Paul George now has his own signature basketball shoes from Nike, and they carry a striking resemblance to the NBA superstar.
Look inside the PG1, and you’ll notice his face on the insole — not his actual mug though, but his image from NBA 2K17. While it’s understandable for the cover athlete of the game to carry his gaming fame over to his sneakers, the execution is awkward.
The shot isn’t that great, and I doubt even the biggest of Paul George fans will enjoy stepping over their idol. I also imagine the render looking like a faded mess after a few weeks of use.
Still, Mr. George is in good company. He’s only the 21st basketball star to earn signature shoes from Nike, and one of just four active players with such a sneaker deal — the others being LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant.
Designed by Tony Hardman, the PG1 has a Flywire loop system for a secure fit, Zoom Air unit in the forefoot area for instant response, and multidirectional traction that provides excellent grip on the court. Best of all, the colorway looks fresh.
A pair will retail for $110, and if you want to see them in action, the Indiana Pacers forward will be wearing them in his team’s game against the Denver Nuggets on January 12 in London.
Wacom introduces new ‘significantly upgraded’ Intuos pen tablet
Technologically and ergonomically improved
Wacom introduced a new, “significantly upgraded” Intuos pen tablet. With it, creative hobbyists can enjoy improved accuracy and enhanced navigation capabilities. It also comes with bundled software for drawing, painting, and photo editing.
Like previous models, the new Intuos pen tablet retains the same active tablet area. However, it now has a smaller footprint and lighter weight. It also has a built-in pen tray, four express keys, LED indicator, and built-in wireless Bluetooth integration on some models.
Meanwhile, the Intuos pen uses Wacom’s battery-free EMR technology and boasts 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It has an improved ergonomic design with increased weight and soft touch grip area. Additionally, it comes with an in-pen nib compartment, and of course, a nib extractor.
Users can download US$ 160 worth of graphics software upon purchase, which includes Corel Painter Essentials 6 for design and illustration, Clip Studio Paint Pro for comic and manga creation (UMD Paint Pro in China), and Corel AfterShot 3 for photo editing.
Pricing and Availability
The new Wacom Intuos pen tablet is available in small and medium sizes. The Wacom Intuos Small without Bluetooth retails for US$ 79 and comes in charcoal black, with an option to download from one of the three software choices mentioned.
The Wacom Intuos Small and Intuos Medium with Bluetooth come in charcoal black, pistachio green, and berry pink (in some regions). This Intuos Small model retailing for US$ 99 has an option to download two out of three software, and the Intuos Medium costs US$ 199 and can download all three software for free.
Sony Xperia Ear Duo are wireless headsets reimagined
Hand gestures, head gestures, and voice activated
Sony just announced their latest headset accessory: the Xperia Ear Duo. It features what they call Dual Listening technology. Think of it as the anti-thesis to noise-canceling ear pieces where you can listen in on your surroundings while your earphones deliver great sound. Sony updated their headsets to accompany their two new flagship smartphones: the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.
Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo has a feature called Spatial Acoustic Conductor which generates sound behind the ear through the unit´s driver, transmitting sound directly into the ear. The headsets run with Sony’s SPRITZER chip, an advanced multi-sensor platform, with contextual sensing and automatic activity recognition. The device basically keeps up with time, location, and tasks to keep you up to date on important news, notifications, and reminders.
As expected, the Xperia Ear Duo sustains the previous features of motion and voice control — with support for either Google Assistant or Siri. The advanced sensors allow you to control incoming calls by nodding; shuffle music by shaking your head; and adjust the volume by tapping and scrolling on the device. Sony says you’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted use on a single charge. Luckily, the compact case doubles as a charger and offers a fast charging feature which, Sony boasts, gives users two hours of listening time with just twelve minutes of charging.
It will be available for US$ 280 this Spring in sleek Black or Gold. You can pre-order the headset starting today.
Alcatel introduces their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices
You should get these if you want the speed
TCL just announced their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices under the Alcatel brand. Two new mobile hotspots join the brand’s Linkzone series — the Linkzone Cat12 and the Linkzone Cat7.
The Alcatel Linkzone Cat12 has maximum download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps, but that’s if your telco supports 3-channel LTE carrier aggregation. It’s also one of the smallest pocket Wi-Fi models in the market, but it still has a massive 4300mAh battery. Alcatel claims that the Linkzone Cat12 can deliver 15 straight hours of usage or up to 300 hours of standby time. The device has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and can also act as a power bank for other mobile devices.
Then there’s the Alcatel Linkzone Cat7 which might not be as fast as the Cat12 but still has respectable download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps using 2-channel LTE carrier aggregation. The mobile Wi-Fi is pocketable, lightweight, and can last for 8 hours on a single charge.
The Linkzone Cat12 and Linkzone Cat7 from Alcatel will be available in select regions around the world starting later this year at EUR 180 (US$ 220) and EUR 100 (US$ 125), respectively.
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