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CCD inventors secure Nobel Prize for Physics

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics has gone to Willard Sterling Boyle and George Smith, inventors of the Charge-Coupled Device (or CCD), and Charles Kuen Kao, for his pioneering work on optical fibres. Boyle and Smith were working in Bell Labs in New Jersey when, in October 1969, they formulated the idea for the CCD. Colleagues …
Lester Haines, 06 Oct 2009
Terry Lovejoy's comet discovery

Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet

It's too early to be certain, but with confirmation of a new, possibly near-Earth comet slated for a pass in early January 2015, sky-watchers will be working hard to calculate just how close it's going to come. The new object, C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), is the fifth discovered by Australian amateur Terry Lovejoy. As Universe Today …
Bee with sensor attached

E-tagged insects a buzz for research

Australian science agency the CSIRO is fitting sensors onto thousands of honeybees in a research program designed to shed light on colony collapses. The “swarm sensing” project uses 2.5mm-square devices that will be attached to as many as 5,000 bees in Hobart, Tasmania. One aim of the project will be to work out which bees are …
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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

An unspecified glitch in a global database used by the US government to issue passports and travel visas has left countless people around the world unable to travel for the last few days, according to State Department officials. "The Bureau of Consular Affairs has been experiencing technical problems with our passport and visa …
Neil McAllister, 25 Jul 2014

NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

NASA has opened its photo scrapbook to remember the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, which on 4 December 1973 passed within 130,000km of Jupiter, in the process returning some decidedly non-hi-res snaps. Pioneer 10 images of Jupiter. Pics: NASA The agency explains: "Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to …
Lester Haines, 05 Dec 2013
Gordan Ugarkovic's view of Saturn

Amateur image-wrangler reveals stitched snap of Saturn's splendour

An amateur image processor has stitched together raw images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to produce a stunning image of Saturn, seen from above on 10 October. Gordan Ugarkovic's view of Saturn Gordan Ugarkovic constructed the view from "12 image footprints with red, blue and green filters from Cassini's imaging science …
Lester Haines, 18 Oct 2013
Image of Perseus cluster

Boffins say dark matter found with X-ray

Two teams working on the search for dark matter have independently suggested the search could concentrate at a specific X-ray wavelength, following study of data collected by the XMM-Newton space observatory. While it's not a proof of anything just yet, the two groups – one from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, …

Ingram Micro wields axe in management rejig

Ingram Micro has parted with Jon Bunyard, the director of its Advanced Solutions Division (ASD) in a management rejig. Channel veteran Bunyard ran Computacenter's distribution (CCD) wing and transferred with the business when it was acquired by Ingram in 2009, and later rebranded as Ingram Micro Value. The unit underwent …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2013

Comet ISON perhaps NOT GARBAGE after all - glows GREEN in latest snaps

The highly anticipated Comet ISON, which earlier this month was dubbed not "visually pleasing" by the NASA astroboffins who snapped it with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, has had its portrait taken again as it wends its way towards its rendezvous with the Sun. The result this time was far more impressive. Comet ISON (Credit: …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Oct 2013
A 120-minute clockwork timer

Be still, my quivering atoms: Here's a new way to count a second

Atoms trapped by light and measured with a CCD camera have the potential to outdo today's most accurate atomic clocks, and although it's early days, a pair of linked optical lattice clocks have yielded accuracy of a second every 300 million years. In doing so, the group that performed the test, outlined here in Nature and …
Dave Akerman inflates the balloon

CSIRO, Macquarie University, on helium-saving crusade

Rather than sending out dire warnings about the dangers of party balloons wasting helium, it's probably better to stem the losses from the world's largest users. That's the approach being taken by the CSIRO and Sydney's Macquarie University. Cryogenics, as The Register noted here, is a big consumer of helium. In 2005, the US …
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Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

Las Vegas is about 5,200 miles (c. 8,400km) from Blighty’s capital, which makes CES a bit of schlep for all but the terminally keen. Knowing this, Sony UK showcased its finest for 2014 to the UK press this week, from 4K camcorders to er, 4K tellies... with some laptop goodness in between. Most of the laptops we'd all seen before …
Bob Dormon, 22 Jan 2014
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Canon perks up Powershot pair

Canon has unveiled two additions to its Powershot cameras range, both powered by the latest Digic 5 image processor which enhances colour, reduces noise and increases white balance accuracy. First up is the PowerShot S100, a quality compact snapper that builds on the S90/S95 heritage of good low light sensitivity and manual …
Caleb Cox, 16 Sep 2011
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Channel vet to steer Ingram Micro's enterprise biz

