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|t||The Verge reports on Acer’s new modular PC called the Revo Build Series. The first core block, the M1-601 is a 2.2 inch tall 4.92 by 4.92-inch brick with a Celeron or Pentium processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, 3 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, SD card reader and headphone/mic jack. But then you can add modules with 500 GB or 1TB hard drives, a wireless charging dock, a speaker, a GPU, a projector and a separate microphone. The M1-601 goes on sale in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in October starting at €199 and hits China in December for ¥1,999. No word on price or release dates for the other modules.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/2/9242553/acer-windows-10-pcs-notebooks-modular-computer|
Sony officially announced it’s Android 5.1.1 Xperia Z5 family including the previously leaked Z5 Premium with a 4K screen along with the Z5 and Z5 Compact. The Z5 has a 5.5-inch 3840 x 2160 display. The Z5 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display. And the Z5 has a 4.7-inch 720p display. The Z5 also has a new 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS 23-megapixel image sensor. The Z5 and Z5 Compact will be available in October and the Z5 Premium in November. No Word on price.
|t||As promised, Intel released more details about it’s sixth-gen processor series, codenamed Skylake with several series ranging from 4.5W Thermal Design Power for ultrathin machines up to a 91W Xeon for a workstation. or TDP to. Among the new Series is Y series with Core M processors meant for convertibles, tablets and compute sticks. Intel promises its M3, M5 and M7 processors will deliver twice the performance of the best tablet today. The Verge notes a feature called SpeedShift moves performance management from the OS to the processor, reducing processing speed adjustments from 30ms to 1 ms.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/1/9238379/intel-skylake-launch-ifa-2015-kirk-skaugen-interview|
Laptop magazine reports Lenovo has updates to its line of Yoga convertibles that can work as laptops, tablets or in ‘tent mode.’ Both new models come with Intel Skylake processors, SSDs, an improved fingerprint reader, and the ThinkPad Pen Pro active stylus. The Yoga 260 has a 12.5-inch display, weighs 2.9 pounds and is 0.7 inches thick. The Yoga 460 has a 14.1-inch display, is 3.9 pounds and 0.74 inches thick. Both Yogas come in silver or black this November with the 260 starting at $949 and the 460 starting at $1049.
|t||Among Lenovo’s many other announcements were a ThinkPad E560 with a 720p Intel RealSense Camera that can do motion capture and 3D scanning coming in November for $549 according to the Next Web. And Ars Technica understandably compares the Ideapad MIIX 700 to a Microsoft Surface Pro. The MIIX is a 12-inch tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. But unlike the current Surface Pro the MIIX has a Skylake Core m7 inside. It also has 2 USB ports and a micro-HDMI a rear-facing Intel Real Sense 3D camera. The MIIX 700 will ship in November starting at $699.||http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2015/09/02/lenovos-new-thinkpad-has-a-3d-camera-that-can-motion-capture-your-face/|
Huawei has a couple of IFA announcements as well. The Huawei Watch goes on sale officially in the US on September 17th with models from $350 to $800. VentureBeat notes stainless steel and black models are available for pre-order now, with a rose gold model coming later this year. And Reuters reports Huawei announced a high-end phone called the Mate S. It has a 5.5-inch display, 13 megapixel rear camera, fingerprint security and force touch. The Mate S will sell €649 and €748 models in 30 Countries across Europe, China, Japan and Israel starting September 15th.
|t||The Verge reports Google announced new features for its productivity apps. Dictation for Google Docs supports 40 languages and requires no training, available across iOS, Android and the Web. Android users get the ability to search for text or images in a split window and tap insert to add a result to your doc. And a "See Changes" button highlights changes made since the last time you opened the doc. Docs, Sheets and Slides are also getting new templates,and Sheets has a new feature called "Explore" which creates charts automatically from data.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/2/9248043/google-docs-update-search-voice-typing|
Amazon added 11 more brands to its Dash Buttons program Wednesday morning. New additions include Ice Breakers Mint, Orbit Gum, GREENIES dog products, Hefty Trash and Storage Bags, Ziploc, and Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein. Amazon will also refund the $4.99 cost of the button with the first purchase. Customers who already bought buttons will get the credit with their next purchase. Amazon Dash buttons are available for 29 different brands, representing over 500 products.
|t||Wired’s Tim Moynihan reports Motorola announced a refreshed line of Moto 360 watches Wednesday. The new Moto 360s come in 42 mm and 46 mm sizes with a 42mm variation meant for women that accommodates slimmer watch bands. Motorola now rates its battery at 2 days and promises more accurate heart rate and step sensors. Both watches will be able to connect through WiFi as well. Watches range from $300 to $430 can be designed and preordered today for shipping in late September. |
And The Next Web reports that the Moto X Pure Edition is available for pre-order today for $399 for shipping in Mid-September.
