HP’s Pavilion 14 Chromebook Is Just A Big Screen, But Small Heart

pavilion chromebookMost Google Chromebooks are in the 11 to 12-inch screen size range. This time, HP has upped the ante slightly with the announcement of the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 screen. That means a bigger keyboard and trackpad to back that up, so it’s more like an everyday laptop. Other specs include a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and integrated graphics — nothing better than the average Chromebook, except this time there’s pretty bad battery life: 4 hours and 15 minutes, which is usually less when actually tested. All of this mediocre will cost you $330. Le sigh.

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Google Nexus 7 (4G HSPA+) Review: So Good, You Can Feel It

Google Nexus 7: Reviewed On My LapThere have been countless Android tablets released within the past year, if not months. But like anything of quality in this world, there is one that is meaningful and can even hold its own against the test of time, like the Nexus 7. And all technical stuff aside, it’s a really amazing tablet. Really, it’s just because when Google gets to have its say on a device, the whole package goes the extra mile. Review after the break.

Twitter Hit By Complex Hacking Attack, May Affect 250K Users

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Nowadays hacking attacks on major American corporations and news outlets is becoming commonplace. The latest is on Twitter, where the attempted hack affected at least 250,000 users. The real risk to users is unknown, but Twitter raises our eyebrows when it suggests that this was more than just a casual scripting hack: it claims the intrusion attempt was “extremely sophisticated” and concerted, and required an immediate shutdown of the breach on their part.

Needless to say, it’s an uncomfortable story, but regardless it’s suggested that you reset your password, even if you’re not on of the 250k that Twitter emailed about the breach.

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Sony wants us all to ‘see the future’ of PlayStation on February 20th

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First thing that comes to mind: PlayStation 4, obviously. Sony is inviting investors and media to New York City on February 20th to “see the future” of PlayStation, which could mean that instead of waiting for E3, a PlayStation console successor with tons of graphical power could be announced. Of course, any estimations can be thrown out the window until the actual announcement is made, but until then, check out a teaser video after the break.

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Google’s Project Glass Explorer Edition Now At The FCC, Unveils Specs

glassIt’s been more than a year since futuristic hopefuls have been talking about Google’s Project Glass, where a HUD (heads-up display) would be placed in front of the users field of vision by wearing the gadget like a pair of glasses. But there’s something special: some of the specs have been leaked since Project Glass has hit the FCC. First off, there’s some standard parts, like a Broadcom 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g WiFi radio and a Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy module.

The magic happens in a sentence where there’s an “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head” — bone-conduction. Basically it plays with the science that occurs between human bones and the rest of the body, and through that, transmits audible sounds by literally vibrating sound into your skull. Talk about cutting-edge from Google.

Via: Eng

Samsung Buys 5% Stake In Wacom, Plus Manufacturing Deal

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The major stylus maker and industry leader of digital design via human input devices (a stylus pen, duh) is now partnered with Samsung. A 5% voting stake in the company valued at $58.9 million was purchased by Samsung to help support their use of Wacom technology inside of the S Pen which is used in the Galaxy Note II and a couple of their tablets.

But it’s more of a long-term deal: By 2014 the entire net amount raised from the sale of shares will be invested in “product development and manufacturing and supply system enhancements for products to be supplied to Samsung Electronics,” and that Wacom plans “expand its relationship” with Samsung even further.”

More business, more gadgets. That’s what is happening in retrospect. Via: Wacom (PDF)

Google Has A New Android Sculpture Made Of Chrome, But Why?

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Google typically likes to express the completion of projects via sculptures. This time, it’s the Android mascot, made of chrome, which is also the namesake of the Google Chrome browser, which recently added beta updates to Android. Still, nobody knows what it’s for, but it is shiny, and kind of modern-looking. Its location is on the side of one of Google’s Mountain View buildings in California.

Via: Paul Wilcox

South Korea Launches Satellite And Rocket Into Space With Success

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Only 10 countries on Earth have successfully launched rockets into space then deploy a satellite. Turns out, South Korea is now at 11, with the launch of a self-developed, two-stage Naro rocket while putting the vehicle’s Science and Technology Satellite-2C payload into orbit. After this, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute is working with contractors to build completely in-house rocket stages by 2016, and reach 300 tons of amazing thrust as soon as 2018 knocks on the doors of science.

Via: Space