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Project map is first of its kind in the UK

 

The country’s largest electricity distributor, is the first in the industry to launch an online map showing where over 100 miles of overhead cables have been undergrounded.

The interactive project demonstrates the electricity company’s achievements in restoring many historic views across the countryside, showing where power lines have been undergrounded in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.

The project map also encourages people to suggest which others power lines could be considered in the East and South East of England, where UK Power Networks delivers power (it also keeps the lights on in London where most electricity cables are underground).

Viewers can log on to learn about completed projects totaling 170km (under orange ‘pins’) and planned projects (blue ‘pins’). The map is constantly updated as projects are planned, started and finished.

The map was the result of UK Power Networks’ working in collaboration with Yes&Pepper, a London-based ideas agency. The tool was built based on client-supplied information and continuous tests, with weekly calls and regular reviews in place for further development. The team managed to turn it around in ten weeks.

The inspiration for the project map came from the success of UK Power Networks’ existing power cut map, which enables people to see the progress to restore supplies after any power cuts throughout London, the South and South East of England. Since last summer, relevant customer tweets have been to the map in real time, and other power companies have started to follow its lead.

Jenny Carter from the digital team at UK Power Networks oversaw the map design. She said: “Ofgem encourages us to carry out undergrounding works in AONBs by providing special funding, but we wanted to take this one step further and share the positive impact this initiative has on the UK’s protected countryside, and engage further with local communities.

“We provide the expertise and manpower to underground these lines, allowing local residents and tourists to fully appreciate the surroundings. Such work also increases the reliability of power supplies in the area and this map celebrates all that hard work. We’re looking forward to hearing what people think of it, and will continue to update and improve the online map in future.”

Ross Peet, managing partner at Yes&Pepper, said: “When dealing with large data, it’s vital for the information to be reported in a visual manner, to allow easy access and offer an overall understanding in a matter of seconds. We’ve been working hand in hand with our client to build this innovative, user-centric project, always fine-tuning it for an optimal experience online. It’s been a real technical challenge for Yes&Pepper to pull everything together so quickly and accurately during testing, but the end result is incredibly efficient.”

See: www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/aonb/map.html

Photo captions: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty where UK Power Networks has removed overhead power lines.

 

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For further information please contact UK Power Networks press office on 03301 591712.

 

Notes to editors:

 

  • UK Power Networks is the country’s biggest electricity distributor, making sure the lights stay on for more than eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England.

 

Network operators aren’t the same as energy suppliers; network operators manage local power lines and substations, while energy suppliers sell the electricity that runs through the power lines.

 

UK Power Networks is the first electricity distributor to be named in the Sunday Times’ Top 30 Best Companies to Work For, and made industry history by becoming first company to win Utility of the Year two years running (2015 and 2016, also 2012).

 

The company invests more than £500 million in its electricity networks every year, offers extra help to vulnerable customers at times of need, and is undertaking trials to ensure that electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future. It also moves cables and connects new electricity supplies. If you have a power cut ring 105, see www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk or tweet us @UKPNnews

3 Legged Thing launches universal QR11 brackets

Press release issued by 3 Legged Thing:

3 Legged Thing is proud to introduce …
The QR11-LC & QR11-LG

British Tripod brand, 3 Legged Thing has launched its latest Universal L Bracket. The QR11-LC and QR11-LG are the result of six months of research and development, offering universal compatibility, accessory attachment and flat storage.

What’s the story?

The QR11 comes with triangular pads, designed to tessellate and provide as much surface contact as possible on the baseplate, which translates to more grip and a more secure connection. The base itself is the optimal length for most cameras, enabling more compatibility and better access to cable sockets. It features a quarter-inch threaded hole on the upright, for attaching other accessories, and a strap connector on both aspects.

“I really wanted to produce something cross-compatible with as many cameras as I could. I wanted to make something that is more than just an L-Bracket. Our Mission at 3 Legged Thing has always been to add as much value in innovation as we can to our products, and the QR11 is no exception,” said 3 Legged Thing’s Founder and Chief Executive, Danny Lenihan (pictured).

“I also wanted to produce something that was affordable,”said Lenihan. “So many L Brackets are upwards of $150 to $250, which is a lot of money for a student or any photographer, really. It’s important that we are as inclusive as we can be, so that photography enthusiasts on smaller budgets, can still have the opportunity to use an L Bracket. At $49.99, I think we’ve achieved that.”

