Adobe Flash 10.2 Beta Is A Better Flash Then All The Other Flashes

That’s what we think, anyway. Adobe’s latest beta of Flash is version 10.2 available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. A new change is the Stage Video API, which is purportedly designed to reduce processor load by a drastic amount when playing videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and Brightcove, but the sites have to enable it for their systems — the aforementioned already have. Once that’s over with, Adobe says (purportedly, I’m really skeptical with them) that a full 1080p HD video would take up only 15% of full CPU power — seems cool if it’s true. There’s also some better pixel rendering, IE9 hardware acceleration, and some multi-display rig magic that makes it easier to have Flash running on many screens, or something of that sort. Beta download at the source link.

Via: Adobe, DownloadSquad

Nikon’s New Coolpix P300 (And P500) Outed, Take On Canon Offerings

See that up there? That’s the Nikon Coolpix P300. It’s the Canon Powershot S95 nemesis, uses a 4.2X (24-100mm) lens with f1.8 aperture, a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, full manual controls, backlight HDR, scenes, 1080p HD video recording with live autofocus, and some of the other Nikon technologies seen in its best cameras. The P500 (seen in the gallery below) has a 36X (22.5-810mm) lens, 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, a tilting LCD, the same video recording modes of the P300, and similar overall form of usage.

The P300 and P500 launch in March, for $330 and $500, respectively. Also, at the source links, you’ll find PRs for the S9100 and S6100, 2 more new cameras. Via: Nikon links (1), (2), and (3)

Nikon P300 & P500 Press Shots

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New HPs! It’s the Dv6, Dv7, And G-Series, But Upgraded

So! It’s a herd of new HP laptops. I can live with that, and so can you. Nothing major to write home about here. Just new Sandy Bridge processors (proceeds to write home about the new awesome Intel CPUs), USB 3.0, some lifts here and there in the design department (some shiny metal, for instance), 15.6″ (for the dv6) and 17.3″ (for the dv7) screens, CoolSense tech (intelligent heat routing for your hot lap), Beats audio (the dv7 has a subwoofer), and a release date of Spring. There’s HD webcams by default, a Blu-Ray drive option, and an optional 1 terabyte of space in the dv6 or 2TB in the dv7. Fun times.

HP Dv6 Press Shots

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And also, if you didn’t (or don’t) have the spare cash for one of the Dv6 or Dv7 models (which I might add, look practically the same, just bigger than the other), then opt for the also updated G-Series. You’ll get a newer design scheme and a starting point of $500, which is available now. Via: HP

Fujifilm Finepix X100 Price Outed: This’ll Cost You, But It’s Still Cool

Face it. The Fujifilm Finepix X100 is the most awesome looking retro camera with (some) modern-day parts. Turns out, Fujifilm has finally outed the release date and price after unveiling it in late 2010. The 12.3 megapixel shooter will be shipping to the States next month, with all wallets and credit cards crying for help: $1,199.95 which gets a 23mm F2 prime lens, a pretty standard ISO range of 200 to 6400 (with boost available up to the usual 12800), a built-in ND filter, Hybrid Viewfinder, and that sweet, sweet magnesium alloy chassis design. Yup, that’s all you have to know about it now. It’ll ship in March. Via: Fujifilm

Sprint’s Kyocera Echo Is A Dual-Screen And Out-Of-Place Android Device

It has two screens, both of which “combine” for 4.7-inches of screen at 960 x 800 pixels! It runs Android 2.2! Has a 5 megapixel camera for 720p HD video recording! And it’s from Kyocera — is that anything special?

It’s made out of cheap looking plastics, only uses 3G, is as thick as a brick, but at least has a second-gen 1GHz Snapdragon powering it. The hinge allows it to be propped up like a laptop, used as a regular single-screen phone, or have both screens laid flat. Look, if you’re going to use a smartphone, how will you perform the fancy “simultasking” that Sprint and Kyocera are spewing out as a “true” way to multitask on a phone? And while the the mail and map apps can use the extra real estate for better viewing, you’re looking at something bigger than an EVO 4G and almost as big as a Dell Streak. And how long will this thing last on a charge, anyway? Turns out it comes with a spare battery pack charger and battery. Heh.

There’s little point in have a dual-screen phone, when the consumer market is already adjusting to bigger phones, which have proved a success. It’s as if Kyocera execs and engineers said in the style of Dilbert, “We can’t beat HTC, Apple, and Samsung, so let’s put two screens together and sell it!”. Like that would work. Via: Sprint

Sony VAIO YB Now Shipping With AMD Fusion For $600

It’s Fusion time! No really, the Sony VAIO YB is shipping for $599.99, of which contains a 1.6GHz AMD Fusion APU (for decent gaming and battery life), glossy 11.6-inch screen at 1366×768 resolution, 4GB of tasty RAM, 500 GB of hard drive space, and silver or pink color coatings. Also, Amazon will be selling a 320GB hard drive with 2GB of RAM variant for $50 less. Check it out, if you’re so inclined.

Via: Sony Style, Amazon