Monthly Archives: August 2014

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BMW-X3-xDrive20d

The biennial GPEC fair (General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference) is Europe’s biggest industry-only special trade fair showcasing police equipment and security technology. As an important industry and technology fair, this eighth GPEC event will provide an international communication platform for trade visitors from police and other public safety services. The last event, GPEC 2012, attracted more than 6,500 visitors from 59 countries and almost 500 national and international exhibitors from 29 countries and five continents.

This year, BMW is once again presenting a diverse range of practical and purpose-designed emergency and security vehicles that meet the highest standards not only of performance, functionality and safety but also of efficiency and fuel economy. At GPEC, BMW will be showing seven emergency and security vehicles and motorcycles, including the new BMW X5 Security Plus (VR 6 – BRV 2009), as well as the latest, extensively revised BMW X3 xDrive. A helicopter stretcher in the BMW X5 Security (VR 4 – BRV 2009) will be shown for the first time. This BMW X5 Security model is suitable for a wide range of applications, and provides valuable assistance particularly in incidents where protectees require medical attention. Completing the range of car exhibits is a BMW 530d Sedan in an unmarked video pursuit vehicle version. The public authority versions of the BMW R 1200 RT and BMW F 800 GT motorcycle models will also be on show. The GPEC exhibits further include a range of special-purpose rider accessories and safety equipment.

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F-35B Aircraft BF-1 and BF-4

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity.

“The test milestones are a direct result of the detailed planning, coordination and execution between various government teams and the integrated test force,” said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for F-35 Test & Verification. “Every testing milestone demonstrates the development of the F-35 in successive steps toward enabling the U.S. Marine Corps to attain its F-35B Initial Operational Capacity (IOC) next year.”

F-35A aircraft AF-1 accomplished its 400th flight during a successful GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) aircraft separation test on Aug. 13 at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  This was the first GBU-31 Mark-84 (2,000-pound guided munition) separation demonstration from the F-35.  Previous GBU-31 separations were with the BLU-109 (Bomb Live Unit) bomb body.

F-35B aircraft BF-1 and BF-4 completed “Mode 4” formation testing on Aug 9th, as required for Block 2B software capability. “In Mode 4 operations, the STOVL Propulsion System is engaged, the lift fan, roll post nozzle, and three-bearing-swivel nozzle are operating, and all propulsion system doors and inlets are open.  Flight testing validated the F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant’s ability to operate well in this configuration during formation flight which supports operations around the ship; a key milestone for the F-35B path to IOC,” McFarlan said.

F-35B aircraft BF-3 completed the 2B software fleet release weapon separation requirements for the F-35B with two successful AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Air Vehicle Instrumented (AAVI) separation flights on consecutive days, Aug. 14 and 15.  The AIM-120 radar-guided missiles were launched over the Atlantic Test Range. “2B software fleet release is critical to the warfighter because it delivers the first combat capability to our most dominant 5th generation platform. Weapons employment is one the most critical combat capabilities.  This culminates years of dedicated work that proves safe separation in 2B configurations and provides this capability and confidence to our customers,” McFarlan said.

Along with the testing milestones, to date, the overall System Development and Demonstration (SDD) F-35A test fleet surpassed its 4,000th flight hour on Aug. 14 and in total, the F-35 Fleet has surpassed 19,500 flight hours, with more than 8,000 hours in SDD aircraft. F-35A aircraft AF-1 achieved its 400th flight milestone on Aug. 13; F-35A aircraft AF-4 surpassed 500 flight hours, Aug. 11 and F-35C aircraft CF-2 achieved 300 flights on Aug. 14.

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps’ planned 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

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OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7, scheduled for release in late September 2014. It is a Compact System Camera that confirms to Micro Four Thirds System standard with specialized functions for selfie and enhanced smartphone linkage function.

Main Features

  1. Downward-opening touch panel monitor and Selfie mode for comfortable and enjoyable “Touch Selfie”
  2. Built-in Wi-FiR*1 and OI.Share to control the camera freely from your smartphone
  3. 14 Art Filters, including the new “Vintage” and “Partial Color”, to heighten emotive powers of expression
  4. Basic performance inherited from the OM-D and premium PEN design carried down from the E-P5

The OLYMPUS PEN series combines high-quality designs, portable, compact and lightweight bodies, and varied functions for expanding the powers of photographic expression to produce a “camera for expressing yourself.” Since the series was launched, in a camera marketplace where needs and uses are diversifying it has consistently provided the new leading styles of photography and the ways of enjoying the photographic expressions.

By enhancing the smartphone linkage function and the specialized functions for selfie that only comes from PEN Lite series, the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 offers the market a new “use with smartphone” style.

One of the features of PEN Lite series, the tilting monitor, incorporates a large, high definition touch panel. Tilting 180o downward*4 , it enables touch operation for taking photos with the same feel as one has when operating a smartphone. The “Selfie mode” activates when the monitor is tilted downward, allowing the use of a setting optimized for selfie with just a single touch. This feature addresses the “selfie” trend much noted as a new genre of photographic expression, and allows the user to take a varied and beautiful selfies that could not have been captured with a smartphone alone.

