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.
Last night with a virtual boom, Apple's new iPhone embargo dropped and the blogosphere was flooded with reviews. The iPhone 5s is undoubtably an incremental update, but comes with some more substantial tweaks like a new A7 processor, global LTE support, and of course Touch ID. The iPhone 5s is an evolution of the iPhone 5, and it isn't necessarily a must-have. It ushers in new technologies that will soon be standard on all of Apple's devices. While most consumers will be happy with the 5c, the 5s is better-suited for gamers and power users. Read on for our full review.
At around the same time as our iPhone 5s review went up, so did that of Apple's lower-range model, the 5c. The multi-colored model is built from steel-reinforced, machined polycarbonate that's coated in a glossy finish. Spec-wise the 5c is basically an iPhone 5 with an improved front-facing camera and global LTE support. So how does the "affordable" iPhone stack up to its higher-end brother? The iPhone 5c might not be cheap, but it's a gorgeous handset that brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup. For many people, it might even be a better choice than the iPhone 5s. Click the link above for our complete review.
Earlier this month at IFA 2013, Sony announced an entirely new accessory for serious smartphone shooters. The Cyber-shot QX10 is an attachable lens, that latches onto your smartphone and provides a 1/2.3-inch 18.9-megapixel sensor. Physically, the QX10 is comparable to your average mid-range point-and-shoot camera. We tested the lens on both a Galaxy Note II and a Moto X, and while it fit snuggly on both, the X's shorter design meant the camera mount often edged too close to the phone's volume rocker. After putting the attachable through its paces we deemed it a must have accessory for any serious smartphone photographer. Click through for more.
Straight out of Distro Issue 107, we sat down with the Edward Thorp, inventor of the first wearable computer. Thorp's first device was designed for a single task -- beating roulette -- rather than today's more general-use machines. It was also a homebrew project in the truest sense, looking like not much more than a small box stuffed with wires and electronics. Operated by the tap of a shoe, the device won Thorp a fictional fortune of $8000 over the course of an hour. For more on Edward Thorp and his wearable roulette defeater, head on up to the link above.
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