Brillo And Weave Bring Google To The Internet Of Things

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.46.22 PMBrillo and Weave: two implementations from Google that have been announced at I/O 2015, bringing the company to the Internet of Things. Easily explained, Brillo is an “underlying operating system for the internet of things,” with a developer preview coming in Q3 of this year. Derived from the core of Android, it’s a polished version of its underlying parts.

Weave, meanwhile, is the common language that allows for communication between physical devices, phones, and the internet.

Integration of both technologies will be worked on by Google and partners this year, in an attempt to bring the world of objects together, seamlessly to your phone.

Microsoft Brings Cortana To iOS And Android As Companion App

cortana-android-iosIf for some reason you find it more satisfying to use Microsoft’s Cortana to Google’s Now and Apple’s Siri digital assistants, then you’re in luck: Cortana is coming to iOS later this year and Android in late June.

But will anyone use it? Most likely, yes — but it will be odd. It won’t be as powerful as the Windows version, but it will wield the notifications needed to make it a compelling app, alongw ith search queries and asking of questions, on both Android and iOS versions.

Video of it in action, after the break. Via: The Windows Blog

Uh, Very Well: Sony Names International Version Of The Z4 Phone, The Z3+

Xperia+Z3+_heroArguably, it does make sense.

The Xperia Z4, announced not too long ago for Japan as an exclusive (and as the company’s new flagship smartphone), will be renamed for an international launch in June, dubbed the “Z3+”.

But, why not? The only real differences are Android 5.0 Lollipop, a new processor, a 5 megapixel front-facing, and a smaller battery 2,900 mAh (from 3,100 mAh). Other things have been fiddled with, like the new exposed micro USB port, which reportedly does not affect the waterproofing, or the overall design of the phone, which has been cleaned up and refined for slight imperfections.

Still, with Samsung dominating the Android space with not one but two flagships — S6 and S6 Edge — along with Apple’s own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the only reasonable strategy for Soyn at this point is to deliver another well-received smartphone, and hold its ground; profit dents aren’t in the cards here.

Oh, But Indeed: Samsung Unveils An Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 Edge

Galaxy-S6-edge-Iron-Man-Limited-EditionIt may sound cool at first, but with no J.A.R.V.I.S. AI, it’s kind of a disappointment, no? Also, the constant use of red and gold might appear to be a bit gaudy to some, but still the iconic Marvel character is well-represented on Samsung latest Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, called the Iron Man Edition. Sadly, this 64GB limited edition device will only be available in Korea on the 27th, followed by China and Hong Kong in June.

Oh, and each package of the limited edition S6 Edge comes with an “arc reactor” wireless charger plus clear cover. Official unboxing at the source link.

Via: Samsung Mobile (YouTube)

Das Keyboard 4C Professional Review: A Smaller Mechanical Masterpiece

_IGP0549 copySporting one two mechanical key switch options (blue for clicky, brown for soft), the Das Keyboard 4C Professional takes the mechanical keyboard pedigree from the original, and while it loses its USB 3.0 ports in exchange for USB 2.0, along with no volume dial, the 4C Professional still sports all of its bigger brother’s fantastic tactile responses — the whole point of the mechanical keyboard, in the first place.

Apple Renews 15″ Macbook Pro With New GPU And Force Touch, Debuts Cheaper 5K iMac

macbook pro-2015-15For up to an additional hour of battery life, plus faster storage, Force Touch trackpad, and an AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics chip in the highest-end model, the 2015 15″ Macbook Pro is worth its weight and is at its peak, priced at $1,999 and $2,499 (with new AMD GPU).

Meanwhile, the 5K Retina display on the iMac just became more affordable, starting at $1,899 but instead of using an Apple Fusion drive seen on the $2,299 model, uses a traditional 1TB hard drive.

Essentially, Cupertino is tidying up shop today; not much else to see here.

Via: Apple (Businesswire)

ASUS Brings Press To Gotham Hall To Launch Flagship Phone: The Zenfone 2

20150518_130907Enter Gotham Hall of New York City, and the stage has been set — to bring ASUS’ brand name to American phone carriers, with a sort of ferocity that would allow it to become an actual market contender — potentially. ASUS continues to try and delight the media, with its use of dancers and Zenfone 2 models to get the point across that the phone is (supposed to be) amazing.

The ASUS Zenfone 2 is a flagship smartphone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS’ own software customizations. The 3.9mm thin, circular brushed aluminum wrapped Zenfone 2 obviously draws from the company’s Zenbook line for design traits.

For those keeping score: the Zenfone 2 won the IF Design Award of 2015, with both fusion aluminum color and illusion (textured) variants available; “for those of you who refuse to conform”, as ASUS chairman Jonney Shih puts it.