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Podcast 025: Moto X and OnePlus 2


From a mostly quiet garage in the middle of one of Southern California’s hottest summer days, Josh gets together with Jonathan Feist, Andrew Grush, and returning guest Lanh Nguyen to talk about the big launches from the previous week. Unless you were under a rock for the past 7 days, you should know that we’re talking about the Moto X and the OnePlus 2.

The fellas talk about why the Moto X might be one of the best phones to come out this year, and why the OnePlus 2 may have missed that mark.

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New Humble Mobile Bundle offers nine great Games Workshop titles for a low price

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A new Humble Bundle for mobile devices has just been released, offering up a total of nine titles from developer Games Workshop. All of these games would normally cost around $44 if purchased separately from the Google Play Store, but today you can snag them for just over $3.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the Humble Bundle team offers up a number of great titles every other week, allowing users to pay whatever amount of money they’d like for the collection of mobile games. It’s a great way to score some awesome mobile games and help charity at the same time. So without any further ado, let’s take a look at the games being offered in this bundle.

If you’d like to pledge at least $1, you’ll get instant access to these six games:

  • Warhammer Quest
  • Warhammer 40,000: Carnage
  • WH40k: Storm of Vengeance
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
  • The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault – Warmaster’s Edition
  • Warhammer: The App.

To get the next three titles, you’ll need to pledge more than the average price (currently $3.61):

  • Talisman Prologue
  • Chainsaw Warrior: LotN
  • Warhammer: Snotling Fling

As always, the games being offered here are DRM-free, and more will be added sometime next week. You can even decide how your purchase is divided between the developers, the Humble Bundle team, and Special Effect. If you’re interested, be sure to head to the source link below.


A closer look at Moto Maker options for the Moto X Pure Edition

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Motorola’s Moto X Style (or Pure Edition if you live in the United States) has just been announced, and will be available for purchase from Motorola, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers in September. Buying the device is the easy part, though. The hard part is deciding which customization options to choose from through the company’s Moto Maker site. If you’d like to start customizing your Moto X Pure Edition before its official release date, you’ll want to check out the image attached below.

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There are a ton of options to choose from, many of which we’ve seen before with the Moto X 2014 and 2013 devices. This time around, you’ll have the option to choose from four leather back options, including Natural, Cognac, Black and Red, as well as four wood back options such as Bamboo, Walnut, Charcoal Ash and Ebony. There are also ten different CSR (coated silicon rubber) + Pattern options, including three neutral colors, two warm options and five cool colors.

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You can also choose between either a White or Black front color, seven anodized metal accent colors, as well as three different anodized frames – an option that wasn’t available on previous models of the handset. As was the case with the 2014 variant, opting for a leather or natural back plate will increase the overall price of the handset. But seeing as how the device will be available for only $399, we’re sure most users won’t mind spending the extra cash.

Judging from the image above, how do you plan on customizing your new Moto X Pure Edition? Be sure to let us know your favorite combination in the comment section below.


‘Star Trek’s’ Uhura will join a NASA mission (but not to space)

Making geek dreams come true, Star Trek’s original Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, announced a few days ago that she’s going on a mission for NASA. But don’t get your hopes up Nichols getting into space — she’s actually flying on the agency’s airborne observatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which studies things like the birth and death of stars, black holes in galactic centers and how new solar systems come together. Due to its unique observation location, it can detect things far out of reach for ground-based telescopes. Nichols says she’ll be flying on September 15th, and she might even be able to share her experience live on her celebrity philanthropy site, Starpower. This isn’t her first time on a NASA mission: She also flew on the first-generation Kuiper Airborne Observatory back in the ’70s. SOFIA is an upgraded mission, which uses a customized Boeing 747 and six instruments for capturing the cosmos, including cameras, a photometer and spectrometers.

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Final zombies pack for ‘CoD: Advanced Warfare’ hits tomorrow

The latest trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s “Exo Zombies” mode might not feature a megalodon-esque sea-borne monstrosity, but it does have John Malkovich doing his best Werner Herzog impression for the voice over. So there’s that. This final episode takes place fathoms below the ocean surface with Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton (game over, man!), Joe Bernthal and the inimitable Bruce Campbell coming back to tie up the story. “Descent” hits Xbox Live tomorrow with other platforms to come in the future. If you’re a PlayStation fan that’s green with envy, just remember that your early exclusivity period starts with a Black Ops 3 beta and add-ons this fall — there’s even a mode where you murder the undead and chew gumballs in Rapture-esque, art-deco city streets as Jeff Goldblum.

