Check Out Google’s New Tab Page & Notifications On Chrome

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After a brief beta update for Google’s Chrome OS on the Chromebook Pixel, I encountered two interesting things: first, notifications that actually work and secondly, a “new” New Tab page, as seen above. It’s not anything groundbreaking, but little bells and whistles like this could make Chrome OS (and the normal desktop version, where this also is possible) so much more exciting for users of the Pixel and any possible plans for other devices in the future. Nice touch, Google.

A screenshot of a simple notification — a song that’s next in your playlist in Spotify — is available after the break.

Verizon Delays Its Galaxy S IV Launch Until May

samsung-galaxy-s-4-verizon-pr-1366323265While some of the other 8 carriers that will carry the Samsung Galaxy S IV has releases planned sometimes this month, Verizon Wireless has outright stated that their GS4 won’t come out until “sometime in May”. Is that entirely bad? Not especially, since T-Mobile and AT&T will have 4G LTE versions of the S4, so those looking for LTE will still have a place to go. Just some patience is required; that’s all.

ViaVerizon Wireless (Twitter)

Daft Punk’s New Single ‘Get Lucky’, Has Finally Been Released

Yves Saint Laurent Daft Punk CostumeThe hype and leaks that have followed Daft Punk’s upcoming album, Random Access Memories, can only be rivaled by the number of rumors for the next iPhone or Android release. It really has nearly been an asinine experience; many of the “leaks” have been fake, others well-played, and to put a stop to it all, Columbia Records and Daft Punk have released the song Get Lucky this Friday over iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio. The real deal, no less.

If you’re specifically wondering why so much hype exists, then perhaps you should think about the last time the Daft Punk duo released a studio album: some eight years ago.

Via: iTunes

Google’s CEO Larry Page States The Obvious: Glass Runs Android

glass-flyers For those of you wondering if the upcoming Google Glass will actually work as a device of Android: yes. In today’s earnings call, Google CEO Larry Page went full blast, stating that there is compatibility: “Obviously, Glass runs on Android, so [Android] has been pretty transportable across devices, and I think that will continue.”

What version can’t immediately be revealed, but due to the inclusion of card features, there is not doubt it’s the latest version, Android 4.2.2, or above. In the meantime, the waiting game continues.

Via: TC

Twitter #Music Comes As An IOS And Web App That Makes Music Easier

Twitter MusicThe celebrities that have been praising Twitter’s new #Music app weren’t kidding: it’s seriosuly awesome. Starting off as simple iTunes Previews, Twitter users with Spotify or Rdio accounts (with more services being added in the future) will be able to stream, search, tweet about, and discover new songs based on what they’re interested in, find, or what others are listening to. And it’s all incorporated into an amazing UI on iOS or on the web. It completely is free to use (unless of course you have a Spotify or Rdio account which you’re paying for) and with the power of tweets and charts, will help you better understand and enjoy the music you already listen to.

Twitter #Music will hit the Apple App Store this Thursday and will slowly roll out to the Web, at Initially, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand will have access to Twitter #Music, with an Android version plus support for other countries in the works.

Via: Twitter

World’s First f/1.8 Constant Aperture Zoom Lens Will Rock Socks Off

sigma1-8-lensThis is actually bigger news than you think: Sigma has announced an 18-35mm f/1.8 lens—but it’s the world’s first ever lens to offer a fixed f/1.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. This literally meaning that it will hold on to light like nothing ever made before. It will suck the light out of the room (try and fathom that). That’s the severity of its capabilities. Currently, its design supports DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors, while achieving the maximum aperture of f/1.8 throughout its zoom range; the previous widest aperture was f/2.8, which isn’t much in comparison now. Internal focusing,lens flare reduction, and minimal focusing distance of 28cm rounds off its other features.

There isn’t much info on availability and price, but no doubt it will be on the pricey spectrum (probably $2k and up).


Nokia Suffers $196 Million Loss, But Finds Shred Of Hope In Results

LUMIA 920 IN YELLOWNokia has picked up the spear and is ready for battle again: for Q1 2013 the company lost €150 million (roughly $196 million) on €5.85 billion ($7.65 billion) in revenue over the quarter, but despite the losses, today’s financial results are improving, slowly but surely. Their Devices and Services division posted a small loss of €42 million ($55 million), its HERE mapping division lost €97 million ($127 million), but has the positive results from Nokia Siemens Networks, which turned last year’s €1 billion ($1.31 billion) loss into a solid €3 million ($3.92 million) profit.

Looks like Nokia will live to see another day.

Via: Nokia (PDF)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Will Hit The U.S. Hard, On 7 Carriers This Month

galaxy-s-4Are you prepared for the media and retail onslaught that will be the Galaxy S 4? Of course not. Until today, the scope of Samsung’s launch hasn’t exactly been measured (it’s huge). That being said, the Galaxy S 4 will debut in the United States this month, on 7 individual carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, along with regional carriers U.S. Cellular, Cricket and C Spire.