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This week in tech: Netflix comes to the iPhone, Canon announces 60D, Phone calls from Gmail

Netflix streaming comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch
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Summer in Boston may be nearing its end, but when it comes to tech, things are just starting to heat up. As promised, Netflix released their long-awaited iPhone app which allows subscribers to view the huge selection of streaming content over both 3G and Wi-Fi. In initial testing on an iPhone 4, both Wi-Fi and 3G streaming worked very well. This free app is sure to push at least some of iPhone wielding non-Netflix subscribers over the edge - at $8.99/month, there is little reason not to join in on the party.

Amateur photographers and film-makers around the world rejoiced when Canon made official their newest APS-C DSLR, the 60D. The camera features a redesigned navigation system, articulating LCD screen, and a number of in-camera editing options. The 60D is sure to find its way into the hands of budding photographers looking to upgrade from the Digital Rebel series. It should also be a hit with amateur film-makers unable to justify the expense of the 7D or 5D Mark II. As an avid photographer, I am very happy to see Canon put an articulating display on one of their DSLR cameras. With the advent of Live-View and video capture capabilities, this is a long overdue feature. The 60D will be hitting store shelves late September at a retail price of $1,099 for the body, $1,399 for the kit- which includes a new 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens.

On Wednesday Google enabled a feature that allows Gmail users to make outgoing VOIP phone calls right from their web browser. This move puts web-to-phone calling in the hands of the millions of existing Gmail users. At launch, the features are quite limited, but the ease at which Google can tie this new feature in with their Google voice service and ubiquity of Gmail users makes this move a big one.

As for next month - Apple is expected to release new iPods, Sony's Playstation Move goes on sale, and according to Boy Genius Reports a new HTC "Evo-like" Android device is headed for Verizon. Stay tuned.

Comments

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    Great week. The 60D looks like a fantastic upgrade from my XT. Now if it would just start shipping!

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    When is netflix coming to android?