Amazon Refreshes: The Kindle HDX Is A Pretty Tablet With A Low Price Tag

kindle-fire-hdxTo be clear, the first bit of new is really only a refreshed Kindle HD: last-gen’s 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the old 1,280 x 800 display, and the abilities of the device remain mostly the same. But, this time it’s priced at $139 and features a new body. Obviously, this is boring. So, move to the next paragraph.

The operating system is where the real inferno begins — Fire OS 3.0, aka “Mojito,” — which aims to to bring several features, like Mayday: tap it within the quick panel and a real human will appear on screen to assist and take full control of your Kindle HDX — the new tablets that take full advantage of the new software. The new Kindles are priced at at $229 for the smaller 7-inch model or $379 for the larger 8.9″. Even the LTE models are inexpensive considering the competition: $329 and $479 respectively and available for Verizon and AT&T.

But Amazon didn’t stop: a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, double the memory, about 2GB, and the Adreno 330 GPU gives it four times the graphics power, 11 hours of battery life — 17 hours if you’re only reading. Jeff Bezos has done well with this one.

Via: Amazon

YouTube And Google+ Merge To Create The New Comment Section


Let’s be honest: YouTube has some of the best and worst (mostly worst) comments on the internet. In order to rectify that glaring issue for a site that gets a billion views monthly, Google has made a simple one-touch button that will link your Google+ account with that of YouTube.

This way, you can comment with your real name, and this allows for more clarity, a bit less spam, and overall a better experience — theoretically.

Things will always be topsy-turvy on YouTube, but this is a stage of resolving that.

Via: Google Blog

Valve Outs SteamOS: The Living Room Operating System, For Games

download (3)Interestingly, Valve has really come through with their own operating system called SteamOS, obviously named after the PC/Mac app by the name of Steam, the world’s most popular way of playing first-rate PC games. Besides having access to a streamed archive of all the current Windows or Mac games, the Steam OS already has major game developers on board with Linux, and will be building triple-A game titles that will run endemically by 2014.

Valve isn’t only focused on games, but music and video, so the creation of a living room operating system is actually a solid concept, in this instance.

There isn’t much else that Valve talked about with SteamOS: it will be used on some sort of device. Which is actually quite neat, because the gaming company has two more announcements this week, which have not been detailed.

Via: Steam

Microsoft Announces The Surface 2 In NYC: More Power, Same Looks

surface-2Off the bat, Microsoft has come swinging in a New York City press event this morning, with news of the Surface Pro 2 tablet. It runs Windows 8.1, as before, sports quite nearly the same physical look (with the new addition of a 2-position kickstand) and the statement that it is 95% more powerful than most Windows 8 laptops, with twice the graphical power — 4th generation Haswell graphics and processors most likely are responsible.

The pros of those improvements include 75% better battery life, a Surface Docking Station, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and support for the Surface Power Cover, which assists with conservation of battery life. Microsoft will price the Surface Pro at $449.

All of these improvements also apply to the Surface 2, which will be priced lower than the Pro at $349 and will use Windows RT 8.1 instead of the Windows Pro 8.1 that mostly all PC users will have.

Via: Surface Blog

Apple Has Sold 9 Million New iPhones In 3 Days

Screenshot 2013-09-23 at 10.12.20 AMOnce again, all the thoughts of Apple’s smartphone dominance diminishing have gone out the window: the new iPhone 5s and 5c has sold 9 million total units in 72 hours — which is a new record. Currently, Apple is not distinguishing the difference between the two iPhone models, but has mentioned that the 5s has had its supply exhausted.

Also, 200 million devices are already using iOS 7 — the fastest adoption rate of new software in history. If this isn’t a victory, then i don’t know what is.


Hackers Copy Fingerprint, Beat Apple’s Touch ID System

fingerprint-touchid-hackIn what could only be described as “inevitable”, hackers — namely the The Chaos Computer Club — have figured out how to bypass the Touch ID system for the new iPhone 5s, without fail.

For a quick reminder, Touch ID allows the user to use their fingerprint to sign for app purchases, unlocks, and just about anything Apple-related that previously needed a password entry.

Basically, scanning and printing a high-resolution fingerprint is enough to fool the system, but for entertainment’s sake, check out the video of it in action, after the break.

BlackBerry Takes A Few Steps Back: Cuts 4,500 Jobs, Posts $950 Million Loss

All The BlackBerriesThat’s pretty much the dusk of BlackBerry, on the consumer level. By cutting 4,500 jobs and posting  $950 million operating loss, the Canadian smartphone company is taking a 50% step back from advertising BlackBerry on the consumer scale, and instead will focus on enterprise solutions while the current cash tank for the company is now $2.6 billion.

But, that’s not all: BlackBerry will also be negating the price points of all its existing devices, leaving only one flagship device, the Z30, as a consumer-oriented device. And, that’s that.

Press release, after the break.

iFixit Tears Down The New iPhone 5S, Which Is Available Today

iphone5steardownIt’s high-time for the engineers and tinkerers at iFixit to dismember the newest Apple products. Starting with the iPhone 5S, which is available in Apple Stores starting today, they’ve noted it has a “repairability score” of 6 out of 10, ten being the easiest to disassemble and repair, while one being the most difficult.

A few interesting notes from their research included the following: they haven’t figured out who manufactures the new A7 processor, the iPhone 5S has a bigger 1560mAh battery, and that the advertised M7 co-motion processor could not be physically found, instead most likely being integrated into the A7, or if they just aren’t looking for the right thing.

Via: iFixit