Sony’s a3000 DSLR-Styled 20MP Camera Appeals Budgets At $400

A3000 Situation3An entry-level camera with a 20.1 APS-C sized megapixel sensor, electronic viewfinder, priced at $400 and styled as a more expensive DSLR counterpart? Seems like the kind of hardware than can change the market. For those of you who would prefer to shoot 1080p video, you can do so at a decent 24 frames-per-second, all the while having access to interchangeable Sony E-mount lenses and the like. While I’d opt for the more expensive, capable, and compact NEX-5T, knowing that the a3000 costs $300 less is a win for the budget consumer, while still getting some of the core functionality.

Like the NEX-5T that was announced in tandem with the a3000, it will launch in early September for $400, paired with a black 18-55mm zoom kit lens. Press release, after the cut.

The Moto X Will Be On Verizon By This Thursday

vzw-moto-xPossible Moto X owners looking for an alternative network will be pleased to know that Verizon will begin selling the device online by Thursday, this week (a retail launch will occur in the next few weeks). Of course, the irony of this being that the Droid Ultra is in fact everything that the Moto X is, with the same features in a different body.

The only pro to buying a Moto X on Verizon would have been color customization, but that isn’t the case (at least for now), because AT&T has an exclusive on the Moto Maker service. The price will be $199 on a new 2-year contract, just like the HTC One, Galaxy S4, and iPhone 5.

Via: VZW (Twitter)

UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors Came Under Sniper Fire In Syria

Emblem_of_the_United_NationsIn an attempt to research and prove Syria’s supposed point of not using chemical weapons on its people, 20 UN chemical weapons inspectors embarked on a convoy consisting of six vehicles near Damascus. In the process, the lead vehicle was shot repeatedly by sniper fire from unknown forces. The UN will replace the damaged vehicle and will once again enter the area, as stated by the UN spokesperson Twitter account:

The first vehicle of the Chemical Weapons Investigation Team was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the buffer zone area.

As the car was no longer serviceable,  the Team returned safely back to the Government check-point. The Team will return to the area after replacing the vehicle.

It has to be stressed again that all sides need to extend their cooperation so that the Team can safely carry out their important work.

The C.W.I.T has been in Syria since August 18th, after rebel forces and the Syrian government reached a temporary ceasefire to allow the investigation to take place. It’s worth taking note that this conflict that claimed over 100,000 lives and counting, with major world powers considering entering a concerted military strike against the Syrian government.

Via: United Nations

Motorola Teases The Moto X Developer Edition, “With A Look All Its Own”

Screenshot 2013-08-25 at 10.28.25 AMInteresting. As much as the Moto X can appear in different color combinations, there will always be a step ahead to make, it seems. In this case, Motorola just started teasing the Developer Edition of the phone, which would allow you to change the bootloader and other software — basically messing with the core functionality and software of the phone.

What makes this noteworthy however, is Motorola stating that this particular Moto X will “have a look all its own”, alongside the 32GB of storage. We dig it.

Via: PhoneDog

iFixit Takes The Liberty Of Tearing Apart The Moto X

moto-x-in-piecesIn doing so, iFixit’s engineers found out that the Moto X is actually quite easy to repair, despite the fact that ere are no visible screws on the outside and no removable battery pack, thus giving the mid-range smartphone a 7 out of 10 in “repairability” score — which is good, considering other gadgets out there.

Besides finding a complex use of glue to hold the internal parts together, iFixit also found that the camera flash actually has its own assembly, along with a motherboard that contains most, if not all the critical components.

Via: iFixit

The Moto X Is Now On Sale At AT&T

Moto X ReviewThe first truly universally awesome Android phone just went on sale at AT&T. After heavily reviewing both in-store and customized models, I can totally suggest the MOto X, in the ranks of the iPhone 5 and HTC One. It’s well-rounded, without taking too much of a dive into any negative territory in terms of its camera, battery life, or specs.

Best of all, despite the fact that the Moto X is launching on AT&T first, further releases will be made on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, making it across the entire consumer spectrum.

Via: Motorola

Steve Ballmer Will Retire As Microsoft CEO In 12 Months

steve-ballmerIt’s the end of an era at Microsoft: current CEO Steve Ballmer, like BIll Gates before him, will leave as head of the company. According to the press release seen after the break, with all of its marketing jargon, Ballmer simply decided to retire.

Meanwhile, the committee is searching for the next CEO of Microsoft, with Thompson, Bill Gates, Chuck Noski and Steve Luczo also taking part in the search, but Steve Ballmer in his typical head held high fashion, went on to say the following in an internal email to Microsoft employees:

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

NASA Creates An Animation Illustrating How They’d Capture An Asteroid

nasa-captureBy capturing an asteroid and having astronauts depart from the Orion spacecraft, NASA could actually break off chunks of rock for examination back on Earth. But, the whole process is much more detailed than that, because NASA’s true goals is actually to find, capture, re-direct and study the asteroid.

The path for human astronauts to embark upon would require a robotic asteroid capture vehicle, where they would spacewalk to get the job done. Pretty awesome; watch it after the break.