ASUS Brings The Gorgeous Zenbook Infinity To Computex 2013

transformer infinity thingyIt’s the first laptop to ever have a Gorilla Glass 3 lid, and boy, is it beautiful. A 13.3-inch display, USB 3.0 port on each side, along with an SD card slot, micro-HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort round of initial specs. There are no exact words on what processor and GPU it uses besides a “dual-core Haswell”, but considering that everyone is moving to Intel Haswell and updated GeForce graphics, it is a high possibility. Overall, it measure 15.5mm thick, and will launch sometimes in the third quarter of the year, with Windows 8.x on board.

Meanwhile, ASUS also updated its Transformer tablet/laptop hybrid: a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS screen, Tegra 4 processor, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, and exporting of 4K video via HDMI. Ports-wise there’s a USB 3.0, 5-megapixel camera and sports a 1.2-megapixel front-facer.

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Samsung Outs 10-Inch And 8-Inch Galaxy Tab 3

tab3-8and10Taking it up a notch, Samsung has unveiled the rest of the family that makes up the Galaxy Tab 3. A 7-inch model has already existed, but now 8-inch and 10.1-inch models have joined. The 8-inch Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.5 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, WXGA TFT 1280 x 800 (189 PPI) display, 1.5GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 4,450 mAh battery, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

The 10-incher has a 10.1-inch model features a 1.6 GHz Intel dual-core processor, a solid 1280 x 800 (149 PPI) WXGA TFT display, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, and a 6,800 mAh battery. However, the 10.1-inch tablet only features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both tablets run Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s Touchwiz customization. A release date is pegged for early June, globally; no prices have yet been confirmed.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Intel Preps Haswell Core Processor Launch For June 14th, Ushers In New Era

haswell-580x428Another era of computing is dawning on us: the 4th generation of Intel Core processors. This June 4th marks a genesis where the current“2-in-1″ computing method: that’s convertible computers – flipping screens, removable displays, and everything in-between — are in need of a processor that are more inclined towards achieving that. What this means for the consumer is more battery life and slightly more performance than Ivy Bridger, the 3rd and previous generation of processors. Also, integrated graphics performance that is capable of playing 3D games, even on Ultrabooks.

To make it all easier, Intel is dividing the new Haswell family into groups: the H, M, U, and Y processors. Haswell’s H category works with Quad Core and Intel Iris Pro graphics, while M works with Quad Core and dual-core  chips. Starting with U, Haswell processors are designed for Ultrabooks, the U category bringing an SoC (system-on-a-chip) with Intel Iris graphics options, the Y category bringing in the SoC with the lowest power made specifically for detachable computers.

Intel took care not to forget desktop users: the desktop Haswell processors exist in the K-Series for enthusiasts — unlocked and ready for overclocking. There will also be performance and mainstream Haswell architecture for both performance and mainstream apps in both quad-core and dual-core configurations, with the loweat power going to the S-Series and T-Series Intel Haswell chips.

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.