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LG G Pad III 8.0 is yet another generation of mid-range slabs

LG G Pad III 8.0 is yet another generation of mid-range slabs

The Android world is perhaps in dire need of respectable, high-end tablets that would put the platform head to head again with Apple's new iPad generation. Despite the proliferation of low to mid-range slates, even major OEMs aren't stepping up to fill in that gap. Samsung has seemingly stopped making premium Android tablets but LG doesn't seem to be in rush to snatch that market either. It does have a new Android tablet, the LG G Pad III 8.0, but it probably hardly qualifies as a tablet that can challenge something like an iPad mini 4.

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LG X5 trademark, omens of less premium G5 sighted

LG X5 trademark, omens of less premium G5 sighted

Just when you though OEMs were already settled in their own, single-letter kingdoms, they kick up the dust once again. Sony drops the Z for the X and Lenovo/Motorola drops the X for the Z. While LG has more or less been happy with its G, it has also recently put out an X screen and an X cam. Now it seems it like the Korean OEM is preparing to have another X join its army. A trademark filed in Korea reveals LG trying to reserve the rights to an "X5", hinting at what might be a cheaper version of the LG G5.

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LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

LG G5 “Friends” now available in the US, sans B&O Hi-Fi DAC

It's been more than a month since the LG G5 officially launched in the US, but it is only today that LG finally released the "Friends" that actually made the LG G5 truly special. After all, the smartphone's modular doesn't really serve any purpose if it doesn't have modules to use. In any case, fans and would be buyers can breathe a sigh of relief now that the CAM Plus, 360 CAM, 360 VR, and TONE Platinum are available for purchase. Sadly, it seems the speculations were spot on, and the Hi-Fi DAC module is indeed missing from the set.

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Climber scales 140m building using suction from an LG vacuum cleaner

Climber scales 140m building using suction from an LG vacuum cleaner

LG pulled off a strange, but very cool marketing stunt recently that had a famous rock climber called Sierra Blair-Coyle. Blair-Coyle was the winner of the 2015 US Extreme Rock Climbing contest and rather than climbing rocks this time, she scaled the outside of a glass skyscraper using suction created from a pair of LG CORDZERO K94SGN vacuums.

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LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

By the time LG Pay fully launches later this year, it will probably the youngest and smallest in the still budding mobile payments market. However, it could come with an ace that will, at least in theory, trump even giants like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Already leaked before was the "White Card" that will be used with LG Pay, practically a programmable card that can be used on traditional terminals. This would be the first time an integrated circuit or IC will be used in a card for a mobile payment system.

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See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

Google has re-introduced us to Project Soli, a gesture-recognition tech that's now small enough to fit in a smartwatch. What's that got to do with Apple Watch, you might be wondering? The gestures they've demonstrated today include a call-back to what we mentioned back in May of 2015: that the Apple Watch Digital Crown would be out-done by Google's Project Soli for smartwatches when the time came. That time is now.

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LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

LG Action Cam LTE takes a bite out of GoPro’s pie

GoPro may be the household name for action cameras, but lately it has seen its territory besieged on all sides. Now even smartphone makers who previously had little business in action cams are trying to rain on GoPro's parade. LG, who already has a 360-degree CAM 360 camera by the way, is now jumping into the fray as well. But the imaginatively named LG Action Cam LTE might have an ace up its sleeve. It can carry its own weight, or rather, its own Internet connection, even without your smartphone.

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LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

While consumers are still the primary audience of smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung, and LG, there are three other markets that companies are scrambling to get a hold of: education, enterprise, and government. Of the three, getting government approval is perhaps the trickiest, going through all the certifications, not to mention red tape, in order to be deemed fit for government and military use. So it's no surprise that LG is only to happy to boast that it has gotten certified by the US government to be secure and fit for use both in the enterprise as well as in military.

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Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

Xiaomi and Huawei rumored to launch devices using curved screens

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has proven to be a very popular devices thanks in large part to the cool screen with its curved edges. Rumors are now swirling that both Huawei and Xiaomi are going to be launching smartphones that use the screens with curved edges that are being produced by Samsung and LG. The rumor claims that these new Chinese smartphones with curved screens will launch in September.

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LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG might have just taken one step towards the envisioned future where the fingerprint scanner merges seamlessly with the display. Well, somewhat. LG still hasn't been able to throw away the bezels, but it is at least throwing away the home button. It is proudly announcing that it has successfully designed a buttonless fingerprint sensor module that can conveniently hide under the cover glass. This innovation allows not only for more freedom in terms of design but also better ingress protection for the sensor.

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What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

What Qualcomm has to say about Quick Charge on USB Type-C

Google's Benson Leung called out the LG G5 and the HTC 10 this past due to their USB-C cords, both of which break official USB-C spec rules. Why? Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology. The cords do not fit the standard specifications for USB Type-C (or USB-C, however you want to say it) as set by the USB Implementers Forum. Today we've got a detailed set of answers from Qualcomm on why they're not worried about fitting this spec as defended by Leung - and why you shouldn't either.

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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