We’ve seen some rumors mentioning HTC’s smartwatch running Android Wear. It is allegedly due this fall under the name “HTC One Wear”. We have a new development when it comes to this, a leaked render, courtesy of @evleaks.
@evleaks has an amazing track record so we’re going to take this one seriously. The watch somewhat resembles LG G Watch although the build materials seem to be more premium, most likely stainless steel, we’re only guessing though. The watch is square-shaped and it looks rather nice, although we’ll let you be the judge of that. @evleaks did post something alongside the render:
I personally like the looks of this watch, although Moto 360 still seems far more appealing, at least in my case. Different people like different things, design included. I have no doubt many of you would prefer a watch like this, especially if it is well-built and I have doubt that will be the case considering HTC is well-known for its build quality.
Would you be interested in a watch like this?
There are some solid deals on Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro this week, as well as some decent deals on the iMac, the MacBook Air, and AppleCare.
Retina MacBook Pro
Like last week, multiple retailers are offering $100 to $150 off most Retina MacBook Pro models. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage is $1,199 at Adorama and B&H Photo. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is $1,399 at Adorama and B&H Photo. The lower-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage is $1,849.99 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo, while the higher-end model with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage is $2,449 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H Photo.
There are some small discounts on the iMac this week, with both Adorama and B&H Photo offering the 21.5-inch iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for $1,349, a savings of $150 off the standard price. Adorama and B&H are also offering the 27-inch 3.2GHz iMac with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive for $1,679.99 and the two sites also have the higher-end 27-inch 3.4Ghz iMac for $1,879.99 (B&H, Adorama).
Buying from Adorama and B&H Photo gives the benefit of no sales tax in many states, as these two stores only charge tax in New York/New Jersey and New York, respectively.
B&H Photo is offering several discounts on AppleCare this week. The AppleCare Protection Plan for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is available for $244, $105 off Apple’s regular price.
The AppleCare Protection Plan for the MacBook Air and the 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro is available for $174, $75 off Apple’s regular price.
The AppleCare Protection Plan for the Mac Pro is available for $174, $75 off Apple’s regular price, while the AppleCare Protection Plan for the iMac is available for $129, $40 off Apple’s regular price.
Before making a purchase of a Mac or iOS device, make sure to consult our Buyer’s Guide to find out if it’s a good time to buy. For example, because the MacBook Air was updated in April, the Buyer’s Guide indicates that now is a good time to purchase.
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A new lower price alone may not have moved the Xbox One past the PS4 on the sales chart, but Microsoft is still keeping up with its quick update cycle. The August update preview is arriving for testers, and one of the areas getting a lot of attention is the friends list. Right on the home screen, gamers will be able to see what their friends have been playing and a Gamerscore leaderboard, and in the activity feed you can finally like or comment on activity. It seemed like an obvious feature for the feed from the beginning, so it’s good to see it’s here now. Also, after an update to the app it will be able to handle Blu-ray 3D — something we asked Phil Spencer about, 5,644 of you requested, and something the PS4 still can’t do. Check after the break to see what else is changing, plus a video demo of the new features.
Two more tweaks bring features we were used to on Xbox and PlayStation, since you’ll be able to purchases games and updates from the website or SmartGlass app and the Xbox One (if it’s in standby and set to receive updates) will wake up and download them automatically, and set the system to disable notifications while any video is playing. There’s a new low battery notification for your controller, OneGuide support in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland, and a listing for “last time seen” next to your friend’s names in the friends list. That last one is said to have come as a result of feedback — now that we’ve got our Blu-ray 3D playback what do you want to see on the list next?
So many Ultrabooks in our laptop buyer’s guide: Not one with a 15-inch screen. Which is strange, because it seemed for a while that bigger-screen ultraportables were going to become a thing; HP, Sony and ASUS all tried their hand at super-light 15-inch machines. Two years later, though, Samsung is one of the only companies that’s still at it. The company recently came out with the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition, an update to the 15-inch Series 9 laptop from 2012. Like the original, it’s insanely thin and light for a machine with this screen size, except now, it graduates to a full HD touchscreen, longer battery life and updated processors. Most notable of all, it features an improved audio setup with a built-in digital-to-analog converter allowing you to play back lossless, or “studio-quality” audio formats. The thing is, even for a flagship it’s pretty expensive: At $1,500, it has one of the highest starting prices we’ve seen, and there are plenty of similarly specced machines that cost less. That raises an interesting question, then: Who should buy this?
