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  • Beats Solo2 Wireless Review: Bluetooth Adds Considerably To The Solo Appeal

    Beats Solo2 Wireless Review: Bluetooth Adds Considerably To The Solo Appeal

    Beats is taking its Solo line wireless, with a new set of Bluetooth cans that match the wired Solo2 almost exactly in terms of external design. Surprisingly, they also match their wired counterpart in terms of sound, both when used with the included aux cable with inline remote, and when they’re used with the Bluetooth wireless connection. And after Beats took its sound engineering back… Read More

  • Moleskine Smart Notebook Turns Your Sketches Into Adobe-Friendly Vector Files

    Moleskine Smart Notebook Turns Your Sketches Into Adobe-Friendly Vector Files

    Digital tools may one day replace traditional creative media altogether, but we’re definitely not there yet, and Moleskine is doing a good job of straddling the old and the new with its software tie-ins. A new partnership today brings its sketchbooks support for Adobe creative software, letting you turn your sketches into fully manipulable vectors via the Moleskine Smart Notebook app… Read More

  • YouTube Revamps Its Music Awards For Second Year Show

    YouTube Revamps Its Music Awards For Second Year Show

    YouTube is bringing back its annual Music Awards for a second festival, with a new format that is designed┬áto better emphasize the role of fans and creators on the service. The YouTube Music Awards last year were directed by Spike Jonze, and hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts. VICE Media is onboard as a production partner for the event, but it sounds like in addition to the… Read More

  • Xbox One Gets HBO Go

    Xbox One Gets HBO Go

    HBO Go fans can now enjoy their favorite single-source streaming service on the Xbox One, as the app is now available (via Verge). Microsoft beat PlayStation 4 to the punch with this one, but the PS4 app from HBO is being developed, and should arrive later on. The Xbox One app offers an experience you’d expect based on the Xbox 360 software that has been available before today, but… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 27: Nexus 6 Is Too Big And Nokia N1 Is Too iPad

    TC Droidcast Episode 27: Nexus 6 Is Too Big And Nokia N1 Is Too iPad

    This week on the Droidcast, it’s Darrell Etherington, Greg Kumparak, and Engadget’s Chris Velazco, and we’re talking in more detail about the Nexus 6 now that the full reviews are out. Bottom line: It’s big. We also tackle Nokia’s return to hardware with an Android-powered tablet, and Google’s acquisition of an iOS prototyping company. Next week… Read More

  • Logitech’s New AnyAngle iPad Case Gives It A Surface-Style Kickstand

    Logitech’s New AnyAngle iPad Case Gives It A Surface-Style Kickstand

    Logitech is slowly but surely turning the iPad into a Microsoft Surface – which is good news for those who envy some of the Windows device’s productivity features, but not its software or overall form factor. The new Logitech Keys-To-Go feels a lot like the keyboard included in the Microsoft Type Cover, and now there’s a stand/case called the AnyAngle that essentially mimics… Read More

  • YouTube Adds Netflix Content Chief And Ad Exchange Architect To VP Ranks

    YouTube Adds Netflix Content Chief And Ad Exchange Architect To VP Ranks

    YouTube is continuing the spate of recent executive-level hires begun under CEO Susan Wojcicki with two new additions to the top-level team today, according to sources familiar with the matter and confirmed by YouTube. The new hires include Netflix VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman, who takes on the VP of Content Partnerships role at YouTube; and Eyal Manor, who was most recently in… Read More

  • Apple Could Include A Re-Branded Beats Music On Every iPhone

    Apple Could Include A Re-Branded Beats Music On Every iPhone

    Apple might indeed be rolling its Beats Music streaming service into its general iTunes music offerings, and shipping it included across its range of mobile devices, including both iPhones and iPads. If the Financial Time’s sources are correct, the service would then have instant reach to hundreds of millions of potential new customers, giving it a big lead over competitive streaming… Read More

  • Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Review: Nintendo’s Signature Fighter Triumphs

    Super Smash Bros. For Wii U Review: Nintendo’s Signature Fighter Triumphs

    Once in a while a game comes along that has the power to move mountains – or at least move some consoles. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is that for Nintendo, as a next-gen console instalment of a game that’s near and dear to the hearts of its core customers. And Super Smash Bros. for Wii U more than delivers: The game nails everything that was good about the series to begin with… Read More

