Archive for Nov 28, 2011

LG Nitro HD Official, dual-core, AT&T LTE, and 720p display

LG Nitro HD Official, dual-core, AT&T LTE, and 720p display

This week starts with a bang as AT&T reveals the LG Nitro HD, a handset that's just the third LTE-enabled device on their network and one that packs a lovely 4.5-inch True HD AH-IPS display. Inside you'll find a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and the whole body is amongst the slimmest LG has ever offered at 5.27” X 2.67” X 0.41”. You'll be treated to a demonstration of how nice the display actually looks courtesy of the official LGgirl here in this post.

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Samsung Galaxy Note LTE made official

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE made official

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note LTE, the version of its pen-enabled 5.3-inch Android smartphone packing 4G connectivity. Initially expected to go on sale in South Korea, a Verizon launch in the US is not outside the realms of possibility, though the carrier has not yet commented on whether it will be offering the handset.

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Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

Kinect 2 rumor points to lip reading accuracy

The Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 turned out to be a really cool device that was useful form a lot more than the gaming controller it was meant to be. With rumors of a new Xbox 720 game console swirling it would make sense that some rumors of a new Kinect would be making waves as well. According to the latest set of rumors tipped to Eurogamer, the Kinect 2 is in the works.

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Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota Fun-Vii “smartphone on wheels” concept revealed

Toyota has taken the wraps off its latest car concept, the Fun-Vii, a display-clad urban vehicle described as a "smartphone on four wheels." Revealed just ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show in a few days time, the Toyota Fun-Vii measures just over 4m long and 1.75m wide, and features dynamically customizable body panels that, like the interior of the car, can be updated to show your favorite photo, a text message or other content.

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Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

Best Buy cancels PlayBook orders, yanks listings

The BlackBerry PlayBook has not been successful on the market. There were so many issues with the RIM tablet that it never caught on, yet RIM refused to kill the tablet despite the fact that even at fire sale prices the PlayBook didn’t sell. The latest blow to the PlayBook comes as Best Buy pulls its listings for the tablet and reportedly cancels orders. Electronista reports that its checks indicated Best Buy cancelled orders at one location, while multiple Best Buy forum users claim the same thing.

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Siri controls Spotify in new iPhone 4S mod

Siri controls Spotify in new iPhone 4S mod

The Siri hacks continue, with Apple's voice control system now capable - unofficially at least - of managing Spotify on your desktop. The handiwork of mobile developer Simon Maddox, the plugin reacts to natural artist requests, such as "Spotify, play me some Nirvana", and automatically queues up songs.

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HTC juggles 3G in German patent case

HTC juggles 3G in German patent case

HTC may claim its 2012 range will "focus on the product" to restore the company's upward momentum, but the current line-up could be yanked from German shelves if patent courts have their way. The company is under attack from patent holder IPCom over 3G/UMTS standards used without licensing in its smartphones, a charge HTC claims has been negated by the dismissal of the patent, but which, FOSSPatents reports, may not be as clear-cut as presented.

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LG announces Android 4.0 ICS smartphone upgrade plans

LG announces Android 4.0 ICS smartphone upgrade plans

There are hoards of Android users around the world with smartphones of different brands that are waiting in anticipation to see if their device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 when the OS launches. That launch is expected to happen in early 2012. The new OS will bring lots of new features and capability to various devices on the market already. LG has unveiled via Facebook what devices will get the upgrade first.

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Samsung Wave 3 launches around the world

Samsung Wave 3 launches around the world

If you like Samsung smartphones with alternative operating systems you might want to listen up with the Wave 3 smartphone launching globally. The Wave 3 is a nice looking smartphone that runs the Samsung bada OS. We were hands on with the Wave 3 back in early September.

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Chevrolet Volt safety investigation yields more battery pack fires

Chevrolet Volt safety investigation yields more battery pack fires

The Chevrolet Volt is an interesting car that GM touted as an extended range electric vehicle that has been under investigation recently after one Volt caught on fire. The first Volt to catch fire happened in the parking lot of a US crash test facility. That Volt caught fire three weeks after a crash test and the fire was caused by a ruptured battery pack.

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Awesome EXOdesk has interactive 40-inch touchscreen embedded

Awesome EXOdesk has interactive 40-inch touchscreen embedded

You can put a 40-inch touchscreen on top of your desk if you are so inclined, but the cool EXOdesk is the first piece of furniture I have seen with a big 40-inch touchscreen inside the desk surface. The geeks over at TheLongClimb have a bunch of photos of the EXOdesk along with some of the interactive screens that the big touch panel in the surface can show.

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MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

MacBook Air refresh in Q1 includes 15-incher say sources

Apple is reportedly readying a new MacBook Air line-up for early 2012, with a new 15-inch model joining the existing sizes as the Cupertino company reacts to Intel's Ultrabook push. The new 11.6-, 13.3- and 15-inch ultraportables will go on sale in Q1 next year, DigiTimes' supply chain sources claim, with pilot production believed to have already begun. Meanwhile, retail insiders suggest a MacBook Air price cut is in the pipeline before the new models arrive.

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