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Sony Xperia Pro smartphone shoots for the creative market

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Sony has launched a new Xperia phone – but with the ability to act as an external monitor for a camera, 5G connectivity, a mini-HDMI port and a hefty price tag, the Xperia Pro is very different to a lot of the smartphones we’re going to see in 2021.

The new phone is aimed squarely at serious digital photographers and videographers, doing the jobs of both an external screen for framing shots more accurately and viewing clips at a larger size, and a portable modem so that images and footage can be uploaded to the web from just about anywhere.

All this comes with a steep price tag of US$2,499.99, but Sony’s argument is that it’s still less money than you would spend on a separate external monitor and portable modem for professional use – and here you get both devices in one. If this is your business, then the Xperia Pro could be a worthwhile investment.

With on-board 5G, you can stream footage directly to YouTube, as well as to Twitch and Facebook Live through third-party apps. Sony says the phone has a specially configured 360-degree antenna design to make sure you’re always getting the best cellular signal possible from your location.

The HDMI input sits alongside a USB-C connector and can accept video streams up to 60 frames per second in 4K with HDR processing. It should work with any cameras that have an HDMI output, though Sony is keen to advertise it as a companion device for its own Alpha range.

The Xperia Pro is based on the Xperia 1 Mark II launched last year
The Xperia Pro is based on the Xperia 1 Mark II launched last year

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Once the Sony Xperia Pro is hooked up, it offers a few benefits over the standard viewfinder of the camera that it’s connected to: you can zoom in on the action, for example, or put grid lines on top of the frame.

In terms of the rest of the camera specs, this is very much an adapted version of the Xperia 1 Mark II we saw launched last year. The phone features a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of on-board storage, and a 4,000-mAh capacity battery, plus a 6.5-inch OLED display that Sony is advertising as 4K but which actually has a technically not-quite-4K resolution of 3,840 x 1,644 pixels.

There’s IP68 waterproofing here and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the screen, so it should be able to take some knocks and drops. The phone has a camera of its own too of course: a triple-lens 12-MP+12-MP+12-MP affair with ultrawide and 3x optical zoom capabilities.

“Combining the speed of 5G and the connectivity of an HDMI input, Xperia Pro is designed to empower creators with real-time content sharing and distribution, opening up a new world of possibilities for professional workflow,” Sony Electronics executive Neal Manowitz said in a press statement.

If you want to spend $2,500 on your next bit of kit, the Sony Xperia Pro is available to buy now, from “a select group of Sony’s authorized dealers” in North America. Sony’s promotional video of the phone in action can be seen below.

Xperia PRO – empowering photographers to work smarter

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Source: https://newatlas.com/mobile-technology/sony-xperia-pro-smartphone/

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Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification

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A recently discovered text written around 1450 BCE contains previously unknown details about Egyptian mummification process

A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Category: Science

Tags: University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/egypt-mummification-manual-louvre-carlsberg-copenhagen/

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Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit

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Researchers in Japan have developed a contactless way to measure the ripeness of soft fruit like mangoes

Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Tags: Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/fruit-ripe-lasers-plasma-shockwaves/

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Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising

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Examples of the system showing two different ads (A,B) along with the magenta screen (C) which neither stadium audiences nor TV viewers see

When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it’s common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you’ve never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they’re advertising region-specific products.

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Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Tags: Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/fraunhofer-vibotec-sports-advertising/

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Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth’s atmospheric oxygen

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An artist's interpretation of the atmosphere of Archean Earth, prior to 2.4 billion years ago. A new study suggests it may return to this oxygen-poor, methane-rich atmosphere in about 1 billion years' time

The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Category: Environment, Science

Tags: Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial

Source: https://newatlas.com/environment/earth-atmosphere-oxygen-life-expectancy/

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