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May 27, 2014 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm
The above video is slightly off topic, but we do get to see a smartphone compared to a classic Apple II home desktop computer from the 70's, so that's enough of a window to be relevant. Regardless, this may just be the funniest thing you see all day (if not all week). A group of various aged young kids are introduced to the old computer and their mind is completely blown by the archaic nature of the device.
Hey, at least one of them finds it better than Flappy Birds...
May 27, 2014 - 10:51 AM - by dgstorm
The LG G3 will be officially unveiled in less than an hour at LG's big press event. As we reported earlier, the final teaser (or happy accident) for the G3 came from an Official LG Netherlands website. They actually revealed the full specs ahead of time. Above is the YouTube Video link to the LiveStream of the official launch later this morning.
Here's the full scoop on those specs:
- 5.5-inch 2560 × 1440 display
- 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor (which Snapdragon was not revealed, but it is expected to be the 801)
- 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage
- 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, laser-assisted autofocus
- 2.1-megapixel front camera
- 16GB storage and microSD card slot with up to 128GB
- 3,000mAh battery
- Android 4.4.2
- WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G LTE, FM Radio
- DLNA and Miracast
- Metallic Black, Silk White, Gold Shine colors
- 146.3 x 74.6 x 9.1mm
- All metal casing
Stay tuned for more details! Below are a couple more press shots which came from the LG Netherlands website.
May 22, 2014 - 11:27 AM - by dgstorm
If you were curious to find out just how big the new LG G3 is which we will see unveiled in a few days, then the above picture is your ticket. This leaked pic is a press render of the phone inside a slim-style case. With the case on, it's dimensions shown are 150 x 78 x 13 mm. Compare this to the actual dimensions of the LG G2 without a case, which is 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm, and we start to get a relative picture.
It obviously makes sense that the phone will be a bit larger, since it is coming with a 5.5-inch display. Still, if we do some mental extrapolation, it seems like LG will have done a remarkable job in not adding to much size to the overall case design compared to the G3's predecessor. What size do you think the final result will end up being if we subtract out the average slim case?
May 22, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
It seems like strange timing, but NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the company's plans to take a step back from developing technology geared specifically for the mainstream tablet and smartphone markets. NVIDIA is currently gearing up to the next level with their next-gen Tegra K1 chip. It's extremely powerful and recently bested the competition by a wide margin in some artificial benchmarks.
This is why NVIDIA's move seems a bit puzzling at first. Of course, after reading Huang's perspective on the subject, it begins to make a bit more sense. NVIDIA has realized their higher-end technology isn't meant to compete with the menagerie of mediocre mobile models available. While NVIDIA was striving to take on their biggest rival, Qualcomm, the smaller MediaTek was swooping in to dominate in the low-end markets. This was basically pushing NVIDIA from two sides.
To be clear, NVIDIA is not at all abandoning mobile. On the contrary, they are instead refocusing their efforts on future tech and on markets they have always been good it. That is automotive mobile and mobile gaming respectively. Huang indicated he doesn’t want NVIDIA's flagship Tegra brand conforming to inferior standards. NVIDIA sees the Tegra as a powerful line which should not have its standards sacrificed in the name of more efficient chipsets. In other words, NVIDIA wants to be the Lamborghini or Ferrari of mobile chipsets, instead of catering to mass production markets eventually relegating the Tegra line to that of a value sedan.
The above cars all have Tegra chips inside powering their on-board mobile connectivity functions.
In retrospect, this move makes a great deal of sense. NVIDIA has always been one of the two big titans in the gaming world. They are experts at fighting in that market. Of course, the mobile auto industry is new, but if NVIDIA can get there first, they can get a leg up on the rest of the mobile industry while their competitors' focus on smartphones and tablets.
It sounds like NVIDIA will still have chipsets for tablets, but they will more than likely be geared towards gaming. Of course, the NVIDIA Shield device is also their baby, and Huang renewed their commitment to that product. In fact, Haung made it clear that he believes NVIDIA Shield will be the device which transforms Android into a great gaming platform.
There was a great deal more shared in the interview over on CNET, so be sure to check it out for even more clarity on the subject. What do you guys think? Is this a smart move on NVIDIA's part or just forced timing?
May 21, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm
BrandZ just published their “Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands” for their 2014 edition. Apple has been knocked off the hill-top by Google as the world's most valuable brand. According to BrandZ's metric, Google grew a massive 40% over last year and now holds a brand value of $159 billion. Apple is in a close second at $148 billion after a 20% decline.
