Swiss Army Alliance Mechanic Watch Review: Tick, Tock, Click

IMGP4594The folks at the Victorinox Swiss Army have a new rather simple and tasteful mechanical wrist watch for 2014; it’s called the Alliance. Boasting genuine black leather strap, self-winding ETA 2824 movement, along with all of the subtle touches one would come to expect from a Swiss watch, including the iconic red second hand which originate from the country’s train stations.

Amazon Outright Purchases Twitch For $970 Million

TwitchTV-logoIf rumors are to be believed, Amazon has pulled the trigger sooner than Google, using $970 million to purchase the video game streaming service, Twitch.

It’s still due to go through government approval, but otherwise an agreement has been reached with both parties. Amazon’s head, Jeff Bezos is rather excited about the purchase and the expansion of his empire into the realm of video streaming:

“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old.”

Via: Amazon

Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus Review: Slimness Doesn’t Mean Lightweight

20140819_180535You don’t have to be an avid reader of LaptopMemo (but you should be) to know that I love a good — scratch that — great backpack or messenger bag capable of carrying not only a laptop but all the little things needed for a day’s outing. Couple that with build quality and an excellent sense of style and automatically anybody can sport a cool (italics) carrying apparatus.

Well, this is another shot at trying to find the perfect urban commuter: the Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus, a lightweight messenger bag designed to carrying just the essentials, and a tiny bit more than that.

Sprint And Sharp Launch The Aquos Crystal Smartphone

20140819_180803A 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display, Japanese technology manufacturer Sharp is returning to the American smartphone market with Sprint as its carrier and partner. Billed as a Boost Mobile prepaid ($230) and Sprint postpaid device ($149 on new contract), the Aqous gives both companies a chance to branch out and try a new style, both in terms of device and of brand image.

Software-wise, the Aquos sports Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a customized software layer. Harman Kardon provides ClariFi sound technology identical to the special Harman Kardon HTC One M8 device launched a few month ago. Imaging is handled by a rear-facing 8 megapixel shooter capable of 1080p HD video, a front-facing 1.2MP shooter for your irritable selfies, embedded 2,040 mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM.

Aesthetically, Sharp has done a rather decent job with the design and execution of the Aquos. It hasn’t been very long after my hands-on with the device, but after all, almost any edge-to-edge display looks interested, but coupled with hints of faux metal and quite a bit of plastic, changes the feel of simply carrying a screen in your hand to having a unique view on just about anything you’d download. It’s very comfortable, but from time to time you’d notice it’s somewhat thicker than some of the higher-end devices on market.

Seems to be a decent mid-range Android phone, in short.

Press release and hands-on images after the break.

HTC Unveils A New One M8, But This Time With Windows Phone On It

download (2)I don’t know if this is desperation on the Windows Phone camp or it’s pure genius: arguably the best all-around Android phone, the HTC One M8 will have a Windows Phone cousin: identical in everyway, including BlinkFeed, the Duo cameras, IR blaster, 32B of storage expandable to 128GB, Dot View case compatibility, and all the rest.

Available starting today as a Verizon Wireless exclusive, the One M8 with Windows Phone will retail for $99 on a new 2-year contract, or $600 if paid off. Also, this very special case of the One M8 features duall-band LTE (bands 4 and 13) along with quadband HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100), quadband GSM/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and dual-band CDMA — it’ll work internationally, but not on all LTE networks.

What an idea.

Via: HTC

The Latest Xbox One Update Adds Remote Game Purchases And 3D Blu-Ray

IMGP4608According to the ever-likable Xbox folks at Redmond and Major Nelson, users should start seeing their Xbox Ones gaining access to a new update that allows for remote purchasing from the Xbox site or via the SmartGlass app, which will automatically download when purchased. Also added to the monthly system update is a low-battery indicator and 3D Blu-Ray functionality.

Oh, and your friends’ activity feed has been streamlined to a single view, and it actually looks really good. Full details at MN’s page.

Via: Major Nelson

Amazingly, ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Will Be An Xbox One Exclusive

uoqfjqgfhxfqbs2pbk4vNot that I have any personal issues with it however (although PS4 and PC gamers might). The next major Tomb Raider game, Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive and will launch in the holiday season of 2015. Definitely big news for a franchise that in the present day is played by people who probably were not even old enough to have played the very first game in the series.

Via: Kotaku