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08 Feb

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Firefox’s revamped interface is now available in Aurora releases (from Engadget)

February 8, 2014 | By |

Firefox Australis interface

You no longer have to grab one of Firefox’s ever-changing nightly builds to try the browser’s new Australis interface ahead of its official launch. Mozilla has justreleased a new Aurora version that includes Australis’ simpler, more customizable layout; it also brings the easier, account-based sync system. The new Firefox edition is still quite rough, but curious web surfers who were only waiting for more reliable code can start downloading today.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/08/firefox-australis-reaches-aurora/

08 Feb

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How the iPhone 6 Might Look With a Larger Screen (from Mashable)

February 8, 2014 | By |

  • Iphone6photo

    Front and Back View

    The front and curved back of the iPhone 6 concept design.

  • Iphone6angle

    Getting Bigger

    Apple is rumored to launch two new iPhones later this year: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches.

  • Iphone6

    Comparisons

    Ciccarese’s vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left.

  • Iphone6side

    Side by Side

    The move from the iPhone 4-inch display would dip into the much-debated “phablet” category.

  • Iphone6curve

    The Curve

    Designer Federico Ciccarse opted to give his concepts a curved back, even though The Wall Street Journal indicated the coming models will be flat.

Apple might be rolling out a larger iPhone later this year, but designer Federico Ciccarse didn’t want to wait to see what a big-screen iPhone would look like.

Ciccarse created a series of concept photos that reveal what the iPhone could look like if it grows in size. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple will launch two new iPhones in the second half of 2014: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches. The current iPhone 5S and 5C have screens that measure 4 inches diagonally.

The picture below is Ciccarese’s vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left.

iPhone 6 Concept

 

The move from the iPhone 4-inch display would dip into the much-debated “phablet” category, a vague domain caught somewhere between a tablet and smartphone. It’s either a category people love — or love to hate. But Apple competitors such as Samsung have successfully offered larger screen sizes.

Ciccarese opted to give his concepts a curved back, even though the Journal report indicated the coming models will be flat.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

 

read more: http://mashable.com/2014/02/07/iphone-6-concept-phablet/?_cid=mash-com-fb-tech-photo

07 Feb

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Windows Phone 8.1 ‘Cortana’ personal assistant will be powered by Foursquare (from TheVerge)

February 7, 2014 | By |

Windows Phone Cortana

Microsoft’s $15 million investment in Foursquare will soon result in product changes in the coming months. Bloomberg News reports that the deal will be used for location data and services that are part of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. The software maker is currently beta testing a “Cortana” personal assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, named after the same character found in Halo. Foursquare’s data will help Cortana push out tips, discounts, and suggestions based on location.

While Microsoft isn’t commenting on Windows Phone 8.1 or Cortana, Microsoft’s Zig Serafin has revealed to Bloomberg News that Foursquare’s data will be used in future Windows Phone software. “We’re building some contextually aware experiences to power some upcoming products in Windows Phone,” Serafin said. “This will be for anywhere you get a Bing-powered experience.” Some recent rumors had suggested Cortana would be restricted to the US market initially, but it appears Microsoft will likely bring the personal assistant to countries where Bing is present.

Microsoft’s Cortana work in Windows Phone 8.1 is largely focused on context, rules, and signals. Data from alarms, calendar, weather apps, calls, and even whether a device is charging, can all be fed into the service to provide notifications and context around Windows Phone use. Early screenshots of Microsoft’s Cortana system showed that the company is testing location polling, and pulling data from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Home and work location data, and favorite contacts will also play a big part in Cortana, providing more relevant and improved search results.

