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It’s official: Facebook now actually owns Oculus VR, the company behind virtual reality goggles Oculus Rift. Though the $ 2 billion acquisition was announced way back in March, these kinds of negotiations typically take months to resolve thanks to…
Tesla’s West Coast Supercharger Corridor opened today, making it possible for owners of the Model S to travel free between San Diego and Vancouver, using Highway 101 and Interstate 5. This makes a Supercharger reachable within 200 miles to over 99 percent of Californians and 87 percent of those in Oregon and Washington.
A lot of attention has been paid to Tesla’s efforts to make a coast-to-coast trip in one of its vehicles a reality, via Superchargers and other charging stations, but blanketing the West Coast means that Tesla S owners can now travel from essentially the Mexican border to within the Canadian one without paying any money to fill their cars, and with a minimal amount of charging time required. Superchargers can charge a Tesla S to a capacity worth around 200 miles of driving distance in just 30 minutes, and the stations are positioned near restaurants and shopping centers to give you something to do while your car powers up.
To promote the new corridor, Tesla is having two Model S vehicles make the trip from San Diego to Vancouver, and they’ll be pushing updates to their various social media properties along the way. Spoiler alert: those cars are definitely going to make it without incident.
Supercharger rollout continues globally, with Tesla announcing plans in September to cover 100 percent of the population of Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg, and 90 percent of the population in England, Wales, and Sweden with a station within 320 kms by the end of 2014. Getting past that basic excuse of “I can’t buy one, there’s nowhere to charge” is clearly a huge part of the company’s global rollout strategy, which is why each of these Supercharger network expansions is a big win for Tesla and for founder Elon Musk.
This is an officially certified Eleventh Physician Mr. Potato Head toy from Underground Toys. You can get one from the BBC America store for $ 25 or Amazon for $ 34. Honestly, you can most likely get them other places too, but it’s not my job to surf the web attempting to find you the very best offers on toys. Can you save the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver in his ass? YOU SURE CAN, much like I do with Sharpies and my own ass. Just kidding, and if you’re anyone who understands me in reality I don’t really do that and am entirely safe to borrow a pen from, guarantee. \* fingers crossed behind back \* Tehehehehe!
Thanks to bb gonzales, who constantly jams the wrong body parts in the wrong holes to make Mr. Potato Head look like he got all f \*\*\* ed up in a Star Trip transporter.
If you’ve been eyeing a Motorola device on Verizon without the Droid branding, the Moto X is ultimately your best (and only) choice — but when exactly will it be available to the masses? According to Verizon’s official Twitter account, this Thursday, August 29th will be the day you can grab it online for $ 200 on-contract. As for stores, the company isn’t willing to give a specific date just yet, so all we’ve been told is that we can expect it in the coming weeks. Still, this will come as good news for Big Red fans who have been patiently awaiting their turn, even if it means early adopters have to settle for a black or white option.
A game that takes place in a universe on the brink of extinction is now itself going extinct. 0x10c, a space-exploration game from Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, won’t resume development after all. In April, Persson said he had put the game “on ice” as a result of a “creative block,” but indicated that he continued to support the project. Fans remained hopeful until this week, when during a Team Fortress 2 livestream, Persson said he had no future aspirations for the game.
Well, here we go. After a considerable amount of teasing (not to mention cheerleading from Google execs during earnings calls), Motorola Mobility is finally ready to unveil its long-awaited Moto X smartphone to the world, and it’s going to do it at a special event in New York City on August 1.
Actually, you know what? “Unveil” may not exactly be the right word — the veil has basically been off for months if you go the sheer number of leaks we’ve seen make the rounds. At this point we’ve got a pretty good understanding of what the device will look like, what sort of components it’s going to pack inside that peculiarly-curved frame, and what it’s capable of in terms of software. That’s not to say that Motorola hasn’t kept some surprises for the main event — I don’t think anyone has managed to piece together the entire picture yet — but those leaks have taken some of the shine out of the device’s debut.
Even the fast-approaching reveal was hinted at, and by a Google executive no less — CFO Patrick Pichette mentioned during the company’s most recent earnings conference call that the “new Motorola” would reveal itself in the coming weeks.
