Moto 360 (2nd gen) Review: Tweaks Make For A Great (Smart) Watch

MOTO 360 v2 ReviewThe original Moto 360 was something of a concept smartwatch that just so happened to be functional. It was great in some areas (design) and lacking in others (speed/battery). Enter fall of 2015, and the Moto 360 has been updated, internal and externally, with lugs added for interchangeable bands, two sizes and full customization via the Moto Maker.

Also, it’s faster and has a bigger battery — so, does anything give?

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Rolls Out To The Nexus Family


If you have a Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9 (or the Nexus Player) then today marks the beginning of the rollout for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest iteration of Android.

Some of the new features includes native fingerprint input (for supported devices, like the upcoming Nexus 5X and 6P), improvements to battery life by going to a low power state when not in-use (called Doze), a revamp of Android app permissions and Material Design updates to the entire interface. Custom Chrome tab designs for developers and a new boot screen also come along for the joy ride.

The biggest feature of Android 6.0 however is Now on Tap: if activated, Google Now pulls up anything on your screen and finds relevant information, Google searches, people, places and just about anything else. It’s a power-user feature that makes more sense in action than in words.

Your turn, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, etc.

Via: Official Google Blog

Twitter Names Jack Dorsey Permanent CEO, Staying CEO Of Square

CaptureJack Dorsey can easily put on his resume now that officially, he runs two companies: Twitter and mobile payment solution, Square.

Dorsey, one of Twitter’s co-founders, can understand the company’s vision better than anyone brought out-of-house, and many are expecting his return of with vigor, to include the revitalization and reinvigorating of Twitter as a whole — saving it, basically.

Also interesting: he appointing to CEO will shakeup the Twitter board, for the better hopefully.

Via: @Jack (Twitter)

Want LTE In A Smartwatch? The New LG Watch Urbane Can Fulfill That Wish


In order to fit more tech into the body, along with LTE and GPS, the second-generation LG Urbane had to sacrifice swappable wrist bands, by building some of the tech into the band itself. Once you look past that however, the incremental improvements to the LG Watch Urbane (the original of which was just released this Spring) are notable.

A 1.38-inch 480×480 res P-OLED display is your window into a world of cellular data and phone calls independent of a smartphone, a 570mAh battery that LG says lasts an entire day, and finally, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that keeps the show moving on Android Wear.

However, there is one gripe I do have with the spec list: the watch is 14mm thick — it’s like wearing a stack of cards, or you know, a very thick watch.

A launch is pegged for South Korea and the US in the coming weeks; pricing is TBA.

LG Goes For The Premium Experience With The New V10

lgTake the LG G4’s specs, give it a body of stainless steel and silicone, and you’re already halfway to making an LG V10. The new V series is LG’s take on a more premium line of devices, and the V10 is especially representative of that characteristic. LG has done with black, white, beige, and two different blues as color variants.

Let’s get to specs: the V10 rocks the same (removable) 3000mAh battery, the same (fantastic) 16 megapixel camera with optical and electronic stabilization, and the same Snapdragon 808 processor as the G4. However, the similarities end there; the V10 has a flat back, one storage option (64GB), and durable materials to keep the rigidity expected of a more premium build.

About the screen:  there’s a 5.7-inch QHD screen, which is no big deal, but right above it exists a second screen, called an “always on” screen. Its job is to display useful information while the main screen is off, like battery levels, time, and weather. When the main screen is turned on it turns into a multitasking hub or a notification area — think of the edged screen capabilities of a few Samsung devices.

Another very unique aspect of the V10 is its dual-front facing cameras — both are 5 megapixels, one with a 120 degree field-of-view and the other at 80 degrees — which in conjunction produce better-focused images for more subjects in a single selfie.

Other additions to the V10 include a fingerprint sensor (yay), 4GB of RAM and advanced manual video recording capablities at FHD, UHD (4K), and regular HD resolutions.

It’s not surprising that the V10 might be more expensive than the G4, albeit pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The LG V10 launches in South Korea this month, with a US and China release sometime after. American carrier partners include AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Tesla Model X: The Electric SUV With A Ludicrous Mode

tesla-modelxDelayed more than once, the Model X is the third electric vehicle to finally debut from the futuristic labs of Tesla Motors. In doing so, Tesla has somehow made it possible to be genuinely excited about the release of a new kind of SUV.

Billed as an electric crossover, the Model X is truly special, especially its P90D variant: a function called “Ludicrous mode” that lets you go from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds, with 250 miles of range on a charge. Seating for up to seven adults, sensor-rich Falcon Wing doors, the autonomous capabilities seen in the Model S, a  17-speaker sound system designed to quietly sip on power, glass panoramic windshield (which extends over the front seat) and finally, the famous 17-inch touchscreen used to control the vehicle.

The starting price? $132,000. Yes, it is incredibly expensive, but it is the last of the high-priced Teslas — the next planned model is an entry-level luxury sedan.

Via: Tesla

Google Partnered With Huawei To Make The Nexus 6P, A New Flagship

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P is the new flagship Android device for Google, and considering the spec list rightly so. What makes the Nexus 6P so unusual however is it s manufacturer: Huawei. It’s the first time a Chinese corporation officially built a Nexus device, so it makes a milestone for Huawei, in many ways.

Starting with the screen: 2560 x 1400 resolution on a 5.7-inch display, which operates at 518 pixels-per-inch — crips and rich, indeed. Like the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Imprint (fingerprint sensor) is present on the back of the device. A 12.3 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and laser-assisted autofocus (a la LG G4), which means that it should be a Nexus device with great photos — for once. Those specs include 4K video recording, 240fps slow motion, and 30fps burst shooting. Huawei hasn’t taken a pass on the front-facing camera’s specs either: at 8MP with an f/2.4 aperture.

USB Type-C is also present here, with an off-the-shelf quad-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage configurations. Carrier support is unlocked in the States: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — as well as Project Fi support. Also: the phone mostly wears aluminum, in silver, black or white (with a gold variant, exclusive to Japan).

The Nexus 6P starts at $499, while pre-orders begin in the US, UK, Ireland, and Japan, exclusively through Google. Shipping begins in October.

Via: Google Store