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LG Q2 2014: 14.5m smartphones shipped, net profits up 165%

LG Q2 2014: 14.5m smartphones shipped, net profits up 165%

Life's Good, as the LG slogan says, and so is business, at least for this Korean manufacturer. Its second quarter financial report shows some very impressive figures, such as a 165 percent net profit increase, to the tune of $399.8 million, compared to last year, driven largely by smartphone sales. Quite a stark contrast to rival Samsung, whose popularity and profits from the smartphone business are believed to have somewhat plateaued last quarter.

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Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Google Maps photo sphere Views becomes more social

Not everyone who knows about Google Maps might be aware that a lounge for Photo Spheres exists within it. But for those that are hooked on viewing the collection available on Google Maps Views, Google just announced a treat for them. It has placed +1 buttons and comment boxes in Views so that viewers can show how much they like those photos, and give the photographers a bit of social compensation for their hard work and masterpieces.

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Destiny on PS3: unsurprisingly less gorgeous

Destiny on PS3: unsurprisingly less gorgeous

It's time to play spot the difference again! Destiny started its public beta phase last week and, naturally, current gen console gamers have jumped in on the action, both in real life and in-game. However, last gen owners weren't exactly left out of the fun, but how much are they missing by playing on boxes that are so last decade? Digital Foundry and NeoGAF dig in to find out and apparently, it's not much. That is, if you don't mind lower res, blurrier objects.

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Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom Bamboo Paper now available on Android, Windows 8

Wacom is taking on Paper, 53's highly popular iPad app, by taking its own drawing-based software where Paper dare not tread. Wacom is expanding the scope of its Bamboo Paper app beyond iOS, making it available on Windows 8 and Android, both of the Google kind and the Amazon flavor. What's more, to celebrate the milestone, Wacom is offering many of its tools, features, and brushes for free for a limited time only.

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Xiaomi Mi Band is a simple, no-nonsense wearable

Xiaomi Mi Band is a simple, no-nonsense wearable

Xiaomi may have just announced its shiny new Mi 4 smartphone, but it wasn't done yet with the big revelations. Although most rumors and leaks have focused on the company's upcoming smartphone, it seems that Xiaomi was actually also busy preparing a wearable device. Don't get too excited though, it isn't a smartwatch. The Mi Band, Xiaomi's entry into the wearable market, is a very simple but dedicated fitness band.

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Xiaomi Mi 4 debuts: 5-inch screen, top specs, steel body

Xiaomi Mi 4 debuts: 5-inch screen, top specs, steel body

At its annual conference in Beijing, Xiaomi has unveiled the Xiaomi Mi 4, naturally called its fastest phone ever. Sporting some of the best hardware in the mobile market today, all crammed in a 5-inch smartphone with a stainless steel frame, Xiaomi's latest and greatest is poised to yet be another fast seller in China. And yes, it does look a tad like the iPhone, which is something that Xiaomi might have been consciously going for.

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HP leaks tipped 3 new Android tablets

HP leaks tipped 3 new Android tablets

HP isn't exactly the go-to-guy when it comes to Android tablets, but that hasn't fazed it from putting out innumerable mobile devices, some of which have somewhat similar and therefore confusing names. The PC maker is now believed to actually have three, yes three, tablets in the making, bearing a mixed array of hardware specs and, of course, names that vary only ever so slightly from one another and other older products.

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The Last of Us Remastered then Leaked for PS4 hopeful

The Last of Us Remastered then Leaked for PS4 hopeful

Like how some people just can't wait until Christmas to open or take an unauthorized peek at their presents, many gamers just can't stop themselves from trying to get a look at what's about to come. Although it is just a week or two away before the remastered version of The Last of Us for the PlayStation 4 gets released, some have managed to get their hands on some screenshots of the game and has generously made it available for other very eager PS4 owners, or would be owners, to drool over.

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