Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD with Piezo Drive AF

Tamron has announced the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD superzoom lens, the first to incorporate the company's Piezo Drive (PZD) technology that promises faster and quieter autofocus. A completely revised, smaller and lighter version of the popular AF 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro, it offers an enhanced Vibration Control (VC) image stabilization system, uses a new optical formula with fewer lens elements and takes 62mm filters. The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts from December 20 followed by a Sony version next year.

The 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is an astonishingly light, compact ultra-high-power zoom lens with a filter diameter of Ø62mm. Weighing in at 15.9oz., this new all-in-one zoom lens is equipped with an AF unit driven by Tamron’s new PZD (Piezo Drive), an ultrasonic motor that delivers faster and quieter focusing when the autofocus is engaged.

The 18-270mm Di II VC PZD is easy to use and highly portable – a high-power zoom that will offer the user the versatility to shoot in a variety of situations. Its wide zoom range of 18-270mm positions the lens as an all-purpose workhorse for any photographic situation.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Samsung Prepping Android-based iPod Touch Competitor

Samsung is apparently readying an Android-based music player based on its popular line of "Galaxy S" smartphones.

The Galaxy Player will be similar to Apple's iPod Touch in that it'll basically be an Android phone without the phone part, much like the iPod Touch is more or less an iPhone without the cellular chipset.

SamsungHub.com reports that the Galaxy Player will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions and will feature a 1GHz processor, 4-inch "Super Clear LCD screen" with an 800x480 resolution, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD card slot, and front- and rear-facing cameras. The device will also feature access to the Android Market for downloading apps.

Samsung has apparently confirmed that it'll be showing the Galaxy Player at CES next week but there's no word on pricing or availability yet.

Assuming this device is coming to the US, it'll be a direct challenge to the iPod Touch and the first player from a major company with full Android Market access on board. If it's priced aggressively enough, it could help to expand Android's market share even more by opening the platform up to a segment of consumers who may be interested in Android but who aren't willing to get locked into a two-year cell phone contract for the privilege of using it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

AR Drone - The Flying Video Game

 The First quadricopter that can be controlled by an iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

This is so cool.  It's available at the Toys 'r' us now selling at $499.  It's Christmas!!

Check it out here.
http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Google Nexus S: Top Android Smart Phone Now


"Pure Google." That's the tagline Google is using to promote the Nexus S, the newest smart phone to run its Android operating system. Which brings up an obvious question: If this phone is pure Google, just what do other Android phones offer — adulterated Google?

Yep, pretty much, they do. Android's openness — it's a piece of free software that any company can use and modify without Google's permission or active involvement — is one of its defining characteristics. But phonemakers and wireless carriers frequently exercise that freedom in strange ways. They ship phones with stale versions of Android long after newer, better ones are available. They tamper with the operating system's interface and clutter it up with preinstalled apps of questionable value. With its Fascinate, Verizon Wireless even dumped Google as Android's search engine and swapped in Microsoft's Bing — a move as perverse as a McDonald's franchise deciding to sell Whoppers.


The Nexus S, on the other hand, packs Android as Google intended it to be experienced, with a full suite of Google apps and services and no third-party detritus. It's also the first phone to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the operating system's latest version. The phone isn't without its quirks, and it doesn't threaten the bragging rights of Apple's iPhone 4 as the slickest, simplest, best-integrated smart phone available today. But it's the best all-around Android handset I've tried to date.

Back in January, Google took full responsibility for a Nexus S predecessor called the Nexus One — it even marketed it directly to consumers. Four and a half months later, however, the company concluded that it didn't want to be in the phone-selling business after all. (It turned out that people like to see handsets in person before they buy them and want a variety of service options rather than the Nexus One's single T-Mobile plan.) The Nexus S's distribution strategy is more conventional: it'll be sold at Best Buy, where it will sit alongside scads of competitors (including the iPhone) and go for $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract or $529 with no commitment. Unlike most phones, the S is unlocked — a boon to world travelers, who can pop out the T-Mobile SIM card and replace it with a local SIM rather than paying wallet-busting international roaming fees.

The aspect of the Nexus S that's least purely Google's is the hardware. Manufactured by Samsung, it's a spruced-up variant of a pleasing design seen in Galaxy S phones such as Verizon's Fascinate and AT&T's Captivate, as well as the Windows Phone 7–based Focus. The 4-in. screen size is just right: it's noticeably roomier than the 3.5-in. iPhone 4 and 3.7-in. Droid Incredible displays, without the pocket-straining XXL feel of a phone like the 4.3-in. Droid X.

Rather than the more typical LCD, the screen uses AMOLED technology, which makes for vivid colors and deep blacks; unlike some AMOLED displays, it doesn't wash out in sunlight. It has a unique, ever so subtle curve that adds to the pleasantly swoopy industrial design, feels comfy when you press the handset to your cheek and reduces the chances of the screen shattering into a million pieces if the phone tumbles from your hand and smacks the pavement face-first.
As with an increasing percentage of new Android phones, the Nexus S boasts two cameras: a five-megapixel one on the back, plus a lower-resolution model on the front for video calls. But the back-facing one is just adequate — even when I had plenty of light, my snapshots were grainier than those from the best phone cameras, and it shoots only standard-definition video, not HD. Worse, the front-facing camera seems to be a useless appendage at the moment. Google doesn't provide video-calling software, and it doesn't yet work with the third-party apps I tried. It'll be a cool feature if and when Google or somebody else comes up with a video-chat service to rival the iPhone 4's FaceTime.

Another Nexus S feature, its support for a technology known as near-field communications (NFC), ventures even further into bleeding-edge territory. It lets the phone communicate wirelessly with other NFC-equipped objects that are no more than 4 in. away — a higher-tech twist on the old infrared technology that let PalmPilot owners squirt contact info back and forth. The Nexus S's NFC can't do much in the real world just yet, unless you happen to live in Portland, Ore., where a Google pilot program is giving local businesses NFC-powered window decals. (If you hold a Nexus S up to the sticker, it'll instantly display information about the establishment in question.) But chances are high that NFC will be all around us eventually, and the Nexus S will be ready.
How about that pure Google software? It helps. Android in its natural state is sleeker and less glitchy than it usually is once other companies have gotten their hands on it.

The more Google-centric your online life is, the higher the chances you'll love the Nexus S. Setting up the phone doesn't involve much more than entering your Google account name and password; Android then automatically configures services such as Gmail and Google Calendar. (If you're moving from another Android handset, it even copies your apps and wallpaper over.) Google makes plenty of its apps and services available for the iPhone too, but the Android versions often come out first and include more stuff. The Nexus S includes the latest versions of all of them, including Google Maps with turn-by-turn spoken driving directions.
The third-party apps in the Android Market continue to lag behind those in Apple's iPhone App Store in both quantity and quality. Still, the situation for Android users is far less bleak than it was a few months ago. These days, I'm startled when a major provider of mobile software tells me that it has no plans to support the operating system, and the best new apps are more likely to rival their iPhone counterparts. Even the megahit game Angry Birds has made its way over.

