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Ex Nintendo and Activision PR Staff Hired by Apple – Rumor

12 Apr

Today, we hear that Apple could be hiring some new staff. This would normally not be too exciting although this time, we hear that the staff being hired are ex Nintendo and Activision PR tech gadgets.

The Nintendo staff member is Rob Saunders who was Nintendo UK’s head of PR. It is expected that his role will be related to PR and that the work will revolve around gaming on the iOS platform.

The other PR expert is from Activision, Nick Grange, and from what MVC reports, he will be not involved as much in gaming, put perhaps in the iPad hardware. This could of course mean that he has a lot of input on the hardware and which direction Apple head with the games on the said platform.

Since the launch of the App Store, Apple has seen the tech gadgets of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch used heavily for gaming, thanks to the plethora of games available in the App store. By hiring, if confirmed to be true, a couple of PR experts in the field, Apple lools to be getting more serious about gaming on the mobile platform. Expect to hear a lot more in the coming months.


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Apple Is Working To Fix Verizon iPad 2 Issues

11 Apr


Apple has responded to an issue involving a small number of iPad 2 owners who have been unable to connect to Verizon 3G tech gadgets. Apple says they are aware of the issue and are investigating it. Also, it’s said that Apple is working on getting an iOS update out in the next few days, which should fix the issue.

Nikon Coolpix P500 Reviews

29 Mar

The good: The Nikon Coolpix P500 has a solid design, is overflowing with photo and movie features, and has very fast shooting performance for its class.

The bad: Its photo and video quality is very soft, particularly at high ISOs and in low-light conditions. It also lacks raw support and auto picture rotation.

The bottom line: The Nikon Coolpix P500 improves on its predecessor’s features and shooting performance, but its photos and video quality still aren’t as good as the rest of the package.

The Nikon Coolpix P500, the manufacturer’s latest full-size megazoom, is packing a 36x f3.4-5.7 21.5-800mm lens (35mm equivalent). That blows away its predecessor, the P100, which had a 26x, f2.8-5 26-678mm lens and narrowly beats Canon’s PowerShot SX30 IS electronic gadgets and its 35x, f2.7-5.8, 24-840mm (35mm equivalent). At least in magnification, since the Nikon starts wider; it doesn’t surpass the Canon, though really when it comes to specsmanship the “36x” is all that matters.

The camera is more than just its lens, however. It has a gorgeous 3-inch vari-angle LCD and an electronic viewfinder; excellent image stabilization to back up that lens (though keeping your subject in your shot is a whole other issue); shooting options that take advantage of its high-speed CMOS sensor; and it’s got a comfortable, easy-to-figure-out control layout and menu system. It’s also got great shooting performance including almost no shutter lag and short shot-to-shot times.

On the short list of notably absent features is raw support and automatic picture orientation, something that can be found on cameras at a fraction of the P500’s cost and capabilities. It also lacks direct controls for settings like ISO and white balance, though, so maybe the P500 is a good fit for those looking for a point-and-shoot with a long lens and room to experiment, whereas something like the Panasonic Lumix FZ100 is for more serious hobbyists and enthusiasts.

In general, the P500’s photo quality is good, but photos are just really soft and lack fine detail. They basically didn’t improve from the P100; they’re just higher resolution. However, the extra megapixels don’t give you any more room to crop or enlarge. Put simply, the P500’s photo quality, though decent for a point-and-shoot camera, is no doubt going to let down anyone expecting higher-caliber photos because of its price and design. The lowest ISO is 160, and things aren’t really sharp there; start adding in more noise reduction as you go up in ISO and subjects only get softer. Photos are OK at ISO 400, but colors get somewhat muddy and desaturated. The P500 electronic gadgets can be locked to use ISO 160 to 200 or ISO 160 to 400; I strongly recommend using the former when you’re in bright conditions. The results above ISO 400 just aren’t good for much beyond small prints and Web use. Every user is different, though, and seeing what this camera is capable of, some people will just be thrilled with what they are able to capture and more forgiving of the results.

Nikon does a great job correcting for lens distortion at both ends. There’s no sign of barrel distortion or pincushioning. The lens isn’t sharp in the center, but it is consistent from side to side with just some slight softening at the edges and in the corners. Though it’s bad with most megazoom cameras, the fringing in high-contrast areas of photos is terrible with the P500, especially when the lens is fully extended. Lens flare was also an issue.

