Moto X Review: Finally, An Android Phone That’s Universal

DSC01071Months of speculation,  some leaks here and there, and then the final reveal in New York City. The Moto X has made it a long way in terms of technology news, and all of a sudden, here I am writing a review about the device.

First of all, it takes some general consideration of what the Moto X is and isn’t. It is a smartphone, designed as a s sort of bridge between cutting-edge and mid-range, but with materials and features that reach towards the higher-ends of the market, like the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One — let’s not forget the iPhone — and is also the first flagship smartphone Motorola has produced ever since it was acquired by Google over a year ago.

Thankfully, despite a release later this month (or in September), Motorola gave units to the press, so I’ll elaborate on one simple idea: is the Moto X worth buying for $200?

Google Patent Shows Us You Could Open Specific Apps With A Pattern Unlock

google-unlock-to-app-patentWhile it’s not confirmation of things to come, it definitely hints at being a possibility: a Google patent recently filed and granted in the United States displays a basic pattern unlock with multiple customizable patterns that launch specific apps, such as the camera or dialer — something that could be quite useful. But as it stands now, we have no confirmation for it to appear in a future release, but it surely would be appreciated.

ViaUSPTO

Well, This Is Interesting: Jeff Bezos Buys The Washington Post For $250 Million

jeff_bezosIn cash, actually. All it took was some gentle conversation and $250 million, and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, now owns the Washington Post. The most intriguing part of this acquisition is that Amazon has nothing to do with it; it’s just Bezos flexing some monetary muscle on his own. As Bezos went on to say, “Amazon will have no role in the purchase,” and that he “will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days.”

The statement goes on to explain that “The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.” Jeff also made it clear that he will not run daily operations of the publication, either.

Most likely, like everything else Bezos touches, will find better success in a market where print publications methods are becoming increasingly stale in a modern, digital world.

ViaThe Washington Post

Samsung ‘Unpacked Episode 2’ Is In Berlin, Will Feature The Galaxy Note III

samunpackCome September 4th in Berlin, Samsung will continue its new tradition (is there such a thing?) of events named “Unpacked”. In episode 2 of the event, Samsung will without a doubt, unveil the next Galaxy handset — namely, the Galaxy Note III, which we all know will be a humongous phone/tablet/thing with a pen. A YouTube livestream and a variety of tech sites will be reporting in at 7PM local time (1PM Eastern). Well, here’s to waiting.

ASUS Goes All Out With The ROG Tytan G70 Gaming Desktop

Tytan-G70-1This is some serious overkill. Geeks or not, you’ll understand that this computer has a transforming chassis: when you press a button for overclocking, effectively making the system faster than it already is, the side will emerge and display the fans that are running to keep the system cool. All 10 of them, by the way.

Otherwise, it can also wirelessly charge Qi devices, like modern tablets and smartphones. As for actual specifications, you get this year’s Haswell chipset, NVIDIA’s Kepler graphics, and Windows 8.  This meaning you can go up to a  4.1GHz CPU, up to 32GB of memory, a GeForce GTX 780 and SonicMaster audio.

The price? We have no idea, but it will be expensive once it comes out. That, I know. Press release after the cut.

Via: ROG

Google Play Edition Devices Start Receiving The Android 4.3 Update

DSC00754Along with the minor improvements made to Android version 4.3, includes some specific improvements to the Google play Edition devices, namely the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. They include: larger icons on the homescreen, infrared functions now work on the HTC One, and Bluetooth-based internet tethering is now an option for the Galaxy S 4, as well as bug fixes. What’s so interesting about this update is that it stands as a testament to the update cycle for Google play Edition devices — which seem very short, and therefore quite forgiving.

ViaAnandTech

Motorola Outs The Moto X In NYC: $199, Is Customizable, And On 5 U.S. Carriers

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The newest Motorola device under Google’s leadership has been kept under wraps, rather poorly, for the past few days before today’s press meeting in New York City’s West Side. Between the demonstrations and hands-on booths, I’ve managed to put together several shots you can see after the break, along with the press release, but below lies the details on Motorola’s newest flagship, the Moto X.

My first impressions are actually somewhat less exciting than the DROIDs that Motorola put together. It is physically appealing both in hardware and software, but lacks a “wow” factor. But that’s the point: it does everything like no other Android device so far can, which is stay up to speed, while displaying actual new technologies. And, Touchless Control is for the most part, very reliable and useful.