The fact that the Nexus S comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread is a plus — just ask anybody whose brand-new phone uses an outdated version of the operating system, thereby preventing it from running high-profile programs like Flash Player. (Google will also likely push future upgrades out to the phone more promptly than wireless carriers get them to other handsets.) Gingerbread has been optimized for speed — the S is among the zippiest-feeling handsets I've used — and has a cleaner, classier look than its predecessors. It's got an improved interface for selecting, cutting and pasting text; the on-screen keyboard is easier to use; and it provides the Nexus with its ability to serve as a mobile hot spot that can zap wireless Internet access to up to six other devices, such as laptops, tablets and e-readers. 

Overall, though, Gingerbread is a minor upgrade that doesn't do enough to make Android feel less clunky and kludgy. For instance, there are multiple places where the new-and-improved text tools aren't available. Accomplishing tasks tends to take more taps than in Apple's iOS, and user interfaces vary needlessly from app to app. Inexplicably, the operating system retains two e-mail programs: one for Gmail, one for everything else, and each lacks at least one essential feature available in the other. At last week's All Things Digital: Dive into Mobile conference in San Francisco, Android honcho Andy Rubin hinted that a more coherent upgrade is in the works — but he didn't say when it would arrive.

For now, Apple does purity much better than Google does. Even so, I like the concept of pure Google phones, and I hope that the Nexus S isn't the last of its kind. By taking charge of the Android experience, Google has the power — and the responsibility — to iron out the operating system's remaining kinks without messing up all the things it already gets right.
By Harry McCracken Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Experience augmented reality and real-time object detection in action on the road

Fully exploit your iPhone 3GS hardware with this unique augmented reality app.

Are you often driving on highways or country roads? Then you do not want to miss the impressive technology of Augmented Driving with real-time object detection with up to 10 fps for your iPhone 3GS including the following features:

  1. Dynamic augmented reality overlays for lanes and vehicles
  2. Head-up display (HUD) for system and status information
  3. Lane detection and lane change warning
  4. Vehicle detection and low distance information
  5. Automatic system-calibration for easy setup
  6. Many configuration options and quick manual including video tutorial
It's available on the App Store for iPhone 3GS now

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bottega Veneta Casing for tech toys

WOW!  Another of my favorite brands with the casing for the iPad, iPhone, and Blackberry.
Check out the video on their website, click below.
http://www.bottegaveneta.com/default/stories/tech-toy-video.html

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Salvatore Ferragamo iPad Cases

Joining the growing list of designers to release iPad cases, Salvatore Ferragamo announces they too will offer a collection of iPad cases ranging in price from $290 to $390. To be honest, as much as I loved the Louis Vuitton iPad Case and Gucci iPad Case, the Ferragamo iPad Cases might be my favorite.

One of the major aesthetic reasons this iPad case is set apart from the rest is the leather strap and envelope like design. Don’t get me wrong, the simplicity of the LV and Gucci design were just fine, but I find something more luxurious about what Ferragamo is offering.

The brand is known for their attention to detail, and this case is no exception. The body is made with European farmed calfskin leather (or there is the version shown with beige canvas and brown leather trim). The case is very structured, to offer protection to the screen and shell of the iPad. The envelope closure utilizes a magnet. And the inside is lined with Alcantara, which will help prevent scratches and is one of the softest materials to touch. Color options will include black, mandarin, and moss green. These iPad cases will be available at Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques nationwide.

Which designer iPad case do you prefer so far?

A City Map You'll Never Have to Fold Again

Crumpled City maps are designed to be casually balled up in your bag, instead of fastidiously (and always incorrectly) folded. 
I have a love/hate relationship with maps: I love to get lost in their intricate design, but I hate actually using them -- what with the folding and the tearing and the never-getting-it-exactly-the-right-shape-before-throwing-it-on-the-ground-in-frustration. Thank god for Emanuele Pizzolorusso's Crumpled City maps: they're actually designed to be wadded up in a ball without thinking.

Crumpled City maps come in a plastic bag, with no original creases to drive yourself mad attempting to preserve. In fact, the instructions command you to scrunch the map up into a ball before you even use it. After that cathartic experience, you're free to un-scrunch it and put Pizzolorusso's meticulous original cartography to use. The maps cover Rome, London, New York, Paris, and Berlin, and each one features a list of ten "SoulSights" "chosen to excite you" by the designer.

At only 12 Euros, these maps are inexpensive (and indestructible) enough to stuff into someone's Christmas stocking. If they're a frequent traveler, they'll thank you forever.

Here is a Reason why I Didn't get an iPad

Monday, December 6, 2010

Louis Vuitton iPad Cases

Wow.  Saw plenty of posts on the LV iPad cases.  It looks pretty cool.  Especially the Damier Graphite design.  I like that very much.

The cost of this luxury protection for your Apple iPad? About $366 when it goes on sale next year.  Not very sure about the pricing though, as it was lifted from other posts.

Couldn't find more information from the official Louis Vuitton website.

Will you get it?  :P

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Raising Digital Kids - iPad: The Latest Gadget

Interesting video about using the iPad to raise our kids in this digital age...

The Magical Digital Picture Frame by NIX





NIX present a range of Motion-Sensing Digital Picture Frames that automatically turn on when you're there, and off when you're not. No longer will Digital Picture Frames sit idle across the homes of America. NIX frames save energy, capture attention, and provide businesses with cost-effective Digital Signage. NIX Digital Picture Frames enter the age of the sensored environment.

The quality makers of Digital Picture Frames, NIX, have just released their latest range of Digital Picture Frames, known as Hu-Motion™ frames (Human Motion). In the new age of a sensored environment where tech increasingly reacts to you and not the other way around, the Hu-Motion™ frame provides the ultimate in convenience by simply turning on when it senses you nearby and off when it senses no movement. The amount of time the frame allows for no movement before switching off can be set from one second to twenty-four hours (down to the second).

Across the USA millions of frames sit idle in the homes of parents and grandparents, recipients of well intention gifts. The traditional Digital Picture Frame often proved to be another dust-gathering gadget that became a chore to go around turning on and off every day. So NIX took this on board and produced something that didn't require any operation beyond the set up.

Around the home the Hu-Motion™ frame has found additional uses. Such as the ability to leave video messages for family members on the frame that get played when the frame senses them come home. People even leave video messages for their pets to keep them company whilst home alone!

As well as home use the Hu-Motion™ frame has increasingly found its way into the commercial world. Hospitals have been stationing the Hu-Motion™ frame by toilet exits, when the frame senses someone exiting it reminds them to wash their hands. Factories station the Hu-Motion™ frame in areas and by equipment to remind people of strict Standard Operational Procedures. Store managers are placing the Hu-Motion™ frame in strategic store areas, where a human activated frame is a better attention grabber.

The NIX Hu-Motion™ Digital Picture Frame comes in two models. The 8" size which also features a rechargeable battery for portability and the much larger 12" model.

