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Turn the heat up, it’s Bonfire Night!

Marvel at the fireworks and keep warm by the bonfire (not too close!) with a bunch of friends and some seasonal grub, without the hassle!

Give your microwave a workout this week, it can be used for all your Bonfire Night favourites from warming up soup and mulled wine to jacket potatoes and the traditional 5th November favourite, Toffee Apples! None of these will take much more than a rocket-fuelled 5 minutes so you won’t miss any of the action outside. Remember remember a selection of LG microwave ovens have functions allowing you to select your food type and enter the weight so it can calculate itself how long is needed (this includes jacket potatoes, as well as vegetables and rice so is really handy for everyday use!) meaning you don’t have to stay in and gaze into the microwave throughout the process
(see http://www.lg.com/uk/microwave-ovens/lg-MS2382B and http://www.lg.com/uk/microwave-ovens/lg-MJ3281BCS for more details on these products )

Easy Baked Sweet Potato with Fiery Salsa

You will need:

4 sweet potatoes, washed and pricked

For the Salsa
3 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (half this if some of your guests can’t take the heat)
2 red tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
2 handfuls of plum or vine tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
A small bunch of fresh curly parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp cider vinegar
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method
1. Rest the pricked potatoes on kitchen towel, on a microwavable plate within your microwave.
2. Allow 4 – 5 minutes for cooking, on a high heat (increase by 2 minutes per potato, so 10 minutes if you do all 4 at once), turning half way, or if your LG microwave has an Auto Cook / Active Convection menu, simply enter the weight and the time is calculated for you accordingly.
3. Whilst your sweet potatoes are cooking, make your salsa by adding the spring onion, chilli, tomatoes and parsley to a bowl, before pouring over the cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt and black pepper and mix together.
4. When cooked, allow the sweet potatoes to rest for 2 minutes before handling, making a cut down the middle of each to serve with a few spoonfuls of salsa each.

NB: You don’t need to add the salsa if you prefer without – sweet potato is great just with a small knob of butter.

Toffee Apples (makes 4)

You will need:
4 apples
400g toffee (you can find bags of toffee pieces in various supermarkets, or confectionary shops which are really easy to work with)
4 lollipop sticks
An LG microwave
(and an LG fridge!)

1. Wash and dry apples
2. Remove the core and insert lollipop stick in its place, on the top of the apple
3. Melt the toffee in a microwavable bowl, stirring at 30 second intervals, until bubbling (for those of you prone to splashing your microwave interior, take a look at LG’s lightwave model with easy clean walls!)
4. Holding the lollipop stick, dip the apples into the toffee, ensuring they are evenly covered (NB you will need to act quickly so the toffee doesn’t set to soon – otherwise give it another 30 seconds in the microwave)
5. Place on a tray, lollipop stick up, and into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
6. Eat whilst admiring a host of fireworks outside!

Tip: Add a bit of extra sparkle to your toffee apples by adding some edible glitter to the toffee as soon as it’s on the apple (available now from a number of baking suppliers – there’s lots online if you don’t have anywhere near you)

Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe!

Misc. Mobile Phones

No Android 4.4 for Galaxy Nexus: Why the 18 month update window makes no sense

Google released Android 4.4, KitKat, the latest version of its mobile operating system on Thursday, with several tweaks and fixes, and new features along with a brand new smartphone, the Nexus 5, which being the platform lead device comes preloaded with the OS.
 
Google's Nexus phones and tablets have been the reference devices for its operating system, reflecting Google's own design philosophies. The Nexus devices offer the pure 'stock' Android experience as they're untouched by any additional customisation from the side of operators and OEMs. But the other major reason why some considered Nexus devices better than others was that they were the first to receive Android updates.
 
When Google announced Android 4.4, it didn't include the Galaxy Nexus - a phone it launched around two years ago - in the list of devices that will receive the update.
 
Google also confirmed the news on its support page which notes, "Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices."
 
Ironically, Google also takes pride in proclaiming that Android 4.4 optimises memory management at a big level, enabling phones that sport just 512MB of RAM to run Android 4.4 KitKat.
 
So, why did Google choose to exclude the Galaxy Nexus - a two-generation-old phone that still sports decent hardware specifications - from the Android 4.4 update? If it's just because of the 18 month update clause and purely in the interest of OEMs, then it's a bit unjustified, especially when the company boasts the ability of its operating system to run with limited system resources.
 
In contrast, Apple's new iOS 7 mobile operating system, still supports the iPhone 4, a phone that was launched in June 2010, though not all new features are supported due to hardware limitations.
 
While Google has not elaborated on the issue, a report by Engadget cites sources close to the company to inform that the reason for not supporting the phone is its chipset, which has been made by Texas Instruments. It says that the company is not in a good position to offer support for the OS upgrades. Given Google's software resources, we're sure it could have found a way.
 
