Apple Makes The iPhone 5S Official, Starting At $200

iphone-5sIt has iOS 7, which was a given, but the iPhone 5S features new additions that may be even better: the iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor, a larger f2.2 aperture, an improved flash, image stabilization, slow motion capture, and a burst mode perfect for taking action shots.

Apple has fitted the iPhone 5S with a new processor: the first 64-bit processor on a smartphone, called the A7, that features twice the number of transistors as its predecessor (more than 1 billion) according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. The CPU and GPU have received double the speed with OpenGL ES 3.0 on board, but can still remain compatible with the 32-bit apps of that all iOS devices have had, thus far.

The new security enhancement comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor built into the home button, called Touch ID, giving you one-touch access to the iPhone 5 and is a password replacement to your Apple ID. It’ll be available for pre-order later this month on September 20th at T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in traditional 16GB or 32GB.

Also, a new color option alongside the usual black and white: gold.

Via: Apple

Olympus Makes The OMD E-M1 Its Flagship Micro Four Thirds Camera Way Too Epic

omd-em1With on-chip phase detection for super fast photos, and  a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor backed by the new TruePic VII image processor, Olympus has a nice and new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera on its hands.

This allowed them to bundle new features, like a “Dual Fast” autofocus system that permits faster focusing and 6.5 fps shooting in continuous focus mode (10 fps with single AF), or autofocus using non-native lenses to the brand, as well as 1080p/30fps video, an updated 2.36 million-dot EVF, a tweaked 5-axis image stabilizer and built-in WiFi — the works.

As for lens: you get a decent mix of a dustproof and waterproof 12-40mm lens that’s set at a constant f2.8 aperture and a second lens, with a 40-150mm telephoto zoom, which is also rugged and maintains a f2.8 aperture, but won’t be available until sometime in 2014.

Pricing? The OM-D E-M1 sometime in October, only in black and is estimated to cost $1,399.99 for the body alone or $2,199.99 with the new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens.

Via: Olympus

Nexus 7 With LTE (For $349) Now On Sale At Google Play Store

n7-4For those of you interested in the awesome Nexus 7 tablet (which I reviewed not too long ago), the LTE version has launched on the Google Play Store for $349, with support for T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE micro-SIM cards on the same model; an AT&T variant is “coming soon”.

Since the early manufacturing errors of the early models should be snuffed out by now, it seems pretty logical to get the tablet — unless of course, you’re better off with a WiFi-only version.

ViaGoogle PlayNexus (Google+)

Google Glass Update: Sound Search And “Vignettes”

baybridgevignetteThis week/month’s Google Glass update brings sound search for songs, YouTube to the search results, Google Apps access,  and the most interesting of this little update: “vignettes”. Basically, they allows you to lay your current Glass display over a photo to produce an image like the one you see above. Basically, a fancy screenshot tool for your fancy gadget — which can be pretty cool, depending on the scenario.

The few Glass Explorers that exist in the world will start to see the updates landing on their headsets; in the meantime you can live vivaciously through them.

ViaGoogle Glass (Google+)XE9 Release Notes

Sony Redesigns The PS Vita To Be Slimmer, Lighter, And More Energy-Efficient

ps-vita-13A new PlayStation Vita has been announced by Sony over a Japanese livestream, early this New York morning. Featuring color options for the WiFi-only Vita in Japan like pink, black, blue, grey, lime green, and yellow; that’s alongside a thinner body, which as a result is also lighter and comes with a micro USB charger (plus 1GB of onboard storage).

And in the event that appeal goes down for the new model, additional battery life is another selling point Sony is pitching when they launch the new Vita in October in Japan for the U.S. equivalent of $190 (18,980 yen).

That’s the highlight of the day from Sony, folks.

Total War: Rome II Review

rome-ii-against-carthageIn the vast array of video games that exist, few can be as detailed and required as much critical thinking as Total War.

Beginning with a single territory, few forces, and little in treasury, every Total War game magically transports the player to a period of history (American Revolutionary War, Napoleonic campaigns, Shogunate Japan, among others) and forces you to research technologies, create new armies, capture new territories, and best of all — fight 3D battles with thousands of your own soldiers.

Real-time strategy games, at the very least, owe Creative Assembly’s Total War series a salute. The latest installment, Rome II, which takes us to the 290 BC and into the AD era immerses you in battles, campaigns, and strategies of the ancient world.

So, how is it? Well, read on to find out.

The NSA Can Remotely Tap Android, iOS, And BlackBerry Smartphones

thedroidultraKeep in mind that the German paper, Spiegel was using the word “tap” frequently in their post, but for the most part they have claimed that according to “top secret” NSA documents in their possession, the ill-favored American agency can remotely tap into BlackBerry email, as well as iOS and Android software, without the consent of the user.

In order to ensure that monitoring was always at its best, specialized teams operate for each operating system, and the extent of their monitoring on each platform varies from texts, syncs, email, or location.

ViaDer Spiege