lightroom 6, the latest version which has superseded the previously supplied Lightroom 5. This is a useful addition to the warranty on all cameras and is especially valuable, in relation to the camera price, in the case of Leica compacts.

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Poignant reminder of World War I as two pound coin gets rejected in Euroland

Posted on by Mike Evans

On my first day here in Greece I picked up an handful of change from my “euro box” and thought nothing more of it. Today, attempting to pay for a coffee and omelette, my supposed €2 coin (value €2.75) was soundly rejected by Vassoula at the harbour café: “Not euro, need euro.”

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Apple Watch: Is it a danger at the wheel for car drivers?

Posted on by Mike Evans

I thought it wouldn’t take long before the road safety lobby tagged on to the perils of the Apple Watch. Police in Adelaide have already jumped the gun and announced that the Apple Watch will be treated as a mobile phone. Not everyone agrees, many seeing the Watch as a Bluetooth accessory and no more distracting than, say, a pair of headphones or a phone display on the car’s entertainment system.

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Another blockbuster quarter from Apple. iPhones boom, Macs excel, iPads lag, Watch in embryo

Posted on by Mike Evans

Apple has returned another blockbuster set of results] for the first quarter of the calendar year, its second best ever three months. Then iPhone again leads the charge, particularly in China which now accounts for greater sales than the whole of Europe or the USA. Macs are also doing exceptionally well while iPads record another year-on-year fall.

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Apple Watch: David Sparks steals his wife's timepiece for a two-day geekfest. Shame on him but I'd do the same

Posted on by Mike Evans

All's fair in love and war, especially when the wife's 38mm Apple Watch arrives before the Great Man's 42mm testbed. David Sparks faced this dilemma when his wife's wrist candy arrived days before the manly version ordered int he same split second. I would be annoyed, too. Nevertheless, Mrs. S kindly agreed to let David "borrow" her new toy for a couple of days. He is immediately impressed, but not just out of remorse:

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