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Free iPhone Calls, Free iPhone SMS: Google Voice now on the iPhone

Google has released an entirely Web-based version of its service that works on the iPhone as well as Palm’s Pre and Pixi handsets.

Apple may still officially be “pondering” whether it should approve Google’s Google Voice app for iPhone, but there’s finally good news: Google has released an entirely Web-based version of the service (at m .google.com/voice). It works on the iPhone as well as Palm’s Pre and Pixi handsets, and brings a large chunk of the functionality of the native Voice apps for Android and BlackBerry to your phone’s browser.

This new version, like mobile Gmail, is among the most app-like browser services I’ve ever seen, period, letting you dial from your Google contacts list or a keypad, read and listen to messages, send text messages, and configure the app right within mobile Safari. When you make calls using it, the person who answers sees your Google Voice number, not the “real” one associated with your phone: Google makes an outgoing call from the iPhone, then reroutes it over a line of its own.



There’s only so far that a Web-based telephony app can go. On Android and BlackBerry, Google Voice can insert itself as your default phone interface, and it gets access to the contacts stored on your phone. On the iPhone, it stays a secondary interface and can’t see your local contacts. (You can, however, use Google Sync to sync your phone’s contacts with your Google Account.) When you make an outgoing call, your iPhone confirms you want to do so and shows Google’s routing number rather than the one you’re really calling–kind of confusing. And while the interface for wrangling messages is a vast improvement on the rudimentary one in the old Web-based Google Voice, it still send you out of Safari and into QuickTime when you want to listen to a message.

[via PC World]

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Panasonic Lumix ZR3 Slim Camera

Panasonic Lumix ZR3 Slim Camera

The Lumix ZR3 is an ultra-slim point-and-shoot with an 8x wide-angle Leica lens that starts at 25mm, and HD video recording.



PANASONIC INTRODUCES SUPER COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA FEATURING AVCHD LITE HD VIDEO RECORDING CAPABILITY

Panasonic LUMIX ZR3 includes 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens and powerful 8x optical zoom in a slim and portable body


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Pentax Optio I-10 Old-fashioned Point-and-shoot Camera

Pentax Optio I-10 Old-fashioned Point-and-shoot Camera

Pentax Optio I-10


Pentax has launched the Optio I-10 retro point-and-shoot camera that features a gyro-based image stabilizer, a 12.1MP CCD sensor, up to 6400 ISO sensitivity, a 5x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, Face Detection and a 26.7MB built-in Memory (expandable with SD/SDHC memory Cards). Measuring 100.5mm x 65.0mm x 28.0mm and weighing 153grams, this camera is able to record HD video in 1280×720 pixel resolution. The Pentax Optio I-10 is scheduled to be released at the end of February 2010 for 26,000 Yen ($289). [Akihabara]


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Rugged Camera: The Clumsy Photographer's Friend Could Be the Best in Class

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Rugged Camera: The Clumsy Photographer's Friend Could Be the Best in Class

Rugged cameras aren't just for mountain climbers; Panasonic's excellent-looking TS2 point-and-shoot would be a good choice for sedentary folks like myself who simply drop shit all the time. It also features HD video recording and, no lie, a 'happy mode.'


Panasonic's introducing three new cameras today, the most interesting of which is the TS2, so let's start there. The TS2 is a 14.1MP update to the TS1, and in terms of ruggedness, it's waterproof to 10 meters—three times more than its predecessor—shockproof to two meters (which Panasonic oddly finds equal to ten feet—it's not, I'm pretty sure), dustproof, and able to withstand temperatures as low as 14° F (the previous was only to 32). It's got the usual array of autofocus, face recognition, image stabilizer and a 6x optical zoom, but what I really like is the 'happy mode':



Happy Mode – New Scene mode that optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make both photo and video more vivid and true to the color the users remember when they took it.



The TS2's pricing and release date are, annoyingly, still to be announced. But the camera improves the specs we found lacking in the original, so this could be the best rugged camera out there.


(Via Gizmodo: Cameras.)

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Panasonic Lumix ZS7 "Super Zoom" Camera Goes 12x Deep While Geotagging

Panasonic Lumix ZS7 "Super Zoom" Camera Goes 12x Deep While Geotagging

It's not as zoomy as the 15x Samsung HZ35w but I'd take a 12x Lumix with Leica optics over a Sammy. Especially since this one Geotags.



