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 From that, only 2.9 million Lumia devices have been sold (now all outdated, because none of them will use Windows Phone 8) down from 4 million last quarter (the first time the range lost popularity), but since its the end of the older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

Apple To Unveil New Product At Press Event On October 23rd

This is Apple’s extra thing. As the invitation clearly puts it, “we have a little more to show you”. The use of the word “little” could be the key for the iPad mini (as Apple usually leaves hints like these in their invitations), but it isn’t a certainty, just a high possibility. Also alongside an iPad mini could be a 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display.

Whatever it might be, it will be unveiled on the 23rd, at 10am PST/1pm EST at the California Center in San Jose, California.

New Xbox Dashboard Update Adds Internet Explorer, Gamers Rejoice!?

Today, Microsoft will begin rolling out an Xbox 360 Dashboard update that makes the console a computer, officially (in most people’s regard, at least) — the ability to browse the internet, using Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer. It’s fantastic, right? Reflecting on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, the IE interface on Xbox is mimicked, along with minor adjustments to tabs and the positioning of certain things in the Dashboard.

Other than IE being added, that’s all there is to this update. So, enjoy, and tell us what you think.

CyberPower Launches The Fang III Taipan, A $2000 Ferocious Laptop

This is CyberPower’s latest laptop: the Fang III Taipan. It’s a heft 8.6 pounds, and features an amazing feature list for running the most processor and graphically intense programs (i.e. games). First of all, starting at $1,819, you would receive a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and pair of Geforce GTX 670Ms in an SLI arrangement (basically, more power for gaming). There’s also a 60GB SSD and 1TB hard drive under the lid to close the gap between performance or storage.

As for the screen? A 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD LED panel and an Onkyo sound system with a subwoofer for your audio bliss. At $2000, it’s actually a great deal, on paper at least.

Via: CyberPower