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As a follow up to the industry changing Nintendo Wii console that completely redefined console gaming, Mario’s company is releasing the Nintendo Wii U come the 2012 holiday season. Powered by an IBM multi-core processor and AMD HD graphics, the compact, front loading system has a much hyped controller that practically doubles as a separate gaming system. The Wii U Gamepad has a 6.2-inch touchscreen, front facing camera, built-in speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, NFC support, is a TV remote, digital storefront, can stream movies, supports video chat and lets you surf the web. Besides stuffing everything but the kitchen sink into the controller, rolling out with the Wii U at launch along with a bevy of other titles is Nintendo Land, Pikmin 3 and of course the New Super Mario Bros. U.
Android and iOS devices users can add Facebook as the newest location to grab the best apps for their addictive devices. Rolled out officially, now you can find in the upper left-hand corner every page of Facebook an App Center link that will give you access to the current crop of applications (600+). Based on personalized recommendations, Facebook is banking that you and your friends share the same ideas on what makes a good app. To differentiate itself from other app stores out there, the App Center will be a curated store featuring only what Facebook considers high quality apps, so you won’t have to wade through tons of crap before finding the good stuff.
Successfully combining technology and design, the Denon Globe Cruiser headphones are made to allow you to focus and zone out to your favorite sounds, without looking like a teenager. Sans any skulls or hot pink colors the Denon AH-NCW500BK headphones feature Denon’s patent-pending Memory Foam ear pads to give you better comfort and simultaneously reduce sound. Integrated controls allow for manipulation for any of your favorite Apple devices; iPod, iPhone and iPad and more with Bluetooth 3.0. With dual mics, built-in amplifier and a battery life expectancy of about 10 hours, they should be perfect for all but the longest of flights.
With a sensor that Sony says is four times larger than the competition, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 changes the standard for pocket-size point-and-shoot cameras. Potentially raising the quality of compromising photos around the world; the RX100 camera sports a 1-inch 20.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor that will reduce the noise in the photo and of people claiming it is not them in the picture. The new Sony Cyber-shot also features a speedy f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x optical zoom, ISO settings up to 25,600, a BIONZ image processor, 10 fps shooting ability, 3-inch LCD display and full HD 1080 video at 60p in case still photos are not enough.
Aiming for two markets at once, Sony has announced their first VAIO Ultrabook, the Sony VAIO T13. Slated for US release the Sony T13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch display, the latest Ultra Low Voltage Intel processor, hybrid storage ability and unlike the ultra-thin laptops from their competitors, the Sony Ultrabook comes with ports galore. HDMI, VGA, Ethernet an SD slot, plus two USB ports, including one that can charge your phone. While all those ports are aiming for business users, Sony is also targeting the campus crowd by taking design cues from the Macbook Air and encasing the new Sony VAIO T13 Ultrabook in a .71 inch thin magnesium and aluminum chassis. The new Sony laptop has battery life up to 9 hours and comes in at $799.
LG has rolled out full HD IPS televisions that double as PC monitors. The LG DM2752 and the LG M2752 both are capable of full HD resolution from broadcast and your PC. Picture-in-Picture, Infinite Surround Sound, a USB connector and dual HDMI ports round out the basic specs, while the IPS panels provide nearly 180 degrees of viewing range. In addition the LG DM2752 includes a native 2D to 3D conversion engine that allows you to play games, watch broadcasts or movies in 3D. For gamers it gets even better with the LG Dual Play feature that enables two different full screen images simultaneously on the same TV. Select markets in the EU have access to the M2752 now, while the 3D enhanced LG DM2752 drops in July.
While there is fire on the horizon and the only motion that Research In Motion seems to be heading is down, Microsoft should acquire the once storied producers of the Blackberry mobile phone. This won’t be a long drawn out vent as thoughts on subjects like this tend to be. I will get right to the question of,”Why should Ballmer and Co. snatch the Ontario, Canada based company from the flames?”
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest entry to the Samsung Galaxy S lineup. Following the success of the previous two editions of the phone, Samsung refines key features and pushes the Galaxy S brand forward with the latest model. With a 1.4GHz quad-core chip packed behind a ginormous 4.8-inch Gorilla Glass 2 covered HD screen on the front, 8 megapixel camera, up to 64GB memory under the hood, customized Android 4 on the dash and chrome bezel around the edges, the Samsung Galaxy S III is looking to be the must have Android phone. And, just in case 64GB is too small an amount of storage for your media needs Samsung was nice enough to add a microSD card slot so you can go crazy with it and double up to 128GB of storage should you choose. Available in two color options; Marble White and Pebble Blue, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the official device of the Summer Olympics.
Tivoli Audio Radio Silenz headphones are the company’s first headphone effort and also the world’s first active noise canceling headphones containing wood ear cups. With high performing 40mm drivers, a “Defeat” button that fades audio and momentarily stops the cancellation, allowing you to hear your surroundings, battery life up to 50 hours from a single AAA battery and noise cancellation up to 85%, what more could you possibly want? A choice of colors perhaps? Tivoli makes that possible too, since the collapsible Radio Silenz headphones are available in your choice of cherry, black ash or walnut, along with a convenient travel pouch for storage when not listening to your tunes.
Casio Japan has unveiled a compact camera that takes pictures with the speed and accuracy that you need, to capture the moments you cherish as they happen. Able to start and be ready to for photos in less than one second, the Casio Exilim EX-ZR300 has 24-300mm lens and 16-megapixels for you to use as you will. In addition to the ability to snap shots at .26 second intervals or video at 1080p 30fps, the new ZR300 camera supports Toshiba Flash Air SD technology allowing you to effortlessly create wireless backups. ($TBA)