We still think the company should give up on the 18 month software update window and support devices for a longer period of time. Its OEM partners, which launch high-end devices every three months, still haven't been able to solve the updates puzzle with flagship phones not getting the latest updates even longer than six months after their initial launch.
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Android 4.4 KitKat: Top 10 new features

Google has finally released Android 4.4 KitKat, the newest iteration of its mobile OS, after days of speculation surrounding its launch.
 
The KitKat update to the Android OS brings some visual changes, including more immersive graphics, as well as deeper integration with Google's intelligent assistant, Google Now, among other changes and improvements.
 
Here's a list of the top-10 new features of Android 4.4.KitKat:
 
kk-immersive-n5.jpg1. User interface tweaks: Android 4.4 KitKat offers a translucent menu bar located at the bottom of the screen, and new transition effects when you open the app launcher. The OS offers full-screen wallpapers with preview and the wallpapers now extend through the notification tray as well, in addition to the navigation buttons.
 
The new OS brings a more immersive experience by hiding the status bar and navigation buttons when the user is reading a book, or playing a game or watching a movie. They can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back the status bar and navigation buttons on KitKat.
 
The lock-screen widgets for music and movies apps now also offer the option to seek and jump to a specific part. The Quick Settings notifications menu toggles also add a 'location settings' toggle. A new Emoji keyboard for emoticons has also been included in the native Google Keyboard.
 
Android 4.4 KitKat will also show full-screen album and movie art if content is being streamed to another device such as a Chromecast.
 
2. New dialler, caller ID: The new phone app now automatically prioritises the users' contacts based on the people they talk to the most. Users can also search for nearby places and businesses, contacts, or people in their Google Apps domain directly from the Phone app. If they get a call from a phone number that is not saved in their contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.
 
3. Unified Hangouts messaging app: As we reported a few days back, Android 4.4 brings acallid.jpg new unified messaging app, with Hangouts getting SMS and MMS integration, in addition to offering instant messaging through Google accounts (erstwhile Google Talk). Hangouts now also allows users to share their location and send animated GIFs.
 
4. Smarter Google Now integration: While the voice-activated always-on search assistant was first seen in the Moto X, Android 4.4 extends it to the Nexus 5, allowing users to just say "OK Google" when in the home screen to launch the Google Now assistant and do a voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song. Google Now can be launched by simply swiping to the left instead of swiping from the bottom, at least on the Nexus 5.
 
It's not clear if the feature would reach other Android 4.4 devices. Google also says, that in the coming weeks, it's enhancing Google Now with new card types that bring information about contextual topics that interest users such as updates from a favourite website or blog.
 
5. Better support for cloud printing: Users will now be able to print photos, documents, and web pages from their phone or tablet through any printer connected to Google Cloud Print, HP ePrint printers, and via other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store. Android 4.4 offers native platform support for printing, and includes APIs for managing printing and adding new types of printer support, according to Google. "Users can discover available printers, change paper sizes, choose specific pages to print, and print almost any kind of document, image, or file," mentions Google in the OS release notes.
 
6. Chrome WebView: Android apps that feature web content now use Chrome to render web components accurately and quickly. Chromium WebView supports HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. It supports most of the HTML5 features available in Chrome for Android 30.
 
7. Step detector, counter: Android 4.4 brings platform support for two new composite sensors,kk-sensors-runtastic-n5.jpg step detector and step counter allowing users to track steps when they're walking, running, or climbing stairs, via apps and hardware that offer the feature. The Nexus 5 offers the two sensors and Google says it's working with its chipset partners to bring them to new devices as soon as possible.
 
8. Enhanced support for connectivity options: Android 4.4 also brings support for the Message Access Profile (MAP) enabling Bluetooth-enabled cars to exchange messages with Android devices. It also supports Bluetooth HID over GATT (HOGP) offering apps a low-latency link with low-power peripheral devices such as mice, joysticks, and keyboards.
 
Android 4.4 also introduces platform support for built-in IR blasters, and a new API and system service for developers to build apps that can leverage them. This means the IR Blaster, present in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will now be usable.
 
Android 4.4 also supports Wi-Fi Tunneled Direct Link Setup (TDLS), a way to stream media and other data faster between devices already on the same Wi-Fi network.
 
9. Better accessibility options: Android 4.4 offers system-wide preferences for 'closed captioning'. Apps that offer video can access the user's captioning settings and adjust the display of the captions as per the user's preferences.
 
10. Screen recording: Android 4.4 offers support for screen recording, and includes a screen recording utility that lets users capture video as they use the device and store it as an MP4 file. This also allows developers, reviewers and end-users to create walkthroughs and tutorials for apps, testing materials, and marketing videos, among others.
 
So, these were the most exciting features of the new OS. Google's Nexus 5 is already being shipped with Android 4.4, KitKat, and the OS will soon be available on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.
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Canon supports relief efforts following flooding across Southeast Asia

November 1, 2013
Canon Inc.

TOKYO, November 1, 2013—Flooding in Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, triggered by heavy rain that began in mid September this year, has caused extensive damage and loss of life across the region.

We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this catastrophe and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families. Although the road to recovery will be challenging and take time, we hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.

