19th August is celebrated as World Photography Day every year. To add to the celebrations, ASUS announced the launch of its latest smartphone ZenFone Zoom S. With its slim and lightweight body, this new phone is specifically built for photography. It features dual 12MP cameras with 2.3X true optical zoom and 12X total zoom. Its SuperPixel camera provides a pixel size of 1.4 micron. It features the Sony IMX362 sensor and provides a large f/1.7 lens aperture. It also features a fouraxis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and three-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), RGB Colour-correction sensor for auto colour adjustments, 48MP Super Resolution mode that combines four native 12MP photos to create a single large image and 19 different capture modes. ASUS ZenFone Zoom S comes with a 5.5in Full HD 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, along with 2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 14nm Octa-core @ 2.0 GHz processor. This new ZenFone comes with a 5000mAh battery that can last up to 2 days. The new ASUS ZenFone Zoom S is launched online and will be available exclusively on Flipkart at INR 26,999.
Japan's leading printer and photocopier maker Konica Minolta Inc. announced at the company will be acquiring Ambry Genetic Corp. - a US diagnostic company, in a deal valued at up to USD 1 billion. This is one of the largest deals for Konica Minolta and the company will jointly carry out the acquisition with the funds provided by Innovation Network Corp of Japan. Konica Minolta, which has a market value of around $4 billion, will account for 60 percent of the investment and the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) will provide for the remaining 40 percent. Both the companies intend to enter into the precision medicine segment which is expected to have a great potential for the treatment of cancer. KMI has its own diagnostic technique, utilising a High Sensitive Tissue Testing (HSTT) technology, while Ambry excels in genetic tests for breast, colon and cancers, heart and respiratory diseases, etc. Further, the company will combine its HSTT technology and Ambry's genetic diagnostic technology to offer high-standard cancer diagnostic services and aid the development of new reagents which will help produce new medicines. Talking about the acquisition, Shoei Yamana - Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta Inc., said, “Together with Ambry, we will have the most comprehensive set of diagnostic technologies for mapping an individual's genetic and biochemical makeup." The companies expect to complete the necessary procedure for the deal by the end of October, 2017 and post which, Ambry will become a subsidiary of KMI while Ambry's business will be continued in the US.
Canon India Pvt. Ltd., unveiled the highly anticipated EOS 6D Mark II, featuring a 26.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS 6D Mark II possesses a continuous shooting speed of up to 6.5 fps. In Live View mode, it provides a continuous shooting speed up to 4 fps. The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-40000 (expandable range 50- 102,400). It also provides a 5-axis image stabilization to support handheld shots. It features a 3.0-inch touchscreen vari-angle LCD monitor, the first in the Canon EOS series, and is equipped with a full-frame sensor. It supports 4K timelapse movie recording, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The EOS 6D Mark II features Bluetooth low energy technology and is equipped with a GPS receiver. The EOS 6D Mark II will be available at the following prices: EOS 6D Mark II Body: INR 132,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 2 4 70m m f/4L IS USM): INR 184,995 EOS 6D Mark II (w ith EF 24 105m m f/4L IS II USM): INR 202,995