One of the primary metrics that BrandZ used to account for this shift was that Apple has stagnated in innovation while Google has flourished. You can check out their full infographic at the source link below.
May 21, 2014 - 10:53 AM - by dgstorm
Images of what is supposedly the metal frame of the Sony Xperia Z3 were recently leaked. Some additional intel was included along with these images. Supposedly Sony's next flagship will be announced in August. That's not all. The same source of this intel included specs for the device:
- Sticking with a 1080p display
- Snapdragon 805 CPU clocked at 2.7GHz
- 3GB of RAM
- 20.7MP main camera
What we want to know is, "Why does Sony keep launching a new flagship every six months?" They barely give users enough time to enjoy their device before they bring out another one. Regardless of their questionable marketing, their products are outstanding. We keep hearing rumors that the Xperia Z2 might come to Verizon, but that is still unconfirmed at this time.
As always we will keep you informed if we hear anything new. In the meant-time, what do you think of their next project?
May 21, 2014 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm
The bad guys are really becoming a "pita"! Another high profile company was just hacked, so it's time to change your passwords again. This time eBay was the victim of the "Black Hats." They just issued a press statement detailing their security breach. The gist of it was this,
No kidding?!? Why is it becoming so difficult for these companies to keep their databases secure?
“[C]hanging passwords is a best practice, and will help enhance security for eBay users.”
Here's a link to the rest of their statement on the matter: eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords | ebay inc
May 20, 2014 - 4:18 PM - by dgstorm
The famed leaker @evleaks must be working some over-time. He has been on a tremendous roll lately with new leaked photos and intel. Today's big bombshell is a 360 degree animated gif of the HTC One M8 Prime. He also included a closeup shot of the back camera of the device. We can make a note of the raised orange ridge around the camera. We aren't sure if this is purely cosmetic, but it is definitely intriguing.
According to the latest intel, this device will include a 5.5-inch 2K Display and a Snapdragon 805 processor. Who wants one now?
Thanks for the tip, wicked!
May 20, 2014 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
It's a jam-packed day of Motorola news. This next piece concerns the rumored price and launch timeframe of the new Moto 360 Androidwear powered smartwatch. According to the latest intel, Motorola plans to launch the Moto 360 smartwatch in July for a price of €249 (roughly $340 USD). Sadly, this rumor didn't include details as to wear it will launch. With this price tipped we can likely deduce it is either a European launch or an international one. Of course, that still leaves things pretty wide open.
The report did indicate that it will first ship in limited quantities due to both production issues and Motorola's desire to properly gauge the market. We will keep you apprised as more info arrives.
May 20, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
Although it seems like they forgot Dick Tracy, (perhaps the most iconic example of a smartwatch user), LG still chose several excellent fictional characters to be the spokespersons for their new G Watch. A new promo ad from LG features no less than three famous telecom watch users. These include: Penny from the Inspector Gadget cartoon series, Michael Knight from the TV show Knight Rider, and the legendary Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame.
Over on LG's own Blog they spammed a number of different promos to show off their new Androidwear powered smartwatch. This was the coolest by far of the bunch. Hit up the source link below to see the rest.
May 20, 2014 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung will be the next of Samsung's devices to get the 2K QHD Display treatment. We have heard rumors that the Galaxy S5 Prime will include the 2K QHD (2560 x 1440 res) screen, but now a new rumor suggests the Galaxy Note 4 will get it too. This actually makes a bit more sense for this device and isn't really surprising.
What is surprising (but welcome) is that we aren't seeing the screen size increase. With each successive generation of the Galaxy Note series we have seen a .2 inch jump in size. It would seem that Samsung feels it has hit the "sweet spot" for their phablet line (at least for now). Not only will the display be the higher resolution version, several signs suggest it could also use Samsung's YOUM flexible technology as well.
Here are the rest of the rumored specs:
What do you guys think?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to be water-resistant, powered by either an Exynos Hexa or a Snapdragon 801 chipset and pack a 20.1MP camera.
May 16, 2014 - 3:39 PM - by dgstorm
The newest trailer for director Chris Nolan's upcoming sci-fi movie, Interstellar, just hit the web. It's obviously not Android related at all, but it gave me chills watching it, so I simply had to share it. What is most intriguing about the film is that it takes the old formula of needing to "save the world" and targets it much closer to reality than most movies do.
Setting aside politics, there are a great many smart people in the world predicting that the real problems we will face in the middle/later part of the 21st century will be running out of the resources of water and food instead of oil and money. This movie drives home that very distinct possibility, and brings with it the vibe of all humans striving together for the greater good. Wouldn't that be a thing to see?
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