The OI.Share remote shooting functions have likewise evolved, making it possible to easily operate self timer sequential and selfie interval shooting. This helps users to control the camera’s functions using their own smartphones to which they’re accustomed, and take selfies with rich variations of movements and expressions. Thanks to the useful remote shooting functions, not only the person who is being taken but also the person who takes the photo can capture the precious moments together and leave them behind in a beautiful form for future memories.

New “Vintage” and “Partial Color” is added to the Art Filter, unique to Olympus Compact System Cameras. With these two new types of filter that reflect trends in social networking services being added, 14 Art Filters are now available. The possibilities for photographic expression is further expanded by combining it with types and effects functions.

The OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 is a Compact System Camera that satisfies users with the ways they want to enjoy taking their photos today.

We at Olympus will continue to enhance our lineup of Compact System Cameras and related equipment to create and enlarge new markets.

Product Summary

Category Product Name MSRP Launch Date
Micro Four Thirds System standard compliant Interchangeable lens camera OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 body (Silver/Black/White) Open Price Late September 2014
OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 14-42mm EZ Lens Kit Body + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ*2
OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 EZ Double Zoom Kit Body + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ*2 + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R*3

 

Main Features Details

1. Downward-opening touch panel monitor and Selfie mode for comfortable and enjoyable Touch Selfies

1) Touch panel and downward-opening monitor
As the result of a quest for the optimal monitor for taking selfies, the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7 uses a large, high definition touch panel with a downward-opening monitor that rotates 180o downward. This brings the monitor closer compared to when opened upward and alleviates the need to worry about the lens’ position, allowing for comfortable photography. The monitor is bigger and easier to view with 3:2 aspect ratio and 3.0-inch, 1.04 million dot screen. Moreover, the monitor is easily checked and operated even when the bundled flash is attached, so users can take beautiful touch selfies in any setting or situation.

2) Selfie mode
The “Selfie mode” activates when the monitor is tilted downward, and the image shown on the monitor automatically turns into a mirror display. When an electronic zoom lens is attached, the zoom automatically moves to the wide-angle end*5 so that the users can quickly start taking selfies with the optimal angle of view. e-Portrait button*6 , shutter release button, and custom self timer switching buttons are displayed on the monitor, making it possible to switch among options with a single touch to take a variety of beautiful selfies. The shutter release button are set to take photos 1 second after being touched; so the line of sight can be returned from a fingertip to the lens and thus enable the best selfies capturing the camera’s line of sight. The number of seconds until the shot is captured, the number of shot, and interval between shots can be set on the custom self timer button, makes it easy for selfie interval shooting with the user adopting a variety of poses. A countdown display shows the number of seconds remaining on the self timer so you won’t miss the instant a photo is taken. The auto focus is adjusted for each frame taken, so it’s possible to take shots that are precisely focused even if the composition is changed.

3) 3-axis VCM image stabilization
Equipped with the same 3-axis VCM image stabilization mechanism as the OM-D E-M10. Powerfully corrects camera shake even when the camera is being held one-handed to take a selfie, a posture that easily produces rolling blur. With in-body image stabilization mechanism, camera shake can be prevented with any lens, allowing users to take beautiful dynamic selfies even when Body Cap Lens BCL-0980 (9mm f8.0 Fisheye) is attached to incorporate a wide background. The powerful image stabilization helps with taking better selfies even when the iAUTO mode selects flash photography for night scenes. Also facilitates taking photos using the included flash FL-LM1.

2. Built-in Wi-Fi and OI.Share to control the camera freely from your smartphone

1) Built-in Wi-Fi and OI.Share
Using the built-in Wi-Fi together with the OI.Share smartphone app, you can connect your smartphone to your camera wirelessly and share the photos you take right on the spot. Initial settings are no more troublesome with a simple scan of the QR code that is displayed on the camera monitor. Touching the Wi-Fi icon on the monitor to connect to OI.Share allows you to quickly send the photos on your camera to your smartphone. OI.Share is also packed with other useful features such as remote shooting with a smartphone, and adding GPS tags to photos. You can control the camera as you wish from your smartphone, take as many photos as you want, and easily share those you want to share.

2) Remote shooting function expands the varieties of shooting
The remote shooting function in OI.Share have been further advanced, allowing you to take photos with even greater variation of movement and expression. Furthermore, the new method of taking photos by smartphone makes both the person who takes a photo and the person who is being taken a photo to capture and share precious moments together and leave them behind in a beautiful form for future memories. Take a variety of selfies easily and with perfect command.

2) -1. Self timer sequential shooting
The self timer functions now include a setting that enables sequential shooting. Setting the number of seconds before shooting begins and the number of seconds for which sequential shots are to be taken allows you to take selfies with a motion. This function is best for taking selfies when you are jumping or otherwise moving around.

2) -2. Interval shooting
Interval shooting is now possible by setting in advance the number of shots and the intervals between them. The user can take selfies using different expressions and photo compositions for each shot.

