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Focus: Consumer Electronics Iron Man Car Charger Not an Arc Reactor
By Ko Maruyama File this under silly. It?s a USB car charger in the shape of Iron Man (or Iron Patriot/War Machine). I enjoy collecting little toy figurines of superheroes. I admit I have an Iron Man t-shirt that I wear, but I couldn?t think of a good reason for the Iron Man CAR CHARGER. Until, I thought of my friend Dave, and his son. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics Design A Cloud SoundSpectrums cloud visualizer can set the mood
By Ko Maruyama SoftSkies is a music visualizer created by SoundSpectrum. If you're an iTunes user, you may be familiar with the visualizer that comes packed in with your Mac software. These are those same guys, and they've just come up with a new way to watch your music. These cloudscapes can fit your chill music library. Clouds are always relaxing. Pair the visual with some of your favorite chill out music, and your afternoon downtime just got a lot more relaxing. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics Kit Kat Arrives OTA for Nexus 10's! Latest Android OS arrives overnight

We woke up this morning to find the latest version of Android OS had indeed arrived OTA on the Nexus 10. Here are some of the highlights we discovered as we started 'unwrapping' this early holiday gift from Google. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators Monsters run Rampant Rampant Design Tools provide creepy textures
By Ko Maruyama Rampant Design Tools have created a series of images for post production FX in the past. Their newest offering is just in time for the Halloween holiday. MonsterFX Undead provides a series of images that you can use in post for video or still photography. ...Read More »
Focus: IT/Enterprise Back to School for iPad The GripBase Podium for teachers and students
By Ko Maruyama It's that time of year again. Time to head back to the classroom. This year, more than any other before, we're returning to school with iPads in tow. As a learning tool, book replacement, or prompt, the Apple iPad is part of the classroom. Newer Technology has made the iPad easier to integrate with the new GripBase Podium. ...Read More »
Focus: IT/Enterprise Luxury Protection For The Nexus 10 Check out the Portenzo Alano leather case for your Nexus 10
By Lou Wallace The Alano is a custom design tablet case made from South American leather for the Nexus 10, with a camera hole, magnetic on/off latch and an added internal wooden protective frame. It has an elastic strap you can use to keep it closed. There are eight optional designs you can choose from. ...Read More »
Focus: USNews Forget Using Smartphone Cams! You Can Shoot Like A Pro With These Budget Camcorders
By David Hague Lately, users have shied away from using lower priced camcorders in favor of shooting video with their smartphones and this is a bit sad in my opinion. The quality of footage from a phone can never replicate that of even the least expensive of genuine camcorders due to a number of factors, not the least being the lens. The physical design is also a factor; camcorders are built the way they are for a reason, primarily the ergonomics with everything at your fingertips. And of course, the camcorder is always the right way up, shooting proper 16:9 high definition footage (PROPER high def) in landscape mode and not portrait as smartphones do. So which are the best low cost camcorders on the market? With a budget of $500, we wondered just what you could get... ...Read More »
Focus: USNews The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder I love this camcorder - it is truly a step forward in design and has been carefully thought out towards its intended market
By David Hague Every once in a while, a piece of equipment comes out from a vendor that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake as it yells, "Look at me!". The new JVC GC-PX100 is such a beast. In terms of camcorders, the GC-PX100 is quite different; the shape is different, access to controls is different and even some functionality is different. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics The Canon HF G25 Camcorder The HF G25 is a well rounded camcorder well suited to the documentary and short film maker
By David Hague And still they keep coming. Today we received a new Canon HF G25 for testing, and true to recent form for most of the latest camcorder releases, the features and functions are truly staggering. This camera is designed to be fully automatic or as manual as you like. Things such as Auto Gain can be adjusted as can focus preset and a manual focus assist. Zebra patterning is there as are white balance presets for daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten and by colour temperature. ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast The Sony PMW-200 Camcorder A production camera that will suit the needs of documentary maker and short film aficionado alike
By David Hague The power of a motor vehicle is usually measured in kilowatts (although still more easily identified by most in the "old currency" of brake horse power). Sadly this is not always an accurate measure of grunt as other factors should also be brought into the equation such as power-to-weight ratios and so on. Similarly, most non-professionals (and advertising blurb and salespeople) tend to measure how good a camcorder is by its zoom factor, number of megapixels or even its internal storage capacity. While all of these are a small part in the total power factor they are by no means anywhere near the be-all and end-all. ...Read More »
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