B&H Gear News Roundup for May 9, 2014


This week in the news:

  • Samsung announced the NX3000 Digital Camera, which features a retro look, an NX interchangeable lens mount, and special "selfie" capabilities. 
  • An affordable new product from Dropcam called the Tab will let you know, remotely, when doors and windows open at your house. 
  • Lenovo, the biggest PC manufacturer in the world, announced its entry into the Chromebook market, with two new laptops. 

The New Samsung NX3000 Digital Camera

The new Samsung NX3000 was announced this week, and it's outfitted with a few key features that differentiate it from last year's NX2000. Featuring an NX mount for interchangeable lenses and a 20.3MP APSC sensor, the new Samsung shooter sports a more current "old school" retro look, and a 3.0" LCD monitor that flips forward for the all-important selfie shots. You can share images of your smiling mug and your latest meals easily with its built-in Wi-Fi and NFC functionality, and capture motion in 1080p HD video. There's a lot more to know about the new Samsung NX3000, and you can learn all about it and check out the full specs in this B&H Explora post.

The New Dropcam Tab 

This week Dropcam announced a new product that can notify you when a door or window opens up in your home when you're away. The Dropcam Tab is a tiny device that you can place on a door, window, or even an outdoor gate or the collar of your pet. It runs on two small watch batteries, and sends out a signal via Bluetooth. The signal is picked up by the Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi camera (which is required). When a door or window opens, or if your pet leaves the property, the connected Dropcam Pro camera will send an email or a push notification to your iOS or Android mobile device. Learn all about the new Dropcam Tab in this B&H Explora post.

The New Lenovo N20 and N20p Chromebooks

When you're looking for an inexpensive laptop for simple, everyday tasks, such as surfing the Internet and writing documents, ultra-inexpensive Chromebooks can be an appealing option. Chomebooks don't run Windows, Linux, or Apple operating systems, they utilize a souped-up version of Google's Chrome web browser instead. Lenovo, the world's largest PC maker, announced two new Chromebooks this week: the N20 and the N20p. It's big news, because this is Lenovo's first foray into the mainstream Chromebook market. The N20 and N20p are pretty typical Chromebooks, featuring Bay Trail Intel Processors, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The N20p, however, has the special ability to rotate its touchscreen 300 degrees, similar to the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

More news:

  • The free AR.FreeFlight app, which enables you to remotely control a Parrot AR.Drone, is now available for Windows 8 and Windows RT. Learn more about it over at Softpedia.
  • Kobo, the Canadian e-book company, has officially taken over Sony's Reader business. More information is available at Engadget.
  • Attendees of the educational lectures held at the B&H Event Space became featured artists at the SohoPhoto Gallery this week. The full story can be found in this B&H Explora post.

... and that's your gear news roundup for the week of May 5th, 2014.