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Google launches Photovine

Google’s rumoured mobile photo sharing service appears to have materialised in private Beta form.

The company has gone live with the Photovine landing page, though aside form a brief trailer for the service there’s not much you can do without an invite.

A patent filed by the company has led to speculation that the service will be some sort of cloud-based photo sharing app for Android phones, though the teaser site suggests a heavy social media aspect to Photovine.

A description of the service, since removed from the website, explained that ‘vines’ would connect different users based on the ideas and themes of their uploaded photos.

“A vine is like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world.

“Some examples of vines could be: ‘What Weekends Are Made Of’, ‘Secret Stuffed Animal’, ‘Party People’, or, ‘Love of My Life’.”

This social focus certainly fits with the company’s new drive to become more of a presence in the social media game with the recent launch of the Google+ network.

Check out the Photovine teaser trailer below.

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Daily Mail accused of swiping (again)

British tabloid the Daily Mail and its website equivalent, Mail Online, have been accused of using photographs retrieved from the internet without permission.

The article in question, ‘Meet Kate Middleton’s cousin, the Queen of Burlesque (who likes to strip to Rule Britannia)’, features a number of images of a dancer supposedly related to the Princess-to-be.

Since the article ran in early April three photographers have come forward to claim their photos of Middleton’s ‘second cousin, twice-removed’, Katrina Darling, were used without permission.

The first photographer to accuse the disreputable publication was Steve Leachan, who claimed his image, filed under an ‘all rights reserved’ license on Flickr, had been lifted for the article.

The photo, from a studio shoot with Darling, has a clear watermark on the photographer’s Flickr page, which appears to have been digitally removed in the Mail article.

Following Leachman’s complaint a second photographer came forward with a similar complaint concerning the same article.

Commercial photographer Vicky Tuff has now come forward to claim ownership of the topless shot of Darling featured next to Leachman’s swiped image.

Tuff assumes the photo was also lifted without permission from Flickr, where it too sat under an ‘all rights reserved’ license.

Just to prove that whoever is rounding up these photos isn’t a one-trick pony, a third photographer has also claimed misappropriation of an image in the article, but this time lifted from Facebook.

Nicholas Smith says he is not exactly sure how the publication got hold of his image, shot during one of Darling’s performance, but assumes it was from the social networking site.

So far Tuff is the only of the three photographers openly pursuing compensation from the publication but Darling is also said to be taking legal action against the Daily Mail and its website.

Nikon to announce D5100

Update: Nikon has today put out the official word regarding the D5100 and the rumors appear to have been dead on.

A feature-rich entry level replacement for the D5000, the new DX-format camera will ship with an AF-S 18-55mm VR lens.

Improvements on its predecessor include a 16.2MP CMOS sensor and a larger 3-inch LCD vari-angle display.

The DSLR is able to shoot continuous stills at 4 fps as well as record Full HD 1020p video.

The D5100 is also the first Nikon device of its kind to feature special effects, sketch colour, miniature effect and the rumored night vision mode, boosting ISO to 102400 equivalent.

Local pricing details are still forthcoming but the D5100 single lens kit is selling in America for US$899 (about NZ$1170).

D-Photo will bring you the New Zealand-specifics as they become available.

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Nikon is expected to officially unveil the new D5100 model within the next 24 hours but images and specs have already started to leak.

The following images made it onto the internet in advance of the company’s official announcement, which is expected to be coming today.

The camera’s specs are also unofficially floating around, with the camera said to sport a 16.2MP sensor and be capable of Full HD video 1920×1080p at 30 fps.

The camera is also rumoured to ship with a new ‘night vision’ feature allowing the device to shoot in near-darkness by boosting ISO to a massive 102400.

Check back with D-Photo soon for the official announcement.