This is an evolved form of MIT’s free online courses established last year; essentially Harvard took notice, and joined the club by joining MIT and creating the edX platform to offer courses and content for free on the web. At the moment, there is little info on the available subjects just yet, but video lessons, quizzes and online labs will all be a part of the curriculum, and those who comprehend the coursework can get a certificate of mastery upon completion. The cost of this little project: 60 million dollars, with each university giving up half. The first courses will be announced this summer, and classes are slated to start this fall. Information at the source link.
This is a truly stellar idea, which stems from one of the world’s best minds — Philippe Starck. While he did not invent the WA|HH Quantum Sensation spray, he did design the canister that delivers the 0.075 milliliters of alcohol that gets you instantaneously drunk. However, its French American scientist creator, David Edwards, says that after those few seconds, you will not be hungover, and interestingly, be able to pass any driving test. The price of this fantastic invention? Only 26 dollars. Nevertheless, I like the mere fact that the creative Mr. Starck can always do something rather unusual in its application.
As you are now aware, BlackBerry 7 will be the OS of choice for RIM in the future for its low-end smartphones and devices, however the new and shiny BlackBerry 10 will house the top-of-the-line devices released by RIM. Unfortunately, users of current BlackBerry 7 devices will be unable to get an official upgrade to BlackBerry 10, thus RIM is leaving another generation of its users in the dark, unless they buy a new BlackBerry. It’s shameful, really. RIM still hasn’t thought things through. Via: Verge
From early critiques of the new Spotify for iPad app, the music streaming company has designed a very usable and aesthetically pleasing app. In the end however, it simply is a re-scaled and polished version of the multiple mobile apps available, no really introducing anything new to the scene. But still, this is worth looking into if you use Spotify. Press release after the break. Via: Techmeme Read More →
This is Call Of Duty Black Ops 2. Set in the year of 2025, it is a near-future incarnation of the CoD franchise, with players being allowed control over jets, tanks, and a variety of future military vehicles and weapons. This is the reveal trailer, seen above.
Let’s just start off: this makes Skyrim look rather darker, due to the promo image above, showing the Dragonborn with glowing, rather not-so-friendly eyes. However, it’s also a little crappy; according to Bethesda, it’s, “Coming this summer to Xbox 360. More details at E3.” The hell happened to PC, the most-loved platform of Skyrim? We shall see. Via: Bethesda
This is the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. It’s a 17.3-inch laptop with a 1920 x 1080 display, and is powered by a quad-core, 2.30GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M graphics card with 2GB of VRAM, however not of the new Kepler architecture. It weighs a mighty 8.39 pounds, has 16GB of RAM, a Blu-ray reader, backlit keyboard, and a 1.5TB hard drive with 8GB of flash memory for those speedy boot times. If you’re really interested, Samsung says the Series 7 Gamer should be available now from Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect for $1,899.99. Not bad, Samsung. Via: Samsung, BusinessWire
This is the very opposite of RIM and BlackBerry we are used to seeing: a 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 display that bests the 720p panels found on other similarly-sized smartphone, 16GB of internal storage and a meaty 1GB of RAM. While this is not the final hardware version that will sport the just announced BlackBerry 10 platform, it is a promising start.
This is pretty far out. The Top Secret USB is a thumb drive that is made of porcelain and comes in 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB models. The casing includes a small indentation where, once sensitive documents have been loaded onto the USB, a tiny amount of molten wax is poured and imprinted with a rather intricate design from an included metal stamp. Once the wax cools off, there is no way to open the drive and access files without breaking the seal — this ensuring no one has accessed your files. Indeed, this is a technique used by the ancients, and now fit for modern times. It is available for $46 (2GB), $52 (4GB) and $59 (8GB), in different colors, at its official website. All pretty decent prices, if you really consider what you’re buying.
Remember the new Alienware’s from earlier this month? Well, as of today they’re even newer. All three current Alienware laptops — the M14x, M17x, and M18x — are getting 3rd-generation Intel Core technology added on top of the new Nvidia Kepler graphics processors, making for a totally new and more powerful experience. Prices are pretty diverse: M14x (from $1100), the M17x (starting at a reasonable $1500) and the big, bad M18x (from $2000).
As for what processors they’re getting exactly: the M14x receives an Intel Core i7-3820QM (up to 2.7GHz), while the larger laptops will get their processors nudged up to the 2.9 GHz Core i7-3920XM (M17x) and last but not least, a 2.9GHz Core i7-3920XM for the M18x. There’s massive list for customization available at the source link.