2) -3. Self timer movies/interval movies
The self timer option now includes a setting that enables movie shooting. Setting the number of seconds before filming begins and the number of seconds in which shooting is to take place allows the user to take selfies with motion. Combined it with interval shooting, interval movie shooting in which the user has set the interval between shots, the number of snaps, and the length of shooting is available.

2) -4. Live Bulb shooting
The user can check the process of Live Bulb shooting on the Live View screen on their smarthphone and release the shutter. It is optimal when using tripod, or when you have difficulty in checking the monitor or waiting near the camera for a long period of time.

3. 14 Art Filters, including the new “Vintage” and “Partial Color”, to heighten emotive powers of expression

Art Filter is the Olympus-original function that can make the images a photographer has taken to stand out even more and enable more artistic photographic expression. They allow anybody to easily express themselves creatively whether doing still or movie shooting. Two new types of Art Filter, “Vintage” and “Partial Color,” have been added to the E-PL7. These new Art Filters from the minds of designers are not rigid color process, but rather take the user into more emotional kinds of expression.

1) New Art Filter: “Vintage”
Gives a nostalgic expression to casual everyday scenes, transforming them into “a special photo that has stood the test of time.”

1) -1. Three types of finish
type I: Produces a vintage look in photos by adding effects like discoloration as in a burned print. The disrupted balance among the shades results in a snap that strongly makes one sense the presence of the light.
type II: Nicely faded colors lend the nostalgic feel of an old photograph. This effect beautifully brings out the appeal of a woman’s skin and is the optimal filter for selfies.
type III: Produces a sophisticate feel like an old print through the use of gently faded tones. Effectively renders metallic textures and the like.

1) -2. New Art Effect: “Shade Effect”
This effect gives a sense of wideness by inserting bands of shading on the left and right sides (or tops and bottoms).

2) New Art Filter: “Partial Color”
Emphasizes a specific part of photo, done by choosing one specific color and leaving all the rest in black and white. Makes your photographic subjects more impressive.

2) -1. Color Ring for intuitively selecting what color to leave behind
Rotate the main dial to select which color you want to leave (the color you want to emphasize) from among the 18 colors available, including neutral hues. The effects are shown on the Live View, so you can make your color choices intuitively.

2) -2. Three types of finish
type I: Leave colors with natural gradations based around the color you have selected to make your photographic subject stand out.
type II: Leave a slight amount of colors in addition to the one you select to finish the snap in a style like a scene from a movie.
type III: Leave only the color you have selected to finish the snap for a stronger emphasis of a single color.

3) 14 Art Filters and 8 Effects
Outfitted with all of the Art Filters and Effects equipped on previous models, along with two new Filters and one new Effect. Makes it possible to create a greater variety of works and forms of photographic expression.

3) -1. Art Filter types
(1) Pop Art (I/II), (2) Soft Focus, (3) Pale and Light Color (I/II), (4) Light Tone, (5) Grainy Film (I/II), (6) Pin Hole (I/II/III), (7) Diorama (I/II), (8) Cross Process (I/II), (9) Gentle Sepia, (10) Dramatic Tone (I/II), (11) Key Line (I/II), (12) Watercolor (I/II), (13) Vintage (I/II/III), (14) Partial Color (I/II/III)

3) -2. Effect functions
(1) Soft Focus Effect, (2) Pin Hole Effect, (3) White Edge Effect, (4) Frame Effect, (5) Star Light Effect, (6) Black and White Effect, (7) Blurring Effect, (8) Shade Effect

4. Basic performance inherited from the OM-D and premium PEN design carried down from the E-P5

1) Full range of basic features
The superb image quality of a top-grade interchangeable lens camera has been inherited from the superior lineup of the OM-D series.

1) -1. 16.05 megapixel Live MOS Sensor
Like the OM-D E-M5, this model is equipped with a 16.05 megapixel Live MOS sensor. This preserves details from dark settings and reproduces the colors, helping to beautifully render night scenes, the insides of dark rooms, and the like. The broad dynamic range and smooth expressions of gradation beautifully express lights and shadows where the contrast is great. Furthermore, the large aperture lens can be used for the widest aperture setting even on bright days thanks to the ability to use an ISO LOW (equivalent to ISO 100) setting.

1) -2. TruePic VII
Equipped with the same TruePic VII image processing engine as used for Olympus’ flagship OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera. Olympus-original Fine Detail II image processing technology gets the most out of a lens’ performance. It provides the sharpness correction and chromatic aberration of magnification correction that is optimal for the aperture (f no.) and optical characteristics of each lens, and performs false color removal and high-precision demosaicing for the low-pass filterless sensor. The photos that result are clear and of high resolution. Additionally, thanks to Olympus-original Real Color image processing technology, certain specific hard-to-reproduce colors like emerald green and yellow are more faithfully reproduced.

