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.


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

Google Play All Access Customers Now Can Buy Glass

glass-all-accessTo celebrate (belatedly) the arrival of Google Play All Access on Google Glass, the big G will begin offering Glass to its All Access customers, which dramatically increases the pool of people that will have access to purchase the headset. “Feeling good” is probably the words uttered by at least a couple of the Google Play All Access users, that’s for sure.

Despite the fact that Glass is not technically finished, and would-be users will still be buying the $1,500 developer/Explorer model, it at least lets us all know that Google is thinking about taking Glass mainstream, for real.

ViaAndroid Central

In Which, iFixit Tears Apart The New Mac Pro

mac-pro-teardownIt is quite a sight to behold — that is, the late-2013 Mac Pro’s design — and the amount of power squeezed into such a small unit. That all being pushed aside however, and the new (pricey) Mac Pro has just about the same weaknesses as any other gadget that the iFixit engineers expose: the inability to resist ingenuity, through dismemberment. It also turns out that the GPU can be upgraded and service is relatively simple.

That’s right, the Mac Pro has been torn apart, and now you get to see all the bits and pieces as part of a guide, at the source link.

Via: iFixit

Helly Hansen Gataga Boot: A Snowy Winter Is What It Needs

DSC01461There are always a few things a New York needs — like books and coffee (or tea). However, sometimes it’s the very articles that are placed on the body that one must concentrate most, in order to ascertain between what is wanted and what is needed. What I’m saying is that it gets very cold in Manhattan, and a great men’s winter boot is quintessential.

Enter, the Helly Hansen Gataga boot, a Norwegian product, but with a universal purpose.