So we know that Motorola will be unveiling the highly-anticipated Moto X smartphone on the 1st of August, although the next question on many minds is, when will the phone be released? Presumably it will be after the announcement, but when exactly? Are we looking at an August release, or maybe a few months later?  Well according to the folks at Phone Arena, their sources have informed them that the Moto X is expected to be released around the same time, or “somewhat simultaneously” as their source has put it, as Motorola’s recently announced Droids – the Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and Droid Maxx.

Phone Arena has speculated that this could mean that the Moto X could be released within a few days of the new Droids going live, and since Verizon’s press release has suggested that the new Droids will be on sale 20th August, it is possible to expect the Moto X to be made available around that time as well, give or take a few days. We expect the official details will be shared next week during Motorola’s event, so until then take it with a grain of salt.

1484847 saA couple of days ago we reported that the new Nexus 7 could arrive on Best Buy come 30th of July. The tablet itself has yet to be formally announced and so far it seems that there is at least one person who has managed to buy it already. In any case it seems like the Nexus 7 2 could be one of the worst kept secrets of 2013 because it looks like Best Buy has decided not to wait for Google’s formal announcement and has instead put up pre-order pages for both the 16GB model and the 32GB model. The website has even posted what appears to be official images of the device in all of its entirety, along with a spec list which we’re assuming is the real deal.

According to Best Buy’s website, the Nexus 7 will feature a 7” display with a resolution of 1920×1200. It will also pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB of onboard storage, and will come preinstalled with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The 16GB model is priced at $229.99, while the 32GB model is priced at $269.99. No word on availability but hopefully that will be announced soon.

blackberry a10 1We’ve been hearing a fair bit about the upcoming BlackBerry A10, and while the device has yet to be formally announced and actually put up for sale, the folks at N4BB have actually managed to get their hands on the device, although it was in the most unlikely of places – a local grocery store in Waterloo, Canada. It seems that Max Salman of N4BB spotted someone in front of him using the device and surprisingly the person who was using it actually confirmed that it was the A10! We have to wonder if he will get in trouble with BlackBerry for doing that, but presumably he knew what he was doing. Read full post →BlackBerry A10 Gets A Hands-On Preview Ahead Of Announcement

virtual kb leap 640x400It was at the beginning of this week when the Leap Motion gesture recognition device was made available to the masses, and while the first generation of software for the Leap does include its fair share of incredible programs, there are certain quarters out there who strongly believe that gesture recognition has a whole lot more potential than just to play some games. This has led to the release of DexType, where it is capable of changing the Leap Motion from an entertaining gadget into what is deemed as a genuinely useful tool, by being what it calls the world’s first truly “virtual” keyboard.

The DexType enables users to type using mere gestures in the air, where the keys have been arranged at the bottom of the screen, all in a single line. The sequence of letters will be in a linear arrangement of the familiar QWERTY keyboard that all have come to know and love. In order to type, all one needs to do is to bounce from key to key. DexType can now be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store, where it is free until August 7th, and from thenceforth, the free version will end up as an ad-supported version, while the premium version will cost you $4.99.

magellan echo 640x200Magellan is more well known as a company that rolls out GPS navigation devices, and here we are with something that is slightly different – the Magellan Echo, which so happens to be the company’s very first running watch which makes use of smartphone fitness apps and pushing it to their full potential. How does it achieve this? It will be able to “talk” to them wirelessly, sporting real-time fitness data that is streamed directly from your smartphone all the way to the watch display, with the ability to be able to remotely control connected apps, ensuring that the Echo remains a close running buddy.

This marks the first time a running watch allows users to simultaneously check out fitness data, notifications and achievements, all through your smartphone’s display. The Echo will show off details such as the elapsed time, distance and other fitness metrics with but at a glance, so that you can keep tabs on your performance, while ensuring that your concentration to the task at hand remains. The Magellan Echo will arrive sometime in Q4 this year for $149.99 or $199.99 with a Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Monitor, coming in Black, Cool Blue or Warm Red Echo colors.

How many of you out there have played with Microsoft Paint back in the days when it was just an app that kids used in Microsoft Windows 3.1 and above? Well, Microsoft recently rolled out Fresh Paint for Windows 8 as well as Windows Phone 8, which has accompanied the loyal servant, Microsoft Paint, that has been part of all of the versions of Windows to date. How good are your skills with Microsoft Paint? Why not check out the video above and see this 97-year old man from Cleveland actually using Microsoft Paint despite being legally blind.

