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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom


Taking a page from Dr. Frankenstein’s book, Korean electronics giant Samsung has merged a fully featured Android phone with a 16MP point and shoot camera to create the Galaxy S4 Zoom.  The camera/phone hybrid incorporates the best of both worlds.  On the phone side there’s a 4.3 inch qHD touchscreen display, 1.5.GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.9MP front facing camera, 8GB of internal storage (that can be expanded with microSD), and a host of other features also available on Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone.  On the camera side there’s a 10x optical zoom (the first ever on a phone), a Xenon flash, image stabilization, and a unique “Zoom Ring”.  The “Zoom Ring” grants instant access to multiple camera modes including Auto, Gallery and Smart Mode, and in the middle of a phone call you can use it to activate the In-Call Photo Share feature, letting you capture and send an image directly via MMS to whoever you are talking to.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom will launch near the end of the year with the price for the device  yet to be announced.

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Givenchy Shark and Flower iPad Case

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Are you a proud iPad owner who likse to get raunchy in Givenchy?  Then you’ll probably be interested in this new iPad case from the Ricardo Tischi-led French fashion house.  Known for his fascination with gothic art and religion, this latest case is made out of an all black coated canvas and features printed images of a shark’s jawbone with a singular star on one side and a wreath of white and purple irises on the other.  It’s like having two Givenchy iPad cases for the price of one.  Speaking of price, you can pre-order the case now from LUISAVIAROMA for $311 with shipping expected to start at the end of September.

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – a-JAYS Five Earphones

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All black everything…including your headphones!

Believe it or not, more cool things come out of Sweden than cheap furniture, meatballs, and house music, like these a-JAYS Five headphones by JAYS.  The fifth installment in the a-JAYS series of bass-heavy earbuds is made from turned aluminum and covered in a flexible thermoplastic foam that makes the headphones durable and flexible and helps produce a better sound.  The headphones also feature a once-piece construction and flat, tangle-free cables.  No longer will you have to spend several minute getting the knots out of your earbuds and wondering how the cable got tangled in the first place.  Three separate versions have been designed to play nice with you iOS, Android, or Windows device with each supporting all features of your smartphone such as answering/hanging up calls, playing and pausing music and videos, skipping songs, changing the volume, and voice control.  They will be available soon in either bright white or matte black.

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M.I.S.S. Techcessories – Samsung Galaxy Tab 3

Galaxy Tab 3 in the house

The third version of the Galaxy Tab is out of this world.

If you’re looking for an Android powered tablet that can easily be slipped into a bag without a) taking up too much space and b) causing you immense shoulder pain, Samsung’s got you covered.  The company has just released the third iteration of it’s popular, Android based tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3.

The 3.7 inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) TFT display tablet features a thinner bezel, a sleeker design, and a one hand grip form factor that ensures a higher level of portability and comfortability than it’s predecessor.  There’s a 3-megapixel camera in the rear and 1.3 -megapixel camera in the front for video chatting.  Powering the tablet is a 1.2.GHz Dual Core processor and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) that allows for faster downloads and sharing while providing easy access to videos, apps, games, and the interne.   You  also get either 8 or 16GB of internal memory (expandable up to 64GB) to store all your pictures, movies, and favorite distractions.

Both Wi-Fi and 3G enabled versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in the US starting next month with prices starting at $200.

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MISS Techcessories: The Samsung Galaxy Note II & Galaxy Camera

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Earlier this year Samsung invited me to the Samsung Galaxy Studios to try out some of their new products and I was delighted to check out the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Camera. I was sent review copies of each and I haven’t been able to get much work done because I just want to play all day on these devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Back when the first Galaxy Note dropped our tech writer Ron Simms wrote a review and based on his comments I couldn’t wait to try the second version out.  The Galaxy Note II is a pretty amazing device that allows you to consolidate your gadgets.  It’s a “Phablet” – that is a phone and a tablet – all in one.  A little bit larger than your average smart phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II give you all of the convenience of your phone with the comfort of using a tablet.

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My favorite feature of the phone is the stylus and writing capability.  Though I have my share of gadgets to keep track of things for me, at the end of the day I love making lists and taking note – on paper – with a pen.  I know, that’s so last century of me.  The great thing about the Galaxy Note II is that you can get your writing fix without having to carry around a pen and notebook.  In fact, you can full on sketch, doodle and create impressive illustrations on the Galaxy Note II.  If you are having a hard time giving up your pen and paper then the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the perfect tool for you.  Not only are consolidating your technology but you can consolidate half the stuff taking up room in your bag!

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Where do I start with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.  How about here:  I LOVE THIS CAMERA.  This camera is no joke.  In much the same way that the Samsung Galaxy Note II consolidates gadgets the camera does the same.  This camera not only takes amazing pictures, it does everything a smart phone does with the exception of making phone calls.  The Samsung Galaxy Camera I tested was a carrier-based camera equipped with 4G so I could snap a picture at the Farmer’s Market and immediately upload it to Instagram – right in the middle of the street!

The Samsung Galaxy Camera comes with automatic and manual settings – and then there are “smart” settings.  The automatic settings come equipped with filters that you can add to your photos and it doubles as a video camera as well!  The manual settings are the coolest I’ve seen on a digital camera.  When you select the Expert setting it allows you to control the Aperture and Shutter speed manually – but the interface looks like a lens so for all you cameraphiles you still get the feel of a traditional camera.

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The most impressive by far the the “Smart” Settings.  These settings allow you to take particular kinds of photos and feature modes like Rich Tone (three photos to choose from under-, over- and properly exposed), Panorama (sweep to take a wide angle photo), Waterall (intenionally blur the flow of water) and Sunset just to name a few.  One of my favorites is “Best Face” – you know when you take a group photo and it’s hard to get everyone to look normal at once?  Well with Best Face the camera takes five shots consecutively and you pick your favorite face from each photo for your final photo.  Amazing.  Another favorite is “Best Photo” and is an essential tool for anyone trying to photograph a child (you mama’s out there know what I’m talking about).  Best Photo takes a eight photos in a few seconds and you choose the favorite from the bunch.

Not only is the Samsung Galaxy Camera an amazing tool, it looks awesome.  Every single time I have whipped out this camera people flock around me to see what it is.  It never fails to inspire oohs and ahhhs if you’re into that sort of thing.  I love this camera so much and I haven’t had the chance to touch the surface of what it could do.

Here are some photos I took with the Galaxy Camera – no filters or Photoshop!

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You can learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Samsung Galaxy Camera on the Samsung Galaxy website.

And don’t forget, the Samsung Galaxy 4 just released so you can upgrade your phone too if you don’t want the “phabulousness” of a “phablet”.


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