  • Apple Launches WatchKit, Letting Developers Begin Building For Its Wearable

    Apple Launches WatchKit, Letting Developers Begin Building For Its Wearable

    Apple has launched WatchKit, the development platform for its debut smartwatch, which will be available to consumers sometime early next year. The Apple Watch at launch supports apps that include both a WatchKit extension on the iPhone connected to the device, and UI elements stored on the Watch itself. The iPhone runs the show, but the Apple Watch is sending output (like notifications)… Read More

  • Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers

    Android Auto Starts The Engine For Developers

    Google has begun letting third-party developers build apps for Android Auto, with the release of a new set of APIs for its in-car software platform. The initial set of APIs out the door support audio and messaging apps, similar to the launch set of features being offered by Apple with CarPlay. The Android Auto platform is designed to work from your device, letting you plug it into your car… Read More

  • LittleBigPlanet 3 Review: A Great Platformer With A Lower Barrier Of Entry For Creativity

    LittleBigPlanet 3 Review: A Great Platformer With A Lower Barrier Of Entry For Creativity

    Sony’s exclusives are strong, and the PlayStation 4 sequel to its popular LittleBigPlanet series is no exception. The platformer doesn’t stretch itself far from its winning formula, but it does add enough to make this game feel like it’s a new experience, and the ramshackle, crafty aesthetic looks great on next-gen hardware. Overall, this is a solid addition to the PlayStation… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Mouse With A Built-In Scanner And Display

    Apple Patents A Mouse With A Built-In Scanner And Display

    Apple has been granted a new patent by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a mouse with an embedded scanner. The scanner can be used to actually scan images, and display them on an embedded screen, but it also would help the mouse deal with varying surface types and track better in general, thanks to the addition of the kinds of chromatic sensor found in scanners. The Apple… Read More

  • Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Is A Whole New Device With Android 5.0 And Grid Streaming Games

    Nvidia’s Shield Tablet Is A Whole New Device With Android 5.0 And Grid Streaming Games

    Nvidia’s Shield Tablet is among the first non-Nexus devices to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it starts rolling out today. I had a chance to spend some time with both the update and with Grid, Nvidia’s streaming Netflix for games that also launches in North America today, and both of these offer considerable improvements for Shield Tablet owners. The changes are so dramatic, in… Read More

  • Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools

    Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools

    Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for… Read More

  • iOS 8.1.1 Brings Bug Fixes, Hope For iPhone 4S And iPad 2 Device Owners

    iOS 8.1.1 Brings Bug Fixes, Hope For iPhone 4S And iPad 2 Device Owners

    iOS 8.1.1 is now available, as the first update since Apple’s launch of Apple Pay on the platform. It includes a number of bug fixes, improved overall stability, and, most importantly, performance improvements for older devices including the iPhone 4s and iPad 2. These devices, while technically supported with iOS 8.0, suffered a performance hit according to some as a result of the… Read More

  • YotaPhone 2 Dual-Screen Smartphone Gets Its Debut December 3

    YotaPhone 2 Dual-Screen Smartphone Gets Its Debut December 3

    Smartphones are mostly similar, barring differences in performance, attention to detail and features that these days can seem pretty minor, especially on paper. YotaPhone is a different kettle of fish, a device from a Russian company that boasts a fairly standard smartphone display on one side, but also comes complete with a power-saving e-ink screen on the back. Generation 1 of the device… Read More

  • Asus Republic Of Gamers G551M Gaming Notebook Review

    Asus Republic Of Gamers G551M Gaming Notebook Review

    Gaming laptops are a hard needle to thread. On the one hand, you need something that’s portable enough to be considered an actual laptop. On the other, you need it to have enough power to handle some of the latest and greatest games available for PCs, and not at minimum graphics settings (which doesn’t count). Plus, it’s always nice if the computer also doesn’t look… Read More

  • Nokia Teases “Something” That Either Is, Or Comes In, A Black Box

    Nokia Teases “Something” That Either Is, Or Comes In, A Black Box

    Nokia is getting back into hardware after selling its handset division to Microsoft, but its re-entry into the gadgets market doesn’t look like it’s going to be a phone. The Finnish company tweeted out a teaser for an announcement it’s making November 18, which included a photo of a device that looks quite a big like an Apple TV, or some kind of streaming set-top box. It… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Core Gamer Who Wants It All

    A Gift Guide For The Core Gamer Who Wants It All

    Do you like games? Do you also like playing them, regardless of surroundings, access to power, Wi-Fi or a clean water supply? We’ve got you covered, with a list of must-haves for those who’d rather play in virtual worlds than exist outside them. Strap in and prepare your hands with ample stretching, because what follows will arm you for hours of game time, both on-the-go, and at… Read More

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