Samsung launches first android camera

No doubt this is just the first of many smart cameras to come

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Showing no hesitation after last month’s courtroom beat down at the hands of Apple, Samsung’s back to grabbing headlines and taking names this week with the announcement of the company’s new Galaxy Camera.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is the first smart camera on the market

Basically, it’s a small, compact digital camera that runs on Google’s Android technology, specifically, Jellybean 4.1, the latest Android OS to date.

For all those scratching their heads out there right now thinking, Isn’t this thing just an overly-glorified smartphone? — yes, it is. It just can’t make any calls.

Samsung Galaxy Camera is not a phone

Cool apps and widgets aside, Samsung’s Galaxy Camera rocks some impressive specs. It features a 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and includes 1080p video recording technology. Also, it has a 4.77” high-def touch-screen LCD screen, 23mm lens with a 2.8 aperture, and a rather gnarly-if-I-do-say-so-myself 21x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Camera technology

The Galaxy Camera offers some additional perks that helps it avoid the connotation of being “just another camera”. For instance, it features wireless connectivity with 4G/LTE capability (on selected regions, obvi, as not everywhere supports this kick-ass service just yet). Also, it offers cloud storage back-up for photos the moment they’re taken — sayonara to the days of having to scramble for new memory cards!

Early reviews are in and here’s what the general consensus: yes, the physical specs on the Galaxy Camera are impressive. I mean, how could they not be — they’re the only true “smart” camera on the market. But its performance is severely lacking. There are reports of shutter delay. Also, some are saying that the Jellybean software isn’t exactly jiving with the hardware as well as it should — lots of error messages popping up time and again when users are trying to taking a photo.

But if expert reviews and opinions aren’t for you, then you might be interested in hearing a bit more about some of the device’s flashly highlights — Samsung’s Galaxy Camera allows users to take a picture using voice control, edit images on the touchscreen, and share photos right away on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

Interested in buying it? Well, let ye be forewarned that the Galaxy Camera does not fall into the category of affordable electronic gear like our finely crafted portable mini speakers – Samsung announced that they’ll be on sale in the UK next month for £399, about $500 here in the States.

Thanks, but I think I’ll stick with my camera phone for now.

Thanks but no thanks

Learn more about the new Samsung Galaxy Camera.

US Olympian Comes Up Just Short in Beer Mile Record Attempt

American runner Nick Symmonds trains hard, misses mark by a few seconds

Nick Symmonds during beer mile
Big picture – going from fifth place to second place ain’t nothing to sneeze at.

Breaking it down contextually, well, is a whole other thing.

Meet Nick Symmonds.

Nick Symmonds at Olympics

Prior to last week, he was semi-famous for two reasons:
• He represented the US as a runner in the 800 meter race at this summer’s London Olympic games, where he finished in fifth place
• He once went out on a date with Paris Hilton, where he brought her a gift bag that included, among other items, a pink watch, pink towel, and pink bubble bath (should’ve gone with a portable speaker instead my man – ‘dem chicks dig ‘em)

This latest story involving Symmonds is one he can be most proud of though – following his less-than-stellar performance in London, rather than mope around, he went right into training camp, preparing his body and mind for an attempt to break the world record time in the “beer mile” – a mile-long race that requires the runner stop every quarter-mile and chug a beer.

Nick Symmonds training for beer mile

Long story short, Symmonds finished the race in 5:19, just a few seconds short of the world-record mark of 5:09 set by Canadian marathoner Jim Finlayson (damn ‘Nucks!)

All things considered, though, finishing all that beer PLUS a full mile in that little time is an accomplishment in and of itself. I know that I, personally, can barely coordinate myself with a beer in one hand while playing a game of Kan Jam.

So, kudos to you, Mr. Symmonds – kudos to you.

As for video of the race, for whatever reason TMZ’s cameras were on seen at the track during the “event” (I smell publicity stunt). Check out a consolidated 3-minute clip of the whole thing after the jump.

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FAA giving serious consideration to letting passengers use electronics during takeoff (finally!)

Federal Aviation Administration agrees to join 21st century, reconsider archaic law

Turn off electronics sign

Did you hear that? That’s Alec Baldwin jumping up and screaming in sheer, unadulterated joy.

Why? Because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is giving super-serious consideration to up-ending one of its laws most in need of updating – that is, having all passengers shut off their phones, laptops, and tablets during takeoff.

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Beastie Boys to Monster Energy Drink: Quit Stealing Our Music!

Group files suit against energy drink maker over illegal use of their music

Beastie Boys

NO SLEEP TILL . . . the bank?

If all goes accordingly, it appears this may very well be the case for the Beastie Boys.

Reps for the New York-based rap trio have filed a suit against energy drink giant, Monster, alleging that “Monster, without plaintiffs’ consent, synchronized and recorded (Beastie Boys music) with visual and other material in the creation of promotional video . . . for Monster products.”

Thumbing through the fine print, the suit specifically refers to unlicensed Beastie Boys material in a clip for Monster’s “Ruckus in the Rockies 2012” snowboarding event held this past May. Also at issue is a Monster promo which included a link to a downloadable free MP3 that contained 23 minutes of music filled with some of the group’s most popular songs.

Now this may be slightly confusing for anyone involved in action sports whose seen videos with a Beastie Boy song or two in the background — that’s actually okay to do by Mike D, Ad-Rock, and the late, great Mr. MCA.

You see, the group has established a sharp distinction between the promotional and artistic use of their music. Skaters, bikers, and boarders have the right to use the music in personal “home-movie” videos to showcase their skills. Using the Beastie Boys’ songs specifically for advertisements, however, is a big no-no.

Especially when it’s without the group’s permission.

As a matter of fact, late Beastie Boys member Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away of cancer this past May, actually addressed this issue in his will, stating “in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes.”

Sounds pretty clear to the folks here at the world’s best portable mini speaker. Guess it was kind of confusing to the brains in charge at Monster.

Breaking it all down, in their case again Monster, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Dechen Yauch (executor of the estate of Adam “MCA” Yauch) are together seeking “no less than $150,000” for each infringement Monster conducted, among other damages.

That’s a lot of Red Bull, but hey, I guess sometimes you just need to fight for your right to protect your $hit.