Brevity Review: Super Talent Express ST1 USB 3.0 Drive

Let’s keep this one nice and short: this is a USB 3.0 drive with 720Mb/s read and 128Mb/s write speeds. That’s fast. It also is backwards-compatible with USB 2.0, and even then, it’s pretty fast. In plenty of anecdotal tests (and scientific ones), the Super Talent Express ST1 performed as desired. This particular thumbdrive that our friends at ThinkGeek sent us for review is the 8GB version which costs $19.99, but there are 16GB and 32GB versions for $49.99 and $119.99, respectively.

On top of all of that, it’s not that large: at 67.4 x 20.3 x 10.4 mm (2.65″ x 0.8″ x 0.4″), it can fit into just about anything, without much bulk.

I like this one, a lot.  Score: 8/10

Available for purchase at ThinkGeek

Project Glass Photography Gallery Released By Google (And With Video!)

In the past few weeks where Project Glass prototype smart glasses have been allowed for internal testing at Google, we’ve seen plenty of photos of it in action, but now there’s a gallery, with a 15 second 720p HD video taken from the glasses. The gallery displays just what an interesting perspective it is to take pictures at a precise eye-level. It’s actually a sight to behold. Check it all out on the Google+ source link.

Via: Google’s Project Glass Photography Gallery

Android 4.0 Descends Upon The HTC Amaze 4G

First the Sensation 4G, and now its faster, heavy cousin — the Amaze 4G. The 1.5GHz dual-core processor can make quick work of Android 4.0 with Sense 3.6, which is currently available for download OTA (over-the-air). It can either be pleasantly and patiently awaited for as a notification on your Amaze 4G, or the process and can accelerated by instigating a “check for update” via Settings under the “HTC software update” category.

In the meantime, enjoy.

Google Play Now Allows For Android In-App Subscriptions

Google has finally taken into accord the fact that Android’s Google Play market was in need of not only in-app purchases, carrier billing, but in-app subscriptions (hi, iOS!). Imagine paying for your Spotify Premium subscription (like I do), but just via the app? Or renewing the New York Times from the app itself? It’s all good, plus available now to all versions of Google Play 3.5 and up starting now.

Via: Android Developers

Windows 8 Will Boot Too Quickly To Use Your Function Keys

In a rather interesting turn of events at Microsoft’s Windows 8 development department, there are some plans to create new boot options for the operating system. Why? Well, Windows 8 boots up so quickly that it will leave only a tiny 200ms window in which to signal to the booting system that the user intends to change its boot setup. If you’re very worried about the change, then there’s an alter boot and BIOS settings panel via the Advanced startup section of the General options menu.

To get the full explanation of the change, check out Chris Clark’s post relating to the boot options. He also made not that the changes apply to newer PCs with UEFI BIOS. As he states, “legacy hardware that was made before Windows 8 will not have these new UEFI-provided menu features (booting to firmware settings and booting directly to a device). The firmware on these devices will continue to support this functionality from the POST screen as it did in the past.” Indeed, sir.

DICE Will No Longer Produce Games For Non-64-Bit Computers In 2013

With the ongoing change of pace to 64-bit gaming, Battlefield developer DICE, specifically their Rendering Architect, Johan Andersson will stop producing Frostbite games for PCs with less than a 64-bit operating system — in other words, 32-bit machines, and it doesn’t matter if you have a new Ivy Bridge Core i7 rig straight from the lab; it would need the minimum 4GB of RAM or more on top of a 64-bit operating system.

Progressive development, I like that.

ViaJohan Andersson (Twitter)

David Beckham Promotes Galaxy Note As Samsung’s Olympic Games Ambassador

This is perhaps one of the more brilliant ads for technology produced and recorded in years. In it, David Beckham uses a Galaxy Note to plan his kicks to hit specific drums to make a sound reminiscent to that of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. By aiming the footballs (also soccer balls) at the correct target, he makes the correct sounds. Check it out and watch it by hitting “read more”, which takes you after the break.