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LG Unveils the G3 Beat; 5-Inch Mid-Range Alternative to Its Big Brother

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by dgstorm

International markets will soon get a new LG G3 alternative called the G3 Beat. It's a mid-range device with a 5-inch display and more affordable price (although the exact details of that price have yet to be revealed). Here's the full press release below with its features and internal specs. The pic above compares the G3 Beats (on the left) to its G3 flagship brother (on the right).

SEOUL, July 17, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announced the official launch of LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience, sophisticated Floating Arc metallic design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3 but in a more compact package dominated by a 5.0-inch thin-bezel display, setting it a class above other similarly priced mid-tier devices.

The LG G3 Beat was developed to address the growing low- to mid-tier segment of smartphone customers who want a great device that’s more compact but still powerful enough to run the most popular apps. With the fast pace of technology in the wireless industry, it’s now more possible than ever to offer a smartphone that does all this but at a lower price point than was previously possible. LG G3 Beat retains the best features and functions of the G3, delivering its values without compromising usability.

Proving that less can be more, the LG G3 Beat comes with a largest-in-class 5.0-inch HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment. The LG G3 Beat offers impressively thin bezels and a robust 2,540mAh battery. The LG G3 Beat features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges for the ultimate comfort in grip and feel.

“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”

Highlights of the LG G3 Beat include:

  • Laser Auto Focus enables the G3 Beat to focus precious moments faster than ever before by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.

  • Touch & Shoot lets users simply touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot, reducing a two-step process to just one.

  • Gesture Shot allows you to simply clench your hand in front of the screen to automatically begin a three-second countdown before the picture is snapped.

  • Smart Keyboard learns how you type for faster input with fewer mistakes, reducing errors by up to 75 percent.

  • QuickMemo+ lets you jot, sketch, take notes and be as creative and inspired as you want to be.

The LG G3 Beat will make its debut on July 18 in South Korea and begin its global rollout from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in the weeks that
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Could Come with an Ultraviolet Sensor

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:29 PM - by dgstorm

How would you feel if your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 let you know you should put on sunscreen because of the volume of ultraviolet rays that are out that day? It's a bit of a gimmick, but Samsung is the king of throwing those into their devices, and the latest rumint suggests that might just happen.

Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor as part of its S Health line of services. This sensor will allow the phone to warn you when your skin might need some extra protection because the Sun's rays are a bit too caustic at that moment. The phone will actually be able to measure and inform of you of the UV Index level at that time, simply by holding the device at a 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun.

Here's a quote below discussing some of the facts and myths about ultraviolet radiation.

The truths:
  • A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation.
  • A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4.
  • Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
  • Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflection from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
  • UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but sun's rays are unexpectedly strong.
  • Sunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application.
  • UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day.
  • Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun's infrared radiation and not by UV radiation

The statements below are false:
  • A suntan is healthy.
  • A tan protects you from the sun.
  • You can't get sunburnt on a cloudy day.
  • You can't get sunburnt while in the water.
  • UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous.
  • Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer.
  • If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won't get sunburnt.
  • If you don't fell the hot rays of the sun you won't get sunburnt.
What would you think of this feature if the Galaxy Note 4 actually included it? At first blush it seems silly because we should know and be careful about the sun, but sometimes it's easy to forget. Maybe a gentle reminder from our device might not be too bad...

Source: SamMobile
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Microsoft Kills Off the Nokia X Android Phones

Jul 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM - by dgstorm

Well, that didn't last long... Just when Microsoft surprised us by releasing the Nokia X2 Android smartphone, it seems they were only teasing the possibility that they were planning to keep the Android phone in their lineup. Instead they just announced they are killing it off.

Microsoft Vice President of devices and services division, Stephen Elop just shared a long blog post in which he confirmed that Microsoft will stop producing the Nokia X Android line of phones and transition all of their smartphone development to Windows Phone. It looks like their plan is to build budget-friendly smartphones to target emerging markets. Here's a quote with some of the details,

We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.

In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices.
It's possible we will still see a Nokia X phone lineup, but it won't be an Android device. Ultimately, this probably should come as no surprise. In fact, it was actually more surprising that they went ahead and released the Nokia X2 Android device. It's too bad we will likely never see a high-end Android device developed by Microsoft. Ah well... that's that.

Source: Microsoft
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Starwatch App On Google Play Store Gives you Star Trek: TNG Like Android Wear Display

Jul 15, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm

For all of the Star Trek: The Next Generation fans out there, we just had to share this cool new Android Wear app. It's called Starwatch, and it's basically just a new Android Wear display which resembles the look of the computer interface on the Enterprise shown in Star Trek: TNG.

Continue Reading @: Starwatch App On Google Play Store Gives you Star Trek: TNG Like Android Wear Display | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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Google Glass Founder, Babak Parvis, Leaves Google to Work for Amazon

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:46 PM - by dgstorm

Even though Google is consistently rated as one of the best places to work on the planet, that doesn't mean that sometimes someone else won't make you a better offer. That is the case for Google right now. Babak Parvis, the founder of the Google Glass project, has left Google to work for Amazon.

Babak has done much more than just Glass for Google though. He was also...

Continue Reading @: Google Glass Founder, Babak Parvis, Leaves Google to Work for Amazon | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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NVIDIA May Jump Into the Fray Against Xbox & Playstation with Their Own Tegra K1 Powe

Jul 14, 2014 - 4:01 PM - by dgstorm

With the silly fan-boy politics creating a ridiculous opinion war between fans of Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, it seems like the market is saturated with negativity. It makes you wonder why anyone would want to wade into this contentious arena. However, that's something NVIDIA may actually be doing very soon.

