So Microsoft’s new tablet comes out February 9th, wonderfully named the Surface Pro. So what’s the difference between this one and that other Surface? This one runs Windows 8. Ok, so the other one does too….but it’s a fake version. Seriously. It’s Windows 8 RT or something. Not Windows 8. Make sense? This one will run the real desktop version, so just about anything you can install on a desktop, you can install on this. The big news, as pointed out by The Verge is that the 64 gig version of this thing is going to ship with only 23 gigs of free space. How can they even use these sizes as a selling point?! You buy the 64 and get 23. You splurge on the 128 and get 80 something free. So insane. Well done Microsoft.
Soooooo remember when we talked about home automation here? And we told you about how it was the next big thing to look for. Well, with this Kickstarter project, it could be a very soon reality. The company Securifi released the first touchscreen router last year named the Almond. This thing doesn’t even need to be hooked up to a computer to be set up, and it got some amazing reviews. Now that same company is looking for funding via Kickstarter to bring the Almond+ to market later this year (they need $250k in funding….and last I checked, they were at almost $100k….in less than 24 hours). The router is not only touchscreen but also rocks the new (hopefully) soon to be wifi standard AC. So instead of waiting hours to download that torrented Jayden James video at 300-450Mbps, you’ll be able to download it in the time it takes for you to put on your creepy Marvin Gaye music you love. AC speeds can hit 1,300Mbps. Insane. Check out some more details after the break. Continue reading
Great post on what 4K is and how good it really looks.
Honestly, I can’t believe this report. This is one of those moments where, if this is true, a good chunk of people reading this are going to feel like they are completely out of touch with the younger generation. BGR is reporting that, according to a new survey, Apple is no longer cool. In fact, it’s too ‘cool’ to really be cool. The report was done by a marketing group that specializes in youth marketing. They claim that teens are more interested in the Surface tablet and Samsung’s line of Galaxy phones instead of iPads and iPhones.
The Galaxy phones I can kind of see. Samsung is pushing the envelope more than Apple is in regards to phone technology. And if the app ecosystem for Android continues to grow the way it is, Apple might have some stiff competition. But this notion that teens want the surface tablet over the iPad is insane. Seriously, what’re you gonna do with the Surface? Download all 6 apps that are available and play with the kickstand?
This watch is going to be bad ass. It was a Kickstarter project that was originally supposed to be released in October, but after raising so much money, they decided to hold off and rethink their production strategy. At CES this year, they finally made an announcement for when units would be shipping. The website has a nice video showing some of the functionality the watch has. Take a look after the break.
Sooooooo Samsung introduced a new fridge at CES. A fridge running Android OS on a touchscreen. Yup….now even your fridge has a tablet in it. Right now, it doesn’t have full access to the Play store, but it has some apps built in already. It’s got some video and photo apps, but the coolest feature it’s got is Evernote integration. Personally, I’ve a fan of Google Drive, but the fact that you can quickly write a note on what you need at the store and have it sync to your Evernote account is pretty cool. The downside….the price tag comes in at a nice $4000. If it where up to me, I think I’d rather buy a regular fridge and throw an iPad in my kitchen, like this guy did.
So CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013 technically kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas. Some of the bigger companies are already having press releases and showing off their new toys though. If you have no idea what CES is….let me make a comparison for you: CES to a geek is like the North Pole is to Will Ferrell in Elf. Seriously. Most of the cool shit that you’re going to be buying this year and into early next year, is being shown off for the first time in these few days. Check out some of the cool things that have been announced after the break. Continue reading
Need an extra lightning cable for your new iPad, iPad mini, or iPhone 5? Amazon is currently selling their Amazon Basics cable for $14.99. That’s right, you save a wicked $4.01 off of the Apple OEM cable at $19. And yes, I agree…$14.99 is still way too much to pay for a cable. I can’t wait for them to drop as low as the old 30 pins so I can get a 6 footer for $6.
The Amazon version looks like it has a bigger footprint, so if your case has a small cutout for your lightning port, you may be SOL. But, it’s never a bad idea to keep an extra around. Amazon had listed this for sale a week or two ago before it randomly pulled it for sale in the US, so you might want to grab it quick if you need one. Grab it here if you’re interested.
