The Moto 360 might be one of the most anticipated devices of this year, and it’s not a smartphone. This round smartwatch has captured a lot of attention and I know many of you have been eagerly wanting to know more about it and when it can be purchased.
Well I finally had a chance to play with it at Motorola’s headquarters yesterday, and trust me, it was worth the wait. Motorola doesn’t like to refer to it as a smartwatch because they feel it’s a re-invention of the wrist watch.
The Moto G was the best selling smartphone of all time for Motorola, so how to do you improve on something so great? In talking with customers, they wanted a bigger display, better camera, better sound, removable storage, and features like Moto Assist. It looks like Motorola delivered on all five.
The new Moto G sports a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, as opposed to 4.5-inches last year. The camera on the original Moto G was pretty average if that, but the new Moto G features an 8 MP rear facer and a 2 MP front facer. As to sound, they have incorporated stereo speakers at the front of the device, which is something that you won’t find on most other budget phones. With only 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot was seriously lacking on the original, but they are including it on the standard model this year.
Motorola took the wraps off of the all new Moto X yesterday at their headquarters in downtown Chicago. It was widely rumored that it would be called the Moto X+1, but it will be called the Moto X, just like last year. Us bloggers will probably refer to it as the Moto X 2014.
Based on consumer feedback, Motorola set out to improve upon last year’s Moto X by giving it a premium feel, a larger display, a better camera, and improved software features.
Google’s Nest Protect, the conscious in-home thermostat and smoke alarm, has released new features that will be rolling out to users starting today. One of the features is a 10-day history of use which details what has happened day-by-day and displays graphical data to help you understand what is going on in your home. The new history feature should help you identify potential sources for false alarms in order to avoid them in the future.
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Google may push out Android Wear 2.0 update in October
LG G Watch R release date scheduled for October 14, will cost more than $229
Twitter forces Twitpic shutdown
Sprint announced today that it will be carrying Samsung’s latest tablet starting next Friday. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will feature Sprint’s Spark capabilities, meaning it will be able to move at 60-100 Mbps on the network. The tablet itself features a beautiful 2K 10.5 in screen and is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. The 10.5 also comes with 16 GB of storage with the option of expandable storage, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, and a whopping 7,900 mAh battery. While 10.5 inches sounds big, the tablet weighs barely a pound and is just over a quarter inch thick. All this will be available for $650, or 24 payments of $27.09.
Source: Sprint Newsroom
On Sept. 25, Twitpic users will find their image and video sharing service to be no more. Recently the Twitpic crew was contracted by Twitter, demanding that it abandon its application for trademark. If it didn’t, Twitter would pull Twitpic’s access to the Twitter API. The company has been around since early 2008 and started the application process with the USPTO in 2009.
Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
Samsung fans who are ready to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still have a bit of a wait ahead of them. Although the major U.S. carriers will be making the device available, no dates have been set yet. The Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to actually land in the hands of buyers until sometime later this fall. If you just cannot wait and want to get a little taste of the device, you can add the lockscreen wallpaper to your current device. It is not much, but it may help tide you over as you wait to get the device the wallpaper was designed for.
To get the wallpaper, just click on the image above to get to the full size version, then right-click and save using your browser.
After months of rumors, Huawei has finally officially announced the Ascend Mate 7. The Mate 7 boasts a 1080p, 6-inch screen with some extremely tiny bezels and some pretty decent specs.
The phablet is powered by Huawei’s own custom octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an enormous 4100 mAh battery. You’ll get 16 GB of internal storage space plus a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front camera, and the typical WiFi, Bluetooth, and other radios. Huawei also included a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the device.