Google has teamed up with several major and local retailers to offer same-day shipping to California, Bay Area residents. The new service is currently free to shoppers in San Francisco and some nearby cities. Google plans to charge for the service in the future, but only after it's finished testing it in limited markets.
Victoria Beckham officially launched her e-commerce website on Tuesday. This is the first time fans can purchase Victoria's designs from an online boutique. VictoriaBeckham.com is also the only place carrying the 38-year-old fashion designer’s ready-to-wear Icon line. The new line features five dresses ranging from $1595 to $2495.
"It’s all about modern luxury, and the ability to shop online and have anything delivered to your door is very much a modern convenience,” Beckham told the New York Times.
"It’s hard to take a moment to make yourself feel good,” Victoria added. “So if we can offer same-day delivery to women who may not have the time to plan ahead and make them feel great – then I’m very happy.”
Canon has officially announced both the EOS Rebel T5i and SL1 before its planned March 22 PowerShot press event. The SL1 is being called the "world's smallest DSLR". Its body is 4.6" (w) x 3.57" (h) x 2.74" (d), and it only weighs 14.36 oz. The SL1 features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, high-performance DIGIC 5 processor, a 3-inch Clear View II Touchscreen LCD with 1,040k-dot resolution, and it is capable of shooting 4 fps. The Rebel EOS SL1 will ship in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99.
The T5i is an upgraded and less expensive version of the popular T4i. Like the SL1, it also features an 18MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. It has an ISO range from 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), Multi Shot Noise Reduction and 9-point all cross-type autofocus system. Other features include: A 3.0" vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor, Full HD 1080 video capture, 5 fps continuous shooting, Scene Intelligent Auto Mode and advanced image features such as Handheld Night Scene mode.
Mattel announced a new direct-to-DVD Monster High movie entitled 13 Wishes, and a few new doll lineups at the 2013 Toy Fair in NY. The 13 Wishes toy line will feature two new dolls Gigi Grant, the daughter of a Genie, and Twyla, the daughter of the Boogie Man. The line also includes Lagoona Blue with an all new freshwater look, and Howleen Wolf with new animal print dress. Each doll will come with a pet, diary, brush, doll stand and character-specific accessories.
Pokemon is the newest franchise trying to cash-in on the multi-platform success of Activision's popular Skylanders video game series. Nintendo plans to launch Pokemon Rumble U in Japan on August 24, which is the same month Disney plans to release its similar virtual “toy box" game Disney Infinity. The success of both the new Pokemon and Disney games hinge on consumers' willingness to buy both the video games and individually sold action figures.
Nintendo recently announced the first companion toys for the game. They include: Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Torchic, Lucario, Victini, and Piplup. The figurines use NFC technology to interact with the game... Meaning players can use the real life action figures to unlock characters in the virtual world, much like the Skylanders series. Activision has already launched two successful Skylanders games, and plan to launch a second sequel entitled Skylanders Swap Force in Q4 of 2013.
Canon recently sent out some creative invites for a new press event to be held on March 22. The standard paper invites arrived in Canon-branded boxes, which also contained a special projector pen. The pens were labeled IXUS / PowerShot, and revealed a message when pointed at a wall or screen.
While the invites did not mention the EOS 70D specifically, the new DSLR is expected to make an appearance at the event along with some new PowerShot models. The EOS 70D is Canon's answer to the recently released Nikon D7100. It's expected to be a big upgrade from its highly popular predecessor the 60D. The 70D will also be the new flagship APS-C sensor camera in Canon's lineup.
Disney has delayed the launch of its virtual “toy box" game Disney Infinity. The game was scheduled to launch in June to coincide with the release of Monsters University which hits theaters on June 21. The game and collectible toys will be available for the Xbox 320, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on August 18 in North America and August 20 in Europe. Disney said it wanted more time to work on and improve the game.
"We could deliver in June if we wanted to," Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants explained. "Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops."
We received a request to add a NBA Live 2013 tracker, but according to several reports EA decided to scrap the game. However, in an official statement released in 2012, Executive Vice President of EA SPORTS Andrew Wilson promised to bring the game back in 2013. Nothing has been announced, but we will keep you updated. It's unknown if the game will be labeled "2013" or "2014".
The Sony PlayStation 4 was officially announced February 20, 2013. The console itself was never shown, and no price or release date was given. Here is the full press release: