Zenmuse x7, camera super 35 mm per il drone DJI Inspire 2

Da DJI arriva quella che potrebbe essere  la prima videocamera digitale Super 35 al mondo ottimizzata per la cinematografia aerea professionale. Sviluppata appositamente per il drone Inspire2,  ha ottiche in carbonio per menatenere basso il payload e quindi ottenere maggiore autonomia in volo. Nuovo anche il sistema colore, sviluppato in collaborazione con Techicolor.

“La Zenmuse X7 offre tutto ciò di cui hanno bisogno coloro che generano contenuti professionali, per creare filmati aerei impressionanti e vividi, proprio nel modo in cui lo desiderano”, ha dichiarato Paul Pan, Senior Merchandise Supervisor di DJI.  Tante le novità, dal sensore  Super 35 fino al supporto, dalle lenti al sistema di colore.

Più libertà espressiva

La Zenmuse X7 è dotata di un sensore video Super 35 a 14 quit dinamici, 23.5×15.7 mm  con 24 milioni di pixel effettivi, per ottenere un livello di dettaglio notevole sia con poca luce sia con luce forte, grazie al sistema di cattura immagini a bassa rumorosità che migliora l’adattabilità preservando i dettagli in aree sia di forte che di bassa luminosità. Questo si traduce in una risoluzione mai ottenuta prima con una camera DJI integrata in un drone, e precisamente  6K CinemaDNG Uncooked o 5.2K Apple ProRes fino a 30 frame al secondo, che salgono a poco meno di 60 frame al secondo con il 3.9K CinemaDNG Uncooked o 2.7K ProRes, sempre facilmente integrabili nei flussi standard di write-up produzione.

Per le lenti intercambiabili Zenmuse X7 utilizza  il DJI DL-Mount, una flangia dalla distanza focale ultra corta per lenti 16 mm, 24 mm, 35 mm e 50 mm, tutte con apertura massima di F/2.8 e realizzate in fibra di carbonio, il che le rende durevoli nel tempo e soprattutto leggere. Per consentire la regolazione delle impostazioni avanzate ed eventuali perfezionamenti, le lenti 16 mm sono dotate di un filtro interno ND 4, mentre le lenti da 24, 35 e 50 mm sono caratterizzate da otturatori meccanici.

Maggiore flessibilità in write-up-produzione

DJI ha anche introdotto un nuovo sistema colore, il DJI Cinema Color Program (DCCS) per venire incontro alle esigenze dei clienti che fanno riprese per serie Television, pubblicità, documentari e altro.  “Per la Zenmuse X7, abbiamo elevato la nostra scienza del colore a un altro livello – continua Paul Pan – Ci siamo consultati con Technicolor, l’autorità mondiale sulla scienza del colore chief nel mondo. Sotto la loro guida, i nostri ingegneri hanno sviluppato una curva ottimizzata per la X7 che consente più latitudine senza sacrificare la qualità dell’immagine”.

Il DCCS mostra un nuovo spazio di colore D-Log Curve e D-Gamut RGB per offrire una maggiore flessibilità e various opzioni di colore durante la fase di write-up-produzione. Il D-Log estende ulteriormente la serie dinamica, mentre lo spazio di colore D-Gamut RGB preserva maggiori informazioni sul colore per supportare gli scenari cinematografici più impegnativi, fornendo colori accurati per una veloce e facile fase di write-up-produzione.

Il nuovo EI Method mima il modo in cui una videocamera si muove, per aiutare i cineoperatori a catturare quante più informazioni possibili in ogni scena, bilanciando dinamismo e rumore con various curve logaritmiche a favore dell’adattabilità durante la fase di write-up-produzione.

Il sistema di gimbal Zenmuse X7 pesa solo 631 grammi con le lenti 16 mm. Il tempo di volo del drone DJI Inspire 2 con la Zenmuse X7 può raggiungere i 23 minuti. 