CORTANA COMING TO WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 IN APRIL

The voice-activated personal assistant is expected to debut in April as part of Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft is still beta testing Windows Phone 8.1, and the software is expected to be finalized next month ahead of the Build developers conference in April. Microsoft is planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 to developers at Build or soon after, with updates coming to existing devices in the weeks and months following April. Nokia is currently preparing at least two Windows Phone 8.1 devices, codenamed Goldfinger and Moneypenny. The Finnish smartphone maker is planning a press event at Mobile World Congress later this month, but sources familiar with Nokia and Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows Phone 8.1 devices will not be shown.

Microsoft is also holding its own Mobile World Congress press event on February 23rd. Windows executives will be in attendance, but we understand Microsoft isn’t planning to fully detail Windows Phone 8.1 at the show. It’s more likely that Microsoft will focus on Windows Phone momentum, and possibly unveil new Windows Phone partners for 2014. Sony has been rumored to be preparing a Windows Phone device, and any confirmation of that speculation at Mobile World Congress could help soften the blow ofSony’s VAIO sell off. Microsoft could also choose to highlight, at a high level, its plans for Windows Phone in 2014 and beyond, including its work towards merging Windows Phone and Windows RT.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/7/5389142/windows-phone-8-1-cortana-personal-assistant-features-foursquare

07 Feb

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Call of Duty moves to a three-studio rotation to keep up the quality (from Engadget)

February 7, 2014 | By |

Call of Duty: Ghosts

Many gamers are frustrated with publishers that like to release franchise sequels every one to two years, regardless of the quality — just ask the Battlefield 4 players stillgrappling with bugs. Activision is clearly aware of the problem, however. It justannounced that Modern Warfare 3 creator Sledgehammer Games will become the third studio regularly producing Call of Duty titles, joining Infinity Ward and Treyarch. The new rotation gives each developer three years to finish a COD game instead of two; they’ll have “more time to polish” without interrupting the yearly release cycle, according to publishing chief Eric Hirshberg. The addition won’t please those who’d rather see more original games, but it’s good news for fans worried that Activision might cut corners to ship its first-person shooters on time.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/06/call-of-duty-games-now-take-three-years-to-build/

07 Feb

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Life is a video game, and this is how you win (from TheVerge)

February 7, 2014 | By |

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Oliver Emberton has written a video game strategy guide for real life. It’s mostly common sense: you need to eat, sleep, and manage your time wisely lest you regret it. But by recasting such wisdom for those familiar with video games, Emberton has managed to create a remarkably concise, sensical guide for a new generation of players.

Gems include childhood:

“The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.”

And willpower:

“If your state gets too low in one area, your body will disobey your own instructions until your needs are met. Try studying when you’re exhausted and hungry, and watch your concentration switch to Twitter.”

But the primary lesson is this:

“You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.”

You can read the whole piece at our source link.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/6/5387966/life-is-a-video-game-and-this-is-how-you-win

06 Feb

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A look back at Sony’s iconic VAIO computers (from TheVerge)

February 6, 2014 | By |

Sony VAIO PRO (13 and 11 inch)

 

Sony has announced plans to sell off its iconic VAIO brand of PCs to a Japanese investment fund. While Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will continue selling VAIO-branded computers in Japan, Sony plans to now focus on its mobile lineup of smartphones and tablets. VAIO, which stands for Visual Audio Intelligent Organizer, was first introduced 18 years ago in 1996.

While VAIO and bio sound identical in Japanese, the VAIO name also has a phonetic connection to the world violet. Sony started building its PCs with purple color schemes, and the firm has transformed the brand into a name that has been associated with high-end computers ever since.

VAIO might not be dead yet, but take a moment to look back at some of Sony’s historic, beautiful, expensive, and crazy PC creations.

Hint: Use the ‘s’ and ‘d’ keys to navigate

  • VAIO PCV-90

    Vaio PCV-90

    The first Sony VAIO PC arrived in 1996. Sony’s PCV-90 combined a 166MHz processor with 16MB of RAM, a 2.1GB HDD, and a 28.8-kbps modem. It shipped with a 3D graphical interface on top of Windows 95, aiming to entice novice computer users.

