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3 years ago

Purported LG G Pad 8.3 render looks like a big G2

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LG's G Pad 8.3 teaser video didn't reveal much about what the upcoming tablet will actually look like. Fortunately, though, there's a leaked render doing the rounds showing a size comparison between what appears to be the new G Pad and its smartphone counterpart, the LG G2.

As the side-by-side image shows, the G Pad appears to employ a similar design language to the G2, with a curved rectangular chassis, a speaker grille up top and minimal horizontal bezels. On the right edge we can see what appears to be a power button, while the usual assortment of sensors can be found up top.

The source of the leak, Korean blog MovePlayer, says the LG G Pad 8.3 will pack a Full HD (1920x1200) display, and make its public debut at IFA 2013 next week. If accurate, the Berlin-based trade show would welcome the first LG tablet since the Honeycomb-based Optimus Pad, released in 2011.

Source: MovePlayer

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3 years ago

Nexus 7 (2013) official premium cover

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A premium Nexus 7 cover comes with a premium price — but it's worth it

This "official premium cover" for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 is not cheap. Of course, it kind of says so right there in the name. "Premium." But, still, this case and cover is $38 and change. That's going to be hard for a lot of us to stomach. But after just a few seconds with it attached to your tablet, you'll find it's quite deserving of that name.

Yes. It's expensive. But, yes. It's good. Very good.

Read on for our look at this expensive piece of kit.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Nexus 7 — not the older, 2012 Nexus 7.)

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3 years ago

Carriers: picking the lesser of all evils - Talk Mobile

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Talk Mobile 2013 has so far touched on the big rocks of devices, operating systems, and services. Now it’s time to touch on the biggest and most expensive rock in the mobile device system: the carriers. Most of us get locked in to two or three year contracts that can add up to thousands of dollars over the life that contract.

3 years ago

LG announces the G Pad 8.3 in YouTube teaser

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LG's already sorta-confirmed that it's working on a new tablet, and now it's gone and outed the device's name on its YouTube channel. A preview video for the LG G Pad 8.3 sees LG asking regular people what'd make a tablet just right for them, with suggestions that LG's new 8.3-incher will sport a Full HD display, a thin design and the ability to connect to Smart TVs.

If an LG tablet launch is on the horizon — and it certainly seems to be — we could see it as early as next week, at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin, Germany.

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3 years ago

New Nexus 7 hits Japan Aug. 28, LTE version tipped for September

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27,800 yen for 16GB, 33,800 yen for 32GB

The original Nexus 7 might have taken its time to come to Japan, but the same isn't true of its successor. The new Nexus 7, with a Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU and 1920x1200 display, will arrive on Japanese shores from this Wednesday, Aug. 28, reports Engadget.

The Nexus 7 will sell for 27,800 yen ($282) with 16GB of storage, 33,800 yen for 32GB ($344). The outlet also reports that a SIM-unlocked LTE-capable version will arrive from mid-September, supporting all three major Japanese carriers. (We've still yet to hear any firm release dates for the LTE version in other countries.)

Elsewhere, the UK is set to get the new Nexus 7 on the same day, with ASUS having confirmed an Aug. 28 release date a few weeks back.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Blue HTC One casing spied in factory photo

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Here's the first evidence that the elusive blue HTC One exists as more than just a press render. The shot above was taken by a Chinese factory worker and posted on the Sina Weibo social network, showing a slightly more vivid shade of blue than witnessed in recently-leaked promotional images. Besides that, it's an HTC One in blue — same design as the silver, black and red versions.

There's no indication as to when the blue HTC One might make its way out onto the market. But as devices already seem to be rolling off the production line, hopefully buyers seeking a more colorful version of HTC's flagship won't have too long to wait.

Source: Sina Weibo; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Samsung opens registration for first Developer Conference

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Registration opens for event taking place from Oct. 27-29 in San Francisco

Samsung has announced that registration is now open for the its first annual developer conference, which is to be held in San Francisco from Oct. 27-29. Samsung says the conference will feature more than 40 technical and industry sessions from "leading influencers in the mobile, consumer electronics and digital content industries."

