Harman Kardon SoHo Wireless Headphones Review: Are They So Ho(t)?

20150124_222025Luxury audio provider harman/kardon is famous for its hardware. From cars, to laptops, phones, theater, and of course home speakers and headphones, their tech and style is recognizable from a distance — and is very tasteful. For 2015, a new pair of on-ear headphones is coming from the American audio company: the SoHo Wireless.

Basically, they’re lightweight on-ear headphones, with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX tech, with the capability to run wired as well. It’s a solid connectivity mix with a winning brand, but is it worth it? I jammed with the SoHos, in some SoHo cafes, and I’ll tell you.

Microsoft Outs Windows 10 Preview, With Xbox And Cortana Features

cortanaFor those of you looking for the cutting edge in the new Windows ecosystem — now is the time, unless you want to wait for the official release. The Windows Insider site currently has the ISO file available for use on CDs or emulators. This January preview of Windows 10 features Cortana, the new Start menu, the new Xbox app’s basics, and some extra fixes.

Via: Windows Insider 

Windows Holographic: Using The HoloLens Headset, The World Becomes PC’d

MSHoloLens_MixedWorld_LivingRoom_LongBrowser_RGBThis is Windows Holographic, thanks to the HoloLens Headset. Microsoft has huge ambitions here, because the augmentation of the real-world with apps, games, and the ability to interact with them seamlessly is something that’s only been dreamed of, but never accomplished fully. Since the actual use-case scenarios of the tech are difficult to understand, Microsoft presented a video those attending the media event and to those wonder just what the heck Windows Holographic might be like.

If this actually works, however, computing will never be the same. Video after the break.

Windows 10: Cortana AI, New Spartan Browser, Xbox Streaming And Unified Experience

Windows-10_Product-FamilyIt’s Microsoft’s big day, with Windows 10. First off, the upgrade path: all devices running Windows 8.1 and 7, along with Windows Phone 8.1, will get the upgrade to Windows 10 — for the first year. But now, on to the fun stuff.

Microsoft Windows 10 will be the first time that Microsoft has truly unified its ecosystem. Windows on PC and large tablets will have a unified appearance, with a new Taskbar and a Start button that contains its own set of smart tiles, no longer delivering you to the Start screen, exclusively. This duality makes them the highest-ranking Windwos devices. Smaller tablets meanwhile get a more condensed, but still proportionate view, and smartphones get the usual Phone design.

Meanwhile, DirectX 12 technology makes its debut, bringing PC gaming (and graphics) to a whole other level. This level of unification and seamlessness continues into the more proprietary devices, like the 84-inch 4K screen called the Surface Hub, or something simpler, like the Xbox One.

The new Project Spartan browser is a complete overhaul, and includes handy annotation tools, offline reading, as well as a sharing section. Cortana, seen on the Windows Phone devices, comes along to be the full system virtual assistant, including inside the browser. Now, things start to get interesting for gamers at the Xbox level, where streaming is now possible from console to computer, and using the Xbox controller to play the game.

And of course, last but surely not least, is Windows Holographic: think augmented reality with Windows apps, tasks, and games, all through a HoloLens headset.

Release date? Later this year.

SpaceX Gets A $1 Billion Investment From Google And Fidelity

crs5_dragon_orbit13And just like that, SpaceX is closer to reaching its current endeavors: a commercial space flight business and internet satellites — in space of course. Designed to plentiful enough (about 700), these low-cost, fiber-optic speed satellites would have a range down to Earth and even Mars. Google and Fidelity pitched in the $1 billion investment, which represents close to 10% ownership of SpaceX.

Here’s to the future. Via: SpaceX

HTC Sending Press Invites For Next Flagship Announcement In Barcelona

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.34.32 AMMobile World Congress is in March, and we’ve just breached the middle of January, but it’s never too early to being inviting members of the tech press over, is it? That’s the approach HTC is making with its “utopia in progress” tease of an invite.

The date set is March 1st, and it’s been a year since the One M8 was brought to and unveiled in New York City — so it all makes sense, if you’re looking at typical release cycles.