Moto X (officially)

    So, its official. The most badly kept secret of late has been released as the Moto X. Many have complained, many have shown interest. I, for one, am intrigued. First the Bad News… The Moto X’s relatively weak specs were not a surprise. It’s been widely understood that the Moto X be coming with an older dual-core processor, so lets just get this out of the way. The Moto X will be featuring a modified Snapdragon S4 processor dubbed the Motorola X8, which is the same chip in their new Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini. Its not an octo-core processor, bur … Read more…

New Nokia is not designed for America

Its been a busy month for Nokia, but they still decided to release yet another Lumia phone. I’m a little disappointed that the “something big” that Nokia teased wasn’t a tablet, but the Lumia 625 was inevitable and while most tech bloggers will scoff this device, its clearly not designed for them or for America. The major draws of this will be its bigger 4.7″ IPS LCD screen and its lower price tag of 220 EUR ($290). Because of the lower price point, the specs are notably low end, including a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and … Read more…

Nokia’s not yet out of the red, but getting there.

Nokia’s Q2 earnings are out and they’re…okay, but not unexpected. The best news for Nokia is that they’ve managed to push out 7.4 million Lumias in the quarter. That’s a huge bump above their previous record high in Q1 of 5.6 million and also last years Q2 results of 4 million. However, this bump can largely be attributed to the launch of the budget priced Lumia 520, which was recently noted to be the most popular phone running WinPhone. Although the U.S got the 521 variant on T-Mobile that currently sells for $150 off-contact, U.S sales actually dropped by 16% … Read more…

The Moto X and Google’s new Nexus Strategy

While this year’s Google I/O disappointed with the lack of hardware announcements, Friday’s reveal of the Moto X may have unleashed the Nexus 4 successor many have been waiting for. The Moto X will be Motorola’s first multi carrier smartphone and there is certainly much to differentiate it from its own Verizon offerings and its competition. Is it the most amazing smartphone that will shove Samsung off its plateau? Not a chance. But its an interesting look at the new direction of Motorola and a new strategy for Google. Introducing the Motorola Nexus Not-Nexus Motorola teased this phone as being … Read more…

Recharging in Standby Mode?

Think about all the ambient radio waves in our environment: 2.4 and 5Ghz WiFi, similar wireless home phone frequencies, terrestrial radio and television, cell phone frequencies, etc. There’s a lot of waves in the air and these waves carry energy. What if we could harvest them. This is exactly the tech that Nokia is developing according to the MIT Technology Review. The tech is similar to already existing RFID tags, which harvest electromagnetic waves and convert it to an electrical signal. All that needs to be done is ramp up the conversion efficiency. Currently Nokia claims their prototypes can harvest … Read more…

Ubuntu for Phones Preview

It appears that some unexpected faces have shown up the world’s biggest mobile event. The Ubuntu for phones crew showed up at MWC and showed off their impressive looking UI in a Nexus 4. I love the simple yet beautiful UI as well as the generous use of screen real estate. Also, yay for the return of off screen swiping. Since the days of WebOS, I miss being able to use the corners of the screen. It appears that swiping from the left brings up favorite apps. The right side flips between apps. The top shows a glorious array of … Read more…

WTF Google?

Introducing the Chromebook…Pixel edition? Today marked another confusing moment in the Google saga. Most of the internet is currently up in arms about the Chromebook Pixel, but not because it’s amazing. It’s because it’s confusing. I’m not really sure what Google is trying to do with this laptop, and if anything, it’s clear that Google may not even know where its Chrome OS stands in the market. But this isn’t really all that surprising. You see, Chrome OS has always been a strange experiment for Google. An OS that runs nothing but a web browser. Sure, Chrome has an app … Read more…

Is Microsoft Re-inventing Itself With Surface?

Although nothing has been confirmed officially by Microsoft, it seems the rumors are all over the internet painting it as the next closest thing to fact. Microsoft Surface (well at least the ARM version) will come out at $199. Yes, that means that Microsoft’s own home-built de-facto example for how to build a Windows 8 tablet will get thrown in the bargain bin with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. Is this necessarily a bad thing? No. But it’s a very odd move for Microsoft to make. But it could be their most important one yet. War Against the OEMs … Read more…