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Philips PowerSensor Displays from MMD

Easy on the eyes, easy on the planet:
eco-friendly productivity with new Philips PowerSensor Displays

  • 16:10 aspect ratio for less scrolling when working with applications
  • Sustainable eco-design with Power Sensor saves up to 80% energy costs
  • LowBlue Mode for eye-friendly productivity
  • IPS technology for full colours and wide viewing angle

Amsterdam, 8 December 2016 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces two new 24-inch LCD displays that work for the health of users as well as the planet. Packed with eco and user-friendly design features, these displays include an integrated PowerSensor to turn power off when no one is at the desk; and a special LowBlue mode to cut the amount of blue light exposure for the eyes. Combined with the colour performance and wide viewing angles of IPS technology, the 16:10 aspect ratio as well as advanced connectivity with USB 3.0, they are displays to improve productivity in any modern office.

Wellbeing at work
Commenting on the user-friendly productivity of the new displays, Artem Khomenko, Product Manager Philips monitors Europe at MMD says, “At home and at work, people routinely log many hours of screen time every day. These displays are part of our ongoing commitment to developing innovative products that keep people working productively and healthily even when hours are long.”

Keeping eyes fresh and healthy is key to better wellbeing at work. However, excessive exposure to the blue light of displays can potentially harm vision. The LowBlue mode in the new 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB LCD displays counters this impact. Developed to enhance wellbeing, LowBlue mode uses a smart software technology to reduce the shortwave blue light. LowBlue mode is complemented by Philips Flicker-free technology, a solution to regulate brightness and reduce flicker for more comfortable viewing. The displays also feature the SmartErgoBase, which users can tilt, swivel and height-adjust to their personal preference for a more comfortable viewing experience. As a useful side benefit, the base also keeps cables neat and tidy.

Displays with eco credentials
These new Philips Monitors displays were developed with eco-friendly productivity in mind. They are made from 85% post-consumer recycled plastics with TCO Edge, minimising the environmental impact of production. In operation, they save energy highly effectively through the PowerSensor, an integrated “people sensor” that transmits and receives harmless infrared signals to determine if a user is present, and automatically reduces monitor brightness whenever the user moves away. This cuts the energy bill by up to 80% and prolongs the monitor life.

Brilliant display performance
Eco credentials apart, the new displays also deliver where it matters most: on brilliant viewing quality. Advanced IPS technology creates extra-wide viewing angles of 178/178 degrees for viewing from almost any angle – even nearly side-on. No matter if users work with big charts or multiple-page documents – thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio, the 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB are perfect for all kinds of office applications as they offer more space. Users will also appreciate the sharp images and vivid colours that demand consistent colour accuracy and brightness. The ultra-narrow screen border reduces distraction and makes the displays ideal for multi-screen or tiled setups. The displays of course also deliver the same quality viewing to photos and movies.

Professional connectivity
Responding to the need to connect efficiently to a whole range of data sources, these new displays are equipped with VGA, DisplayPort and universal HDMI. And for super-fast transfer, they also feature Super Speed USB 3.0, enabling data to be sent at a blazing 5.0 gbit per second (around 10 times the speed of USB 2.0). The USB interface is backward-compatible, so users can continue to source data from their USB 2.0 devices.
The new Philips 240B7QPJEB/240B7QPTEB LCD displays are available now for an RRP of £289.00/£299.00 respectively.

Technical Specifications:

Specification Philips 240B7QPJEB display Philips 240B7QPTEB display
LCD panel type IPS technology
Backlighting technology W-LED
Panel size 24.1 inch / 61.1 cm
Aspect ratio 16:10
Optimum resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz
Viewing angle 178° (H) / 178° (V), @ C/R > 10
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Display colours 16.7M
Picture enhancement SmartImage
MHL 1080P @ 60 Hz
Convenience ·         Built-in Speakers: 2 W x 2

·         User convenience: SmartImage, Input,
PowerSensor, Menu, Power On/Off, LowBlue Mode

·         Kensington lock, VESA mount (100x100mm)

Plug & Play Compatibility: DDC/CI, macOS, sRGB, Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7

Connectivity ·         Signal input: VGA (Analogue), DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4

Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green

USB: USB 3.0x 2 (1 w/fast charging)

Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out


·         Signal input: VGA (Analogue), DisplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort 1.2 x 1, HDMI 1.4

Signal output: DisplayPort out

Sync Input: Separate Sync, Sync on Green

USB: USB 3.0×4 (1 w/fast charging)

