Archive for August, 2013

LG G Pad 8.3 detailed: LG returns to the tablet fold with Full HD

LG G Pad 8.3 detailed: LG returns to the tablet fold with Full HD

This week the folks at LG have announced the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, the first tablet the company has announced for the market in several years. Remember the double-camera-toting 3D-capable T-Mobile LG G-Slate? Todays tablet device is delivering a whole new experience - bringing on an 8.3-inch display with Full HD resolution and hardware that's rather similar to that of the LG G2 smartphone. This tablet works with a massive 4600 mAh battery while it comes in at 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm large and weighs 338g, with the company aiming to maintain its hero status with long-lasting device uptime and industry-leading hardware.

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Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Toyota's best-selling hybrid car is the Prius; it's best hybrid car period could well be the Lexus GS450h F SPORT. While Toyota hybrids have capitalized on the earth-friendly, fuel-sipping potential of models like the Prius, over in the Lexus stable the addition of electric has been with more driver-friendly enhancement in mind, emphasizing the marque's legendary smooth drive with the lashings of quiet torque the technology can deliver. None represents that green madness better than the GS450h F SPORT, and so unsurprisingly we jumped at the opportunity to test out a car that had been specially shipped over to show us what the US is missing.

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Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

Toyota RAV4 EV first drive

For a while, the modern eco-friendly vehicle had a familiar silhouette, and it was Prius shaped. Now, though, Toyota is branching out in not only its electric range but its types of drive, and so we have the RAV4 EV, eschewing gas and fuel-cells altogether in favor of what could be the most pious interpretation of green driving so far. Still, when your engine and battery are provided by Tesla, there's probably more to the story than just making all-electric family-friendly. We clambered behind the wheel (and brought our heaviest right foot) to see if the RAV4 EV holds up to scrutiny.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III to see budget edition while 2014 holds full metal jacket

Samsung Galaxy Note III to see budget edition while 2014 holds full metal jacket

It's not often when a single smartphone company has two reports leaking from the same arena saying they're creating both higher-end and lower-end products in the same breath. That's just what's happened this weekend as a pair of reports from the same reporter suggest that South Korean media reports pin Samsung for a lower-end Samsung Galaxy Note III and metal parts for 2014. This pair of reports comes from CNMO and reporter Xu Hua, a writer notorious for his action on South Korean factory sources working on smart handheld devices.

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Gel-based ionic speaker makes music from a clear stretchy membrane

Gel-based ionic speaker makes music from a clear stretchy membrane

In what is perhaps the most science-fiction worthy story of the week, scientists at Harvard have created a gel-based speaker that is both clear and stretchy, able to play music while demonstrating the abilities of ionic conductors. To show off its capabilities, the scientists used it to play the "Morning" prelude from Peer Gynt. You can hear the speaker for yourself in a video we have after the break.

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Target Ticket video service reportedly to launch for consumers soon

Target Ticket video service reportedly to launch for consumers soon

Target has been beta testing a video rental and download service called Target Ticket -- a service similar to Walmart's Vudu and Redbox Instant -- with select individuals, something that will change soon. Reportedly, workers of the franchise have received notification that the service will soon launch for the public, and with it will be the option to buy or rent digital downloads.

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US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, leak reveals

US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-ops in 2011, leak reveals

This week has seen a new batch of documents swiped by Edward Snowden hit the media, with The Washington Post leaking a barrage of information in recent days. Among this information was data about a hacking collective the NSA has for targeting foreign subjects, and that was followed up today with information stating US agencies performed 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011.

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Microsoft avoids proxy hassle by striking cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital

Microsoft avoids proxy hassle by striking cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital

Microsoft has announced a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital, a shareholder with a 0.8-percent stake in the company and a designation as one of Microsoft's largest shareholders. Under this cooperation agreement, ValueAct Capital has been given an option to join Microsoft's board and will be given regular meetings with the company's directors and executives.

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