Those Blizzard Emergency Alerts Really Do Work By Making You Jump

cellbroadcastSo, just about everyone is posting this in real-time: a crazy vibrating alert that literally makes you jump if your phone was in your pocket or on your desk. It was just a nice little notification from NOAA, FEMA, FCC, CTIA, who with other organizations, created the Wireless Emergency Alert system. It launched last year and its main function is to alert you to the threat of human life: things like this upcoming blizzard, Amber alerts, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.

Want to know how to prepare for the snow? Check out Google’s handy Public Alert page or Giz.

Sony Nex-3N Seen With Electronic Zoom Control Button

First of all, it’s worth have some history when it comes to speaking about the Nex-3N. It’s an unannounced camera that will be supposedly announced soon, with one of its main features being that it has electronic zoom, despite the fact that up till this point, all Sony Nex cameras had manual zoom. It’s also going to sport the 16-megapixel sensor of the NEX-F3 and will be released sometimes later this season. Unless of course, this is Photoshopping, in which case this all goes to the sewer, which doesn’t always happen but can happen when speaking about cameras.

Via: Sony Alpha Rumors

J.J. Abrams And Gabe Newell May Work On Big Screen Projects

Gabe And J.J.Abrams

Gabe Newell of Portal, Counter Strike, and Half-Life gaming fame is partnering with J.J. Abrams of Cloverfield and Star Trek fame. For what you might ask? Creating movies and games, via their respective companies, Bad Robot Productions and Valve Software. “We sort of reached the point where we decided that we needed to do more than talk,” Newell said of the partnership at the DICE 2013 conference in San Francisco. For example, J.J.’s team could craft a Half-Lifeor Portal film said Newell, something that would no doubt be very interesting.

Via: Joystiq

Instagram Adds Feeds To Desktops, No Longer Just On Your Phone

instagram-logoBefore Instagram was purchased by Facebook, you were always greeted by a welcome page that urged you to download the app on your Android or iOS device. After the acquisition  we’ve  seen fantastic profile pages sprout up, and as of today, feeds of images, just like on the phone app, can be liked and commented on, but via the browser on your laptop.  It’s a small but important addition to Instragram’s feature list that might make it even more successful than it is currently.

And don’t worry, uploads are still restricted to the phone app.

Via: Instagram

Dell Is Going Private With A $2 Billion Loan From Microsoft

dell-xps-adamo-slant2It turns out Michael Dell is pulling out all the stops to save his company, with the help of Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to help re-privatize Dell. With all financial details put aside, the investment firm Silver Lake along with the new privatized deal between Dell, stockholders, could be roughly placed at $24.4 billion. Michael Dell stays CEO, and gets additional capital and shares to go along with the package. It’s also worth nothing that shares are now worth $13.65 each.

Microsoft’s statement on the transition:

“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future.”

Going deeper into 2013, it would be great if Dell could actually make some compelling products that keeps it alive. We shall see.

Via: Dell

New 3DMark Benchmarking Software Arrives To Punish PCs Everywhere

Fire Strike 3DMark 13

If there’s a way to get to the inner soul of a gamer or a geek, nerd, or what have you, it’s possible to just run a 3DMark test on their computer to make them feel weak, flimsy, and desolate, too. Basically, 3DMark 2013 is the benchmarking software that takes an accurate jab at the capability of your PC to process and render items, like you would in a game. It’s a very strenuous application in this regard. The three specific new tests include Fire Strike, for brag-worthy rigs with high-end DirectX 11 graphics; Cloud Gate test for the mortal DX 10/11 PCs, and Ice Storm for older DX 9 hardware. You can find it as a download on Steam.

Futuremark, the company behind 3DMark is also making iOS, Android, and Windwos RT versions, so that punishing your technology in every way possible, is possible.

Via: Futuremark, Steam

HP’s Pavilion 14 Chromebook Is Just A Big Screen, But Small Heart

pavilion chromebookMost Google Chromebooks are in the 11 to 12-inch screen size range. This time, HP has upped the ante slightly with the announcement of the Pavilion 14 Chromebook with a 14-inch 1366 x 768 screen. That means a bigger keyboard and trackpad to back that up, so it’s more like an everyday laptop. Other specs include a 1.1GHz Intel Celeron processor, 2GB of RAM, and integrated graphics — nothing better than the average Chromebook, except this time there’s pretty bad battery life: 4 hours and 15 minutes, which is usually less when actually tested. All of this mediocre will cost you $330. Le sigh.

Via: Google

Google Nexus 7 (4G HSPA+) Review: So Good, You Can Feel It

Google Nexus 7: Reviewed On My LapThere have been countless Android tablets released within the past year, if not months. But like anything of quality in this world, there is one that is meaningful and can even hold its own against the test of time, like the Nexus 7. And all technical stuff aside, it’s a really amazing tablet. Really, it’s just because when Google gets to have its say on a device, the whole package goes the extra mile. Review after the break.