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


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.

Apple Books September 9th As Media Event For New iPhones


Tagged in the invite, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”, there is no doubt that that time of year is approaching: a day of new iPhones. along with animated wallpapers, 4K capabilities, and speed improvements, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event is pegged at 10AM PT, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Coincidentally, September 9th is my first day of college — don’t worry though, I’ll still keep everything up-to-date, even if it’s just through Twitter.

Facebook Is Building An AI Assistant, Named “M”


Google has Google Now, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana — and Facebook has M. According to FB’s own David Marcus, M can do things that the aforementioned AI assistants can’t:

“Today we’re beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It’s powered by artificial intelligence that’s trained and supervised by people.

Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.

This is early in the journey to build M into an at-scale service. But it’s an exciting step towards enabling people on Messenger to get things done across a variety of things, so they can get more time to focus on what’s important in their lives.”

Essentially, M can do things for you, on your behalf, including purchases (!). By tapping the icon inside of Messenger, the AI or a real person can pick up the task (the human comes in where the AI might not cope) and stay in touch with you to notify progress — like a real assistant, for instance.

Currently, M is available for a select few SF testers of Messenger, but the future roll out of the technology could prove to be very interesting, granted that it works as well as FB claims it can.

Via: Facebook

VAIO Returns To The U.S. This October, Starting With Canvas Z


Earlier this year, Sony spun off its VAIO PC brand, remember?

Starting at $2199 in the U.S. — the equivalent of $500 more in Japan — the Vaio Z is a 13.3-inch ultrabook with Windows 10, up to 16GB onboard memory, a 256GB SSD and a top-notch Core i7 CPU.

The laptop/tablet hybrid will go on sale in Microsoft’s stores and online via VAIO’s new US website on October 5th.

Preorders debut in September, however it is worth noting that while VAIO is now its own brand, no one has ever really used a VAIO PC long-term, so it should be interesting to see how they fair in the real-world.