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Bow Down: Olympus PEN E-P3

Posted: October 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bow Down: Olympus PEN E-P3

We’ve held off writing this review for almost  3 months, why, well put simply – it was hard to believe a camera could be this good. Literally, we fell in love with the Olympus PEN E-P3. Those clever little boffins at Olympus make some pretty bold claims on the E-P3, Geat Lens Range  World’s Fastest Auto Focus ✓ Superior Picture Quality  HD Video Stabalisation  Ooh, and that Popup Flash  Good User Interface and Brilliant OLED Screen PEN E-P3 ticks all the boxes, seems the mighty claims Olympus make aren’t simply rhetoric! This is beginning to look a lot like an advertisement right?? it’s not. We can’t sing the praises of this camera highly enough. EP-3 could be the first camera that will satisfy the desires a broad range of photo hobbyists – from weekend warriors to die-hard bloggers – the photo hound who knows the difference between a zoom and a macro lens. If what you want is to take relatively straight forward photos that look great and don’t need the power of a weighty  DSLR, the EP-3 is very possibly for you. M★C  READ MORE


INDIA: $36 Tablet PC, Meet Aakash Tab

Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on INDIA: $36 Tablet PC, Meet Aakash Tab

The Indian Government has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer, the Aakash Tablet PC will go on sale for $36. As more data is migrated to the cloud simple web-enabled platforms such as tablet-pc’s will replace the bloated desktop and laptop hardware architectures of today, the future is apparently mobile. The Tablet PC has been launched as the world’s cheapest tablet computer, to be sold to students at the subsidised price of $36 and later in shops for about $61. Most of India’s 1.2 billion people are poor and products such as Apple iPad are beyond the reach even of many in the fast-growing middle class. The government is buying the first units of the lightweight touch-screen device, called Aakash, or “sky” in Hindi, for $51 each from a British company which is assembling the web-enabled devices in India. A pilot run of 100,000 units will be given to students for free, with the first 500 handed out at the launch to a mixed response. Aakash Tab supports video conferencing, has two USB ports and a three-hour battery life but some users said it was slow. India has a reputation for creating affordable products that are easy to use and sturdy enough to handle its rugged environment – from Tata Motors’ $2,000 Nano car to generic versions of pharmaceuticals. Right about now, Apple Inc has to be sat in a corner sweating, wondering what it can cut off iPad, a $600 Tab now sounds far fetched? B★C READ MORE


INDIA: $36 Tablet PC, Meet Aakash Tab

Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on INDIA: $36 Tablet PC, Meet Aakash Tab

The Indian Government has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer, the Aakash Tablet PC will go on sale for $36. As more data is migrated to the cloud simple web-enabled platforms such as tablet-pc’s will replace the bloated desktop and laptop hardware architectures of today, the future is apparently mobile. The Tablet PC has been launched as the world’s cheapest tablet computer, to be sold to students at the subsidised price of $36 and later in shops for about $61. Most of India’s 1.2 billion people are poor and products such as Apple iPad are beyond the reach even of many in the fast-growing middle class. The government is buying the first units of the lightweight touch-screen device, called Aakash, or “sky” in Hindi, for $51 each from a British company which is assembling the web-enabled devices in India. A pilot run of 100,000 units will be given to students for free, with the first 500 handed out at the launch to a mixed response. Aakash Tab supports video conferencing, has two USB ports and a three-hour battery life but some users said it was slow. India has a reputation for creating affordable products that are easy to use and sturdy enough to handle its rugged environment – from Tata Motors’ $2,000 Nano car to generic versions of pharmaceuticals. Right about now, Apple Inc has to be sat in a corner sweating, wondering what it can cut off iPad, a $600 Tab now sounds far fetched? B★C READ MORE


Adobe Buys TypeKit + Nitobi: Killing Off Flash?

Posted: October 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Adobe Buys TypeKit + Nitobi: Killing Off Flash?

Adobe has finally bitten the bullet and climbed onboard the HTML5 wagon. In true behemoth methodology Adobe has acquired two stopgap companies, Typekit and Nitobi, to bolster Flash. For years Adobe has battled on with it’s floundering Flash platform,  it’s now wholeheartedly on board with the biggest and most popular alternatives, web standards including HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Today via its Adobe Max developer and designer conference Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch took the stage, surrounded by the very developers wrestling with these very transitions, to the announce the two acquisitions. Each acquisition gives Adobe a solid new starting point – for the missing points – of new-age web technology. Terms haven’t been disclosed, it’s not clear whether Adobe had to pay a premium for the companies. The TypeKit acquisition is complete, the Nitobi pickup is subject to closing conditions that should be met by month end, Adobe said. M★S  READ MORE


UPDATED! Amazon's Kindle Fire: Let the Tablet Wars Begin

Posted: October 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: mcsixtyfive | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED! Amazon's Kindle Fire: Let the Tablet Wars Begin

UPDATED: An IHS analysis reveals Amazon’s business model for its new Kindle Fire tablet, with the company willing to settle for a razor-thin margin on sales of devices and digital content in order to achieve the larger goal of promoting merchandize sales at its online store. A preliminary virtual estimate conducted by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service places Kindle Fire’s bill of materials (BOM) cost at $191.65. With the addition of manufacturing expenses, the total cost to produce the Kindle Fire rises to $209.63.

Amazon’s unveiling of it’s Kindle Fire Tablet will certainly shake up the industry and pose one of the biggest threats to Apples dominance with  iPad, Which is why the technology world has its eyes firmly planted on the online retailer as it launches itself into the ubergadget world… Before Amazon even had a chance to release the Kindle Fire at their press event, the big news had already slipped out. The Amazon Kindle Fire will be a 7-inch Android tablet with a $199 price tag. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos took center stage to unveiled the company’s latest branding icon. Slotted for release on November 15, 2011, the Kindle Fire is about to shake it up. Amazon has serious brand recognition, a solidly loyal bunch of Kindle e-reader owners, and a Web-based e-commerce platform that includes one-click access to buying e-books, movies, digital music downloads, its own Android app store, and streaming media catalog. All this  adds up to Amazon being uniquely positioned to go head-to-head with Apple Inc in the tablet market and become a formidable competitor across the industry M★C  READ MORE

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