Adobe Premiere Clip brings its video-editing tools to Android
Adobe’s bet on mobile productivity is serious, with its suite of Creative Cloud apps leading the way. One of the company’s newest applications is Premiere Clip, a video editor that first debuted on iOS. But now Adobe is bringing this app to Android, giving users on the platform a fast and easy way to create videos on the go. Adobe Premiere Clip automatically creates videos from media stored on your smartphone or tablet (among other things), which can then be shared to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Aside from letting you distribute saved videos on social media, you can also polish those on the desktop with Adobe Premiere Pro CC — though you’ll need a subscription for the latter feature. The best part about Premiere Clip is that it’s free, and could be a good option if you have to make a video in a pinch.
Via: Android Police
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Here’s why the iPad Pro’s processor is so fast
Whatever you think of Apple’s products, there’s little doubt that the A9X processor in the iPad Pro is quick — in a few cases, it rivals the performance you’d get from a laptop. But why is it so quick, especially when Apple tends to shy away from high clock speeds, many-core processors and other conventional performance tricks? Thanks to AnandTech and Chipworks, we now have a good idea. They’ve torn down the A9X to reveal that the chip is a series of calculated tradeoffs. It only has two CPU cores and doesn’t even have Level 3 memory cache to keep the processor humming, but it has a monstrous amount of bandwidth (51GB per second) and a whopping 12 graphics cores. That’s twice as many as in the iPhone 6s’ A9 chip, folks. To boot, the A9X is larger than Intel’s latest quad-core desktop processors — Apple has the headroom for components that you don’t see in many PCs.
TiVo’s QuickMode viewing feature hits all Roamio DVRs
Tivo’s QuickMode option, which lets you speed up recorded shows with pitch-corrected audio, is available on every Roamio DVR as of today. The feature arrived last week for the TiVo Bolt, the company’s latest set-top box, but it is now officially expanding to the entire Roamio family. TiVo says that, along with the release of QuickMode, it’s also making other goods available in today’s update. There’s a refreshed look and feel in the TiVo Guide, as well as a new setting designed to make it easy for cord-cutters to get access to their content. Of course, the main attraction here is QuickMode — TiVo says it can “shave a month of time each year” for people who want to watch shows at a faster pace.
Mind-controlled robot gives the disabled a taste of home
Brain-controlled robot limbs have already helped the disabled gain some mobility, but full-fledged robots have proven elusive: how do you use thoughts to steer a free-roaming machine? Swiss researchers think they have the answer. They’ve developed a mind-controlled telepresence robot that lets those with motor disabilities travel when it would otherwise be impractical. It’s ultimately a laptop on a pedestal, but it uses clever semi-autonomous software to take the hard work out of controlling where the robot goes. You only have to don an EEG-based cap and imagine moving your hands or feet — the robot plots a path based on your commands, and avoids obstacles all on its own.
Via: MIT Technology Review, TechRadar
Vector Watch review
Smartwatches are a weird market, and part of that is because of how new the concept is. Some want to be a notification hub for your smartphone while others want to replace your smartphone. There’s nothing wrong with any of these concepts, and it’s a big market with tons of roles to fill, but something that’s surprisingly uncommon is a smartwatch that actually tries to be a watch first and foremost.
The Vector Watch is one of the only smartwatches on the market that’s attempting to fill that void, and it’s doing an excellent job at it. It takes its design cues from traditional analog watches, adds a touch of smart technology, and creates a compelling package for anyone that wants a smartwatch that’s more watch than smart.
The Vector Watch comes in two shapes: the circular Luna and the squared-off Meridian. The Luna is the design that I’ve been using, and it sports a more traditional look, especially for a luxury watch.
You can pick a few different finishes for the watch face, including black, steel, rose gold, and champagne gold, and they’ll come with your choice of leather, metal, or silicone bands. The designs and finishes all look extremely nice, and could easily be mistaken for any traditional watch. The Meridian style watch stands out a little more because of its squared look (think the original Pebble watch) but if you’re worried about sticking out with a goofy piece of tech on your wrist, the Vector blends in seamlessly.
The watch face is actually kind of large, which could be a problem for some. It’s not any bigger than other men’s watches, but if you have smaller wrists, it might be too big to wear. It’s certainly larger than almost all other watches made for women, and there’s currently no option to get a smaller design.
The side of the watch features three buttons; the top and bottom buttons are for navigating through watch faces and apps, while the center button is for checking through notifications. The buttons don’t stick out, and honestly just look like a watch crown at a glance.
Performance on the Vector is great, but that’s arguably because it doesn’t really have to do much. It is a smartwatch, with a screen that displays notifications and lights up, but there’s nothing resource-intensive going on here. It scrolls through notifications, it can change watch faces, and you can check news stories and do a few other small things with the handful of available apps. For a smartwatch, it’s pretty limited, especially compared to anything that’s not a fitness tracker.
On the flip side of that limited functionality, battery life is fantastic. Vector claims the watch will last up to 30 days, and although I haven’t had it for that long, it was already on when I opened the box and I haven’t had to charge it yet. The battery is tiny, too, so whenever you do need to charge it, it juices up extremely quickly. It does all of this despite always being on, which is another major plus for the watch.
The backlight isn’t always turned on, but the screen never truly turns off like most other smartwatches. This helps to give off the appearance of being a normal piece of wristwear, but also gives you the functionality of picking out different watch faces and seeing notifications and other features.
