Electric Grand Prix: The First Formula E Car Is Here

5 January, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada USA©2013, Lesley Ann MillerLAT Photo USAWe have to face the facts: the beautiful sounds of a naturally aspirated fossil fuel-powered engine will not last forever, and the silent hum of an electric is more akin to what we’ll be used to in the coming decades.

However, that doesn’t mean that Formula E can’t be fast — thankfully. The first Formula E car off the line is the  Spark-Renault SRT_01, made in collaboration with McLaren, Williams, and Dallara, presented at a lot in Las Vegas during CES 2014. Battery life is the main issue: 440-pound energy packs used by Formula E cars will last just about 20 minutes (for one hour races), and racers will have to pit and change cars when power is low — which would be frequently.

But the 230 horsepower with a top speed of more than 150 mph isn’t something to be easily reckoned with; plus there will be further progress. Formula E will see its debut for a 2014-2015 season, and all the teams participating will base their deigns off the existing model seen above.

This should be interesting.

Via: Formula E

Sony Puts In Work On Its 20MP a5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera

a5000-1-820x420Just a new camera from Sony, very much akin to the physical appearance of the NEX-5N: the new a5000 interchangeable lens camera. Featuring built-in WiFi, a weight less than 8 ounces, a 20.1MP APS-C sensor that is paired with a new Bionz X processor (the same used in the Sony a7 and a7R full frame cameras), and finally, a ISO of 16,000. A user can rotate the screen 180 degrees, as well as use the 16-50mm kit lens for video.

Sony will sell the a5000 in black or silver for $600 in a kit starting in March, with the 16-50mm zoon lens.

Sony Xperia Z1S: Waterproof, 20MP Camera, And A Lot Of Power Is All Quite Nice

sony-xperia-z1sA new flagship smartphone from Sony is what makes the gears of a technology-head turn. First of all, there’s an IP58-certified waterproof design, with 4G LTE support on T-Mobile exclusively, starting on January 22nd at $528 outright or $22/month. Specs-wise, there’s a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, 3,000mAh battery and — wait for it — a 20.7-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.

It’s a solid device on paper, and perhaps one of the most promising Android devices of the young 2014 year.

ASUS Makes The Convienent, 28-Inch, 4K Display For $799

asus-pb287qFinally, a 4K display that can be used with a computer setup, that doesn’t cost more than the computer. Priced at a budget-concerned price (at least, for 4K resolution) of $799, ASUS has created a 28-inch 4K display called the PB287Q, worthy of any great computer setup. A quick 1 millisecond response time, the rich 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, DisplayPort, MHL-capable HDMI and a rotatable design makes it all very, very satisfying.

The specific launch date? Unconfirmed, but ASUS does say the second quarter of 2014.


Samsung Can’t, Won’t Stop: Galaxy Tab Pro Series Comes In 8, 10, Or 12-Inch Sizes

tab-pro-12Here is the Galaxy Tab Pro: a series of tablets that come in the 12.2-, 10.1- and 8.4-inch screen sizes — all of which have the same great 2,560 x 1600 resolution with LTE and HSPA radios built-in.

The Galaxy Tab Pro (12-inch) will come with 3GB of built-in RAM, versus just 2GB in its smaller siblings, but otherwise the devices share the specs through and through, less than 8mm thickness, including the tasteful inclusion of Android 4.4 KitKat, with Samsung’s newest Touchwiz design, called Magazine UX, aimed to function like a magazine to display large amounts of data.

All of the tablets will also launch in the United States in Q1 of 2014, along with some premium software: Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek+, Blurb, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Dropbox, Easilydo Pro for Tablet, Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, LinkedIn, LIVESPORT.TV, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, and finally, Sketchbook Pro.

Samsung went all-out in 2014 for their tablet line. Press release, after the break.

Pebble Steel: The First Great Looking Smartwatch

pebble-steel-xlOwners of the original Pebble know just how great it can be, but also know how its plastic body is anything but professional. Enter, the $250 Pebble Steel made from CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, while retaining the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. An added plus by Pebble with the Steel is its inclusion of both leather and metal straps, which rounds off the whole package.

Via: Pebble

Digital Storm Constructs A Beast Steam Machine, Which Also Dual-Boots Windows, For $1,899


The Digital Storm Bolt II will go on sale later this month for $1,899, and with it, brings Steam OS and Windows 8.1 — a dual-boot Steam Machine, no doubt. The exterior is full of card readers and 5 USB ports, to boot.

Included in the epic chassis will be a liquid cooling solution (by default), with an Intel Core i5-4670K processor overclocked to 4.2GHz, with a 1TB hard drive, 120GB solid state drive, and Windows (Steam OS will be added once it comes out of beta).

Also, Digital Storm hasn’t finalized the starting specs for the Bolt II, but they’ve expressed “with certainty” that the aforementioned is what comes by default.

Upgrades will likely include a GeForce GTX 780 Ti or a GeForce Titan graphics card, and an Intel Core i7-4770K processor, with the Steam Controller available as a separate purchase.

Via: Digital Storm

CyberPowerPC Has The Budget Minded Steam Machine, Priced At $499

Cyberpower-SteamboxSteam Machines — Linux-based computers designed to play Steam games with all the bells and whistles at their best settings, come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, as well as configurations, apparently.

For $499, the new CyberPowerPC Steam Machine A will come with a 3.9GHz AMD A6-6400K processor and AMD Radeon R9 270 discrete graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, in a new custom case. A Steam Controller and software comprising of SteamOS also comes in the box, when it ships in the second half of 2014.

It won’t be able to run all your Windows games, of course, but Valve is promising to announce a raft of content for the Linux-based SteamOS operating system.

On a side note, loading Windows on to these systems will only be a matter tinkerers getting gutsy.

Via: Legit Reviews