HTC Posts More Losses Before Its One M8 Launch

chou-oneTurns out the most recent months for HTC haven’t been very profitable for 2014, still.

With the report of an NT $1.88 billion ($62 million) loss for the first three months of 2014, with shares dropping 38 percent over the past year, but predictions are on track for a major increase of sales; at least going into the green, since the One M8 has launched on a global scale with rave reviews and fanfare.

Does this mean things will look up for the Taiwanese company? We’ll see.

Via: Reuters, HTC (PDF)

The Sony Alpha A7s Is A Full-Frame Camera That Can Shoot 4K, Almost Anywhere

Sony Alpha A7sWhat’s the main feature that makes the Sony Alpha A7s camera so impressive? That it can shoot 4K quality video (four times that the traditional 1080p HD mark) at a maximum ISO range of 50 to 409,600 — that’s well past dark lighting scenarios, which makes for an excellent camera in almost any situation.

However, you’ll need an external recorder to store the 4K video (in AVCHD or  XAVC S format), but if you opt for 1080p HD mode, you can also opt to shoot with APS-C cropping, or 120 fps capture (slow motion) when you jump down to 720p.

So what did Sony sacrifice to make all of this videography prowess possible? In order to make the camera more sensitive to light, the sensor size had to be reduced, so the Alpha A7s only takes photos at 12.2 megapixels. Since it is more technologically-advanced than its cousin, the Alpha A7 which costs $1,999, except the Alpha A7s to cost more than that.

Put your money where your mouth is, Sony.

Additional shots and press release. after the break. Via: Sony (PR News Wire)

The 2015 BMW M4 Convertible: The Extra Weight With Extra Power

2015-bmw-m4-convertibleTake a drop-top that folds in 20 seconds, with a three-liter, 425-horsepower, twin-turbocharged straight six engine and you have the 2015 BMW MB4 convertible. Sultry, sleek, and filled to the brim with technology, the M4 has six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic options, mandatory rear-wheel drive, and active differential, adaptive suspension, and the rest of the M works.

Pricing is to-be-announced, but the impressions have already been made — awesomeness ensues.

Via: BMW

Google Gives An Update On Project Ara, The Modular Smartphone

Project_Ara_scattered_partsWhen Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google for $2.9 billion earlier this year, it gave an exception to the Project Ara team, who were then (and still are) developing a fully-modular smartphone: radios, power supply, CPU, and all — the group now known as the Advanced Technology Group. Besides the fact that the endoskeleton’s parts — which make up the Ara phone — can be magnetically unlocked or locked via the phone’s app regarding the parts, the rest of the phone might also have 3D printed parts.

At this point, Google’s Ara project is often so public spoken of, despite the fact that it’s very much in-development and not in any solid, true form. However, the first Ara Developer’s Conference, occurring in Mountain View, California, on April 15-16th might shed some light on that.

Video update on the project, after the break.

Apple Confirms WWDC 2014 For June 2-6th

wwdcOh yes, indeed. The World Wide Developers Conference will run from June 2nd to the 6th, featuring all of the latest wares, software, and designs that Apple chooses to unveil on those dates.

Turns out, ticket sales are available on the website, but will now select attendees randomly — a lottery, designed so that there is a better chance to attend.


Amazon’s FireTV Is A Smart TV Box That Plays Games

amazon-fire-tvWith a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU and 2GB of memory, the Fire TV gives you access to including Netflix, Hulu, Watch ESPN, Pandora, and Prime Instant Video. Plus, the ability to play games with a dedicated gaming controller. Oh, and voice search that keeps you from dealing with on-screen keyboards and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound support.

The price? $100. Nicely done, Amazon.

Via: Amazon

Microsoft Makes Cortana The AI To Combat Siri, Intros New Windows Phone Tricks

ms_build_2014_windows_phone_joe_belfiore_cortana-100259149-largeToday marks Microsoft’s 2014 BUILD conference, where Windows Phone 8.1 was unveiled. The star addition? Cortana, a personal digital assistant — indeed, the same namesake as the AI in Master Chief’s suit during the Halo franchise. Yup, she’s your new Windows Phone lead feature.

Other included features include the Action Center, which is basically a notification center for Windows Phone with battery percentage indicator (yes, the platform has never had one all this time), WiFi Sense (a Windows Phone will automatically log-in to safe and trusted networks) as well as support for customizeable lockscreens and backgrounds.

Going back to Cortana, the AI features Bing as the search engine of choice, with Yelp taking care of the restaurant portion. Attractions, basic information, reminders, weather, keeping track of appointments, and even interfacing with third-party apps (something that Siri and Google Now don’t do) are all in her feature set. Cortana will roll out to customers in the coming months, and will come pre-installed on new phones later this month.