With the first quarter of 2013 in the books, and three of the major trade shows behind us, we are beginning to hear more solid rumors about the next round of upcoming smartphones. Today a new report from The Verge is suggesting that LG will be releasing its new flagship smartphone, the LG G3 in just a few months and it will feature several intriguing upgrades from the current flagship, the G2.
The new LG G3 is said to arrive in gold trim, a trend set by Apple, Samsung, and HTC this year. LG is said to be continuing with the gilded color scheme as it did quite well on the G2, and on competing models. Additionally, the LG G3 will feature a full 1440p resolution screen, making it one of the first mainstream phones to break the 1080p barrier. The 2560x1440-pixel screen will measure in at 5.5-inches diagonally, and will house Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon SoC.
Amazon's unique "send to Kindle" feature has to be one of the most convenient and useful parts of Amazon's ecosystem, and now that handy little feature just got even better. Now when users click "send to Kindle," the document, e-book, and text from websites will also be automatically backed up on that users' Cloud Drive.
"You can use Manage Your Kindle to see a list of your documents, re-deliver them to Kindle devices and free reading apps, delete them, or turn off auto-saving of documents to the cloud," Amazon said in an email to customers. "Documents will be delivered just as they have in the past and you will continue to have 5 GB of free cloud storage for your personal documents. Just Send Once, Read Everywhere."
Smartphone kill switches will be added to new devices by manufacturers and wireless carriers, but law enforcement officials are concerned the "baseline anti-theft tool" doesn't go far enough to prevent smartphone theft.
As part of the voluntary agreement, the CTIA-The Wireless Association says the functionality will be added starting after July 2015 - and can ship pre-loaded on smartphones, or as a follow-up download.
"We strongly urge CTIA and its members to make their anti-theft features enabled by default on all devices, rather than relying on consumers to opt-in," according to San Francisco district attorney George Gascon, a supporter of mandatory kill-switches, in a statement. "The industry also has a responsibility to protect its consumers now and not wait until next year."
Today Google announced the launch of a new app for Android called Google Camera, confirming recent rumors that the company was working on developing a new camera app with some unique features. The new standalone app branches away from the current Android 4.4 camera app, and features a more refined UI and is overall, easier to use. The camera app brings several new features to Android devices as well including Spherical images, software-based lens blur, and even a more intuitive panorama mode.
"Achieving this optical effect has traditionally required a big lens and aperture, and therefore hasn't been possible using the camera on your mobile phone or tablet. That all changes with Lens Blur, a new mode in the Google Camera app," Google said in a blog post. "Lens Blur replaces the need for a large optical system with computer vision algorithms and optimization techniques that are run entirely on the mobile device, simulating a larger lens and aperture in order to creating a 3D model of the world."
Fujifilm rolled out new digital cameras months ago called the X100 and the X100S. These cameras are retro looking units that promise high quality photos and more. People using that camera can now get a new conversion lens that will expand the range of shooting options. The new lens is called the TCL-X100.
The lens converts the camera to a focal length of 33mm fixed, which is equivalent to 50mm for a 35mm platform. The lens has a F2.0 aperture setting and retains the original optical characteristics of the camera. The lens uses four premium glass groups.
Mercedes has unveiled a new sports car that looks really cool on the inside and out. The car is called the Mercedes-AMG GT and the automaker says that it is a "sports car in its purest form." This is the second sports car developed independently by Mercedes-AMG.
The look at the car Mercedes is offering is a sneak peak, so many of the specifications of the car are not announced. We don't know how much power it will have. Mercedes is known for making very powerful cars, so this one will be no slouch no matter what is under the hood.
We have talked about BitTorrent Sync in the past. This is a feature that launched to the public last year and allows users to save and access data on a storage device in the home over the web. BitTorrent Sync has now gained support for NAS devices.
The first NAS maker that is offering a BitTorrent Sync app for their storage devices is Netgear. The company has an app available right now for several of its home, business, and enterprise NAS units. BitTorrent says that Sync support will make it easy for users to create a simple path between their NAS and desktop or mobile devices.
Mazda has been making one of the most raced cars in motorsports for 25 years now with the Miata having a birthday this year. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the original Miata, Mazda has a limited edition 2015 MX-5 that will have some special touches that has debuted at the New York International Auto Show.
Mazda plans to sell only 100 of the 25th anniversary models in the US. Mazda says that it selected the best balanced parts for the engine in these cars. The anniversary edition will only be offers in Soul Red Metallic premium coat, which looks like maroon. All of the cars will be power retractable hard top models with a black top, mirrors, and windshield surround. The car also has dark colored alloy wheels. It looks to be derived from the Club version.
Pioneer has announced that it will be among the first car audio names to bring support for Apple CarPlay to the aftermarket. Rather than having to buy a new car stereo to get CarPlay support, some existing Apple receivers will get CarPlay support via a firmware update. The updated firmware will be offered for five of the 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
All five of those receivers have large LCD screens. CarPlay will add Siri voice control to the mix to let the driver use their phone while keeping eyes on the road. The five models that support CarPlay include the AVIC-8000NEX, 7000NEX, 6000NEX, 5000NEX, and 4000NEX.
It's been a long journey for Kim Dotcom after the New Zealand police and US Government raided and seized his home and assets back in 2012, but today a New Zealand high court has ruled that the former Megaupload owner is to have his assets including property and money returned to him within the next 14 days. Dotcom announced the ruling via his Twitter account earlier this morning.
The property seized includes a car collection valued at more than $6 million, his massive mansion, and more than $10 million in financial assets. In addition, Dotcom's wife, Mona, will see her belongings returned that were seized as well. This ruling is not a sure thing just yet though as the Crown of New Zealand could appeal the decision, and cause Dotcom to enter into yet another court battle.