AT&T Launches The Galaxy S5 Active, With All The Ruggedness You’d Need

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“No flimsy fingerprint sensor,” they said.

Most likely, anyways. The new Galaxy S5 Active is a rugged version of the new, regular, and “soft” S5, which trades in its fingerprint sensor for the additional reliability to withstand impacts and water. A convenience key has been added to the side of the phone that launches desired “outdoor apps”, so when you’re out and about adventuring, you’ll have an easier way to access the important stuff. Meanwhile, the same 16 megapixel camera and 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor  remain.

As for availability? Well, it’s on sale, as of today in Camo Green, Titanium Grey and Ruby Red colors, which will cost $200 on the usual two-year contracts.

Via: AT&T

Apple Officially Confirms Its Beats Purchase For $3 Billion

download (2)Apple has formally announced it owns Beats, for the price of $3 billion. Apple and Dr. Dre are (apparently) very happy with the result, as Beat’s own Jimmy Iovine is quoted as having said, “I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple”.

The deal consists of $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock, and incorporates Beats into Apple’s future endeavors. Currently, both companies will offer their separate competing services and products, and are technically free to go about normal business.

Of course, the deal, while currently finalized, is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of the year.

Via: Apple

LG’s G3 Is A Metal 5.5-Inch Hunk Of Beauty, With Assisted Laser Autofocus

lg-g3Straight from LG’s G3 press event in New York City comes their latest flagship device. A sleek looking, 5.5-inch, Quad HD 2560 x 1440 screen, with a ridiculous 538 pixel-per-inch stat, bolstered by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. A Snapdragon quad-core chip provides up to 2.5GHz of processing power, with imaging on the back handled by a 12 megapixel sensor, coupled with — wait for it — laser autofocus.

Coupled with the excellent optical image stabilization that LG has had since the G2, the laser autofcous works similarly to the Duo camera in the HTC One M8, by understanding the criteria and environment being shot, lessening the amount it time it takes to capture the image.

Powering the G3 is a removeable 3,000 mAh battery with wireless charging support, eagerly consumed by the usual WiFi/Bluetooth/4G LTE radios. Android 4.4 KitKat and the Optimus UI layered on top is the OS of choice, and a 2.1 megapixel camera takes your precious selfies.

Aesthetically, LG has paid a great deal of attention to the appearance of their new flagship (unlike another South Korean major phone manufacturer), sporting a brushed metal body for the first time, in black, silver, and gold color variants. And yes, the volume rocker and power/sleep button are still on the backside.

As for availability: LG Mobile mentions that the G3 will be available in the U.S. sometimes this year, with the company’s home turf, South Korea, receiving the new device starting the 28th of May.

AudioEngine A5+ Speakers Review: Run And Hide, Because It’ll Drop The Bass

DSC01788A few months ago, I reviewed the A2+ — Audio Engine’s entry-level desktop speaker, which sounds great, looks like a minimalist masterpiece, and is just small enough to move around without much hassle. Now, take away that last part, and you can partially understand the A5+ speakers.

They are huge. I think shots comparing the two can easily can’t convey the size difference, and thus the massive weight difference. That aside, the A5+ looks very rustic in bamboo, which costs extra to build and ship — and that makes them just a tad bit more awesome.

Das Keyboard Review: Ist Est Gut

DSC01781There aren’t that many keyboard to truly consider in this world to keep for years. I say that because a great keyboard not only has to look good and type with ease, but it has to stay that way. In this day and age, keyboards continuously get more bells and whistles, some of which even include screens as number pads, backlit keys, and even programmable keys. But, a small German company produces just a few very simple, but well-engineered keyboards — they are called Das Keyboard.

And in this particular case, the keyboard in question is the Das Keyboard 4, called “the thinnest mechanical keyboard in the world”. And it actually, it just might be.

Task Management Software That Offers Great User Experience And Innovative Functionality

What is Daylite?

Daylite is a business tool for Mac, iPhone and iPad users that will help you run your business more efficiently. It is a simple business management software that allows you to keep all business tasks and communication in one place. Daylite syncs your data on your Mac, iPhone and iPad without Internet connection making sure you stay on track even when Wi-Fi connection is not available.

LG Tells The World About Its Upcoming QuickCircle Case

lg-whie5While LG G3 won’t be unveiled officially until May 27th, the Korean company has taken full liberty to unveil some of the accessories that will be paired with their next flagship product: the QuickCircle case, for instance. It has a multifunctional porthole in the front flap, with support for Qi wireless charging. Calls, texts, photos, music, and — yes — even health tracking are all available in the window with opening the flap itself.

It’s weird, actually: the circle is easily what LG’s also upcoming G Watch could have been, except they’re making the watch in the shape of a square. Meanwhile, a 5.5-inch screen on the LG G3 feels like  waste if the window is just 2 inches of that, but no matter: we’ll know what the whole thing is worth, come launch time.

Via: LG Newsroom

Photo Essay: The Microsoft Surface Pro 3

DSC01768Straight from the Surface Pro 3 event comes a few photos illustrating just what the device that aims to crush the blurred lines between tablet and laptop! Microsoft has given each attendee their very own Surface Pro 3 to test, so I’ve hit the ground running and am figuring out some of the finer techniques used to make the Surface Pro 3 a little bit more fun to use than both my tablet and my laptop.

Check out some hands-on shots after the break, with a review coming soon. Oh, and we have a thing for anime wallpapers, that’s all.