Brevity Review: Lasko Platinum Desktop Fan Tower

DSC00538Summer is hot on our heels in New York City, literally. So, the use of a centralized A/C or cooling desktop fan for those using computers, tablets, and what have you are incredibly essential and important. Lasko’s solution is an inexpensive desktop wind tower with three fan intensity settings plus an oscillation feature. Check out the brevity review after the break.

MadCatz Announces Its Own Android Gaming Console Project, Called Project Mojo

downloadComing straight out of MadCatz’s new catalog of gaming products is the Project Mojo game console. Nothing fancy here; it relies on the Google Play Store for its games and aesthetically, it’s a small black slab with an HDMI output and both standard and Micro USB connectors for input. The software interface is reminiscent of what is seen in a landscape orientation of stock Android. Its peripherals are all MadCatz’s own technology: all of the GameSmart controllers, keyboards, mice, and headsets. Apparently, Project Mojo will launch in the fourth quarter of the year, giving them plenty of times to work out the kinks — probably there are quite a few.

Via: MadCatz, IGN

Microsoft Details Xbox One Policies: Used Games, Kinect, And Internet Connectivity

xbox-one-xlIn what will go down as a bad day of news for Microsoft, the Xbox One’s restrictions have been detailed a little more clearly than at the announcement a few weeks back. The Xbox One needs to connect to the internet every 24 hours for games to work. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection,” says the statement from Microsoft. However, the Xbox On’s accounts can be used on other consoles to access digital libraries, but still restrictions apply: an hourly check of an internet connection will be put in place. Live TV, Blu-ray, and DVD movies will work without a connection check every 24 hours, as well.

As for used games, Microsoft set the record straight, stating that,”game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers,” and that the company “does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.” However, since most video game publishers are against the loaning of games, and Microsoft has announced that the loaning feature among Xbox Live friends won’t be present at launch, then the fact remains that used games won’t be as commonly seen.

A physical disc can be passed to someone in your Xbox list, but this it is a one-time, 30-day affair. Games can also be shared on a family library, to which 10 different users can sign in and use on the same Xbox One.

Lastly, probably the best bit of news is that the Kinect can be completely turned off to ensure no monitoring occurs.

Via:  Xbox Wire (1)Xbox Wire (2)Xbox Wire (3)

Brevity Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon Wireless)

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Having already extensively reviewed the AT&T version of the Galaxy S 4, it takes very little to differ the original opinions that were mentioned — the S4 proves that Samsung is at its prime, creating a successful Android device that exists not only as a Samsung product, but now as a Google Edition device. Basically, for a full review, you should read the original.

But, in Verizon Wireless’s case, there’s a difference content: it’s service on the aforementioned network and AWS LTE support; and of course there’s also the carrier-branded apps. Check out Samsung’s latest LTE device, after the break.

BBM Is Probably Coming To Android And iOS On June 26th

bbm-androidAt least according to a tweet from T-Mobile UK, a global launch of BBM is expected to arrive on Android and iOS, this June 27th. Specifically, BBM would be available for anyone using  iOS 6 or Android 4.0 and up, with more of the core features seen on the BlackBerry 10 version of the popular messaging app. This may actually take off, and bring much-needed popularity to BlackBerry — ironically, on other platforms.

Via:  T-Mobile UK (Twitter)

Google Releases The Default Android Keyboard On The Play Store

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From Google Editions of the most popular Android phones, to making core apps update-ready, Google has been fleshing out its brand muscle in everything that it does. The most recent step in their conquest of a new dominion? Releasing the fantastic (default) Android keyboard on the Play Store, calling it “Google Keyboard”. It has everything that a clean slate version of Android 4.2 would have: gesture typing, voice dictation, autocompletion, and support for both phones and tablets — all for the price of free.

The lowest version of Android required to download it is 4.0; there are going to be a ton of users upgrading to this app.

Via: Play Store, Google

Tweetdeck For Chrome Gets A Fresh Design Refresh

newtweetdeckIt’s time for changes. Tweetdeck for Chrome and the regular web-based app received a design refresh. It’s cleaner, faster, and better looking, especially on larger screen. A new sidebar allows you reveal more information about each icon in the app, but the same can be done by hovering your mouse’s cursor over said icon — they pertain to settings, filter, and all that jazz. It’s a nice little update, considering.

Via: Tweetdeck

Before June 26th Preview, Microsoft Uploads Windows 8.1 Promo Video

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While it may not show how the new Start button works, Microsoft outed a video today that details a few of the features of Windows 8.1. Those include new Start Screen changes, UI improvements, and the new Search interface, as well as SkyDrive integration in Windows 8.1. By June 26th a public preview release of the update will be made available, but if that’s not your cup of tea, Microsoft has already confirmed existing users of Windows 8 will get the update for free, later this year.

Promo vid after the break.

ViaWindows Team Blog