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Booq Boa Saddle Bag Review: Is the functionality worth the price?

In today’s day and age, having all of your technological devices with you is becoming easier and easier. Partially due to the fact that our devices are becoming slimmer and lighter, but also because of the bags and cases that we can carry everything we need with us.

There are a lot of different options out there that help you take your tech life with you at all times, from backpacks, to messenger bags, and even a backpack that has a portable battery built in. We’ll be taking a look at one of the more professional, yet convenient options available.

booq Boa Saddle

The Boa Saddle bag from booq, is a great option that has that professional look, and awesome function at the same time. Made from Nylon and leather, the Boa the durability to hold up against most issues, and the function to hold everything you’ll need.


  • Fits: 15″ Mac & PC
  • Exterior: 16.5″ x 12.2″ x 5.9″
  • Interior: 14.6″ x 10.2″ x 1.1″
  • Weight: 2.36lbs

On the outside, you’ll find the “Ballistic Nylon” everywhere with the exception of two places; the leather handles, and the strap that allows you to attach to your luggage handle. Having the ability to easily put the Boa on top of your luggage while walking around the airport, will make your travels much less painful. You won’t have to worry about slinging the Boa over your shoulder and worry about it falling off when you have to bend over to pick something up.

As for inside the Boa, booq claims that it is “Deceptively spacious”, and they definitely got that right. When I first received the Boa, I was a bit concerned about being able to get everything I need with me, into the bag, but I was wrong about that. The Boa has a total of 12 different pockets. There are three main pockets, one for your laptop, one for your miscellaneous items or tablet(s), and an outer pocket that can be used for anything else.

Boa Saddle over top
Boa Laptop pocket padding

The main pocket that is the home for your laptop is lined in fleece to keep your laptop clean, and helps provide some protection while you’re walking about. The next pocket is the one that holds everything else you need for your travels. Within this section, there are eight pockets, complete with smaller pockets to house some pens, and a few larger pockets that can hold a 7″ tablet with ease.

Boa Saddle Pockets 2
Boa Saddle Pockets 1
OnePlus 2 pocket

The third section that can be found on the Boa Saddle, has a smaller pocket within, but also is a tight fit, so if you have a tablet larger than 7″, this would be the place to house it. The smaller pocket within, is just large enough to hold your smartphone. Someone who carries more than one smartphone around, doesn’t want to hog up those precious pants pockets with a bunch of phones or anything else. So booq thought of that, and built-in a pocket so that you can throw your extra phone in there and still have it protected.

The final pocket that can be found on the booq Boa Saddle is just a miscellaneous one, that can house anything extra you may have. There’s also a key ring on the inside with a detachable fob so that you can put your keys in there and have everything in one place.

If you’re still wondering about how much you can put into the Boa Saddle, here’s everything I carry with me on a daily basis, just to help you get an idea.

  • 15″ Samsung laptop and charger
  • 7″ off-brand tablet
  • OnePlus 2
  • 128GB USB 3.0 Thumb Drive
  • OnePlus 2 Charger
  • (2) MicroUSB cable
  • (1) Lightning Cable
  • Charger for Huawei Watch
  • (2) Pens
  • (1) Stylus
  • (1) External battery pack
  • The Martian (book)
  • Sony Headphones
  • House keys

That’s the most I’ve ever been able to carry with me at one time, and I really have everything I’ll ever need all in one place. So what happens if you ever forget where you left your Boa Saddle Bag, or if it gets stolen? Well booq took that into account and included a Terrlinq name plate, on the outside of the Boa Saddle. Once you get the Boa, you’ll want to head over to Terralinq’s site and get your bag registered so that you’ll be able to find it your Boa is ever stolen.

Terralinq Info 1

One more thing that may be causing you some concern after seeing the amount of items that I keep in my bag. Weight. I’ve been using the Boa for about a month, and have tweaked my Everyday Carry a few times, but you really don’t notice the weight. Obviously, if you carry something like the IntoCircuit Power Castle, then you’re bag will feel a bit too heavy, and you may want to rethink that. Regardless, with the leather handles, and the convenient shoulder strap, you’ll never really notice how heavy the Boa is, even with a bunch of items in it.

