LG’s Most Powerful Smartphone Debuts At CES 2015, The G Flex 2

G_Flex2_500LG put the best specs in their latest smartphone, the G Flex 2. LG’s curved smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD Curved P-OLED display (1920 x 1080 resolution and 403ppi), a 2GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage, microSD support, a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization with 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC, 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

A little extra info on the Snapdragon 810: it sports two 64-bit quad-core CPUs (Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53) and offers support for native 4K Ultra HD interface and video. The U.S. release is pinned later in the year.

Via: LG Newsroom

Intel ‘Broadwell’ Processors Make For Excellent Mobile Computing

Intel Broadwell The 5th generation of Intel’s Core processors has finally arrived. Codenamed “Broadwell”, these chips are produced on the 14nm process, being smaller, more powerful, and more energy efficient than ever before, while avoiding being simply incremental, like the Haswell series before it.

There are 14 different Broadwell-series chips for laptops and desktops, including 13 15-watt processors with basic Intel HD graphics and four 28-watt models with more powerful Intel Iris graphics. More than half of these include Core i5 and i7 CPUs, the remainder a handful of Core i3, Celeron, and Pentium chips.

For those of you unawares, Intel has a “tick-tock” cycle for designing new processors: A “tock” represents the introduction of a new chip architecture, while a “tick” refers to a reduction in die size — from 22nm to 14nm, in this case. This being a “tick”, Intel is saying that a mere 4% increase in processing performance occurs, but a solid 22% increase of graphics performance rounds it off.

Essentially, desktop users aren’t going to find much reasons to upgrade — but coming laptops and tablets are going to be thin and powerful.

Via: Intel

It’s Official: Nvidia Tegra X1 Chip With Maxwell GPU At CES 2015

NvidiaThis might be a post for the nerds, but the effects in the coming months and years could be vast. Finally, NVIDIA has engineered a way to bring its Maxwell-class GPUs to mobile, in the form of the Tegra X1 system-on-a-chip. Using a 64-bit octa-core ARM-based processor, X1 will feature a 256-core Maxwell GPU, while also being more enrgy efficient.

In other words, serious graphical and processing power that can put the Tegra X1 on the level of gaming consoles; better than the previous Tegra K1 used in the Google Nexus 9 tablet and Nvidia’s own Shield tablet, as well as several Chromebooks.


Acer’s Aspire V 17 Nitro Has Kinect-Esque Sensor Built-In

Aspire_V17_Nitro_Black_Edition_VN7-791_backlit_keyboard.0The concept of the gaming PC has always been cutting edge, top-of-theline, and edgy designs, coupled with some slightly unusual flourishes. Today, courtesy of Acer, one of those unsual flourishses happens to be Intel’s RealSense 3D — a  technological soup of a standard camera, an infrared sensor, and a laser projector, used to map the world in three dimensions.

It has great reach, being able to recognize all ten figures, facial expressions, and things that occur in the background, behind the user. Two bundled apps that make use of RealSense include Warrior Wave, a game in which you use your hands to manipulate every aspect of your players, and a 3D-scanning app called 3DMe.

Yes, but of course: this is a niche functionality, but with time, and as more companies continue to support Intel’s camera, the more likely it will be that interactions between a user and a PC will include motion and expression, rather than just touch, keyboard and mouse.

Oh, and back to the V 17 Nitro: it has the right specs to play today’s games. A 17.3-inch 1080p display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and as much as 1TB of hard drive space.  Four speakers and a Blu-ray drive round it all off.

Price TBA.

Hengedock for Macbook Air Review

20141229_132246In practice, using a Macbook Air as part of an efficient workstation is very satisfying. Enough processing power and a svelte form factor make it an efficient lightweight machine, but 13-inches and then some are still regarded as a footprint. On a desk, so much space could be had if an Air was placed vertically — that’s where the Hengedock comes to be of great use.

Tesla Roadster 3.0 Upgrade: A Crazy 400 Miles On A Single Charge

tesla-roadster-3Teslas truly aren’t normal cars. In the Roadster’s case, this idea is supplemented by the Roadster 3.0 Upgrade. With the inclusion of new battery with 31% more energy than the original, better aerodynamics, and new tires with less resistance — the Roadster is suddenly back on top (and it hasn’t even been actively produced since 2012). The end result is 40-50% improvement with range, compared to the 250 miles of the previous model; the 3.0 upgraded cars will be able to roll at least 400 miles without needed a charge.

Now that’s cutting edge.

Via: Tesla

North Korea Blames The U.S. For Its Internet Outage, Makes Racist Remarks

the-interviewIn blaming Washington for its internet access woes, one of Pyongyang’s unidentified spokespersons also had the chagrin to make rascist remarks towards the POTUS: “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest.”

Meanwhile, via the republic’s official news network, KCNA, North Korea the following statement:

The United States, with its large physical size and oblivious to the shame of playing hide and seek as children with runny noses would, has begun disrupting the Internet operations of the main media outlets of our republic.

In the stereptpyical language of avid gamers, “u mad bro?”. On the flipside, the movie that ignitied this debacle, The Interview, scored $1 million in earnings on Christmas Day alone.

What a tale.

ViaReuters, Associated Press