Google USB Type C Video

Video explains why you should be really excited about USB Type-C

By on March 12, 2015 at 8:05 PM.

Video explains why you should be really excited about USB Type-C

OK, so USB Type-C ports aren’t the kinds of things that get people super hyped like new iPhones or Samsung phones. But they’re actually a very exciting development and they came into the spotlight earlier this week when we learned that both Apple’s new MacBook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel featured USB Type-C ports. More →

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Lightsaber Design Jony Ive

Designed by Apple in Tatooine: This is what a lightsaber designed by Jony Ive would look like

By on February 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Designed by Apple in Tatooine: This is what a lightsaber designed by Jony Ive would look like

In a huge profile in The New Yorker last week, Apple design boss Jony Ive revealed that has gave director J.J. Abrams some advice on how to design a better lightsaber for his upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As you’ll recall, the new lightsaber was the source of some contention among Star Wars fans who complained that it looked, well, a bit too ridiculous.

As we have seen in more recent images from The Force Awakens, it appears as though Abrams and company definitely took some of Ive’s advice and made some key changes to the lightsaber’s new design.

Even still, however, it’s clear that this device is not a Jony Ive creation… so what might a lightsaber look like if it was designed by Ive from the ground up? More →

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Samsung 4GB RAM Smartphone Chips

Your next smartphone may have as much RAM as your laptop, thanks to Samsung

By on December 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Your next smartphone may have as much RAM as your laptop, thanks to Samsung

Even if you don’t like Samsung’s phones, you should still appreciate the company as a whole. Why? Because as even Apple will admit, it’s a great components supplier and its displays, processors and other hardware are first-rate. Now PhoneArena brings us word that Samsung has just announced it has started mass production of its 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM modules, the first smartphone modules ever to offer 4GB of RAM.  More →

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Apple Vs. Google Hardware Design

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

By on December 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM.

This hideous piece of 2007 Google hardware shows why we should all be thankful for Apple

Android fans may not want to admit it, but there’s actually a good reason for them to be thankful for Apple. Why, do you ask? Mostly because Apple’s hardware design chops are so good that they often raise the bar for hardware designers at rival companies. And if you want to see just how awful Google’s pre-iPhone hardware designs were, then you have to look no further than this beast unearthed by The Information’s Amir Efrati. More →

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Sony HT-ST5 Sound Bar Review

Sony’s new sound bar is changing the way I watch TV

By on September 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Sony’s new sound bar is changing the way I watch TV

I’ve always considered myself a utilitarian when it comes to my home entertainment center. I don’t need the four-speaker surround sound system, the wall mount or even the nice leather chair — just give me a couch and a television and I’m set. That’s always been my stance and I thought it always would be… until I tried out Sony’s new HT-ST5 sound bar. More →

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Apple October Event New Products

Get ready for new iPads: Apple’s next event reportedly scheduled for October 21

By on September 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Get ready for new iPads: Apple’s next event reportedly scheduled for October 21

So you’ve ordered your new iPhone 6, you’ve pondered the practicality of the Apple Watch and you’ve gotten all of your credit cards prepared for the launch of Apple Pay. Now what? According to AppleInsider, a source familiar with the company’s plans says that Apple has begun setting internal deadlines for mid-October, indicating that another media event is being scheduled for the second half of that month. More →

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Reversible USB Cable Finalized

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

By on August 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

Apple fixed one of the most frustrating things about owning an electronic device when it released the Lightning connector, and now the USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to follow suit. The group announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited USB Type-C connector has finally been completed, which means the next generation of USB cables will be reversible. The new connector is specialized for use with mobile devices, but laptops and tablets will benefit from it as well. More →

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Apple Smart Home Hardware

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

By on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

With all eyes on the iPhone 6, it can be difficult to remember that Apple has other hardware aspirations in the pipeline. 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s next priority will be the Smart Home, consisting of a range of new devices that will interact with Apple’s phones, computers and tablets. According to unnamed sources, Apple has put together a team specifically for the Smart Home initiative, and although development could be delayed, the company is “beyond the exploratory phase of development.”

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HP keyboard: Leap Motion sensor built in

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

If you wanted a Leap Motion controller, you either need to buy the stand-alone sensor for $79, buy the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, or buy one of 11 other HP devices that came with a keyboard that have an embedded Leap Motion sensor. Now you can buy that keyboard as a stand-alone device for any computer for $99, Engadget was told at the Computex trade show. Of course, you’ll need to have the Leap Motion software installed, which can run on Windows 7 or 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, we called it “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while” and its gesture controls look like a vision of the future. Despite the initial excitement, though, it has struggled to attract strong developer attention.

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SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

By on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.

Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →

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Apple iMac rumors

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

By on May 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

Shipping times for the iMac have increased to 3–5 business days, adding credence to a recent rumor that Apple will launch a new cheaper iMac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week. First noted by AppleInsider, each of the base configurations of the iMac now has a longer than normal shipping time on Apple’s online store, up from the typical shipping time of “Within 24 hours” for most Mac products. More →

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