Toy Fair is ever the weird, wild affair, and 2015 is no different. Thousands of industry folks descended on the Javits Center in New York City this weekend to show of the coming year’s big toys. As usual, Lego managed to stand out with its ware, but this year is a little bit different for the block company. Unlike recent years, when fans couldn’t expect boatloads of nostalgic homages to the likes ofGhostbusters or The Simpsons. Instead, many of Lego’s wares were tailor made for the upcoming blockbuster season. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
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We just spent a whole week in Las Vegas looking at all sorts of gadgets and writing up our thoughts in hands-on posts. While we were there, Olloclip gave us the new 3-in-1 macro lens to try out. It has the same magnification capabilities as the one for the iPhone 5 and 5s — 7x, 14x, and a crazy 21x zoom — but the form factor has been updated to fit the iPhone 6.
At those magnification levels it gets a little tough to keep your phone steady, but you have to be so close to your subject anyways that you can lean on the plastic guards which come along with the clip. If you can steady yourself enough — not an easy feat when you’re fighting turbulence — the lenses can let you get closer than ever while producing some really great images.
Fans of The Wire have been eagerly waiting to see how the beloved show has made the transition from 4:3 standard definition to its new widescreen, HD versions. Leading up to its premiere this past Friday, HBO has kept its HD remasters of The Wire entirely under wraps — but now we can see just what the show looks like in HD. And, frankly, the results are quite good.
Unlike The Simpsons, this is no half-assed scan-and-pan job that merely stretches or crops the original 4:3 frame to fill your widescreen TV. Since the show was originally shot on 35mm film, the editors had extra footage to work with to bring the remastered version to life. That means we now have a “true” widescreen version of The Wire to enjoy. However, it’s important to…
If your kids refuse to drink tea when you want them to, this teabag holder might be the right solution. How could anywone, especially a kid, could not want to drink tea made by this cute polar bear?
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Back in August, classic video game company Sierra announced that it was coming back from the dead — and it was bringing the beloved franchise King’s Quest with it. Tonight at The Game Awards in Las Vegas, during a tribute Roberta and Ken Williams, the creators of the original game, we got our first look at the rebooted King’s Quest. The new game looks to maintain the spirit of the original, but with a revamped, sleek new 3D art style. Developer by indie studio The Odd Gentlemen, the game is expected to launch in Fall of next year, and you can check out the debut trailer above.
HP is today introducing a new laptop that’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air — a stylish Windows 8 machine called the EliteBook Folio 1020. Even though HP is boasting about this laptop’s slim size, it isn’t necessarily taking aim at Apple here. HP says that it’s designed the Folio 1020 with office users in mind: the laptop includes a proprietary enterprise port and a fingerprint reader for security, and it’s said to pass military-grade drop and shock tests, since office workers are apparently quite clumsy.
The Folio 1020 comes in two different models
This laptop is otherwise along the lines of what you would expect. It has 8GB of RAM, an SSD that ranges from 128GB to 256GB, and a claimed 9 hours of battery life. It’s also…
Although Microsoft is removing the Nokia name from its upcoming Lumia smartphones, the brand will live on. Nokia is now planning to license its brand, allowing third-party manufacturers to create products and devices that use the Nokia moniker. It’s a similar approach to how Polaroid licenses its own brand to let third parties create TVs, cameras, and other electronics.
Speaking at Nokia’s capital markets day last week, Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia technologies, outlined the company’s plan to leverage its brand now that Microsoft has acquired its phone business. Nokia is restricted on using its brand on smartphones until the end of 2016 and feature phones for another 10 years thanks to a deal with Microsoft, but it can use it…
Everyone wants a piece of the fitness tracker pie. Lenovo has quietly revealed its entry into the market, a Fitbit Flex-like device called the “Lenovo Smartband SW-B100.” It appears that the product has accidentally hit the web — there’s no official announcement from the company. Instead, a small product page has just popped up on the Chinese computer giant’s website. The page is somewhat transparent about the company’s goals for the device: “the Lenovo Smartband is for young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products.”
From the product listing, the Lenovo Smartband offers a similar set of features as other fitness wearables. It will track your steps, distance traveled, calories…
HTC is likely getting ready to release a GoPro-style action camera. That’s the takeaway from a teaser video the company released today, which is filled with plenty of action shots — some of them underwater. We know relatively little about what HTC’s got planned, but the video suggests the device is handheld, easily mountable, and shoots slow-mo video. We’re also given a super brief glimpse at the camera itself, though this might’ve been an accident on HTC’s part. It shows up right around the 3 second mark and, well, looks like an action camera.
Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess as to what standout features it’ll offer to set HTC apart from GoPro, which absolutely dominates the take-it-anywhere camera market right now. The…