zagman76 pointed us to the TechCrunch article that Google will start downranking some sites that display giant app install ads when you click through to their site on mobile. Starting November 1, any ‘install interstitials’ that hide “a significant amount of content on the transition from the search result page” will lose their “mobile-friendly” status in mobile search rankings. This won’t affect sites that use standard app install banners seen in Chrome and Safari.
|t||Hulu launched a mostly commercial free version of their service Wednesday. For $12 a month vs. the usual $8 a month, viewers will see no commercials in most shows and movies. Exceptions are a list of 7 shows from ABC and Fox that Hulu doesn’t have the right to stream commercial free. Also Hulu users who authenticate with pay-TV providers will still have to watch commercials on shows that would not be available without authentication. Thanks to Hurmoth for the submission on the subreddit.||http://www.hulu.com/help/articles/52427902#exceptions|
Google will unveil its new Nexus smartphones at a San Francisco event on September 29th according to CNET's sources. One model will supposedly be built by LG, who created the Nexus 4 and 5, while the second larger handset will be built by Huawei.
|t||bbpowers sent us the Mashable report about a man who connected 54 propellors to a lawnchair and used it to fly. Briefly. The as yet unnamed man calls his flying machine "The Swarm." He controls it with a remote he got at Hobby King. His "cockpit" consists of a lawn chair and an umbrella, and he wore his best purple shoes with black socks, because he is THAT cool.||http://mashable.com/2015/09/01/man-superdrone-54-propellers/|
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|What's Up Wednesday|
Apple's... ads suggest that it could at lest achieve a successful launch of creative, engaging content, and might be able to achieve a game-changing launch of something unexpected.
The question that Apple is asking itself now is, will Apple risk it’s brand pursuing those?
(in please-can-we-get-a-little-rain-New Jersey)
|Simon thinks Apple will produce “a set of news/current documentaries. Something of the gravitas of "Jon Stewart Interviews" - but across news, fashion, gaming, music, and popular culture. This way there is a continual stream of new content.”|
|A helpful person familiar with the matters at Nielsen wrote us and asked to remain anonymous but explained:|
Nielsen as a ratings company has pulled away from putting their name on things. … Odds are we see reports with data Nielsen in them more times than not.
For the US TV ratings data, … they pull data from phone use (apps used, videos watched) and PC samples (websites visited, video sites viewed). …
with the TV sampling, the equipment is hardwired …, no microphones are ever used. The equipment pulls time stamp and network broadcast codes off the the audio streams.
Other data projects include homes that scan groceries that they bring into the home along with other items they buy for the house. The surveys are endless, endless.
|Garin wrote to point out that when we were talking about Nintendo’s partnership with Amazon for buying digital copies of games, we didn’t mention you can buy codes for digital downloads of games on PlayStation and Xbox as well. |
But the discussion got Garin thinking since recent rumors have been that the Nintendo NX would be diskless.
Garin writes. “Could this Amazon story be Nintendo testing the digital distribution waters as they may need to provide retailers with a means to sell digital games in their next console cycle? Maybe it is a coincidence, but I just thought it was slightly out of the blue for this to suddenly happen.”
|Scott writes: Last week, the FDA approved Dexcom’s Continuos Glucose Monitor that can send glucose levels to a smartphone, where previously, it was only able to send to a separate smartphone-sized device.|
… As a type 1 diabetic myself who has recently been looking into a monitor like this, the (becoming more real) idea that I could eventually simply look at my wrist and know exactly what my glucose level is would make a smartwatch an easy buy.
|Mike forwarded us an email he got from Roku announcing that they will no longer update software or channels for Classic Roku Players, the ones made before May 2011. They do offer classic owners a 20% discount on new players. |
Mike adds: “I knew it was coming.....but it's sad. I bought my first Roku in October of 2010, and it's still working. I also own 2 other Roku boxes”
|Hi I have a nexus 5 and I have activated the voice commands everywhere which requires that you say OK Google three times and now my phone knows my voice and tom cannot add things to my to do lists.|
Love the show bro
|Eric loves his Moto X because he’s never had accidental voice activation. He says: |
“Voice activation even works (in cup holder) with a car full of kids and music playing. I am able to interact with the phone while kids are being loud and stupid while changing songs. “
|Pick of the day:|
Kirsten from Hot and Waiting for Fall Texas,
A few months ago I purchased a pair of Bluetooth headphones: Platronics BackBeat Fit . ...These have been outstanding! They have great battery life, and are great for working out, talking on the phone, and listening to music at my desk at work.I can walk around, not physically be connected to a device and still be listening to music, talking on the phone, or even listening to DTNS! I recently started training for my first half marathon, and put these on and can catch up on DTNS while running! Your conversation with Veronica Belmont Monday made me think of this, as she was talking about having to carry her phone on walks. I use a FlipBelt, for this and put my phone (One Plus One) in that and put my bluetooth headphones on.
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