Jelly Bean has been making its way to ever cheaper phones in recent months, and that's very conspicuous with the launch of Virgin Mobile's new Samsung Galaxy Ring. For $180, you're getting Android 4.1 in a price range where 4.0 is still common. You're also getting a surprisingly capable device under the hood -- while there's no LTE, the prepaid handset carries a reasonably quick 1.4GHz processor, a 4-inch screen, a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing sensor. We'd still consider shelling out a little more cash for a future-ready 4G device, but Virgin users determined to scrimp and save can pick up the Galaxy Ring today.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
LONDON — If I hadn’t known the Tom Ford menswear presentation was today, I’d have guessed it anyway. A friend whose office happens to be in the same building as Ford’s texted me at 9 a.m.: “There are two hot male models opening the front doors for everyone. I’m going to be smoking a lot today.”
It was a trademark move for the brand — along with refusing to release images immediately — and the setting was equally unmistakable: Plush grey furnishings, no natural light, the heady fragrance of Tom Ford candles, and the usual sprinkling of models in suits, handing out drinks and taking coats. With the journalists at my appointment dressed almost exclusively in black, the event had the feel of a designer funeral parlor.
That is, until we walked into the huge showroom dedicated to the collection, which can accurately be summed up as: Everything, in every color. Ford was on hand to present his favorite pieces. Spring 2014 sees the return of the bestselling jacket silhouette he developed for Daniel Craig — plus the introduction of T-shirts, which he warily described as “a little pared down for us” but insisted were of luxury quality.
Along with those, Ford chose “soft shoes with everything.” They’re mostly tasseled velvet slippers in bright, eye-popping prints and beautifully hand-embroidered tapestry.
As usual, there were no photographers allowed, so we’ll have to wait until the brand coyly releases a lookbook.
Serena Williams Thinks Steubenville Rape Victim ‘Shouldn’t Have Put Herself in That Position’ [Update]
If Rolling Stone's profile of Serena Williams had ended a few paragraphs earlier, there might have been some buzz among tennis fans about her criticizing a competitor who may or may not be Maria Sharapova, and writer Stephen Rodrick comparing her to Kim Jong-un. However, when Roderick accompanied Williams to a nail salon, a report about the rape of a 16-year-old girl from Steubenville, Ohio by two football players happened to appear a TV screen, and Williams decided to share her breathtakingly insensitive take on the case. "Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don't know," Williams remarked. "I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don't take drinks from other people. She's 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn't remember?"
Williams added, "It could have been much worse. She's lucky. Obviously, I don't know, maybe she wasn't a virgin, but she shouldn't have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."
Her remarks were widely condemned on social media, with journalist Jamil Smith providing the best takeaway:
While Rodrick emphasizes in the beginning of the article that, "Serena's dominance has been fueled by not giving a shit what you or anyone else thinks about her methods," we'd be surprised if a statement clarifying her remarks doesn't appear soon.
Update, 10:45 a.m.: As predicted, Williams released a statement on her website this morning clarifying her opinion about the Steubenville victim. Williams also implies that she never said things she was reported to have said:
“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.
I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”
How's about this for a coincidence? We've just benchmarked the Snapdragon 800 reference tablet, with some very nice results, and now Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft will use a Qualcomm chip in its next refresh of the Surface RT. The report, based on insider sources, doesn't stretch to detailing whether we'll be looking at the flagship 800 processor specifically, but that'd seem like a logical upgrade for the current hybrid which runs on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and already feels underpowered. As for NVIDIA, the same unconfirmed report suggests that the company will still have a role to play as a supplier "for some versions" of Microsoft's product. That's a curious notion, because it implies we might see multiple iterations of the Surface RT to suit different price points or markets (e.g., those with or without LTE), and at least one version of those could house a Tegra 4. Or it could simply be a diplomatic way of saying that the existing RT products will continue to be sold and supported for a while. Either way, if Microsoft doesn't implement the full force of Snapdragon, someone else hopefully will.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
No need to envy your iPhone- and iPad-toting friends anymore just because they can catch the latest episodes of Bates Motel or Dance Moms on the go. Streaming apps from A&E, History Channel and Lifetime have just arrived on Android, and you can access content even if you're not a cable subscriber. Naturally, the entire roster of shows and episodes isn't available -- in some cases, you can only watch clips instead of full episodes -- but Comcast or DirecTV subscribers who log in will have more to choose from. Should you need new companions for solitary nights, hit the source links below to download the apps on your device.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
The E3 and WWDC news surges have finally calmed, so now we're back into the normal weekly groove. This week, Ben details his time using an Oculus Rift to watch recorded video and Richard attempts to ride out E3 as long as possible with our roundup. All that and more is ready to stream straight to your ears below.
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07:26 - ESPN 3D to shut down citing 'limited viewer adoption', makes room for 4K sports
17:07 - ESPN launches more second screen coverage with golf's US Open
19:51 - Next3D's plan to bring recorded video to the Oculus Rift HD
31:39 - E3 2013 roundup: Xbox One, PS4 and more from the big show
35:20 - MTV iOS app relaunched with full-episode streaming, more video content
36:28 - Netflix streaming user profiles to launch this summer, make account sharing easier
39:18 - Netflix signs up Dreamworks for multiple new original TV series, promises over 300 hours of programming
41:55 - Disney on Demand launches on Amazon's Lovefilm today, adds more titles
44:45 - ITV Player for iOS offering ad-free subscriptions for £3.99 per month
47:48 - Time Warner Cable reportedly offering incentives to keep video content offline
54:54- CRTC to ask Canadians for help in adapting TV regulations to the internet era
56:40 - Must See HDTV (June 17th - 23rd)
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