Confronto con la Zenmuse X5S

Prezzi e disponibilità

La videocamera Zenmuse X7 ha un costo di 2.999 Euro. Le lenti da 16 mm, 24 mm e 35 mm saranno disponibili al prezzo di 1.499 Euro ciascuna e quella da 50 mm per 1.399 Euro. I clienti potranno acquistare un combo di lenti Zenmuse X7 che include things like tutte e 4 le lenti al costo di 4.899 Euro. Le spedizioni della Zenmuse X7 partiranno agli inizi di novembre 2017 dal sito dji.com, nei negozi DJI, negozi al dettaglio autorizzati DJI  e rivenditori DJI.

Il DJI Treatment Refresh sarà disponibile per il gimbal Zenmuse X7 esattamente come per il drone Inspire 2. 

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DJI Rilis Kamera Super 35 untuk Encourage 2

Jakarta – Tak puas dengan ZenMuse X5 yang memakai sensor micro four third, kini DJI merilis Zenmuse X7 yang memakai sensor Super 35 yang lebih besar.

X7 diklaim DJI sebagai kamera Super 35 pertama yang dioptimasi untuk aerial cinematography. Seperti X5, X7 juga didesain khusus untuk Encourage 2, sistem kameranya bisa diganti-ganti, dari X3, X5 dan kini X7.

Sensor Super 35 yang dipakai bisa merekam online video 6K CinemaDNG Uncooked, 5,2K Apple ProRes dengan body fee 30 fps. Bisa juga merekam online video 3,9K CinemaDNG RAM atau 2,7K ProRes dengan body fee 59,94 fps.

Soal dynamic assortment, X7 juga punya rentang yang sangat tinggi, mencapai 14 halt. Rentang ini lebih tinggi ketimbang X5, karena ukuran sensornya memang lebih besar. Artinya, X7 bisa merekam pada kondisi yang kontrasnya tinggi, seperti cerahnya langit dan bayangan yang ada di daratan.

Dengan format sensor yang baru ini, X7 tentu membutuhkan lensa yang baru juga. Untungnya DJI pun merilis empat lensa baru yang bisa digunakan di mounting DL yang dipakai di X7. Lensa-lensa tersebut adalah 16 mm yang dilengkapi filter ND 4, dan lensa 24 mm, 35 mm dan 50 mm yang dilengkapi shutter mekanik.

Untuk mempermudah pengolahan videonya, DJI pun merilis sistem baru bernama DJI Cinema Colour untuk melakukan coloration grading. Sistem ini juga kompatibel dengan DJI X5S, demikian dikutip detikINET dari Petapixel, Kamis (12/10/2017).

Meski sensornya besar, bobot X7 dengan lensa 16 mm masih terbilang ringan, hanya 631 gram. Dengan bobot itu, Insipire 2 diklaim bisa terbang selama 23 menit.

Zenmuse X7 dijual dengan harga USD 2.700, sementara untuk lensa 16 mm, 24 mm dan 35 mm masing-masing harganya adalah USD 1.300, dan lensa 50 mm harganya USD 1.200. Ada juga paket X7 dengan semua lensa yang harganya USD 4.300, dan semua barang ini mulai dikapalkan pada awal November 2017.(asj/rns)

The AIY Voice Kit Lets You Build a Google Home for Only $35

Google Home is one of the better smart home speakers you can buy. Along with Amazon’s Echo, Home will duke it out with Apple’s upcoming HomePod later this year. But, even at $130, Google Home is out of reach of many who might want to try it out. Now, the electronics retailer Micro Center is selling Google’s officially-sanctioned AIY Voice kit, a $35 kit that includes all the parts you need to build your own smart-talkin’ speaker on the cheap.

While this bundle of wires and cardboard won’t magically become a squawk box on its own, all you have to provide are your hands, a microSD card, and a screwdriver. Thankfully, unlike so many of these hobbyist kits, there’s no soldering required. Google says assembly should take around 90 minutes.

