B&H Gear News Roundup: June 6, 2014


This week in the news:

  • Apple announced the latest versions of the mobile and desktop operating systems, as well as new home automation and health-tracking app initiatives.
  • Canon unveiled Irista, its new cloud backup service that was specifically designed for image storage.
  • Instagram added the ability to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and other creative tools to its ever-popular photo app.
  • GoPro introduced a new accessory called the 3-Way, which acts as several tools in one compact package.

Apple announces iOS 8, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, new home-automation and health app initiatives

On Monday morning, Apple held its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, and while no new hardware was unveiled (yup, the Apple smartwatch and iTV are still just figments of our collective imaginations) the Cupertino-based tech giant did announce the latest versions of their mobile and desktop operating systems: iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. In addition, Apple also announced a new home-automation initiative called HomeKit, a health app for iOS 8, and a new programming language called Swift. You can learn all about the new offerings from Apple in this B&H Explora post.

Canon gets into the cloud storage business with Irista

If you're a photographer and you're interested in cloud storage, there are several options available: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, to name a few. This week, Canon took the wraps off its solution, which is called Irista. Obviously, Irista offers the same major benefit that all of the competing services provide: to back up your photo files offsite in the cloud, so you can access them from anywhere, and never lose them in a hard-drive crash. What makes Irista different is that it was designed with photographers in mind. It accepts raw files (including raw formats from other camera manufacturers), and allows you to share images to Facebook and Flickr. Anyone can sign up for a free account, which includes 10GB of storage. Presently, only users in select European countries can sign up for paid accounts.  


New creative tools were introduced to Instagram for iOS and Android

Quick image editing and the Instagram have always walked hand-in-hand, and this week the popular photo-sharing app added new tools for manipulating your mobile snapshots. The iOS and Android versions of the Instagram app were updated to include a new "wrench" icon, which provides new brightness, contrast, warmth, saturation, highlights, shadows, vignette, tilt shift, and sharpen tools. Like all of the image editing instruments in Instagram, using the new ones is easy and quick, and they feel like they've always been a part of the app. In addition, the update also improves the functionality of the straighten, border, blur, crop, lux and rotate tools.  

The new GoPro 3-Way: three handy accessories in one

Users of the GoPro action camera got a new accessory option this week with the announcement of the 3-Way. It's a compact gadget that transforms into several different tools. It can be used as an extension arm that offers a variety of angles from which to shoot, a short pistol grip, and as a miniature tripod. You can learn more about the new GoPro 3-Way in this B&H Explora post.

More news:

  • LaCie announced new Rugged hard drives that feature built-in Thunderbolt cables. More information is available at Photography Bay.
  • G-Tech also announced new hard drives this week, with the G-Drive ev 220, which is capable of transfer rates of 220MB/s, and a new G-Raid dual-drive system that provides transfer speeds up to 330MB/s. More details are available over at Fstoppers.
  • Starting on June 30th, you will no longer be able to log into Flickr with Google or Facebook. It's Yahoo or the highway. Read more about it at Engadget.

... and that's your gear nerd news for the week of June 2nd, 2014.