Microsoft: Windows 10 Comes Out Late Next Year, Brings Back Start Menu

windows-10Yes, the Start menu is coming back in Windows 10, the next version of Windows. Besides reintroducing the Start menu with Live Tiles, there is the addition of multiple desktops, universal search, as well as adaptability for mouse and keyboard, tablets, touchscreens, and servers.

Starting tomorrow, buggy and unfinished copies of Windows 10 (the Technical Previews) will become available to developers and those who are brave enough to play with the new OS, through a service called the Windows Insider Program, which is designed to get both dev and customer input.

Here’s how Microsoft describes its ambitious operating system that will work across all device platforms:

Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices – from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide. Some of these devices have 4 inch screens – some have 80 inch screens – and some don’t have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture – and some devices can switch between input types.

This will be a true test of courage and ingenuity from Microsoft, because the Windows 8 and Windows 7 transitions were anything but beautiful; late 2015 will be quite a crucial time for the company.

Via: Microsoft

GoPro Renews Itself: The Hero4 Black And Silver Are Now Top Action Cameras

large_Hero4Silver_Cluster_01Thought GoPro was content with its current success? You were wrong: the leading action camera producer has just introduced three new action camera, two of which are high-end (and the ones you’d be most interested in).

The first, the Hero4 Black, can capture video at 4K resolution at a steady 30 frames-per-second, 1080p HD at 120fps, and a price tag of $499.

The Hero4 Silver is an interesting specimen, however. Being the second camera introduced tonight, the Silver has a touchscreen as your method of control, can 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p video at 60fps, and 720p video at 120fps — with a $399 price tag. Both the Silver and Black models include built-in Wi-Fi, are waterproof to 131 feet, and are able to capture photos at 12MP too — they both go on sale October 5th.

Last, but not least, the new Hero: it’s a $129 action camera, with 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps capability, plus waterproofing down to 131 feet.

Your move, Sony, Countour, etc. Via: GoPro

Parrot Has New Zik Headphones, With Noise-Canceling And Adaptability

parrot-zik-2Thanks to Parrot, the company behind the Zik headphones (and various personal AR drones), and Philip Starck, their designer, the new Zik 2.0 headphones are a solid improvement. The Zik 2.0 weighs in at 270g, which is 17 percent (or 55g) lighter than the previous generation — weight, a complaint among those who purchased it. All the pre-existing features are present, including the large trackpad with soft-touch leather (it controls volume and playback).

Other included features are NFC (near-field communication), a removable battery, HD voice support on cell networks, noise-canceling, and eight microphones —  all in the sake of reducing outside noise, or increasing it should you want to be aware of your surroundings.

Parrot’s Zik 2.0 headphones will launch November and will cost $399 with dedicated iOS and Android companion apps —  a solid price since you’re getting an all-around, high performance headset, Bluetooth and all.

Via: Parrot

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A: It Doesn’t Get Any Sexier

ferrari-458-speciale-aThe Ferrari 458 Speciale A is something entirely different than the typical luxury, high performance vehicle. It’s a feat of engineering and aesthetic. The most powerful convertible ever built by Ferrari, 4.5L V8 engine at a solid 597 HP, with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which results in acceleration from 0 to 62 in under three seconds.

Technology-wise, the Side Slip Angle Control bestowed from the LaFerrari, more advanced aerodynamics, an aluminum hardtop that opens and closes (or vice versa) in 14 seconds and something else — the knowledge that there will only be 499 of these ever built. Price TBA.

Via: Ferrari

Vizio Finally Intros Affordable 4K TVs, Starting At 1K

p-series_hero1_2Of course, “affordable”in terms of 4K televisions is always going to me in the thousands of dollars, but it’s better than having it in the ten of thousands. Vzio has introduced a $1,000 50-inch 4K TV, and going all the way up to $2,500 for 70 inches of 4K high-resolution sexiness. The new P-Series line of Vizio systems is not only LED backlit, but also equipped with Smart TV aspects.

Starting today, orders can be placed directly at Vizio, or at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart later in the fall.

ViaVizio

Valve Updates The Steam Main Page, And It’s All About “Discovery”

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 9.51.52 PMValve’s latest tweak for Steam, the PC/Mac/Linux gaming store/client — which recently passed 100 million active user accounts — is all about discovery. It shuns the unpopular new releases, and switches towards more comprehensible lists and better-presented data.

Meanwhile, the Discovery Queue allows a gamer to browse suggested releases, wishlist them or even skip updates on titles — thus allowing one to find the coolest indie title (top-tier) sooner, rather than later.

Via: Valve

Japanese Company: We’ll Build A Space Elevator By 2050

space-elevatorWhile NASA has been attempting to find the right tools to build a space elevator, Japanese construction company Obayashi is stating that it will have a functional space station by 2050, which will cover 96,000 kilometers (roughly 60,000 miles) into space, with the ability to transfer humans and cargo. The entire trip will last 7 days, the destination of which will be a space station built specifically for the Obayashi elevator.

Also, in case you were wondering: the space cable will most likely be built out of carbon nanotechnology, which according to Obayashi’s Research and Development Manager, Yoji Ishikawa, should be available “by 2030”.

ViaCNBC