Sony Boasts Its New A7 II SLR, Sporting A Full-Frame Sensor

sony-a7-iiWho doesn’t love a promisng full-frame camera? That’s right, no one (unless you’ve sworn fielty to Micro Four Thirds).

The new Sony A7 II camera sports a 24-megapixel, full-frame sensor, with 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization. To make these improvements noticeable (and worthwhile), there’s 30% faster AF speed and 1.5x better tracking performance, with support for the XAVC S video codec, a new magnesium alloy front panel and reinforced lens mount — plus a few more aesthetic tweaks to refine the camera.

Price is TBA, but expect it to be worthy of that of a full-frame camera (in the 2K range).

Via: Sony

Nokia Goes To War Again, With The N1 Android Tablet For $250

Nokia-N1-Android-tabletIt might not be a flagship model by any means, but it still bears the name Nokia — which is hard to come by, consdering that Microsoft will begin removing the name from products display on devvices. Unexecptedly, a 7.9-inch Android 5.0 tablet running some Nokia custom software that looks like a giant iPhone — originality is a priority, of course.

It’ll cost $250 when it launches, but it’s slated to land in China first, in time for Chinese New Year (that’s February 19, 2015) with a release in Russia to follow soon after — again, it’s interesting how Nokia is stressing everything it can, while not having the most capable hardware. Regardless howver, the N1 does look pretty upbeat.

Spesc-wise, there’s a 64-bit 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 paired with 2GB of RAM thrumming away in there, and 32GB of storage for the digital effluvia that you’re bound to incur.

Oh, and there’s a reversible USB connector, which is awesome.

Via: Nokia

Uber And Spotify: Now You Can Stream On A Ride

uspo_press_v03_aAfter hailing for an Uber cab from the app, you can also decide what kind of music you’re into, so then when car arrives, it’ll already be playing inside. To do this, you’ll need to connect your Uber and Spotify accounts from within the app, but from there it should be smooth sailing; including controlling it for the duration of the trip.

The new feature beings rolling out November 21st in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto and Sydney — with more cities on the way.


Verizon Preps Its Goodwill (And Services) For The Holiday Season


In an attempt to diversify (in an industry where it has already gained immense stature), Big Red has proclaimed November 26th to be “Connection Day”. By partnering with companies like Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora — the day before Thanksgiving — it looks like VZW is setting itself up for a profitable fourth quarter.

The best part? A lot of these deals/promotions are courtesy of Verizon, but available to all regardless of wireless carrier. Some of the collaborations between Verizon and the aforementioned companies include:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Sounds like a solid ploy to appealing to everyone, not as Big Red, but simply as a wireless carrier. Interesting take, indeed.

Via: VZW

DJI’s Inspire 1 Is A 4K Camera-Toting Drone, With Sci-Fi Looks

jdiinspire2For a whopping $2,800, DJI has created what appears to be, the ultimate drone. With legs that fold in after takeoff, ability to shoto 360 degrees of video on a 4K camera (capable of 12MP stills), a ground-facing cmaera to look at the world below, and tons of improvements to design and software. Also, the 6-cell battery will keep it aloft for about 18 minutes — which isn’t bad considering its capabilities.

The base unit ships with one controller for $2,899, but DJI will throw an additional remote for an extra $500 — for separate flight and camera control, between two operators. It’s a pretty serious piece of kit, no doubt about that.


Microsoft Claims The Xbox One Reached A Sales Lead — For Two Weeks

XboxOneAccording to Microsoft’s own VP of Marketing Yusuf Mehdi, the company’s “generation eight” gaming console has reached a two week sales lead against its main competitor, the PlayStation 4. Of course there’s a problem here: the detailed sold-to-customer numbers like the ones from Sony aren’t present — 10 million PS4s exist in gamer’s homes — Microsoft has only announced that it’s hitting 10 million Xbox One consoles sold to retailers. 

Don’t worry, Microsoft. Remember: Halo 5.

ViaXbox Wire

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review — Live Or Die By The Exo

call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-wide-HD-image-wallpaperThe last Call of Duty was a disaster. Ghosts (may we never mention its name again, ever) turned out to be a best-seller for the next-gem console launch period — but only out of necessity for a blockbuster first-person shooter. In response to this, publisher Activision and the three main studios that produce the game series — Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward — have vowed to a three-year work/release schedule. That is, when one studio finishes a game, it receives a three-year break, which is ample time to produce the next sequel, and it make it worthwhile.

For late 2014, it’s Sledgehammer’s turn, with Advanced Warfare, but is it good? Activision sent us copy for review; so let’s get craking.