Brevity Review: Côte&Ciel The Flat Backpack

This is another of Côte&Ciel’s premium accessories. The Flat backpack is made of waxed and coated “techno-canvas” with cotton lining, supports up to a 15″ Macbook Pro (or comparable laptop), a Pentax K-30 with 135mm lens and lens hood — a pretty big DSLR, along with your tablet of choice, a few cables, and a lip balm or similarly sized items, like SD cards or wallets. I’ve had The Flat backpack with me for a few days now and had the chance to take it out in a heavy New York City storm. It was comfortable, repelled water easily, got plenty of looks (or maybe it’s because I’m handsome?) and because the design is more of an “open-wide” enclosure rather than the traditional “zipper splits the whole thing”, it makes the backpack more streamlined, pretty much to its namesake — thus keeping it flat.

Facebook Creates New Native (And Genuine) iPhone And iPad Apps

The new Facebook apps for iPhone and iPad no longer rely on the not-as-smooth-as-you-might-think HTML5. As a result, speeds are many times faster over the originals, and better yet, uses native Apple code to not only make the app faster, but more streamlined. It’s a welcome change, as Facebook has not kept its mobile apps in as tight of an improvement loop as they do on the web.

Well done.

Via: Facebook Newsroom

Microsoft Changes Its Logo For The First Time In 25 Years

It’s official. Microsoft changed its logo for the first time — that first time being 25 years, dating back to 1987. This logo is actually not new and reflective of the new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 design interface, in fact, this was an old concept logo from 1998/ But to us however, it seems pretty dated, and rather boring. But enough of that! It’s a cause of some celebration for Microsoft to change its logo, right? Via: TNW

Nikon Is Going To Make The S800c Camera, Powered By Android

This is definitely a first for one of the premier camera makers of the world. Nikon has announced the S800c, a camera running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 4GB of storage for apps, meaning you could Instagram from a real camera. In terms of the sensor, Nikon is supplying a 16-megapixel sensor with 10x optical zoom, built-in GPS and 1080p HD video shooting to boot. It’s backed up with a 3.5-inch LCD touch screen and Wi-Fi. Nikon plans to launch their newest experiement in the U.S. with a $349 price tag next month. Via: Nikon

T-Mobile Announces Nationwide Unlimited 4G Data Plan, No Throttling

It’s a big plus for the consumers of 4G HSPA+ smartphones (T-Mobile does not yet have a functioning LTE network like Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon). T-Mo’s new data plan ranges from $20-30 depending on what plan it’s paired with (equaling to 69.99 per month on a Value plan and $89.99 per month on Classic), and allows you to consume unlimited amounts of data, without throttling, nationwide. Starting September 5th, the data party begins. Press release after the cut.

NASA Releases a GIF of Curiosity Wiggling a Wheel

This is making lovers of space, exploration, and all things scientific, technological, and internet savvy incredibly happy: NASA has officially recorded a GIF from its $2.5 billion science project, the Mars Curiosity rover. What in the GIF? Well, the Curisoity rover is wiggling its wheels in the gravel, which can also be seen (again) at the source link. Now NASA, just make sure Curiosity is doing more than just wiggling around: make some interesting discoveries.

Via: NASA

Get This: The First Glow In The Dark Bicycle Is Made By PureFix Cycles

This is just the fashion statement (Editor’s note: ahem, you mean representation) LaptopMemo needed: an electric green bicycle that matches the site logo, plus it glows in the freaking dark. PureFix Cycles achieves this by coating the bike in a solar-activated paint, which when left outside near the Sun for an hour, readies the paint to be glow-in-the-dark at night.

In terms of technical biker details, it’s a fixed-geared bicycle, so you can pedal backwards on your glow-in-the-dark bike, at night. Now that is just entirely awesome in itself. Plus, considering the build quality, the Kilo bike only costs $399, so you should only just go ahead and buy it, like right now.

Via: PureFixCycles

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: Well, Look At What We Have Here

Speeding through Manhattan two weeks ago, I received an email for a press event the following week. Once I had arrived, it was obvious that the Galaxy Note 10.1 was making its debut in the United States of America, with all of its S pen and Adobe Photoshop Touch glory. On top of all of that, a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM is part of the tablet, internally. Samsung had also seeded out several early units to artists and designers, all with different stories on how the Galaxy Note 10.1 assisted them better in their fields of work than other tablets.

Now, writing this review, it has occurred to me that while this is Samsung’s best attempt, it is the least impressive. Take the Galaxy S III for example, which was reviewed not once on LaptopMemo, but twice (and more so at other technology sites), and you will find it is an absolute marvel — it is everything a smartphone should be, and despite some minor flaws, you could tell someone to buy it with your eyes closed. The problem is, you cannot do that with the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Not for hardware reasons however: battery life is fantastic, the cameras are acceptable, the S pen is a very usable and accurate tool, and the 10.1-inch is incredibly clear. It is the lack of speed that makes the Note 10.1 fowl, despite the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s weird, but read on.