Windows Phone – Thrifty, Yet Nifty

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Maurizio Pesce WIRED Very accessible price for 4G LTE networking and a fresh OS. Windows Phone updated to include Cortana, better notifications, and tighter integration with Microsoft cloud services. Colorful interchangeable covers, solid body. Support for up to 128GB of storage. TIRED Lacks a selfie camera, and rear-facing camera is not what you would expect from a Nokia. This is probably a phone more dedicated to social players than photo maniacs. Display is disappointing too. Given the deep morass Nokia and Microsoft are currently slogging through—the blah earnings, the layoff plans, a still-small app store, general confusion—it’s refreshing to see that the mobile phone partnership is not all doom and gloom. The Lumia handsets are selling well and making waves in the mid-to-low-end smartphone market. Last year’s Lumia 520 in…

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Apple Developers have been toying with the beta of OS X Yosemite since Apple announced the operating system at WWDC in June. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we have to wait (im)patiently until Yosemite launches officially this fall. Unless you signed up for Apple’s public OS X Yosemite beta program, in which case tomorrow is your lucky day. OS X users who sign up for this program, which was also announced at WWDC, get access to the beta early without needing a developer account. And beta access will ship Thursday, July 24th. Here’s how it works. If you signed up with your Apple ID on the beta program website (it’s still not too late to do so), tomorrow you will get an email with a link and activation code…

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An Iconic Speaker That’s Re-Engineered for Streaming Music

It may look like the original 1974 version, but inside Teenage Engineering

It may look similar to the original 1974 version, but inside the new OD-11 things have changed quite a bit. Josh Valcarcel WIRED Produces big, immersive, and uncolored sound for a 10 x 10-inch floor- (or shelf-) bound cube. Beautifully designed (and genuinely intuitive) Othoplay app and web interface. You can wireless link up to four OD-11s together. Comes with optical and 3.5mm inputs should you want to call your cloud music back down to earth. TIRED Crazy expensive. Must be a premium Spotify user of to take advantage of the direct in app streaming. No native Android or Windows app support (You have to connect to and control the speaker via a browser window). Limited to AirPlay streaming. Teenage Engineering’s OD-11 speaker has been stuck in “coming soon” limbo…

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Acer Aspire Switch 10 – Two Cool

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WIRED Solid price point and feature set on a capable Windows tablet. Keyboard attachment and release system is best-in-class. Great portability. TIRED Would like to see a higher-resolution display. No rear-facing camera included; selfies only. With weight predominantly in the slate, design becomes top-heavy and prone to tipping over backwards when working in “laptop” mode. I don’t know if anybody is actually buying these things, but Little Windows Tablets are proving themselves to be quite the capable category of on-the-go productivity devices. Available for just a few hundred bucks, they’re rapidly becoming the netbooks of the ’10s, only with some unique tricks that make them considerably more worthwhile. The latest entry in the category is the Acer Aspire Switch 10. It’s called Switch because it features a slate-style tablet that…

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