Channel veteran Jon Bunyard is to head up Ingram Micro's enterprise business unit from the end of the month after current incumbent Cathi Low steps down. Bunyard was boss at CCD, the distribution arm of Computacenter, which Milton Keynes-based Ingram acquired in late 2009 as the broadliner builds a mid-market enterprise biz. " …
Paul Kunert, 21 Oct 2011
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Ingram Micro in talks to acquire SDG, say sources

Ingram Micro is locked in talks with Sir Peter Rigby over the acquisition of his Midlands-based outfit Specialist Distribution Group (SDG), sources have told The Channel. People familiar with the negotiations say a deal is edging closer which would bulk out Ingram's mid-market infrastructure operation. SDG is an EMEA-wide …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Monster camera preps for dark energy search

Fermilab’s Dark Energy Camera has captured its first images, as a test run for the Dark Energy Survey due to begin in December 2012. The TARDIS-sized, 62-CCD, 570 megapixel camera, mounted on the Victor M. Blanco telescope at the National Science Foundation’s Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, can shoot as …
Polaroid SC1630

Polaroid develops Android camera combo

CES 2012 Week Polaroid clicked into gear at CES this week, launching an Android-powered smart-camera with built-in Wi-Fi capabilities and access to the Android Market. The Polaroid SC1630 is far from your standard snapper. Making use of its Android platform, users can download apps and remain entertained through games when …
Caleb Cox, 11 Jan 2012
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HP plans to measure girth, thrust of channel pitches

HP will measure reseller pitch rates through the global rollout of the iQuote system, allowing it to market more aggressively or shift promotions. Developed by Tim Moyle, director at channelcentral.net – former manager at CCD – the tool was piloted by Westcoast and Avnet but has gone live across chunks of its PC, server and …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2011
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Two more big hitters leave Azlan

Another pair of industry vets are splitting with Azlan, The Register can reveal. The enterprise arm of IT broadliner Computer 2000 underwent a restructure last year following the arrival of new broom Colin McGregor, aligning business units to IBM, HP and Cisco rather than vertical markets. As part of this overhaul, marketing …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2012
Leica

Leica goes all out B&W for M-Monochrom camera

Leica unveiled several camera models today, including the world's first digital rangefinder camera with a dedicated black and white sensor for monochrome photography, as well as a compact with a 20x optical zoom. Leica M-Monochrom The Leica M-Monochrom looks like an M9, but replaces the innards with an 18Mp B&W CCD sensor …
Caleb Cox, 11 May 2012
Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon reheats Coolpix range

Nikon has refreshed its range of Coolpix cameras bringing a swathe of new features to its compact models. A year on from the Nikon P7000 debut – the company’s well-overdue answer to the Canon G-series Powershot – the Coolpix P7100 is here. Nikon Coolpix P7100 Apart from the front dial and articulating 3in LCD panel on the …
Bob Dormon, 26 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

A new apparatus called the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) System for Ancient Documentary Artefacts developed by the University of Southampton has brought Oxford boffins closer to deciphering the world's oldest unreadable alphabet. Described in this paper (PDF), the RTI machine comprises an off-the-shelf Nikon D3X DSLR …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2012

Sony to boost image sensor capacity... again

Sony is planning to boost its image sensor production capacity by 50 per cent in the next two to three years, starting in the new year, the company said. The Japanese firm had already been aiming to boost capacity of the chips used in digital cameras and smartphones to 50,000 a month by the end of March 2012, with an investment …
SR-71 'Blackbird' testing. Pic: US Air Force

Spies in the sky: The leaps and bounds from balloons to spook sats

In just 230 years, humanity has progressed from its first faltering flights to the capability to photograph from space an object the size of a grapefruit - a testament both to technological progress and our need to keep a close eye on the world around us. The advancement of aerial surveillance and imaging has been driven in …
Lester Haines, 01 Mar 2013
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Fujifilm springs into action with fresh FinePix range

Fujifilm clicked off 2012 with the release of 17 fresh FinePix digital cameras, which'll be on show at CES next week. Here's a look at some of what's on offer. The 16Mp Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR steps things up a notch from last year's model with a new EXR CMOS sensor, an improved electronic viewfinder and faster shoot times. …
Caleb Cox, 05 Jan 2012

