If It Tickles Your Fancy: Windows 10 Technical Preview Out For Phones

windows10phonesThat is, if you have a (most likely lower-end) Windows Phone device that supports it, you can download and run the Windows 10 Technical Preview — for phones. Solely available as a desktop version (previously), Microsoft is ramping up production on the Windows platform, which will span the Xbox, phones, tablets, desktops and laptops.

Besides being unfinished and lacking the new Spartan browser, Windows 10 for phones in its current form does sport some things of note. A better photo browser, universal voice dictation, the new Action Center, and tons of user interface changes.

So! If you have a Lumia 630, 730 or 830 (which I just reviewed), then you can take a look.

Otherwise, just keep your sensors on Microsoft’s development cycle for a while longer.

Via: Microsoft

Microsoft Lumia 830 Review: The Grey Zone

20150128_143307While the Nokia brand is technically, no longer, it still is used by Microsoft on varying levels. Thus, it’s kind of like a grey-area: everyone knows it’s a Nokia phone, it’s just not a Nokia phone. No matter what you want to call it, the Lumia 830 is a mid-range smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1, and sports a Pureview camera setup.

Does that make it worthwhile? Well, that’s kind of in the grey, too.

Canon Produces The EOS 5Ds: A 50 Megapixel DSLR Camera

canon5dsdsrlead-2015-wow-much-price-megapixelsHave you doubted the megapixels in your professional DSLR lately? Most likely, no. But Canon doesn’t mind. Enter, the EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R: camera equipped with a 50.6 megapixel full frame sensor. It’s so high-resolution that if you were to crop images with lenses made for APS-C image sensors, they’d be 19 megapixels. It’s insane.

Other feats that the EOS 5Ds can pull off are 5 frames-per-second shoot, 61-point autofocus, dual Digic 6 processors, 3.2-inch 1-million-dot LCDs, a mirror vibration control system (to control camera shake) with viewfinders at 0.71x magnification and 100 percent coverage.

On the non-imaging spectrum, there’s Active NFC, WiFi, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, CF/SD card support and 1080p video at 24/25/30/50/60 fps — sadly, no 4K shooting here.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes there are two cameras. They’re identical, sans for one trait: at a $200 premium, the 5Ds R eliminates the low-pass filter effect; that creates a “cancellation effect” specifically to cut blur from images and makes them sharper. On the other hand, the 5Ds does it too, but to a lesser degree.

Both cameras launch in June for $3,700 and $3,900, respectively.

Brevity Review: Harry’s Jimmy Chin Shave Set

20150204_155252I reviewed Harry’s blades and shaving cream a long time ago. And they were excellent. More than a year later, Harry’s has become a booming business, sweeping up the men’s shaving market by storm with inexpensive German blades, chic handles, and excellent shaving foams.

Enter 2015, and Harry’s top brass hooked me up with their newest shave set, made in conjunction with the one-and-only Jimmy Chin — professional climber, photographer, and skier.

Oh, as for the similarity between the two of us? We both need a close shave.

Net Neutrality Victory: The FCC Will Propose The Web As A Title II Utility

fcc-tom-wheelerInternet advocacy won. From Reddit, Tumblr, Netflix, Google and many, many others. Today, Tom Wheeler and the FCC brought forward a plan to reclassify ISPs (Internet Service Providers) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Essentially, making it a public utility.

This is a solid victory for net neutrality, and begins to draw borders with ISPs such as Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner, who have been attempting to privatize and add privilege to sections of the Internet, even going as far to bringing it into the court of law.

As Tom Wheeler put it: “I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC,” Wheeler wrote. “These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.”

Even more interesting is the decision to lump wireless networks with wired broadband, so that the tether can be just as strong. Meanwhile, ISPs are mobilizing and beginning legal strategy.

Round two, begins.

Via: Wired, FCC

There’s A Razer Blade Laptop Refresh: 3200×1800 Screen And Nvidia 970M

uU6ss6DNAILp.878x0.Z-Z96KYqThe laptop with the most power per cubic inch just got a little bit more powerful. Updated to the latest Core i7-4720HQ quad-core processor from Intel, the 14-inch Razer Blade has also been christened with Nvidia’s latest 3GB GTX 970M graphics card — crisper, faster, and more powerful gaming on the run, definitely.

16GB of RAM is included by default, while the processor is clocked at 2.6GHz and can be turbo-boosted up to 3.6Ghz — speed is all the Blade knows. To top it all off, a higher-resolution display is included, at 3200×1800 pixels with IGZO touch display technology; a lower power display material better-suited for higher pixel densities.

Price? $2200, with a launch on February 16th.

Via: Razer

The Ferrari 488 GTB Is An “Entry-Level” Supercar, Blows Minds

1-ferrari-anteriore-1280x0_2SCHR7Ah, yes. A new Ferrari, named the 488 GTB.

It’s environmentally more sound than its predecessor, the 458 Italia, with 260g/km CO2 emissions. It’s also faster, reaching 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat, and 124mph in just 8.3 seconds total. It’s insane, is the world you’re looking for. Engine-wise, this is possible via a 661bhp 3.9-liter V8 engine with 561lb ft of torque. Oh, and twin turbochargers, just for a “pinch” more of power.

It’s a beautiful sight, with styling from the “XX” division of Ferrari’s somehow-more-insanely-fast track division. More details on the 48 GTB will be released at the Geneva Motor Show, next month.

Via: Ferrari

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: Just Peer Over It

WP_20150128_14_48_07_ProSamsung has been feeling the heat lately. Not that the Galaxy brand is any less prominent, but competition is getting more and more composed. The operating systems used stay mostly the same, but the materials and capabilities of competing devices continue to change.

Seemingly, in an attempt to create something out of the ordinary, Samsung Mobile released the Note Edge — a version of the fantastic Note 4 tablet, but with an edged right side of screen. Hopefully as a device, it’s well-rounded (awful pun intended).