Samsung Gear S2

[ The Verge ] Samsung combined a perfectly circular display, a minimal bezel without protruding buttons (an all-touch UI?), and equally simple watch faces. There are only a few teaser images, but I like what I’m seeing.

Update: 2015.09.01 Samsung officially announced the Gear S2. There are buttons, two: Home and Back. Makes sense. The bezel rotates, a cool feature borrowed from some high-end sports mechanical watches. The Gear S2 comes in two varieties: Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic. The non-classic Gear S2 sports a more modern, minimalisstic design compared to the Gear S2 classic, which looks a bit more like a regular mechanical watch. The display is a 1.2-inch circular (360 degrees) OLED display with a pixel format of 360×360 good for a resolution of 302 ppi. Both versions have 3G options. Battery life is 2 to 3 days. The non-classic Gear S2 looks like it came from the future; itching to try one out.

Project Euler

[ The Atlantic ] James Somers:

Imagine a future in which the best way to learn how to do something — how to write prose, how to solve differential equations, how to fly a plane — is to download software, not unlike today’s chess engines, that takes you from zero to sixty by way of a delightfully addictive inductive chain.

Project Euler is like this future (without all the fancy graphics and animations); I have signed up and am looking forward to learning how to program by solving problems.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

[ 9TO5Google ] Let’s look at the specs for Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2:

  • Display: 5.5-inch 1920×1080 LCD
  • CPU: 2.0-2.2GHz 64-bit Octa-core Helio
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB or 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP Samsung
  • SIM: Dual
  • Battery: 3060mAh
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Color: white, black, pink, brown, light blue

I’d put the Redmi Note 2 a notch below the OnePlus 2, which sports 4GB RAM, optical image stabilization, 64GB of storage, among other features. But then there’s the price: the Redmi Note 2 starts at RMB 799 (about US$124) and maxes out at RMB 999 (about $156). The price is incredible; I wonder if the price will hold when/if Xiaomi sends the Redmi Note 2 across the Pacific. The minimal design looks nice too.