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Olympus superzooms SP-800UZ & SP-600UZ announced, 30x and 15x zoom lenses onboard

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Today Olympus announced to new additions to its superzoom digital camera range. The Olympus SP-800UZ and SP-600UZ are built around 1/2.33” CDD sensors and are capable of recording 720p video. The most impressive part of this announcement however is the fast (f/2.8-f/5.6) 30x zoom lens of the Olympus SP-800UZ, which stretch all the way from 28mm to 840mm in 35mm equivalent. Its little brother lens cover the more modest 28-420mm range and are two-thirds of a stop slower at f/3.5 – f/5.4.

Olympus SP-800UZ
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Adobe has a go at Apple about missing Flash support on the iPad

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That is the problem of having each of your products generate so much hype – when it doesn’t live up to the expectations, it leaves quite a lot more people disappointed and frustrated. The Apple iPad is certainly a cool gadget in isolation but it is still struggling to find its place under the sun. And here comes Adobe to rain on its parade once again.

According to Adrian Ludwig from Adobe, the iPad won’t be able to access over 70 percent of the games and over 75 percent of the videos available online due to its missing Flash support. Read more »

Fring for the iPhone gets 3G video and voice calls too

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It might have taken Apple an year an a half to allow VoIP over cellular network but it only took Fring a couple of days to update their app to make use of that. Since yesterday one of the most popular chat clients for the iPhone is capable of doing voice and video calls over 3G networks.


Okay, so those video calls are kinda awkward without a front facing camera but it’s still something. Read more »

Intel and AMD six-core CPUs to come in May

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I knew this will be happening eventually, but that kind of speed certainly exceeded my expectations. Apparently six-core CPUs will be flooding the market before the year has been halved. AMD and Intel both have plans of releasing those so regardless of your preferences it might be a good time to start saving.

According to DigiTimes Intel will hit first in march with its Core i7-980X. Read more »

Canon keeps its promise, releases firmware update for EOS 1D Mark IV

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Canon have shown in the past that they know how to take care of their best paying customers. Firmware updates have always been released promptly when an issue arises so we are hardly surprised that the EOS 1D Mark IV gets yet another of them, only several weeks after hitting the shelves.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

The new firmware version 1.0.6. enhances the AF tracking performance for receding subjects and for subjects that are approaching the camera at a low speed. Read more »

Apple iPad overview: The good, the bad and the ugly

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You might be aware that Apple just announced a certain little (or not so little depending how you look at it) gadget called the Apple iPad. One only needs a quick glance to realize that it looks like a vastly oversized iPod Touch but what are its main strengths and its greatest disadvantages? Here is the way I see it:

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Apple iPad goes on video, behaves nicely

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So after we have all the specs covered it now comes the time to see the Apple iPad in action. A a few videos are quite in order here, demonstrating the interface and performance of Apple’s new gadget. Not that the iPhone OS 3.2 is that much of a mystery, but the home-backed Apple 1GHz CPU is raising quite a few questions.

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Apple’s tablet is finally official: meet the Apple iPad

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It’s finally here folks! After no less than a few years of speculations the Apple’s tablet was finally unveiled. Here comes the Apple iPad to fill the gap between smartphones and laptops. Equipped with a large touchscreen and what seems to be a pretty snappy CPU it runs what seems to be a sized-up version of the iPhone UI.

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Opera report reveals some interesting trends in mobile web usage

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Did you know that Twitter and Facebook are respectively the fastest-growing and the largest social networks in the world? Oh, you did… Well, nonetheless, there are some other pretty interesting facts to be learned from the mobile web report that Opera just published.

According to the report in December 2009, more than 46.3 million people used Opera Mini, marking an 11% increase compared to November 2009 and 159% increase compared to December 2008.
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Four FujiFilm FinePix cameras leak, three turbo zooms and an ultra compact

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The guys over at LetsGoDigital have got some pretty detailed info (not to mention some downright official looking footage) on four upcoming FujiFilm digital cameras. The company will reinforce its superzoom portforlio with three new offerings and will throw in an affordable ultra-compact in the mix.

The FujiFilm FinexPix S2500HD, as the name suggests will record 720p HD video and will come with 18x zoom lens, covering the range from 28 to 504mm in 35mm equivalent. Read more »

Panasonic extends its compact camera lineup with five new models

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Panasonic have just introduced five new additions to their compact digicam portfolio. The GPS-enabled TZ10 (or ZS7 in the US) and the TZ8 (ZS5) are the most interesting of the bunch but we also have the rugged FT2 and the budget-minded ZX3 and FX66.

Panasonic TZ10 and Panasonic TZ8

The flagships Panasonic TZ10 and TZ8 are near identical with their 12x zoom (25 – 300mm in 35mm equiv.) LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens and 1/2.33” 12 megapixel sensors. Read more »

South Korea reveals the Ecorium project – one of the most amazing natural reserves you will ever see

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South Korea has just announced its Ecorium project – a huge natural reserve, similar to the Eden project in the UK. The country most popular with its electronics manufacturing is going to invest 80 million euro in a series of interlinking domes, stretching over 30 090 square feet.

The Ecorium project

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High-tech hotels warm up rooms with a waterfall, use iPhones as keys

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If you are already running out of ideas where to spend your holidays than you might want to check this out. The guys from the popular Men’s website have come up with a list of the top ten high-tech hotels in the world. I don’t know about you, but they all made it on my “Things to see before I die” list.

Helix Hotel

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AMD introduces 5 new CPUs that offer a lot of bang for your buck

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As far as the current CPU trends go Intel is the company that provides top-notch performance for the ultimate configurations, while AMD aims at users on a tighter budget that are on the look for bargain prices. So the five new mid-range additions to the Athlon II and Phenom II lineups are hardly groundbreaking news.


The two highlights of today’s announcement are the AMD Phenom™ II X2 555 Black Edition processor and the AMD Athlon II X4 635 processor. The Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition is the fastest dual-core AMD processor to date, clocking at 3.2 GHz, yet it still maintains an affordable price of 99 US dollars.

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Nokia N900 gets Android OS through a hack, looks even hotter

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It’s still at the proof of concept stages so don’t get too excited about it but apparently the Nokia N900 is perfectly capable of running the Android OS. As proven by the video after the break the hacker has enabled the cool QWERTY-equipped side-slider to run the two open-source platforms in a dual-boot mode.

I’m not particularly sure if going from Maemo to Android is an upgrade or downgrade as they both have their advantages but Read more »