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Research in Motion, now christened BlackBerry, after renaming itself to the obvious, pulled out the somewhat anticipated (mostly hyped), BlackBerry Z10 phone. A phone that BlackBerry hopes will end the past few years of woe. Equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for more if needed), LTE speed, NFC support, front and rear cameras and a 4.2-inch display, BlackBerry may be late to the game, but they came to play. Priced at $200 and loaded with the BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Z10 is the biggest leap forward for the company since, ever.
Virtual reality has come a considerably long way since the Lawnmower Man and early Virtual World centers. Now, looking towards taking virtual reality and interactivity considerably further is a company by the name of Oculus with their Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset. Featuring a compact design, high resolution display, wider viewing range and practically zero latency this stereoscopic 3D headset is looking to change the industry. Speaking of industry, it appears that gaming and tech insiders are getting behind Oculus as it has potential to transform the gaming industry, game play possibilities as well as the interactive landscape as a whole. The real good part is the price. It’s only $300 for a development version before commercial release. Pricing includes an Oculus Rift headset, an Oculus ready version of Doom 3 and their SDK.
A Tombox ($200+) is old school looking speaker with a hint of eco-friendly sensibility paired with modern functionality. Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts over 300 hours on a single charge, a Tombox is an abandoned loudspeaker that was no longer appreciated and destined for the scrapheap, repurposed and transformed into sophisticated and modern, yet retro looking one-of-a-kind speaker ready to blast whatever sounds you chose once you attach something to its 3.5mm plug. Available in portable or stay right there sizes.
Military grade and eco-friendly, the Pantech Renue is one of the newest smartphones on the AT&T network and one of the first to align with the new AT&T Eco-rating. Made from 67% recycled materials the RoHS compliant Pantech Renue has a smaller carbon footprint than other phones and it has a smaller impact on your wallet too, because the Pantech Renue doesn’t require use of a data plan to access smartphone like features. Instead Pantech equipped the smartphone with the Qualcomm BREW-MP platform. Other specs include GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, media player, video camera an Energy Star 2.0 charger and a rugged frame that meets military standards for sand, dust, sun, other extreme temps. Looks like dumb phones just got smarter.
The Razer Ouroboros Mouse delivers ambidextrous capabilities, ergonomic satisfaction, wireless or wired functionality and a multitude of possible customizations that allow you to extend the Ouroboros gaming mouse to fit your specific needs. With 11 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI and 12-hours of battery-life, this wireless mouse should survive the most brutal gaming sessions on one charge, but just in-case, a single AA alkaline battery can work if you insist on not using the wire while the included NiMH battery recharges. The Ouroboros mouse also allows you to customize the length and arch so the mouse fits as close to perfect as possible so there is no strain when you empty your last clip in your favorite FPS using the dedicated DPI Clutch Trigger or making perfectly timed maneuvers during adventure or action game sequences where every twitch counts.
The Google Nexus 7 is the newest Android tablet to hit the market, except for one thing, it’s by Google. Well almost, the Asus made, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered 7-inch tablet is fueled by a Tegra-3 4x core chip, with a 12-core GPU and has a 1280×800 HD display. Available with 8GB and 16GB storage options that should be able to hold enough video for the 8+ hours of battery life. Make that 10 hours if you’re reading books or wandering around on the web, but it jumps to 300 hours if you’re just sitting there doing nothing. Hopefully, you’d find something to do within the two weeks before the battery drained, besides hold your droid.
In your choice of either white or black, the Polaroid Z2300 is a digital camera that prints full-color photos in less than one minute. Merging old school convenience with modern technology, the compact camera has a 10 megapixel lens, 3-inch LCD viewing screen and an SD card slot in case the 32GB of internal storage isn’t enough. The new Polaroid instant digital camera conveniently provides a built-in ZINK printer and the integrated editing tools allow you to edit your flicks
before sending to your favorite social networking site before printing. Expect it for availability sometime in August.
With a fresh and progressive design, plus a cover that also doubles as a keyboard, Microsoft pleasantly surprised audiences at an industry expo with the Microsoft Surface tablet. With prices still undetermined, the Surface tablet when released will be available in two options; a Windows RT model and a Windows 8 Pro version. Both Surface tablets feature 10.6-inch, 16:9 widescreen HD displays, dual cameras and microphones for video chat and/or Skype conferencing, but that is about where the similarities end. The RT will give you a choice of 32GB or 64GB of storage along with your Nvidia Tegra CPU, USB 2.0 and microSD slots and a Micro HD video port. While the Windows 8 Surface Pro tablet pumps your storage capacity up to 128GB with a baseline of 64GB and will run on an “Ivy Bridge” i5 chip. Other differences include; Mini DisplayPort video port, USB 3.0 and a microSDXC slot, just to keep things complicated when you decide to purchase one.
Canon has a new Digital SLR for beginning camera bugs to crave, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. This is the first EOS with a dual AF system and gives great stills whether you’re shooting movies or continuous photos. User-friendly like its EOS brethren, the Canon Rebel T4i is a point and shooter, but has a manual mode if you need to fine tune your visuals. Powered by a 18 megapixel Hybrid CMOS and a DIGIC 5 processor, together they practically guarantee to make your budding photo work look better. Other specs include HDR Backlight Control, Handheld Night Scene modes, 5fps continuous shooting, 9-point AF, Full HD video, ISO 100 to 12,800 up to 25,600 and a 3-inch Vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen for when you don’t want to squint.
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the newest update to the Apple notebook lineup. Weighing over a pound less than the previous model, the .71-inch thin notebook showcases Apple’s industrial design. The most significant highlight is the Retina display that gives the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro a remarkable 2880 x 1800 resolution, higher than any notebook currently available. However, the updated specs do not stop there. Apple refreshed most of the essentials that make the MacBook Pro a must have device. Updated Intel Quad Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor (up to 2.7GHz), up to 16GB RAM and 768GB of SSD storage, rounded out with two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, an SD card slot and HDMI. The new MagSafe 2 connector looks to ensure your sanity in case of an accidentally tripped cord and the 7 hours of battery life aims to allow you enough time to finish your work and still have plenty of time to play.