Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan Pledged 99% Of Their Shares To Human Advancement

zuckerberg-chanIndeed: 99% of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s shares at Facebook is equivalent to $45 billion United States dollars — making this one of the largest donations made to charity in human history.

To be issued over the course of Zuckerberg’s lifetime, this amount is per Facebook’s current valuation. The announcement comes with the arrival of the couple’s daughter Max; she essentially serves as the spearhead of the move.

While the exact details of the pledge aren’t outlined in its entirety, the essence of it is this: the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. It will be a new non-profit organization tasked with two main concerns: advancing human potential and most importantly, promoting equality.

Fun fact? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (of Microsoft fame, obviously) was founded in 2000 and has a current endowment of $44 billion — a splice away from Chan and Zuckerberg’s.

Via: Facebook

Amazon And Jeremy Clarskon Begin Promoting Prime Air Drones

prime-air-drone-1It’s no secret that Amazon has been prepping Prime Air — a drone delivery service. But this is the first time we’re seeing what looks to be a nearly-finished model drone designed for the service, through a YouTube video posted by the company. Also, tagging along: Jeremy Clarkson as a presenter, who will be premiering a new motoring show with Amazon next year, along with the other two blokes of TV motoring fame: James May and Richard Hammond.

Of course, all of this is a major bet that Bezos and co. are taking: the company can’t actually publicly operate drones, at least legally. Until the feds pass commercial drone delivery rules that suit Amazon’s needs, then videos like these will be the only real demonstrations of the technology.

Via: Amazon

Swiss Army L’Epaule Hooded Review: A Stylish Blouson

20151129_155028To be quite honest, I’ve never worn a blouson, despite having French heritage and being rather fashion conscious and adaptable. My excuse is that I’m more of a parka or bomber jacket kind of gentleman.

Basically, the L’Epaule is a hooded jacket with a wax coating that will create a patina over time, so it will build character the more you use it — or rather, wear it. Then, what better time to test it in this bipolar New York City fall?

LG V10 Review: When Bigger Isn’t Always Better

20151122_111104Reviewing the G4 meant that I would come to terms with LG’s less premium design in favor of a more complete Android experience. The aftermath of which resulted in a continuous war between the G4 and the Galaxy S6 — both are excellent devices and tied in many aspects, however LG gets away with expandable storage and a removeable battery.

This begs the question: what if LG made a G4 with better materials? Say, stainless steel and a textured polycarbonate? Well, that’s what the V10 is, and it includes a second screen for notifications, along with some new tricks overall.

But I’ll cut to the chase: it’s rather too big for most.

B&O BeoPlay H8 Headphones Review: The Quintessential On-Ears

20151120_114848I’ve reviewed dozens of headphones — usually of the expensive variety — and they all get certain aspects of what being a good pair of headphones are wrong.

Some are too big for daily commutes (but sound great), others look amazing but lack richness, then there are others that come close to being perfect but suffer from glitches — and then those that don’t but are too big. Also, the last pair of on-ears I reviewed left me unimpressed.

So, it would seem that I’m looking for commute-friendly, noise-cancelling pair of headphones, that also have Bluetooth capabilities and exude good design.

Thus, I thought it was worth my time to see what the Denmark-based audiophiles at Bang & Olufsen had to offer with the BeoPlay H8; headphones that fit those exact specific qualities I listed earlier.

Samsung Galaxy View Review: Unusual Concept, Some Good Merits

20151115_131350It isn’t unusual for Samsung to experiment with new concepts in the mobile device field. The very successful Note is a good example of this, and the Edge and Edge+ are both further examples of the big S’s desire to try new and different things on the public market. But this? This is an entirely different category than curved screens and big phones with smart styluses.

This is the Galaxy View, and it’s an 18.4-inch tablet with a carry handle, AT&T 4G LTE connectivity and a dedicated Direct TV hub for watching — you guessed it — real, live TV.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Review — To Have Fun With Technological Doom

iiiNow that it’s Treyarch’s first run at the three-year cycle between producing Call of Duty games, it was inevitable that Black Ops III should be produced and released. It’s been more than a week after release, and I’ve been playing it ever since then (thanks Step3 for that press code).

So, what do I have to report?

Let’s face it: recently Call of Duty games have not only been repetitive, but in many cases boring or lacked compelling gameplay mechanics. Has Treyarch brought back the franchise, and if so, how? Well, it turns out they have, and from my perspective, here’s are a few points that have been made to make a better CoD.

Audioengine HD6: The New Speakers My Desk Yearns For

unnamedBefore I started using a Razer Leviathan as my primary speaker setup for all computing and gaming needs, I made use of (and reviewed) the entire line of Audioengine speakers — the B2, A2+, A5+ and the odd-child, the P4W. I was tipped by my friends at AE that eventually, at some point, new powered speakers would arrive.

Today is finally that day, and I’m interested in what their performance might be. The Audioengine HD6 is a take on the modern speaker, while also becoming Audioengine’s new flagship speaker. It comes in cherry or red (hello, holidays) and will retail for $749 a pair.

Bluetooth aptX support, 3.5mm audio, RCA and digital optic inputs all are means of getting sound through these gorgeous bookshelf speakers, but it’s specs and audio quality that you’re paying such a premium for. Also: detachable grills, in case you want minimalism or expose the audiophile aesthetic.

Power output is at a solid 150W peak output (50W RMS, 75W peak per channel), through 5.5″ Kevlar woofers and 1″ silk dome tweeters,  24-bit input/DAC and an aluminum remote control.

They’re available starting today, through Audioengine and its retail partners. Hopefully I’ll be getting my hands on a pair, and will report back on their performance.

Via: Audioengine