1) -3. 81-point FAST AF and 8 fps high-speed sequential shooting
Equipped with the 81-point FAST AF of the OM-D E-M10 and high-speed sequential shooting functionality capable of taking 8 shots a second. The AF target can be set to widescreen or cover details, making it possible to instantaneously focus on small photographic subjects no matter where they are positioned within the area. Moreover, a photographic sensor that can read input quickly combined with a high-quality sensor make it possible to capture 8 frames a second?the fastest in this camera’s class. Sequential shooting performance at a rate of 3.7 fps is still possible in the C-AF mode, which adjusts focus on the fly during sequential shooting. Opportunities to capture moving photographic subjects will not be lost when combining this function with the group target AF or C-AF+TR options. *7

2) A PEN design that evokes high quality
Inherits the premium design of the OLYMPUS PEN E-P5, the flagship of the PEN series. The new direction of a “PEN design that leaps up to the next level” that was established with the E-P5 has been carried on to produce a design that evokes both the PEN line and high quality as a product. Additionally, the camera is approximately 60mm thick when outfitted with the world’s thinnest*8 standard zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ that is bundled in a lens kit, helping it to faithfully maintain the compact body that is the hallmark of the Lite series. Thanks to the compact and slim body with a premium design, it makes it especially portable, carrying the camera around has become even easier and something that is a familiar part of life.

2) -1. Premium PEN design
Incorporates the character lines on the upper part of the body that are part of the OLYMPUS PEN identity and the OLYMPUS PEN logo that carries on the line’s history. The front of the body-also a key element in the design-is covered with a leather-styled material to evoke a textured object and produces a design with a sense of superior quality. The OLYMPUS PEN brand is one that since the days of film cameras has been marked by continued innovation and regularly offered new value. This design is an appropriate symbol of its evolution condensed into the compact, lightweight body expected of the PEN Lite series. It has been finished in such a way that not a single screw can be seen on the front or top of the body, showing off the superior sense of completion that the PEN line evokes.

2) -2. Design focused on the operability
In terms of usability, too, this camera has a finish that incorporates the essence of the new PEN design and is a development that is in line with the Lite series as it stands. We performed aluminum machine processing on the metal dial around the shutter release button-the most frequently used element-in our quest for superiority in terms of feel, ease of rotation, and usability. All of the buttons for operating the camera have been grouped together on the camera’s lower right, and have been arranged so they can be easily pressed when used as well as prevent unintended operation when holding the camera. We did everything we could to make the camera comfortable to use, giving thought even to the height and graspability of the grip, so that it is easy to operate even though the body is small.

2) -3. Color Variations
The camera is available in three colors: the classic silver that evokes both the PEN line and cameras more generally; a white that suggests the Lite series with a gentle form and gentle color; and a black that makes you strongly feel that you have an interchangeable lens camera as a tool for taking photographs. The colors help you to pick the camera that best suits your lifestyle and matches what you want from a camera.

Other Features

  1. New Photo Story
    A new “Layout” theme option has been added. The addition of a hold function has also made it possible to do temporary saves while shooting.
  2. Live Guide
    It is now possible for multiple effects to be applied simultaneously. *9
  3. New Scene Mode: “Panning”
    Set the optimal shutter speed automatically to match the movements done to pursue the subject.
  4. New Movie Effect: “Old Film”
    Turn your videos into flickering images with noise, scratches and dust and the like appearing at random, like old movies shot on film.
  5. Two HDR modes
    Automatically combine 4 images with different exposures to create a single image rich with gradation.
  6. Hand-held Starlight mode
    Permits capturing blur-free night scenes without using a tripod by merging 8 shots.
  7. Live Composite
    Light trails of stars can be captured while observing them through the Live View.
  8. Touch panel monitor
    Equipped with a monitor that can be tilted upward about 80o and downward 180o.

Separately-sold Related New Products

1. Genuine leather accessories that protect your camera and be coordinated totally with the same colors and materials

1) Genuine Leather Lens Cover, LC-60.5GL
A genuine leather lens cover especially for the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ. It completely protects the lens, and wards off shocks, scratches, and blemishes while it is being carried around. It can be used even with a lens cap, an automatic opening lens cap, or a protection filter attached. The large swivel can be attached with the strap, meaning the jacket does not get in the way while taking photos or being lost when detached. The lens cover is available in light brown, brown, and black, allowing for coordination with the Genuine Leather Body Jacket CS-45B simultaneously released and with the Genuine Leather Neck Strap CSS-S109LLII already on sale.

Genuine Leather Lens Cover, LC-60.5GL (Brown/Light Brown/Black)

2) Genuine Leather Body Jacket, CS-45B
A genuine leather body jacket made especially for the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7. This body jacket also covers the camera’s grip. In addition to the utility of protecting the camera body from damage, it also offers a robust feel thanks to the luxuriousness and craftsmanship that comes with the use of genuine leather. The jacket is available in light brown, brown, and black, allowing for coordination with the Genuine Leather Lens Cover LS-60.5GL simultaneously released and with the Genuine Leather Neck Strap CSS-S109LLII already on sale. The special snap buttons are used to attach the jacket to the body, making jacket smooth and easy to remove. The jacket can also be quickly removed when you want to use a tripod or insert or remove batteries or an SD card. You can also take selfies even with the jacket attached. *10

