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Aug

Watch Google’s Android O event right here at 2:40PM ET


During today’s solar eclipse, Google will be unveiling its latest OS, Android O. The release event and livestream will begin at 2:40 PM Eastern. “Watch the solar eclipse unveil the Android O superhero. Trust us, it’ll be extra sweet,” said Google.

Android O is expected to come with decreased load times, longer battery life and a slew of AI features. And it looks like the O does indeed stand for Oreo. We’ll be reporting from the event, but you can also follow along with the livestream below. If you want to livestream the eclipse at the same time, you can find out how to do so here.

21
Aug

Indie Rock Label ‘Drag City’ Releases Nearly Entire Back Catalog on Apple Music


Chicago-based independent record label Drag City has released nearly all of its back catalog of music — which began with the label’s inception in 1990 — onto Apple Music this past weekend. To celebrate the addition, Apple has created a new banner for the record label, allowing subscribers to listen to Drag City playlists categorized by various genres and artists.

In its description of the label, Apple Music explained that this marks the first time ever that most of Drag City’s music has been made available on a streaming service, and the launch is exclusive to Apple Music. The press release by Drag City noted that its “entire(ish)” catalog is now available on Apple’s music streaming service, but it didn’t specify which songs or artists might be missing (via Spin).

“Daring, irreverent, ferociously independent — Drag City is one of our favorite labels. Over the last three decades, it’s become a place where artists and iconoclasts have found a home to further their vision, whether it’s symphonic, harp-driven Americana or meditative doom metal. With the Drag City catalog now available to stream for the first time, we’re celebrating the label alongside a few people who have helped to make it so singular.

Outside of the new launch, a few Drag City artists and songs have been made available on Apple Music over the past few months, most notably related to some of Joanna Newsom’s albums. Now, users can stream nearly every label released under Drag City’s banner, including albums created by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Ty Segall, Royal Trux, Smog, Six Organs of Admittance, and many more.

Previously, Drag City was one label which was adamant about keeping its artists’ music off of streaming services, namely Spotify, although it did release content onto YouTube. In the spring of 2015, ahead of the release of Apple Music, Drag City explained that it withheld music from streaming platforms due to a lack of “fair compensation” for its artists, and that subsequently its content would just be “cannon fodder for the service.”

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— Drag City (@dragcityrecords) August 18, 2017

Now it appears that Apple gave the label an enticing enough deal to finally allow users to stream Drag City albums. Users can find these albums in Apple Music > Browse > New Music > and then swipe through the featured banners until Drag City’s banner is shown. Besides a new “Best of Drag City” playlist that includes a mix of all artists, Apple has also broken down the label’s music into the following genres: Folk & Americana, Rock, Comedy, and Experimental.

As Apple Music grows, Apple has repeatedly launched exclusive albums, partnered with musicians to debut Apple Music ads, and used artists’ social media to promote listening to their songs on Apple Music. As of WWDC in June, Apple Music had 27 million paid subscribers.

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21
Aug

Promise Technology Unveils New ‘Apollo Cloud 2 Duo’ Personal Cloud Storage Device


Promise Technology today announced the launch of its second-generation personal cloud device, the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo. Like the company’s original Apollo product, the Cloud 2 Duo is designed to provide a network-attached storage solution to families and small businesses who want the cloud’s ease of use with the security of local storage.

The Cloud 2 Duo offers double the storage capacity of the original Apollo models at 8TB, but continues to feature a sleek, compact white housing that blends easily with any decor.

Promise Technology has designed its Apollo Cloud products to be simple and easy to use right out of the box, so customers do not need to have networking experience to get their personal clouds up and running. It plugs in and then is accessed through Mac and iOS apps, which are also being refreshed with new functionality.

The Apollo Cloud 2 Duo does not require monthly fees because it’s a cloud storage solution connected to a home WiFi setup. With the Cloud 2 Duo, all of a user’s files are accessible on any device, but they’re safe because they’re stored on a local device rather than a remote server.

Up to 40 people can use a single Apollo Cloud 2 Duo, and with 8TB of space, there’s enough for the whole family to store all of their files in the cloud. Files stored on the Cloud 2 Duo stay synced and can be shared with others just like files hosted on a third-party cloud service like Dropbox.

