Picture this sexy cyborg future: Bored of headphones and hungry for bass, people roam the city with speakers strapped to their bodies. You don’t listen to music any more; you feel it. Well, thanks to a partnership between musicians and engineers, this …
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Plenty of color options and durable construction are highlights of this official accessory
Part of the charm of the little Moto G is the assortment of candy-colored back shells you can buy. It’s a veritable rainbow of choice, and you’ll find one to suit your tastes if you want more than the basic black that comes with the phone. Moto has carried much of this over to the official flip shell case as well.
It attaches the same way the normal, non-flippy case backs do. Stick your fingernail under the shell at the USB cut-out, and peel back like a banana. The current case back will pop off, and the new one snaps in using plastic clips around the edges. It’s pretty simple.
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The saying goes that man cannot live by bread alone, and neither can automakers live by selling one car alone. This holds especially true for automakers with a budding dealer network to support, li…
Haven’t seen the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire“ yet? If you’re one of those moviegoers that demands the reviews of the cinema before spending your $13 on a gamble, then this review is for you. There’s only so much the New York Times and Herald Post can say about a film while remaining professional. But The Onion [...]
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Motorola’s latest is the best cheap Android phone you can buy, by a surprisingly wide margin
Outside of Google’s Nexus line of products, good, inexpensive Android phones have been hard to come by. Instead, the word “cheap” has frequently gone hand in hand with “nasty” when describing handsets in the £100-150 (or $160-200) price range. That’s outright, with no contract signed. But with its new budget phone, the Moto G, Motorola is seeking to change this.
In its recent presentation from Brazil, the new, fully Googlified Motorola took aim at both the low-cost competition and rival Android device manufacturers in general. The former, it said, typically consisted of compromised, out-of-date hardware that in turn delivered a lackluster user experience. And the latter had a wrongheaded approach to smartphone design, according to Moto VP Punit Soni, loading Android down with unnecessary bloat and features that compete with Google’s ecosystem.
Instead the manufacturer insists its entry-level plan makes more sense by focusing resources on key specs like the display and CPU — and building apps, not intricate new UIs atop Google’s OS. Moto G is the result — a budget Android phone unlike any other in its price range, and one that looks set to shake up the low-cost Android space.
Let’s see how it shapes up, as we give the Moto G the full review treatment.
Jamie Jones releases his first EP on his own label since 2010.
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The Xbox One is a testament to Microsoft’s towering ambition. It represents their desire not only to occupy a place in your home entertainment center, but to lumber straight into the center of it. It is a black plastic tank, a hard-edged chunk of corne…
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Earlier in the year, I reviewed a powder-blue Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and I witnessed a group of high-school-aged girls ogling the car as it sat in my driveway. In my head, I found it to be a f…
Amazon’s third try at a tablet takes things to the next level — provided you’re an Amazon customer or want to be one
Amazon has a long history with Android, delivering a Kindle tablet that mostly runs it for the last three years. Now we’re not going to pretend that the Kindle Fire line is yet another Android tablet — either good or bad — because Amazon takes things to the extreme when it comes to making Android into something we never thought it would be.
We know that it’s not cool to appreciate what Amazon is doing here, but we can’t help that we do. Amazon has taken the open-source component called Android, added in many hours of work and love, and delivered a set of devices that fit perfectly into their ecosystem.
If you’re looking for an Android tablet, go read the Nexus 7 review, or the new Tegra Note may be more your style. But if you want a device that works as a portal to a ton of great content from a name you already know, keep reading.
Last year’s iPad mini was very nearly perfect in every way, except the one you needed it to be. Its display was porridge next to the bright retina cornucopia of its bigger iPad brother and its tiny tablet competitors. This year? We feast.Read more…&n…
LG’s second Nexus is the best phone you can buy for $350, and an excellent platform on which to experience the new Android 4.4 KitKat — but that experience isn’t entirely free from compromises
Just what is a Nexus? The definition of Google’s homegrown gadget lineup has evolved — if not changed beyond all recognition — in the almost four years since the arrival of the Nexus One. Originally expensive, exclusive and developer-centric, Nexus is now solidly a consumer-focused brand. With wallet-friendly price tags, a Nestle-promoted launch, numerous carrier and retailer partners and new, prettier software, the LG-built Nexus 5 is more a phone for normal people than any previous Google-branded handset.
