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2 years ago

LG collaborating with National Geographic photographers to create 3D image and video content

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While it might not be the most obvious collaboration to have happen, LG and National Geographic have announced their efforts to bring plenty of 3D to the masses. National Geographic Assignment photographers will be creating 3D content using LG’s Optimus 3D smartphone.

“For over a century, National Geographic has been the preeminent institution for world-class wildlife, landscape, travel and lifestyle photography,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “To have six of National Geographic’s photographers showcase the power of Optimus 3D’s imaging capabilities is a true honor and a significant moment in the acceptance of 3D technology in a portable device such as a smartphone.”

The National Geographic photographers work will be shown off at IFA, Europe’s largest trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, Germany, from September 2-7, 2011. Full press release can be found past the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung announces LTE version of Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9, will show them off at IFA

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Samsung has announced two new products ahead of their presumably big showing at IFA this week in Berlin, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9 -- in LTE flavors.  They tell us a few limited specs, 1.5GHz CPU for both, and a size bump to a 4.5 inch screen in the Galaxy S II.  The rest looks to be unchanged, so we can't assume that the mythical 720p Super AMOLED screen (the one that haunts my dreams) will show up in the new Galaxy S II.  Interestingly, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 product pages have went live at Samsung's website as well, so we're pretty sure the Wifi version will also rear its head at IFA. 

We've heard all sorts of rumors and speculation about exactly what Samsung has in store for Verizon customers, and we've said all along to hold tight -- even after the Verizon version of the existing Galaxy S II seemed to have disappeared from the radar.  Will Verizon be picking up either or both of these two?  We can't say for sure, but it seems like a no-brainer.  We expect more details when these all get shown in Berlin, and until then we'll just have to sit tight.

Source: Samsung (Korean); via Engadget

More: Galaxy Tab 8.9 product page; Thanks, Dy4me!

 

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2 years ago

How I do it: Listenin' in the kitchen

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I don't really have the luxury of using one Android smartphone or tablet all the time, but my usage cases don't really change. And one habit I've gotten into is listening to music or the radio while cooking. The kitchen's a precarious place to do that, what with all the heat, oil, water and lord knows what else flying around (never mind the knives.)

I've got my electronic footprint pretty much out of the danger zone, choosing to park my devices between the fridge and the sink. Sure, there's the real possibility of water damage. But for some reason that seems the lesser of two evils when I think about hot oil splashing onto a touchscreen.

So what do I use? Tablet, phone -- whatever's charged, really. Google Music for music, or Tune In Radio if I want local radio. For playback, I've got a Supertooth Disco speaker. Love the thing, but you'll notice I'm plugged in here. Bluetooth works OK (and if I used it more, it'd mean I can keep the tablet away from the sink), but sometimes I'm just lazy and plug the thing in. It's nice to have that choice. If you'll allow a bit of gushing over the speaker -- wow. It's not cheap -- a little more than $100 -- but for its size, it sounds great, and it pumps out 28 watts. You can also unplug it from the wall and run from the internal, rechargeable battery. Noyce.

I'm not sure if all this the food taste any better, but it sure is more fun to make.

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic apparently makes its Sept. 8 launch official on Twitter

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We're not exactly fans of companies announcing news on Twitter -- it's just too easy to screw up messages in 140 characters. That said, the @DroidBionic Twitter feed has let it drop that Sept. 8 indeed is the day for the most recently overhyped Android smartphone (which earned its crown after surpassing the previously overhyped smartphone) Motorola Droid Bionic to "be in your hands."

No response yet from the fake @mdb228 twitter account, which has nearly 400 more followers than the "official" @droidbionic. Go figure.

Source: @DroidBionic; thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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2 years ago

Droid Bionic shows up on Motorola's store page

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The Droid Bionic has made an appearance on Motorola's store page, which would be far more exciting if it had a "Buy now!" button or something. But, alas, it doesn't, and so what we have is yet another tease for the phone that was announced in January (see our initial hands-on) before being sent back to the drawing board for release sometime in September.

