Best Buy Prices The Lumia 920 And 8X On AT&T At $149 And $99, Respectively

Are you curious as to how the two best Windows Phone 8 smartphones will be priced on AT&T’s 4G LTE network? The Nokia Lumia 920 will retail for $149 on a 2-year contract at Best Buy, and the HTC 8X at $99 for an 8GB variant — all of which are currently available for pre-order. Oddly enough, there are not release dates, other than “will ship when available”. Considering Microsoft will hold a press event for Windows Phone 8 on the 29th, details should be revealed in a week’s time.

Via: Best Buy

4K Resolution Will Be Known As “Ultra High-Definition”, According To CEA

The Consumer Electronics Association has just approved of the new naming scheme for 4,000 resolution screens — higher than the 1080p that we call “HD”. in comparison to the 2160p of the new policy. So what will 4k be called? Ultra High-Definition , or Ultra HD for short. In order for manufacturers to use the label on their products, they have to meet CEA’s requirements: products to have at least one input capable of transmitting native 4K video at 3840 x 2160 resolution without upconverting. Screens will have to have eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels at minimum.

 
This is fantastic news for higher-quality video, because as with HD, it forced the rest of the industry to progress, and create faster networks capable of using the HD standard. With Ultra HD, we’re just all making that extra little (ultra HD) push. Most likely Ultra HD technology will be widely demonstrated for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 8-11.

Via: CNET, CEA

Check Out Master Chief’s Past In New Live-Action Trailer For Halo 4

What you see below is not simply a promotional video for the upcoming blockbuster videogame, Halo 4, but a creation from Hollywood heavy player David Fincher — known for helming films such as “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Fight Club”. He worked with 343 Industries to create the two-minute trailer, detailing some of Master Chief’s (painful) past, up until Halo 4 iteslf.

Google Outs A $249 Chromebook, 11.6-inch, Super Thin, 6.5 Hour Battery, Built By Samsung

News flash from Google’s PR! A new Chromebook will debut for only $249, built by Samsung. It’s ARM-based (uses no fan), has an 11.6-inch 1336 x 768 display, 0.8-inches thick, weighs just 2.43 pounds, runs 6.5+ hours on battery, boots in under 10 seconds and supports 1080p video playback. Also part of the package is a USB 3.0 and 2.0 port, full-sized keyboard, microphone/headset jack, and SD card slot.

And just to top it off: the dual-core A15-based Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5250) SoC powers the new Chromebook, plus 2GB RAM, 16GB of built-in flash storage, WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. Sweet stuff. Pre-orders start today.

Via: Google

Nokia Just Reported A $754 Million Operating Loss: Ouch

Things continue to look grim for Nokia: A new operating loss of $754 million for the third quarter of 2012, and a drop in its net cash from $6.6 billion last year to $5.5 billion now. From that, only 2.9 million Lumia devices have been sold (now all outdated, because none of them will use Windows Phone 8) down from 4 million last quarter (the first time the range lost popularity), but since its the end of the older Lumia’s product cycles, it only seems fair. As for their non-smartphones, flip phones, and dumb phones all the same, they’ve sold a whopping 77 million of those.

At the very least, Nokia has been able to stabilize $4.66 billion in the bank as cash reserves. Perhaps it will prove helpful in the long term, should the upcoming Lumias and Windows Phone 8 release not deliver funds immediately to the coffers?

Via: Nokia (PDF)

For Google, The Playground Is Open October 29th In NYC Press Event

Let’s keep this as short and as simple as Google’s invitation to the press reportedly was: There’s an Android media event happening on October 29th in New York, at 10AM EST. All the invitation says is ‘the playground is open’. And the image its based off of is Google Now. Also, the event will be livestreamed via Android’s YouTube account.

So obviously, this is something Google plans to announce (using the latest tech, like a Nexus device?) that is really worth calling out the tech elite and press to New York, to be on a playground.

GoPro Unveils The Hero3, Capable Of 4K Video

This is monumental (somewhat) in the world of technology. GoPro claims the the Hero 3 is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the old model. To top that off, the top-of-the-line Black Edition is capable of capturing video at up to 4K resolution—as long as you don’t mind slowing recording down to 15 fps, which is actually not that good, but still, having a full-resolution video mode is fantastic. Also included in the Black Edition is the ability to record lower-resolution footage at higher frame rates than in the past, and as a result, offers 1080p60, 1440p48 and 720p120 modes for slow-mo situations. Lower-spec models are also none too shabby: the Silver packs an 11MP camera and can capture 1080p30 video, while the rather more humble White packs a simple 5MP camera. However, all three GoPro action cameras include Wi-Fi.

Pricing is very competitive, with pre-orders starting today: $400 for the Black Edition, $300 for the Silver and $200 for the White.

Via: GoPro

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Will Debut, At $500 For 32GB

This is the Microsoft’s Surface RT. Unlike the Microsoft Surface Pro,which uses a full version of Windows 8, the Surface RT uses the Windows RT software — think of this like iOS vs OS X. The base model, which includes 32GB of storage, is also available in a 64GB model for a cost of $600, or $700 with an included keyboard. Also included is the 10.6-inch screen, 9.3mm thickness with 1.5lbs of weight, and includes a built-in kickstand with vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case.

Purportedly, Microsoft’s initial production run is 5 million units, so they are preparing for actual success.

Via: Verge