Google Could Be In Talks To Offer Music Streaming Service

googlemusicIf Google Play Music isn’t enough for the big G, then what is? Apparently, it would be music streaming, like Rdio or Spotify. According to the Financial Times, Google is currently in talks with “big music labels to launch a streaming service to compete with companies such as Spotify.” If this is true, then Google would offer songs available for streaming with ads, alongside paid subscriptions that remove those ads, with perhaps some unique features, as soon as the 3rd quarter of 2013 strikes.

Via: Financial Times

Qualcomm Makes The World’s First Universal LTE Chip

All Nexus Devices

Qualcomm has just pulled the wraps off of the RF360 LTE chip. What exactly does it do? Well, it is the first 4G LTE chip ever made to support every variation of LTE on the planet.

It provides connectivity for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks. Meaning that consumers and manufacturers, will both benefit; consumers can keep their SIM cards when traveling with their fully global smartphones and manufacturers can produce just one phone, that ships everywhere. Initial shipments of the RF360 will begin in the second half of 2013 for smartphones coming out during the launch and after.

That’s progress.

Via: Qualcomm

Al-Qaeda Document Details 22 Ways To Avoid A Drone Strike

predator-firing-missileApparently, the Al-Qaeda insurgents are thinking very astutely when it comes to defense against American drone strikes and fly-by reconnaissance missions. In a document originally published in 2011, and now finally translated into English, Al-Qaeda members are urged to us all (or any) of the 22 ways suggested of avoiding a drone strike. Some of them are rather simplistic, like “hide under thick trees” — which is believed to have been written by Osama bin Laden, but another involves using a Russian device called a “sky grabber” to “infiltrate the drone’s waves and frequencies.” And some include creating jammer towers using readily available materials.

But truly, some of these techniques are probably effective, as Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton insists, “these are not dumb techniques. It shows that they are acting pretty astutely.”

Full list is after the break. Via: Gawker

Google Chromebook Pixel: A High-End Chromebook For $1,299

Google Chromebook PixelGoogle has taken the initiative to build a high-end Chromebook laptop. The Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299 for a Wi-Fi model or $1,449 for LTE and more storage. (a full 1TB of Google Drive storage, per user, for three years) and ships in the first week April from Google Play or Best Buy — pre-orders start now.

The Chromebook Pixel is built by Lenovo using anodized aluminum, which contains a 2560×1700 resolution screen on a unqiue 3:2 aspect ratio — 18% more vertical space than the conventional 16:9 layout at 4.3 million pixels total, or 239 per inch (more than the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro’s 227 ppi). The screen is also built with Gorilla Glass and doubles as a touchscreen. A full-sized keyboard, an SD slot, 720p webcam, dual USB ports, a multitouch trackpad, and a trio of integrated mics for noise cancellation during video chats are your input options.

Processing power is provided by a Core i5 with a 32 or 64 GB internal SSD. Users can also purchase an unlimited day pass from Verizon for $10 alongside Google’s suite of web apps.

So, Google has officially rounded out their catalog of official gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 — and the new Chromebook Pixel.

Via: Google, Play Store

Nikon D7100 Launches In March, Part Of High-End Line: 24MP, 51 AF Points, Weather Sealed

1513-D7100-leftWant a high-end camera that’s not over a year old? Well, Nikon has you covered where Canon doesn’t (for now). The D7100 has 24.1-megapixel sensor for the high end of Nikon’s consumer DSLR offerings. The new camera has its very own CMOS sensor — which is completely new for DSLRs. The ISO range of 100 to 6400 and can also be pushed to ISO 25600 in Nikon’s Hi2 extension mode for different lighting conditions. A  51-point autofocus system (15 cross-type sensors in the middle) also adds to the feature list of the D7100.

The image processing engine is Expeed 3, which is a welcomed improvement that the D90, D4, and D800 all have, plus 2 SD card slots and a 1900mAh EN-EL15 battery. Last of all, there’s a new 3.2-inch RGBW LCD display with a 1229k-dot resolution plus a set of stereo microphones so you can record  HD video in 1080 / 30p or 1080 / 60i with a max recording time of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

The whole D7100 is also weather sealed to protect against moisture when it comes out in March to the United States for $1,199.95 (body-only) and $1,599.95 (18-105mm VR lens kit).

Via: Nikon

Sony PlayStation 4 Announced With DualShock 4 Controller: Next-Gen Gaming, But No Console Yet

DualShock 4It is official. The Sony PlayStation 4 is the newest console to be announced that is part of the next-gen platform of home console systems. As stated during the NYC press conference,”We believe that PlayStation 4 represents a shift from thinking of a box or console,” said Sony’s Andrew House. “PlayStation is the best place to play.” The PS4 using an x86 processor, a souped-up PC GPU (“2 teraflops of processing power”), 8GB of GDDR5 system memory, and local storage — essentially, it’s a PC. This whole setup becomes an APU setup; both the CPU and GPU lie on the same chip.

This is probably a good time to say that backwards-compatibility is not possible on the PS4, instead streaming of PS3 games is what will allow one to play previous-generation games. Next-gen games include Killzone: Shadow FallinFamous: Second SonKnack, Bungie’s DestinyDiablo III and Drive Club, a team-based racing game with challenges and fast production cars.

The Sony PlayStation 4 will launch in the holiday season of 2013. No exact release date or price has been announced.  And no images of the actual hardware, either.

Google Finally Releases Info On How It’s Like To Wear Project Glass

Project GlassJust yesterday I was wondering, “How will it look when I have Google Glasses and wearing new contacts?”. Apparently, today is just the day for that: Google is offering “creative individuals” via its #ifihadglass page, a pair of princely $1,500 Google Glasses, if you post something interesting enough for Google to want you to have them, as the technology is still in its early stages.  Google goes on with the look for fresh meat: they are looking for “creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.”

But, enough of all that. Here’s what it actually looks like through the human eye to use one — it’s awesome. Via: Google