The above screenshot is supposedly from a NVIDIA Tegra K1 console device and is meant to showcase its visuals.

It's no secret that AMD won the contract to produce the internal hardware for both the PS4 and the Xbox One. This possibly rankled NVIDIA just a tad, since they previously provided some of the internal hardware for the Playstation 3 and the first Xbox. Rather than grousing about it, they may have decided to actively do something about it by wading into the console wars themselves with their own console.

According to the latest intel, NVIDIA recently had a gaming console controller pass through FCC testing. It's entirely possible this device could simply be meant to work with some of NVIDIA's other products, like the Shield and/or their gaming tablets, but the BBC is reporting it is meant for some form of gaming console.

This new console will be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chipset and will hook to your TV through HDMI. Not only will it be designed to handle Android games using the Android TV interface, it will supposedly also stream PC games by connecting to your existing PC graphics system.

When analyzing this strategy, it actually makes some sense. First, if you can't get manufacturers to use your chipset in their consoles, then why not just make your own competing device to use your own hardware? Second, NVIDIA's Shield product turned out to be a consumer market dud. Using the Android TV UI will simplify the process for NVIDIA and provide them with some additional marketing leverage.

Alternatively, this move could be a huge waste of resources for NVIDIA. It will be interesting to see how things work out as the once mighty titan of graphics struggles to regain its dominance in an ever-changing technological landscape.
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Leaked Pics of New Material Design-Styled Google Play Store Hint at the Future

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:32 PM - by dgstorm

We have a few leaked pics worthy of your attention today. Apparently, Google plans to use their new Material Design concept on the Play Store eventually. They must be hard at work on it already, because the pics we have to show you give us a great early view.

Continue Reading @: Leaked Pics of New Material Design-Styled Google Play Store Hint at the Future | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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New Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Triple Battery Life for Smartphones and Tablets

Jul 10, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm

Sometimes it's the obvious things which go unnoticed for a while yet turn out be be the perfect solution to an old problem. Such is the likely the case with a new scientific breakthrough in battery tech. Researchers at University of California and the Bourns College of Engineering may have just figured out an easy and cheap way to triple the battery life of our smartphones and tablets.

One of the researchers, graduate student Zachary Favors, came up with the idea to add...

Continue Reading @: New Battery Tech Breakthrough Could Triple Battery Life for Smartphones and Tablets | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
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'No, I said...' New Google Now Feature Let's You Try Your Voice Command Again

Jul 09, 2014 - 11:35 AM - by dgstorm

Google Now is currently the smartest and most responsive voice activated software on the planet, but that doesn't mean it is flawless yet. It still has some learning to do before it can evolve to a higher level of intelligence and take over the world. In the mean-time, on the rare occasions when it doesn't quite get things right, the Google engineers gave it a new feature which gives it another chance to do better.

Now, Google Now lets you say "No, I said... XXXXX" to try again. You simply need to restate what you were trying to do or search for after saying that "No, I said... " line. This word correction feature isn't the only new trick taught to this not-so-old dog. Google Now also lets you...

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Time to Update Flash Again; Google, Microsoft, Twitter & More Scramble to Plug New Se

Jul 09, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm

It's that time again... time to update Flash Player because another new security bug has been found, and it's a doozy. Google engineer, Michele Spagnuolo found a Flash exploit that lets the bad guys to steal cookies and user data using malicious .SWF files. This vulnerability can help hackers “take control” of computers when users visit various sites.

The exploit is called Rosetta Flash, and some of the major companies like Microsoft, Google, Instagram, eBay, Twitter and more have ben scrambling to fix the leak. Of these, Google, Tumblr and Twitter have already dealt with the issue on their sites. Adobe issued a statement and here is a summary from it,

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
With so many security flaws, it's amazing the entire web hasn't already dumped Flash in favor of the more secure HTML5. What do you think?

Source: Adobe
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Unlock Your Moto X with a Google ATAP designed Digital Tattoo from VivaLnk

Jul 08, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm

A Silicon Valley tech start-up company called VivaLnk, together with the Google ATAP group have developed a Digital Tattoo which will unlock your Moto X using NFC technology. In case you don't remember this tech, a little over a year ago, the Motorola-controlled (while owned by Google) Advanced Technologies Group debuted the concept along with the Digital Pill idea. While the Digital Pill will likely take more time to build interest, the Digital Tattoo is workable now.

The tattoo lasts 5 days before you need to change it out. Right now the product is limited only to the Moto X, but the company plans to release it to other devices in the future. The VivLnk Digital Tattoo is sold in packs of ten at a price of $9.99, which means it should last you about 50 days. The tattoo is also waterproof so there's no need to worry about rain ruining your technological fashion statement.

It may seem like a silly way to bypass the need for pins, passwords and keylocks, but there are definitely consumers out there who would be drawn to this concept. Here's a link below to the company's website for those interested in finding out more.

Source: VivaLnk
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LG G3 Pic & More Details For All Major US Carriers Arrives

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm

A new leaked combination pic shows all four of the major U.S. carrier versions of the LG G3 side-by-side. As you can see from the pic, the branding for AT&T and T-Mobile is minimal, the Sprint version has no branding, and the Verizon version is littered with logos.

On top of this leaked combination image, we have some additional details. The phone's color variations will be: Metallic Black, Burgundy Red, Moon Violet, Shine Gold and Silk White. This may be different for the Verizon version, and as we reported yesterday, the Verizon version might have its own unique add-on name: "Vista."

As far as the hardware internals are concerned, we only have confirmation from T-Mo that they will carry both the 2GB RAM / 16GB storage version and a 3GB RAM / 32GB storage version.

We will keep you updated with any new intel right up to when the phone finally launches in the US.

Source: @evleaks
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