Audio (In/Out): PC audio-in, Headphone out

Stand ·         Height adjustment: 130 mm

Pivot: 90 degree

Swivel: -175/+175 degree

Tilt: -5/20 degree


·         Height adjustment: 150 mm

Pivot: 90 degree

Swivel: -175/+175 degree

Tilt: -5/20 degree

Sustainability ·         Environmental and energy: PowerSensor,
EnergyStar 7.0, EPEAT Gold, TCO edge, RoHS·         Recyclable packaging material: 100 %·         Post-consumer recycled plastic: 85%

·         Specific Substances: PVC / BFR free housing, Mercury free, Lead free

Compliance and standards Regulatory Approvals: CE Mark, FCC Class B,
Cabinet ·         Front bezel, rear cover and foot: Black

·         Finish: Texture


Press contact:
united communications GmbH
Elena Strzelczyk
Tel.: +49 30 7890760

Company contact EMEA:
Ivilina Boneva
Tel.: +31 20 5046945

About MMD
MMD is a wholly owned company of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips branded LCD displays worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market. MMD serves the Western European markets from its headquarters in Amsterdam. The Eastern European and CIS markets are served by a local office in Prague. Through its network of local sales teams MMD works with all major IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development centre is located in Taiwan. www.mmd-p.com

ADATA releases updated SC660H and SV620H 3D NAND external SSDs


Fast and reliable storage expansion in two stylish designs

UK – December 8, 2016 – ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today launched the updated Premier SC660H and Premier SV620H external SSDs. Based on previous designs, the new models are part of the ADATA move to 3D NAND Flash in all new SSDs and in refreshes of existing models. The SC660H and SV620H feature 3D TLC NAND instead of traditional 2D NAND to provide increased reliability, durability, and efficiency. The drives connect to host PCs via USB 3.1 Gen 1, and are presented in two distinct enclosure styles. Thanks to 3D NAND, the updated SSDs are available in 256GB and 512GB as opposed to 240GB and 480GB in the original SC660/SV620. Performance is 440MB/s read and 430MB/s write in both models.

SC660H: ultra-thin and tough elegance

The SC660H measures just 9.6mm tall. Its slim enclosure uses electroplated and textured titanium, ensuring a high degree of resistance against shocks, scratches, paint chipping, and fingerprints. The SC660H weighs a mere 73g, a fraction of the bulk of an external mechanical hard drive.

SV620H: elevating external SSD design

Also light and slender, the SV620H likewise employs a sandblasted titanium enclosure that makes it shock and scratch resistant. Its flat surfaces are raised 0.75mm, so that even when moved across a desk or other area the risk of unsightly scratches is minimised. The SV620H weighs 76g, and like its SC660H sibling has a cool blue activity LED.


Bigger capacity in the same space plus added reliability

The 3D TLC NAND used on the two external SSDs is more reliable than 2D NAND and enables “packing” more storage into identical product chassis. At 256GB and 512GB, the SC660H and SV620H offer more space than their predecessors without consuming extra power. They are extremely efficient and ideal for notebook PCs thanks to placing very little stress on batteries. Like all SSDs, they run totally silent and cool. With their 3D NAND, the SC660H and SV620H simply offer a better value than 2D NAND-based external SSDs, representing another step in ADATA embracing new technology to benefit consumers worldwide.



ADATA Technology, one of the world’s largest vendors of DRAM modules and USB flash drives, provides complete solutions, including memory cards, solid state drives, and portable hard drives. ADATA products also include on the go power for mobile devices and the company is now a major provider of advanced LED lighting. ADATA products continue to garner international acclaim from organisations such as iF Design Awards (Germany), red dot Awards, CES Best of Innovations Awards, Good Design Awards (Japan), Best Choice of Computex Awards, and Taiwan Excellence Gold Awards. The company’s slogan of Love, Life, Dreams embodies the ADATA brand and the role of innovative memory products in the human pursuit of universally-cherished ideas. For more information, please visit www.adata.com.

Affinity Photo for Windows starts to ship

Press release issued by Serif:

Affinity Photo goes on sale for Windows – and gets amazing new features

Affinity Photo for Windows screen showing focus merge function

Press Release • Dec 08, 2016 09:55 GMT

Bestselling professional picture editing app Affinity Photo is now available to buy for Windows – and boasts a huge update for Mac, too.

Today’s Windows launch coincides with developer Serif releasing Affinity Photo 1.5, which represents the biggest single update to the app since it was launched over a year ago.

Chosen as Apple’s ‘App of the Year’ 2015, and ‘Best Imaging Software’ 2016 by the Technical Image Press Association, Affinity Photo on Mac has received thousands of 5-star reviews from professional photographers, editors, artists and retouchers around the world.

Speed, power and accuracy are at the heart of Affinity Photo’s peerless workflow, with non-destructive editing, RAW processing and end-to-end colour management as standard. Tools work in real time, so there’s no waiting to see results.

