Archive for Dec 29, 2010

Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

A new Olympus compact camera has leaked ahead of its official release at CES 2011 next week, along with details on a new range of Sony shooters. The Olympus XZ-1, so 43rumors sources say, has the same 1:1.63 size 10.1-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic LX5 but paired with a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.

Meanwhile, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony will bring along compact cameras capable of 1080p60 recording in AVCHD format, while contrast auto-focus is tipped to be as fast as that on the Panasonic LUMIX GH2. In fact, the new models are expected to focus in just 0.1s.

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ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

A new energy-monitoring system promises to make tracking individual appliance electricity use straightforward, as well as allowing users to not only view data from their smartphone but remotely shut down greedy devices. The Energy Literacy Platform, a Tokyo-based startup, use compact ELP Modules which plug inline between appliances and AC sockets; they link wirelessly to an ELP Receiver that uploads stats to the ELP server.

Video demo after the cut

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First Intel Sandy Bridge notebook is from Santech

We have been hearing about the coming Intel Sandy bridge processors for a while now and you can count on seeing lots of notebooks and other gear using the CPUs at CES this month. The first notebook to break cover using the new processors has been spied and it’s the Santech N67. The machine is fully customizable when the buyer orders so it will have a ton of options to choose from.

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Ford MyKey feature upgraded to block explicit satellite radio content

I know that we can all attest that at one point or another no matter how level headed and responsible, teens all tend to make really dumb decision at one point or another. Parents that try to prevent those dumb decisions from having dire consequences know that the Ford MyKey system is a really cool and easy way to prevent some of those bad decisions from being made while driving.

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Nokia Android Honeycomb tablet is latest odd OS rumor

Nokia continues to insist it has no plans to deviate from its two-prong Symbian/MeeGo platform strategy, but the rumors that they're looking to Android or Windows Phone 7 just keep on coming. Slipped quietly into a DigiTimes report on Android Honeycomb tablets is the suggestion that Nokia has been working with Google - and is among a cadre of smartphone manufacturers getting preferential treatment, no less - on an Android slate that could launch early in the first half of 2011.

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