Leaked Microsoft document details the Xbox 720, Kinect 2, and MSFT glasses

Coming straight out of a leaked document this morning is news of an Xbox 720, Kinect 2, and Google Glasses competitors. Allow me to quickly detail each product, then you can go ahead and read the 56-page document for yourself.

First off, the Xbox 720 would launch in the holiday of 2013 (along with the Kinect 2 and glasses), with Blu-ray support, PVR functionality, true 1080P support with 3D, improved processor and graphics hardware (through a continued partnership with AMD, formerly known as ATI), low power modes during media playback, and an always-on mode (which is what could turn it into the a home multimedia device). There is even notes mentioning the Xbox 720 connecting to smartphones, tablets, and games in such a way that it could share media.

The Kinect 2 would see improvements to its design and functionality, but where the real fun starts is the Fortaleza project, which would be a pair wireless glasses that could not only enable gamers and consumers to see content in 3D, but would function as VR glasses, taking content and games off the TV and implementing the images into a player’s environment. And while the first version of these glasses—arriving sometime in 2014—will connect to the Xbox 720 hardware via Wi-Fi, future versions of Fortaleza will instead use a 4G cellular connection, so you could wear them anywhere, turning them into a Google Glass competitor.

See the full document for yourself; perhaps these are some of technologies that the future might contain? ViaScribd via The Verge

Galaxy S III launch in Canada delayed until June 27th, part of 9 million worldwide pre-orders

So, with the Galaxy S III launching in North America very soon (and an event scheduled next week for American press), Canadians were looking forward to the consumer launch on June 20th, however it’s been delayed until June 27th. With the Galaxy S III reaching 9 million pre-orders worldwide, part of those units will be delayed, however Samsung stated that delays after that week will be “short lived”.

It is time to get those Galaxy S IIIs ready, Samsung. ViaSamsung Canada (Twitter)

Vizio All-in-One PC comes in 24-inch and 27-inch versions, starts at $898

Straight from Vizio, renowned manufacturer of inexpensive but noteworthy HDTVs has debuted an all-in-one PC, starting at $898. Internals include 24-inch and 27-inch versions, each with a 1080p HD screen, up to a single 1TB hard drive plus a 32GB SSD, a pair of HDMI ports for use with a console or set-top box, a subwoofer for 2.1 surround sound audio and the choice of Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, plus a discrete Kepler-class GeForce GPU (graphics processing unit).

It is a promising development, as Vizio has designed a simple and eclectic computer, without unwanted software or design. Via: Vizio

Sony Xperia Ion with 4G LTE debuting on AT&T, June 24th for $99

This is Sony’s first 4G LTE smartphone, and its debut will be June 24th for $99.99 on a new, 2-year contract with AT&T. The Xperia Ion boasts a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 HD Reality screen, 12MP camera with Exmor R for Mobile camera sensor with 1080p HD video recording on the primary camera sensor, along with a 720p HD front-facing chat camera. Also included is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of internal storage, Android 2.3 with a Sony skin on top, and is PlayStation Certified for games. Very promising, indeed. PR below.

WordPress 3.4 ‘Green’ out now: embed tweets, preview theme changes, add HTML captions, etc.

While we’ve been using their software ever since the start of this publication, WordPress has been naming all their major releases after musicians. So WordPress 3.4 “Green” is no exception, named after Blue Note musician Grant Green. The update adds the ability to see live previews when editing your site’s theme, easily update header images, embed tweets into posts, and improve image captions by allowing HTML. The APIs now take advantage of the new theme customization features as well as additional new developer tools for custom content types and taxonomies — the usual affair. But now that you know what WordPress has done to their web app, check out their jazz-filled video after the break, explaining it the way they would want WordPress 3.4 to be explained.

Brevity Review: Samsung Focus 2 — Why So Capable, But Flawed?

It likes grass. Quite recently, a certain Samsung Focus 2 went on sale at AT&T for $49.99 on a new, 2-year contract. The idea? A Windows Phone 7.5 Mango successor to the original Focus, but only in white, with 4G LTE connectivity. However, in my time testing the Focus 2 unit sent to me by AT&T’s PR family, I found that not only that the Focus 2 is not as compelling at first as the Focus Flash was, what I deemed the best low-budget Windows Phone, but it also lacks the true 4G LTE speeds it purportedly has access to; never once have I experienced the same LTE-class speeds on the Focus 2 like I have on the Nokia Lumia 900, both in anecdotal and speed tests.

Samsung Focus 2 Gallery

Still, the 4-inch Super AMOLED display is quite impressive, the 5 megapixel camera capable of taking decent shots and 720p HD video, and the battery life is quite suitable to be used on a daily basis. What I did not like was the visible light leaking on the touch sensitive buttons because of the brilliant white exterior and the small 8GB of storage space, albeit it  can be expanded by using a micro SD card.

But be honest, Stefan: where are you going to find this much quality for a $50 smartphone? Turns out, it’s (still) solely an AT&T and Samsung affair.

Score: 7/10

Twitter debuts “expanded tweets” for major news outlets on web, mobile soon following

Part of what has made Twitter so successful was its 140 character limit. But now, news outlets like The New York TimesDer Spiegel and Tim (among others) will have the ability to use Twitter’s in-house expanded tweets option, which changes the dynamics of the whole ecosystem Twitter has created for the past few years. Publications will be able to embed video and photography into the expanded tweet, along with an introduction to the article. Is this a “bad” move by Twitter? It will take time to see exactly what happens, but the idea is actually rather solid — skimming the news becomes a more detailed experience, but it does take more time.

And lest I forget: this experience is also coming to the official Android and iOS apps.

Via: Twitter