Moto X Reviews, Android Apps Working On Chromebooks, iPad Magic, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, a sneak peek at Windows 9, Google cedes to buyer’s remorse, Facebook asks why its ads suck, Microsoft replaces noisy Xbox Ones, and the wonder that is iPad magic with LEGO.
Moto X Reviews Roundup
The iPhone 6 isn’t the only new smartphone in town, even though the inordinate press coverage that particular device has garnered may have fooled you into thinking so. Motorola has also recently taken the wraps off of the new Moto X , the second-generation follow-up to last year’s best-selling flagship phone.
The reviews are just starting to trickle in, so, to save you the hassle of scouring the Web for them, we have rounded up a selection of views on the new 2014 Moto X.
Engadget thinks that, “Motorola has learned from its mistakes,” and so while “this year’s Moto X still isn’t perfect,” it’s “the flagship Motorola should have made in the first place,” and good enough to earn a spot in “the pantheon of smartphone greats.”
Ars Technica laments the larger screen size of the Moto X, and makes mention of the relatively shoddy camera and the “not top-of-the-class” battery life. However, there is more good than bad, with “curves and contours [that] feel nice in the hand,” and the fact that “everything about this new Moto X looks and feels high-end.”
ZDNet thinks everything on the new Moto X has been “improved to the point that this is the best Android smartphone available today.” However, the desire for “a better camera and improved battery life” is mentioned, meaning the Moto X (2014) is still far from perfect.
Gizmodo loved the original Moto X and are fans of the new version as well. Gripes about the quality of the camera, poor battery life, and larger screen size don’t detract from the conclusion that the Moto X offers “the best user experience from anything we’ve yet seen in 2014.”
To conclude, the new 2014 edition of the Moto X is definitely bigger, and almost certainly better. However, it still fails to inspire in a couple of rather important areas. Do let us know if you buy a second-generation Moto X (2014), and if so, whether you feel these reviews are accurate or not.
Android Apps Land On Chromebooks
Guess I better dust off the Chromebook I never use and find the charger to play with some Android apps
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 11, 2014
This is the first step in an ongoing effort to bring Android and Chrome OS closer together. To that end, Google is “working with a select group of Android developers to add more of your favorite apps so you’ll have a more seamless experience across your Android phone and Chromebook.”
New Windows 9 Screenshots Leak Online
Another day, another set of leaked screenshots showing the forthcoming Windows 9 , AKA Windows Threshold, AKA (just) Windows. The screenshots of the Windows Technical preview come courtesy of German websites ComputerBase and WinFuture.
The latter also posted a video (as embedded above) showing how the new Start menu works. Which seems to have split opinion very much down the middle. Leaf through the screenshots and watch the video before coming back here and telling us your thoughts on the direction in which Microsoft is taking Windows.
Try Before You Buy On Google Play
If the entire world smoked a joint at the same time, there would be world peace for at least two hours. Followed by a global food shortage.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@itsjenIawrence) September 8, 2014
Google has increased the time you have to change your mind on a Google Play purchase from 15 minutes to two hours. This effectively means you can try before you buy, as long as you ensure you return the app for a refund within the new two-hour window.
With paid apps varying in quality to such a degree, we suspect the level of buyer’s remorse is high, so this could prove invaluable to Android app addicts .
Facebook Asks Why You Hate Its Ads
these Facebook ads for Facebook are still so mystifying to me pic.twitter.com/KUe4haZLUo
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) September 11, 2014
Facebook wants to know why you hate the ads it’s showing you, and it’s asking for direct feedback in order to learn the truth. From now on, when you hide an advert from your News Feed , you’ll be asked why you chose to do so. And facebook is promising it will pay attention to any feedback received. The temptation to troll is strong with this one.
Microsoft To Replace Noisy Xbox Ones
Microsoft is offering to replace noisy Xbox One games consoles. As reported by CNET, the official Microsoft forums are full of complaints from Xbox One owners over loud buzzing, grinding, or clicking noises emanating from their machines. The complaints started rolling in at the beginning of August, suggesting the new model without the Kinect sensor built in is responsible.
iPad Magician Blows Kids’ Minds With LEGO
And finally, kids are very easily impressed, and no more so than when a combination of LEGO, an Apple iPad, and some impressive sleight of hand are used to create magic before their very eyes. Sure, this is a promo for LEGO Fusion, but we can forgive that given the pleasure these kids clearly derive from the display. And, if I’m honest, the pleasure I got from it too.
Your Views On Today’s Tech News
Will you be buying a Moto X? Should Chrome OS and Android be merged? What are your early impressions of Windows 9?
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