But despite the face of “vanilla” Android becoming more friendly and the Nexus line growing more accessible, these products have always garnered attention from tech-savvy enthusiasts more than average smartphone buyers. Nerds, if you will. People who value the specs, performance and the latest version of Android over shiny features and space-age build quality.
That was clearly the case with last year’s Nexus 4, which demanded users sacrifice LTE connectivity to be part of the elite Nexus club. Similarly, Nexus 4 buyers got only an average camera and unspectacular battery life for their $299. Though it was a fantastic phone for the time — and for the money, particularly in countries where LTE had yet to take off — Nexus 4 ownership was also a lesson in compromises. And so for $50 more, this year’s Nexus promises high-end internals, 4G LTE support wherever you live, and an improved camera experience with “HDR+” mode — in essence, more of what made the Nexus 4 great, with fewer bugbears.
However, hardware is only part of the equation — arguably more important is the new Android 4.4 KitKat software, the biggest step forward for the OS since 2011’s Ice Cream Sandwich release. Aside from the clear visual refresh, KitKat aims to revamp Android’s basic phone and SMS experiences, while making it easier to get to use Google Now, one of the platform’s greatest assets.
All of this for $349 (£299) sounds like impossibly good value. So can the Nexus 5 really be a slam-dunk of high-end hardware, slick, beautiful software and an unbeatable price point? And for those willing to spend more, is a Nexus still the best way to experience “vanilla” Android in a world of Moto Xs and Google Play editions? Let’s find out in the full Android Central review of the Nexus 5.
EPIC 2.0 was not just a showcase of Eric Prydz’s renowned mixing skills, but a demonstration of his otherworldly, all-encompassing vision.
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Withhold judgment on the world’s greatest exhaust note until after you’ve heard the Jaguar F-Type V8 S (scroll down now for a sneak peek). Its cackle, boom and pop under de…
How good is the PlayStation 4? Ask me in five years. Ask me after Naughty Dog’s next couple of games, after I figure out whether God of War is headed in the right direction, after I learn whether it has become unfathomable to play a console game withou…
Pure Nvidia, pure Android and under $200 will catch a lot of attention from Android fans
Nvidia is no stranger to Android. Being an original partner for the Nexus 7, and Tegra processors in millions of phones and tablets have surely left a mark, and their recent offerings with the new Tegra 4 offer some screaming performance even when partnered with folks who might not have the best software installed.
A real highlight of all this was the Shield. Designed in-house at Nvidia, the Shield is a real screamer that also gets plenty of love with the updates. Running a mostly untouched build of AOSP with all the Google applications surely helps here. The Shield never took off with consumers, and most pundits blame the odd form factor and the price.
The Tegra Note fixes both of those issues. It’s a standard 7-inch tablet, that checks in just shy of $200. And it has a secret weapon — Nvidia’s “active stylus” is on board, delivering an integrated pen and digitizing solution that’s on par with devices costing quite a bit more.
I’ve been fiddling with the Tegra Note for a bit, jump through and see what I think of it.
Kaskade made his Echostage debut on November 8th. Photos courtesy of Doug Van Sant.
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HARD Day of the Dead Day 2: Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, and Deadmau5 close out the weekend
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Mat Zo may have very well just released the album of the year. While it’s too early to make any definitive declarations, one thing is certain: Damage Control is like nothing else we’ve heard in 2013.
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This year, after having leaked more than a shot-up sieve, the long-awaited Nexus 5 is here with Android 4.4 (KitKat) in tow. It’s most definitely one of the best phones you can buy, even if it doesn’t quite meet its inflated expectations.Read more…&n…