With the exception of that sweet audio setup, the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition is basically a blown-up version of the 13-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus, which we reviewed last fall. Like its little brother, the new Book 9 is made of smooth aluminum done up in a “Mineral Ash Black” shade that actually looks blue in certain light. It’s elegant in much the same way the MacBook Air is, except that dark color means it shows fingerprints more easily. I suggest you buy a microfiber cloth — and be prepared to wipe down the lid and palm rest every once in a while to keep the machine looking fresh.
Lift the lid and you’ll see the interior is as minimal as the outside, with expansive metal surfaces and very few embellishments — just the power key sitting above the keyboard, and some thin metal trim surrounding the trackpad. What’s nice is that Samsung has scrubbed the Book 9′s palm rest of any branding — with the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Sammy actually painted on logos for its SideSync and HomeSync software. Needless to say, then, I’m glad Samsung came to its senses and kept things simple here.
Those persistent grease stains aside, this really is an impressive design. At this point, building extra-thin Ultrabooks is actually Samsung’s “thing.” Granted, this has gotten more challenging, what with rival PC makers finally turning out super-skinny machines of their own. In fact, thanks to its new touchscreen, the ATIV Book 9 is thicker and heavier than it used to be. That said, it’s still super light for a 15-inch laptop, weighing in at just 3.92 pounds and 0.63 inch thick. Remember, too, that there aren’t many 15-inch Ultrabooks nowadays, and most aren’t this thin or light. After that, your next lightest options are machines like the Dell XPS 15 and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which measure 0.7 inch thick and weigh 4.44 and 4.46 pounds, respectively. And after that? You’re looking at mainstream notebooks that weigh five-plus pounds. Hardly an ultraportable anymore.
Besides, there’s actually a benefit to the 15-inch Book 9 being slightly thicker than it used to be: Samsung had a little more room when figuring out which ports to include. The machine now features full-sized HDMI output, a step up from the micro-HDMI socket on the last-gen model. As before, there are three USB connections (two of them 3.0), a mini-VGA port, a headphone/mic jack, a lock slot and an SD card reader. There’s also an RJ-45 Ethernet port, but it’s not a proper full-sized socket, so you’ll need a dongle (not included) to get a wired connection.
Keyboard and trackpad
One thing you should know about Samsung laptops: They tend to have fairly flat keyboards. The new ATIV Book 9 does too, but Sammy at least made some subtle changes that make the typing experience more comfortable. For starters, the keycaps now have a slight contour, making them more finger-friendly. They’re also coated in some sort of soft finish — not rubbery, exactly, but soft. Whatever it is, the keys are pleasant to touch. Other than that, the keyboard is still on the shallow side, especially compared to rival machines from Apple, Dell and Lenovo (Dell and Lenovo are particularly big on cushy keyboards). That said, the Book 9 is still easy to type on, especially since the wider footprint means most of the keys are generously sized. It’s just not my favorite keyboard, but hey, they can’t all be.
The same can be said of the trackpad. The ATIV Book 9 has one spacious pad, and to Samsung’s credit, it’s much more precise than the last-gen model was when it first came out. Once in a while, I’ll struggle with single-finger navigation, but for the most part, tracking is precise, even when I’m selecting small items on the desktop. Ditto for two-finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom — both feel remarkably controlled most of the time.
If you’re considering the ATIV Book 9, odds are you like the idea of having a little extra screen real estate. And more screen real estate you shall have: The panel here measures 15.6 inches diagonally. That’s a slight bump over the 15-inch panel on the last-gen model, and it’s a big leap over standard 13-inch Ultrabooks. For what it’s worth, it’s a fairly high-quality panel, too: The colors are vibrant, and between the 300-nit brightness level and the low-reflective panel, I encountered relatively little screen glare.
