Google Nexus 4 Review: The 4th Echelon Of Android

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Buying new gadgets and gizmos is always about two things: if the gadget you want is really a necessity, and second, are you buying the right gadget? The smartphone is both of those things: most likely, you need and smartphone, and second it has to be top-of-the line. The echelon of phones, as it were. Currently, the industry standard is the iPhone 5 tightly followed by the Galaxy S III.

But somewhere in the mix is the cool gadget; the one that is so cutting-edge you won’t see anything like it in a while. In fact, almost like the iPhone, you may only see it released once — twice at the most — in a year. Kiddies, that gadget is the Google Nexus 4.

Check out the review, past the break.

NYT: Apple Has Been Testing Curved Display Watches In The Lab

inanowatchThere are always Apple rumors that come out to lack the fruit of which they promise or are only half of the story. Anyways, Apple has been “experimenting” with a wrist-worn iOS device that has a curved display. Details are left rather scarce, but the general consensus is that it could be a watch, in a way more formal than the iPod Nano from a few years back. Also, The New York Times has instigated (for lack of a better word) Apple rumors in the past, that would just be complete bogus. It’s a sad reality when waiting for new technology.

Via: NYT

Brevity Review: Razer Naga 2012 Edition

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It’s another review where I reference some incarnation of the same gadget before I get to the actual review. It’s true; the Razer Naga has appeared on LaptopMemo once before, but the new 2012 edition offers some updates to one of Razer USA’s best gaming mice for just about any computer. Plus, a new lighting color scheme and new texture makes the Razer Naga MMO 2012 the best wired mouse I’ve used in a while. Razer also includes 3 interchangeable right side panels to make the whole mouse more comfortable. It may be 2013 now, but the Naga 2012 fits right in.

Curiosity Drilled A Hole On Mars While Looking For Water

Curiosity Hole On MarsThe Mars Curiosity rover on Mars has just accomplished another feat: a hole on Mars on Gale Crater, a supposed area where water used to exist on Mars. The hole was drilled by the rover’s drill attached to its seven-foot robotic arm and measures 0.63 inches across and 2.5 inches deep. What’s even better about the experiment for science is that a sample from the drilling operation has been collected, and now scientists back on Earth can verify if it houses evidence of water that used to be on Mars, or if the rover has been contaminated with more Earth material.

Hoorah, for science!

Via: NASA, @MarsCuriosity (Twitter)

Microsoft Surface Pro With 128GB Sold Out, Blizzard Or Not

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So it may have snowed a foot at least in some parts of the North East United States, but it hasn’t stopped BestBuy and Staples, as well as the Microsoft Store from completely being sold out of Surface Pros with 128GB of storage. The 64GB still remains in stock in some places, but this whole situation begs a certain question: is the Surface Pro really that popular or has Microsoft just produced very few units?

No matter what the case is, it’s Microsoft’s first time making their own PC, and it seems like a decent start.

Via: TC

Electronic Arts Debuts Origin Games For Mac

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Electronic Arts has made a major addition to their library, putting them in full competition with Steam (as if they weren’t already) by adding support for Mac computers. The first few titles available are Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition and Lego Harry Potter. EA is also running a launch promotion, offering The Sims 3. Much like on Steam, games available on both PC and Mac can be downloaded from the same account to different PCs. Other than all of that, that’s all there is to Origin right now.

Via: Origin

Injection-free Vaccine With Help From Melinda-Gates Foundation Actually Works

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Researchers have been working on injection-free vaccinations for months now, a new method to inject a vaccine into the human bloodstream to trigger and immune response. The purpose is not only to make your immunization shots easier, but in third-world countries where the use of hypodermic needles is somewhat scarce and the refrigeration of the vaccine is needed in order to keep everything in check, a major roadblock in trying to help people in these regions.

The way it works: dried sugar, which was laced with a proposed HIV vaccine (also in development), which dissolves when inserted in to the skin, effectively triggering an immune response like any other annoying needle. Better yet, Dr Linda Klavinskis of Kings College says the work “could potentially reduce the cost of manufacturing and transportation”.

Standing ovation for science? I think so. Video of it in action is after the break. Via: MedGadget, Verge

Those Blizzard Emergency Alerts Really Do Work By Making You Jump

cellbroadcastSo, just about everyone is posting this in real-time: a crazy vibrating alert that literally makes you jump if your phone was in your pocket or on your desk. It was just a nice little notification from NOAA, FEMA, FCC, CTIA, who with other organizations, created the Wireless Emergency Alert system. It launched last year and its main function is to alert you to the threat of human life: things like this upcoming blizzard, Amber alerts, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.

Want to know how to prepare for the snow? Check out Google’s handy Public Alert page or Giz.