Microsoft Announces The Surface 2 In NYC: More Power, Same Looks

surface-2Off the bat, Microsoft has come swinging in a New York City press event this morning, with news of the Surface Pro 2 tablet. It runs Windows 8.1, as before, sports quite nearly the same physical look (with the new addition of a 2-position kickstand) and the statement that it is 95% more powerful than most Windows 8 laptops, with twice the graphical power — 4th generation Haswell graphics and processors most likely are responsible.

The pros of those improvements include 75% better battery life, a Surface Docking Station, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and support for the Surface Power Cover, which assists with conservation of battery life. Microsoft will price the Surface Pro at $449.

All of these improvements also apply to the Surface 2, which will be priced lower than the Pro at $349 and will use Windows RT 8.1 instead of the Windows Pro 8.1 that mostly all PC users will have.

Via: Surface Blog

Apple Has Sold 9 Million New iPhones In 3 Days

Screenshot 2013-09-23 at 10.12.20 AMOnce again, all the thoughts of Apple’s smartphone dominance diminishing have gone out the window: the new iPhone 5s and 5c has sold 9 million total units in 72 hours — which is a new record. Currently, Apple is not distinguishing the difference between the two iPhone models, but has mentioned that the 5s has had its supply exhausted.

Also, 200 million devices are already using iOS 7 — the fastest adoption rate of new software in history. If this isn’t a victory, then i don’t know what is.

ViaApple

Hackers Copy Fingerprint, Beat Apple’s Touch ID System

fingerprint-touchid-hackIn what could only be described as “inevitable”, hackers — namely the The Chaos Computer Club — have figured out how to bypass the Touch ID system for the new iPhone 5s, without fail.

For a quick reminder, Touch ID allows the user to use their fingerprint to sign for app purchases, unlocks, and just about anything Apple-related that previously needed a password entry.

Basically, scanning and printing a high-resolution fingerprint is enough to fool the system, but for entertainment’s sake, check out the video of it in action, after the break.

BlackBerry Takes A Few Steps Back: Cuts 4,500 Jobs, Posts $950 Million Loss

All The BlackBerriesThat’s pretty much the dusk of BlackBerry, on the consumer level. By cutting 4,500 jobs and posting  $950 million operating loss, the Canadian smartphone company is taking a 50% step back from advertising BlackBerry on the consumer scale, and instead will focus on enterprise solutions while the current cash tank for the company is now $2.6 billion.

But, that’s not all: BlackBerry will also be negating the price points of all its existing devices, leaving only one flagship device, the Z30, as a consumer-oriented device. And, that’s that.

Press release, after the break.

iFixit Tears Down The New iPhone 5S, Which Is Available Today

iphone5steardownIt’s high-time for the engineers and tinkerers at iFixit to dismember the newest Apple products. Starting with the iPhone 5S, which is available in Apple Stores starting today, they’ve noted it has a “repairability score” of 6 out of 10, ten being the easiest to disassemble and repair, while one being the most difficult.

A few interesting notes from their research included the following: they haven’t figured out who manufactures the new A7 processor, the iPhone 5S has a bigger 1560mAh battery, and that the advertised M7 co-motion processor could not be physically found, instead most likely being integrated into the A7, or if they just aren’t looking for the right thing.

Via: iFixit

Google Goes Out With A New Logo And Universal Design

logo6wBesides making the new Google logo join the “flat design” revolution, the big G in California has also done away with the top black navigational bar that everyone has come to notice for a while now, and instead has gone with an app tray for its popular services. This meaning one more click than previously required, but apparently Google thinks it is worth it due to the increased minimalism.

The updated design will roll out in the coming weeks.

Via: Google

HP Creates The First Gesture-Controlled Laptop, The Envy 17 Motion SE

hpleapmotion_primary-100054830-largeIt’s the exact same Envy 17 that is on the market, with Haswell processors, NVIDIA graphics, HD touchscreen and Beats branding, but in this case, integration of the Leap Motion controller on the right side of the palm rest, with an app store built-in the Windows 8 build to give you access to the various apps the motion control can take advantage of.

Also, once you calibrate the sensor, you can turn the controller off by pressing the spacebar plus the Fn key; a small LED indicator will light up to let you know when it’s on. However, HP notes that the only real con of having it on is reduced battery life. Sigh.

Look for it October 16th, with a starting price of $1,049.99 and your choice of Intel Haswell processors and NVIDIA graphics.

The Nikon AW1 Might Just Be The Coolest Waterproof Camera Ever

nikon-aw1With waterproofing down to 49 feet without any more protective housing than its own body, the Nikon AW1 is a great contender for best mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that is waterproof.  For optics, it has an AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the AW 10mm f/2.8 lens, which will be sold in a kit with the 11-27.5 lens for $800, or in a two-lens kit with both optics sets for $1000. Also, add shock-proofing to 6.6 feet drops and built-in GPS to that list.

Other dandy gadgets built on-board the AW1 include an altimeter, depth gauge, electronic compass, and built-in WiFi, making it fitting for just about any situation. The only real con here is the image sensor: it’s a CX sesnor, which is smaller than traditional mirrorless sensors and takes 14.1 megapixel shots.

The ISO range is 100 – 6,400 and can shoot 15 FPS stills and can go all the way to 60 FPS when the autofocus is locked. Video is shot in 1080p and includes a slow-motion mode that captures footage at either 400 FPS or 1,200 FPS.

Pretty nice camera, right? Release date is in October with colors of black, red, or white.

Via: Nikon