The Macbook Air Now Starts At $899 With Faster Processor

macbook-air-2014Perhaps for the very first time, a Macintosh laptop can be called “affordable”, by average consumer purchase styles. Now starting at $899, the 11.6-inch Macbook Air features the new Intel Haswell chipset, like its $999 13-inch brother: 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. Both ultrabooks still come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage as a baseline, but are configurable (for a higher price, of course) to a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 with 8GB of RAM.

As for the rest of the laptop? Nothing else has changed. No additional thinness, no Thunderbolt 2, Retina display — nothing.

But still, that price is now looking very attractive to some potential Mac users.

Via: Apple

Sony Will Release The Xperia Z2 During The Summer In The U.S.


xpera-z2After a long wait and some radio silence, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia Z2 will arrive in the United States during the summer. This meaning that the next flagship for Sony’s vast Xperia range is in fact, not too far, but not too close to release, either.

While confirming this to TC, Sony also stated that the Xperia Z2 will be sold unlocked through an online store, as an unlocked model (American carriers have yet to announce official cataloging of the device).

Also, a quick refresher on the Z2’s specs:  a 5.2-inch display with Live Color LED powered by X-Reality technology, with complete waterproofing, a 20.7-megapixel Exmore RS sensor and the ability to record video in 4K video (including augmented reality and timeshift video). Powering the Z2 will be a Snapdragon 801 with Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM.

Sounds pretty great on paper, if you ask me.

Via: TechCrunch

Nokia Is Now Officially (And Finally) Integrated With Microsoft

SatyaNadellaandStephenElop_PageAnnounced months ago, but taking some time for federal approval and complete integration, Nokia is now part of Microsoft. Being an ally is different than being the same entity, but that doesn’t stop Nokia and Microsoft from making separate press releases about the deal.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s statement:

Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation. Together with our partners, we remain focused on delivering innovation more rapidly in our mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, now head of Microsoft hardware:

“As Microsoft and Nokia Devices and Services come together as an expanded family, we will unify our passion, dedication and commitment to bringing you the best of what our joint technologies have to offer.


Meanwhile, The Entirety Of The Country Of Denmark Has Been Recreated In Minecraft

downloadHonestly, I am amazed and also blown out of my own mind. Somewhere, somehow, a crazy challenge was accepted, and because of the natures of the internet, certain individuals thought it would be a great idea to make a 1:1 realistic version of the entire country of Denmark inside of Minecraft. Dynamite is disabled on the map to prevent radical changes, so that takes care of that. But if you read into the detail, you’re figure out why it’s so accurate.

“This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside Minecraft,” the mod’s description (translated with Google) reads, “thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world.”

The creators? Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency — indeed, the right people from a company such as that one to do something such as this.  Check out video of it in action, after the break.

Via: Danish Broadcasting Corporation

The Leica T: A Mirrorless Camera Made From Aluminum

Leica-T_black_frontBeing as well-designed as it is (thanks to the assistance of Audi), Leica has created a new mirrorless camera priced around $1,850 (without a lens), called the Leica T. Constructed by chiseling a single block of aluminum, the Leica T has a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor, a 3.7-inch high-res touchscreen, a 12,500 top ISO, 1080p video capture, decent 5 fps continuous shooting mode and a pair of top-mounted control wheels for adjusting exposure. Also, there’s integrated WiFi and an optional electronic viewfinder.

The silver version of the camera is expected arrive next month, while a black model should be available in early August. Needless to say, it looks good.


Major Technology Companies Create An Alliance To Defend Against Heartbleed

heartbleedCalled the Core Infrastructure Initiative, major tech companies including Facebook, Google, Intel, Amazon and others have all pledged cold hard cash in an effort to create a multi-million dollar project with the Linux Foundation to ensure that something like Heartbleed doesn’t happen again (i.e. realizing that major parts of the internet were open to hacking, surveillance, and theft).

Considering that the past two years had only netted OpenSSL (the tech that Heartbleed exploited) $2,000 in donations; by providing additional funding, it makes it possible for a proactive stance to be taken against future threats, rather than a reactive one.

Via: Linux Foundation