HTC First Review: Definitely Not First, But Not Last

HTC FirstThe HTC First has all the aspiring qualities of a bestseller, but manages not to achieve that, with AT&T recently demoting the device to the price of $1 on a new, 2-year contract. It’s actually quite depressing, that the first Facebook phone really pushed out by Facebook turned out to be such a flop, but regardless, let’s take a quick look at what it’s like to use, as what it should be: a stock Android phone.

Windows 8.1 Preview Is Now Available To Everybody!

windwos 8.1Be happy, I guess?

Windows 8.1, which will arrive as a free update to current Windows 8 users later this year and as a full upgrade for those still on Windows 7, is now available in its preview form, to anyone willing to perfrm a fresh install and try it out. Many of the new Windows 8.1 features are geared towards the Start screen and the re-introduced Start button (which is jumps you to the Start screen), along with wallpapers in said screen of apps, performance improvements, sharing options, and a whole lot of bug and security fixes.

Other, more enthusiast improvements include higher resolution support on more screen sizes, tweaking of the hot corners, and addressing search inside of the system. If you really feel up to it, the source link will provide you the instructions.

Via: Windows Team Blog

Get Your Laptop Hardware From Tmart

image01The invention of laptops is probably one of the major technological revolution upon us today in my own opinion. Gone are the days of mainframe computers and desktop computers that were practically immobile. There are numerous benefits of laptops that make them crucial in this modern age. Some of the benefits, but are not limited to, ability to access all data and information on the Internet everywhere, syncing information to the cloud, entertainment centers etc. The laptop,without any doubt is the backbone of the modern age. There have been many technologies involving laptop batteries, motherboards and the cooling system in recent years.

Verizon Reaches The 500th 4G LTE Market, Marks Milestone

vzwltemilestoneAfter many months (and years) of planning, releasing, and integration, Verizon Wireless has completed its initial rollout of 4G LTE in the United States. The last, and 500th market reached is Parkersburg, West Virginia, but Verizon says that Liberal, Kansas and Warren, Pennsylvania are also getting LTE service today, so the total number of LTE market reaches well over 500. So basically, Verizon has covered 99% of its existing 3G network with 4G LTE which is proportionate to 95% of the US population; about 298 million people.

 “It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it.”
“It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it,” said Palmer. It goes on without saying that Verizon’s LTE advertised speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up are usually always achieved on the user’s end, and in fact most of the time, surpasses those numbers.

As for complete departure of 3G? Not anytime soon; LTE-only devices will most likely make a debut starting in 2015, the same year that VZW’s 3G network will start to see less support.

Via: Verizon Wireless

And So, Minecon 2013 Will Be Hosted In Orlando

What do you do if you’re the game studio behind a game that has sold 11 million copies? Hire a PR agent to suggest the best spot to host your annual conference? Nope. Just get a sword, stick it in a globe, and find out where you’re going next. Last time, it was Paris and this time, it’s Orlando.

Specifically, Disney Orlando, just like Disney of Paris last year — they must really like Disneyland. Tickets go on sale next month for those who are interested.

The Recon Jet Is A More Serious Form Of Google Glass, Costs $499

Recon Jet_whiteWell, this is interesting.

The Recon Jet, produced by Recon Instruments is going on pre-order starting today, at $499. Designed for athletes, it is more serious incarnation of Google’s own Glass — think of it like this: Glass is for consumers, the Recon Jet is for serious-minded applications. While the regular production version will cost a full $599, the pre-order price is very attractive for those interested in the extensive reality that is wearable computing.

Specs include: a dual-core 1GHz processor, a dedicated graphics chip, Wi-Fi, built-in ANT+ for device communications, Bluetooth, GPS, an HD camera, along with a ton of sensors: an accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter, magnetometer, and finally, a thermometer. The HD display, infrared gaze detection, a mic, and speakers round off the rest of the kit. Oh, and it comes in black or white.

Several of its main selling points include that first of all, it’s rugged and water-resistant (which is actually important), can be read in poor conditions, and doesn’t require WiFi or cellular connections in order to display social information, health monitoring, use of the camera, and has an optical touch sensor that can even be used with gloves on.

Better yet, it weighs 28 grams, which is less than full ounce! Recon Instruments has confirmed that it works like your typical HUD (heads-up display) and will also offer and SDK that will allow developers and major fitness companies who have signed on to develop apps for the Recon Jet — for example you could use them in tandem with your shoes, phone, or just alone, depending on the situation.

As for availability? Expect them to ship to the  U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia starting this December.

Via: VentureBeat, Recon

So, Maingear Decided To Launch Liquid-Cooled Epic Desktops

Maingear EpicThere’s nothing wrong with liquid-cooling in an awesome, 4th generation Intel Haswell desktop computer, running Windows 8 in tandem with a ton of different hard drives or SSDs, NVIDIA 700-series Kepler graphics cards, and four-way SLI for either the NVIDIA or AMD Radeon cards. All the optional parts come from Corsair, with a variety of different paint builds, including a “car paint finish”. Two sizes are available: “Stock” and “Rush”, and both have their own amazing set of ultra-powerful parts for gaming, video editing, or anything else you might have in mind.

No word on cost, but expect these systems to break the back, in the three thousand range and above when heavily customized.


Sharp Unveils Its 70″ Aquos Ultra HD LED TV In New York City

aquosuhdtvToday at a press conference in New York City, Sharp announced its 70″ Ultra HD LED TV, which is also the only THX 4K Certified television on the market. Coming out to the general public in the next few weeks, the 70-inch UHD LED TV features not only your run-of-the-mill 4K video quality, but also an upscaling feature that makes use of a dual-core processor in order to refine current regular HD content that most users would find on the cable or in entertainment today.

Moving to the aesthetic detail, Sharp is incredibly proud of their metallic build and stand, with a lightweight build and forward-facing speakers, of which there are six 35W different speakers that give as many ranges as possible. SmartCentral allows the user to also muse the dual-core processor for a split screen mode, a full web browser, and a variety of entertainment apps, like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, including a wallpaper mode, which function when the Aquos Ultra HDTV is turned off. For input, there are 4 HDMI ports, built-in SD card reader, and 2 USB inputs. Sharp is also promising consumers that their flagship 4K LED TV consumes “as little energy as possible”.

Available in mid-August, Sharp’s flagship Ultra HD TV will be available at major retailers nationwide for a solid $7,999.