Archive for the ‘General’ Category
It’s Summer and for many that means going to the beach. With Flickr and Facebook, these beachgoers want to share their experiences, but electronics and water tend not to get along. Not to fear, the team over at Digital Photography Review have put a group of ‘waterproof’ cameras through a series of tests to discover which is the best.
For their tests, they gathered the Canon PowerShot D10, Fuji FinePix Z33WP, Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 (mju Tough 8000 in Europe,) Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 (mju Tough 6000 in Europe,) Pentax Optio W60, Pentax Optio W80, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (DMC-FT1 in Europe.) They then tested and compared their movie modes, ISO performance, Image Stablization, and finally Underwater performance. (more…)
Gaming consoles have changed a lot over the last 40 years. Prepare for a trip down memory lane as we look at how they’ve gone from 3 moving objects on a simple black and white display, to full immersive high definition gaming. We’ll look at innovation and failures as we explore every major game console ever made.
- Magnavox OdysseyThe first video game console could hardly be called one by today’s standards. Released in 1972, the Magnavox Odyssey had no microchips, had black and white graphics, had no sound, nor did it have anyway to keep score. Games were programmed directly into the console and plastic overlays were placed on the television which were used to simulate color and graphics such as baseball fields. It was priced at $100 and sold only 2 million units.
- Atari 2600The first major console of the so-called “second generation,” because they were the first to be CPU-based, was released in 1977. The Atari 2600 has sold 30 million units (as of 2004) and had an initial price of $199.
- CPU: MOS 6507 1.19 Mhz
- RAM: 128 bytes
- Memory Limit: 4kB
- Best-Selling Game: Pac-Man (7 million)
- IntellivisionA major competitor to the Atari was the Intellivision. Released in 1980 by Mattel for $299, the system was marketed as more powerful than the Atari. It featured a 16 color palette and an ahead-of-its-time 16-bit processor. However, because of the price difference and Atari’s exclusive rights to games, the Intellivision never gained much of a market share selling only 3 million units.
- CPU: GI CP1610 16-bit 894.886 kHz
- RAM: 1456 bytes
- Best-Selling Game: Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack (2 million)
- Nintendo Entertainment System1983 began the start of the “third-generation,” or 8-bit era, when the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. Priced at $199.99, the NES featured a 53 color palette, though only 13 could be displayed simultaneously. Worldwide, almost 62 million units have been sold.
- CPU: Ricoh 2A03 1.79 MHz
- RAM: 2 kB (main), 2 kB (video)/li>
- Best-Selling Game: Super Mario Bros. (40 million) (more…)
Hear that? It’s the trademark THX sound you hear before movies. Now you can watch those movies on LG’s new THX-certified LH90 series of LED-backlit HDTVs that have finally arrived on U.S. soil. The trio of 1080p HDTVs, which are the first to receive the THX certification here in the US, feature TruMotion 240Hz technology. They also have a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, an ambient light sensor, and many other nifty features that are sure to become yesterday’s news within a week or so. (more…)
After last week’s announcement, one would expect Nikon to take a breather, but they’re at it again, revealing four new Coolpix cameras including the world’s first camera with a built-in projector.
With one touch, the Nikon Coolpix S1000pj can project images up to 40 inches at 2 meters with a VGA resolution. A remote is included that allows wireless operation of both the projector and camera functions. The rest is pretty standard for a modern point-and-shoot camera. It features a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, an optically stabilized 5x zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent,) and a 2.7″ LCD screen. (more…)
Fashion and Technology both commonly focus on innovation. Luckily for us consumers, these two worlds have been on constant dialogue these days – giving us innovative products but with design aesthetics. In what is called a blend of the ‘commercial and fantastical’, collaboration between top electronic firms and high fashion connoisseurs have proven to be an upside in both industry. We will be looking at 13 of the sought-after fashion-electronic-gadget collaborations currently available in the market.
1. USB Sunglasses by Calvin Klein
Want to look chic while keeping your personal data safe and sound? These new sunglasses from Calvin Klein have a USB drive hidden in the arm, letting you store info and protect your eyes from UV rays at the same time.
