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.

The Facebook Acquisition Of Instagram Is Complete

There’s nothing left to it. Mark Zuckerberg’s world domination of social networks and sharing is continuing to bring boots on the ground. On Thursday, Facebook completed the official acquisition of famous retro-style photo sharing service Instagram. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s VP of engineering, said that, “Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.” And with the official comment of the day complete, here are the usual source links.

Via: Facebook, Instagram 

Contour +2 Action Camera Will Launch For $399, Does HD Video And Live Streaming

For only $399, an action camera that can shoot up to 120fps at 480p and at full 1920 x 1080 HD at normal 24-30fps, with the option for live streaming and GPS is an awesome package. The included waterproof case is rated to a depth of 60 meters, with a 4GB microSD card and a mini HDMI cable for live streaming. Other improvements to the Contour +2 Action Camera include an external mic port and improved video from the 270-degree rotating lens. Also, there’s no power button; just slide the button and recording starts.

Best of all? You can use Bluetooth to see a live video feed from the +2, so you can edit your recording from your smartphone on the fly, run, or ride. That’s good stuff.

Via: Contour

Here’s A Shout Out To LaptopMemo’s Web Designer…

Recently, LaptopMemo has been looking really good. And that’s because of our fun collaboration with teen developer Dustin Snider. He pulled some strings for us and got an amazing design set up, and has put LaptopMemo not only on the vanguard of great website design, but put us in such a state where we can even consider a website reseller so I can expand and do other things in the technology industry. It’s a win-win.

And with that, enjoy your usual LaptopMemo programming.