T-Mobile Announces Nationwide Unlimited 4G Data Plan, No Throttling

It’s a big plus for the consumers of 4G HSPA+ smartphones (T-Mobile does not yet have a functioning LTE network like Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon). T-Mo’s new data plan ranges from $20-30 depending on what plan it’s paired with (equaling to 69.99 per month on a Value plan and $89.99 per month on Classic), and allows you to consume unlimited amounts of data, without throttling, nationwide. Starting September 5th, the data party begins. Press release after the cut.

NASA Releases a GIF of Curiosity Wiggling a Wheel

This is making lovers of space, exploration, and all things scientific, technological, and internet savvy incredibly happy: NASA has officially recorded a GIF from its $2.5 billion science project, the Mars Curiosity rover. What in the GIF? Well, the Curisoity rover is wiggling its wheels in the gravel, which can also be seen (again) at the source link. Now NASA, just make sure Curiosity is doing more than just wiggling around: make some interesting discoveries.


Get This: The First Glow In The Dark Bicycle Is Made By PureFix Cycles

This is just the fashion statement (Editor’s note: ahem, you mean representation) LaptopMemo needed: an electric green bicycle that matches the site logo, plus it glows in the freaking dark. PureFix Cycles achieves this by coating the bike in a solar-activated paint, which when left outside near the Sun for an hour, readies the paint to be glow-in-the-dark at night.

In terms of technical biker details, it’s a fixed-geared bicycle, so you can pedal backwards on your glow-in-the-dark bike, at night. Now that is just entirely awesome in itself. Plus, considering the build quality, the Kilo bike only costs $399, so you should only just go ahead and buy it, like right now.

Via: PureFixCycles

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: Well, Look At What We Have Here

Speeding through Manhattan two weeks ago, I received an email for a press event the following week. Once I had arrived, it was obvious that the Galaxy Note 10.1 was making its debut in the United States of America, with all of its S pen and Adobe Photoshop Touch glory. On top of all of that, a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM is part of the tablet, internally. Samsung had also seeded out several early units to artists and designers, all with different stories on how the Galaxy Note 10.1 assisted them better in their fields of work than other tablets.

Now, writing this review, it has occurred to me that while this is Samsung’s best attempt, it is the least impressive. Take the Galaxy S III for example, which was reviewed not once on LaptopMemo, but twice (and more so at other technology sites), and you will find it is an absolute marvel — it is everything a smartphone should be, and despite some minor flaws, you could tell someone to buy it with your eyes closed. The problem is, you cannot do that with the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Not for hardware reasons however: battery life is fantastic, the cameras are acceptable, the S pen is a very usable and accurate tool, and the 10.1-inch is incredibly clear. It is the lack of speed that makes the Note 10.1 fowl, despite the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s weird, but read on.

Samsung starts teasing the Galaxy Note II in video ahead of launch

So, this is a successor to the original Galaxy Note — a Galaxy Note II, which ahead of its announcement at Samsung Unpacked at the IFA technology show, has been teased in a video. In the promo vid, Director Wim Wenders starts talking it up, saying “all the things you can do in the blink on the eye, on such a small and light thing.” Which is quite interesting, because none of the Galaxy Notes announced by Samsung are ever “small”, or at least anything smaller than a 5-inch screens size. So, does Samsung beg to differ or is it just marketing talk?

We’ll see, soon enough!

Pentax K-30 Review: It’s A Brute, But Smart

Having both reviewed the Pentax K-x and Pentax K-r cameras for more than a year, makes us very familiar with Pentax’s ways of producing DSLRs. Enter the K-30, the highest megapixel DSLR in the trilogy with the biggest body, but also is waterproof, shockproof, and also considerably better looking. We took it out for a few jaunts around Manhattan and elsewhere, and after the break, shots in their full glory on the Pentax K-30 are in a gallery. And is this the low to mid-range camera you’d want for $1,200 to $900?

Let’s just say Pentax has something special going on here; it’s best to know how well (or badly) the Pentax K-30 performs by giving it a full review.

So, Turns Out We Just Found Out The Sun Is “Too Round”

Let’s make this interesting and odd as possible: for decades, we thought that the Sun varies in size because of magnetic forces part of an 11-year solar cycle. Turns out, that’s all dead wrong.

The Sun’s shape doesn’t change. It’s round, yet unusually flat at the same time. In fact, it is so round that its roundness may have special attributes that warrant it doing what it does every Earth day. As Jeffrey Kuhn and his team at the University of Hawaii in Pukalani have discovered this, Kuhn went about and explained to Space what his findings meant and will mean:

“The peculiar fact that the sun is slightly too round to agree with our understanding of its rotation is also an important clue in a longstanding mystery,” Kuhn said. “The fact that it is too round means that there are other forces at work making this round shape. We’ve probably misunderstood how the gas turbulence in the sun works, or how the sun organizes the magnetism that we can only see at the surface. Finding problems in our theories is always more exciting than not, since this is the only way we learn more.

This is all too awesome. ViaSpace