Higgs Boson Scientists Awarded The 2013 Physics Nobel Peace Prize

nobel-peace-prizeDrs. Peter Higgs and François Englert have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with a $1.2 million reward, for the discovery of the “God particle” that could explain how the universe’s elementary particles obtained their mass, shortly after the Big Bang event. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the winners at a press conference held this morning in Stockholm, Sweden. Congratulations, doctors.

Also, from a different perspective, the discovery of electricity and the awarded Nobel Peace Prize ushered in a world full of artificial light, and the discovery of quantum physics gave rise to semiconductors and thus electronics. So, with the award presented to the Higgs Boson, there’s not telling what can be made of it — yet.

Via: Nobel

Pentax Goes Ahead And Unveils The High-End K-3 DSLR

pentax-k-3Pentax outdid itself this time. Having been a long-time reviewer of well, stuff, I’ve come across many Pentax DSLRs, and maybe this one looks the most promising. The new 24-megapixel DSLR supports a new WiFi-equipped SDHC card, FLU a tool that gives owners remote control of the camera through any device with a web browser.

There’s also distinct control of a new function: a new anti-aliasing toggle which lets users pick between smoothness and raw detail. You know, for the image buffs and attention to detail.

Moving on, there’s an updated 27-point autofocus system, 8.3 fps burst shooting, and a price of $1,300 body-only, or $1,700 bundled with a 18-135mm lens — both versions arriving this November. Meanwhile, a 16GB FLU card will be available during launch for $100; not bad Pentax.

Not bad, at all.


LG Says It Will Begin Producing Curved, Unbreakable Smartphone Displays

lgThe futuristic curved designs typically seen in movies, sponsored by major tech companies like LG, Samsung, HP, Acer, and Nokia (among others) will finally be gracing humanity. Starting in November, a curved smartphone will be launched by LG, sporting a new lightweight 6-inch panel that LG claims is the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones.

LG’s new display is built from plastic substrates that give it bendable properties, which allows it to be fixed inside devices with curved and rigid designs.

Also: next month’s handset won’t be the only unique device; LG plans to release “enhanced performance and differentiated designs” starting next year as well.

ViaLG Display

The Leakiest Of Leaks Surfaces: LG Nexus 5

nexus-5For months, speculation of LG’s next act in the Nexus program was questioned, but then pictures of the Nexus 5 periodically appeared. Now however, the entire drafted user’s manual has appeared, with specs and all. Basically, the Nexus 5 will be Google’s lead Android device, with all of the latest Android software updates, and top-tier hardware.

As detailed by the manual: a 4.95-inch display, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, inductive charging, NFC., LTE bands (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 20) are optimized for Asia and Europe (an American model passed through the FCC already).

Also, here are some specs that weren’t already speculated: an eight-megapixel camera with OIS on the back, a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front, 32GB storage, and a battery that tops out at 2300 mAh. The IPS display has a 1080p resolution and can be projected via a SlimPort.

But, the plethora of sensors! A gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity, light, and a pressure sensor. Why can’t this get officially announced tomorrow?

ViaAndroid Police

MadCatz Cyborg S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 Review


Way back when, Cyborg released the S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 gaming keyboard, which I reviewed — a $300 piece of hardware with a built-in touchscreen, colored back-lighting, and a total swap of features meant for a power-user, or just for a PC gamer.

Fast forward almost a year later, and a much more economical version is in existence: the Strike 3. For just a dollar short of a Benjamin, you get the same mechanical keyboard with programmable lights and buttons, but sans the energy-consuming screen.

And it’s brilliant that way.

Apple Makes OS X “Mavericks” Available To Developers, In Gold Master

ibooks_multiple_mavericksMany OS X versions have come and gone from Cupertino, but OS X Mavericks is the newest and not leaving anytime soon. While just weeks away from debuting on consumer’s Macs, developers now have access to the Gold Master version of Mavericks (that is, the final and ready-to-ship copy) to update their apps for the new release, and to generally just play around with it.

For those of you who don’t remember, OS X Mavericks is more of an incremental update (unlike iOS 7, which was an overhaul) to the appearance of apps such as Safari and Calendar, along with better energy management, easier networking, iOS notifications, improved multi-monitor support and more.

Developers on AppleSeed also got new versions of iPhoto and Xcode, along with various SDKs to support the new OS.

So, it’s time squeeze as much out of your Mac as you can, right? Right.


GTA Online Fixes For PS3 And Xbox 360 Go Live Today

GTAOIn order to make repairs to the myriad of bugs and errors that GTA Online faced during its debut for over 16.5 million new players, Rockstar has published an update to remedy some of those problems. “For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users,” says a Rockstar Games spokesperson. This issue has been patched via an update today.

Comparatively, for Xbox owners  will get a similar patch “as soon as possible today.” Specifically, that, “Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible,” says a spokesperson. Meanwhile, buying cash packs for the game has been disabled, until everything is stable.

Good to see them handling it all so well.

Via: Rockstar