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Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop review

Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop review
Price, features and specifications of the Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop

Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE laptop review. Toshiba Satellite Pro C660-2JE is a 15.6-inch laptop with fast dual-core Intel Celeron B815 processor and plenty of features offered at a very good price.
Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE costs around £300 (in UK).
Toshiba Satellite C660 laptop
Toshiba Satellite C660-2JE specifications:

15.6-inch (Toshiba TruBrite TFT, 1366x768 WXGA resolution, LED Backlight) Screen
Intel Celeron B815 Dual Core (1.6GHz, 2MB Cache) Processor
RAM 4GB (DDR3 1333MHZ)
Hard Drive 500GB
Optical Drive DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics Integrated (Intel® HD 3000 Graphics with up to 1274MB Shared Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network card: 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 3-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC,MMC)
USB Ports 2x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Bluetooth® 3.0+HS
Speakers Integrated Sound System
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit Operating System
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
Warranty 1 Year International Toshiba Warranty
Battery Life 6 Cell
Weight 2.5 Kg

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Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 reviewFeatures and specs of the Nikon COOLPIX S8200 digital camera


Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review. Catch those summer evening shots around the bonfire, or freeze the action of the winning goal. Fast, responsive and boasting an incredible 14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens, the Nikon COOLPIX S8200 will help you capture images you may previously have missed. Its 16.1-MP CMOS sensor crisply renders your view of the world—whether low light, far off fast action or sweeping panoramas. Capture sharp, clear photos and Full HD (1080p) movies using Nikon's incredible optics. Spice up stills and movies with special effects, and view everything on a 3-inch, ultra-high resolution (921,000 dot) display.
Nikon COOLPIX S8200 camera
Nikon COOLPIX S8200 digital camera

If your old camera never quite captured the moment, the S8200 will! It boasts a high-resolution, 16.1-MP CMOS sensor so you get superb image quality—even in low light. With fast, versatile, continuous shooting modes, you can capture those spontaneous moments shot after shot. Then show family and friends your movies and still creations on the 3-inch ultra-high resolution (921,000 dot) display. Stylish and compact, the S8200 tucks into a pocket but packs brilliant performance and advanced features.

Despite a slim profile of approximately 1.3-inches, the S8200 delivers amazing versatility with an incredible 14x zoom (25mm to 350mm equivalent). Imagine creating macro images of a bumblebee in a spring flower, then zooming out to frame a mountain range for a panorama. With the S8200, you can go from wide-angle to telephoto to macro/close-up views in an instant, preserving photos or movies of most everything from grandstand crowds to a stage performer's smile.
A single photo may not always be enough to recreate the moment; sometimes memories are best shared with a movie. Portable and ready when important things happen, the COOLPIX S8200 lets you create stunning Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound at the touch of a button. You'll love its ability to zoom in and out at will—while keeping subjects in focus. Stylize your story with one of various special effects or by recording in 15, 60 or 120 fps for fast/motion effects. Life doesn't stand still; neither should your memories.

Maybe you've wanted to create panoramic photos but thought they were too difficult. Maybe you've tried shooting photos at night but they never turn out. The S8200 takes the guesswork out of shots like these and more with handy Scene Modes at the ready. For sweeping panoramas, simply pan the camera and let it detect and automatically combine images to build a gorgeous vista. Going out at night? The S8200 takes great low-light photos. You can even create amazing HDR shots in-camera. The S8200 does the work.
Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review
Nikon COOLPIX S8200
Let the artist in you go from ordinary to extraordinary! With a variety of in-camera effects, such as Low Key, High Key, Hard Monochrome, Nostalgia Sepia or Selective Color, your world takes on a new dimension. The S8200 provides you the tools to fashion photos and movies with more than just your great eye—just select an effect and go! For your still photography, bring out your creative side with a fisheye, miniature or even an artistic look. Finally, you can make the kinds of photos and movies you've always wanted to make.

You'll never miss a shot with the S8200 because it starts right up, has a quick autofocus and shoots five shots in approximately one second at full resolution.
You'll always get a great shot with Nikon Best Shot Selector. Press the shutter once, and the S8200 takes up to ten shots and then selects and saves only the sharpest image.

