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In a market obsessed with slim, lightweight, energy-efficient machines, gaming laptops stick out like a sore thumb. Hulking 17- and 18-inch chassis dominate the category like a physical representation of a tired cliché: bigger is better. In some ways, the old phrase rings true — these oversized machines often pack the latest and greatest components — but any hope of reasonable portability is lost in the mass.
Despite this overwhelming (and oversized) majority, a handful of small-frame rigs still make it to market each year, and one of 2013’s most petite just happens to have landed on our reviews desk. Meet the Clevo W230ST, a 13-inch, ODM (original device manufacturer) gaming notebook destined to be rebadged under different brands. As such, it goes by many names — Sager, Origin PC and AVADirect each have their own take — but today, we’re looking at Digital Storm’s version, the Veloce. Can this diminutive monster keep up with the category’s biggest beasts? Let’s find out.
Gallery: Digital Storm Veloce review
It’s fair to say that Microsoft could have done a much better job introducing the Xbox One to consumers. And after an uproar of negative feedback compelled the company to reverse course on some controversial early decisions, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten is willing to admit as much. “I think it’s pretty simple. We’ve got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is,” the Xbox One chief product officer told IGN. “The thing that’s really gratifying is that people are excited about the types of features that are possible, and it’s sort of shame on us that we haven’t done as good of a job as we can to make people feel like that’s where we’re headed.”
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When Google initially launched its first dedicated Gmail app for iOS last year, it was a buggy embarrassment that did not have numerous of the crucial components found in Android’s Gmail client– or other genuine mail customer. While Google eventually settled many of the bugs, it was still basically a glorified web client– it might have helped light Gmail use, but it was tough to suggest over more fully-featured applications like Sparrow or even Apple’s default Mail app.
Nevertheless, Google’s been offering its iOS apps even more love recently. The recently-redesigned Google + app stands as the best-designed application the business has actually released for iOS, and the new Google Search application is likewise full-featured. On the surface, Gmail for iOS 2.0 appears to follow suit– …
The initial Fitbit initially saw the light of day over 4 years ago, and boy just how things have actually altered given that then. Now it seems like everybody from old incumbents to ambitious upstarts have supplied their own takes on the activity-tracking formula, so exactly how does Fitbit ’ s most recent offering stack up to the competitors?
The Fitbit One is …
A small, two-tone doodad that will certainly set you back $ 99 and track your motion throughout the day. Many of the moment, the black or burgundy Fitbit will certainly live inside a similarly-colored silicone skin, and a sturdy metal clip mounted on the back keeps the Fitbit securely affixed to your garments (the business advises keeping it somewhere on your torso). When it’s not clipped to your individual, chances are it’s bedtime and you have actually tucked it inside the black elastic armband to utilize as a quiet security (a lot more on that in a bit).
Prior to I ramble on for too much longer, understand this: the Fitbit works like a treat. It competently tracks the number of actions I take, and its distance tracking seems to be more than appropriate to boot– taking the One on one of my periodic runs saw distance counts that never strayed too far from the numbers the Nike + GPS app supplied up. The One is additionally clever enough to determine whether I’m just walking around or if I’m bounding up and down stairs, which then influences its appraisal of exactly how many calories I have actually burned for the day.
The only thing that didn ’ t impress as much as I anticipated it to was the One ’ s oft-touted sleep monitoring function — I can never get the Fitbit to proffer an amount of time rested that matched up with exactly how much rest I thought I got. It ’ s not a dealbreaker for me, however appears I ’ m not the only one with this trouble, and the business should really take a closer appearance here.
Exactly what else does it do?
The Fitbit experience is only as strong as its partner– the part that takes all of that activity details and turns it into a comprehensive suite of individual analytics. The process of getting all that data connected with your Fitbit account is dead simple, too. All it takes to get begun is plug the featured wireless USB dongle in, combine it with the Fitbit by method of the featured software, and begin moving around.
