Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Debuts — And A Weird Lightsaber Battle Has Ensued

the-force-awakensSo, the new Star Wars movie, championed by Disney and J.J. Abrams, has had its first teaser trialer outed today (the film itself comes out in December of 2015). While you can check out the trailer (after the break) and see all of the curiosity that is The Force Awakens, some fans are taking to dispute a new lightsaber design. In fact, it’s sparked an entire debate in a column, over at The Verge.

Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend — and may the Force be with you, I guess?

Audioengine B2 Speaker Review: A Love Child For Audiophiles

20141123_152412So, Audioengine USA. You’ve produced (and I’ve reviewed) the A2+, the A5, and the B1 Bluetooth accessory. For those of you unfamiliar, the B1 adds wireless functionality to the company’s two powered speakers. However, entering the holiday season, and Audioengine has opened up with a new product: the B2. It’s a melange of the A2+ speakers, with a B1 Bluetooth unit, built into a horizontal, soundbar-esque package.

Brenthaven Collins Backpack Review: Quality Made Accessible

20141123_152420So, Brenthaven decided that I haven’t had enough of their Collins collection — an urban-focused series of bags with professional designs and accents. First, it was the messenger and now it’s the backpack.

What I do appreciate is good design and build quality for a reasonable price. And Brenthaven prices these accessories much lower than what I’m used to, so it’s all in good standing.

Moving forward, how’s the Collins backpack itself?

Sony Boasts Its New A7 II SLR, Sporting A Full-Frame Sensor

sony-a7-iiWho doesn’t love a promisng full-frame camera? That’s right, no one (unless you’ve sworn fielty to Micro Four Thirds).

The new Sony A7 II camera sports a 24-megapixel, full-frame sensor, with 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization. To make these improvements noticeable (and worthwhile), there’s 30% faster AF speed and 1.5x better tracking performance, with support for the XAVC S video codec, a new magnesium alloy front panel and reinforced lens mount — plus a few more aesthetic tweaks to refine the camera.

Price is TBA, but expect it to be worthy of that of a full-frame camera (in the 2K range).

Via: Sony

Nokia Goes To War Again, With The N1 Android Tablet For $250

Nokia-N1-Android-tabletIt might not be a flagship model by any means, but it still bears the name Nokia — which is hard to come by, consdering that Microsoft will begin removing the name from products display on devvices. Unexecptedly, a 7.9-inch Android 5.0 tablet running some Nokia custom software that looks like a giant iPhone — originality is a priority, of course.

It’ll cost $250 when it launches, but it’s slated to land in China first, in time for Chinese New Year (that’s February 19, 2015) with a release in Russia to follow soon after — again, it’s interesting how Nokia is stressing everything it can, while not having the most capable hardware. Regardless howver, the N1 does look pretty upbeat.

Spesc-wise, there’s a 64-bit 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 paired with 2GB of RAM thrumming away in there, and 32GB of storage for the digital effluvia that you’re bound to incur.

Oh, and there’s a reversible USB connector, which is awesome.

Via: Nokia

Uber And Spotify: Now You Can Stream On A Ride

uspo_press_v03_aAfter hailing for an Uber cab from the app, you can also decide what kind of music you’re into, so then when car arrives, it’ll already be playing inside. To do this, you’ll need to connect your Uber and Spotify accounts from within the app, but from there it should be smooth sailing; including controlling it for the duration of the trip.

The new feature beings rolling out November 21st in London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto and Sydney — with more cities on the way.


Verizon Preps Its Goodwill (And Services) For The Holiday Season


In an attempt to diversify (in an industry where it has already gained immense stature), Big Red has proclaimed November 26th to be “Connection Day”. By partnering with companies like Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora — the day before Thanksgiving — it looks like VZW is setting itself up for a profitable fourth quarter.

The best part? A lot of these deals/promotions are courtesy of Verizon, but available to all regardless of wireless carrier. Some of the collaborations between Verizon and the aforementioned companies include:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Sounds like a solid ploy to appealing to everyone, not as Big Red, but simply as a wireless carrier. Interesting take, indeed.

Via: VZW

DJI’s Inspire 1 Is A 4K Camera-Toting Drone, With Sci-Fi Looks

jdiinspire2For a whopping $2,800, DJI has created what appears to be, the ultimate drone. With legs that fold in after takeoff, ability to shoto 360 degrees of video on a 4K camera (capable of 12MP stills), a ground-facing cmaera to look at the world below, and tons of improvements to design and software. Also, the 6-cell battery will keep it aloft for about 18 minutes — which isn’t bad considering its capabilities.

The base unit ships with one controller for $2,899, but DJI will throw an additional remote for an extra $500 — for separate flight and camera control, between two operators. It’s a pretty serious piece of kit, no doubt about that.