Up through ISO 400, color performance is very good from the P500. Everything turned out vivid and bright without looking artificial. Exposure is generally very good, plus there are plenty of options for adjusting and improving the results. Auto white balance looks overly warm under incandescent light; it performed well under natural light, though. The cameras presets work fine, too, and there’s a manual option.

Video quality is on par with a basic HD pocket video camera: good enough for Web use and nondiscriminating TV viewing. Panning the camera will create judder that’s typical of the video from most compact cameras. Low-light video suffers from the same problems that the photos do; these tech gadgets are very soft, bordering on looking like a living watercolor. The audio quality was good, though, and the zoom does work, and both it and the autofocus are fairly quiet so you’ll only really hear them in scenes with little background sound.

The P500’s shooting modes are mostly for point-and-shoot users, but you do get Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, and Manual options and a spot for a set of custom settings on the mode dial. The largest aperture is f3.4 (the P100 started at f2.8) and is enough to create some depth of field. The smallest aperture is f8. Shutter speeds go from 1/1,500 second to 8 seconds.

There are two Auto modes on this camera. One is Nikon’s Scene Auto Selector located in with the other Scene modes. It adjusts settings appropriately based on six common scene types. If the scene doesn’t match any of those, it defaults to a general-use Auto. Then there is an Auto mode, which shuts off all photo settings except for image quality and size.

Outside of the Scene Auto Selector there are 15 other scene modes like Landscape and Portrait as well as a new Pet Portrait mode and two panorama modes: Easy and Panorama Assist. The latter uses a ghost image on the screen to help you line up your successive photos. The former just requires you to press the shutter and pan the camera left, right, up, or down to create a panorama in camera. These modes never handle movement well, so they’re best used on scenery without movement in it.

Like most cameras with BSI CMOS sensors, the P500 has multishot modes for improving low-light photos of landscapes and portraits. At a single press of the shutter release, the camera takes several photos and then combines them to improve blur from hand shake and reduce noise and correct exposure. In general, the Night Landscape mode is successful, but not as good as others I’ve tested. The Night Portrait mode takes shots with and without flash and combines them into nicely exposed shots. However, because of the nature of how these images are produced, these modes cannot be used with moving subjects.

If you like to shoot close-ups, the P500 tech gadgets have a few ways to enter Macro mode. It will automatically switch to it if you’re using the Scene Auto Selector mode. You can also select a Close-up mode from the camera’s Scene options. And if you’re in PSAM, you can switch to macro focus via the control pad. You can focus as close as 0.4 inch from your subject if you extend the lens some (there’s an onscreen marker to let you know where to stop zooming), but at the lens’ widest position, it focuses 4 inches from a subject.

The high-speed performance of the CMOS sensor gets put to use in burst modes, too. The best one is the Continuous H setting, which lets you shoot at up to 8 frames per second (fps) for five photos. The Continuous L mode drops to approximately 1.8fps, but can capture up to 24 photos. The camera also has 60fps and 120fps burst options for capturing up to 25, 2-megapixel or 50, 1-megapxiel photos, respectively, at a press of the shutter release. Similarly, there’s a preshooting cache setting that will start capturing images once you half-press the shutter release. Once you fully press the shutter, it will store the five photos before you press and up to 20 after (2-megapixel resolution). There’s a substantial wait while the camera stores all those photos, but if you’re trying to capture a specific moment in time, these are your best bet with this camera. At the other end of the speed spectrum is an interval shooting option that will continuously shoot every 30 seconds or 1, 5, or 10 minutes.

Overall shooting performance is excellent. It goes from off to first shot in just over 1 second with a typical shot-to-shot time of 1.4 seconds. Using the flash adds about a second to that time. Shutter lag is low in both bright and dim lighting, at 0.3 and 0.6 second, respectively. Its full-resolution high-speed continuous mode is capable of 10fps, but again only for five shots.

The body design barely changes from its predecessor. The look and feel is still nice and amazingly compact considering the lens. The grip is deep and comfortable with a textured rubber piece on front, the body is well-balanced, and the lens barrel gives you ample space to hold and steady the camera with your left hand. The controls are comfortably placed and responsive.

There’s a decent electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a vari-angle LCD for framing up your shots. The LCD pulls out from the body and can be tilted up or down, but it does not swing out horizontally from the body and rotate. Like all LCDs and EVFs, the screen blanks out for a second once you’ve taken a shot, but it’s reasonably fast to recover. To the left of the EVF is a button for switching between the LCD and EVF, as well as a diopter adjustment dial. To its right is a Display button for changing what info is viewed on the displays and a movie record button with a switch for picking what type of video you want to shoot (regular or high speed).

