Best of Technology Week #4

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It’s time for our best technology news of this week. Whether it is digital cameras and DSLRs, computers, laptops, computer hardware, robots or just plain sci-fi movies, you name it, we’ve probably got somebody keeping a close eye on it. So take a look at the info we’ve selected for your inspiration and to keep you updated about what’s going on out there in the world of technology!

Sony announces Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition for the PS3, PSVita and mobile devices

Last year, Sony launched the Wireless Stereo Headset for the PlayStation 3, which is an amazing product for the price and something I can personally vouch for having owned it for the past several months. Now, Sony has launched the new Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition, which not only works with the PS3 but also with the PSVita and other mobile devices.
Sony announces Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset @ GenCept

The main feature of this headset is the BassImpact technology. It turns bass sounds into pulses that sync with the sound. Basically, you will feel the headset vibrating along with bass in the audio, which Sony believes creates a greater sense of immersion. The Pulse – Elite Edition also has 7.1 virtual surround sound and various preset audio modes for gaming, music and movies.

The Wireless Stereo Headset only worked with the PS3, but this one can also work with the PSVita and has a 3.5mm audio jack so you can also connect it to MP3 players and mobile phones.

Sony has also dramatically changed the design and it now looks a lot more stylish. It features hidden noise-cancelling microphones, unlike the Wireless Stereo Headset that had a single mic sticking out from the side.

The Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition will be available this fall for $149.99. Additionally, Sony has also announced that it will be fixing the bugs in the current Wireless Stereo Headset regarding the Sidetone feature with a software update to the PS3.

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Acer announces Aspire S7 Ultrabook, Iconia tablets and U Series All-In-Ones running Windows 8

Computex will officially starting tomorrow on June 5 but Acer has already kicked things off with a whole slew of Windows 8 based products.
Acer announces Aspire S7 Ultrabook @ GenCept

First of all are the two Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabooks. Available in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 11.6-inch, these are the thinnest and smallest, respectively, Full HD touch Ultrabooks in the world. Both models feature an aluminum unibody design but the 13.3-inch model also uses a glass top. The 13.3-inch model also has a display that tilts all the way back so you can use the touchscreen more comfortably.

As far as connectivity goes, the 11.6-inch model has a Thunderbolt port, a single USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI out and a microSD card slot. The 13.3-inch model adds an extra USB 3.0 port on the side and has a full SD card slot instead. Both models also have backlit keyboards.

Regarding the battery life, Acer claims the 13.3-inch model runs for up to 12 hours whereas the 11.6-inch model runs for around 9 hours, giving you almost an entire day of usage from a single charge.

Moving on, we have two Acer Iconia tablets running on Windows 8. First is the W510 with the 10.1-inch FullHD display. It comes with a keyboard dock, à la the ASUS Transformer Prime, onto which you can dock the tablet. The keyboard dock also has a unique feature where you can tilt the tablet back 295 degress, which puts the keyboard face down and turn it into a stand for the tablet.

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The HTC One X moonlights as a hammer, lives to tell the story

It’s becoming a bit of a trend this – using nails and hammers on smartphones. After the Nokia Lumia 900 display took some really painful hits, a guy from Russia decided that his HTC One X could do a lot better and decided to skip the hammer part all together.
HTC One X moonlights @ GenCept

So here we have this video where the HTC One X is used as a hammer, driving nails through wood. And the results? This is not the kind of stuff I would recommend for the faint of heart.

OK, it’s hammer time!.

The HTC One X passed the unorthodox test with flying colors and yes, the Gorilla Glass 2 should take most of the credit.

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Samsung launches next generation Chromebooks and Series 3 Chromebox in the US with the latest Chrome OS

Chrome OS fans rejoice today as Samsung has launched its second generation Chromebooks as well as the first ever Series 3 Chromebox.

The refreshed notebook line-up also marks the rollout of a major update of the Chrome OS, which features enhanced security options, better integration with Google Drive, better offline capabilities and updated apps.

The second new Google-powered computer carries the name Series 3 Chromebox, and is basically a nettop comes with a 1.9GHz Intel Celeron B840 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage for the occasional file needed to be available offline. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 enables the use of up to two 30-inch displays via DisplayPort. The Chromebox also comes with 6 USB 2.0 ports. Naturally, there’s Wi-Fi, Ethernet and a combined headphone and mic jack.

