AS the weather gets warmer keep tabs on your pooch, kitty, or pet wildebeest with the Tagg Pet Tracker ($200 USD). Using a sophisticated cocktail of GPS and wireless technology, the Tagg monitors your pet's location, alerting you via email and/or text if it leaves its Tagg Zone — the area it spends most of its time, which is likely your home, unless you have your wildebeest guarding your secret, deep-woods grow operation — and runs on Verizon's data network, so you can rest assured you won't lose your pet due to a lack of coverage.
The classic design of the Leica has rarely needed a makeover over the years, that is possibly up until now. Colorware are now offering snap-happy customers an endless list of customizable color options for 10 different components that make up the outer shell of the Leica D-Lux 6. In 21 ‘Solid Color’ or 25 ‘Pearlised color’ options, take a look at some more of the many personalized options on offer over at Selectism. [See More]
Legendary hitmaker Dr. Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine have teamed up for yet another venture. This time the two are giving the University of Southern California $70 million to develop "a degree that blends business, marketing, product development, design and liberal arts," the New York Times reports. “If the next start-up that becomes Facebook happens to be one of our kids, that’s what we are looking for,” Iovine said. [Read More]
Nokia releases the latest addition to its line of smartphones, the Lumia 928, a Windows 8 phone that hopes to take on the competition as the company’s latest flagship model. Emphasizing improved media sharing capabilities, its 8.7MP camera features a wide angle Zeiss lens and boasts Nokia’s proprietary PureView imaging system which includes optical image stabilization and improved performance in low-light conditions. For sound, the phone is built with three high-audio-amplitude-capture (HAAC) microphones and one of the best speakers available to help record and playback in noisy conditions. In terms of hardware, the Lumia 928 also features a 334 PPI 4.5 inch OLED display, 1.5GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM, and a 32GB storage capacity. As a Verizon exclusive, the phone will cost $99 with contract. For detailed specs on the phone, have a look at Nokia’s press release for the phone.
Finally, our iPhones are ready to take on the most important task possible: finding the closest pizza place. Pizza Compass ($1 USD) is a new Avenir Next-friendly app that features a spinning slice of pie that will point you towards the nearest pizza purveyor, releasing steam the closer you get. As you might expect, there's also a map view to provide more precise directions, as well as the ability to see ratings, operating hours, and reviews, and an option to share your favorite spots with your friends. Welcome to the (very tasty) future.
Forget the silly name — Pyragon? Really? This is a toy gun we're talking about here. Anyway, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon Blaster ($35 USD) looks to satisfy your — or your offspring's — insatiable thirst for more ammo. Thanks to an enormous magazine, this piece of plastic weaponry can fire off up to 40 discs without reloading, and offers a Slam-Fire handle that lets you fire off multiple rounds while you hold down the trigger. Probably not the best for covert missions, though — with an oil filter-like magazine, your co-workers are sure to see you coming.
Drawing on a tablet or smartphone is nearly as easy as drawing on paper — but most styluses lack the intelligence to really streamline the process. The Adobe Mighty & Napoleon Projects ($TBA) seek to change all that. The Mighty is a pressure sensitive digital drawing tool that uses Bluetooth LE to stay connected to your devices and features a button that can bring up on-screen menus for selecting different tools and colors. It's joined by Napoleon, a digital ruler that can create a digitally-projected edge used to draw shapes and lines. The plan is to use Adobe's cloud to share drawings and assets between devices, but as this is all in the experimental stage, it's hard telling what all might be included by the time they're ready for you to buy.
Used to be if you wanted a large range of zoom, you either had to buy a DSLR with a mammoth lens or go to one of the nearly DSLR-sized point-and-shoot super zooms. Boy have times changed. The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 Camera ($450) packs an impressive 30x optical zoom into a body that's just 4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2" and weighs under 10 oz, making it the smallest and lightest 30x zoom on the market. Other features include enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a 20.4 megapixel sensor, a Bionz image processor, built-in Wi-Fi, dedicated exposure compensation and P/A/S/M mode dials, and the ability to capture Full HD movies at 60p. Arriving in stores next month.
Conceptually driven towards durability and functionality, Casio G-Shock has worked on evolving and perfecting those aspects since its inception into the watch world back in 1983. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the brand releases the DW-6930BS-8JR — a rendition of the DW-6900 — that was designed to epitomize the pursuit of toughness. Cast in classic silver metallic paint, the DW-6930BS-8JR uses inverted liquid crystal with a blackened dial to enhance visibility on the face. Other notable specifications include G-Shock’s Shock Structure, 20 BAR water resistance, battery life of around 2 years and all your expected digital functions. The watch also sports a special 30th anniversary logo on the back cover, as well as three marks for additional commemoration and the signature G-Shock seal placed in front. The G-Shock DW-6930BS-8JR can be purchased for ￥15,000 JPY (approximately $150 USD).
Home Studio Recording just got simpler with the Propellerhead Balance ($450). This sleek, Red Dot-winning breakout box offers eight input connections — two high impedance guitar and bass inputs with pads, four line inputs, and two microphone preamps with phatom power — as well as balanced outputs and a powerful headphone amplifier. It connects to your computer via USB, and includes Reason Essentials, a fully-functional "basics"-style version of the company's award-winning Reason recording software. All you need are some instruments, a computer, and talent.