Google Announces Project Fi: A New Kind Of Wireless Network

ap_resizeBy announcing Project Fi today, Google has taken to the wireless spectrum.

In summary, Project Fi allows the user to pay one rate for data around the world, only paying for used data, unlimited domestic talk and text (with unlimited international texts), which is alongside low-cost international calls, WiFi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries. The first (and currently only) phone to support Fi will be the Nexus 6, built by Motorola. In the U.S., service is provided by Sprint and T-Mobile, both of which will seamlessly be switched on your device depending on signal strength.

Pricing for Project Fi (currently invite-only) starts at $20 a month, which nets you all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries). After that, it’s a flat $10 per GB for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad — 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Again, one of the primary strengths of Fi is that a user will only pay for used data, so say you paid 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month; $16 will be credited to you.

It’s a project, a concept really, but it has the potential to change the way consumers look at wireless coverage, which is interesting above all else. Promo vid, after the break.

Via: Google Blog, Project Fi

Google Mobile Search Now Prioritizes Mobile-Optimized Sites

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.20.01 AMIt’s more of a wakeup call to web developers who have yet to produce mobile-optimized versions of their desktop sites, which on mobile can task the user with excessive scrolling and zooming to navigate a page. Announced in February, Google is finally rolling out the change for mobile searches. Highlighting mobile-ready versions of sites means that those compliant receive more traffic from searches, and those that stay in the style of yesterday will be penalized with a traffic drop.

Fun times!


Ride-Share Apps

Ah, the ride-share apps. Such apps are designed to provide on-demand rides at the mere click of a button (er, swipe?), and are arguably putting taxi cabs out of business. Considering ride-share services offer clean vehicles, amenities such as bottled water, and better driving than cabbies, it’s no wonder people are favoring these services more and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular apps available today.

Sony Announces The Xperia Z4 In Japan, But Doesn’t Mention An International Launch

z4Going on sale in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” variants, the Xperia Z4 represents the company’s fourth iteration of their flagship handset. It’s interesting to see a follow-up to the positively-received Z3, despite the company’s troubles in its mobile sector, mostly pertaining to low sales numbers and a lack of support among American wireless carriers.

Also interesting, yet not surprising is that the Z4’s changes are mostly minor: the same 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2930mAh battery, an updated 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Android 5.0 Lollipop laden with a Sony skin plus is water/dust-resistance.

Oh, and a 7mm thinner metal frame plus the same wide-angle lens as the main camera, plus digital image stabilization — so you know, to keep your selfies are leveled.

No word on international launch.

ViaSony Mobile Japan

Johansen Hanover Review: A Spring Fling Bag

IMGP0153It’s Spring in New York City.

Typically, that means everyone ditches their heaviest winter coats and embrace the incoming rays of sun. It’s a great feeling when the air doesn’t hurt your face or fingers, and the attitudes of those around you — whether they be stranger or familiar — alleviate the feelings of getting to work — and in style because you can wear liberating clothes again. That also means one needs a new bag to go along with a new season, obviously.

Motorola Moto E (4G LTE) Review: Little Budget, Lots Of Bite

Moto E 4G LTE (2015)With all the hype generated towards announcements, launches and sales figures of top-tier Android phones, including Motorola’s own Moto X, anything but the apex isn’t really in the average consumer’s field of view. However, truth be told, mid-range and low-end smartphones are the pillars that support the smartphone revolution worldwide, especially in developing markets.

In the United States, budget smartphones — such as the new Moto E — aim to provide a solid experience on capable hardware, without the usual cost of more than two Benjamins.

So, how does a hefty rubber and glass mid-range smartphone like the Moto E fair?

The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference Kicks Off On June 8th

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 1.03.46 PMSpring has just arrived, but Summer is coming around, and with it, the Worldwide Developer Conference — Apple’s very own yearly playground in San Francisco for developers, and often the site of its own new announcements. The 2015 Worldwide Developer Conference, starts on June 8th, with applications for tickets starting now; those that can’t make it out West can stream the event live.

This is going to be interesting.

ViaApple Developer, Apple