It’s post Chinese New Year 2013 and my last Heads Up:TECH video was almost 3 weeks ago. Back to regular scheduled show, we’re back with another 5 minutes episode of tech news update for the non-tech savvy.
There are too many stories in tech world the last few weeks, so I have a lot of headlines to cover. We talk about great gadgets announced such as HTC’s 2013 flagship Android superphone, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the direct competitor to iPad mini. There’s also great news on Google Glass, Microsoft’s Outlook.com going publicly LIVE for all, Skype’s newest Voice Messages feature and a bunch of other headlines that we can’t cover in a 5 minute video.
Here’s the video for this week.
For more details, here are the links to the stories:-
HTC One announced[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Last Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013, I was invited to watch the private live stream of the unveiling of HTC’s latest 2013 flagship Android superphone – the HTC One. It was a simultaneous event held in London (which I watched and live tweeted) and one in New York City.
Here are some links you might want to check out on the story:-
- WinnieKepala : HTC One announced & what the major tech sites are saying (updated)
- Engadget : HTC One unveiled: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600, UltraPixel camera, Android 4.1.2 with Sense 5
- TechRadar : Hands on: HTC One review
- TechRadar : HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Sony Xperia Z vs iPhone 5
- HTC SouthEast Asia Website : HTC One Product Page
If you want to watch the (belated) launch video, HTC was kind enough to post the full video of the London launch, too.[/symple_toggle]
Google Glass UI video[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
On Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013, Google released a video showcasing the updated features that they’ve included in Google Glass, their eye glass with a HUD (Head Up Display) that ties with various Google services.
Check out the amazing video.
The video showcases Google Glass being activated by just saying, “OK Glass” and its capability to not only take pictures and videos, you can now also do Google Search (by voice or images), check Google Maps, so Google+ Hangouts and so much more. Unfortunately, it’s only now selectively available to their developers at USD$1500.
Other than the video, here are some more news on the Google Glass front:-
- ReadWrite : Google Glass Augmented Reality Project Now Open To Regular People
- TechRadar : Google Glass ‘confirmed’ for 2013 release, let the Christmas rush begin
- TechCrunch : Google Confirms That Project Glass Will Work With iPhone
- Google Glass Website
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 announced[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Today marks the start of Mobile World Congress (MWC 2013) in Barcelona, where all mobile companies in consumer and enterprise market will start announcing a bunch of products and services. Like HTC’s effort to not drown their announcement in the midst of this conference’s news, Samsung has announced their Samsung Galaxy Note 8 on Saturday, 23 Feb 2013 before MWC 2013 starts.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is exactly as the name suggests, it’s an 8″ Android tablet from the Galaxy Note series that comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus. This is Samsung’s direct response to the iPad mini, although, many would likely point out that they’ve just increased an inch to their very successful 7″ Android tablets like Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 7 Plus OR a mere 0.3″ addition to the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Here are some links on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that you should check out:-
- PhoneArena : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 now official with improved S Pen tech and Smart Remote mode
- SlashGear : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on: yes, it is a phone too
- Gizmodo : Galaxy Note 8.0 Hands On: The 8-Inch Tablet That’s an 8-Inch… Phone
Microsoft’s Outlook.com and Skype news[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
Microsoft has some news in the recent weeks.
Outlook.com is Microsoft’s direct competition to Gmail and they’ve unleashed a new Marketing campaign named Scroogled to lure you away from Gmail.
Previously, Outlook.com is in beta but you can still signup for your own Outlook.com email. Now, the service is finally open to public. Hotmail users are also now being migrated over to the new @outlook.com email addresses.
Check out these links:-
- TechCrunch : Scroogled: Why So Negative, Microsoft?
- BGR : Microsoft Brings Outlook.com Out Of Preview, Begins Shutting Down Hotmail
- TechCrunch : Microsoft Takes Outlook.com Out Of Preview, Starts Migrating Hotmail Users And Launches “Massive” New Marketing Campaign
- ReadWrite : Hotmail Users, It’s Time To Move To Outlook.com, Like It Or Not
Then, there’s also some announcements from Skype in the form of Video Messages feature. Like how you’d leave a voicemail on someone’s phone, you can now record and leave a video voicemail on Skype. But this feature is only available for Mac, iOS and Android only for now.
- TechCrunch : Over A Year After Tango, Skype Adds Video Voicemail Option
- SlashGear : Skype Video Messaging for Mac, Android, iOS, limited to 20
Other interesting Tech Headlines[symple_toggle title=”Show Article”]
There are so many other interesting headlines in TECH that I can’t get to cover in my video this week. Nevertheless, here’s some links for more stories this week:-
- TNW : Sony announces PlayStation 4 with 8-core x86 processor, 8GB GDDR5 memory and DualShock 4 controller
- TechCrunch : Yahoo Rolls Out A More Personalized And Interactive Front Page
- Mashable : Finally! Your Full Instagram Feed Hits the Web
- TechRadar : Google takes on Apple with Chromebook Pixel, touchscreen and all
- Techradar : Microsoft confirms Office 2013 licenses cannot be transferred
- ReadWrite : Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Gets Good Reviews – Except For Battery Life
- SlashGear : SwiftKey 4 unleashed: Flow your way to next-level Android typing
Once again, there’s no QOTW (Question of the Week) in the video, or Bonus feature story.
So, let’s end with a movie trailer of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s upcoming movie, The Internship, featuring the real life Google HQ.
Also, I want to remind you to stay tuned here on my written blog for several gadget reviews coming up – Jabra HALO2 headset (Bluetooth headset), HTC Butterfly (5″ Android smartphone), CSL Switch Pluto (entry level dual-SIM Android smartphone) and the much delayed Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook (touchscreen Windows 8 thin and light laptop).
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