Features
  • Hu-Motion Motion Sensor for your ultimate convenience - no more hands!
  • 8" model features a (replaceable) Rechargeable Battery for Portability (3hrs)
  • Hi-Res 800 x 600 pixel SVGA LED backlit LCD Screen (4:3 ratio)
  • Amazing Auto-Resizing re-sizes photos to optimal size fitting up to 16000 Photos on a 2GB internal memory
  • NIX 'Azure Blue' Touch Controls on Obsidian Black Frame, 2 x 2W Speakers
  • Auto Rotate Sensor
  • Remote Control
  • Photo (jpeg)
  • Video (MP4)
  • Music (MP3)
  • SDHC, SD, xD, Sony MS & USB Flash Drive Slots
  • Hook Holes for wall mounting

Android 3 Tablets – iPad Killers?

Acer chief executive Gianfranco Lanci seems to be confident that Android 3 powered tablets are the only answer to the iPad. The company even decided to delay the launch of its Android-based tablets until April 2011 just to make sure that when Acer’s puppies are out, all the proper optimizations are built in its tablets.
 
 
 


Acer’s CEO even admitted that Apple hit the “sweet spot” with the iPad, thanks to its screen size and its intuitive operating system – but he strongly believes that new Android 3 based tablets will be able to fight back: “If I look at Apple, they influence the market on one side, but there is always room for improvement on the other side. [...] Take iPad – when they came out it was without Flash and with certain limitations. With Android products we will fix that. Talking about screen resolution and even in terms of touch, view angles – there are a lot of things where you still have big room for differentiation or improvement compared to Apple.”

Acer’s CEO also acknowledged that Android 2 was not a good answer to the iPad, as even the newest edition, dubbed Gingerbread (aka 2.3), wasn’t meant to power any decent tablet: “Now you can have Gingerbread on a tablet, but we [read Acer] are not convinced it is the right solution.”

Meanwhile, Acer is also working on Chrome OS based tablets, planned to be released sometime next year. Between Chrome OS and Android, it looks like Google is still behind when it comes to powering tablet-like devices, a lag that must rejoice most engineers in Cupertino, CA.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. the iPad: Compare For Yourself

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. iPadThe Android vs. Apple battle has officially made its way into the world of tablets.

Samsung took the wraps off its new Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet on Thursday. The Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch slate built to complete with the current tablet king, Apple's thus-far-unchallenged iPad.
Sure, there have been a couple other Android tablets on the market already (see Streak, Dell), but the Galaxy Tab is the first that truly qualifies as a contender.

Samsung Galaxy Tab*According to manufacturers' estimatesSo how exactly does Samsung's Galaxy Tab differ from the iPad? Check out this comparison chart for a side-by-side glimpse at the two devices' specs and see for yourself. (Click image to zoom.)

In a nutshell, the Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter (though rumors suggest a couple of larger editions will debut before the year's end). It has the same speed processor but twice the RAM. Like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab comes with different options for internal storage. It also, however, supports up to 32GB of expandable storage; Apple's device is limited to the internal space only.

The Galaxy Tab has two cameras -- a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting -- while the current models of the iPad have none. Samsung claims up to 7 hours of video playback for the Galaxy Tab; Apple says its iPad can last up to 10 hours.

In terms of software, the Galaxy Tab's Android 2.2 operating system gives the device a number of selling points Apple's iPad can't claim, including full-featured multitasking, support for Adobe Flash, and unrestricted access to applications (Apple is notorious for censoring all sorts of material -- ranging from political satire to swimsuit-clad women -- and also for banning apps that provide functions such as free tethering and customization of the operating system).

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is set to launch in Europe within the next few weeks, then in the U.S. shortly thereafter. Pricing and carrier information for the States is not yet available, though rumors suggest the Galaxy Tab could end up on Verizon.

JR Raphael is a PCWorld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) also announced the price plans for the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  This eagerly anticipated mobile multimedia device (MMD) is available only through SingTel from 13 Nov 2010.

Mobile plans 3G Flexi Lite 3G Flexi 3G Flexi Plus
Galaxy Tab price $538 $298 $0
Monthly Subscription $39.00 $56.00 $95.00
Free Local Data 12GB 12GB 12GB
Free Local Outgoing Calls (anytime) 100 mins 200 mins 500 mins
Free Local SMS 500 500  500
Free Value-Added Services Caller-ID,* AutoRoam,* VoiceMail,*
Multi-party Conference Call,
Overseas Missed Call Alert, SMS Plus*
Free AMPed Unlimited song downloads with no data charges
Free 180 days
MobileTV Basic Pack+
Channels include CNA, Bloomberg TV, ETTV Asia, Dragon TV, Channel 8.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to fix the problem of 'waiting' icon on iPod/iPad

Here is how to fix the problem of the never-ending white "waiting..." icon.

1. Press the power button and HOLD IT DOWN, for a long long time. A new screen appears that says "Slide to power off" with a slider.

2.  Slide it. Now your iPod/iPad is truly turned off (instead of the normal sleep-mode type "off")

3.  Reboot it just by pressing the power button again.

Bye bye to the waiting icon.

It worked for me.  Give it a try.  :D

Sunday, November 7, 2010

RollerGen Battery BOS

Convenient, portable power source named BOS for its shape: like a Bar-Of-Soap. Enabled by the latest generation battery technology. Compatible with all electronic devices via USB.
 
When you stop riding, you take the BatteryBOS with you. Never miss an opportunity because of uncharged devices.
  • Fully charged in 4-5 miles of riding. Charges at an amazing 30 watts! Required to handle the huge RollerGen dyno output levels. This is the magic – very small, yet very high power.
  • Dual high-current USB outputs put out a combined 4.0 amps at 5V! USB-1&2 is just 0.5 amps, and soon-to-be-released USB-3 only goes to 0.9 amps. BOS’s high current provides more than enough power for today’s and tomorrow’s devices.
  • Take advantage of higher amperage by connecting a USB hub and charge multiple devices at once. High capacity 15 watt-hours will fill up multiple gadgets before running out.
  • A bright LED light comes in handy in the dark, so we included it.
Battery full indicator and disable slide switch. No accidental discharging because the “on” button was leaned against.

 Remember to check out the website on the RollerGen Power System.

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13 is an American science fiction television series that premiered on July 7, 2009 on the Syfy network. The series follows United States Secret Service Agents Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) when they are assigned to the government's secret Warehouse 13, which houses supernatural "artifacts".

"The inventiveness of the gadgetry and the wild sense of humor that sneaks into the show give it the potential to develop into an adventure that's both funny and exciting."  --Slant Magazine

I'm totally agreeable to that.  I like the show very much.  Wished I was an agent at warehouse 13. lol.

So You Want To Start A Web Startup?