“In launching our second-generation product, we designed the Apollo Cloud Duo with careful consideration and our consumers needs in mind,” said Justin Cleveland, Promise Technology’s Director of Biz Dev — IoT. “Aligning with our main goal to redesign storage and sharing, the Duo is easy to use and ensures content is always with the consumer — whether they are at home or on-the-go.”

Inside the Cloud 2 Duo, there’s a 1GHz Marvell Dual Core processor and the aforementioned 8TB hard drive. The hard drive can be configured in RAID0 for more storage space or RAID1 for 4TB of storage and a mirrored backup. Promise Technology has also built in support for hot swappable hard drives so storage can be switched out in just a few minutes.

Apollo Cloud 2 Duo features include quick camera roll backup for your iPhone or iPad, photo organization with location and facial recognition support, and support for Time Machine for Mac backups.

Promise Technology is selling the Apollo Cloud 2 Duo for $449, and it is available for purchase starting today on the Promise website.

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Aug

Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 11 to Developers


Apple today seeded the seventh beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, just a week after releasing the sixth beta and over two months after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the seventh beta of iOS 11 from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed.

iOS 11 introduces quite a few design changes, including a customizable Control Center and a new Lock screen that’s been merged with the Notification Center. Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are coming in the Messages app, which is also gaining a new App Drawer, and there’s a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that’s meant to help drivers stay focused on the road. Siri, Photos, the Camera app, and more are also gaining new features and refinements.

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ARKit for developers will bring a range of new augmented reality apps and games to iOS devices, and a new Core ML SDK will let developers build smarter apps. iOS 11 is also the biggest update ever for the iPad, with a new Dock that introduces much improved multitasking, a Files app for better managing files, improved Apple Pencil support, a revamped App Switcher, and a system-wide drag and drop feature.


iOS 11 is available for both registered developers and public beta testers and will see a few more weeks of testing ahead of a prospective September release date alongside new iPhones. We are getting closer to the end of the beta testing process and should see a golden master release candidate in just a couple weeks.

For complete details on all of the new features included in iOS 11, make sure to check out our extensive iOS 11 roundup.

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Aug

Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of Upcoming tvOS 11 Update to Developers


Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update designed for the fourth-generation TV, one week after seeding the sixth beta and over two months after releasing the first beta during the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the tvOS 11 update by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes.

tvOS 11 didn’t receive a lot of attention at the Worldwide Developers Conference because it’s a modest update, but according to Apple’s release notes, it does introduce a few new features to the operating system.

tvOS 11 brings automatic switching between light/dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options that keep multiple Apple TVs in a household in sync, new background modes and notification support, Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, improvements to Mobile Device Management, and more.

The seventh beta of tvOS 11 most likely focuses primarily on bug fixes and other small refinements, as the first six betas did. Apple’s new tvOS 11 update is available for both registered developers and public beta testers. It will see a public release later this year.

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Aug

Desktops are dead? Lenovo says no as it shoves new gaming PCs into the spotlight


Why it matters to you

If you’re looking for a new desktop for high-end gaming you can customize without breaking the bank, Lenovo has three Legion models just for you.

Despite all the so-called experts and naysayers, the desktop PC is not dead. In fact, it’s still thriving and Lenovo drives that point home with its new Legion-branded desktops for PC gamers. With a starting price of $900, the new Lenovo Legion PCs pack seventh-generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics, and up to 64GB of overclockable Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 system memory at 2,800MHz.

As you will see, all three are fine-tuned for the Oculus Rift headset although you should not have any problems using the HTC Vive either. There are plenty of ports to support both and the lower graphics card options should provide the 90 frames per second you need for barf-free virtual experiences. Unfortunately, Lenovo’s new desktops only include AMD’s Radeon RX 500 Series cards and not its two new Radeon RX Vega 64 and Vega 56 cards that just hit the market.

Lenovo Legion Y920

According to Lenovo, the Legion Y920 model targets the enthusiast gaming crowd with components like the GeForce GTX 1080, Intel’s Core i7-7700K processor, Dolby Atmos audio, speedy PCI Express-based solid-state drive storage, and overclockable memory. The Legion Y920 model is the only desktop of the three that provides options for Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home.

