Panasonic’s mirrorless Lumix GF7 is a $600 selfie shooter

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Panasonic is getting in on the selfie-first trend with the new mass-market Lumix GF7 — a 16-megapixel interchangeable lens camera which comes with a flippable LCD monitor, secondary left-hand shutter button, and a hands-free mode that shoots when the subject waves.

The GF7 is the latest Panasonic to use the Micro Four Thirds sensor (indeed, it’s got the same sensor and Venus processing engine as the earlier Lumix GX7) and is set to go on sale in March this year for $599 (£429). Panasonic is still aiming at the dedicated amateur with this camera, although the traditional stylings and leather-touch grip are definitely a step up in terms of style from the previous plastic-molded GF6 line. The GF7 is also available in a range of colors…

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Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review

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The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the appearance of small and affordable direct attached storage units with very high performance for day-to-day data transfer applications. We have already looked at some SSDs with a USB 3.0 – SATA bridge over the last couple of months. At CES 2015, Samsung launched the Portable SSD T1. Read on for our review of what it offers as a direct-attached storage unit.

The Knowledge: London cabbies’ multi-year, grueling training

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If you want to drive a black cab in London — the only cars that passengers can hail from the kerb — you have to pass “The Knowledge,” an unbelievably tough exam that tests you on your minute knowledge of every street, landmark, hotel, restaurant, hospital, church, stadium, airline office, club, police station, court, and tourist destination within six miles of Charing Cross station.

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Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

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Twitter Zipdial Last week TechCrunch reported Twitter was in final talks to acquire ZipDial for between $30 million and $40 million, and today the company announced the deal has closed. ZipDial allows people to call a special phone number for a business, hang up before they incur a charge, and then receive a phone call or SMS with information about the business. This “missed call” marketing… Read More

Chinese Travel Site Aoliday Raises $1.5M Seed Funding From Gobi Partners

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Aoliday founder James He Aoliday, a Shanghai-based travel site and mobile app that helps Chinese tourists arrange oversea trips, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from Gobi Partners. This is Aoliday’s first round of investment and will be used to hire more employees, improve its offline services, and expand into new markets, founder and CEO James He told TechCrunch. Read More

SoftBank Emerges As The Biggest Challenger To Uber

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softbank img If you live in the U.S., the chances are that your definition of the biggest rival to Uber is Lyft. The ride-sharing operates in many of the same U.S. cities as Uber, and the two have a keen rivalry, which includes some less than ethical practices on both sides. But a new, less obvious, force has emerged out of Asia poised to offer Uber its stiffest completion yet. Read More

The best introductory Arduino book just got better

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Arduino is on open-source electronics prototyping platform that lets you make interactive stuff without having a degree in electrical engineering. For about $25 you can buy a credit card sized circuit board that has input connections (for buttons, knobs, light sensors, microphones, humidity sensors, fart detectors, Internet signals, etc) and output connections (for servo motors, LEDs, buzzers, speakers, stepper motors, vibrators, etc). You write programs on your computer to tell the Arduino how to process the input signals and how to activate the output components. This program is uploaded to the Arduino’s microprocessor, making it self-contained.
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Social Network Tsu Is Hacking The App Store’s Pay-Per-Download Rules

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tsu-logo-banner-720x380 A newer, much-debated social network called Tsu has launched a workaround to Apple’s longtime ban on “incentivized” app installs (aka pay-per-installs). Technically, users are being rewarded for creating content on Tsu and inviting others to join, but the money they earn for this activity comes from Tsu’s advertisers. That means Tsu serves as something of a middle… Read More

Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey

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snapchat-still AdWeek recently reported that Snapchat is asking brands for $750,000 per day to run its new “my story” ads. Some would argue that Snapchat’s unique ad format, engagement tactics, demographics and immediacy make for an interesting experimental advertising opportunity. Others say that $750,000 is a lot to spend for an advertising experiment that has limited analytics, no… Read More

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