Archive for September, 2010

Apple Working on the Next Generation of Digital Camera Technologies

After finally introducing a camera system with the 4G iPod touch, Apple are already preparing for their next wave of advanced camera technology releases.

Ever keen to extend their bulging portfolio, they’ve filed patent applications for an advanced camera flash system. The system will include a flash redirector, a touch screen, which allows its user to manually select (via finger touch) a dark or dimly lit object or region in the scene, to be illuminated by the combination flash and redirector, and an “evaluator” which considers how much light needs to be added to the picture and adjusts the flash brightness accordingly.

In addition to being included in future iOS devices, the patent clearly states that this new flash system could eventually be integrated into the iMac, Apple’s MacBook lineup and even a dedicated video camera.

With their previous successes in the music and tablet markets, domination of the digital camera sector could well be on the cards, fans of the technology giant should watch this space….

A spokeswoman at Apple said that the company did not comment on patent applications.

“BlackPad” to be announced next week?

The Wall Street Journal has revealed that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) could be set to unveil its new tablet computer, and the operating system it will work on, as early as next week at a developers’ conference in San Francisco.

Rumoured to be named the “BlackPad” it’s scheduled release is some time in Quarter 4 of 2010 and it will have a 7-inch touch screen, one or two cameras and both Bluetooth and broadband connections.

The WSJ’s sources claim the device will only be able to connect to mobile networks through a BlackBerry and will use a new platform built by QNX, an OS maker RIM bought earlier this year, instead of BlackBerry OS.

With Christmas round the corner this new contender into the tablet arena may be top of many people’s wishlist but with so many others to choose from will tablet enthusiasts be overly spoilt for choice in this already crowded market place?

HTC introduces the Desire Z

Following last week’s announcement of the HTC Desire HD the company have also revealed the Desire Z.

Boasting a super responsive 3.7 inch touch screen, 5MP camera with flash and 720p video recording, it also has a QWERTY keyboard that kicks out on a little hinge ( HTC’s first own-branded Android with a slide out set of buttons) leaving the device more or less flat when it’s in use.

Running Android 2.2 software it’s also got the new Sense UI, which pairs up with a dedicated website to offer data backups as well as moving all files and contacts into the cloud.

With Vodafone announced as the first carrier, the Desire Z is expected to hit stores in October.

Perfect iPod protection from Proporta

Well we have to hand it to Apple – their new line up of iPods are pretty smart. But if you’re going to get the most out of them on the move, you’ll need to make sure you’re doing everything to keep your new iPod safe and sound. Fortunately, Proporta has it covered. With a range of specially designed cases just itching to keep your iPod safe – and just as importantly, looking fantastic.

The Aluminium Lined Leather Case (Apple 4G iPod touch) is handmade to meet the exact specifications of your phone. Crafted from the finest quality leather, the precious screen of your iPod touch remains protected by a tough aluminium plate lining, whilst you maintain full use of your device thanks to some cunningly positioned cut outs, allowing access to all ports and controls.

The Antimicrobial Silicone Case (Apple 4G iPod touch) is crafted from super tough silicone and guards against scratching and impact damage, whilst an antimicrobial agent protects against germs and bacteria. Available in two colours, this stylish and lightweight case doesn’t just look after your 4G iPod touch – it looks after you as well.

The team at Proporta has designed a whole collection of other custom made options for your Apple 4G iPod touch, from the beautiful Shine Case – hand crafted from the highest quality patent leather with internal mirror, the uber stylish Leather Style Case, the Impact Protective Crystal Back Shell and the Mizu Shell (Apple 4G iPod nano) for lightweight and stylish protection.

And for the new and ridiculously cute iPod nano, Proporta’s Clear Silicone Case for your 6G iPod nano is cleverly precision moulded from impact absorbent silicone to provide a thin, yet really tough, protective skin.

The Proporta Crystal Cases for your new iPod nano come in a twin pack, are scratch-resistant and protective with minimal bulk, and we’ve colour matched them to suit the colour of your nano (or another colour if you wish you got the blue one). Available in a Gold and Pink twin pack or Blue and Green.

Other cases in the range designed exclusively for the new Apple 6G iPod nano include the germ-free Antimicrobial Silicone Case Twin Pack and super tough Mizu Shell Twin Pack – both incredibly protective against knocks and bumps (and nasty bugs in some cases).
For the screen conscious among you, Proporta offers screen protectors for both the 4G iPod touch and 6G iPod nano. Made from ultra high clarity plastic and offering superb protection, they’re easy to clean and come with a handy application kit.

And if you’ve decided not to take the plunge and hold on to your current, trusty iPod for a little bit longer Proporta is giving 20% discount off all 3G iPod touch and 5G iPod nano accessories from 13th- 19th of September 2010 Simply use the promotion code CROONER at the cart page when prompted.

**Please note this offer is only valid on orders placed through for accessories for 3G iPod touch and 5G iPod nano accessories from 13/09/2010- 19/09/2010 Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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IFA Conference 2010- The top 10 gadgets

The 50th edition of IFA 2010 in Berlin has had industry representatives flocking from all over the globe to see the leading consumer electronics and home appliance manufacturers showcase their latest products and innovations.

As well as Shiny Shiny TV who we have to thank for the below round up of the Top 10 gadgets on show, our Sales Manager at Proporta, Chris Herovitsch, was also there and had this to say about his visit to the conference: “IFA remains the event to attend, if you want to follow consumer electronics trends with immediate relevance to our customers in the UK and Europe. This year Samsung shine with the new Galaxy Tab 7″ while all-in-one, multiple device charging solutions could capture the imagination in 2011.”

