Photo Essay: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3

DSC01768Straight from the Surface Pro 3 event comes a few photos illustrating just what the device that aims to crush the blurred lines between tablet and laptop! Microsoft has given each attendee their very own Surface Pro 3 to test, so I’ve hit the ground running and am figuring out some of the finer techniques used to make the Surface Pro 3 a little bit more fun to use than both my tablet and my laptop.

Check out some hands-on shots after the break, with a review coming soon. Oh, and we have a thing for anime wallpapers, that’s all.

Microsoft’s New Surface Pro 3 Is The Company’s Heart Put Into A Product

DSC01745The Surface Pro 3 is a reality after being announced in New York City. Sporting a 12-inch portrait orientation screen with 3:2 aspect ratio and 2160 x 1440 resolution. A 9.1mm profile with a weight of 800 grams, making the Surface Pro 3 the thinnest Intel Core i7 product ever produced. A fanless design allows the user to not recognize the fan sound or air emitted all around the perimeter of the Surface Pro 3.

YouTube Is Apparently Going To Buy Twitch For A Cool Billion

TwitchTV-logoSources at Variety claim that YouTube (under Google’s direction) has come to an agreement to purchase the internet game streaming startup twitch, for a solid $1 billion. If successful, it would put another one of the most popular sites on the web in Google’s possession. The deal as of Sunday has not been officially announced by either of the two companies, but there doesn’t seem to be any confirmation of the deal available for the public to see, anyways.

Via: Variety

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