The problem is, though the screen is indeed higher-res than its predecessor (1,920 x 1,080 vs. 1,600 x 900), it’s still relatively low-res compared to most other Ultrabooks. At this point, 1080p is standard for flagship Ultrabooks, even those with 13-inch screens, and many go up to either 2,560 x 1,440 or 3,200 x 1,800. (Samsung says super-high-res screens in this size range are still hard to come by — fair enough.) What this means is that even mid-range 13-inch systems have a higher pixel density and, in many cases, are noticeably sharper. So, while you do indeed get more screen real estate here, you otherwise can get as good a screen or better on any number of cheaper machines.
And now, the reason you might consider this over a cheaper system: the stupendous audio quality. You can’t tell by looking at it — the two speakers on the bottom edge are small and discreet — but the ATIV Book 9 houses an audio encoder/decoder made by Wolfson, a respected name among audiophiles. In particular, this is the Wolfson WM5102, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) tailored for phones, tablets and other portable devices — you know, like this one. That means while this offers best-in-class sound quality for a notebook (more on that in a minute), it would be unfair to compare this with a standalone DAC; all the processing here is handled by a single piece of silicon, as opposed to a bunch of discrete chips. That processing, by the way, includes support for tracks with up to 24-bit resolution, and sampling rates as high as 192kHz — basically, the highest-quality files you can buy in stores like HDtracks.
I suspect those of you who care about music enough to purchase a machine like this already have preferred apps for playing back lossless audio formats. Just in case, though, Samsung’s own S Player+ app will do the job, with support for FLAC and ALAC, Apple’s lossless audio codec. As you might expect, you’ll need a wired connection to make full use of the built-in DAC, so be prepared to plug in either a headset or an external speaker into the headphone jack.
Armed with a pair of AiAiAi TMA-1 headphones, I put on an assortment of albums, all in FLAC format with a sample rate of 192kHz. Whether I was listening to Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred Symphony,” as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, or duets between Ella and Louis, the music had a refreshing clarity to it. There was no distortion, definitely no tinniness. Everything sounded so… unimpeded. Unimpeded, and balanced, too; no one instrument ever overpowers another. Janis Joplin’s hoarse vocals shine through, but so do the piano, the guitar and the drums. I won’t go so far as to say it’s like listening to music in your car, or in your living room — the setup here isn’t nearly as powerful — but it’s definitely the purest sound I’ve ever gotten out of a laptop.
Performance and battery life
|PCMark7||3DMark06||3DMark11||ATTO (top disk speeds)|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400)||4,835||5,947||
E1,752 / P948 / X297
|551 MB/s (reads); 141 MB/s (writes)|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (1.9GHz Core i5-4300U, Intel HD 4400)||5,024||5,053||
E1,313 / P984
|555 MB/s (reads); 252 MB/s (writes)|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014, 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400)||4,773||5,881||
E1,727 / P930 / X284
|555 MB/s (reads); 137 MB/s (writes)|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400)||4,676||5,688||
E1,713 / P914 / X281
|546 MB/s (reads); 139 MB/s (writes)|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (1.6GHz Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400)||4,973||5,611||
E1,675 / P867 / X277
|547 MB/s (reads); 508 MB/s (writes)|
|Acer Aspire S7-392 (1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD 4400)||5,108||5,158||
E1,724 / P952 / X298
|975 MB/s (reads); 1.1 GB/s (writes)|
Blink and you’ll miss it: The ATIV Book 9 boots into the desktop in just five seconds, about half the time I was expecting. That was my first clue that Samsung’s newest Ultrabook is fast and indeed, it slightly beats some other machines in benchmark tests, including a few that run on the same dual-core Core i5-4200U processor. The thing is, even with 8GB of RAM, it doesn’t significantly outperform machines we tested with the same CPU and four gigs of memory. And while the Samsung-made SSD delivers solid read speeds of 551 MB/s, its peak write speeds tapped out at around 141 MB/s — on the slow side for a machine of this caliber. What I’m saying is, the performance is generally solid, but it’s also more or less in line with other Ultrabooks we’ve seen, even those that are cheaper and/or make do with half the memory.
