Vizio Finally Intros Affordable 4K TVs, Starting At 1K

p-series_hero1_2Of course, “affordable”in terms of 4K televisions is always going to me in the thousands of dollars, but it’s better than having it in the ten of thousands. Vzio has introduced a $1,000 50-inch 4K TV, and going all the way up to $2,500 for 70 inches of 4K high-resolution sexiness. The new P-Series line of Vizio systems is not only LED backlit, but also equipped with Smart TV aspects.

Starting today, orders can be placed directly at Vizio, or at Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Wal-Mart later in the fall.


Valve Updates The Steam Main Page, And It’s All About “Discovery”

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 9.51.52 PMValve’s latest tweak for Steam, the PC/Mac/Linux gaming store/client — which recently passed 100 million active user accounts — is all about discovery. It shuns the unpopular new releases, and switches towards more comprehensible lists and better-presented data.

Meanwhile, the Discovery Queue allows a gamer to browse suggested releases, wishlist them or even skip updates on titles — thus allowing one to find the coolest indie title (top-tier) sooner, rather than later.

Via: Valve

Japanese Company: We’ll Build A Space Elevator By 2050

space-elevatorWhile NASA has been attempting to find the right tools to build a space elevator, Japanese construction company Obayashi is stating that it will have a functional space station by 2050, which will cover 96,000 kilometers (roughly 60,000 miles) into space, with the ability to transfer humans and cargo. The entire trip will last 7 days, the destination of which will be a space station built specifically for the Obayashi elevator.

Also, in case you were wondering: the space cable will most likely be built out of carbon nanotechnology, which according to Obayashi’s Research and Development Manager, Yoji Ishikawa, should be available “by 2030”.


Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Get Teardowned So You Can See The Magic Inside

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 7.04.01 AMApple’s new iPhones are on sale — the iPhone 6, an evolution of the existing iPhones and the iPhone 6 Plus, a phablet, which is a new category for Apple. During the iFixit teardown, the tinkerers found out that the the 6 Plus sports a 2,915 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, an LTE modem from Qualcomm, NFC chip from NXP, and flash memory from SK Hynix. Also, the phase-detection autofocus camera is labeled “DNL432 70566F MKLAB” — mysterious, indeed.

As for the smaller model: 1,810 mAh battery was discovered, but since both phones are still in the teardown process, be sure to visit the source links. There, you’ll see the evolving teardown guide.

Via: iPhone 6 Plus Teardown, iPhone 6 Teardown (iFixit)

A New Final Fantasy XV Trailer: You’ll Drive A Car And Do RPG Things

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.57.17 PMYes, Final Fantasy XV is still coming, but that doesn’t mean a fancy new trailer from the 2014 Tokyo Game Show cannot debut. It’s full of great looking gameplay and some homages to previous FF games. Plus, you can drive a pretty luxurious looking roadster and take part in journeys. Sounds good — now if only a solid release date was pegged.

Video after the break.

iOS 8 Now Available For Download Worldwide

ios-8Stripping away all the nuisances from iOS 7 that have been reported over the past few months, iOS 8 aims to add polish to the new designs that Apple has been incorporating over the past year. The Apple servers are currently under heavy strain, so it could be  awhile before an update is easily downloaded to your devices, which in this case, is several GBs.

Meanwhile, get ready for custom keyboards, because that’s one of many things arriving in iOS 8.

Microsoft Now Owns Minecraft And Mojang, For $2.5 Billion

Minecraft LogoMicrosoft is buying Minecraft studio Mojang for what was reported by Reuters earlier on to the tune of $2.5 billion. Analysts doing their usual crop of observations mention that Microsoft could be doing this to advance their Windows Phone division which will be going over rebranding, or even just to improve their gaming division.

Regardless of why, Microsoft now has one of the world’s most successful (current) video games, with 54 million copies of Minecraft having been sold across PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and other platforms (including PS4 and Xbox One).

Samsung’s NX1 Smart Camera Combines Speed And Lens To Make A Good Show

samsaung-nx1-smartSamsung’s latest Micro Four Thirds endeavor is to appeal to those who just won’t give up their DSLR cameras: specifically because the older platform is more developed and overall, can have better image quality for less, but trades in portability, weight, and sometimes even style.

So, to remedy that, the NX1 Smart Camera has been born: for $1,499 (body-only), users get a high-end (1kg in weight) 50-150mm f/2.8 lens ($1,599 by itself), with a 28 megapixel BSI (back-side illuminated sensor), a new 205-point autofocus system, a 15fps continuous shooting mode, and 4K video recording at 30FPS or Ultra HD at 24fps. Covering 90 percent of the frame, the phase-detect autofocus also works when shooting video, so you’ll have steady and smooth shots.

The “smart” aspect of the NX1 includes the NFC, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity which allows it to share data between your phone or tablet. Oh, and it launches in mid-October. Then we’ll know if it’s truly worth considering.