IT distribution titan Tech Data to gobble UK's SDG for $350m

Technology products distributor Tech Data (TD) has swallowed Specialist Distribution Group (SDG) for $350m (£220.3m) in a deal that is subject to regulatory approval from the EU's competition authorities. As revealed by The Channel some months back, UK Midlands-based Specialist Computer Holdings (SCH), SDG's parent, was …
Paul Kunert, 05 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

Last week, we offered a brief history of aerial surveillance, with a promise to give a few pointers to the budding DIY spy-in-the-sky. Interest in airborne photography has skyrocketed in the past few years, driven by the availability of lightweight cameras packing plenty of pixels at bargain basement prices. Such kit allows …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Backyard astronomer snaps Beta Pictoris dust disk

In what is being hailed as a first, a New Zealand amateur backyard astronomer has produced images of the protoplanetary disk surrounding a star that’s 63.4 light-years distant - on a webcam. Beta Pictoris, a star that’s dated at just 12 million years ago – a whippersnapper, really – is easy enough to capture, but its light is …
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Computacenter ditches last distie biz

Computacenter has sold the last of its distribution businesses to Ingram Micro for an undisclosed amount. In a statement, the reseller said: "This completes Computacenter's exit from trade distribution and leaves Computacenter totally focused on services and solutions for end user customers." The takeover means about 40 staff …
John Oates, 27 Oct 2009
Pentax Optio I-10

Pentax relaunches 'vintage-look' compact

Pentax has taken its Optio I-10 compact camera and given it a tasty retro makeover. With that leather-esque body, case and strap, it certainly looks like my dad's old camera. Pentax Optio I-10 The internals are modern, though: 12.1Mp sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide angle lens; CCD-shift shake-reduction rig; 720p video …
Hard Reg, 15 Jul 2010
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Ingram bemoans tough European retail market

Ingram Micro profits have tumbled by nearly two-thirds on the back of an ultra aggressive pricing market in Europe and the fall out from the botched ERP upgrade in Oz. The world's largest distie – which last week warned of the issues impacting results – recorded a 5 per cent year-on-year rise in sales to $8.9bn for calendar Q3 …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2011
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Computacenter shares up on profits promise

Computacenter shares are up almost five per cent today on news that profits for last year should be at the top end of estimates. Updating the markets on trading ending 31 December 2010 Computacenter credited growth in services revenue and a return for growth in product sales for the good news. Group revenue for services was up …
John Oates, 11 Jan 2011
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Computacenter launches software distie division

Computacenter Distribution (CCD) has poached Phil King from rival SCH to run its new software division. The firm's biz unit director Lee Perkins told The Register that CCD decided to step into the burgeoning software marketplace following demands from its customers. He said CCD hoped to plump up market share in virtualisation …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2008
The Register breaking news

Home Office spawns new unit to expand internet surveillance

The Home Office has created a new unit to oversee a massive increase in surveillance of the internet, The Register has learned, quashing suggestions the plans are on hold until after the election. The new Communications Capabilities Directorate (CCD) has been created as a structure to implement the £2bn Interception …
The Register breaking news

Nikon updates Coolpix range-topper

Nikon has introduced a new top-of-the-range Coolpix compact camera, this one coming in above the previous line leader, the P6000. No surprise that it's called the P7000, then. Nikon Coolpix P7000 Nikon is doing a Canon here. Canon's premium PowerShot G11 had a lower megapixel count than its predecessor, the better to reduce …
Tony Smith, 08 Sep 2010
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Curiosity kills 3D Cameron cams

NASA has decided to ditch plans to equip its Curiosity Mars rover with a pair of 3D cameras. Avatar helmsman James Cameron was behind the move to replace the rover's two cameras with some enhanced glass, but the agency says it doesn't have time to test the kit before Curiosity sets off for the Red Planet later this year. The …
Lester Haines, 28 Mar 2011
Samsung EX1

Samsung models high-end compact

Samsung has taken the wraps off a new premium compact camera pitched an serious snappers. Samsung EX1 Samsung's EX1: high-end compact The EX1 sports a 24mm f/1.8-2.4 wide-angle Schneider Kreuznach lens that incorporates image stabilisation, Samsung said. The lens has a 3x optical zoom. Behind it sits a 10Mp sensor built from …
Tony Smith, 22 Feb 2010
Sony Cyber-shot TX9

Sony unveils 3D compact camera pair

Sony is to bring the 3D panorama mode it recently added to its NEX micro four-thirds style cameras to its compact range. Sony Cyber-shot TX9 Sony's Cyber-shot TX9: ready to shoot sweeping 3D panoramas In point of fact, only two, new models will get the feature, part of Sony's scheme to get us all investing heavily in 3D …
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2010
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55

