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.


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”.


Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Get Teardowned So You Can See The Magic Inside

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 7.04.01 AMApple’s new iPhones are on sale — the iPhone 6, an evolution of the existing iPhones and the iPhone 6 Plus, a phablet, which is a new category for Apple. During the iFixit teardown, the tinkerers found out that the the 6 Plus sports a 2,915 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, an LTE modem from Qualcomm, NFC chip from NXP, and flash memory from SK Hynix. Also, the phase-detection autofocus camera is labeled “DNL432 70566F MKLAB” — mysterious, indeed.

As for the smaller model: 1,810 mAh battery was discovered, but since both phones are still in the teardown process, be sure to visit the source links. There, you’ll see the evolving teardown guide.

Via: iPhone 6 Plus Teardown, iPhone 6 Teardown (iFixit)

A New Final Fantasy XV Trailer: You’ll Drive A Car And Do RPG Things

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.57.17 PMYes, Final Fantasy XV is still coming, but that doesn’t mean a fancy new trailer from the 2014 Tokyo Game Show cannot debut. It’s full of great looking gameplay and some homages to previous FF games. Plus, you can drive a pretty luxurious looking roadster and take part in journeys. Sounds good — now if only a solid release date was pegged.

Video after the break.