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Canon Rebel T3 DSLR reviewed: a safe bet for first-time shooters

28 Mar

Are you a true contrarian looking for a camera that befits your nonconformist lifestyle? Well, Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR may not be the most unruly camera out, but at least it sports a moniker that fits the bill. The Canon T3 Rebel, also known as the EOS 1100D electronic gadgets, are a 12.2-megapixel affair designed with the DSLR newbie in mind, and according to a review over at PhotographyBlog, it doesn’t sacrifice image quality for ease of use. Touted as a successor to the Rebel XS, the T3 actually carries over some useful features from its more sophisticated sibling, the T3i, including a user-friendly control layout, but lacks the camera’s Scene Intelligent auto mode and extensive list of creative filters. Aside from that, the reviewer found T3’s grips too slick and its diminutive LCD screen a minor setback, but was quick to point out that none of these is a deal-breaker. In fact, aside from a bit of noise encountered at the highest ISO setting, the camera delivers high quality photographs even in low light. All things considered, it looks like the Rebel T3 electronic gadgets, is a “responsive and intuitive DSLR” for the novice photog, and at $600, it’s got at least some of the competition beat. Now, we won’t tell you what to do, but if we were you, we’d click the source link to see how the T3 stacks up.

Source from Engadget


iSkin earTones add some style and color to your multimedia experience

28 Mar

The very name iSkin itself is instantly recognizable among those who own a portable media player, simply because the company does roll out accessories in the premium range for mobile devices, and among their latest devices would be the earTones stereo earphones that come complete with a microphone and remote control, boasting a stylish design and eye-popping colors to capture the attention of anyone who takes but a glance at it.

Specifically designed for today’s wide range of digital gadgets, the earTones by iSkin is capable of delivering high-definition sound, being lightweight in nature and comfortable to boot. Thanks to its integrated microphone and remote control, the earTones electronic gadgets will be able to hook up to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and other supported gadgets to deliver audio in/out, not to mention the ability to remotely answer and end calls, as well as control music and video playback.

We do understand that some of us are pretty paranoid about the cleanliness of our gizmos, and carry a bottle of sanitizer around with us wherever we go just to be on the safe side. The new earTones by iSkin will definitely appeal to those in that category even more since it features Microban, a kind of antimicrobial product protection that is applied on both the ear buds and the microphone so that the growth of fungus, odor- and stain-causing bacteria is inhibited. Needless to say, this is the first product of its kind that will feature such advanced integrated protection.

When it comes to comfort, each pair of earTones boast lightweight materials and soft-tipped earbuds with FlexFit, an industry-first flexible neck which paves the way for the earbuds to flex when inserted into the ear for maximum comfort. Whenever it is connected to iOS devices like the iPad 2 electronic gadgets, earTones will deliver pristine audio for all games, videos and music applications.

Any apps that support audio input will also allow the earTones to function as a microphone for recording audio, empowering it with voice commands and VoIP headset capability. When it is in iPod mode, you are able to start, stop and skip between music tracks. Apart from that, the earTones will also function with the voice control feature on iPhone and iPod touch, letting users issue voice commands using the integrated mic.


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Hyper Touch Guitar concept

28 Mar

Truly inspiring designs roll about once in a while, and we’re pretty happy to bring you word of the Hyper Touch Guitar concept, where it intends to usher in guitar design into the 21st century. Just how does it hope to achieve that? For starters, the strings are replaced as well as the fret board, relying on a touch screen display instead that offers an unprecedented level of flexibility. Purists might argue that this will dilute the amount of skill required when it comes to manipulating the guitar, but it would surely help the touch screen generation connect better with this insturment. Coolest tech gadgets! The design itself lets you change the setup of the guitar with but a push of a button, allowing you to change from six string to 12 string, or perhaps adjust its tunings in a jiffy. Of course, we do wonder whether this will double up as a MIDI controller or not, or whether it can function as a standalone instrument. Those are questions that engineers will need to work out if it were to roll off a production line.

Source from ubergizmo

Panasonic Lumix GH2 review roundup: impressive video recording, murky still images

28 Mar

In case you’re still wondering if Panasonic’s mirrorless Lumix GH2 is worth your $900, we’ve rounded up a handful of gadget reviews to provide a pointer for your next big purchase. While most reviewers agree that this Micro Four Thirds camera appears to be very similar to its predecessor, they universally praise the subtly improved ergonomics, speedy liveview autofocusing, and refined image quality, especially with its 1080p AVCHD video recording (although Digital Camera Resource Page did notice some artifacting in its clips). Noise is also a non-issue up to about ISO 800 or 1600, though it’s apparent that the 16 megapixel stills are comparatively dull and, like those from many other MFTs, aren’t quite on par with DSLRs — expect plenty of manual processing work here, as demoed by the good folks over at Digital Photography Review. All in all, the GH2 electronic gadgets are a great kit for high quality video capturing, bundled with a pretty good still performance that requires some extra TLC afterwards — kinda ironic in a way, but hey, this isn’t a problem for lovers of video bokeh.

