Archivi giornalieri: 04/07/2012
Instagram, the photo-sharing tool that made headlines as the reason people start blurring their photos during a time of high-definition TVs and 3D movies, has captured the hearts of millions. The fact that it was recently acquired by Facebook for $1billion is also hard to ignore. While some wonder about the future of the photo-loving app, let’s take a step back and take a look at some apps out there that were built to enhance your photo-sharing experience on Instagram.
Here is a list of 20 apps, named in one variation or the other (it’s a toss between Insta and gram except for one exception) that can help you get more out of Instagram. If you have others that you think can beat the ones in this list, don’t keep it to yourself. Drop in your two cents in the comments area.
No one complained when we reported NEC’s initial claimed weight of 999 grams (2.2 pounds) for its LaVie Z Ultrabook, but it turns out that statistic is brutally unfair. The 13.3-inch laptop actually tips the scales at just 875 grams (1.9 pounds) thanks to the magnesium lithium alloy used in its 0.59-inch chassis — not bad when you consider that there are still 1.3kg netbooks wandering the planet. Of course, in line with Intel’s official Ultrabook spec, you’re getting a minimum Core i5-3317U processor (yes, that’s Ivy Bridge) and 128GB SSD, plus USB 3.0, SDXC slot, HDMI out and a claimed battery life of 8.1 hours. There’s no word on US pricing yet, but that base spec will set you back ¥130,000 ($1,600) in Japan, while the top model with Core i7-3517U and 256GB SSD will add another ¥30,000 ($375) to your bill.
Samsung’s been flaunting its WiFi-equipped Smart cameras throughout the last year, but with a generally significant tradeoff in image quality, we haven’t been terribly impressed. The EX2F, however, is a model we’re finally eager to get our hands on. This 12.4-megapixel CMOS shooter packs an f/1.4-2.7 lens — quite a feat for any point-and-shoot — along with a full-size hot shoe, dual image stabilization, a top ISO setting of 12,800 (extended), a 24-79mm 3.3x lens and a 3-inch swivel VGA-resolution AMOLED display. That’s in addition to the full manual shooting mode, RAW option, 1080/30p HD video capture and the standard plethora of WiFi options, including Remote Viewfinder and Auto Backup. Accessory add-ons include an optical viewfinder, external mic and a secondary flash (a smaller pop-up model is built-in, and retracts when not in use). There’s no hint of pricing or availability, but with that industry-leading f/1.4 lens, pro-level features and AMOLED display, we’re certain that the EX2F won’t come cheap. Full PR is after the break.
Update: It appears that the EX2F includes a 1/1.7-inch sensor, compared to the significantly larger 1-inch sensor on the Sony RX100. Samsung has also confirmed that the camera will be priced at $549, and is scheduled to hit stores in August.
MSI has announced the launch of a new all-in-one PC this week in the form of the MSI WindTop AE2281/AE2281G with a new ID design, integrated screen and processor unit.
The MSI WindTop AE2281 provides users with an Intel 3rd Generation Core processors supported by upto 8GB of memory, and sports a 17.3″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution LED backlight screen.
Graphics is provided by either a Intel HD Graphics 2500 or NVIDIA GeForce GT630M equipped with either 1GB or 2GB DDR3 (AE2281G) depending on your requirements.
Other features of the new MSI WindTop AE2281 include 6 in 1 card reader supporting SD, mini SD, MS, MS Pro, MMC, xD cards, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by MSI.
Source: Hot Hardware
Ever since Apple launched the first iPad we have been hearing rumors that Apple would launch a smaller version of their tablet, it is that time of the year again and the iPad Mini rumors have re-surfaced.
According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Apple intends to launch a new smaller iPad later this year, and the device will come with a display between 7 and 8 inches, we have been hearing rumors of a 7.85 inch iPad for some time.
The new model will have a screen that’s 7 inches to 8 inches diagonally, less than the current 9.7-inch version, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Apple hasn’t made its plans public. The product, which Apple may announce by October, won’t have the high-definition screen featured on the iPad that was released in March, one of the people said.
As usual this is just a rumor at the moment, although with the recent launch of Google’s new 7 inch tablet, the Google Nexus 7, it would make sense for Apple to launch a smaller and cheaper tablet.
Source Mac Rumors
Image Credit: CiccareseDesign
If you have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the new Parrot Zik Bluetooth headphones we featured here on Geeky Gadgets back in January. You will be pleased to learn that Parrot has now released pricing and availability for their Zik headphones in the US.
The Parrot Zik headphones are not just an average pair of cans either, as they are fitted with a number of fantastic features that set them apart from the crowd. Watch the video after the jump to see it in action.
Designed by Philippe Starck the Parrot Zik headphones are equipped with touch-sensitive surfaces on the outside of the earpiece, allowing you to adjust the volume and skip tracks simply by touch gestures.
They also including the ability to pause playback when taken off together with automatic muting, as well as being equipped with four integrated microphones which are used by the headphones for active noise-reduction and hands-free calls when needed.
The Parrot Zik headphones are now available to pre-order in the US for $400 and are compatible with iOS and Android and comes with companion app on both.
Apple announced the new MacBook Pro last month which was Apple’s first Mac to come with a Retina display, one thing that Apple didn’t announce was any new iMacs, which has led to speculation that new models will be announced later in the year.
Now according to a recent report by Digitimes, who are citing Apple’s ‘upstream supply chain sources’, we can apparently expect a new iMac with a Retina display to launch around October of this year.
Of course this is just a rumor at the moment, although we suspect Apple does have some new iMacs in the works, when they will launch them is anyone’s guess.
As soon as we get some more information on when Apple intends to update its iMac range of computers we will let you guys know.
Asus has this week announced the arrival of a new Plus Edition version of its Xonar Essence One external digital-analog converter with headphone amplifier. The new Asus Plus Edition version comes with its own op-amp swap kit, allowing you to customise the tone sods to your exact requirements.
ASUS say they have extensively tested over 100 different op-amps and chosen the six which they deemed provide the most unique impact on sound character for the Plus Edition Xonar Essence One USB DAC Headphone Amp, enabling you to tweak your sound to meet your requirements.
Using 4 x TI-OPA2132PA op-amps and 2 x NS-LM4562NA chips that can be installed without the need to solder and comes with all the tools you need to install.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information is released we will keep you updated as always.