The BMW i8 Will Use Gorilla Glass For The Windows

bmw-i8While the current BMW i3 is a nice nod towards the future of cars and transportation, the i8 coming in 2014 is a better representation of what a fast energy efficient and and smart car might be like. So, in order to start that process, BMW had to take a look at materials that could better benefit from the plug-in technology. Enter, Gorilla Glass (technically).

The BMW i8’s windows will use the same strengthened glass typically used on smartphones, keeping the car lightweight as possible while also blocking out noise. Sounds like a good idea.


Hands-On With The LG G2 At The NYC Press Event

DSC01114After some initial deliberations with LG, I’ve gotten my hands on the LG G2, in both black and white. First off, I’ll say that it is very much what I expected in terms of build quality: well put together, but made of thin glossy plastics. It’s not the best feeling in the world, by any means, but it is sturdy and very grippy.

Overall, a very admirable and actually capable effort from LG.

LG Announces The LG G2 In NYC With Snapdragon 800 And 5.2″ Display

lgg2The LG G2 is the latest smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer. It contains a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display with back mounted controls, a 13-megapixel camera designed to be used in moving situations thanks to Optical Imaging Stabilization technology, and multitasking applications like Slide Aside and QSlide, built onto Android 4.2.2 with LG’s own customizations. A 2.1MP front-facing camera is also included, along with a massive 3,000 mAh battery, 24 bit/192kHz HiFi playback via the G2’s speaker, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB built-in storage.

Powering the G2 is a Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip, clocked at 2.26Ghz in a quad-core setup — in other words, it is one of the fastest mobile processors on the market. Software features part of the Android 4.2.2 build include answering calls by just holding it up to the ear, Plug & Pop which gets the device ready for audio listening, and Text Link, which collects text info and allows you to easily setup calendar dates or directions, without going through tedious steps. Guest Mode is a child-friendly experience on the device, which tailors the device for use by anyone else besides the owner.

Pricing and availability for the G2 will be shared in the coming weeks, but as confirmed by LG during the presentation, the G2 will be available on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint with 4G LTE.

And of course, what appears to be the most striking feature of the LG G2 is the fact that its physical button controls are on the back, rather than on the side. In actual usage, it’s quite interesting to experience, but also takes some getting used to.

Samsung Gives A Release For The 3,200 x 1800 Resolution ATIV Book 9 Plus Ultrabook: August 20th

Samsung ATIV Book 9 PlusOn August 20th for $1,400, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus can be yours. Besides being one of the thinnest Ultrabooks created (0.54 inches thin) and weighs about 3.06 pounds, it sports a 1.6GHz Haswell Core i5-4200U dual-core CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4400 graphics, Windows 8, and of course, that astounding 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen, which is appropriately sized at 13.3-inches. Upgrades will be made available for more RAM, a Core i7 processor, and more storage.

Moto X Review: Finally, An Android Phone That’s Universal

DSC01071Months of speculation,  some leaks here and there, and then the final reveal in New York City. The Moto X has made it a long way in terms of technology news, and all of a sudden, here I am writing a review about the device.

First of all, it takes some general consideration of what the Moto X is and isn’t. It is a smartphone, designed as a s sort of bridge between cutting-edge and mid-range, but with materials and features that reach towards the higher-ends of the market, like the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One — let’s not forget the iPhone — and is also the first flagship smartphone Motorola has produced ever since it was acquired by Google over a year ago.

Thankfully, despite a release later this month (or in September), Motorola gave units to the press, so I’ll elaborate on one simple idea: is the Moto X worth buying for $200?

Google Patent Shows Us You Could Open Specific Apps With A Pattern Unlock

google-unlock-to-app-patentWhile it’s not confirmation of things to come, it definitely hints at being a possibility: a Google patent recently filed and granted in the United States displays a basic pattern unlock with multiple customizable patterns that launch specific apps, such as the camera or dialer — something that could be quite useful. But as it stands now, we have no confirmation for it to appear in a future release, but it surely would be appreciated.


Well, This Is Interesting: Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post For $250 Million

jeff_bezosIn cash, actually. All it took was some gentle conversation and $250 million, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post. The most intriguing part of this acquisition is that Amazon has nothing to do with it; it’s just Bezos flexing some monetary muscle on his own. As Bezos went on to say, “Amazon will have no role in the purchase,” and that he “will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days.”

The statement goes on to explain that “The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.” Jeff also made it clear that he will not run daily operations of the publication, either.

Most likely, like everything else Bezos touches, will find better success in a market where print publications methods are becoming increasingly stale in a modern, digital world.

ViaThe Washington Post