The QR11-LC on a Canon 5d Mark IV. Image courtesy of 3LT Team Pro, Ben Eaton-Williams.

The QR11 also has another neat trick – it can be disassembled in seconds, using the included multi-tool (3LT-TOOLZ) and stored flat, making it easier to transport and stow. It also comes in two colour options: Equinox Copper and Eclipse Grey, to suit your style.

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Headquartered in a converted chicken shed (The Chicken Shed) on Kinsbourne Farm, in Stagsden, Bedfordshire, 3 Legged Thing is a small, British company of passionate people, creating and innovating camera support systems for photographers and videographers.

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Press release issued by Billingham:

Billingham introduces the Hadley One

Versatile, purpose-built camera bag delivers ultimate protection for photographic equipment and laptop or tablet


Cradley Heath, UK – 28 June 2017: Billingham has announced the introduction of a new model to its acclaimed Hadley range, providing photographers with the highest quality protection for valuable camera equipment, laptops and personal possessions.

Building on the success of the Hadley Pro, the Hadley One has been designed and precision-engineered in England by the Billingham team, incorporating a host of new features following feedback from photographers around the world. Manufactured from rugged, weather-proof FibreNyte canvas, complemented by strong top-grain leather, this premium bag is slightly larger than the Hadley Pro and offers spacious storage to accommodate a mid-sized DSLR body and lens combination, or a core CSC kit, along with a small laptop or tablet.

Completely adaptable to each photographer’s needs, its removable, full-height padded insert can be positioned within the bag to divide the interior and provide optimum space for all items, and a second optional insert can be added, for extra versatility. A fully padded laptop sleeve has been stitched into the back of the main compartment, to hold a tablet, 13” MacBook Pro or similar device securely in place.

A robust top handle has been incorporated into the design, allowing the Hadley One to be carried as a briefcase or holdall, a features a re-engineered leather covering to provide extra comfort and a secure grip. The adjustable shoulder sling is manufactured from Billingham’s shuttle woven spun polyester and solid brass fittings, and can be completely removed if required.

Billingham’s weather-resistant FibreNyte canvas delivers exceptional durability, colour fastness and protection from external elements. Extremely tough, yet light in weight, it never requires reproofing, retaining its water and heat-resistant properties throughout the life of the bag.

Delivering maximum protection for heavier lenses and the all-metal bodies often featured in current CSC and DSLR products, the rear, side and bottom faces of the bag have been strengthened with foam padding. This also adds structure and support, making sure the Hadley One retains its shape whether completely full or just carrying a small number of items – and safeguards any equipment carried in the outside pockets.

For additional customisation and storage capacity, external pockets can be fitted to the Hadley One, fastened to the thick leather layer to provide a secure mount for valuable accessories. The shoulder sling attachment has been riveted through the leather to form a core structure of the bag.

In response to numerous requests from Billingham owners, a durable luggage trolley strap, enabling the user to retain the bag over the handle of a trolley suitcase, has been integrated into the Hadley One. This practical feature allows the photographer to access the rear zipped pocket when mounted, while a weather-proof zip closure keeps all contents dry in inclement conditions.

The Hadley One is available in three FibreNyte and leather colour combinations: Sage & Chocolate, Khaki & Chocolate and All-Black.

Harry Billingham, director, commented, “We have been listening to feedback from our customers for more than four decades, and we continuously look for improvements in our products and processes to exceed the expectations of photographers. While fulfilling the essential requirements of protection and strength, we also manufacture to exact technical specifications and quality standards, giving owners the peace of mind that they can trust and rely on our bags to perform throughout their lifetime. With the Hadley One, we’ve responded to the suggestions of photographers from across the world, incorporating features that will make their daily working lives easier, particularly those travelling frequently from location to location.”

Billingham’s meticulous sourcing procedures ensure that all textiles and materials meet stringent criteria, guaranteeing that every bag is built from tested, innovative and durable components. As with all Billingham bags, the Hadley One is subject to extensive inspections and quality checks before being made available to purchase. Once complete, the bag receives its own laser-engraved label and individual serial number, allowing the owner to register the product, and enabling it to be identified and tracked throughout its lifecycle. The Hadley One comes with a five year guarantee.

