Confusingly, HTC Announces The One Mini 2

HTC_One_mini_2_3V_GunmetalThat name is nuts.

Regardless, the One Mini 2 is exactly what you’d think it might be: a smaller version of the new One M8. A smaller, 4.5-inch 720p display, a smaller 2,100 mAh battery, a smaller  — you get the idea. A Snapdragon 400 in quad-core configuration with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage make up the primary internal components. Meanwhile, the Duo sensor and Ultrapixel camera have been swapped out for a 13 megapixel shooter, alongside a 5MP for all of your “selfies”. And finally, well-revered HTC Boomsound front-facing speakers round off the list of this mid-ranger.

Availability is first pinged for European stores by the end of this month, with the same three color options as the M8 (gunmetal gray, glacial silver and amber gold) being sold;  a U.S. variant might also be announced, at some point.

Via: HTC

You Must Be Looking Forward To Parrot’s Bebop Drone…

parrot-bebop-drone-2Honestly, I really am looking forward to it. Using a ton of new sensors to keep it stable in-flight, Parrot’s latest high-flying drone takes all of the experience from its cousins, the AR Drones, and compiles it into one very neat package.

From the sharp photos and 1080p HD videos to the on-board 14 megapixel camera, a 180º fisheye lens and 3-axis stabilization to maintain a steady angle of view — it pretty much has it all. There’s even a special separate accessory: a dedicated controller that embeds your smartphone or table, and also extends the communication range between pilot and drone.

Considering that it also has GPS, GALILEO, and GLONASS location technology, you can also plot courses for it to fly in your area (up to 300 meters out-of-box, or 2km with a planned extended range kit).

When it si coming? This fall. And of course, Parrot leaves us on edge and won’t price it, yet.

Via: Parrot Bebop

Anyone In The U.S. Can Now Join The Google Glass Explorer Program

Google Glass TableBefore, it was invite-only with only one notable day where it was open to all U.S. customers — well, now a public Google Glass Explorer program is now available. Keep in mind, this is not the full-scale consumer launch, but rather an open beta, rather than a closed one, like before. The hardware is still priced at $1,500 a pop, which includes the Glass headset, detachable shades, pouch, and and the mono earbud.

Regardless, it is progress for wearable tech.

Via: Google+ (Glass) 

Microsoft Announces A $399 Xbox One Without Kinect 2

Xbox OneThat isn’t all: besides lowering the cost of the Xbox One to $399 by excluding the Kinect 2 in the bundle, Microsoft has also dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement for apps and streaming. Indeed, the Xbox One becomes the ultimate media streaming device, even more so than before.

To cope with the blow to developers, since they were initially promised that every Xbox One would come with a Kinect (giving the game devs options and additional creative space), Microsoft will releases a standalone Kinect in the fall.

Via: Xbox News

Motorola Adds LTE To The G, Announces The Even Cheaper Moto E

moto-e-560Believe it or not, the Moto G is the best-selling phone in the company’s history, and it only accomplished that in six months. Today, Motorola added 4G LTE data connectivity to that model, and revised its pricing: $219 (£149 in the UK) without contract for the LTE version, while the original will continue on at a modest $179 / £119. But the real announcement today is all about the Moto E seen above: the even lower-end handset, designed to be water-resistant and affordable: at $129 / £89.

The Moto E loads KitKat on board with Android 4.4.2, promise of an upgrade to the next version of Android, a 4.3″ qHD display, 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, a 5PM camera, FM radio, microSD card slot,  and finally, 24 hour battery life thanks to a 1980 mAh battery.

Ah, decisions. Via: Motorola

LG Teases, Gives The G Watch A Promo And Flaunts Its Metal Body

g-watchMetal. Not a material that is commonly found on the exterior of LG Mobile products. Well, in this case, the Android Wear G Watch is one of those anomalies. The following promo video after the break gives you the typical 360 degree rotations and simulations of apps running on-screen. With press events inbound this season, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this little gadget shows up in its official form, soon enough.

Via: LG Mobile

Apple Has A Nokia Pureview Camera Expert Join The Cupertino Fortress

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Despite Microsoft now owning Nokia, and that famed brand name is no longer, Apple is ready to poach and acquire anyone it can. Take an example from Senior Lumia engineer Ari Partinen, whom Nokia decreed “(our) own camera expert” — he’s jumped ship and has joined Apple.

Considering the fact that the iPhone 5S camera is pretty good, and the Lumia 1020 is probably just a tad bit better, a marriage of the technologies might just become industry-leading.

ViaAri Partinen (Twitter)

Netflix Starts Price Raise, Existing Customers Will Pay The Same For The Next 2 Years

netflix-logoWell, the Netflix price hike has begun: a small increase of about £1 and €1 in the UK and across Europe, to £6.99 and €8.99 respectively, with the U.S. plans scheduled to get an increase sometimes in the near future, by about 1 or $2.

In short, new subscribers will pay at the minimum, $8.99 a month, and existing customers will not see their monthly price go up for the next two years, which is a smart play by Netflix to keep its customers loyal.