Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Is The Latest Awesome Ultrabook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Ultrabooks nowadays are increasingly powerful, thin, and all around awesome, with higher than 1080p HD displays, sometimes even doubled with touchscreens and the latest Intel processor technology, codenamed Haswell. So, it’s no surprise that Samsung just announced a whole crop of Galaxy and ATIV devices, the best of the bunch being the ATIV Book 9 (formerly the Series 9). It handles everything on its Intel Haswell chipset, with 12 hours of battery life, 256GB of SSD storage, a weight of 3 pounds and measures just 13.6mm in thickness.

The best part? The screen is a whopping 3200 x 1800 pixels, making it a qHD+ touchscreen coated with Gorilla Glass and a 65% color gamut, all with Windows 8 onboard. A release date and price hasn’t been mentioned quite yet, but Samsung states that will all happen very “soon”.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Facebook Announces Video For Instagram, Capped At 15 Seconds

Instagram VideoStarting today on Android and iOS, Instagram will allow you to post clips at up to 15 seconds, and can be decorated with one of 13 filters that were specifically created for the video portion of the app. Videos will autoplay, but not loop automatically, and will integrate easily with the rest of your feed. This addition to Facebook’s arsenal puts them in direct fire with Twitter’s own video clip sharing service, Vine. however, the main difference here is that Instagram has many more users than Vine has, which is still technically in its early stages.

Announced at a press event in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom expressed optimism for the app’s continued success due to the new video feature.

The current stats for Instagram are evidence that the service has boomed to astronomical proportions: 16 billion photos have been shared on the service to date, receiving 1 billion likes each day, and is used by 130 million people every month. Promo vid after the break.

NVIDIA Shield Pricing Goes Down To $300, Again Thanks To Gamers

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First, it was the Xbox One getting a 180 degree turnaround with its handling of used games and DRM authentication over an always-on internet source, and now it NVIDIA, claiming that according to gamers, the price of the Shield Android gaming handheld should go down.

“We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run,” the post said. Pre-orders will see the $50 price reduction come launch on the 27th, at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. Now is also the time to see if the NVIDIA Shield is actually worthy of protecting the company’s image as a hardware manufacturer.

Via: NVIDIA

Microsoft Changes Xbox One Sharing And DRM Rules: Huzzah!

microsoft-xbox-one-greenIn a bid to make the Xbox One competitive with the PlayStation 4’s lack of an always-online policy and sharing of used games, Microsoft has reversed the policies regarding the Xbox One’s sharing and DRM restrictions. In fact, things will be just like the current Xbox 360: “I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360,” Xbox head Don Mattrick writes. Fantastic.

He then states following:

“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

Though, there is a con to this much-welcomed arrangement: “These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One”. So basically, some of the previously-announced features may be affected by the change.

But who cares? Gamers have one this battle, fair and square.

ViaXbox Wire

Overseas, The HTC Butterfly S Is Unveiled: Snapdragon 600, UltraPixels, And More

htc-butterflysThe HTC Butterfly S is the latest smartphone to be debuted by the master of Android smartphone design: HTC. Still making use of metal, the Butterfly S uses a Snapdragon 600 processor in a quad-core, 1.9GHZ setup, BoomSound and Beats Audio, Android 4.2.2 with HTC Sense quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radios, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, expandable through microSD.

All of which totals to a weight of 160 grams. The screen is of the 5-inch variety, presented in full 1080p HD at 440 pixels-per-inch.

Other typical additions include the UltraPixel camera and Zoe software features, along with a 2.1-megapixel wide-angle shooter on the front. Current details for a launch are pinned for July in Taiwan, accompanied by a NT $22,900 (roughly $766) price tag;  a launch in the United States hasn’t been mentioned.

BlackBerry Q10 Review: Return Of The Classical

BlackBerry Q10sIt’s been a rough few years for BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion. From execs jumping ship, to selling jets to make up for costs, and falling sales — BlackBerry has definitely seen less bruising days. But, a light bulb went off at the Canadian company, and BlackBerry 10.1 was born. Improvements, all around, and a new touchscreen slate smartphone — the Z10.

But, that was diverting from BlackBerry roots: you see, a real BlackBerry uses a QWERTY keyboard.

And this is it: the BlackBerry Q10. It’s supposed to compete with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and HTC. So, the question is: can it? And if so, should you buy it?

An Interview With Icreon Tech’s Devanshi Garg: Using Software To Assist Business

Icreon_LogoIcreon Tech is a boutique consulting firm in New York City, with a primary goal of rearing in companies that need software implemented through evolving technologies.

By planting one of Icreon’s own inside of a company, he/she is properly introduced to the dynamics of whatever business that resources are being put into. From restaurants to website software, Icreon Labs has a pretty great grasp on it all.

In my phone interview with Devanshi Garg, their COO, we talk about the company’s various projects, plans to adapt to future projects and upcoming technologies, and probably the most trivial, competition from other firms in the city. Check it all out below!

*Updated to reflect name change.