Photo Essay: The HTC One M8 harman kardon edition

DSC01728We’ve already covered, in-depth, the HTC One M8 in a full review. Also, since that model showed a unit on Sprint’s network, and this is the One M8, special harman kardon edition variant, there’s little to no need — in my strange, teenage mind at least — to give it another review.

Rather, gaze foundly (perhaps) at the photos after the break of the harmon kardon edition, while I speak of the pros/cons of the added software and bundled earphones.

Sony’s RX100 III Is A Lot Of Pocket Power

sony-rx100-3It’s a nice upgrade to a time-tested and revered recipe: the RX100 III still has the same awesome 1-inch, 20.1 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor — but, with an all-new Zeiss 24-70mm lens that gives you a f/1.8 aperture at the wide end and f/2.8 at the 70mm end, making for some vrey pleasing bokeh shots and effects.

Other new features include the fast Bionz X processor, a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder, and an articulated LCD that can tilt 180º upwards — for the ultimate selfies, if that’s your thing. Priced at $800.

Via: Amazon

Halo 5: Guardians Announced For Xbox One, Releases In Fall 2015

Hero_Halo5Poised for a fall 2015 launch, Halo 5: Guardians is the next step in the hugely-popular Xbox-exclusive game series. Sporting dedicated servers, 60 frames-per-second gameplay, and all the bells and whistles the Xbox One has to offer, and you have a something that 343 general manager Bonnie Ross is quoted as having said, “Halo 5: Guardians is a bigger effort than Halo 4,” and that must be true.

According to Microsoft, the “journey” begins at E3 2014 this year, where more details on the new game will be announced; interestingly enough however, a live-action TV series by Steven Spielberg of the same name will debut as well. All hail Master Chief.

Via: Xbox Wire

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