Oh, But Of Course: Google Teases Android 5.0 Name In Video

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.14.12 PMThere’s been quite a bit of speculation as to what Android L — more appropiately known as Android 5.0 — will be called.

See, for those of you unaware, every Android release since the mobile operating system’s earliest days had a name besides its chronologicl value assocaited with it — the name usually being that of a dessert.

In a new promo video, Google playfully teases with some of the possbilities: Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Drop, Lady Finger and Lava Cake.

It doesn’t really matter, because we’ll all know once a statue is installed in Mountain View; yet another tradition that Google follows with new software releases.

Video after the break.

Tesla Model S P85D: A Four Door Supercar, Faster Than A Ferrari

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 7.12.27 AMAt least, in 0-60mph, the Tesla Model S P85D is a four door supercar with two engines, csontituing a combined  691HP and making it faster in accelration than a Ferrari 458; one motor in the front and one in the back.

Specs include 687 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 MPH run of 3.2 seconds, all-wheel-drive, as well as an astounding 1g of lateral acceleration (this thing will tear your face off making fast, sharp turns). Only range is truly affected: 275 miles on the P85D, with lower-specced models getting longer ranges.

Three “D” models exist, the P85D being the top of the line, and the 60D and lower-end 85D going out in February. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not talk specifics on price, but the base price of the P85D is $120,170; a $14,600 premium as part of an options package from the standard P85 model.

Another fantastic feature is what Musk calls, Autopilot. It’s a sensory-aware system for all Model S variants, where automated lane switching, self-parking, and stopping/slowing if coming close to other vehicles becomes a reality.

While the regulation to make it fully autonomous is not around yet, Tesla says they will continue working, so that one day, you’ll have a self-driving Tesla.

Via: Tesla

HTC Desire Eye: The Selfie Phone, All 13MP Of It

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.23.02 PMToday in NYC, HTC unveiled a selfie-specific smartphone, the Desire Eye. A 13 megapixel camera graces the front of the mid-range device, as well as the back end, and comes to the US as an AT&T exclusive.

Aesthetically, the Desire Eye comes in two colorways: coral reef (white with orangish red trim) and blue lagoon (dark blue with light blue trim), is 8.5mm thick, weighs 154 grams (5.43 ounces) and has a great 5.2-inch 1080p display. The two-tone polycarbonate, unibody design is IPX7 rated, which means that it’s supposed to handle up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes — not bad, actually.

As for the rest of the specs: a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, BoomSound and a 2,400mAh battery, and just 16GB of internal storage. Meh.

Also, you can say “cheese” to take front-facing photos, or say “rolling” to take video. Uh, thanks?

Apple Confirms October 16th Press Event At Cupertino Headquarters

appleHot on the heels of a super successful iPhone launch and the announcement of the Apple Watch and iOS 8, the Cupertino-based tech company has another press event scheduled for October 16th. This time, we’re expecting new iMacs, Macbooks, iPads, and the official launch of OS X Yosemite across all the current supportable Macs.

Unusually, next Thursday’s announcement will take place at the Town Hall Auditorium on Apple’s campus, which means that the event’s flair will be subdued, if not quiet.

Nobel Peace Prize In Chemistry Awards Scientists Who Saw Beyond Microscopes

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.05.47 AMDrs. Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and William Moerner have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry, after developing breakthroughs in nanoscopy and transcending the limits of traditional, optical microscopes. The three scientists will share the reward of 8 million Swedish kronor ($1.1 million USD); Betzig and Moerner are US citizens, whilst Dr. Hell is a German citizen.

Here’s the rundown on why they received the Nobel: for years, scientists believed that the resolution of optical microscopy was limited to half a wavelength of light, or 0.2 micrometers — however, Dr. Hell passed that limit in 2000, when he developed stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy. STED takes two lasers to return images of higher resolution than the limit.

Meanwhile, Betzig and Moerner developed a second method, called single-molecule microscopy, which incorporates a fluorescence of individual molecules and superimposing images to yield a “dense super-image” at the nano level, first demonstrated in  2006.

So, what does nanoscopy do for us today? Well, it’s responsible for breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases, as well as tracking individual molecules inside cells, as well as studying synapses in the brain and to track proteins in fertilized eggs.

Congratulations, doctors.

Via: Nobel Prize

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 900M Series: Gaming On Laptops Has Been Forever Changed

GTX900MfullThe sad but truthful aspect of gaming on laptops is that the mobile GPU (graphics processing unit) was never as powerful as its bigger, louder, and faster desktop counterparts.

But, no more. The new Maxwell-era GeForce GTX 980M processor contains 75% the power of a “real” GTX 980, meaning that maxing out just about any game, from DayZ to Battlefield and everything in between, can run on ultra settings, at 2560 x 1440 resolution — higher than than regular 1080p HD.

For the top-of-the line 980M GPU, there are 1,536 processor cores, with 1,280 cores on the 970M, which is just slightly less powerful. Best of all, NVIDIA’s Battery Boost 2.0, the laptops using these GPUs can have at least an hour of gameplay, despite the fact that nearly desktop-class hardware is running without being plugged.

Via: NVIDIA Blog

HP Will Split Into Two: As Consumer And Enterprise Companies

hewellt-packardHewlett-Packard is readjusting itself once again, now splitting into two companies. Its PC and printer business will separate from its enterprise and services business. Meaning, that current CEO Meg Whitman will become the chairman of the PC and printer operation, on split-off enterprise business side. Dion Weisler, an executive at HP’s PC business, will take over as CEO of the company’s PC and printer operation — in other words, they will in effect, switch places.

HP Enterprise, the split-off section of the company, will continue to focus on business and enterprise implementations. Meanwhile, HP Inc. will continue to live off of PCs and printers, as well as experiment with new technology, such as 3D printing. The split will be complete by fiscal 2015.

Via: HP