Sony intros 10x optical zoom compact

Here's Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-H55, a chunkier snapper than the slimline TX5 also announced today. The H55's key statistics: a 14.1Mp sensor - it's a 7.76mm Super HAD CCD, Sony says - mounted behind one of the company's own "premium" G lenses and a 10x optical zoom mechanism. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-H55 …
Tony Smith, 18 Feb 2010
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Fujifilm confirms 'world's first' 3D stills and films compact

Fujifilm has finally officially unwrapped what it’s claimed is the world’s first compact camera capable of snapping both still pictures and films in 3D. Fujifilm_3D_W1_01 Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D W1: dual lenses allow for 3D capture As previously reported, the secret to the 10Mp FinePix Real 3D W1’s ability to capture 3D …
James Sherwood, 23 Jul 2009
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Häagen-Dazs battles honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

Ice cream manufacturer Häagen-Dazs is stumping up a $250,000 research grant to university researchers in California and Pennsylvania to probe the cause of "Colony Collapse Disorder" (CCD) - the unexplained sudden disappearance of millions of honeybees which has affected hives around the world since 2006. As we reported last year …
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2008
Pentax X90

Pentax preps 26x superzoom

Pentax has popped out its latest bridge camera: the 12.1Mp X90, complete with 26x optical zoom. Still insufficient? Then you can call on the 6.25x digital zoom to zero even further into your subject. In addition, the X90 boasts a 26-276mm 35mm-equivalent focal length range, 1cm macro mode, aperture of f/2.8-5.0, a nine-spot …
Tony Smith, 25 Feb 2010
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Sony sensor paves way for 24-megapixel SLRs

Sony has developed a 25.7-megapixel CCD sensor with a size that matches the dimensions of a 35mm film frame. Sony35mmCMOS Sony's CMOS sensor boasts 24.8m effective pixels The 41 x 32mm chip has a total pixel count of 25.7m, but Sony said that only 24.81m of those pixels are used to collect picture data to ensure the correct …
James Sherwood, 30 Jan 2008
Leica S2

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR

Historically, commercial photographers have always relied on medium-format systems for their photo shoots and happily traded off manoeuvrability for image quality. Yet, when the Leica S2 became available to buy towards the end of 2009, things changed. The S2 pushes the boundaries of all flagship DSLRs, giving Nikon, Canon and …
Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix Z700EXR

This is the second cheapest touchscreen model, but you would never have guessed by its looks or design. It’s sleek, feels reassuringly solid and sports a rather nifty sliding lens cover, which turns the camera on or off. Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR It also includes Fujifilm’s Super CCD EXR sensor and a 5x optical zoom, although …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
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Ten Essential... Budget Compact Cameras

The credit crunch has made many of us cost-conscious consumers, and so it’s no surprise that more people are taking a closer look at sub-£150 cameras. And with summer holidays coming up, now's the time to take a peek. Naturally, at this price point, you're looking at a compact model, but you might be surprised by some of the …
George Cole, 12 Jul 2010
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Computacenter sees profits up, revenues down

Mega reseller Computacenter delivered on its forecast of better-than-expected profits for 2009, though revenues actually declined at the firm. Results for the firm show revenues for the year to December 31, 2009 slipped 2.2 per cent to £2.5bn. Pre-tax profit was £48.4m, up 22.4 per cent on the year. Adjusted profit before tax …
Joe Fay, 11 Mar 2010
Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera

Eight... Rugged Cameras

Has anybody not trashed a digital camera at some point while out and about? Dust or sand, water or ice-cream, the great outdoors ruthlessly claims its tech victims on a daily basis. While manufacturers have busily carved out a niche of rugged ‘adventure-proof’ cameras, the truth is that most people, whether on the slopes, at the …
Giles Hill, 07 Apr 2012
Pentax X90

Pentax X90 superzoom bridge camera

If you're shopping around for a compact bridge camera, then the Pentax X90 shouldn’t be overlooked. The company entered the superzoom bridge camera market comparatively late with the X70, and the X90 revamp retains the design and a similar range of features. These include the 12.1Mp CCD sensor with sensor-shift image …
Nikon D7000

2011's Best... DSLRs

While few would argue that a DSLR offers the best combination of features, performance and image quality, 2011 didn’t really set the world alight with new models. For the most part manufacturers patched holes in their respective ranges, to provide a full spectrum of models to suit both budgets and ability. A couple of years ago …
Bob Dormon, 16 Dec 2011