Monthly Archives: June 2012

JVC have made the HD Action Camera you are looking for

With the increasing improvements of cameras in our phones we can now take video footage wherever we are. However, there is no way you would strap your iPhone to the front of a mountain bike or your snowboarding helmet. That is where an action camera comes in and JVC’s latest offering appears to be very sturdy indeed.

Here is the full press release.

A new “action camera” announced today by JVC offers unmatched versatility right out of the box, with standard features that have JVC’s new GC-XA1 ADIXXION camcorder ready to capture the fun in most any situation.

The new JVC GC-XA1 ADIXXION ups the ante in the action camera category by offering a range of features and capabilities that outpace competing models. Truly pocket-sized and weighing barely a quarter pound, ADIXXION is waterproof to a depth of five meters (16.4 feet), shockproof to withstand a fall from two meters (6.5 feet), dustproof and freeze-proof, all without the need for a separate housing. In addition, ADIXXION includes built-in Wi-Fi, 1.5-inch LCD monitor, image stabilizer and offers full HD 1920×1080/30p and 1280×720/60p recording.
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Google Nexus 7 Tablet out in the UK this July

It looks as if Google are making the Nexus 7 very affordable – £130 in the UK and $200 in the US.

What do you get for that?

The Android tablet has a 7” display, powerful quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life during active use. Built by ASUS it comes with a NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, 12‐core GPU delivers rich and immersive graphics.

The tablet will be running Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.

The full specs are below.

Google’s big selling point on this tablet is that it was built for Google Play – the world’s largest collection of eBooks, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, and a growing selection of magazines–plus over 600,000 apps and games.

They also say it is easy to import your music collection from iTunes to Google Play. Plus you have Gmail, Chrome, YouTube etc.

I think it will be the price which is the main draw for this.

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iPhone 5 dock connector may be a micro-USB port

Apple’s iPhone 5 is due out later this year. Recently some rumours surfaced saying that the dock connector would be different to those on previous iPhones.

This was worrying to consumers and third party suppliers as, if it was true, then many peripherals (speakers, computer docks etc) would be rendered obsolete if you got the new phone.

Some news today seems to suggest there is no need to worry and the new dock connector may actually be more useful than we first thought.

Word is that it will be a 19-pin port that would actually be mechanically and electrically compatible with

IF this is true then it would be able to do all the things that Apple and third party manufacturers need for iPhone and iPod peripherals. That includes hardware controls, digital data, audio, video, and power according to Gizmodo.

You would still need an adaptor (as imagined in the image below via Mela) to make current peripherals work on the new iPhone but you would be able to use any micro-USB cellphone charger for the phone.

Top Image is a 3D render by Martin Hajek.

Google’s next version of Android will be called Jelly Bean

Google have let slip that the next version of Android will be called Jelly Bean. The information came straight from Google Play, but was taken down soon after.

Droid-Life managed to get a screen shot confirming it.

They also reported that the new system would be on the new Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ phone. The screen shot also shows the price of the phone as $400. That is roughly £250 here in the UK, but it is doubtful that will be the actual price here when it is released.

Google plan on selling the phone direct from it online store which would be following the Apple model. It also looks as if they will give multiple mobile device makers early access to the new version.

The Galaxy Nexus and Jelly Bean are expected to be officially unveiled at Google I/O ( their annual developer conference), in San Francisco next week. A new tablet, the Google Nexus 7 built by Asus, is also expected to be announced there.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Announced

Microsoft had some big news when they announced their new Surface tablet this week.

Entering the market dominated by Apple’s iPad means they have to make sure their product is a game changer.

Microsoft Surface comes with an integrated kickstand and a cover that features a fully functioning keyboard with a trackpad. It connects with a “single magnetic click” and comes in five colors – black, red, blue, and pink.

The tablet has a slim magnesium alloy chassis. The top has the power button and the sides have two speakers, dual microphones, microSD, one USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 for the Surface Pro) and Micro HDMI, plus a magnetic power connector.

It comes in two options, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro.

Windows RT:

  • 676g
  • 9.33 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType HD DIsplay
  • 31.5 Wh battery
  • microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video
  • Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover
  • 32 GB, 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro:

  • 903 g
  • 13.5 mm thick
  • 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
  • 42 Wh battery
  • microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video,
  • Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block
  • 64 GB, 128 GB

It will run true PC games. Eric Neustadter, from Xbox Live Operations, tweeted that it could run Civ IV and V, unlike the iPad, and that it will be “the greatest Civilization-playing device known to mankind.” 

There is no word yet on whether there will be a crossover with the XBox 360 itself as that would be a big selling point and could also possibly pre-empt the Wii U.

So far there is no word on how much the Surface tablet will cost and we will have to wait until Windows 8 is released before the tablet hits the market.

There has also been some grumbling around the Web about Microsoft copying Apple. However, Microsoft have been talking about Tablet computers for years. As the image below shows, both Apple and Microsoft have something else to thank for the Tablet.

Then again they also featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odssey and Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Joking aside, what are your thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Tablet? Will it be able to compete against the iPad and will you be buying one?

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