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 review - video



Nikon COOLPIX S8200 specs


Nikon
Series
COOLPIX S Series
Model
COOLPIX S8200
Color
Black
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3"
Weight
7.6 oz. (213g)
Type
Compact

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
16.79 MP
Effective Pixels
16.1 MP
Resolution
4608 x 3456 (16M)

Lens

Optical Zoom
14X
Digital Zoom
2X
Wide Angle
25mm
Focal Length
4.5-63.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 25-350mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
Aperture
f/3.3-5.9

Shutter

Shutter Type
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
Shutter Speed
1/1600-1 sec. (when ISO sensitivity set to Auto) 4 sec. (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
Self-timer
2s or 10s

Focus

Focus Type
Contrast-detect TTL AF
Focus Area/Point
99 (Max)

Flash

Flash Control
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Flash Range
[W]: 0.5 to 5.5m (1ft 8 in. to 18 ft.) [T]: 1.0 to 3.0m (3 ft. 4 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)

Exposure

Exposure Control
Programmed auto exposure Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV) motion detection
Exposure Compensation
-2 EV to +2 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
224-segment matrix, center-weighted
Sensitivity
ISO 100-3200 Auto (auto gain ISO 100-1600) Fixed range auto (ISO 100-400, 100-800)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto Cloudy Daylight Flash Fluorescent Incandescent Manual

Viewfinder & Monitor

LCD
3.0" 921K

Functions

Continuous Drive
Up to 5 shots at approx. 6 frames per second
Scene Modes
Back Light Beach Black and White Copy Close Up Dusk/Dawn Fireworks Show Food Landscape Museum Night Landscape Night Portrait Panorama Party/Indoor Pet Portrait Portrait Snow Sports Sunset

Recording System

File Formats
JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
Internal Memory
Approx. 89MB
Storage Media
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card

Movie

Movie Format
MOV (Video:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080

Interface

USB
Yes
A/V Out
NTSC/PAL
HDMI
HDMI Mini Connector
Mic
Stereo

Battery

Battery
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
Battery Life
Still pictures*: Approx. 250 shots *Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 4608 x 3456 (16M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.*Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries.

Feature

Features
14x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound Easy Panorama, Night Modes, HDR and more!

Packaging

Package Contents
Camera AN-CP19 Strap UC-E6 USB Cable EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EH-69P AC Adapter/Charger NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM Reference Manual CD

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 price - around $300
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HTC Jetstream tablet review

HTC Jetstream tablet review

Features and specs of the 10.1 Android tablet HTC Jetstream (Puccini)


HTC Jetstream review. It has been quite some time since the HTC Jetstream is for sale(also known as HTC Puccini) so we decided it is high time to take a closer look at this interesting Android v3.1 Honeycomb tablet.
HTC Jetstream has a very fast Qualcomm MSM8260 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. This really is one very capable processor. Together with the 1GB of RAM the Jetstream is quick and responsive in any situation, no matter how heavy the multitasking load is.
HTC Jetstream
HTC Jetstream tablet
The 10.1-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen has 16 million colors and resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. It is a very nice display as you might expect from such high-end device. It supports multitouch as well. The screen is bright and with the hardware specs provided it doesn't lag and its visibility in daylight is quite good so it is good for using outdoors.

There is plenty of storage space in the Jetstream tablet, it has 32GB of flash memory, which is more than enough for a mobile deice. In case you need more you can always expand it with up to 32GB with an additional microSD card.
HTC Jetstream has quite impressive connectivity options. Connecting to the Internet is easy with the fast Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The WiFi adapter can also be used as a WiFi hotspot.
HTC Jetstream is also a 4G device offered with data connection from AT&T and few other carriers (GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, LTE)
The Jetstream tablet supports the latest Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. GPS is also available (with A-GPS support) so that you can use this tablet as fully functioning navigation system.
HTC Jetstream has two cameras on board. The front-facing 1.3MP is great for video calls while the better performing rear autofocus camera has 8MP and can record Full HD 1080p videos. It also has a dual-LED flash for taking pictures in dark conditions.
HTC Jetstream tablet
HTC Jetstream Android Honeycomb tablet
The operating system of the HTC Jetstream tablet is Android 3.2 (or 3.0 depending on the update) Honeycomb. Of course all the apps form the Android Market are available.
The Jetstream tablet has a very strong battery and can hold charge for more than 10 hours of heavy duty usage. The maximum standby time is around 35 days.
Probably the biggest drawback for the HTC Jetstream tablet is not the high price but the massive weight of the device. It weighs around 709g which makes it one of the heaviest devices in the segment and also not very compact to carry around. Other than that the Jetstream is a very capable device packed with all the features modern tablet should have.
The price for the HTC Jetstream tablet varies somewhere around $450 which is not much at all considering the high specs of the device.

HTC Jetstream tablet review - video


HTC Jetstream dimensions:
Size: 251 x 178 x 13 mm (7 x 9.87 x 0.51 inches)
Weight: 709g (25 ounces)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review - was it really that good?

