Sony’s XPERIA Tablet Z Is The Coolest Tablet In A While: 6.9mm Thin, 1.5GHz Quad-Core And Android 4.1

XPERIA TABLET ZThis is a tablet we’d actually want — that’s right, consumers could really want this. It’s Sony’s just-announced XPERIA Tablet Z, a 6.9mm thin, dustproof and waterproof at 495g heavy Android 4.1 tablet with Sony’s own design customizations.

On top of that, there’s the latest hardware around:  a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 screen (with Mobile Bravia Engine 2), a sweet 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, NFC, 4G LTE (on a MDM9215M radio), microSD expansion and Sony’s very own “S-Force” virtual surround sound technology tags along for the ride.

It’ll come in black and white, with an as of yet unannounced price or release date. But hey, it’s thinner than the iPad mini at 7.2mm. That’s one hot talbet, Sony!

Via: Sony (JP), Eng

Brevity Review: Biegert & Funk QCLOCKTWO W Watch

B&F QCLOCKTWO W --  On My WristPrice as Reviewed: $770-$880 at Biegert & Funk

This is cool. A grid of 110 letters that tell the time, date, and seconds on a 35mm x 35mm case, all on a black leather strap. The cost? $770. So, yes. That answers your questions as to whether or not certain designs come at a high price.

As this is a brevity review, it’s important to know I’ll be brief (but meaningful) on every subject about the gadget in question. So first off: the build quality is fantastic. Sharp edges (not too sharp), stainless steel, black leather, and great edges for the screen makes the QCLOCKTWO W formidable to everyday environments; it’s also water resistant to 5ATM (that converts to 50 meters or 165 feet, good for a decent swim).

Use of the watch is extremely simple: press the single button and you get the time. Press it again, then you get the date. And again? You get seconds. Hold it down for a few seconds and you can change the time, date, and seconds all using just one little button and a couple of presses. It’s taken some getting used to, but it’s actually pretty cool (and gets you a ton of stares and questions, at least it did for me). Don’t press the button? You don’t get the time, that’s all. Other than that, it’s handmade in Germany by Biegert & Funk.

B&F QCLOCKTWO W Review Shots

So what, both the company and watch have unusual names? The watch works, and it looks really cool. Other than the price, there’s nothing really wrong with it, other than that the watch tells time in multiples of five, and the dots at the bottom indicate what exact minute it is. If pricing is your problem with it, just go for another watch; it’ll just tell you time the traditional, boring way.

Exquisite Germany engineering, with lots of taste. It’s an awesome watch.

Score: 8/10

Maingear Nomad 17 Review: There’s Better, But This Rocks

Maingear Nomad 17 -- Chelsea Market Shoot

Maingear has built a beast of a laptop: high-end specs, backlit keyboard, 1080p display, Blu-Ray drive, and even real bass and audio levels on a laptop. It all comes at a high price (the unit tested is $2400) but there’s a problem — the design. It’s based off of the MSI GT 70  — which has been recreated over and over (and over) again into different “custom build” laptops.

That’s something I really don’t like. This isn’t the usual opening I have when writing reviews; usually it’s a well-described intro detailing specs then a catchy line that brings you overboard, into the thick of the post: the Nomad 17 is an awesome machine.

This specific model has a GTX 680M graphics card — it can play any game, literally, on the highest settings, mods and all. And it’s installed without any bloatware, plus technicians who are extremely helpful; in fact I have a story about all of that (and more), after the break!

Microsoft Hires Designer Who Made Those Amazing Concepts

1000wMicrosoft has done something that might just boost its design popularity — hiring a designer. It’s not any old designer, oh no sir, it’s Andrew Kim. He’s the guy that made a long list of concepts of what Microsoft should be with its brand image in order to remain a vision of the future, rather than the present. His designs were nothing short of awesome, so it turns out Microsoft has hired him. As he goes on to say:

But when it came time to make my final decision, I wanted to work at a place I can really get excited about. Working at a company is like getting married, it becomes a fundamental part of your life. I want to work with awesome people on awesome projects that I can get excited about. If you’ve been watching Microsoft over the past year, it’s been exciting, regardless of what your ecosystem preference is.

Now, don’t get too worked up: he’s only been hired to the Xbox division, which he didn’t even create concepts for. But it does mean that Xbox might be one of Microsoft’s first brands to get access to this guy’s awesome designs. Go awesome!

Via: Minimally Minimal

Scientists Discover An Amazing River On Mars

Reull_Vallis_largeIt may be dry, but it once contained water. That’s the general consensus with the recent discovery. In a “striking upper part of the Reull Vallis region of Mars,” which reveal a 932-mile-long (1500 kilometer) river running from the Promethei Terra Highlands to the vast Hellas basin, once existed a riverbed that was 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) wide and 984 feet (300 meters) deep. It turns out that Mars very much was like our planet Earth (in this regard).

ESA Mars Express team says that the river was flowing with abundant water about 3.5 to 1.8 billion years ago, during the Hesperian period. After the Amazonian Era, the Reull Vallis was invaded by a glacier, which carved out the path. Some time after that, craters impacted the surface.

What can we take from this? There’s a lot more we have to examine about Mars. That is certain.

Via: ESA

Galaxy Note 10.1 Now Receiving Jelly Bean Update Via OTA

Galaxy NOte 10.1 JazzThe promised Android 4.1 update is finally, finally coming through over-the-air (OTA) updates to the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets. The Note 10.1 users get the best part of the Jelly Bean update, with Air View’s hover-to-peek functionality, Quick Command shortcuts and the ability to clip content, as well as the Cascade View to see more than two apps at the same time. It’s about time Samsung got this out; PR after the break.