Google Glass Update For Its Explorers Includes A Mono Earbud

earbud1Not exactly the design update we were looking for, but Google Glass is still in its closed beta testing phase, and the few hundred to thousand Google Glass Explorers will begin receiving their new Glass headsets, fitted with a new mono earbud that attaches to the unit’s micro USB port.

Otherwise, it seems as if aesthetically, the design remains the same as before. Feature-wise however; that remains to be seen.

Via: Google Glass (G+)

Bang & Olufsen Announces WiSA Wireless Speakers: The BeoLab 17, BeoLab 18 And 19

beolab-17At a press gathering in downtown Manhattan, B&O held its global press event announcing three new speakers.

The BeoLab 17 is Bang & Olufsen’s first take at a high-end, wireless WiSA standard compact loudspeaker. Created from one sheet of anodized aluminum, it utilizes no welding, and is relatively small, but aims to produce big sound for big bucks (about $3,990 per set).

According to B&O CEO Tue Mantoni, the grille padding on the front of the loudspeaker can be removed to suit one’s aesthetic tastes (called “broken ice”). And then, there’s more.

Somehow, Nokia Sells 8.8 Million Lumias, 400% Increase In The US For Q3

LUMIA 920 IN YELLOWThat’s an increase of 400% for purchased units in the North America alone, which amounts to 1.4 million units. Somehow, despite the fact that Nokia is struggling with getting the right earnings for their quarterly reports, they’ve managed to pull this feat off, which shows promise for the platform.

However, with only $162 million in profit from $7.79 billion in revenue, Nokia, still needs some work.

ViaNokia (PDF)

Apple’s Sales: 33.8 Million iPhones, 14.1 Million iPads, And 4.6 Million Macs For Q4 2013

IMGP2976Apple has a new big number: $34.5 billion in revenue, $7.5 billion of which was net profit. That’s how much they’ve made this fiscal quarter of the year, consisting of 33.8 million iPhones, 14.1 million iPads, and 4.1 million Macs.

If the aforementioned is to be taken religiously, then keep in mind that the results are somewhat not reflective of the new iPhone 5S and 5C launches: they debuted very late in the quarter, and only attributed 9 million units in their opening weekend.

Thus, the first fiscal quarter of 2014 should be boosted, dramatically (or perhaps not?). Regardless, some of the slightly more intricate details are available at the source link.

Via: Apple 

Livescribe 3 Smartpen: This Is The Future Of Writing

livescribe-3Or just magic. The Livescribe 3 smartpen works in mysterious and beautiful ways, which is most likely why it was styled after a Mont Blanc pen. Here’s how it works: if you write anything into a Livescribe notebook and have the pen synced to an iOS device via Bluetooth LE (designed to conserve energy), it instantly ports whatever you’ve written into typed text.

In other words, this would be the college magic stick. Also bundled with the pen is a microphone, adding to its arsenal of text weaponry. It gets more detailed than just text, however: if you have an address or date written, it will create a hyperlink in the iOS app so you can find the location on the Maps or iCalendar apps.

Now for availability: $150 for the pen and a 50-page notebook or for $200 for the pen, a 100-page notebook, and a leather-bound case, starting in November. High tech comes at a high price, but in this case, it just be worth it.

A tablet can never come close in the current-generation of software with a pen and paper; bridging the two might just be the right answer.

Via: Livescribe

LG G Flex: The Curved Smartphone Trend Is Continuing

lg-g-fleThis is the LG G Flex. By using flexible OLED technology to allow for curvature in its design, LG has been able to squeeze a 7.9 and 8.7mm thick profile, a weight of 177g, and a 6-inch 720p display.

Humming inside of the G Flex is a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,500 mAh battery. Android 4.2.2 runs alongside the G Flex with LG’s own customizations.

Currently, a release is not planned for anywhere else except LG’s home turf, at South Korea’st three major wireless carriers, starting next month.

Via: LG

SIX Nutrition Review: For All Those Times You Needed A Boost

six-nutritionThis is a first for my review style: a nutritional regiment of sorts, made primarily for men whom are exercising. Called SIX Nutrition, it aims to provide a variety of helpful vitamins and nutrients for the extreme athletes and men generally in the realm of being avid in the use of their physical capacities.

Basically, through six pills you’d drink with water after a meal, for six days a week, you’ll feel less sore after working out, more alert, and generally healthier than you were before. Not my style, of course.

Thus, instead of testing it only on myself, I decided to create a sort of controlled experiment.

Motorola DROID Ultra Review: Basically, It’s Peculiar

thedroidultraThe Motorola DROID Ultra is probably the least original flagship smartphone ever created. It’s not a refresh, but it’s not an entirely new phone. It’s a complete echo of the highly-favored Moto X, but in lower-quality plastic body and exclusive to Verizon Wireless under the DROID brand.

In my hands-on with the new DROIDs during the summer, myself and everyone at the demo tablet felt slightly confused as to why a Motorola device would be -re-branded just to fulfill Verizon Wireless’ needs.

Well, we know why now — sort of.