The New Nikon 1 J2 camera is more of the same, which is rather boring

This may be a beginner system camera, but with a crappy small sensor (small sensor means worse photos), the updated Nikon 1 J2 camera isn’t really that much to take interest in. Yes, it’s cute, is $550, features interchangeable lenses and comes in red, but if you’re serious about taking nice photos, then don’t truly bother. The screen resolution has been doubled to 921,000-dots while introducing a super-slim 11-27.5mm lens, along with a “creative mode” that allows for some changes in the way you take your shots.

It comes out in September. Via: Nikon

Microsoft job listing states new Xbox in next 18 months

In the many years it has been since an Xbox refresh, a small byte of development has just arisen: a recent job listing. Yes, Microsoft’s job listing page states the following: “Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox,” reads post. Other than that, Microsoft isn’t willing to budge one bit on the subject.

Via: Microsoft Careers

Lenovo announces the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8, comes out in October

Here’s what Lenovo has just announced: A 10-inch tablet running Windows 8 with an Intel Atom processor. It has a 1,366 x 768 IPS screen, a 10-hour battery life, optional 3G / 4G, micro-HDMI output and a pair of 2MP/8MP (front and back) cameras. Abroad, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have HSPA+, but in the US will be available on AT&T’s LTE network so you can use ultra-fast internet, almost anywhere. It also is 9.8mm thin, has NFC, with a fingerprint reader and a pen, both of which can are stored away on the tablet.

Accessories: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be sold alongside an optional keyboard, as well as a dock. The tablet also comes with three USB ports, HDMI-out and an Ethernet jack. It comes out in October; but as of now, there are no details relating to price. Press release on the post page.

Non-gaming apps on Steam to be sold, starts September 5th

This is a major change to the Valve and Steam PC gaming scene. Starting September 5th, Valve will begin selling non-gaming apps alongside the already existing games on Steam. Apparently some of these apps are productivity apps and so on. As referenced from the company’s press release today:

“The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Valve’s Mark Richardson in a press release. “They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests.”

Apps will be submitted through Steam Greenlight, so if users vote on the apps, they’ll be added to the store. Seems interesting.

iOS 6 seen to support larger 1136 x 640 resolution, for larger screened iPhone

In what obviously alludes to the upcoming 2012 iPhone refresh is the latest iOS 6 beta, which when tampered with by developers with access to it, displays a new resolution of 640×1136, which would correctly fit a longer 4-inch iPhone. In the development software (namely the iOS Simulator), anything higher than the 640 x 1136 resolution renders and iPad variant of the code, so this is treading on pretty solid fact.

And kudos to tech site 9to5mac for finding this one out and comparing the new iOS 6 icon layout to the current iOS 5.1 arrangements.
Via: 9to5mac

Motorola creates hype over upcoming LTE smartphone reveal on Friday

It’s hype, but of the Google/Motorola variety. An LTE smartphone destined for a full reveal on Friday is the subject of a recent Motorola Facebook post, and besides that most spied information about Motorola’s next flagship smartphone point towards a new RAZR, it seems that it’s just another dual-core Android smartphone. Or so Friday could tell — otherwise. Via: Motorola (Facebook)

Apple Will Dump YouTube In iOS 6, Google To An Create App For That

Here’s the deal: Apple has had a rocky five-year relationship with Google. It’s been good and bad. Android only made it worse. And now, Apple is filing for divorce. Literally.

Google Maps has already been removed by Apple in iOS 6 developer beta builds, and will be replaced by Apple’s own in-house creation. As for YouTube? Well, that’s going away, too. But thankfully, Google has already committed to creating a new YouTube app for iOS, so it’s a win for both companies, but somewhere in the black and white where a gray area exists, it’s a bad situation for us (the users, the consumers of both companies’ products), at least in the long-run — a constant tug-of-war between both companies means that occasionally they will not be focused (perhaps). Apple’s statement confirming this is below:

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

Via: Verge