Originally, this kit appeared as a part of an issue of the official Raspberry Pi Magazine, MagPi. Since it was such a huge success, Google is releasing it to everyone who wasn’t able to get it when it was first released. Believe me; issue 57, the one with the AIY kit, flew off shelves across the globe, and I was unable to find one anywhere either in person or online.

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Of course, since this is based on a Raspberry Pi board which runs open-source software, you also have a shot at using this kit with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. There are plenty of tutorials outlining how the Alexa APIs can be used with just about any device. I can already tell that the twin microphone array included with the AIY voice kit seems like an awesome addition to any voice-powered project.

Sure, the cardboard box you create won’t be a seamless experience like a store-bought device. But once you buy this kit, you own this hardware and can use it however you want. Even Google is encouraging adventurous makers to remix their kits in unique ways. After all, that’s the true maker way of doing things.

Far Cry Primal kaufen: Wer mehr für das Game zahlt, ist selbst schuld KW 35

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Zocken bis zum abwinken – aber günstig? Wir zeigen Ihnen, was das Videospiel Significantly Cry Primal taugt. Die wichtigsten Exam-Information zum Spiel: In unserer Bestenliste holt sich das Spiel insgesamt 81,7 Punkte – und landet damit auf Rang 73. Im Bereich Gameplay sichert er sich die Wertung “Gut”. Wo Sie Ubisofts Entwicklung zum besten Preis finden, zeigen wir Ihnen hier. Im Online video stellen wir Ihnen das Spiel ausführlich vor.

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So testet CHIP Spiele

Videospiele lassen sich nur sehr schwer in objektive Testkriterien packen. Im Vergleich zu Components gibt es keine harten Messwerte, sondern insbesondere Eindrücke und den direkten Vergleich mit Konkurrenzprodukten. Daher fällt auch unser Testverfahren vergleichsweise subjektiv aus. Mindestens zwei spiele-affine Redakteure übernehmen dabei die Bewertung der einzelnen Testwertungen.

Wir bewerten Video games in ingesamt vier Kategorien: Atmosphäre, Gameplay, Technik und Innovation. Während die ersten drei Aspekte mit jeweils 30 Prozent in die Gesamtwertung eingehen, fließt die Innovationsbewertung mit 10 Prozent in das übergeordnete Ergebnis. Die Atmosphäre eines Spiels wird maßgeblich durch das Placing, die Tale, Charaktere und das Spieldesign per se definiert. In den passenden Genres kommen zudem Quest-Layout, Kommentar-Qualität und Präsentation der Inhalte hinzu. Die Gameplay-Bewertung beleuchtet alles, was mit dem Spiel an sich zu tun hat: Dazu gehören – je nach Style – das Kampfsystem, Charakter-Entwicklung, der generelle Spielfluß, das Consumer Interface und die Steuerung – damit kommt es dem Begriff “Spielspaß” am nächsten. Die Technik-Bewertung fußt auf der Grafik-Qualität, dem Audio, der Musik, Physik-Qualität und der Nutzung moderner Options, die das Spielerlebnis bereichern. Eine sehr gute Innovations-Bewertung bekommen die Spiele-Entwickler, die das Style voranbringen, neue Ideen einfließen lassen, mutige Entscheidungen treffen oder sich gänzlich neu erfinden und damit auf dem richtigen Weg bleiben.

Looking for methane leaks | September 4, 2017 Issue – Vol. 95 Issue 35

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Photo of researchers standing behind a solar panel powering a methane detection system that’s installed at a Statoil natural gas facility in Eagle Ford, Texas.

 

A solar-powered, continuous methane detection system made by Quanta3 is being tested at a Statoil facility in Eagle Ford, Texas. Pictured from left to right are Statoil researchers Andrea Machado Miguens and Desikan Sundararajan and Quanta3 founder Dirk Richter.

