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

TAG Heur’s $1,500 Android Wear Watch Is Connected

tagheuerIn fact, that is the name of the smart watch announced just today by TAG Heur: the Connected. A $1,500 smart accessory, a properitiy warranty exists where once you purchase the Connected, you become eligible to switch to mechanical piece in two years. Besides being built brilliantly, the Connected is of course, very exclusive: custom watch faces designed by TAG, along with two special versions purportedly designed in-part by Tom Brady and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Built of titanium, the connected is bigger than a Huawei watch or the current king of the Android Wear platform, the Moto 360 — at 46.2mm wide and 12.8mm thick — but the choice of materials should keep it fairly wearable and comfortable.

TAG went so far as to even ditch the Qualcomm processors used in nearly all Android Wear watches, and instead partner with Intel for a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor. Other specs worth noting include the 410mAh battery and the 360×360 (240 ppi) 1.5″ screen.

Via: TAG Heur

Apple’s iPad Pro Goes On Sale This Wednesday

ipad-proStarting at $999, the first-generation iPad Pro will make its world debut on Wednesday, November 11th which also happens to be Singles’ Day in China — the largest online shopping day in the world.

The 12.9-inch iOS tablet is the most powerful the teams at Cupertino has ever produced, and is also the most expensive, starting at $799 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi model, rising to $1,079 for an LTE-capable version with 128 GB of storage (the most you can get).

Meanwhile, the Apple Pencil (dedicated stylus, essentially) will retail for $99, while the Smart Keyboard, an adjustable keyboard accessory that will go for $169. The current group of launch countries total 50, with the United States, China, Canada and most of Europe taking part.

Via: Apple PR

The Pier of Fear ’15: Skrillex, Camera, Lights — Rave!

P1000202At nineteen, I haven’t been to many parties, much less a rave of Halloween proportions in New York City — I’ve been too busy entertaining the readers of LM.

This year, at Pier 92/94, RPM hosted the Pier of Fear, with Skrillex as the headline act. Dubstep and electronic music in general can be an acquired taste, but I was always a fan of the insane and brilliant way that Skrillex could control a crowd using technology: his music, remixes, lights, smoke and energy that he’d give to the crowds.

In short: I promptly left the pier at 2:30AM, which meant that including all other acts, I raved for about 5 hours — Halloween was fantastic.

HTC One A9 Review: Being Pretty Isn’t Enough

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If HTC sustains itself past its current state — quarterly losses at every turn and a lack of compelling sales numbers —  then the One A9 will be but a blip on the radar. But, if that isn’t the case, then the A9 will represent one of the last attempts by HTC to regain relevancy, and a very desperate one at that.

It doesn’t take a mechanical engineer or a designer to make the obvious connection that the One A9 is a spitting image representation of a very popular smartphone designed in Cupertino, California. But, no matter: let’s try to look at the A9 as objectively as possible.

Master & Dynamic Fulfill My Wireless Fantasy: Meet The MW60 Headphones

mw60Only twice have I reviewed Master & Dynamic headphones, but both of those times I’ve  enjoyed the sounds that were emitted to my ears. It’s a close listening experience that I enjoy, with aesthetics that I prefer to no other brand except Sennheiser or harman/kardon.

So, when M&D told me that a wireless version was in the works — then my prayers would literally be answered.

Enter, the MW60 headphones. Adorned with leather, memory foam earcups, leather touches, aluminum and stainless steel for metal integration — they’re nothing short of beautiful. And most importantly, the cups fold inward. Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX technology provides the wireless experience, with a woven aux cord available in the box as the complimentary wired experience.

M&D is concerned about battery life, so naturally the presser indicates that the Li-Ion battery is capable of holding a 16-hour charge  — chargeable by micro USB — but the MW60 promises the same (if not better) performance seen in the amazing MH40, with 45mm Neodymium drivers, while also including an omnidirectional microphone in the ear-cup (previously a separate accessory in the wired model).

Cost? $549 per pair — top of the range with a price reflecting it; colors include the gunmetal black composition, or brown with silver. It’ll take a review to justify the high sticker price, and so I shall…soon.

Via: M&D