The 12.1 MP camera starts out at 25mm and zooms up to 12x past that, even in video mode. It also records HD (although res isn't mentioned) in the AVCHD lite format.





(Via Gizmodo: Cameras.)

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Pentax's Trio O' Cameras Features Something For Everyone: Specs, Style, and Cheapness

Pentax's Trio O' Cameras Features Something For Everyone: Specs, Style, and Cheapness

They made a brief online appearance over the weekend but were promptly yanked off, but now Pentax has made them official—meet the Optio I-10, H90 and E90 cameras.


Pentax is one of those camera brands that you never really consider unless you're over a certain age and can remember their glory days, but actually, I've always been pretty pleased with their compacts. They're no Panasonic Lumix, but when all three of the below models come in at under $300 and look very different to the rest of the identikit cameras out there, I think they're worth considering. Until reviews start pouring in, of course.



Top of the pile is the I-10 which has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, and can shoot 720p video at 30fps. The LCD screen measures 2.7-inches, and in case you hadn't noticed, there's an inbuilt flash unit and speaker. It'll cost $299.95 when it becomes available next month, and will be in black or pearl white options.


That electro-orange '80s model is the H90, and has similar specs to the I-10, but is quite a bit cheaper at $179.95. Of course, you're compromising on the lens, but with all these '80s throwbacks rearing their heads recently, you may prefer style over substance. It also comes in a nice black/white colorway, and silver/white, if that orange is too offensive for your little eyes.


The bottom of the pile comes in at $100, and while the zoom isn't as attractive on the E90 as the first two models, at 3x, the 10-megapixel sensor and 2.7-inch LCD are pretty decent, as is the fact that it takes AA batteries. $100 is next to nothing, but the lack of optical stabilization may put you off.


[Pentax]



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Pentax Optio H90 and Optio L10 cameras

Pentax Optio H90 and Optio L10 cameras

An update on the last Pentax rumors: those images were briefly displayed on a retailer website today and then were quickly removed but thanks to Google cache, I was able to retrieve them - here are the Pentax Optio L10 and Pentax Optio H90 looking good:


Pentax optio L10 Pentax Optio H90 and Optio L10 cameras


pentax optio H90 Pentax Optio H90 and Optio L10 cameras


There was a third template for another Pentax camera but the image was not downloadable.




(Via Photo Rumors.)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-W380 Digital Camera

Sony CyberShot DSC-W380 Digital Camera


Sony has once again expanded its CyberShot digital camera series by launching the DSC-W380. Powered by BIONZ processor, this compact camera boasts a 14.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 24mm wide angle lens, 5x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. Not to mention, it also comes with a 45MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a USB 2.0 interface and the ability to record 1280 x 720 HD video at 30 fps. The DSC-W380 retails for 29,800 Yen (about $325). [Sony]

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Samsung HZ35W Slim Camera: 15x Zoom in a Slimmer Cam and GeoTagging

Samsung HZ35W Slim Camera: 15x Zoom in a Slimmer Cam and GeoTagging

The HZ35W is a rare compact camera with 15x optical zoom. The wide-angle 24mm Schneider lenses are coupled with 12mp sensors, and the HZ35W has a 3-inch AMOLED screen along with GPS for geo-tagging.


The HZ30W on the other hand has a 3.0-inch TFT LCD, so won't offer a battery life quite as long as its bigger brother. Video recording is done at 720p and 30fps. These two go on sale in March also.



(Via Gizmodo: Cameras.)

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Samsung TL110 and TL105 Digital Cameras

Samsung TL110 and TL105 Digital Cameras

Samsung TL110 and TL105 Digital CamerasToday, Samsung announced the TL110 and TL105 ultra-slim digital cameras.


The Samsung TL110 features 14.2 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, 27mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, Dual Image Stabilization and is 0.65 inches thin. The Samsung TL105 features 12.2 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, 27.5mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom, and Digital Image Stabilization.


Both cameras include Smart Auto, Program mode and Scene Modes, as well as creative image effects like Fisheye and Lomo and other photo styles including Normal, Soft, Vivid, Forest, Retro, Cool, Calm, Classic, Negative, Custom RGB and two new options, Sketch and DeFog Clear/Fog Lifting. The TL110 and TL105 also have high-definition video recording with the ability to record video at a resolution of 720p / 30fps, using H.264 compression.


The TL110 and TL105 digital cameras will be availble February 2010.


Samsung TL110 and TL105 Digital Cameras Press Release


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Samsung TL110



Samsung TL105





(Via Photography Review Blog.)

