A serious outage has taken login functionality offline for almost 24 hours, leaving subscribers to Adobe’s Creative Cloud unable to access their accounts or do much of anything else – including downloading new apps. As yet, Adobe has been unable to offer any indication of how long the outage will last, but a message on the CC homepage states that the company has ‘identified the cause [and is] working to restore the service as quickly as possible’. Click through for more details and a link to Adobe’s Twitter feed, which is giving live updates.
HTC has unveiled the One Mini 2 which is a scaled-down version of its current flagship phone, the One M8, with a similar design but with downgraded internal components. And in a slightly surprising move, HTC has also decided to not deploy the 4MP “ultrapixel” sensor in the One Mini 2. Instead it comes with a 13MP chip. Learn more
After a few interesting Android smartphones Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has now launched its first tablet. Like its phone counterparts, the Xiaomi Mi Pad has impressive specs at a very reasonable price point. It has a 7.9-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution screen and is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad core processor. Learn more
Lytro’s new Illum camera packs in a few tricks that will appeal to some still photographers, but its aim is really to introduce a new type of imagery. Time will tell if that medium succeeds. Technology writer Liam McCabe spoke with a few players in the light field camera industry to get a sense of where this technology is headed in the next few years and beyond. Learn more
This new coating helps prevent smears and grime on the front element
One of the features of yesterday’s Nikon high-end lens announcements that didn’t get all that much attention was that Nikon has introduced a new coating for some of the elements, which looks like it might go a long way in repelling dirt and grime. In this dramatic video, Nikon shows what this fluorine coating can do, and how its powerful beading technology means that even the likes of permanent marker, motor oil, and oil based paints can be wiped right off.
Nikon’s fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even when they adhere to the lens surface. Thanks to Nikon’s original technology, it delivers higher durability and is more peel-resistant. Compared to other manufacturers’ coating of a similar kind, fluorine coat endures a higher frequency of lens surface wiping and provides longer-duration staying power. Its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images. Nikon’s fluorine coat is being applied first to the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III.
Keep in mind, this isn’t to be confused with a fluorite lens, which Nikon has used for since at least 2013, and is marked by “FL” in the lens’s name. The new 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR has that too, but, for example, the 800mm f/5.6 FL ED VR doesn’t have the new coat.