Credit: Environmental Defense Fund


Natural gas is racing neck and neck with coal to be the top fuel for generating electricity in the U.S. thanks to increased use of techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing, that extract the gas from unconventional sources. Since burning natural gas emits half as much carbon dioxide as does burning coal, the natural gas boom has helped lower per capita carbon emissions in the U.S. over the past decade.

However, a major downside of natural gas is that it leaks. Millions of tons every year—roughly 9 million tons in the U.S. alone—spill into the atmosphere during extraction, storage, and transport. Because natural gas comprises 95% methane, a greenhouse gas that traps 86 times as much heat as does carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, leaking just 2–3% of the gas that’s produced worldwide can wipe out its environmental benefits over coal. “The short-term climate punch of waste methane is equivalent to over 200 coal-fired power plants,” says Ben N. Ratner, a director at the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

Methane is also highly flammable. Leaks have caused fatal explosions in San Bruno, Calif.; New York City; and elsewhere. Plus, leaking natural gas is like scattering money into the wind. According to the policy analysis firm Rhodium Group, methane leaks cost companies about $30 billion per year.

These leaks continue in part because there are no regulations requiring their containment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has only a voluntary program to reduce leaks. And detecting leaks isn’t easy: Current devices cost tens of thousands of dollars and are cumbersome to employ across long pipelines crossing remote landscapes.

Cheap, accurate, and compact sensors that continuously look for methane leaks could enable widespread monitoring, even along pipelines. These could nip climate-harming leaks in the bud and help companies’ bottom lines. Innovators are making strides on improving sensors thanks to challenges issued by EDF and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Some natural gas producers and utility companies are starting to test advanced leak detectors. These new technologies could make it easier and cheaper for them to greatly reduce the carbon footprint of natural gas.

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An Acutect methane detection system uses a reflector to bounce back an infrared laser beam shined from up to 30 meters away. The system can detect leaks from nearby pipes (right).

Credit: Environmental Defense Fund

In the U.S., natural gas producers extract the gas from roughly half a million well pads: sites where engineers bore pipes deep into the ground. Monitoring these pads and miles of pipelines for invisible, odorless methane is daunting. The distinctive rotten-egg smell that alerts you to gas leaks at home is due to a mercaptan, which is added later by utility companies for safety. “If methane emissions were purple, this would’ve been solved years ago,” Ratner says.

Today, oil and gas companies and utilities hire inspectors who walk around facilities with infrared cameras that visualize methane swirls. Methane absorbs infrared light, so when light from the sun travels through millions of methane molecules, it looks different than light just passing through air.

These cameras can spot about 80% of emissions from a leaking well under ideal conditions—low wind, warm weather, clear skies—and at an imaging distance of 10 meters, according to researchers from Stanford University (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03906). But conditions are not ideal most of the time. Besides, these cameras can detect methane only at levels greater than 10,000 ppm, so they’re incapable of catching small leaks, and most companies perform inspections about once every quarter, so leaks can go undetected for months.

Newer, laser-based sensors can detect 5 ppm concentrations from 50 meters. These spectrometers shoot pulses from tunable infrared lasers at a target—a storage tank or pipe, for example. Some of the light bounces back to the detector, which senses changes due to absorption by methane. These laser spectrometers can scan large areas from farther away than can infrared cameras, but they have a hefty price tag of more than $75,000.

The goal for next-generation detectors is to detect methane at parts-per-million levels from a distance; recognize that the methane is not coming from, say, the rotting garbage in nearby landfills; pinpoint where the leak is; and estimate how much gas is escaping. And they need to be affordable. Researchers are moving toward these goals by using less expensive, chip-based laser and detector technologies and automated monitoring. “The vision is to detect potent natural gas leaks with a speed we would all expect in the digital age,” Ratner says. “Automated, continuous methane monitoring that alerts the operator could allow personnel to be dispatched at the right place and time to fix leaks in minutes.”