The rest of the controls don’t change from the P100 (i.e., a pretty standard digital camera control layout) with two exceptions. There is now a rocker switch on the lens barrel for controlling the lens. It can be used to zoom in and out (handy when shooting movies), snap the lens back a bit in telephoto, should your subject move out of frame, or for manual focus. (Its function is changed in the settings menu; this is a nuisance while testing, but otherwise fine, as I don’t imagine changing it often in regular use.) The only other change is a button just behind the shutter release for changing continuous-shooting modes.

The menu systems are sharp and easy to read, helped, no doubt, by the bright, high-resolution LCD. My one gripe is that there are no shortcuts for changing ISO, white balance, autofocus mode or area mode, or metering. Almost everything’s done through the Menu button. Even exposure bracketing, which I expected to find under the continuous-shooting modes, is in the main menu system. If you want fast, easy control over those settings, this might be a deal breaker for you.

The battery compartment and card slot are under a door on the bottom. The battery life isn’t great for this camera, and using the wall adapter takes nearly 5 hours to fully charge the battery from zero. If a typical day of shooting will include the high-speed burst modes and movie capture and using the 3-inch LCD and the zoom a lot, you’ll want a backup battery.

Outputs are under a cover on the body’s left side. There’s a Mini-HDMI and a Micro-USB/AV port. There’s no accessory shoe for an add-on flash, limiting you to the onboard pop-up one. It doesn’t automatically rise when needed; it remains off until you push a button on the left side of the camera. It’s adequately powerful and there are flash exposure compensation settings available.

Gadget Reviews Conclusions
Like I said about the P100, the Nikon Coolpix P500 is one of those cameras that consumers will either love for all that it can do or hate because one of those things isn’t taking superb photos. For those interested mainly in having a very wide, very long lens on a point-and-shoot with room for experimentation and a lot of settings to play with, the P500 is exactly that.

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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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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

24 Mar

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100 has been released in 31st May, 2006, which has an 8.1 mega pixel CCD camera with 3x optical zoom along with 2x Digital zoom and 15x zoom VGA resolution. These nice electronic gadgets have a real image optical view finder with 2.5 inch color LCD display. It can function in three different modes like automatic, program and manual modes.  Its built in flash is with five flash modes and intensity adjustment option. It has 64 MB internal memory and supports Sony Memory Stick Duo Slot. It is powered by Lithium Ion Battery and a charger and software for both Mac and Xp is included.

PolyPly the device for everything Apple

23 Mar

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t own any electronic device without a big, bright Apple logo on the back, then this ingenious contraption is for you.

Designed by art and design student Andrew Seunghyun Kim, the PolyPly is essentially just a stand to organize all of your Apple tech gadgets in one place. Made from acrylic plastic, birch and birch plywood it can hold an iPad, iPod, iPhone 4 and a stylus or pen.

There don’t seem to be any plans to sell the product yet, but we’re sure that Apple fans all over the globe would love the chance to showcase and house all of their gadgets within such a sleek and well-designed piece of equipment.


Source from popgadget

Acronym’s Handsfree Circdiscover iPad Bag Costs Almost As Much As The iPad Itself

23 Mar

There’s a sucker born every minute, but without them who would keep designer luxury brands in business? We all know the iPad costs far less to build than its $499 price tag, but paying a bit of a markup is ok since deep down we all know a lot of R&D and design went into its creation. This Circdiscover iPad Bag from Acronym though? Not even close.

These new electronics are made from something called ‘Dimension Polytant® Superlight X-PAC’ fabric reinforced with Cordura, but that, and the fact that it can be worn horizontally or vertically and allows for ‘handsfree’ iPad usage, doesn’t even come close to justifying its ludicrous $483 price tag. If it was made from another iPad, maybe I can see some justification for it costing so much, but it’s not. You’re basically just paying for a brand name I’ve never heard of. And I’m a guy obsessed with bags and cases.

Sprint Announces the HTC EVO 3D; Dual-Core 1.2 Ghz CPU and 4.3″ Glasses-free 3D display

23 Mar

Just yesterday, AT&T announced that they’d be snatching up LG’s Optimus 3D and bringin’ it stateside as the “Thrill 4G” — and today at CTIA, Sprint’s following up with the announcement of the second 3D smartphone in the US, the EVO 3D.

