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.
Until now, ASUS has pretty much dominated the dockable Android tablet market. With its new SlateBook x2, HP is directly challenging the dominance ASUS has held for so long. The x2 is a Tegra 4-powered, 10-inch 1,920 x 1,080 device that starts at $480. So does the slate represent any real trouble for ASUS? Well, it's fast and stable, but mediocre battery life and a finicky touchpad make it hard for us to recommend. Read on for more.
Just like almost all consumer portables, Sony's PlayStation Vita comes in iterations. There's the original Vita, and then there's a thinner, lighter device that we got to go hands-on with at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Aside from a svelte shape, the new Vita comes with rounded edges and buttons that have been rejiggered. The last, and arguably most essential new feature, is an updated, longer lasting battery (at least according to Sony). Hit the link for our full hands-on.
So, what do a fanless PC and motion-controlled laptop have in common? Nothing really, except that today HP unveiled both of these new devices, and claims a market first for each one, respectively. The Leap Motion machine comes with a built-in motion sensor that's able to control games and other apps using hand gestures. As for the fanless "tablet," the Spectre 13 x2 is a 13-inch slate with a 1080p display and a keyboard dock. Really though, with the keyboard dock the device feels more like your typical Ultrabook than anything else. Click on through for our hands-on with both.
iOS 7, Apple's latest and most radical OS change, dropped yesterday to much fanfare. Given the number of people using it, and their desire to hunt around looking for bugs, it was only a matter of time before a problem or two popped up. One keen-eyed user has already uncovered a way to bypass the system's lockscreen and gain access to the device's photos app, opening up a world of nefarious possibilities. Head on up for a video of how the trick works.
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