Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Review: What Happened Here?

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11An ultraportable, laptop/tablet hybrid with some great versatility where it matters, the Ideapad Yoga 11, barely fits that description. Being the world’s thinnest multimode laptop, it struggles when endowed with performing the tasks of either a laptop or a tablet, which sort of defeats the purpose of a hybrid.

When the Idea of a laptop/tablet Hybrid was first introduced, many manufacturers went after the idea of productivity with a bit of versatility. Um…not to say that its a bad investment, but there is definitely better.

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Will Reach 10 Million In Sales, By Next Week

DSC_0062-650x430According to co-CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, JK Shin, the recently launched Galaxy S 4 will reach 10 million units sold, less than a month after its debut in the United States on only three of the four major carriers (Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile). That beats the Galaxy S III’s time to that milestone by nearly three weeks, making it far and away the company’s quickest selling device, ever. In fact, the numbers will only rise from there, considering that the Verizon Wireless release will occur at the very end of May, with an Android 4.2.2 stock Jelly Bean release by Google on the Play Store in late June.

Via: Korea Times,  Android Beat

Google Glass Getting New Apps: CNN, Twitter, Elle, Tumblr, Evernote, And Facebook

twitteronglassReferred to as “Glassware”, Google Glass apps are coming together as part of a storm for Explorer users. Starting with delivering CNN breaking news alerts,  then Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook posts, along with Evernote reminders and articles from Elle MagazineThe New York Times and Path were the only two Glassware apps available for the headset, until now. The apps will roll-out soon, and with thousands of others in development for the public Google Glass launch next year.

ViaTwitterEvernoteThe New York Times

Google And NASA Have Teamed Up To Build/Use Quantum Supercomputers

Image Credit: D-WaveGoogle and NASA see it fitting to join forces and launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, which will be home to a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems. Researchers will work to, in Google’s own words, “study how quantum computing might advance machine learning”.

In reality, what Google wants to do with quantum computing is refine and perhaps completely revamp how search and voice recognition technology interact and work, so that an artificial intelligence (AI) more advanced than Apple’s Siri or Google own Now engine could exist. The same could be said for predicting and addressing climates and diseases. Don’t get excited yet, since this is in its very early stages, but still, if there is a time to use “cutting edge”, this is it.


Here Are All The (Really Cool) Six Google Glass Prototypes

google-glass-prototypesIt’s actually really humble of Google to show off the six prototypes of Google Glass (considering that the current version is still a prototype, after all). From strapping a smartphone to your head, to circuit boards and wires, Google has tried almost everything until they reached the current evolution. It’s needless to say that you’d look like a real Glasshole wearing the early prototypes, if you would even want to at all.

If you’re interested, check out the Glass section of yesterday’s Google I/O presentation (beginning at the 6:13).

ViaDanny Sullivan (Twitter)

Google’s New Maps For Desktop Plus Android And iOS Blow Everything Else Away

better-mapsThe new Google Maps has access to everything it should have been before. In retrospect, more context, better ratings systems, a refined interface, and a feature to further understand what places you like to visit and populates your map with relevant information. Besides featuring a “flat” interface, the web app has been redesigned from the ground up, with a great new search box and layers that can add a rich user experience, plus Earth View, which features real-time clouds and a great angle of the planet, without the use of a plugin.

On Android and iOS, refined Photo Tours, Street View, and all of the aforementioned features will debut as well. It’s just a never-ending stream of excellence. On desktop, you can sign up for a preview of the upcoming revamped Google Maps.

Via: Google

Google+ Completely Redesigned, With 41 Additional Features To Boot, Hangouts Now An App

Google+Google has flooded the news streams today and this time with 41 additional features. Google+ will see a complete redesign, on all platforms, and this intros 41 new features put into three categories: Stream, Hangouts, and Photos. But for now, detailing the major new features will suffice. First off, a new Stream, which is inspired by Google Now. Second is a standalone Google Hangouts app that will integrate SMS, Google+, and any other messages you plan on receiving into one service. Third, is the amped-up default storage of Google accounts to 15GB, because now photos uploaded will automatically have access to three editing features: Auto Highlight, Auto Enhance, and Auto Awesome — all of which correct, sharpen, or do whatever they have to in order to fix the pic.

Google is trying as hard as they possibly can with Google+ and they at least deserve applause for it.


Google Announces Galaxy S 4 With Stock Android Jelly Bean, June 26th For $649

google-galaxy-s4This could be the biggest move by Google to close the fragmentation version gap — the Galaxy S 4, with an unlocked boatloader, plus stock Android Jelly Bean. It’s unlocked to work on T-Mobile and AT&T with 4G LTE, along with 16GB of onboard storage. The best part seems to be that prompt system updates, unlike the scenario that will play out with the other Galaxy S 4 devices that have Samsing’s Touchwiz interface loaded. There’s only one catch to this whole honeymoon: the stock Galaxy S 4 will cost $649 starting June 26th on Google Play.