Even if 3D isn’t your thing, though, the specs on these electronic gadgets definitely make it worth lookin’ at. Follow us behind the jump for the details.

Here’s what we know:

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense
Dual-Core 1.2 GHZ CPU
4.3 inch, glasses-free 3D display running at 960×540
Not one, not two, but three cameras: two 5 megapixel cameras on the back (for 3D stereoscopic images), and a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front
Weight: 6.0 oz
Sprint 4G support
Wireless Hotspot service can support up to 8 devices simultaneously

Comprehensive Reviews on Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

23 Mar


The PowerShot SX230 HS is Canon’s top compact megazoom featuring a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle lens with a 14x zoom. It’s the same lens used in 2010’s SX210 IS and the body is for the most the same, too. The major change is to the camera’s imaging sensor; the SX210 had a 14-megapixel CCD while SX230 electronic gadgets have a 12-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS. Without getting into the technical differences, what you need to know is that the new sensor produces better low-light photos and has faster shooting performance than that of its predecessor. Canon also built in a GPS receiver for geotagging your photos while you’re shooting–a first for a PowerShot.


However, while its photos–and movies–are pretty great for its class, the SX230’s shooting performance is a bit behind the competition. Its lens isn’t as wide or as long as similarly sized models and Canon doesn’t do as much as others with the GPS capabilities, either. Plus, everything about the design that was off with the SX210 is still off with the SX230. You’ll have to decide if my issues are deal breakers for you, though, because it’s otherwise a very good compact megazoom.


The SX230 HS has some of the best photo quality I’ve seen from a compact megazoom, particularly at higher ISOs. While photos do get softer and noisier above ISO 200–typical for point-and-shoots–ISO 400 and 800 are still very usable. The noise and noise reduction are well balanced so you still get very good color and detail at these higher sensitivities. Colors desaturate some at ISO 1600 and 3200, subjects look very soft, and detail is greatly diminished, but photos are still usable at small sizes for prints or on a computer screen. Basically, if you need to shoot in low light or want to freeze action, this camera is one of the best options in its class.


There is some asymmetrical distortion on the left side of lens visible at its widest position. When the lens is extended there is slight pincushion distortion, but it’s barely discernible. Sharpness is very good and consistent from edge to edge and in the corners–pretty rare on a compact megazoom. The SX230 exhibits a high amount of fringing around high-contrast subjects. It’s typical of compact cameras, but the amount is above average for its class, visible even when viewed at small sizes.


Color performance is a strong point with the SX230 HS tech gadgets. Everything turns out bright, well-saturated, and reasonably accurate. Exposure is generally good, though it really struggles with highlights, blowing them out every chance it gets. White balance is fairly accurate, too, but Auto goes warm indoors. You’re better off selecting the appropriate preset for your lighting or using a custom setting.


Video quality is also excellent. It shoots in full HD, but it’s at 24 frames per second. That’s not ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects as you’ll see some judder that’s typical of the video from most compact cameras. The same goes for quickly panning the camera. Otherwise the results are impressive, even at its lower resolutions. The zoom lens does function while recording, but you will hear the movement in quiet scenes. There are stereo mics on front, but the left mic is too easily blocked if you’re not paying attention to your hold on the camera.


Shooting options on the SX230 HS run the gamut from simple point-and-shoot options to full manual controls. The manual shooting options are better than most compact megazooms. You get semimanual and full manual control over shutter speed and apertures as well as manual focus with a safety for fine-tuning. Apertures include f3.1, f3.5, f4, f4.5, f5, f5.6, f6.3, f7.1, and f8. With the lens fully extended, you only get three settings, though: f5.9, f7.1, and f8. Shutter speeds can be set from 15 seconds to 1/3,200 second (1/2,500 is the fastest with the lens extended). There are options for setting color saturation, sharpness, and contrast, too, and the flash strength can be easily adjusted. A flash exposure lock, which adjusts flash output for what you’re focused on, can quickly be activated as well; it functions well for keeping the flash from blowing out subjects.