  • VAIO PCG-505

    Vaio PCG-505

    One of the first-generation VAIO notebooks shipped in 1997. For $2,000, Sony’s PCG-505 included an Intel Pentium MMX processor, 32MB of RAM, and a 10.4-inch SVGA screen. It was designed to be “SuperSlim,” and manufactured with a four-panel magnesium body.

  • VAIO PCG-707

    Vaio PCG-707

    Sony also launched the PCG-707 in 1997. With a CD-ROM drive, TFT LCD screen, and Intel Pentium MMX processor, its battery lasted for around three hours. Sony also shipped an extended battery to boost battery life, a trend that continued on to other VAIO laptops.

  • VAIO C1 PICTUREBOOK

    VAIO C1 PictureBook

    Branded “PictureBook,” Sony’s VAIO C1 series introduced the idea of a built-in webcam to its notebook range in 1998. It was a tiny notebook with an 8.9-inch display and a 0.27-megapixel camera built into the lid that could swivel around. Windows 98 shipped with the original model.

  • VAIO MX SERIES

    VAIO MX series

    Sony returned to its Walkman roots with its MX series in 2000. Early models included an FM tuner, MiniDisc player, and built-in amplifier. The front of the PC tower also featured an LCD display with audio information. Combined with a set of speakers and a remote control, it was Sony’s fist attempt at an all-in-one media PC.

  • VAIO LX SERIES

    VAIO LX series

    Sony’s VAIO line entered a truly experimental phase in late 2000. The high-end model of the LX series shipped with a stylus and a display that tilted up to 65 degrees. It also included a palm rest and keyboard cover, and Sony’s pen-equipped PC shipped a whole year before Bill Gates unveiled Microsoft’s Windows XP-powered tablet PC.

  • VAIO W ALL-IN-ONE

    Vaio W all-in-one

    The original VAIO W, released in early 2002, combined a PC with TV features. A built-in antenna input brought TV to this 15.3-inch PC, and the keyboard folded up onto the display thanks to a hinge mechanism. This particular model debuted ahead of Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition, software that started to combine TV and media features into a single hub.

  • VAIO U SERIES

    Vaio U series

    Originally introduced in 2002, Sony’s U series of VAIO computers looked like tiny portable DVD players. Initial models shipped with Transmeta Crusoe processors, before moving to Intel Celeron and Pentium processors. At the time, it was the world’s smallest and lightest PC running Windows XP.

  • VAIO PCG-Z1

    Vaio PCG-z1

    Sony’s first VAIO Z notebook arrived at the dawn of Intel’s Centrino era, and just as Wi-Fi networks were becoming more popular. With a sleek and attractive design, it shipped with a 14.1-inch 1400 x 1050 display that was unique at the time. An extended battery allowed the slim Z to run for seven hours on a single charge years before anyone knew what an “ultrabook” was.

  • VAIO X505

    Vaio X505

    Sony’s VAIO X505 had some impressive specs when it first debuted in 2004. It was just 0.38 inches at its thinnest point, and used Intel’s ultra-low voltage Pentium processor. It was the first laptop to feature a “chiclet” keyboard, named for its small rounded keys that resemble Chiclets gum. All of this was packaged into a $3,000 notebook years before Apple unveiled its MacBook Air.

  • VAIO UX

    Vaio UX

    While Sony introduced its U series previously, the UX series followed two years later just as Microsoft’s ultra-mobile PC initiative with Samsung was starting to take shape. The UX models included a slide-out keyboard, touchscreen, and Intel’s Core 2 Solo processor. A 4.5-inch display was the centerpiece of the device, with buttons on either side for additional controls. Sony also shipped the UX with a fingerprint reader. Sony’s UX made its way onto several TV shows and movies, including Terminator Salvation and Quantum of Solace.

