Brevity Review: HuMn Wallet 2 Carbon Fiber Edition

HuMn 2 Carbon FiberAvailable at HuMn (use promo code: laptopmemo10)

Reviewed once, twice, and now the third time! This is the HuMn Wallet 2, which in this particular case, opts for two solid carbon fiber plates instead of aluminum. This increases the price to $140 when on sale come March 1st. Just like the previous two wallets, you can customize the elastic band, create 2 or 3 piece wallets, and stuff cards and cash in the front, back, or middle. In fact, the only reason this is a successor to the original design is that the tabs are easier to open, much like the HuMn Mini’s — increase the size of the wallet and boom: you have a successor. Besides the twin plates of carbon fiber, everything about the wallet stays the same, including the fact that it’s RFID safe despite being made with carbon fiber.

But there is one thing: the carbon fiber is cut from a larger sheet of the same material, so the edges can (occasionally) be somewhat rough, and that I don’t like.

The carbon fiber’s finish is sharp, clean, and has a truly matte feel — also making it lighter than the aluminum HuMn wallets. A nice fashion statement is all the carbon is, but still keeps the HuMn Wallet 2 functional.

Score: 8/10

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Quad-Core, S Pen, Android Jelly Bean – It’s All That

note8frontSamsung hasn’t been stingy for their first Mobile World Congress announcement in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the second “Note” edition tablet — that is, a Samsung device to include an S Pen stylus. This bad boy is no different from any of the other high-end gizmos that Samsung churns out: a 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel TFT display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 4,600 mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, HSPA+ 21 support for mobile internet, and a body that’s 25% thinner that the Galaxy Note 10.1 from last year.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is supposedly produced for people looking for a small tablet that can double as a media consumption device. “Readers Mode” dims the screen and processor usage to turn the Note 8.0 into a full-fledged eReader, while other features such as Smart Remote stretch its prowess in the living room by using the built-in IR blaster to control your TV. LTE and Wi-Fi versions are also in line for production; the latter is coming to the United States — and yes, offering cellular options in Europe technically makes the Note 8.0 an 8-inch phone.

A Q2 global launch is pegged without an exact release date or price from Samsung. Expect to hear more about a U.S. launch in the coming weeks or months. Press release after the cut.

Someone Already Got The Chromebook Pixel To Run Linux

pixellinuxDo you think the Chromebook Pixel is useless and expensive, despite having one of the best screens ever put on a laptop (plus it doubles as a touchscreen)? Well, look again. Google and Lenovo were smart enough to include the usual bonus unverified BIOS slot that you can go and enable through developer settings — which would then allow you install a different operating system.

Linux is the first to be added by a Googler named Bill Richardson; a Windows 8  modification shouldn’t be too faro ff considering the Pixel uses  an Intel Core i5 processor.

Via: Bill Richardson

Google Could Be In Talks To Offer Music Streaming Service

googlemusicIf Google Play Music isn’t enough for the big G, then what is? Apparently, it would be music streaming, like Rdio or Spotify. According to the Financial Times, Google is currently in talks with “big music labels to launch a streaming service to compete with companies such as Spotify.” If this is true, then Google would offer songs available for streaming with ads, alongside paid subscriptions that remove those ads, with perhaps some unique features, as soon as the 3rd quarter of 2013 strikes.

Via: Financial Times

Qualcomm Makes The World’s First Universal LTE Chip

All Nexus Devices

Qualcomm has just pulled the wraps off of the RF360 LTE chip. What exactly does it do? Well, it is the first 4G LTE chip ever made to support every variation of LTE on the planet.

It provides connectivity for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM/EDGE networks. Meaning that consumers and manufacturers, will both benefit; consumers can keep their SIM cards when traveling with their fully global smartphones and manufacturers can produce just one phone, that ships everywhere. Initial shipments of the RF360 will begin in the second half of 2013 for smartphones coming out during the launch and after.

That’s progress.

Via: Qualcomm

Al-Qaeda Document Details 22 Ways To Avoid A Drone Strike

predator-firing-missileApparently, the Al-Qaeda insurgents are thinking very astutely when it comes to defense against American drone strikes and fly-by reconnaissance missions. In a document originally published in 2011, and now finally translated into English, Al-Qaeda members are urged to us all (or any) of the 22 ways suggested of avoiding a drone strike. Some of them are rather simplistic, like “hide under thick trees” — which is believed to have been written by Osama bin Laden, but another involves using a Russian device called a “sky grabber” to “infiltrate the drone’s waves and frequencies.” And some include creating jammer towers using readily available materials.

But truly, some of these techniques are probably effective, as Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton insists, “these are not dumb techniques. It shows that they are acting pretty astutely.”

Full list is after the break. Via: Gawker

Google Chromebook Pixel: A High-End Chromebook For $1,299

Google Chromebook PixelGoogle has taken the initiative to build a high-end Chromebook laptop. The Chromebook Pixel starts at $1,299 for a Wi-Fi model or $1,449 for LTE and more storage. (a full 1TB of Google Drive storage, per user, for three years) and ships in the first week April from Google Play or Best Buy — pre-orders start now.

The Chromebook Pixel is built by Lenovo using anodized aluminum, which contains a 2560×1700 resolution screen on a unqiue 3:2 aspect ratio — 18% more vertical space than the conventional 16:9 layout at 4.3 million pixels total, or 239 per inch (more than the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro’s 227 ppi). The screen is also built with Gorilla Glass and doubles as a touchscreen. A full-sized keyboard, an SD slot, 720p webcam, dual USB ports, a multitouch trackpad, and a trio of integrated mics for noise cancellation during video chats are your input options.

Processing power is provided by a Core i5 with a 32 or 64 GB internal SSD. Users can also purchase an unlimited day pass from Verizon for $10 alongside Google’s suite of web apps.

So, Google has officially rounded out their catalog of official gadgets: the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 — and the new Chromebook Pixel.

Via: Google, Play Store