Gadgets

Thu
23
Jun
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Snap First, Focus Later with New Digital Camera

A Silicon Valley start-up company has released a new camera model that allows a user to snap first and focus later. Dubbed 'Lytro', the camera is able to capture light data from many different angles using a specialized sensor. The sensor uses what ... is called a "microlens array", which packs the equivalent of many camera lenses into a very small space. Images Become Living, Interactive Pictures The light information captured by the Lytro is significantly more than a conventional camera and is later focused and refined using a computer. Focal points of the image are navigated using a ... (view more)

Mon
16
May
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New Kindle $25 Less, but with Ads

Amazon's experiment with on-screen advertising for the Kindle e-Reader appears to have paid off. The cut-price edition of the device is now the best-selling product in the company's entire electronics range. Kindle with 'Special Offers' Saves $25 ... The model, known as Kindle with Special Offers, retails for $114, which is $25 off the standard price. As far as the hardware goes, it's exactly the same as the standard WiFi edition, which was previously the cheapest in the Kindle range. (Source: pcworld.com ) The big difference is two sets of advertising. The first is that when the device isn't in ... (view more)

Mon
07
Feb
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HDTV Prices Expected to Decline Amidst Sales Slowdown

Since high definition televisions (HDTVs) first made a splash in the electronics market five years ago, at no point have sales of these devices actually declined -- that is, until now. According to a recent report from the Consumer Electronics ... Association, consumers simply aren't buying high definition televisions right now, meaning it's expected prices could come down significantly in the coming months. The Consumer Electronics Association report points to one glaring statistic: in 2010, 34.4 million TV sets were shipped by manufacturers. That's down 500,000 from 2009, the first time there's ... (view more)

Mon
17
Jan
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Google Plans 'Digital Newsstand' for Android

Google is once again preparing to battle Apple to win customers in the mobile gadget field. The search giant is reported to be working on a "digital newsstand": a central resource for users of devices running its Android system to get hold of ... newspapers and magazines. The newsstand would aim to solve three problems with digital publishing on Android tablet devices. First, many titles are currently only available as web pages viewable through an ordinary browser, such as Google's Chrome. While that works, it can be quite unwieldy for users wanting to "browse" an entire issue rather than simply ... (view more)

Mon
20
Dec
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Consumer Electronics Show to Debut New Win7 Tablet PCs

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held every January is arguably the biggest showcase of the year for mainstream tech products. Next month's CES showcase is scheduled for Las Vegas, and it's rumored that Microsoft's CEO will be unveiling new ... Windows 7 tablet PCs as part of his keynote address. Most interesting is that Microsoft won't be producing any of the tablet hardware, but instead is expected to endorse those made by third-party companies. Slide-Out Keyboard Feature in One Windows 7 Tablet Model According to the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will display forthcoming ... (view more)

Fri
03
Dec
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Virtual eBooks Now A Gift-Giving Option

Electronic reading devices (or E-Readers) such as Amazon's Kindle are not just best-sellers, but also the most-requested items on automated online shopping wish-lists. However, until now it's not been possible to buy electronic books as a gift. ... Instead, users could only pay for gift vouchers. That's changed with two leading companies offering gifting options for eBooks. The first to launch the feature was Kobo, a Canadian company that originally started as an electronic books retail website, but later launched its own portable reading devices, stocked in stores such as Borders and Indigo / ... (view more)

Fri
26
Nov
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Nielson Report Ranks Most-Wanted Tech Gifts for Kids

Analysts from Nielson have put together the most-wanted gifts for kids this holiday season. The top-ranked item shows just how far the little tykes have come since I was eight years old, when G.I. Joe and He-Man action figures were all the rage. ... According to Nielson, among children aged six to twelve, the Apple iPad is the most-desired tech device. Almost one in every three kids interviewed responded that they wanted the popular tablet computer sometime within the next six-month period. (Source: cnet.com ) Touch, iPad Beat Out Video Game Consoles Also high on Santa's list: a computer (reports ... (view more)

Tue
12
Oct
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Toshiba Brings Glasses-Free 3D HDTV to Home Market

Toshiba has unveiled the first commercial television set that allows viewers to see three-dimensional pictures without the need to wear special glasses. But the set is very pricy and comes in two relatively small sizes. Other manufacturers have ... produced 3D sets that work without glasses before, but only to show off the idea: these will be the first available for the public to buy. 3D HTDV Sans Glasses: Big Price, Small Screens The Japanese will be the first to get an opportunity to buy the Toshiba Regza GL1, and should be available there before the end of this year in 12- and 20-inch models. ... (view more)

Tue
28
Sep
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Segway CEO Dies from Off-Road Segway Crash

In what is being described as a freak and somewhat ironic incident, British boss of Segway Inc. has been killed while piloting one of his company's own devices. Sixty-two-year-old Jimi Heselden reportedly took the device on an off-road stroll and ... was later found in a West Yorkshire river. Segway Used by Google A Segway is a high tech two-wheeled motorized vehicle and is powered by batteries and stabilized by gyroscopes. The Segway is viewed by many tech enthusiasts as one of the most recognizable gadgets in the technology world and is even used by big name brands such as Google at their ... (view more)

Tue
28
Sep
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Win7 iPad-Like Tablet Receives Questionable 'Unveiling'

A video on YouTube has recently surfaced that claims to be an iPad-style tablet computer running Windows 7. And while such a device is currently being developed by Hewlett-Packard (HP), it's far from certain whether or not the gadget in the video is ... genuine. HP Slate Production Speculative It's been known for some time that HP was working on such a device, codenamed the HP Slate, which has also been used in the past as a generic term for portable touchscreen computers that don't have a separate keyboard. There had been some speculation that the company was ditching the idea of using Windows, ... (view more)

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