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Samsung Galaxy NX ILC Camera

Samsung is betting really big on Android.  They have combined their NX-Series camera with Android and come up with the Galaxy NX Mirrorless Camera.  This is the best of both worlds as it gives you all the flexibily of an Android phone/Tablet with a great camera based on a DX-sized sensor.  If you want to check out some hands-on video and images at the link below.

This is the Galaxy NX, an ILC with LTE connectivity that's capable of capturing at 8.6 fps and contains a hybrid autofocus system made by Samsung. In fact, the company says it's behind every part of this new device, from the quad-core 1.6GHz Pega-Q processor, to the 4.8-inch LCD screen, to even the shutter mechanism. With a "DSLR-class" 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor we've seen on other NX cameras, new DRIMe IV image processor and ISO settings from 100 to 25,600, Samsung appears to be making a serious pitch for photographers interested in more than just an Instagram hook-up.

Source: Engadget

Zynga stock keeps dropping

It has been quite some time since I posted anything on Zynga, but what the heck, it's Friday after all.

Zynga has continued to see their stock slip and have now hit the point where the company is valued at $750 Million, which is substantially less than what it was worth at its IPO in late 2011. Zynga announcing that it was laying off 520 employees made the stock slip another 12 percent this week, down almost 70% since the IPO. The amazing thing is that Zynga has 1.6 Billion dollars in the bank right now, unfortunately that's the only good news. AllThingsD has the story.

After it announced layoffs of 520 employees and lowered its guidance to Wall Street, Zynga’s stock dropped precipitously yesterday, down 12 percent, to dip below $3 a share.

FAA to ease in-flight electronic restrictions

The FAA has been looking into what electronics can and cannot be used during flights and may be relaxing restrictions later this year. The FAA has been banning electronics during take off and landing since 1966 and has finally decided to look into changing those restrictions. Engadget has the details.

We've been hearing rumblings that the FAA wants to start letting you use certain gadgets on airplanes through the "terrible 10,000 feet," and according to the WSJ, it's about to do just that. A 28-member industry and government panel's draft report strongly recommended relaxing blanket rules against electronics that have been in place since 1966 due to massive changes in technology since then.

NVIDIA Shield now $300, arrives June 27th

If you have been waiting for the new NVIDIA Shield portable gaming system, you'll only have to wait until June 27th to get their hands on one. The other goods news is that they've dropped $50 bucks off the price to bring it down to $300 which isn't cheap but a little more competitive with the ~$250 PSP Vita. Head on over to Engadget for more details.

Even before hitting store shelves, NVIDIA's Shield is shedding $50 from its original $350 asking price -- the little Android portable gaming console will cost $300 when it arrives at retail on June 27th. NVIDIA revealed both the new, lower price and release date today in a blog post which cited gamers asking for a lower price as the reason for the change.

Samsung said no to the Facebook phone

Mark Zuckerberg went all the way to South Korea to ask the folks at Samsung if they'd make a Facebook phone and the reports are that Samsung is not interested and have said no to Mr.Zuckerberg. So far the only phone that features the Facebook Home software is the HTC First and so far the sales have been terrible, bad enough to start the rumor that AT&T is already looking to stop selling it. Business Insider has more details over here.

Unfortunately, Facebook Home appears to be a dud. According to our sources, sales of the HTC First, the only phone to ship with Facebook Home out of the box, are pretty dismal. The app also has bad reviews in the Google Play app store. Finally, there's been talk that AT&T will stop selling the First soon.

Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse Review

Genius X-G510 MouseWe have just posted our review of the Genius X-G510 Gaming Mouse.  This is a budget-price, mind-range mouse from Genius that offers great performance, excellent tracking and a decent software set.  It's not the fanciest mouse we've seen, but for the price it offers some of the best value.  Take a look at our review for all the details.

The Genius X-G510 won’t break your bank account and when priced at $34.99 - it is great value.  I would recommend this mouse for anyone looking for an attractive and well functioning mouse who is on a tight budget.  At the end of the day when you consider how well it tracks and how it feels in the hand as well as the sick lighting design, the positive elements outweigh the negative areas.

Xbox One Does a 180

It appears that Microsoft has done the unthinkable - listened to the consumers voice.  While the consumer does carry quite a loud voice - and especially consumers that play video games, it's not often that a company will make such drastic changes to policies based a few days of outcry.  Microsoft released a statement today saying that they are making changes to the Xbox One.  Even the page title states "Your Feedback Matters..."

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At E3 last week, Microsoft made their next-generation console announcement before Sony and Sony wisely measured the outcry and likely made last-minute changes to their platform announcement.  For one, the price of a PS4 is $100 cheaper and it doesn't require an internet connection to play.  Along with the used game fiasco, Microsoft had created a massive hole for themselves.  In just a week, things have changed - as I told Jason Schneider in Episode #216 of WeeklyTechUpdate that it would.  They're are really only two major changes to the platform, but the implications of these address the issues that gamers had and what I knew they had to change.  I honestly didn't think they'd make changes to both issues, but they did.  Hit the read more link to see what all has changed.


Staying Ahead of the Apple Copycat

They say "imitation is the highest form of flattery", and if that is true, Sunrise should be pretty flattered.  The Caledar coming out with iOS7 is a total rip off of the Sunrise calendar that has been submitted to the App Store.  How do they deal with this - with a lawsuit?  On the contrary, they bust their hump and get to work making it better.  They add other integration and step things up to make it dominate what Apple stole.  Good for them.

The Apple iOS app most badly in need of an upgrade was Calendar — and it’s getting one in iOS 7. And some of the coolest and most useful features in the new Calendar were, as I noted earlier, clearly borrowed from some third-party calendaring apps. One of those that provided some inspiration is Sunrise, and the small New York-based team is fighting back by almost immediately launching a new set of features that iOS Calendar doesn’t have (yet).

Source: Gigaom

Hello Babysitter Netflix

While Netflix has recently lost a few deals with companies that want to do their own streaming thing, recently they stuck gold with the addition of DreamWorks TV being added to their collection.  In this latest deal, there will be over 300 hours of DreamWorks content now available for Netflix subscribers.  That makes for cheap entertainment - if you have kids or are a kid at heart.

The agreement, which Netflix calls its largest deal for original first-run content ever, fills a vacuum of kids' programming on its streaming service. Netflix declined high-demand Nickelodeon content because parent Viacom wanted to bundle it together with less popular programs in a hulking deal.

Source: CNET

WTU Episode #216 - Dead, Dying and Fully Alive

We have just posted up Episode #216 of Weekly Tech Update.  In this episode we are discussing 3D TV is dying, Symbian is dead and Haswell is alive and well. We have those stories and more. . .  Below are the show notes.


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