Google Expands Its Same-Day Delivery Service To LA And NYC

png_base643167aee51d81fe97Oh yes, it’s happening: same-day delivery service competition between Google and Amazon. In the latest iteration of this ongoing journey towards the best same-day delivery, Google has expanded its Google Shopping Express service to Culver City, Inglewood, Marina del Ray, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westwood, and the entire island of Manhattan. In the coming months, Google also plans to extend that coverage into Brooklyn and Queens, as well as other areas of LA.

By the way, a refresher as to what Google Shopping Express is: it delivers groceries and non-edibles on the same platform, so purchases can be made with Costco, Target, Walgreens, L’Occitane, Toys ‘R Us, and others, which then are delivered the very same day.

Via: Google Commerce

Vanhawks Valour Connected Bike

vanhawks-valour-2This is a smart bike. Yes, you read that correctly; a city bicycle made with a carbon fiber construction, with the ability to connect to an iPhone, Android, or Pebble app using Bluetooth. But what for? So that the Valour can plot your routes, giving you turn-by-turn directions, and offers blind-spot detection, theft alerts, fitness data, and even integrated turn signals. Perhaps the coolest feature about the Valour is that all of its instruments are powered by pedaling. 

Oh, and it communicates with other Vanhawks Valour bikes, in case there are nearby traffic jams, potholes, and other such “hazardous inconveniences”. Price? +$1,000 USD.

Via: Kickstarter

Enter: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Makes It Trailer Debut

cod-adAnd it not only states that the Modern Warfare series is not modern nough, but also features House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey, as a sort of anti-hero, because anything less is inadequate (who knew?). There are tons of extremely futuristic vehicles, gear, and weapons, all showing that today’s rifles and drones are just child’s play.

Being built by Activision and Sledgehammer Games (the studio responsible for Modern Warfare 3), the version shown in the trailer — seen after the break — is played on an Xbox One, but surely will arrive on PS4 and PC, per usual requirements of next-gen games. The launch date si November 4th of this year.

You ready for a new Call of Duty? We’ll see about that.

LG’s G Watch And G3 Flagship Phone Might Be Unveiled On May 27th

great-inviteLG has been planning a new flagship phone for some time now, one that will surpass the traditional 1080p screen spec that we’ve comet ob e accustomed to. Besides that, the G Watch, a wearable using the new Android Wear technology software might also debut alongside it. As such, LG has sent out invites to the press to converge on May 27th, in six different cities: San Francisco, New York, London, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul — all of which will be covered in two days.

This should be interesting.

Hands On With The HTC One M8 harman/kardon Edition

DSC01712Being no different than the original HTC One M8, except the fact that a black finish on the black, coupled with gold accents on the front and back around the camera ring, with enhanced audio capability and restoration of audio quality through the built-in settings of the phone, the harmon/kardon edition of the HTC One M8 is obviously the most unique-looking model of all the other One M8 color variants and carrier versions.

Also, I can’t help but feel the black aluminium is slightly mattified, which isn’t at all a bad thing; it actually feels better to touch than the original HTC One M8.

Check out some additional shots, past the break.

Sprint Announces The Harman/Kardon Edition HTC One M8

DSC01695There’s an officially announced HTC One M8 for Sprint, coupled with Harmon/Kardon speakers and capability. By utilizing the three company’s vast resources and audio capability know-how. This particular HTC One M8 taps into Harmon’s audio software, which allows the device to decode high quality audio files.

The device itself, remains identical to the original, but has the advantage of superior audio — even above that of HTC’s own BoomSound, which is highly regarded among all the HTC One M8 models. To further refine and make the harmon/kardon edition extravagant, HTC has coated the One M8 in black aluminum and champagne accents.

One of the methods is Clarifi, a music restoration technology; instead of boosting bass or equalization, the solution refines the music streaming audio to high-quality audio formats. LiveStage is a similar software, that assists with video quality and audio.

Also included are over a $100 harmon/kardon headphones, with full volume and playback control.

Availability will be on May 9th, exclusively on Sprint, with some high quality audio retailers stocking the HTC One M8 harman/kardon edition.

Spotify And Sprint Announce Partnership With Discount And 6 Month Trial

DSC01696If you have 1-3 family members on a Sprint Family plan, the music streaming service will discount you to a $7.99 Premium subscription, with 6-10 family members getting you an even better $4.99 per month deal.

If a Sprint customer is not part of a family plan, the normal $10 monthly Premium subscription will be available as always. Best of all? In whatever situation however, Sprint customers will receive a six month Spotify Premium free trial.

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