This Is Unusual: Google Buys Snapseed, Now Owns Instagram Competitor

Google may have just killed two birds with one stone, with the purchase of imaging app developer Nik Software. While the company is known for pro photography apps like Capture NX and its Efex Pro series, the real gold is to be found in their simple app called Snapseed, which allows desktop iPad (essentially iOS users) to make simple edits to their photos. It doesn’t take a genius to see what Google aims to do with Snapseed — like Facebook buying Instagram, Google can buy Snapseed for Google+.

So, who up for a Googlegram? There isn’t much excitement in that, actually.

ViaNik SoftwareVic Gundotra (Google+)

Apple and AT&T report record-breaking 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders

AT&T, the first carrier to ever hold the iPhone, has not released exact numbers, but they are excited with the results of Apple’s iPhone 5 pre-orders, of which (and I quote):

AT&T set a sales record with iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered. Customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of pre-orders and over the weekend.

iPhone 5 is still available for pre-order at and will be available in AT&T retail stores beginning at 8am local time on Friday, September 21

The real shocker? Apple released some numbers. In the first 24 hours of availability, the iPhone 5 was pre-ordered 2 million times. According to Apple, a majority of those pre-orders will arrive in the mail by September 21st.


Via: AT&T (PR Newswire), Apple

G-Shock Aviation GW-40001A Review

Casio has always had a knack for creating great G-Shock watches. And their high-end, analog Aviation collection is no different. The GW-40001A is in fact the highest end of their collection, and looks the most impressive. Based on atomic time-keeping functions, solar power, resistant up to 15Gs, with shock and vibration resistance, and is waterproof to 200M, the GW 40001A has the guts to function in just about all the Earth’s environments.

Brevity Review: Chrome Lieutenant Rolltop Bag

California-based company Chrome has always been about delivering the most hardcore products. From their solid rolltop backpacks, cyclist shoes, and amazing designs, Chrome has always been a company to watch and wait for cool, new creations, despite how young they actually are (circa. 1995). And let’s not even begin how many A+ technology journalists use Chrome bags. That being put aside, let me give their latest bag, the Lieutenant Rolltop, a brevity review.

Apple says iPhone 5 pre-orders were ‘incredible’

Getting your hands on an iPhone 5 has gotten increasingly harder, every hour. Keep in mind retail Apple, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint stores will offer the iPhone 5 starting at 8AM on September 21st, but Apple already has something to say about its initial results.

“Pre-orders for iPhone 5 have been incredible,” said Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris. “We’ve been completely blown away by the customer response.”

Quite understandable.

iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Have Kicked Off

It’s time to pre-order a new iPhone 5, folks. In this case, Apple, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have kicked off online pre-orders at 3:01AM (or at 12:01AM PT for folks on the West Coast). Sixth generation iPhones begin shipping on September 21st and starts at $199.99 on contract for the 16GB model, or $649 unlocked for the same capacity, in either white/silver or black. Not interested in have the comfort of your iPhone 5 sent to you? Head to a retail Apple Store location — and let fate test you — starting at 8AM on launch day.

Via: Wired