When you're packing to head out on a quick weekend trip, space can be tight, especially if you want to avoid checking your bags — so when you need a compact semi-professional camera that doesn't sacrifice image quality, you need the Olympus Stylus 1 Camera ($700). It features a single built-in f/2.8 10.7x 28-300 millimeter lens that retracts fully into the camera body, so you get great zoom without the bulk of a full telephoto lens. A 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with the TruePicVI image processor gives you great images with fast response times. Additional features include an electronic viewfinder, three-inch LCD screen, WiFi connectivity, and a range of shooting modes.
We've all been there — you get that shiny new smartphone, and it runs great for a year or two, but then you notice it's just not the phone it used to be. Games lag, apps aren't supported, the battery doesn't hold a charge like it used to, maybe the screen is cracked, and you think: if only I could just replace this, or that component, everything would be better. Well now the dream is a little closer to reality thanks to Motorola Project Ara ($TBA). While still in the early development phases, this project promises to allow users to swap out parts within a modular hardware ecosystem. So you can upgrade your processor, battery, screen, all just by plopping modular components onto an "endoskeleton" base. It's still a long way from a working prototype, but the future is bright.
In yet another attempt at differentiating themselves from the pack of other handsets available on the market, LG has introduced their latest innovation, a curved phone. The LG G Flex Smartphone ($TBA) features a curved design that's meant to better fit the average shape of a person's face, improving the usefulness of the speaker and microphone. The phone also sports their around-the-back button design introduced in this phone's predecessor, meant to make it more natural to adjust volume, turn on the phone, etc. Though if you ask us, their so-called innovations miss the mark by a long shot. Of all the things we do on our smartphones, actually talking on them probably ranks near the bottom of the list.
Innovative form factor, six processing cores, up to 32 gigs of RAM, dual graphics processors, a terabyte of flash storage — the Mac Pro is the most impressive computing beast we've ever seen — and now it comes in red. The Apple Mac Pro Red Edition ($TBA) is yet another result of the design and curatorial collaboration between Jony Ive and Marc Newson for the upcoming Project RED auction, and it might be the most striking yet. Instead of the usual black finish, this one-of-a-kind machine comes in the characteristic red color, sure to impress anyone who enters your studio or office. Now we're just waiting for them to make a gold version.
Whether you're tired of the stripped-down functionality of Twitter's native iOS app, or you're just ready for something new, Tweetbot ($3) has just updated their iPhone app, and it's better than ever. Most noticeable for those of you who have used previous versions of Tweetbot are the design changes, as it now looks much more at home on iOS7 with a paired-down, minimalist white interface, rounded avatars, new animations, and transitions. They've also made it simpler to use, getting a lot of the chrome out of the way in favor of a content-first focus. It now takes fewer swipes to view profiles, and see conversations, while some of the same features you've always liked are still present (muting functionality, customizable screens, and much more).
While it retains all the internal specs of the previously-covered, non-limited-edition version, the Ricoh GR Limited Edition Camera ($900) receives a striking new visual treatment to help set you apart from the pack of shooters out there. This lightweight point-and-shoot still has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, a fixed 28mm f/2.8 lens, full HD video, but it now has a metallic green wave-tone glossy body and a marbleized ebony grip. It will be available in a limited quantity starting in November, so get your hands on one before they all run out.
Today, amid rampant consumer and media speculation (as well as some half-hearted industry competition) Apple announced their most powerful, lightest, and thinnest full-sized tablet to date, the iPad Air ($500 and up). At just one pound and 7.5 millimeters thick, it's 28 percent lighter and 20 percent thinner than the previous full-sized iPad — and it's still packed with massive performance improvements. It features an A7 chip built on 64-bit architecture, giving it two times better computing and graphics performance, on top of a battery that lasts up to ten hours. Couple all that with a front-facing HD camera, dual antennas for better wireless performance, a retina display, and an M7 motion coprocessor, and you get a tablet that will have the competition scrambling just to keep up. Available next month.
It looks like Nokia, Microsoft's recent gift-to-itself, is trying to steal a little thunder from Apple's forthcoming new iPads. Aiming to let you work hard and hardly work at the same time, the Nokia Lumia 2520 ($500) is a 10-inch tablet (Nokia's first ever) that comes loaded with Windows 8 and all the boxiness the operating system has to offer. It features 4G LTE connectivity, a full HD screen that's made to look great, even in direct sunlight, while a snap-on keyboard with five hours of battery life lets you type, or touch, giving it the usability of a full-sized machine, with the portability of a tablet. A range of color options are available for you to pick from.
Whether you're trying to capture fast-moving adventure sports, or your kid's first soccer game, you need a camera that can handle motion without missing a beat. The Fujifilm X-E2 Camera ($1,400) features a lightning-quick processor, giving it the fastest autofocus speeds of any competitive cameras at just .08 seconds — so you'll never end up with an out-of-focus action shot. A 16 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor in combination with the fast processor give it incredible image quality, rivaled only by full-frame cameras. Creative modes, WiFi connectivity, a three-inch LCD screen, full HD movie capability, and a range of compatible interchangeable lenses make it a great choice for the casual photographer.
Chances are — unless you aspire to be a professional-level photographer — you don't need a complex camera system with interchangeable lenses and a bunch of expensive accessories. If that's all you need, then the Panasonic Lumix GM1 ($750) single lens mirrorless camera is the one for you. Built with a 16 megapixel digital live MOS sensor on the micro four-thirds system standard, this camera captures high-resolution images and video, even in low light situations. The touch-operated three-inch monitor lets you easily view shots, while controlling the focus and shutter. WiFi connectivity lets you easily sync the camera with your smartphone or tablet, so you can instantly transfer photos or use it as a remote. The reinforced metallic alloy case means you won't have to worry about the occasional bump or ding, this camera will last for a while.
You spend enough time at your desk that you care about what everything on it looks like, or you at least should care. That's why you need a set of Timbre Speakers ($125) — they're the ideal combination of attractive design and fantastic sound to please audiophiles and design freaks alike. Machined from a single piece of solid alder wood and stainless steel, they have a long-lasting construction that actually contributes to the sound. The stainless steel sheet along the front acts as the diaphragm and suspension of the speaker, thanks to an attached voice coil. This results in a full sound across the entire range that's perfect for whatever music helps you make you tackle that to-do list.
Like it or not, mirrored digital SLR cameras are quickly going the way of the 35 millimeter, being replaced by smaller, high-functioning mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras — and the Sony A7 Camera ($1,698) may just be the final coffin nail. The latest from Sony, this camera is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens system to feature a full-frame sensor (meaning its sensor is the same size as 35mm film), bringing it in line with a range of professional-quality DSLRs. The camera also features a weather-sealed body, compatibility with Sony's line of E-mount lenses, a 24.3 megapixel sensor, tiltable three-inch display, OLED electronic viewfinder, and much more. With all of that packed into the size of an average point-and-shoot, the days of bulky mirrored cameras are certainly numbered.