Although the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up in Las Vegas a week ago, the event left a busy five business days in its wake this week with new products, updates and lots of stuff for us to recap. And hey, the month of January is already half over now, which means there's even more cool stuff on the way... so without further ado, let's dive in so we can get on to the weekend festivities!
Amazon isn't going to take the iPad mini lying down, going on the offensive with a direct comparison between its $199 Kindle Fire HD and Apple's latest $329 media darling -- and they're taking the fight to their website homepage.
There's little doubt that we live in a wireless world, so it's always nice to see formerly corded accessories gain a little more mobility by cutting the wires. The latest to do so is the webcam, thanks to a new offering from Logitech.
Skype’s Mac client has had a rough time of it since the most recent full version rolled out, although the company is working hard to win back the good will they lost by making it more like the Windows version. Case in point: Monday’s 5.3 update, which brings OS X Lion support as well as HD video calls.
It should be no surprise that the high-quality 720p HD video recording capabilities of the iPhone 4 are being used to create slick, original short films by a new generation of independent filmmakers with more ingenuity than cash -- and now, they can even have their efforts rewarded thanks to a new film festival dedicated to Apple’s device.
They say the best camera is the one that’s always with you -- and for most of us, that’s likely to be an iPhone. And in the case of the iPhone 4, Apple included a very capable 720p HD video shooter -- provided that you know how to get the best results from it.
We don’t know about you, but since getting our mitts on an iPhone 4 last June, we haven’t touched our Flip Video or camcorder ever since. Apparently, we’re not alone, as parent company Cisco has just announced it’s closing the Flip business for good.
Close your eyes, and watch some video. Now open them, but plug your ears. Neither one seems complete, so why do most home camcorder jockeys ignore the audio and focus only on the picture? The Zoom Q3HD gets the balance right, shooting HD video while capturing audio with two terrific microphones. You’ll be able to see and hear footage from a music recital, a quiet grandfather telling stories, or nearly any other situation where other pocket cams would fail. While we can pick at the Q3HD’s many issues—including weak battery life and a narrow lens—we’d gladly take its results over competitors.
Apple took to the stage in San Francisco this morning to reassert its dominance over the tablet market with the iPad 2 -- but the real story may be with the company bringing two of its popular iLife components to the new tablet, including iMovie, which promises “very independent filmmaking.”