A Look At: The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 On Verizon

Note 3 on VerizonSame phone, different carrier. 

Back in November of 2013, I reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note 3; the South Korean company’s third iteration of their most successful “big phone” — i.e. a phablet. In this scenario, fast forward to March of 2014, and Samsung is ready to launch the Galaxy S5, their new flagship smartphone, which is smaller in keeping with differentiation between the models.

A Look At: The Bio Trainer 1, A Biodegradable, Handmade Sneaker

Feit Bio Trainer 1The first thing you should throw out of your train of thought while looking at Feit’s Bio Trainer 1 sneaker: it’s not a hiking, jogging, or motorsport shoe. It’s in fact, more dressy and casual than anything else; business casual, if you may. And in use? It is comfortable — be sure to have it in your exact size, however.

Being a 100% handmade also doesn’t mean that there are inconsistencies; in fact, the Bio Trainer 1 is refined down to the outsole, insole, laces, and everything in between. The upper part of the shoe is made from hand-sewn vegetable-dyed suede or leather, and incorporates a 100% buffalo leather sole to absorb sweat. Colors include black, navy, and white.

Finally, the natural latex rubber sole is made from the milk of a rubber tree — it takes a full two weeks to make. So all in all, the Bio Trainer 1 is a tree-hugger’s dream shoe. Price tag? A hefty $425. Check out some photos of it, after the break.

Editor’s Note: Technically, this became a short photo essay, hasn’t it? 

Google’s New Requirement: “Powered by Android” Branding In The Bootscreen

aThis is sure to ruffle the hardcore Android open-source supporters, but this should only be seen as a firm hand that Google will raise, to give its brand some actual credit, where credit is due.

What I’m talking about exactly is the inclusion of “Powered by Android” in the bootscreen (when you turn on the phone after it’s completely turned off). HTC seems to be the first to include it with the new One M8, meaning that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 — which in its debut press conference, did not mention Android at all — will undoubtedly include it.

How does any tech publication know this? Because of a manufactures wishes to include Google services on an Android phone (the Play Store, for example), they will be required to include the stamp; no exceptions.

Via: Geek

Microsoft Office For iPad Is Free, But Needs A Subscription To Edit

office-excel-ipadMicrosoft Office for iPad is finally available, officially, after all the years the iPad has been the dominant consumer tablet device.

The app itself is completely free and includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so that docs for each application can be viewed easily, however if one wants to actually do some edits, an Office subscription will be required. Also, a five tablet limit will be placed on the user’s license, so there’s additional an limitation.

How much is that Office subscription, you might ask: $7 every month or $1.67 if you’re a student using Office 365 for University. Or, you could just use Apple’s iWork suite, which is free.

HTC One (M8) Gets An iFixit Teardown, Is Still Difficult To Repair

ifixit-htc-one-2014But what could better be expected of a phone wrapped in brushed aluminum, with no visible screws? The torturers engineers at iFixit have come across an HTC One M8 of their own, and decidedly took it apart, piece by piece. It turns out that the specs told by HTC are in fact, inside the phone without a doubt.

However, the new One scored a 2 out of 10 in their repairability scale, making it ludicrously difficult for an end-user to repair on their own.

Via: iFixit

Facebook Is Buying Oculus VR For A Sound $2 Billion


That escalated quickly.

Facebook has just announced through their newsroom that the company is buying Oculus VR, the company behind the development of the Oculus Virtual Reality headset.

Keep in mind the acquisition not only includes the company itself, buy the partners its acquired over this past year, along with all the game studies, like EA and the maker’s of EVE.

For how much exactly? To the tune of a solid $2 billion: $400 million in cash along with about $1.6 billion in stock.

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, as quoted by Mark Zuckerberg:

But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.

The places a partnership like this can go are far and wide. Honestly, this actually could be considered exciting.

Via: Facebook

The All New HTC One: Hands And Eyes-On!

6As seen in the previous post, the All New HTC One M8 has plenty of tricks in its aluminum frame. Dual cameras, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 aside, the new One is perhaps the highest-quality Android phone ever produced. Everything about it beams of premium and refined, and in the hand, especially with the addition of rounded edges.

Camera-wise, the focus was very consistent and took little to no time at all. Definitively, there’s an excellent feel that you get when you handle the HTC One M8 for the first time, and continue to do so. Thankfully, there’s also the characteristic where the M8 doesn’t appear too shiny, yet is very glossed over and polished; kind of like a Swiss chronograph.

Check out the rest of the hands-on photos, after the break!