Qualcomm Revamps Snapdragon Chip Range, Makes It Awesome

qualcomm-snapdragonQualcomm, the company behind some of the best smartphones (in terms of processors) decided it’s time to clean up shop for 2013. Meet the new silicon mobile processor family: the Snapdragon 800, Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 processors. The Snapdragon 800 and 600 are the two highest processors in the range; the quad-core Krait processor and Adreno 320 graphics have been bestowed upon the Snapdragon 800, with a speed bump, plus a 40 percent increase since the last generation. Snapdragon 600 devices should arrive in the second quarter of the year, with the lower-end models following.

Ready for more numbers on the Snapdragon 800 There’s a 75 percent CPU performance increase and double the graphics compute performance with new Krait 400 CPU cores (at up to 2.3GHz each) and an Adreno 330 GPU, a faster LTE Cat 4 modem, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, QFHD video recording, support for resolutions up to 2560 x 2048, and overall just more awesomeness.

Basically what all this means is that the next phone you buy will have the coolest processor. Ever. No need for professionalism or nerdy stats — it simply will be fast, efficient, and means new designs will be possible.

Via: Qualcomm

Samsung Announces An 85-Inch 4K TV With Easel Design

S9000_001_Front_BlackThis is impressive. really. Samsung has taken the liberty of designing the world’s largest Ultra High Definition — in other words, 4k — TV at 85-inches. The design is very industrial, geared at making the TV appear as if it was floating, due to it being lifted up by an easel-like metal frame, that can tilt the viewing angle of the TV. The frame holds an even better function, however; a 120-watt 2.2 speaker system.

There are additional features, like Samsung’s new Smart Hub software, S-Recommendation, and voice control. It’s also worth noting that the set is powered by a 1.35Ghz quad-core A15 processor. You’ll also find standard ports such as 4 HDMI inputs and optical audio. And as per CES tradition,there isn’t any pricing information yet, but Samsung will release the UN85S9 Ultra High Definition TV in March.

Lego Mindstorms EX3 Will Launch In Q2 2013 With New Core, Better Sensors

lego-mindstorms-ev3-1357509014Robotics is a beautiful thing and Lego has made this a possibility for years. So, it was time for an update to the aging NXT platform: the Mindstorms EX3 has a new Linux-based “intelligent brick” — the central Mindstorms operating braing — that is now compatible with iOS and Android devices out of the box. The latest brick has an ARM9 processor, 16MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM, and an SD expansion slot. You can buy multiple cores and connect up to four together as an added plus.

The cool part of the EX3? Autodesk has produced in partnership with Lego a desktop app that can be used as a 3D construction guide for any and all of your crazy robotic ideas, from any angle. The Mindstorms EX3 kit will cost you $349.99 come Q2 of 2013.

NVIDIA Announces Tegra 4 With Project Shield Portable Game Console

project_shield_v2bThis is some seriously cool hardware coming from a company who makes parts, not entire systems. NVIDIA has introduced Tegra 4, their new mobile chip platform, which has 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce GPU cores (6x what the Tegra 3 had), a quad-core ARM Cortex A-15 CPU, 4G LTE supported, ehnaces mobile imaging and HDR, and allows for better battery management. That’s very cool. But it’s Project Shield that takes the meat from the lion.

NVIDIA’s Project Shield is a game console. It sports the new Tegra 4 processor, a 5-inch 1280×720 HD touchscreen, a full controller, has HDMI, micro-USB, microSD, and audio-out ports, and can project an image over HDMI at 4k resolution (in other words, Hyper/Ultra HD. And it runs Android — without a skin. What’s a really awesome app on the Project Shield console? Steam’s Big Picture, allowing for full PC games and the Tegrazone, which are a set of NVIDIA-optimized Android games.

Both specifics are probably far on the horizon: price and retail availability; NVIDIA states it should ship by Q2 of 2013 in the US and Canada, but other than that, it’s quiet. But man, is this a gadget to own.

Via: Project Shield

Brevity Review: Ogio Renegade RSS Backpack

Brevity Review: For The Awesome Renegade RSS!Price as Reviewed: $150 at Ogio

Score: 9/10

This is another one of Ogio’s awesome experiments: a bag with a ton of zipper, pockets, and places to hide stuff, with super supportive straps and a comfy back to support your spine. In this case, that all costs $150 and is called the Renegade RSS. It weighs 3.6 pounds empty and holds up to 17-inches of laptop goodness inside of its special and specific weight management system pouch, with has both extra padding and is suspended in such a way so that laptop doesn’t bog down the whole backpack.

Don’t worry though: the Renegade RSS isn’t just for carrying heavy stuff: I threw in a tablet in there without a problems, and some snacks and books while running around New York City. But that’s not all.

Lenovo Is Splitting Up With Thinkpad Come April

lenovothinkLenovo has done some pretty great things with IBM’s ThinkPad brand ever since they purchased it in 2005, however Lenovo has mostly been known for its lower-end computers plus the mainstream laptops. The ThinkPad brand remains their only high-end market line of computers, so in an effort to be more efficient and better promote the brand against companies like Apple, Toshiba, and Samsung, they’re splitting the ThinkPad brand away from the Lenovo household.

To accomplish this, Lenovo will be split into two parts: Lenovo Business Group (LBG) and Think Business Group (TBG).

Effective from April 1st, LBG will be headed by Senior Vice President (Mobile Internet Digital Home) Liu Jun to focus on mainstream consumer and business desktops, laptops, and tablets, as well as smartphones and smart TVs. On the other side of the fence, TBG will be led by Senior Vice President (Product Group) Dr. Peter Hortensius to better establish the business-friendly Think brand in the consumer market, as well as continuing to stay ahead of the game in the global commercial business — a crucial point of its survival. Interesting plan, no doubt.

Via: Eng Chinese

Vizio Has Announced Their Own 11.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet

vizio-tablet-pc-new-620-wideDon’t worry: it’s not a silly Windows RT tablet. Running full Windows 8, Vizio’s new 11.6-inch 1080p display tablet has packs a dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, a 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI / micro-USB ports. On top of all that, it’s signed off by Microsoft Signature, indicating that it is free of any bloatware — a fresh Windows install. No word on pricing or availabilty, but it looks good on paper and in press photos.

Obama Signs Off Communications Satellites: Now They Can Be Exported

Satellites In SpaceRecently, President Obama has signed a defense bill reverts the ban and reclassifies communications satellites as civilian technology. This allows for American companies to build and export them to other countries. The move allows companies that build communication satellites to further expand their project, but there are certain limits, including Boeing not being able to export satellites to China, North Korea, or Iran. This industry is happy about it however: “This is a tremendous assist for an industry that is inherently international,” the president of the Satellite Industry Association told The New York Times, “it will ensure our place at the forefront of space.”

Via: NYT, Image Credit: NASA