Do watch the video.  It's so hilarious.  lol.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/05/so-you-want-to-start-a-web-startup/

Friday, November 5, 2010

Microsoft Kinect Gutted: Four Microphones, Two Cameras, And One Very Important Fan


Microsoft Kinect Gutted: Four Microphones, Two Cameras, And One Very Important FanOh my! When the folks at iFixit tore down a Microsoft Kinect they found a strong little fan among the many, many sensors. They suspect that Microsoft's a bit paranoid about heat dissipation after the Xbox 360's red-ring-of death problems.
If you're curious about what's inside this sleek little gadget, here's a summary courtesy of iFixit:
* Four microphones. Four! We've taken apart binaural devices before, but this is our first quadaural sensor setup!
* Three autofocus cameras: Two infrared cameras optimized for depth detection. One standard visual-spectrum camera used for visual recognition.
* An IR transmitting diode.
* A fan. For a 12-watt device, Microsoft seems very paranoid about heat dissipation. This is understandable considering the Xbox 360's red-ring-of death problems. This is a good thing for consumers, but we can't help but wonder if they've gone overboard in the cooling department.
* 64 MB of Hynix DDR2 SDRAM
* A motor. This motor is nothing to write home about. It's quite tiny. Diminutive, even. So tiny that you might want to make sure you keep Kinect out of your toddler's reach, because forcing it to pan could damage the gears.
* A three-axis accelerometer. We suspect this is used to increase the accuracy of the panning motor.
* A Prime Sense PS1080-A2. Kinect is based on Prime Sense's motion detection technology. This chip is the Kinect's brains-all the sensors are wired into here for processing before transmitting a refined depth map and color image to the Xbox.
Want to know more or see the step-by-step teardown? Hit the iFixit link for the gadget gore photos or check out the look we took inside the Kinect a while ago. [iFixit]

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Introducing Linq for iPod Nano

Linq for iPod nano 6G
iPod nano Linq Wristwatch
Introducing Linq
for iPod nano 6G
by Incipio

Incipio is taking a whole new design path with this wrist-worn carrying solution for the iPod nano. Meet the most rugged carrying solution for iPod nano produced to date, the Linq™. This is for users who already have or aspire for a lifestyle of action. Linq™ provides the user with an all-day, everyday accessory that may be worn effortlessly but always boldly.
The Linq™ design was born from the logical "link" between the idea of the iPod nano existing simultaneously as a timepiece and a media player. Linq™ is your ultimate watch, built to endure a rugged lifestyle. Your once fragile iPod nano is not so fragile anymore as it sits in Incipio's award winning Next Generation Polymer material securing to the wrist with a nylon and Velcro interchangeable strap.
iPod nano Linq - Blue
iPod nano Linq - Pink This durable and rugged iPod nano carrying option is a perfect solution for users who want to keep all functions of the nano close at hand (literally) at all times. Now you can wear your 6th generation iPod nano all day, everyday without a hint of it ever being worn (or torn).
The Linq™ is expected to release late-October for $24.99. Additional watchbands may be purchased for $9.99 each.

SingTel brings Windows Phone 7 to Singapore - Available Today!


Singapore 12 Oct 2010 - Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Microsoft Corp today announced that the eagerly anticipated Windows Phone 7 mobile platform will be available to Singapore customers from 21 Oct 2010.

Windows Phone 7 brings communications, content and services to life through its innovative user interface and smart design, thus offering a revolutionary multimedia experience on the move.  It simplifies the way users consume information by organising content into hubs and effortlessly integrating communications, social media and entertainment applications into a single screen.

SingTel apps integrated into Microsoft Marketplace
Through a strategic partnership with Microsoft, SingTel will be the first operator in Singapore to offer a wide selection of apps via a dedicated section in Microsoft’s Marketplace apps store.
Customers can look forward to SingTel apps such as the award-winning AMPed social music service and the MobileTV video streaming service. In addition, all Windows Phone 7 handsets will be preloaded with SingTel’s Xplorer traffic navigation service and TrafficLIVE app.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel’s Executive Vice President of Consumer Group, said: “SingTel enjoys a special relationship with Microsoft.  By bringing Windows Phone 7 to Singapore, we demonstrate our transformation into a multimedia solutions company, as well as our commitment to bringing the latest devices and best mobile experiences to our customers.

“Windows Phone 7 offers endless possibilities for our customers’ mobile lifestyles and is the ideal platform for SingTel’s suite of innovative apps and services.  With the widest range of handset offerings and apps, we seek to enable our customers to enjoy the full potential of our unrivalled 3G mobile network.”

Ms Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore, said: “Windows Phone 7 marks a major milestone in Microsoft’s mobility history.  Built from the ground up, it is designed to bring a different phone experience to people.  We are pleased that Singapore is one of the first countries in the world to have Windows Phone 7.

“Through our strategic partnership with SingTel, we aim to not just take share but also grow the overall smartphone market. Through their differentiated price plans and applications, we are confident that Windows Phone 7 will see strong uptake amongst SingTel customers.”


Price plans and handsets
SingTel will offer Windows Phone 7 with three handset models:
  • Samsung Omnia 7
  • HTC HD 7 (Exclusive to SingTel)
  • LG Optimus 7

SingTel will introduce three enhanced Windows Phone 3G Flexi price plans which include free local outgoing calls and data usage, as well as free MME and SingTel’s Xplorer service.  Handsets are available from as low as $0 on selected SingTel Mobile plans.



Customers may pre-order Windows Phone 7 handsets at www.singtel.com/wp7 from 15 October to 20 October.  Pre-order customers will stand to win LG LCD TVs and Microsoft products such as Xbox, optical mouse, keyboards and Office 2010.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WOOW Digital Tablet

Digital will be the middle of this month in a 7-inch smart Panel PC WooW! I-7U, priced at $ 1880 (1639 Yuan).


WooW! Upcoming i-7U Tablet PC (source: Internet) 

It is said that the WooW! I-7U will be equipped with 7-inch (480 × 800) resistive touch panels, run Android 2.1 system, but manufacturers indicated that they will systematically conducted for flat Android 2.2 upgrade.

In addition the machine is equipped with special Telecships ARM1176jZ (F)-S processor that can support a similar cross-spectrum technology microprocessor upgrade technology to reduce the power to extend the life time.
WooW! I-7U Tablet PC (source: Internet)
In addition, the flat standard 4GB 256MB DDR2 memory and storage, supports both WiFi b/g and 802.11. Interface, WooW! I-7U equipped with HDMI, SD/SDHC expansion interface (maximum support 32GB). Manufacturers also stated that, with respect to the date of purchase of the first 100 users can get the value 299 $ leather keyboard set.

Just saw this post on some of the forums.  The reviews looks good.  Wonder if it is really that good.

Leica M9

Leica has officially revealed the M9 - a full frame version of its M-mount rangefinder. The Leica M9, with its 24 x 36mm, 18 megapixel sensor is, according to the company: 'the world's smallest full-frame system camera.' The body is available in a new 'Steel Gray' finish and offers minor button re-arrangement over the M8 - all the major changes relate to the internals. The Kodak-developed CCD sensor features improved offset microlenses to optimize performance at the edges of the frame along with a sensor cover with improved filtering of infrared light so lens-mounted IR filters are no longer needed. Most importantly, the 35mm film-sized sensor means every Leica M-mount lens provides the originally intended field of view.

