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The Xbox One console is nice, but what really matters is the controller: after all, it’s the thing you hold in your hands the whole time you’re using the console, and if Microsoft has its way that’s going to happen a lot. We had a chance to spend a few minutes using the new controller, and while we can’t say our minds are blown, Microsoft’s definitely thinking in new ways about the new Xbox.
The controller’s design is mostly the same as the Xbox 360. It’s a little smaller, since the company was able to retract the removable battery into the device itself, so there’s no bump on the back. It’s also a little more refined, with black buttons instead of colored ones, and Microsoft says it’s also improved the analog sticks and triggers. (Reps…
Because it’s the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, here’s a compilation video of unusual ways to open beer bottles. Maybe you’ll learn something you can use to impress your friends next weekend while you’re all getting drunk and grilling or whatever the hell people with friends do on Memorial Day. Sadly, I lost my last friend over a year ago. “To drugs?” No, to being an @$ $ hole. But enough about that dickbag, we’re here to talk about beer. I like opening my bottles the way I imagine farmers kill chickens: cutting their heads off with a ninja sword then drinking the blood to ensure a bountiful fall harvest. Can you tell I was home sick on farm field trip day? Sucks too because a kid on the bus told me they witnessed a goat orgy and our teacher was freaking out about it and the farmer was all, “Aw miss, they’s just bonin’.”
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Oh HTC. You’ve produced one of the finest Android smartphones ever (seriously, just look at all these reviews), but you’ve faced more than your share of challenges when it came to actually pumping your top-tier One smartphone. As it happens, that may all soon change.
FocusTaiwan reported earlier today that HTC is preparing to pump out more of its wonderful Ones in short order — Jack Tong, the company’s North Asia president, noted that this month’s production capacity for the flagship device is twice that of April, and that surge will only continue into June.
Sounds pretty yawn-worthy, right? Normally I would spend too much time dwelling on the finer points of production capacity, but here’s a device that was launched to widespread praise by an underdog smartphone company some people have written off, and HTC has basically been getting screwed thanks to part shortages for the One’s Ultrapixel camera and a brief injunction due to the HDR microphone it uses. It’s like a perfect storm of headaches for a company that really, really doesn’t need it — one look at its Q1 financials and it’s clear that HTC needed this launch to go as smoothly as possible. It didn’t.
For what it’s worth, HTC hasn’t disclosed how many Ones it’s shipped since it launched earlier this year. Meanwhile, rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has become the Korean electronics giant’s fastest moving smartphone — Samsung shipped 6 million units in just over two weeks, and it hopes to cross the 10 million unit threshold by the end of this month. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that Google’s Hugo Barra showed off a version of the S4 at the company’s I/O developer conference that runs a version of Android that’s unfettered by the software bloat that many a reviewer took umbrage at. Company representatives were careful not to call it a Nexus — even though it seems to harbor many of the advantages inherent to the Nexus line like a clean Android build and access to frequent software updates.
As I noted towards the end of my HTC One review, the wireless industry isn’t a meritocracy — the well-executed device doesn’t always wind up saving the day. Hopefully now that some of these production woes have been ironed out we’ll see HTC live to fight another day, but that’s still far from a given.
Acer just announced the Aspire R7, a strange hybrid of a desktop all-in-one, laptop, and a tablet that was previously teased in some promotional Star Trek commercials. It’s honestly really, really weird.
We always expected that Windows 8 would lead to some really strange convertible touchscreen devices, but the Aspire R7 is a whole new kind of crazy. The first thing you’ll notice about the Aspire R7 is that Acer seems to have forgotten how laptops are made. The trackpad sits behind the keyboard, which is a bit perplexing until you realize that Acer doesn’t really want you to use the trackpad at all.
That’s because the Aspire R7 has something called an Ezel hinge that gives the 15.6 touchscreen display an amazing degree of flexibility. You can lie the 15-inch, 1080p touchscreen display completely flat with the device, turning the Aspire R7 into an oversized tablet. You can also angle the display so that it sits flush with the keyboard and covers the trackpad completely. I’m honestly not sure why the trackpad is there in the first place.
As a whole, the Aspire R7 seems to be incredibly well built. It’s made of some type of aluminum-like material, and there’s virtually no flex to the device. On the other hand, it’s very large and very heavy, which means that it won’t be very portable. It’s probably one of the nicest pieces of hardware Acer has ever built. But I don’t know who would use something as crazy as this.
