iPhone 5: LTE, HD Voice, A6 Processor, And 4″ Screen, For September 21st

Behold, the iPhone 5. Apple’s latest smartphone brings it on par with the rest of the modern competitors. To start off, a 16:9 ratio 4-inch Retina display with am 1136 x 640 resolution, the Apple A6 processor (it’s 2x as fast the iPhone 4s’), 8 hours of LTE browsing, a better 8 megapixel camera with backside illumination, hybrid infrared filter (which will yield better colors), and a nice f/2.4 aperture with a faster shutter speed (improving shooting times).

Apple is claiming the iPhone 5 is the world’s thinnest smartphone, at 7.6mm thin. That’s a possible selling point, obviously.

Still improving, the iPhone 5 has a better front-facing 720p camera with face detection (with FaceTime over cellular), 4G LTE on Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T, along with a five-magnet transducer for better voice reception, which yields HD voice calls over the LTE network you’re on. Black and white are the two available colors, with iOS 6 bringing Apple’s own in-house Maps solution, plus bug fixes and tons of other improvements starting Sept. 19th. Alas, NFC  did not make a debut in the iPhone 5 this year. Another thing to add to the list of changes: a new Lightning dock

As for availability? $199 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB will cost $299 and the 64GB $399 starting September 21st. Cue the waiting lines.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

Sony Alpha A99: 24 Megapixels Of Full Frame DSLR Glory

While it may be a camera designed for the leading filmmakers and studios, the Sony Alpha A99 would make any DSLR photographer happier. It sports a lightweight 25.9 ounce body, 24.3 megapixel Exmor sensor, two auto-focus systems — one 19-point then a 102-point AF depending on the shooting situation — 1080/60p HD recording and 24p options with AVCHD 2.0, including uncompressed output through HDMI (with simultaneous output to a monitor) and phase-detect focus support in video mode.

When shooting, there’s 6 frames-per-second burst mode, 14-bit RAW output for stills, the same 921k-dot Xtra Fine twilt-and-swivel LCD included with the A77 with WhiteMagic and TruBlack color technologies, with an OLED viewfinder, also found on A77, NEX-6 and NEX-7 cameras. And of course, lenses like the updated 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II lens for $7,500 or a 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 optic coming in September fit perfectly on Sony’s news full-frame professional camera.

The Sony Alpha A99 ships later this fall, starting at $2,800, body only.

Mark Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Messed Up With HTML5

First off, Mark Zuckerberg is at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Otherwise, he admits that, “The biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native. […] We burnt two years.” when speaking of the inclusion of HTML5 in the mobile apps for Facebook. “We’re betting completely on it,” he said, referring to native apps, “native is going to be the approach that we go with for iOS and Android.”

And with that, the official native Android app is coming. Also, Zuckerberg made note of its upcoming release: “It will be ready when it’s ready.”

Google Releases The Much-Needed YouTube App For iOS

Come iOS 6, Apple will nuke the YouTube app. But no worries, Google released their new and improved YouTube app this morning. It’s not dull, like the original, has all the latest features seen in the Android app, and better yet, adjusts to network performance to stream better quality video so you’re not stuck on the same buffering wheel for the whole of the Dark Ages.

And now, this means that Google can surf the App Store, releasing all sorts of new versions of applications for iOS, and get popular while doing it.

Via: App Store

HP Spectre One May Be The Ultimate Windows 8 Desktop Machine

Hey, guess what the latest innovation is? Probably this 23.6-inch HP Spectre One deskop. It’s the first real desktop computer you can use with Windows 8 that sounds incredibly reasonable and probably awesome. The 23.6-inch display is actually a capacitive multiouch panel, the latest Ivy Bridge Intel chipsets, discrete NVIDIA graphics for gaming, up to 8 gigabytes of RAM, USB 3.0 connectivity, HDMI-in and the choice of HDD or SSD.  Plus the back panel is removable for easy upgrading.

But you didn’t expect HP to add NFC, did you? Each Spectre One is provided with NFC tags you can use that engages the computer to perform any specific action that’s tagged to the NFC tag.

HP Spectre One will be available in November at a starting price of $1300, its less expensive brothers will be the Envy 20 and 23 which offer all the same features, except with NFC and the brilliant design, for $800 and $1000, respectively. Via: HP

Motorola DROID RAZR M Review

Never have we known of a $99 Android smartphone that is comparable to the best of other Android smartphones, but with a design that bleeds of premium quality. That’s the DROID RAZR M from Motorola: built from aircraft-grade aluminum frame, a hard plastic body, Kevlar, and water-repellent nanocoating to protect against water or something like a splash of coffee. And because of the build materials, the DROID RAZR M is astoundingly original and beautiful.

A qHD 960 x 640 near-edge-to-edge 4.3-inch display which adorns the front is crisp, clear, and at first glance is in fact the only thing unbecoming of the RAZR M, simply because it’s no a full HD display; colors, saturation, and contrast are all top-notch.

Google was happy to hand each member of the press a RAZR M at the recent Motorola event in New York City. Check out the LaptopMemo review of a pre-release version of the DROID RAZR M.

Spotify Might Just Release A Browser Version Soon (Finally)

The hyperactive bloggers at TechCrunch seem to have bitten the tail of an exciting story: Spotify might actually be in the process of developing a browser version of their service to compete with Rdio, an proper explanation as to why they barely updated their desktop app. Also included in this transition might be much more socially active features, like better music discovery and improved playlist (much needed). Along with all of those changes, that might even be a great time to change the price for Spotify premium, perhaps lower than the current $10 per month.

Time will tell. And scanning the primary sources.

Via: TC

Brevity Review: Polk Audio Ultrafocus 8000 Headphones

Reviewing audio hardware is difficult. How can one person truly vouch for the way something sounds? It can even be more vague than smell or taste. But, without observations from every able mind, no one would ever come to a consensus? So, with all of that jargon aside, the Polk Audio Ultrafocus 8000 headphones use active noise cancelling up to 15 decibels and provides dynamic balance sound effects, made comfortable by the inclusion of supple leather cushions, and a carbon fiber strip on the top with the company’s logo. Maximum sensitivity is at an ear-ringing 110 decibels.

And there is no sign of overwhelming bass that shadows the true sound of the music.