Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits

Microsoft advises fixes for Spectre and Meltdown security flaws could cause noticeable performance hits:

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As tech companies rush to work around the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ chip flaws, a blog post from Microsoft suggests that the processor generation and age of the operating system will play a factor in terms of how much of an impact the fixes will have on system performance, at least from a Windows user’s perspective.

(Via AppleInsider – Frontpage News)

18 Best New Fonts for 2018

18 Best New Fonts for 2018:

Get the best new fonts of 2018! Create inspiring designs with beautiful typography.

The Best New Fonts for 2018

Each font carries its own magic. Some are sturdy and professional, while others may be dainty or relaxed. Find the right font for your work with this quick selection below!

Featuring the latest font types to hit Envato Market and Envato Elements, we bring you 18 amazing typefaces for all your creative projects.

Enjoy effortless script types with elegant swoops and futuristic letters. Create awesome designs with these incredible fonts!

Need more help? Get quality advice from our experts at Envato Studio.

Learn More About Fonts

New to fonts and typefaces? Check out these great lessons to learn more:

Kiona Font

Designed for optimal legibility, the Kiona font features crisp lines and clean edges. Take advantage of its four different font weights, developed after very different personalities. Are you feeling strong or edgy? Try out this font!

Kiona Font

Selfish Script

Show off your feisty side with the Selfish script font. Introducing a brand new handwritten font with incredible charm, the Selfish font is clean and fluid. It’s perfect for branding, home ware, and more—you’ll love this stylish font!

Selfish Script

Sustans Typeface

Design a luxury brand with the Sustans Typeface. Featuring stylish, handwritten letters, this typeface is sophisticated and multipurpose. Create compelling designs that are sure to arouse interest in your work! Give it a try!

Sustans Typeface

Ornacle Font

You are unique. So find a font that matches your individual style. Ornacle is a font for innovators and risk takers. Enjoy its futuristic style designed with clever geometric elements to help you stand out. Shine with this creative typeface!

Ornacle Font

Darling Harbour

Hey darlings! Add a little sweetness to your work with this joyful typeface. Handwritten with brilliant brush details, this font also includes darling swashes and ligatures to match! Download it today to get access to unique OpenType stylistic alternates.

Darling Harbour

Fiesta Color Font

Fiesta Color is a gorgeous decorative typeface created with Fontself Maker. It features a trendy, geometric style with wonderful abstract elements exploding with color. Use it on postcards, invitations, or fashionable tote bags.

Fiesta Color Font

Flitte Script

You can achieve the same beautiful swoops of traditional calligraphic handwriting with modern typefaces. And the stunning Flitte script is a perfect example! Use it for wedding invitations, t-shirts, and so much more!

Flitte Script

Tehika Script

Celebrate your favorite memories with the festive Tehika font. A hand-drawn script font with well-spaced letters, this font is simply magical. Attach it to the company’s Christmas card or apply a beautiful signature to any bare stationery. Try it out!

Tehika Script

Contaur Typeface

Create
that authentic handcrafted feel with the lovely Contaur typeface. Designed for stationery, logos, and so much more, this font is a mixture
of tall and short elegant letters. It’s the perfect companion to any beauty-related project!

Contaur Typeface

Auro Font

Quirky and futuristic, the Auro font is a sleek, decorative typeface. Use it for headers and posters as a unique way to highlight your brand. Included in this download are a complete set of letters, numbers, and punctuation for you to enjoy.

Auro Font

Teratur Typeface

Step into the future with the Teratur typeface. A modern font family with clean, minimal details, this typeface is inspired by classic sci-fi font types. Just toggle the caps lock to enjoy alternate letters. You’ll love this font!

Teratur Typeface

Mellifret Script Font

Need something simple and multipurpose? Then try the Mellifret semi-bold script font. A great addition to any book cover or logo, this font is simple yet sporty. Included along with this three font pack deal are amazing swashes to help decorate your designs.

Mellifret Script Font

Heady Rough Typeface

Utilizing the newest OpenType technology, the Heady Rough typeface is wild and energetic. Experiment with this versatile hand brushed style for impeccable designs that are hard to miss. Included are three fonts compatible with Photoshop CC 2017.1.1 or later.

Heady Rough Typeface

Crude Font

A little grunge never hurt anyone! So begin your next adventure with this rustic, hand-painted brush font. By utilizing high-resolution brush stroke images, this font achieves hyper-realistic details with an authentic grunge finish. Download it now!

Crude Font

Sacred Bridge Family

The Sacred Bridge Family is old-fashioned and dignified. Create that instant elegant feel with beautiful decorative letters designed after traditional letterpress styles. So what will you get? An awesome collection of 10 retro fonts with alternate glyphs, and multilingual support. Try it out!