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Ricoh CX3

Ricoh CX3

In the next 2-3 weeks Ricoh is expected to announce their new CX3 model.


The Ricox CX3 camera will be the replacement of the Ricoh CX2 and it will add HD video capabilities. The price of the CX3 is expected to be around 350€.


This is a picture of the current Ricoh CX2 mode - the new model should look very similar:


ricoh cx2 Ricoh CX3

Ricoh CX2




(Via Photo Rumors.)

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Free Ashlee Simpson iPhone Wallpaper


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Scout Thermographic Video Camera

Scout Thermographic Video Camera

Thermographic Video Cam


Flir has released a new thermographic video camera for the mass market. Priced at a hefty $3,000, the Scout uses the company’s leading edge thermal night vision technology allowing you to see clearly in total darkness, as well as through smoke, dust, and light fog. The Scout uses a thermal camera to make video images from heat, not light, and displays this video on its built‐in LCD eyepiece. Video after the jump.



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Another Pocket Camera From BenQ

Another Pocket Camera From BenQ


BenQ has announced another pocket camera to its range with the launch of the W1220. Measuring only 18.4mm thick, this slim camera offers a 12-megapixel image sensor, a 28mm wide-angle lens, 5x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch display. Other advanced features include ISO up to 6400, professional-style P/Av/Tv/M aperture, shutter control modes and 720 x 400 video recording (30fps). The BenQ W1220 is now available worldwide.



[Fareastgizmos]


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Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H15 Camera

Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H15 Camera

Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H15 Camera


The Casio EXILIM Hi-Zoom EX-H15 is a 14.1-megapixel camera that features a wide-angle 24mm 10X optical zoom lens and a 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD screen with a high resolution of approximately 460,000 pixels. Maximum aperture varies from f/3.2 to f/5.7 across the zoom range, and focusing is possible to a minimum of just seven centimeters in Super Macro mode. The Casio Exilim EX-H15 with a 73.8MB of storage space increases the fun of sharing images by making it easy to upload videos to YouTube. The camera also adopts the company’s newly developed EXILIM Engine 5.0 that increases image processing speed by 30% and produces beautiful images by removing noise from photos in high sensitivity mode. [Imaging Resource]


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Casio EX-10HG GPS-enabled Compact Digital Camera Concept

Casio EX-10HG GPS-enabled Compact Digital Camera Concept: "

Casio EX 10HG Compact Digital Camera


The Casio Exilim EX-10HG Hybrid GPS digital camera concept has been unveiled at CES 2010. This camera will geotag your photos as you take them, adding location data to your photography. If the camera’s user go out-of-range from a global positioning satellite, the Casio EX-10HG will continue to track and geolocate the user’s position using built-in three-axis accelerometers. Additionally, Casio has also added other travel-standard GPS functionality like maps, a pedometer, a calorie use counter and a total distance traveled meter. The Casio EX-10HG features a 12.1MP sensor, a 10X zoom lens, 720p video recording, and more.


Casio EX 10HG Compact Digital Camera


[TFTS]




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Panasonic Announces A New Point-And-Shoot Camera

Panasonic Announces A New Point-And-Shoot Camera


Panasonic has announced a new point-and-shoot camera known as the Lumix DMC-FP3. Coming in three different color options: silver, black and navy blue, this ultra slim camera sports a 14.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, 4x optical zoom, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD display, image stabilization, face detection and HD video recording. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing and availability yet.



[Akihabara]


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JVC GZ-HM1 HD Everio Camcorder

JVC GZ-HM1 HD Everio Camcorder

JVC GZ-HM1 HD Everio Camcorder


JVC is back to the camcorder market by releasing the JVC GZ-HM1 HD Everio series. This camcorder is able to record full HD videos (1080p) and is equipped with a 10.62 megapixel CMOS sensor to capture still images. JVC will release this video recorder in March 2010 for a hefty $1,199.95. Additionally, JVC has also introduced the GZ-HM550 HD camcorder, which boasts a 16x zoom, Bluetooth, and a 32GB of internal flash memory that is expandable via SD / SDHC cards. The JVC GZ-HM550 retails for $799.95. [Engadget]


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Hands On Casio's EX-FH100 High Speed Exilim Camera: Slow Mo Tech is Maturing

Hands On Casio's EX-FH100 High Speed Exilim Camera: Slow Mo Tech is Maturing

I love Casio slow motion cameras, even if their stills are generally not all that great. The new EX-FH100 is pocketsized, has a 10x zoom and a new 120frame per second mode that doesn't have low light issues. Love it.



