HTC Announces The One Mini: Awesome, But Just Smaller

htc-one-miniThe HTC One and Play Editions are perhaps the favorite devices of any smartphone aficionado, but HTC decided a smaller version could have more “pep”, to go along with it. All the specs of the One mini have stayed the same from the original model: a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor at 1.7GHz, LTE, the UltraPixel camera, BoomSound, Beats Audio integration, a 1.6MP front-facing camera, and support for Android. The only two things that have changed are the smaller,  4.3-inch touchscreen, an 1,800 mAh battery, and the lack of an IR blaster.

A worldwide launch is planned sometimes this August worldwide, with availability in the United States being announced during the same time frame. Press release, after the break.

Celestron Cavalry 7×30 Binocular Review: Target Spotted, Shephard Commander

Cavalry 7x30 ReviewThe binocular market isn’t something very often talked about. You have your traditional manufacturers that just so happen to produce optics that are right for that sort of thing: Nikon, Canon, Bushnell, and others. Celestron is included in that list and produces a line of extended sight tools called the Cavalry series. Basically, they’re rugged versions of already rugged binoculars — the Celestron Cavalry 7×30.

Check it out, after the break.

Google To Host Press Event In San Francisco This July 24th

DSC00752Specifically speaking, Sundar Pichai, the head of Android and Chrome at Google, will be hosting the July 24th media invitation-only event in San Francisco, where talk of the Moto X is all but a positive bulletpoint of the agenda. Starting at 9 a.m. PT / noon ET, the event might not only unveil the return of Motorola under Google management, but also the new version of Android that will bring minor tweaks, with the possibility of bringing big changes as well.

And in traditional Google fashion, the event will be livestreamed on YouTube, for all to bear witness.

Verizon Is Sending Out Invites For A Press Event On July 23rd


Apparently it was sent with the name of the media member, customized independently. It also sports the location of the event, in New York City, and alludes to the “the next generation of one of [its] most popular family of devices”.

Jeff Dietle, vice president of marketing at Verizon Wireless, will be making comments at the event on July 23rd.

New devices? You can bet on the Google-made, Motorola Droids you’re looking for.

Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket Review: Controlling Your Body Temperature, With Holes

k-bigpicAt first, I was incredibly skeptical, maybe I still am. Helly Hansen is a sporting company that produces apparel and accessories for — you guessed it — sporting. What the H2 Flow Jacket brings to the table is that is a lightweight jacket generally made for in-shore sailing, but can also be used for cycling, hiking, and just general wear. The selling point that H2 is trying to jam into everyone’s faces at this point is the fact that, thanks to the way it is made, it can allow you to regulate your body temperate. Right.

Full review after the break.

AT&T Also Begins Offering Early Upgrades Via Their Next Plan — But Don’t Do It


In a bid to counter T-Mobile’s constant appeals to consumers and media on which carrier has more innovative approaches to consumer problems and service, AT&T decided to introduce one facet of T-Mobile’s vast selection of plans: paying a monthly fee that allows one to upgrade a phone before the contract ends. The catch: the price is specific to the phone you own, meaning that with wiggle room, AT&T can do as they like with the costs — on top of the fact that you will have to pay full price, rather than subsidized, for the device. Mathematically, the T-Mobile plans would save a user much more. Refer to the following:

At $60 per month for 2.5 GB of data plus unlimited talk and text on T-Mobile, whereas AT&T costs $90 for 3 GB plus 450 minutes and unlimited text messages, that all works out to $2160 on AT&T and $1440 on T-Mobile. Considering that hardware costs less on AT&T, it makes sense that their plans are mainly responsible for the price spike — and introducing the Next plan offers them another way to do that. It’s just not worth it.

Of course, while T-Mobile is still busy rolling out their 4G LTE networks throughout the country, AT&T has an existing infrastructure that has been quite reliable recently. But is that enough to justify this deceitful plan?


Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite Arrives July 28th For $800

ativ-book-9-lite-blackWhile it is the lower-end model of Samsung’s new and pretty fantastic looking Series 9 line of computers, the ATIV Book 9 Lite is still worthy of any college student or professional for that matter. At $800 coming out in July 28th, you’re getting a 13.3-inch, 1,366 x 768 capacitive touchscreen, AMD Radeon graphics, and up to 5.5 hours of battery life. In terms of the actual parts that make up a computer, Samsung has opted for AMD’s 1.4GHz quad-core CPU,  4GB of DDR3 memory and a 128GB SSD.

It will have one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a Mini VGA port, a micro HDMI, a three-in-one memory card reader, and a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. The computer measures 0.69 inches thick and weighs just about 3.48 pounds.

Of course, you could just wait for the more expensive, but superior ATIV Book 9 Plus, which gets a release date and price sometimes this month or the next.

Microsoft Drops The Price Of The Surface To $349

Surface RT Marked DownBy all means, the Microsoft Surface RT is not the hottest product Microsoft has created by any means, but that doesn’t stop it from being at the vanguard of the company’s marketing campaigns. In a bid to draw more attention to the device, Microsoft has reduced the price to $349, representing a $150 decrease for the 32GB model.

Will this help? Who knows, but it’s a move that should have been from the start.

ViaMicrosoft US Store