Price, features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet

Galaxy Tab 2 tablet review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 review - main features of the tablet. Today we are going to take a closer look at one of the most if not the most popular Android tablets on the market. Of course many of you now would say that this title should be given to the well known iPad but considering the sales volume Samsung tablets are the current champion as is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a 10.1-inch Android tablet with some great features and very high specs.
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Mercedes E-Class cabriolet

Mercedes E-Class cabriolet test drive and review


Mercedes E-Class convertible


Mercedes E-Class cabriolet review. Today at For consumers blog we are going to take a closer look at one of the best 'summer cars'. The E-Class convertible is stylish 4-seater which offers great comfort and plenty of new technological features.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet has a soft roof which makes it best for warm seasons. But in case this is the only car you will use the whole year the E-class cabrio will do the job just fine. The noise levels are dropped to an absolute minimum for a cabriolet and the thermal isolation is also very good. No raindrops will reach the inside of the car during the autumn rains. Actually this fabric roof is one of the best on the market today.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet is not only comfortable but also a very dynamic vehicle. The powerful petrol engines will definitely put a smile on any driver face. The E-class cabrio also achieves a very reasonable fuel consumption.

Mercedes E-Class convertible

The interior of the car is also very stylish and comfortable at the same time. Of course the E-class convertible offers the popular Airscarf  function for greater comfort and climate conditions when the roof is down.
Mercedes E-Class cabriolet pics
E-Class cabriolet interior view
Probably the biggest drawback of the Mercedes E-Class cabriolet is the price which is quite high, especially if you go for the higher spec models. Other than that the E-class cabriolet is a very good car for the money.

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Digihome 40912DTV

Digihome 40912DTV review
Price, features and specifications of the 40-inch Digihome 40912DTV LCD TV
Digihome 40912DTV review
Digihome 40912DTV
Digihome 40912DTV - Supports Full High Definition 1080p resolution content for outstanding picture quality and image reproduction. Ideal for sports, movie and documentary enthusiasts and gaming.
USB connectivity provides an easy way to playback your compatible videos, music and photos directly via your TV.
Letting you enjoy the best possible viewing, the 40912DTV delivers big brand quality at highly affordable prices, featuring stunning Full High Definition images in an elegant black design. Freeview digital TV access is built in, so you can enjoy subscription-free access to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without the need for an additional set top box.

Multiple HDMI inputs let you easily connect all your digital devices to this TV, with USB connectivity enabling you to enjoy videos, photos and music from USB drive on the big screen. A built in 7-day programme guide also helps you plan your week’s viewing.

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Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review

Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review
Test drive and video review of the all new 2013 Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima 2013 test drive and review. Today at For consumers blog we are going to take a closer look at the all new 2013 Nissan Altima sedan.
2013 Nissan Altima review

As you probably know this is one of the best selling mid-sized sedans in North America. With the new 2013 model Nissan will try to win back some of the customers in this segment who switched to the more boring Honda and Toyota small sedans.
The 2013 Nissan Altima has new exterior design which is very similar to the previous generation but there are plenty of differences and now the car looks even more sporty and still very elegant.
Nissan Altima pics
2013 Nissan Altima interior 
The interior is more functional and more options and gadgets are available for the new Altima - super comfortable leather seats and satellite navigation are available for the higher spec models.
Here is a short test drive and video review of the 2013 Nissan Altima.

2013 Nissan Altima review - video


Review 2013 Nissan Altima

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Apple TV 3rd Gen review

Apple TV 3rd Gen review - Features, specs, and video review of the 3rd generation Apple TV


Apple TV 3rd generation review
Apple TV 3rd Generation review - featuring 802.11n Wi-Fi, this Apple media streamer offers hassle-free connectivity to the Internet. Experience high-definition visuals, as this Wi-Fi media streamer supports 1080p HD videos. The Apple TV (3rd Generation) allows you to play Netflix, YouTube, and Vimeo videos, so that you can watch your videos on a bigger display. Stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, using the AirPlay feature of this Apple media streamer. Moreover, you can use the Remote application and turn your iOS device into a remote control to easily access this Wi-Fi media streamer.