A bright side here is that you can get a clean look at the official renders. (Ed. note: We blew them up a tad here if you click for the full resolution.) And it's with little surprise that we once again see that it's thicker than a Droid X, with a noticeable hump for the camera. LTE's like that (for now), folks.

Source: store.motorola.com; thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

HTC Holiday caught again on camera, 4.5 inches of LTE heading for AT&T

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Well lookie here, it's the HTC Holiday, showing up a little less broken that the last time we saw it.  The folks at Engadget got their hands on some pictures and the specs, and it certainly looks like another home run by HTC.  Packing a 4.5 inch qHD display, 1.2GHz CPU (of the dual-core variety, natch) and a full Gigabyte of RAM, look for it to ship with Android 2.3.4 and Sense 3.0.  And we can't forget the LTE radio, which should make this AT&T's first handset using the shiny new 4G network.  While they can't confirm, there's a better than average chance this one will get the name "Waikiki" hung on it at launch -- surf's up!

AT&T, meet HTC.  You guys should have got together like this a long time ago.  Check the source link for the picture gallery.

Source: Engadget

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2 years ago

'HTC Bliss' software screenshots emerge

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We've seen a couple of rumors surfacing over the past month or so surrounding the HTC Bliss, an upcoming Android smartphone said to be geared towards women. Now the first purported screenshots of the phone's software have emerged on Chinese site xda.cn, showing what seems to be a UI based on Sense 3.0, but with a few tweaks here and there. These include new widgets, a slightly different app drawer and a redesigned dock along the bottom of the home screen.

Many sites, including the source, are identifying this as HTC Sense 3.5, however there's no evidence provided to support this. Our money is on HTC continuing to use the tried and true Sense layout in most future phones. If anything, we'd say the Bliss software is more likely a fork (offshoot) of Sense 3.0, similar to what we've seen on the T-Mobile's MyTouch 4G Slide. Let us know what you think, though -- there are more shots over at the source link to help you make up your mind.

Source: xda.cn

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2 years ago

HTC Vigor pictures leaked, looks like the Droid Incredible's big brother

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Pictures of what appears to be the HTC Vigor have been leaked out, giving another good look at the phone.  While the specs are all still a rumor, we can see a dual LED flash and a front facing camera on the big screen, as well as a rubberized version of the Droid Incredible's stepped back plate.  Of course the phone will run HTC Sense, and we assume it will be version 3.  The two biggest questions -- will it have an LTE radio, and when will we see it, are still officially unanswered.  With the rumored specs of a 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex A8 and a full gig of RAM, knowing that this one should be headed to Verizon soon will help relieve a little of the sting of not getting the Galaxy S II.  We can't wait to see it.  Hit the jump for another pic.

Source: Droid Life

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2 years ago

Samsung reminds why we love the Galaxy S II, and that it's coming soon to the US

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Samsung may have had to set their big shin-dig back a day to Tuesday because of hurricane Irene, but they know we're all ready and waiting for the Galaxy S II to hit here in the states.  To get our mouth watering just a tiny bit more, they have just sent out a couple teaser slides and a new video showing how the Galaxy S II simply rocks.  We can't argue, and we're itching to see what they have in store for the US carriers.  We'll know more Tuesday, join us right here at 6 PM ET and check it all out.  We've got the second slide as well as the video after the break.

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2 years ago

Pantech Breakout another Verizon LTE Android phone?

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While it may not be sporting the best hardware specs, the Pantech Breakout may have have one big thing going for it -- it looks to be a Verizon LTE device, according to this shot we just got from a tipster.  That's not saying the specs are bad -- 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, front and rear cameras and running Gingerbread -- and it sounds like something we all would have dreamed about just six months ago.  Of course, the real news is the LTE.  We've been kicking around rumors of the Breakout since mid-July, and this is the first time anyone has mentioned LTE in the same breath. (Note the use of a SIM card and 4G mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices.)

Of course, we've seen this sort of thing be wrong before, but knowing another choice for an LTE phone may be coming is always good news.  We've got no date on when to expect it, but if someone is drawing up comparison sheets, it can't be too far off.

Thanks, Anon!

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