Sony QX100: The Camera That Can Be Attached To Your Phone

DSC-QX10_Lifestyle_13_Xperia-i1-1200All right, first thing first: this is a very new and un-tested idea that Sony is trying to pull off. By making a camera sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens compatible with iOS or Android, the Sony QX100 is essentially a camera you attach to your phone with the included bracket via NFC, or via an NFC pad that is also included with the accessory. To make the images appear on your phone, Sony is  published an app called PlayMemories — which is slightly weird, yes.

Physically, it’s a  2.25-tall, 2.5-inch in diameter hunk of technology, with a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor R sensor on a 3.6x zoom, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens. Otherwise, there’s a standard ISO of 100-3200 for stills. The main exception, and key drawback, is the movie mode, which only shoots 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps, in MP4 format only.

In case the Qx100 is a bit too big for you, Sony made a smaller version called the QX10, which has a 18.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Exmor R image sensor. The camera features a 10x zoom, 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.3-5.9 lens.

It costs $250, while the QX100 costs $500; both are releasing this month.

HDMI 2.0 Announced: 60 FPS 4K, 18GBps Data, And 32 Channel Audio

hdmiThat’s right: HDMI has evolved. The cable’s design will remain the same, however it is more capable than ever before, and will be able to stream 60 FPS footage at full 4K resolution, at 18GBps bandwith and 32 channel audio for a complete cinematic-like experience.

Thanks to the fact that the design isn’t changing, it can be thought of as a sign of relief, since upgrading to an Ultra HD TV won’t be so hard — except paying the high price for one.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review: Agent, Your Customized UAV Is Online

The Customized AR Drone 2.0This is the AR Drone 2.0. It’s high-time for civilians to have access to their own sort of unmanned aerial vehicle technology, and for the price, this is the best there is. Parrot was still riding the growth rocket of the original AR Drone, and with the 2.0, decided to not only increase the control, cameras, and capabilities of the drone, but also allow for more accessories to brighten up the experience.

But the best part? You can control the AR Drone 2.0 from your smartphone. But better yet, this particular AR Drone 2.0 has been modded to be even better.

Google: KitKat Is The Name For The Upcoming Android 4.4 Version

Android KitKatSundar Pichai, lead of Android at Google, after his lengthy trip around Asia for the company, has outed details on the next version of Android: dubbed KitKat. That’s right. Your phone OS will soon be the same exact name as a cheap chocolate candy.

Android 4.4 KitKat continues the tradition of having versions of the phone OS receive a name after a dessert: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) — with Android 4.4 it is officially KitKat.

Other than that, not many details were mentioned on the new software release, leaving us to simply wonder, speculate, or leak as it were. Also, Android has reached the 1 billion device milestone.

An interesting side note is that Google actually has the blessing of Nestle to use the name, and without anything more than a licensing fee changing hands, but apparently it is an interesting experiment.

Via: Sundar Pichai (Google+)

Apple Confirms September 10th Event For New iPhones

appleinviteThe next set of iPhones, purportedly set to be a new high-end model made from the traditional glass and metal, a plastic budget version that comes in a variety of colors, and whatever else may or may not be real will be confirmed on September 10th. That’s when Apple’s press event in San Francisco is set to kick off, and press members are continually receiving their invites.

This should be a doozy week.

Microsoft Buys Nokia For Around $5 Billion, Will Produce Own Phones Not Called Nokias

DSC00827It’s a crazy ploy to triple Windows Phone market share by 2018, but Microsoft is willing and ready. By purchasing Nokia completely from Stephen Elop (who now is also a candidate for CEO of Microsoft), Microsoft will be able to produce its own phones, much like they did produce their own tablet (the Surface).

This was accomplished by paying Nokia a hefty 3.79 billion euros ($4.99 billion) for the business, and 1.65 billion euros ($2.18 billion) for its patent arsenal.

Furthermore, 32,000 people will transfer across Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in product manufacturing, so it’s a complete overhaul. Regulatory approval for both companies is expected in early 2014. And with that, the end of an era called Nokia smartphones, and the beginning — a crazy beginning –to Microsoft’s new business.


Lenovo CEO Shares $3.25 Million Of His Bonus With All Employees (Again)


While it will be divided into rather small amounts per person, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing shared $3.25 million of his $14.6 million salary to 10,000 workers in 20 countries. Lenovo grabbed a record $34 billion during its last fiscal year, along with an all-time high $653 million in profit.

So naturally, as Yaunqing had done before, he shared a portion of his bonus with the rest of the company. Keep in mind that once it is divided amongst the 10,000 employees, those in China are seeing a bonus that is 85% of the average local salary. It’s a nice thought.


Acer Made A 6-inch Liquid S2 With 4k Video Recording

liquids2Talk about being ambitious: the 6-inch Liquid S2 with 4K recording capability, a full HD IPS display and a Snapdragon 800 processor. That’s Acer’s newest smartphone, which somehow has implemented a full 4K resolution camera for recording, and is the first phone of its kind to do so.

The back is adorned with a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED ring flash along with a 2MP front shooter capable of 1080p video, the processor clocked at 2.2GHz per core, 2GB of RAM, and large 3,300 mAh battery, with 4G LTE of course. It will launch at the end of October in Europe alone.