  • VAIO SZ

    Vaio SZ

    The VAIO SZ was yet another expensive, high-specced machine, featuring the latest processors, display technology, and even a fingerprint sensor, all in a tiny package. Its claim to fame, however, was its hybrid graphics. Each notebook gave users the ability to switch between integrated Intel graphics and a discrete GeForce GPU from Nvidia. The Intel option would give long battery life, while the Nvidia card would give you the power needed to play games. The same concept is now used in popular notebooks from several manufacturers, although modern machines are now capable of switching graphics automatically while the laptop is on.

  • VAIO VA

    Vaio VA

    After its experiments bringing TV and PC features together, Sony launched an all-in-one in 2005 with Windows Media Center Edition. A built-in TV tuner card and 20-inch display made it a good alternative to other media center PCs available at the time. It was also a powerful PC with a 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 250GB of storage.

  • VAIO VGN-AR70B

    Vaio VGN-AR70B

    At the height of the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war, Sony released the world’s first first Blu-ray-equipped notebook in 2006. It went on sale for a pricey $3,499 at launch, and was largely considered a desktop replacement. High-end models shipped with a 17-inch display running at full 1080p resolution and Intel’s latest Core Duo processors. It might have been the first with Blu-ray at the time, but with a battery life between 1.5 and 3 hours it wasn’t the best choice for portable computing. Sony’s support of Blu-ray helped the format win the standards war in 2008 after Toshiba stopped developing HD DVD players.

  • VAIO VA1

    VAIO VA1

    At first glance, visitors to the Sony Store in 2006 could be forgiven for thinking the VAIO VA1 was a flat-screen TV. Created at a time when PC manufacturers were convinced media center PCs were the next big thing, it paired a 19-inch 1680 x 1050 display with a powerful CPU, large hard drive, built-in TV tuner, and a DVD drive.

  • VAIO P SERIES

    VAIO P series

    Sony’s VAIO P first launched in 2009 as an ultraportable notebook in a tiny form factor. Designed as an expensive and smaller alternative to popular netbooks at the time, the VAIO P shipped with an 8-inch display and 1600 x 768 resolution. You could use it as notebook replacement, but the underpowered Intel Atom processor meant performance wasn’t great. Due to its size, Sony originally marketed the VAIO P as a pocket-friendly notebook, but the device barely fit into jean pockets despite Sony’s advertising.

  • VAIO X SERIES

    VAIO X series

    Sony’s experimentation with slim and lightweight laptops culminated in the X series. At just 655 grams with a special lighter battery, Sony claimed it was the world’s lightest notebook back in 2009. However, due to its use of an Atom processor, some considered it a netbook-class machine. Either way, it was sleek, thin, and lightweight.

  • VAIO Z SERIES

    VAIO Z series

    The last ever VAIO Z featured practically everything anyone could ever want in a laptop. Stupidly thin and light, it came with a 13.1-inch full HD matte display, an SSD, and a suitably powerful processor. It also had an interesting port called Light Peak, based on Intel optical technology that we now know as Thunderbolt. With the Light Peak port, you could connect up an external dock that had a discrete graphics card and a Blu Ray drive.

  • MODERN VAIO

    Modern VAIO

    In recent months, Sony has introduced convertible and flipping VAIO PCs alongside Windows 8. Some use magnets to hold themselves in various positions, while others like the VAIO Tap take an interesting approach to the hybrid concept with a keyboard that’s completely separate to its tablet. These latest designs come at a time when the PC market faces a major decline in sales, and it will be up to Sony’s new VAIO owners to decide if convertibles is the way forward or not.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/6/5385716/sony-vaio-iconic-pcs-photo-essay

06 Feb

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Google puts YouTube first in new music search results (from TheVerge)

February 6, 2014 | By |

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Google is rolling out a new feature that pushes YouTube videos to the top of search results. Search for a song and you’ll now see a Google Now-like card appear at the top of your results, containing a link to the video for the song as well as information on the artist, album, and release date. As Search Engine Watch reports, the cards look a lot like a playable videos, but they’re actually just images that redirect to YouTube.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/6/5385646/google-puts-youtube-first-in-new-music-search-results

