Author Archives: JC Torres


Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Failing to take a bit out of the high-end smartphone market, Samsung is setting its price tag lower for the upcoming first ever Tizen smartphone. That is, if it finally really does arrive. Samsung is moving to the new industry sweetheart India to launch the smartphone, now being called the Samsung Z1, supposedly by December 10, which is just a week or so from now. But the biggest pull that the phone might have, other than Samsung's clout, is that it will be sold at a sub-$100 price.

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AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

Whenever UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles are mentioned, two types almost always come to mind: the super powerful ones developed by the military or by corporations, and personal drones mostly used for fun, like taking sports action shots. These two groups also represent the two extremes of the pricing range, the most expensive and the most affordable ones, respectively. AirStrato is an air robot that tries to bring some of each group together, marrying the power of high-performance UAVs but without getting you bankrupt.

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Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

It is the place where your online shopping wishes and dreams come true, so Amazon aptly calls them fulfillment centers. But if you're thinking of happy elves busily packings gifts to be delivered by flying reindeer, you are definitely thinking of the wrong holiday. In Amazon's eighth generation fulfillment centers, the buzz and the noise don't come from cheery creatures with pointed ears but from robots of all shapes and sizes, working in unison to meet the hectic surge of demands this Cyber Monday.

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JVC Micro Four Thirds camera brings its own support crew

JVC Micro Four Thirds camera brings its own support crew

When one hears of cameras, especially digital ones, we usually think of a single slab or contraption that we can take along with us for a ride. The new JVC GW-SP100E 4KCAM, however, is anything but portable. Or rather it is, at least in some ways. Instead of a single camera body, this is actually a full system, composed of a remote camera head, its own separate recording and playback unit, and a remote control to, well, control it all from a safe distance.

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Next Google Glasses tipped to run on Intel chips

Next Google Glasses tipped to run on Intel chips

Google Glass might be losing some of its supporters lately but it has gained a somewhat surprising new ally. Insider sources claim that Google will be replacing the Texas Instruments processor with a still unnamed Intel mobile chip. At least, for the next iteration of Google Glass, a wearable device that has yet to see the light of day in retail. The new alliance is both fitting and rather unusual, given how the companies each have their own struggles in that specific corner of the market.

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Lumia RM-1052 prototype sighted, could be the McLaren

Lumia RM-1052 prototype sighted, could be the McLaren

Microsoft might have closed the last chapter of Nokia's Lumia book, but the story is far from over, especially with many unanswered questions left hanging. One of those pertain to the supposed Lumia 1020 successor, a smartphone codenamed "McLaren". Aside from continuing the 1020's photography lineage, this McLaren was supposed to also bear a "3D Touch" interface. However, it was rumored to have been axed mid year and vanished without a trace. That is, until this RM-1052 prototype surfaced in China, which could very well be that stillborn smartphone.

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EMC, Lotus jumps a truck over an F1 car, sets world record

EMC, Lotus jumps a truck over an F1 car, sets world record

Some people, when they're bored, try to perform some stunts, sometimes hilarious, sometimes mindless, and sometimes just plain out of this world. But when new friends EMC cloud storage and Lotus Formula One get bored, they make a truck jump over an F1 race car. Yes, this is today's serving of "do not try this at home or on the road." That said, the death-defying stunt is undoubtedly awesome, and it is made even more awesome by the fact that they nabbed the Guinness World Record for highest truck jump.

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Archos unveils the 80 Cesium Windows 8.1 budget tablet

Archos unveils the 80 Cesium Windows 8.1 budget tablet

Ever since Microsoft lowered the entry barrier for putting Windows on small form devices, there has been quite a rush of budget-friendly Windows tablets in the market. Archos, long known for that category especially with Android, is taking another stab at that same market with the Archos 80 Cesium, an Intel-powered Windows 8.1 tablet that tries to deliver your choice of finger-friendliness or productivity, either in your pocket, bag, or desk.

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ZANO: a tiny drone that tries to think on its own

ZANO: a tiny drone that tries to think on its own

If you have had nightmares of dozens, if not hundreds, of intelligent drones swarming towards you, then perhaps ZANO is a nightmare come true, at least to some extent. The brain child of Torquing Group in the UK, ZANO is a nano drone smaller or just as small as the palm of your hand. It's small enough to take with you anywhere and whip out in an instant for a splendid shot. And it's smart enough to know where its going. All you really need is your smartphone.

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Reiter Gallardo Extenso stretches Lamborghini FL2 GT3’s prowess

Reiter Gallardo Extenso stretches Lamborghini FL2 GT3’s prowess

Reiter Engineering, Lamborghini's official Gallardo GT3 partner, has just unveiled what it dubs the Extenso R-EX. As the name suggests, this car extends the FL GT3, already a race-car version of Lamborghini's popular Gallardo line. With a wider rear, new materials, a more aggressive visage, and a better sounding engine, the Reiter Gallardo Extenso is poised to be the next evolution of the Gallarado GT3 line and will be the car maker's new contender in future races such as those in the Blancpain GT Series and the US Pirelli World Challenge.

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