Sacred Bridge Family

Zembood Typeface

Zembood features all the characteristics of an amazing vintage font. Add it to your modern apparel line for an edgy look in only a matter of seconds. With bold letters and fine grunge details, this font features a versatile style you’ll definitely want.

Zembood Typeface

Bambi Fonts

Bring
a smile to someone’s face with this set of pretty Bambi fonts. Great for inspirational quotes, posters, and more, this calm brush font is smooth and tranquil. Enjoy the bouncy baseline and curvy letters today!

Bambi Fonts

Starship Typeface

Need a steampunk font for epic retro designs? Then try out the Starship typeface! Brilliantly charismatic, this font features a strong serif typeface with bold vintage letters. Download eight font files complete with regular, grunge, and inline styles.

Starship Typeface

Conclusion

This list features exciting resources for the avid designer
familiar with type design. For additional help with your font needs, enlist the skills of a talented professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.

And
with loads of fonts available at your fingertips, chances are we’ve
missed a few to add to your personal collection. Be sure to browse Envato Market and Envato Elements for more resources, and let us know your favorites in the comments below!

(Via Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration)

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR lens officially announced

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR lens officially announced:

 

The previously rumored Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR full frame DSLR lens is now officially announced with Nikon’s first built-in teleconverter. The US price is $12,399.95, UK price is £10,999. Pre-orders are now open at B&HAmazon and Adorama.

Primary features:

  • Super-telephoto zoom lens with coverage of a broad range of focal lengths beginning at 180 mm and extending to 560 mm when the built-in 1.4x teleconverter is used
  • Built-in 1.4x teleconverter which can easily be activated/deactivated while looking through the viewfinder:

 

  • Tripod collar ring that enables smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation
  • Zoom ring that is easily operated while holding onto the tripod collar
  • Adoption of a fluorite lens element and magnesium alloy has achieved a light weight of approximately 3,500 g/7 lb 11.4 oz
  • Dust- and drip-resistant structure that prevents dust and drops of water from entering the lens
  • Nikon’s exclusive highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • The latest optical design that includes the use of one fluorite lens element and eight ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high-pixel-count digital cameras
  • The latest optical design and the use of Nano Crystal Coat enable clear images in which ghost and flare are effectively suppressed
  • High maximum reproduction ratios with close-up shooting at telephoto positions (0.25x when the built-in teleconverter is not used, 0.36x when activated)
  • The exclusive design of this lens with a built-in teleconverter ensures optimal optical and AF performance
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables stable exposure control
  • The VR mechanism offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop increase in shutter speed in NORMAL mode; users can choose from NORMAL and SPORT modes:


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Lens design (without and with TC), weather sealing, MTF charts (click for larger view), technical specifications and full press release:



Mount Type: Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU and F mount (1.4x TC built-in)
Focal Length Range: 180 – 400 mm With built-in TC 252-560 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.2 x
Maximum Aperture: f/ 4 With built-in TC f/5.6
Minimum Aperture: f/ 32 With built-in TC f/45
Format: FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 9°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 4°
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 6°20′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 2°50′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 13°40′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 6°10′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 9°50′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 4°30′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.25x (at 400 mm)  0.36x (at 560 mm)
Lens Elements: 27
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Elements: 8
Lens Groups: 19
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Groups: 5
Compatible Format(s): FX DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Distance Information: Yes
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
ED Glass Elements: 8
Fluorite Elements: 1
Fluorine Coat: Yes
Super Integrated Coating: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 6.6 ft. (2.0 m) from focal plane
Focus Mode: Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual
E-type: Yes
Filter Size: 40.5 mm
Accepts Filter Type: Drop-in filter
Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters: Yes
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 5.0  in. (128.0  mm)  x  14.2  in. (362.5  mm)
Approx. Weight: 123.4  oz. (3,500  g)

Nikon Announces New AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Super Telephoto Zoom Lens at CES 2018

LAS VEGAS – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and minimize weight.“This lens is a great example of how Nikon continues to push the boundaries of innovation and what’s possible with pro-level optics and high-end imaging equipment,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Popular Pro-Level Lens Gets Even More Versatile

This new NIKKOR lens is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens, which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm1 (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm (378-840mm with teleconverter engaged).

Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens.  The new 180-400mm f/4 is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame.2

Enhanced Performance with the Addition of New Technology

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition.  The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops3 of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K UHD / 1080p video, and is ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras.  Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.954. For more information on this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

(Via Nikon Rumors)

Nikon D850: camera of the year at IR and Dpreview reader’s choice award winner

Nikon D850: camera of the year at IR and Dpreview reader’s choice award winner:



Imaging Resource selected the Nikon D850 DSLR camera as their camera of the year:

"We felt that the Nikon D850 deserved the crown of Best Overall. It’s blazingly fast, has great image quality, excellent ergonomics, shoots full-frame 4K video (with clean 4:2:2 output via its HDMI port) and can stand up to adverse shooting conditions better than we ourselves can. In our book, all those added up to it being our ultimate choice for our 2017 Camera of the Year."

