In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. Too much, in fact, for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. From HBO’s confirmation of eight seasons for Game of Thrones, to Motorola announcing the all new Moto X Play, Moto X Style, and Moto G and our review of Windows 10 — it’s all here.
Since September of last year, OnePlus’ CEO Carl Pei has been teasing the OnePlus 2. The OnePlus 2 sports a 5.5.-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, which is lower than most flagships, but is the same as the iPhone 6 Plus’ resolution. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 3,300mAh battery that should last at least one day of use. We had some hands on time with the OnePlus 2, and came away impressed by the affordable flagship.
Game of Thrones addicts who just can’t get enough of the series have a new reason to rejoice. The HBO show’s creators confirmed that the award-winning show will last at least eight seasons and may even get a prequel. “Seven seasons and out has never been the [internal] conversation,” said Michael Lombardo. “The question is, how much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.” Lombardo also addressed the fate of a recently departed fan favorite who shall not be named, saying that “dead is dead is dead.”
Motorola busts out the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G
Motorola held a live event from New York City, London, and Sao Paulo to unveil three new smartphones: the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and the Moto G. The $400 Moto X Style features a gigantic 5.7-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 chip, 3GB RAM, a 21-megapixel camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Moto X Play features a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an impressive 3,630mAh battery. Finally, the Moto G sports a 5.2-inch 720p screen, the Snapdragon 410 chip, 1GB RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and other decent specs for just $180.
Most desktop users were unhappy with the release of Windows 8. While it offered new features, most users were missing the Start Menu. Microsoft is launching Windows 10 with three new key features including Continuum, Cortana, and Edge. Cortana can work as an assistant, she can schedule meetings, and search both local files and the Web. Our extensive review of Windows 10 covers all the new features.
There’s a new major security flaw on Android phones that lets hackers break in with a single text message. Hackers only need to send a multi-media message (MMS) with malicious code to take control of the device and get access to personal information, according to mobile security firm Zimperium. Luckily, a new workaround that will prevent the multimedia message’s content from automatically downloading helps protect users from the hack.
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