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LG to reveal its new G Pro 2 flagship smartphone at MWC 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 1:27 pm

Mobile World Congress 2014 is but weeks away, where we should be greeted with a selection of new smartphones - an event where LG should unveil its new flagship device.

 

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The company quietly confirmed the name of its new smartphone, the G Pro 2, and that it would be officially unveiled in February. Well, it just so happens that MWC 2014 takes place in February, so what better time to unveil it? The G Pro 2 should continue what the G Pro started, with an impressive list of specifications, and a decently large screen.

 

We should expect somewhere in the vicinity of a 6-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE-Advanced capabilities, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

HTC to reboot its Desire range of smartphones to combat the iPhone 5C

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:27 pm

It looks like HTC will reboot its line of Desire smartphones to combat the mid-range handset market, something that is quite lucrative. It will help the struggling Taiwanese company in more ways than one, as it seems to not be able to tackle the high-end market.

 

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HTC's new Desire smartphones will be the answer to the iPhone 5C: where the new Desire's will feature a plastic casing, and will arrive in a multitude of different, bright colors. One of the big advantages it'll have over the iPhone 5C is in the hardware department. The new Desire smartphones should arrive with a Mediatek 8-core processor, which should be quite the selling point to consumers.

Tesla Superchargers have you covered from coast-to-coast in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:26 pm

Tesla Superchargers are capable of delivering a 170 mile cruise from a single 30-minute charge, and now these Superchargers are spread out across the United States.

 

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Tesla Motors' new map shows that you can drive from LA to New York - coast to coast across the US, from these Superchargers. You will drive through New Mexico, South Dakota and Wisconsin during this journey, but that is only downside here. Tesla will continue to add Superchargers going into the future, which should allow for a more direct route.

 

The company has pledged that by next year the entire country will be covered, so that you can visit all states and even parts of Canada without driving miles out of your way for a top up.

Twitter for Android updated, includes new photo abilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 11:29 am

Twitter for Android has been updated, with some new additions to the mobile app that help improve and streamline the photo sharing experience. If you're uploading photos from the official Twitter app, you'll now have some new options.

 

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These options include applying pre-defined square or wide crops, as well as a little rotation magic. If you want to upload a picture of people, it will provide you with a reminder to mention your friends in the tweet that will go along with the photo. Twitter is also boosting the amount of recommendations that popup in your timeline.

 

The latest Twitter app will have you pull-to-refresh your feed as usual, but when there's no new tweets to display, it will pull down a panel showing more recommendations. These will include things like suggested people to follow, trending topics, and specific tweets.

Far Cry 4 gets one step closer to an announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 11:28 am

The last time we heard about Far Cry 4 was when an ex Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer teased it - but now we're back, with the latest tease of the upcoming first-person shooter from Ubisoft.

 

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The latest comes from Xavier Plagnal, who is Ubisoft Shanghai's Studio Design Manager, where his LinkedIn profile teases that he worked from September 2013 to present as Content Director on "the next Far Cry." This isn't 100% yet, but it is getting awfully close. I'm hoping for a reveal sooner rather than later, myself.

Latest NERF gun features built-in camera, record your foam domination

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 10:26 am

Hasbro stopped by the Engadget offices to show off its latest NERF blaster, the N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster - quite the mouthful, isn't it?

 

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The latest blaster is the usual semi-auto NERF blaster, but it features a tiny camera built into the barrel of the blaster, with a tiny screen on the stock. You can use the screen to lineup your target, but the camera will let you record your battles in the first-person perspective, which should be filling YouTube's servers in the coming months.

Over one billion smartphones were shipped last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 9:33 am

Last year was a massive year for smartphones, with over one billion smartphones shipped last year. The International Data Corporation has some data that shows that 1,004.2 million smartphones were shipped last year.

 

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This is an increase of 38.4% from last year, where 725.3 million smartphones were shipped. Of those 1 billion smartphones shipped, Samsung held the lions share with 313.9 million handsets, increasing its market share from 30.3% to 31.3%. Apple took second place with 153.4 million iPhones shipped over the course of 12 months.

 

Apple's market share slipped however, from 18.7% to 15.3%, even with it posting a record number of iPhones in the last quarter. Huawei, LG, and Lenovo did not mind though, as they scooped up that lost market share. Huawei shipped 48.8 million, LG shipped 47.4 million, and Lenovo pushed out an impressive 45.5 million smartphones in the quarter.

iOS 7 is now on over 80% of Apple devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:34 am

Apple announced some massive numbers during its earnings call today, creating a record quarter for the company thanks to huge upticks in iPhone and iPad sales. But how is iOS doing?

 

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The company has announced that 80% of all iOS devices in the wild now feature iOS 7, with 17% still on iOS 6, and the last 3% running an older version of Apple's mobile OS. Remember, these numbers are for the most active iOS users, not all iOS users. Apple found its numbers by using App Store usage over a seven-day period which ended on January 26.

 

Apple did point out that its iOS 7 numbers are much better than Android 4.4, but that is to be expected when there are so many different Android handsets on the market, versus just a handful of iPhones and iPads.

Google, Samsung ink new 10-year patent licensing deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 7:02 am

Google and Samsung have just shown how a certain fruit logo company the way it's done in the patent game, by signing a massive deal to license their patent portfolios to one another.

 

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The new deal sees existing intellectual property covered, as well as patents filed over the next ten years.Samsung's Seungho Ahn says "Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes". Google's Allen Lo chimed in with "By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation".

 

This is how the industry should be acting, with two of the biggest players cooperating with one another. Samsung is a massive partner for Google, but could be a potential competitor with Tizen on the horizon. Google on the other hand, is simply unstoppable right now with the amount of hardware and services it provides to the world.

Valve's next-gen Source 2.0 engine shown off in a leaked presentation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 6:21 am

Uh, so this kinda came out of nowhere, but the Source 2 engine has been shown off in a post on NeoGAF by 'CBOAT'. The user posted a screen cap from what appears to be a leaked Valve slideshow.

 

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The slideshow shows off Source 2.0, which is Valve's next-generation graphics engine. The presentation in question shows Left 4 Dead 2's plantation level, rebuilt in the new engine. If this is real, it might open up older games to be re-painted under Source 2.0, which would be incredibly awesome. We should hopefully hear and see more info on Source 2.0 as time goes on, especially with the lead up to E3, and of course SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines and more.

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