Well, This Is Interesting: Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post For $250 Million

jeff_bezosIn cash, actually. All it took was some gentle conversation and $250 million, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post. The most intriguing part of this acquisition is that Amazon has nothing to do with it; it’s just Bezos flexing some monetary muscle on his own. As Bezos went on to say, “Amazon will have no role in the purchase,” and that he “will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days.”

The statement goes on to explain that “The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.” Jeff also made it clear that he will not run daily operations of the publication, either.

Most likely, like everything else Bezos touches, will find better success in a market where print publications methods are becoming increasingly stale in a modern, digital world.

ViaThe Washington Post

Samsung ‘Unpacked Episode 2’ Is In Berlin, Will Feature The Galaxy Note III

samunpackCome September 4th in Berlin, Samsung will continue its new tradition (is there such a thing?) of events named “Unpacked”. In episode 2 of the event, Samsung will without a doubt, unveil the next Galaxy handset — namely, the Galaxy Note III, which we all know will be a humongous phone/tablet/thing with a pen. A YouTube livestream and a variety of tech sites will be reporting in at 7PM local time (1PM Eastern). Well, here’s to waiting.

ASUS Goes All Out With The ROG Tytan G70 Gaming Desktop

Tytan-G70-1This is some serious overkill. Geeks or not, you’ll understand that this computer has a transforming chassis: when you press a button for overclocking, effectively making the system faster than it already is, the side will emerge and display the fans that are running to keep the system cool. All 10 of them, by the way.

Otherwise, it can also wirelessly charge Qi devices, like modern tablets and smartphones. As for actual specifications, you get this year’s Haswell chipset, NVIDIA’s Kepler graphics, and Windows 8.  This meaning you can go up to a  4.1GHz CPU, up to 32GB of memory, a GeForce GTX 780 and SonicMaster audio.

The price? We have no idea, but it will be expensive once it comes out. That, I know. Press release after the cut.

Via: ROG

Google Play Edition Devices Start Receiving The Android 4.3 Update

DSC00754Along with the minor improvements made to Android version 4.3, includes some specific improvements to the Google play Edition devices, namely the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. They include: larger icons on the homescreen, infrared functions now work on the HTC One, and Bluetooth-based internet tethering is now an option for the Galaxy S 4, as well as bug fixes. What’s so interesting about this update is that it stands as a testament to the update cycle for Google play Edition devices — which seem very short, and therefore quite forgiving.

ViaAnandTech

Motorola Outs The Moto X In NYC: $199, Is Customizable, And On 5 U.S. Carriers

DSC01018

The newest Motorola device under Google’s leadership has been kept under wraps, rather poorly, for the past few days before today’s press meeting in New York City’s West Side. Between the demonstrations and hands-on booths, I’ve managed to put together several shots you can see after the break, along with the press release, but below lies the details on Motorola’s newest flagship, the Moto X.

My first impressions are actually somewhat less exciting than the DROIDs that Motorola put together. It is physically appealing both in hardware and software, but lacks a “wow” factor. But that’s the point: it does everything like no other Android device so far can, which is stay up to speed, while displaying actual new technologies. And, Touchless Control is for the most part, very reliable and useful.

UK May Ban Google Glass While Driving, Due To “Concerns”

Google Glass Man & WomanWest Virginia and the UK may have something in common — when it comes to Google Glass. Due to concerns of using Google Glass while driving, the Department of Transport in the United Kingdom is considering a law that would make it illegal to wear Glass while driving. As stated by a spokesperson:

“We are aware of the impending rollout of Google Glass and are in discussion with the Police to ensure that individuals do not use this technology while driving. It is important that drivers give their full attention to the road when they are behind the wheel and do not behave in a way that stops them from observing what is happening on the road.”

Keep in mind laws that require the driver to pay attention are already in place on UK’s roads, but one for Glass isn’t.

“OK, Glass, tell me which countries I can drive in with you on my face”.

ViaStuff

LG 27EA83R-D 27-inch Monitor Review: All Those Pixels Count For Something

DSC00995Yes, 4K is the hot topic when it comes to screens nowadays, but realistically it will take a few years before this technology actually becomes the norm, plus the simple fact that they’re really astronomically expensive for most people who just want a monitor to watch videos, multitask, design, or play PC games with. But 1080p HD is getting kind  of old, so that’s why LG’s 27-inch qHD monitor — that’s 2560 x 1200 pixels in resolution — is perfect for the user can can throw money (but not their life’s earnings) towards a monitor.

Full review after the break.

Google Suggesting Its Glass Explorers To Invite A Friend Into The Program

Google Glass on Stefan!You still have to pony up $1,500 into the program to get a hold of Google Glass and be part of their development process, but the chances of owning one just went up. Users are now receiving emails from Google, suggesting that they may now invite a user to the Explorer Program. The requirements? A US resident, at least 18 years of age, and willing to pick up the hardware in San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles.

Via: Marketing Land