An extensive range of matching accessories is available for all Billingham bags, including top-grain leather shoulder pads for added comfort when travelling and leather luggage tallies in various colour options.

Hadley One technical specifications

External dimensions: (W x D x H) 370 x 140 x 280mm
Internal dimensions: (W x D x H) 350 x 120 x 250mm (without padded insert); 150 x 120 x 240mm (inside the padded insert); 120mm is maximum depth at bottom, 100mm at the top
Capacity: 8.75 litres
Weight: 1.38kg (inc removable sling and padded insert)
Pockets: 3 (plus integrated padded 13” laptop area)
Front dump pockets: Two – 140 x 30 to 80 x 210mm
Rear zipped pocket: (W x H) 330 x 200mm (capacity nominal)
Included: H1 removable shoulder sling (48mm width); Hadley One standard insert (1/2 length, full height including one padded divider flap)

Additional information on the Billingham Hadley One can be found at www.billingham.co.uk.

Availability and pricing

The Billingham Hadley One will be available from 1 July 2017 at www.billingham.co.uk and authorised Billingham stockists at a suggested retail price of £265 including VAT.

WESTERN DIGITAL Launches new my passport™ ultra DRIVE

Press release issued by Western Digital:

WESTERN DIGITAL Launches new my passport™ ultra DRIVE to help consumers easily back up their digital lives

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 27, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation, (NASDAQ: WDC), a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today expanded its iconic line of WD® brand My Passport portable drives with the redesigned My Passport Ultra drive. In addition to a new metallic look, the drive offers intuitive WD Discovery™ software to help consumers easily back up photos, videos and important documents shared and created across multiple social networks, cloud services and devices. The My Passport Ultra drive is the ideal storage solution for consumers who want to consolidate and preserve all aspects of their digital lives.

Today’s consumers have multiple social media accounts, and according to Parks Associates research1, use an average of three public cloud services per household like Dropbox, Google Drive™ or Microsoft OneDrive, all of which increases their digital footprint. With so many ways to create, share and store content, there is a growing need for solutions that enable consumers to consolidate all of this crucial data. The My Passport Ultra drive with WD Discovery software makes it easier than ever to back up content from popular social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram*. With a few simple steps, users can download all of their content, including tagged photos and videos from Facebook, onto the drive. WD Discovery software is also an excellent way for users to keep a local copy of files they’ve stored on their favorite public cloud services.

“As the connected consumer has become more mobile, content is now scattered across multiple devices, cloud services and social media,” said Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “The fundamental problem for consumers is that they may not remember what content is stored on what account. Device makers and service providers are positioned to provide a better way to integrate and improve the connected consumer experience.”

To ensure peace of mind that valuable digital memories and files are backed up quickly and easily, the My Passport Ultra drive also comes with easy-to-set WD Backup™ software, allowing users to schedule automatic backups directly from a computer to the drive. In addition, the My Passport Ultra drive features 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security™ software built in to help keep private content secure. With a personalized password, users can activate hardware encryption and data protection.

“With so many amazing platforms at our fingertips to create and share photos, videos and important files, it’s critical that we enable consumers to bring together all of their precious content,” said Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “We’re focused on delivering brilliant storage solutions that combine the quality, performance and reliability consumers have come to expect from the WD brand, and now we’ve reimagined our portable storage portfolio with intuitive software, high capacity and a beautiful design that perfectly suits today’s digital lifestyle.”

The My Passport Ultra drive’s stylish design is an extension of the new My Passport industrial design that was launched in October 2016 and formed from its partnership with award-winning industrial design and branding firm, fuseproject and its lead designer Yves Behar. Designed with metallic and matte finishes, the My Passport Ultra drive is available in two color combinations, either black-gray or white-gold. The drive comfortably fits in the palm of a hand, pocket or purse, so people can confidently back up all of their favorite content wherever life takes them.

Pricing and Availability

The My Passport Ultra drive is protected by a three-year limited warranty and is available now from wd.com and at select retailers and distributors around the world. My Passport Ultra has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRPs) starting at $79.99/1TB/ £82.99 respectively**. You can see full UK pricing here.

Adobe achieves record revenue

Press release issued by Adobe:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 4:05 pm EDT

Adobe Creative Revenue Exceeds $1 Billion in Q2

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2017 ended June 2, 2017.

Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.75 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.02 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.21 billion, with Creative revenue growing to a record $1.01 billion.
  • Strong Creative Cloud and Document Cloud adoption and retention drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $4.56 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $312 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved record revenue of $495 million, which represents 29 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 46 percent and net income grew 53 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 42 percent and net income grew 43 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $645 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.07 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2 million shares during the quarter, returning $266 million of cash to stockholders.

A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.

Executive Quotes

“Digital transformation continues to be the burning agenda for creative professionals, enterprises, governments and educational institutions,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “Adobe is the go-to company for creating world-class digital customer journeys from design to delivery to measurement and monetization.”

“Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We’re excited about the strong business momentum we have as we enter the second half of fiscal 2017 and remain confident in our ability to drive strong revenue and earnings growth in the future.”

Adobe to Webcast Earnings Conference Call

Adobe will webcast its second quarter fiscal year 2017 earnings conference call today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time from its investor relations website: www.adobe.com/ADBE. Earnings documents, including Adobe management’s prepared conference call remarks with slides, financial targets and an investor datasheet are posted to Adobe’s investor relations website in advance of the conference call for reference. A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP earnings results and financial targets is also provided on the website.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to the relevance of our products to our customers, business momentum, revenue, annualized recurring revenue, non-operating other expense, tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, earnings per share on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, and share count, all of which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop, market and offer products and services that meet customer requirements, introduction of new products, services and business models by competitors, fluctuations in subscription renewal rates, failure to successfully manage transitions to new business models and markets, uncertainty in economic conditions and the financial markets, complex and unpredictable sales cycles for some enterprise offerings, risks associated with cyber-attacks and information security, potential interruptions or delays in hosted services provided by us or third parties, changes in accounting principles, and failure to realize the anticipated benefits of past or future acquisitions. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, please refer to Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2016 ended Dec. 2, 2016, and Adobe’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2017.

The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in Adobe’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for our quarter ended June 2, 2017, which Adobe expects to file in June 2017.

Adobe assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

© 2017 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe and the Adobe logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

More detail on this fanancial statement is aavaiable on the Adobe website.

Sony opens first Imaging Pro service centre in London

Sony partners with Fixation to launch first authorised SONY Imaging PRO support walk-in centre

Sony today launched its first SONY Imaging PRO support walk-in centre, which officially opens its doors to the public on the 1st September, 2017. The first of its kind, customers will be able to get their Sony equipment[i] serviced and repaired at the new support centre based at Fixation in London. The centre offers rapid turnaround times for diagnosing issues, on-site repairs and servicing. Customers will also be able to rent Sony products at competitive prices while their kit is being repaired or to assist with purchase decisions or short term projects. All rental equipment is professionally cleaned and tested by Fixation’s own technicians to ensure best performance before any loan period.

The centre will also provide enhanced services in line with the Sony Pro Support Programme, to reinforce Sony’s commitment to the growing pool of professional photographers buying into Sony systems. In addition to the dedicated telephone help desk offered as part of the PRO Support service, members now have the chance to receive personal advice and support regarding their α camera equipment in the new walk-in centre. Instead of sending off units that require servicing, including twice-yearly sensor cleaning and firmware check-ups, equipment can now be quickly checked and repaired at the Fixation centre. For further information on PRO support and membership please check here.

Arnaud Gutleben, Head of Imaging for Sony UK and Ireland, said: “Following the recent launch of the α9, Sony is increasingly focusing its attention on addressing the needs of professional photographers. We understand that service and support are essential to any pro photographer, hence we are taking this opportunity to strengthen and build on the Sony Imaging PRO SUPPORT programme that we launched in the UK in September 2016. Thanks to our new partnership with Fixation, we are now able to offer a walk-in service centre in the UK where members of our Pro Support programme and professional photographers can get their RX series and α e-mount cameras and lenses serviced to the highest standard We believe this partnership will be instrumental in meeting and ultimately exceeding the expectations of all pro photographers using Sony cameras.”

David Garratt, CEO of Fixation’s parent company Wex Photographic, commented “We are absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the UK’s first Sony Authorised Service Centre dedicated to supporting Sony’s innovative range of pro-focused imaging products. Fixation has a long history of supporting professional photographers with first class service and we look forward to working with Sony to extend the range of imaging products we can support”.

To check the range of services offered at Fixation, please click here.

