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15 September 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Panasonic CM1, an Olympus OM-D E-M1 firmware update with new features, Seim's new YouTube channel and a Canon wireless printer hacked to play Doom.

  • Vlad Savov of the Verge gets his hands on the Europe-only (which is why we didn't cover it in our Photokina clippings today) Panasonic CM1 smartphone, noting "I can't help but perceive this as more of a phone with a camera attached rather than the other way around."
  • Olympus has released Firmware Version 2.0 for the Olympus OM-D E-M1, which is pre-installed on the new silver model. Existing OM-D E-M1 camera owners can upgrade their firmware using Olympus Viewer software. The new firmware enables In-Camera Digital Shift, Live composite and USB tethered shooting.
  • Gavin Seim has launched a Photographic School, "a new content channel that featuring loads of fresh photography content and free on demand training" available as a YouTube channel.
  • Michael Jordan hacked a Canon wireless PIXMA printer to load Doom on its LCD. "This interface does not require user authentication allowing anyone to connect to the interface," he explained. In a BBC interview, Jordan said, "The printer has a 32-bit Arm processor, 10 meg of memory and even the screen is the right size." Canon said it would require a username and password to access the firmware in the future.

More to come...

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