Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Announced With 720p & New Flight Modes

The successor to the original Parrot AR.Drone is here. It will ship in Q2 of 2011 for $299, has a new 1280x720p camera for flight, and new flight modes. The UAV will now have an app for Android devices, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. And it’s the camera where the AR.Drone 2.0 shines — it allows you to record video and program the UAV to fly in any set direction. We can’t wait for this. Full PR after the break. Via: AR Drone Flyers

Acer Iconia Tab A200 comes out on the 15th for $330

It’s very appealing considering that it’s an Acer product. This particular Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet will get access to an Ice Cream Sandwich update slated for mid-February. The A200 features NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor with a 1280 x 800-pixel display and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Additionally, the tablet features a microSD slot, 1GB RAM, a full sized USB 2.0 port and eight hours of battery life, with the attractive feature being the price tag: the 8GB model will be available for $329 and the 16GB model for $349. PR after the break.

The High-Powered Nikon D4 Is Announced For $6000

Let’s just throw down some specs, then get to pricing, release date, and then the press release.

The Nikon D4 is the successor to the D3 (which debuted 5 years ago), whereas the D3S was sort of an improvement or spin-off. It has a 16.2 megapixel sensor, higher ISO (204,800 at Hi-4), and a brand new full-frame FX-format sensor. There’s 720/24p to 1080/30p video recording, as well as an impossibly high price tag of $5,999.95 when it launches in late February. But all the dough is worth the goods: there’s 91k-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Meter III built into the D4, which allows you to accurately examine color values and details of your photos, on top of the fact that the Nikon D4 practically has a night-vision mode. A 921k-dot 3.2-inch LCD, which offers a 170-degree viewing angle and ambient light sensor is also included to examine photos. And of course, let’s not forget the 51-point autofocusing system with a compatibility to nearly all Nikon lenses.

Full press release after the break.

This Sprint Ad Shows A 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus

How highly unusual! The Galaxy Nexus is set to be the first 4G LTE device on Sprint, seen on this recent online advertisement on a tech site. We’re looking at better specs than the VZW/LTE version, namely a faster processor by 300MHz: the Sprint 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus contains a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, Android 4.0, a 1080p movie mode, front and rear cameras, and the new 1.5GHz dual-core processor. This should be a good unveil at CES 2012. Via: CNET, Engadget

Microsoft Flight to be available this Spring as a free download

Does anyone remember Microsoft Flight Simulator? Yes? Then Microsoft Flight is the sequel to that acclaimed series, and it will be available this Spring as a free download. Epic. Features include new aircraft, an Online Pilot Profile, additional content that adds aircraft, regions and customization options to the game over time, and performance improvements that make it suitable for most PCs. A closed-beta preview application is available here. The game will be available for CES attendees at Microsoft’s final CES appearance on January 10-13th. Via: Microsoft Flight

Steam Hits Milestone Of 5 Million Concurrent Users

Huzzah for PC gaming! Despite PC gaming supposedly being “dead”, after Steam was launched in 2003 by parent company Valve, famed makers of the Half-Life and Portal series, it has achieved a milestone — of 5,012,699 concurrent users  around noon on January 2nd, 2012. The previous milestone was 4 million in September, showing the steady increase due to the December sales. The most popular game on the platform is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, followed by other famed titles like Team Fortress 2, Counter Strike, Modern Warfare 3, and others. Via: Steam Stats

Intriguing: Google States All Android 4.0 With Market Devices Require ‘Holo’ Theme

Finally, Android devices will be sporting some sort of uniform other than their touch sensitive buttons. What this actually means is that the default ‘Holo’ theme that Android 4.0 uses will be required in all devices that have access to the Android Market. This meaning that Touchwiz, Sense UI, and Motoblur will have to curve their appearances to fit the feeling of the UI, and 3rd-party app developers have the option of designing their apps in Holo style or the style of the manufacturers.

Google’s move doesn’t kill the skinning of Android devices completely, but it allows for the real light of Android’s design to shine through consistently for once, even if it’s only a set of widgets and design elements. Via: Google