The Boa is something that I would recommend to anyone looking for a professional shoulder bag, that can carry everything you need. Add in the built-in Terralinq tracking, and you’ve got the end-all shoulder bag. Now, with a professional bag, there’s a cost associated with it, and for the premium look, feel, and function, the Boa’s going to cost you. If you’re interested in the Boa Saddle Bag from booq, it’ll set you back about $195 with free shipping directly from booq. Or you can save 5 cents by getting the Boa from Amazon with Prime Shipping.

While the price is a bit steep, the booq Boa Saddle is a great option out there for anyone who wants a professional and functional shoulder bag. Let us know what you think about the Boa Saddle in the comment section below.

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The weird and the wonderful from Japan’s biggest tech show


CEATEC 2015 is trade show that tries to thinly spread a trend across a whole range of exhibitors: traditional electronics giants like Honda, Sharp and Panasonic mix with university research projects, startups, and just outright weird things. This year, however, there wasn’t a standout one. The Internet of Things, energy efficient transport and increasingly precise robots were three vague themes, but with flashes of occasional crazy brilliance. You’ll find the best discoveries from half a week in Chiba, Japan, right here. And as a sort-of-sayonara to the show, here’s a gallery of the freakier sights. Slideshow-327661


‘Steve Jobs’ writer and director on avoiding the typical biopic

STEVE JOBS 2015 Universal Pictures filkm with from left Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kate Winslet

Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and Aaron Sorkin’s (The Social Network, Moneyball) Steve Jobs is a unique film in many ways, not the least of which is its complete disregard for the tropes of most biographical films. Instead, it’s more like a play in three parts, each of which occurs before one of Steve Jobs’ infamous product reveals: the Macintosh in 1984; the NeXT computer in 1988; and the iMac in 1998. For a pseudo-follow-up to Sorkin’s Oscar-winning Facebook founding story, Steve Jobs basically feels like the complete opposite. We had the chance to sit down with Sorkin and Boyle to discuss how they crafted the film, how Jobs’ daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, helped the production and how they dealt with the specter of The Social Network.

Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle (left) and writer Aaron Sorkin

What led both of you to this project?

Sorkin: I was asked to adapt it — I had a really good experience with producer Scott Rudin and Sony [on The Social Network and Moneyball]. This was a very big subject that … I said yes before I knew really what I was going to do, or anything about it. … I knew what I didn’t want to do, and that was a biopic; that cradle-to-grave structure where it’s the greatest hits along the way … I wanted to do something else. What it turned out to be is almost … a play-like construct. It was obviously going to need two things: a visual master, and someone brilliant at getting great performances from actors. Even the best actors weren’t going to be able to come in and simply learn their lines and do it. And all of those things point to Danny.

Boyle: I’ve never read anything like this before. I mean, I knew a bit about Steve Jobs, but kind of the lazy bits we’d all picked up. … Just the bravado of it, and the fact that it wasn’t a biopic, and the fact that you learned so much more than you would have from a biopic. And there was also the challenge of it. I mean I love that — when you just don’t know.

Did you look beyond Walter Isaacson’s book at all for material?

Sorkin: I read everything that I could get my hands on. But what was more important, and more valuable than that, was spending time with all of the people who are represented in the film, obviously with the exception of Steve. And then with a few dozen others beyond that. I was very lucky to be able to spend time with Lisa Brennan-Jobs. She had been unwilling to speak with Walter when he was writing the book because her father was alive at the time.

Also, John Sculley had practically been in hiding since 1986 when he left Apple — he was eager, in fact, to speak with me. Joanna Hoffman was a huge asset. A number of people who aren’t in the movie, like Lee Clow (the ad mastermind who helped come up with Apple’s 1984 commercial and “Think Different” campaign) and former Apple CEO Mike Markkula were great to talk to. And Woz [Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak] was great to talk to.

I love how you focused on the relationship between Steve and Lisa. How did she help you craft that relationship?