2. Next-generation compact and lightweight underwater systems

1) Underwater Case, PT-EP12
A waterproofing case optimized for the OLYMPUS PEN Lite E-PL7, rated to handle water pressure down to 45 m. Works with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ, M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0, M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.8, M.Zuiko Digital 25mm f1.8, and M.Zuiko Digital 45mm f1.8. Updating the specifications to the standard of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ electronic pancake zoom lens make it possible to achieve outstanding miniaturization. Usable with the external flash bundled with the E-PL7, you’ll be ready to do underwater photography with a single PT-EP12. You can also now switch to underwater mode using the arrow pad, allowing you to concentrate on taking photos stress-free even underwater. An even greater variety of underwater photos can be taken if you use the Underwater Macro Converter PTMC-01 or the Underwater Wide Converter PTWC-01, both of which can be attached directly. This is a next-generation all-in-one underwater photography system that condenses all of the options needed for underwater shooting in a compact body.

2) Underwater Flash, UFL-3
A dedicated flash that corresponds to the Olympus Wireless RC Flash System installed as standard equipment on all Olympus cameras (excepting some compact cameras). This GN22 flash is compact but boasts of superior performance, water pressure resistant up to 75 m and recharging in 2 seconds. It responds perfectly to directions from the camera, so there are no problems when it comes to working in tandem and no variation in terms of the amount of light. The power that comes from using 4 AA batteries means you can take photos for long period of time without having to change them.

3. Other new accessory

1) Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery, BLS-50
A rechargeable lithium ion battery that is a standard part of the bundle for the E-PL7. The same shape as the BLS-5, but with battery capacity increased to 1,210 mAh. It permits taking approximately 350 shots when used with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ. Can be repeatedly charged and used with the Lithium Ion Charger BCS-5.

Summary of Related Accessories

Product Name MSRP Launch Date
Genuine Leather Lens Cover, LC-60.5GL
(Light brown/Brown/Black)
4,600 yen
(4,968 yen incl. tax)
Late September 2014
Genuine Leather Body Jacket, CS-45B
(Light brown/Brown/Black)
5,700 yen
(6,156 yen incl. tax)
Genuine Leather Neck Strap, CSS-S109LLII
(Light brown/Brown/Black/White)
4,800 yen
(5,184 yen incl. tax)
Now on sale
Underwater Case, PT-EP12 open Late September 2014
Underwater Flash, UFL-3 open
Anti-Reflective Rings
POSR-EP07, POSR-EP08, POSR-EP09
3,500 yen
(3,780 yen incl. tax)
Lithium Ion Battery, BLS-50 7,000 yen
(7,560 yen incl.tax)
*1 Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
*2 When body is silver or white, the lens color will be silver, and when body is black, the lens will be black.
*3 When body is white, the lens color will be silver, and when body is silver or black, the lens will be black.
*4 Tilting approx. 80o upward
*5 After shifting automatically to the wide-angle end, zoom can be adjusted manually
*6 when iAUTO is set
*7 When using the M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ
*8 Thickness when retracted. Among standard 3x zoom lenses for Compact System Camera use. Olympus research, as of January 29, 2014.
*9 “Blur Background” cannot be layered together with “Express Motion.”
*10 Vignetting may occur on the screen depending on the position of the monitor.

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LG-Premium-Multi-Door

LG Electronics (LG) is introducing its newest lineup of energy efficient refrigerators at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany featuring arange of models offering excellent energy savings and utmost convenience designed specifically with high European standards in mind. LG’s evolutionary refrigerators help keep food fresher longer while making food storage and organization easier and more convenient.

Superb Energy Savings with LG’s Revolutionary Inverter Linear Compressor

With an incredible Total No Frost energy grade rating of A+++ -20%, LG’s bottom-freezer refrigerators are industry leaders in efficiency. This can be attributed to its advanced Inverter Linear Compressor, which employs a straight piston drive instead of a conventional reciprocating drive, resulting in less internal friction, higher reliability, greater durability with less noise. In tests conducted by VDE, LG refrigerators featuring Inverter Linear Compressor technology proved to be approximately 32 percent more energy efficient1 than those equipped with conventional reciprocating compressors, contributing significantly to lower electricity bills. VDE also noted that LG’s refrigerator was up to 25 percent quieter2 compared to another refrigerator powered by a reciprocating compressor. And thanks to its strong durability, LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor comes with 10-year warranty.

Innovative Door-in-Door™ for Quick & Easy Access with Less Cold Air Loss

LG’s convenient Door-in-Door™ design makes it easier to reach frequently consumed food and beverages in the refrigerator while reducing the amount of cold air that escapes from the main refrigerator compartment by up to 41 percent3, keeping food fresher longer. LG’s adjustable Moving Basket combines with a handy drawer section to enable custom configurations. Each member of the family can easily adjust the height of the different interior compartments according to their own needs. This proven Door-in-Door™ feature has been adopted by all of LG’s global refrigerators, including side-by-side, multi-door and top freezer.