Regardless of whether the ATIV Book 9 is overpriced compared to its peers, there’s no question it gets the job done. And let’s be clear, by “job,” I’m not including any sort of intensive gaming; if that’s what you’re into, may I suggest a gaming laptop, or even a workhorse like the Dell XPS 15? In everyday use, though, the Book 9 shines. I was able to do all my usual Engadget-editor work on it, with HipChat open on the desktop and lots and lots of Chrome browser tabs open. Movie playback is smooth too, and I have no doubt you can get away with batch photo-editing as well. Basically, anything other Ultrabooks can do, this one can do too. You’ll just pay a higher price for it.
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2014 Edition)||9:48*|
|MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)||12:51|
|MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch, 2013)||11:18|
|Sony VAIO Duo 13||9:40|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus||8:44|
|HP Spectre 13||8:30|
|Sony VAIO Pro 13||8:24|
|Acer Aspire S7-392||7:33|
|Samsung Series 9 (15-inch, 2012)||7:29|
|Microsoft Surface Pro 3||7:08|
|Sony VAIO Pro 11||6:41|
|Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro||6:32|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2014)||6:18|
|Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite||4:33|
*Engadget recently modified its battery life test in such a way that the new version has a small impact on battery life. With the new test, the ATIV Book 9 lasted 9:34; the old test put it at 10:01. The number listed in the table is the average of those times.
According to Samsung, the ATIV Book 9′s 62Wh battery can last up to 8.8 hours on a charge. Turns out, that’s a fairly conservative estimate: In our battery rundown test, we got an average of nine hours and 48 minutes. Now, just to be clear, Engadget recently tweaked its laptop battery test, so that we’re using a higher-res movie than we used to. That’s obviously going to have a bit of an impact on battery life. Thankfully, though, the effect is fairly slight: Even with a 1080p movie, the Book 9 managed nine hours and 34 minutes of runtime. With the old test, it just cracked 10 hours.
Either way, that’s a big improvement over Samsung’s last-gen 15-inch Ultrabook, which died out after around seven and a half hours. The Book 9′s runtime is also a clear step over most ultraportables (save the MacBook Air). Then again, there are many 13-inch models that come within about an hour of the ATIV Book 9. I have to wonder if the battery life gains here are big enough to justify the extra weight and higher price.
The ATIV Book 9 Plus ships with Windows 8.1, including a recent update that made the OS easier to use on mouse-and-keyboard machines like this one. Thankfully, it’s a pretty clean experience; Samsung didn’t install much bloatware alongside the usual built-in Windows apps. Boot up the machine for the first time and you’ll find trial versions of Adobe Photoshop 11 as well as Norton security software. There’s also a shortcut for Samsung’s own SideSync software, which lets you transfer files between your PC and mobile device. The problem is, it only works on Samsung-made devices, like the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Tab S, so if you happen to own an iPad or Moto X, you may as well delete that Live Tile; it’s going to be useless to you.
Configuration options and the competition
The 2014 Edition starts at $1,500, with the same specs my unit had: a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, integrated graphics and a 128GB solid-state drive. For $1,900, you can get it with a Core i7 CPU and a 256GB drive. It’s a bit of a shame you can’t configure the thing precisely to your liking, but that’s Samsung for you: The company always offers a few fixed configurations, and has a habit of reserving 256GB drives for the Core i7 machines.
The thing is, there’s nothing else on the market quite like it. Though there are other 15-inch laptops — even reasonably thin and light ones — none are quite as thin and light as this. The closest contenders are the Dell XPS 15 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, which I mentioned earlier. In addition to being relatively compact, they’re both offered with discrete GPUs, which make them well-suited to folks who need some real graphics horsepower on the go. Though these machines are indeed thin and light, they’re still quite a bit heavier, so it might be smarter to think of them as shrunken-down workhorses, not Ultrabooks like the ATIV Book 9.