Sorkin: I have a daughter and Danny has two. I’ll be honest, it was very difficult for me to initially get past Steve’s treatment of his daughter. I thought … the story kind of stops there for me. I don’t care what’s past that. I never said that to Lisa, but Lisa helped me past that. She would tell stories about her father that weren’t necessarily the most flattering stories, but she would always, at the end of it, kind of point and say, “See? He really loved me because of this.” And that was very helpful.

How did Steve’s treatment of Lisa make you feel? When I first learned about it, I thought: “This guy was a genius who’s done so much. … How do you react like this to your daughter?”

Sorkin: Asking yourself that question kind of leads to storytelling. Once you can say, that doesn’t make any sense, you find yourself wanting to answer that question.

I like how you described the film as kind of play-like. It does feel very unique. How did you go about adapting that?

Sorkin: To be clear, the script is play-like. The film is as cinematic as it gets!

Boyle: What was wonderful about it was obviously the very restrictiveness of it. There’s a turning point where you find it very liberating. And I think that’s true of the actors as well. You can see this on Michael [Fassbender, who plays Jobs], especially in the third act. The pressure on the obligation of servicing this kind of writing is both crushing at times … but it’s actually very liberating in the end when you own it. And we devised a way of doing it that would make the actors own it. So we broke it into three [parts], so that would make it manageable size-wise. And they could just focus on each story. … Breaking it into three and then emphasizing the difference between those three was very liberating.

It is very challenging, initially. And it’s weird, the [relationship between] restriction and freedom. We’ve been offered a lot of money sometimes to do things, and we’ve always taken less money. Because I find that very liberating as well, when you’re stuck a bit.

Sorkin: I know what Danny is saying. In television, every once in a while with the West Wing, or something, the studio would say, “We’ve been over budget the last seven episodes, can you write an episode with no guest cast, no new sets, no extras, that kind of thing?” Those have always turned out to be my favorite episodes because those restrictions make you think, “Okay, well this is just going to take place in a few rooms.” It’s better than just a blank piece of paper.

How did you both go about making this film different than The Social Network? You can’t really escape that comparison.

Boyle: No you can’t, and you shouldn’t either because I think it really is a successor. Aaron’s slightly shyer about this, but I thought the first time I read it was: This is part two. … Also, when you go back and look at [The Social Network], it was amazing how it’s mainly people sitting down. A major motion picture with that kind of appeal and energy and everybody sits down, all the time. And the only time they don’t sit down, something enormous happens. … That led you to its successor and how it’s completely different. This [film] is all about movement. When you read it, they were always in motion. That must be because Steve was about that himself.

Sorkin: Steve loved having meetings walking around. Even in casting, an actor would come in, and Danny would talk to them about how this is a standing-up movie. And he’s right. … Now when someone sits down, it has a dramatic meaning.

Boyle: It sounds so puerile, the difference, but it’s actually fundamental to what you’re doing. Because then you know you’re going to be moving, and you know the equipment you need, and we got this Steadicam operator, Geoff Haley; he became like one of the players. You know, moving around the rooms with the actors — they would trust him.

It always seems tough to end a story when it’s based on a real person. How did you go about attacking that final act — especially that final sequence between Jobs and Lisa?

Sorkin: I knew, again, because this wasn’t going to be a biopic, that this wouldn’t end with Steve dying, or going to the doctor, or anything like that. … Danny did something fantastic that I didn’t expect. Steve walks on stage at the end, flash bulbs are going off everywhere, and he looks back and winks at his daughter, and she’s looking at him. Those blue flashbulbs just begin to envelop him and he disappears. So Danny did make him die at the end.

Boyle: It’s not about the fame, and success and all that. And obviously, there’s an adoring public who remains faithful despite his death, because they remain addicted to him, his philosophy, his products and his company. But it was really about: She [Lisa] has lost her dad. So the [Steve Jobs] myth lives on … but for a girl, her dad’s gone. … We tried to make it feel like that — very personal. And she had clearly been very fundamental to Aaron’s writing. Her and Joanna, especially. We felt like we owed it to her, in some way.

