Posts tagged with "tech"

Apple Introduces iPad Air, iPad mini w/ Retina Display

The fifth generation iPad has a quirky name.  No, the tech doesn’t allow it to hover while you’re looking at it (yet), but the device is so light that they felt the name was applicable.  The device is 20% lighter than the fourth gen pad and the bezel is 43% narrower.  Overall, it weighs 1 pound compared to the 1.4 lb from the fourth gen version.  The other major change is the newer A7 processor found in the new iPhone 5S.

With other iPad news, the lil’ bro iPad mini now has a crystal clear Retina Display.  At 2048 x 1536 res on a 7.9 screen, the device follows the trend of recent 7-inch tablets having outstanding HD displays.  As a result, it’s also $70 more than the last mini model.

More info on both devices can be read on Apple.com.  Both devices will be shipping by November.

Apple iPhone 5S/5C Event Recap (Video)

In case you missed it, here’s a small recap of Apple’s iPhone event on September 10th that unveiled the latest additions in the iPhone family.

Pre-orders for the iPhone 5C are now available from Apple and select carriers.  Both the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will be available for purchase everywhere on Friday, September 20th.

[Via CNET]

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear Smartwatch (Video)

Above is the full 2-hour Unpacked event held earlier today by Samsung in New York City, revealing the expected third iteration of their Galaxy Note line along with a possible gamechanger with their new Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Won’t get into too many details about the Note, as you know the drill by now when it comes to smartphones (“bigger, slimmer, faster… blah blah”).  The smartwatch on the other hand is new territory, featuring a 1.63-inch Super Amoled screen and a 1.9 mp camera that can capture 720p video.  Yes, another lowkey method of creating the next Worldstar video sensation.

The Note 3 hits retail in 149 countries on September 25th.  The Galaxy Gear will launch sometime in October.

Video: Engadget Reviews the New Nexus 7

Set to drop this week, the new second generation Nexus 7 is the follow-up to what many believe was the best tablet of 2012, which sparked the creation of competitors such as the iPad mini.

Their full written review is also up, highlighted by spec comparisons between the old and new Nexus 7.  The general consensus among online reviews is that the new Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet money can buy and the HD screen is amazing.

New Nexus 7 + Android 4.3

Today Google officially announced an updated version of the Nexus 7, their popular small tablet that many sites/magazines called the Best Tablet of 2012. 

With this updated version, Google included a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, dual-band Wi-Fi, 1920x1200 (1080p) HD screen, and a 5mp camera and LED light (the original N7 didn’t have either).  Its also thinner and has a longer-lasting battery than the first N7, as well as an LED light (absent from the first).  Essentially the best tablet in its class got even better.  It will be available on July 30th for $229.

The device will also ship with Android 4.3 (Jellybean), the latest and greatest Android OS.  Most of the changes are technical and not easily seen, but one that was reported from the 4.3 leaks was native emoji support.  So if you’re one of the Android users who haven’t been using Swiftkey or other alternative keyboards, the native Android keyboard will now have built-in emoji support.  ‘Always-On Wi-Fi’ is another new feature, which keeps Wi-Fi on even when a device is in sleep mode.

Owners of the OG Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 will begin receiving the Android 4.3 update today.

Google Edition HTC One x Samsung Galaxy S4 Now Available

In case you forgot, the ‘pure’ versions of the top two Android smartphones dropped today on the Google Play store.  These unlocked versions provide OS updates directly from Google as soon as they’re available.

If you want to know how they compare to one another, as well as their original versions available on carriers, check out this hands-on review by Gizmodo.

[Via Gizmodo]

Microsoft Changes Xbox One Policies

After getting slammed for numerous controversial moves (mandatory Kinect, mandatory 24-hour internet check-ins, limited used game usage), Microsoft is now backtracking on some things.

They’ve just announced a couple key changes:

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

Nice. So now the main issues left are the need for Kinect and games having to be installed.  But since they’re paying attention to feedback, maybe those issues will also be worked on in the coming months leading to launch.

The ‘New’ Xbox 360 Is Now Available

Despite Microsoft’s announcement on Monday and the claim that the redesigned 360 was available on that day, it didn’t start becoming available in outlets/sites until yesterday.

If you’re in the running for an Xbox 360 and don’t want to be an early adopter of the Xbox One, you can cop one now on Amazon or Xbox.com.  Though maybe it would be a good idea to wait a bit until comparison videos of this model and the current S model pop up on Youtube.  After all, this new 360 means that the S models are likely to be cheaper on sites soon.

Update: 

According to geek.com, here’s what you should know about the new model 360: it has no A/V port (for composite or component video cables) and no S/PDIF for digital audio.  Basically the only way to connect to a TV is via HDMI, so owners of older TVs shouldn’t bother.  It has one less USB port than the S model (which has 5).  It also isn’t any less quiet than the S model already is.  Overall, it looks like you’re better off sticking with that model instead.

Sony’s Playstation 4 Unveiled

After an eventful day at E3, gamers had a lot to take in.  Most notably, we finally got a look at what the PS4 looks like and some solid details surrounding it.

Sony showed off a bunch of demos after revealing the console design, and then went in for the kill: the console will be able to play used/borrowed games, won’t require a check-in once per day, or require always-on internet connections.  These are all controversies surrounding Microsoft’s Xbox One that has gamers in an uproar, and Sony has shot them all down in regards to their own next-gen offering. 

Add the fact that the PS4 will retail for $399, $100 less than the competition, and Sony just put themselves back on a winning streak.

No release date is set, but it will be out for the Holiday season.

Pre-orders now available on Amazon.

[Via CNET]

Microsoft Making Moves At E3

E3 is kicking off with a bang as Microsoft unleashes news for all things Xbox. 

Firstly, yet another redesigned Xbox 360 is hitting the streets (above), which is even smaller and quieter than the ‘Slim’ model that dropped a few years ago.  It features aesthetics borrowed from the Xbox One, namely the updated logo.  Microsoft claims there are “hundreds” of 360 games still in development and that the console’s lifespan is nowhere close to over, even with next gen gaming on the way.

4gb version is $199, while a version with Kinect is $299.  A 250gb version is also $299.

Xbox Live members will get two free 360 games per month until the Xbox One drops later this year.  Fable III is available now to download, while Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 will be available in July.  Pretty dope if you’d like to catch up on older releases without spending.

As for Xbox One news?  Microsoft unveiled that the console’s pricing will be $499 and will be in stores in November.  In fact, preorders are available today for the Day One Edition of the console, which includes: a limited edition controller, token code to unlock Day One achievement, premium packaging, and decal.

Pre-order yours now:  Xbox One (Amazon)

[Via IGN]