LaCie Unveils A 1 Terabyte USB 3.0 Steel Spehere Hard Drive

Christofle-Sphere_8760043Designed for those who value aesthetic greatly, the LaCie Sphere is designed to hold a full terabyte of data, for a costly $490, most of which is spent on the highly-polished silver-plated steel that comes from Yainville, France. A single USB 3.0 cord powers and transfers data between the orb and your device of preference — hey, at least the thing looks nice, no matter how expensive it is.

Via: LaCie

 

Google Acquires The Devs Behind Timely, The Cool Android Clock App

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Google has snatched up another company. In this first edition of 2014 for Google, the developer acquired is Bitspin, a Swiss company best known for its beautifully designed Android alarm clock app Timely.

Thankfully, it’s for the better: “For new and existing users, Timely will continue to work as it always has,” the Bitspin team’s blog post on the acquisition, reads.

So, meanwhile, our hopes of Google using cross-platform syncing grows, as the Timely app made great use of it for different alarms you have set.

Via: Bitspin

Samsung Lets Us All Know The Galaxy Camera 2 Is Supposed To Be Better

samsung-galaxy-camera-2-xlSamsung wanted to improve upon the shortcomings of the original Galaxy Camera, so before the series of CES unveils that will take place next week, they’ve gone ahead and revealed the successor. The Galaxy Camera 2 features the same 16-megapixel sensor, 21-times zoom lens, and a 4.8-inch LCD screen, but it gets its improvements from increased battery capacity and reduction in weight.

There’s also the addition of Android 4.3, NFC photo sharing to your actual phone, a newer 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. Basically, the ultimate Instagram device. But, you could also take normal photos, as a tried-and-true photographer would — in tandem with Instagram, of course.

ViaSamsung Mobile Press

The Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept Is An Amazing Idea

audi-sport-quattro-laserlight-concept-xlAudi’s newest concept car, debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the 7th to the 9th of this month, features a ton of new technological advancements that could change our automotive future.

For example, the headlights, which are matrix LEDs with laser lights shaped into its trapezoidal fixtures, giving them double the luminosity of existing LED headlights. A state-of-the-art touchscreen controls the infotainment and climate from the cockpit,all of which uses advanced 3D graphics powered by an NVIDIA processor.

Engine-wise, the Sport Quattro Laserlight uses a plug-in hybrid drive and a bi-turbo four-liter V8 engine, giving you the option to drive in EV for up to 94 mpg, hybrid, or full-combustion. It accomplishes a lot of this because of its lightweight frame: aluminum or carbon fiber, while the engine system is capable of 700 horsepower and nearly 600 pound feet of torque — in essence, this is a very tempting and nearly perfect coupe, on paper at least.

Via: Audi

So, This Is What LG’s webOS Smart TV Looks Like

webosWhat you’re seeing above is both a sad and interesting story. Those cards showing prevalent information on LG’s upcoming line of webOS-based Smart TVs are derived from the dozens of engineers and designers that were originally at Palm, and created the Pre and Pixi smartphones, which ultimately failed. Their company was acquired by HP, and gave us the Touchpad series of tablets, that also miserably failed. In the end, LG bought out what was left of the technology, and the result is what you see above.

Keep in mind, the webOS card design is something that has been copied into numerous operating systems, including Android (to an extent) and especially iOS (they got a Palm engineer). So, it’s all relative. Also, we’ll know more about this TV, comes CES 2014, which is between the 7th and 9th of the month.

ViaEvleaks (Twitter)

Kindle Fire HDX 7-Inch Review: Great On Many Levels, But Is It Always?

DSC01483Priced at $229, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (7-inch) is everything Jeff Bezos could have dreamed for his company to produce. It’s fast, it’s small, has a whole host of Amazon apps and services, and works very much like a window into the Amazon world, but also the world of the Kindles. Reading, watching, playing, listening, and surfing the web is all possible through the HDX.

But it’s what isn’t there that makes this Amazon tablet something. Does it have what it takes to compete against the Nexus 7? And what is it with those angles? Read on, then.

Motorola Wants To Make Money, So It Dropped The Moto X Unlocked Price To $399

Moto-x-400This is a “duh” moment.

The Moto X hasn’t been a complete runaway success, but it has garnered enough tech on its own that will change how people think of voice control and customization that Android brings, in general. But to Motorola, this just means that they have to move around some units.

Enter, the new $399 price point for the Moto X, with no carrier obligations, and if customized with wood, jumps to a solid $500.

Meanwhile, the AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile versions are still $100, on contract, of course.

ViaMotorola

Microsoft Wants To Work With Sony On A Windows Phone For 2014

sony-logoAnd even stranger than the idea that Microsoft would want to work with Sony on a Windows Phone (when the Japanese giant is perfectly content with its Android offerings), is the idea that the first smartphone in question could carry the VAIO (Windows PCs and tablets) rather than the Xperia phone brand.

So, there’s that, as well as the speculation as to what sort of design principles Sony would invent to be part of the Windows Phone group.

Remember, all smartphones that are part of major operating systems today are based on traditional designs around the operating system or the phones that came before it from the same manufacturer. But, it’s been years since Sony ever made a Windows Phone, and they surely can’t use any old ideas; it would have to be something fresh.

On to 2014, then.

ViaThe Information