Archive for August, 2013
The lines of convergence devices get blurred yet again in Europe with the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE edition, where this particular device was built based on their hugely successful smartphone range, with the critically acclaimed Galaxy S4 Zoom getting a nice kick in the butt thanks to the introduction of LTE capability. With an LTE connection, you would not want to look back at 3G which will then seem to work as though it is positively slow! Of course, all of the features which were central to the Galaxy S4 Zoom such as the revolutionary Zoom Ring will be available on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE edition as well.
With the Zoom Ring, it offers a simple manner to access all the device’s key features thanks to a single, intuitive control system. These features will include In-Call Photo Share that enables users to capture and send an image directly to whomever they are talking to in a quick and easy manner, not to mention letting the Zoom Ring deliver instant access to the Quick Launch and Shortcut features. I guess after using this for a while, you would not really miss the traditional manual zoom method.
Just to make sure that you are able to capture stunning photos regardless of the situation, the Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE edition will carry an industry leading 10x optical zoom with a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization and Xenon Flash. Regardless of your skill level, the Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE ought to be a decent performer in most photo shooting conditions. There is also Photo Suggest that uses GPS to pinpoint the location of the photographer, while Samsung’s popular Smart Mode lets you select from a bunch of pre-set modes in order to ensure that you capture the best photo possible all the time. Other specifications include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Touchwiz support. Expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE edition to arrive on a range of networks including Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Telia Sonera and Orange.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom LTE edition arrives in Europe
Don’t you love the dear little children who, armed with nothing but their imagination, are able to make up something from nothing and play with it? The idea of a transforming robot is definitely an interesting idea, where it can shift its shape from a vehicle to that of a humanoid form factor – and this effect has been brought alive via The Transformers cartoon, followed by the full length movies from Michael Bay that raked in plenty of money for the franchise. How about something that is inspired by the Transformers, and that would be the $69.95 Remote Controlled Transforming Robot Car?
Sure, it lacks a formal name that makes it easier to call or refer to, but at least you do not have to fork out a bomb for it. This remote-controlled sports car of unknown make (obviously Chevrolet did not have a say in the design) is capable of transforming into a robot which will impress its audience even further as it launches suction cup darts from a rotary cannon. At a single touch of a button, the hood and front tires will elevate 10″ off of the ground, which further exposes the cannon that has been integrated into the undercarriage. You can opt to fire up to 5 suction cup darts in rapid succession, in addition to turning the robot back into its automotive form, while racing the car forward and backward, execute hairpin turns, and perform 360º spins. The remote control itself comes with a trio of different channels, so that you can have up to three cars to engage in battle. It is highly advisable to prepare a bunch of rechargeable batteries at home since this bad boy consumes 8 AA batteries to get going.
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I have a pretty nice DSLR that I use when I want to get great shots of something. However, more often than not, most pictures I take are with my phone. The reason is because I always have the phone with me, and I can usually get a decent shot in just a few seconds. However, the biggest issue that I run into is poor lighting. Sure, there’s an LED flash built into the phone, but half the time it does more harm than good. But what if there was a small, external flash that you could use with your smartphone?
The iblazr is a simple flash for any smartphone that will have a pretty decent impact on the quality of your photography. Using 4 special LEDs, and the companion app, you’re able to get just the right amount of light for your shot. The app lets you adjust the brightness, and then syncs up the flash with your camera’s shutter. If you’re shooting video, you can just set it to continuously provide light.
The nice thing about this gadget is that it has more than just a single use. If you opt to pay a little extra for the cold shoe mount, it can work as a small flash your DSLR. You’re also able to use it as a flashlight, reading light, or desk light, with the included charging cable, and the internal battery. You can pick yours up by backing the already-funded Kickstarter project, and have it sometime in December of this year. If you want just the light, it will only cost you $39, if you want the cold shoe mount, it will cost you an extra $8.
When one talks about a music box, what picture comes into your mind? Most of us would think of a family heirloom, with more often than not a porcelain ballerina being mounted right smack in the middle. Sometimes, there is a mirror on the part where you pop open the cover, where it is the perfect fodder for a horror movie setting. I guess it is time to ditch all conventional thinking about the traditional music box, and focus on the Swiss Musical Starship instead.
