Oct 292012

Buying for geeky people can be hard. Chances are they already have the stuff they “need” that’s tech related. Here are some fun (and useful, I swear!) things you can add to your shopping list for the hard-to-buy-for techie friend or family member. I’ll cover all price ranges.


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Sep 202012

To coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5, Apple has just released iOS 6. It is compatible with the iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod Touch 4g/5g, and iPad 2 and the new 3rd gen iPad. If your device is running iOS 5 you can update right on your device without having to plug it into a computer. The whole process takes around 15-20 minutes depending on your download speed (the update is almost 800MB). One of the bigger features is Siri support for the 3rd gen iPad. One of the more disappointing changes is the removal of Google Maps app for the new Apple maps app. After briefly playing around with it, I can tell you that the maps are horribly outdated. It tried to give me directions to a store location that has been closed for more than 5 years. Hopefully they work out the kinks and get it updated to a map from sometime this decade. The whole feature list is after the break.

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Sep 122012

Along with the new iPhone 5, Apple has announced the new iPod Touch 5g and the iPod Nano 7g. The new iPod touch gets bumped up to a larger 4 inch screen form factor like the iPhone 5’s, a new 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, an upgraded A5 chip and newly designed Apple earbuds which are supposed to improve comfort and sound quality. Also, it now comes in 5 colors as shown above. Price is $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB and it will be available in October. You can read more here.

Next up is the new iPod Nano. It has grown in size considerably compared to the previous Nano (which I thought was way too small anyway) and boasts a 2.5-inch screen. Apps have not graduated to the Nano yet, it is still limited to music and video mostly, plus whatever apps Apple includes on it. Price is $149 for 16GB and it will be available in October. You can get more info here.

Both the new iPod Touch and iPod Nano use the new Lightning dock connector, making the old Apple dock connector that’s been in use since 2003 obsolete. If you have old devices with docks that you still want to use there will be adapters available.

Sep 122012

Today Apple introduced the new iPhone 5. The main differences over the iPhone 4s are:

  • 18% slimmer and 20% lighter
  • 4-inch retina display screen with full SRGB color gamut, 1136×640 resolution
  • New A6 chip; twice as fast as the A5 plus less power consumption for improved battery life
  • Support for 4G LTE networks plus dual band 2.4GHz/5GHz a/b/g/n wifi up to 150Mbps
  • 720p front-facing camera for face time, plus face-time over cellular
  • New, smaller dock connector called “Lightning”
  • All aluminium and glass construction

Price remains the same as the 4S launched at and it starts shipping on September 21st in most countries, with others following in October. You can find out more on the Apple site here.

Sep 062012

Today Amazon announced 4 new Kindle devices. First up is the new Kindle Fire HD which comes in two sizes, 8.9 inch and 7 inch (like the original Fire). The  8.9-inch model has a great resolution of 1920×1200 and upgraded hardware under the hood including 5GHz wi-fi. The new 7-inch model with its 1280×800 screen remains priced at $199 while the new 8.9-inch version is $299 with 16GB of storage. The new Kindle Fire ships Nov. 20th and is available for pre-order. A 4G model is also available at a higher cost.

Next up is the Kindle Paperwhite which has a higher resolution screen and an optional back light. It promises 8 weeks of battery life (without backlight obviously) and ships on October 1st for $119 and $179 for the 3G version.

Finally they have dropped the price of the basic wi-fi Kindle to only $69! It is available for purchase starting today.

Since I already use an iPad as my tablet the Fire HD isn’t of huge interest for me but as someone who still owns and uses a second gen original Kindle the new Paperwhite is looking tempting so you don’t have to get a reading light once it gets dark all the time.

Aug 222012

The Nikon Coolpix S800c on one hand is a 16 megapixel compact digital camera and on the other hand is a Android-powered touchscreen device. On the camera end we have a 10x, 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and 1080p video support. The “smart device” part of the camera runs on Android 2.3 gingerbread with a large touchscreen on the back.

It has built-in wifi and GPS and like any other Android smart phone or tablet you can install apps, surf the web, check your email and most importantly upload the pictures from this camera directly to your social networks without having to download the photos to a PC. The benefit being a high quality Nikon Coolpix camera compared to the mediocre camera you would find in your phone or tablet. If a wifi connection is not available you can also wirelessly transfer the photos to other nearby Android devices.

The S800c will be available in September 2012 at a MSRP of $349.99 US. Get it on Amazon or Adorama.