Leica Camera AG today announces the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-frame 24 x 36mm sensor. As the world’s smallest full-frame system camera, the LEICA M9 continues the long heritage of the Leica rangefinder system, and unites more than 50 years of continuous technical improvements to the M System with cutting-edge digital technology.

The successful combination of a high-resolution image sensor, the superior performance of Leica M lenses and sophisticated processing ensures the best imaging results, making the camera perfect for all fields of photography from reportage and ‘available light’ to the capture of discreet, spontaneous images.

The 18 megapixel image sensor, specifically designed and developed for the M9, enables capture of the full 35-mm film format without any compromise. All M lenses mounted on the LEICA M9 therefore offer the same focal length as originally intended, and the enormous potential performance of the current M lens portfolio, with focal lengths from 16 to 135mm, is now fully exploited in an M digital camera for the very first time.
Furthermore, the M9 sensor features a newly developed glass sensor cover designed to guarantee the suppression of the infrared portion of the light spectrum, avoiding the need to mount special UV/IR filters.

Leica has listened to photographers’ requests for quick access to essential features on the M9. One example is the new ISO adjustment button, which simply requires the user to hold down the ISO button whilst turning the dial to select the required setting – rather than having to access it via a menu. In addition, all other functions important for everyday photography are accessible by pressing the set button.
At just 139 × 37 × 80mm, the LEICA M9 maintains the compact size of the LEICA M8, despite the considerably larger sensor. The robust, one-piece, full metal housing, made from a high-strength magnesium alloy, combined with a solid brass top and bottom plate, provide perfect protection for the camera in all photographic situations. For photographers, this all adds up to absolute reliability over decades of use.

The LEICA M9 is available in two different styles: a standard black with ‘vulkanit’ finish, and for the first time, a version in steel-grey with classic leatherette finish.

M9 Sensor
The CCD, specially developed by Kodak for the LEICA M9, has been optimised to exploit the particular qualities of the Leica M lens system. As a result, the LEICA M9 achieves the highest resolution values, which in turn guarantee outstanding image quality.
The M9 sensor employs further advanced and meticulously-designed micro lenses with a low refractive index. The micro lenses at the sensor edges are laterally displaced towards the image centre to match the characteristics of M lenses precisely. This optimised micro lens design captures and concentrates even the most oblique rays on the sensor, and reliably prevents image brightness fall-off at the edges and corners of the image. As a result, all existing Leica M lenses maintain their full performance when used for digital photography.
A moiré filter has not been integrated, allowing full exploitation of the superb resolution of Leica M lenses. Any moiré patterns occurring are eliminated in the camera’s signal processing software. The optimised signal–noise ratio reduces the need for digital post-processing, and results in high-contrast, high-resolution exposures with natural colour rendition from corner to corner.

Lenses
Performance criteria, such as the individual coating of each element, have long been a Leica standard. For the first time, the immense performance potential of the M lenses is fully maintained and can be exploited for digital photography. In line with Leica’s commitment to system compatibility, almost all Leica M lenses built since 1954 can still be used on the new M9, as a result of their mechanical and optical precision.

The M9 sensor demands a particularly high spatial resolution, as offered by the latest M lenses. Their high resolution and efficient correction of optical aberrations make them all the more suitable for digital use. Current M lenses are supplied with a 6-bit code on the bayonet mount that is scanned optically by the M9. Using this coding, the M9 can compensate for any vignetting effects, if required. In addition, the lens type is recorded in the EXIF data and, when using the latest flash units such as the LEICA SF 58, automatically adjusts the reflector to match the focal length of the lens attached.

The viewfinder / rangefinder system
The Leica viewfinder / rangefinder system sets the LEICA M9 apart from SLR and compact digital cameras and makes it particularly suitable for reportage, ‘available light’ and discreet portraiture. Photographers become part of the action and frame their subject in the viewfinder, while still being able to see the full scene outside the viewfinder frame. The decisive moment can be anticipated and captured at precisely the right instant, resulting in particularly authentic images.

The clear view of the subject remains during the full exposure and, even in the most adverse lighting conditions, the bright, high-contrast viewfinder guarantees extremely fast and precise focusing. The minimal delay between shutter release and capturing the shot, together with the viewfinder / rangefinder system, positions Leica M cameras amongst the fastest in the world.

Shutter
The LEICA M9 features a new, microprocessor-controlled, particularly silent, metal-leaf, focal-plane shutter that enables shutter speeds of up to 1/4000 seconds. This means that the photographer still has complete creative freedom by using selective focus at maximum apertures, even in bright situations. The short flash synchronisation speed of 1/180 seconds enables daylight flash exposures with selective focus.

Together with its compact form, the camera’s almost silent shutter is another enormous advantage for discreet and unobtrusive photography. Photographers can also select the appropriate moment for re-cocking the shutter. When longer exposure times requiring an extremely steady camera stance are essential, a slight pressure on the shutter release button in ‘soft release’ mode is sufficient.

Intuitive handling
The M9 offers a simple, clearly laid-out and intuitive menu system that concentrates purely on the essentials; eliminating any multifunction buttons or complex menu hierarchies. The key control is an intuitive four-way switch and dial combination that enables fast menu navigation. Pressing the set button calls up the capture menu on the 2.5" monitor, and the most commonly-used functions are quickly and easily set in the menu: sensor sensitivity, exposure correction, white balance, image-data compression and resolution. Furthermore, favourite profiles can be named and saved for quick and easy access.

Sensitivity ranges from ISO 80 for wide-open apertures on bright days to ISO 2500. Very low-noise and finely detailed images are achieved throughout the sensitivity range, even at the highest settings, while the low noise characteristics, low-vibration shutter and fast lenses make the M9 the perfect camera for ‘available light’ photography.

Innovative flash technology
The LEICA M9’s M-TTL flash technology enables both precise and creative control over flash and mixed lighting effects. Prior to the actual exposure, a measuring flash is emitted that is metered through the lens. The flash power is then precisely determined according to the natural lighting situation. Due to the precise and delicate level of flash illumination, the natural lighting mood is maintained. In combination with aperture priority exposure mode, the auto-slow sync function ensures a particularly subtle lighting of the subject.

Tonal value histogram
The LEICA M9 offers an RGB tonal value histogram, which can be displayed at any time for image assessment, and is available in conjunction with automatic image review. A clipping warning indicating any overexposure of the image is also included. These two quality control tools are updated during zooming, allowing the quality of even the finest image details to be assessed.

Digital workflow
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a professional digital workflow solution for Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, is available as an online download for all LEICA M9 customers. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom offers a vast range of functions for the management, processing and presentation of digital images, whether in JPEG or DNG format. If the images are saved as raw data in Adobe Digital Negative Format (DNG), Adobe Photoshop Lightroom guarantees direct and high-quality image processing with maximum image quality. The 14-bit-per-channel colour information captured by the image sensor is maintained throughout the processing workflow until the final presentation, and ensures that the most delicate tonal differences are preserved.

