Brevity Review: Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp

ReVolt HeadlampIt’s simple, really. A headlamp with many distinct operating modes: strobe for emergency situations, dual-LEDs for even light coverage, and a single, bright 110 lumen LED that will literally blind you — or just pierce the void of darkness you happen to be facing in the woods or during a natural disaster. Or perhaps, just the lighting piece to your doomsday kit.

Brevity Review: MXL Studio 24 USB Microphone

MXL USB 24 HD MicrophoneThere is no reason not to review a cool microphone on a technology news website. MXL Microphones design a variety of professional and easy-to-use microphones, fit a for a variety of recordings. Not attempting to flesh out my inner vocalist, MXL sent the Studio 24 USB microphone, which weighs a lightweight 0.75 pounds: all the sensitivity, range, and quality you’d want, but with a portable carrying case, windscreen, stand, cleaning cloth, and USB or 1/8″ headphone jack connection.

Basically, this is your first step to becoming a singer, or realizing that you haven’t the talent, whatsoever.

The Jolla Smartphone: $500, SailFish OS, And Totally A Crazy Experiment

wide_Jolla_devicesWhen Nokia went to Windows Phone in search of profits and dumped MeeGo as their operating system for a certain Nokia N9 prototype/smartphone, the engineers responsible were on their own. Fast forward some time, and they have their own smartphone with an OS based off of MeeGo, called SailFish OS.

The device itself is called the Jolla, has a 4.5-inch display, dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4G LTE, 16GB of onboard storage, and a microSD slot, and the unique physical feature is the contrasting removable back cover: the Jolla recognizes which cover is attached and changes its colored theme to match, which creates an interesting contrast, as seen above.

Actually, what’s really intriguing about the Jolla is its “compliance” with Android app. There isn’t any real info on how compatible or how many Android apps it can actually run, but will be sold in European countries to start with, at around $500.


Yahoo! Board Approves $1.1 Billion Acquisition Of Tumblr

yahootumblrIt’s all very much confirmed, but now Tumblr has to actually accept the $1.1 billion offer that Yahoo’s board has put forth to acquire said company. No doubt is it a gamble, considering that many of the companies that Yahoo! has acquired have been trashed, and Tumblr has a very solid, cool reputation of GIFs, blogs, and some weird stuff, all swirled around by a younger user-base that swears by the service.

If Yahoo! doesn’t know how to wield the “coolness”, they may very well shoot themselves in the foot, and bring down one of the internet’s most recognizable social networks. So far, public acceptance has been very low; Tumblr users have no interest in being part of Yahoo’s billion dollar experiment.

Via: TC, Valley Wag

Unknown Motorola Phone Passes Through FCC, Looks Like The X Phone

X-Phone-FCC-Vs-Leak-picFor quite a few months now, a certain Motorola device, dubbed the “X Phone”, has been making rounds around the rumor mill. From being Google’s new flagship device, to just another device in the Motorola portfolio, to debuting a completely new version of Android, the X Phone has been very mysterious, but images have leaked in the past.

And now, all of a sudden, an FCC filing. That’s very promising. In fact, now it’s also pretty certain that the model number is “XT1058”. Besides that, the earlier leaks of it using AT&T 4G LTE bands also proves true, along with Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WiFi and NFC radios. Aesthetically, the design may actually change, since this definitely look like the typical camouflage casing given to unreleased smartphones.

Should be interesting to know what Google will say about this in the coming weeks or months.

Via: TC

Ex-Valve Engineers Put Projectors On Glasses To Create AR Experience

project-valve-glassesWhen Valve cut-off a ton of their employees, dubbed the “great cleansing”, two specific engineers not only left the company, but left with their project as well. Ex-Valve engineers Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson created the CastAR, which takes a whole different approach to modified-reality tech by placing tiny projectors the shades.

The way it works is that the projectors display images to a specialized, reflective screen, which then projects them back at your face, and then is split into left-eye and right-eye images for your 3D viewing pleasure. To ensure that the 3D image is always in the right perspective, even if you move your head, tiny LEDs track and help calculate the right angles.

From a consumer standpoint, this could be used to play games, having characters pop in and out of your field-of-vision, or display helpful information. It’s all very much glued silicon and messy parts right now, but there is a possibility of it becoming a real product; The Verge had a chance to use them in-person, in case that’s interesting.

ViaThe Verge

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Review: What Happened Here?

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11An ultraportable, laptop/tablet hybrid with some great versatility where it matters, the Ideapad Yoga 11, barely fits that description. Being the world’s thinnest multimode laptop, it struggles when endowed with performing the tasks of either a laptop or a tablet, which sort of defeats the purpose of a hybrid.

When the Idea of a laptop/tablet Hybrid was first introduced, many manufacturers went after the idea of productivity with a bit of versatility. Um…not to say that its a bad investment, but there is definitely better.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Will Reach 10 Million In Sales, By Next Week

DSC_0062-650x430According to co-CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, JK Shin, the recently launched Galaxy S 4 will reach 10 million units sold, less than a month after its debut in the United States on only three of the four major carriers (Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile). That beats the Galaxy S III’s time to that milestone by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company’s quickest selling device, ever. In fact, the numbers will only rise from there, considering that the Verizon Wireless release will occur at the very end of May, with an Android 4.2.2 stock Jelly Bean release by Google on the Play Store in late June.

Via: Korea Times,  Android Beat