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.

There’s A New Sexy Fujifilm Camera, And It’s Called The X-T10

xt10leadFujifilm is always a company known for its retro camera designs with modern optics and imaging, and the new X-T1o is no different.

Designed as an easier means of entering the interchangeable lens ecosystem, the X-T10 costs $800 body-only, or $900 with a XC 16-50mm lens kit. All of which, is excellent, because the X-T10 not only functions as a sort of junior version of the company’s $1200 flagship X-T1 camera, but still sports a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor (with built-in phase detection autofocus), an EXR Processor II and compatibility with all existing Fujinon lenses.

Aesthetics? On paper, they sound pleasing: aluminum touches everywhere with lots of grip. A release is pegged for sometimes in June.

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators Review: What A Novelty

IMGP0117Teenage Engineering is a synthesizer, sampler, and sequencer company based out of Stockholm, Sweden. So yes, in essence, they’re about music and the creation of it — they’re particularly famous for their OP-1 synth, which is unconventional but also a well-received product. So, there’s the introduction to a company you may have not heard of.

Now, to the the Pocket Operators, which a collaboration between TE and a collaborator, Cheap Monday: they’re pocket synthesizers powered by two AAA batteries (with two years of standby time).

Matched with a max of 16 patterns/sequencer/pattern chaining, the real magic of the Pocket Operators is that they can be linked together as a trio to create songs, or used independently, even containing built-in speakers, clock and alarm — all in your pocket.

Verizon Is Buying AOL For $4.4 Billion, Or $50 A Share

AOL_VZ_ArmstrongVerizon has taken to buying AOL for a sound $4.4 billion (roughly $50 per share), now an online media network of immense strength with a leading ad division to boot.

AOL itself will be run as a special division within the larger business, but using Big Red’s own distribution channels, content from its largest brands will be circulated actively, including Engadget, TechCrunch and The Huffington Post.

Talk about a massive content push!

Via: VZ, TechCrunch