Late-2013 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Review: Apple’s High-Performance Notebook Tops The Field

TechCrunch

[tc_dropcap]Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina Display will soon be just the MacBook Pro, period. But this generation two version of both the 13- and 15-inch super slim notebooks with high-res displays is still something many average users will be weighing as an outlier possibility versus the more mainstream MacBook Air. But thanks to price cuts and smart improvements under the hood, Apple’s Retina MacBook has grown up a lot since the 15-inch version made its first appearance back in June 2012.[/tc_dropcap]

Video Review

[tc_5min code=”517987283″]

Basics

  • 2880 x 1800 (Retina), 15.4-inch display
  • 256GB storage
  • 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM
  • 0.71 inches thick, 4.46 lbs
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 8 hours battery life
  • $1,999

Pros

  • Screen is best-in-class
  • Thin and light design despite ample power
  • Now includes iWork apps for free
  • $200 price cut versus previous entry-level version

Cons

  • Still pretty beefy compared to Air and 13-inch Retina Pro
  • Battery life…

View original post 1,134 more words

Skype Will Finally Start Syncing Chat Messages Across Devices

TechCrunch

If you use Skype on your phone and desktop, you know how annoying its inability to effectively keep your chat message status in sync between different machines can be. After you start Skype on your phone, for example, it downloads and alerts you of all of the sometimes hundreds of messages you’ve received since you last shut it down, even though you’ve long seen them on your desktop. Sometimes, this also means the app will be unresponsive for quite a while (or just crash).

Thankfully, it looks like those days will soon be over, as the Skype team today announced that it plans to roll out chat message status syncing across devices over the next few months.

“We are working to synchronize chat message status across all of your devices so you will know the current status of all of your chats on every device you use to interact with…

View original post 165 more words

Sony Hopes You’ll Carry A Lens In Your Pocket

TechCrunch

sony-mobile-cam

Remember that time when your smartphone camera just wasn’t good enough? That time when you wanted a picture that was just slightly better? You know, the time you lugged a pocket camera to your kid’s karate lesson or significant other’s colonoscopy. Well. Sony will soon have a product for you, friend!

The Sony QX10 and QX100 are leakingfrom all corners of the Internet following their surprise appearance last month. The products are essentially two-thirds of a camera designed to connect to a smartphone wirelessly or through a dock. Sony has created a whole new system that replaces a phone’s camera with a new sensor and glass. For better or worse, of course.

According to Sony Alpha Rumors, the QX10 will feature a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel sensor paired with an f/3.3-5.9 lens. The QX100 will have a high-quality 1-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor and a f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens. Reportedly, the…

View original post 274 more words

Check Out This Wii U GamePad-Like Controller For Other Consoles

My Nintendo News

cross_plane

Advanced Gaming Innovations is working on a new gaming controller that looks similar to the Wii U GamePad. The “Cross Plane” will also have some of the same functions as Nintendo’s touch-screen controller, and is designed to support PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Ouya. It will allow users to play an entire game strictly on its screen, akin to the Wii U GamePad’s Off-TV Play feature. The Cross Plane is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter. Read some of the project’s description below:

“The Cross Plane” is the worlds first multi-platform WVI (Wireless Video Interface) gaming controller that brings a new angle into the way we play modern video games. Designed to support gaming platforms like XBox 360, PlayStation 3, OUYA and PC, “The Cross Plane” puts your favorite games from your favorite platforms right to the palm of your hand, all in beautiful Hi-Def quality!

For the…

View original post 100 more words

With New Business Suite & Samsung Partnership, Mobile Security Company Lookout Prepares To Take On The Enterprise

TechCrunch

Lookout, a mobile security company which previously focused on consumer protections and anti-malware services, is today taking a step to expand its footprint further with the launch of a new, standalone product for business. Arriving later this year, Lookout for Business intends to allow larger organizations the ability to secure mobile devices attaching to the network – like the employee-owned smartphones and tablets arriving via BYOD (bring-your-own-device) programs.

For those unfamiliar, Lookout’s Mobile Security applications for Android (including Kindle) and iOS devices have historically helped to identify and block threats on consumers’ phones and tablets, including blocking and alerting to mobile malware, phishing attempts, malicious websites, and apps that try to grab too much of a user’s personal information. The company also offers mobile backup solutions as well as its own take on Apple’s “Find my iPhone,” with a service that can track down and remotely wipe lost or…

View original post 992 more words

Facebook And 6 Phone Makers Launch Internet.org To Bring Affordable Access To Everyone

TechCrunch

Facebook has just announced a partnership with Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera and Qualcomm to launch Internet.org, a project aimed at bringing affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people without it. The companies will work together on data-compression technologies and cheap, high-quality smartphones to make the web cheaper.

While it might seem like the whole world is connected, just one-third of the globe’s population has Internet access, and adoption is only growing at 9 percent. Internet.org aims to speed up that rate.

Zuckerberg writes “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.” Zuckerberg has laid out his thoughts on accessibility in a paper called “Is Connectivity A Human Right?

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 8.31.48 PM

The three major initiatives of the partnership…

View original post 833 more words

Google’s Stealthy Helpouts Live Video Commerce Service Makes Its First Public Appearance, Landing Page Now Live

TechCrunch

Last month, our own Rip Empson broke the news that Google was working on Helpouts, a Hangouts-based marketplace “that enables individuals and small and large businesses to buy and sell services via live video.” Today, Helpouts made its first public appearance. The service’s homepage is now live, and while it remains invite-only, its help pages are public and give us a closer look at what Helpouts will look like once it launches.

Google describes Helpouts as a way to allow professionals and experts to “share [their] knowledge with people who want to learn from [them] by giving a Helpout.”

The service obviously isn’t available yet, but Google says it is “currently inviting people with expertise across a number of topics to be able to offer Helpouts when we go live — and to make money sharing their skills and knowledge with the world.” Interested experts can already leave…

View original post 138 more words

Amazon Japan Sells Out Of Pokemon X & Y Nintendo 3DS Bundles In Just Nine Hours

My Nintendo News

Pokemon_X_Pokemon_Y_logo

Amazon Japan has revealed that they sold out of their Pokemon X & Y pre-order bundles in just nine hours as Japanese consumers swamped the online retailer to secure themselves a unit. The popular retailer had an allowance of 100,000 units. The embargo on Pokemon X & Y preorders was lifted at 10am. One hour later the Pokemon Centre bundle with a limited edition golden Nintendo 3DS was sold out. Then at 7 PM, the standard Nintendo 3DS bundle was sold out as well.

View original post

Here’s 151 Pokemon Drawn By 151 Different Artists

My Nintendo News

pokemon_collab

Justin’s Blog on Tumblr has just posted 151 Pokemon characters drawn by 151 different artists via Twitter. The project was a definite success, as within the first 24 hours sign-ups were full. Within the first 48 hours, 80% of the Pokémon were already complete. As you can see every drawing looks unique due to the talent of 151 different artists. You can download the full version of the image, here.

View original post