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.
You can't leave for college without taking some kind of device that'll help you save those picture-perfect moments. Although you could use your smartphone as a camera, you'd be better off with a dedicated shooter that can capture memories at concerts, football games, in the dorm, and at parties without hesitation. Need help picking the right one? Click on up to our guide above.
Motorola seemed to have dropped off the grid up until a few weeks ago, with its announcement of the Moto X and new Droid phones. The company hadn't announced a new phone for roughly nine months, before breaking the radio silence with four devices over the span of eight days. The Motorola Droid Ultra, one of those four phones, is a good device, but it's a mid-range device that's priced too high and doesn't offer any benefits that you won't already find on the Moto X. Read on for more.
Unfortunately, summer's ending and it's time to hit the books once more. Don't get completely bummed out by the start of classes because this special issue of our weekly e-magazine has all of the top picks for back to school gear. That's right, from laptops to portable audio, we've narrowed down the best tech selections in over a dozen categories to ease the transition back to academia. We sprinkled in a few Distro regulars as well: Eyes-On, Visualized and Time Machines are all here. Head up and get downloading.
Today, Steve Ballmer announced that he will be stepping down from his CEO position at Microsoft "within the next 12 months." Ballmer's been at the company since the 30 staff member days, and has seen it grow from "$7.5 million to nearly $78 billion." Details are still sparse at this moment, but click the link above for Ballmer's farewell letter and PR release.
Motorola DROID Ultra
Motorola Moto X 2nd-gen