Smarter Storage in a Bigger Space for Maximum Flexibility

A thinner insulation wall enables LG’s new four-door refrigerator to boast a cavernous internal capacity. The central partition typically found in two door refrigerators has also been eliminated, allowing the refrigerator to create even more usable food and beverage storage space. What’s more, the convenience enhancing Smart Storage System features space management technology that improves storage separation and also helps owners organize the contents of their refrigerator in more creative ways.

Total No Frost with Intelligent Air Management for Fresher Food

Whereas most conventional internal-airflow systems disperse cool air inconsistently, LG’s advanced Total No Frost technology, featured in all LG refrigerators, offers even cooling throughout the interior. Thanks to the Multi Air Flow system, cool air is circulated through multiple vents, ensuring efficient cooling at an even temperature throughout. And LG’s unique Pure N Fresh air filtration system employs a powerful fan to remove odors while at the same time introducing purified air through fresh air flow channels, ensuring that food stays fresh longer.

Smart Technology and Convenience Enhancing Features

LG’s Smart Diagnosis™ feature, offered in some LG models, allowing call center representatives to quickly diagnose any problems in the refrigerator without having to make a house call. The lattice-type box cover of the Moist Balance Crisper™ improves moisture retention, helping to boost the longevity of vegetables and fruits. Located in the main refrigerator compartment, the convenient Fresh 0 Zone is an ideal place to store meats and fish, as users can access these oft-used items immediately without having to freeze and thaw them.

LG’s new contour glass bottom-freezer refrigerator (model GBB930KRQZT) is a 2014 Red Dot Design Award winner that pairs refined aesthetics with thoughtfully designed features. The contour glass exterior of this unique and premium model offers a combination of luxurious modern style and impressive performance.

“European consumers are very eco-aware and rank energy efficiency as the top factor when choosing home appliances,” said Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “LG’s latest refrigerators have been engineered with this fact in mind. Each model employs an array of cutting-edge technologies that minimize one’s carbon footprint while maximizing performance and user convenience.”

Visitors to IFA are encouraged to come see LG’s lineup of stylish and energy efficient refrigerators for themselves at LG’s booth in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin.

Key Specifications:

High Energy Efficiency Bottom-Freezer (model GBB530VMCQE)

  •  Inverter Linear Compressor
  •  Energy Grade A+++ -20%
  •  Total No Frost
  •  Multi Air Flow
  •  Smart Diagnosis™
  •  Fresh 0 Zone
  •  Moist Balance Crisper™
  •  Folding Shelf
  •  Wine Rack
  •  Zero Clearance
  •  Easy Open Handle
  •  10-year Warranty (on Inverter Linear Compressor)

Premium Multi-Door (model GMJ916NSHV)

  •  Inverter Linear Compressor
  •  Door-in-Door™
  •  Smart Storage System
  •  Total No Frost
  •  Multi Air Flow
  •  Pure N Fresh
  •  Folding Shelf
  •  Auto Ice and Water Dispenser
  •  10-year Warranty (on Inverter Linear Compressor)

Contour Glass Bottom-Freezer (model GBB930KRQZT)

  •  Inverter Linear Compressor
  •  Energy Grade A++
  •  Total No Frost
  •  Multi Air Flow
  •  Smart Diagnosis™
  •  Opti Temp Zone
  •  Moist Balance Crisper™
  •  Folding Shelf
  •  Chrome Wine Rack
  •  Crystal Deco Easy Handle with LED
  •  10-year Warranty (on Inverter Linear Compressor)

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Bentley-Flying-Spur-V8

Bentley marks its presence at the 2014 Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS) today, with the Russian debut of the new Flying Spur V8 luxury sedan.

The Flying Spur V8 shares its W12 stablemate’s unique blend of sculpted, sleek, elegant coachwork, exquisite craftsmanship and advanced technology, and will draw new customers to Bentley, attracted by the brand’s unique expression of luxury and performance.

Richard Leopold, head of Bentley Russia, comments:

“The new Flying Spur V8 opens the door to the world’s best luxury sedan.  With our dealer network expansion in Ekaterinburg and Krasnodar, and the recent introduction of the dynamic Continental GT V8 S, we are confident that the new Flying Spur will build on Bentley’s positive presence in the region.”

The Flying Spur V8 is powered by Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine.  Developing 507 PS and 660 Nm of torque, this characterful engine powers the car to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 295 km/h, while offering a range of more than 800 kilometres.

Joining the new model on Bentley’s stand at the MIAS is a selection of the brand’s latest luxury performance models, including the dynamic Continental GT V8 S and Bentley’s flagship model, the Mulsanne – the ultimate expression of Bentley’s hand-built high performance luxury.

These exquisite Bentley models are presented on the company’s new stand, shown for the first time in Russia at the MIAS.  Inspired by key elements of Bentley’s elegant vehicle design language, the finest materials are used with the company’s signature flair for craftsmanship and attention to detail to create a uniquely Bentley environment and a striking interpretation of contemporary luxury.

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BRAVEN-705-Speaker

BRAVEN paints the audio world in vibrant colors with the 705 portable Bluetooth speaker. The ideal mobile speaker for tune lovers wishing to add a pop of color to their everyday music companion, BRAVEN’s 705 features an outstanding combination of HD sound, striking design, and colorful personality.