It will not cost a couple of hundred or thousand dollars, but rather, it will burn a whopping $31,500 from your pockets. If there is an impulse purchase that you should avoid, this is definitely one of them. It would be even worse if your missus finds out that you told her about it only after you have parted with your retirement fund for it. Still, there might be a small chance of redeeming yourself and not having to sleep in the living room permanently – by convincing her that the Swiss Musical Starship will come crafted in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland by renowned horologists Reuge, where it will play 35-second excerpts from the Star Wars theme, the Imperial March, and the Star Trek theme in layers of rich sound. There is a nickel-plated brass cylinder that has been treated with resin for sonic clarity, rotating via a precise Cartel 4.144 movement, sporting wire pins that are plucked by a 72-note tempered-steel comb in perfect time. If you want one by Christmas (talk about an opulent gift!), you will have to place an order by December 15th.
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No two gaming mice are alike – ask any gamer, and they will tell you that. Some gamers prefer something simple, especially when you have bound all your keys to different weapons, that all you need to do with your mouse would be to fire your primary weapon, a secondary weapon, and to move with unparalleled precision. Well, some other gamers like something a little bit – nay, a whole lot more complicated, and the more bells and whistles, the better. I suppose the Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse would be the ideal gaming peripheral in this case as it is also a “marathon runner” in a sense where it boasts over eight times the battery life compared to other wireless gaming mice. We are talking about a serious 250 hours of non-stop gaming action here, all without having to compromise its gaming grade sensor or connection performance.
Needless to say, the Logitech G602 is the most recent mouse in the Logitech G lineup, where it will also set up a new standard in wireless gaming. There will no no cords to worry about, and that means clutter and interference free gaming sessions without any lag whatsoever. The Logitech G602 will boast of two modes, namely Performance and Endurance. When in Performance mode, the Logitech G602 will deliver up to 250 hours of non-stop battery life even when in full gaming mode, but in Endurance mode, you get over 1,400 hours of use as it would then kick in its non-gaming mode.
To make sure that you get the best gaming experience possible, the Logitech G602 will also feature an exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology that delivers high-accuracy cursor control. Not only that, there is also an ultra durable build with primary mechanical switches which have been rated to a 20 million-click lifespan. Other than that, there are also eleven programmable controls so that you can master your favorite games easily by assigning the actions you use most to the buttons you want, all thanks to the Logitech Gaming Software. The asking price for the Logitech G602? $79.99 a pop.
Kids grow up so fast. I’ve been astounded lately at just how quickly my little girl has become too grown up for all kinds of kid-stuff. We can’t watch Dora anymore, or Little Bear, she’s moved on, and even enjoys a little non-fiction entertainment now and again, and of course her beloved Cake Boss. What could get her interested in a good cuddle and a bedtime story?
Check it out! Designed to be the worlds first interactive Pajamas, Smart PJs are average looking, cozy bed clothes comprised of a top and bottom and made from 100% cotton.These unisex jammies look normal enough, but normal they’re not. Smart PJs are covered in green and blue “dot groups”, that can be scanned with a smartphone, and will tell over 45 different bedtime stories.
Simply download one of the free associated apps, scan a chosen dot group with your phone, and sit back and enjoy a story, pictures, and fun facts via your smart device. How fun is that? Smart PJs is an innovative company with the distinction of creating the worlds first, and only, interactive Pajamas. They realized just how much kids like bedtime stories, and how much parents like a comfy, quality pair of pajamas and voila! we now have Smart PJs.
I wonder where else readable code will find itself? I’m actually a bit surprised it hasn’t already found its way onto much more clothing. Anyway, if you can see your kiddo in Smart PJs this fall, you can have a pair for only around 30 bucks, from our friends at Brookstone.com, in sizes fitting most children from 1 to 10, with either pink or blue detailing. Just make sure you scan only one set of dots at a time… I’m not responsible for what kind of a story you might get if you scan too many at once.
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Smart PJs – Pajamas that Tell a Story
We have seen the Razer Ouroboros in the past, but as with any hardware, even though it is considered to be the “best” there is in the market, having an updated version would make plenty of sense, as the hardware will still need to keep up with the times. I guess you can say this about the Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse, which is now available for purchase in North America. Just what kind of goodies does the menacing looking Razer Ouroboros come with right out of the box? We are looking at a highly customizable gaming mouse, sporting fully customizable ergonomics so that you can configure it to fit your hand comfortably, regardless of your hand shape, size or grip-style.
Apart from that, the mouse can also be custom configured using the adjustable arched palm rest according to the angle that you are most comfortable with. Looking more like something from the distant future, the Razer Ouroboros will also boast of a retractable back panel which can be set to any one of three positions, in addition to a quartet of interchangeable side panels, now how about that for a truly unique gaming mouse?
