Crowdfunded on Kickstarter last year, Lofelt’s wrist-mountable subwoofer is shipping to its backers as we speak. Basslet will be available to order on February 7 for $ 199. I tried it out at CES and am eager to share some first impressions. Read More
It was already known that Google’s second-generation Chromebook Pixel, the new version of its flagship laptop running Chrome OS, was to launch in the U.K. next after debuting in the U.S. last month. However, Mountain View has now confirmed an official launch date and pricing. Read More
GoPro fell more than 9 percent today, after it priced its secondary offering at $ 75 per share, a discount to its market price. The company ended regular trading today at $ 71.74 per share, or a several dollar negative delta to the proposed price. The company will sell 1,287,533 itself, while prior shareholders will sell 9,072,967. Underwriters of the sale may purchase 1,554,075 shares as… Read More
BlackBerry’s top brass eagerly danced around the issue of a U.S. launch date for its new Z10 smartphone during its grand BlackBerry 10 unveiling, but the folks at Bloomberg may have shed some new light on the Canadian company’s plans. Bloomberg reports that AT&T is preparing to release the BlackBerry Z10 on March 22, though AT&T has been unsurprisingly quiet on the matter.
If other recent reports hold true, AT&T’s Z10 won’t be by itself for long — it’s been said that T-Mobile is gearing up for a mid-March Z10 launch of its own (though a leaked carrier roadmap has the launch pegged for later in the month), and Verizon Wireless is expected to push its version out the door sometime in April. On the other hand, Sprint has chosen to skip the all-touch Z10 entirely, opting to carry only the QWERTY keyboard-packing Q10 later this year.
With general interest in BlackBerry waning over the past few years thanks to some ambitious competitors, RIM has its work cut out for it if it wants to make another splash in the United States. If comScore’s most recent mobile market share report is to be believed, BlackBerry devices only account for 5.9% of the U.S. smartphones in use (down from roughly 7.8% in October 2012). Granted, RIM still seems to have a better handle on things than Microsoft and its Windows Phones, but a solid domestic launch could see the company solidify its position as the third major mobile OS.
Of course, part of BlackBerry’s continued resilience has to do with its performance in developing markets, and CEO Thorsten Heins recently shed some light on the company’s plans for shoring up its positions there.
According to a recent Q&A with Bloomberg, Heins and the rest of the company don’t intend to take on low-cost handset manufacturers like ZTE and Huawei, which have made significant inroads not only in China but India and parts of Africa as well. Their major draw is their ability to churn out reasonably robust, sub-$ 100 Android smartphones, and that’s the sort of game BlackBerry doesn’t seem eager to play.
“This is not BlackBerry,” Heins said, adding that this year would see the release of multiple LTE-enabled BlackBerry 10 devices “geared towards those price bands where people need to be.”
While the company could surely pick up some points for churning out low-cost, no-frills hardware in the right markets, its current approach seems to be doing well for now. The company has already released the Z10 in India, and despite the fact that the device costs Rs 43490 (roughly $ 794) Heins says the Z10 was sold out within two days.
Microsoft’s Windows RT-powered Surface has been… polarizing to say the least, leaving many a gadget fiend pondering the prospect of buying the more powerful Surface Pro instead.
The Redmond-based company has been keeping quiet when it came to the Pro’s more salient details, but Microsoft has finally come forward with some new info — the Surface Pro will be available in 64GB and 128GB models in January 2013, which will cost users $ 899 and $ 999, respectively.
Honestly, I’m looking forward to seeing just how much of that internal memory will actually be available to users from the get-go, especially considering how things played out on the RT version. If you’ll recall, users who picked up the base 32GB Surface RT ended up only ended up with about 16GB of free space, despite originally being assured that they would have closer to 20GB to play with.
As previously noted, both models will ship with a Surface pen for more precise touch input, but users looking for a faster way to bang out essays and angry missives may still want to purchase a Touch or Type Cover. Some of the Surface Pro’s other particulars have been public knowledge for a while now — it’s a bit heavier than the RT model (though still less than 2 lbs), but it packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 1080p display into that handsome VaporMG chassis. Other enhancements over the Surface RT include a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort jack, and (naturally) a beefier battery to run the show.
This is certainly a gutsy move for Microsoft — these price points put the Surface within striking distance of existing (not to mention well-reviewed) Windows 8 convertibles like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. As Gizmodo points out too, the price of a 64GB Surface Pro and a keyboard cover inches past that of an 11-inch MacBook Air, which may mean the Surface Pro could be left in a sort of no man’s land between lightweight laptops and more traditional tablets. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Surface Pro has a shot at success (I’ve grown rather fond of my own Surface RT), but we’ll soon see how the company’s hardware fortunes turn out.