Available in eight lively colors, BRAVEN 705 offers more than just stunning looks. The 705 delivers amazing sound for over 12 hours, has the modern style and vivid colors to fit every occasion, and doubles as a portable battery to charge your smartphone and other USB devices. A true multi-purpose speaker, the 705 is clutch-sized, can fill the room with loud and clear sound, and showcases a unibody design with clean lines and sleek curves.

“The BRAVEN 705 is a reflection of your style whether you’re hanging out in your bedroom, lounging by the pool, or walking to class,” states Andy Fathollahi, Chief Executive. “The colorful addition to the acclaimed BRAVEN 7 series delivers incredible sound in bright and bold exteriors that match any taste, personality, and décor.”

BRAVEN 705 speakers are weatherproof and water resistant, with an IPX5 rating capable of surviving accidental splashes, drops, and bumps. It also sports an array of features, including an integrated noise-canceling microphone to make and take calls wirelessly and BRAVEN’s TrueWireless Technology that allows pairing of any two 7-series BRAVEN speakers for left and right channel stereo sound.

The BRAVEN 705 is now available in bright cyan, magenta, yellow, purple, and teal as well as bold black, grey, and white color options for only $99.99.

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High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage.

During this test mission, an F-16 aircraft fired an HCSM, AGM-88F, against an emitter located outside of a zone of exclusion, which contained a similar radiating emitter. The HCSM used its new global positioning system (GPS)/inertial measurement unit (IMU) capability and successfully impacted the correct target. Another HCSM test mission is needed to determine if HCSM is ready for deployment to the U.S. Air Force.

“Raytheon’s HCSM offers the warfighter enhanced capabilities at an affordable price, providing best value for suppression of enemy air defense weapon options,” said Mike Jarrett, vice president of Raytheon Air Warfare Systems.

The Air Force awarded Raytheon the HCSM contract in 2012. The missile was recently cleared for full rate production.

About HARM and HCSM

The AGM-88 High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile is a key battlefield element to suppress or destroy surface-to-air missile radars, early warning radars, and radar-directed air defense artillery systems. HARMs have made hostile airspaces worldwide safer for U.S. and allied warfighters. The missile resides in the inventories of eight countries.

  • More than 4,000 HARMs have been employed in combat.
  • HCSM adds GPS/IMU navigation accuracy, giving HARM the ability to engage time-critical targets.
  • HCSM has new features that allow it to engage a wide range of modern SAMs, are resistant to counter-HARM tactics, and reduces the risk of fratricide or collateral damage.

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Lamborghini-Huracán-LP-620-2-Super-Trofeo

Automobili Lamborghini presents its new generation racecar developed by its Motorsport department: the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo. Unveiled in a world preview a few days ago during the prestigious Monterey Car Week (California, USA), the car will debut in all three series (Europe, Asia and North America) of the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.

The Huracán Super Trofeo marks a new benchmark for the race series. According to Maurizio Reggiani, in charge of Lamborghini’s Research and Development Department and motorsport activities, “The Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is an all-new car built from scratch with a clear racing concept. Every feature is engineered for sophisticated high performance, complying with the strictest motorsport safety standards.”

The chassis features an exceptionally light roll cage at just 43 Kg that extends to the rear axle, and impressive torsional stiffness that represents a massive 45% improvement compared to the previous model. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics. The dry weight of the Huracán Super Trofeo is 1,270 Kg, with a weight distribution of 42/58%.

The bodywork is in composite materials and, along with the aerodynamics, has been developed in collaboration with Dallara Engineering with the direct involvement of the founder Gian Paolo Dallara. Refinements to the Huracán Super Trofeo include new bodywork ‘fast fittings’, and a new oil radiator providing even more performance than that found on the Gallardo. The new Huracán Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 hp and an astonishing weight/power ratio of 2.05 Kg/hp.

A significant feature of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is the rear-wheel drive choice as already adopted in the GT classes. This will allow Super Trofeo drivers to gain important experience of this traction system to facilitate their motorsport careers. Further technical features on the Huracán Super Trofeo include new engine supports, a new three-disc clutch and an XTrac sequential gearbox developed  specifically for the  Huracán Super Trofeo with an electric actuator designed by the Magneti Marelli Motorsport division.

Electronics represent a significant leap forward in development, and now include new lightweight cables and connections specifically for racing. The control unit is the MOTEC M182 that controls data, gear changes and the new TFT display mounted on the dashboard. Special features are the traction control and the Bosch Motorsport ABS. This system features 12 different settings that can be actioned directly on the steering wheel for ideal set-up in any weather/track conditions. Front and rear lights are now LED only as on the road going version. A new, race-oriented steering wheel has been developed jointly with OMP.

Aerodynamics have been refined for better drag efficiency and maximum traction and downforce in any track conditions. More balanced than before, the aerodynamics now benefit from a rear wing with ten different settings, front and rear diffusers, and adjustable front air intake ducts.

