The Sony Alpha 57 D/SLR, A Whole Lot Of Camera…

Sony’s entry in the mid range D/SLR competition has recently been updated, the Sony Alpha 57 is that new model. Representing incredible value the a57 is also the latest member of Sony’s translucent mirror D/SLR family.

The a57 is Sony’s replacement for the mid-range a55 D/SLR, using the larger body styling of its higher end brother, the a65, along with updated sensor, chipset and software the a57 is a whole lot of camera at the bargain price of $699 USD.

The technology behind the A-Mount lens includes the 16Mpix Exmor APS HD CMOS, translucent mirror and Sony’s latest Bionz image processor. Sony’s magic mirror gives the a57 the ability to shoot film or pictures with the auto focus and live view both permanently engaged.

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Anonymous TV. Anonymous, The NWO and The Olympics Prophecy.

They have arrested them, they have interrogated them and they have said they have turned against one another, but still the messages continue to flow. Like the Rasputin of the online world they just won’t be silenced. The elusive international movement, “Anonymous,” a leaderless collective of computer hackers have recently been featured on CNN. An interesting insight into a new phenomenon, the internet collective.

Interpol announced that it had arrested 25 members of anonymous on 27th of February, Anonymous Brazil had a great reply to the arrests “Interpol you can’t take down Anonymous, it is an idea.” There is no doubt that the Interpol arrests stung the collective at the same time it may have set precedent for retirement from Anonymous, this is the only way out of the collective?

Included for you viewing pleasure are the CNN Anonymous feature along with video’s outlining two of the major operations Anonymous have prepared for 2012. Black March is under-way with people boycotting media purchases while Operation V, the declaration of war against the US government is having unforeseen results. The final video is a must see parody of the Anonymous brand, The Offensive Parody will scratch that funny bone for you.

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Samsung’s Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW, Something Old is New Again…

Samsung may have been disappointed by the reaction to their release of the Smart Media Hub DVD drive last year. No matter the reason they have released an updated drive with a slight name change and better software, producing the Optical Smart Hub SE-208BW – OSH -. Samsung may have realised that many people missed the point of the device when first released this time last year.

The Optical Smart Hub is a mini convergence device that tries to be many things to many people. By adding a Network chipset and USB functions to what is a seemingly ordinary external Optical Disk Drive – ODD – Samsung have created a new type of utility device, the Swiss Army Knife of external DVD’s. With the addition of a few chips Samsung have created a compact device that can perform network storage, backup, Wi-Fi hub, and media streaming functions with the press of a button.

As an external USB DVD – no Blu-Ray options here – it can do all of the standard duties, play back, record and generally spinning disks when connected to a PC via the USB. In this configuration the OSH acts just as any external DVD would. The twist comes when the Wi-Fi and Network functions are enabled.

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Plastic Eating Fungus Discovered In The Amazon…

Polyurethane, modern wonder material or scourge of our society, no matter how we feel about it Pestalotiopsis microspora, a fungus discovered in Ecuador, loves it. With the world slowly becoming wrapped in plastic this could be one handy little fungus.

Discovered in the jungles of Ecuador this mighty micro mushroom will even eat plastic in harsh anaerobic – no oxygen – environments. In the dark damp jungle underground environment of the Amazon where it was first discovered, where there is little or no oxygen, the fungus thrives.

Yale man Scott Strobel a molecular biochemist and his team of students discovered the fungus while on the annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory program. A chance for students to take the lab into the rainforest, which they then take back to the laboratory of course. With the complex life-forms living in a rain-forest comes complex chemicals, these chemicals once understood could do amazing things for humanity.

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Strange Sounds Around The World Part 2, Gabriel’s Trumpet or The Electromagnetic Atmospheric Sound…

Continuing with strange and creepy sounds being heard around the world we examine the second phenomenon, Gabriel’s Trumpet, With a very electric edge to the sound many have also describe it as the trumpets of the apocalypse or the gates of hell opening.

The sound itself is a haunting eerily electric noise that seems to have no obvious source. Completely non-directional it is impossible to locate the source by simply listening to the noise. Unlike the Hum the Trumpets seems to emanate from the atmosphere itself, not from underground.

The first few months of 2012 have seem a wave of audio events occur all around the world. While some video’s are undoubtedly fakes designed to allow their creators to ride the tide of popularity many are legitimate, and very creepy.

