Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Router Review: A Better Portal

20150723_142029No matter the speed of your ISP (internet service provider), it all boils down to the wireless router you have installed. Well, it turns out that FiOS Quantum in NYC comes with a mediocre dual-band router, and as a result, was not only resulting in high pings for my League of Legends sessions, but made working and watching HD and 4K content an unsavory process. Enter, Netgear’s R7000 smart router — dubbed Nighthawk or “the Batmobile router” — with enough specs to deliver high speeds throughout a three-level home.

Let’s continue, shall we?

Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated Growler Review: Amber Stainless Steel Wins

20150722_161756There are times (I’m sure) where one enjoys an excellent beverage, but can’t finish it. To make matters worse, there isn’t a place to store your carbonated or otherwise perishable drink without it losing all of its charm. Well, a vacuum-sealed, insulated grolwer should do the trick. Be it for beer, soda, kombucha or anything drinkable, I don’t see why Klean Kanteen’s growler isn’t honorable enough to contain it.

After all, you’re thirsty, aren’t you?

The Priority Classic Bicycle Review: A Class Act

20150722_123848The bicycle is seeing a degree of adoption higher than ever before, and this can be attributed to two things: people realize they need exercise, and more importantly the environmental benefits. In New York City, riding a bicycle on the streets can be daunting at first, but with a little practice, a few close calls paired with the betterment of one’s judgement on the road and you’ll have plenty of fun getting from Chelsea Market to LaFayette in no time at all.

Apple Reports Its Q3 2015 Earnings: $49B In Revenue Thanks To 47M iPhones, And Then Some

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Apple made yet another home run/touchdown/goal/ace with its third quarter results. $49 billion in revenue was accrued thanks to the sales of its product lines, namely 47 million iPhones, 10.9 million iPads and 4.7 million Macs — as well as the Apple Watch, whose sales numbers have not been disclosed, but has netted $1 billion sales.

This latest result also means that essentially, Apple has $203 billion in “cash”: regular cash, cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and long-term marketable securities.

An excerpt from the release:

“Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended June 27, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.”

Carry on, Cuptertino.

Via: Apple 

Microsoft Posts $3.2 Billion Net Loss For Q4, $22B In Revenue

DSC01769Microsoft lost $2 billion for Q4 of 2014, despite the hefty $22.2 billion in revenue (compared to $23.3 billion yesteryear). This can definitely be attributed to the 7,800 job cuts made earlier this year, plus the de-valuation of Nokia which resulted in a $7.5 billion jab to the coffers. An $888 million profit was made from the Surface line and Xbox clinched a 27 percent gain. Remember Bing? Well its market share increased to a sizeable 20.3 percent.

Talk about an eventful fiscal quarter.

Via: Microsoft

Here Are The (Prototype) Wireless Controllers For The HTC Vive VR Headset

20150715_142612Wading it through storms and showers in New York City (to the Dream Hotel, no less) this week was thoroughly worth it — because, a demonstration of HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset was in order. The experience is fluid despite needing more work in the user interface (which is designed as a gallery that you “walk” in), as well as the two mounted sensors that will be simplified for consumer use — they fill the room with lasers and in layman’s terms, assist in the calibration and recognition of the user’s real-world space.

And surprisingly, HTC is close to Valve, evening going as far as developing a Portal VR demo.

Motorola Is Holding A Big Press Event On July 28th

moto-invite-28thIt’s about time Motorola got onto our radars again. Press invites have been sent out for an event at 9AM ET in New York City, on the 28th of July — and I’ll be attending, of course. While most educated guesses would point towards the next version of the Moto X and refreshes of all other hardware, no one honestly knows what the Lenovo-owned smartphone (smart watch) manufacturer is up to.

Oh, and as Motorola put it: “your relationship status is about to change.” I kind of don’t need help in that department, but moving forward is always fun, no?

Apple Refreshed The iPod Touch, Albeit Very Quietly

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Typically when you release a new version of a product with an astounding legacy, you’d talk about it. But Apple hasn’t taken the expected course of action with the iPod series — as everyone might understand that the dedicated music device is archaic in a sea of smartphones and other devices.

Still, the iPod Touch is here for another generation, receiving the same 8 megapixel camera seen in the iPad Air 2, the same 64-bit Apple A8 processor from the iPhone 6 (running at lower, 1.1GHz clock speed), and the same color choices from other current Apple products: silver, grey and gold; blue and pink being exceptions.

Via: Apple