Jul 182012

In their never-ending quest to annihilate brick and mortar stores, Amazon plans to introduce same-day shipping to more of its customers soon. Customers in some select US cities already have a Local Express Delivery option if they order by certain cut off times. Brick and mortar (B&M) stores have been lobbying states to force Amazon to charge sales tax even if they do not have a physical presence in that state. In addition to lower prices, customers in many states do not have to pay any sales tax. This puts B&M retailers at a huge disadvantage.

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Jul 162012

20120716-102244.jpgThe Ouya is a $99 game console that runs on Android and features hardware similar in spec to a modern tablet. Its focus is on free-to-play gaming. Every game will, at the very least, have a free demo mode and many others will probably be like mobile games that earn their revenue from optional micro-transactions or advertisements.

Each console is also a developer’s kit allowing anyone to develop their own games and apps for the device. Hacking and modifying the device is encouraged, this isn’t a closed system like Xbox Live or Playstation Network.

Ouya is being crowd funded with Kickstarter and if you fund $99 you get yourself one of the consoles from the first shipment. To me it sounds like Xbox Live Arcade but with the ability to develop and publish your game with a lot less red tape. The only questionable thing is the longevity and possible limitations of the hardware.

Jul 062012

Amazon is supposedly going to be releasing their own smartphone to compete with iPhone and Android phones as soon as the end of the year. They’ll be working with Foxconn to manufacture the device (the same company that makes iPhones and iPads). Amazon also plans to preemptively protect themselves from the recent patent infringement lawsuit craze that Apple and Samsung are having so much fun with by securing their own protective barrier of patents first. Hopefully Amazon has something interesting up their sleeve with this one instead of just slapping their logo on another Android phone.

Jul 052012

Nikon has just released a new firmware for you lucky D4 owners out there. Hit the jump to see the full list of fixes included.

  • Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has now been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.

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Jul 042012

The iPad mini was also rumored before the iPad 2 was announced and now those rumors have resurfaced. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report that Apple will have a 7 or 8 inch size tablet out by the end of the year, possibly just in time for holiday shopping.  If true, it sounds like a direct competitor to the Kindle Fire and the recently announced Nexus 7, both of which are priced at $199. According to the rumor, the new “iPad mini” will not have a retina display which makes it more likely it will be able to fall into the $200 price point. Is this a product you’d be interested in?

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Jun 132012

Welcome to Geartacular! This is a site for people enthusiastic about their gear. For people who are always looking for the next computer upgrade or can’t stand to not have the newest and greatest when it comes to technology like cameras and gadgets. You won’t find copy and pasted product page blogspam here, it will be to-the-point information garnered from research and first-hand experience. I figured I spent so much time keeping current on all this stuff I may as well post it somewhere so it can be a benefit to others.