Sony High-Definition 3D camcorder

Sony’s featured the new 3D High-Definition Flash Memory Handycam Camcorder.  Home movies of the child’s soccer games will never be the same again.  The camera is expected to be out in April for about $1500.

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Here are the specs for the Sony HDT-TD10 3D curtesy of Sony.
                     World’s first “Double Full HD” 3D consumer camcorder w/ Integrated Dual Camera System - two        Sony G Lenses, Exmor R CMOS sensors, BIONZ processors

         3D or 2D HD recording with double full HD 1920×1080 video recording and 7-megapixel still image capture in photo mode (2D) 

         View contents in 3D on the 3.5″ WIDE 3D/2D Xtra Fine with TruBlack technology LCD (1229K) without needing 3D glasses

  • 64GB of internal flash memory, for 60p/24p recording capability in 2D
  • Optical SteadyShot w/ Active Mode and iAuto even in 3D
  • 10x optical zoom in 3D (12x in 2D), 17x Extended Zoom
  • Event Browse for automatic grouping of content by events and Highlight Playback & Highlight Share (2D only) to create highlight reels automatically
  • Built-in mic w/ 5.1ch surround system, Clear Phase stereo speakers with S-Master technology, wind noise reduction, mic/HP jack, and audio level meter

Sony at CES 2011

Packing a punch, Sony’s Press even was
star studded and not only but the movie stars of the upcoming movie
the Green Hornet, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou but, by their barrage of
consumer electronics centered around the 3D revolution.   

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Sony unveiled its 3D consumer
camcorder, 3D enabled boggie camera and brings their popular Sony
Vaio series laptop to the 3D realm.   

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Nintendo, Gamestop promotion includes new Pokmon characters

Further evidence that life is not fair: The children of the 1980s did not have a continuing stream of new Voltron products in the same way that children of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s have a seemingly never-ending supply of Pokmon offerings.

Whine over. Nintendo and Pokmon Company International are promoting the March 6 release of Pokemon: Black and Pokmon: White for Nintendo DS by offering players access to three new characters, Shiny Raikou, Shiny Entei, and Shiny Suicune.

There are doubtless thousands – if not millions – of kids out there who actually know what those words mean, and by writing those previous words, I am now officially old.

There are several rules interested players can read here. Players must already have English-language copies of Pokmon games in their Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, or SoulSilver versions.

And just because, Voltron:

Report: Google confesses to taking private data

The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reports that Google has admitted its Street View cars collected private data – including passwords and emails – while roaming British streets.

Google was accused of spying on households yesterday after it
admitted secretly copying passwords and private emails from home
computers.

The internet search giant was forced to confess it
had downloaded personal data during its controversial Street View
project, when it photographed virtually every street in Britain.

In
an astonishing invasion of privacy, it admitted entire emails, web
pages and even passwords were ‘mistakenly collected’ by antennae on its
high-tech Street View cars.

Privacy campaigners accused the company of spying and branded its behaviour ‘absolutely scandalous’.

The
Information Commissioner’s Office said it would launch a new
investigation. Scotland Yard is already considering whether the company
has broken the law.

Google executive Alan Eustace issued a
grovelling apology and said the company was ‘mortified’, adding: ‘We’re
acutely aware that we failed badly.’

Many Tech-Out readers probably have their WLAN settings as secure as they can make them, but may want to take some time to double-check their settings.

Besides the question of whether Google broke any laws in the UK, this country or another others in its Street View activities, the greater question is how willing users should be when it comes to voluntarily giving Google and other companies access to personal information.

This writer uses Google and Facebook, even though it’s obvious those companies services are designed to attract customers to data mining operations. If the government admitted to warrantless spying on everyday Americans, the public (one assumes) would be outraged. Is it any better for a private company to do the same?


I.E. Chevrolet dealers begin selling the Volt

Inland Empire car dealers are taking part in Chevrolet’s experiment to see if Americans are willing to shift to electric autos.

As covered in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

The silver-gray Chevrolet
Volt parked in the showroom at an Ontario car dealership on a rainy
Wednesday afternoon was one of the first of the new electric cars to be
sold in the Inland Empire.

