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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

Panasonic has upgraded their Lumix line of digital cameras with the DMC-FP7. It features a powerful 16 megapixel sensor, 4x optical zoom and a 3.5-inch touch screen display. It also has some nice features for image editions and retouch. The Reality Retouch mode is great for your vanity since it lets you get rid of wrinkles, reduce shine etc. While makeup mode lets you add mascara, eye-shadow and coloring.

It will cost you $230. Think of it as a cheap face-lift for those who only see your photos. When they see you in real life they may not even recognize you.

Xperia Play delayed in UK

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on March 27th, 2011

According to the official O2 blog, things may not be running as smoothly as we thought for the Xperia Play. For one, it will miss it’s April 1st launch. This is due to having to work out some bugs and make it all stable so that we get a good phone, not a junk one.

They hope to have it all sorted as quickly as possible as they are “really excited about the Xperia PLAY” and will even be selling an exclusive white version. Maybe this is just them setting up an April fools prank, and on the 1st they will magically have it. We just don’t know.

Real Racing 2 HD for iPad 2 can run on your TV at full 1080p

Posted in iPad by Reuben Drake on March 27th, 2011

When Apple unveiled the iPad 2, they also advertised a new video converter that was designed to mirror whatever is displayed on the tablet’s screen to an external HDMI display by upscaling content to full HD 1080p resolution. This one plays nice with any third-party app and when it comes to games, the $39 Apple Digital AV Adapter upscales graphics from the iPad’s native 1024 by 768 pixel resolution to full HD 1920 by 1080 resolution.

That means you won’t have those annoying black bars on your screen. Don’t you hate those? The PowerVR SGX543MP2, the GPU unit of the A5 chip can drive full 1080p 3D graphics. TouchArchade says that the next update to Firemint’s Real Racing 2 HD will enable full 1080p video output in 30 frames per second. That’s without upscaling.

Samsung SE-406A Slim External 3D Blu-ray Combo

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2011

Samsung has introduced a new external Blu-ray combo drive. It looks nice and sleek and even features an anti-fingerprint surface so you can avoid smudge marks. The SE-406A external Blu-ray drive also comes with software that will turn 2D DVD movies into 3D.

The device provides several speeds across different data media types: 6X BD-R, 4X BD-R Dual Layer, 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW, 8X DVD±R recording, 8X DVD-RAM recording, 6X DVD+R Dual Layer recording, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording. You can expect it to arrive in April 2011 for $150.

Android Market in-app purchases coming next week

Posted in Android by Reuben Drake on March 25th, 2011

If you are an Android user, we have some good news. Google has announced that testing of Android’s in-app purchasing system has officially begun. A full roll out is planned for next week. Android devs can now add in-app products to their software that is currently available, set prices, and set up a test account to make sure that the entire process works smoothly for users next week.

Google had said that in-app purchases were coming last month, so devs have been waiting patiently. Are you going to take advantage of in-app purchases when it goes live? It should be a better way to upgrade apps.

iSkin EarTones earphone/mic combo

Posted in Earbuds by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

iSkins, the Mac accessory maker, has unveiled a new line of sporty looking earphones called EarTones which have built-in mics specially designed for iOS devices, but they will also work with Mac and Windows computers when you use programs like Skype, iChat or FaceTime.

The microphone will give you call and iPod control on iOS devices and the iPad 2. The earphones have some great features too, like an anti-bacterial coating and a flexible neck to give the earbuds a better fit. Plus they look pretty stylish.

MSI announces GX680 Gaming Laptop

Posted in MSI by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

MSi wants you to get your game on and so it has unveiled its latest gaming laptop, the MSi GX680, which packs in Intel’s second generation Core i7 quad core processor. There’s also NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M discrete graphics supporting Direct X 11 and 4 x DDR3 memory slots that can be fitted with a a maximum of 16GB of memory and accelerated dual hard disk architecture.

The MSi GX680 also features Turbo Drive Engine (TDE) technology. Just hit the Turbo hotkey and instantly improve the system performance, so it can handle even more graphics intensive gaming sessions. That feature alone should win gamer’s hearts.

Fujifilm XP30 now available

Posted in Fujifilm by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

We first saw the Fujifilm XP30 back at CES last January. It’s another tough camera that features dust, water, freeze and shock protection. You know, in case you want to jump from a dusty cave into a pool of water, which turns out to be freezing and accidentally bang it on a rock on the way down.

