Microsoft made headlines yesterday with the launch of their new Surface Tablet. The big questions: Is it really a business device in disguise? Will its integrated “kickstand”, the 3mm thin keyboard/cover, and the yet unproven Windows RT OS be enough to convince consumers to choose Surface over iPad or even something like the Windows-powered Asus 600? Only time will tell.
Apple just keeps dropping bombs: The next-gen MacBook Pro launched today. Apple’s VP Phil Schiller called the new laptop ‘without a doubt the very best computer that we’ve ever built.’ It’s got a super-sharp Retina display with a 2880 x 1800 resolution, it measures just 0.71-inches thick and weighs 4.46 pounds. The new display delivers higher contrast plus improved viewing angles and reduced glare. 7-hour battery life with 30-day standby. Other specs include 16GB of RAM, NVIDIA Kepler GT 650M graphics, optional 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, & up to 768GB of SSD storage. It is shipping right now.
If you’ve got a Wii console, you’re familiar with motion control video games. They sense your bodily motions or hand gestures to operate games. Until now, Microsoft’s Kinect technology was as good as it got. Now there’s Leap Motion. This new motion control unit is 200 times more accurate than its predecessor & the USB plug-in device is the size of a stick of gum. It tracks the motion of all 10 of your fingers and is accurate up to 1/100th of a millimeter. Hardcore gamers: jump on this limited-release batch of Leap controllers fast or you’ll be left in the dust until the holidays when they do the full launch.
From a distance, people might think you’ve finally entered the new millennium and given up your old PC. Yeah, Sony’s latest VAIO laptops with spiffy new Ivy Bridge processors, the T11 & T13 Ultrabooks, look so much like Apples with their magnesium and aluminum bodies it’s incredible. And, yes, they have internet.
Only a sucker would transfer & store important data on the wack little plastic thumbdrives they were giving out at the trade show. Step it up. Sony’s Micro Vault MACH thumbdrives are a much better idea. They’re made of sturdy, styley brushed aluminum and with 120 MB/s reads and 90 MB/s writes they’re probably faster than the ones you’re using now.
Tired of pressing that old, run-of-the-mill “Reset” button on your current wireless router? Maybe the touchscreen on this one from Securifi will remind you of your phone and therefore make you feel better when it’s time to hit reset.
Is it just us or is the convenience and power of your super-smart iPhone starting to make your laptop seem a little stupid? The only bitch is that so much typing leads to lots of typos. But with just one click, the new Slim One Keyboard from Ontario-based brand Matias, lets you switch from typing on your PC or Mac to texting in turbo on your iPhone. Nice for us multi-device multi-taskers.
How safe is your external hard drive? You know, the one with all your highly sensitive files? Chances are, no matter where you’ve got this data stored it is not as hacker-proof as the rugged Amphibious 7X. It offers AES-256 CBC Real-Time Hardware Encryption, with NIST and FIPS validated Cryptographic modules. You don’t know what this means but the guys who want to steal your identity do. It also features an embedded keypad requiring a PIN and additional Smartcard security. Take the first step in protecting your data, get one. Available by Spring 2012.
To say Apple’s influence is far-reaching is an obvious understatement. And when you look at the new All-In-One 24 & 27-inch PCs and sleek laptops from Vizio, it’s a surprise there hasn’t been a lawsuit launched already. If you’re a staunch believer in the Windows platform, these new machines should really light your fire.
If you’ve been waiting for the release of a legit iPad rival, the wait could be over. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime just dropped. It’s a 10-inch Android tablet with a quad-core processor that makes it the most powerful Android device on earth. It’s also got a Sunlight Readable Display and a slick keyboard attachment option allowing you to “transform” from tablet to laptop.