Windows 8 Successor, Codenamed ‘Blue’ Will Be Part Of Public Preview In June

windowsbluesleakedThe next Windows iteration is actually not a complete numerical jump, but instead is just Windows 8.1, codenamed “Blue”. During June 26th to the 28th, Microsoft developers in attendance will hear more about the next Windows iteration, and as a result, so will the public. During this whole time-frame, a public preview will be released, bringing cosmetic updates and other features, such as a new side-by-side app view and Internet Explorer 11, by the end of the year.


Nokia Confirms The Existence Of The Lumia 928, Not Much Else

lumia 928In a little bit of promo marketing, Nokia has confirmed the existence of a Lumia 928 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.x as the operating system, with what seems like an edgier design than previous Lumias due to the aluminum casing. There’s also the typical Carl Zeiss camera lenses with Pureview technology. Other than all that, Nokia wants us “to stay tuned”, because there’s nothing else to tell us, for now.


US Officially Blames China For Cyberespionage In Military And Government

pentagon-china-accused-doj-imageThe Pentagon has officially made what is the first official accusation of China’s military and government performing acts of cyberespionage against the United States government, military, and companies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon issued the report yesterday, remarking the following from the the report:

China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs.

As you continue to read more of the report, it states that, “China’s cyberespionage was designed to benefit China’s defense and technology industry and to gain insight into U.S. policy makers’ thinking on China”. It’s a clear cut accusation that hasn’t been responded to by Chinese officials, but it’s going to be fuel for heated diplomacy.

ViaWSJUS Department of Defense

Adobe’s Photoshop And Creative Suite Are Now Subscription-Only, Forever

creative-cloudAt least “forever” what we think Adobe’s new arrangement refers to. From now on, Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite are now only available through subscriptions, which start at $20 a month for individual apps, or $50 a month for the entire Creative Suite, which is now actually called the Creative Cloud — standalone copies of the original Creative Cloud apps that are still available for sale will no longer be updated, all in the effort to reduce piracy.

To add to Adobe polishing of its platform, Photoshop now has access to a new camera shake reduction feature, several new editing features that help sharpen and edit images, plus the usual bug fixes. To add to the Creative Cloud’s functionality, syncing of files to the desktop and the creation of online portfolios of your work.

Adobe’s new strategy seems well-rounded so far, but it will be up to the Creative Cloud professionals to decide whether or not it’s a sink-or-swim operation.

Via: Adobe

Google Nexus 10 Review: It’s The Fancy Juggernaut

Google Nexus 10 TabletIt’s been a while since the Google Nexus 10 came out, but it only serves it justice to still review it. It’s a beast of a tablet, with a Samsung-built Exynos 5 processor at 1.7GHz dual-core, 2GB of RAM, a 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi) screen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5MP back-facing camera, flanked by a 1.9MP front-facing, a quad-core Mali T604 graphics processor for playing games, 9000mAh battery, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS/NFC/micro-HDMI/Barometer plus the usual crop of tablet sensors, a weight of 603 grams and thickness of 8.9mm.

All of those specs may not mean much to the average consumer, but in real-world performance, coupled with the sheer awesome resolution of the Nexus 10’s screen — which rivals the Retina display iPad — it becomes something special.

Brevity Review: Timbuk2 Especial Tres Cycling Backpack

Timbuk2 Especial Tres

This backpack is the rolltop variant and features two of the best things in a backpack: comfort and durability. Made of Cordura, the same material in GoRucks and Chrome bags, the Especial Tres Cycling Backpack takes it all a step further by looking absolutely awesome, with buckles as accents, a square aesthetic, along with pockets on the sides, front, back, interior, and two main storage compartments: the waterproof roll-top section, with a large Velcro sealed sleeve (with more pockets) and another Velcro-sealed front compartment for books and cameras.

There’s no doubt it’s well equipped, with a normal storage capacity of 35 liters, expandable to a full 45 liters, but what’s it like to use on a daily basis?

Acer Aspire R7 Hands-On At Milk Studios!

Acer ASpire R7 Hands-onHere’s the Acer Aspire R7, the absolutely crazy laptop with a 3rd-generation 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB SATA hard drive with 24GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4000,  a full HD display, Dolby Home Theater speakers, and Acer’s own Screen Grasp technology which lets you grasp and manipulate things on-screen.

Acre aims to not only change the way laptops are built, but to give it an edge that other competitors don’t have, like for example, designing this crazy laptop. The build quality is excellent, with a mix of plastics and metal, plus a backlit keyboard and the Windows 8 Pro operating system. My time with the R7 has been pretty short, but so far I’ve recognized 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 extra USB port, an HDMI port, SD card slot, power jack, 3.5mm headset jack, and a DisplayPort.

There are no specifics as to how much the Acer Aspire R7 weighs, but it did feel quite solid, so I’d put it anywhere around 5 pounds (the Acer representative told me it’s exactly 5.1lbs and 1.1-inches thin), making it a full-size notebook. It also looks and feels quite promising, but its fate will be certain when it’s featured in a LaptopMemo review.

It’s releasing May 14th at Best Buy exclusively in the United States, for $999.

Acer Aspire R7 Hands-On Shots

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Acer Announces The Aspire R7 Laptop, P3 Ultrabook, And Iconia A1 Tablet

Acer Aspire R7At a global press event here in New York City, Acer has announced several new devices to bolster their WIndows 8 and Android catalog. The purpose of these new devices is a theory Acer calls “duality”, where you can access different input options for different devices, so basically touch interfaces and typing interfaces are what will make what Acer thinks is a market advantage.

The Acer Aspire R7 is the first laptop that Acer is announcing at this event. The R7 radically changes the placement for the keyboard and trackpad, along with a rotatable display, very much like a easel —  a branding name which Acer dubs “Ezel”. Designed as the notebook designed for touch, these features allow the user to edit and create without compromise between touch or keyboard interfaces. The design allows for a variety of usual ports, like two USBs and an HDMI port. A full HD display, Dolby Home Theater speakers, and Screen Grasp technology which lets you grasp and manipulate things on-screen.

Specs for the Aspire R7 notebook includes four speakers with one on each channel for easy listening. It comes out in United States on May 14th, as an and BestBuy release.

The Acer Aspire P3 is your typical ultrabook, however still has the “Ezel” hinge, but to a lesser versatility — something that Acer calls an “ultrabook convertible”. It’s all backed up by Intel Core i5 processors, along with Windows 8 and support for a stylus pen, besides the touchscreen and keyboard. And if you’re not exactly into the laptop interface, you can remove the screen to use it as a normal Windows 8 tablet.

Lastly, the Acer Iconia A1 is an Android tablet with 8 hours of battery life with a price of $169, a 7.9-inch IPS display, and a quad-core processor.