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This week in the news: Apple tests a new 8-inch iPad; lots of new accessories came out for gamers; and Lensbaby announced a brand new creative optic designed for portrait photographers. Plus, the internet got a sneak peek at Adobe Photoshop CS6's latest tweaks to the very-popular Content-Aware Fill feature.
This is your B&H Pulse news fix for February 17, 2012.
Adobe demonstrated the power of their Content-Aware Fill feature before CS5 was released. But with the upcoming release of CS6, it seems like photographers will get even more excited. Petapixel and Photography Bay picked up the above video, which demonstrates some of the new additions.
One of the most exciting new tricks is the ability to take an item and move it around in the image, while having Photoshop's magicians rebuild the pixels and area around it—essentially letting you recompose a subject with ease.
If your camera has a slew of megapixels already, this feature will let you shoot knowing that Photoshop will give you almost endless options to enable you to fix it all in post.
Gizmodo reported on the new iCade 8-Bitty—a controller for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to play games with ease using Bluetooth connectivity. The company has a history of creating and embracing the retro cultural trends—especially with their iPad arcade setup.
But wait—there's more!
Those Angry Birds are back—but you may not want to be launching them out of a slingshot this time. These new Angry Birds-themed speakers and cases are the perfect accessory for true fanboys and enthusiasts of the popular cultural craze. You'll be able to pick them up for iPhones, iPads, or iPod Touches.
9to5 Mac tells us via the Wall St Journal that Apple is testing out a new 8-inch iPad. This version is smaller than the current 9.7-inch iPad 2. Perhaps this is being tested as a product to be targeted more towards the eBook crowd of people, and those that carry smaller messenger bags with them, like the ONA Union Street Messenger.
What do you think about it? Do you want a smaller iPad? Let us know in the poll down below.
The Verge reported on the new Scalado Remove App for Android devices. Here's how it works:
- The user takes an image, but sees something in it that they don't want to keep.
- The user taps on the object or person that they don't want in the image.
- While holding the phone steady, the software will retake images and stitch them together to build the area, thereby removing the unwanted clutter.
Here's a preview video to help clear things up.
Earlier this week, Lensbaby announced their new Edge 80 Optic. At 80mm, and with an aperture of f2.8 when wide open, users will be able to attach it to their Lensbaby Composer Pro. Additional specs of interest are the 12 aperture blades for super-creamy bokeh, and a minimum focusing distance of 17". That means that someone can get super-duper up close and personal when shooting portraits. Keep that in mind when photographing just part of someone's face. Here's a gallery of other images shot with the popular tilt-shift simulator.
And that's your news for February 17th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about on B&H Pulse.