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Technology just in time for holiday season gifting

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05

   Every year, new technology is brought up to the market, especially when the holiday season arrives.

This year, big companies like Google and Apple have released or plan to release new technology such as the anticipated Wii U, iPad Mini, new iPods and Samsung’s Galaxy Note II and SIII.

Wii U—Nintendo’s most recent console will be released Nov. 18. The console’s most announced gadget is the new controller or Wii U Game Pad, which contains plenty of new features such as a 6.2-inch touch screen and its stylus, a camera that can be used in games and to chat between consoles, a microphone, speakers, motion controls and a TV control button. Another feature that kept Nintendo fans waiting is the addition of the new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface), which gives Nintendo games high definition graphics. The Wii U comes in two presentations, a white console and a black console. The white console is the basic set with an 8GB capacity at a price of $299.99, the deluxe set with a black console and a capacity of 32GB has a price of $349.99.

iPad Mini—The smaller version of the iPad, according to apple.com, is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the original iPad. It features a 7.9-inch screen, with a five-megapixel camera that can FaceTime in HD and record in full 1080p. The gadget features an AirPlay setting, which allows the users to play videos on the iPad and watch them on the TV. The mini also includes Wi-Fi and now Apple prepares to ship the iPad mini with 4G LTE included, meaning that people will be able to access the Internet without a Wi-Fi connection. According to Apple, it has over 275,000 apps to download and a 10-hour battery life. Its price begin at $329.

Samsung Galaxy Note II—Samsung’s Note II is thinner than the last Samsung’s Note and some of its features include a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, with a memory ranging from 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of capacity, plus a 2GB of RAM. It offers Android 4.1 Operating System (OS), a 5.5-inch HD screen and an eight-megapixel, auto focus camera. It works with 4G LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Note II also features the S Pen that allows users to send hand-written emails, and quick commands, with which users can place calls, send text messages, or emails by writing the command with the stylus. Other functions of the Note II are the Multi Windows to do multiple tasks on one screen, and Air View which allows the user to manage pictures and other files without having to open any folder. Prices vary among carriers and begin at $159.99.

Samsung Galaxy SIII—The SIII, known for its tagline, “the next best thing is already here,” includes Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), a 4.8-inch HD screen, an eight-megapixel camera in the rear and a 1.9-megapixel camera with HD recording on the front side of the phone. Its memory capacity varies between 16GB and 32GB. The phone can also connect to Wi-Fi and supports 4G. The Samsung Galaxy SIII includes Google services such as Google Plus, YouTube, Google Search, Google Maps and more. Galaxy SIII comes in two colors: pebble blue and marble white. Prices vary among carriers.

iPod Nano—According to Apple, the iPod Nano is the size of a credit card and it’s the thinnest iPod ever made. The iPod Nano now features a 2.5-inch widescreen to play videos and/or movies. It also features Bluetooth 4.0 capability that is compatible with a car’s sound system, when Bluetooth enabled. FM radio is also built in to iPod Nano with a live pause and rewind option. The new iPod Nano is sold in various colors and prices begin at $149.

Google Nexus 10—Google’s latest multi touch tablet contains a 10-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 pixels. The memory ranges from 16GB to 32GB, and has a 2GB RAM. Some features are GPS, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2 OS, a five-megapixel camera and applications like YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. Nexus 10 is expected to be released in November. The price will start at $299.

Leonardo Montañez may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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