That specific Volt, with a sticker price of about $40,000, already
had a buyer, and Mark Christopher Chevrolet sales manager Karl
Scheiffle expected the car to be driven off the lot on New Year’s
weekend.

The Ontario dealership has presold about a dozen Volts,
Scheiffle said, with the first of the bunch leaving the lot about two
weeks ago.

“It’s going to take off and people are going to have fun with it,” Scheiffle predicted.

Waiting for its buyer, the Volt rested in the Ontario showroom
alongside two new Corvettes – one a fiery red and the other in metallic
gray.

It was like the old Chevrolet meeting the brand’s attempt to
reinvent itself. The Corvette has always been designed to burn gasoline
and go fast.

The Volt, by contrast, is capable of using gasoline but its
selling point is the electric “Voltec” power plant that owners can
recharge by pugging in to a household socket or by shelling out for a
special charging station.

“There’s no question it will transform the industry,” said Jay
Yerman, sales manager at Tom Bell Chevrolet in Redlands. “It’s the
stepping stone to the next leap electric cars will take.”

The Chevrolet Volt’s “Voltec” system can run 25-40 miles on electric power before a gasoline-powered system kicks in, according to an evaluation by Ward’s AutoWorld.

Ward’s has also checked out the Nissan Leaf, a competing vehicle that relies solely upon electric power. Ward’s named both vehicles’ “propulsion systems” for the company’s annual “10 Best Engines” list.

It will be interesting to see if Americans adopt electric vehicles, and if doing so reduces the nation’s pollution and reliance upon fossil fuels, given that the power used for these vehicles is likely to come from power plants that burn coal or natural gas.  

Big Brother’s corporate doppelgangers are watching

This staff and wire article from Monday’s Inland Valley Daily Bulletin is worth your time, if you care at all about companies accessing your private browser data.

Dozens
of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their
users previously visited online, everything from news articles to bank
sites to pornography, a team of computer scientists recently found.

The information is valuable for con artists to learn more about
their targets and send them personalized attacks. But even more so, it
allows e-commerce companies to adjust ads or prices – for instance, if
the site knows you’ve just come from a competitor that is offering a
lower price.

“Advertising companies and other information-service providers
have developed more tools that can even follow you around the Web,”
said Geoffrey Herrera, an associate professor of political studies at
Pitzer College in Claremont.

Although passwords aren’t at risk, in harvesting a detailed
list of where you’ve been online, sites can create thorough profiles on
their users.

This is the future of advertising, experts said.



iPhone 4 Alarm Issues

Welcome to the New Year! 2010 was great for consumer electronics and hopefully 2011 will bring out more amazing gadgets. 2011 kicked off with out a hitch unless you are an iPhone user that recently updated to iOS 4.02. Like many others, if you set an alarm using the phone’s basic alarm setting, you may have not woken up on time.

Employees at the Apple store in Rancho Cucamonga said a fix should be out by Jan. 5, but in the meantime set your alarm to occur daily. It’s a simple workaround that could save you from being late.

Eleven things this writer wants to see in 2011

Hello, 2011. Here are 11 things I would like to see happen. File this under NEEEERRRRD!, since it’s my job to be a nerd on Tech Out.

1. I would like to see BioWare’s “Star Wars: The Old Republic” come out with specs that my computer can handle, and succeed in its developers’ declared intention to combine storytelling with MMO gameplay.

BioWare’s “Knights of the Old Republic” was terrific, and Obsidian’s “Knights of the Old Republic 2″ added a sense of moral complexity that is often absent from Star Wars stories to the series. KOTOR 2 could have been the best Star Wars story since Empire Strikes Back, if not for the rushed ending.

2. In a similar vein, someone at LucasArts needs to realize that it has been a long time since gamers got to play a Star Wars game set in the New Republic era. I can’t think of any off-hand since “Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy,” which was back in 2003. How about a new “Rogue Squadron” game with E-Wings, K-Wings and V-Wings? Please?

3. At the risk of contradicting myself, I’d like to see a little less Star Wars related content in the world. Let’s find something else to be nerdy about for a while.

4. I am really intrigued by Rockstar’s “L.A. Noire.” If it turns out to be a winner, I don’t want to forget what natural light looks like after it comes out.

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