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Sony Xperia S

The following article is sponsored. -Ed.

Usually when buying a smartphone it makes sense to aim for one of the established manufacturers. After all, with a few notable exceptions, they are the ones who have the necessary funding to spend on research and development – the most crucial element when sculpting a smartphone from a mere also-ran to a real technological marvel. However, the competition in this field is intense. Here’s a quick assessment of where your money might be best directed.

Sony Xperia S
In the nineties and early noughties Sony Ericsson was seen as the most likely manufacturer to topple Nokia from its perch of domination. How times have changed: neither Nokia nor Sony (as it is now having divorced Ericsson) could be deemed the champ. However Sony is clearly not prepared to accept this state of affairs, and has come up with the Xperia S as their latest ruse to enter and dominate the smartphone market. Its biggest selling point, at least in Sony’s eyes, is the prevalence of HD technology. Whether you’re taking photos or capturing video.

Using the same Bravia engine that fires their award-winning range of TVs Sony is clearly hoping for the Xperia S to be taken not simply as a smartphone, but a potential option for budding moviemakers. This is not to say it doesn’t have the tech-specs you’d expect from this kind of product. Using an internal flash-memory system, it packs a 32GB punch, as well as a 1.5 GHZ processor. But the real gem of the Xperia S, it’s worth emphasising, is the camera. The iPhone 4S has 8 Megapixels as does the Samsung Galaxy III. The Xperia S has 12.1 Megapixels! If what really matters is the quality of image you’re going to be taking or capturing and sharing with your circle, this will be one of the most popular mobile phones.

Sponsored Video: LG Experiments With 3D Facebook Feed

The following article is sponsored by LG. – Ed.

Whether you like it or not, it looks like 3D display technology is here to stay. When well implemented, it actually adds to the experience, and more movies and TV shows are now coming out in 3D. I actually enjoyed Avatar in 3D, more so than in traditional flat mode. And while it’s also pretty obvious that some games benefit from the added dimension, one has to wonder what else can be done? LG has decided to start some experiments to answer that question. They created LG 3D Studios and in their debut project, they tackled the Facebook feed.

It took the form of an application which converts all the posts on your feed into three-dimensional stacks of varying heights. Each stack’s height and width is determined by the number of likes and comments, visually drawing your attention to the items that may warrant it most. If you select a particular stack, you can navigate the post using your hands and participate in the conversation with a connected keyboard.

Wondering what it looks like but don’t have a 3D TV? That’s alright, LG has made the app available for you to try out either in 3D or not. I just gave it a go, and it works just as it’s supposed to. If you like it and have ideas of your own on how and what LG could be doing with this particular app, just let them know: there’s a form for that on the app.

[ LG 3D Studio Facebook Page ]
[ LG Nederland ]

Sponsored Video: Samsung Has A New Viral Campaign With A Model And Some Familiar Faces

By David Ponce

Samsung is an undeniable leader in the HDTV market, but that doesn’t stop them from having to spend some time marketing their wares. Their new line of televisions, which they’re calling Smart TVs, feature motion controls. This allows you to wave at your screen to control what’s happening. And it’s also the basis for the video you see above, which has already garnered more than 10 million views. It features a stunning model waving at her TV, a wave which is then misunderstood by a throng of admirers to be a flirty invitation. Hilarity ensues.

You can find out more about the Smart TVs and visit Samsung’s Facebook page by clicking on the links below.

Sponsored by Samsung.

[ Facebook Page ]
[ Info On Smart TV ]

Take Nice Instagram Pics? Energizer Has A Contest Where You Could Win $2,000, A Nikon S6300 Camera And Some Batteries

By David Ponce

We’d like to inform you guys that our longtime partner Energizer is sponsoring a contest for anyone that likes to take pictures with Instagram. After its acquisition by Facebook, the Instagram ranks swelled from 30 million users to 50 million, so there’s a good chance some of you are part of that group. You get to potentially win $2,000 in cold hard cash, a Nikon S6300 camera and some lithium batteries. Even if you don’t win, the next 9 runners-up still get a camera, while the next 99 will get a set of batteries. Here’s how it works:

1) It’s open to legal US residents, 18 and over, only.
2) You have to visit this Facebook page and enter the contest.
3) You can submit your pictures there and starting June 4th, people can vote for the best submissions.
4) Voting is allowed once per day on up to 5 photos.

