Apple Watch: It’s A Wearable, Comes In Two Sizes, And Launch Next Year For $349

apple-iwatch-960The “other” announcement from the folks at Cupertino: the Apple Watch. Designed as a fitness wearable, it can detect one’s heart rate using four sensors in unison, sports NFC for Apple Pay, is accurate to 50ms, sports a sapphire touchscreen display, and a choice or proprietary straps. Borrowing from the APple design laungage, a button the on side has the role of a “digital crown”, which can be used to navigate the software interface, zoom into images and more.

Price? $349 starting early next year, with support for iPhone 5 and up.

Besides being a smartwatch, it carries with it many intelligent functions, such as knowing when you lift up your wrist to look at it (it will activate the screen), and with the ability to work as a sport watch and fitness tracker, while interacting with your iPhone’s GPS (wah!). Also: aluminium, stainless steel and 18-carat gold editions exist, which are called Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition, respectively.

However, there is one strange thing about the Apple Watch: Apple hasn’t mentioned its battery life; something the company is so adamant about boasting with its other products. There is a mystery to be solved here.

Via: Apple

Apple Announces The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus, Pre-Orders Start The 12th

iphone-6-and-plusThe new iPhones are here — yes there are two, and one is bigger than the other. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch and the 6 Plus sports 5.5-inch Retina HD display, at 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively. Also, the 6 Plus sports a landscape mode on the homescreen, a la iPad. Now sporting curved edges and a design akin to that of the iPad Air and iPad Mini, the new iPhones are the best work that Apple says they’ve done so far.

As to aesthetic: the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin, the thinnest ever, and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin. Both have Apple’s latest 64-bit processor, the Apple A8, which is 25% improved with speeds and 50% faster GPU performance. The M8 motion coprocessor provides motion processing and also is being used for the fitness apps.

Improved battery life for both the 6 and 6 Plus, along with VoLTE, which is of course known as Voice over LTE, which improves the call quality (of course), along with WiFi calling over T-Mobile and other networks that support the technology over 802.11ac.

An NFC chip exists in the 6 and 6 Plus to allow for mobile payments, much like the Google Wallet Android phones — but Cupertino is branding its solution as Apple Pay. It gives a one-tap solution to pay for items or, all of which will also interact with the Passbook app. It’s also a PayPal-killing app, which allows for the payment of things online. Oh, and iOS 8 launches the 17th, for those of you keeping track.

As for the new cameras: both new iPhones sport an 8MP camera, true-tone flash. 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture. By utilizing “focus pixels”, the iSight cameras use phased focus to improve clarity and lighting. Panoramas are now also increased to 43 megapixels. The differences in cameras begin to appear in the 6 Plus, however: optical image stabilization is present, while on the smaller 6, “digital” optical stabilization. 1080p at 30 or 60fps, or 240fps for slow-motion shots.

The iPhone 6 will be priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The 6 Plus will start at $299 and will go up $100 for every increment in storage — both are priced on a new 2 year contract.

Pre-orders begin this Friday the 12th, with availability in 114 countries by the end of the year.

Via: Apple

Today, Bungie And Activision Launch Destiny On Console

battleground_desktop_1Bungie’s new IP, Destiny launches today, bringing with it space battles on maps based off Earth, Venus, Mars, and the Moon — plus tons of character customization, weapons, stats and difficult raids as well as campaign missions. Honestly, Destiny is currently engaged in “hype train” mode, and as a result (along with clever marketing of review samples frm Bungie and Activision), reviews won’t be up on day one. That can — well — be both good and bad, depending on perspective.

We will have to play the game to find out if it can live up to Halo’s good moniker, as the other publications have or will. Meanwhile, me and my level 8 Hunter have some unfinished business to take care of.

Via: Destiny

The Moto X Is Back: A 5.2″ Full HD Screen, Leather, And Tons Of Colors

Moto X Front DynamicOh, and but of course: it’s a metal frame this time around.

