Android 6.0’s “M” Stands For Marshmallow

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Ah, yes Android 6.0 is creeping closer to release and with that, an official dessert name to accompany the letter assigned to the software version. Succeeding L for Lollipop is M for marshmallow, whose statue was unveiled at the Google campus per tradition.

For a quick recap of Android M’s features, know that a simpler approach to permissions is offers, Android Pay as the default mobile wallet platform, USB-C support, and general software tweaks, enhancements and bug fixes.

Rumor has it Google has two Nexus devices in the works to feature Android M first, but only time (and a few more leaks) will confirm that one.

Via: Android M Statue 

Monster SuperStar Backfloat Speaker: It’s Loud And It Floats, Simple

20150814_142353There is an endless river of gear and gadgets that make it seem rather difficult to get the point. In other words, a product that does one thing (or two) and does it well. Of course, such an approach is difficult to realize with say, a phone or a laptop, but a speaker? Well, that’s very to-the-point.

An IP6 waterproofed, float Bluetooth speaker? Now that’s nearing the bulls-eye.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 And S6 Edge Plus Are The New Top Phablets

note5-s6edgeplusPhablets are getting renewed this year, and the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t the only one: the Galaxy Note 5 has been announced, here in New York City, alongside its edged partner, the S6 Edge Plus. Both devices have 5.7-inch 2560×1440 displays at 518 pixels-per-inch, an 64-bit Exynos chipset including an octa core 2.1GHz quad plus 1.5GHz quad-core processor setup, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB sotrage options, 3,000mAh batteries, 16 megapixel back-facing cameras and 5 megapixel front-facing (both at at f/1.9 aperture).

Software-wise Android 5.1 Lollipop comes along with Samsung’s best (and cleanest) Touchwiz user interface layer to-date. Truly, the greatest difference between these two phones are their weights: the S6 Edge Plus weighs in at 153 grams and the Note 5 at 171 grams. Oh, and that the Note 5 comes with the S Pen, which can be stored inside the phablet.

Both are available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today at 3PM Eastern.

Via: Businesswire

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review: Trade Ergonomics For Elegance

20150804_140758Sometimes “edgy” is the best way to go. But when ergonomics are sacrificed to do so, is it really worth it?

The Galaxy S6 Edge is an attempt at answering that question. The S6 which I reviewed earlier this summer has great ergonomics, with metal that’s shaved and finished to help with holding the device. The Edge is a totally different beast in that respect: Samsung wanted a device that not only would get looks (which I can tell you, it does) but also offers some software functionality with the design — more on that later.

Onward!

Google, Now With CEO Sundar Pichai, Is Owned By Alphabet, Its New Parent

alphabetHere’s how it works: Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have started “a collection of companies”. They have dubbed that collection “Alphabet”, and within it, the letter “G” stands for Google.

In other words, there’s a company bigger than Google, as of today.

Management positions include the appointment of a new Google CEO — none other than Sundar Pichai. Page will take the CEO spot of Alphabet, while Brin becomes its President.

Alphabet’s birth comes as a result from the creation and acquisition of companies that don’t truly make sense under the generic moniker of Google, including health-focused efforts Calico and the Life Sciences.

“This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main internet products contained in Alphabet instead,” Page writes.

The new operating structure of Google means that each letter or company will receive a CEO of its own, with compensation determined by none other than Brin and Page.

Time to see where the Alphabet goes — which is revealed, after the break.

Via: Alphabet, Official Google Blog

Google Publishes Hangouts 4.0: Redesign, Bug Fixes And Speed

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 7.32.54 AMIf there was one thing true about the previous Google Hangouts app, it’s that it was chock full of features, but not on speed even on the fastest of Android flagship phones. Today that changes with Hangouts 4.0, which is currently being rolled out from the Play Store (or is available as a signed .apk from the source link). Google is touting less battery usage from the app as well.

In it, users will find a complete redesign of the app catered towards readability and cleanliness, as well as speed improvements and bug fixes. Custom status messages, outbound caller ID, and replying to groups MMS are all new features that come as a part of v4.0 as well.

Oh, and there’s Android Wear support.

Via: Google, APK Mirror

Intel Brings Skylake To Gamers First, Thus New Core i5 And i7 Chips

SKL-i7-boxIt’s high-time for new Intel chips on the enthusiast end, and the big I delivered with new, quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors. More specifically, as the Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K.

The new 14-nanometer chips are unlocked for maximum overclocking (all “K”-series are), but if that’s not your vibe, then they operate at a pretty high clock speed to begin with: 4.0GHz for the Core i7-6700K and 3.5GHz for the i5-6600K. MSRP is pegged at $350 for the i7-6700K and $243 for the i5-6600K.

Now, here come the shortcomings: the new i7 is only 10% faster than the previous Haswell version, or practically none over current Haswell-E variants. However, if you’re all about the cutting edge (like many PC gamers, including myself), then the inclusion of DDR4 memory support (for the first time on desktops) and up to 4GHz overclocking per core, then the Skylake generation should be just enough to get you to jump ship.

Via: Intel

Acer XB WQHD G-Sync Monitor Review: All Hail 144hz

20150804_140432Gaming monitors require three things: excellent resolution, a fast refresh rate and popping colors. The 27-inch Acer XB at WQHD resolution (2,560 x 1440) on an IPS panel has all of those things, plus one: Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.

That dear reader, is how Acer has built one of the finest gaming monitors available in 2015. Now, it’s time to move on stating how so.