Older cameras would be impossible to use at 300FPS indoors, because the grain and exposure would become an issue. A quick test on the floor of CES showed that even zoomed in, the 120FPS mode, benefiting from the highly light sensitive backlit CMOS, did really well. And truthfully, 120FPS is better for sports, etc than 300FPS, in my opinion. The 120FPS mode also has another benefit — 640 x 480 pixel res, which is more usable than the old 300FPS mode's 512 x 384 res. It has modes up to 1000FPS, though.


I'm getting one of these, without a doubt.












(Via Gizmodo: Cameras.)

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Two New Digital Cameras From Samsung

Two New Digital Cameras From Samsung


Samsung has added two new digital cameras to its SL series with the introduction of the 12.2-megapixel SL600 (pictured above) and 10.2-megapixel SL50. These stylish cameras sports a high-quality 27mm wide-angle Samsung lens with 5x optical zoom, a 2.7-inch 230K LCD (SL600), a 2.5-inch 230K LCD (SL50), digital image stabilization, Smart Auto mode, Samsung’s Perfect Portrait System and the ability to record 640 x 480 video at 30fps. Unfortunately, there’s no word on pricing and release date yet.


SL50



[Samsung]


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Sony Outs A New Pocket HD Camcorder

Sony Outs A New Pocket HD Camcorder


Sony is back by bringing you their latest pocket HD camcorder known as the Bloggie. This eye-catching video camera is equipped with a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 6-inch LCD screen, a built-in image stabilization, a microSD card slot, a USB port and has the ability to capture both 1280 x 720p/60fps or 1920 x 1080p/30fps video as well as 5-megapixel digital still images. The Sony Bloggie will become available from February 2010 in three different models. Prices will range from $180 to $200.

(Via The Digital Camera Blog.)

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Sanyo Outs World’s Smallest And Lightest Full HD Camcorder

Sanyo Outs World’s Smallest And Lightest Full HD Camcorder


Measuring only 1-inch thick and weighing just 142 grams, the new Xacti VPC-CS1 from Sanyo is claimed as the world’s smallest and lightest Full HD camcorder. This ultraportable pocket camcorder is able to capture both 1920 x 1080p Full HD video in MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 format as well as 8-megapixel digital still images. Not to mention, the device also sports a 10x zoom to a 38-mm wide angle lens, a built-in image stabilization, Face Recognition, a mini HDMI port and supports both Eye-Fi and SDXC memory cards. The Xacti VPC-CS1 will start shipping in February for an MSRP of $299.99.

(Via The Digital Camera Blog.)

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Casio High Speed Exilim EX-FH100, Exilim EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550 Digital Cameras

Casio High Speed Exilim EX-FH100, Exilim EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550 Digital Cameras

Casio High Speed Exilim EX-FH100, Exilim EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550Today, Casio announced four new Exilim digital cameras, the High Speed Exilim EX-FH100, Exilim EX-H15, Exilim EX-Z2000 and the Exilim EX-Z550.


The High Speed Exilim EX-FH100 features 10.1 megapixels, a wide-angle 24 mm 10X optical zoom lens, a maximum burst rate of 40 shots per second for still images, up to 1,000 fps high-speed movie recording, and low-noise, high-quality photography even in dim indoor lighting by using a highly sensitive CMOS sensor.


The Exilim EX-H15 features 14.1 megapixels, a wide-angle 24 mm 10X optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD, Premium Auto, Dynamic Photo function, CCD-shift image stabilization, long 1,000-shot battery life on a single full charge, and the high-resolution HD Movie function.


The Exilim EX-Z2000 features 14.1 megapixels, a wide-angle 26 mm 5X optical zoom, 3.0-inch Super Clear LCD, Premium Auto, Dynamic Photo function, CCD-shift image stabilization, HD Movie function, as well as a long-life battery, making it possible to take 580 shots on a single full charge.


Lastly the Exilim EX-Z550 features 14.1 megapixels, a wide-angle 26 mm 4X optical zoom lens, a clear 2.7-inch LCD screen, Premium Auto, Dynamic Photo function, CCD-shift image stabilization and HD Movie function.




Casio High Speed Exilim EX-FH100



Casio Exilim EX-H15



Casio Exilim EX-Z2000



Casio Exilim EX-Z550




(Via Photography Review Blog.)

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