Other key specs for the R7 include:
- Intel Core i5 1.8GHz processor, with Turbo Boost to 2.7GHz
- 6GB Of DDR3 RAM
- 500GB SATA HD, paired with a 24GB SSD
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- HD webcam with dual mics
- 2 USB 3, 1 USB 2 ports
- 5.3 lbs and 1.1-inches thin
Acer also announced the Aspire P3, an ultra book convertible with a detachable display, and the Iconia A1, a 7.9 inch Android tablet. But it’s the Aspire R7 that stole the show here. It’ll be available for sale exclusively at Best Buy retail locations starting May 17th, and can be pre-ordered now at the Best Buy online store for $ 999.
(and a friendly shout out to Stefan over at LaptopMemo, who was kind enough to let me borrow his camera for these shots)
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This is a series of shots from German photographer Martin Rietze of last month’s eruptions of the Sakurajima Volcano in Japan. He looks like he’s standing pretty close, but hopefully he was just using one of those super-zoom lenses perverts use to take shots of girls on the beach from their hotel room balconies. That reminds me, one year in college I went to Daytona Beach for spring break when it also happened to be Motorcycle Week there and this older, leathery-looking woman on the back of a chopper flashed her boobs at me in a Walgreens parking lot. I gave her a thumbs up but deep down in my heart and peen they really just made me sad. Obviously I had to get really drunk afterwards and that night I swallowed a glow-stick.
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Keep in mind the first ‘ Push to Include Dramatization’ ad made by TNT? Well right here’s a brand-new one from Holland that ares crazier than the first. It’s got everything: sniper fire, kidnapping, explosions, naked men rollicking, you call it. “Zoo pets?” No zoo pets. “Watercraft chase after?” No watercraft chase. “Why don’t they ever make these in the United States?” Good question. 1) Some patriot with a real firearm would try to be a hero or 2) all the witnesses would sue for emotional damages. “Real.” I’m on the phone with my lawyer today due to the fact that the music they made use of virtually gave me a panic attack.
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Just before Page and Co. officially took the wraps off of Android in 2007, Googler Dan Morrill was getting ready to present the OS to a larger swath of developers in Mountain View. In an effort to spice up his presentation to devs, Morrill prepared a gang of bots while taking a short respite, producing exactly what he thinks were the first proposed mascots for Android. The wild bunch might be a far cry from the avocado-hued droid we’ve come to know and develop into figurines, however the “Dandroids” took pleasure in a small measure of appeal within Google prior to Bugdroid took the spotlight. Their creator unearthed the image files while cleansing up a NAS and has actually slung them up on Google + for all to see. Take a look at the adjacent gallery or stab the surrounding source link to catch a glance of the other bots.
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We knew October would be busy. We had the invitations, the embargoes, and a stockpile of coffee and seltzer. But this past month turned out to more insane and more exciting than almost any month in the past year.There was rarely a moment to rest, and it seems like the internet was always reacting to something, somewhere. Microsoft, Amazon, and Google responded with equal parts panic and determination to the onslaught of Apple’s hype machine. People around the world watched with reverence as Felix Baumgartner successfully completely a historic free-fall from the edge of space. Live, on the internet. Reddit’s insular community reacted when one of its most unsavory characters was outed by the media. Apple attempted to avoid a reaction…
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Primed goes in-depth on the technobabble you hear on Engadget every day– we dig deep into each topic’s history and exactly how it benefits our lives. You can follow the series right here. Wanting to suggest a piece of modern technology for us to break down? Drop us a line at primed \* at \* engadget \* dawt \* com.
As you’re with any luck conscious, this is a device weblog. As an outcome, we’re innately influenced towards stuff that’s brand-new and ideally fandangled. More cores, more pixels, even more lenses; simply provide it here and make us thrilled. The risk of this kind of technical greed is that we don’t make full use of what we already have, and nothing illustrates that much better than the Graphics Processing Unit. Whether it sits in our computers, laptops, tablets or phones, the GPU is cruelly limited by its history– its long-established reputation as a dumb, muscle component that takes directions from the primary processor and converts them into pixels for us to gawp at.
However what if the GPUs in our tools had some buried genius– capabilities that, if just we could tap into them, would certainly generate hyper-realistic experiences and better all-round performance from economical hardware? Well, the thing is, this unknown potential actually exists. We’ve been covering it because a minimum of 2008 and, also though it still hasn’t generated adequate fuss to come to be genuinely well-known, the semiconductor industry is making more sound about it now than ever before.
So please, join us after the break as we endeavor to explain why the trend understood as “GPU calculate,” aka “general function GPU (GPGPU),” or just “not patronizing your graphics processor,” is still impressive regardless of having let us down in the past. We’ll try to show why it’s worth discovering a few related ideas and terms to assist offer a glossary for future insurance coverage; and why, on the whole, your graphics chip is less Hasselhoff and even more Hoffman than you could have thought of.
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