As Autoblog Green points out, Australia’s Varley Electric Vehicles is known more for bulky industrial vehicles than high-end sports cars, but the company’s now looking to change that perception with its new all-electric evR450 supercar. While it’ll no doubt turn a few heads simply standing still, it also looks to measure up reasonably well under the hood, boasting a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour (or 124 MPH) and a zero to 100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds. The company’s also promising a range of 150 kilometers (or 93 miles) that can be doubled with an optional range-extension pack, although its not letting anyone actually drive the car just yet (or even look under the hood, for that matter). As for a price, Varley’s saying that the base package will come in “below” $ 200,000 Australian dollars (or about $ 213,000 US), and it says it could roll out “as early as January 2012.”
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Battlefield 3 is here and in a major way. The latest shooter in the long-running franchise hit the interweb and retailers last week and EA just announced that they moved 5 million units within the first week. For anyone that cares, that makes Battlefield 3 the fastest selling title in EA’s 29 year history. And for good reason. EA and DICE conducted a flawless marketing campaign for Battlefield 3.
The marketing first targeted those that really care — dedicated gamers — as the game was first revealed this year (read: the game came out in the same year it was announced) in GameInformer magazine. Then the videos hit. EA systematically released gameplay footage of the stunning first level Fault Line. These videos, originally just a couple quick minutes, pieced together the entire first level for the view and perfectly showcased not only the game, but the brand new Frostbite 2 game engine.
By the time E3 hit in June, gamers and the press were very familiar with Battlefield 3 where it stole the show partly thanks to playable demos. The marketing ramped up over the summer in preparation for the much-anticipated open beta. Invites first went out to players who bought Medal of Honor: Tier 1 edition and those that pre-ordered Battlefield 3: Limited Edition. But soon, EA opened up two maps for anyone that wanted to try Battlefield 3. And try they did.
More than 8 million players participated in the beta during its 12 days. That resulted in 47 billion shots fired and 1.5 billion kills. But despite the extensive testing, EA’s new servers couldn’t hand the opening rush and faltered the first few days. Still, Battlefield 3 is a hit but will its popularity diminish after Modern Warfare 3 launches in the coming days?
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By now it’s no secret that HTC’s Verizon-bound Rezound will debut shortly, but the stars seem to have aligned recently, because we’re absolutely swimming in Rezound-related news. Most notably, a video demoing the Rezound in action has begun to make the rounds, and it gives us our best glimpse yet at Verizon’s next holiday heavyweight.
The video doesn’t probe very far, but it does confirm that the Rezound packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 4.3-inch display running at 720p. It comes with 16GB of internal storage out of the box, but since it’s a Sense 3.0 device, it can also take advantage of Dropbox’s 5GB of cloud storage.
We’re also afforded a quick look under the battery cover, and I’m happy to report that HTC’s trend of making their device’s innards look as good as the outside continues.
Verizon seems to be just as excited for the Rezound as HTC fans are, as the company has begun to push out signage that features the much-anticipated device front and center. It probably wasn’t supposed to go up yet, but that didn’t stop some over-eager employees by putting it up for all to see. The sign also trots out the Rezound’s Beats-friendly earbuds, not to mention some love for the middle Jonas brother.
Sadly, there’s still no word on a release date — Droid-Life cites a tipster’s claim that the phone will launch on November 14, but there have been so many claims that it’s hard to keep track at this point. The Rezound is almost sure to take the stage this Thursday at HTC’s big New York event, but with any luck some juicy details will leak ahead of the show.
The GDrive leaks and rumors have started up again in earnest, really for the first time since 2007. The service seemed to destined for the dustbin when Docs started accepting any type of file, but in September hints started dropping that Drive may be resurrected. The latest interesting, if not entirely telling development, is a link to a “test page for Platypus (GDrive)” that pops up when you Google “Writely,” the online word processor that eventually became Google Docs. Those with more robust memories may remember that Platypus was the codename attached to Google’s cloud storage solution back when it was originally being dogfooded. Clicking on the link takes you Google Docs, just as any Writely.com URL would, but that does line up nicely with what we’ve heard about Drive being a rebranded Docs — potentially with a file syncing component. Hopefully the Mountain View crew will take the covers off this bad boy soon — we can’t take much more of this mystery and intrigue stuff.
