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8BitDo Announces the Teeny Tiny Zero 2 Controller

Revealed at E3 2018, the 8BitDo Zero 2 controller is designed to mimic the colors of the Game Boy Pocket from the 1990s, and it features a directional pad, four face buttons, “select” and “start” buttons, and even motion controls. This microscopic controller will use Bluetooth for connectivity and will supposedly work with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, macOS, and Android. That’s a lot of features in a pretty tiny package.

8BitDo hasn’t yet announced the cost or release date of the Zero 2. Which is a shame, because people have started clamoring for more details about where and when they can purchase them. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more, ourselves.

8BitDo products are available through their website, while new product announcements and release dates will show up on their Facebook page.


Leica “Stealth Edition” Will Be Limited to 125 Pieces

The founder, CEO and creative director of Rag & Bone, Marcus Wainwright, teams up with Leica for a bespoke camera. The M Monochrom offers a custom matte black body and glow-in-the-dark detailing, along with the brand’s usual high-end performance.

Seeking to distill the essence of Leica’s cameras to its purest form, Wainwright dressed the camera in a discrete black finish and minimized branding to place the focus on the M Monochrom’s capabilities, as opposed to its looks. Settings are represented by engravings on the camera’s surface, while fluorescent paint allows for low-light usage. A matching cowhide leather trim grants the grip an extra layer of understated luxury, and the Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH lens ensures street photographers a pleasant bokeh and quality image.

Limited to a mere 125 pieces, the Leica M Monochrom “Stealth Edition” goes on sale March 20.



Sony Unveils Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With 4K Video

Sony has now unveiled the a7 III (model ILCE-7M3) — an update to 2014’s a7 II and 2015’s a7s II.

Now boasting a 24.2 MP sensor with 5-axis optical image stabilization, internal 4K HDR video capability (downscaled from 6K) and longest rated battery life of any mirrorless camera thanks to its Z series battery, this a7 III is labeled by Sony as the “basic full-frame model” of its mirrorless camera lineup, and will retail for about $2,000 USD for the body only.

The a7 III shoots stills at up to 10 frames per second in RAW or JPEG, with a buffer of 177 images for JPEGs, 89 images in compressed RAW, and 40 images in uncompressed RAW. It captures images with 15-stop dynamic range, and outputs 14-bit RAW files. Additionally, if there is fluorescent or artificial lighting present in a shooting environment, users can activate the anti-flickerxii function to allow the a7 III to automatically detect frequency of the lighting and time the shutter.

For video, the camera offers 4Kvi (3840×2160 pixels) video recording at 120 fps across the full width of the full-frame image sensor, producing high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Other notable details on the camera include dual SD slots, a USB-C port, microUSB, HDMI and wireless connections via WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth, while it’s equipped with a BIONZ-X processor that is 1.8 times faster than its predecessor.

While the a7 III body costs around $2K, the body with an FE 28‑70 mm F3.5‑5.6 kit lens will be listed for around $2,200 USD, and availability starts in April.

For additional information, head on over directly to Sony‘s official website and also view the performance videos below.

Elon Musk Releases The Boring Company Flamethrower

Following a series of teasers from CEO Elon Musk, The Boring Company recently released its long-awaited flamethrower. The outrageous item comes after the infrastructure and tunnel construction company met Musk’s goal of selling 50,000 branded hats.

Available for pre-order now, the flamethrower looks to be modeled after the CSI S.T.A.R. XR-5 Airsoft Rifle and features a top mounted gas tank for a sleek and futuristic design. Additionally, The Boring Company wants fans to use its flamethrowers safely which is why they are also selling a branded fire extinguisher that comes with a “cool sticker.”

To celebrate the release of the Boring Company Flamethrower, Elon Musk recently took to Instagram to show off how to use them. In one clip Musk is seen firing a flamethrower up and playfully running at the cameraman. While the other clip of two employees trying the flamethrower is captioned, “great for roasting nuts.”

Priced at $500 USD, The Boring Company Flamethrower is available for pre-order now via boringcompany.com. While an accompanying Boring Company Fire Extinguisher is also available on the site for $30 USD.

Unfortunately, My Shopping Box CANNOT ship the flamethrower to your doorstep, so please don’t send any to your suites (and guns and drugs). See? We love you THAT much.

Apple’s HomePod Speaker Now Available to Preorder

Apple‘s HomePod smart speaker is now available to preorder through Apple Store. At $349 USD, the speaker is slated to start on February 9. HomePod, which comes in black or white, is powered by Apple’s A8 chip, which first appeared in the iPhone 6, and features built-in Siri, six microphones, HomeKit support, and sound optimization.

Although the speaker’s launch was delayed, HomePod will not have features like AirPlay 2. Apple says that those features are coming later this year in a free software update. The HomePod is available for preorder now in the US and UK, so both your My Shopping Box addresses should do the trick.

Preorder HomePod via the Apple Store.

Lomography Releases LC-A+ 25th Anniversary Edition Camera

Lomography celebrates the 25th anniversary of its most iconic LC-A analog camera with a limited edition version. Officially dubbed the LC-A+, the commemorative shooter features a black metal body alongside premium brown leather wrapping around the device. The company’s mantra is embossed on the back portion, expressing “No rules, happy mistakes & analogue love.” Conclusively,  the sturdy device is fitted with a built-in Minitar-1 32/2.8 lens.

Accompanying the LC-A+ are two additional anniversary editions, the LC-Wide and LCA-120 cameras. Preview a selection of sample shots from LC-A+ users in the video below and pre-order the camera for approximately $299 USD at Lomography’s official website. Stateside shipping will officially commence on January 29.

 

Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin This Thursday

Videogame legend Atari is making a comeback with a brand new console called the Ataribox, which will feature both classic Atari games and a fleet of newly developed games. The console will field ports for an SD card, HDMI and four USBs, alongside woodgrain and black glass cosmetic options.

The Ataribox console is available for pre-order as of this Thursday, December 14. The device is expected to sell between $250 – $300 and will be officially rolled out in Spring 2018, and we’ll definitely be there to ship your consoles straight to your doorstep.