Unusual but by no means awkward, these special blinds developed by Japan-based company Tokyo Blinds claims to be able to absorb sound. Known as Feltone, the blinds can absorb sound and push down power noise by up to 60%.

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Hands on Sony DSLR Alpha 500 (A500)

On August 31, 2009, in Digital Cameras, by KLS

Last week Sony announced the launch of their next in the line Alpha series DSLR cameras, the Alpha 500 and 550 (see the press release after the break). To be out from the end of October this year, the DSLR-A550 and DSLR-A500 digital SLRs are based around new CMOS sensors with added manual focus confirmation live view mode using the main imaging sensor, in addition to Sony’s secondary-sensor Quick AF live view system.

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Both cameras feature Sony’s better noise reduction, include an Auto HDR mode and offer sensitivity of up to ISO 12800. The 14.2 MP A550 features a higher resolution 921k dot 3″ tilt-angle LCD, while the 12.3 MP A500 comes with a 230k dot resolution 3″tilt-angle LCD.The pictures below are the first hands on photos taken with the Alpha 500 by the folks over at Pocket Lint.

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Though stepped up and improved, I think its a smart decision for Sony to keep the tilt-angle LCD as I have personally found it too useful when I tested previous models myself. See more photos after the jump…

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Canon have just gone official with their new Rebel T1i DSLR, the latest in the Rebel series of entry-level DSLR and the first to feature HD video capturing. Fans of DSLR will know straight away that this is a major blow in the head for the Nikon D90, lets see what Nikon will come up with next!

From 1080p video capturing at 20 fps (and 720p at 30gps), to its 15 megapixel sensor for stills, and ISO speeds up to 3200 (with 6400 and 12800 “additional” settings). Everything about the new Canon Rebel Digital T1i just makes me want to just pull out $800 straight away (or $900 with an EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens) and pay for this badboy. Unfortunately, the T1i isn’t going to be out until May!

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Here is another freeware we came across over the internet that I thought was quite useful and deserved a mention. It’s currently top ten in system utilities on CNET and it’s proven to be quite popular amongst advanced PC users, yes, unfortunately not for Macs.

SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. SpeedFan can even access S.M.A.R.T. (click here to find out what S.M.A.R.T. means) info for those hard disks that support this feature and show hard disk temperatures too, if supported. SpeedFan also supports SCSI disks too.

At the lowest level, SpeedFan is an hardware monitor software that can access digital temperature sensors, but its main feature is that it can change fan speeds (depending on the capabilities of your sensor chip and your hardware) according to the temperatures inside your pc, thus reducing those unnecessary noise that fan of yours have been making!

SpeedFan can:

  • handle almost any number of South Bridges
  • handle almost any number of hardware monitor chips
  • handle almost any number of temperature readings
  • handle almost any number of voltage readings
  • handle almost any number of fan speed readings
  • handle almost any number of PWMs

Here are a few screenshots…

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