To help this vision become reality, EDF launched its Methane Detectors Challenge program in 2014, offering innovators $10,000 and a chance to test their methane-sensing technologies with big oil and gas companies. To qualify, the sensors needed to detect methane at a level of 2 ppm for a market cost of $1,000. Two promising technologies have emerged from the program and are now undergoing pilot testing.

One is a spectroscopy system made by Longmont, Colo.-based start-up Quanta3. The company took low-cost, low-power, chip-based near-infrared tunable laser diodes used in fiber-optic communications and repurposed them to detect methane. The system is sensitive to parts-per-billion levels and should cost $3,000 per site per year, says company founder Dirk Richter. Norwegian energy company Statoil began testing the system at its production facility in Eagle Ford, Texas, in January.

The second device is made by San Francisco start-up Acutect. Californian utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is testing the device at its natural gas storage facility in Los Medanos, Calif. The innovation of this device is to include a reflector that bounces back to the detector an infrared laser beam shined from up to 30 meters away. Methane passing between the reflector and detector decreases the reflected signal. Both Quanta3’s and Acutect’s systems are solar powered and send data to the cloud, where the information can be analyzed and used to immediately alert operators to leaks.

Companies such as PG&E and Statoil are taking methane leak detection seriously. PG&E owns more than 10,000 km of large transmission pipelines and 72,000 km of smaller neighborhood distribution lines, says François Rongere, PG&E gas operations R&D and innovation manager. PG&E tested Acutect’s sensor and is also testing a lightweight laser spectrometer originally made by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the Mars Curiosity rover to look for signs of life on the red planet. Methane plumes detected there could come from microbes. Now the lab is adapting the technology for detecting methane on Earth.

The sensor uses an efficient, ultracompact laser called an interband cascade laser that emits near-infrared light. NASA engineers shrank it down further and mounted it on a drone (C&EN, April 11, 2016, page 9). It is sensitive to parts-per-billion methane levels and runs on little power, Rongere says. Monitoring remote pipelines with a drone would be far cheaper than having a person drive around looking for leaks.

The EDF program isn’t the only one nurturing novel methane-sensing technologies. ARPA-E’s $60 million MONITOR (Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions) program is funding a dozen technologies for monitoring well pads. The goal is to accurately detect small leaks for an annual cost of $3,000 and estimate the leaks’ locations and flow rates.

In one project, IBM scientists and engineers made cheap, compact, silicon-chip-based tunable diode lasers and photodetectors. Each 5- by 5-mm sensor should cost about $300, says team leader Hendrik F. Hamann. IBM can fabricate the sensors on silicon wafers using the same technology for putting transistors on a computer chip, which should drastically reduce manufacturing costs and be easy to scale up. Wireless sensors, placed around a well pad, will send data to cloud-based computers. On the basis of the methane reading combined with weather data, the software will pinpoint the location of the leak and quantify it, Hamann says. Houston-based oil and gas company Southwestern Energy will soon run pilot tests of the device.

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IBM is building miniature sensors on silicon chips that detect methane with infrared light brought in via optical fibers.

Credit: IBM Research

Although they have become the industry standard for gas sensing, optical techniques aren’t the only way to go for methane emissions monitoring. Jeffrey T. Glass of Duke University has developed a specialized mass spectrometer that can detect methane and other volatile organics found in natural gas. This ability should help it distinguish between gas leaking from wells and gas leaking from nearby farms since the two sources would have different chemical signatures, he says.

Mass spectrometry is “neglected for methane monitoring because it’s hard to get a field-portable instrument,” Glass says. Mass specs are typically refrigerator-sized beasts, but Glass has managed to shrink the instruments down to shoe-box size.

In a spectrometer, ionized molecules pass through a slit into a magnetic field. A smaller spectrometer means a smaller slit that allows fewer ions through, decreasing sensitivity. Glass and his team have designed a small instrument with multiple slits that allow up to 12 times as many ions to pass into the machine. But that change on its own would lead to “a jumble of information at the end, and you wouldn’t know what you’re detecting,” Glass says.

