Microsoft Corporation has announced two new mice: the Sculpt Mobile Mouse and the Sculpt Comfort Mouse. This is the first time that Microsoft created a mouse with a button dedicated to bringing up the Windows 8 Start menu. You can also use the mouse to return to the desktop without having to use the keyboard.
Microsoft Xbox One: New Kinect, Controller, Snap Mode, SmartGlass Compatibility, And Skype Integration
Microsoft announced the Xbox One console at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington today. The Xbox One has a new Kinect sensor that is going to launch later this year. There is an emphasis for Xbox One users to “have a relationship with your TV.” The Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, 8-core CPU, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11N WiFi, and HDMI in/out.
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Sony Corporation has announced that the Xperia Tablet Z is now available for sale worldwide through multiple channels. Sony officially announced the Xperia Tablet Z back in January with a 10.1-inch touchscreen (1200 x 1920 resolution), which is equal to a 224 pixel density. The tablet also appears to support the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2. The multitouch feature on the tablet can support up to 10 pressure points at any one time. Another great feature is that the Tablet Z has a waterproof rating.
Earlier this year, Google decided to discontinue the social streaming media player known as the Nexus Q. However, a new Google media player gadget has been spotted in FCC testing documents with the product name H840. The product code is the H2G2-42, which is a play on the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
There are new reports that Microsoft Corporation is preparing to launch an 8-inch version of the Microsoft Surface tablet. According to DigiTimes, a Taiwan-based supply chain reported that Microsoft will be showcasing an 8-inch Surface tablet in June. Another 10-inch version of the tablet is also expected to arrive in Q3.
The Archos ChefPad is an Android-powered tablet that has a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 9.7″ display with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, quad-core graphics, front and rear camera, 1080p video playback, and Google Play compatibility.
Panasonic Corporation (TYO:6752) is forecasting that their operating profit will rise 55% in the year to March 31st. The company is stepping back from their TV operations and consumer gadgets. The company will be focused primarily on machinery, components, and electronic equipment, according to Reuters.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon is working on a new smartphone that has a 3D screen that uses retina-tracking technology to make images float above the screen just like a hologram. Users will be able to navigate content using their eyes just like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Amazon has been rumored to be working on a smartphone for a long time now. Launching a smartphone with 3D technology and holograms right out the gate seems a bit too risky for the company so I have my doubts.