Last Week In Tech – Week Starting Sept. 29th
Well, first let’s explain what you are doing here. “Last Week In Tech” is a new weekly article series we will be posting every Sunday rounding up all the biggest news from the previous week as well as any reviews, editorials, and videos we’ve done during that week.
This series will be your one-stop way to find out what you missed the previous week. Without further adieu, let’s get into it.
Just really quick before we get started. A couple announcements. Here on iTechTriad we’re always trying to expand and this week we’re happy to welcome Paul Villalobos to the team as our newest senior editor. Make sure to stay tuned this week for new articles from him. Also make sure to stay tuned next week for news regarding our YouTube channel.
Leaks leaks and more leaks. This week we got another glimpse of the Nexus 6 showing off it’s design and a new look at Android L. With a 5.9″ inch Quad-HD display, Snapdragon 805, and 3200 mAh battery, this is certainly looking like a “whale” of a phone (all puns intended). We even saw our first images of the device in the wild showing us that maybe it won’t be that big after all.
In other Android news Cyanogen Inc, makers of CyanogenMod reportedly turned down an offer from none other than Google themselves for an acquisition of the company. It’s unclear why Google made the offer or if they will further pursue it, all we know is, let’s hope Cyanogen keeps on going!
Speaking of Cyanogen, it seems their partner OnePlus has plans for the future as their CEO Carl Pei confirmed the company’s plans of looking towards their second phone dubbed, wait for it, the OnePlus Two. Currently it seems that the phone will be coming a small form factor and will make it’s debut in mid-2015.
Let’s get to our last big Android news story for the week. A leaked build of Android L came out on Thursday showing off what may be Samsung’s plans for the new Android update. It doesn’t seem like changes are all that major, but at least they are working on it.
Here’s my favorite story this week, Windows 10 is now official. What we all thought we’d see at Microsoft’s event on Tuesday was Windows 9, but instead we get the rather interestingly named Windows 10. The new update combines many of the things we loved in Windows 7 and marries them with Windows 8’s best features and even adds a few new tricks. A technical preview is also now available so you can check the new update out yourself.
In Chrome OS news, Photoshop is finally on it’s way. No I’m not kidding. In a blog post Google confirmed the news and brought tears of joy to every Chromebook enthusiast out there. Adobe and Google are working together on a streaming version of Photoshop designed for the Chrome browser and Chrome OS. While it will be limited off the bat, it’s exciting to see that it is finally coming.
In our last bit of news, Apple is rumored to host an event on October 16th to unveil their latest lineup of iPads along with OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay. Be sure to stay tuned for those announcements.
First up for reviews this week, Hyrule Warriors. Mac Wentz took a close look at the game and gave his full thoughts in a frankly epic review which if you haven’t read it yet, I’m a little ashamed of you.
I also had the privilege to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and bring you guys my thoughts on the device. TL;DR, it’s a pretty awesome little tablet that is plagued only by software issues.
This week I actually had the time to do an editorial, something that I can’t say often. After a couple weeks with the Moto 360, I thought it was time to give you a comparison with it and the LG G Watch. I gave you 5 reasons that the Moto 360 was better and 5 reasons that the LG G Watch was better. Be sure to give it a read.
This week on our YouTube channel, we posted a quick first look at the Lenovo N20P Chromebook, our video review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, and our Moto 360 vs LG G Watch videos. Be sure to check them all out embedded below.
Devices In Hand
So now that we’ve gone over what happened last week, what’s coming next? Well quite a lot actually. Right now myself and Alex are working hard to bring you reviews of the Moto 360, iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Amazon Fire Phone, Kyocera Brigadier, and the Lenovo N20P Chromebook. We’ll also be featuring a couple accessories in full written reviews right here on our website.