To make sense of the ions, Glass’s instrument has a bar-code-like array of slits of different widths. The pattern acts like a code, revealing precisely which spot the ions came from, giving order to the barrage of atoms hitting the detector. The instrument is about half as precise as full-size mass spectrometers, which typically have low parts-per-million sensitivity for recognizing methane. But this should be sufficient for detecting most methane leaks, Glass says.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center are taking a completely different approach with a nanotube-based sensor. To make the devices, they print arrays of carbon nanotubes in 1-mm2patches. The nanotubes in each patch are decorated with different chemical groups and nanoparticles that react with various trace chemicals in natural gas, including ethane, propane, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia. Molecules collecting on the surface change the conductivity of the sensor.

Like the IBM team, the Palo Alto group also plans to deploy multiple sensors around a well pad in a network to pinpoint leak location within 1 meter. The printed sensors are cheap, about $10 each, says David E. Schwartz, who is leading the development. “ARPA-E wants total monitoring cost per well per year to be $3,000,” he says. “Our target is a few hundred dollars.”

These and other ARPA-E-funded technologies are now undergoing a slew of tests at a mock natural gas well pad in Fort Collins, Colo. By simulating big and small gas leaks from different equipment and locations under real-world conditions, researchers are testing whether the technologies are up to par.

One piece of good news for companies hoping to waste less methane via leaks is that the largest 5% of leaks are responsible for more than half of methane emissions. Equipment leaks, open tank hatches, corroded pipelines, or other “superemitters” gush 100 to 1,000 tons of methane per year (C&EN Online Latest News, April 25, 2016). Monitoring technologies that help companies detect and fix these giant leaks could make a huge dent in total emissions.

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A small drone carries a miniaturized methane gas sensor, originally made by NASA, to detect natural gas leaks from equipment and pipelines.

Credit: University of California, Merced

While many companies are pursuing leak detection for the benefit of their bottom lines and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, others may not have a choice but to look for leaks in the future. In 2016, EPA and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management finalized rules to limit the oil and gas industry’s methane emissions from gas venting and leaks. Congress under the Trump Administration unsuccessfully tried to roll those rules back. In July, a federal appeals court blocked EPA’s attempt to delay implementation of the agency’s new rules (C&EN, July 10, page 18) and then reaffirmed the order later that month (C&EN, Aug. 7, page 15). Meanwhile, California and Colorado have set their own stringent methane emissions standards. Ratner explains, “Well-crafted regulation can be a strong driver for innovation.”


Prachi Patel is a freelance writer. A version of this story appeared in ACS Central Science: cenm.ag/methanedetectors.

The Commodore 64, the bestselling computer of all time, turns 35

August 1982 will be remembered as the month the Commodore 64, the legendary spearhead of the home computer revolution, was launched. It is estimated that close to 20 million Commodore 64s were sold, a record that has yet to be equaled.

Unveiled a few months earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Commodore 64 went on to be a colossal commercial success. Along with its office applications, the wide range of games, with the rapid launch of several thousand titles, made the machine extremely popular.

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Creator Jack Tramiel and his associate Jay Gould launched the first Commodore computer, the PET 2001, equipped with a small screen, a keyboard and a cassette recorder, in 1977.

Some years later, the company scored a major success with the VIC-20, which was both cheap and user-friendly. The VIC-20 was also the model that paved the way for the Commodore 64.

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The first model was equipped with a MOS 6510 processor running at 1MHz with 64KB of RAM. As for its graphics capability, it could display 16 colors and a maximum screen resolution of 320×200 pixels.

It had ports for a range of peripherals: screens, printers, disk and cassette players, joysticks etc. At its launch, the computer retailed for US$595, an extremely competitive price for the time, especially when compared to the Apple II, which was around three times as expensive.

