Google Pixel

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Google have released their first ever phones; the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This is Google’s first attempt and they have pretty much nailed it. They have killed off the famous Nexus line, and what they have now is already looking much much better. here’s a quick overview of Goog;e’s new devices

Google Pixel:

  • 5 inch full HD AMOLED display
  • 32/128GB storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 12.3MP rear camera (dual-LED)
  • 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint
  • 2770 mAh battery
  • Gorilla Glass 4

The Google Pixel XL is similar in most aspects but has a beautiful 5.5 inch QuadHD display and a larger 3450 mAh battery to compensate for that.

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Both devices come with a smarter, more personal Google Assistant. This is an upgraded Google Now. Assistant is currently only available on the Pixel phones, and is something they are pushing to be a centrepiece of your life. It’s smarter, more useful and a whole lot more fun.

 

The Pixel is something new for Google and with it’s bright vibrant screen and excellent hardware, I can see why they are looking to rival Apple on their iPhones. It even has the high price range to match!

Microsoft Surface Studio

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Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.

Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.

Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.

Apple Watch Series 2

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Apple have announced their second attempt at a smartwatch. The Series 2 has similar design to the original, but it is slightly thicker. Apple are keeping in touch with the fitness side of things as this new watch has built-in GPS, allowing for more advanced and accurate tracking enabling you to leave your phone at home and go for a run.

The watch is also water resistance to 50 meters, allowing you to take it for a swim – As encouraged by Apple themselves.

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The processor has had an update too meaning it is much faster and has a screen twice as bright. There is a ceramic finish and comes in aluminium and stainless steel cases.

The Series 2 is available to pre-order as of today and is released on September 19th. The Series 2 more expensive than the original at launch and will be priced at £369/$369

For those who want a faster watch but for cheaper, Apple will sell their first watch with this new processor – The Series 1.

Cortana for Android and iOS is now avaliable

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Cortana is now available on both Android and iOS. Microsoft’s powerful assistant will be able to be downloaded on both these devices in addition to coming with Windows Phone. She is able to set reminders, toggle network settings and much more. Window’s phones and Cortana have much more functionality just as Google Now does on Android.

Cortana is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Apples Siri, but is the only one available cross platform.

 

Huawei Watch

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Huawei has an Android Wear smartwatch, and it has a very premium build, look and feel.

The Huawei Watch has sapphire crystal glass to go on top of its AMOLED display with a 400×400 (286 ppi) resolution. That is one of the best smartwatch screens around, and the sapphire crystal is something that is there to compete with Apple’s watch. The watch has a metal casing to complete the premium look and feel.

It comes with a 512MB RAM, 1.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 4GB Storage and a 300mAh battery. A pretty standard spec sheet there, with the only worrying aspect being the battery. A 300mAh battery will last up to 1.5 days. Compared to the LG G Watch R and Urbane and even the 2nd gen moto 360 that 400mAh and above, the Huawei watch is behind on the battery.

Overall the watch is very good looking and has a fully round display (no Moto 360 flat tyre here).  The button on the side is located in the same position as the new 360.

This could be a watch…. to watch….

iphone 6s and 6s Plus

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Apple have announced many new products including the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But neither of these have any new features that would make me ditch the original 6.

Both new iPhones will come with Apple’s new iPhone 6s will come with their new iOS 9.

When it comes to specs, both are very similar. Both new iPhones will have the new A9 processor and will double their RAM from 1GB to 2GB (most new Android phones come with 3GB RAM). The camera has a boost from a 21MP front to 5MP and the rear camera boosts from an 8MP to a generous 12MP. For me the camera upgrade is the best thing about this phone.

3D touch

Apple’s 3D touch is not something new. Pressing on an icon to bring up a menu instead of tapping to open is something seen everyday (to those who own any other phone). 3D touch gives you the option, for example, to right click or left click on an app, picture, video etc. Unlike Force Touch, this can tell the difference between a soft touch and a harder touch. But I still think its a gimmick, and here’s why:

Just like Apple’s ‘Smart keyboard’ which is essentially Microsoft’s smart cover and the Apple Pencil, which again is just the same as the stylus Microsoft have used for years with their Surface tablet, 3D touch has been around for many years within Android phones. It just never got a name. Why? Because it’s nothing special.

Apple have branded this feature in the new iPhone’s and bothe the 6s and the 6s Plus have this “new” feature.

Bloatware

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Bloatware is software that comes pre-installed on your machine,by the vendor such as Lenovo, Samsung or HP, when you first buy it.

When you buy a new Laptop, you expect it to be fast and you expect it to boot up rather quickly. After all, it is brand new. This is not always the case. Especially now. With all the pre-installed software, your new machine isn’t as quick as it should be.

Usually these are Apps that you wont use and don’t need. They take up a considerable amount or resources. This included Hard drive space and RAM. Some of these apps load on startup, meaning it is hogging system resources, like those mentioned above, when you start your machine.

You are able to uninstall these programs through Programs and Features in Windows. This lists all the software installed on your machine. You are able to uninstall those you don’t want.

Another method you could do is a clean install of the operating system, ridding it of all software installed. It is a completely new, fresh start. You can use the same product key that came with the machine (usually located on the base of a laptop or side of a desktop).

A clean version of windows 7 can be found at Microsoft’s software recovery site.