Microsoft Posts $3.2 Billion Net Loss For Q4, $22B In Revenue

DSC01769Microsoft lost $2 billion for Q4 of 2014, despite the hefty $22.2 billion in revenue (compared to $23.3 billion yesteryear). This can definitely be attributed to the 7,800 job cuts made earlier this year, plus the de-valuation of Nokia which resulted in a $7.5 billion jab to the coffers. An $888 million profit was made from the Surface line and Xbox clinched a 27 percent gain. Remember Bing? Well its market share increased to a sizeable 20.3 percent.

Talk about an eventful fiscal quarter.

Via: Microsoft

Here Are The (Prototype) Wireless Controllers For The HTC Vive VR Headset

20150715_142612Wading it through storms and showers in New York City (to the Dream Hotel, no less) this week was thoroughly worth it — because, a demonstration of HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset was in order. The experience is fluid despite needing more work in the user interface (which is designed as a gallery that you “walk” in), as well as the two mounted sensors that will be simplified for consumer use — they fill the room with lasers and in layman’s terms, assist in the calibration and recognition of the user’s real-world space.

And surprisingly, HTC is close to Valve, evening going as far as developing a Portal VR demo.

Motorola Is Holding A Big Press Event On July 28th

moto-invite-28thIt’s about time Motorola got onto our radars again. Press invites have been sent out for an event at 9AM ET in New York City, on the 28th of July — and I’ll be attending, of course. While most educated guesses would point towards the next version of the Moto X and refreshes of all other hardware, no one honestly knows what the Lenovo-owned smartphone (smart watch) manufacturer is up to.

Oh, and as Motorola put it: “your relationship status is about to change.” I kind of don’t need help in that department, but moving forward is always fun, no?

Apple Refreshed The iPod Touch, Albeit Very Quietly

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Typically when you release a new version of a product with an astounding legacy, you’d talk about it. But Apple hasn’t taken the expected course of action with the iPod series — as everyone might understand that the dedicated music device is archaic in a sea of smartphones and other devices.

Still, the iPod Touch is here for another generation, receiving the same 8 megapixel camera seen in the iPad Air 2, the same 64-bit Apple A8 processor from the iPhone 6 (running at lower, 1.1GHz clock speed), and the same color choices from other current Apple products: silver, grey and gold; blue and pink being exceptions.

Via: Apple

Razer x Gunnar Cerberus Review: When Green And Yellow Look Good

20150714_113656Yes, these are just glasses — but they’re not. The Gunnar eye strain-prevention lens is something of a worshipped apparatus of mine, having already reviewed a pair. Actually I’ve looked at twothree, or four, in fact five different pairs. Each and every time I say just about the same thing: that the lens really does eliminate some of the eye strain and discomfort associated with mid to long-use of a screen.

Now all there is to talk about is styling. It turns out that one of the main representatives of gaming hardware — Razer — decided to get in to the fun and design two pairs with Gunnar Optiks; the one seen here being the Cerberus.

Samsung Developing 11K Mobile Displays That Give 3D Illusion

L1010577 copyYes, Samsung is taking the screen game to next-gen levels. Currently their flagship phones have quad-HD displays, but the South Korean conglomerate is looking to increase that state to 11K — yes, higher than a 4K display, which is just gaining traction, and even more pixel-dense than an 8K display, which is just making its technological debut. 11K would represent a whopping 2,250 pixels per inch and in doing so, would replicate a 3D effect sans glasses, so says Samsung.

That’s one of the main reasons Samsung is partnered with 13 companies to work on the “EnDK” project, and with the South Korean government investing $26.5 million over five years — this isn’t a science fair project, by any stretch.

Via: Electronic Times

The Smallest GoPro Ever Announced: The Hero4 Session

gopro-sessionSmaller and lighter than any other GoPro before it. The Hero4 Session is the answer to a question that many action capture enthusiasts have been looking for: size reduction. To keep footprint small, the Hero4 Session drops the LCD, instead opting for a simple one-button control scheme to start recording — connecting to the GoPro app allows for more robust controls.

Other physical features include compatibility with existing GoPro mounts, waterproofing down to 33 feet without need for separate housing, and the ability to record in 1080p60, 720p100, or 1440p30 video. GoPro will start selling their latest gadget online for $400.

Via: GoPro

Côte&Ciel Isar Review: Hello, Modern Backpack Design

20150702_152545In Paris exists a designer bag company named Côte&Ciel. Its fashion mark is through bags and accessories that illustrate functional, futuristic designs that can also be durable enough for travel.

The Isar backpack is one such example: it’s a duffle bag fused with a traditional rucksack, and comes in a variety of materials: leather, canvas, and Eco Yarn (a smooth, environmentally-friendly and water-resistant fabric). It turns out, the Isar also has a few tricks, including the concealed pouch seen above (can you spot the zipper?).

So, is it a great backpack to carry in New York City — or anywhere for that matter?