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Ainol tablet sports IPS display

28 Mar

Ainol of China has been spotted to run the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, not to mention having a Cortex-A9 processor inside that ought to make sure it wont’ fall short of any processing firepower if the need arises. The design itself is average at best, considering the amount of (or rather, lack of) talent in that part of the world to come up with truly inspiring designs for others to follow. Well, it is OK by their standards, and we’re stoked to know that the display will be of the IPS (In Plane Switching) variety at 1280 x 800 resolution. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G and HDMI, with a front-facing camera serving you for your video call needs, coupled with a microSD memory card slot and a headphone jack. No idea on pricing as at press for these electronic gadgets time though.

Source from ubergizmo

The PlayBook polyglot

28 Mar

When Apple introduced the iPad, it had but a smattering of third-party applications, but the company stressed its own. As Apple iPhone software SVP Scott Forstall stated in the iPad introduction video, “We looked at the device and we decided: let’s redesign it all. Let’s redesign, reimagine and rebuild every single app from the ground up specifically for the iPad.”

Compare this to the strategy employed by RIM, makers of the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet tech gadgets. One year after the iPad’s debut, Apple’s head start in apps has proven a formidable advantage against the onslaught of slates announced by its competitors in the smartphone world. Some have chosen to latch onto Android and attain backwards compatibility with over 200,000 existing smartphone apps. HP, with its TouchPad as flagship, will circle its wagons of PCs, printers and phones around the webOS platform. However, the announcement this week that RIM, too, will support Android apps says much about how the company sees its position in the tablet wars.

C and C++ are the native routes to app development on RIM’s long-gestated tablet, but they certainly not the only ways. Flash / Adobe AIR and HTML5 will also be supported as will several popular game engines. Android and Java apps will be accommodated with add-on players and distributed via RIM’s App World, RIM’s app marketplace. The ability to run Android apps without the underlying Android operating system certainly helps bring a degree of cachet as well as functionality. At a discussion with an executive from a downmarket carrier at the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando last week, I asked what customers are asking for as they adopt smartphones tech gadgets. His response: “Android. Android is the brand. They want the apps.”

But support for Android could also have some potential downsides. With the BlackBerry OS platform generally taking a backseat to other smartphone platforms and a major platform shift to QNX in the works, Android support could serve as a sideshow that gives Android developers even less reason to natively support the platform. Android apps are also unlikely to exploit the PlayBook hardware and user interface, both of which have generated consumer excitement on their own merits. Contrast this with Apple’s attempt to optimize the iOS app experience to the point where it sought to block third-party development tools because of concern about cross-platform apps that might pander to the lowest common denominator.

Controlling the software platform may not be as vital to RIM as it is to Apple or others, but it’s still an important priority in which RIM is heavily investing. RIM’s challenge will be weaving the PlayBook’s hodgepodge of sources into a tapestry of engaging functionality. Apple may prioritize a consistently crafted experience but RIM is about delivering what works to encourage adoption and development. The key is ensuring that Android apps remain more or less an option of last resort, while the company can build the case for QNX apps that showcase and differentiate the PlayBook tech gadgets from competitors in the tablet space, and to help the company make a case for the same operating system to power future smartphones.


Source from Engadget

Gateway NV51B05u – Fusion E350 1.6GHz – 15.6-inch TFT

28 Mar

The good: The Gateway NV51B05u is a functional midsize laptop for less than $500 that also offers basic graphics capabilities.

The bad: This is the very definition of a plastic laptop, it looks and feels like the budget system that it is, and battery life in other new AMD Fusion laptops can be much better.

The bottom line: Taking a CPU intended for an 11-inch ultraportable and sticking it in a midsize system can potentially be a recipe for disaster. Gateway’s 15-inch AMD Fusion-based NV51B05u avoids any major problems, but it could be better.

We don’t like cheap laptops, but we love inexpensive ones. The difference is one of degree; a cheap laptop looks and feels shoddy, and woefully underperforms. An inexpensive laptop uses its budget wisely, offering a reasonable mix of components at a reasonable price, and doesn’t try to unfairly raise consumer expectations. AMD’s Fusion platform, which packs a CPU and discrete GPU together, has been a hit on inexpensive 11-inch ultraportables, but translating it to a larger 15-inch laptop is another story. At that size, user expectations are quite different, and the handful of attempts we’ve seen at using an Intel Atom or other low-power chip in a midsize laptop have all been failures.