If you do want an Ultrabook, most of your options have 13-inch screens. As it turns out, I’ve accumulated lots of favorites, but I’ll try my best to explain why each is worth considering. For starters, there’s the Acer Aspire S7-392, a near-perfect laptop that’s exceptionally thin, light and fast with a vibrant, low-glare screen. The only thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that because it’s so skinny, the battery is smaller than in other systems. Then there’s the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, whose 3,200 x 1,800 screen folds back into tablet mode, making it the most versatile design we’ve seen. The keyboard is comfortable too; just beware of the short battery life. The Dell XPS 12 offers a similar, if slightly less flexible, form factor, with a screen that flips back in its hinge. Here, too, you can expect good performance, a comfortable keyboard and a sharp screen. Finally, there’s Samsung’s own 13-inch ATIV Book 9 Plus, which has mostly the same design and specs as the Book 9 2014 Edition, save for weaker audio and a battery that lasts around nine hours instead of 10. It’s fast, and well-designed, with pretty good battery life; just be prepared for a high price tag.
Whichever you choose, each of these rival Ultrabooks costs less than the 15-inch ATIV Book 9. In many cases, they offer the same screen resolution, with some going as high as 2,560 x 1,440 or 3,200 x 1,800. Either way, the display will appear sharper: These machines offer the same pixel count or higher on a smaller screen. Additionally, the performance isn’t any faster on the 15-inch model. True, the battery life is slightly longer, but for some, the 13-inch models might come close enough. All told, the biggest difference is the audio quality: The sound is indisputably better on the ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition, though even then, you need a wired setup to make the most of it. That begs the question: Why bother with the 15-incher unless you really want the extra screen real estate?
The ATIV Book 9 Edition is a good Ultrabook in its own right: It’s well-designed and thin and light for its size, with solid performance, long battery life and a comfortable keyboard-trackpad combo. It’s also a clear improvement over its predecessor, and so it deserves an even better score. That said, it’s awfully expensive for what it is: $1,500 is just the starting price here, and for the money, you get the same performance you’d expect on a machine that costs hundreds of dollars less. The battery life is only modestly longer than what smaller models are capable of, and the screen is decidedly less pixel-dense, to boot. All in all, the only things really distinguishing this from the competition are its unusually big screen and its unusually strong audio quality. If neither of those things is crucial, you’re better off sizing down and spending less on a 13-inch system.
Edgar Alvarez and Daniel Orren contributed to this review.
So you’ve got an Android Wear device and now you’re looking for some Android apps to go along with it. We’ve got you covered. Our Watch This App column is designed to help educate readers in the various apps available for the platform and highlight the best of the bunch. Watch This App: PixtoCam for Android Wear PixtoCam lets… Read more »
When we heard that Nike had put up a secret vending machine in New York City, we definitely wanted to go find it and see what all the fuss was about. But, unfortunately, we were a little bit late to the party — the machine is now long gone, perhaps on its way to a new place (maybe Japan?). Nike’s FuelBox, as the company has adequately dubbed it, is a vending machine which dispenses goods in exchange for your daily, not total, FuelBand points. As TechCrunch pointed out, Nike packed the FuelBox with a number of different stuff, including hats, shirts and socks (sorry, no kicks). It’s certainly a fun incentive to drive people to rack up Fuel on their bands, and it shows that, despite the rumors of the FuelBand going away, Nike is still very heavily invested in doing things for that community. Stay on the lookout, because Nike says you never know where it could show up next.
The Nike+ FuelBox is gone for now. Keep moving, you never know where we’ll be next. #nikefuelbox
– Nike NYC (@NikeNYC) July 18, 2014
[Image credits: Nike NYC]
Source: Nike NYC (Twitter)
If you fancy nabbing new tech by leveraging your Bitcoin wallet, another online retailer has just joined the fray. CEO Michael Dell alerted the masses via Twitter that his company would begin accepting the digital currency, claiming that the outfit is “world’s largest ecommerce business” to do so. The device maker is partnering with Coinbase to power its transactions, and those looking to snag a new Alienware rig will earn a discount when forking over Bitcoin for payment.
