The Nexus 4 Comes Out On T-Mobile Tomorrow, The 14th, For $200

There’s Android phones — then there’s the Nexus devices built by Google, designed to be the purest representation of Android, because you know — Android is from Google, so a Google device (commissioned to a manufacturer  in this case, LG) would do it best, right? Turns out, most agree to this about the Nexus 4, except the lack of LTE support. Tomorrow, T-Mobile will begin selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for $200 on a two-year agreement and if you don’t want to tie yourself with a T-Mobile contract, the same phone will cost you a whopping $500. Ouch. Via: T-Mobile

Verizon And HTC Bring Out The Guards: The DROID DNA

The DROID DNA is perhaps the essence of the Verizon Android smartphone catalog (get it?). Despite having a massive 5-inch screen (simply .5 inches shy of the Galaxy Note II from Samsung), it has all of the specifications (specs, for short) that make it an attractive device: A 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (APQ8064 paired with MDM9615m, to be specific) and 2GB of RAM, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC’s Sense 4+ UI. To take fantastic images, there’s an 8MP f/2.0 rear camera with 28mm wide angle lens, BSI sensor, ImageChip and 1080p HD video capture.

On the opposite side of the phone you can expect to see a 2.1MP f/2.0 front-facing cam that features 1080p HD video record and an 88-degree ultra-wide angle lens. All of this sheer excitement is powered by a 2,000mAh battery, with Qi wireless charging support. Additional little details include Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support, NFC, MHL, dual mics for noise cancellation bundled with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band). Its physical size measures 9.73mm thick and weighs 4.86 ounces (138g). Beats Audio integration and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE top off the whole package.

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100 Will Compete Against Google Glasses Come 2013

Ever since Google started registering patents and promoting their Google Glasses platform which would introduce wearable computing for your eyes, every other company has had something brewing. It turns out the first to make note of is the Vuzix Smart Glasses M100, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based virtual display eyepiece, integrated with WiFi and Bluetooth, a 720p HD camera, and head-tracking sensors (including  gyroscope, GPS, and a digital compass), all the while can work in partnership with your iOS or Android smartphone for augmented reality apps — thus bringing actual life to everything you’d do on a computer.

All of this is processed by a 1GHz OMAP4430 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage and a battery that provides 8 hours of continued hands-free usage for things like phone calls and just 2 hours with the display activated. The WQVGA resolution with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio is what the display tries to achieve when viewed over the left or right eye, and gives the impression of looking at a 4-inch smartphone display viewed at a distance of 14-inches with more than 2,000 nits of brightness for viewing outdoors.

Doubtless, it’s complex, but technology like this is exciting.

HTC One X+ And One XV Arriving November 16th For Some AT&T LTE Fun

Oh hey, it’s the HTC One series! This time, the overclocked and upgraded One X+ will debut November 16th for $200 on contract for a high-end Android phone with a quad-core processor, one of the best 4.7-inch screens in the industry, and Android 4.1 with Google Now to keep things modern. There’s also the One XV, a $50 smartphone for budget users, which also requires a two-year agreement like its more powerful cousin does. More info about both devices is in the source link.

Via: AT&T

Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft, Was Head Of Windows 8 Division

In one big shakeup of roles at Microsoft, Steven Sinofsky is leaving the, effective immediately — he was the former leader of the Windows diviosn, and oversaw development of Windows 8. Internet Explorer, Office and Windows interface veteran Julie Larson-Green will be taking on most of his duties by heading up all Windows development, including hardware “opportunities” like Surface; whilst CFO and CMO Tami Reller will take on pure business and marketing sectors of the Windows platform.

Sinofsky commented on his departure:

“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”

This comes as a continued surprise, with Microsoft shuffling around internally much like Apple has in the past few months. Whoa.

Via: Microsoft

Samsung Galaxy Camera Coming November 16th On AT&T For $500

This is the first Samsung Galaxy camera. Obviously, it’s a new concept that people haven’t really heard of before: a camera with Android, but backed-up with AT&T 4G connectivity. Its specs include a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (with Google Now), a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD screen, 21x optical zoom lens and a super-bright 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, with the cheapest AT&T data plan at $10 per month. All of that will cost you $499.99 at AT&T — for that much money, you’re getting something more like spy equipment than a simple point-and-shoot camera.

And, it might just be worth it. Press release is on the post’s page.

MinutePhysics Tells President Obama To Up The Ante In High School Physics

Currently, I’m a 16-year-old who takes 11th grade classes. Chemistry and trigonometry hardly give me much trouble — but do they brighten my day? Not really. Physics however — recent physics — would change all that. And I agree with MinutePhysics — the newly-elected President Obama should get the physics brewing in high schools — without hesitation.