You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
This year, we thought, would surely be the year of major updates to Apple's venerable thin-and-light machine. We were hoping for a Retina MacBook Air, but that didn't pan out. Instead we got an Air that offers amazing battery life and disk I/O performance for an even more accessible price. Read on for our full review of Apple's latest addition to the Mac line.
When Microsoft announced its hardware partners for Windows Phone 8, we were surprised that there was no mention of Huawei. Now, several months down the line, we have our first chance to put the Ascend W1, its first device using the metro-styled UI, through its paces. The W1 is a very good WP8 device that is hampered by a lack of storage and a lackluster camera. Click the link above for more.
The Ouya journey, according to founder Julie Uhrman, will never have a firm conclusion. But, we'd say having retail units enter production and shipping to mega stores like Game Stop and Best Buy represents at least the culmination of this particular story arc. With only a few weeks to go before the retail launch, the company brought the final console, controller and packaging to E3 for a press tour.
It's cool to be different. That's the message we typically feed our children when they come up against peer opposition. It's also an attitude Nintendo's adopted time and time again when its penchant for innovation, aversion to hardcore gameplay and reliance on classic franchises have put the company in a perceived last place position. Read our full interview with Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma at the link above.