Spotify For iPad Launching At App Store Later Today

From early critiques of the new Spotify for iPad app, the music streaming company has designed a very usable and aesthetically pleasing app. In the end however, it simply is a re-scaled and polished version of the multiple mobile apps available, no really introducing anything new to the scene. But still, this is worth looking into if you use Spotify. Press release after the break. Via: Techmeme

Samsung Series 7 Gamer Laptop With GeForce 675M Costs $1,899

This is the Samsung Series 7 Gamer. It’s a 17.3-inch laptop with a 1920 x 1080 display, and is powered by a quad-core, 2.30GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M graphics card with 2GB of VRAM, however not of the new Kepler architecture. It weighs a mighty 8.39 pounds, has 16GB of RAM, a Blu-ray reader, backlit keyboard, and a 1.5TB hard drive with 8GB of flash memory for those speedy boot times. If you’re really interested, Samsung says the Series 7 Gamer should be available now from Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect for $1,899.99. Not bad, Samsung. Via: Samsung, BusinessWire

This Modern, Porcelain USB Drive Has Its Own Physical Wax Seal

This is pretty far out. The Top Secret USB is a thumb drive that is made of porcelain and comes in 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB models. The casing includes a small indentation where, once sensitive documents have been loaded onto the USB, a tiny amount of molten wax is poured and imprinted with a rather intricate design from an included metal stamp. Once the wax cools off, there is no way to open the drive and access files without breaking the seal — this ensuring no one has accessed your files. Indeed, this is a technique used by the ancients, and now fit for modern times. It is available for $46 (2GB), $52 (4GB) and $59 (8GB), in different colors, at its official website. All pretty decent prices, if you really consider what you’re buying.

Alienware’s Laptops Get Some Ivy Bridge Processor Action From Intel

Remember the new Alienware’s from earlier this month? Well, as of today they’re even newer. All three current Alienware laptops — the M14x, M17x, and M18x — are getting 3rd-generation Intel Core technology added on top of the new Nvidia Kepler graphics processors, making for a totally new and more powerful experience. Prices are pretty diverse: M14x (from $1100), the M17x (starting at  a reasonable $1500) and the big, bad M18x (from $2000).

As for what processors they’re getting exactly: the M14x receives an Intel Core i7-3820QM (up to 2.7GHz), while the larger laptops will get their processors nudged up to the 2.9 GHz Core i7-3920XM (M17x) and last but not least, a 2.9GHz Core i7-3920XM for the M18x. There’s massive list for customization available at the source link.

Press release after the break. Via: Alienware

Barnes & Noble And Microsoft Team Up For E-Book Battle

In a bid against e-Book competitors Apple and Amazon, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have teamed up, however some of the details are rather scarce. What we do know is that a new subsidiary of B&N will include all of its Nook businesses as well as its education-focused College business, and that Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the subsidiary, valuing the company at $1.7 billion in exchange for an approximate 17.6% equity stake. Not bad in terms of numbers, at all. This could allows B&N to further expand the Nook, and even sell off the whole thing to Microsoft if need be. Via: Microsoft