Eye-Fi Makes You Their Beta-Tester Through Eye-Fi Labs

When you’re a social media addict and tech geek using one of Eye-Fi’s magical SD cards that directly transfer images from your camera to your smartphone, you’ll like this. With Eye-Fi Labs, the company now lets you play beta tester for them. Once signed up, you’ll be able to take a look at Eye-Fi’s latest developments before they’re released for the general public. While beta testing sometimes means you’ll get to use buggy software, it also means that you can play an active role in the development of new products by helping with troubleshooting and giving feedback.

Hooked? Head over to Eye-Fi’s website to find out more!

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The Snapper is a Lens Cap That Holds a Memory Card

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How many times have you honestly sat there and told yourself, “GeeWiz, I want to store something in my lens cap?”

I haven’t. But a new lens cap called the Snapper wants you to. This is a brand new pinch-style cap that wants to keep your memory card stored in one place without needing to buy extra cases. Of course though, this also means that you need to bring a lens cap with you–and some folks don’t bring them if they have UV filters and lens hoods.

The cooler thing is that the company also states that the caps are the same size as traditional caps–which really makes us wonder about the design. Granted, it’s easier to find a lens cap then a memory card in a camera bag.

The product is now a Kickstarter, and more details can be found on their page.

Justin Bieber Being Sued by Photographer After Guards Take Camera, Memory and Threaten With Gun


Justin Bieber is apparently being sued by a photographer after his guards took photographer Jeff Binion’s camera. Binion then pleaded to get his camera back and apparently even offered to delete the images. The guards gave it back to him, but kept the memory card, according to FStoppers. But the story doesn’t end there.

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New CF Card Offers RAID Mode, Brings Extra Safety for Your Pictures

Amulet Wise Duo CF CardOne of the most important rules for any professional photographer is to always backup their pictures. While the loss of a single image may already mean the loss of a significant amount of money, the loss of a whole series might result in the loss of the job. The Japanese company Amulet now announced a new Compact Flash card that will automatically create backups on a second partition, thus operating as a virtual RAID drive. In standard mode, the card will record up to 64 GB of data, while in backup mode, it will record 32 GB, with each picture existing as an original and as a copy.

While this will not protect you from catastrophic hardware failure, it might still offer you that little bit more peace of mind while being out shooting. The Wise CF Card Duo will offer read/write speeds of up to 60/50 MB/sec, and will be available from June 14 in Japan, according to DC Watch. We have no idea whether it will hit overseas markets as well, but we sure hope so.

Transcend Announces New Wi-Fi SD Cards


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Transcend has released their newest Wi-Fi capable SDHC memory cards to make image transfers just that much easier. It works via an existing Wi-Fi connection from an Internet hotspot in Internet mode or it can operate though the Direct Share mode which allows for a peer-to-peer connection between your camera and any mobile device. Direct Share is a great choice for instant viewing during your shoot that will take advantage of the larger screen on your mobile device.

With the free Wi-Fi SD App that is available for both iOS and Android, you can access all of your photos from a shoot to browse, download, edit, and then share through your social media of choice. If you’re not into the whole mobile editing idea, there is a similar web browser app that’ll do the same thing. These new SD cards are of the speedy Class 10 rating and come in both 16GB and 32GB varieties at $69 and $99 respectively.

Lexar Joins Sony in XQD Development


Today Lexar announced that they are going to start supporting and producing XQD memory cards. Lexar joins Sony as only the second company to offer support for the XQD specification. The only camera that currently supports the new standard of memory card is the Nikon D4.

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Samsung’s Latest Stylish Memory Cards Are Like The Sexy Underwear You’ll Never Show Off


In one of the most interesting technology moves I’ve ever seen, Samsung has today introduced what they call, “Stylish” memory cards. Numbering seven SD and Micro SD in total, the company claims speeds of 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher. Plus, they also promise the ability to transfer 1GB of information in as little as 42 seconds. Each card also features a brushed metal chassis. Additionally, they can are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in water, withstand the force of a 1.6 ton vehicle (3,200 lbs), and resist up to 10,000 Gauss (slightly less than the power of a medical imaging magnet).

Spec table and a video of a waterproofing test I did with SD cards a while back are after the jump. Don’t ask about my appearance; I’m not wearing sexy underwear either.

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