Two entry-level DSLRs in a preview battle. What’s not interesting here? To start off, let’s see who has the upper hand in terms of raw power: the D5000 gets a 12.3 megapixel CMOS, a 2.7-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen, 4 frames-per-second capture speeds, 720p HD video recording limited to 5 minutes, an ISO range of 200 to 6400, 11-point AF system with 3D focus tracking, a 18-55mm lens, and finally a price tag of $629.
The Pentax K-x could heavily be regarded as the D5000′s main rival. After all, the D5000 is basically a mighty D90 shrunk into a smaller body. The K-x comes with a 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor, 18-55mm basic lens (like its rival), 720p HD video recording at 24 FPS (same as D5000), 11-point autofocus, HDR image capture, and 4.7 FPS capture speeds. Oh, and a price tag of $599.
Right off the start, the two SLRs share a lot in common, can use manual focus modes, include a variety of ports and features, and both are well-built and don’t skip quality. The K-x is slightly smaller and more “pocketable”, while the D5000 gves you the full weight and inconvenience as a DSLR should, even though both are in essence, digital single-lens reflex cameras. I won’t be going any further than right here, but what I can tell you is that the reviews for these baddies are coming up very soon. Until then, you’ll have to settle with the galleries I put up for you guys, which were taken with the opposite camera, so click on the “read more” link.
Yeah. New Rumor. This time it comes with extra salt, to numb the fact that this might just blow up sooner or later (though hopefully, it won’t). According to AndroidCentral, the Sprint EVO 4G which Opera is already eating with or working out with (whichever seems right in her opinion) is headed to Sprint June 6th, for $200 on a two-year contract. The source of this story is actually from an AndroidCentral forum member, who was told by a rep at The Shack along with a ton of promotional papers lying around the store. We all know how reputable store reps are for giving false alarms, but let’s try and believe this, OK?
So that company, what was the name of that company? Let me remember….ah! It was called Neofonie. They are making the WePad, at this point such a hyped tablet that it could possibly rival the iPad straight in the face. But now maybe due to pressure for the word “pad” from a little company named after a fruit in Cupertino, they have changed that mildly-awesome name to the sucky McSuck suck name “WeTab”. So instead of “pad”, like iPad, it’s “tab” like the word tablet. Now let’s figure out why this happened:
So while we here in the U.S are enjoying our iPads, some sorry overseas tech savvy in places like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can’t; pre-orders start on May 10th, and launch date is May 28th. Don’t forget Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore, where we know that for them the iPad is launching in July. Suck.
Obviously, the world has not yet met the “magic” of the iPad. Yet. The UK pricing, for example is out: £429 for the 16GB with WiFi, £499 for 32GB, £599 64GB; while the iPad WiFi + 3G starts at £529 for 16GB, £599 for 32GB and £699 finally for the 64GB. So that’s pretty much it. But who cares for the Europeans when you’re playing Real Racing HD on your iPad without a care in the world? PR after the line….break.
Google Goggles! That ever-so-catchy name! Android owners with Android 1.6 “Donut” and up running on their devices can download the new Google Goggles 1.1 update, which allows you to take a picture of foreign language text and it gets translated into your speaking dialect. Currently it supports English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish — and that’s it. In future releases more translations will be added, like Chinese, Hindi and Arabic. In addition to this new feature, Goggles now has improved user interface (UI), better recognition of photos and barcodes, and improvements in all areas. Go ahead, don’t mind little ‘ol me and download the update from the Android Market.
Using a Lego Mindstorms NXT kit along with a Motorola Droid, this combination known as the “Speedcuber” solves a Rubik’s Cube puzzle in 25 seconds. First off, the Motorola Droid had an app running that uses the camera to send picture to the NXT robot via Bluetooth, which then solves the puzzle.
The Speedcuber was created by the folks at ARM, which is what the Droid’s processor is based upon. Check out the video above for some quarter of a minute action.
The ExoPC has been one of the major tablets that I’ve been covering here (for months), due to the fact that it looks amazing, and two, according to my sources, I know exactly how that ExoPC UI Layer works, which is simply amazing. Plus there’s full Flash support and the like, because if you disable the tablet-friendly layer, you get a full copy of Windows 7 at your fingertips. As a quick recap of specs the ExoPC has a 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 multitouch display, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 802.11n/b/g Wi-Fi, 1.3 megapixel camera, a battery with 5 hours of claimed battery life, microphone, light sensors, USB port, 32/64GB SSD, and the like.
“Finally!” That’s what some of our UK readers might be saying in typical British accent. The Motorola Milestone (known as the Droid to the Yankees) will be getting an over-the-air update that brings Android 2.1 known as “Eclair” to all UK devices. Meaning that the latest and greatest version of Android will be at your fingertips…until Froyo comes along. And if you’re extremely impatient, Motorola has been kind enough to host the update here.
So while the photo above was sent to nearly every blog on the Internet, I unfortunately did not get one. Perhaps it was because there were other emails I got that were more important? ;) According to the shot, The Shack (you know, Radio Shack) will begin pre-orders of the EVO 4G before Sprint themselves. So an Android 2.1/Sense UI, 1Ghz Snapdragon, an 8 megapixel 720p HD camera, and 4.3-inch 480 x 800 multitouch “superphone” will be headed our way just in time for that “summer” release. Anyone getting their bank accounts ready yet?
Ugllllllllllyyyy. Very ugly is the only way to describe the new BlackBerry 9670, the first handset by RIM to use the new Blackberry 6 OS. While the OS is quite charming from its first looks, the phone running it seems so ugly I couldn’t look at it any longer (yet I passed it onto you, the dear reader!). We definitely know for certain this isn’t a final production model, but even car prototypes aren’t as hideous at this guy. Hopefully, we’ll see a release in June or later on for the “people who don’t like pretty phones” market.