Ideally that dongle will remain in one of your USB ports indefinitely, where it will certainly connect with the Fitbit whenever they ’ re in close proximity. I wasn ’ t having any of that though, and took to syncing it specifically with the friend iOS app thanks to the One ’ s low-power Bluetooth radio — a precise component that Android users sadly could ’ t benefit from just yet.
Fitbit pros can easily feel cost-free to gloss over this area, but as soon as that information is uploaded, individuals could see their levels of task splayed out in chart upon chart, along with log their meals consumption to see if they ’ re running a calorie shortage for the day. The Fitbit itself just collects a fraction of the data the solution has the ability to keep tabs on, though. Truly motivated people can throw details about their weight changes, blood pressure, state of mind, as well as sugar levels into their Fitbit accounts.
One of the most pleasant surprises about this thing was the quiet security, which worked like an attraction. When the designated time rolls around, the Fitbit ’ s very small vibration motor begins pulsing in short spurts (protip: the vibration is durable if you place the Fitbit with its screen facing your skin). My only beef? That it stops pulsing after about 10 spurts, just to launch once more a couple of minutes later on. Sure, it always managed to rouse me from my deep and fitful spurts of slumber, however I can not shake the feeling that a constant vibration would do the task even better.
And then there are the touches that you’ll rarely notice. If its screen is off and you choose it up, the Fitbit’s display will certainly come to life with an encouraging (if terse) message to assist keep individuals encouraged. They ’ re not all that convincing — think “ CLIMB IT CHRIS ” and “SMOOCHES CHRIS” — however it’s a testament to the kind of attention to information that went into making the One.
Now for the truly frustrating component
Actually, if there ’ s something that irks me about utilizing the Fitbit One, it ’ s needing to keep up with all the little bits that include it. I have actually been a passionate individual of Nike ’ s FuelBand for the previous few months now, not so much because it ’ s my optimal activity-tracking solution — I ’ m no supporter of the whole Fuel rating conceit in the very first spot, and it’s awfully restricted when it pertains to functionality– however due to the fact that I never really should take it off till I should sync it with my COMPUTER. It ’ s a greatly self-contained system, and one I never had to spend much time agonizing over.
Not so with the Fitbit One. I ’ ve misplaced the rest wristband even more than when these previous couple of days which indicated no quiet security for me, and the stubby USB charging cable showed a comparable tendency to go AWOL. Oh, and it could ’ t really be used to sync with the Fitbit, which strikes me as a bit of a missed out on opportunity. Rather, the dongle is a necessity for non-mobile syncing, as well as pushing updates to the Fitbit, so that ’ s yet another thing you ’ ll need to keep your eye on (I honestly have no idea where mine is right now).
To purchase, or not to buy?
At $ 99, it ’ s not the most affordable little monitoring gizmo, but it ’ s most definitely worth the premium over its little brother the Zip. I haven’t invested any substantial quantity of time with the Jawbone Up (see John’s evaluation for much more on that thing), however my week with the Fitbit has been enough for me to stick my once-trusty Fuelband into a drawer. If you ’ re searching for a precise (and unabashedly geeky) method to keep tabs on just how active you are, the Fitbit One is a remarkable option — as long as you don ’ t mind tracking all those add-ons.
The Transformer Prime is a fantastic example of a product rushed to market. It was as if Asus was trolling consumers and yelling “First!” The tablet launched with a host of problems, many of which Asus fixed over the weeks following its release through a constant stream of updates. But some issues, like the poor GPS capability, were seemingly addressed through placebo updates. Asus was even caught removing the spec and feature from the Transformer Prime’s product page. Then, just weeks after the Prime hit the market, Asus announced a new family of Transformer tablets as if the Prime never existed.
But the biggest insult just happened today. Asus finally announced a solution to the poor performing GPS: A massive dongle that happens to use the same port as the Prime’s keyboard dock, preventing owners from using both at the same time. At least it’s free.
As I explained before Asus is still new to consumer electronics. Up until the Eee PC line, Asus sold just computer components. Even in this post-Eee PC era, Asus still doesn’t know how to properly handle a potential blockbuster product like the Transformer Prime.
