Microsoft New Flagship Windows 10 Phones: The Lumia 950 And 950XL

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The Lumia 950 will carry the Windows 10 smartphone banner — a banner that has not been well-represented in recent years, and is in dire need of some sort of revitalization. Nadella’s Microsoft knows that, and the Lumia 950 is the smartphone designed to at least have Microsoft hold a flag up to iOS and Android, who have insurmountable market share, developer support and device selection.

Naturally, that means some impressive spec sheets. A 5.2-inch WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) OLED display, a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3000mAh battery,  with 32GB of internal storage.

A Triple RGB LED flash, paired with a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the back brings forth some of the best photos the Windows 10 platform has seen. Carl Zeiss optics on the camera ensures Optical Image Stabilization, with gorgeous 4K video supplementing that.

The XL version is the same in principle, but with a bigger 5.7 inch screen at 518 PPI.32GB of storage, octa-core processor, expandable via microSD card up to a whopping 2TB, along with a bigger 3340mah battery.

Quick charging comes as a part of the USB-C port, a revolution we’re seeing in Google’s new Nexus devices, Apple’s new Macbook and now with Windows Phones.

The asking price when launched will be $549 for the 950 and $649 for the 950XL; carrier partners will offer payment plans, per the current state of the U.S. mobile carrier market.

 

 

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

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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

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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