Apple TV 3rd Gen review - video


Apple TV 3rd Gen specs:
CPU: Apple single-core A5 chip
Ports: HDMI
Optical audio
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
Built-in IR receiver
Micro-USB (for service and support)
Infrared 1x Integrated IR Receiver
Wireless Networking 802.11n Wi-Fi (a/b/g compatible)
2.4 and 5GHz
Supported Video Formats
H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Supported Audio Formats HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Supported Image Formats JPEG, GIF, TIFF
TV Compatibility High-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 720p 50/60Hz
System Requirements
Wi-Fi (802.11a, b, g, or n) wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, g, or n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network

iTunes Store account for buying or renting movies and buying TV shows

Netflix account for streaming Netflix content

For streaming media from a Mac or PC: iTunes 10.6 or later; iTunes Store account for Home Sharing

MLB.TV subscription required to watch live and archived games

NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription required to watch live and archived games

NHL GameCenter Live subscription required to watch live and archived games

Environmental Requirements:
Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
Storage temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240VAC
Built-in 6-watt universal power supply
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9" (98 x 23 x 98mm)
Weight 0.6 lb (272g)
TV Compatibility Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz,2 including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse

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MID 806 tablet review

MID 806 tablet review
Features and specs of the Google Android 2.2 MID 806/MID 80006 tablet

Google Android MID 806 tablet review. Here is another cheap Google Android tablet which is also known as MID 80006.
MID 806 Android 2.2 tablet review
MID 806 tablet 
This 8-inch Android 2.2 tablet hasn't got an impressive technology or stunning features but for less than a $100 that's what you will get.
MID 806 tablet has an 800MHz (WM8650) processor which isn't that fast by modern standards. The 256MB RAM is also on the low side and that is definitely going to show when multitasking or using some heavier apps.
The 8-inch TFT touchscreen is anything else but impressive. It is a resistive display with 800x480 resolution and the tablet comes equipped with stylus pen (you are definitely going to need it since the display itself isn't very responsive).
MID 806 has 2GB of built-in flash memory but you can always expand your storage space by using an optional microSD card (up to 32GB supported).
Connectivity options of the MID 806 include 802.11 b/g WiFi connection so Internet browsing is just fine with this one. As for the quality and the performance of the browsing... well that is another story.
Skype and conference calls are easy with the 3MP built-in camera with mic.
Well, these are the basics for the MID 806/MID 80006 tablet, it is an Android 2.2 device so you can download apps form the Android Market and make this cheap device work for you.
As for the price you can find the MID 806 tablet for around $90.

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Google Android MID M806 unboxing and review

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Disgo 8000 tablet review

Disgo 8000 tablet review
Features and specifications of the 10-inch Android tablet Disgo 800

Disgo 8000 review. Disgo 8000 is cheap and functional 10.1-inch Google Android tablet. It offers average performance and some good features. Most of the basic features and specs are very similar to the smaller Disgo 7000 tablet that reviewed some time ago.
Disgo 7000 tablet

The 10.1 capacitive screen has a resolution of 1024x600.
The thin Disgo 8000 tablet has 1GHz processor but only 256MB of RAM. And if the processor speed is OK for a tablet of this price range the lack of operating memory is definitely going to slow down the performance.
Disgo 8000 has only 2GB of flash memory for storage but that is easily expandable with memory cards (microSD) up to 32GB.
Connectivity options of the tablet include built-in WiFi (802.11b/g) for easy Internet connection. Disgo 8000 also has a 2.1mp front facing camera.

Disgo 8000 specifications:
10.1-inch high resolution TFT screen
Screen resolution: 1024 x 600
RAM: DDR2 256MB
Built- in 2 x 0.5W speaker
3000mA rechargeable polymer battery
Built in 2.1MP webcam and microphone
3 axis G Sensor
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Storage: Flash Storage: 2GB, External: Micro SD card up to 32GB
Ports: 2x Mini USB, Micro-SD card slot(up to 32GB), 3,5mm headphone jack, DC jack (5V 2.5A DC), Mini HDMI
Pre- Loaded Applications: YouTube, Skyfire browser, GetJar (Android apps market)
Processor: iMAPx210, 1GHz, 16KB L2 Cache, 266MHZ bus clock
Dimensions: 270mm(L) x 170mm(W) x 16mm(D)
Weight: 0.45KG
Accessories: User Manual, Power Adaptor, USB cable

Price - Disgo 8000 tablet can be found in online tech stores for less than £100.

