I feel a bit sorry for the Sony Alpha DSLR-A560. It's not its fault Sony chose to announce an innovative new camera technology at the same time it unveiled this update to the midrange dSLR line. Because if the A560 had gotten an announcement all its own, there would probably be a bit more excitement around it--Sony's first dSLR with video capture capability. True, Sony is last to the game, in that respect, but it certainly doesn't look any worse than the competition despite its tardiness.
In a welcome move, Sony has consolidated its sub-$1,000 dSLR line, folding the A500 and A550 into the single A560. Not only does the A560 add AVCHD video capture, it also gets the new 15-point autofocus system and 1200-zone metering, plus the same sensor that's in the NEX models. Here's where it fits in the lineup:… Read more
I received a brief e-mail tonight, July 26 at 2 a.m. ET from my contacts at Sony: "On Tuesday, July 27 at 12:00 p.m. BST (British Standard Time)/4:00 a.m. PDT Sony Europe will announce three new lenses to be introduced in the fall of 2010. Although these models will also be introduced in the U.S. market, no announcement is being made at this time. The U.S. announcement will be made at a time that is closer to the models' market introduction. We apologize for the short notice, but wanted you to … Read more
Rumors have been floating around the Web about Sony's two new dSLRs, the Alpha DSLR-A290 and DSLR-A390, and I've ignored them because they seemed too boring to be true. Well, Sony officially announced the cameras and it turns out the rumors were true. And still boring.
My review of the A230 says "A modest update over its predecessor, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200, the Alpha DSLR-A230 offers the same essential feature set in a redesigned body with sufficient quality and performance-enhancing firmware tweaks to merit the term 'upgrade.' And like its predecessor, the result is a generally solid, … Read more
Long considered the fastest and most unobtrusive of the various torrent clients around, uTorrent announced last week a surprising step toward plug-ins with the introduction of an "app store" in the Windows-only alpha release of uTorrent 2.2.
There's a VirusGuard provided by security … Read more
One year after its debut, the world is still not ready for Wolfram Alpha.
Few would argue that despite the success of Google, Internet search is a solved problem. The way that content is being shared across it is evolving so quickly means that better ways of discovering and presenting that content will always be welcome.
Wolfram Alpha certainly provides a different way to think about Internet search. It's heavily weighted toward computational queries, and its practice of curating its results as opposed to simply serving up whatever is available on the Web means its results can be more … Read more
Once again this year, we've had it with April Fool's jokes. Except for one. You'll see. If you're more tired of iPad than you are of April Fool's, skip the first half of the show where we recap other people's reviews since Apple refuses to give us an iPad early. Also, we debunk Microsoft's claims that Chrome is fundamentally insecure, which almost ought to be a joke.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1197
iPad reviews roll in from USA, Mossberg and … Read more