Written by: Steven Setser
Hello, and welcome to the final issue of SpecTech for this semester. I would like to announce my retirement from the Spectator. I will no longer be writing SpecTech, and I would like to thank all of my readers for their support during the last few years.
This week has been a busy one for Sony, Microsoft and Chromebook.
This past weekend, Sony launched the PlayStation 4, one of the most anticipated tech gears of the year. It sold more than 1 million systems in the first 24 hours in the United States alone. However, there have been some issues with the bundled-in HDMI cable, which has caused some systems to brick.
The Ouya has a limited edition system coming this week. The Ouya is an Android-powered video game system. This limited edition is white and has 16GB of storage. It will cost $129. A future software update will allow the system to use USB thumb sticks for storage.
Microsoft is about to launch plenty of new gear on Nov. 22. The Xbox One will launch worldwide, and they will also launch the Nokia Lumia 1520 and 2520. The 1520 is a 6-inch smartphone with 2GB RAM, 1080p screen and an 800 Snapdragon processor. It will be sold by AT&T for $199.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT tablet that will cost $400 on AT&T contract and $500 off contract.
Facebook’s one-click login will be coming to Windows 8; Windows Phone 8 will be available soon. This is a feature is already present on Android and iOS.
Acer now has its Chromebook C720 laptop available for only $200. It has 2BG RAM, a 1.4GHz processor and a 16GB SSD. The battery should last about 8.5 hours. It is available now.
Google is working to bring better camera functions to its handsets. Google is also looking into allowing RAW photographs to be taken and edited on Android phones. Nokia has already done this with the Lumia high-end smartphones.
That’s it for this week, this year and me. I will miss writing this column very much and hope that it will continue without me. I wish everyone a safe vacation, good luck on finals and keep pushing to achieve your dreams!