This week the folks at Parrot have announced that they're working with Microsoft closely to release not only apps and connections between Windows Phone and their Parrot.AR Drone 2.0 and Zik, but Windows 8 as well. This means that you'll be able to work closely with the Zik headphones and pilot this beastly drone from your Windows 8 desktop or tablet as well as Windows Phone 8 devices in the very near future.
Beats Electronics has announced a new, larger incarnation of the Beats Pill: the Pill XL. Measuring in at 13 inches long by 4 inches in diameter, the Pill XL will arrive in stores by early December, 2013. Both the original Pill and the Pill XL will also get some added features that should make for some interesting listening.
Sony's Music Video Recorder may well be the camera sleeper hit of the holidays. Think of it as the ill-fated Flip Video - or, indeed, Sony's own Bloggie alternative - given a pro-audio upgrade, ostensibly targeted at bands and recording artists looking to make music videos and recordings simultaneously but, as we discovered when we spent some hands-on time with the shooter, certainly capable of more. Read on for our first-impressions.
Audio company Braven has announced the availability of a new wireless HD stereo speaker designed for portable use on the go. The speaker is called the Braven 710 and it is designed to be portable and water resistant with Bluetooth connectivity. The speaker is enclosed in an aircraft grade aluminum housing promising audiophile grade sound.
A collection of devices will likely be revealed this week by Nokia - everything from a tablet to a smartphone (or more than one) to an MP3 streaming music player. This smallest of the collection of devices has been tipped with the name Nokia Guru - at the moment it would appear likely that this name refers to the early code-naming of the machine rather than the final release name. It'll work with MP3s inside as well as wired earphones, a physical volume button, and microUSB.
Dual form factor authentication has been used for a long time to add an additional layer of security both online and in the real world. Dual factor authentication requires a user to offer some sort of physical token along with something they know such as a password to access systems secured using the technique. Technology giant IBM has announced a new dual factor authentication system that is NFC-based and intended to help users keep online accounts and services secure.
Over the past several weeks we've had the opportunity to take a look at the TYLT Energi+ Backpack, one of a burgeoning series of accessories from the manufacturers that really making a place for themselves in this industry back at CES 2013. What we've seen with this backpack is a superior build, more room for devices than we know what to do with, and - perhaps most importantly - a comfortable bag to wear on a regular basis. Here we've got a multi-use backpack aimed at the owner of multiple devices - that's us!
ASUS has unveiled what it says is the world's first NFC-equipped desktop PC, the ASUS M70, a shiny new tower system that has precious few details available at the moment. Among its features, as you might guess from the image, is Qi charging integrated into the top of the tower, allowing users to wirelessly charge their gadgets by setting them on top of the computer.
In an effort to create a bridge between standard smartphones and high-powered cameras, Sony has this week unveiled their Lens-Style Camera series with the Sony QX100 and QX10. These devices are also known as the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and Sony Cyber-shot QX10, but you'll likely see them referred to by their shortened names out in the wild more often than not. These devices were made by Sony for hobby photographers who wish to photograph or take video of everyday events, sharing them immediately thereafter. Attaching a Lens-Style Camera to your smartphone is as easy as a tap (with NFC) and a hook-up physically with an extendable magnetic attachment piece.
Fresh details on Sony's so-called Cyber-shot Lens Cameras, which wirelessly add improved photographic abilities to smartphones and tablets, have emerged, including expected pricing for the unusual attachments. The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 will be around $250, Sony Alpha Rumors reports, while the more capable QX100 will supposedly come in at $450.
If touch keyboards aren't your thing, new pics leaked today that supposedly show the Motorola Droid 5 sporting a QWERTY slider keyboard ought to pique your interest. The photos show the slider lacking the capacitive buttons the previous gen phone had with the addition of wireless charging and a shockproof water resistant design.