The New, 2016 Ford GT: A Crazy Carbon Fiber American Supercar

2016 Ford GTAn ultra high-performance vehicle, the 2015 Ford GT is a beautiful machine. Designed to compete in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s also going to be a road-legal supercar. Its body makes use of lightweight composites and carbon fiber, with improved aerodynamics over the previous generation.

Oh, and its mid-engined, yet environmentally-firendly EcoBoost speed source is truly that of a supercar: a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, producing over 600 horsepower. The new Ford GT will go into production late next year for “select markets”, for undoubtedly, a high price.

Image of the rear-end, after the break. Via: Ford

New York City Will Lift Its Ban On Cell Phones In High Schools — Finally

20140819_172340Time to break out of the typical writing voice I use here on LaptopMemo.

As a high school senior, currently on the college applical prowl, I’ve always hated the fact that bringing a cell phone to high school in my four years in the system has been prohibited. I’m smart and crafty however, so I’ve gotten around it (and have also brought my laptop everyday, to boot).

But finally, the ban will be lifted, officially. While it hasn’t been enforced consistenly — some schools, including mine, have given up on trying to enforce the ban — it has had a lasting impression from Mayor Bloomberg on students here in NYC. And now, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina are finally undoing it.

Some might argue legitimately that it’s cause to summoning trouble, theft, and distractions  — but they’re most likely not high school students.

And also, if you’re without the discipline to balance your education while also having a device on your person, then you’ve no business doing either.

Via: NYT

Sennheiser Made Its Epic Momentum Headphones Wireless And Noise-Cancelling

Sennheiser Momentum 2015One of the best headphones on the market are Sennheiser’s — the Momentum — according to users and critics alike. The widely-sucessful over-ear headphones were transformed last year into a smaller on-ear version, but 2015 is all about business. The updated Momentum 2.- has foldable muffs, so now it’s acutally portable.

But the best part? The Momentum Wireless, which has NFC pairing, Bluetooth connectivity with apt-X tech to handle “superior unaltered sound”, NoiseGuard active noise cancellation, and a solid 22 hours of use before needing a charge.

Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet, but honestly, I cannot wait to try them — they have to be good.

Via: Sennheiser

Razer’s Nabu X Fitness Tracker Cuts The Price And Screen

razer-nabu-x-2015-01-06-01The Razer Nabu has never really launched officially: the first few batches went to pre-orderers, and Razer has had difficulty restocking the $100 fitness band. So, the Nabu X fixes two things: a lesser price of $50 and cuts out the screen altogether.

While it meaans no message previews and regular notifcations, the Nabu X does have vibration and triple-LED notifications, fitness tracking via the built-in accelerometer, social sharing (using Bluetooth-connectivity to your phone), and comes in green, black, or white.

The Nabu X for will retail for $20 Razer Insiders starting on January 13th, and the final price will be $50 once it launches openly.

Via: Razer

Nikon Finally Makes A Touchscreen DSLR, The D5500


D5500_BK_18_55_frt34l.0Its main rival, Canon, introduced touchscreen LCDs for its DSLRs — back in 2012. So, enter the CES of 2015 and Nikon has taken the initiative with the D5500: a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor , shoots up to five-frames-per-second, and one of its best features, a 39-point autofocus system. Oh, and yes it records video: 1080p HD at up to 60 frames-per-second.

Pricing is rather straightforward; an early February release for $899.95, or $999.95 with Nikon’s standard DX 18-55mm kit lens.

Via: Nikon USA

Toshiba Outs Their Surface Pro 3 Competitor, The Portege Z20t

Toshiba+Port-g-+Z20t+#4_630_wide_with_penPreviously, the Surface Pro 3 was by far, the best actual tablet computer (running a desktop/laptop operating system). But, this is 2015 and the competitors are lining up once more, using newer technology. The Portege Z20t is a laptop/tabley hybrid, with a 1920 x 1080 screen, measuring 12.5-inches — .5 more than the SP3’s.

Aesthetics: a mere 0.35 thick, weighs 1.6 pounds, and if the optional keyboard dock is purchased, a battery life of 17.5 hours, instead of the base 9.1 hours.

Powering the Portege Z20t? Intel’s newest Core M chip, which in this case is optimized for performance, but also takes a nod at preserving battery life. Base ports include a micro-HDMI socket, micro-USB connection and a microSD slot — plus power jack and 3.5mm audio jack, of course. The dock adds full-size HDMI, Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports.

The Portege goes on sale this January, with options for either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of solid-state storage. Starting at — wait for it — $1,399, which is much more than the entry-level Suface Pro 3 ($799), or $1,899 to get the full kit with Wacom pen.

Definitely breaching Ultrabook pricing here, Toshiba. Via: Toshiba

LG’s Most Powerful Smartphone Debuts At CES 2015, The G Flex 2

G_Flex2_500LG put the best specs in their latest smartphone, the G Flex 2. LG’s curved smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD Curved P-OLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution and 403ppi), a 2GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage, microSD support, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization with 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A little extra info on the Snapdragon 810: it sports two 64-bit quad-core CPUs (Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53) and offers support for native 4K Ultra HD interface and video. The U.S. release is pinned later in the year.

Via: LG Newsroom