Video reviews from Gerald Lynch and Ashley Norris of TechDigest.

1. The Samsung Galaxy Tab
Rumoured to be launching in the UK in October this nifty little device seems to be a cut above the other tablets currently on the market.

2. Android TV from Lava Sweden
The world’s first Android powered TV- the worldwide release date has yet to be confirmed so here is a sneak preview of this all singing all dancing TV from the people at Lava Sweden.

3. LG 31 inch OLED protoype TV

At 2.9mm in depth this is the world’s slimmest OLED screen TV and is coming to the UK soon.

4. Sharp’s 3D mobile phone prototype (no glasses needed)

Just a prototype at this stage this device has a 3D screen that doesn’t require glasses, with no confirmed release date Sharp used the conference to give us a little teaser of this innovative new product.


5. LG Smart TV
Due to be launched early next year this Smart TV should really be re-named the Genius TV due to the mind-blowing amount of new features it has. Watch the video below for an exclusive look at all it has to offer.

6. Panasonic 3D Viera TVs
Panasonic used a slightly less conventional demonstration method to showcase their new 3D Viera TVs.

7. Toshiba Folio 100 Tablet Computer
Toshiba’s debut Tablet Computer was another strong contender in the ever-increasing Tablet PC market.

8. Hannspree launch Apple TV too!
Available towards the end of 2010, this TV may not be the only “Apple TV” on the market but it is certainly the only apple shaped one.

9. ViewSonic Viewpad 7 tablet hands-on
The final tablet to make the grade into Shiny Shiny’s Top 10 gadgets at IFA

10. Spotify for Sonos multi-room music systems demoed
Last and by no means least the new Spotify application- seriously clever stuff.

IFA 2010 will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from 3 to 8 September 2010.

The newest additions to the Apple family

The Apple Autumn press conference has been hotly anticipated by tech lovers across the globe, and they are unlikely to be disappointed after Steve Jobs unveiled multiple new products and services to add to his already bulging portfolio.

The first topic on the agenda was iOS, the operating system on which Apple’s mobile devices are powered with over 120 million iOS devices shipped since the launch of the iPhone and a further 230,000 new iOS activations per day, this is big business for Apple.

The newly updated system iOS 4.1 will be available on free download via iTunes from next week and boasts High Dynamic Range photos, HD video uploads over WIFI, TV show rentals, Game center and most importantly all previous bugs (proximity, bluetooth, iPhone 3G) have been fixed.

Jobs then went on to say give a sneak preview of iOS 4.2 “”This is all about iPad. All of it is coming to iPad”  he said.  Many of the features that iPhone users know and love will be available on iPad in November and will also be a free update.

Of the new iPod range Jobs said excitedly “This year we’ve gone wild. We have all new iPods this year for every single model of iPods. The biggest change in the lineup ever.”

First up was the new shuffle; even smaller than its predecessors the new model which is available in five colours boasts: a 15 hour battery life. playlists, voiceover, genius mixes and they have brought back the buttons.

Next on the list was the new look nano.  Like the shuffle it has been made much smaller-46% in fact, the traditional click wheel has been eliminated and replaced with multi touch, transforming it into a mini iPod touch.  46% lighter, with a 24 hour battery life and handy clip it is available in six colours in both 8GB and 16GB versions

And it turned out the rumours were true, Jobs next announcement was the next generation iPod touch.

“The touch has been a remarkable product for us. It’s become the most popular iPod. People call it an iPhone without the phone — it’s also an iPhone without the contract!. But it’s also become the #1 portable game player in the world.”

And the new model certainly won’t disappoint touch fans. Thinner and “even more beautiful” it boasts LED back lighting, front and back cameras, Retina Display in it. 4x the pixels at 326 ppi, 24 bit color, HD video, 40 hours of music playback and an impressive 40 hour battery life.

The three model 8GB, 32GB and 64GB will all be available from next week.

After talking briefly about iAds, Jobs went on to unveil iTunes 10 and its new logo

The biggest change to everyone’s favourite online music store was the introduction of Ping Ping ” it’s a social network for music. It’s like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes. It’s all about music.” says Jobs. It allows people to follow their friends and be followed, post thoughts and opinions, access over 17,000 concert listing and loads more besides. All 160 million iTunes users will be able to sign up immediately.

iTunes 10 will be available later today as a free download.

The final announcement of the day was  the second generation of Apple TV, a significant redesign for the device. At one-fourth the size of the original Apple TV, the new device features HDMI and digital audio outputs, as well as Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi and will offer only rentals from the iTunes Store.

Unlike the previous Apple TV, the new model will not have any significant internal storage, relying on streaming content only. Additionally, media can no longer be purchased but only rented.

Steve Jobs rounded up the conference with a summary of the new products and services and then went on to say ” We started doing this music stuff because we love music Whenever we have these events, we like to remind ourselves of why we do this, and there’s no better way to do that than to ask one of our favorite artists to perform. We did that and he accepted. “We asked Chris Martin if he had the time to come out and perform for us at this event — and he graciously accepted. Please welcome Chris Martin.”

All new iPod models will be available starting next week and are available for pre-order on Apple’s site today and a range of cases for both the new iPod touch and nano are for sale on at Proporta now.