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LG shows off super thin display, could it make its way to the Optimus G2?

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:33 pm

LG has been one of the leading innovators of flat-panel display technology since their inception and now the company has just put everyone else to shame by unveiling the world's slimmest full HD panel for handsets.

 

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The display panel measures that just a mere 2.2 mm thick with an unbelievably small 2.3 mm bezel and overall size of 5.2 inches diagonal. This display has conveniently surfaced just in time for LG's upcoming Optimus G2, which looks to be sporting a micro thin bezel in all of the leaked images we have seen.

 

The display features a full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution, and LG says that the display is poised to provide excellent visibility under strong sunlight conditions. The new display is designed around LG's Advanced One-Glass-Solution technology.

Lenovo claims throne as largest PC manufacturer in the world

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 9:29 pm

In the wake of turmoil at Hewlett-Packard, it appears that Lenovo has seized the opportunity to claim the throne as the largest PC manufacturer in the world. This claim comes as the latest numbers from the IDC and Gartner are released to the public. It appears Lenovo has managed a 1.7 percent gain in market share in the global PC market over the last year.

 

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While the margins are small, Lenovo managed to ship a little over 200,000 more units than HP's 12.4 million units shipped during the Q2 time period of 2013. Lenovo is sitting at 16.7 percent of global market share, while HP is floundering at around 16.3 percent. The once king of the world, Dell, is roughly four million units behind both companies with a market share of just 11.8 percent.

 

Up and comer Acer shipped roughly half the number of units that Lenovo did in Q2 and holds on to about 8.3 percent of the global sales market. Also notable is ASUS who shipped about 4.5 million units during Q2 and held onto a 6 percent market share.

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Good guy Sony is at it again, will allow PS4 users to access their game library from any PS4 console

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 8:33 pm

It appears that life for future PlayStation 4 owners just keeps getting better and better with every passing day. Today, a Sony official has confirmed that gamers will be able to access their entire PS4 game library from any PS4 console. Sony's R&D senior team leader Neil Brown confirmed that users will be up to log into their accounts from any PS4 console and start playing straight away thanks to the console's play as you download feature.

 

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"You can visit your friends' house, you can log into your account and play any game from your digital library, which is good. But how useful is that if it takes half a day to download the game you want to play?" He went on to say that the system is quite similar to how Blu-ray technology works in that chunks of data are automatically copied over in the background leading to faster speeds after the first few minutes.

Wallets begin emptying as the Steam Summer Sale begins

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 7:32 pm

Steam has just kicked off its highly anticipated annual Summer Sale. The event will last from July 11 through July 22 with new discounts on major titles every day. So now would be a good time to reassess your budget and what is really important to you and by that, I mean be prepared to buy lots of games.

 

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Today's deals include MARS for $13.39, Defiance for $13.59, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, and many more discounted titles. Additionally, the Summer Sale includes flash sales that last for eight hours each. Right now you can pick up Dragon Age Orgins for $8.99, GRID 2 for $29.99, and Skyrim for just $20.99.

 

Steam is also letting the community vote on which games they would like to see highly discounted. Users can vote using the community choice box on the Steam main page for which game gets the biggest discount. At the moment, the three games in the running are Dishonored, Boarderlands 2, and Farcry 3. The Steam Store page can be accessed through the website, but the dedicated application appears to be experiencing technical difficulties.

World Service Authority issues World Passport to Edward Snowden

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 6:28 pm

This morning, the World Service Authority issued NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a world passport based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This World Passport grants Snowden the right to travel throughout the world without limitations. It does not stop him from being extradited back to the US if he lands in a country that has extradition treaties with the US.

 

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Currently Snowden is immobilized in a Moscow airport transit lounge with no outgoing ticket to any nation. The WSO says that this is a flagrant violation of article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to leave any country including his own and be returned to his own country.

Nokia confirms the existence of the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 5:26 pm

At the company's Zoom Reinvented event this morning, Nokia finally announced the existence of the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020. CEO Stephen Elop took the stage to announce the new uber-camera smartphone we have all been anticipating. We also learned when and where we can get out hands on the new flagship phone.