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Zuckerberg got married

Mark Zuckerberg got married




Zuckerberg got married. Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg marry his longtime girlfriend and announced the event in the social network, such as changes in family status "married", Reuters reported.
Tens of thousands of people "liked" his status update, which was accompanied by a photo of the couple in wedding attire.
28-year-old Zuckerberg and 22-year-old Priscilla Chan married with a modest ceremony in the garden of his home in Palo Alto, California, after a very busy week, notes the Associated Press said on Monday.
mark Zuckerberg's company went out of stock on Friday and Priscilla Chan graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University Kaliforniysikya on Monday - the day when Zuckerberg turned 28 years old. They met in Harvard and have been together for nine years. Spokeswoman said that Zuckerberg himself invented dizyna the ring for the bride "with a very simple ruby red."
The wedding ceremony was a surprise guest - less than 100 people who thought they were invited to celebrate the completion of Priscilla.
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Samsung PL120 camera review

Samsung PL120 digital camera review
Features and specifications of the compact digital camera Samsung PL120
Samsung PL120 review
Samsung PL120 review. Samsung PL120 is a 14MP cheap digital camera with 26mm wide angle lens which offers some interesting and unique features. For instance it has two LCD screens - one 1.5-inch on the front of the camera and a bigger 2.7-inch on the back. The front display of course is good for making self photos, portraits and stuff like that. The bigger back display is good enough for viewing your photos and videos even in direct sunlight.
Samsung PL120 has 5x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. That is more than enough for most users and lets not forget this is quite a cheap device after all.
Samsung PL120 can record 720p HD videos with sound.
Here is a sample HD video captured with the PL130:
Samsung PL120 video test


Actually the quality of the recorded videos is quite good as is the sound. You can even zoom in and out while recording without any crazy from the device. Samsung PL120 leaves overall good impressions in this category.
Samsung PL120 has some additional extras like 50 different scene modes including Intelligent scene mode.
The price - Samsung PL120 costs somewhere around £60-70 (in UK) but you can find even better deals on this one as it isn't the most popular among compact digital cameras.


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Meltemi Nokia

Meltemi Nokia
Nokia Meltemi OS

Meltemi Nokia. Until recently, Nokia was the largest maker of smartphones and mobile phones. Gradually the company began to lose its market share.
Earlier this year Nokia announced that it has signed an agreement with Microsoft to use its mobile platform in its future smartphones.

And now we learn that Nokia is developing a completely new operating system that will use their ordinary mobile phones (not smartphones). The OS is codenamed Meltemi. Nokia expects the new operating system to help it retain its leading position in new markets where consumers still prefer mobile phones to smartphones due to their (non-smartphones) at a lower price.
The Meltemi OS probably takes different elements of the platform MeeGo Nokia N9 - for example, touch interface, which is controlled by gestures. It is not excluded and technology compatibility Qt, which will bring the capabilities of these expensive devices to smartphones - most recently in the Qt code name appears on the Meltemi. While waiting for the Finnish company to formally present his work in this direction, a new online information about her plans
It comes from sources on the site Netbooknews, working group for mobile phones of Nokia. They say the company is preparing to launch two MeeGo cheap devices for emerging markets where smartphones are not yet sufficiently widespread and are also expensive. The new data are not limited to, but probably in the software to the platform will include elements of the work of the Norwegian company Smarterphone, which in November 2011 is a property of Nokia. Then the company said news of the deal, saying it was part of their strategy to provide mobile communications for the next billion mobile users.
In the second quarter 47% of revenue from Nokia devices and services were non-smartphones. That was reason enough for people at Nokia do something to increase sales of non-smartphones.
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Nokia to launch new Meltemi cheap touch phones

Nokia to launch new Meltemi cheap touch phones


New cheap Meltemi touch phones from Nokia. You may recall that some time ago in a leaked information about a new project of Nokia, called the Meltemi. The information alleged that it is a new platform for budget mobile phones that have touch screens and even multi-touch, but not based on Symbian, and a modified version of the S40.
We expect to see the first products using the new platform, May 15, when Nokia will hold a press conference in Pakistan. My Nokia Blog site says that within it we can see the models 305, 306 and 311. The first two are practically one device, but the 305 has two slots for SIM cards, and 306 – with one. Albeit in a slightly higher price range, far more interesting is 311 of which we expect Wi-Fi, 3.2MP camera, multitouch and battery with notable in-class capacity of 1000 mAh.

Meltemi will be taking a lot of interface elements MeeGo (Nokia N9), such as the three navigation screen, but will include like Android and Symbian components such as drop-down list of notifications.
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Seat Exeo test drive and review

Seat Exeo test drive and review
A quick test drive and video review of the small sedan Seat Exeo

Seat Exeo test drive and review. You've probably heard that the Exeo is based on one of Audi's most popular vehicles - the previous generation the B7 version of the A4. We all know it was a very successful model so VW Group decided to transfer the production to its Spanish division. Now the Exeo doesn't sell as good as the previous A4 but it is still a very good car.

