September's coolest electronics

By , IDG News Service |  Personal Tech, camera, HDTV

In the battle of digital SLRs (single lens reflex) cameras Nikon's latest salvo comes in the shape of the D90, the updated version of the D80 in Nikon's range. The camera's claim to fame is that it's the first digital single-lens reflex camera capable of shooting high-definition video. The resolution on the movies is 1,280 pixels by 720 pixels at 24 frames per second, so it won't replace a dedicated video camera but is an intriguing feature especially when you consider the ability to change the lens on the camera. One big difference in video mode: you're limited to manual focus only. The camera will be available this month in the U.S. and other markets and the body alone will cost around US$1,000. Later this year an add-on GPS (global positioning system) unit will be available so all photos are automatically geo-tagged.

LG Network Attached Storage unit

LG N4B1 NAS server

LG is targeting home and small-office/home-office (SOHO) users with a network-attached storage (NAS) server. Among the main features of the N4B1, which will go on sale in major markets from December, is the ability to automatically download data from USB storage devices, memory cards, digital still cameras, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs or any other storage media that is connected to it. Version management software helps keep track of the files it has already downloaded so only new ones are pulled into and cataloged in its disc storage. When discs are ripped they become virtual discs that appear to all users on the local network and mean data can be shared between many users. The N4B1 will also automatically burn little-used files onto Blu-ray Discs and can accommodate up to 4 drives and 4T-bytes of data. Pricing has not yet been decided.

Samsung X360 laptop

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