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There’s nothing quite like the pent-up anticipation for an Apple product arrival, and yes, that extends even to customers of Cricket, who lined up this morning for their first chance to score an iPhone from the prepaid carrier. While both the iPhone 4 (8GB) and 4S (16GB) must be purchased outright — for $ 399 and $ 499 respectively — sales were said to be “brisk” today, which can be partially attributed to Cricket’s $ 55 per month plan. For the monthly layout, customers can take advantage unlimited calling, messaging and data, although they’ll need to contend with throttling for any usage past 2.3GB. Next up, Virgin Mobile is similarly situated to receive the iPhone on June 29th. Think there’ll be any lines?
Ruggedized cameras have always been delivered with some kind of compromise — an inflated price tag, bulkier body or sub-par image quality. Now, much as the E-M5 did to tighten the gap among mirrorless cameras, Olympus is introducing a full-featured pro-worthy Tough model. The Tough TG-1 is effectively an XZ-1 in a ruggedized shell — its 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor, 25-100mm, f/2.0-4.9 4x zoom lens and 3-inch 610k OLED display are all wrapped in a reinforced body, capable of flawless shooting at depths of 40 feet, in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and after a 6.6-foot fall. With the TG-1, the company is aiming for the pro’s gear bag, bringing features like 30 fps full-res rapid-fire shooting (for 50 consecutive shots, or 220 in a 3-megapixel 60 fps mode), the same TruPic VI image processor previously available only on current-gen PEN models and super-fast E-P3-like focusing speeds to an affordable, pocketable compact.
The TG-1 is also a capable video shooter, offering 1080/30p captures on land and under the sea, with Linear PCM audio recording and a powerful Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization feature. A shutter range from bulb to 1/2000 second boosts versatility, while tools like GPS, an e-compass and pressure-measuring manometer combine to provide data-rich pictures while also aiding in-camera tools, like a compass with 3D renders and a power-efficient GPS that helps to identify more than 700,000 landmarks around the globe. It’s hardly approaching ILC territory, but the camera includes some lens accessory compatibility, with an available conversion adapter with fisheye and telephoto attachments that work (and can be swapped in and out) underwater. Double-locking battery and HDMI port doors will keep dust and water away from compartments, and a repellant coating helps fight water build-up on the lens — there’s 40.5mm filter compatibility as well. The Olympus Tough TG-1 is set to ship for $ 399 in mid-to-late June, and we’re fairly certain it will be worth the wait. Full PR is just past the break.
Gallery: Olympus Tough TG-1
Hang on to your kneecaps, folks. Google’s just announced that its making the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ available in its Play web store for $ 399 contract-free. That’s right: the unlocked, unbranded, pure Google, 16GB GSM version everyone’s been importing from foreign lands far and near is now officially available in the US — booyah! The handset ships with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes with Google Wallet pre-installed (including a $ 10 credit to get you started with the company’s mobile payment service).
As a refresher, it’s not Google’s first time in the smartphone sales game. The company made the Nexus One available on its own website in 2010 before pulling the plug and then partnering with Best Buy to sell the Nexus S later that year. One of the problems with the Nexus One was support — or lack thereof. Google’s assured us things will be different this time and it will be offering proper support for its Nexus flagship. We sure hope so.
The Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ is on sale now for $ 399 (plus taxes and two-day shipping) in the new Devices section of the Play web store. It’s a phenomenal deal for one of the best Android phones on the market today — especially when you consider it provides 21Mbps HSPA+ with great battery life (unlike the “fake” Nexus) and no commitment on your choice of AT&T or T-Mobile. So go ahead, stick it to the carriers and get a taste of dumb-pipe utopia — delicious, isn’t it?
Lytro, the world’s first light-field camera, made its debut today at an event in San Francisco. The camera records fields of light instead of pixels and allows users to focus after they’ve taken a picture. We’ve talked about the technology behind this camera previously, but this is the first time we’ve seen the camera’s unique [...]