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  • Sonos Controller for Android delayed until April, heartbreak available now

    Is it really the end of March? That’s debatable, but if you’ve been wondering where Sonos’ Controller for Android app is, well… wonder no more. Rather than cutting it loose within the next week (as promised earlier in the year), the outfit’s vice president of quality has informed the world that it won’t be available until next month. The exact quote?

    “We know you’re anxiously awaiting the Sonos Controller for Android. Unfortunately, testing the app is taking a bit longer than we anticipated. The latest addition to our free controller line-up won’t arrive until April, but when it does, it is going to rock.”

    But will it rock as much as the image above? Time will tell, friends.

    Sonos Controller for Android delayed until April, heartbreak available now originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 17:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Panasonic Lumix GH2 review roundup: impressive video recording, murky still images

    In case you’re still wondering if Panasonic’s mirrorless Lumix GH2 is worth your $900, we’ve rounded up a handful of reviews to provide a pointer for your next big purchase. While most reviewers agree that this Micro Four Thirds camera appears to be very similar to its predecessor, they universally praise the subtly improved ergonomics, speedy liveview autofocusing, and refined image quality, especially with its 1080p AVCHD video recording (although Digital Camera Resource Page did notice some artifacting in its clips). Noise is also a non-issue up to about ISO 800 or 1600, though it’s apparent that the 16 megapixel stills are comparatively dull and, like those from many other MFTs, aren’t quite on par with DSLRs — expect plenty of manual processing work here, as demoed by the good folks over at Digital Photography Review. All in all, the GH2 is a great kit for high quality video capturing, bundled with a pretty good still performance that requires some extra TLC afterwards — kinda ironic in a way, but hey, this isn’t a problem for lovers of video bokeh. Head over to the links below for some in-depth analysis and walk-through before you leave a small dent on your bank account.

    Read – Digital Photography Review
    Read – Photography Blog
    Read – Camera Labs
    Read – Digital Camera Resource Page
    Read – Let’s Go Digital

    Panasonic Lumix GH2 review roundup: impressive video recording, murky still images originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 16:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Nokia continues reinvention, details new fonts and branding

    Nokia’s current typeface — Nokia Sans — feels like one of the great constants in the consumer electronics industry, a design that instantly screams “Nokia” the moment you see it (for better or worse). That kind of strong, tight brand recognition from something as basic and simple as a character on a screen really isn’t something that you can buy — it needs to be built and cultivated over many, many years — so we’re sure that Espoo’s decision to chuck it and start fresh wasn’t taken lightly. In fact, we’re sure it wasn’t taken lightly because the company has published an 800-plus word explanation and defense of its decision to kill off Nokia Sans and replace it with Nokia Pure, a font it describes as the embodiment of “beauty in supreme usability.”

    Of course, it’s no coincidence that the font change comes just as Nokia’s trying to go back to the drawing board, both with its hiring of outsider Stephen Elop and its decision to phase out Symbian and add Windows Phone into the mix; sure enough, the company says that it plans to use Pure on its devices and that “it has been designed specially for mobile and digital environments.” What do you think?

    [Thanks, Esko]

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    Nokia continues reinvention, details new fonts and branding originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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