Skype Is Now Available From Your Browser

skype-outlookThere’s a catch, actually. In order to use Skype online, you’ll have to make the jump to A lot fo users seem to love the service, but as a Gmail diehard, I’ll be staying put. It’s also important to know that it still is in beta, a plug-in is needed to bridge Skype and together, and the service rolls out in the UK today, with the US and Germany following in the “coming weeks”. Browser compatibility is the base standard, of course: the most recent versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox.

ViaSkype Blog

NASA Captures Saturn’s Australia-Sized Hurricane On Video

saturn-hurricaneNASA’s Cassini spacecraft took some stellar photos of Saturn’s 1,250 mile-wide polar hurricane. The result were black and white photos when normally developed, however with some post-production, NASA has been able to refine the photos. The Cassini spacecraft uses spectral filters that can detect the subtleties of wavelengths of near-infrared light. All NASA had to do then was false-color the vortex based on those tiny changes, invisible to the human eye. The end product? Deep reds represent lower clouds, and the greens are ones that sit a bit higher than that.


Google Now Has Arrived On iOS

GOOGLENOWIOSOne of the slickest apps of them all, Google Now, has jumped ship from being an Android 4.1+ exclusive and is now available for iPhone and iPad, from the App Store. Despite the transition, Google Now still retains most of its native features, except newer ones, like boarding passes, events, Fandango, concerts, research topics, nearby events, and a few more. It sounds like a lot is missing, but once it’s linked to your Google account, that’s where the magic begins.

Via: Google

LG Has A 55-Inch Curved OLED TV Launching In Korea For $13,500

LG 55EA9800 Color us enamored. The LG OLED TV, model number 55EA9800 is set to launch next month, with shipments starting in June. As for specs, they are completely mind-boggling: a 4.3mm depth resulted in a weight of just 17kg, due to a carbon-fiber reinforced frame, all for 5 million Korean won, or about $13,515 USD. The main selling post of this 55-inch OLED TV is that like an IMAX theater display, it has a curvature that makes the image more immersive (and all that jazz).

Via: LG (Korea), Eng

It’s Time To Say Goodbye To The Galaxy S3

Galaxy S IIIs In A RowIt’s been nice knowing you. Having reviewed the GS3 on T-Mobile, and AT&T, there was no doubt it was the Android device that changed the marketplace, outselling the iPhone in certain markets. Since the Galaxy S3 mini was a cost-effective way of getting smartphone technology to the masses, it also made sense to make the Galaxy S3 even more readily available, which is what Samsung did. A great deal of marketing and effort was put into the Galaxy S3, and while it is currently being toned-down by the Galaxy S4, it’s important to remember that Samsung’s success story owes itself to the S3, not the S2 or original S smartphone. Also, the Galaxy S3’s design is what inspired the current S4’s aesthetics, which actually improved upon what the Galaxy S3 had done. However, there is some general disappointment due to the lack of an octa-core processor setup in the United States, instead opting for a quad-core.

Now, with Samsung’s big follow-up, the Galaxy S 4, shining reviews (for the most part) and plenty of pre-orders hint towards the S4 taking over the reigns as the dominating Android smartphone. In the coming days it will become more apparent as to what Samsung’s plan with the S4 is, like the release on Verizon, sales numbers, software updates, and eventual competition with the next iPhone, all of which will happen this year. It’s unusual to think of the Galaxy S4 in such a way where all the responsibility of Samsung is placed on it, but it makes sense to — it’s the best Samsung’s got.

Brevity Review: MadCatz Cyborg RAT M Gaming Mouse

RAT MThere’s been a lot of MadCatz gear appearing on LaptopMemo recently, and that’s totally fine because the engineers and designers at MadCatz seem to be completely hell-bent on creating a variety of gaming accessories that could make anyone happy. In that quest, the have launched the GameSmart initiative — a variety of accessories designed to work on many different platforms. The RAT M is one of them; it’s compatible with the latest iPad, Microsoft Surface, PC and Mac. A Bluetooth 4.0 gaming mouse which takes 2 AAA batteries as a power source is actually better than it sounds, and not only because with that whole package you also get a carrying satchel.

Brevity Review: The Velodyne V-Pulse In-Ear Earphones

V-PulseFinding in-ear earphones with bass, range, and clarity for a decent price is actually very hard, considering that any one of the three aforementioned traits usually only are present by themselves in any particular headset. Of course, there are exceptions,  and that is where greatness is extracted (or rather, listened to). In Velodyne’s case, the V-Pulse in-ear earphones have already been reviewed extensively, recommended by CNET and The Wirecutter as “the best in-ear earphones for $100”, and to that, I completely agree.

Brevity Review: The Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan Knife

Swiss SpartanThis is a relatively easy thing to talk about: a Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife. First off, it is worth noting that in New York state it is perfectly legal to carry a Swiss pocket knife, as long as it is not brandished about the streets (basically, out of sight and only used for rational actions). Moving on, this is the Spartan, but in military camouflage. There are 11 main implements for the Spartan: a large blade, wire stripper, small blade, toothpick, large screwdriver, corkscrew, key ring , bottle opener, reamer and can opener — indeed, this is a genuine Swiss Army knife.