The Aston Martin Vulcan Is Cooler Than Any Other Aston

VuI_01-newsheroThe Aston Martin Vulcan, the company’s new car built specifically for the race track. Powered by a 7.0-liter V12 engine block, producing over 800 horsepower. All that power is shifted with a mid-mounted Xtrac six-speed sequential shift gearbox.

The body, which is undeniably insane, futuristic and speed-infused is a carbon fiber monocoque, and hopefully predicts the aesthetics of future production models. 24 Vulcans will be built worldwide with full FIA race safety requirements.

All that’s left now is another car fast enough (and a driver) to race it against.

Via: Aston Martin 

Finally, A New Chromebook Pixel Is On Its Way

The Google Chromebook PixelAh, the Chromebook Pixel. An example of the perfect Chromebook, with high quality materials, a stellar touchscreen of the sharpest clarity and sleek profile — characteristics that don’t often come to mind when thinking of typical $200-$400 Chromebooks. Those models are the most popular on the market, especially at Amazon.

An interview posted to YouTube — which has since been taken down — featured Chrome’s own Android and Chrome for work and education division leader, Renee Niemi:

“We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very many of these — we really don’t. And […] our developers and our Googlers consume 85% of what we produce. But yes, we do have a new Pixel coming out.”

Hopefully, the die has been cast and there will really be a Pixel successor in time for Spring. Albeit, expensive. But, still a great laptop.

Via: Ars, OMG Chrome

Soon, Google Wallet Will Be Pre-Installed On Phones With All Major Carriers

google-walletGoogle Wallet has been an on-and-off relationship, but now, Google seeks to turn the tables. Following the acquisition of Softcard (previously called Isis), the Wallet will be pre-installed on phones, running KitKat or higher, from the four major United States carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

It makes sense that Google would make this play: previously, Softcard was what prevented Google from having the default NFC wallet app monopoly, and with Apple Pay on the rise and Samsung planning a proprietary solution, a move like this keeps Google Wallet relevant, and competitive.

Via: Softcard, Google

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review: Shameless Favorite

20150205_152320Nearly two years after the launch of the original Momentum, the German audio company has been thrust into the pop consumer spotlight. Critically acclaimed for their design and audio performance, even here, the Momentum have been for a while, the high-end headphones to strive to have, beat, or meet. Or rather, they’ve had momentum. Ah, puns.

Well, the bar is being raised again. Sennheiser has added Bluetooth/NFC connectivity, noise cancellation and a foldable design to the package.

Truly, a venerable piece of equipment, but is the increased price worth the increase in product functionality?

The VAIO Brand Is Resurrected, In Japan, As The Z And Z Canvas

vaio-zAn iconic PC brand, VAIO has been out of the headlines for months now, as Sony ejected the division from its ranks. Now, VAIO has a new parent company, with product launches exclusively in Japan (for now, at least). But today, there are two new VAIO machines, and they’re stating one thing: VAIO is back.

The first, the VAIO Z, is the brand’s laptop with the longest advertised battery life, at 15.5 hours. A 13.3-inch touchscreen, with choice of Core i5 or Core i7 Intel processors, aluminum carbon shell body, and a speedy SSD (solid state drive) that boots the Z from standby to on in 0.3 seconds.

But the most quizzical feature about the VAIO Z is that its hinge allows the display to be flipped, so it faces outwards and acts like a tablet — or to show colleagues what you’re working on. Available for pre-order in Japan, starting today at $1,600.

The Z Canvas is the second machine.A  12.3-inch device with an i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and up to 16GB of onboard memory, it’s mostly a tablet, with a detachable keyboard to round it off. Comes out in May.

Japanese exclusives, for now. Hopefully.


LG Spruces Up The G Watch R To “Urbane” Luxury Status

urbaneLG isn’t replacing its G Watch R, one of the best looking smartwatches out there, and the only circular smartwatch out that gives the Moto 360 a run for its money. Instead, it’s adding a luxury edition of the watch, called the G Watch R Urbane, complete with all-metal, swappable leather strap, and gold or silver finishes. Pricing and release date are as of yet, unreleased.

But, there’s no doubt that it looks great.

Via: LG Newsroom

Beyerdynamic T51i Review: Think Small Studio

20150215_104600It’s my first time reviewing a product from Beyerdynamic, a German audio company of seemingly strong reputation. One of their newer headsets, released in fall of last year, the T51i is an on-ear pair of can designed to do something unusual. That is, have the same embodied sound as an over-ear, while still retaining the smaller form factor, but at nearly the same price. Somehow, I get the vibe these are headphones perfect to start your own studio, considering they come bundled with an audio jack adapter.

So, is that even something of noteworthiness? Well, let’s see…