Calvin Klein are justifying the price of these cool shades by upping it with a feature that you would otherwise find hard to even think of. A USB drive lodges in one of the arms of the frame of these cool glares. Adding to the spice are the cool lenses that can safely keep your eyes out of harms way and assure that you have 4GB of memory with you whenever the sun shines bright. There’s nothing as cool as taking your glares off and connecting them to your computer to download your songs. With 4GB storage capacity, this eyewear, which is priced at $199, is definitely a sure treat. (more…)
I, for one, think that weighing scales need a redesign. The idea of checking your weight may be a hard task to handle for some, while for others with privileged genes, it’s a guilty pleasure. Still, for those of us not blessed with 20/20 vision, it is an arduous job to stand and squint so hard just to see the numbers on the scale by your feet.
Here’s one that could even charm the geek who sits all day programming and eating chips and drinking energy drinks: a weighing scale connected to your iPhone which stores, graphs, and tracks your weight and progress. (more…)
Nikon seems to have been pretty busy as of late. They announced two new cameras (the D300s and the D3000), and two new lenses (the AF-S Nikkor 70–200mm F/2.8G ED VR II, and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR II) all in one day.
First, the new Nikon D300s. It is very similar to the nearly 2-year-old D300 it replaces — the same 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the same 3 inch VGA screen, the same 51 autofocus points — but with a few changes and additions. The biggest difference is the addition of video, the same 720p video of the D90 and D5000. Shooting speed has also been updated from 6 fps to 7 fps. Also, the D300s now has the option of dual storage with a CF card and SD card. The D300s will be sold at a recommended price of $1799 and start shipping in August. (more…)
As you may have known, we are giving a free iPhone 3G S every month until September. Today we are announcing our first winner. You can find out more about our iPhone 3G S giveaway here. (more…)
Debatable as it may be, one can make his or her own house the ultimate gadget. In this ultra-geeky and fantastic show of awesomeness, overall geekiness, and utmost grandeur, James May is planning to erect a full working house made entirely out of Lego Bricks.
You might be thinking that you singlehandedly did that when you were just a bit older than a toddler. Let me tell you that this James May bloke, presenter of the show Top Gear, has much more ambition than a small, ratio-ed resplica of a house. He is planning to build it 1:1, life-sized, complete with a staircase and a working toilet, plus indoor plumbing! (more…)
Having the most expensive set of speakers is somewhat of a guy thing. For as long as anyone can remember, how many bills a guy can drop for a set of speakers is almost synonymous as to how fast his car can go or how well “equipped” he is. The digital age may have changed the world of vinyl and CDs forever, but speakers are still making a killing off the indulgence of the male ego. All guys want some speaker system that will blow their socks, pants, or toupees off.
We’ve compiled ten of the most expensive and craziest speaker systems to date. The price tags on these speakers will make you think if you’re really the biggest spender on the lot. A word of advice, you might want to sell your Ferrari or refinance your house if you’re really serious about buying one of these boom boxes. A special mention must be made to HigherFi.com for scouring the world to seek the best and most expensive speakers.
Grand Enigma by Kharma
This one of a kind speaker set hails from the Netherlands. Founded in 1982, Charles van Oosterum clearly makes his mark with this beauty. The name is pretty apt since no one truly knows exactly what the specifications are. On the other hand, everyone does agree that spending an even million dollars for a speaker set sends a message that you are either one hardcore audiophile or just someone who can buy his own island.
- ULTIMATE by Transmission Audio
Yes, ULTIMATE is spelled with an all-caps syntax, at least that’s how Transmission Audio spells it. The manufacturer describes this as the epitome speaker equivalent of a Ferrari, Mazerati, and Kenigsegg all-in-one chassis. For two million dollars, it better be! The built-to-order system is made of 4 separate dipole subwoofers, each containing ten 15-inch subwoofers, one dipole panel per channel with twenty-four 8 inch units, followed by two full MF ribbon dipoles per channel plus one HF panel for each channel with a grand total of 68 meters of true ribbons.
Conclusion: 31,000 watts of I-will-blow-your-house-down-if-your-eyes-don’t-fall-off-first.
Source: [Transmission Audio]
Infinite Wisdom Grande Loudspeaker by Wisdom Audio
If wisdom could be bought through speakers, then the Infinite Wisdom Grande loudspeaker is well worth the money. Not a bad deal at all for shelling out $700,000 in exchange for infinite wisdom. This speaker set is Wisdom Audio’s pride and joy. The system towers at 23 feet tall and almost weighs two tons. This third most expensive system is also the bigger brother of the Infinite Wisdom, another speaker system care of Wisdom Audio that bleeps on the HottestGadgets radar as well.
Source: [Wisdom Audio] (more…)
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