[Image credits: Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy]


Recommended Reading: Rick Moranis on the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot and more

Rick Moranis And Sigourney Weaver In 'Ghostbusters'

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Rick Moranis Isn’t Retired (He Just Doesn’t Know How to Change His Wikipedia Page)
by Ryan Parker
The Hollywood Reporter

When the new version of Ghostbusters arrives in theaters next year, a lot of the stars from the 1980s movies will make appearances in the film. Rick Moranis isn’t one of them. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis explains that “it just makes no sense” to him and dishes on what he’s been doing for the last two decades, including his iOS 9.1 woes.

This Is What the Future of Instagram Looks Like
Francesca Trianni and Olivier Laurent, Time

Five years in, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom discusses the future of the photo-driven social app.

Scandal Erupts in Unregulated World of Fantasy Sports
Joe Drape and Jacqueline Williams, The New York Times

The New York Times offers a good look at the wild west of daily fantasy sports.

China’s Self-Driving Bus Shows Autonomous Tech’s Real Potential
Alex Davies, Wired

Autonomous buses could do wonders for public transportation, and a Chinese company is hard at work developing the tech to make that happen.

KFC: The Colonel of Two Worlds (2015) #1
DC Comics

Yes, seriously. And The Flash makes an appearance, too.

[Image credit: Columbia Pictures/Getty Images]


ICYMI: The Martian colony plan, simulated rat brain and more

ICYMI: The Martian colony plan, simulated rat brain and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are rounding up Space Week with NASA’s detailed plan to get earthlings to settle on Mars. Meanwhile other scientists teamed up to unravel how a rat’s brain works, to then simulate it with a computer. Early testing shows how calcium affects the brain in a way that can only help with studies on neurological disorders. And Disney is jumping into more augmented reality with a coloring book app that brings creatures to life while they’re worked on.

We also touch on some of the week’s biggest news, though the most fun read might be the Reddit Q&A by Stephen Hawking.

If you come across any interesting videos, we’d love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.


Chicago’s mayor wants every American high school grad to know how to code

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden And Senator Elizabeth Warren Address The American Job Creation And Infrastructure ForumRahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff for the Obama administration and current mayor of Chicago, has called on the president to institute computer coding competency as a national requirement to graduate high school. “Just make it a requirement,” Emanuel said during a recent Washington Post-sponsored policy event. “I am fine with Common Core. We adopted it in the city, one of the first cities to do it. I’m great. [But] you need this skill — national policy. Make it a high-school graduation requirement.”

“They need to know this stuff,” he continued. “In the way that I can get by kind of being OK by it, they can’t.” To that end, the mayor has sought to make coding proficiency a graduation requirement for Chicago-area students by 2018. Under his proposal, programming classes would count for either math, science, or foreign language credit (and certainly be more useful than a year of AP Latin). Emanuel, however, did not elaborate on whether the proposed national requirement would mirror Chicago’s program, nor did he reveal how often his mayoral duties require programming prowess.

[Image Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Source: The Hill


What do you get when you cross a robot and a smartphone? You get RoboHon

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Sharp has made some pretty unique smartphones in its time in the smartphone industry – the Aquos range and their bezel-less displays are arguably some of the most unique devices around. Their latest smartphone – if you can even call it that – is something even a little more left field than that. Meet RoboHon, or “Robot Phone”, the combination of a smartphone and a robot, and what an adorable robot at that. With RoboHon, you’ll be able to place calls like a normal phone, but thanks to features like a projector, you’ll be able to project photos and maps onto other surfaces.


Image credit: engadget

The RoboHon also has a 2-inch touchscreen on its back which lets you interact with its Android-based operating system, but Sharp says that you’ll mostly be interacting with the RoboHon via speech. Along with the more novel features, the RoboHon also has more normal features like a camera and LTE connectivity, however despite this, the RoboHon will likely never be more than a novelty product – oh, by the way, did we mention it can dance?

It’s doubtful the RoboHon will be sold outside of Japan, and no pricing has been announced, but we can’t help but feel a faint sense of disappointment. What do you think about RoboHon?