Imaging Resource also did some "water torture" tests of the Nikon D850 and three other cameras:

Here is their conclusion:

"Truthfully, we were sad to see the A7R III have such a hard time in this test. It’s a fantastic camera, absolutely at the cutting edge of what’s possible with photographic technology today. Even after this test, those of us at IR who were fans previously would still happily buy one, because we almost never photograph in conditions approaching those in the test. But as we said in our 2017 Camera of the Year announcement article, Sony needs to up their environmental-sealing game if they want to compete in this high-end/professional market segment. We’d feel differently if all the cameras failed the test; we would have concluded that the test was just too harsh for the current state of the market, even though it was a reasonable representation of conditions a camera might be exposed to. That wasn’t the case, though; the D850 had a very minor problem with leakage into its viewfinder, that seems to be entirely solved by using the BS-3 hot shoe cover – and the 5DIV and E-M1II had no problems whatsoever."


The Nikon D850 camera also won the 2017 Dpreview Reader’s Choice Award:

"The D850 is truly a DSLR tour-de-force, blending speed, resolution and image quality with superb ergonomics and a vast lens ecosystem for nearly limitless creative possibilities. We’ve called it the best DSLR on the market, and now, you’ve crowned it as your favorite product of 2017."

Related posts:

Nikon D850 is the 2017 camera of the year in Japan (by DC.Watch), should be in stock in early 2018

Nikon wins TCSTV’s Camera Of The Year with the D850

Nikon DSLR cameras dominate four out of five “Best for any budget” buying guides at Dpreview


Check D850 availability: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | BuyDig | Focus Camera | eBay | WEX | Jessops | Park Camera

(Via Nikon Rumors)

New Apple patent application hints at long-range wireless charging

New Apple patent application hints at long-range wireless charging:

A new patent application by Apple hints at RF-based long-range wireless charging, along the lines of the Energous system recently granted FCC approval.

As is usual with Apple patent applications, the wording is as general as possible – encompassing both wired and wireless charging – but the problem it aims to solve does appear to be one that arises primarily with long-range wireless charging …

more…

(Via 9to5Mac)

iFixit matches Apple’s $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices

iFixit matches Apple’s $29 battery swap cost, covers pre-iPhone 6 devices:

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Looking to equal or beat Apple in the aftermath of its iPhone battery apology, iFixit has dropped the price of its do-it-yourself battery swap kits to $29 or less. More significantly this includes kits for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5s, and 5c, which are excluded from Apple’s discounted battery replacements.

(Via AppleInsider – Frontpage News)

The Best HomeKit-Compatible Smart-Home Devices

The Best HomeKit-Compatible Smart-Home Devices:

The Best HomeKit-Compatible Smart-Home Devices

Apple’s HomeKit is a user-friendly platform for anyone who owns an iOS device and is interested in a simple, reliable DIY smart-home system. With a couple of HomeKit-compatible devices and a recent iPhone or iPad, it’s realistic to start from scratch and have an integrated system up and running in a few minutes. Apple doesn’t yet offer a voice-controlled speaker like the Google Home or Amazon Echo (the HomePod should be available in early 2018), but you can control your HomeKit system via the Siri voice assistant built into Apple phones, tablets, computers, and watches, or through smartphone and tablet apps.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year

Apple might combine iOS and Mac apps next year:

Apple might start to converge iOS and macOS in a big way next year by letting developers create a single app that runs across both platforms. Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning to let developers create apps that will adjust to whichever platform they’re running on, so that they’ll support touch input on an iPhone or an iPad and mouse and trackpad input on a Mac.

The report notes that plans could always change, but it sounds like the combined apps could become available next year. If so, they’d likely be announced in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and then introduced in the fall, when new versions of iOS and macOS typically ship.

Though Apple is far from the first to attempt such a crossover, the move would still be a very big deal. While the Mac has its share of very good apps, iOS is by far the more vibrant ecosystem. By letting developers create for two platforms at once, Apple can potentially make it easier and faster for updates and new apps to arrive on the Mac.

The really big open question is how all of this will work. It isn’t clear whether this means that macOS will emulate portions of iOS, or if developers will still largely have to code two separate apps. The closer the two platforms are, the easier it’ll be for developers — but the bigger the risk of users on one platform getting an interface that feels like it was designed for other types of input.

Microsoft has been trying this exact same thing with Universal Windows Platform apps for a while now, allowing developers to create apps that run across Windows, Windows phones, the Xbox, HoloLens, and even the Surface Hub. This has had limited success, in part because there’s always going to be one or more platforms that developers just don’t care to serve. Google has started going down the same road, bringing Android apps over to Chrome OS.

(Via The Verge – All Posts)