Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Pro Laptop Introduces 4K Screen To Their Portfolio

samsung-ativ-book-9-pro-2015-11-04-01It’s a first for Samsung ultrabooks: a 4K screen.

Being that Samsung produces some of the best TV and smartphone screens in the world, it comes as no surprise that this expertise would find its way onto the company’s premier line of laptops, starting in the new ATIV Book 9 Pro. A 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 touchscreen display is what the big S claims has “real time HDR enhancements” — probably just contrast and brightness optimizations.

Other specs include a sixth-gen Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics card, four speakers, 4K HDMI out port and a price reflective of all this: $1,599. The downsides here include 4.45lbs that it weighs and the 6.5 hours of battery life — far below the norm for the other ATIV Ultrabooks with high-resolution screens, but that are not 4K.

Both the ATIV Book 9 Pro and the Book 9 Spin — a 13.3″ ultrabook with a 3200 x 1800 QHD+ display and similar specs overall — will launch later this month.

Via: Businesswire

Gmail’s New Smart Reply Feature Is Google Working On Its Neural Network


Somewhat quietly, Google will rollout a new feature to Inbox later this week — its separate Gmail app that also handles email — called Smart Reply. It has very limited functionality in terms of its eloquence, but it’s behind the scenes where magic (and lots of science) is occurring.

Smart Reply basically uses three to six words in a short, concise reply to the contents of an email Gmail has scanned and interpreted — since this can be rather varied, sometimes Smart Reply will give the user up to three automated responses to choose from, or to just do it yourself, as usual.

But this is incredibly important, because while Smart Reply is used and refined, it will essentially be contributing to Google artificial neural network — meaning, that the day Gmail knows what to say on your behalf is approaching; it’s already being used to filter out spam emails.

Via: Gmail Blog, Google Research 

Helly Hansen Stockholm Boot Review: A Well-Rounded All-Rounder

P1000120Sometimes one can find the perfect hybrid of two elements in a shoe, but one that I often find to be amiss is the construction of a warm, comfortable boot with the adaptability of a sneaker, cool enough to skateboard in (I’m looking at you, Casey Neistat).

The Helly Hansen Stockholm boot seen from renders online looked like an interesting experience, so my friends at HH hooked me up with a pair to check out and see for myself.

The Droid Turbo 2 Is A Glutton For Punishment


The Moto X Pure Edition — with its hits and misses — is being revitalized as the Droid Turbo 2, exclusively on Verizon Wireless. Besides the hideous carrier-branding on the front of the phone, the Droid Turbo 2 brings several positive new features with it, including the faster Snapdragon 810 processor, mixed usage that lasts up to 48 hours, Moto Maker customization and the most unique feature: a 5-layer build that makes the Turbo 2 “shatterproof.

The “shatterproof” aspect of the Droid Turbo 2 is accomplished through two lenses (one exterior, another interior), a flexible 5.4″ AMOLED display, a solid aluminum core and a secondary touch layer meant to support the first if it becomes damaged — the result is a rather venerable defense against dropping the phone against concrete or really, any other surface. How all of this holds-up in real-world usage is questionable, albeit possible.

Pricing for the 32GB model is  $26/month or a 64GB version for $30/month, starting later this week.

Via: VZW

Apple Poaches NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence Expert


Talent in artificial intelligence is much sought after and Apple thought it wise to make an offer to the NVIDIA resident expert on the subject.

Keep in mind the company’s focus is graphics processing units and processors for use in computer and mobile devices, respectively.

The director of deep learning in question is Jonathan Cohen, and the acquisition of his talents make sense; NVIDIA’s GPUs power the auto-pilot systems in many vehicles that currently support the feature; the implications for hiring someone who used to work at such a company is more than convenient.

What is all of this for you ask? For the often-rumored but well-known fact that Apple is developing a car that will debut in the next few years.

Winter Glider Gloves Review: When 40°F Weather Means Nothing To You

P1000105The incoming winter in NYC is going to bring a dilemma — frozen fingertips due to smartphone usage. Well, touchscreen gloves have been around for years, but most of the time they’re thin, ineffective at keeping your hands protected from the cold; truly the bane of 21st century winter accessories.

So, I wanted to find gloves that merged touchscreen compatibility with the true job of a winter glove — keeping your hands warm.

That’s Interesting: Priv, The Android Blackberry Costs A Heavy $699

PRIV_Dual_RightAngle400x500-4Somehow, BlackBerry decided that $699 was an excellent price for a high-end BlackBerry — scratch that, an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone. Yes, RIM has given in to another mobile platform, with delivers beginning November 6th.

Also, it’s the first top-tier Android smartphone with a keyboard made in (what might be) years.

Specs are as follows: a 1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, with a 3,410mAh battery, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot that’ll take up to 2TB, a 5.4-inch curved, plastic AMOLED display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution (540 DPI, with stylus and glove compatibility) and NFC/LTE/Bluetooth — you get the idea.

Oh, right: the engineers did put a (reasonable?) camera in the Priv: an18-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens, capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second.

The best part about all this? BlackBerry might have designed one the best phones the platform has — or made another flop, which could drag the company down with it.

Via: BlackBerry