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NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

NASA has unveiled a portal serving daily images of Earth snapped by its Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Screen grab of the new EPIC images site From a distance of roughly 1.5 million kilometres, at the L1 Lagrange point between the Earth and the Sun, the spacecraft's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) will …
Lester Haines, 20 Oct 2015
One Plus 2

OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

First look Back in April, applecart-punching OnePlus made their first entry into mobiles with a new phone and an invite-only system that was popular with 'Droid fanciers but received an upturned nose and frosty shoulder from the big boys in the space. Now the biz is back with its second handset, the OnePlus 2. It will be available from …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2015
India's ASTROSAT

India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is ready to launch its first “mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.” Dubbed “ASTROSAT”, the craft packs four X-ray instruments, an ultraviolet telescope and a charge particle monitor. ISRO says all payloads have been integrated into the satellite and that a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2015
Pocket Kodak

Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

Feature Digital cameras are cheap and convenient. But some people feel they also lack soul, or encourage us all to often to experience life through an LCD screen, firing off hundreds of shots we'll probably never look at, rather than absorbing our surroundings. Film, on the other hand, according to some, can lend itself to a more …
Nigel Whitfield, 22 Mar 2015
How Philae lands on the comet

Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

Pic The Philae lander’s science centre has had its first data update from the spacecraft, which has sent the first of many images, along with data, from its scientific instruments. El Reg's space vulture Brid-Aine Parnell reports from mission command at the ESA ops complex at Darmstadt, Germany. Philae snaps Rosetta spacecraft …
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 …
Photo of a US Passport

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
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 …
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Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

Hands on 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 …
Bob Dormon, 22 Jan 2014
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 …

NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

Pics 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

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
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
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 …
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 …

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
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
SR-71 'Blackbird' testing. Pic: US Air Force

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

Picture special 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
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 …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 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 …

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
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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
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
Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera

Eight... Rugged Cameras

Product Round-up 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
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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
Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera

Canon PowerShot S100 GPS compact camera

Review As the latest incarnation of Canon’s highly-regarded PowerShot S range of enthusiast-grade compact cameras, the new PowerShot S100 has a lot to live up to. Canon PowerShot S100 compact camera More than point and shoot: Canon's PowerShot S100 Where the S95 was a relatively minor upgrade to the very popular S90 reviewed …
Paul Monckton, 16 Mar 2012
Polaroid SC1630

Polaroid develops Android camera combo

CES 2012 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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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
Nikon Coolpix P7100 compact camera

Nikon Coolpix P7100 compact camera

Review Just over a year ago Nikon released the Coolpix P7000 to slug it out with Canon’s PowerShot G12. Both cameras appeal to the high-end consumer who wants most of the controls and features of a DSLR in the body of a compact. With the Coolpix P7100, Nikon introduces some welcome new features and tweaks including a tilting screen and …
Nikon D7000

2011's Best... DSLRs

Xmas Gift Guide 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
The Register breaking news

Backyard astronomer snaps Beta Pictoris dust disk

Stars on webcam 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 …

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 …
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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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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
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

The iPhone 4S in depth: More than just a vestigial 'S'

As marketing headman Phil Schiller ate up more and more minutes of Apple's "Let's talk iPhone" event, waxing rhapsodically about the new iPhone 4S, it became increasingly clear to those in attendance that the iPhone 5 wasn't going to make an appearance. Not that The Reg was there to take the pulse of the crowd. For reasons …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Oct 2011
Canon SX40 HS

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
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
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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
Ten Compact Cameras

Ten... pocket compact cameras

Product Round-up When it comes to quick pics, the expedience of a phonecam can't be overestimated, yet the image quality expectations frequently are. With this in mind Reg Hardware has rounded up the smallest and cheapest compacts produced by all the usual suspects from the photography world. Here are ten cameras that will not only take decent …
Bob Dormon, 01 Jul 2011
Hasselblad H4D-40

Hasselblad H4D-40 Stainless Steel 40Mp camera

Review When Hasselblad launched its 40Mp H4D model at Photokina, it was presented stripped of any coating, with just the bare bones of a stainless steel body on show. The idea was to illustrate the core strength of the HD4 series, but this denuded look was so striking – contemporary, yet oddly retro – that the Swedish company …
The Register breaking news

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
Pentax 645D

Pentax 645D medium format digital camera

Review Back in 2003 Pentax hinted at the development of a digital version of its classic 645 medium format film model. Given how much time has passed, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever see the light of day. Pentax 645D Late developer: here at last, Pentax's 645D The Pentax 645D uses a 40Mp Kodak KAF-40000 full-frame CCD …
Leica S2

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR

Review 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 …
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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 …
John Oates, 11 Jan 2011
Canon EOS 550D

This year's DSLR stars

2010: it's a wrap 2010: it's a wrap This year, HD video on a DSLR wasn’t just something that would be nice to have, it was pretty much de rigeur. Shop around and it seems high definition video features on just about anything with a lens on it. However, there’s HD video and there’s HD video, or to put it another way, there’s full HD video 1080p …
Bob Dormon, 14 Dec 2010
Pentax X90

Pentax X90 superzoom bridge camera

Review 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 …
Sony A290

Sony Alpha A290

Review The topmost plastic of the 14.2Mp Sony A290 might be slightly mottled to make it look like it's a distant relation to magnesium alloy, but pick it up and it's easy enough to guess where the camera lies in Sony's range – the all-plastic finish is a tad uninspiring. Sony A290 Yet everything falls neatly to hand, and although …
Dave Stevenson, 10 Sep 2010
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
Fujifilm Finepix Z700 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix Z700EXR

Review 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, …
George Cole, 11 Aug 2010
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