Seat Exeo is offered with a choice of six petrol and three diesel engines and manual or automatic gearbox. The most powerful of all is the turbo-petrol 2.0 TSI with an output of 208 hp.
In case you need small, reliable premium sedan with good standard equipment than the new Exeo is just the right choice for you. Seat Exeo is also offered in a station wagon ST version.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review

Price, features and full specifications of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V camera review
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review. Some time ago we reviewed the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V and we liked it a lot. Actually it was one of the best point and shoot digital cameras we've come upon.
Now there is a new model which claims to be even better, so lets take a closer look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera.

Main features
The DSC-HX10V has 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor and 18.2 million effective pixels. With the huge 16x optical zoom you won't have to worry about distance. That's one of the highest ever zoom lenses inserted in a compact camera. This zoom is just amazing for such a small device. And if this is not enough you can always try the 32x digital zoom.
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Samsung WB690 camera review

Features and specs of the compact digital camera Samsung WB690


Samsung WB690 camera review. Samsung WB690 is a 12MP compact digital camaera with incredible 18x optical zoom.
Samsung WB690 camera
Samsung WB690 digital camera
Samsung WB690 also has a huge 3.0-inch display for viewing your photos and videos.
No matter the high specs Samsung WB690 is not an expensive camera and that is why it has become very popular. User ratings are also very positive about the WB690.

Another great feature of the Samsung WB690 is the 720p HD video recording. I know most new cameras offer this feature but not all of them has the low price tag of the WB690.
The high quality Schneider-Kreuznach 24mm ultra wide lens will help you get the best shot in any position.
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Kocaso MID-M860 tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the Kocaso M860 Android 4.0 tablet

Kocaso M860 tablet

Kocaso M860 tablet
Kocaso MID-M860 tablet review. Today we are going to take a look at another affordable Android 4.0 device. Kocaso M860 is an 8-inch tablet with capacitive multi-touch screen and Google Android 4.0 OS.
One of the good features of the Kocaso MID-M860 tablet is that it looks very nice and it also quite light. It measures 210x154x13mm in size.

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2012 BMW X6 M video review

2012 BMW X6 M video review

A closer look at the powerful SUV BMW X6 M


2012 BMW X6 M review. Today we are going to take a look at the fastest production SUV on the market today. Probably many of you would say that isn't true claiming that Porsche or some other brand has something better than that but the truth is that the X6 is the real speed and handling king among supersport SUVs.
The 2012 BMW X6 M has aggressive styling and that is of course for a reason, this is not an ordinary SUV after all.
Under the hood a there is a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with around 555hp. That is quite a lot but remember the X6 M is a pretty heavy vehicle.
The engine utilizes BMW’s M TwinPower and patented exhaust manifold technologies to increase thrust and pulling force, while preserving the most compact dimensions possible. Two low-mass twin-scroll turbochargers are positioned together with the catalytic converters in the V section between the two banks of cylinders. By reversing the flow of gases through the engine from traditional arrangements, the intake and exhaust ducts are shortened and widened. The result is that pressure losses on the exhaust side are minimized.
The goals were to virtually eliminate turbocharger lag while maximizing combustion efficiency and power output. The new M V8 engine with twin-scroll twin turbo technology uses a single exhaust manifold with tuned-length runners, incorporating both cylinder banks and connecting cylinders in carefully selected pairs. This configuration, patented by BMW M and known as Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold (CCM), offers quick response, a linear build-up of engine power, and a broad, consistent torque curve by feeding each of the twin turbochargers with a “charge pulse” at approximately every 90 degrees of crankshaft rotation, rather than the more traditional “irregular schedule” of charging.
Coupled with special suspension specifically optimized for M that features Adaptive Drive and the newly developed M Servotronic power steering, the performance Sport Activity Vehicle promises very competent handling. Other high-tech features include launch control for maximum acceleration and a six speed M Sport automatic transmission optimized for performance. Drivers can manually select gears using either paddles or an electronic gear selector lever. Electronically controlled, variable power distribution to the front and rear axle prevents even the slightest tendency to over- or understeer right from the start, before DSC Dynamic Stability Control is even required to cut in. BMW is referring to the new 4.4-liter motor as its “M TwinPower Turbo” unit. The name reflects the fact that the motor features Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology and a common exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders. Although traction control is standard, the M Dynamic Mode (MDM) greatly optimises the aggressiveness of the system. The MDM setting allows the driver to enter a controlled drift and push the vehicle’s handling to the limit. There is also a DSC-Off Mode which allows some drifting experiments with the huge X6 SUV.