If you just want to point and shoot, there’s Canon’s Smart Auto, which determines the appropriate settings based on the scene you’re shooting. An Easy mode works similarly, but heavily limits settings. Frankly, the Smart Auto is easy enough and this spot should have gone to a custom mode. Canon also put on the mode dial three popular scene selections–Portrait, Landscape, and Kids & Pets–and a SCN choice for accessing other scene settings like Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, and Panorama Stitch Assist. There’s an Underwater option, but it’s for use with an optional casing; the camera is not waterproof. Canon includes its Smart Shutter option to the Scene mode, too; this includes a smile-activated shutter release as well as Wink and Face Detection Self-timers. Wink allows you to set off the shutter simply by winking at the camera and the Face Detection option will wait till the camera detects a new face in front of the camera before it fires off a shot. Both electronic gadgets work well.


Canon’s Creative Filters are now all located under a spot on the mode dial. The filters include Canon’s standard Color Accent and Color Swap options as well as Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Effect, and Miniature Effect. While some may find these to be a bit goofy, they can be a lot of fun to play with, if only to add some interest to what would otherwise be a boring shot. I particularly liked the results from the Toy Camera Effect, which has Standard, Warm, and Cool settings. All but the Toy Camera and Fish-eye are available for movies. Also available for movies is a high-speed option for capturing 30-second slow-motion clips at 120 or 240fps at resolutions of 640×480 and 320×240 pixels, respectively.


This model also has a new Movie Digest mode that records a few seconds of VGA-quality video before you take a picture. The camera then takes all of those clips for a day and strings them together into a single movie recapping your day. Since it’s a separate mode you have to remember to use it regularly throughout the day. Also, because it automatically stitches the clips together, if there’s something you don’t want, you’ll have to edit it out yourself. It would be nice to have the option to create the movie or just store the clips as well as have it create a movie with the photos you took inserted between the clips. Still, the result is actually cooler than I thought it would be; you just really have to pay attention to what you’re doing before you shoot a picture for it to be good.


Though it doesn’t focus as closely as others in its class, the SX230 HS is a capable macro shooter. You can get within 2 inches of your subject and come away with some nice fine detail as long as you keep your sensitivity below ISO 200.


One of the biggest benefits to CMOS sensors is their fast speed compared with CCD sensors. That’s certainly true of the SX230 HS, getting a noticeable performance jump from the CCD-based SX210 IS. On the other hand, it is slightly slower than CMOS-based compact megazooms from other manufacturers. The camera goes from off to first shot in 1.6 seconds with shot-to-shot times averaging 2.4 seconds without flash and 3.6 seconds with flash. Its shutter lag–the time it takes from pressing the shutter release to capturing a photo–is 0.4 second in bright lighting and 0.8 second in low-light conditions. The SX230’s burst mode is capable of capturing at 2.2 frames per second, with focus and exposure set with the first shot. It can shoot until your memory card fills up, though, which is nice; competing cameras have a burst limit and make you wait while images are stored before you can shoot again. The camera also has a continuous with AF, but it is really too slow to be useful for sports or other fast-moving subjects. The camera also has a high-speed burst mode that can shoot 3-megapixel photos at up to 8.1 frames per second. The results are very good compared with similar modes on other cameras I’ve tested, suitable for small prints and definitely for Web use. Coolest gadgets!


The SX230’s design doesn’t change much from its predecessor; it basically looks like an extra large PowerShot Elph, and kind of a dull-looking one at that. The 14x zoom lens front and center is the only thing keeping this from being slipped easily into a tight pocket; there’s no problem dropping it in a handbag or coat pocket, though. Still, you’ll probably want to invest in a protective case or risk scratching the fine finish of the metal shell. Canon continues to make the flash pop up every time you start the camera, regardless of the camera’s settings. (Simply putting a finger on it when powering on will keep it from coming up, too, hopefully not damaging the lift mechanism.) With the flash up, the camera is very awkward to hold because you don’t really have anywhere to put your fingers. The LCD is decently bright, but I still had problems seeing it in direct sunlight. Also, despite being 3 inches on the diagonal, you’ll only be using 2.5 inches for framing your shots unless you switch to one of the camera’s 16:9 wide-screen resolutions.


The camera’s controls are a mix of good and bad; they’re also a bit small and cramped for larger hands. On top is the shutter release and zoom ring. When gripping the camera, your thumb sits on the sizable shooting mode dial. It clicks firmly into each selection, so there’s little risk you’ll inadvertently change modes. The power button is positioned above the right edge of the LCD and close to the mode dial. Depending on the size of your thumb, it can be a little difficult to press.