Canon is aiding in the relief efforts for victims of the floods with the following donations by Canon Group companies in Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore to local Red Cross and other humanitarian aid organizations.

Combined cash donations: approximately 1.93 million yen (approximately US$19,700)
Relief supplies (food, clothing, etc.): approximate value of 440,000 yen (approximately US$4,500)

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The completion of two photo collections that tell all there is to know about NIKKOR lenses

November 1, 2013

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the completion of "Eyes of Nikon" (published by D.D.WAVE Co., Ltd.), a collection of images by photographers active the world over, as part of activities commemorating the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR photographic lenses. "Eyes of Nikon" will feature images in which the unique characteristics of individual lenses are maximized by distinguished photographers, as well as explanations of NIKKOR lenses by developers themselves with the history, background, intent, and technologies behind the design and development of those lenses.

At the same time, "Masters of the Light", a collection of artistic images photographed with digital cameras and lenses, and created with the full cooperation of Nikon, will be available around the world through D.D.WAVE Co., Ltd.

Based on the theme, "ART meets TECHNOLOGY makes HISTORY", the international photographers contributing to these two photo collections have aimed for the ultimate in photo quality and made the most of NIKKOR lens technologies cultivated over the past 80 years to express the world of photographic art. All images in the two collections were captured using Nikon cameras and lenses.

What's more, a photo gallery tied to "Eyes of Nikon" will be launched on the global brand site, "nikkor.com" (http://www.nikkor.com/), to coincide with release of the photo collection (scheduled for December). "nikkor.com" offers online contents created to share the appeal of NIKKOR lenses with the world. The website continuously offers insight into the epoch-making technologies Nikon has developed with artistic images and explanations of the lenses used to capture them, allowing visitors to the site to get to know NIKKOR lenses from a variety of angles.

Throughout its long history of developing and utilizing optical and other advanced technologies for use in the development and manufacture of cameras and lenses, Nikon has proposed many ways to enjoy photography. Nikon will continue offering varying lenses that will further enhance the reliable quality of our cameras equipped with new technologies.

Photo collection release overview

"Eyes of Nikon"
A collection of original photos by twenty photographers active around the world, as well as explanations of the NIKKOR lenses.


photo image

Publisher: D.D.WAVE Co., Ltd.
Release: Scheduled for release on December, 2013
Availability: Japan, the U.S., and countries in Europe, Asia and other regions around the world
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese
Specifics: 210 x 297 mm, 192 pages, soft cover
Contributing photographers: Ahn Jun, Andrea Bruce, Bob Martin, Colston Julian, Craig Jones, Daisy Gilardini, Donald Miralle, HASHi, Hiroshi Kaneko, Kabo, Marcelo Gomes, Keith & Mark Sutton, Norihito Ogata, Phil Knott, Taisuke Koyama, Takao Fujita, Tomoko Suwa-Krull, Topaz Leung, Yoi Kawakubo, Yuhki Touyama

"Masters of the Light"
A collection of artistic images photographed with digital cameras and lenses


cover image

Publisher: D.D.WAVE Co., Ltd.
Release: Scheduled for release on December, 2013
Availability: Japan, the U.S., and countries in Europe, Asia and other regions around the world
Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese
Specifics: 250 x 300 mm, 192 pages, hardcover
Contributing photographers: David Bailey, Hanayo, Ichigo Sugawara, lwan Baan, Juergen Teller, Marcelo Gomes, Michael Kenna, Phil Knott, Ryan McGinley, Wing Shya
Art director: Neville Brody

Primary "nikkor.com" (http://www.nikkor.com) contents

History: Contents outlining the history of NIKKOR lenses. Introduction of the optical technologies and other advanced technologies adopted for past lenses.

  • *Launch scheduled for December 2013

Technology: Introduction of unknown stories and design intent that gave birth to NIKKOR lenses through interviews with designers, developers, and those who manufactured the lenses at the Tochigi factory.

  • *Launch scheduled for December 2013

Eyes of Nikon: Photo gallery tied to the "Eyes of Nikon" photo collection. Photos by the world's top photographers with explanations of the NIKKOR lenses used to capture the photos by developers of the lenses.

  • *Launch scheduled for December 2013

NIKKOR — The Thousand and One Nights:Tales by Nikon engineers detailing the unique characteristics of NIKKOR lenses, as well as their past, present, and future.

The 80th Anniversary of the NIKKOR brand and NIKKOR sales

NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. This year, the NIKKOR brand celebrates its 80th anniversary. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.

In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera as well as its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The Nikon F mount adopted for the Nikon F continues to be the mount used in the latest Nikon digital SLR cameras with no change to its original mechanical form. In 2011, Nikon released the new Nikon 1 series of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, incorporating the new 1 mount developed for the cameras. This is just one of the ways in which Nikon has steadily expanded its lineup of lenses incorporating optical technologies and superior quality cultivated over the years, as well as other advanced technologies, users have come to expect. As a result, total production of NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 80 million in June 2013.

Nikon's own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses.

  • The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.
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