For cooling, this model includes a single exhaust fan on the back. The power supply has an exhaust fan on the back too along with a filtered intake vent on the bottom of the machine. There are two intake fans under a filter behind the front panel and an intake fan under the top’s hood. This is the only model with a clear window and a vent on the left side and the only one with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Product Number:
Y920-34IKZ
Processor:

Intel Core i7-7700K (4-core)Intel Core i5-7600K (4-core)
Graphics:
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 580
Memory:
Up to 64GB DDR4
Optional 16GB Intel Optane
Storage 1:
Up to 2x 512GB PCIe SSD
Storage 2:
Up to 1x 4TB SATA HDD
Connectivity:
Wireless AC (Up to 867Mbps)
Ports:
1x Thunderbolt 3
2x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
8x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
2x USB 2.0
1x Headset Combo Audio Jack
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x PS/2
6x Audio Ports w/ S/PDIF
Audio:
Dolby Atmos
Dimensions (inches):
16.92 (D) x 16.45 (H) x 7.48 (L)
Weight:
23.14 pounds
Operating System:
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
VR Compatibility:
Oculus Rift (Certified)
Hero Features:
Windows Mixed Reality
Case Color:
Onyx Black
Starting Price:
$2,000
Availability:
October 2017

Lenovo Legion Y720

This model is not quite as “elite” as the Y920, targeting the mainstream PC gamer with up to a GeForce GTX 1070 card, and no Thunderbolt 3 port. Its storage capacity is lower too, removing an SSD and shoving the current SSD over to the slower SATA connection. The hard drive has a lower capacity too, but the Y720 still retains the option for installing a 16GB Intel Optane “cache stick” to speed up the hard drive’s performance.

On the cooling front, this model has an exhaust fan on the back. The power supply has an exhaust fan too, and an intake vent on the bottom of the PC. There are two intake fans under a filter behind the front cover and one intake fan under the top’s hood. A vent resides on the left side but with no window to see all the pretty components inside.

Product Number:
Y720-34IKH
Processor:

Intel Core i7-7700 (4-core)Intel Core i5-7400 (4-core)
Graphics:
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1050Ti
Radeon RX 570
Memory:
Up to 64GB DDR4
Optional 16GB Intel Optane
Storage 1:
Up to 1x 512GB SATA SSD
Storage 2:
Up to 1x 2TB SATA HDD
Connectivity:
Wireless AC (Up to 867Mbps)
Ports:
6x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
4x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x Microphone Jack
1x Headphone Jack
1x HDMI
1x Gigabit Ethernet
1x PS/2
6x Audio Ports w/S/PDIF
1x 7-in-1 Card Reader
Audio:
Dolby Audio Premium
Dimensions (inches):
16.92 (D) x 16.45 (H) x 7.48 (L)
Weight:
23.14 pounds
Operating System:
Windows 10 Home
VR Compatibility:
Oculus Rift (Certified)
Hero Features:
Windows Mixed Reality
Case Color:
Onyx Black
Starting Price:
$1,000
Availability:
October 2017

Lenovo Legion Y520

Finally, we have the Y520 specifically targeting console gamers wanting to “dip their toes” into the pools of PC gaming. It is the only one in the trio offering a seventh-generation Core i3 processor, and Wireless AC connectivity reaching only up to 433Mbps (1×1). It is still capable of running the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but you will have a better experience by grabbing the GTX 1060 graphics option.

As for cooling, this desktop includes the main and power supply exhaust fans on the back, and one LED intake fan mounted under the front panel. There are no vents or windows on the sides, and apparently no intake fan on the top, either.

Product Number:
Y520T-25IKL
Processor:
Intel Core i7-7700 (4-core)Intel Core i3-7100 (2-core)
Graphics:
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Radeon RX 560
Memory:
Up to 16GB DDR4
Storage 1:
Up to 1x 128GB PCIe SSD
Storage 2:
Up to 1x 2TB HDD
Connectivity:
Wireless AC (Up to 433Mbps)
Ports:
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A
2x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x Microphone Jack
1x Headphone Jack
1x HDMI
1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio:
Dolby Audio Premium
Dimensions (inches):
18.41 (D) x 15.84 (H) x 7.16 (L)
Weight:
33.73 pounds
Operating System:
Windows 10 Home
VR Compatibility:
Oculus Rift (Certified)
Hero Features:
Windows Mixed Reality
Case Color:
Onyx Black
Starting Price:
$900
Availability:
October 2017