The Razer Ouroboros will make use of a cutting-edge 8200 dpi 4G laser sensor that is capable of accurately calibrating the mouse regardless of the surface, where it will also be able to provide improved tracking responsiveness as well as enabling users to customize lift-off tracking, creating precision control. Not only that, it comes with wireless capabilities that will feature 1000 Hz Ultrapolling between mouse and computer, where it makes sure that a user’s actuations will be instantly translated in a game so that you need not blame unresponsive hardware for your gaming failure, ever again. When working in its wireless mode, the Razer Ouroboros will run on a single rechargeable AA battery that is said to be able to last for at least a dozen hours of non-stop gaming action before requiring a recharge. The asking price for the Razer Ouroboros? $149.99 a pop.
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Updated Razer Ouroboros gaming mouse makes its way to North America retail stores
It is not every single day that you see an icon from the past get transformed to catch up with the times, albeit in a far more miniaturized form that would surely have confounded your ancestors – all without having to use a shrinking gun to boot. The first Mac ever, which so happens to be Apple’s iconic beige box that made its mark in many peoples’ consciousness in a memorable 1984 TV commercial, also proved to be the harbinger of GUI (Graphical User Interface) for consumers, while being the grand daddy of all all-in-one computers that seem to be all the rage these days where desktops are concerned. Here is an idea, how about remaking the original Mac in a far smaller form factor, and ensuring that it will also work as desired? This is where such a DIY project comes into play, where this Mini Mac will run with innards powered by a Raspberry Pi computer.
John Leake, a self-proclaimed Mac nerd, is the one behind this ⅓ scale Macintosh 512k (or 128k) replica, using white PVC as the building block of choice, in addition to a Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer (motherboard), while fitting a small 3.5-inch LCD monitor – and all of this can be put together only if you have the relevant technical know how of doing so.
Apparently John Leake spent approximately a dozen hours building this particular working computer. The 3-millimeter-thick PVC was obtained from the sign shop where he works, where it was subsequently bent and carved in the manner that he wanted, and plenty of time was spent to ensure that the bezels end up looking right as rain. Of course, Leake did not rule out the possibility of using a 3D printer for future case builds. Other hardware features of this DIY Mini Mac include an HDMI out port, USB and Ethernet ports. It will boot from an SD memory card and runs Mini vMac, which happens to be an open-source Macintosh OS emulator that enables the Mac software to run without any hiccups across a range of operating systems, Linux included.
Mini Mac has a Raspberry Pi heart
I am quite sure that by now, just about every single kid as well as their parents would know of this particular brand called “Super Soakers”. You know, these are the high powered water pistols – nay, water cannons that have plenty of range, although the amount of ammunition that you are able to carry does not amount to much since Super Soakers tend to use up its ammunition at a crazy fast rate. How you wish you could just enter some sort of secret code and get unlimited ammunition, no? I believe that there is a solution to this quandary – in the form of the $37.99 Monster Water Cannon.
This Monster Water Cannon is touted to be the ultimate water gun for the ultimate water fight, where it has enough “bite” to blast away anyone who dares come near you – just make sure that your aim is spot on to boot. The included tripod makes it look all the more menacing, not to mention helping deliver a far more precise shot. It will have virtually unlimited ammunition, since it is connected directly to any household garden hose, and with a range of more than 100 feet, you will be able to repel your enemies from a distance. Should they somehow manage to get past your shots, just detach it from the tripod and carry it with you.
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Monster Water Cannon adds some fun to those poolside sessions
There are still some folks out there who believe that audio does not sound good at all, unless it is of the wired variety. I am quite sure that unless you are a hardcore audiophile, and your ear is extremely sensitive, you would not be able to tell the subtle nuances and differences in an audio feed, especially in this day and age where plenty of advancements have been made in the wireless audio segment. Well, if you are looking for a wireless audio solution in your home, you might be interested to check out the $129.95 Wall Outlet Bluetooth Speaker.
The Wall Outlet Bluetooth Speaker happens to be one unique device in the sense where it will plug in flush with a wall outlet, ensuring that it never runs out of juice as long as there are no blackouts or that you have kept up with your monthly bill payment, where it will deliver unobtrusive music listening. A couple of prongs located in the back of the speaker plug will ensure that it fits snugly into an outlet, doing away with the need for pesky cables that tend to have a life of their own whenever you want to enjoy music sans wires. It has an audio streaming range of 25 feet, and sports a trio of 1.5- watt speakers as well as a built-in USB port so that you can juice up your smartphones or tablets whenever the speaker is plugged in. Talk about multi-purpose!
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Wall Outlet Bluetooth Speaker delivers audio sans the mess