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Mirrorless camera sales up 62.5% in February over the same period last year

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Organization CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association in Japan), uniting Japanese manufacturers of photographic equipment, has published another report on the state of the digital camera market. This time it includes data for February.

During the month, 673,564 cameras were shipped. This is 5.8% more than in January and only 0.8% less than in February last year. In monetary terms, the market grew by 8.3% compared to January 2021, and by 20.2% compared to February 2020.

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Cameras with fixed lenses were shipped 246 464 pieces. This is 11.7% more than in the previous month and 8.8% more than the year before. In monetary terms, sales of cameras in this category decreased by 1.2% compared to January of this year, and by 18.5% compared to February last year.

427,100 interchangeable lens cameras were shipped in February. This is 2.6% more than in January, but 5.6% less than a year ago. Interestingly, in monetary terms, sales increased by 10.0% and 29.7%, respectively.

If we consider separately the SLR and mirrorless cameras, it turns out that the first were shipped in February 198,279 pieces, and the second – 228,821 pieces. Compared to January of this year, sales of SLR cameras increased by 3.2%, and compared to February 2020, they decreased by 14.8%. In monetary terms, sales of SLR cameras decreased by 2.9% compared to January 2021, and by 19.8% compared to February 2020.

Mirrorless camera sales increased 2.1% from January 2021 and 4.1% from February 2020. Finally, the most notable numbers: in monetary terms, sales of mirrorless cameras increased by 14.9% compared to January 2021, and compared to February 2020 – by 62.5%.

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Google Imagen neural network creates insane photorealistic images from a text description

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Google has unveiled its new project called Imagen – an image generator based on a given text description.

Google Imagen neural network creates insane photorealistic images from a text description

According to the developers, the Imagen neural network outperforms DALL-E 2 from OpenAI, another AI-powered image generator. At the moment, Imagen is not available to the public, but the samples on display are impressive.

Google Imagen neural network creates insane photorealistic images from a text description

According to Google, the new text-to-image model is characterized by “an unprecedented degree of photorealism and a deep understanding of the language.”

Google Imagen neural network creates insane photorealistic images from a text description

Google provided images and samples of Imagen’s work, with styles ranging from simple drawings to oil paintings and computer graphics. They are accompanied by the words and phrases used in their creation.

After parsing the provided text description, Imagen generates a 64 x 64 pixel image, then performs two consecutive enhancements and converts the image to the larger 1024 x 1024 pixel size.

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Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

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Microsoft has finally announced the imminent arrival of support for the app restore feature in the Microsoft Store in the Windows 11 operating system.

Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

The software maker will soon begin testing a new feature that allows you to restore apps on a new Windows 11 PC. Currently, the Microsoft Store does not offer an automatic way to restore apps, instead forcing Windows users to manually install apps from the library.

Windows 11 will have an easy way to restore all applications on a new PC

Microsoft Store General Manager Giorgio Sardo said:

To make it easier for customers to migrate to new PCs quickly and seamlessly, we’ll soon be testing a new feature in the Windows Insider channel that will help customers automatically restore their previously installed apps from the Microsoft Store to a new Windows device.

Restoring applications will be especially useful for users who frequently change computers, or for developers who regularly use virtual machines and multiple devices. Previously, Windows users had to rely on third-party package managers to perform these kinds of tasks.

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It’s official: Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

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Microsoft made an interesting announcement during the Build 2022 developer conference regarding the Windows 11 operating system – the long-awaited support for widgets created by third-party developers will soon appear in it.

It's official: Microsoft is finally bringing third-party widgets to Windows 11

At launch, Windows 11 only supported Microsoft branded widgets and more support was expected, but the company has remained silent until now. Previously, there were only rumors about such a function, but now it is officially presented.

As Microsoft notes, third-party developers will be able to offer their own widgets to Windows 11 users until the end of 2022. Developers will be able to create widgets for Win32 and PWA applications using the Adaptive Cards framework.

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Flagship clamshell Motorola Razr 3 showed in all its glory on video

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Motorola, now owned by the Chinese Lenovo, has already begun to hint at the imminent release of the flagship clamshell Razr 3. Meanwhile, interesting information about it continues to appear on the network.

Flagship clamshell Motorola Razr 3 showed in all its glory on video

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This time, Evan Blass, a well-known network whistleblower with a long track record of confirmed leaks, shared the details. To be more precise, Bless even posted a short video showing a working copy of the Motorola Razr 3 on, open and closed.

Flagship clamshell Motorola Razr 3 showed in all its glory on video

As we can see in the video, the Motorola Razr 3 clamshell, codenamed Maven, has received a redesign both inside and out.

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