The newly announced Samsung Chromebook belongs to Series 3 and features an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core CPU clocked at 1.3GHz bundled with Intel HD 3000 graphics, 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage. Connectivity is covered with Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an optional 3G chip. There are also two USB 2.0 ports, 1MP HD webcam, 4-in-1 memory card slot and a DisplayPort, instead of a VGA.

Sounds great? Prices aren’t bad either. The Chromebox costs $300 and the Series 5 Chromebook goes for $450 for the Wi-Fi-only variant and $550 for the 3G version.

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Monster announces three new headhpone models at the Monaco Grand Prix

If you are a fan of the Monster headphones, you’d be glad to know that the company has just announced new models.
monster-head-580x240 @ GenCept

Called Inspiration, Diamond Tears Edge and VEKTR, they are all quite the lookers. The first of the bunch, the Inspiration, features lots of noise canceling and dampening materials and is aimed at people who want to eliminate the surrounding noise and focus on the music they are listening without looking like a tool. Furthermore, the headbands are interchangeable and Monster offers quite a lot of personalization options for you to choose from.

Next up the list are the Diamond Tears Edge headphones, which I think look the best of the three. They feature very big and soft ear cushions and pack the ControlTalk Universal mic and remote control, making them perfect for use with a smartphone.

And finally, there’s the VEKTR headphones, which have been developed in cooperation with the Diesel clothing brand to go with their fashionable pieces. As such, the Diesel logo is found on both ear cups.

Pricing and availability are shrouded in mystery, although you shouldn’t expect anything carrying the Monster to come cheap or even with a reasonable price tag.

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Nifty app lets you ‘beam’ images from your iPhone to any WiFi-enabled display

Popular developer Scalado has just released its latest product dubbed Photobeamer. The cool app lets you send any image currently being displayed on your iPhone to another display almost instantly.

All you need to make it work is have a display capable of opening a webpage. The app is currently priced at $0.99 on the iOS App store, and gives you this functionality without having to login to an account or downloading special software.

Once you have the app installed on your phone, simply go to the Photobeamer homepage and point your device’s camera at the displayed QR code. Whatever image you currently have displayed on your screen will be ‘beamed’ to the connected display.

Check out this video of the app in action:

Photobeamer can be found in the Apple App store here.
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See what happens when you hit that Send button in Gmail

Every one of us uses e-mail each day. But what happens when we hit that Send button? Google has been kind enough to take us through the process of how mail travels and in the mean time show everybody just how green and eco-minded the company is.

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Machinarium arrives on Android

Machinarium arrives on Android
Popular and award winning puzzle solving game Machinarium has landed on Android. It’s available on the Play Store for $3.99 and only works with devices that have an HD display.

The game involves guiding a little robot through a steam punk world and to progress to the next stage you have to solve puzzles. You move the robot around by touching where you want it to go and manipulate objects within its reach. At times you collect certain objects by touching them and use them separately or combine them to form something to use in your environment. You get limited hints for every level to help you figure out your next move and eventually progress to the next level.

The game only works on devices with an HD display, which is not a surprise. Even on the PC and Mac the game only runs in 720p resolution and the iOS version only runs on the iPad and not the iPhone. There are already some Android phones with 720p displays and you will be able to play on them, too, but things might appear a bit too small because the game is designed with bigger screens in mind. If you have a tablet, it’s best to play on that instead of your phone.

Machinarium is a very clever and fun game for those who enjoy puzzle games and have the patience for them.

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Here’s how the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes comes together

Here’s how the Leica M9-P Edition Hermes comes together
In case the $8000 Leica M Monochrom is a tad too ordinary for you, don’t despair. The German manufacturer of high-end optics still has you covered with the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès.

As its name suggests, the camera is a product of the collaboration between Leica and the fashion powerhouse Hermès. Only 400 of this hand-made piece of equipment will be released, with the “entry level” version costing a cool $25,000. Should you decide to go for the version with all the bells and whistles, prepare $50,000.

To give any potential buyers an idea on what their money will be spent, Leica and Hermès have released a video of how the camera and its accessories get put together. Be sure to pay attention to the sound of the calfskin leather and metal, blending to create the camera masterpiece.

Here’s the video itself.

Any takers?

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