With just days left before HTC unveils the 2014 edition of its flagship, the HTC One, the company has began sending out "dummy units" to retailers in advance so they can work out showroom floor displays and marketing materials. Fortunately for us, one of those dummy models has made its way to the internet in the form of the most detailed images of the device we have seen to date.
The images come from an eBay France shop called dummy_store, a retailer that specializes in selling... you guessed it, Dummy Phones. While the phone is not a functioning model, it is an exact replication of what the new HTC One will look like. The new HTC One appears thicker than the current model, and the dual cameras are actually there. The current HTC One features an anodized aluminum chassis, but the gunmetal grey version of the new HTC One appears to sport a brushed finish, giving it an amazing look. When combined with the darker gray plastic inserts, this is one of the best looking smartphones I have ever seen.
Specifications appear to have remained the same with no new reports surfacing today. The HTC One 2014 Edition will feature a full 1080p screen like its predecessor, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM will be present. 16GB and 32GB models will be available and a 2,600mAh Lithium-Ion battery will provide ample up-time for even the heaviest of users. Android 4.4.2, Sense 6.0, and a new version of BlinkFeed will installed as well. The big unveil happens on March 25th and TweakTown will be providing full coverage.
The National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly wants to infect millions of computers with malware, and the TURBINE program is based on hacking routers, impersonating Facebook, and other shady practices. Not surprisingly, the information was made public based on revelations released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The NSA posed as a fake Facebook server, and successfully infected a user's computer to gain access to stored files on a HDD, according to a report posted on The Intercept. Previously, the NSA would use this tactic for a small number of select targets that couldn't be tracked with regular wiretaps, but greatly expanded use over the past 10 years.
Security experts are disheartened by yet another data snooping case from the NSA, potentially opening up additional security issues by intentionally infecting computers with malware.
Another mobile tech software developer is filing for its Initial Public Offering (IPO) but is this another case of a company not knowing true value? Today King, the developer of popular mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga, has officially turned in its F1 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. King is seeking to raise $532.8 million with about 22.2 million shares valued at about $24 each. This gives the company a total valuation of $7.6 billion.
Unfortunately we have seen a similar situation present itself before when Zynga filled its IPO and was valued at $7 billion based on the success of a hand full of mobile games. King's biggest title to date is Candy Crush Saga, with a few other less popular games. It leaves one wondering why a company with a single hit game would value themselves at $7.6 billion, especially since at the moment its entire success depends on Candy Crush Saga staying in the popular favor.
For people who suffer from medical conditions, being able to help their condition using gadgets rather than medications can be a big deal. A medical gadget called the Cefaly headband has received FDA approval recently to treat pain associated with migraine headaches.
The Cefaly headband is a device that is worn on the head and has tips that go behind the ears like glasses. The device is positioned on the forehead above the eyes and features a self adhesive electrode.
The headband is able to deliver an electrical current to the skin and underlying tissues in the area. The positioning of the headband and electrode allow the electrical signal to stimulate the branches of the trigeminal nerve that are associated with migraine headaches.
Superheroes are very hot right now. We can thank Marvel and its Iron Man and Avengers franchises for that. CW is a network that many cable and satellite providers offer and it has another cool show called Arrow that follows a comic book superhero.
I happen to be a fan of that show, and if you are too you have been wondering what is going on with scientist Barry Allen after he was struck by lightning in that one episode of Arrow. Comic book fans know Allen is the later ego of The Flash.
CW is preparing a new series that will focus on The Flash with the same actor from Arrow that played Barry Allen, Grant Gustin, donning the red leather. CW has offered up a close up photo of the costume that The Flash will wear. Honestly, I'm not feeling the costume. It's a bit too cartoonish compared to the more gritty super heroes we are used to seeing.
In the world of 3D printing, several companies offer printers that are aimed at being used in the home and office. One of the most well known is MakerBot. The company has announced that its latest 3D printer called the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is now available for pre-order.
The printer is the largest that the company sells with a build volume of 12" L x 12" W x 18" H. The printer is far from cheap at right under $6500. While pre-orders are going right now, MakerBot is not saying exactly when the printer will ship.
The ship date is still listed as a vague "this spring." Along with pre-orders for the printer, accessories to go with it are also available. The accessories include a cart and a filament case.
For the better part of the past decade 3D printing has mainly been relegated to printing objects in hard solid plastics such as PLA, ABS, and Nylon, but recently, great progress has been made in the advancement of flexible, more rubber-like filaments. One of the major hurdles has been the development of a reliable extruder that can feed the flexable filament into the hotend.
Today Lulzbot released its new Flexystruder Tool Head designed for use with its TAZ 3 3D Printer. Lulzbot says that the FlexyStruder was specifically designed for use with NinjaFlex flexible 3D Printing filament, and that setting up the new tool head is fast and easy. From what I can tell, the Flexystruder is based off of Lulzbot's Budaschnozzle design and is mounted on a carrage designed to fit into the TAZ 3's Z quick-change extriuder carrier.
We all know that Titanfall has launched officially this week for the PC and Xbox One game console. Gaming PCs typically have hardware inside to support a great graphics experience for the game and the Xbox One certainly has the hardware for a next gen experience with the game.
Gamers looking forward to the Xbox 360 version may be worried that the older console will mean they have to give up some of the great visuals the game has. Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi says that the version of Titanfall for the Xbox 360 will be a first class experience. The 360 version of the game is being developed by Bluepoint Games and is set for launch on March 25.
The Xbox 360 version of the game was supposed to launch this week along with the PC and Xbox One versions. The launch of the 360 versions was delayed so that Bluepoint could "put the finishing touches on the game."
During CES 2014 back in January LaCie showed off a number of new storage products. Among the new products was the impressively fast Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive. During the show, most of the specifications for the drive were announced.
What wasn't announced at the show was when people could buy the drive and how much it would cost. LaCie has announced today that the LBD Thunderbolt 2 is now available to purchase. As you might expect for any drive promising performance in the area of 1375 MB/s, the LaCie drive is not cheap.
The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive with 1TB of storage inside sells for $1299.99. Inside the single enclosure are a pair of 500GB SSD drives. If the performance offered by a single LBD isn't enough, you can daisy chain two of them for even more performance
BlueAnt is a company that has been making Bluetooth headsets for mobile phone users for a long time. The company has announced its latest product called the BlueAnt Pump. The new headset is aimed at active users that like music while they workout.
The headphones promise clearer audio and they are IP67 waterproof rated. That means they can be rinsed under the faucet after a workout and won't break. BlueAnt says that it developed the Pump headset with cooperation from extreme athletes.
BlueAnt says that the headphones will deliver deep bass and clear high and mid-range sounds. The headphones also support wireless phone calls and have easy to reach and use controls on the ear piece. The drivers inside the headphones are 12.5mm units and they have mylar composite diaphragms.