From 1985 onwards, the Amiga computer range strengthened Commodore’s grasp on the personal computer market, before the company was dealt a fatal blow by the advent of PCs running Windows.

A huge range of compatible games for the computer continued to be sold until the 1990s. Commodore’s slow response to a rapidly evolving market, as well as the failure of the CD32 console, drove the American company to bankruptcy in 1994.

The brand was relaunched without success in 2007 with a new range of high-end gaming PCs. It is now in the hands of Italian entrepreneurs who are hoping to reposition it on the market for mobile devices.

Xbox One S console discounts, $35 off Prey, and more of the best game deals

Earlier this week Amazon ran an incredible PlayStation VR deal that is unfortunately sold out (we’ll be sure to keep you posted if it comes back), but there are other great deals to check out this weekend.

Highlights include discounts on Xbox consoles at Amazon and eBay (offering a sweet bundle!) and $35 off Prey until Sunday, Aug. 13.

Hardware & Accessories

Games

  • Prey: Newegg has it on sale for $24.99 ($35 off the original price) for PS4, Xbox One or PC. Just make sure to use promo code AFEMRJBR53 at check out. Deal expires on August 13 (Sunday).
  • Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe: Down to $30 for PS4 and Xbox One at Amazon (originally $50).
  • Final Fantasy: Save 50 percent on Final Fantasy titles at Humble Bundle this weekend.
  • NASCAR Heat Evolution: Down to $19.93 (tied for the all-time low price) for PS4 and Xbox One.
  • For Honor: Back down to $29.99 for PS4 and Xbox One at Amazon (50 percent off the original price).
  • Tekken 7: Back down to $49.99 for PS4 and Xbox One at Amazon.
  • Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition: The PS4 digital download is down to $8.99 on Amazon.
  • No Man’s Sky: Down to $23.99 on Amazon for PS4 digital code.
  • NHL 17: Although NHL 18 comes out in a month, you can get this year’s version for $19.67 for PS4 and Xbox One, its all-time low on Amazon.

Miscellaneous

  • ThinkGeek Anniversary Sale: The online retailer is celebrating its 18th birthday with a huge sale. Get up to 60 percent off clothing, accessories, and gadgets, plus new daily deals every day.
  • Ticket To Ride: The board game is available for $24 on Amazon.

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Amazon Prime Day Sale: 35% Off on Apple iPhone; Discounts on OnePlus, Motorola, HTC, Google Pixel & More

Amazon India has started its first ever 30-hours ‘Amazon Prime Day’ sale which comes as a shopping carnival for gadget lovers, as the E-commerce giant is offering discounts on smartphones and other electronics to its Prime members. The sale, which started yesterday at 6 pm, is seeing varied discounts across a vast range of smartphones, with the maximum discount going as high as 35 percent. Amazon Prime Day sale is being held for the third consecutive year in the US and comes as Amazon’s own Black Friday sale. The concept has been brought to India for the first time and is an attempt by Amazon to increase its Amazon Prime members in the country. Regardless, the various smartphones that are up for sale on the e-commerce platform during the ‘Prime Day’ are:

Apple – iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 5S

Amazon is offering a minimum of 15 percent off on the various variants of the Apple iPhone 7. Across the Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold colour options of the Apple iPhone 7, Amazon Prime Day is offering a discount of Rs 13,201 (23 percent) on the 32GB variant while the 128GB variant is up for grabs at a discount of Rs 11,201 (17 percent). The discount brings the final cost of the iPhone 7 (32GB) to Rs 42,999 while the iPhone 7 (128GB) costs Rs 53,999.

The 32GB variants of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S are seeing a discount of 15 percent and 25 percent respectively, bringing their price down to Rs 24,999 and Rs 34,999 respectively.

Apple iPhone 5S has been put up with a whopping 35 percent discount on its price, marking its buying price at Rs 15,999.