BMW X6 M video review


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Lenovo B70 laptop review

Lenovo B70 laptop review
Price, features and specs of the cheap Lenovo B70 laptop

Lenovo B70 laptop review. This particular model of Lenovo B-series laptops is known as one of the cheapest business in Lenovo's notebook range. The B70 laptop has a 15.6-inch glossy LED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768.
Lenovo B70 laptop
Lenovo B-series laptop
The processor of this cheap Lenovo B70 laptop is a 1.5GHz dual core Intel Celeron B800 with 2MB cache. Of course this isn't a high performance laptop but it is OK for most daily casual activities like browsing the web, sending mails and watching HD videos.
Lenovo B70 comes with 4GB of RAM which is upgradeable to 8GB.
The space for storage is provided by the 320GB hard drive.
Lenovo B70 uses an Intel HD Graphics 3000 which has a shared memory (up to 1274MB) and isn't particularly good for playing games.
The optical drive in Lenovo B70 laptop is a DVD Rewriter.
Lenovo B70 usually comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.
And here are Lenovo B70 features and specifications:
Processor: Intel Celeron B800 Dual Core (1.5GHz, 2MB Cache)
Screen: 15.6-inch Lenovo glossy, LED Backlit, 1366 x 768
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Hard drive: 320GB
Optical drive: DVD Rewriter (Records DVDs 8x & CDs 24x & Dual Layer Super Multi)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Wireless LAN: Wireless (802.11b/g/n Wireless)
Network card: 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet
Integrated webcam with mic
Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD//MS/MS-Pro/MMC/xD-Picture card™)
USB Ports: 3x USB 2.0 ports
Speakers: Integrated Sound System
VGA port: 1 External VGA Port
Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI : 1x HDMI Port
E-sata : 1x eSATA Port
Battery type: 6-cell
Weight: 2.39 Kg
Fingerprint reader: yes
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
Warranty: 12 Months Warranty - Direct with Lenovo

Lenovo B70 price in UK is around £300.
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Subaru XV test drive and review

Subaru XV test drive and review

A quick test drive and video review of the all new 2012 Subaru XV


Subaru XV test drive and review. Here is the all new small SUV form Subaru. The XV is a brand new model for the Japan company and it is aiming at small SUV markets where customers prefer cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. The new Subaru may even take some of the market share of the bigger Forester which has bigger interior space, better functionality and looks less sporty.
Subaru XV pics Subaru XV review
images from Subaru.com
Actually Subaru XV is part of the crossover segment where competition is really strong and there are many new models in this class lately.
So what else is interesting about the Subaru XV except for the crossover eye-catching design of the rims. There are plenty of interesting features like the big ground clearance which will help those who will take this crossover for some light off-road.
Subaru XV
2012 Subaru XV interior view
Other than that the XV will be offered in three different trims - XV 2.0i, XV 2.0i-L and XV 2.0i-S. All of these engines are boxers and will be coupled with Subaru's manual or automatic CVT gearboxes.
 Subaru XV has nice 'clean' interior wit all instruments well positioned and easy to use. The dashboard is dominated by the huge nav/info screen.
 Here is a short test drive and video review of the all new 2012 Subaru XV.

Subaru XV review - video


Prices for the new Subaru XV are starting form around $30,000.

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Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet review

Price, features and specifications of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet

Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet


Today I would focus my attention to a beautiful Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet and its consumer product review. Yarvik GoTab Zetta is a 9.7-inch Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet. It is one of the high-spec Sweex Yarvik tablets.

Tablet features and specifications
Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet has a fast 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM and about 8GB space for storage.

The 9.7-inch (24.6 cm) capacitive 10-point multi-touch screen of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet has a scratch-resistant surface. It's an IPS display working at resolution of 1024x768 pixels and has 16.7 million colors. It is a nice display, with bright images and vivid colors.

The graphics performance is provided by the Mali-400 Dual Core graphics which offers up to 2160p QuadHD playback. It is also OpenGL 2.0 compatible. This is one of the powerful graphic chipsets inserted in a tablet and it offers quite an amazing experience on the go.
On the rear side of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet there is a 2.0 megapixel camera with VGA video recording capability. The front facing camera makes images and videos only in VGA resolution.
As we already mentioned the place for storage is 8GB but you can easily expand it to 32GB with the help of a microSD card.

Connectivity options of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet include fast 802.11b/g/n WiFi connection. The built-in ports and interfaces include mini HDMI out, micro-USB host, micro-USB slave and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As most new tablets the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet uses the latest Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Of course this means you can download as many apps as you want from the Android Market.

