Nikon D7100 Launches In March, Part Of High-End Line: 24MP, 51 AF Points, Weather Sealed

1513-D7100-leftWant a high-end camera that’s not over a year old? Well, Nikon has you covered where Canon doesn’t (for now). The D7100 has 24.1-megapixel sensor for the high end of Nikon’s consumer DSLR offerings. The new camera has its very own CMOS sensor — which is completely new for DSLRs. The ISO range of 100 to 6400 and can also be pushed to ISO 25600 in Nikon’s Hi2 extension mode for different lighting conditions. A  51-point autofocus system (15 cross-type sensors in the middle) also adds to the feature list of the D7100.

The image processing engine is Expeed 3, which is a welcomed improvement that the D90, D4, and D800 all have, plus 2 SD card slots and a 1900mAh EN-EL15 battery. Last of all, there’s a new 3.2-inch RGBW LCD display with a 1229k-dot resolution plus a set of stereo microphones so you can record  HD video in 1080 / 30p or 1080 / 60i with a max recording time of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

The whole D7100 is also weather sealed to protect against moisture when it comes out in March to the United States for $1,199.95 (body-only) and $1,599.95 (18-105mm VR lens kit).

Via: Nikon

Sony PlayStation 4 Announced With DualShock 4 Controller: Next-Gen Gaming, But No Console Yet

DualShock 4It is official. The Sony PlayStation 4 is the newest console to be announced that is part of the next-gen platform of home console systems. As stated during the NYC press conference,”We believe that PlayStation 4 represents a shift from thinking of a box or console,” said Sony’s Andrew House. “PlayStation is the best place to play.” The PS4 using an x86 processor, a souped-up PC GPU (“2 teraflops of processing power”), 8GB of GDDR5 system memory, and local storage — essentially, it’s a PC. This whole setup becomes an APU setup; both the CPU and GPU lie on the same chip.

This is probably a good time to say that backwards-compatibility is not possible on the PS4, instead streaming of PS3 games is what will allow one to play previous-generation games. Next-gen games include Killzone: Shadow FallinFamous: Second SonKnack, Bungie’s DestinyDiablo III and Drive Club, a team-based racing game with challenges and fast production cars.

The Sony PlayStation 4 will launch in the holiday season of 2013. No exact release date or price has been announced.  And no images of the actual hardware, either.

Google Finally Releases Info On How It’s Like To Wear Project Glass

Project GlassJust yesterday I was wondering, “How will it look when I have Google Glasses and wearing new contacts?”. Apparently, today is just the day for that: Google is offering “creative individuals” via its #ifihadglass page, a pair of princely $1,500 Google Glasses, if you post something interesting enough for Google to want you to have them, as the technology is still in its early stages.  Google goes on with the look for fresh meat: they are looking for “creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.”

But, enough of all that. Here’s what it actually looks like through the human eye to use one — it’s awesome. Via: Google

Sony’s Two Newest Cameras: The Mirrorless NEX-3N And A58 DSLR

sony_nex-3nRealistically, it’s the NEX-3N that would interest the modern photographer. Featuring a 16-megapixel sensor, a 180-degree tilting screen, and a zoom lever — Sony calls it the “world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with a large APS-C sized sensor” at just 210 grams. Support for the proprietary “Triluminous Color” for an expanded gamut when images and videos are played back on the company’s Triluminous Bravia displays is also part of the feature lst. The NEX-3N is coming to Europe next month; no word on American or any other availability.

Sony’s A58 gets by with a new 20-megapixel APS-C sensor and processing engine designed for low-noise results with poorly lit areas. A new OLED viewfinder, 8 frames per second shooting and a 15-point autofocus system with subject tracking and the whole catalog of Sony Alpha lenses round out the A58’s resume. It will come out in April; both cameras lack pricing details.

Via: Sony (1), (2)

NVIDIA Readies The Tegra 4i CPU Processor With LTE

NvidiaNVIDIA, always ready with new Tegra system-on-a-chip designs, released their latest processor for smartphones: the Tegra 4i. Clocked at 2.3GHz in quad-core configuration, it is assisted by 60 custom GPU cores, a 5th processing core for battery conservation — a new addition — an integrated NVIDIA i500 4G LTE modem. To top it all off, NVIDIA Chimera assists the capture of HDR shots without using a single-direction sweep. Lastly, NVIDIA knows that this is a great processor and brags that the Tegra 4i has “amazing computing power, world-class phone capabilities, and exceptionally long battery life.”

NVIDIA’s press release is after the break. Via: NVIDIA

Apple Attacked By Hackers, Patching All Systems This Evening

Apple iPad 2 And Macbook Air 2010Apple today reported a security breach in a “small number” of computers today that took advantage of a Java exploit. As Reuters originally reported, the company says “there was no evidence that any data left Apple,” and no user information is said to have been compromised in the attack. However, Apple did make mention of a correlation between this attack and the attack on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other corporations in the United States and is currently working with law enforcement to track down the hackers responsible.

A software patch will be issued later today to Apple’s internal and consumer systems in order to address that and any other problems. Apple’s statement about the breach is available, after the break.

Via: Reuters 

HTC One: 4.7-Inch Screen, 1.7GHz Quad-Core, New Sense Interface

IMGP1627Time has passed with rumors and speculation aplenty, but the HTC One is finally here. Sleek and ready to be held, it’s an incredible device to hold and look at. The new HTC One sports every innovation that HTC has learned over the years, including a new camera and Beats Audio.

First off, the new HTC Sense interface: BlinkFeed, a homescreen feature where constantly updated images and information will populate your homescreen, with large images and clean text. 1400 content partners are on board to assist the management of new content, including ESPN, AP, and others.

Hardware-wise, the HTC One has a 4.7-inch screen with 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass, and a 468ppi, a new UltraPixel camera, a new Snapdragon 600 SoC on quad-core configuration at 1.7GHz. There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage as standard (a 64GB option is also available), a 2300mAh battery, GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even 802.11ac Wi-Fi, plus an IR blaster. Support for 4G LTE is also available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T in the United States starting in March of 2013, in either silver or black in either 32GB or 64GB configurations.