The new Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo will be exclusively equipped with Pirelli tyres. Pirelli has followed every phase of the new car’s development – from the first drawings to final road tests – in order to create tyres that are perfectly matched to the Lamborghini’s specific characteristics. In particular, the decision to go with two-wheel drive for the new Huracan Super Trofeo has led to new tyre sizes: 305/660-18 at the front, and 315/680-18 at the back.

The Huracán Super Trofeo is mounted with fully adjustable anti-roll bars and two-way adjustable Ohlins dampers. The hydraulic power steering enhances steering sensitivity and adopts an electric power pump. In the racing-specific interiors the Alcantara® in Nero Ade colour is used throughout the car, on the dashboard and central tunnel and also on fundamental driving parts, such as the steering wheel, gear selector and ergonomic seats.

Lamborghini’s newest raging bull supercar already made its track debut last month in development tests. For the occasion, under the supervision of the Chief Test Driver Giorgio Sanna and along with the two official Automobili Lamborghini test drivers Fabio Babini and Adrian Zaugg, all the Young Drivers Program pilots were involved and provided their feedback.  With the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo the historic partnership between the brand founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini back in 1963 and Gian Paolo Dallara, now becomes even closer. The same Dallara was among the first engineers who worked on Lamborghini cars and had a key role in the development of the legendary Miura.

“For Dallara Engineering, it has been very rewarding to be involved in the aerodynamic and body development of a high performance car such as the Huracán Super Trofeo. From my personal point of view it has been for me a kind of ‘homecoming’,” said Giampaolo Dallara. “50 years ago, Lamborghini gave me the opportunity to challenge myself in ambitious and successful projects, and this new collaboration allows me to feel part of a company in which I have experienced moments of intense personal and professional achievement.”

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EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse

The EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse is now available in Europe. Built with the highest quality materials including a real Carbon Fibre surface, this mouse was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer with a high quality laser sensor that provides up to 8200 DPI, an adjustable weight system, nine programmable buttons, and a unique sizing system that allows you to adjust the height of the body.

We didn’t stop there though. The EVGA TORQ X10 features the highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of more than 20 million clicks. We also included a full metal base that provides solid construction, the latest Avago 9800 laser sensor providing up to 8200DPI with 1000Hz polling rate, a 6FT silver coated USB cable, and much more.

The EVGA TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse is now available in Europe at the following MSRPs (inc. VAT):

  • EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon: 89,90 Euros / £69.99 / 879 SEK
  • EVGA TORQ X10: 69,90 Euros / £49.99 / 599 SEK

Specifications

  • Max DPI: 8200
  • Sensor Type: Laser (Avago 9800)
  • Main Switch Type: Omron – 20 million click lifecycle
  • Programmable Buttons: 9
  • Min/Max Weight: 147g/160g
  • Max Polling/Report Rate: 1000Hz
  • LED Colour: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Purple
  • Feet Type: Low Friction PTFE
  • Max Number of Profiles: 5 (512K Onboard)

Features:

  • Real Carbon Fibre Surface
  • Ambidextrous design supports right or left handed gamers
  • Adjustable height system supports all gamers
  • Adjustable DPI up to 8200 DPI with On-the-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Adjustable weight system
  • Highest quality materials including silver coated wire, Omron switches, and Carbon Fibre surface
  • Robust software allows full control over mouse including Macro setup, profiles, and OSD
  • Super low friction PTFE mouse feet
  • Onboard storage can support up to five separate profiles

EVGA Unleash Software
The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse comes complete with a full software package that allows complete control over the mouse. Customise the colour, button settings, DPI and profiles. The EVGA Unleash software also has an OSD (On Screen Display) that makes it easy to see what profile or DPI setting you are using!

Unleash Features:

  • Allows full control of the EVGA TORQ X10
  • Easy to switch between right/left handed mode
  • Ability to reassign any of the nine buttons
  • Designed with usability in mind
  • Heads-up display shows key settings at a glance
  • Flexible macro and profiling system
  • Angle Snapping support (Default Off)
  • Adjustable LED colour and brightness

EVGA Unleash Software has today been updated to version 1.5.6 and now includes improved macro control as well as improved flexibility in sensitivity and DPI settings.

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F16

The newest configuration of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the F-16V, has reached a major capability milestone with the integration of a new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

“Completing this milestone on schedule demonstrates our ability to meet program commitments,” said Roderick McLean, vice president and general manager of the F-16/F-22 Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin. “It proves once again why customers turn to Lockheed Martin to upgrade their F-16 fleets and advance the mission capability of the world’s most effective 4th generation multi-role fighter.”

The completion of this AESA radar Critical Design Review ensures Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) design meets all specified U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin requirements. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will continue with follow-on activities such as development integration and ground and flight test for Taiwan’s fleet of 144 Block 20 F-16A/B fighter jets. With the upgrade to the new SABR and enhancements to the mission computer, vehicle systems, aircraft structure, cockpit and electronic warfare system, Taiwan moves forward as the launch customer for the new F-16V configuration.

More than 4,550 F-16 aircraft have been delivered to date, and production is expected to continue through 2017, with major upgrades being incorporated for all F-16 versions.