The Mission RS Motorcycle Is Full Of Technology, On An Electric Engine

mission-rs-xlIs there a sweeter-looking motorcycle out there right now? Because, if there is, let me know. The Mission RS motorcycle is based off of the bike that tore up FIM/TTXGP Laguna Seca race in 2011, but with an electric engine. It produces power through the InfiniteDrive powertrain, delivering over 160hp, a below 3-second 0-60 start time, a top speed of 150 mph, and a 140 mile range.

But here’s the fun part:

Mission OS, an Internet-connected info system on a 7-inch touchsceen that offers turn-by-turn directions, an integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration, wireless HUD integration and general riding information. This must be the most tech-savvy superbike in existence. The price? Around $56,500.

Via: Mission

Google Says No To Facial Recognition Software, Until Protections Are In Place

Google Glass on Stefan!It looks like Google is really taking Google Glass privacy concerns to the core, while not completely bowing down to those are are utterly afraid of every piece of technology that has the ability to look at them in the face. Facial recognition in Glassware apps such as the MedRef for Glass app for Doctors and an API created by Lambda Labs will get disapproval from Google, until privacy protections are in place. As the Glass team put it:

We’ve been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.

Considering how open the software is, it shouldn’t be a problem for developers to continue coming up with new ideas locally on the device, as well as testing them out. Until then, it’s up to Google to give blessing to the facial recognition capabilities of Google Glass.

ViaProject GlassTechCrunch

Asus Will Make A 4K 31.5-Inch Monitor In The US, This June

PQ321Q_Side_650Calling all gamers, pixel-lovers, and people who use computers — Asus will begin selling a 31.5-inch monitor in the UNited States this June, and it has a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, so you could fit four different 1080p HD windows onto the same screen. It’s incredibly dense and pixel-rich, at 140ppi.

Ports-wise, there’s a DisplayPort, dual HDMI ports, built-in 2W stereo speakers and is the thinnest 4K display on the market, measuring 35mm at the thickest point. But for those looking to game, Asus suggest having a dual-graphics card setup, or a top-notch gaming computer, because at these high resolution, upscaling that much is no easy task. A price will be announced closer to the release in a few weeks.

Via: Asus PR

Razer Announces The New Blade Pro And 14″ Blade Gaming Laptops

rzr_blade-proThe Razer Blade Pro. In this special refresh of the gaming hardware company’s laptop is two different updates: the Blade Pro and Blade 14-inch, both of which gets the new Intel Haswell technology and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics processor. As for storage, there’s 128GB SSD standard, with optional upgrades to 256 or 512GB.

And while all the new silicon and parts have been added, it still carries a 74Wh battery (the older Blade had a 60Wh cell). Other than that, the Blade Pro comes with Razer’s Switchblade interface, a trio of USB 3.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1920 x 1080 display, just like its predecessor.

To cut a sharp corner, the Blade 14-inch will contain mostly the same specs as the Pro: a Haswell chip and GTX 756M graphics and different SSD options. The physical measurements are 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.66 inches, and weighs 4.13 pounds. The main trade-off is the loss of SwitchBlade buttons and screen, a downgraded 1.3 megapixel webcam and a lower-res 14-inch 1600 x 900 display, but still has a 70Wh battery inside.

Both models will be released in Q2 of 2013; the Pro starts at $2,299 and the 14-inch model retail starting $1,799. Pick your blade, I guess.

Via: Razer

HTC One Google Edition Is All Stock Android For $599, June 26th

htc-one-googleIt looks like Android finally has an unbeatable duo — the HTC One , with stock Android interface, and the Samsung Galaxy S 4, also coming out with an Android 4.2.2 stock interface in June. Both devices have full use of the core Android operating system, without all of the manufacturers’ customization to the software, that has been the bane of Android’s existence, for the most part. For the Google Edition HTC One, a fully unlocked SIM card slot is an added bonus,. Physically, there’s still 32GB storage, quadband LTE (700/850/AWS/1900), triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100) and the usual quadband GSM / EDGE — T-Mobile users will benefit from LTE and 3G, like their AT&T cousins, but not on the AWS spectrum.

The best part? Beats Audio integration is still on the device (but won’t appear in the notifications bar) and the HTC UltraPixel imaging technology is also integrated with the stock interface camera. Not a bad setup for $600, even if that is a price steep for ingenuity.


Samsung Takes The Wraps Off Galaxy S 4 Mini With A 4.3″ Display

s4-miniSurprise! It’s not that exciting, is it? Considering that it may never make its way to the United States on a major carrier, going over the baseline specs is really all that’s required. To make it plucky, Samsung placed Android 4.2.2 and features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor (possibly a Snapdragon 400), and 1.5GB RAM. There’s also 8GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, all of which totals a weight of 107 grams.

All the other Touchwiz software features are also present, and while no pricing it release details are available, it will be displayed at the upcoming major Samsung event in London.

Via: Samsung Global

Motorola Is Officially Prepping A Phone They Call The Moto X

motorolaxt912aMotorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirmed it in his interview at the D11 conference that Motorola will continue to exist as an actual company that has a purpose after being purchased by Google. This also meaning that they will create a new smartphone called the Moto X, and it will be their flagship device, completely assembled in the United States. However, it will be only be part of a “handful” of devices before October.

As for the Moto X’s hero feature? It will be “contextually aware”, meaning that the phone will know when it’s inside a pocket and when it’s taken out, when it’s inside a car and so forth — knowing what you will do before you do it may assist its more advanced feature.


To Be Quite Clean, The Gmail Inbox Gets Revamped On Desktop And Mobile


In order to maintain utmost cleanliness with Gmail, Google has taken the initiative to make crucial edits to the hit email service, on both desktops and mobile devices. Starting with design, the new Gmail interface is cleaner, sharper, and faster. Email on desktop will be categorized into different types via tabs, while the same system can be used on mobile devices, like on iOS and Android, where the same feature will be in a slide-out pane. Besides this, other little tweaks and fixes will be part of the update, which will be released on the iOS and Android apps in the coming weeks,with the update being rolled-out across desktops during the same time frame.

Via: Google