So, what’s there to get excited about now that the most of the device’s particulars have been picked apart by so many journalists, pundits, and fans like vultures feasting on carrion? Here’s something: the price tag. Motorola Mobility pulled in $ 998 million in revenue this past quarter, and that number has been sliding for the past few months. And that’s to say nothing of the operating losses the company has been posting — Motorola lost $ 342 million in Q2 2013, up from the comparatively mild $ 299 million loss from this time last year. In short, Motorola could use a hardware hit, and a competitive price tag could definitely help the company out there.
Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has said that he’s very interested in the concept of powerful low-cost devices and many have taken that as proof that the Moto X won’t cost much at all. Still others believe that, for one reason or another that those low-cost rumors are just that: rumors. There’s been little agreement on where the X will land in terms of price, but it won’t be long before that (along with everything else) becomes clear.
LG isn’t beating around the bush this evening; it’s Snapdragon 800-based followup to the original Optimus G will officially be known as the Optimus G2. Naturally, with so many of the smartphone’s secrets already on display for the world to see, the revelation is a minor one at best, but it fills in a small piece of the puzzle for what we might expect on August 7th.
Well, that was pretty anticlimactic. After teasing us mercilessly for the past few weeks, Nokia’s Stephen Elop has taken the stage here in New York to surprise absolutely no one and officially reveal the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The device is apparently set to launch exclusively with AT&T on July 26 with a $ 299 on-contract price tag. China and certain European markets will get the Lumia 1020 some time this quarter.
Sadly, a string of recent leaks have done away with much of the mystery surrounding the event (but really — what else is new?). As expected, the 1020 features a 4.5-inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ screen running at 1280 x 768, but we’re still waiting on confirmation on a tentative spec listing that claimed the device sports a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm dual-core chipset, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.
Naturally, the real star of the show is the 41-megapixel backside-illuminated PureView camera sensor nestled in the 1020′s rear end, and Elop is currently running through what makes it so special.
That 41-megapixel camera is capable of capturing 34 and 38 megapixel-photos in 16:9 or 4:3, but when it takes that high-res image the 1020 is also saving what Elop calls a 5-megapixel “oversampled” image. Each of the pixels in those oversampled photos is comprised of up to 7 pixels captured by the sensor (HTC did something similar on a smaller scale with the One’s UltraPixel camera), which makes for some richly detailed photos for sharing. Nokia’s Floating Lens stabilization technology seen in devices like the Lumia 920 has also been reworked to support the 1020′s hefty sensor.
There’s some truly impressive zoom capability here as well, as evidenced by the fact that Elop likes to ride in helicopters and capture shots from the air. Video recording is similarly important to the Lumia 1020, and the device is capable of recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second, and the same imaging innovations that make pictures look as good as they do also dramatically improve video quality. Throw in continued support for rich audio recording (which featured prominently in the 808 PureView’s spec list) and the 1020 is looking like quite a media creation tool.
Thoughtful hardware is only part of the imaging solution Nokia has concocted here, as it’s supplemented by a new Nokia Pro Camera mode that gives users much more granular control over photo quality. The viewfinder gives you realtime feedback of your settings changes, and enhanced exposure settings enabled Elop and pals to do a little light painting on stage.
The camera grip that leaked earlier made an appearance, and in addition to giving mobile photographers something more substantial to grab onto, it also packs a 1,020mAh battery to supplement the (rather anemic) 2,000 mAh battery sealed inside the 1020.
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Out of beta and free, Skype today launches its video messaging service across all its major platforms. You can now send an unlimited number of messages (video missives were previously limited during beta, but free on premium subscriptions) to Skype contacts on both Windows 8, Windows desktop or Mac, while mobile options encompass iOS, Android and BlackBerry. A Windows Phone version is, however, conspicuously MIA. To remind yourself how it all works, check out our early hands-on here.
Coming in just after a Russian site managed to review the device, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S 4 Zoom. Combining a fully featured Android 4.2.2 Galaxy phone with a 16MP point-and-shoot, it brings a 10x optical zoom lens to bear — the first phone to do so.