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.

Instagram Releases New Stats: 90M Users, 40M Photos Daily

instagram-logoInstagram hasn’t been very open about statistics ever since the Terms of Service scandal involving mostly misinformed or scared (for not much) people. According to the retro photo filtering app company (now owned by Facebook), Instagram has 90 million users that are responsible for 40 million photos per day, with 8,500 likes per second and 1,000 comments per second. All of these stats are new and (technically speaking) are the best Instagram has ever reported. Well noted, indeed.

Via: Instragram, AllThingsD

LG Has Already Found 300 South Korean Homes For $20K 84-inch 4K TV

lgultrahdtv-300-homes-1-17-13-01Talk about cozy. 300 homes in South Korea already have purchased an 84-inch, 4K Ultra HD TV from LG, each with the cost of $20.000. The weird part of the situation is that LG (and mostly everyone else) don’t even have 4K content ready for viewing. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop these people from getting ahead of the game and being early-adopters. It is worth noting however that if there’s an interest, producers will start to upscale their content to 4K (literally 4x the quality of HD) and prices of UHD TVs will start to go down, allowing for the new technology to be the new regular TV.

Via: EngChosunBiz (translated)

Bill Gates Will Talk Education On First TED Talk For TV

Redefining Sustainable Development: GatesWord comes from the The Wrap that PBS is slated to air the very first TED Talk produced for TV on April 16th, featuring Microsoft’s co-founder, Bill Gates. Alongside the computer, business and philanthropic legend, educators Geoffrey Canada and Sir Ken Robinson will also be present during the televised TED Talk. The actual recording of the session is slated towards the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater on April 4th. No word on ticket availability, but it’s something to look out for.

Via: The Wrap, flickr