Google CEO Larry Page Gave Sundar Pichai Control Over Everything — Almost

2013_Sundar_Pichai_Chromebook_Pixel_2_610x487This is an interesting turn of events. Google CEO Larry Page has extended Sundar Pichai’s control over the company, which already encompassed Android and Chrome. Page has in fact, paged (or sent a memo, rather) to all employees of the company, stating that Pichai will lead nearly all of the company’s major product division. This includes search, Maps, Google+, commerce, research, plus ads and infrastructure.

Senior executives that would cover those fields and report to Page will now report to Pichai. It’s a funny situation, if anything.

So, what does Page do now? Apparently, he will continue to manage Google’s business and operations, while also focusing on “the bigger picture” for the company.

And now, Pichai is one of the most powerful men in Mountian View.

Via: Recode

Microsoft Teases Upcoming November Xbox One Update

xbox-one-logo-wallpaperFresh off the servers with the October update, Microsoft is already toughting what’s coming for November. For a quick refresher: October brought a dedicated Friends tab, better social integration in general, and bug fixes. November aims to take that a step higher, by introducing cusotm backgrounds, Twitter for TV, extra details for profiles, and better game clip sharing to social media or strictly to friends on Xbox Live.

Video demo of it in action, after the break. Via: Xbox Wire

Apple Finally Out Apple Pay With iOS 8.1

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.16.24 PMIt’s about time for the millions  (of people) with new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units to gain access to Apple Pay — including the upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 owners. With the new app, users will be able to program debit/credit card information, rewards cards, and the like, and simply use the already widespread tap-to-pay registers to make a payment.

For those of you interested in what is actually going on, it’s a mixture of Touch ID (for verification purposes) and NFC (near-field communication) to get your banking info across to the register.

Recap: Apple Pay launches in the US today with the additional of more countries, by next year. More than 220,000 stores in the US will accept the Apple Pay system, including Nike, Mc Donalds, Office Depot, and many more. Airbnb, Uber, and Groupon all have updated their apps to support Pay, as well.

Oh, and bug fixes were also a part of iOS 8.1, so that’s all good.

Apple iMac With Retina Display: 5K Glory

retina-imac-2That’s right; the best iMac is the one with a Retina display. At precisely 5120 x 2880 resolution, this iMac will allow you to edit and mange 4K content, pixel-by-pixel, and still have room left for — other stuff. Other (very important specs) include a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, Fusion Drive storage, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, the fastest graphics ever offered on an iMac, and a price tag of $2,499.

What? All those pixels had to be produced using some sort of monetary backing.

Via: Apple

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