Apple Beats Solo2 Commercial

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

By on November 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM.

Here’s a sneak peak at Apple’s new Beats commercial

BGR has just learned through multiple sources that Apple is set to release a celebrity-packed commercial for the company’s new Beats Solo2 headphones either today or tomorrow. The video itself looks like something Beats would have done on its own, but it definitely has an Apple-like feel and vibe to it, which actually works quite nicely with the Beats theme. More →

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Nexus 6 Review

The Boy Genius Report: Nexus 6 review

By on November 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The Boy Genius Report: Nexus 6 review

Google’s tradition of releasing a brand new flagship Nexus phone every year isn’t stopping, and the company has come an incredibly long way since the original Nexus One. The latest iteration is the Nexus 6 with, yes, a gorgeous six-inch display. It’s manufactured by Motorola and was codenamed “Shamu” for a good reason — it’s monstrously huge and just feels like it’s going to slap you with its dorsal fin.

This is one of the most well-manufactured, technology-packed, volcano-luging, shark-diving phones I’ve ever used. But is it the best of the best or the best of the worst? More →

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Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

By on November 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM.

Somfy shades are the last piece of the home automation puzzle

As we move further and further into a connected home and connected world, I regularly explore how we can integrate every device possible into one main system and network. For now, my favorite hub is SmartThings. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great home automation platform with a great community and support for a wide array of devices.

Window shades have been a bit of a white whale, though. This is an area I have always wanted to explore and I have heard that Somfy is without a doubt the leader in the space. In the past, not only have automated shades been a less-than-ideal solution with power having to be supplied to each noisy shade motor, but it’s also been prohibitively expensive for many people.

All of that has now changed, however.

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iPad Air 2 Review

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

By on October 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM.

The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone

It’s easy to get excited about Apple products. They get faster, thinner, lighter, smaller, better, more beautiful and more functional. But every so often Apple introduces a pivotal product, one that might be from a brand new product category, or one from an existing product that is just so much better it can’t help but impress.

The iPad Air 2 is that product right now. It is better than the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and I would go as far as to say it’s the best thing Apple has ever made. More →

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Here’s the video from our awesome event with HTC last week

By on October 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM.

Here’s the video from our awesome event with HTC last week

As I’m sure you’ve heard, we’re starting up BGR events again and last week we celebrated our eight-year anniversary in New York City with HTC. The event was a blast! Thanks again to almost a thousand of you for coming out and joining us throughout the evening. It was great meeting you in person and celebrating with you.

Now, I wanted to share the video from the event with those of you who couldn’t attend, and those of you who did will definitely enjoy watching the highlights. More →

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Will.i.am is a stupid person with stupid ideas

By on October 16, 2014 at 11:19 AM.

Will.i.am is a stupid person with stupid ideas

“You were thinking it!”

“Yeah, but you said it!”

I think we all need to have a little talk. Everyone is thinking it, so I’m going to come out and say it… will.i.am is so stupid. He’s talented in some ways, namely music, and I don’t know him personally but friends who know him say he’s an arrogant asshole. That doesn’t matter, though. What matters is how ridiculous will.i.am’s entire foray into the tech world is, and has been.

Shall we take a trip down memory lane together and remember how when everyone knew BlackBerry was dead in the water, this idiot was launching a failed social network and being trotted out by BlackBerry at the company’s conferences? Or how his iPhone camera attachment took the world by storm? More →

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The Boy Genius Report: Predictions for Apple’s October event

By on October 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM.

The Boy Genius Report: Predictions for Apple’s October event

Apple’s October event is just around the corner — actually, it’s this Thursday, the same day we’re celebrating our eight-year anniversary. In any case, Apple is holding two events this year, similar to last year. The first September event was focused on the iPhone and upcoming Apple Watch, and the second event most definitely is going to include updates to the company’s computer line.

It could be really interesting if Apple introduces not just a new Retina iMac with an insane better-than-4K resolution display, but also the rumored new Retina MacBook, which is going to be off the charts if it’s ready. More →

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BGR’s Anniversary Event is next Thursday in NYC, here’s how you can RSVP

By on October 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

BGR’s Anniversary Event is next Thursday in NYC, here’s how you can RSVP

That’s right, it’s just around the corner. We have been overwhelmed with RSVPs for the Anniversary Event next Thursday, October 16th. Since RSVPing automatically enters you to win one of many, many HTC devices that will be given away that night, we wanted to make the process even easier (and our events team needs more than an hour of sleep a night). So, going forward, you can use the form here to enter in your details, and you then are automatically confirmed. Remember to get there early — it starts at 7:00 pm but we’re expecting a huge line. It’s also the first time you are going to get to experience the brand new HTC Desire EYE and HTC Re. More →

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Come celebrate our 8-year anniversary on October 16th in NYC!

By on October 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

Come celebrate our 8-year anniversary on October 16th in NYC!

It is astonishing to think that BGR started eight years ago, and it wouldn’t have existed if not for our great readers, so we wanted to do something special this year. In addition to celebrating our anniversary, we’re also extremely excited to announce that September was our biggest month ever by a mile, and it’s all because of you. As a thank you to our awesome audience, we wanted to throw a party and invite all of you.

We are really happy to also announce an amazing event partner — HTC! In fact, this is such a special event that not only are we giving away a boatload of HTC devices, but it’s also going to be the public’s first chance to get up close and personal with some new HTC products. Plus, food and drinks are on us, so what more could you ask? More →

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 beta to developers, change log here

By on September 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM.

Apple releases iOS 8.1 beta to developers, change log here

Apple has just seeded iOS 8.1 to developers. This makes one of the fastest iOS x.1 releases ever — normally the first beta is released a couple months after the new version of iOS ships. It could have to do with an much more aggressive software release schedule and the fact that Apple not only has the upcoming Apple Pay update, but most likely a software update for the company’s new iPads, and another one early next year to support Apple Watch. The change log follows below. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Review

iPhone 6 Plus review

By on September 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM.

iPhone 6 Plus review

My thoughts on large phones have been known since the beginning, and that’s why I wanted to review the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the iPhone 6. If there’s a device that could get me to reconsider how I view 5-inch plus-sized devices, it would be the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s the same phone as the iPhone 6, just a little bit larger. I spent almost a week with one and here is what I think.

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So now that you bought an iPhone 6 Plus, is it way too big for you?

By on September 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

So now that you bought an iPhone 6 Plus, is it way too big for you?

Everyone knows my thoughts on the supersized smartphone category, and so far my view hasn’t changed even after using the iPhone 6 Plus for half a day. But that doesn’t really matter, what matters is what you think. Who has picked up Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus and absolutely loves it? Is it bigger than you thought? Is it exactly what you expected and needed?

Let us know if you’re coming from another large device like a Galaxy Note or something smaller and what your initial thoughts are! More →

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iPhone 6 Plus First Image

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Here is our first look!

By on September 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: Here is our first look!

Here we go… as is tradition, we always manage to get our hands on Apple’s new iPhones a wee bit early. This year brings two different models, and judging by what has been reported and written, the iPhone 6 is the evolution of the iPhone line, while the iPhone 6 Plus can almost be considering a new type of product for Apple — one that might even be able to replace the iPad mini.

Here are my initial observations, followed by a boatload of photos. More →

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