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Generation 2

Microsoft unveils the Nokia X2

Nokia-X2_multitaskingIt seems as if the Nokia X was so popular that it demanded a new version – and here it is, the Nokia X2. While still aimed at the low-end, off-contract market, the X2 has been vastly upgraded and improves just about everything that was present in the Nokia X.

While the X2 still comes with a custom fork of Android that isn’t Play-certified, the hardware has been massively upgraded and even trumps the low-end Windows Phone market. Specs-wise, you get a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, a front facing camera and even a MicroSD card slot that supports up to 32GB cards.

On the software side of things, the Metro-esque custom launcher comes with a few improvements like an apps list similar to that of Windows Phone, new screens, and the ability to set the color of the tiles pinned to your Start Screen, also a feature straight out of Windows Phone. Pre-loaded apps include Skype, Outlook and OneDrive with a generous 15GB of online storage (though this was given to every non-paying OneDrive user recently). And being Android, apps aren’t a worry even if it’s not Play-certified.

As mentioned before, the device will sell for about $135 and will be available immediately in “select countries”. As ever, they come in a wide variety of colors; green, orange and black are the launch colors and they’ll later introduce yellow, white and grey colors.

Source: Nokia
Via: BGR

But only for a couple of days

PlayStation 4 won’t get full PSN features in Europe and Australia

playstation4-press-console-controller-camThe highly successful PlayStation 4 has been perhaps too successful, to the point where us Americans have had to deal with PSN load issues. We’re coming closer to the PS4 launch date in Europe, Australia and New Zealand and to try and help combat these outages, Sony will be shutting off a few PSN features in these countries. Specifically, the features being disabled are the social aspects in What’s New and the Content Information Screen.

These features are only going to be disabled temporarily so as to prevent PSN overloading issues. Once the initial rush is over, the features will be enabled.

Source: PlayStation Blog (EU)
Via: Engadget

I received mine in the mail today

Confirmed: Intel Core i7 “Haswell” processors have begun shipping

Intel Core i7 Haswell.

Intel Core i7 Haswell.

Consider this a confirmation of our story the other day that “Haswell” processors have begun shipping – I received my Intel Core i7 4770 “Haswell” chip in the mail today. The photo above was taken not twenty minutes ago and originated from a warehouse in PA by a place called Eerie Computers.

Unfortunately, because Haswell isn’t set to actually launch until early June I have no way of testing it or benchmarking, however if there’s any indication that an official launch is close at hand, this is it.

Update 05/17 @ 6:10 PM EST: For those asking, my specific Haswell identifies as being from Batch # L306B433.

The latest and greatest for the average consumer

Office 2013 officially launching January 29th

Do you want the latest and greatest but don’t have an MSDN/TechNet subscription or you don’t work for a company that has Software Assurance? I hope you have some money then, because Office 2013 officially launches January 29th.

Pricing and SKUs have been announced: Home & Student will cost $139 and Home & Business will cost $219 for a single license. Office Professional was not mentioned, so we presume that will be MSDN/TechNet and Software Assurance only.

Also with the launch of Office 2013 comes the final build of Office 365, which will cost $8.33 per user per month. We also presume that the final build of Office 2013 for Windows RT will be made available for download then as well.

Source: ZDNet