Moto G4, Moto G5

Moto G4 with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage is also available under the Amazon Prime Day sale with a 24 percent discount on its price. The smartphone is available for Rs 9,499.
Moto G5 with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage is also available at Rs 10,999, after an 8 percent discount on the Motorola smartphone.

Lenovo Smartphones

Lenovo Zuk Z2 Plus with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM and a 64GB internal storage option has been listed with a whopping 45 percent on its price. The final price tag for the smartphone reads Rs 10,999, saving Rs 9,000 for the buyer. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus with a 13-megapixel Dual camera is available in Champagne Gold colour variant at Rs 11,999, after a 20 percent discount on the phone.

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The Google smartphones are also up for grabs in the Amazon Prime Day Sale, with the Google XL (32GB) variant seeing a discount of 32 percent, bringing its price down to Rs 38,999. The 128GB variant of the Google Pixel is being offered with a chance to save Rs 18,000 with a discount of 27 percent on its MRP. The Google Pixel (128GB) is available for Rs 47,999.

The Google Pixel XL (32GB) offers the same money-saver deal with a 28 percent price-cut, bringing its MRP down to Rs 48,999.

onePlus 3T

Amazon India is offering a 7 percent discount (~Rs 2,000) on the OnePlus 3T, thus pricing it at Rs 27,999.

Another great Amazon Prime Day deal is the 32 percent discount on the HTC U Play. The smartphone comes with a 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a 16-megapixel camera with OIS and PDAF. During the Amazon Prime Day sale, it is available for Rs 28,499.

Apart from the smartphones on sale, Amazon is also offering the recently launched OnePlus 5 and the Honor 8 Pro. While the OnePlus 5 is available to all the visitors on the E-commerce website, the Honor 8 Pro has been kept as an exclusive deal for the Amazon Prime members. Discounts up to 50 percent are also being offered on the website on Electronics apart from smartphones. It should be noted that the Amazon Prime Day Sale is exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The membership can be availed at an additional cost of Rs 499 per year.

Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family


A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook.

Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10 photos, videos and comments on the social network that violate Thailand’s strict lèse majesté regulations which outlaw criticism of the royal family, according to free speech group iLaw.

The 33-year-old is accused of creating the posts using a ‘fraudulent’ account that purportedly impersonated a former friend he had quarreled with. Wichai initially denied the charges but, after spending more than a year in jail while he case was processed, he changed his response and confessed, iLaw said.

Journalists were banned from attending the hearing today, which took place in a military court. Initially, the court prescribed seven years per offense, but it subsequently reduced the overall sentence from 70 years to 35 years. Nonetheless, this is a record sentence for the Thai law, which the UN has called “incompatible with international human rights law.”

In a separate case, iLaw added that another man — ‘Chaliew’ — was given 2.5 years in jail for posting a clip from a radio program to a file-sharing site in 2014. The clip was judged to have defamed the monarchy.

Thailand has been criticized for its use of lèse majesté and other censorship strategies since the military seized control of the government via a coup three years ago. This is not the first instance of jail time given to a person for Facebook comments, likes or even just receiving a message. It even outlawed online interaction with three overseas-based critics of the current regime. More broadly, the government has pressed ahead with controversial plans to implement a single internet gateway that would simply online censorship.

That’s because the current system requires participation from overseas content platforms which are reluctant to censor their users. Recently, the Thai government has put pressure on social networks themselves to clean up illegal content. Facebook has begun to block posts directly when a court orders it to, and, this year, it and YouTube both deleted hundreds of URLs that were deemed to be illegal in the country.

However, officials were not satisfied that many links remained, and the ruling junta issued a threat to ban access to Facebook over the issue. However, it backed down on that and Facebook remains accessible in the country.

All of this, and more, explains why online freedom groups are increasingly concerned about Thailand. In its 2016 report, U.S.-based Freedom House concluded that Thailand’s internet and media are “not free.”

“Internet freedom declined in 2016 as the military leadership continued its efforts to codify censorship and surveillance powers through legislation,” the group wrote.

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