Ever since Apple released the iPhone 4 and brought the “Retina” display into the consumer world, Apple and others have been hard at work boosting the resolutions of smartphones, tablets, and even notebooks to ultra-high resolutions. Apple was the first to bring a Retina display to a notebook with the Retina MacBook Pro – and now it looks like Google wants to play the game as well.
A leaked video reported by Android Authority (via The Verge) shows a new notebook called the Chromebook Pixel, apparently being developed by Google as an answer to the MacBook Pro with retina Display. The device will reportedly feature a resolution of 2560 x 1700 – the same resolution offered in Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models.
Interestingly, it appears that the device might also include a touch screen for added flair. The video was apparently taken from a marketing agency known as Slinky, which has apparently done work for Google before (although the connection between the two companies is hard to nail down). In addition, developer Francis Beafort claims that the notevook is already being tested internally at Google.
The supposedly leaked is more than a little reminiscent of Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro ads – which is unsurprising considering that many technology companies use Apple’s ads as models for their own marketing. The Google IO developer conference is coming up in May, and if the Chromebook Pixel is actually real, it could likely debut at the event.
At this point, we’re not sure what to believe based on the video and Beafort’s comments – but it wouldn’t be terribly surprising if the rumor is true. The battle for Retina-display computing may be about to get a lot more interesting!
A startup company called Rabbit has launched a closed beta of their “video chat and content sharing application”. Perhaps the best way to describe it is a modern implementation of instant messaging. With video added, of course.
The most compelling feature of the app can be distilled down to this: group video conferencing with the ability to screencast music, movies and applications from your Mac.
This means you can watch a movie from a service such as Netflix with your friends in real time. Or you can crop and share a specific part of your web browser or any other Mac app and broadcast it to your friends.
The app is a native Mac OS X app, the developers say other platforms are soon to follow, and lets you video chat with an unlimited amount of people. Users are grouped into rooms and presented to you in a priority based on your own friends. Within each room, individual groups can participate in their own conversations. Pretty cool stuff.
The promo video is definitely aimed at the teen set, as there doesn’t seem to be anyone in the darn thing over 22 or so. The video shows a user logging in, joining a room, playing and sharing a song, listening in on a public conversation, and then joining in on that conversation. It also shows the sharing of apps and video, and yes, even a spirited debate on “YUCK!” vampire love. (I’ll bet it sucks.)
Rabbit is launching in a closed beta, but if you’re interested, you can sign up on their website, and beta invites will be sent out shortly. After you’ve been accepted, you can send out invites to any of your Facebook friends. It’s all free, but requires OS X 10.7 or higher.
Naughty Dog has always impressed players and followers alike in their strategy of releasing information about their games in an intriguing fashion. We can always expect news from the company every now and then this is probably because they want us to remember that they are always there. As of the moment, another juicy set of information has been released about the company’s upcoming action-game called The Last of Us.
From what we previously gathered, the game has a special as well as a collector’s edition which is sold for those who want and can afford some memorabilia. Last December 2012, we were able to get a sneak peek at what the game really is. Taking a cue from Mother Nature herself, Naughty Dog was able to develop a game which is both thrilling and entertaining.
For the recent update, it was revealed that both Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog showed a number of screenshots as well as artwork for the game. Along with that, videos of hands-on impressions and interviews about the game were also released. Many have commented that the screenshots were fabulous and that they cannot wait to get their hands on the game.
For those of you who are interested in getting the game, The Last of Us will be available exclusively on PlayStation 3 so make sure you have the right console. The release day is scheduled on May 7, 2013. See game demo below.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates share a lot of history, despite the legendary rivalry between the two co-founders massive companies – and it’s always interesting to hear what the two tech titans have to say about one another. In a humorous interview on late-night political comedy show The Colbert Report, Gates sat down with Steven Colbert, and had some intriguing things to say about Jobs!
Colbert: People say “what a cool guy, what a cool guy Steve Jobs was.” You are out there saving the world and yet, you don’t have the cool factor, no offense, not the same turtleneck cool factor. As a man who has contributed a great deal, does it ever bug you that you are out there saving the world and yet he has the memories a cool guy?
Gates: He was always cooler than me.
Colbert: Maybe saving the world will get cool.
Gates: It’s okay.
Colbert: Really? You don’t care?
Gates: No. He was brilliant. He had his own style, his own approach and mine is a little geekier than his was.
There are also some awesome serious moments in the interview that emphasize Bill Gates extremely honorable contributions to human welfare and humanitarian efforts, and it’s worth watching the whole segment. Check it out, embedded below! Note: The actual interview is towards the end of the show.
Facebook updated their iOS app today, adding several cool new features, including the ability to record and send voice and video messages, and an improved Nearby tab. The voice messaging feature is one of the more interesting bits, having been brought to the main Facebook app from Facebook’s companion Messenger app.
From the release notes:
What’s New in Version 5.4
Share your moments with voice messages and video recordings right in the app. • Send voice messages when you have more to say • Record and share videos right from the app • Share and connect with your favorite places using the improved Nearby tab
Facebook for iOS 5.4 is available now for free from the App Store, and should be a welcome upgrade for users of the app.