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Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman turned a few heads when he unveiled the Jawbone Up at this past year’s TED conference, mostly because it seemed like such a radical departure from the usual Jawbone lineup.
When speaking to our very own Sarah Lacy, Rahman promised that the Up would be available “soon,” but we may be getting very close to a release. The health-conscious Up wristband has popped up very briefly in Apple’s online stores and Jawbone’s own website today, which means the official launch can’t be too far off.
Here’s a quick refresher for those unfamiliar with the Up: it’s essentially a (rather fetching) wristband with a built-in accelerometer. It’s meant to collect data about everything from how active its user is to how well the user has been sleeping, in hopes that quantifying this information will make users more likely to keep track of it. It’s not the newest concept in the world (the FitBit predates the Up by quite a bit), but it’s one that could stand to benefit from stylish execution.
One of our faithful tipsters sent us this screengrab of Apple Italy’s online store (above), which very clearly shows us that the Jawbone Up will be available in three different sizes, and may retail for around €99.
A little digging of my own yielded a cached version of Apple’s UK store, which claimed that the Jawbone Up was in stock and ready to ship, provided you were willing to fork over 79 quid. It also seems to confirm that the Up will ship in three different colors, so the chromatically picky shouldn’t trouble finding a hue they like.
Most damning is that the Up also has its own product listing on Jawbone’s online store, though I wonder how long it will stay up. Someone on Jawbone’s side seems to have caught wise, as the product page first listed a $ 99 pricetag but displayed an outlandish placeholder amount when refreshed.
So, it looks like it shouldn’t be long at all before fitness fiends will be able to pick up a Jawbone Up. Speaking as someone who got into running by tempting himself with gadgets (and hasn’t gotten a good night’s sleep in weeks), I personally can’t wait to get my hands on one.
Many thanks to our tipster, Paolo!
There’s nothing worse (seriously, it’s scientifically proven) than catching some serious glare on your smartphone, unless you’re checking for spinach in your teeth — but thanks to Nippon Electric Glass’ new “invisible glass,” an overly reflective surface may be a problem of the past. According to our friends at Tech-On, the company has developed a new type of vitrine that reduces glare by using a special film on each side of the substrate, which allows more light to pass through the layers rather than bounce off the surface. Normal glass reflects around eight percent of light, while the new variety only rebounds 0.5 percent, dramatically reducing the luminous reflectance to around 0.1 percent or lower. Looks like your yearning to purchase this thing is finally justified.
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Fresh on the heels of its envisioned future video, Microsoft has posted an inspiring portrayal of the Kinect to YouTube. The video outlines the somewhat unexpected uses of Kinect in its one-year history, including educational and medical applications, which is likely meant to boost awareness ahead of the commercial launch of the Kinect SDK.
Developers have been hacking Kinect and creating new uses and applications for the platform since just days after its initial launch, but this marks the first time that companies will be able to profit off of their Kinect creations. According to CNET, the Kinect SDK will be available in early 2012 to anyone ready and willing.
In celebration of this momentous occasion, we thought it’d be worth a look back at what developers have managed to do with Kinect. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this view into the past as much as we did.Become The Star Wars Kid
Meet A Flying Kinect Quadricopter
Kinect-Controlled Humanoid Robot
Kinect-Style Tetris Home Automation A La Kinect
Head-Mounted Kinect = Artificial Vision
Microsoft’s Kinect-Powered Recliner
Sign Language Translation Courtesy of Kinect
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software.
Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured.
Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market.
Additionally, the company has ventured into hardware with consumer products such as the Zune and…