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Humble Bundle launches the Games Workshop Mobile Bundle

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The folks over at Humble Bundle have just launched their latest “pay what you want” deal. This collection includes nine titles, six of which are from the immensely popular Warhammer series.

While users can pay any price they see fit to get their hands on this newest Humble Bundle deal, they will have to beat the average price of $3.62 to gain access to all of the games.

If someone chooses to give a donation lower than the medium, they will acquire the following six titles: Warhammer Quest, Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, WH40k: Storm of Vengeance, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault and Warhammer: The App.

The full list of nine games within the “Games Workshop Bundle” can be seen below:

  • Warhammer Quest
  • Warhammer 40,000: Carnage
  • WH40k: Storm of Vengeance
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
  • The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault
  • Warhammer: The App
  • Talisman Prologue
  • Chainsaw Warrior: LotN
  • Warhammer: Snotling Fling

If you’d like to take advantage of this promotion — hit the source link below.

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Apple Purchases Massive 43-Acre Development Site in North San Jose

Shortly after leasing a 300,000 square foot campus in North San Jose, Apple has expanded on its real estate holdings in the area, buying a 43-acre development site at 2347 North First Street for more than $138 million.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the site, which consists of undeveloped land, is approved for up to 2.8 million square feet of office space, much like Apple’s Campus 2 location in Cupertino. Apple has not submitted building plans for the site, and it is unclear what the company plans to do with the land.

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Apple is expanding rapidly in the Bay Area. In addition to the second Cupertino campus and the 300,000 square feet of space leased in San Jose in July, the company made its first real estate lease in San Francisco last week, signing a deal for 76,000 square feet of office space.

Along with office space, Apple is also said to be seeking additional space for both industrial purposes and research and development, possibly for undisclosed projects like its Apple Car.

What’s interesting in the latest transaction is that Apple opted to buy, not lease. It’s possible Apple wants more control over whatever it does there, and simply felt more comfortable owning the land. In addition to office space, Apple has been in the market for broad swaths of heavy R&D and industrial space, industry observers tell me. The latter could be read as a tantalizing sign of Apple’s interest in manufacturing, though such a possibility is for now market speculation.

The land that Apple purchased in North San Jose is located approximately 12 miles from its 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino and is across the freeway from the Mineta San Jose International Airport. North First Street is already home to other major companies like Cisco and Samsung.


Turing Robotic Industries’ phone with “Liquidmorphium” can now be reserved


Durability and security are the two areas that Turing Robotic Industries is set on mastering with the Turing Phone.

The upcoming phone is designed from a liquid metal or, as its manufacturer likes to say, “Liquidmorphium” that is allegedly tougher than both titanium and steel. It makes the Turing Phone virtually impossible to bend and spreads shock throughout the entire body to prevent cracking or shattering. And the IPX8 certification means that this phone can be submerged in thirty feet of water for up to thirty minutes. Toss it or dunk it, and the Turing Phone is remaining intact.

As for security, Turing Robotic Industries is implementing decentralized authentication. Any sensitive data will be sent end-to-end and go unseen by anyone else. The company states that “information will safely and securely reach only the device intended.”


Key specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of internal storage
  • 13MP / 8MP cameras
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Æmæth UI

What the Turing Phone does lack is a micro-USB port and auxiliary port. Charging the Turing Phone is done through its proprietary Wallaby Magstream strip and corresponding magnetic charging cable. This is similar to the MagSafe technology used with select Apple Macs and early Microsoft Surface devices.

Pricing varies by the amount of internal storage. The Turing Phone will cost $610 for 16GB, $740 for 64GB, and $870 for 128GB. Turing Robotic Industries has yet to clarify when the world can expect to see the Turing Phone ship. You can reserve a spot to pre-order the Turing Phone by following the link below.

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Kodak pushes major update to its Moments app


Kodak has pushed out a new update to its Moments app. Aside from bringing bug fixes and an improved designed user interface, the update comes with a plethora of new features.

Users can now carry out a number of new functions: sharing, editing, and printing photos from one convenient location within the app. When you’re done editing a photo, you no longer need to download a separate app to print. Kodak allows users to share their photos from the same place as you edited them.

