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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Mega-value zoomer

Looking for a knockabout pocket camera with larger than average zoom that won’t cost the earth? The metallic silver VR-310 we had in for review – with black, red, or purple also available – is both attractive in an unassuming way, bit also an all-too familiar boxy rectangle.
However, it’s still relatively rare that we come across a pocket camera that fits in a 10x optical zoom with focal range of a wide angle 24mm to 240mm – in 35mm terms – offers a mostly metal build, yet retails for …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Magical pen gets even more spells

If you’re not familiar with the Livescribe smartpen setup, allow us to fill you in. The Echo is the follow-up to the Pulse and, like its predecessor, contains a camera that is capable of shooting over 70 frames per second.
Working in tandem with specially designed paper that has thousands of tiny dots on it, the camera records the dots that you connect and then can recreate those marks, digitally, on your computer using software that decodes the pictures. This clever method allows smartpen to know …

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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A bit two-dimensional

How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based video to remove noise, but somehow look cinematic, too – it’s a real treat.
Which is why we’re just a little annoyed that 3D images on the 55EX723 are nothing short of downright dirty. The 3D aspect is actually an add-on; although …

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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

A bit two-dimensional

How does Sony do it? This flagship TV in the brand’s EX Series is one of the most impressive we’re ever seen. The way the 55EX723 upscales all sources to fit its massive 55-inch panel is clever stuff; it cleans and polishes all kinds of web-based video to remove noise, but somehow look cinematic, too – it’s a real treat.
Which is why we’re just a little annoyed that 3D images on the 55EX723 are nothing short of downright dirty. The 3D aspect is actually an add-on; although …

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[30 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]

Is it just projecting?

At one time – say the mid 1970s to mid 1980s – projecting our photographs or Super 8 films was the chief way to share holiday exploits and pictorial adventures with friends and family. In the digital age, when most of our snapshots are dumped on a hard drive and promptly forgotten, it’s debatable whether anyone has been holding out for a means of projecting them.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped Nikon from working its way through a couple of generations of its unique digital projector camera to …