[Photo credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images]
– Michael Dell (@MichaelDell) July 18, 2014
I really enjoy the anonymous sharing app Secret, as the posts are quite often hilarious and I’m usually able to narrow down a sharer’s identity to two or three people. (Those Engadget in-jokes are a real telltale.) For the same reasons that I like reading Secret, though, I’d never consider posting on the app myself. If I were to share anything remotely personal, I’d want to get as far away from my extended group of friends and colleagues as possible. That’s why I found a relatively new app, called Vent, so intriguing. Currently available on iOS (with an Android version on the way), it does exactly what its name implies: It lets you vent. And the best part is that your contacts list stays out of the picture — you’re sharing with random users who stumble upon your posts, and your profile can remain as anonymous as you like.
It’s a little addictive; you can search for vents sorted by emotion (Calm, Irritated, Annoyed, Angry or Furious, and from mildest to most intense), and as with the Secret app, you can like and comment on individual posts. You can also follow individual users, though the beauty of Vent is that you don’t need to have other friends posting to enjoy the app.
On a recent trip, I turned to the app to voice my discontent about the lack of personal space in airports — I categorized that vent as “irritated,” for the record — and even though I have yet to receive any likes or comments, it felt satisfying to see my post in the river of complaints from other irritated souls. The comments I’ve seen on others are overwhelmingly positive and supportive as well. As with Secret, you have the option to report any inappropriate posts, and the comments on Vent are extremely civil as a result. That’s a very good thing, too, because there’s plenty of serious material mixed in with the more petty complaints.
The purpose of venting is to air your issues so you can move on and calm down, and this app is an effective way to virtually get something off your chest. And when many social apps require plenty of your friends to be signed up in order to get the best experience, Vent’s a refreshing take on anonymity. Plus, it’s interesting to see how others categorize their emotions — having overly strict parents might make some posters “annoyed,” but if it was me, I’d be in full-on “furious” mode.
Dean Serroni, Vent’s co-founder, told me that an upcoming app overhaul would bring new emotions to choose from, along with additional ways to interact with fellow users’ vents (this likely means private chat). For now, iPhone users can download the app via the source link below. The Android version should launch later this year.
Source: Vent (iTunes)
Best Buy is offering several deals on the iPhone throughout the end of July, beginning with a $100 discount on the 16GB Verizon iPhone 5s, which is available now through Saturday, July 26. Verizon’s iPhone 5s is typically priced at $199 at Best Buy.
Beginning on Sunday, July 20, Best Buy will be offering a free iHome portable speaker (a $299 value) for any customer who purchases an iPhone with $0 down using monthly installment plans from various carriers including AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, or Sprint Easy Pay at a Best Buy Mobile specialty store location.
Customers who purchase a phone using one of these plans will be given a code to redeem for the speaker, which will be sent to their home address. Best Buy’s speaker deal lasts through Saturday, July 26.
Best Buy is also offering a $200 Best Buy gift card with the purchase of any open box iPhone (4s, 5, or 5s) on AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint with a two-year activation. The gift card can be used towards the smartphone purchase. Open box phones are available in Best Buy stores, Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores and on BestBuy.com. This deal lasts through August 2.
Finally, Best Buy is giving select iPhone buyers a $100 Best Buy gift card with purchase, both in-store and online. The gift card is available for the following models on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon: 8GB iPhone 4s ($1.00), 32GB iPhone 5c ($199), and 64GB iPhone 5s ($350). Either a two-year contract or a $0 down monthly billing plan with AT&T Next, Verizon Edge, or Sprint Easy Pay is required.
Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!
When the folks behind Halo, Bungie Studios, offered a taste of their next big franchise earlier this year, we jumped in to show it off. And now that Destiny‘s beta is open on PlayStation 4, we’re back to jump in once more and explore the upcoming blockbuster a final time before its official launch on September 9th. Rather than employ wildly expensive dark magic to show Destiny, we’re using the delightfully free Twitch service. Join us right here at 12PM ET (or thereabouts — technical issues do sometimes occur) for an hour-long exploration of Bungie’s next big game, Destiny.