Formerly, Research in Motion (RIM) had a series of smartphones called BlackBerry. Now, the company has changed their name to BlackBerry, and announced two new devices aimed at bringing the company back to prominence. The Z10 is the leading smartphone, with a 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280×768 resolution at 356 pixels-per-inch), 2GB of RAM, 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 16GB of storage, NFC, LTE, and WiFi, as well as a microSD card slot, 1080p HD video recording, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
Verizon and AT&T are going sell the Z10 starting in mid-March. Pricing and an exact date isn’t available on AT&T, but Verizon will release their Z10 six weeks after the Superbowl, for $200 on a two-year contract.
So there’s this white Nexus 4 over at Phone Arena that apparently isn’t a superbly customized black Nexus 4, but a real white one that could hit the Google Play Store soon. Personally, I don’t see any Photoshop action going on in the image, but it doesn’t actually mean the phone is coming. Regardless, if you love unicorns and all things cute, the professional and edgy black Nexus 4 could easily be your second choice, if the white one becomes available.
Want an iPad with Retina display (fourth-generation, the latest) with more storage? Apple has you covered on the most successful tablet of all time, like it or not. The 128GB of storage is perfectly usable by the user, come February 5th for $799 which gets you the base Wi-Fi version. Want a cellular edition on Verizon or AT&T with 4G LTE, as well as Sprint? Well, that’s the most expensive iPad, at $929. Options is the way the game is played.
Here’s the actual bit of news you need to know: Microsoft Office 2013 is completely revamped and modern, and comes in two versions. First, there’s Office 2013, which is your normal Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint suite for $139. Home and Business adds Outlook for $219, while the top-of-the-line Professional package includes all of the aforementioned Office 2013 apps, along with Access and Publisher for $399.
But what if you like the cloud? Well, there’s Office 365: a cloud solution with no disc which costs $99 per year (and comes with 20GB of SkyDrive storage), with new software updates for free, which gets you authorization to install the software on up to 5 PCs and Macs, with the option to remove a computer in order to free up a license. Now you’ll finally be able to trick out your new Microsoft design scheme with Windows 8, if that’s appealing to you.
As Randall Monroe from xkcd so accurately describes and explains using his drawings and tests inside of X-Plane (a flight simulator used by pilots with 20 years of engineering behind it) it’s rather difficult to fly a plane in on a planet with no environment. Not to mention temperature and pressure changes, along with gravitational pull. But the intriguing thing is that on Titan, a moon of Saturn, is better to fly in than on Earth: you could technically use a human glider, except that it’s really cold, at about 72 degrees Kelvin (-330.07 Fahrenheit). That’s really cold.
Via: What If?
Just a heads-up for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users: iOS 6.1, has is now available as a free download. According to the release notes, the update adds LTE support for additional carriers (36 for iPhone, 23 for iPad), the ability to purchase movie tickets through Siri (US-only) and last but not least, the opportunity for iTunes Match fans to download individual songs from iCloud. the update should be arriving on iOS devices every few minutes. Press release is below.
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Remember the HuMn wallet review? It’s an RFID-blocking, smooth aircraft-grade aluminum “wallet”, with a tough elastic band that keeps two metal plates together so you can place credit cards, IDs, and cash in between or in the front or back of the HuMn Mini wallet (pronounced “human mini wallet”). There’s nothing that really has changed: the HuMn Mini costs the same amount as the original, bigger, edgier wallet, and basically is just an alternative for people who want to fit a wallet into skinny jeans or some other piece of clothing were storage is extremely limited.
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So this is something that will work for the future, and the present. The constant problem of using HD video streaming on a smartphone is that it always buffers, even on a 4G LTE connection. The solution? Change the video format. So, as cool as that seems, it gets better: the new format is called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), shortened as H.265, and it’s a standard that should make HD video streaming easier and could make even Ultra HD (formerly known as 4K) a possibility on a cellphone.
So when will you see it on your phone? Not immediately. First, the software encoders have to be developed (that’s in progress), then the hardware chips have to be built, but it is possible that current high-end cellphones could start running it this year. Seems promising!
What’s a tractor beam you ask? Something a fan of Star Trek (or alien movies) would recognize: a beam that pulls something towards it. What’s so cool about this? Well, scientists have created a tractor beam that actually works: on a microscopic level, for microscopic distances. The Czech Republic’s Institute of Scientific Instruments and Scotland’s University of St. Andrews have created an optical field that can drag particles towards it, as long as they’re made of the right materials.
Tractor beams in space and for the air force, anyone? Via: Nature
Reviewed once, twice, and now three times. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a great smartphone, despite how humongous it is. Like its brethren on AT&T and T-Mobile, the Verizon Galaxy Note II has a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, an S pen, a large 3,100mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, and an amazing 4G LTE reception, even in New York City. If you really want the scoop on how the Note II is as a successor to the Note I and a smartphone overall, then read the original AT&T model’s review.
All that aside, it’s once again more of the same: still awesome and somehow even fun to use.
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