For Your Spy Operations: A $400 Remote-Controlled Drone

Hey, it costs (£250; roughly $400) and for that you get — the Spy Hawk — a remote-controlled drone. It has a built-in 5 megapixel camera that streams live video back to the 3.5″ LCD (iPhone sized) on the controller, which also holds an SD card for recording your flights. Also, it has a range of 2,000 feet with the capability to hold 15 minutes of flight on a single charge. And in case you really want to get serious about spy work, it has an intelligent autopilot that can sustain flight in gusty conditions, keeping your live video feed of all the activity down below.

This is Bravo team, reporting to HQ. Tango down.

Audi’s electric R8 e-tron completely owns the Nürburgring on video

You haven’t exactly seen electric sports cars worthy of fantastic styling, brand name, and speed, right? Enter the Audi R8, which just went around the key track for any high mark sports car — the German Nürburgring Nordschleife. It clocked a time of 8:09, about just a minute slower than the world’s most extreme production vehicles but only a few seconds off of the R8 equipped with its standard V8 engine. Check out the video after the break, or at the source link.

Via: Autoblog

Brevity Review: Côte&Ciel Chromatic Zip Sleeve

Having just found this zippered sleeve from Côte&Ciel in the mail (among other things, but that is for another review) and I instantly started liking it. It’s flexible, so it could carry tablets that are not specifically iPads (which is what it was designed for) and costs only €39.00 which is roughly $47 USD while being water resistant (we tried that, it actually is). Only thing is that it has no extra pockets besides the main pouch.

Côte&Ciel Chromatic Zip Sleeve Gallery

But by not only being high-quality with a vibrant color selection — the sleeve seen here is in a grey melange — the Côte&Ciel Chromatic Zip Sleeve is also easy to hold (even though it has no handles) because of the dry but lightly textured fabric. It’s a great sleeve, despite being pricey.

[Available at Côte&Ciel]

Ouya console now up for pre-order at $109, completed $8.5M in Kickstarter funding

After having completed an $8.5 million Kickstarter campaign, Ouya is now offering its console online for a $109 pre-order price which gets you the console, controller, and (of course) the shipping costs; $119 for those outside of the United States. The Ouya will start shipping next year, scheduled in April. Here’s one to next generation open-source gaming. Via: Ouya

The New Nikon 1 J2 camera is more of the same, which is rather boring

This may be a beginner system camera, but with a crappy small sensor (small sensor means worse photos), the updated Nikon 1 J2 camera isn’t really that much to take interest in. Yes, it’s cute, is $550, features interchangeable lenses and comes in red, but if you’re serious about taking nice photos, then don’t truly bother. The screen resolution has been doubled to 921,000-dots while introducing a super-slim 11-27.5mm lens, along with a “creative mode” that allows for some changes in the way you take your shots.

It comes out in September. Via: Nikon

Microsoft job listing states new Xbox in next 18 months

In the many years it has been since an Xbox refresh, a small byte of development has just arisen: a recent job listing. Yes, Microsoft’s job listing page states the following: “Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox,” reads post. Other than that, Microsoft isn’t willing to budge one bit on the subject.

Via: Microsoft Careers

Lenovo announces the ThinkPad Tablet 2 with Windows 8, comes out in October

Here’s what Lenovo has just announced: A 10-inch tablet running Windows 8 with an Intel Atom processor. It has a 1,366 x 768 IPS screen, a 10-hour battery life, optional 3G / 4G, micro-HDMI output and a pair of 2MP/8MP (front and back) cameras. Abroad, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have HSPA+, but in the US will be available on AT&T’s LTE network so you can use ultra-fast internet, almost anywhere. It also is 9.8mm thin, has NFC, with a fingerprint reader and a pen, both of which can are stored away on the tablet.

Accessories: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be sold alongside an optional keyboard, as well as a dock. The tablet also comes with three USB ports, HDMI-out and an Ethernet jack. It comes out in October; but as of now, there are no details relating to price. Press release on the post page.