Now Affinity Photo 1.5’s enormous update takes its renowned power to another level with an array of new features that users will love, including:

  • Macros to record and replay a set of commands
  • Advanced HDR merge producing deep unbounded 32-bit images
  • A full tone mapping workspace for both HDR and LDR images
  • Focus stacking to achieve large depth of field from multiple images
  • Full batch processing to process large folders of images in one go
  • An all-new way to edit 360 degree images
  • Direct PSD write-back
  • 32-bit editing including OpenEXR import & export
  • Automatic lens corrections based on profiles of thousands of lens & body combinations

The Windows version matches the Mac version feature-for-feature and goes on sale for all platforms at a discount $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99 until 22 December, with no subscription. Existing owners of the Mac version can download the 1.5 update free of charge.

Watch the video: Affinity Photo version 1.5 https://vimeo.com/194672406

Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity developer Serif, says: “There are two genuine reasons to celebrate today for professionals who want a powerful, high-end image editor.

“The launch of Affinity Photo for Windows means we’ve fulfilled our ambition to become a truly cross-platform presence, which was one of the core targets for us when we started developing Affinity apps over seven years ago.

“Almost all our back-end code was designed to work regardless of the operating system, which delivers 100% perfect file compatibility between the two platforms.

“And with the release of version 1.5, we’ve given Affinity Photo its biggest update yet, guaranteed to have enormous appeal to professional users on Mac or Windows.”

Affinity Photo is the second in a new trio of applications from Serif. Affinity Designer, a high-end vector graphics tool, is already available for both Mac and Windows. A layout tool, Affinity Publisher, is due to complete the suite in 2017.

Affinity apps share the same file format on all platforms, allowing users to switch seamlessly between them both as individuals and in a professional environment, where colleagues work on different systems.

The update also introduces support for the Touch Bar on the new Apple MacBook Pro.

The usual price will be $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 for the software with updates included – there’s no ongoing subscription.

For more information about Affinity Photo 1.5 and to buy, go to: https://affinity.serif.com/photo/new-features.

What’s new for Affinity Photo 1.5

Here’s the full list of all the main new features and improvements included in this huge update:

Cross platform (Windows and macOS)

Affinity Photo is now available on Windows as well as macOS with perfect file format compatibility.

Lens profiles

Our RAW engine now includes profiles for thousands of lens & camera body combinations for automatic lens correction.

New colour picker tool

After thousands of requests for a dedicated tool outside of the colour tab, you’ve got it!

32-bit editing

32-bit unbounded images can be composited and edited along with full Radiance HDR and OpenEXR file support.

OpenColorIO support

End-to-end OCIO colour workflows are now supported, with the ability to move dynamically between colour spaces.

Tone mapping persona

Full tone mapping workspace for both HDR and LDR images with local contrast control for dramatic results.

File compatibility improvements

Big improvements to both PDF and PSD import and export.


Record any number of operations, save them and play them back later.

Improved metadata handling

Our detection of RAW, JPEG, etc. metadata has been substantially upgraded.

360 image editing

Pan and zoom around 360 images, using the full suite of tools in Affinity Photo to edit them live.

New equations filter

An incredibly powerful addition, this allows you to create custom spatial filters with unlimited flexibility.

Pixel art document resizing

Two new resampling algorithms have been added to ensure more accurate resizing of pixel art documents.

Pixel tool improvements

Various requested improvements to this tool including shift constrain and configurable cmd-drag behaviour.

All-new export options

Huge upgrades to export persona offers unlimited flexibility for exporting multiple formats and resolutions for each slice.

Clone sources panel

You can now store an unlimited number of global sources for the clone brush, even working across multiple documents.

OpenEXR import / export

Comprehensive multichannel OpenEXR import / export with options like alpha pre-multiplication to cater for all workflows.

Accumulation brush dynamics

New dynamic to allow brushes to be configured to build opacity.

Text styles

Full text style support now added to link the styles of text objects together.

New marquee selection modes

There are now 3 modes for the freehand selection tool – freehand, polygonal and magnetic.

Improved RAW processing

Overhauled RAW engine for improved results out the box, along with over 70 new RAW camera formats supported.

Batch processing

Process whole folders of images in the background while you continue your work.

New halftone filter

A new super-slick halftone pattern filter has been added, including monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones.

Live perspective projection

Work on perspective distorted areas of your image as if you were looking at it straight on.

HDR merge

Merge multiple exposure brackets together into a single unbounded 32-bit image.

Direct PSD write-back

If you are editing a PSD you can now configure Affinity Photo to directly write back to it when you save.

Improved vectorscope

The vectorscope has been replaced by a vastly more appropriate YUV colour plane scope.