Lasko was introduced to Microsoft Paint back in 1990s, where he ended up legally blind 8 years ago. Despite that, he still spends 10 hours each day, working on his artwork using Microsoft Paint. Check out Lasko’s efforts in the YouTube video above, and you will be shocked for sure. In a pleasant way, of course. Right now, Lasko is making a living selling prints of his work for $98 a pop, where 10% of the sales will end up at the Veterans of Foreign Wars programs. Sounds like a win-win situation, no?

bbq10 sprintIt was just last week when we talked about how BlackBerry could very well reduce production of the BlackBerry Q10 by half, and here we are with whispers of the very same smartphone hitting Sprint this coming August 30th. Apparently, the latest rumors concerning the BlackBerry Q10 would include kicking off the shipping of pre-orders from August 30th to Sprint customers, where “all other channels” are tipped to follow this coming September 13th.

Apart from that, there has also been whispers of the Samsung ATIV S Neo which will be released on Sprint this coming August 16th. Needless to say, these dates can always shift, since nothing official has been announced just yet. Sprint’s official statement is this: “We have not announced availability for either device, and we do not comment on rumors or speculation on product availability dates. We have said BlackBerry Q10 will be available in late summer, and Samsung ATIV S Neo will be available this summer. Exact availability dates for both smartphones will be shared closer to their availability dates.” There you go.

evleaks htcIt was just yesterday when we talked about the HTC Zara and how it is fashioned out of plastic, with the possibility of it arriving later this year. Well, HTC has not yet confirmed the availability of the HTC One Max (aka T6), but you can bet your bottom dollar that the HTC One Max is going to be a real and actual device that you can hold in your hands. Well, serial leaksters @evleaks have shared information that it will roll out in the AT&T over at the US, with the possible hardware specifications that include a 5.9” Full HD display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, a 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in tow.

Apart from that, @evleaks have also dropped some more gossip on the HTC Zara, where it is tipped to arrive over at Sprint, being a go-between of the One and Desire range. Perhaps it will carry some high end specifications as found in the HTC One, and yet carry a plastic exterior that would make it easy on the pockets – financially speaking, of course.

lgg2 fccThe FCC has been busy bees all this while, and there does not seem to be any rest made available for them. In fact, the folks over at the FCC have recently approved a new and mysterious LG D801 smartphone, where there has been no official designation for this particular device just yet. Of course, it goes without saying that speculation is rife that this could very well end up as the LG G2 flagship that we have been talking about for quite some time now, and the LG G2 is also tipped to be announced this coming August 7th.

The FCC has also posted a sketch of the D801, where it looks rather similar in nature to the leaked LG G2 video that proved to be quite the tease recently. Volume buttons on the LG G2 are located on the back, right under the rear camera. The FCC documents also point to the D801 being friendly with AT&T’s LTE connectivity (bands 4 and 17), and this might very well signal the availability of the LG G2 over at AT&T. Other hardware specifications include a 5.2” Full HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, and a 2,700 mAh battery.

razrultraSo you have been on the lookout for a new bunch of smartphones from Motorola, and your journey has thus led you to these three which were just announced earlier today – the Motorola Droid ULTRA, Droid MINI and Droid MAXX. Fret not, we would be offering a quick overview in a detailed hands-on on all three individual smartphones later, but right now, let us take a broad look at the trio. All three Droids boast of a clean, premium look and feel, where they feature DuPont KEVLAR fiber as an external material of choice, coupled with a special 3D design which will wrap around the entire device, resulting in a truly unique composite unibody.

The Droid ULTRA and Droid MINI arrives in red and black color composites, while the soft touch finish makes the Droid MAXX’s tough exterior feel extra luxurious. You will find the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System underneath the hood that boasts of 8 cores, where these will include a pair of high-end application processors, a quartet of graphics processors and a couple of unique cores. Expect to place pre-orders for these handsets online, where the Droid MINI, Droid ULTRA and Droid MAXX will retail for $99.99, $199.99 and $299.99, respectively, accompanied by a new two-year customer agreement. [Press Release]