Directly under the dial are a dedicated record button for movies and a playback button. Below those is an unmarked Control Dial/directional pad. Touch the dial and a button description displays on screen so you know which direction to press to change flash, exposure, self timer, and focus settings. The dial allows for fast navigation and for quick changes to aperture and shutter speed in the manual and semimanual shooting modes. It moves freely, but you can feel individual stops when rotating it. In the center of the dial is Canon’s standard Func. Set button for accessing shooting-mode-specific options and making selections. Under the dial are a Display button for changing the shooting or playback information that’s shown on screen and a Menu button for basic operation settings. In all, operation is straightforward, but you’ll certainly want to read the manual, which is in PDF format on the bundled software disc.


Including a built-in GPS receiver makes the SX230 HS competitive with the high-end compact megazooms from Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Casio. However, those manufacturers offer greater functionality; Canon uses it to geotag photos with elevation, longitude, and latitude data and updating the camera’s clock. It can also keep a log file of your travel, e.g. the path you take while walking through a city. But that requires you to leave the GPS on all the time and make sure it’s always able to connect to satellites. So if you go indoors and forget to shut off logging, your battery will continue to drain. Canon didn’t make it easy to turn on and off either, burying it at the bottom of the camera settings menu. Plus, there’s no mention in the manual as to what the camera does should you lose your connection. Does it automatically search again? Do you have to go into the menu and turn the GPS off and on again to get it to refresh? If it refreshes on its own, how often will it search until it gets a signal?


Should you want to connect to a computer, monitor, or HDTV, there are Mini-USB and Mini-HDMI ports on the body’s right side. The battery and memory card compartment are on the bottom under a nonlocking door; however, the door closes firmly. The battery does not charge in camera and its life is fairly short, hastened by using the zoom, GPS, burst shooting, and capturing movies. You’ll want to invest in a second battery.


Gadget Reviews Conclusion:

The Canon PowerShot SX230 IS might not be the fastest compact megazoom or have the longest lens. It’s also Canon’s first crack at putting GPS in a PowerShot and it shows. However, its photo quality is excellent for its class and with all of its shooting options, including semimanual and manual modes, it’s a great choice for beginners and enthusiasts or as a family camera.


Source from CNET


Japan disaster could delay iPhone 5, disrupt PC supply chain

22 Mar

Much of the consumer electronics industry could be affected by the catastrophes in Japan within three months, experts say.

The global electronics supply chain could soon be disrupted by the ongoing disasters in Japan caused by recent earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear catastrophes. That includes access to parts that make up PCs, as well as components of Apple electronic gadgets, like the iPad 2 and the upcoming iPhone 5, experts say.

News of such disruptions comes first via Acer Taiwan president Scott Lin, who says that, while the PC industry’s supply chain will remain intact for 2.5 to 3 months, some companies are beginning to stockpile their inventories of DRAM and LCD panels, causing short-term price inflation for those components, Digitimes reports. Lin also says that the availability of silicon wafers and adhesive used in LCD panel assembly, 90 percent of which is produced by Japan-based companies Sony and Hitachi, are already in short supply.

According to Lin, who knows first-hand how natural disaster can affect the electronics industry after experiencing the 1999 Taiwan earthquake, says that the key to resolving the supply problem is to restore Japan’s power system, which is currently in shambles due to multiple nuclear meltdowns.

As iSuppli principal analyst Michael Yang tells Computerworld, a shortage of NAND flash memory chips, which are often used in tablets and smartphones, is already underway due to production disruptions at Toshiba, which produces about 40 percent of the world’s NAND chips.

The short supply of NAND flash memory could potentially cause a delay in the release of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, which is expected to debut in June. But because of Apple’s position in the industry, the Cupertino-based company has little reason for concern.

“Apple’s purchasing power and its relationship with the [NAND] suppliers means it will get priority,” Yang tells Computerworld. “There are three other major suppliers of NAND — Samsung, Hynex and Micron — and there’s enough flex there that it shouldn’t be a huge issue for Apple.”

Other companies, including HP, Nokia and Motorola, could also be affected by an NAND shortage.

Production of the iPad 2 could also experience hang-ups, according to iSuppli analyst Wayne Lam who spoke with All Things Digital. The problem primarily centers on the iPad’s three-cell li-ion battery pack, which Lam believes is manufactured in Japan.

With disaster in Japan still taking its catastrophic toll on countless lives, the last thing on most people’s minds at the moment is how their future electronic gadgets purchases might be affected. But in this age of a global economy, it’s something everyone — from Steve Jobs to your neighborhood Best Buy register jockey — should start to consider.


Source from digitaltrends