The Transformer Prime was doomed from the start. Asus flubbed the launch with constant delays. When it did launch, it was very hard to find. Then, when early adopters finally got their little bundle of joy, the company was slow to respond to serious issues. In fact the tablet launched with so many bugs that it’s questionable if Asus even tested the tablet prior to shipping.
Now, over four months after owners started complaining about nearly nonexistent GPS functionality, the company announced a fix that involves a massive GPS dongle. Owners can sign up for one today, but there’s still no word when the accessory will ship. The offer expires on July 31st.
Thankfully for Asus, the Transformer Prime has been anything but a blockbuster product. A court document from a few weeks back indicated that Asus had only sold 2,000 units during the first two months it was available. Had the Transformer Prime lived up to the hype and sold as if it was a legitimate contender, this GPS issue could have snowballed into an antennagate-type nightmare.
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Ready to suspend your brain cells in a superposition of disbelief? Good, because the latest news published in Nature is that diamonds are a quantum computer‘s best friend — particularly if they’re flawed. An international team of scientists sought out sub-atomic impurities in a 1mm-thick fragment of over-priced carbon and used these as qubits to perform successful calculations. A “rogue” nitrogen nucleus provided one qubit, while a free electron became a second. Unlike previous attempts at solid-state quantum computing, this new effort used an extra technique to protect the system from decoherence errors: microwave pulses were fired at the electron qubit to “time-reverse” inconsistencies in its spinning motion. Don’t fully get it? Us neither. In any case, it probably won’t stop jewellers tut-tutting to themselves.
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When looking at the current incarnation of Apple TV we find a tragically flawed device that overshot and underperformed at the same time. Essentially an iPod Classic with HDMI out, the Apple TV had a pitiful hard drive and a useless OS unless hacked. In the end, it was more expensive and more underpowered than anyone liked and competitors quickly filled the niche, offering format agnostic streaming boxes with Netflix support and devices like the Xbox 360 that allowed UPNP access to content on your network.
In the end, I got rid of my Apple TV even after hacking it to oblivion. I tried to love it. I really did. Unfortunately, however, I probably won’t be going back to the platform, even if the $99 mini-iTV Apple TV thinger appears on September 1st. Here’s why.
For once, Apple is way late to the game when it comes to a media device. While they perfected the smartphone and the MP3 player (come on, even you flamebois have to admit they did a good job with the iPod and iPhone line), they won’t be able to catch up to the devices that already exist. The iTV will mimic a number of devices, some with a massive install base already, so there is almost no reason to suggest the iTV unless Apple has something amazing up their sleeve.
There are two reasons to own an iTV or any other box including offerings from Seagate, Roku, and Western Digital (I reviewed most of them here and found the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus to be best of show): Netflix streaming and home network connectivity. While a 99 cent TV show rental sounds good on paper, folks already have DVRs for their favorite shows and if they don’t have cable they’ve figured out other ways to get TV shows. And that’s where the Apple TV or iTV fails.
The current Apple TV experience depends on having an instance of iTunes open somewhere on your network. Barring some magical trick where Apple allows you to stream music and video you own from its own servers, I think the 172GB of music I have on my hard drives isn’t going to hitting the cloud anytime soon. The iTV will presumably allow you to do a few things:
However, all of these functions require you to stay in Apple’s walled garden and will allow no local storage except, perhaps, for Time Capsule access over the network.
While these limitations are fine for the average user, I doubt the average user is quite ready to cut the DVR cord and go completely iTV. Therefore, you only have power users to please and those users are already getting their content from elsewhere on the web. To those users, the Apple TV is useless. At best you must transcode your video so the Apple TV can handle it and at worst you can’t play the video at all. For example, high-def video in the MKV format is a bear to play on iTunes and presumably only H.264 will be supported for all video, which requires lengthy transcoding.
Again, we’re positing based on suppositions. This is never a good way to talk about a device, but given previous experience with Apple TV and knowing Apple’s history when it comes to lock-down, I’m really worried that even at $99 I won’t be watching Mad Men on my Apple TV/iTV any time soon.
Props to CrunchGear