Point and shoot cameras have been negatively impacted by the popularity of smartphone devices, and the industry is now scrambling to competed with the powerful handheld devices by adding web-friendly features and upgrading technologies.
But it isn’t only the sales of digital point and shoot cameras affected by the smartphone craze. Video consoles as well as portable music players are also taking a hit, as most of new devices like the iPhone or Samsung Android phones combine similar music applications and photo features allowing for an “all-in-one” selling point - a computer, a camera, a phone, and a music player built in a sleek frame.
The Japanese companies like Nikon, Sony, and Canon are all seeing a decline in sales for the compact phone market as most consumers turn to the convenience of camera-equipped smartphones. With image-quality for the new devices also improving, the camera sector is now facing an increasing challenge to find new ways for buyers to consider a point and shoot device.
Google seems to have underestimated the demand for its 16 GB Nexus 7 because it has completely sold out the devices in the US. The 7-inch tablet, which sells for US$249 can no longer be purchased in the Google Play store, and all customers can do now is list their names to be notified when the Nexus 7 will be available again.
Customers cannot place orders for the device as well, and if you’re looking to grab a Nexus, you’ll have to settle for the 8 GB version which has a more regular shipping time.
Even retailers of the the 16 GB Nexus 7 has sold out. The strong demands yet zero availability has pushed the price of the device in some online stores, including eBay, where the gadgets is being sold at twice the price in Google Play Stores.
More people are going for the 16 GB version as many customers are unwilling to rely on cloud services for their content, which is what happens with the 8 GB version. The Nexus 7 has also faced critiques for its dependency on internet connection, and absence of a 32 GB version.
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Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro is now shipping faster to online customers, according to the company’s e-stores for Australia, the U.S., Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan and several other countries.
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Talk about tech-savy countries and you have to include Japan. Over the years, the Asian nation has not only developed one of richest economies in the world, but also the most conducive environment for technological advancement. From complex humanoid robots to innovative green homes, Japan’s high level of ingenuity has created a technological boom that translates to some of the world’s most advance gadgets.
Despite this, it’s interesting to note that on a global scale, it’s South Korea’s Samsung and the United States’ Apple that has taken a huge share of the smartphone market. Where are the Japanese companies?
In this special feature by Patrick Budmar, we take a look at why Japan’s smartphones never made it on a global scale. Are their mobile devices simply too advanced, and thus, too niche for the Japanese market? Consider this with the fact that as a society, Japan’s people are also very open to the latest emerging mobile technologies. Here we get a view on why the smartphone industry in the country never dominated key markets in a global level.
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In London, Samsung won a ruling against Apple who filed a patent lawsuit on the Galaxy Tab for copy the design and technology of the Ipad. Judge Colin Birss ruled in favor of Samsung, saying the Galaxy Tablet is not as “cool” as the Ipad.
“The (Galaxy Tab) do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design,” explained Birss.
The ruling marks a victory for the Korean electronics company who has seen its smartphones challenging Apple with its Android-based gadgets. The fierce competition for smartphone supremacy has seen both firms file lawsuits on one another on the basis of “infringement” of design rights.
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Each new gadget brings speculation about what older device it will replace—full-featured laptops supplant desktops, while ever-smarter phones relieve you from carrying a laptop on occasion. But don’t overlook the partnerships that can result.
The Good: When it comes to television, beauty and brains have to come together. In other words, fashion should never be over function and delivering must never be at the cost of style. A good example of this balancing of the aesthetic with the functional is the Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903. With a 60-inch panel in clean cut form, the Bravia KDL-60LX903 is currently Sony’s flagship TV. It’s big, it’s brilliant and it’s got everything you’d expect from a Bravia and more. The Bravia KDL-60LX903 is the latest in Sony’s more recent “Monolithic” designs: a black-edged TV on a low stand with a one-layer screen that has a little back end. The Bravia KDL-60LX903 has been designed to look great from any angle and this 360-degree philosophy provides a streamlined rear that hides messy cables behind clip-off panels.
But aside from the physical features, the technology behind the Bravia KDL-60LX903 keeps it ahead of many of its LED peers. Using the latest edge LED lighting technology, the Bravia KDL-60LX903 delivers brilliant picture quality. Employing the Bravia Engine 3 or BE3 system, the TV set shows details that are a lot more crisp than most of the sets going around. The Bravia KDL-60LX903 also provides natural colours for a more enjoyable viewing experience, thanks to Sony’s Live Colour System. Bravia’s latest offering is also equipped with MotionFlow 200 HZ. The Bravia KDL-60LX903 is also fitted with Sony’s OptiContrast panels to reduce reflections.
The Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 also comes with plenty of connectivity options, including a hidden wi-fi to maintain the TV’s seamless design, and a number of USB ports that support the most commonly played music, video or photo file formats. The Internet video platform also succeeds in providing quality livestreams, making the Bravia KDL-60LX903 a great medium to watch YouTube videos or download online content,. An Ethernet port also comes in handy when accessing DLNA PC content. The Bravia KDL-60LX903 is also perfect for 3D viewing with the built-in 3D transmitter.
Other cool features of the Bravia KDL-60LX903 are face detection and a Presence Sensor which provides sound warning when children come to close to the TV set. It also allows the Bravia KDL-60LX903 to adjust picture and sound settings depending on where the viewer is seated.
The Bad: If money is a concern, the £4,500 price tag would be pretty intimidating. The edge-lite LED backlighting of the Bravia KDL-60LX903 prevents it from doing high-quality motion processing found in Sony’s HX903s range. The Bravia KDL-60LX903’s sound also lacks energy and the Distance Detection sensor can be at times faulty, sending warnings despite viewers’ proximity at a safe level.
Summary: The Sony Bravia KDL-60LX903 is an elegant, feature-laden and capable product combining style with functionality. The cost, however, may intimated buyers who could settle for more affordable Sony LED TVs that offer full-array LED backlighting.