You can add a few different data “streams” to the watch face, including steps walked, calories, calendar events, and several other pieces of info. The available store lets you download a couple other things like stock prices and the weather, although they can be tough to read on the dim, colorless display. Apps work the same way, and as of writing this there are only four available third-party applications (The Economist, Cnet, BBC, and ESPN), but you can’t truly interact with any of them. Like the name implies, they only add “streams” to your wrist, so ESPN will only show you a few top news stories for the day. If you want scores or anything, you’ll have to find another app on your phone to send you notifications, then mirror those to the watch.
Out of the available watch faces, you’ll definitely find something that fits your personality. You can pick analog or digital clocks, some of which are more minimal and some show more information than others. All of the faces are customizable if you want to add any streams, too. It’s not a ton of customization, but it’s simple and elegant.
Notification mirroring is simple, and you can adjust which apps are and are not displayed on your wrist. You can also set up silent, vibrating alarms, and track steps, sleep and a few other health metrics. All your bases are covered without adding on too much fluff.
The Vector Watch offers an elegant, but compromised take on a smartwatch. It’s an extremely well designed watch that looks fantastic to wear day-to-day, and you’ll get some smart functionality. If you need something with tons of features, a beautiful color screen, and its own dedicated app store, you probably won’t be happy here. But if you’re in the market for a new watch and don’t mind spending a little extra to get something that looks nice and has some of that functionality, you’re not going to find a better candidate than the Vector Watch.
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You can now get the Nexus 5X from Best Buy starting at $299
Both Amazon and B&H Photo last week became the first two retailers selling Google’s Nexus 5X. Today, Best Buy joins them and is also selling the handset at a discount. The electronics retailer has the Nexus 5X with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Color options include Google’s standard Carbon, Quartz, and Ice.
Best Buy is selling the Nexus 5X for $299 or $349, which is $80 off, to honor Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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Now this is privilege: BlackBerry Priv gets a coat of 24K gold
There’s no denying that the BlackBerry Priv is a beautiful smartphone. It’s pretty sleek, and offers a premium look and feel that many other high-end smartphones on the market just can’t offer. If you’re looking to take that premium look and feel to the next level, though, Karalux, a Vietnamese gold-plating shop, has got you covered.
Karalux has just introduced the 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv, which will soon be available for purchase from the company’s online store. Karalux is the same company who brought us the gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and many others. As you can see from the images below, the camera module, side buttons, rear panel (below the screen) and the screen bezel are all plated in gold. To do so, Karalux’s engineers had to take apart the Priv piece by piece before dipping it into a gold tank.
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As is the case with other 24K gold items, these don’t run cheap. For domestic customers, Karalux will give your Priv the gold treatment for VND 8 million (~$355 USD). Domestic customers can also purchase a gold-plated Priv from the company for VND 25 million (~$1,111 USD). International customers will need to pay VND 30 million (~$1,333 USD) for a gold-plated Priv.
We reviewed the standard non-gold version of the Priv, which you can find at the link attached below. Before you go, tell us – would you ever consider purchasing the 24K gold Priv? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
Today is your last chance to get Nexus 5x for $80 off
Despite being very new to the market, the LG-made Nexus 5x saw its first price drop during Black Friday sales last week, going down $80 to just $299 for the 16GB model, or $349 for the 32GB version. If you’ve been considering buying the phone at the reduced price, now’s your last day to get in on the deal.
Amazon and B&H have already returned pricing to its original range, but the Google Store is still selling the phone for the same $80 off for Cyber Monday. The Nexus 5x might not be as exciting as the Nexus 6p, but at $300 it’s still a pretty solid deal.
For those that need the brief refresher, the Nexus 5X is powered by a Snapdragon 808 with 2GB RAM. Other specs include a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 16/32 GB of internal storage, a 12.3 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front shooter and a 2700 mAh battery. On the software end you’ll find Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
For more details on what to expect be sure to check out our full review. What do you think, worth picking up at the discounted price? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.
Cyber Monday deal: NVIDIA Shield Android TV for $50 off, plus free Shield remote
On Black Friday, NVIDIA held a special promotion where you could get the Shield Android TV set-top box for just $150, with a free Shield Remote ($50 value) included as well. This made for a savings of $100 all-together, though the only catch was the offer was good in participating brick-and-mortar locations such as Best Buy. For those wanting to get in on the deal online, today is the day!
Celebrating the still relatively new Cyber Monday tradition, NVIDIA is opening up the promotion online, while supplies last. NVIDIA is also offering discounts on a handful of games on its website, so head to shield.nvidia.com to shop around.
See also: Shield Tablet and Tablet K1 set to receive Android Marshmallow in the coming months
Should you pick up a Shield Android TV? To answer that question, we recommend checking out our full review. As a quick refreshers, the Shield Android TV is powered by the high-end Tegra X1 chip, capable of providing console-like graphics, and backed by 2GB RAM. The base model has just 16GB storage but can be further augmented by microSD and external drives. As for the software, the Shield Android TV is powered by Android TV, on top of some excellent NVIDIA-specific extras like the GeForce Now gaming service that streams PC games right to the set-top box with no PC required. If you have a compatible PC, you can also locally stream many PC games to the box as well.
While the discounted price is the big news here, NVIDIA is also offering discounts on a handful of games on its website, so head to shield.nvidia.com to shop around. Want more Cyber Monday deals? Be sure to check out our big list of the best promotions available today!
Oppo takes the wraps off the long-rumored A53 in China
Following months of endless leaks, rumors and speculation, Oppo has finally taken the wraps off its latest mid-range smartphone in China. The A53 sports a similar design to the iPhone 6 in as much as it features a full aluminium body with an all glass front, but that’s where the similarities stop.
The device packs a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 616 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 5MP selfie shooter and a 3,075mAh battery.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any information with regards to pricing or an official launch date as of yet and it’s unclear at this stage if Oppo plans to offer the handset to markets outside of China, but we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer before we find out.
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