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Nokia N76 teams up with UK band Travis April 28, 2007

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Nokia has started shipping the N76 to key European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets with a device where technology and design come together to create a revolution in design for a multimedia computer. Using premium materials to enclose world-class Nseries features and experiences, Nokia has created an eye-catching device.

It also announced that it is working together with Sony BMG Music Entertainment to bring the award winning music of Travis to new owners of the N76 in selected markets.

Consumers who buy the N76 in selected countries (Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden) will have as part of the sales package, a special voucher that gives the owners the rights to download five pre-selected Travis songs from the MSN music shops in their countries.

“Closer” the first single from the band’s much anticipated fifth studio album “The Boy With No Name” will be available for download after its release on April 23. Four other tracks selected from their previous studio albums will also be available.

“We’re very excited about being able to offer music from Travis, a genuinely thought provoking and inspirational band, for mobile enjoyment with the N76,” said Tapio Hedman, senior vice-president Multimedia, Nokia.

“Artist identity and target audience of Travis fit perfectly the Nokia brand and the Nokia N76 product” said Marcel Engh, Vice President, Brand Entertainment, Sony BMG Europe.

Nokia Nseries music fans will appreciate the dedicated quick cover keys on the N76, which let you quickly and easily control the device’s music features from the outside of the folded device, for instant tunes wherever you are. Holding up to 1500 tracks the N76 works with industry standard 3.5 mm headphones and supports the popular Windows Media DRM for optimal use.

The Nokia N76, which is based on S60 3rd Edition software on Symbian OS, is a perfect blend of style and substance. This latest addition to the Nseries portfolio brings a wide range of multimedia experiences to consumers, enabling them to create, consume and connect, using music, videos, images and the internet.


Panasonic launches 11 new Lumix digital cameras April 28, 2007

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Panasonic has launched 11 new models from its Lumix range of digital cameras, for the Middle East market.

The new digital cameras include the DMC-TZ3, DMC-TZ2, DMC-FZ8, DMC-LZ7, DMC-LZ6, DMC-FX30, DMC-FX12, DMC-FX10, DMC-LS75, DMC-LS70 and DMC-LS60, each with a host of unique and innovative features to meet varied requirements of professional and amateur photographers in the region.

Yasuo Kimoto, Product Manager, Panasonic Marketing Middle East, said, “These 11 new models will complement our existing models in the market and present consumers with more choices when they are looking for digital cameras that offer a complete package in terms of performance, styling, ease-of-use, affordability and technological advancements.”

“We expect models like the DMC-FZ8, the DMC-TZ3 and TZ2 in particular to create major excitement in the regional markets given their user-friendly features and superior technology adaptations that significantly enhance the digital photography experience,” he added.

Panasonic’s DMC-TZ3 and DMC-TZ2 each feature a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens. The DMC-TZ3 boasts 7.2 megapixels and a large, 3.0-inch LCD, while the DMC-TZ2 has 6.0 megapixels and a 2.5-inch LCD. The TZ3 and TZ2 are the latest members of the Lumix TZ family of digital cameras, which is renowned for packaging a remarkable 10x optical zoom lens in a compact, stylish body.

The two new models also incorporate the Intelligent Image Stabilization system which comprises two features, Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and Intelligent ISO Control. Now recognised as a must-have feature for digital cameras, Mega O.I.S. compensates for the effects of hand-shake, making it possible to capture clear, crisp photos indoors, at night, or when taking macro close-ups or using high powered zooming, situations in which hand-shake is most likely to be a problem. Even Mega O.I.S., however, cannot suppress the motion blur caused by a subject moving as the photo is being snapped. That’s where Intelligent ISO Control comes in. In this system, the camera’s Venus Engine III image-processing engine detects whether the subject is moving and, as necessary, automatically raises the ISO setting and shutter speed according to how fast the subject is moving and the light conditions.

Other features include a Clipboard function that holds information, several new scene modes, and a Direct Print feature that allows quick, easy printouts. Also, the lens cap is now built into the camera itself and serves as an automatic protective barrier. Around 12.7 MB of built-in memory is provided, and the cameras are compatible with large-capacity SDHC memory cards.

Panasonic’s DMC-FZ8 is a 7.2-megapixel camera featuring a powerful 12x optical zoom lens that comes with the Venus Engine III image processing engine and the Intelligent Image Stabilization system to guarantee high quality pictures in all kinds of shooting conditions.

It has a 207,000 pixel LCD and a 0.44-inch EVF (electronic viewfinder) with a resolution of 188,000 pixels, making it easy to see both when monitoring and playing back images.

Other features include enhanced operation with a multi-purpose joystick, which further simplifies exposure compensation. Frequently used functions, such as light metering, AF (auto focus) mode, ISO setting, and white balance adjustment, are quickly and easily handled with the Quick Setting function. Moreover, the position of the AF area can be selected among the 11 positions in the single point mode, the multi-point mode and the spot mode.

Van Gogh painting uncovered April 28, 2007

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A Croatian Museum said yesterday it believes it has uncovered a previously unknown Vincent van Gogh painting in its possession, adding that its authenticity had been confirmed by a Dutch expert, AFP reports.

An “oil painting signed ‘Vincent,’ the author of which is believed to be Vincent Van Gogh” was discovered in storage at the Zagreb Mimara Museum, it said in a statement. The painting features a group of people in a clearing and focuses on five peasant women walking next to each other. It was believed to have been produced by the Dutch master in 1882.

Soccer player counts sheep April 28, 2007

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A Croatian third division soccer player got a shock when he saw a flock of sheep waiting for him at work, Reuters reports.

Ivica Supe, a 29-year-old playing for NK Zagor, has been given 16 sheep by local shepherd Josko Bralic as a bonus for the 16 goals he has scored this season. “I was really shocked and I have no idea what to do with so many sheep because I plan to score more goals,” Supe told Croatian media.

Eau de Cologne April 28, 2007

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