The crowdfunding era seems just about over, at least so far as video games are concerned. But every once in a while…
Well, InXile announced today it’s seeking funds for a Wasteland 3, courtesy of Fig—the games-centric crowdfunding site InXile’s Brian Fargo sits on the board of. The goal is $2.75 million and the campaign starts October 5. No word yet on when it ends, though I imagine somewhere in the traditional 30-days range.
In leading recording studios around the world, music that will soon be heard everywhere is first heard through Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers. With these P5 mobile hi-fi headphones, the sound you hear is completely natural – as close to the sound of the original recording as they can possibly take you. There are no gimmicky effects like exaggerated bass or artificially enhanced treble, which become tiring with extended listening. A closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads ensures that all the detail and dynamic range of your music is kept intact, while preserving just enough ambient sound to give you a sense of place. Perfect for listening to music on the go, P5's high-quality sound and luxury materials are supported by smart design and user-friendly features. The P5s average 4 out of 5 stars from over 280 people on Amazon (read reviews). Their typical list price is $241.53, but if you buy them recertified you save 30% and get them for just $167.99. B&W recertified products have been tested and updated to ensure they meet Bowers & Wilkins high quality standards, and all recertified products come with a two-year warranty. See the recertified P5s now on Amazon.
At Venturebeat, Evan Blass of @evleaks fame procured what is says is an official render of Google’s next smartphone, which is widely expected to be unveiled at an Oct. 4 event in San Francisco.
The Pixel will be the smaller of a pair of phones, with the larger dubbed the Pixel XL. Google is leaving behind the Nexus line and marketing the phones as designed and built entirely by the company, according to this report and numerous other leaks.
Last night, I finally upgraded my main PC to Windows 10’s major Anniversary Update. I’d been putting it off because of the devastating webcam bug introduced in the Anniversary Update—a deal-breaker for me—but now that a registry hack remedy’s surfaced ahead of an official fix, the allure of Forza Horizon 3 proved too great. So I finally forced the update. Sure, having to practically reinstall your entire OS is a headache, and it rendered my file-packed PC unusable for hours, but the process went smoothly enough.
There are times when adding additional drives to your laptop or PC just isn’t an option. That doesn’t mean you have to make due with less storage, or even compromised performance from an external solution, as Atech Flash’s Blackbird VX-2SSD proves. This dual-bay, 2.5-inch, external USB 3.1 enclosure lets SATA drives perform as quickly at the end of a cable as they would inside your computer. Kind of liberating, if you think about it. Of course, that’s assuming your laptop or PC has 2nd-generation, 10Mbps USB 3.1 on board. If your PC doesn’t have it, you can add it easily enough with a $35 PCIe card. If your laptop lacks it, you’ll have to live with 5Mbps USB 3.x.
BlackBerry is getting out of the hardware business, but this isn’t the end of BlackBerry phones—or at least not yet.
As part of its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, the company announced that it would soon end all hardware development. Instead, BlackBerry phone production and design will be outsourced to third parties.
“We are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in a written statement.
If you want to fashion a smart gadget, robot, or drone with wireless capabilities on the cheap, a $9.99 development board from Orange Pi will help you reach that goal.
The Orange Pi i96 shouldn’t be confused with the $35 Raspberry Pi 3, which is much more powerful and can be a full-fledged Linux PC. The smaller Orange Pi has limited horsepower and is targeted at smart gadgets, drones, and internet of things devices.
If you want to create a gadget to show off at a Maker Faire event, the Orange Pi i96 is the kind of board you’ll rely on. The board was first announced at the Linaro Connect conference, happening this week in Las Vegas.
For its price and target market, the Orange Pi has features not found on competitive boards. It includes Wi-Fi, 4GB of flash storage, and 2GB of RAM. It also has a micro-SD slot, a micro-USB connection, and includes the Linux-based Ubuntu OS.