Monthly Archives: July 2012

Now.Desired: Sony RX100

Now.Desired: Sony RX100

Large sensors and optimal lenses are integral to producing sharp and vivid photographs. Until a few years ago, DSLR cameras were the only way to capture photographs that were truly “professional.” The professional point and shoot and mirrorless micro four thirds market empowers photographers to take DSLR quality photographs without the heft and bulk of a DSLR camera.

Until just recently, the Canon S100 has been the best compact professional camera. The S100 sports a large 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon’s latest DIGIC 5 processor, a super-fast f/2.0-5.9 24-120mm built in lens, ISO up to 6400, and 1920 x 1080p HD video. Despite a spec sheet comparable to most entry-level DSLRs, the S100 is the size of a deck of cards and easily pocketable, making it a professional photographer’s ideal “carry around” camera.

Watch out Canon! It appears the S100 now has a fierce competitor: the Sony RX100. With a larger 1″ 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a Carl Zeiss f/1.8-4.9 28-100mm lens, ISO up to 6400, and 1920 x 1080p HD video, the Sony RX100 outperforms many intro DSLRs. This powerhouse shoots at 10 frames per second (at 20.2 megapixels) and can stitch together a sweep panorama in seconds.

While the RX100’s features match Sony’s mirrorless NEX line, it’s size and pocketability makes it the absolute best anytime compact professional camera. Camera Labs says the “RX100 looks like a winner with a big sensor and bright lens squeezed into a body that’s remarkably close to Canon’s PowerShot S100 in size.” After their hands-on review, the Verge called it the “best all-around compact camera I’ve even seen.”

At a price tag of $649, the RX100 is comparable in price to many intro DSLRs and even Sony’s NEX line. Because the RX100 sacrifices the flexibility of interchangeable lenses for compactness and portability, a new photographer might want to consider a mirrorless camera or a DSLR in that $649 price range if portability is not of utmost importance.

Professional photographers looking for a secondary pocketable camera for when they don’t want to carry their heavy DSLRs should look no further than the Sony RX100.

[Image and info via Sony]

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Tech.News: Zynga’s Stock is Crashing on Bad Earnings

Tech.News: Zynga's Stock is Crashing on Bad Earnings

Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) missed their predicted earnings of $343.1 million leading to a stock free-fall of 40% this morning. The miss has also dragged down Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) more than 5%. Facebook is expected to release earnings after the bell today.

With Zynga’s miss and Facebook’s IPO issues, Social Media and Internet Tech is starting to look like a fad. Zynga’s stock is down more than 67% since its IPO in December.

[Image via Forbes]

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Now.Desired: Nifty MiniDrive

Now.Desired: Nifty MiniDrive

The Nifty MiniDrive is a fully funded Kickstarter project that can easily increase the memory of your Macbook. With Apple’s switch to flash memory, the prices of higher capacity drives have made Macbooks with more storage expensive. Consequently, many people feel digitally cramped.

The Nifty MiniDrive is a tiny SD adapter that works with micro SD cards and fits flush in the SD slot of your Macbook Air, Pro, or Retina. Not only is the MiniDrive made with reinforced gold plated connections, it also has a nice aluminum finish on the outer edge to match the aluminum of your Mac. Although the MiniDrive is completely flush when inserted into your computer, it can be easily removed using a bent paper clip. The Kickstarter project will survey all backers at a later date to figure out exactly which model of the Nifty MiniDrive you want for your computer.

Because the Nifty MiniDrive is just an adapter, it’s future proof. As the prices of flash memory fall, it will become easier to purchase larger micro SD cards to use with your Mac. Currently, the largest and most reliable micro SD card is the 64GB SanDisk Mobile Ultra with a read speed up to 30 MB/s. These tend to sell for about $70 on Amazon. In a year or so, SanDisk will release larger micro SD cards which can easily be swapped into your MiniDrive.

Overall, the Nifty MiniDrive looks like a great and cost effective way to increase the storage capacity of your Macbook.

[Image and project via Kickstarter]

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Tech.Fun: Ringtones!

