The New HTC One Review: A Will Of Design, With A Will To Function

IMGP3477It is HTC’s best art piece. In their eyes, the most brilliant creation they’ve ever made: the HTC One M8. But in the palms of the dozens of reviewers and possibly thousands (with the possibility of millions) of users, it means something else: an all-aluminum phone that gets things done. So, does it?

Frankly, let’s not beat around the bush here; Samsung obviously dominates the Android marketplace and Apple does the other end, with iPhones and iOS. There comes a time when a company has to asses what their direction will be, and the One M8 will be the decider of that.

B&O Unveils The Beoplay A9 Black Edition Speaker

beoplay-a9-blackSleek walnut legs paired with a circular design, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 Black Edition speaker is supposed to be a wealth of sound and adequate bass. Being as versatile as it is, the A9 Black Edition has a three separate amplifiers to run an 8-inch woofer, dual 3-inch midranges, and dual .75-inch tweeters, as well as AirPlay, DNLA, Spotify Connect, and QPlay connectivity over Wi-Fi or –wait for it — Ethernet.

Price? $2,700. Hey, it’s functional technology that can be displayed as art.

Via: B&O

Halo And Destiny Composer Martin O’Donnell Fired From Bungie

36820No one expected this. The acclaimed composer responsible for all of those memorable Halo songs, themes, and bites, has been fired from Bungie. Specifically, Martin O’Donnell tweeted that he was terminated “without cause” by Bungie’s board of directors. This is very tricky, considering that O’Donnell was already working on Destiny and gamers as well as orchestral-lovers were looking forward to his new work.

ViaMartin O’Donnell (Twitter)

Toshiba Will Start Shipping Its 4K Laptop For $1500 Next Week

toshiba-4k-laptopToshiba never backs down from a challenge to offer a product that someone might buy. The next piece of hardware in that list is the P55t, a 15.6-inch laptop with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution at 282 ppi (the Macbook Pro Retina is capped at 220, by the way.

Besides boasting an IPS display with Technicolor certification, the visual eye-candy is powered AMD’s 2GB DDR5 Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics card, with a 4th-gen Intel quad-core i7 CPU  for speed and processing, supported by 16GB DDR3L max memory. A copy of Adobe Lightroom 5 is included with the laptop, along with a rather boring 1TB, 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive.

Launch date is April 22nd at $1,500; reasonable pricing considering what other 4K laptops go for.

Via: Toshiba

Google Glass Gains Kit Kat, But Loses Video Calling Feature

All Glass ColorsBut why? Why exactly a day before the 9:00 AM public American availability of Google Glass, would Mountain View decide to render the video calling  feature null? That’s because fewer than 10 percent of Explorers were using it; thus it was deemed unnecessary — until it can be further developed or revamped.

Meanwhile, Android 4.4 Kit Kat, the latest version of the mobile OS, is now integrated into Glass, and offers new features that can be added to apps and let developers use the latest SDK. Meanwhile, the end-result is that users will be able to see organzied photos in bundles (for easier scrolling), allows for photo replies in Google Hangouts, and puts most-used voice commands at the top of the list.

ViaGoogle Glass (G+)

Tubecore Duo: The Gorgeous Media And Speaker System, Made Of Wood

tubecore-duo-2Kickstarter has its fair share of failures and successes, and the Tubecore Duo should most likely be placed under successes. After successfully raising the funds needed to kick off the company, the Tubecore Duo will become a product in buyer’s possessions like few others.

So, what is it? It’s a mix of analog technology with that of a solid state amplifier and a dual vacuum tube preamp, coupled to a Raspberry Pi computer running XBMC media center. Basically, a speaker system and streaming media hub with options to connect over Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, and component AV — all of which can be controlled from an app, on your phone.

A magnetic speaker grill, paired with the fact that the Tubecore Duo looks magnificent, thanks to handmade wood, and you’ve got a handy (yet loud) speaker system. Starts at $479.

Via: Tubecore

The Last Of Us Remastered Is Coming To PS4 During The Summer


What is one of the greatest video games ever created, with fantastic graphics, compelling story line, and an acclaimed soundtrack is getting a turbo boost: a port to the next-generation Play Station 4.

Launching with all previous DLC, The Remastered Edition, is priced at $59.99 on Amazon, will also include in-game cinematic commentary from the voices of Joel and Ellie — Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, respectively — along with that of the game’s creative director, Neil Druckmann.

And don’t worry: this is a true next-gen game. The visuals resolution are true 1080p HD, with higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, a 60 frames-per-second target, and some other tweaks.

Availability? Sometimes this Summer.

Via: PS Blog

Google’s Project Ara Smartphone Is Very Detailed When It Comes To Being Modular

medium-project-araTurns out there are many ways to modify the Project Ara smartphone, much more so than anyone else thought of before Google recently unveiled the first developer tools and a few reference images. There are plenty of independent configurations available (seen after the break), as well as the ability to have one or more batteries in the phone, so that a dead battery could be switched out for a full one, without ever restarting the phone.

The means of which a part is added to the Project Ara phone (camera, processor, radio, etc.) relies on very specific aesthetics that Google has mentioned: a rectilinear footprint, a 1.5mm corner curvature, and that a base that must be a single piece of machined 6061 aluminum. This allows for mini, medium, and large Project Ara smartphones to be built by Google, and for their endoskeletons to be heavily modified by the end-user.

Currently, the Module Development Kit is available for download, meanwhile Google continues to work on Project Ara, letting app developers know that, “consequently, Ara devices are anticipated to be compatible with most standard [Android] apps”.

Via: Project Ara