Ok so don’t judge me, but I’m looking at buying a keyboard to use with my iPad. I’m starting to use it to type a lot more and the onscreen keyboard isn’t cutting it. I know I don’t want a big huge case/keyboard combo thing….so I can’t decide what to get. Do you guys have any suggestions or use any yourself? Let me know in the comments below.
If you live in New York and use the subway to get around, some big news is coming your way. The MTA has released an app for iOS devices that shows real time arrival times at 156 stations for 7 lines. The app is technically in test mode, but it sounds pretty robust. It can handle up to 5,000 requests per second. Now personally I don’t live in NY so this is useless to me, but its cool seeing official government apps come out to serve a real purpose.
If you’re interested, the app is called MTA Subway Times.
So a few weeks ago, Tim Cook mentioned in an interview that Apple would be sinking around $100 million into producing a product in the Mac family in the good ol’ U-S-of-A. Now he was pretty tight lipped as far as what product, and where it would be produced stateside.
Digitimes is reporting that Apple will be producing the Mac Mini here in the US. This is a great move for Apple. They can produce a low cost product (mainly because there are no screens involved in the mini) and market the shit out of it, with Made In The USA branding. And probably charge a bit of a premium from what the Mini goes for now. Well played Apple, well played.
So by now, I’m sure you all have heard about Oprah’s massive screw up in trying to promote the Microsoft Surface tablet. And it looks like everyone this holiday season followed suit, and avoided the Surface like it was the bubonic plague…if we lived in Europe….in the 1300′s. Anyway. It’s just a matter of time before this thing is in a grave next to it’d older brother, the Zune. Check out what twitter user A.X. Ian put together after the break. Continue reading
So EA right now is having a massive sale on a lot of their iPhone and iPad apps in the App Store. You can visit this site here and take a look at what’s on sale. You can also click on the Daily Spin thing at the top and play a slot machine game for a free app. Take a peek after the break at some of the apps I grabbed. Continue reading
So I’ve had this speaker about a month now, and I’ve gotta say..it’s blown me away. It’s one of JBL’s newest entries into the portable bluetooth speaker market that can go head to head with Jawbone’s Jambox……but at almost half the price. The sound quality on this is amazing, and you really have to hear it to believe it. Grab some more details after the break. Continue reading
So this is really exciting. The next big thing companies are pushing for is to introduce more home automation devices. If you don’t know what I mean, take a second and look up the Nest thermostat or the Phillips Hue lighting system. The lighting system is pretty sweet….with an app on your device, you can control the light bulbs color, brightness, and turn them on and off.
So I’ve been a subscriber of Netflix for a few years now and have done both the streaming and mail DVDs. It’s not that I’ve found anything I hate about it, but this redbox deal sounds pretty great. redbox and Verizon have teamed up to offer a Netflix like service for around the same price…$8 a month (Netflix is about this price for streaming only btw). Continue reading
Before you get your hopes up, no, this isn’t part two of the boob grabbing we talked about here. This is about a mouse. Yes, a mouse…that soon to be outdated piece of equipment you use with your computer. Personally, I avoid using trackpads as much as possible. I picked this little bundle of fun up for a good price. Check out my thoughts after the break.
So last night I watched The Lost Interview with Steve Jobs…and holy shit is this thing amazing/depressing. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll give you some background on the movie….and since I don’t feel like typing it out, here’s the movie info from Rotten Tomatoes.
“In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the PC, Bob Cringely did a memorable hour-long interview with Steve Jobs. It was 10 years since Jobs had left Apple following a bruising struggle with John Sculley, the CEO he had brought into the company. At the time of the interview Jobs was running NeXT, the niche computer company he had founded after leaving Apple. During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best – witty, outspoken, visionary. In the end, only a part of the interview was used in the series and the rest was thought lost. But recently a VHS copy was found in the series director’s garage. Now, cleaned up with modern technology, and put into context by Cringely, the entire interview will be screened in Landmark Theatres.”