Google Nexus 6P Review: The Golden One

DSCF0207The Nexus 6P is the pinnacle of Google’s Nexus program — just ask anyone who has reviewed the device, or owns one. It’s pretty good, if nearly perfect the for the category that it was placed and designed for: a flagship, aluminum unlocked stock Android phone — what a mouthful.

Or in other words, Google and Huawei’s love child.

LIGO Has Confirmed The Existence Of Gravitational Waves

ligoThis is brilliant news, because it means that humanity can search the rest of the distant cosmos through more than just light and electromagnetic radiation — gravitational waves, or ripples through space time.

This confirmation by the physicists and other scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), means that Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity on gravitational waves is confirmed, more than a hundred years later.

An over-simplified version of what occurs when gravitational waves are emitted: a supermassive black hole collision 1.3 billion years old caused an energy outburst from mass that is three times more than the sun’s — in a fraction of a second. Detection of gravitational waves from that event occurred on September 14th, 2015, at 5:51 am ET, by both of the currently upgraded LIGO detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. This is a painstaking find, considering that everything not at absolute zero adds interference to detections.

The full run-down of the details of the discovery can be found at the source link. Truly, this is a milestone day in the world of science, and actually a victory for humanity’s understanding of the cosmos.

Via: NSF

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Review: A Pretty Face Is Worth A Lot

DSCF0056During the past year or so, I’ve had the privilege to play with dozens of smartphones, free of any commitment except my own thoughts and opinions — thanks, Samsung and friends. Some of these devices (as of this review) include the entirety of the Samsung Galaxy 2015 line: the S6, the Edge, the Note 5 and now, the Edge+.

If I had to rank the 2015 devices in terms of best to worst, it would as follows: Note 5, S6, Edge+ and the regular Edge.

All of them are epic representations of the categories they seek to fulfill: the S6 for a flagship, the Note 5 for a productivity device, and both Edge devices work well as testaments to beauty and generally just showing off.

So, then why is the Edge+ my favorite of the four — and the only one that I would really consider putting my own earnings into, if need be?

Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II Is The New Flagship With Superpowers

canon-eos-1d-x-mk-iiTo be quite honest, for a camera that scores well past $6,000, it should have quite a few amazing tricks up its sleeves (or in its image sensor). After all, when I think of several thousand dollars for a camera, I even start to think about purchasing a certain Leica Q. So, it comes as no surprise that Canon spared no expense on its new flagship camera — although, no articulating display or WiFi is a bit of a miss.

A 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and dual Digic 6+ processors for capturing burst shots up to 14 fps, a maximum ISO of 409,600 (think filming in near-darkness) and high-resolution DCI 4K video recording at up to 60 fps. To focus on all of that, an improved 61-point AF system comes along for the pro photography fest, bringing CFast 2.0 support, built-in GPS, and a built-in headphone jack to top it all off.

Compatibility with existing Canon lens is a given, as well as the fact that you may never wield this camera, but might see something that was shot with it.

Via: Canon

Olympus’ PEN-F Is Another Retro Esque Camera Of The Modern Era

hbzqdpcdwjcl3s1wbeazEvery so often, camera manufacturers comeout with new innovations, aesthetics and even form factors. A recent trend however, has been the retro style camera — the charm and beauty of a camera of old, with the internals and specifications of a modern shooter (see: Leica and Fujifilm). Olympus has done just that with the PEN-F, with strong-looking manual dials and a 20.1MP (megapixel) Micro Four Thirds sensor.

Also, if one is patient with a tripod and has some experience as a photographer, a special shooting mode on the PEN-F allows for 50 megapixel exposure-rich photos. WiFi wireless control, 10 FPS shooting, 5-axis in-body image stabilization and 1080p HD video shooting round off the PEN-F’s additional shooting features.

A rear touch LCD, with 2.36-million dot viewfinder and tons of built-in software that even allows for the application of Instagram-like filters. Pricing? $1,200 for the body-only in silver or black.

Via: Olympus

Leica Hits Underwater Status With The X-U Camera

leica-xuThis is somewhat a departure of style for Leica and for the company’s fans (or diehards). A waterproof, shatterproof camera that costs just about $2,950 — the Leica X-U. Submerging the X-U up to 49 feet is possible dust-sealing and winter protection, meaning that this is the first stock Leica camera that you can bring to any environment without too much of a fuss.

And yes: Leica is famed for its pretty cameras, and the X-U is not one of the prettiest, but it is the toughest.

A 3-inch LCD screen is your only means of coordinating shots — no viewfinder here — using the 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor with a fixed Leica Summilux 23mm lens and a fast f1.7 aperture. Record HD video at up to 1080p at 30 frames per second is another feature, albeit rather ordinary in this day and age.

It will be available in Leica stores and dealers at the end of January.

Via: Leica

Mujjo Leather Crochet Gloves Review: On Point Style, But Not Touch

20160116_133700These are Mujjo leather touchscreen gloves. With a top layer in crochet and the palm, fingers and thumb all in genuine Moroccan leather, these gloves immediately establish themselves as a luxury product — to which I say, that is correct.

So, Mujjo’s luxury glove offering is also touchscreen-enabled, meaning that it could become my best friend when out and adventuring in New York City. Except, that isn’t entirely the case; these gloves are on point, but are slightly out of touch. 

HP Envy 13 Review: A Good Opening Act

20160112_143227For more than two years now I’ve sworn by my 13-inch Macbook Air — clad in decals from my favorite companies. Although the Air is hilariously under-powered in this day and age, numerous OS X updates have kept the Air running like the venerable piece of machinery it was when I first bought it — as is often the case with a well-kept Apple product.

But, it was high time for a change, and also a chance to see if I could carry my custom desktop experience of Windows 10 to a laptop, with similar satisfaction of speed and function.

And so, the kind folks at HP sent out an Envy 13 which arrived at my dorm mid-semester. Here is my experience, cataloged in review.