Users will now be able to capture pictures, edit and share to their favorite social media sites, or upload to their favorite cloud service all within a few short steps. In addition to this, the app also lets users choose whether they want to pick these photos up in a retail store, or have them shipped directly to their doorstep.

The new clean interface makes it very convenient to view and access these photos in an organized manor. Kodak calls this Photo Gallery View, and it can be accessed directly from the main menu.

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The New All-In-One KODAK MOMENTS App: Capture, Share and Print Life’s Everyday Moments

ROCHESTER, N.Y., August 3, 2015 — Billions of photos are captured and shared every day. Most of these photos never make it off a smartphone, with little hope of turning everyday moments into lifelong memories. Today, with the launch of the free, all-in-one KODAK MOMENTS App, consumers have a new solution. Capture, edit, share and print life’s special moments — all from a single app on ANDROID or iOS devices.

“People are taking more photos than ever before, but struggle with how to turn them into prints to easily relive those special memories and share the emotional connection with family, friends and generations to come.  Time starved consumers put off making printed memories for another day and risk being able to access and preserve those special life moments,” said Nicki Zongrone, president of Kodak Alaris Imaging – Consumer. “With our new all-in-one KODAK MOMENTS App, we make it simple and stress-free for everyone to not only capture, edit, and share images, but also save, print and relive all of their KODAK MOMENTS.”

Users can easily place a print order anywhere – whether from their couch or the sidelines of a soccer game – and have the option to ship to home or pick up same day at a nearby CVS or TARGET store. To get prints immediately, users can wirelessly transfer images to a KODAK Picture Kiosk found in a variety of retailers nationwide and create prints, greeting cards, collages, photo books and more. 

The app’s intuitive design and easy navigation make printing anything from 4”x 6” to 24”x 36” prints and posters, including square options, simple. Users can enhance images with text, filters, red eye reduction and cropping. They can also preview their images and order different sizes and copies. 

The KODAK MOMENTS App’s all-in-one features include:

  • Camera and Social Media Functionalities – Capture a picture without leaving the app, edit and enrich images with tools and filters. Post them to social media (such as FACEBOOK, FLICKR, INSTAGRAM, DROPBOX), send via instant message or e-mail them with just a few clicks. No need to close out of one app and open another.
  • Print Options – Users choose what works best for them – print in store at a Wi-Fi enabled KODAK Picture Kiosk; send to one of thousands of stores for same day pick up; or, ship to home.
  • Photo Gallery View – Conveniently access from the main menu, and easily view, select and print photos.

Additional app enhancements and photo products will be available soon.

The new KODAK MOMENTS App is available for download in the APPLE App Store for iOS devices and in the GOOGLE PLAY Store for ANDROID devices.

About Kodak Alaris
Kodak Alaris is a company that is passionate about using technology to transform organizations and improve people’s lives across the planet. From our digital scanners and intelligent state of the art software services that power some of the world’s largest companies to our photographic paper production, printing kiosks and suite of consumer apps, we help people capture and connect with the emotional moments that define all our lives.

We’re on a mission to unlock the power of images and information for the world.

The consumer side of the business includes Retail Systems Solutions, the world leader in retail photo kiosks and dry lab systems, offering retailers a competitive advantage in the photo services market; Paper & Output Systems, offering photo specialty retailers, professional and wholesale labs, and photographers the broadest portfolio of traditional photographic paper and workflow solutions; Film Capture, offering consumers and professionals an award-winning range of still-camera film products; and Event Imaging Solutions, providing digital souvenir photography services and solutions at theme parks, iconic destinations, resorts and other markets worldwide.

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Apple Seeds Sixth OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today released the sixth beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the fifth El Capitan beta and nearly two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

While early betas introduced minor design changes and features, the last few betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize OS X El Capitan ahead of its public release.

OS X El Capitan builds on the features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on improving performance and user experience. Behind-the-scenes improvements in El Capitan have made a number of apps and processes on the Mac much faster, and the introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient.

Along with a new systemwide font, El Capitan includes a revamped Mission Control feature, a new Split View feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and several new features for Safari, including Pinned Sites for housing frequently visited websites and a universal mute button that quiets all tabs.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is available to both registered developers and public beta testers. After testing is completed, Apple will release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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