Detailed instructions are available on that Facebook page, so if you want your chance at a cool two large, a camera and some batteries, hit the link below.

[ Energizer Instagram Facebook Contest Page ]

Deal Of The Day: $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV

By David Ponce

Laptops and desktops, that seems to be the bane of this column. So it’s pretty refreshing to see some new blood, even if that blood isn’t all that exciting. The Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50 is a 50 in. 3D plasma HDTV. Here are some specs:

The Panasonic Viera TCP50ST50 50″ Plasma HDTV features VIERA CAST, 1920×1080, Infinite Black 2 Panel, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready, 3 HDMI inputs, 3D-Ready, HD Tuner, and more.

Down to $1,178 from $1,399, it’s shipped to your door for free despite its probable heft.

[ $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Deal Of The Day: $257 Off On Dell XPS 14z

By David Ponce

While this laptop clearly wouldn’t qualify as an Ultrabook at nearly 1 inch thick (0.9in.), it’s still fairly thin and packs and packs a decent punch for the price. “This base configuration also includes 6GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive, 58 WHr 8-Cell Battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. At 0.9″ thin and less than 2kg starting weight, XPS 14z sports 1GB GeForce GT520M graphics, 1366×768 WLED display, HDMI v1.4 port, miniDisplayPort, one USB 3.0 port and more.” Usually selling for $999, today’s deal has it sitting at a very affordable $743.

[ $257 Off On Dell XPS 14z ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

The Future Of Wireless Charging

By David Ponce

[ Energizer sponsored OhGizmo! to attend CES 2012. Opinions are my own. -Ed. ]

A fundamental shift in the way we recharge our mobile devices is underway and most of us aren’t really aware of it. But over the last few years, wireless charging technology has been making huge strides and it’s now reaching the point where it might become ubiquitous. Here’s what you need to know.

Much like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are standard transmission protocols that allow connected devices from any manufacturers who use the technology to communicate with one another, there is now a new transmission protocol for wireless inductive charging called Qi (pronounced “chee”) which allows consumers to conveniently power smartphones and other devices today and in the future, regardless of manufacturer. It’s being curated by the Wireless Power Consortium, a conglomerate of more than100 companies of which Energizer was one of the early members.

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Energizer’s Household Lighting Edge Line Expands On Their Expertise

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By David Ponce

[ Energizer sponsored OhGizmo! to attend CES 2012. -Ed.]

The buzz this year at CES has been around 3D TVs, Ultrabooks and Windows 8, but what caught my attention came from a company once known for their batteries, Energizer. Moving well beyond that stereotype, Energizer showcased a whole portfolio of products that meet the power needs of a wide range of devices you depend on. One product in particular that I never would have, but should have, associated Energizer with was a line of lighting products for the home.

I say I should have because Energizer informed me that they have been in the lighting business for more than 110 years making a variety of flashlights including ones for everyday use to ones used by military professionals. It only makes sense that they use their advanced lighting technology for a line of household lights.

And advanced it is. So far, two collections, The Glas and Edge Collections, have launched. The line I saw first-hand at CES was The Edge Collection and not only does it have a sleek look, but the technology built into each light is pretty interesting. Developed with the latest in LED technology, the collection uses advanced circuitry and optics to create an integrated lighting system that enhances your environment, creating just the right ambiance. What is really cool is that you never have to replace the LEDs.

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Deal Of The Day: $400 Off On HP ENVY 17 Laptop

By David Ponce

The ENVY laptop from HP is on the upper end of the scale and let’s face it, looks a lot like Apple’s MacBook Pro. That’s kind of intentional, but fortunately for HP, they’ve also crammed the machines with lots of go-fast internals. Today’s deal shaves $400 of the $1,499 price to give you a refreshed Core i7 ENVY 17 at $1,049.

Refreshed 1.28″ thin, 7.37 lbs HP ENVY 17 features 1080p screen in all models, EPEAT Gold registered, wireless audio, silver and black aluminum design, radiance backlit keyboard and more. Also sports Beats volume control, DisplayPort, HDMI, 2-in-1 card reader, USB 3.0 ports, Intel Wireless Display, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi, 2-year warranty and more.

[ $400 Off On HP ENVY 17 Laptop ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]