Tech.Fun: Skrillex Voltage Ringtone for Download

I love making ringtones for my iPhone so I figured, why not share them with everyone! Here are some links to my ringtones. Some of them grow louder so they don’t disrupt people immediately. They also make handy alarms in the morning to wake up a bit easier. I also threw a couple text-tones into the mix.

The links are already in .m4r iTunes ringtone format. Enjoy!

Skrillex-Voltage [grow]
Glicklich-Logic 119
Glicklich-122 [grow]
Dubvision-All By Myself
Avicii-Girl Gone Wild
Avicii-Girl Gone Wild [grow]
Boys Noize-Lemonade [text tone]
She-Coloris [grow]
Skrillex-Summit [text tone]
Skrillex-Summit [text tone 2]
Skrillex-Scary Monsters
Skrillex-Trung [grow]

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Tech.Analysis: The 7 Inch iPad

Tech.Analysis: The 7 Inch iPad

Rumor has it that Apple is preparing a new, smaller sibling to the current 10 inch iPad. Reports from Chinese manufacturers to the WSJ as well as the NYT have suggested that Apple is set to begin mass production of the new iDevice this coming September for an October release date.

Google’s new Nexus 7, a 7 inch Android Jelly Bean tablet, has been selling out at major retailers this past weekend. The WSJ and PC Magazine gave the new Droid tablet favorable reviews praising the $199 entry price. At 200 bucks, the Nexus 7 matches the popular Amazon Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire haven’t really been direct competitors to Apple’s iPad: at more than double the price and size, comparing these 7 inch tablets to the iPad is like comparing a Smart car and a full-size SUV. The current iPad offers a larger 10 inch screen at a much higher pixel density along with other features that make it more of a mini computer than a beachside reading device. Regardless, the demand for smaller and cheaper tablets has apparently pushed Apple to consider a similarly sized and priced iPad.

The 7 inch iPad needs to be $199. Google, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble have solidified the $199 magical price point for this new class of tablets. Amazon actually loses money on each Kindle Fire sold and Google/Asus only make ~$40 on each Nexus 7. Apple might need to subsidize their product too if they want to outcompete Google and Amazon.

Because this subcategory of the tablet market is so new, it might be beneficial for Apple to hold off on producing a 7 inch iPad right now. Google and Amazon are taking a risk selling their products at such a low profit margin. It might be in Apple’s best interest to wait and see the results of Google’s Nexus 7.

[Image via 9to5Mac]

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Tech.News: Apple’s SoHo Store

Tech.News: Apple's SoHo Store

Apple’s redesigned SoHo store reopened this morning. The renovated NYC store now showcases twice as many Macs, iPhones, and iPads as well as a beautiful new theater (complete with movie theater chairs) for workshops and other Apple events. Additionally, the Genius Bar is much larger (biggest in the US?) which will hopefully make it easier to get an appointment the next time you take a dip in the pool with your iPhone.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of those new Macbook Pro’s for a few weeks now and I decided to try picking one up at the SoHo store today. I reasoned that, even if they were out of stock I wouldn’t leave empty handed because I’d at least get one of those cool commemorative Apple t-shirts. I headed over to the store and got on the ridiculous fanboy line. Although I’m a huge Apple fan, I’ve never actually gone to any of the store openings/product release day events because I generally don’t like waiting on line for hours to spend all my savings. I passed maybe 15 minutes playing Pocket Planes and eventually reached the line of clapping Apple employees welcoming all of us with t-shirts to the pretty extraordinary store. Immediately, I recognized a smell: the entire room smelled like a new Apple product. It was uncanny how much it reminded me of unboxing my first iPod.

I worked my way upstairs along the signature glass staircase to check out the new theater and Genius Bar, both of which were impressively large and filled with people. I wandered about and eventually picked from the myriad of blue shirted Apple employees to help me with my purchase. After a few minutes, I finally had the exact Macbook Pro I had been scouting for so long in hand! I was extremely excited that my search had finally come to a close. Smiling, I ripped out my credit card to pay, only to get declined by Visa.

It’s quite difficult to hear automated credit card instructions on Apple launch days.

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