Apple iPad Air 2: Touch ID, 6.1mm Thick, And New A8X Processor

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 2.27.51 PMThe iPad Air 2 is a mostly incremental update. Including the Touch ID sensor, the thinnest tablet body recorded at 6.1mm, and the new Apple A8X processor, which includes the M8 motion processor. Also included inside the iPad Air 2 is an optically bonded display: the LCD, glass, and touch sensor are unified, so there are no air gaps between layers, with added anti-reflective coating.

Also, this year the iPad Air 2 will come in grey, white, and now gold. Pricing remains the same: $500 for the 16GB WiFi version; bigger storage sizes come in $100 increments, with a $130 premium for LTE versions.

Via: Apple

OS X Yosemite Is Out Today, And Is Free

overview_design_heroFor those of you running a recent version of OS X on their Macs, today is update day — to Yosmite. It includes the Continuiity handoff features, this yaer’s major iWork update, all the new design traits, and of course  a ton of fixes and tweaks. The update will be available, later today on the Mac App Store.

HTC Contributes With The Nexus 9, A Nine-Inch 64-Bit Tablet, Of Course

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 2.57.28 PMHTC and Motorola today are making great strides for being the first time two companies announced Nexus devices on the same day, and it’s great. While Motorola makes th eNexus 6 smartphone, HTC is tasked with producing the Nexus 9, which is an 8.9-inch tablet, with 4:3 aspect ratio, resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, and pixel density of 281 ppi (meh).

It comes with the newest version of Android — 5.0 Lollipop — and of course, starts at $399 for the base 16GB WiFi model; $479 for the 32GB WiFi; and $599 for a 32GB LTE variant that comes packed with penta-band HSPA+, quad-band GSM/EDGE and CDMA. All models launch on November 9th, with pre-orders starting later this month.

Aesthetically, HTC has done a great job (on paper): 7.9mm thickness, with 64-bit support, thanks to a dual-core 2.3GHz NVIDIA K1 chipset. Paired with  2GB of RAM; an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, BSI and f/2.4 aperture; a 1.6MP selfie camera; dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; a 6,700mAh battery — and best of all, the Taiwanese company’s signature BoomSound stereo speakers.

Via: Google

Motorola And Google Unveil The Nexus 6 With Android 5.0 Lollipop

nexus-6It’s Motorola’s first shot at a Nexus-branded device for Google, and they’re coming with all the tricks. The Nexus 6 is an Android 5.0 “Lollipop” device, first being sold as an unlocked model (with support for all 4 major carriers) at the Google Play Store starting in early November. Carrier support includes on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, and Sprint.

Price? $649 for the contract-free model; Google has not specified if this is the price from carriers, or the price on its Play Store (which in the past has been more frugal).

High price tag for a Nexus device aside, there is an enxceptional list of specs that come wit hthe Nexus 6. Starting off with the 6-inch QHD display (2560 x 1440) — making it a giant phablet — , a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 13-megapixel rear camera paired with a 2-megapixel front camera, a (rather large) 3220 mAh battery, and two front-facing speakers. It can include either 32 or 64GB of internal storage, and comes in grey or white.

Via: Google

Oh, But Of Course: Google Teases Android 5.0 Name In Video

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.14.12 PMThere’s been quite a bit of speculation as to what Android L — more appropiately known as Android 5.0 — will be called.

See, for those of you unaware, every Android release since the mobile operating system’s earliest days had a name besides its chronologicl value assocaited with it — the name usually being that of a dessert.

In a new promo video, Google playfully teases with some of the possbilities: Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Drop, Lady Finger and Lava Cake.

It doesn’t really matter, because we’ll all know once a statue is installed in Mountain View; yet another tradition that Google follows with new software releases.

Video after the break.

Tesla Model S P85D: A Four Door Supercar, Faster Than A Ferrari

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 7.12.27 AMAt least, in 0-60mph, the Tesla Model S P85D is a four door supercar with two engines, csontituing a combined  691HP and making it faster in accelration than a Ferrari 458; one motor in the front and one in the back.

Specs include 687 lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 MPH run of 3.2 seconds, all-wheel-drive, as well as an astounding 1g of lateral acceleration (this thing will tear your face off making fast, sharp turns). Only range is truly affected: 275 miles on the P85D, with lower-specced models getting longer ranges.

Three “D” models exist, the P85D being the top of the line, and the 60D and lower-end 85D going out in February. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not talk specifics on price, but the base price of the P85D is $120,170; a $14,600 premium as part of an options package from the standard P85 model.

Another fantastic feature is what Musk calls, Autopilot. It’s a sensory-aware system for all Model S variants, where automated lane switching, self-parking, and stopping/slowing if coming close to other vehicles becomes a reality.

While the regulation to make it fully autonomous is not around yet, Tesla says they will continue working, so that one day, you’ll have a self-driving Tesla.

Via: Tesla

HTC Desire Eye: The Selfie Phone, All 13MP Of It

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.23.02 PMToday in NYC, HTC unveiled a selfie-specific smartphone, the Desire Eye. A 13 megapixel camera graces the front of the mid-range device, as well as the back end, and comes to the US as an AT&T exclusive.

Aesthetically, the Desire Eye comes in two colorways: coral reef (white with orangish red trim) and blue lagoon (dark blue with light blue trim), is 8.5mm thick, weighs 154 grams (5.43 ounces) and has a great 5.2-inch 1080p display. The two-tone polycarbonate, unibody design is IPX7 rated, which means that it’s supposed to handle up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes — not bad, actually.

As for the rest of the specs: a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, BoomSound and a 2,400mAh battery, and just 16GB of internal storage. Meh.

Also, you can say “cheese” to take front-facing photos, or say “rolling” to take video. Uh, thanks?

Apple Confirms October 16th Press Event At Cupertino Headquarters

appleHot on the heels of a super successful iPhone launch and the announcement of the Apple Watch and iOS 8, the Cupertino-based tech company has another press event scheduled for October 16th. This time, we’re expecting new iMacs, Macbooks, iPads, and the official launch of OS X Yosemite across all the current supportable Macs.

Unusually, next Thursday’s announcement will take place at the Town Hall Auditorium on Apple’s campus, which means that the event’s flair will be subdued, if not quiet.