There are now a large collection of videos on YouTube that claims to have captured the sounds in their ghostly entirety. Videos have appeared from all over the world Barcelona, Czech Republic, Mexico, Chile, France, Canada, Russia, Australia, Costa Rica, Barcelona Spain, Lublino, Poland and New Jersey.

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Free To Play First Person Shooter Heaven. Crytek’s Warface, Tribes Ascend and MachWarriors Online Battle For Our Attention…

With the Game Developers Conference having come to a close game news still seems to be flowing thick and fast. The Free To Play revolution took a major step forward during the GDC this year.

Many free to play games were announced during the conference but we are going to concentrate on the three major first person shooter announcements. Crytek’s much anticipated Warface is nearing completion with the beta program well under way, Tribes Ascend promises to get the heart rate going is also currently in beta, with the full public release in April. Finally MechWarriors are making a free to play come back with larger than life online battles, and explosions that match the massive weapons.

Three pre-release trailers have been included for your viewing pleasure. If they don’t wet your appetite for destruction then check your pulse.

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Cold Case Scientists Learn LSD Treats Alcoholism and How To Study LSD Without The Pink Elephant…

The mechanisms and chemistry at work in the brain are a mystery still being unraveled by science.

There was a time when trying to gain an understanding of the brains mechanisms consisted of dropping huge amounts of LSD and seeing what happened. Times have changed though, between political correctness and budget cuts scientists are reduced to going over results of studies carried out in the 60’s and 70’s.

Still there is much to learn from this data, with new technology and perspectives this data can yield interesting results. In this case sifting through thousands of records neuroscientist Teri Krebs and clinical psychologist Pål-Ørjan Johansen discovered that one dose of LSD is enough to drop alcohol abuse by nearly 60%, compared to a 38% drop for people that were taking a placebo. Imagine what 2 let alone 3 doses could do?

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The Nikon D800 Versus The Canon EOS 5D Mark III, The Battle Of The Promo Video…

For your consideration today Highpants would like to present two promotional video’s for your consideration. Both videos were produced by top notch cinematographers who had been handed the next generation D/SLR camera’s to produce a promotional video. Who produces the best promo video, the Nikon D800 or the Canon EOS 5D Mark III? That is the question to be considered.

Can the Canon continue its reputation for superb video or will Nikon’s technological powerhouse take the lead. Undoubtedly both camera’s produce spectacular broadcast quality video that when put in the hands of a professional can produce amazing results, as the video’s demonstrate.

Profession quality video production using D/SLR camera’s just got more interesting. Independent movie production houses and small movie studio’s have a new weapon of choice. Blurring the line between still shot camera and video camera both the D800 and 5D Mark III represent the best of the best when it comes to D/SLR camera’s, that cost less than houses that is.

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Strange Sounds Around The World Part 1. The Hum, Underground Construction to Future Proof Society?

Strange and creepy noises are no longer the territory of the latest horror film or an overactive imagination. Over the last 18 months there have been many reports of strange and unusual sounds, with some incidents being experienced by entire towns.

As with most complex phenomenon these mysterious sounds can be broken down into different categories, a construction type noise that seems to emanate from underground, and a ghostly trumpet or wailing sound that has no definable source but appears to be atmospheric. Both phenomenon are currently being heard by many witnesses simultaneously over a large geographic area and both have been occurring all over the world in ever increasing numbers.

In this first article – Part 2 will be released later this week – we will cover the construction like noise, The Hum, and its many possible causes. A complex phenomenon the Hum has a long history of both avoiding explanation and being heard / experienced by whole communities all over the world.

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SimCity 2013, Prey For The Apocalypse Otherwise SimCity Will Consume Our Lives, Again…

Electronic Arts game studio Maxis have recently announced that their legendary game SimCity is about to be upgraded, SimCity 2013 here we come. Maxis is already hard at work developing the new city building classic. Three Maxis lead game designers took time out of their busy schedules to attend the Game Developers Conference and drip feed a few details to the world.

Thankfully Maxis had more than just talking on their minds at the GDC, they came prepared with an impressive video game trailer, a preview of things to come. Lets hope Maxis can stay true to their vision, it is a visually stunning preview.

Officially it may be called SimCity 5, by the time it is finally released the marketers may have even come up with a jazzy product name, SimCity World or some such title, here at Highpants we call it a time machine, years will disappear once it gets a hold of you.

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