Finally, we want to note that the specifications of all three list Windows Mixed Reality as a Microsoft “Hero” feature. This is an internal term used by Microsoft and original equipment manufacturers for specific Windows 10 features, such as special hardware supporting Cortana, hardware supporting Windows Hello, and so on. What this essentially means is that the towers can not only optimally handle the Oculus Rift, but upcoming headsets based on Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform in Windows 10, which also require VR-capable components.

Lenovo’s three new Legion desktops will arrive sometime in October for a starting price of $900.




21
Aug

Are you over the eclipse? Watch Intel’s 8th Gen Core launch at 8 a.m. Pacific


As promised, Intel is formally introducing its new family of eighth-generation processors today at 8 a.m. Pacific Time / 11 a.m. Eastern Time as the solar eclipse begins its blazing trail across the United States. You can watch the 8th Gen Intel Core livestream right here at Digital Trends, but it’s also streaming live on Intel’s Facebook page, and its online Newsroom.

“Hear directly from Gregory Bryant, senior vice president of the Client Computing Group at Intel, and others about the details on the latest processor family and what it can help you do,” the company said prior to its 8th Gen Intel Core livestream. “See the power of 8th Gen Intel Core technology come to life in the hands of a VR creator and imaging technologist.”

Intel’s eighth-generation launch begins before the company concludes its current Core X-Series processor roll-out for the enthusiast market. Intel will launch its $1,200 12-core processor later this month, and then its 14-core ($1,400), 16-core ($1,700) and 18-core ($2,000) chips at the end of 2017. These will require Intel’s large LGA 2066 motherboard socket (seat), and its new X299 motherboard chipsets.

But with Intel’s new eighth-generation processors, the company is keeping the same LGA 1151 motherboard seat used by its seventh-generation “Kaby Lake” processors, and its sixth-generation “Skylake” processors. The eighth-generation chips also won’t be anywhere near as expensive, but they may require a new motherboard if Intel doesn’t provide an update to support eighth-generation processors on motherboards with seventh-generation 200 Series “Kaby Lake” chipsets installed.

“Get a sneak peek at some of the amazing system designs based on 8th Gen Intel Core processors,” Intel added. “Start planning for what new 8th Gen Intel Core processor-based device to purchase in the holiday season and even before.”

Lots of rumors have swirled around what Intel may possibly reveal during its show. Desktop processors are a possible topic, and perhaps even chips that will be showcased in new laptops introduced during the IFA 2017 technology show in Berlin. We’re rather excited to see what Intel has planned, and what it’s eighth-generation processor design will bring to the PC market.

As Intel teases, amazing happens when all things align, but you won’t need special glasses to watch Intel’s shiny new reveal.




21
Aug

Essential Phone vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Can the Android newcomer take out Apple?


The long-awaited and super interesting Essential Phone (PH-1) is finally here, and customers who pre-ordered the device should expect to finally get their hands on it in the next few days. The PH-1 has captured the imaginations of many thanks to its full edge-to-edge display and classy design — a design Apple is expected to follow for the upcoming iPhone.

The Essential PH-1 isn’t the only great phone around. While Apple may use similar design elements for its next phone, the company still has a capable phone already on the market: The iPhone 7 Plus. But just how do the two phones compare? We put them head to head to find out.

Specs

Essential PH-1

iPhone 7 Plus

Size
141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm (5.57 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches)
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)
Weight
6.53 ounces (185 grams)
6.63 ounces (188 grams)
Screen
5.71-inch LCD
5.5-inch LED
Resolution
2,560 x 1,312 pixels (504 ppi)
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi)
OS
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
iOS 10
Storage
128GB
32, 128, 256GB
MicroSD card slot
No
No
NFC support
Yes
Yes
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
A10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor
RAM
4GB
3GB
Connectivity
GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE
4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera
Dual 13 MP rear, 8MP front
Dual 12MP rear, 7MP front
Video
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60fps
Bluetooth
Yes, version 5.0
Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Touch ID
Other sensors
Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer
Barometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Water resistant
No
Yes, IP67 rated
Battery
3,040mAh
2,900mAh, up to 13 hours of internet use on LTE
Charging port
USB-C
Lightning
Marketplace
Google Play Store
Apple App Store
Colors
Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, Pure White
Gold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black
Availability
Unlocked, Sprint

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile
Price
$749
$729
DT review
Coming soon
4 out of 5 stars

The Essential Phone makes use of the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and it’s coupled with 4GB of RAM. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, uses Apple’s self-designed A10 Fusion chip, along with 3GB of RAM.

