LG Announces The G Watch R: Circular Design And Lots Of Charm

LG+G+Watch+R+1Even before the highly-anticipated Moto X’s reveal, LG decided to get a head start and announce its circular Android Wear smartwatch. Designed not to replace the existing, square G Watch, but to simply serve as an additional option, the G Watch R sports a 1.3-inch Plastic OLED (P-OLED) full 360-degree display — emphasis on that entire display, says LG. Thus, this makes for some nice simulated watch faces, as seen above.

Powering it is a 410mAh battery, only a measly 10mAh more than the square G Watch. Otherwise, everything remains the same — except that this one, due to its design, looks significantly more elegant, dapper, and dare I say, professional.

A heart rate monitor, power/sleep button on the side, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage complete the rest of its specs. It’s also rated IP67 for water resistance (which up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes) and comes with two interchangeable wrist straps for good measure. LG says that the G Watch R will go on sale in Q4 of this year, for an as-of-yet, undisclosed price.

Of course.

Kelvin Green II Desk Lamp Review: What Great Design Gets You

kelvin-lamp-iiThe world of desk lamps can be a very dreary and uninspired place. But, in a sea of regular and boring LEDs, there are in fact, works of art, that can also be constituted as good for the environment, while being at the very height of aesthetic beauty.

The Kelvin Green II desk lamp looks like one of those great designer lamps: A 7.5 watt lamp with 30 2700K LEDs with max output of 325 lumens, aluminum body, motion sensor, and an automatic brightness mode.

Blue Mo-Fi Headphones: So, These Might Be Pretty Awesome

blue-mo-fi-headphonesBlue Microphones has been doing exactly that for years: capturing audio. But now, they also output it.

Thanks to the new Mo-Fi headphones, audiophiles can get superior audio quality from just about any device. And it’s actually explained using what methods: a built-in, high-powered audio amplifier, 50mm fiber-reinforced dynamic drivers, a sealed over-ear design for maximum isolation, a multi-jointed, and of course, adjustable headband to keep the earcups parallel on a wearer’s head.

To power all that, a built-in rechargeable battery good for 12 hours of playtime and the ability to listen even after you run out of juice, along with three all-analog performance modes that can suit the Mo-Fi to whatever kind of audio you’re listening to.

Sounds good, probably even professional quality, and even though it’s $350, I think this is a pretty good idea. You know, because you totally want to hear it — no pun intended.

Via: Blue

Swiss Army Alliance Mechanic Watch Review: Tick, Tock, Click

IMGP4594The folks at the Victorinox Swiss Army have a new rather simple and tasteful mechanical wrist watch for 2014; it’s called the Alliance. Boasting genuine black leather strap, self-winding ETA 2824 movement, along with all of the subtle touches one would come to expect from a Swiss watch, including the iconic red second hand which originate from the country’s train stations.

Amazon Outright Purchases Twitch For $970 Million

TwitchTV-logoIf rumors are to be believed, Amazon has pulled the trigger sooner than Google, using $970 million to purchase the video game streaming service, Twitch.

It’s still due to go through government approval, but otherwise an agreement has been reached with both parties. Amazon’s head, Jeff Bezos is rather excited about the purchase and the expansion of his empire into the realm of video streaming:

“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old.”

Via: Amazon

Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus Review: Slimness Doesn’t Mean Lightweight

20140819_180535You don’t have to be an avid reader of LaptopMemo (but you should be) to know that I love a good — scratch that — great backpack or messenger bag capable of carrying not only a laptop but all the little things needed for a day’s outing. Couple that with build quality and an excellent sense of style and automatically anybody can sport a cool (italics) carrying apparatus.

Well, this is another shot at trying to find the perfect urban commuter: the Brenthaven Collins Sleeve Plus, a lightweight messenger bag designed to carrying just the essentials, and a tiny bit more than that.

Sprint And Sharp Launch The Aquos Crystal Smartphone

20140819_180803A 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display, Japanese technology manufacturer Sharp is returning to the American smartphone market with Sprint as its carrier and partner. Billed as a Boost Mobile prepaid ($230) and Sprint postpaid device ($149 on new contract), the Aqous gives both companies a chance to branch out and try a new style, both in terms of device and of brand image.

Software-wise, the Aquos sports Android 4.4.2 KitKat with a customized software layer. Harman Kardon provides ClariFi sound technology identical to the special Harman Kardon HTC One M8 device launched a few month ago. Imaging is handled by a rear-facing 8 megapixel shooter capable of 1080p HD video, a front-facing 1.2MP shooter for your irritable selfies, embedded 2,040 mAh battery, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM.

Aesthetically, Sharp has done a rather decent job with the design and execution of the Aquos. It hasn’t been very long after my hands-on with the device, but after all, almost any edge-to-edge display looks interested, but coupled with hints of faux metal and quite a bit of plastic, changes the feel of simply carrying a screen in your hand to having a unique view on just about anything you’d download. It’s very comfortable, but from time to time you’d notice it’s somewhat thicker than some of the higher-end devices on market.

Seems to be a decent mid-range Android phone, in short.

Press release and hands-on images after the break.