Ricoh has unveiled its beefed up GR point-and-shoot camera with its eyes set on undercutting the competition. Ricoh’s new advanced compact is packaged similarly to the Coolpix A and features a 16-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor, fixed 18.3 mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 25,600 capability, pop-up flash, Eye-Fi card compatibility, 1080 / 30p AF video and 4 fps shooting with continuous autofocus. The Ricoh GR is priced at $800 while the Nikon Coolpix A is at $1,100. Definitely something to think about when the GR releases next month.
Samsung has unveiled the latest addition to their Galaxy line of smartphones. Design cues come from its predecessor, the GS3, but with the screen size bumped up to 5-inches. Expect to see the same rounded edges and narrow physical home button button in a slightly thinner and lighter body. Other enhancements include the screen resolution being maxed out at 1080p, an increase in battery life, a faster 1.9 GHz quad-core or 1.6GHz octa-core processor and the rear-facing camera now with 13-megapixels.
These enhancements were all expected from current and hopeful Samsung users but Samsung’s focus on creating specialized software is where things really get interesting, allowing the global tech manufacturer to really differentiate itself from the competition. One standout feature is the dual video call mode which allows callers to see what you’re looking at during video calls. The TV control app, translation tool, and eye-tracking and gesture capabilities alow you to pause a video when you look away and let you hover a finger over an item to get a preview.
Look for the Samsung Galaxy S4 to hit stores late April in both a white and black variation.
From the Netherlands comes Mujjo, a brand known for crafting minimalistic yet functional products. In 2012, Mujjo first began developing sleeves for Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air as well as the MacBook Pro. The brand’s The Originals collection features a unique combination of wool felt and high quality leather, and they recently added an iPad Mini Sleeve that fits seamlessly into Mujjo’s current product lineup. The folks over at Mujjo were kind enough to send us an iPad Mini sleeve for review and we’ve been quite impressed by its detailing and overall craftsmanship. It’s easy to carry and has a little extra space in a separate compartment that can fit your headphones, some folded documents or even a MiFi. The wool felt contrasts really well with the vegetable tanned leather and we can already tell the leather with age to perfection. The felt can be easily cleaned as a special treatment provides excellent anti-peeling properties and makes the sleeve water repellent. Aesthetically, it may be the best looking iPad Mini sleeve on the market and its ability to blend so well with the iPad Mini’s slim design is what makes it such a great accessory.
Mujjo’s iPad Mini Sleeve is available now in either brown or white leather.
There aren’t many good looking iPad Mini sleeves/cases on the market and so we’re glad that Herschel Supply Co.’s tossed their hat in the ring with the “Cypress Sleeve”. Each well-fitted sleeve is made from durable materials with inspiration taken from hard cover notebooks and fitted with an elastic closure. The sleeve features a full fleece interior, quality stitching around its hem and front logo embroidery. The Cypress Sleeve comes in a few different finishes including woodland camo, desert camo, and navy.
At this year’s CES, Samsung unveiled their first 4K TV. With sizes in the 85-inch to 110-inch range, the S9 UHD 4K TV features some amazing feature and unparalleled screen quality to boot. The “Timeless Gallery” frame design showcases the juxtaposition of a minimalist concept with such a large display. With this being a Smart TV as well, users will now have the ability to access plenty of the platforms applications and utilize voice and gesture controls to get things done. Other notable features include high contrast ratio, 2.2 channel audio, integrated scaler and a fast quad-core processor.
Along with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple also unveiled the latest iPad, this time featuring the brand’s Retina Display to beef up resolution and detail. The Retina display on iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution and four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Everything’s powered by Apple’s A6X chip, a powerful workhorse that delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip. You can shoot 1080p video or capture 5-MP images via the latest iSight camera and share your creations over “Ultrafast” wireless. The Wi-Fi’s dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n and can support for channel bonding. The Cellular data’s now LTE ready so you can even more, faster.
The iPad will be available for pre-order on October 26th.
Apple’s finally released the highly rumored iPad Mini, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of features or design. You get the “full iPad experience” but at a 7.9-inch display size rather than the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. However, there are some key differences that need to be mentioned. The iPad Mini doesn’t come with Retina Display so expect screen quality to be that of the original iPad and iPad 2. Also, the iPad Mini features an A5 processor compared to the A6X processor of the latest iPad. What you will get is a HD FaceTime Camera, a 5 MP iSight camera, 1080p video recording, the ability to buy it in both a WiFi-only or with Cellular capabilities via a nano-SIM (not Micro-SIM of generations past), Siri, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad Mini will be available for pre-order on October 26th with WiFi-only models being available at 8am on November 2nd. WiFi + Cellular will be available later in November.
Monster recently gave us the opportunity to give one of their latest designs, a collaborative effort with Diesel. The VEKTR takes much of what we know about the Beats-making headphone brand and throws it out the window, along with the mixed reviews of past headphones. These ones having a backing of a reputable clothing label and feature a design that’s equal parts functional and futuristic. Win-win. The multi-planar, tri-fold design can be easily collapsed to fit your backpack and pull out with ease with a detachable triangular cable for tangle free use. The quality of listening is higher than what we’ve seen in past designs, a sign Monster continues to focus on research and innovation even while reaching widespread success. We’ve put together a short video (below) for your viewing, giving a closer look at the headphones and showing off some of the VEKTR’s finest aesthetic details.
The Diesel VEKTR headphones can be had now via Monster.
Another year, another iPhone 5, folks. Apple’s released the highly awaited hardware and it’s everything the rumor mill’s been swirling around over the past few months. It’s a thinner and lighter design than its predecessor and features a larger 4-inch Retina Display as well. More details on some of the iPhone 5′s new features after the click.
Is this real? Are we in the future? Apparently so as Master Lock’s released their dialSpeed, an electronic combination lock that puts an end to the classic combination padlock. It features an electronic directional interface that’s easy to use and can take personalized codes. It’s got a Primary Code and an option for three additional guest codes. Not enough? It’s Vault enabled so you can also grab a permanent Backup Master Code from masterlockvault.com. Buy it through Master Lock and the price is extremely enticing at $25.