Fixation is a professional photographic service centre based in London, dedicated to providing authorised repairs, rentals and sales to photographers across the UK. Established in 1988 by one of the leading names in the industry, Fixation has become the trusted brand for professionals, having developed a reputation for unrivalled technical expertise and excellent customer service. Fixation entered a new phase of development in 2015 being acquired by Wex Photographic, the UK’s largest online photo retailer. http://www.fixationuk.com/about-us/

[i] The services and repairs are currently only available for Sony’s range of RX compact cameras and α e-mount interchangeable lens cameras and lenses.

Nikon Coolpix W300 all weather camera launched

Press release issued by Nikon UK:

Live the adventure with the all-new, all-weather COOLPIX W300

RRP: £389.99/€469.00

Sales start date: TBC

London, UK, 31st May 2017: Nikon introduces the all-new COOLPIX W300—the all-weather compact with deep-water credentials. Perfect for adventurers, this is an easy-to-use camera that’s ready to take on the great outdoors, the city, and everything in between.

The COOLPIX W300 easily captures 16 MP photos and 4K/UHD video at depths of up to 30 m without housing.1 A solid performer on land too, this dustproof compact keeps on shooting in temperatures as low as -10° C.2 And the shockproof body can tolerate drops from heights of up to 2.4 m.3 The bright NIKKOR wide-angle zoom lens gives users the freedom to capture superb shots of the action in low light or murky underwater environments. Macro mode will capture extreme close ups of tiny wonders above or below the water. Support for GPS/GLONASS/QZS makes it easy to geotag shots and log journeys. And SnapBridge connectivity lets users sync photos to a smart device as they shoot, or use the smart device to shoot remotely.

Chelsey Lavall, Product Manager, CDSC & Action at Nikon UK says: “If you love being outdoors and seek out adventure, this is the perfect camera for you. The COOLPIX W300 is waterproof up to 30 meters, allowing you to capture amazing memories whether in the pool, snorkeling in the Caribbean or diving off cliffs in the Mediterranean. You can shoot scenery from the back of a jeep on safari or out skiing on the slopes – the COOLPIX W300 is built to withstand anything you throw at it. SnapBridge also makes sharing your pictures easier than ever before, so your friends back home can stay up-to-date with your adventures.”

Summary of key features

Tough build. Tough performance. Real freedom. Waterproof to 30 m without housing.1 Shockproof when dropped from heights of up to 2.4 m.2 Freeze-proof down to -10° C, and dustproof too.3

Thrilling moments. Exceptional images. Sensitive back-illuminated 16 MP CMOS sensor and bright f/2.8 lens with 5x optical zoom. The 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom4  doubles the reach of the lens to bring the action that much closer.

Show more of the world. Record 4K/UHD 30p footage or Full HD (1080p) video on land or underwater. A new AE lock helps capture smooth video footage as the light changes, which is especially handy when filming underwater.

Sharp and steady. Speedy autofocus and Nikon’s impressive five-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction deliver fast, steady, spot-on shooting—on land or underwater.

Knows where you go. Shows where you’ve been. The camera’s new Tool button will instantly display GPS, number of steps taken, and altitude/depth or air pressure/water pressure readings on the monitor.

Easy control for lives rich with adventure. With a deep grip, a large monitor, and easy control underwater or when wearing gloves.

The world is waiting. Go find it. The camera’s tripod mount is just as useful for accessories—like Nikon’s SB-N10 underwater flash—as it is for shooting time-lapse movies with a tripod.

 

Footnotes:

1 Waterproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that are equivalent to JIS/IEC Protection Class 8 (IPX8). Shooting at depths up to 30 m is possible for approx. 60 minutes.

2 Freeze-proof/dustproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that equivalent to JIS/IEC Protection Class 6 (IPX6).

3 Shockproof: clears Nikon testing conditions that conform to MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock  (dropped onto plywood of 5 cm thickness from a height of 240 cm).

4 Dynamic Fine Zoom can zoom 2x further than the longest optical telephoto range, while maintaining maximum image resolution.

 

SnapBridge compatibility

The camera’s Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® capabilities are only available when using SnapBridge. Nikon’s SnapBridge application must be installed on a compatible smart device before SnapBridge can be used with this camera.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon and its Affiliates is under license.

Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®.

Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

 

 

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