Ricoh Acquires Pentax’s Digicam Business For Expansion Plans

It has been confirmed today that Ricoh has purchased Pentax’s Digicam business from its current owners Tokyo-based Hoya group. According to reports the sale is worth around $124 million for Pentax and details have been issued in a PDF from Hoya.

Ricoh plans to expand its already existing but relatively small camera business which sold around 1.6 million cameras last year but lacks DSLR products. By developing the Pentax single-lens reflex range to enter markets in developing countries.

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Call Of Duty Gets Its Own Fan Event And $1 Million Tournament

If you are a big fan of the phenomenon that is Call Of Duty together with its sequels and DLC packs you might be please to know that the hugely popular game now has its own 2 day fan event called Call of Duty XP.

The first Call of Duty XP fan event will be in Los Angeles during the first half of September this year. The event will cost $150 to attend and will feature a $1 million Call of Duty tournament hosted by  Xbox 360, the lead sponsor, in partnership with Activision. So if you think your skills are up to it an investment of just $150 might be well worth it.

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Google+ Android App gets Updated

Google only released their new Google+ Android app yesterday and it seems the app how now been updated, and the latest version adds a few new features to Google+ for Android.

The latest version of Google+ for Android will now let you use multiple Gmail accounts when you sign into the app, it has also had a minor UI update and Google have also added a ‘Spiffy new profile icon on the menu screen’.

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Twitter Now Handles More Than 200 Million Tweets A Day

This week Twitter has announced passing yet another Tweet milestone revealing that it now send over 2 million a day. To put that in context  back in January 2009 users sent two million Tweets a day, and just a year ago handled around 65 million Tweets a day.

Twitter compares its 200 Million Tweets A Day to a 10 million-page book in Tweets or 8,163 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, a staggering achievement.

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The Vax Ev, The Worlds First Cardboard Vacuum Cleaner

A student at Loughborough University, Jake Tyler has created the world’s first cardboard vacuum cleaner, called the Vax Ev, it has been created in conjunction with vacuum cleaner manufacturer Vax.

Jake Tyler developed the Vax Ev for his final year degree project, and Vax will be releasing a limited production run of this cardboard vacuum cleaner, which is designed to be more environmentally friendly than current vacuum cleaners.

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Olympus Pen E-P3 Appears On Amazon

Yesterday Olympus unveiled three new cameras in their PEN range, the flagship model was the new Olympus Pen E-P3, and it has now appeared on Amazon for pre-order although there doesn’t seem to be any delivery date as yet.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 features a 12.3 megapixel Live Mos sebsor which has been developed by Olympus, there is also a 3 inch OLED touchscreen display, and it can record HD video in 1080i.

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Due To Insane Demand Google Closes Google+ Invites

After opening up an invite only service for its new Google+ service earlier this week Google has now had to close the invitation doors for the night due to insane demand it reports.

Google+ is a new service launched this week by Google to take on the social network giant Facebook at its own game. Google+ started this week as an invite only affair with existing Plus members enabled to invite other to join.

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Aphix iPhone Stand Lets You Mount Your Smartphone Anywhere

We have featured quite a few different stands for the iPhone and smartphones here at Geeky Gadgets, the latest one is called the Aphix iPhone Stand and it is designed to work with the iPhone and a wide range of smartphones.

As you can see from the photos below the Aphix iPhone stand features a suction cup on each end of the stand, this allows you to attach one end to your iPhone and the other end to any flat surface, like your car window or desk.

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IBM Announces New Solid State Phase-change Memory Breakthrough

IBM researchers have this week announced a major breakthrough which is set to replace solid-state flash memory, with the unveiling of their new phase-change memory (PCM).

Traditional flash memory has some great advantages and is currently used in a huge number of devices from Mac Book Air’s to mobile phones, however its weakness is its limited lifespan.

IBM is hoping their new PCM technology will be able to replace solid-state flash memory in the near future, and we could see devices equipped with the new PCM memory within the next five years.

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