The battery of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta is 8000mAh Li-Pol and it will usually hold charge for around 5-6 hours of work before you need to recharge it again.
Yarvik GoTab Zetta back
Yarvik GoTab Zetta back side
Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet dimensions:
Width: 244mm
Height: 191mm
Depth: 10mm
Weight: around 655g

Price info
The price of the Yarvik GoTab Zetta tablet is around £170 (in UK). It is quite a good deal considering this is a high-end device with plenty if good features.

Check out the rest of our tablet reviews at Test and Review consumers blog. Thank you!
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ review

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ test drive and review

Chevrolet Sonic LTZ test drive and review. Today we are going to take a look at this small car that seems to be a real best seller recently. Probably even Chevrolet didn't expect that their Sonic will turn into such a success.
In other locations different from North American, Canadian, Mexican, Chilean, Japanese, Israeli, Middle East and South African markets this vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Aveo.
Actually this is the second generation Sonic.
The North American-spec Sonic is available as a 4-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It comes with a 1.8-liter inline-four producing 101 kW (135 hp) and 169 N·m (125 lb·ft) torque, or a 1.4-liter turbo inline-four producing 103 kW (138 hp) and 201 N·m (148 lb·ft) torque. The 1.8-liter engine has a timing belt; the 1.4L turbo engine uses a timing chain to drive the camshafts. The 1.8-liter inline-four is mated to a standard five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.4-liter turbo has a six-speed manual transmission. On August 2, 2011, the Sonic had entered production at Orion Assembly, with the first cars arriving at dealerships in October.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ review - video


The Chevy Sonic uses a water-based “three-wet” paint process that eliminates the need for a primer bake oven. This process reduces the paint shop footprint by 10 percent and requires 50 percent less process energy per vehicle built. Chevy is the first automaker in the United States to use this process. It is of note that the Chevrolet Sonic is the only Subcompact car sold in North America that is built within the United States, in Lake Orion, Michigan.
Price - the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic costs around $20,000 (fully equipped) which somewhere in the middle of this car segment. Of course you can choose some of the cheaper version of the Sonic starting from around $15,000.
Chevrolet Sonic LTZ test drive
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Buffalo MiniStation 500GB portable hard drive

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB portable hard drive review
Features and specs of the Buffalo 500GB MiniStation portable hard drive

Buffalo MiniStation 500GB is perfect for those who need some more space for storage on their PC or laptop. It is a 500GB portable hard drive that is small and lightweight so it is easy to carry around. It also won't take a lot of space on your desk thanks to its small size.
Buffalo MiniStation portable hard drive
Buffalo MiniStation 500GB specs:

Hard drive interface: SATA
Standard compliance: USB 2.0
Connection: USB Mini-B
Max. data transfer rate: 480Mbps
OS compatibility: Windows 7 (32bit, 64bit), Windows Vista (32bit, 64bit), Windows XP, Mac OS 10.4
Power Consumption: MAX 2.5W
Power Supply: USB bus powered
Dimensions (WxHxD): 114 x 77 x 14mm
Weight: around 165g

The price of the 500GB Buffalo MiniStation is around $90 (£50 in UK)

You may also want to check out the Buffalo DriveStation 2TB
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Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet
Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet

Features, specs and review of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora Android 4.0 tablet


Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet review. Today we are going to take a look at the new Ainol Novo 7 tablet which has improved specifications and a bit higher price.
Ainol Novo 7 Aurora is a 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet with fast 1.5GHz Allwinner Many COR A10, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory for storage.
The 7-inch (17.78 cm) IPS display of the Novo 7 Aurora is producing nice, crisp images with decent resolution of 1024x600 pixels. It is bright enough for viewing in direct sunlight and almost from any angle.
It is also a capacitive 5-point multi-touch screen so operations like pinch to zoom and others like that will run just fine on the Novo 7 Aurora tablet.
Connectivity options of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi but unfortunately no built-in GPS connection.

One miniUSB port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a TF card slot are also available in this tablet.
Generally the tablet is fast and responsive (unlike some other cheap Android tablets) and you may experience big lags only when heavy multitasking.

The operating system of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) which is one of the newest Google Android operating system. As you probably know the previous model - Ainol Novo 7 Paladin is the first tablet using the Android 4.0 operating system. Of course as a fully functioning Android device you can enjoy all the apps from the Android Market.

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora review - video


Price

The price of the Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tablet is very competitive, considering some of the high-tech features it has. You can find this tablet for around $200 (£140 in UK) which in my opinion is a good price for a fast Android 4.0 tablet with IPS display and 1GB RAM.

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