Nokia’s First Windows Phone 7 Device, Dubbed “Sea Ray” Leaked (video)

When Nokia CEO Stephen Elop instructed all employees present to put away their phones and cameras because he was going to show off something and didn’t want it leaked on the “blogosphere”, but that’s exactly what happened. Introducing the Nokia Sea Ray (codename), their first Windows Phone 7 device. It has a Gorilla Glass display, 8 or 12 megapixel camera as according to most reports, Windows Phone 7 Mango and more (meaning the rest that we don’t know about). Check out the video of Elop and the “Sea Ray” after the break.

PENTAX K-r Review: Better Than The K-x, For Sure

This is the Pentax K-r. It’s the more expensive and improved version of the Pentax K-x, which in its own right, was one of the best cameras of 2010. Since mostly the changes between the K-r and K-x have to do with the autofocusing system, power source, and some cosmetic changes, this review will be shorter than my usual DSLR reviews, as the device in question is more of an update rather than a completely new DSLR. But does that take away from the K-r at all? Not a bit. Check out the review past the break to see why.

Notch, Incapable Of Keeping A Secret, Outs A Screenshot From Minecraft Beta 1.7

This is more of a roundup post than anything else, but it shows just how bad Notch, Minecraft’s creator, is at keeping close to his own NDAs. Whenever a new version of Minecraft is in development, he’d release little snippets of screenshots and text about that particular release. Him and his team already spilled out that Minecraft beta 1.7 will contain a new mob, pistons, a new block, shears (can be used on TNT and sheep), Adventure mode, new lighting system, improved performance, and now underground ravines, which as seen above (click to embiggen), looks absolutely fantastic.

And the wait for Minecraft Beta 1.7 continues. Via: PCGamer

Apple Has A New Time Capsule With 3TB Of Space

 

While Apple’s new update to their existing wireless backup hard drive, the Time Capsule, does not add a teleportation through time feature, there is now a 3TB (terabyte) version for $499, meaning that all 3,000 gigabytes worth of backups and files you have were rather pricey to employ, but you’d pay any price to make sure your data is safe, right? Oh wait, 3TB is a bit much. Or maybe not — nevermind.  It also features 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi with WPA/WPA2 along with 40/128-bit WEP encryption, all managed through OS X’s Time Machine.

Via: Apple

Nokia N9 Is The First MeeGo Device — And Looks Unbelievably Magnificent

This is first class design from Nokia and a helpful step-up to survive in the taiga that is the smartphone market. Following this sentence is a detailed description of the Nokia N9, bit by bit according to press images and the press release. Each Nokia N9 includes a 3.9-inch multitouch AMOLED screen (854 x 480), 16GB or 64GB of onboard memory, 1GB of RAM, a polycarbonate shell (scratches won’t appear unless deep), no mentioning of what processor it uses, quad-band GSM with penta-band WCDMA radios, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and GPS. Next up is the glorious 8 megapixel wide-angle camera with AF, which is capable of aperture F2.2 for low light picture taking and true 16:9 720p HD video recording.

But the spec sheet gets better: dimensions of 116.45- x 61.2- x 7.6-12.1mm, weight of 135 grams, battery life capable of lasting up to 50 hours (music), 4.5 hours (720p video), or finally between 7and 11 hours (GSM voice calls). There’s more though! Turn-by-turn drive and walk navigation with voice guidance in Maps, a dedicated Drive app, proximity sensor and the different colors choices of black, cyan, and magenta. The Nokia N9 also has an ambient light sensor, compass, orientation sensor, a micro SIM slot, tethering support and a 3.5mm “AV connector.”

Finally, in terms of MeeGo itself, it runs MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan, has apps compliant with Qt 4.7 and HTML5 support, bundled games like Angry Birds Magic, Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011 and OpenGL ES 2.0, a Webkit2-based browser, pinch-to-zoom support, unified notifications for Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds in the Events section, along with a multitouch gesture that gets- you back to the homescreen. There’s much more to know and learn about the Nokia N9 in the press release after the break, but for now, let’s just say we’re in love with it (or at least I am). Good going so far, Nokia, however MeeGo is an operating system that is and will not go anywhere. Till Windows Phone 7 Mango then?

A launch is expected sometimes “later this year”. Via: Nokia

Canon Goes The Colored Path With New T3 DSLR Colors

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This is an awkward moment. Canon, notorious for being a fan of the color black in its DSLRs (and only black, at that) has begun selling the well-respected entry-level Canon EOS Rebel T3 in red, gray, brown, and the usual black that it has always come in. Costing $549 for the lens kit which includes an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom II lens, 12.2 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video recording, 9-point autofocus system, ISO 100 to 6,400, and a 63-zone dual-metering system the Rebel T3 is available for purchase at the source link. However, I don’t think a change of colors warrant its worth of beating the Pentax K-r, a rival DSLR which comes in at the very least a few more colors. Or at least that’s my opinion.

Via: Canon

World’s First 7-Inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb Tablet Announced

It’s quite a jump for Android versions it seems as Android 3.2 Honeycomb is the operating system being used on the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad. The MediaPad sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats, support for HSPA+ and 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, HDMI-out, weighs 390g and is thicker than the iPad 2, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 32GB of storage. Huawei also says the MediaPad’s 4,100mAh battery lasts up to 6 hours on a single charge. It is planned to launch sometimes in the fall for an as of yet unknown price.

Via: Electronista, Huawei