The Xbox One Pricing Has Been Confirmed At E3: $500

xbox-one-xlThat’s how much — five hundred dollars — that will have to be ponied up for a new Xbox One, later this year, Microsoft says. Those five Benjamins get you a Kinect 2, the Xbox One itself, and a wireless controller. Both Amazon and Microsoft directly are offering pre-orders, but what really matters is a release date. GameStop is pointing towards an unconfirmed November 21st. The whole shebang sounds good, if you ask me.

Macbook Air Refreshed With Haswell Processors, New Batteries, At $999

Mac Air 2013So, Apple has taken their portfolio to the breach and declared war on Ultrabooks by companies other than Apple. The new Macbook Airs feature the new Intel Haswell technology, all day battery life, and the new Intel HD Graphics 5000. Both the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch Macbook Airs feature the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi (think,”5G”) and flash storage is said to be up to 45 percent faster than the previous generation of Airs.

Both models go on sale today, starting at $999 for the 11.6-inch Macbook Air with a 128GB SSD, or a 256GB model available for $1,199. All models have a 1.3GHz processor and 4GB of RAM — you’ll need to do a custom order to get 8GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage, or a 1.7GHz Core i7 processor. The 13-inch model has a starting price of $1,099 with 128GB of flash storage, and $1,299 for 256GB. None of the new Macbook Airs have higher resolution displays like their Windows counterparts.

Via: BusinessWire

LG Optimus G Pro Review: Oh My, What Have We Here?

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A 5.5-inch smartphone from LG? Oh, my. Entering “phablet” territory — that is, the fusion between a smartphone and tablet size — is something only a few smartphone manufacturers are actually willing to do. After all, not everyone wants to buy a phone that could only be used with two hands, and if you have to be able to use it with one hand, then you’d still have to deal with it covering most of your face. Then it can be inferred that while using it, you’d look rather silly using your giant phone for a call. So really, the only thing it has going for it is if the Optimus G Pro is actually fun to use, besides being insanely fast. More on that later.

Brevity Review: Salt Optics Vargas Aviator Sunglasses

DSC00551>Another pair of shades from the cool dudes at Salt Optics? Sure, why not? The Vargas aviator sunglasses aren’t very different from the Lawson — however, the former has a special paint job and different style of lens. Aviator sunglasses have an uncanny feel about them; being somewhat flashy, yet civilized, striking yet subtle. If you have a face structure that can support them, then it’s the best style to utilize for the summer, which without a doubt will be sweltering hot, sunny, and mandatory to wear sunglasses — at least in New York City.

Brevity Review: Lasko Platinum Desktop Fan Tower

DSC00538Summer is hot on our heels in New York City, literally. So, the use of a centralized A/C or cooling desktop fan for those using computers, tablets, and what have you are incredibly essential and important. Lasko’s solution is an inexpensive desktop wind tower with three fan intensity settings plus an oscillation feature. Check out the brevity review after the break.

MadCatz Announces Its Own Android Gaming Console Project, Called Project Mojo

downloadComing straight out of MadCatz’s new catalog of gaming products is the Project Mojo game console. Nothing fancy here; it relies on the Google Play Store for its games and aesthetically, it’s a small black slab with an HDMI output and both standard and Micro USB connectors for input. The software interface is reminiscent of what is seen in a landscape orientation of stock Android. Its peripherals are all MadCatz’s own technology: all of the GameSmart controllers, keyboards, mice, and headsets. Apparently, Project Mojo will launch in the fourth quarter of the year, giving them plenty of times to work out the kinks — probably there are quite a few.

Via: MadCatz, IGN

Microsoft Details Xbox One Policies: Used Games, Kinect, And Internet Connectivity

xbox-one-xlIn what will go down as a bad day of news for Microsoft, the Xbox One’s restrictions have been detailed a little more clearly than at the announcement a few weeks back. The Xbox One needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours for games to work. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection,” says the statement from Microsoft. However, the Xbox On’s accounts can be used on other consoles to access digital libraries, but still restrictions apply: an hourly check of an internet connection will be put in place. Live TV, Blu-ray, and DVD movies will work without a connection check every 24 hours, as well.

As for used games, Microsoft set the record straight, stating that,”game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers,” and that the company “does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.” However, since most video game publishers are against the loaning of games, and Microsoft has announced that the loaning feature among Xbox Live friends won’t be present at launch, then the fact remains that used games won’t be as commonly seen.

A physical disc can be passed to someone in your Xbox list, but this it is a one-time, 30-day affair. Games can also be shared on a family library, to which 10 different users can sign in and use on the same Xbox One.

Lastly, probably the best bit of news is that the Kinect can be completely turned off to ensure no monitoring occurs.

Via:  Xbox Wire (1)Xbox Wire (2)Xbox Wire (3)

Brevity Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon Wireless)

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Having already extensively reviewed the AT&T version of the Galaxy S 4, it takes very little to differ the original opinions that were mentioned — the S4 proves that Samsung is at its prime, creating a successful Android device that exists not only as a Samsung product, but now as a Google Edition device. Basically, for a full review, you should read the original.

But, in Verizon Wireless’s case, there’s a difference content: it’s service on the aforementioned network and AWS LTE support; and of course there’s also the carrier-branded apps. Check out Samsung’s latest LTE device, after the break.