The manufacturer adds that it'll unveil new SDKs and tools to help developers make the most of its devices' features, including its S Pen stylus technology. In addition, the conference will include sessions on platform and services APIs, (ChatON, Group Play and Context Aware), Smart TV apps, B2B developments, including Samsung KNOX, and cross-platform development, including web apps.

Tickets cost $299, which gets you access to two keynotes, developer sessions and an "exclusive developer event" on the evening of Oct. 28. Registration details can be found on the conference's official site, linked below.

More: SamsungDevCon.com

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3 years ago

Sony teases 'Honami' flagship device again, miniature 'Itsuki' rumors gather pace

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Could Sony release a 4.3-inch handset with a Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20-megapixel camera?

Sony's continuing to tweet out crafty close-up pictures of its upcoming "Xperia Z1" (or "Honami") flagship handset, and today's focuses on one of the phone's most-hyped features — its purported 20-megapixel camera with Sony G Lens. Sure enough, that's exactly what we see above — there's even a big "G" printed next to the lens. Previous Twitter teasers have included a look at the phone's metal-framed design and hints that it will be water-resistant.

But while a new flagship with a five-plus-inch screen is all well and good, a more curious Sony rumor has started doing the rounds in recent days. A blurry-cam picture leaked onto XDA a few days back appeared to show a smaller version of the "Honami" next to a BlackBerry Q10, and now Japanese site Blog of Mobile claims to have a spec sheet for the phone, which it says goes by the codename "Itsuki."

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3 years ago

Now you can look at the Moto X Dev. Edition on Moto's website

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Bootloader-unlockable Moto X to have 'a look all its own'

While you can't actually buy it just yet, there's a tantalizing still image of the Moto X Developer Edition on Motorola's U.S. site, showing its unique two-tone design.

Moto promises the 32GB, bootloader-unlockable version of its new flagship will have "a look all its own," and the image shows a chassis with a black front and white weave back, and "Developer Edition" engraved down below.

There's no launch date for the Developer Edition Moto X just yet — and it won't be customizable when it launches — but Moto VP Punit Soni recently said it should be arriving within a matter of days.

Anyone planning on picking one up?

Source: Motorola

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3 years ago

HTC Mini+ is a phone for your phone

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HTC launched the HTC Mini companion handset in China last year, and now it appears the next version of the device is heading for a wider launch.

Following a recent update for the European HTC One which added support for the "Mini+," the second-gen "phone for your phone" has been listed on HTC's international site.

The HTC Mini+ (not to be confused with the One Mini, a standalone smartphone) connects to your HTC phone and has a 1.5-inch 4 gray OLED display with 128x128 resolution. (Yep, that's a slight step down from the HTC One's 1080p SuperLCD3 with 468ppi.)

Once paired, the Mini+ can be used to make calls, control your TV (through IR, presumably), view text messages and even take pictures from your phone's camera at a distance. There's also a built-in laser pointer and "slideshow remote control" for controlling PowerPoint presentations. A built-in 320mAh battery provides up to 9 hours of talk time, or 95 hours on standby.

The device is listed as being compatible with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly s, HTC Desire 200, HTC Desire 500 — presumably the full-sized HTC One isn't on that list yet because the required software update hasn't reached all the countries in which it's sold.

There's no word on when the Mini+ will be available to buy, nor how much it'll cost — but given that it's already on HTC's site, we're guessing the wait won't be too long.

Source: HTC; via: the::unwired

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3 years ago

What the Chromecast is - and isn't

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Google has plans for the Chromecast, and they may not be the same as yours

There is a bit of an uproar today, centered on the Chromecast and Koush's experimental AllCast application. A little background for those who haven't been following along. 

Developer and noted Android hacker Koushik Dutta hacked a method to play local content, as well as content from Google Drive or Dropbox from your Android on the Chromecast. The supplied APIs from the developer preview of the Google Cast SDK don't offer this functionality, so he had to do some magic and work around it. He did, and it looked pretty interesting to a lot of people who wanted a way to connect their Android to their TV. Today Koush announced that the latest update broke this functionality, and that he suspects Google is blocking this sort of behavior on purpose.

