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Art Of Photography

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Retro is most definitely back, what with the interest photo business stalwart Fujifilm seems to have stirred among enthusiast and professional photographers alike with its retro-styled camera offerings, starting with the X100 and now the X10. Make no mistakes about it, the X10, much like the X100, is still a pricey little camera, but can the user-friendly controls and the addition of a zoom lens do it for the X10?

For the casual observer, there's little to tell the X10 and the X100 apart. The retro styled chunky black-metal body of the X10 feels reassuringly put together. It's only around the rear that you can tell this is a modern camera, with a bank of control around the LCD that will please just about any camera enthusiast with the number of options available readily at hand. Just remember if you're looking for a traditional power switch on the X10, there isn't any — you just twist the zoom ring, digital-SLR style, to the off position to turn the camera off. No manual focus, by the way.

When it comes down to peers for this camera, it's really its older sibling that one can pit the X10 against, and there are a few key differences worth noting. For the 20,000+ saving you make by picking the X10, you lose a large digital-SLR-sized sensor and get a 4x zoom lens providing an angle of view equivalent to a 28-112mm lens on a 35mm camera. So the crucial question is — how does the much smaller 2/3inch EXR CMOS sensor fare, especially when you consider you're paying 2-3 times the price of an average point-and-shoot? While the sensor does have some tricks up its sleeve while shooting in low light and the images quality and detail far surpass just about any compact I've seen, you've got to wonder if the charm of the retro X10 is enough to warrant such an extravagant price. Then again, a piece of art doesn't come cheap, does it?

Rating: 7/10
Price: Rs 44,999

Online Security 2012
With more and more folks running their lives on their smartphones, securing your personal details especially if you use your phone for online banking or e-commerce transactions becomes paramount. If you're using an Android smartphone, Norton's Mobile Security product may be what you need. Once you purchase the 1-year license and download/install the product on your phone, you get to set up its anti-theft and anti-malware features — the former lets you configure the actions you can perform remotely on your phone if it is stolen (wipe, lock or locate) while the latter scans the phone for known malware that may be installed on your phone. There's also a web protection feature which prevents access to known fraudulent sites, and my personal favorite, a call and SMS blocker which lets you specify which numbers are known spam-callers and banish them from your life!

For PC users, Norton's latest 2012 installment in its web security suite, Norton Internet Security 2012 retains all of its existing security features, including anti-malware, identity protection, network intrusion protection and built-in firewall and brings in a couple of nice improvements. One of them is the ability to improve your PC performance by monitoring what programs start when you boot your Windows PC, and how trustworthy these applications are. Another feature called Bandwidth Awareness is designed with laptops in mind, and prevents Norton from downloading large updates if you're connecting to the Internet via your phone connection, for example, and will schedule the download to a time when you're connected via a wired internet connection.

Rating: 8/10
Price: Rs 599 (NMS), Rs 1,219.99 (NIS2012)

In Touch With Your Needs
Cold outside? Pity you can't check your smartphone for calls, texts or a weather app to see just how cold it is, since most touchscreen displays work on the conductive properties of the user's fingers. Enter the Mujjo Next-Generation Touchscreen Gloves. They're made of silver-coated nylon fibers knitted into the entire fabric of the glove, and it's these fibers that made the gloves conductive and therefore touchscreen compatible. What an idea, Sir Ji!
Price: $34.95

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