 

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Elop said that with the Lumia 1020, "you'll see things with this device that you've never seen before." He went on to say, "the Nokia Lumia 1020 will change how you shoot, how you take pictures, and more. The Lumia 1020 continues Nokia color story" with yellow, black, and white. "We've made the back the new front - we're so proud of it."

 

In case you've been hiding under a rock for the last two months, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is a smartphone unlike any other. It features a 41 megapixel rear-facing camera based on an updated version of Nokia's PureView 808 sensor. Nokia's Lumia 1020 will debut exclusively on AT&T in the US for $299.99 on a two-year contract. AT&T will start taking preorders on July 16th,with a full launch on July 26th.

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Defcon organizers ask feds to not attend the hacker conference this year, marks first time ever since the event was founded

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 4:31 pm

When it was first founded over 20 years ago, Defcon was been known as the gathering place where anarchist, geeks, hackers, and the feds could all hang out, talk security and get along on neutral ground. Unfortunately for the feds, the NSA has managed to break a bond of trust that lasted over two decades.

 

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This morning, we learned that the organizers of the Defcon Hacker Conference, held in Las Vegas Nevada, have asked that all federal employees planning to attend the show to please sit out this year as they are not welcome. This may seem like a drastic move to some, but others see it as a way to express the loss of trust many in the online community are feeling at the moment.

 

"For over two decades DEF CON has been an open nexus of hacker culture, a place where seasoned pros, hackers, academics, and feds can meet, share ideas and party on neutral territory," Jeff Moss, aka The Dark Tangent, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday night. "Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect."

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Chrome for Android gets updated to include built-in translation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 3:26 pm

If there is one thing Google does right, it has to be web page translation. Since the inception of Google Translate, the Internet has become a much more fun and open place. Those of us who use Google's Chrome browser have had the luxury of on-the-fly automatic web page translation for a while now.

 

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Unfortunately, those who use Chrome on their Android devices have had to use third-party apps or navigate to the Google Translate page for web page translation. This morning, Google has updated its Chrome app for Android to now include built-in translation that works much in the same way the desktop version of the browser does.

 

Also included in the Chrome 28 update for Android is full screen support on tablets which lets web apps such as video games and streaming video take over the entire screen. Google has also optimize the user interface for right to left languages including Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew. Support has been added for Google's experimental data compression service that lets fast Google servers read a Web page, optimize it for mobile devices, then transmit it faster to a mobile device using Google's SPDY network technology.

Temple Run arrives on more Nokia Lumia smartphones, not limited to high-end models anymore

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 2:29 pm

Everybody's favorite running game that seemingly never ends has finally found its way onto mid-range Nokia Lumia devices. Previously, the game was only available on the high-end Lumias like the 920 but now it has been ported to the Lumia 720, 620, and 520.

 

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Temple Run is the massively popular game in which you play and explore who has stolen an ancient artifact from the temple and must escape the evil demon monkeys who are in hot pursuit. And just like all true ancient temples, your path out is covered in many deadly obstacles.

 

Users use their fingers to make the player jump over, slide under, or turn left and right to dodge obstacles. The whole time you are being chased by a hoard of evil demons who would like nothing more than to get their hands on you. Users who wish to play the game can head over to the Windows App Store to pick up their copy today.

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BlackBerry fires chief of US Sales, plans another round of massive layoffs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 11, 2013 12:27 pm

The days for BlackBerry just keep getting darker and darker as sales and revenue continue to slump for the once king of smartphones. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that BlackBerry had fired its vice president of US sales, Richard Piasentin, late last month and said that more layoffs are coming across middle management in the sales and support divisions.

 

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This news comes shortly after CEO Thorsten Heins wooed shareholders at a meeting on Thursday which resulted in BlackBerry shares rising 3 percent just hours after the meeting was over. This new report of layoffs will stack on top of the 5000 BlackBerry workers let go during the previous fiscal year of 2012.

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