The Toshiba Satellite C655D, for example, was an AMD Fusion 15-inch laptop that did not offer satisfactory performance. However, that system used the very low-end E-240 version of AMD’s CPU. In contrast, the electronic gadgets of  Gateway NV51B05u use the same E-350 AMD CPU found in the HP dm1 and Lenovo ThinkPad X120e. Those examples are excellent 11-inch laptops for around $400, but that CPU can also feel sluggish, especially while multitasking, when packed into a 15-inch shell.

But for $469, the Gateway NV51B05u is a solid choice for a midsize laptop under $500 (where the options can be thin). For most Web surfing and casual use, it works well, and the graphics capabilities, though basic, are good enough for casual gaming and online video viewing.

The Gateway NV51B05u looks like a standard inexpensive laptop from a few feet away. It’s not until you get up close that you see the plastic body has been stamped with an unusual wood-grain pattern that covers the wrist rest and back of the lid. It’s at least different from the usual, but it also emphasizes the plastic nature of the materials. In the end, we’d chalk it up as an aesthetic choice, and let you decide if it’s a deal breaker.

On the positive side, the system looks and feels slim, especially for a budget 15-incher, and the power brick, though heavy, is compact enough to fit in most laptop bags.

The keyboard will be familiar to anyone who has used a laptop from the past few generations of Gateway systems. Closely spaced flat-topped keys go from nearly one end of the body to the other, although the keys are actually large flat tops sitting on top of narrower spokes, so the edges of each key can wobble a bit. The wider 16:9 aspect ratio allows for a full number pad on the right side.

The touch pad, however, is another story. It’s centered under the QWERTY keyboard, but because of the right-side number pad, that means the touch pad sits more toward the left side of the chassis, which can feel awkward at times. A bigger problem is that the pad is too small for a 15-inch laptop tech gadgets. It gets lost in the same-color wrist rest, and there’s clearly plenty of room for a bigger touch pad. Also bugging us is that there’s a single rocker bar instead of separate left and right mouse buttons–a longtime pet peeve.

The 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1,366×768 pixels, which is common for most 11-inch to 15-inch laptops (more-expensive midsize models may trade up to a 1,440×900-pixel display). The screen gets more than bright enough, but an overly glossy coating picks up glare from any nearby light source. Off-axis viewing, however, was excellent.

You miss out on obvious extras such as Bluetooth or USB 3.0 here, but a more glaring drawback is the single monaural speaker–however, budget laptops are known for their tinny sound, so you may not be missing much. Still, it’s a rare bit of cost-cutting we usually only see in the cheapest Netbooks.

You do at least get a big 500GB hard drive to go with the AMD E-350 CPU. In our benchmark tests, it performed about as well as other E-350 laptops, all of which have been 11-inch systems so far. It was particularly slow at our multitasking test, especially compared with Intel’s new generation of mainstream Core i-series CPUs, which have really set a new performance bar, but we have yet to see one of those chips in a system in this price range. Note that the Gateway seriously outperformed the Toshiba Satellite C655D, which tried to get away with a slower E-250 AMD CPU in a 15-inch body.

The AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU, which is the graphics part of the Fusion platform, is a definite step up from the integrated graphics found in last year’s sub-$500 laptops. It won’t play the latest high-end games at high resolutions, but for casual gaming it should suffice, and we were able to easily stream full-screen HD video. In Street Fighter IV, we got 21.4 frames per second at 1,366×768-pixel resolution, and 23.5fps in Unreal Tournament 3 at the same resolution. Coolest gadgets!

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LG GS390 Prime Reviews

28 Mar

LG GS390 Prime is a much affordable mobile with so many attractive special features. Let us analyze few of them. It operates with the 2G Network facility with GSM 850 / 1800 / 1900. It is available in the 108 x 52.8 x 12.7 mm dimensions, and weighs around 89 grams. The display TFT touch screen has 256K colors and 240 x 400 pixels, 3.0 inches thick. These electronic gadgets are also loaded with special features such as the Stereo FM radio, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, micro USB v2.0 and games. The mobile has an in built 2 Mega Pixel camera with the resolution of 1600×1200 pixels.

Sony VAIO NS140E/L Reviews

28 Mar

The Sony VAIO NS 140 E/L notebook is a 15.4-Inch with max resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and it evolves contemporary style in an easy-to-handle mobile PC with Intel Centrino Duo platform technology. It has a built in devices with a Wireless LAN antenna. These electronic gadgets are available in the night blue color and Mid-size laptops (5-7 lbs.). The note book powered with Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 / 2.0 GHz with Dual-Core technology. The RAM storage consists with installed size of 3.0 GB / 4.0 GB (max) with the technology of DDR2 SDRAM – 800.0 MHz. It has an integrated camera with the 1.3 Megapixel sensor resolution.