Google Could Totally Open Their Own Stores By The End Of The Year

chrome-virgin-kioskAt least, according to tech site 9to5Google. Apparently, Google executives are interested in creating new brick and mortar stores across the country to help sell their own products: the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Chromebooks, random accessories, Google Play Store gift cards, and of course, the upcoming Google Glasses.

Apparently, the justification of creating the stores is based upon the idea that consumers need  to experience the Google Glasses in person, which as of yet, technically haven’t been announced with a release date, plus with the possibility of costing up to a grand.

We shall see, indeed.

Via: 9to5Google

Sony PlayStation 4 Prototype Controller Leaked In Photo


While Sony is preparing a PlayStation presentation here in New York City next week, a leakster (those who publish leaks) outed an authentic image of a prototype PlayStation 4 controller along with a developer unit — which of course is subject to change, but  it’s interesting to see what appears to be touchpad and speaker on the controller, alongside a somewhat traditional layout. All will be unveiled on the 20th.

Via: Destructiod

Check Out The Upcoming McLaren P1 While It’s Looking Awesome

k-bigpicScheduled to hit the Geneva Motor Show in the next few weeks, the British have a supercar like no other ready for production, sooner or later: the McLaren P1. It’s supposed to be ridiculously fast, but engine specs haven’t been released, so you’ll have to be content with the above — for now. The only real bit of info we have on its performance? The P1 can lap the Catalunya grand prix circuit in 1:45, which is 2.9 miles long, and is 6 seconds faster than a Porsche GT3 12c on the same track.

New Lithium Battery Tech Gets Full Charge In 10 Minutes

lithiumLet’s make this one easy to understand. Traditional lithium ion batteries are what keep humanity from creating more incredible technology. Despite that fact, you’ll find lithium ion batteries in smartphones to Teslas and Priuses. The way they work is via shuttling positive lithium ions between microscopically thin sheets of carbon graphite located at each electrode. But as these sheets age, their capacity and discharge performance degrades, and eventually they crack, rendering the battery dead and unless.

University of Southern California have therefore done away with silicon sheets entirely. According to a study published in the journal, Nano Research, a team headed by Viterbi School of Engineering professor Chongwu Zhou instead uses fields of porous silicon nano-tubes to shuffle electrons without wearing down and without losing capacity — thus allowing for extremely timely charges and longer lifespans. A provisional patent indicates that this could hit the market in 2 to 3 years.

That’s right; give another round of applause to science.

ViaTimes of India

Library of Congress: Let’s Preserve Early Sounds For Later Civilizations

libofcongressOld speeches and historic sounds are often in aged formats that no one can currently play using modern computer technology, but the Library of Congress has a plan to help change that for historians and U.S. citizens. The National Recording Preservation Plan is headlined by a recommendation to create a publicly accessible national directory of sound recordings that’ll act as an “authoritative discography”; you’ll still have to go to an actual library to listen to the sounds, but nevertheless they’d be readily available, along with details and where they are housed. Currently the Library of Congress is looking to smooth out licensing agreements to also allow for online streaming. Sounds very elegant, in a sense.

ViaLibrary of CongressCouncil on Library and Information Resources

iFixit Tears The Surface Pro Apart, Finds It Tricky

surfaceproapartThe engineers at iFixit have already jumped on the case to take the Surface Pro apart. Apparently, it wasn’t a fun process: with 90 screws in total, iFixit rates the Surface Pro 1 out of 10 for repairability. The battery is removable so replacements are easy if you’re brave enough to go past the screws, but it’s the SSD that gets tricky: you could kill the entire Surface Pro due to the number of cables near the SSD. Otherwise, the usual assortment of fans (two of them, in fact), Core i5 processor, RAM, and the display assembly can all be gawked at in iFixit’s teardown, all at the source link.

Via: iFixit 

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Is $200 Cheaper, New Processors

macbookpro-with-retina-display-2012Apple announced some slight changes to their MacBook Pro line today. First of all, the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display is $200 cheaper than before, now at $1,499, while a new 2.6GHz processor and 256GB higher-end model has been priced at $1,699.. Meanwhile, the  256GB 13-inch MacBook Air has also been discounted to $1,399, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now have new processors clocked at 2.4 and 2.7GHz, respectively. All revision are available starting today.

Via: Apple