It’s freeze proof to minus 10 degrees, water proof to 5 metres and shock proof so it can withstand a drop of 1.5 metres. Built-in GPS will be able to log your location, which can be displayed either as longitude and latitude coordinates, or by place name. As a bonus, the XP30 also has an embedded list with around half a million places of interest across the globe. So you will have plenty of places to visit.

Nintendo 3DS region block confirmed

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

If you were hoping to import Japanese games for your US Nintendo 3DS, this is bad news. If you want to play imports, you will have to buy a foreign system since a 3DS from one territory will not play games from another. It won’t even show up in the menu.

This is confirmed for the Japanese version so it is safe to assume that the US version will work the same. To some this is not a deal-breaker, but to others this is a big issue. If you want to play foreign games, you’ll need a 3DS from the same country.

Xperia Play games could cost $15 or more

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

The game lineup for Sony’s Xperia Play, also known as the PlayStation Phone, will range in price from $1.50 to upwards of $16, according to an interview with Sony Ericsson UK head of marketing David Hilton. Gamers are expecting 50 titles at launch, which include some PSOne classics and also some games that have been “repurposed for Xperia Play” from other platforms.

What do you think of these prices? They are in line with mobile gaming prices in general and the Xperia Play should allow for far more complex games if you believe David Hilton. Do you plan on buying many of these?

Nintendo wants all 3DS games playable in 2D

Posted in Nintendo 3DS by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

You know that slider on the side of the 3DS? It adjusts the 3D aspect to the user’s preference. And although the 3DS’ screen doesn’t force you to wear glasses, it does have to be held at just the right angle to get the most out of the 3D effect. And there are many of us who would just want to use it for plain old 2D gaming. So it’s good to know that Nintendo now says that no game should require 3D as part of its gameplay mechanics. And frankly that’s just a good rule of thumb for making a good game if you ask us.

Hideki Konno, one of Nintendo’s producers says that the company wants all of its 3DS games to be playable in 2D, reducing the 3D aspect to an aesthetic enhancement. Some might feel ripped off, but what did you expect? Nintendo wants to please the mass market, otherwise people will soon tire of the 3DS, like they did with the Wii. Novelties wear off quickly.

Samsung’s App Store Surpasses 100 Million Downloads

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Samsung must be breaking out the champagne right about now, since its App Store has passed 100 million downloads of mobile and TV applications. That didn’t take long. Samsung’s App Store was opened in June 2010 and now has a total of 13,000+ apps for users to download onto their Samsung mobile phones and TV’s. And users have been doing just that.

Users in France downloaded the most, followed by Germany and Spain. Those three countries account for 40 percent of the total downloads recorded. Europeans obviously love what Samsung is offering. Sure those are not Apple numbers, but we are talking Samsung not Apple.

iPad 2 shows up on UK Apple Store

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Good news for those in the UK, looking forward to the iPad 2. Apple has added the iPad 2 to its UK Apple store, as shown in photo below, with a convenient button that lets you “select an iPad”. Sadly it doesn’t seem like you can actually buy that selected iPad 2 just yet though, but it is expected to go on sale on Apple’s online store at 1AM in the morning tomorrow. Those in the UK can also buy one from Apple stores starting 5PM tomorrow on March 25th.

The iPad 2 for the UK starts at £399 for the 16GB WiFi model, £479 for the 32GB WiFi model and £559 for the 64GB model. The 3G and WiFi iPad 2 start at £499 for the 16GB model, £579 for the 32GB model and £659 fpr the 64GB WiFi and 3G model.

Acer intros two new large Full-HD PC monitors

Posted in Acer by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

Acer has announced two new Full HD monitors for your consideration: the 24-inch B243HLCOymdr and 27-inch B273HLOymidh. Both LED-backlight monitors use a Vertical Alignment panel and deliver 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness (B243HLCOymdr), 300 cd/m2 brightness (B273HLOymidh), 8ms response time (B243HLCOymdr), 10ms response time (B273HLOymidh) and 178/178 degree viewing angles.

As far as connectivity ports, you get D-Sub, DVI and HDMI (B273HLOymidh). The B243HLCOymdr and B273HLOymidh are available now for 249 Euro (about $351) and 399 Euro (about $562).

AnyDATA unveils two 7-inch Qualcomm Snapdragon Android Tablets

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2011

AnyDATA has announced two 7-inch tablets to the already crowded market. The first is the AMD120 model with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Then there’s the higher end AMD810 model which sports a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3G, and will ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Both share the same design.

Both feature a 1024 x 600 resolution 7-inch capacitive touch display, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, front and rear cameras, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, accelerometer, ambient light sensor and gryoscope. They weigh 440g.