Build quality and materials
Experienced Leica technicians in Germany are responsible for the assembly and calibration of the M9 camera bodies, as well as the precise testing of all mechanical and electrical components. In addition to the solid brass top and base plate and magnesium alloy body, several other structural features of the camera will ensure a long and reliable working life. The rechargeable battery and SD card slot are protected from dust and moisture under the base plate, while the locking mechanism prevents unintentional opening and the possible loss of the battery and SD card, even under the hardest reportage conditions.

Sensor cleaning
The LEICA M9 offers a special function for manual sensor cleaning: selecting the appropriate item from the menu and pressing the shutter release locks the shutter open to allow access to the sensor for cleaning purposes. Thanks to the short register of Leica M cameras, the sensor is easier to access than in a DSLR camera, where the sensor is located behind the mirror box and shutter assembly.

Pricing and availability
The LEICA M9 will be available in the UK from 9 September 2009 at a suggested retail price of £4,850 inc VAT. For further details and a list of authorised dealers including the new Leica Store Mayfair, please visit www.leica-camera.co.uk.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Kisai Broke is first USB rechargeable Watch from Tokyo Flash

Japanese watch vendor Tokyo Flash unleashed a new unique time piece with the Kisai Broke. The Kisai Broke is the first watch design from Tokyoflash to be USB rechargeable, meaning enhanced brightness and long lasting battery life.


Reading the time couldn't be easier. Touch the button and a shattering animation will light up the display. The outer ring of blocks represent hours in the same position as hours on a clock face. The inner ring of blocks represents five minute intervals in the same position as minutes on a clock face. Four single minutes are shown in the center.
  • Displays the time
  • USB rechargeable
  • LED animation option
  • Clasp: simple fold over clasp with push button
  • Minimum wrist size: 130 mm (approx.)
  • Maximum wrist size: 200 mm (approx.)
  • Case dimensions: 33 mm x 48 mm x 9 mm
  • Weight: 164 grams
  • Water resistance: 3ATM
  • Battery: LIR2032 rechargeable and replaceable standard watch battery
  • Japanese and English instructions
  • One year warranty
Kisai Broke is available for 15,900 Japanese yen ($168, €124, £110) including delivery. More details on Tokyo Flash.

Nikon releases Speedlight SB-700 flashgun

Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has announced the Speedlight SB-700 flashgun. With a guide number of 28 (at ISO 100 at 35mm on an FX camera), it is a slightly less powerful replacement for the SB-600, though gains the operation and handling improvements introduced with the SB-900. Like the SB-600 it offers wireless control and similar recycle times. Its multi-step auto zoom offers extended reach from 24 to 120mm, rather than the 600's 24-85mm. Physical features includes a rotating head, built-in bounce card, a supplied diffuser and both incandescent and fluorescent filters.

Nikon releases AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens

Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has released an updated version of its 200mm F2 VR professional lens. Retaining the same lens construction as its predecessor, the AF-S Nikkor 200mm F2G ED VR II features the company's latest, second generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) and adds adds a new mode onto the AF switch. It also includes nano-crystal coating to reduce ghosting and flare. Priced at £5299.99, it will be start shipping next month.

Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G lens

Pre-Photokina 2010: Nikon has introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G wide-angle fast prime lens. Offering a large f/1.4 aperture, the lens is made up of 10 elements in seven groups, including one aspherical glass element. It comes in a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and incorporates the company's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quieter auto-focusing, along with Nano-Crystal coating to reduce flare. The lens will start shipping from November 19, 2010 at a retail price of £1699.99.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nikon D3100 digital SLR announced and previewed

Nikon has unveiled the D3100, its latest entry-level offering and its first DSLR that can record full 1080p HD videos. Successor to the popular D3000, it is built around a 14.2 CMOS sensor and a 3 inch LCD. As well as movies it gains Live View shooting, a wider ISO range ( 100-3200 expandable to 12800) and a host of small revisions. The camera will be available soon at a retail price of £579.99 / €599 with the 18-55mm VR lens. We've been given access to a pre-production version of the camera which we've used to prepare a hands-on preview, looking at the changes Nikon has made to its best-selling DSLR.

Nikon releases 28-300mm F3.5-5.36 G ED VR lens

Nikon's salvo of lens releases is rounded off by the AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Designed to provide FX format users with an equivalent of the company's popular 18-200mm for DX, this superzoom includes two-mode image stabilisation to the latest VR II specification, a close focus distance of 50cm and a zoom lock switch. It will be available from 2nd September for £869.99 / €899.

Nikon launches 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 G ED VR lens

Nikon has launched an extended-range telephoto zoom for DX users: the AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. Offering an 85-450mm-equivalent range and VR II image stabilisation technology, it's designed as an accompaniment to the 18-55mm kit lens. It includes a Silent Wave motor for quiet focusing, and will be available from 2nd September 2010 at a price of £369.99 / €379.

Nikon introduces 24-120mm F4 G ED VR lens

Nikon has announced the AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, a general-purpose zoom for full frame cameras. This lens covers a useful wideangle to telephoto range with a fixed F4 maximum aperture and features Nikon's latest VR II stabilisation system. This promises shake-free hand-held shooting at shutter speeds four stops slower than would usually possible, with both 'Normal' and 'Active' modes. Also on the menu are Nano Crystal coating, a 9-bladed diaphragm, and a degree of environmental sealing. The lens will be available from 22nd September 2010 at a price of £1049.99 / €1099.

Nikon launches 85mm f/1.4G prime lens

Nikon has released a fast aperture medium telephoto lens in the shape of the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G. Featuring a completely new optical design and a built-in Silent Wave focus motor, it also includes Nikon's top-end goodies including a 9-bladed diaphragm, Nano Crystal coating for the reduction of flare, a magnesium alloy body shell and weathersealing. Availability will be from 2nd September 2010, at a recommended price of £1499.99 / €1549.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seiko EPD concept watch

The Seiko EPD is a design concept watch, a prototype, but something very much like it will go on sale in the 2010 Northern Hemisphere autumn. A forebear of this watch was a prizewinner at the 2006 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, kind of a big deal in the watchmaking world.

The big deal about this watch is the screen technology. It uses an Electrophoretic Display, hence the EPD in the name of the watch. EPD uses electronic ink technology – the very same type of technology so lauded for its readability in Amazon Kindle. Easy on the eyes, and eminently readable, even in the sunlight. It had a very wide viewing angle, almost 180-degrees, and displays 80,000 pixels, each of which can display one of four grey scale shades.

Like the Kindle, the Seiko EPD concept watch has a very low power consumption. But Seiko have gone a few steps better with power-saving. The screen of the Seiko EPD uses just 1/100th of the power that would be needed to run an e-book reader using the same sized screen.  This is really cool.  Welcome to the Future...

