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Nikon Announces Z 6II and Z 7II: Small But Meaningful Improvements

Nikon has just announced the second generation of their full-frame mirrorless bodies, updating the Z 6 and Z 7 to Z 6II and Z 7II. These feature updates improve some crucial areas of camera performance, but is it enough to keep them competitive? Check out the features that have changed and decide for yourself.

Firstly, the bodies are the same. Other than some slight differences to accommodate things like the new vertical grip (finally!), all the buttons and controls have remained in the same positions. This makes interoperability between cameras a breeze, but also reflects the very small degree of change involved in this update. With that out of the way, let’s talk about what’s actually changed.

Dual Processors

The cameras now feature dual EXPEED 6 processors. These power a number of the camera’s features, so more power is always welcome. In this case, the greater available power has allowed for increased frame rates, with the Z 6II now able to shoot at 14 fps and the Z 7 at 10 fps.

More processing power also means higher potential frame rates for video. Now, the cameras can do 4K at 60p, up from the more limited 4K at 30p of the last generation. While this isn’t a class leading spec, considering other cameras are capable of 8K, it’s realistic and well implemented. I’d strongly expect less heat related concerns connected to this level of performance.

One final area of speed-improvements is with autofocus. In both regular and low light, performance has apparently been improved. Eye and face detect AF has been added to the Wide-Area (L) mode. Low light AF has an “improved… detection range”. Apparently the Z 7II can work down to a crazy low -3 EV.

To support the faster speeds, the buffer has been greatly expanded. In

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The Home Depot Announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

Breakthroughs in cooking take top two spots

ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Home Depot® today recognized the latest product innovations to hit shelves, in store and online, with the announcement of its 2020 Innovation Award winners. Supporting its DIY and Pro customers, the retailer, its merchants, and suppliers have continued to bring state-of-the-art products to the market throughout 2020.   


The Home Depot announces 2020 Innovation Award Winners

This year, The Home Depot’s overall Innovation Award winner and first runner up define innovation in cooking platforms. From frying to grilling and smoking, the top two products elevate the at-home cooking experience. In addition to appliances and grills, finalists cover categories from across the home including lighting, home security, flooring and more.

Top winners include:  

Overall Winner: The Frigidaire Air Fry Range by Electrolux saves time and space with its all-in-one stove, oven and new Air Fry Range cooking capabilities. The large-scale cooking capacity features no-flip technology that allows food to crisp evenly on all sides.

First Runner Up: The Masterbuilt Gravity-Fed Grill/Smoker enables quick-start cooking by reaching peak temperatures of 700°F faster than ever – in just 13 minutes. The innovative gravity technology holds over 12 hours of charcoal, ensuring constant fuel. Smart control technology allows for hands-off smoking, grilling, searing, baking, or roasting.

Second Runner Up: The Lutron Sunnata Touch Dimmer with LED+ Technology installs within 15 minutes with existing wiring, offering custom light control using the same captive-touch technology applied in modern touch screens to enable fast, accurate and responsive action.

“As the product authority in home improvement, we are honored to recognize our supplier partners who bring the most innovative and exclusive products to the market that deliver the best value to our customers,” said Ted Decker, president and chief operating officer for The Home Depot. “Today, we acknowledge our

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Announces Resort-Wide Renovation

The Hualalai Resort is rooted in Hawaiian culture and strives to connect its guests with the island through every touchpoint and experience. The current architecture reflects this ode to Hawaiiana, and the new enhancements maintain this important connection. The Resort has tapped internationally-renown design firm BAMO to bring the vision of this renovation to life. BAMO is known for its luxury approach, elegant space planning and functional design, with award-winning projects across the world.

“We are extraordinarily proud of the experience we provide our guests at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and are thrilled to enhance their visit through this comprehensive renovation,” states Sebastian Hinsch, Resort Manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. “As we look to the future of Hualalai, we are excited to introduce these new amenities and features while continuing to provide the personalized service and genuine aloha spirit for which we are so well known.”

