Upcoming Moto X Phone Can Be Customized And Engraved, Comes From U.S. Factory

motoxSince this is the first Motorola smartphone to ever be created under Google’s watchful eye, the Moto X has plenty of consumers everywhere to impress, and so far, so good. First off, it will be the first smartphone of its class to be produced in the United States, out of a new factory in Texas. Customized models will be available, which include custom wallpapers for the customer who orders online through the Google Play Store, engravings, storage sizes, and even colors for the back and trim. Since the units are produced in Texas, they’ll ship to users in a few days, not weeks.

While there hasn’t been much else revealed about the Moto X’s specs besides ABC calling it a “mid-range phone”, there are its functions: it’ll know when you’re driving and as a result, automatically switch to speakerphone, or flipping the phone causing it to launch  the camera app, for instance. A formal launch is expected in the coming weeks.

ViaABC News

Apple Snatches Former Yves Saint Laurent CEO As A VP For ‘Special Projects’

Paul_DeneveUnbeknownst to all of the technology crowd until today, Apple has hired the former French fashion house CEO of Yves Saint Laurent as a vice president who will report directly to Tim Cook and superiors on “special projects”. Paul Deneve, while a master of fashion, is not the first person that comes to mind alongside Sir Jony Ive, responsible for design at Apple, but hopefully this is all geared towards something great.

After all, a little French sensible style never hurts, right?

ViaBloomberg

Sony XPERIA ZL Review: The Goldilocks Principle

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This is Sony’s XPERIA ZL smartphone. While this may only be an unlocked international model not capable of 4G LTE data connectivity (but the American T-Mobile version will), it still is completely reflective of the upcoming American model. When it comes to consumer electronics goods, Sony almost always comes to mind, but ever since the Xperia smartphones from a few years back — the X10 and Play that I had both reviewed — no one really looked forward to Sony smartphone devices.

Until now, there haven’t been very many innovations by Sony in the mobile phone space, but the Xperia ZL has started that mission, of acting as a vanguard.

With that in mind, let’s see how it stands.

HTC Condemns The One S: No More Updates

IMGP5689Just 15 months after releasing it and give or take our review of it, HTC will stop sending out Android updates to the One S, which was a very well-executed T-Mobile Android smartphone in many eyes. Its update cycle will be halted at Android 4.1.1 jelly Bean, despite a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a full 1GB RAM — no doubt is this a disappointing decision on HTC’s part, no matter how fancy their official statement of it was:

We can confirm that the HTC One S will not receive further Android OS updates and will remain on the current version of Android and HTC Sense. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed the HTC One S to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.

It’s a shame.

Harry’s Truman Shaving Set Review: It Really Is That Nice

truman-set-orangeFine, let’s get this out the way: I may not get more than 3-inches of mustache and chin hair at the tender age of sixteen, but I can still shave. And it’s totally cool to be using German engineered razors sold in the United Sates, right? Of course it is, you wholly mammoth. Now, quit moping and go shave — don’t worry, your mustache will come back.

It takes some dedication to shave: a job, being Harvery Specter, or maybe just freshening up for your delightful lady-friend, but that doesn’t mean it has to be entirely menial, tedious work. For example, a great company called Harry’s exists; their goal is to give every able man a great shave, at a really inexpensive price. Truly, a glorious mission…and then some.

Harmon Kardon BT Headphones Review: Ahh, The Sounds

Harmon Kardon BT HeadphonesLike any young guy or girl interesting in getting tons of work done while actually wanting a social life during the weekend, you sometimes need a little something extra to push yourself. Sometimes that little bit extra is drink, photo, game, or whatever — but it’s always music that works for your little “eternal relaxation”.

The problem with that is wires tend to get in the way of “doing things”, but here’s where Harmon Kardon has a solution to that issue: wired headphones, with a Bluetooth function.

Google Glass Monthly Update: Now There’s A Full Web Browser

coolhuntingOh, that’s right. Google Glass just got a full web browser for all of your wearable computing needs. But even better, Google has addressed several issues with Glass. First off, users can answer phone calls and have messages read aloud, as well as call and message any Gmail contact. As for the built-in web browser, you can ask to see a webpage and navigate it using the touchpad. Google Glass Explorers can expect to receive the update in the upcoming days.

Via: Google Glass

Casio Privia PX-150 Digital Piano Review: Iniziare, Maestro!

Casio-PX-150This is the Casio PX-150 digital piano. It’s a full-size, 88 key piano with 18 different tones, 3-step variable response for the keys, comes with a foot pedal, USB MIDI input and has support for two headset inputs along with splitting of the keys so that you can play two instruments at the same time.

It’s a great way of getting some music production done. Which is why I titled the review in Italian; which by the way means, “Begin, master”. The rest of the piano is just a mix of features meant for production and playing of what is perhaps the most elegant instruments of all time: the piano.