Apple’s processor is incredibly powerful, and iOS doesn’t require a lot of RAM compared to Android — it’s just a difference between the two operating systems. The iPhone 7 Plus will prove to be an extremely smooth device. In fact, when it comes to benchmarks, the Essential PH-1 scored 161,746 on AnTuTu, while the Apple iPhone 7 Plus scored a hefty 181,807 — putting the Essential PH-1 to shame. That’s not to say you shouldn’t get the Essential PH-1. It has the same processor as phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the HTC U11. It’s a high-performing phone, and will last you at least a few years of use. Benchmarks aren’t the best indicator of real-world use.

If you’re looking for a lot of storage, both phones have a lot to offer. Neither have a MicroSD card slot, but the iPhone 7 Plus has options for 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB of storage, while the Essential Phone comes only with 128GB of storage.

Both of these phones will perform well, but the iPhone 7 Plus is technically the better performer.

Winner: Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Design, display, and durability

Both of these phones feature beautiful designs, but in very different ways.

For starters, the Essential PH-1 boasts a beautiful 5.71-inch edge-to-edge display, which covers almost the entire front of the phone save for a small notch at the top and a chin at the bottom. The back of the phone is shiny and minimal. You’ll find a fingerprint sensor here, below a dual-camera module and a few other sensors.

The iPhone 7 Plus is also well-designed, though a little less groundbreaking than the Essential Phone. On the front, the 5.5-inch display sits above Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor and home button. The design does look a little dated thanks to the chunky edges surrounding the screen. The rear is minimal like the Essential Phone, with the iconic Apple logo and a dual-camera module above.

Things are a little different when it comes to the display — the Essential Phone is the clear winner. Despite an LCD screen, you get a 2,560 x 1,312 pixel resolution, which is quite a bit more than the 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. You also get more screen in a smaller, lighter package with the Essential Phone.

But the iPhone takes the crown for durability, as it has a waterproof rating of IP67, meaning you can take it up to 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes. The Essential Phone isn’t waterproof.

Still, the Essential Phone features a more modern design, along with a higher resolution display. It takes the win here.

Winner: Essential PH-1

Battery life and charging

The battery on the iPhone 7 Plus sits in at 2,900mAh, while the Essential PH-1 offers a 3,040mAh battery. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the PH-1 will last longer — the device has a much higher-resolution display, which means that it will be much more taxing on the battery. Still, early reviews suggest the PH-1 has pretty decent battery life. We’ll do more testing to confirm.

While the Essential Phone offers fast-charging, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus does not. Because of that, at least on paper, the Essential PH-1 is the winner here.

Winner: Essential PH-1

Camera

The two phones have dual-camera setups, but they have slightly different specifications. The iPhone 7 Plus offers a dual 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization on the primary lens, and the PH-1 has a dual 13-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 aperture.

Apple has long been known for offering an excellent camera on its devices, and the iPhone 7 Plus is no different. In our review, we hailed the dual-camera setup especially the benefit of having a 2x optical zoom. Apple also introduced Portrait Mode a few months later via a software update, and it offers DSLR-like quality portrait images.

Some early reviews suggest the Essential PH-1’s camera could be just as good. The device’s dual-cameras feature a monochrome and a color sensor. The camera doesn’t feature some of the dual-sensor features found on the iPhone, like Portrait Mode or HDR.

The iPhone’s camera is tried and true. While some early reviews say that the PH-1’s camera is great, others don’t quite agree.

Winner: Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Software

Before we talk about software, we’ll say one thing — we’re not going to award a winner here. The Android vs iPhone debate is a long-running one, and everyone has their own preference.