05 Feb

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro review (from TheVerge)

February 5, 2014 | By |

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It’s Sunday, it’s January, and it’s freezing outside. In other words, it’s the perfect day to spend the morning lying in bed, finally catching up on theFriday Night Lights and Battlestar Galactica seasons I somehow missed a few years ago. Normally this is a job for my iPad mini with Retina display, but ever since I lost its Smart Cover watching shows in bed requires a perfect and precarious leaning of tablet against pillow stack. Plus I have another device here with me, one even better-suited to the task.

 

 

It’s the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, the follow-up to one of the first great Windows 8 ultrabooks. This is a laptop with a twist, a flexible hinge that lets the screen rotate a full 360 degrees. It’s supposedly equal parts laptop and tablet — and this year’s model comes with a massively improved display that ought to make it better in either case. The Yoga 2 Pro is never going to replace the iPad mini for subway rides and mobile gaming, but if it can be both a solid ultrabook and a great in-bed TV, it’ll solidly be worth its $1,049.99 price tag.

 

 

As long as it has good battery life, anyway. My charger’s all the way out in the living room, and I’m not getting out of bed anytime soon. Battlestar is a long show.

 

For the most part, the Yoga 2 Pro feels like any other laptop. The Yoga 13 was actually one of the more restrained, inside-the-box visions for what a Windows 8 device might look like, how it might marry touch with mouse and keyboard. This year’s model is just a hair over 3 pounds, and 0.61 inches thick — imperceptibly both thinner and heavier than the same-size MacBook Air — with a soft, matte gray shell and a textured black palm rest. It’s softly tapered on the sides, with rounded edges that feel comfortable against my wrist. The Yoga isn’t particularly exciting, nor does it feel very high-end, but it’s nice to look at and it’s plenty rugged.

This would be just a normal, thin ultrabook, except when you open the screen nothing stops you from continuing to push. You can open the lid to any angle, including by flipping it all the way around to the underside of the base, so when you hold it the keyboard and screen both face outward. It feels weird the first time, as if you’re about to snap the thing in two, but that hinge is really the story of the Yoga.

THIN, LIGHT, COMFORTABLE — UNEXCITING BUT UNIMPEACHABLE

There are four “modes” in which the Yoga 2 Pro is meant to be used. First and most self-explanatory is “Laptop Mode,” which is how I used the Yoga probably 80 percent of the time and is fundamentally what this device is. It’s a laptop, and a pretty good one at that. The base model has a 1.7GHz Core i3, but it can go as high as a 1.8GHz Core i7; it also has 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and between 128GB and 512GB of solid-state storage. My review unit has a 1.6GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage — I’d rather have more RAM and less processing power, personally, but that mix worked pretty well for me.

It’s an utterly standard set of laptop specs, and the Yoga 2 Pro performs in kind. It’s fast and responsive, Windows 8.1 apps open and swith without so much as a hiccup, but the machine bends under the pressure of anything more strenuous than watching video. Photoshop runs, but not especially well, and anything resembling a high-end game is basically unplayable.

It lasted 6 hours, 18 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, a once-solid score that has been rendered decidedly average by the impressive efficiency of Intel’s Haswell processors. The MacBook Air lasts nearly twice as long, and even Acer’s ultra-thin Aspire S7 lasts longer — the Yoga could at least get me through the evening when I left my charger at work, but I want more from high-end Haswell machines.

Lenovo’s keyboard continues to be one of my favorites, with those well-spaced, backlit, slightly curved “smile” keys that feel a little shallow but work remarkably well and take almost no getting used to. The trackpad’s still a bit of a problem, as it was on last year’s IdeaPad Yoga 13 — it’s mostly smooth and responsive, but it has real problems recognizing gestures and a strange habit of making the cursor disappear. A little manic back-and-forthing always brought it back, but the trackpad isn’t exactly the picture of reliability or usability.

