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.

Google And Audi Are Teaming Up To Bring Android To Cars

audi-04Starting at CES 2014 next week is a myriad of crazy tech announcements, one of which will be between Audi and Google: Android-powered systems in Audi cars. By using Android to power an in-car entertainment system rather than just a phone and by enhancing its visual capabilities with backing from NVIDIA, Audio and Google could have really great thing going on here.

Now of course, it also takes one to consider this a treaty of war against Apple and its partnership with BMW, Daimler, and others to include iOS in their vehicles; all in due time, we’ll know how this will play out.

Via: WSJ

NSA Agents Can Clone Consumer Hardware And Have It Bugged

hacking-codeThis is insurmountable in terms of violation of one’s privacy, but the NSA can do it all, and do it does.

According to famed German newspaper Der Spiegel, NSA agents have a catalog — basically, a list of tech items Seagate, Samsung, Cisco, Huawei, Dell and others — that if ordered by a “target”, can be intercepted during shipment, then replaced with a bugged version of the item.

For example, a new hard drive could be ordered by an individual, then installed per one’s own accord, and automatically activating access and monitoring for the NSA agent that started the operation. The same technique can be applied to popular websites, bringing up a rigged version of an authentic site before the server is beaten to the punch.

It’s incredible, but it is also horrifying. This is the work of NSA the elite hacker unit, called Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Bear in mind this sort of activity is not in place for every single American, but for specified targets alone.

Of course, who is to say that doesn’t change on a whim?

ViaDer Spiegel