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Ricoh launches Theta camera, takes fully spherical images for $399

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 1:30 am

Today Richo launched a new camera that is able to capture a full 360-degree spherical image. Dubbed the Theta, this new $399 camera features a twin-lens folded optical system that is able to capture the area around, above and below the camera. The device weighs in at just 95 grams making it one of the lightest compact cameras on the market.

 

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The Theta features 4GB of built-in storage which allows it to capture about 1,200 images. The camera is also capable is syncing with smartphones (just iOS at the moment) and can share images via a downloadable app. Richo says that Android support will arrive before the end of the year. Richo has also launched a dedicated website that allows users to upload their photos for quick and easy sharing via Email and social networks.

AMD's Temash APU makes an appearance in a Toshiba convertible at IFA

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 12:51 am

Earlier this week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, Toshiba showed off a new convertible tablet that is based off AMD's upcoming Temash APU architecture. The Toshiba W30Dt features a AMD A4-1200 APU, which unfortunately, is the slowest APU in AMDs Temash lineup.

 

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The convertible tablet features 4GB RAM, 500GB of storage, and a 13.3-inch IPS 'Pin-Sharp HD' display. The W30Dt comes with a keyboard dock which includes a full size USB 3.0 port and a secondary battery. The tablet features a microUSB port, SD card port, and HDMI connectivity. No information was given on availability or pricing, but we will update this post when it becomes available.

NVIDIA's SHIELD gets a unique tear down, the results are explosive

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 12:32 am

I believe I speak for everyone when I say that we all enjoy a good hardware teardown video, but I really believe that we all enjoy a destruction video even more. The stars of the video you're about to watch do something magical and combine the two to show us what NVIDIA's SHIELD is really made of.

 

 

After drilling some holes with a cordless drill, this demolition team packs an ordinary NVIDIA SHIELD handheld console with explosives, lights the fuse, and films the resulting explosion with a high-speed camera. As the bits and pieces of the SHIELD are flying through the air, the guys do their best to name all of the individual components.

 

While this is not as technical as a teardown from someone like iFixIt, I think that everyone will have just as much fun watching it take place. If you want to see a more comprehensive and detailed teardown, head over to the iFixit source below to see images of the inner workings of an NVIDIA SHIELD.

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Fujifilm unveils new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R lens for X-Series cameras

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Sep 6, 2013 12:03 am

Today, Fujifilm announced the release of a new "fast" lens for its X-series compact camera system. The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is designed to be ideal for low light shooting, while still retaining an acceptable bokeh background blur many expect from such a low aperture.

 

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Fujifilm says that the lens has been designed to reduce distortion optically rather than digitally and that its seven blade diaphragm creates a smooth bokeh effect. A high-torque DC coreless motor is featured to help provide smooth, quiet, and accurate high-speed autofocusing.

 

The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R weighs in at just 10.6 ounces and has a footprint of just 2.48 inches. The lens features a metal focus ring as well as aperture rings to make it rugged and more durable than the competitors' all plastic models. Fujifilm says that this lens is compatible with any X-mount camera and it will go on sale in October for $900.

LG G2 launching to US carriers this month for $199 on contract

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 11:46 pm

It's been about a month since LG launched its new flagship smartphone, the G2, and after all these weeks it appears that customers in the US will finally be able to pick up a version of the phablet for themselves. Today, LG announced that T-Mobile and Verizon will be the first two major US carriers to offer the phone.

 

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Verizon customers will be the first to get their hands on the phone on September 12 for a mere $199 with a two-year contract. T-Mobile customers will be able to secure their device just six days later on September 18 for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $21. AT&T and Sprint will also be carrying LG's flagship, but neither company has released any pricing or availability information at this time.

Verizon to open pre-orders on Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear tomorrow

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 11:27 pm

Today, Verizon confirmed that it will be the first to offer Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Gear smartwatch for sale. The carrier says that it will begin taking pre-orders tomorrow beginning at 9am for both devices.

 

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The devices will go on sale at 9am on Verizon's website, but the company made no mention of what each device will retail for on or off contract. Verizon also failed to mention which colors of each device it would be offering for sale, but with this being a pre-order, it is most likely that the full range of colors will be offered.

Lenovo debuts new Vibe X, a 5-inch smartphone running Android 4.2

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 7:57 pm

IFA 2013 - Today, Lenovo unveiled its new Vibe X, a five-inch Android-based smartphone that is aimed at those who want a thin and light cellular device. The phone features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display alongside a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The phone measures in at just 6.9mm thick and weighs in at just 4 ounces.

 

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A 13-megapixel camera, which is said to take very high-quality photos, is located on the rear. Unlike many other high-end devices, the Vibe X features a five-megapixel front-facing camera that will allow you to take selfies at a resolution higher than many of your friends. 16GB of storage is available and the phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The usual complements of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a micro-USB connector are all present, but unfortunately the phone will not be available in the US or UK. Additionally, no pricing or availability information has been released, but we will keep you updated when it arrives.

Johannes Knapp demos the new ASUS Memo Pad 8 at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:45 pm

IFA 2013 - 7-inch and 8-inch tablets are one of the fastest growing segments in the Android tablet market at the moment. Because of this, it's no surprise that ASUS has released an 8-inch version of its Memo Pad slate. ASUS unveiled the Memo Pad 8 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany, this week and our own Johannes Knapp was on hand to catch it on video.

 

 

The 8-inch Memo Pad features a 1280x800 display and a quad-core 1.6GHz processor that is augmented by a Mali400 MP4 GPU. The device features a 5-megapixel rear shooter that is more than capable of capturing life's moments as they happen. Upfront has a 1.2-megapixel camera that should handle video conferencing and selfie duty quite adequately. Everything is kept alive by a 3,950mAh battery, while Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB handle the connectivity duties.

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We go hands on with the ASUS Zenbook UX301 Ultrabook at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:27 pm

IFA 2013 - TweakTown's Johannes Knapp took a few minutes and went hands on with ASUS' new Zenbook UX301, a new notebook that he says is an "amazing Ultrabook, that just feels great!" The Intel-based Ultrabook features a 13.3-inch 2560x1440 panel, but also arrives in a 1920x100 Full HD model, too. It also boasts a dual-core Intel Core i7-4558U processor.

 

 

The new Zenbook UX301 comes in white or black trim and features Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a mini DisplayPort connector, SD card reader, and two USB 3.0 ports. The premium notebook is available with SSD storage in capacities up to 512GB. No pricing or availability information was announced, but we expect to see it hit store shelves this holiday season.

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We go hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2013 5:00 pm

IFA 2013 - Samsung recently released the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany, and our own Johannes Knapp was on hand to check it out. The first thing that Johannes notes is that Samsung ditched the hard plastic rear shell in favor of a more leather-like battery cover with stitched edges.

 

 

The Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen that puts it within the emerging "phablet" class of smartphones. The device is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and features out-of-the-box integration with the company's newly released smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear.

 

Other specs include a quad-core 2.3GHz QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor for North American markets, or a octa-core 1.9GHz Samsung Exynos Octa processor for foreign markets. 3GB of RAM is on hand to keep things running smooth, while a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera is available to handle all of your imaging needs. The device will ship in October for the US and will be available in 32GB and 64GB versions.

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