Touch Bar support

Support for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, including shortcut keys and tool attribute sliders.

Improved plugin support

Greatly improved support for plugins meaning most third party plugins now work correctly.

‘Edit in Affinity Photo’ Photos extension

Now do a full round-trip from Photos to Affinity Photo and back again with this new extension (Mac OS 10.9+).

Focus merge

Stack and merge multiple images together with different focal lengths for a large depth of field.

Dust & scratches filter

A new filter to quickly remove small defects from areas of images.

Huge snapping improvements

Massive improvements to snapping and auto-alignment, including candidate-free snapping and live gaps and spans.

PLUS! Free bonus pack of macros included 

Including various styles and effects utilising the powerful new macro feature. Available with orders within two weeks of launch.

Affinity is a next-generation suite of award-winning software for creative professionals, comprising Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, with Affinity Publisher coming soon.

Built from the ground up with a meticulous focus on workflow and blazing performance, Affinity apps are the culmination of Serif’s expertise and over 25 years’ experience in developing creative software. Like nothing that’s come before, Affinity apps are engineered to be the smoothest, fastest, most precise, and most integrated creative apps available. And Affinity don’t do subscriptions.

Founded in 1987, Serif (Europe) Ltd has been repeatedly praised for its powerful software which has put professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of ordinary PC users around the world.

Now the winner of over 200 awards internationally, with more than 6.5 million customers worldwide, Serif has more than 150 employees at its head office, development and European sales centre in Nottingham, UK.

Website https://affinity.serif.com

Video https://vimeo.com/macaffinity

Twitter @MacAffinity

Facebook http://facebook.com/MacAffinity

3 Legged Thing idea to product insight

From Concept To Corey – A Product Journey

Three legged thing Corey

British Tripod Brand, 3 Legged Thing, famous for their innovation and quirky designs are offering an unprecedented opportunity to gain a unique insight into their production process of their latest launch – Punks Corey

#ConceptToCorey is a new project which documents the journey; from the very doodles of an idea, through to engineering CADs, photo-realisitic renders, prototyping and testing. It’s all here, laid bare for photographers and voyeurs of ‘how stuff works’  to get a handle on what goes into bringing a 3LT tripod to market.



The project will be chartered across Twitter and Instagram. “We have an incredible level of engagement across the regular social media platforms – those photographers who’ve used our tripods or just love our branding and style, feel that they have a direct way to communicate with us. We wanted to be able to share with them an interesting insight into how we bring our products to market.” commented 3LT’s Global Marketing Manager, Dan Crawford.

“It doesn’t even end at product launch” comments 3LT Founder and CEO, Danny Lenihan. “We quite often make small design adjustments and adaptations once we receive consumer feedback, after the launch. We want to be able to produce the best products we can, and who better to provide the inspiration for change than the many thousands of customers we have dotted around the world?”

The project is to end on Christmas Day. 3 Legged Thing promise to show some of the intricate details of the design work, and follow the critical path from Concept to Corey.

Corey available now from 3 Legged Thing – COREY
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Icelandic sulphur wave grabs top nature and wildlife photographic prize

Walkers on an exposed ridge of Brennisteinsalda, Landmannalaugar, Iceland.

Jason Freeman’s winning image entitled ‘’Sharp Descent’’

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of the Great Outdoors Photography Competition.

For this competition we asked to see all kinds of images showing mountain ranges through to cliff top edges from some of the most breathtaking places on Earth.

Jason Freeman from Melbourne, Australia was chosen as the winner from over 220+ images entered in to the competition.

Jason has won 12 months membership to The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) organisation.

Jason tells us ”Sharp Descent Walkers on an exposed ridge of Brennisteinsalda, Landmannalaugar, Iceland. This shot was taken at the end of summer in Iceland’s central highlands. Brennisteinsalda translates as ‘Sulphur wave’, derived from the sulphurous, volcanic vents that dot the landscape. The area is fantastic for photography – with rivers, meadows, lava fields and gravelly hills (accessible late-June to mid-September only). The image was captured on a Nikon D600, 1/750s f4.8 ISO400, Nikkor 70-200mm f4 @ 70mm, CPL.”

Phil Jones, the Societies CEO says, ‘’The Great Outdoors competition gave us a varied selection of entries including this image from Jason, which captures the theme of the competition brilliantly.’’

There are 2 runners up Robyn Downie from Queensland and Sanjoy Lahiri from the Kolkata both won 6 months memberships.

Here are the winners –

1st place – Jason Freeman http://sinwp.com/g-o/1st.htm

2nd place – Robyn Downie http://sinwp.com/g-o/2nd.htm

3rd place – Sanjoy Lahiri http://sinwp.com/g-o/3rd.htm

Also there were 12 highly commended images:

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