HTC Condemns The One S: No More Updates

IMGP5689Just 15 months after releasing it and give or take our review of it, HTC will stop sending out Android updates to the One S, which was a very well-executed T-Mobile Android smartphone in many eyes. Its update cycle will be halted at Android 4.1.1 jelly Bean, despite a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a full 1GB RAM — no doubt is this a disappointing decision on HTC’s part, no matter how fancy their official statement of it was:

We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

It’s a shame.

Harry’s Truman Shaving Set Review: It Really Is That Nice

truman-set-orangeFine, let’s get this out the way: I may not get more than 3-inches of mustache and chin hair at the tender age of sixteen, but I can still shave. And it’s totally cool to be using German engineered razors sold in the United Sates, right? Of course it is, you wholly mammoth. Now, quit moping and go shave — don’t worry, your mustache will come back.

It takes some dedication to shave: a job, being Harvery Specter, or maybe just freshening up for your delightful lady-friend, but that doesn’t mean it has to be entirely menial, tedious work. For example, a great company called Harry’s exists; their goal is to give every able man a great shave, at a really inexpensive price. Truly, a glorious mission…and then some.

Harmon Kardon BT Headphones Review: Ahh, The Sounds

Harmon Kardon BT HeadphonesLike any young guy or girl interesting in getting tons of work done while actually wanting a social life during the weekend, you sometimes need a little something extra to push yourself. Sometimes that little bit extra is drink, photo, game, or whatever — but it’s always music that works for your little “eternal relaxation”.

The problem with that is wires tend to get in the way of “doing things”, but here’s where Harmon Kardon has a solution to that issue: wired headphones, with a Bluetooth function.

Google Glass Monthly Update: Now There’s A Full Web Browser

coolhuntingOh, that’s right. Google Glass just got a full web browser for all of your wearable computing needs. But even better, Google has addressed several issues with Glass. First off, users can answer phone calls and have messages read aloud, as well as call and message any Gmail contact. As for the built-in web browser, you can ask to see a webpage and navigate it using the touchpad. Google Glass Explorers can expect to receive the update in the upcoming days.

Via: Google Glass

Casio Privia PX-150 Digital Piano Review: Iniziare, Maestro!

Casio-PX-150This is the Casio PX-150 digital piano. It’s a full-size, 88 key piano with 18 different tones, 3-step variable response for the keys, comes with a foot pedal, USB MIDI input and has support for two headset inputs along with splitting of the keys so that you can play two instruments at the same time.

It’s a great way of getting some music production done. Which is why I titled the review in Italian; which by the way means, “Begin, master”. The rest of the piano is just a mix of features meant for production and playing of what is perhaps the most elegant instruments of all time: the piano.

PSA: You Want Google Play All Access For $8 A Month, Right?

gplay-all-accessWell, today is the last day to go ahead and do that. Besides having millions of songs available for instant streaming via the web or your Android smartphone, Google Play All Access has been getting lots of popular public approval, mostly for its design interface and release times on songs (mainly the day new albums come out).

June 30th being the last day that a new subscriber can get a 30-day free trial and pay $8 monthly instead of the full $10 that Spotify and Rdio charge, it’d make sense to jump ship, no?

Via: Google Play All Access

HTC First Review: Definitely Not First, But Not Last

HTC FirstThe HTC First has all the aspiring qualities of a bestseller, but manages not to achieve that, with AT&T recently demoting the device to the price of $1 on a new, 2-year contract. It’s actually quite depressing, that the first Facebook phone really pushed out by Facebook turned out to be such a flop, but regardless, let’s take a quick look at what it’s like to use, as what it should be: a stock Android phone.

Windows 8.1 Preview Is Now Available To Everybody!

windwos 8.1Be happy, I guess?

Windows 8.1, which will arrive as a free update to current Windows 8 users later this year and as a full upgrade for those still on Windows 7, is now available in its preview form, to anyone willing to perfrm a fresh install and try it out. Many of the new Windows 8.1 features are geared towards the Start screen and the re-introduced Start button (which is jumps you to the Start screen), along with wallpapers in said screen of apps, performance improvements, sharing options, and a whole lot of bug and security fixes.

Other, more enthusiast improvements include higher resolution support on more screen sizes, tweaking of the hot corners, and addressing search inside of the system. If you really feel up to it, the source link will provide you the instructions.

Via: Windows Team Blog