STAND MODE IS A SHOCKINGLY USEFUL WAY TO USE A LAPTOP

More than anything, the still-finicky trackpad is why I found myself often rotating the Yoga 2 Pro’s screen past its laptop angle, and then flipping the device over so its base became a stand, and the screen sat right up next to my face. This is “Stand Mode” — it’s how I used the device when it was on my coffee table as I watched TV, on my kitchen counter as I did dishes, and next to me in bed as I wiled away the weekend watching Netflix.

At this point it’s essentially a big, heavy tablet in a dock, usable with an external mouse and keyboard but designed to be touched. And designed to be looked at, with a gorgeous 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 display. It’s a lot like the screen on the Samsung Ativ Book Plus 9, which is to say it’s beautiful: sharp and vibrant, with great viewing angles and colors and enough pixel density to make any text crisp and all movies beautiful. Along with its surprisingly loud and full set of speakers, the Yoga 2 Pro’s screen — and the device’s ability to put that screen much closer to your face – make it a wonderful machine for watching just about anything.

Lenovo benefits from Windows software makers finally catching up to the high-resolution display revolution, too. Apps like Chrome used to be impossibly small on a screen like this, just a tiny sliver of content with oceans of white space all around. Now that Chrome and other apps are starting to account for these high resolutions — on devices including the Acer Aspire S7 and the Sony Vaio Tap 11 — there’s absolutely no reason not to get one. Especially on a device like the Yoga, where everything it does is designed to put the screen closer to your face.

The Yoga’s hinge does have a slight wobble to it, giving beneath my finger as I tap on the screen — that’s apparently why “Tent” mode exists, urging you to prop the laptop up like a teepee and use it that way to keep the screen steady. I have no idea why that’s useful enough to merit the awkward and precarious propping up of my laptop, and I never once used it; I’d rather just have a sturdier hinge.

IT’S NOT A TABLET, BUT IT CAN ACT JUST ENOUGH LIKE ONE TO WORK SOMETIMES

The fourth mode is “Tablet” mode, in which you flip the Yoga 2 Pro’s screen a full 360 degrees and press it back up against the bottom of the device. You’re left with a big, thick, heavy tablet that I used in one and only one situation: sitting on the train, knees propped up against the seat in front of me, tablet laid on my legs. This is not a tablet in any traditional sense: it’s not portable, it’s not easy to hold in one hand or even two, and there’s nothing quite so awkward as holding the device and having the keyboard underneath your fingertips. (The keyboard automatically shuts off in this mode, but it feels really odd.) The Yoga 2 Pro doesn’t really occupy a space between phone and laptop; it’s a laptop. It’s just a little easier to use on the train.

The accelerometer inside the Yoga 2 Pro knows where you’ve set the screen, and pops up a Windows Toast notification suggesting apps that are optimized for certain modes — drawing apps in Stand Mode, Evernote in Laptop Mode, and the like. There are also a few apps installed, standards like eBay and Netflix, along with a couple of Lenovo utilities for sharing stuff between devices. This is mostly overkill: the touchscreen and on-screen keyboard are a good enough approximation of the mouse and keyboard to make the same apps work fine, and moving the screen a foot closer or further away doesn’t fundamentally change how I used the device anyway. That’s really the point: the Yoga 2 Pro is full of nice optimizations, a few things made slightly better with a spin of the hinge, but it’s a laptop through and through.

Wrap-up

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

GOOD STUFF

  • Thin and light
  • Flexible hinge is really useful
  • Gorgeous display

BAD STUFF

  • Only average battery life
  • Hinge tends to wobble
  • Jumpy trackpad
LENOVO SUCCEEDS MOSTLY BY DOING LESS

 

It was true of the IdeaPad Yoga 13, and it’s true of the $1,049 Yoga 2 Pro: it’s mostly successful because it doesn’t try to do too much. Lenovo realized a year ago that though people might want a versatile device that works as well for watching movies in bed as it does for getting work done, the reality is most people spend most of their time getting work done. The Yoga 2 Pro is smartly optimized for its primary task, and then subtly tweaked to work better in other situations too.

