Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: So Many Features (Sometimes) Hurts

Samsung Galaxy S4 ReviewIt’s been a few weeks since the general availability of the Galaxy S 4 from Samsung. Despite not even having a complete launch (Verizon is absent from the Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile launch until the end of the month), nearly 10 million units have been shipped worldwide. Aesthetically, the Galaxy S 4 has barely changed from the previous model — a few changes here and there — but the real change comes from the internals, plus a completely revamped Touchwiz UI for Android Jelly Bean.

It’s time to cut to the chase, and see if Samsung has another winner in the Galaxy S 4. Go on past the break and find out!

Twitter (Finally) Adds Two-Factor Verification Via SMS

account-security-croppedWhat’s been a gaping hole in Twitter’s feature-set? Two-step verification. Logging in from the browser on will now allow you to choose between normal verification and the new two-step verification method, which will send a six-digit code via SMS that works alongside your existing password and username. For applications that rely on your log-in, they should remain unaffected, but the option to generate a temporary password is also an option.

The feature is currently rolling out to users in the next few days and weeks.

Via: Twitter

Microsoft Announces The Xbox One, New Controller, And Kinect

xbox-one-xlBig news, straight out of Redmond. The Xbox One is the new gaming console from Microsoft. Boasting an octa-core processor based on AMD’s Jaguar design and 8GB of RAM to go up against the Sony PlayStation 4, plus USB 3.0 ports, 500GB of hard drive storage, WiFi Direct, and 5 billion transistors for calculations — it’s a beast. 7.1 surround sound, 1080p and 4k video resolutions are supported, along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray / DVD, HDMI 1.4 out and USB 3.0 ports.

Microsoft’s new 1080p HD Kinect is bundled with the new Xbox One, which now contains 250,000-pixels in an infrared depth sensor as well as a regular 720p web cam.

The controller itself has also been redesigned, with a completely new design, more responsiveness and comfort, with a design to match the edginess of the Xbox One’s own casing, which also is squared off, with fans that are now designed to be extremely quiet, despite the octa-core processor hammering away.

As for software, the Xbox One uses three operating systems, simultaneously  the Xbox OS, what most users are accustomed to and that developers will use to code their games, a main system OS that allows for navigation between apps on the system, and a new version of Windows 8, designed as Windows for Xbox, which will technically turn the Xbox One into a full home entertainment system. Each OS can be updated independently, so that developers won’t have to worry about constantly getting their apps working on the next version.

On top of that, support for used games, and the ability to be used offline, without a constant internet connection rounds off the feature-set. However, to add to all that, Microsoft has included several other convenient features, like game recording and sharing in Xbox Live, a new cap of 1,000 friends, and Blu-Ray game discs only being used for initial installation; not for every time you want to play, and if accessed from another account, a fee must by paid.

Xbox On is the primary new feature of the Xbox One — instant switching from live TV to gaming; rather saying “Xbox On”, will turn on the console, so technically it is always listening. New games announced for the Xbox One include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Fifa 14, Forza Motorsport 5 and Madden NFL 25,

Via: Xbox One

Galaxy S 4 Active Gets Leaked, Is A Rugged GS4 Variant, But Downgraded

Galaxy S 4 ActiveAnd somehow, I feel it looks only slightly better. Perhaps because it’s edgier? Besides the fact that you really shouldn’t be excited, mainly because some of the specs have been downgraded: the 1.9Ghz quad-core processor stays, as well as the software version, and so does the display of 4.99″ at 480ppi, but an 8MP rear-facing camera has been fitted instead of the 13MP seen on the original GS4. An actual release could be imminent  but overseas from American carriers. Video of it in action, after the break.

Via: GSM Arena

Sony PlayStation 4 Hardware Gets Teased On Video

ps4-teaseIt looks very edgy. During a private press event in NYC a few months back, Sony announced the PlayStation 4, with no actual views of the hardware. But come June 10th at Sony’s E3 press conference, the PS4 will be fully revealed. But in the meantime, you can be content with the following teaser video, which has been separated into frames at one of the source links. Also, there’s irony: this all comes a day before Microsoft announces the next Xbox. Nice move, Sony.

Via: SonyGoldenRabbit

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.