All rooms and suites in the Resort will be extensively renovated with updated finishes and furnishings. A new bungalow consisting of six oceanfront guest rooms including a suite with a private pool will be constructed adjacent to Kumukea Beach on the Resort’s northern edge, providing spectacular views from its ocean front location.

The top three villas at the Resort — Hawaii Loa, Makaloa and Ho’onanea — will each be expanded to add a second story and unique design elements. With the transformation of these villas, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will define a new level of luxury, hosting the largest and most luxurious villa room product in Hawaii.

Amenities across the property will be updated. King’s Pond, Hualalai’s 1.8 million-gallon swimmable aquarium, will receive a dramatic update with the addition of a new elevated swimming pool, lounge deck, and Marine

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Dividend Finance Announces New Lending Platform & Broader Suite of Loan Products

Dividend Finance Inc. (“Dividend”), a leading FinTech point-of-sale lender to solar and home improvement contractors, is announcing the launch of a new technology platform. In addition to a new solar + home improvement partner portal, Dividend is offering its solar contractors an array of new products and enhancements including:

  • Dividend Lite – a new single-page URL application which makes qualifying and signing up a customer faster and easier;

  • New solar loan terms including a 25-year 2.99% APR, 20-year 1.49% APR, 15-year 1.49% APR, and 10-year 0.99% APR*;

  • More flexible credit criteria and funding requirements; and

  • Same-day approvals and project funding

Dividend’s New Partner Portal
With solar and home improvement in one portal, Dividend is making it easier than ever for contractors to provide a fast and informative sales experience to their customers. Dividend’s new portal offers a faster credit application process, the ability for users to update and resend documents, automated change orders, and customizable pipeline functionality to better enable users to manage projects from start to finish.

“We’ve been listening to our contractor network and wanted to deliver a comprehensive overhaul in Q4 2020 with a diverse suite of loan product options, a more flexible point-of-sale experience, enhanced credit approvals, and a streamlined funding process. The residential solar industry has continued to thrive despite facing some major hurdles in 2020. We are proud to see so many of our installer partners working to find creative solutions in this challenging and rapidly-changing environment, and we will continue our efforts to deliver tools that help salespeople close more deals and business leaders run more efficient operations,” said Skyler Hopkins, Dividend’s SVP of Solar Sales.

Dividend Lite – The Single Page App
In addition to the new partner portal, Dividend has launched a single page application to provide maximum speed and flexibility

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Providence Real Estate Announces Acquisition of The Stratford Apartment Homes

Acquires a 269-unit Multifamily Property in Atlanta’s Perimeter Center

Providence Real Estate, LLC (“Providence”), a multifamily owner-operator, announced the completion of the acquisition of The Stratford Apartment Homes located in the Perimeter Center submarket of Atlanta, Georgia. The property was acquired by the Providence Multifamily REIT, Inc., a Providence-managed private REIT that invests in value-add multifamily opportunities throughout the Southeastern United States.

The Stratford was built in 1990 and consists of four residential midrise apartment buildings and a one-story clubhouse and leasing center. The property is located less than one mile from the largest medical center in Georgia that is home to Northside Hospital Atlanta, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In addition, the property is located less than one mile from the Perimeter Center’s 30 million square foot office market that is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and the world headquarters of United Parcel Service (UPS), AT&T Mobility, Cox Enterprises, Haverty Furniture and Newell Brands (Rubbermaid). The Stratford is anticipated to undergo extensive exterior and interior renovations.

Providence’s CEO Alan Pollack stated, “The Stratford’s location in the Perimeter Center offers renters unparalleled access to medical, office and shopping, and is a market where Providence has extensive operating experience.” Providence’s Executive Vice President Kevin Finkel added, “The acquisition of the Stratford offered a rare off-market opportunity to own an attractive multifamily property with proven value-add renovation upside potential in the highly sought-after Perimeter Center submarket of Atlanta.”

ABOUT PROVIDENCE REAL ESTATE, LLC

Providence and its affiliates have been an active owner-operator of multifamily residential communities since 1985. Providence consists of an experienced group of professionals dedicated to searching for, identifying, acquiring, renovating and operating multifamily properties in select U.S. markets. Providence is a fully integrated real estate organization with property, asset and construction management, as well

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