Monthly Archives: February 2013

Samsung Teases Galaxy S IV Event– The New Next Big Thing Is Coming

samsung galaxy s4 invite

March was already shaping up to be a big month for new phones with the US launches of the BlackBerry Z10 and HTC One, but it now looks to be getting even crazier.

It has been rumored for months, and many (ourselves included) expected it to not come for another few months, but the new next big thing is on its way. Yes, Samsung late last night tweeted a teaser for their first big “Unpacked” event of 2013, set for March 14th in New York. The Samsung Unpacked events have usually been used only to announce major products– last year it was used for the Galaxy S III, Note 10.1 and Note II– and as seen by the “4” in the tweet and invite it seems that this Unpacked will be for yet another major product, the Galaxy S IV.

Like with the S III last year rumors on what will be new in the Galaxy S IV have been all over the place, but one constant rumor is that it will have a slightly larger 5 inch 1080p full HD screen (a nice upgrade over the S III which had a slightly smaller, not as sharp 4.8 inch screen). Otherwise not much is known about what will be new with the S IV, but stay tuned. The wait for the new next big thing is almost over.

More info: @SamsungMobile 

 

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Sony’s Shows Off The Future Of PlayStation– Meet the PlayStation 4

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As expected Sony has taken some of the wraps off of their long-awaited next generation PlayStation, the PlayStation 4. While Sony showed off the PS4’s new controller and its great graphics capabilities, a lot remains a mystery to be solved at a later date. We still don’t know what the actual console will look like or how much it will cost.

However while we wait for that later day to arrive, let’s get you caught up on what we do know so far.

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The HTC One– Everything You Need to Know

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Yesterday in New York HTC took the wraps off of their latest and greatest phone, the HTC One. As you can see in the pic above this is one heck of a phone that not just looks great but has some really interesting features too.

The One will be available in March on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, but before that time comes let’s get to what’s new here and why it matters to you.

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Could This Be The PlayStation 4’s New Controller?

playstation 4 controller leak

Sure there are only 5 days left until Sony’s big PlayStation announcement, but that doesn’t mean the leaks on what Sony might have in store need to end. The PlayStation 4 looks to be all but guaranteed for an unveiling next week, and over the last few weeks there have been a lot of rumors about a new PlayStation 4 controller that looks a lot like older PlayStation controllers but with an added touchpad, similar to what the Vita has on its back. How this would look and work wasn’t really clear, but today we at least have our first idea of what it will look like thanks to a prototype leaked by the site Destructoid.

As you can see in the pic above, at first glance it looks a lot like the DualShock controller of the PS2 and PS3, but if you look closely you’ll notice a nice, large black touchpad above the PS button in the middle of the controller. Oh, and the big silver box the controller is plugged into? Well that is most likely one of the developer consoles for the PS4 (though don’t worry, the real PS4 will be a lot slimmer and better looking than that).

With February 20th so close all will hopefully be officially revealed very soon, but if there are any other big leaks before then we’ll make sure that you know about them. Stay tuned!

For more info on what we are expecting in the PlayStation 4 check out our earlier posts here.

Apple Cuts Prices For 13 Inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and 13 Inch MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display are two of the best computers available today. They are super thin, very fast, have solid battery life, and in the case of the Pro, has an amazing Retina Display that makes everything look great. The problem with both however has been their prices, with the 13 inch Pro with Retina Display starting  at a particularly steep $1,700 and the higher spec’d 13 inch Air with 256 GB of storage (the one you’re most likely gonna want because you’re going to want since this has enough storage to last you the next few years) starting at  $1,500. This week however Apple gave both the 13 inch Retina Pro and the higher spec’d 13 inch Air some nice price cuts, bringing the basic, 128 GB Retina Pro down $200 to $1,500 and the top Air down $100 to $1,400. If you use Apple’s student discount the prices are even better, with the  Retina Pro dropping an extra $100 to $1,400 and the higher end Air going down to $1,349.

We really love the MacBook Pro and Air, and both are great options if you’re looking for a new computer for school. Personally, the 13 inch Retina Pro is the laptop I just upgraded to because it has that excellent portability that you find on the Air but it’s combined with the power the Pro line is known for (oh, and that Retina screen is pretty great too). Both laptops though should be more than fine if you mainly plan on using them for taking notes, writing papers and going online.

One upgrade we recommend however is getting the 256 GB hard drive for either the Pro or Air, particularly if you plan to store a lot of videos, music or photos. It is very hard to upgrade the storage on MacBooks after you buy them, and you’re going to want to make sure this thing is best suited to last for the next few years (if you plan on using your next computer mainly for notes and the internet, or have a backup hard drive for your music, photos and movies the cheaper 128 GB hard drive may work fine for you). The 256 GB 13 inch Retina Pro is now $1,700 without a student discount, $1,600 with (down from nearly $2,000 before).

The new price changes are live now on Apple’s site and you can check them out here.

Let The Countdown Begin: Sony Is Announcing the PlayStation 4 On February 20th

It’s been over six years in the making but the wait looks to finally be over. In just under two weeks Sony will join Nintendo in the next generation video game wars, announcing the long-awaited and highly anticipated PlayStation 4.

Late last week Sony sent out invites to the press for a PlayStation event in New York on February 20th. The invite was fairly vague, with the only text being “see the future” together with the equally vague YouTube video you see above titled #PlayStation2013. Thankfully, major news outlets like the Wall Street Journal (log-in required to view article) and Nikkei (a Japanese newspaper) have since confirmed that this event will indeed be the official unveiling of the PlayStation 4.

Now with an announcement so close, the rumors around what we might expect to find in the PS4 are only growing. The latest ones have the PS4 getting a controller that looks a lot like the PS3’s DualShock 3 controller but with an added touchpad for new types of gameplay (think something like the back of the Vita) and much improved online experience that should help the new system compete with Xbox Live (Sony bought a major online gaming company, Gaikai, last year). Oh, and the biggest rumors of them all– it will be out in time for the holidays of this year and be priced in the $400 range. Now $400 is a lot of money (you can get a PS3 today for around $270), but for everything the PS4 looks to be offering, we’re honestly just hoping that it won’t cost $500-$600 like the PS3 did was when it came out in 2006.

In terms of specs, the PS4 looks to be every inch the beast we’re hoping for. According to Kotaku, the latest PS4 development kits from January (a development kit is a special version of a console that game publishers use to create games to work with the new system) have a super powerful 8-core AMD processor– codenamed “Bulldozer”– with an equally powerful AMD graphics card, 8 GB of RAM (with 2.2 GB of RAM just for video), a Blu-ray drive, and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Basically, this will have all the power of a top of the line gaming PC and make the PS3 and Xbox 360 seem really old and slow.

Now as with all rumors things like the specs, pricing and availability are not confirmed and can change before the announcement. Of course with the announcement just 13 days away if they do we’ll find out soon enough.  Get ready PlayStation fans– the PS4 is almost here.

More info: USA Today, The Verge, PlayStation