Talks About Tech Weekly 072: Made in the USA

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On this episode I talk about the largest building in the world, the moto x and more.

The Razer Blade and Blade Pro
Razer has become very popular selling gaming accessories such as mice and keyboards for computers. Now however, Razer are moving into making gaming PC’s.

Razer claims that the blade is the thinnest gaming laptop in the world. It is a mere 1.7cm (0.66″) in height. The specs are also very impressive:

  • Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2GHz CPU
  • 14″ 16:9 1600×900 display
  • 128/256/512GB SDD options
  • 8GB RAM
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 765M 2GB
  • Backlit gaming keyboard
  • 3x USB 3 ports
  • HDMI 1.4 out
  • 7.1 surround sound through HDMI

The blade pro is very similar to the blade but it has a 17.3″ display, a small touch screen display where the keypad would normally be and a faster Core i7-4700 CPU.

The New Largest Building in the World
The previous largest and tallest building was the Burj Kalifa in Dubai at an incredible 828m tall! The New Century Global Center building in Chengu, China. It is 100m tall, 500m long and 400m wide. To put that in perspective that is the size of three Pentagons, four Vatican Cities or twenty Sydney Opera Houses. The total space is a whopping 420 acres! Included in this building is a 14-screen movie theater, a university complex, offices, hotels, a water park, a skating rink, a pirate ship, 15,000 parking spots, a fake Mediterranean village and an artificial beach.

Photo from: independent.co.uk

BBC Abandoning 3D Programming
The BBC have announced that they are going to take a break from producing 3G content for three years. 3D hasn’t really taken off for the BBC but they will continue to produce 3D content until the end of the year. The Wimbledon finals are being streamed in 3D this weekend and there will be a special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who in November shot in 3D.

So why has 3D failed? There are a number of reasons.

1. Manufacturers tried to sell 3D to consumers in their houses. Four years ago when 3D TV’s were just released to the consumer 3D was still being established in cinemas. Instead of focusing on 3D TV’s maybe more time should have been spent improving 3D in cinemas.
2. The technology used was not very good. The 3D glasses worked decently but most of the time I couldn’t really notice is was in 3D. There are also glasses free 3D TV’s but they don’t work very well at all.
3. Lack of content. While there have been many 3D movies not many of them have only been released on 3D bluray. The BBC and Sky also did 3D content but you had to pay a premium to get access to it.

Motorola Moto X
Motorola is now owned by Google but they haven’t done a project together until now. The Moto X is going to be a phone developed by Motorola and Google together. The latest 4th of July ad says that the phone will be the first to be designed, engineered and assembled in the US. The ad also says that it will be the first smartphone that you will be able to design yourself. A lot of firsts! When I think of design yourself and customisation I think of choosing your own processor and screen and other options such as those. According to the rumours though, you will be able to select a colour, engraving and a customised wallpaper. The rumours are saying that it will be a mid range phone with:

1.7GHz Dual Core Processor
720p Display
2GB RAM
10MP Rear Camera
2MP Front Camera
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Very similar specs to the LG Nexus 4. The phone is scheduled to be released sometime in the coming weeks. Some say that the people jumping off the pier in the ad make the sign XI which are roman numerals for 11. Possibly an 11th July release?

moto x ad

Tech I’ve Been Using This Week
The First Lego League competition is starting again and I’ve been doing some research. I’ve been using Open Office to write research that I’ve collected. Open Office is a full featured, cross platform (including linux) office suite. You can create spreadsheets, presentations, word documents, drawings and more and you can save files to Open Office file format or Microsoft Office file format. Open Office is one of the best Office Suites out there and it’s free! You can check it out here.

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