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This week in the news: Apple announces their new iPad; SLRMagic outed some new lenses; Adobe finally released Lightroom 4; and Google decided to make all of their web content accessible in one place for Android users.
This is your B&H Pulse news feed for March 9th, 2012.
Rumors were abound on the internet of what the new iPad and TV were going to be like. Various names were passed around from "iPad 3" to "iPad HD," but in the end, Apple ended up just calling it "iPad."
Techcrunch had some hands-on time with the iPad, and note that the greatest difference is in the 2048 x 1536 "Retina Display," in addition to better battery life. Engadget has a full rundown on what's changed from the older version. If you decide to upgrade or get one, note that Apple also allows AppleCare+ to be purchased with the new iPad. 9to5Mac has more details on that and iOS 5.1.
For those that prefer larger screens, Apple also announced their new Apple TV box. According to Engadget, it's small. However, in that little package is some hardware capable of streaming 1080p content. The platform also enjoys a new interface change.
That's not all, though, Pop Photo tells us that iPhoto is coming to the iPad as well.
SLRMagic has been known to mirrorless camera users for their toy lenses and their hyperprimes. This week, they announced a couple of fun new additions to their lineup. Pentax Q users will be glad to know that the company's 11mm f1.4 lens has been adapted to work with the Q mount. This is another addition to the still very new camera system, but offers support to the camera's current line of users.
Micro Four Thirds users and Sony NEX users also received some love, though. A very fun pinhole lens was released for Micro Four Thirds users, while NEX users will enjoy the new bokehmorphic addition. This lens has interchangeable aperture shapes for people that want their bokeh to have a unique rendering.
You can read more over at Pop Photo.
Android users had their lives simplified a bit more recently. Google Books, games and the App Market were all recently combined into one big force of e-nature now known as Google Play.
The new service is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online and always available to you.
The Official Google Blog has more details about the new service; and if you're an Android user (like myself) you'll probably want to read every little bit of info.
After releasing their beta version of the software to give everyone a taste of what's to come, Adobe released their Lightroom 4 software. Not much has apparently changed from the beta version; but the production version features minor video support and editing, changes to the develop module's interface, soft-proofing, and a book editing ability in collaboration with Blurb.
Additionally, they released their new Camera Raw update for support of many new cameras recently released.
And that's your news for March 9th, 2012. Be sure to follow all the consumer electronic news you care about on B&H Pulse.