Moto Hint Review: You Can Look Good Talking To Yourself

20150831_162328In today’s day and age, hands-free phone calls are quintessential if you’re driving, running , or generally just doing any activity where your hands and most of your concentration would be delegated to another task. What most hands-free peripherals lack is a connection with your phone that is more than just Bluetooth.

That’s where the Moto Hint is supposed to come in: by being a smart, hands-free device, from top to bottom.

The New Moto 360 Is Inbound With Sport, Men’s And Women’s Versions

20150901_135726Not one, not two, but three truly distinct versions of the Moto 360 wearable using the latest version of Android Wear. The new Moto 360 is divided into three categories: male, female and sport.

The men’s version consists of 46mm and 42mm sized watches, while the women’s by default consists of a single 42mm model. Both versions include leather and steel band options — the bands of which can also be swapped out for official Moto bands or 3rd-party ones. It’s also worth noting that the women’s version has access to a dual-band version, which is like two interlocking bracelets, one housing the watch.

Specs-wise, the Moto 360 is as follows: 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, WiFi, dual-mics and Gorilla Glass 3 for the display. Also: support for Android (of course) and now, iOS.

Pre-orders start September 2. starting at $299, going up to $429, depending on the Moto Maker colors, watch size and bands. Moto 360 Sport availability will be announced next month. Meanwhile, the 42mm and 46mm versions will begin shipping out in late-September. Motorola.com, Google Play, Nordstrom, BestBuy & Verizon will all take part in sales of the wearable.

Finally Taking PC Gaming Seriously, Lenovo Launches The New Y Series

20150901_140454Lenovo has taken gaming seriously this year, introducing a new Y series line of gaming computers and accessories at a press briefing in New York City. The feature presentation of the new series are the Ideacentre Y900 and Y700, full ATX tower desktops priced at $1599 and $999 respectively, launching in November. Both systems feature the latest 6th generation Intel processors, 625W power supply, up to a GTX 980 graphics card, air filters within the chassis design to improve air flow and an exuberant red lighting scheme.

Google Has A New Logo, And It’s…Playful?

downloadFrom a design perspective, I’m kind of torn with the new Google logo. On one hand, it seems more playful and indicative of the leadership change and the restructuring of Google into Alphabet, but on the other hand, it seems like something one might out via a Wacom tablet in just a few hours (which was definitely not the case here). It can also be said that the previous logo had more class and and a sense of modernity.

So, take it or leave it, the new Google logo is here to stay for some time — moving on, then.

Via: Official Google Blog 

Mission Workshop Sanction Review: An Urban Backpack Of Choice

20150831_161541For years now I’ve sworn by Chrome Industries’ catalog of messenger bags and rucksacks but during that time, I wondered: what about Mission Workshop, essentially the opposing company? They also produce gear for cyclists and dwellers of the world, but they do so with a more professional, dare I say black-ops look that can be taken much more seriously.

Reporting in: Mission Workshop’s Sanction backpack — you may proceed.

Samsung Gear S2 Is An Interesting Smartwatch, If Nothing Else

gears2Absent of any “Galaxy” branding for good reason — it uses Samsung’s Tizen, not Google’s Android Wear — the Samsung Gear S2 is right up there when it comes to simple and attractive smartwatches. With a screen that measures 1.2-inches across at 360 x 360 resolution, however it is 11.4mm, which is thicker than most smartphones, Samsung’s included (essentially, this isn’t a wafer). Multiple versions exist: the Classic, with black leather and chassis, the stock Gear S2 pictured here, and a thicker version with a 3G eSIM that can make and receive calls.

All models sport a 1GHz dual-core processor with an NFC radio, so you’ve got something that can take advantage of Samsung Pay — it’s a venerable little thing, if nothing else. Right? Probably. Maybe.

No word on costs, but both Verizon and T-Mobile will carrry and sell the wearable in the near future.

Android Wear Devices Are Now Compatible With The iPhone

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Ah, the day has arrived: Android Wear on iOS. It’s totally expected, but surprising nonetheless.

All future Android Wear watches, including those from Huawei (pictured), Asus, and Motorola will also support iOS. Fitness information, Google Now commands and search queries, and plenty of notifications.

The announcement comes only days before IFA in Berlin, where Android Wear watches will be announced from nearly every major manufacture partnered with Google on the wearable project.

Via: Official Google Blog

Victorinox Swiss Army CyberTool Review: A Tool Of Many

20150829_153732A Swiss Army knife is a necessity, to be quite honest. It removes the need for a plethora of separate tools, and delivers them in an all-in-one, portable package — thus becoming a venerable status symbol of adaptability. And the opening of beverages — let’s not forget that.

In today’s technology-driven world, the use of the multi-tool is mostly likely going to require screwdriver and some cutting functionality. Turns out: that’s the CyberTool’s specialty.