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.
A few days back we covered our suggestions for Ultrabooks, so if you're looking for us to recommend a MacBook Air or a Samsung ATIV Book 9, head on over to that guide. Ultraportables work for light web surfing, notes, and the occasional all-nighter, but if you're looking for something more powerful you'll have to go with a laptop. Head on up for our choices in that market.
Like the Fitbit Flex, which we reviewed a few months ago, Withings' Pulse hopes to track your movement using a pedometer, altimeter, and sleep tracker, but unlike its rivals it also includes an optical heart rate sensor. With both devices priced at $100, is this extra feature enough to set the Pulse apart? Withings has crafted an excellent piece of hardware that might actually beat the Fitbit One at its own game. We just wish the company would add more motivational tools to its companion app. Read on for more.
We already went hands-on with the Moto X itself a few weeks ago, but now we're back to check out the Moto Maker, your ticket to personalizing Motorola's USA manufactured device. Not much has changed since August 1st, but considering you'll be walking out of an AT&T store with a $200 scratch-off card and a two-year contract, it's worth taking another look at what you'll find when you get home. So white front, blue back, and yellow accents? Check out what we managed to make up top.
In Africa, only 15.6 percent of residents have an internet connection and that figure clocks in below half of the global average. Google, Carlson Wireless and several other outfits are teaming up to employ Cape Town's unused TV frequencies, or white spaces, in order to bring high-speed connectivity to the masses. Darren Murph made the trek to South Africa get a behind-the-scenes look at the project and his account nabs top billing in this week's issue of our tablet mag. You can learn all about his trip and more in Distro Issue 103.
Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2012)
Samsung ATIV Book 9
Apple iPhone 5s
Motorola Moto X 2nd-gen