Still, we can note some major differences between the two operating systems. Android is generally known to offer more customization, while iOS is easier to use. Essential offers a pure Android experience, similar to what you will find on the Google Pixel. It’s free of bloatware, unlike some Android devices.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The Essential PH-1 is available for purchase, and you can get your hands on it through the Essential website, Sprint or Best Buy. It doesn’t seem as though other carriers are offering the phone, and there’s no word yet on whether they will or not. We recommend buying the phone unlocked straight from Essential. The device cost $700, which is a premium price to pay for a phone.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus is slightly more expensive, though it’s available more widely. It costs $770 for the 32GB version, and you can get it from all four major carriers, unlocked from the Apple website, Amazon, Best Buy, and so on.

Winner: Essential PH-1

Overall winner: Essential PH-1

Both the Essential PH-1 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus are excellent phones, but the Essential’s gorgeous edge-to-edge design and slightly lower price gives it the win here. The iPhone is technically more powerful and seems to offer a slightly better camera, but the PH-1 likely has a better battery and can charge back up quickly.




21
Aug

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

Orca Puzzles

Enjoy this spectacular collection of puzzles featuring breathtaking photographs of orcas, also known as killer whales, in their native Arctic habitat.

Available on:

iOS

Type Nine Keyboard

Type Nine is the first keyboard to combine a keypad layout with swiping. Typing by swiping is a seamless experience, and once you’ve picked up the movements, you will type faster and more effortlessly than ever before.

Available on:

iOS

Student Planner

The student planner is perfect for the modern student, with powerful features designed to be used quickly and easily.

Available on:

iOS

Life Hacks

Lifehacks brings you thousands of useful life-hacking tips that are aimed at improving your productivity and bringing calm to your life. It’s aimed at helping you reclaim some leisure time and autonomy famid the heavy demands of your busy lifestyle.

Available on:

iOS

ListBox

The most important thing about this reminder app is that it won’t leave you alone until you notice the reminder — and when you do, it suggests an action.

Available on:

iOS

Voice4u AAC

Voice4u is picture-based communication app for those who have speech challenges. Unlike conventional AAC communication devices, Voice4u is a portable, customizable, and easy-to-use communication tool.

Available on:

iOS




21
Aug

Exway’s smart X1 skateboard will help riders of all levels beat the traffic


Why it matters to you

Looking for a better way to commute? Do it with the Exway X1 skateboard, one of the more affordable smart skateboards on the market.

Don’t worry, parents — skateboarding has never been quite so smart. Meet the Exway X1, described as the most intelligent skateboard to hit the pavement. This lightweight and easy-to-handle board may be just what you need to avoid traffic on weekdays, and relieve some stress on weekends. Meant to suit both beginners and experienced riders, the Exway X1 skateboard can be activated entirely by way of a Bluetooth remote, and claims to be the first electric skateboard to implement extra safety protection features for the rider.

The X1 features four speed modes, all of which are controlled by an electronic speed controller (ESC) unit. In beginner mode, less-experienced riders can use the skateboard at lower speeds. But as they familiarize themselves with it, they can start leveling up — there’s also an energy-saving mode, an intermediate mode, and an advanced mode. 

Perhaps most crucial to the accessibility of this board is its curved throttle response. This means that when you first power up your skateboard, you’ll enjoy a smooth start-up. Once you’re already moving, you can transition to a more powerful running speed. Moreover, the X1 comes with an e-brake function for easier control and an automatic smart break. It also features a fault alarm system so that you’ll be kept safe in a variety of scenarios.

The streamlined, aerodynamic design at the front of the board, coupled with the flat design of the X1’s rear, allows for convenient handling, while the U-type concave deck promises more comfortable riding. And with a 9-inch wide deck, even novice riders will be comfortable on the board.

“As riders ourselves, we tried virtually all of the current skateboard models on the market today. Some were good but none of them had the ride control, steering, and features we were looking for ourselves,” said Chao Zeng, founder and CEO of Exway. “We knew we could do it better. We concentrated on first designing a board that rides amazingly well. Only then did we add the intelligent features that are essential for a modern electric skateboard.” 

The X1 weighs in at just under 14 pounds and is capable of hitting top speeds of about 25 miles per hour. You can buy the Exway now for about $900.




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