The Droid Turbo 2 Is A Glutton For Punishment

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The Moto X Pure Edition — with its hits and misses — is being revitalized as the Droid Turbo 2, exclusively on Verizon Wireless. Besides the hideous carrier-branding on the front of the phone, the Droid Turbo 2 brings several positive new features with it, including the faster Snapdragon 810 processor, mixed usage that lasts up to 48 hours, Moto Maker customization and the most unique feature: a 5-layer build that makes the Turbo 2 “shatterproof.

The “shatterproof” aspect of the Droid Turbo 2 is accomplished through two lenses (one exterior, another interior), a flexible 5.4″ AMOLED display, a solid aluminum core and a secondary touch layer meant to support the first if it becomes damaged — the result is a rather venerable defense against dropping the phone against concrete or really, any other surface. How all of this holds-up in real-world usage is questionable, albeit possible.

Pricing for the 32GB model is  $26/month or a 64GB version for $30/month, starting later this week.

Via: VZW

Apple Poaches NVIDIA’s Artificial Intelligence Expert

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Talent in artificial intelligence is much sought after and Apple thought it wise to make an offer to the NVIDIA resident expert on the subject.

Keep in mind the company’s focus is graphics processing units and processors for use in computer and mobile devices, respectively.

The director of deep learning in question is Jonathan Cohen, and the acquisition of his talents make sense; NVIDIA’s GPUs power the auto-pilot systems in many vehicles that currently support the feature; the implications for hiring someone who used to work at such a company is more than convenient.

What is all of this for you ask? For the often-rumored but well-known fact that Apple is developing a car that will debut in the next few years.

Winter Glider Gloves Review: When 40°F Weather Means Nothing To You

P1000105The incoming winter in NYC is going to bring a dilemma — frozen fingertips due to smartphone usage. Well, touchscreen gloves have been around for years, but most of the time they’re thin, ineffective at keeping your hands protected from the cold; truly the bane of 21st century winter accessories.

So, I wanted to find gloves that merged touchscreen compatibility with the true job of a winter glove — keeping your hands warm.

That’s Interesting: Priv, The Android Blackberry Costs A Heavy $699

PRIV_Dual_RightAngle400x500-4Somehow, BlackBerry decided that $699 was an excellent price for a high-end BlackBerry — scratch that, an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone. Yes, RIM has given in to another mobile platform, with delivers beginning November 6th.

Also, it’s the first top-tier Android smartphone with a keyboard made in (what might be) years.

Specs are as follows: a 1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, with a 3,410mAh battery, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot that’ll take up to 2TB, a 5.4-inch curved, plastic AMOLED display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution (540 DPI, with stylus and glove compatibility) and NFC/LTE/Bluetooth — you get the idea.

Oh, right: the engineers did put a (reasonable?) camera in the Priv: an18-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens, capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second.

The best part about all this? BlackBerry might have designed one the best phones the platform has — or made another flop, which could drag the company down with it.

Via: BlackBerry

The Redesigned (Again) Google Play Store Is Rolling Out

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Every so often (which as of now, seems to be pretty often) Google redesigns the Play Store for Android, tweaking visual elements and sometimes adding completely new ones. This time, Google is making the apps, books, music, movies and more that the Play Store offers navigable via a tab-centric interface.

The update requires Google to flip the switch on servers, meaning that there’s no way to force the update on your end — patience, my friend.

Via: Android Central, Play Store 

Alphabet Reports 3rd Quarter Earnings, Google’s First As Subsidiary

Alphabet-Logo-Google-Android-AH-1Despite the fact that Google on its own is rather large, it is now a company inside the larger network that is Alphabet, as announced earlier this year. Today is earnings day for many major tech companies, and Alphabet is coming out the gates, swinging in the green.

At $7.35 per share on revenue of $18.68 billion, analysts expected $7.21 earnings per share and $18.54 billion in revenue — thus it’s been a great quarter. About $5.1 billion has also been authorized in share buybacks.

After this quarter however, Google will be responsible for reporting its own quarterly earnings, as financially the entire web of Google and Friends (including all projects) hasn’t been organized yet; wait for the fourth quarter of 2015 for that.

The Leica SL Is A Full-Frame DSLR Without A Mirror, And It’s Sublime To Hold

20150924_155215Meet the Leica SL, a camera that is designed as a high-end professional DSLR — sans mirror.

It’s a new camera, with a full-frame 24 megapixel CMOS sensor, ISO of 50 to 50,000, 11 frames-per-second shooting at full resoltuion, 1080p HD video at 120fps or 4K UHD a 60FPS. All of those fantastic specs aside, Leica is also touting that the SL will have the fastest AF in the land of full-frame cameras. The EVF (electronic viewfinder) is also one of the best in class, with 4.4MP at 60fps,at  x0.8 magnification.

Aesthetically, the Leica SL is work of art, kept simple. Machined from two blocks of aluminum, the SL is dust and water spray proof (meaning water will slide off the lens), It also makes uses of the fastest SD card standard (UHS2), with support for two SD cards, along with a built-in GPS module and WiFi.

As for lens support, the SL has pretty much covered all the bases in the Leica catalog, with support for SL (obviously), S, R, M, T and Cine lenses. The first lens suggested for use with Leica SL is the 24-90mm lens, seen in these shots.

Some of the SL’s neat tricks include remote shutter/exposure control from iOS or Android, ultrasonic sensor cleaning, a touchscreen for use with the customizeable Leica Professional user interface, a battery that requires only one flip of a latch to remove/replace; its usage of which is rated at 400 frames. The port selection is also stellar, with a full-size HDMI-out, USB 3.0, and more.

And of course, the Leica SL is made in Germany with a launch date of November 16th. MSRP for the Leica SL (body-only) — remember this is a Leica — is $7,450, while the first SL lens, the Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90 / f 2.8-4 ASPH, will be available at Leica stores and vendors for $4,950.

More shots plus presser, after the break.