It began with iPhone. Then came iPod touch. Then MacBook Pro. And now, friends, multi-touch technology has come to the mouse. But not just any mouse — the Magic Mouse. Apple’s latest peripheral has a low-profile design and a seamless top shell, boasting a sleek and dramatically different design. The Multi-Touch area covers the top surface of Magic Mouse, and the mouse itself is the button. Scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Inside Magic Mouse is a chip that tells it exactly what you want to do. Which means Magic Mouse won’t confuse a scroll with a swipe. It even knows when you’re just resting your hand on it.
It’s included with the new iMacs but you can pick one up for $69 if you want to bring multi-touch to another model.
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The 12.1-megapixel D3S has officially been released, with all eyes on Nikon’s latest work of art. The professional-grade DSLR is packing a rather wide ISO range of 200 to 12,800, which can be further boosted to 102,400. Plus, there’s a 720p video recording mode at 24 frames per second with autofocus, though we’re a bit disappointed with the lack of 1080p action.
With the app going live not too long overseas, TomTom Navigation’s made its way across the globe, including North America. Made for both the iPhone 3G and the 3GS, it’s probably the most anticipated and hyped navi app for the Jesus phone yet. Engadget reports that NZ ($95), Australia ($80), US and Canada ($100), and Western Europe ($140) have all gotten their respective versions, but we don’t recommend buying it just yet. We’ve yet to hear more about the TomTom iPhone Car Kit which is suppose to mount and charge your iPhone 3G or 3GS while enhancing its GPS performance, speaker, and microphone. With no hands-on reviews currently in the blogosphere and one hell of a pricetag, hold off a little while until we get the green light.
I’ve always been intrigued by Sony’s Smile Shutter technology which takes the picture when you smile, without ever having to press a button. “The Party-shot camera accessory uses the camera’s BIONZ image processor with its Face Detection and Smile Shutter features to take photos without the user needing to snap the shutter button. This device makes it easy to capture more natural expressions and fun, candid moments of you, your family and friends without having to hire a photographer.”
It’s a dock that pans 360 degrees and tilts 24 degrees, automatically detects faces, adjusts composition and takes photos for you. What more could you ask for?
Pre-orders will begin on August 6, 2009, at www.sonystyle.com/retail and at selected retailers nationwide. The Party-shot camera accessory will be available for about $150 in September at Sony Style retail stores and authorized dealers.
Thanko’s EMP-708LITE Vonia earbuds are quite the wonders, with their waterproof shell and their skull-rattling interior. They work by actually vibrating the bones of your skull, which is then picked up by your brain and processed as recognizable music. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to grab them unless your in Japan.
Buy It: 4280 Yen ~ $45 at Thanko
Nikon‘s breaking ground on the first digital camera to pack a built-in projector and we like what we see. As Gizmodo explains, the S1000pj can project any photos or movies onto a flat surface at up to 40 inches in size. It’s got12.1 megapixels, 5x Zoom-Nikkor lens with 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle coverage and a sleek black design.
The S1000pj also comes with a projector stand as well as a remote control that can operate the projector, release the shutter and much more. No word yet on a release date, but when it finally does hit the shelves, expect to pay around $600 to get your hands on one.
With Apple’s iPod Touch leading the way in the media player market, trying to grab a piece of the pie isn’t going to be an easy task. Creative’s Zii Egg Plaszma is boasting a few features that the masses will appreciate as it’s more like an open-source iPod Touch than anything. What’s more enticing is that it’s got the option to run Android, giving users all-the-more reason to jump for joy. The Zii Egg’s got a 3.5″ 320×480, 10-point capacitive multitouch screen, plus a front and rear camera, 32GB of integrated storage with SDHC card expansion, Flash Lite support, GPS, Wi-Fi, and is capable of shooting 1080p video.
It’s currently being dished out as part of an SDK for developers from Creative for $399 with the final market price of the unit to be around $199.
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We’re not sure if average Joes like us or maybe some of you above average Joes out there will ever need an ultra-secure USB drive like the one IronKey is offering but we still think it deserves some attention. The company’s S200 packs 16GB of memory space and passes defense-grade FIPS 140-2, Level 3 validation. It’s tamper proof and can detect unauthorized attempts to access it. Plus, it’s got a remote wipe feature, so you can sleep peacefully at night.
Engadget hasn’t gotten news on a price yet, but we’re thinking with the security this thing is offering, it should be contracted to the US government or maybe the bloaks over at MI6.
Available this month will be the Expressionist Plus PC speakers by Altec Lansing. For a list price of $99.95, the compact, 24-watt, 2.1 system includes a sub with a 5.25-inch driver and two angle-adjustable satellite speakers with 2-inch drivers. For a few cents under a hundred, we think this is the best “bang for you buck” speaker set to hit the market.