Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Windows-Powered HP Stream 14-Inch Notebook

Back in 2010, the most common thread tech news in the world of laptop computers was Netbooks. But 4 years later, Netbooks are in dead product category as Tablets, Phablets, Ultrabooks and Chromebooks have replaced them.

However, HP a winning to throw a cat among the pigeons once again with their new Stream 14-inch Netbook which they hope will revive the ones lifeless mini-laptop category. They are certainly taking a strange stub about it because Netbooks are usually in the 10-inch display region where is this new HP Stream 14 is a 14 incher. In other words, it's not really a Netbook at all.

We don't even know why it's being build as a Netbook by lots of tech websites other than the fact that the price point is in Netbook category part. For $199, you get a 14-inch notebook with an 1366x768 display, an AMD A4 Micro 6400T Quad-Core SoC, Radeon R3 GPU, 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. This is certainly a Netbook specs and a Netbook price point but slapped into a larger notebook form factor. It also runs full Windows 8.1 and comes with 100GB of Cloud storage for 2-years and Microsoft's OneDrive.

It's design to compete with Chromebooks and for that price point with a nice 14-inch display, it might do quite well indeed.

HTC One M8 for Windows

HTC One M8 Android and Windows phone versions

HTC just debut the HTC One M8 for Windows. The HTC One M8 is one of the top android smartphones out there but now it comes in Windows flavor with the same hardware specs. It got the same design as before so it's got the same really nice aluminum shell, it's got the Duo Camera, it's got an IR blaster on the top that connects with HTC's own sense TV app and that's built-in an optimized for Windows 8.1.1 plus you've got Cortana of course and other features, plus the ability to refocus to be able to do Duo focus shots to get that effect which is not currently available in any other Windows phone. It's available in a 32GB variation with the microSD card slot that holds up to 128GB.

It's a debut phone by Verizon. The rest of it, that's Windows phone but the idea of having a phone with a hardware that consistent, running two different types of software is a nice idea.

Nike's 'House of Mamba' LED Basketball Court

This is very cool in terms of sports entertainment that could change the way we watch sports. Nike has created this full court LED installations. It can play video, it can display anything, it can track movement. It kind of similar to those projection of the mall where it projects down a Koi fish and that Koi fish move based on where you are. The point of this is that, it was created for the competition called Nike Rise which sends one winner to the Nike World Basketball Festival in Barcelona next month.

This is actually in a place they've dubbed House of Mamba because Kobe Bryant the Black Mamba of L.A. Lakers is training the group of contestants for this competition. They are able to show all of Kobe's move and techniques and then the floor can actually create a drill based on that and repeat itself so everybody gets in line and they do the drill and they do it just like Kobe would which is very cool.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Facebook Labels 'Satire' Stories

You may have noticed the few changes recently in your social media feeds. For starters, Facebook doesn't think we understand humour articles so it has began labeling articles from The Onion as 'Satire'.

The Satire tag was first reported by ArsTechnica and its shows up on a related stories that appear once you click on a post. Thanks Facebook for spoling the fun of watching people fall for fake news. In a statement to the press, Facebook says, it's doing this because it was getting complaint from users who felt it was hard to tell apart real news from The Onion.

Here's what the Satire tag look like:

Photo Credit: Forbes

Best Buy Leaks Moto 360 Details

Motorola wants us to wait few more weeks to learn about the details of its highly anticipated Moto 360 smart watch. But there's gonna change of plans. Best Buy website just spilled the beans early by posting the price and details but Best Buy removed the post from its website early Monday morning.

We already knew the smart watch run android but Best Buy site revealed a little more about what makes it tick. According to Best Buy it will cost $249.99. That's $50 more than Samsung new Gear Live model and $20 more than LG's new G Watch. The screen is a backlit LCD touch screen that about 1.5 inches. It has Gorilla Glass 3 to protect them from scratches and breaks. It's Voice-Activated with an optical Heart-rate monitor, Pedometer and has Bluetooth 4.0 It will work with most phones and tablets that run android 4.3. But there are are still some secrets unanswered including when does it go on sale?

Motorola will revealed the smart watch at an event on September 4.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BioSport In-Ear Headphones

The SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphone. Resistance to sweat & water. (Photo Credit: SMS Audio)

Our tech accessories also wants to track us. There's an earbuds that measured your heart rate. Intel works with SMS Audio, a headphone company that's own by the rapper 50 Cent to create BioSport In-Ear Headphones. This track your heart rate while you exercise.

LG also has created heart rate monitor earphones but LG's have their own battery that needs to be recharge. This SMS Audio wants get all their power from the headphone jack which makes it much more practical to use.

The BioSport In-Ear headphones will come out later this year. But there was no price announced yet.