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Overview


Reviewed by David Elrich and Stephanie Boozer
Overview by Mike Tomkins
Date Posted: 03/24/2010

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera is a slim, stylish pocket digital camera that has a secret: It's waterproof. The Sony TX5 is based around the combination of a 10.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens. The Sony TX5's sensor is what's known as a backside illuminated (BSI) design, meaning that its circuitry is placed on the non-light-gathering side of the sensor, allowing the maximum area of the sensor's other side to be devoted to light gathering. This should translate to higher sensitivity, and to reduced noise levels when compared to a non-BSI sensor for the same sensitivity. Actual focal lengths vary from 4.43mm to 17.7mm, equivalent to a range of 25 to 100mm in still image mode. This equates to everything from a generous wide-angle to a moderate telephoto. When shooting high-def movies, the sensor crop raises the effective focal lengths to a range of 28 to 112mm, and for standard-def movies the range is equivalent to 34 to 136mm.

The Sony TX5 has a maximum aperture which varies from f/3.5 to f/4.6 across the zoom range. At wide-angle the minimum aperture is f/6.3. To help combat blur from camera shake, the Sony DSC-TX5's lens includes an optical stabilization mechanism which works in concert with a built-in gyro sensor to detect and correct for camera motion. As is sadly the norm for most compact cameras these days, the Sony Cyber-shot TX5 doesn't include any form of optical or electronic viewfinder. Instead, Sony has opted for a 3.0" Clear Photo Plus LCD display with a resolution of 230,000 dots, roughly equating to a resolution of 320 x 240 dots with three dots per color. Overlaid on the LCD display is a touch panel, allowing it to double as an input device with intuitive operations like flicking or drag and drop used to control camera functions.

Perhaps the most significant feature of the Sony TX5 is its rugged body, which for the first time in a Sony Cyber-shot camera is protected against a variety of dangers including water, dust, shock, and freezing. The Sony TX5 is also rated waterproof and dustproof to the IEC60529 IP58 standard, which means that it is dust protected (not completely dust tight, but sufficiently sealed to prevent dust affecting operation), and is suitable for immersion at one meter or below, under conditions specified by the manufacturer. In the case of the TX5, Sony states that the camera functions up to depths of ten feet underwater for as long as one hour. The shock proofing should protect the camera from accidental drops as high as five feet, which merits the MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock rating. Finally, the freezeproofing allows use in temperatures as low as 14 Fahrenheit / -10 Celsius, and as high as 104 Fahrenheit / 40 Celsius.

A nine-point autofocus system includes face detection capability, and can recognize up to eight faces in a scene. The face detection function can be disabled if desired, and can also be programmed to give priority to either adult or child faces. The AF system can also operate in either center-weighted or spot AF modes. ISO sensitivity in the Sony DSC-TX5 ranges from 125 to 3,200 equivalents, and exposures are calculated using multi-pattern, center-weighted or spot metering. 2.0EV of exposure compensation is available in 1/3EV increments, and to help with capturing contrasty scenes, the TX5 includes Sony's Dynamic Range Optimizer function, although its strength isn't user-adjustable, and is instead fixed at the Standard position. Nine white balance settings are available, including Auto, Manual, and seven presets. Shutter speeds vary from 1/1,600 to two seconds. Burst shooting is possible for up to ten shots at full resolution, with a generous rate of ten frames per second. A built-in four mode flash operates to a maximum range of 9.5 feet at wide-angle, or 7.9 feet at telephoto, using the ISO Auto mode.
As well as still images, the Sony TX5 can capture either high-definition 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) or standard definition VGA (640 x 480 pixel) video at a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second. Movies are saved with MP4 compression, and include monaural audio. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 also includes an unusual sweep panorama function which can capture up to 100 shots automatically by simply sweeping the camera across the scene, and then stitch these in-camera into a single image with up to a 258 degree field of view.

The Sony TX5 stores images on Secure Digital and SDHC cards, but not the newer SDXC types. The Sony TX5 is also compatible with Sony's own proprietary Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, and includes 45MB of built-in memory, enough to provide for a few of the most important photos should you accidentally leave your flash card at home. Power comes from a Sony InfoLithium NP-BN1 rechargeable battery, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is rated as good for around 250 shots on a charge. Connectivity options include both USB 2.0 High-Speed data, as well as standard and component high definition 1080i video output.

The product bundle includes Sony's Picture Motion Browser v5.0 and Picture Motion Browser Portable (5.0 for Windows / 1.1 for Mac OS) applications. Sony also includes a one year limited parts and labor warranty. Pricing for the Sony DSC-TX5 is around US$350, and the camera will be available in silver, black, pink, green, and red versions from April 2010.

Just bought a black colour TX-5 today, for my wife.  It's $542 at Parissilk @ Holland Village.  The package includes a free casing and a 8GB Memory Stick Pro-HG.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Apple Updates iMac Line

CUPERTINO, California—July 27, 2010—Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line, widely praised as the world's best desktop computers, with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and powerful new graphics. Starting at $1,199, the new iMac line is the fastest ever with dual-core processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz, quad-core speeds up to 2.93 GHz and discrete graphics including the powerful ATI Radeon HD 5750. The new Magic Trackpad, with a smooth glass and aluminum design, gives iMac users the same intuitive Multi-Touch™ gestures that Mac® notebook customers have come to love and is available separately for $69. 

“We took the world’s best all-in-one and made it even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the latest processors, high-performance graphics and signature aluminum and glass design, customers are going to love the latest iMac.”
Dual-core Intel Core i3 and Core i5, and quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors set a new benchmark for iMac performance. The processors feature an integrated memory controller to access the system memory directly, allowing the new iMac to take full advantage of its faster 1333 MHz memory. New discrete ATI Radeon HD processors deliver incredibly smooth, crisp graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. iMac displays feature IPS technology to deliver a brilliant image across a wide 178 degree viewing angle. The SD card slot on the iMac now supports the SDXC format to handle the latest high-capacity storage cards. Customers of the 27-inch iMac have the option to order a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) as a primary or secondary drive. The iMac SSD supports up to 215 MB/s data transfer rates for faster startup and application launch times.

Every iMac comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse and customers can also order the new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic Trackpad enables users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a physical click. 
Continuing Apple’s commitment to the environment, Apple’s desktop lineup is a leader in green design. The iMac meets stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status.* iMac features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. iMac uses PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, uses highly recyclable materials and features material-efficient system and packaging designs. A new Apple Battery Charger provides a convenient and environmentally friendly way to always have a fresh set of batteries for your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. The Apple Battery Charger is available for $29 and comes with six long shelf life rechargeable batteries.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, with breakthrough ways to organize and manage your photos by who appears in them and where they were taken; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which offers a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Pricing & Availability
The new iMac line is shipping now and available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. 
The new 21.5-inch 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.06 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 SDRAM;
  • 500GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight® video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • one FireWire® 800 port;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include up to 8GB of RAM.
The new 21.5-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
  • 21.5-inch 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a faster 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive and up to 8GB of RAM.
The new 27-inch 3.2 GHz Intel Core i3 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 3.20 GHz Intel Core i3 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5670 discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a 3.6 GHz Core i5 processor, 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.
The new 27-inch 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 iMac, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
  • 27-inch 2560 x 1440 LED-backlit display;
  • 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM expandable to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 discrete graphics with 1GB GDDR5;
  • 1TB Serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for audio and video input and output (adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking & Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • one SDXC SD card slot;
  • built-in stereo speakers and microphone; and
  • Wireless Apple Keyboard, Magic Mouse.
Configure-to-order options include a 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, a 2TB hard drive, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and up to 16GB of RAM.
Additional accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wired Apple Keyboard, wired Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork®, Logic® Express 9, Final Cut® Express 4 and Aperture® 3.

*EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

Panasonic's 3D Lens

Panasonic's 3D Lens Makes Third Dimension Dabbling PainlessWe've seen Panasonic's 3D camcorder, but the company is also releasing a standalone lens that will allow otherwise stock still cameras to shoot 3D.
It's a lens of Micro Four Thirds proportions, built specifically for the LUMIX G line of cameras...though the nature of the Micro Four Thirds standard means that this lens may very well work on similar cameras from Olympus as-is, and even brands like Samsung with proper adapters. Impressively, it manages to shoot 3D content even onto a single CMOS chip without retrofitting the internals of the camera. That's good news in that, even if you don't like 3D, at least the industry knows better than to require a whole new camera to have it.

We have no price, and in terms of a date, all we know is that it's coming by the year's end. And sadly, rumors of each lens coming with a personal-sized bucket of blue body paint are still unconfirmed.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Panasonic's new Lumix lineup: LX5, FZ40, FZ100, FX700, and TS10 all official

Monday, July 19, 2010

Japan's Sharp to release biggest-capacity disc


Japan's Sharp to release biggest-capacity disc
TOKYO (AFP) - – Japanese electronics maker Sharp said Friday it will release a recordable Blu-ray disc this month that can store as much as four seasons of a television drama series.
The world's first triple-layer disc has a capacity of 100 gigabytes, twice as much as the dual-layer discs now on the market, Sharp said.

The write-once disc will be available in Japan from July 30, with the price expected to be about 5,000 yen (60 dollars) each. Sharp will also sell recording machines compatible with the format.

The format allows users to record about 12 hours of terrestrial digital television broadcasts, or 8.6 hours of satellite digital broadcasts, at their original high-definition image quality, the company said.
If the image quality is lowered, recording time can be boosted by up to 10 times to make it possible to store a library of four entire seasons of a TV drama series on a single disc.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

N-Strike Stampede Blaster

So This Is What Nerf Guns Are Like 
Now, Huh? 

After discovering video games, I didn't really keep up with my old friend Nerf. But last night I got to shoot (and get shot by) the Stampede, a new, fully automatic Nerf rifle with a tripod and replaceable magazines. What!?

Just like robots and movie violence and Halloween costumes, Nerf guns are getting more realistic with each passing year. The N-Strike Stampede Blaster, the first fully automatic dart clip Nerf weapon, is the most realistic to date. Maybe not realistic in the sense that it looks just like some real gun that any military uses, but real in the sense that it looks like the yellow version of something that could fire bullets and fatally wound someone.

The Stampede has a detachable shield to protect you from enemy darts, an extendable tripod for prone Nerfage, and a general badass look that will make you feel like you're a Halo soldier whose gun happens to be canary yellow.

The upside of it being a toy and not a real crazy ass rifle is that it comes with a toy price tag: the Stampede will retail for $50 when it's available September 9.
So This Is What Nerf Guns Are Like 
Now, Huh?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

LCD panel technology primer

June 30th, 2010 in .Blogs .How to Guides .Tech


If you’ve stepped into an electronics superstore with the intention of buying an LCD monitor recently, you’ve probably been assailed by hundreds of stickers filled to the edges with specifications. The usual suspects are screen size, native resolution, contrast ratio, aspect ratio, refresh rate, viewing angle and response time. While these figures alone should provide you with ample information to make a considered purchase decision, having an awareness of the major technologies employed in the manufacture of these flat panel displays will enable you to zero in on one that best suits your needs — and to sift out the real gems among the chaff.
Here’s a quick look at the most prevalent technologies.


Twisted Nematic (TN)

Commonly used in low to middle range LCD monitors, TN panels are characterised by extremely quick response times and wallet-friendly price tags. The fast response times — as low as 2ms — enable them to display fast-paced sequences with no ghosting (blurred images) and digital noise, making monitors based on TN technology attractive to gamers with a penchant for first person shooters (FPS games).
As their low cost suggests, however, TN panels are predictably the poorest performers in terms of colour reproduction and contrast ratios. Photography aficionados who engage in serious digital imaging will likely be irked by their inability to display accurate blacks as well as the full spectrum of 16.7 million colours. TN panels also offer the narrowest viewing angle out of all the LCD panel technologies, which means that users who aren’t positioned right at the centre of the screen will experience compromised visuals (images may appear washed out, for example). Another common complaint about TN panels is the fact that dead pixels show up as bright spots, making them very noticeable to the naked eye.


In-Plane Switching (IPS)

The choice of graphic design professionals, IPS panels deliver sharper images, accurate colours (the full complement of 16.7 million colours) and the widest viewing angles among the LCD panel technologies available today. With IPS panels, graphic artists can be assured of better colour fidelity and consistency regardless of the viewing angle. An added boon is that, unlike TN panels, dead pixels on IPS panels are black, making them a lot less distracting.
On the downside, IPS panels suffer from lengthened response times, usually ranging between 6ms and 16ms. If you’re a fervent FPS gamer, you should avoid any IPS monitor with a response time in excess of 8ms, as there is a good likelihood of ghosting occurring during game play. IPS panels are also substantially costlier than TN equivalents, but models priced for mainstream consumers can still be found with some determined searching.


Vertical Alignment (VA)

Designed to deliver improved visual quality over TN panels while offering better affordability than IPS panels, VA technology straddles the gap between TN and IPS from a capabilities standpoint — leaning more toward the latter. VA panels produce the most accurate blacks among all LCD panel types due to their higher contrast ratios, and decisively trump TN panels — but not IPS panels — in the viewing angle and colour reproduction departments.

A major drawback of VA panels, however, is their slow response times — typically poorer than both TN and IPS. This makes them generally unsuitable for fast paced gaming. They are also susceptible to colour shifting — the discernible change in colour and brightness that occurs when the user changes his or her viewing angle — but less so than TN panels. Advances in VA technology have alleviated this issue to a fair extent, but it might still pose enough of a problem for graphic design professionals.
Despite these flaws, users who work primarily with documents and who don’t require fast response times will appreciate VA panel-based monitors for their ability to deliver IPS-like performance at a more attractive price.

There you have it. I hope that the basics above will enable you to navigate the vast and all-too-confusing world of LCD monitors with greater precision and confidence.