The new Moto X isn’t that bigger than the old one, thankfully — but everything about it is bigger and better. A 5.2-inch AMOLED display, now in full 1080p (423 ppi), is a much more pleasant experience than last year’s 720 4.7-inch window. Thickness of the subtly curved smartphone ranges from 3.8mm to 9.9mm, with overall dimensions ranging about 72.4mm wide by 140.8mm tall with a weight of 144 grams.

Meanwhile, the Moto Maker customization system is still around: a wood back option is still available, along with a plethora of colors, but this time, a leather back option is also getting added. The logo on the back, like last year, is slightly recessed, giving a dimple effect, but is also metal and can be color cuztomized as well.

The camera has also been improved: 13 megapixels with a 4K recording option (or just 1080p HD if you prefer). Oh, and this time Moto didn’t pansy about with the specs: a Snapdragon 801 processor as the 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, paired with Adreno 330 578MHz GPU and 2GB of RAM. It also houses a 2,300 mAh battery — which Motorola claims will last a full day.

Four microphones reduce background noise and assist with the filtering needed to make use of the Moto Actions, Moto Display and Moto Assist. Yes, the famous hands-free control features and automatically activated display from last year make a return, but with tons of improvements. For example, instead of prompting with, “OK, Google”, you can now customize that phrase — it can be almost anything you like so you can begin commands. Stock Android 4.4 KitKat with just a few extra apps is also back.

Pricing? Affordable. $99 on a new 2-year contract or $499 at an off-contract, unlocked price: which is crazy, because this is a flagship phone. Initial launch carriers are Verizon and AT&T.

Good going, Moto. Via: Motorola

Motorola Gives The Moto 360 Official Status: $250 And Metal Versions Coming

Moto 360 Dynamic GrayYes, finally. The Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch is official, and goes on sale today for $250 as priced by Motorola. Starting at Noon ET of September 5th, users will be able to purchase the gadget, from Moto directly, BestBuy or Google Play. All-metal versions come later in the fall.

A wireless charging cradle paired with the circular, solid glass design gives the true appearance of an authentic watch, but with the capability to answer your phone calls — or order pizza. Built-in pedometer, optical hear-rate monitor, and support for any Android phone 4.3 and up are the rest of the specs.

It’ll be pretty legit, I’m sure. Via: Motorola

The New Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: Apps Living On The Edge

3732162_Samsung Galaxy Note Edge_black-angleBad, corny title, I know. Interesting smartphone? Yes.

The Galaxy Note Edge is every bit one and the same as the Galaxy Note 4 in terms of specs internally and availability with America’s four nationwide carriers, but what makes it stand out from just about every device out there is a curved display on the right side, where you can store apps to be used quickly instead of multitasking in the traditional sense.

In fact, the screen is really the only difference between the two models: the Quad HD, 2560 x 1440 display seen on the Note 4, is only slightly smaller here, at 5.6 inches rather than 5.7.

Interestingly, initial reports state that the ergonomic factor isn’t terrible, in fact because of the slightly chip or curvature, the Note Edge becomes a friend of angles that a smartphone would normally find itself in your hand — unless you have very small hands, of course.

Metal trim and attention to small details as well as the traditional pen that hides inside of the Note rounds off the rest of the package.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4: Best Phablet, Take Four

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First of all, the Galaxy Note 4 adopts an actual metal trim around the sides, so an aesthetic boost has occurred. Secondly, that screen: the world’s first QHD Super AMOLED; a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 (515 ppi) touchscreen of untold power and glory. For imaging, a front-facing 3.7 megapixel and a back-end 16 megapixel make it so that you can get decent (and maybe great?) shots from both sides. Plus, support for the Oculus Gear VR attachment!

Processing, you ask? A 2.7 GHz processor, which is most likely the Snapdragon 805 (Samsung isn’t exactly saying which) in a quad-core setup. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular will be carrying the Note 4 in the United States, come later this year.

Prices have yet to be announced. The phone will come in white and black in the U.S. with 32GB of onboard storage (expandable to 64GB) and 3GB of RAM.

Sounds good, it really does.