We saw these guys at the Startup Debut event before CES, and I think they’re offering a pretty handy service. It’s essentially a universal middle-man for translating your website, whether it’s Angry Birds or a new hotel. They design the page around the new language, offer a quick-switch for your users, and basically automate the process. There are other translators out there, but Premium Fanpage focuses on the social side of things, where developers and companies have blogs, tweets, Facebook pages and so on, that need high-quality translation that can’t be trusted to Google.
I just wrapped up a short interview with Ted Schilowitz from RED, in which he told us (and all our live stream viewers) all about the new RED Scarlet digital cinema camera. I got to hold the thing and revel in its 3K glory; and while RED devices are notoriously never “final,” this felt about as final as it gets.
I don’t want to repeat what’s already out there regarding the resolution, accessories, dates, and so on, which are all googleable (and some not final), so I’ll stick to general impressions and you can watch the video as soon as it’s live for specifics. In the meantime, here are a couple new pics to tide you over.
The camera Polaroid teased last month, at the time simply (and ominously) called “Grey,” has been revealed by no less than Lady Gaga herself (about 40 minutes late), who claims to have been intimately involved with the design process. It’s pretty much what it looks like: a digital Polaroid camera that doubles as a wireless color printer. It’s got a flip-up LCD where you frame your shot; the controls are all under there unless you’re just firing one off.
We saw the new Surface twice yesterday, but getting shots of it turned out to be a bit difficult, and if you wanted to see video, you had to skip through the live stream of Ballmer talking about Zunes and Kinect sales (fun as that was). But they’ve gotten official with a video and a bunch of official photos, so feast your eyes on the new Surface.
When the Macbook Air debuted, it was met with acclaim but many thought it wouldn’t sell. Now it appears that the industry is playing catchup. Samsung, acknowledges consumer’s wants, with the new 9 series.
Fujifilm has just released no less than 16 cameras just this moment, and I’m going out of my mind, each accompanied by a thousand-word press release. I’m going to have to punch a pillow here. I haven’t even had breakfast, or coffee, or tied my shoes yet. But this is the life! Forward, into the breach!
All right, this is ridiculous, I’m going to group these by general use and leave the details to the curious reader to find out at Fujifilm’s site, where these cameras are semi-helpfully labeled “new” and listed in some sort of order.
Now, you may know that I’m a big proponent of high definition — that is to say, images that look good at high resolution. Usually you’ve just got the resolution part. Canon has actually been bucking this trend occasionally, for instance with the G11, which lowered its megapixel count in order to improve low light and image quality.
They’re taking a similar approach with the new Vixia camcorders, whose image sensors actually just have 1920×1080 pixels, supposedly allowing for larger pixel wells and better low light performance. Check out the new lineup.
CES hasn’t even officially started yet, but plenty of news is already leaking out. My bit right here: Fujifilm’s top two cameras of the show, the FinePix HS20EXR and the FinePix F500EXR. There’s not much out there but raw stats, but what are you going to do?
We may as well be up front about Pandigital: we weren’t impressed by the original Novel e-reader. But maybe they’ve learned from their mistakes and have produced something a little more worthwhile. At any rate, AT&T seems to think it’s worth your time, since they’re adding the new Multimedia Novel to their selection.
Thinking of getting a new notebook? HP sure hopes so. They’ve got a refreshed lineup (wait, didn’t we just do this) and they want you to buy, buy, buy. The new iterations of their classic Envy and Pavilion lines incorporate the new Sandy Bridge Core processors, but beyond that, the info here is distressingly thin. Let’s see what we can figure out here, starting with the biggest laptop and working our way down.
Just yesterday we saw a trademark request from HTC for something called the Scribe. It sounds very tablet-ish, and of course in the request itself, it’s described as a “handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.” Kind of a giveaway. Well, we have a smidgen more info now courtesy of Digitimes, which reports that component makers put the size of the Scribe at 7″ and identify the OS as Android 3.0.
With gadgets like the ContourHD and GoPro Hero out there, you’ve got plenty of choice when it comes to the “sports cam” category of cameras. These waterproof, mountable camcorders can take abuse and keep recording. This new one from Swann Security forgoes the HD thing, unfortunately, but the price sure is right.
Vizio might just be the next big consumer electronic’s company with a set of announcements that should make the rest of the industry take notice. The company has long been a top player in the US domestic LCD wars and seems to be set to utilize their brand with a host of new software and hardware options.
VIA Plus: Think the video transporting features of Apple’s AirPlay but instead of iOS devices, this service will hit Vizio products including the just-announced Android VIA Tablet and VIA Phone. According to the short press release, consumers will be able to start watching content on one device and then pick up on another. How? No idea. The techy details will no doubt flow once Vizio’s CES showing gets underway although the presser does make mention that the devices will share a common user interface as shown in the pic above.
The newest Vizio hardware isn’t just limited to the 8-inch tablet or 4-inch phone, though. Just like the rumormill stated a few weeks back, Vizio has at least one upcoming Google TV model. Once again, the details are nonexistent, but the GTV is clearly mentioned in the VIA Plus announcement. CES, here we come!
This week begins the annual tradition known as the Consumer Electronics Show. We’ll be there—I believe Mr. John Biggs is in the air as I write this—looking at all the shiny new stuff that will be on display. Our question to you right now is, what are you looking forward to? Are you totally crazy about tablets? Want to see how all this 3DTV nonsense plays out? Perhaps you’re keen on some fun gaming developments? Hmm.