There’s really no reason not to recommend the Yoga 2 Pro, as long as you’re okay with a purely functional design. It has solid performance, a good keyboard, a great screen, and a functional-at-worst trackpad. It’s also thin and light enough to go everywhere with me, and versatile enough to be usable everywhere from train seats to coffee shops. It’s a good laptop, and an excellent companion on a cold winter’s morning when there’s a lot of TV to watch and no earthly reason to get out of bed.

Maybe that’s not the four modes Lenovo promises, but they’re the only two I really need.

 

read more: http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/5/5377754/lenovo-yoga-2-pro-review

05 Feb

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro series coming to US February 13th (updated) (from Engadget)

February 5, 2014 | By |

Looks like Office Depot wasn’t messing with us when it began offering pre-orders of Samsung’s brand-new 12.2-inch tablet ahead of its official US launch; it just jumped the gun a bit. As it turns out, the entire litany of Samsung’s Galaxy tablets announced at CES — which include the 12.2-inch Note Pro and all three sizes in the Tab Pro series– will be available stateside on February 13th. (Update: it appears that the 12.2-inch Tab Pro won’t actually hit the market until March, but everything else will be available on Feb 13th.) Just in case you’re worried about hordes of people trying to grab one as a last-minute Valentine’s Day present, you can also pre-order any of the products starting right now through one of several online retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Fry’s, Newegg and others. There’s no word on any carrier agreements yet,however, and it appears that all four models are WiFi-only. (Update: Samsung confirms that an LTE edition of the Note Pro 12.2 will come to Verizon Wireless later this quarter.)

Pricing varies wildly depending on which model you’re getting. Starting at the low end of the spectrum, you can grab the 8.4-inch Tab Pro (16GB) for $400; the 10.1-inch Tab Pro (16GB) for $500; and the 12.2-inch Tab Pro (32GB) for $650. Last but not least, the productivity powerhouse itself — the Note Pro — can be yours for $750 (32GB) or $850 (64GB). Additionally, the devices come with 50GB Dropbox space for two years, a $25 Google Play credit, three-month trial Hulu Plus subscription, six months of Cisco WebEx Premium 8 and a year subscription with Bloomberg Businessweek.

Samsung also confirms that the new tablets are still outfitted with Magazine UX, which means these products haven’t been affected by the company’s rumored dealwith Google. According to reports from last week, Samsung agreed to tone down the amount of customization and special features in its Android devices. Naturally, if this does happen, we expect it to be a while before it finally takes effect.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/04/samsung-galaxy-note-pro-tab-pro/

04 Feb

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Mozilla makes it a lot easier to sync Firefox bookmarks and passwords (from Engadget)

February 4, 2014 | By |

Firefox users keen to keep their browsing data up-to-date across devices will soon have one less headache to worry about. Mozilla, makers of the popular open-source browser, has decided to do away with synchronization keys for its Firefox Sync service, opting instead to utilize a simple email and password combo similar to Google Chrome accounts. The change comes after users were forced to store an auto-generated authorization code, which, if lost, would render their bookmarks, passwords and browsing history inaccessible. While it means Sync accounts are a little more traceable, in that Sync data will be directly linked with a user’s email address, the new process will enable Firefox users to quickly restore their browsing data in the event of a catastrophe like a hard drive failure. Mozilla is currently testing the new version of Firefox Sync in Nightly browser builds, meaning you’ll need to install a beta version of Firefox to try it, but we expect it to make its way to a public release in the not-too-distant future.

 

read more: http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/04/mozilla-firefox-sync-simple-browser-passwords/

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