Côte&Ciel Isar Review: Hello, Modern Backpack Design

20150702_152545In Paris exists a designer bag company named Côte&Ciel. Its fashion mark is through bags and accessories that illustrate functional, futuristic designs that can also be durable enough for travel.

The Isar backpack is one such example: it’s a duffle bag fused with a traditional rucksack, and comes in a variety of materials: leather, canvas, and Eco Yarn (a smooth, environmentally-friendly and water-resistant fabric). It turns out, the Isar also has a few tricks, including the concealed pouch seen above (can you spot the zipper?).

So, is it a great backpack to carry in New York City — or anywhere for that matter?

Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones Review: ‘Tis Dashing

20150701_152422Based out of Manhattan exists a luxury audio company — it goes by the name of Master & Dynamic. Their flagship, the MH40 is designed to be a “modern thinking cap”: warm, enriching sound whilst being comfortable and encapsulated. At this price point, the MH40 fits snugly into expected build quality, sound, and style — but comes only as a wired pair of headphones.

Can I (or M&D rather) convince those who rather enjoy wireless headphones to stay true to the better quality that is usually in store for a wired pair — for around the same premium — and consider giving the MH40 a listen?

Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.

Reminiscing With An LG G4 On Verizon

20150629_173000Earlier this year I reviewed the G4, to much fanfare. In comparison to my reviews of the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, the G4 came out to be the most well-rounded of the flagship trio, but the S6 took the design and futurist categories.

However, the G4 I reviewed was a South Korean pre-launch model, and while practically 100% reflective of the American variants, it wasn’t an actual U.S. phone, but rather, an unlocked one. Thus, I had to rectify that.

Sennheiser Urbanite XL Wireless Review: Monochrome Bass Drop

20150623_133101Last year I reviewed the Urbanite XL and said it was clearly unsuitable for certain tasks: communication or gaming. Afterwards, I said one could “use them for everything else.” Enter 2015, and the German audio maestros at Sennheiser have introduced a wireless model, using Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX and NFC. So, how is the wireless experience in comparison to the wired one?

Sony’s ‘Ultimate Player Edition’ PS4 Is Really Just 1TB Of Storage

ps4Don’t get too excited, as it’s not a major update to the next-generation games console that’s currently winning in terms of sales. Much like their competition in Redmond, Sony is getting ready to release a 1 terabyte storage (1,000GB) version of their console, for an as-of-yet undisclosed price, but with a debut across Europe on July 15th.

As for the earlier 500GB version? The glossy section has been replaced with a matte finish and has been tweaked to be 10% lighter and 8% more energy efficient. So, there’s that.

Via: PS Europe

Samsung Galaxy S6 Review: Sleek, Fast…And A Little Warm

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Now in its sixth iteration, the Galaxy S6 is supposed to be a representative (if not the general) of the Android platform. The Nexus 6, while Google’s own flagship for the platform, only does that from a limited developer/enthusiast perspective. Thus, the responsibility of carrying the Android banner forward and not creating a simple new iteration is Samsung’s de facto role in the industry.

Some have tried, while others have practically succeeded — how does the S6 fair then?

Nokia Will License And Release New Phones Again…Soon

20150128_143544The word comes from none other than current CEO of Nokia (post-Microsoft acquisition and integration): “We will look for suitable partners,” said Rajeev Suri in an interview with Manager Magazin. He went on to say that:

“We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.”

Essentially, the devices would carry familiar Nokia aesthetics (polycarbonate, PureView cameras) but with evolution, and ownership by Microsoft and the building of devices by another party. It will be interesting to see the execution of this plan in the coming year.

Via: Reuters, Manager Magazin

Intel Buys Recon, The Company That Started “Glass For Fitness”

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 12.49.11 PMWhat a fun turn of events!

Recon Instruments, the Canadian tech company renowned for the development of the unreleased “Google Glass for fitness” was just bought out by Intel. If any of you were keeping up with me on the company’s exploits like I was with their PR agents, then you’d know that Intel injected some cash into the project in 2013 — but now reports indicate that INtel bought the company for “around $175 million”.

From here on out, Recon has the money, hardware and expertise of one of the most important companies in tech. Intel meanwhile, has the opportunity to partake in a very interesting (in progress) eyewear wearable war.

ViaRecon Instruments, Intel