That's a bit of a sticky mess, and no answer is going to satisfy everyone. Maybe Google should just sell a Miracast dongle through Google Play, make it cheap, and be done with it. I don't have an answer, but I do have some food for thought, and there's two very important things that need remembered in any discussion about Chromecast abilities and use cases.

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3 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: What I wielded in 1997

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My mother, as my family has known for some time, is a bit of a pack rat. Quite possibly a borderline hoarder. That fact became even more apparent after my wife and I had our first daughter a little more than seven years ago. That's when toys I played with as a young child started reappearing at their house for the new grandkid. Toys that I had outgrown long before we moved to that new house when I was 11 or 12, and where my parents have lived for the two dozen years since.

So it wasn't that much of a surprise last week when my bother appeared at my house, manila folder in hand. Its contents: The invoice from the computer they had built for me for my freshman year of college at the University of Florida. In 1997. Pack rat, indeed.

You gotta love these specs, though:

  • IBM/Cyrix 200+ 6x86 CPU. That's 200 MHz.
  • 16 megabytes of RAM. Megabytes, folks.
  • ATI 3D Pro Turbo video card with 4MB of RAM.
  • Seagate 2.5 gigabyte hard drive. (Most expensive part on the list, at $259.)
  • 33.6k modem with full freaking duplex and speakerphone.
  • SoundBlaster 16 3D sound card.
  • 15-inch Optiquest monitor. (With VGA resolution, if I recall correctly.)
  • And Windows 95.

Those were good times. How did those computers even work? (Also: Whoa, I am old.)

The price, however, is almost embarrassing, now that I think about it. $1,500, including all the unnecessary bundled software. That was the last time I had someone build me a machine, however, until I bought my first laptop in December 2009 when I started this job.

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3 years ago

Leaked render outs Sony Xperia Z1 in black, white and purple

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Xperia Z, with a side of bezels

Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there's not much we haven't seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or "Honami") at this point. But now there's an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we've been seeing for the past few months -- a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.

The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore -- black, white and purple -- the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1's most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra -- a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.

We're expecting to see the Xperia Z1 unveiled at Sony's big pre-IFA press conference on Sept. 4, and we'll be live from Berlin to bring you full coverage of the phone.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: GSM Insider

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3 years ago

Pre-release Android 4.3 firmware for HTC One leaks

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Custom music for video highlights among changes

HTC has said it intends to update U.S. versions of the HTC One to Android 4.3 by the end of September, and it looks like the company is well on its way towards doing just that. This morning a pre-release version of Android 4.3 plus HTC Sense 5 has been leaked for the international HTC One. The source of the leak, ROM-maker LlabTooFeR, has released the firmware as a custom ROM -- and says he'll release the original, untouched firmware on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. GMT.

The "Maximus HD 12" ROM is based on the unreleased firmware version 3.09.401.1, and while we're not seeing many significant changes -- it's not finalized yet, after all -- there are a couple worth mentioning. Firstly, it's now possible to use your own music for video highlight reels, and Sense will sync picture changes to the beat of the track. (This is a feature of the HTC One Mini previously absent from the full-sized version.)

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3 years ago

Asphalt 8: Airborne and the Nvidia Shield is a match made in Android gaming heaven

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The built-in controller of the NVIDIA Shield makes it a perfect match for Asphalt 8: Airborne

Like many of you guys, I've been playing Asphalt 8: Airborne and destroying my battery for the past couple days. It's without a doubt a fun-as-hell game, and one of the best we've seen yet for any mobile platform. But while playing, and drifting my way around the corners, trying to catch the ramp "just right" for the barrel roll, I had to think to myself — what this really needs is a controller.

That's where the NVIDIA Shield comes in. I was delighted to find out the Asphalt 8: Airborne was optimized for the Shield, and you get that level of control you want in a fast, action-packed game that really needs it. A look at the image above tells you everything you need to know. The dual joysticks are perfect for this one, and with just a little more practice I'll be ready to take on all of Google+.

If you picked up a Shield, you really need to spend the buck and check this one out!

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