Source: engadget

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai does some exec shuffling

Sundar Pichai, SVP, Chrome and Apps, Google

Sundar Pichai must have gotten used to his shiny, new CEO seat, because according to Recode, he’s just announced the first exec shuffling under his leadership. By the looks of things, a number of Googlers are celebrating their promotions at the moment, one of the biggest winners being Hiroshi Lockheimer, who used to be the Android division’s VP. While he’s been overseeing Chrome OS’ development and Android’s expansion into cars and wearables since last year, he’s now officially the Senior Vice President handling Android, Chrome and Chromecast. Android VP Dave Burke, on the other hand, has taken up more leader-level engineering duties.

In the ads department, Mountain View’s display and video advertisement division has a new SVP in Neal Mohan. He’s been involved with Google’s videos and YouTube business since it acquired his company DoubleClick in 2007. Recode says Mohan is an in-demand advertising exec and was almost poached by Twitter and Dropbox on separate occasions. He and Phillip Schindler, another ads VP who’s now the SVP of Global Sales and Operations, are now responsible for expanding Google’s display and video businesses in the face of growing competition.

[Image credit: pestoverde/Flickr]

Source: Recode


AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge get Android 5.1

Finally after being on Android 5.0.1 for many months, the AT&T Note Edge and Note 4 are now receiving Android 5.1. I can confirm this information as I just downloaded and installed the latest update on my own personal Galaxy Note Edge from AT&T.

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Both of the Samsung Note devices were announced in Sept. 2014, and released a month later in October. Both came with Android 4.4 installed which was quite stable. In the Spring of 2015, AT&T pushed out Google’s Android 5.0 to both variants giving users a taste of Material Design. With new releases of software come bugs, and boy was Android 5.0 bad. It had memory leak issues, battery life drain, terrible performance, overheating and a whole host of other issues.

It didn’t take Google long to address those problems for their own Nexus devices, but with updates being pushed out to manufacturers and then to cell carriers, it took Samsung and AT&T almost half a year longer to address those issues on their most premium phones. As a customer who paid almost a cool grand for their Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, I felt ripped off because my phone ran like a Galaxy S2 and was given no timeline of when my issues would be addressed.

Well the day has come, and the AT&T Note 4 and Note Edge is now getting the updates over the air. If you do have an AT&T Note, you should get a notification that the update is ready to install but if not you can check in the settings for the update yourself.

  • Go to settings
  • Click on the “General” tab
  • The scroll to the bottom and click “About device”
  • At the top of the screen you will see “Software Updates” which you need to click
  • Follow the prompts
  • Install Android 5.1
  • Celebrate

I haven’t used my Edge long enough since the update to know if it has fixed my battery issues, but I can tell you my phone is much quicker now. Now the next question I just have to ask Samsung and AT&T is, will the Notes get Android Marshmallow?

Let me know if the updates helped your Note’s performance and battery life in the comments section below.



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LogMeIn acquires LastPass for $110 million


With us living more of our lives online and using an increased amount of personal information in digital forms, data security is becoming a big business. So it should surprise no one that LogMeIn, a company specializing in remote access, would fork over big bucks to acquire the password manager and online security suite LastPass.

In addition to the cool $110 million LogMeIn handed over to acquire LastPass, the buying company set aside a $15 million to pay to LastPass over the course of the next two years under the condition that LastPass meets certain checkpoints and milestones.

Although the deal is not finalized, its expected to close in the next few weeks.

This could be a big deal for both LogMeIn and LastPass. LogMeIn stands to benefit because recent data compromises that have been making headlines for a variety of companies and services. This has made a fair number of potential customers leery of services like LogMeIn, that require the user to hand over personal information. LastPass is currently competing with 1Password, Dashlane, and a slew of other utilities, so LogMeIn’s involvement and financial investment could give them the boost they need to rise above their competitors.

LogMeIn reports that their interest in LastPass stemmed from their desire to ensure the security of their access management systems and client identity protection.  This is especially important to LogMeIn since the company has been systematically adding new business ventures to its portfolio over the past few years, expanding their services from mere remote access tools to cloud storage, online meetings, and backup utilities.

LogMeIn claims that they intend to involve LastPass’s capabilities with Meldium, LogMeIn’s identity management investment that is still in its early stages. Meldium and LastPass will are planned to exist as separate entities going forward, but the two companies will be working in tandem to develop and improve both of their services.

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