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LG's 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro lands on AT&T shelves for $550

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 3:22 pm

It has been a few months since we last saw a larger smartphone go on sale in the US that was not a Samsung product, but this morning that slump is over. LG has released its Optimus G Pro to the retail shelves of AT&T.

 

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The 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro features a 1080p True HD-IPS+ display, alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera will handle all of the selfies you can handle, while the 2.1MP front facing camera will take care of all of your Skype needs.

 

A massive 3,140mAh battery serves up uncanny uptime and the 32GB of internal storage will keep you downloading apps for a long time before needing to add an additional SD card. AT&T is retailing the LG Optimus G Pro for $200 with a two-year contract or $550 up front.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom smart-camera shows up on Bluetooth SIG website

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: May 10, 2013 3:03 pm

Samsung has submitted a new camera to the Bluetooth SIG group for Bluetooth 4.0 certification. Allegedly called the Galaxy S4 Zoom, it appears to be a new "smart-camera", like the previously released Galaxy Camera.

 

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While it is listed on the Bluetooth SIG website as a "Samsung Mobile Phone", the 3G capable smart-camera focuses more on getting a good shot than making a phone call. Featuring 10x optical zoom and an imaging sensor of unknown size, it also includes a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED touchscreen display.

 

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Samsung has also packed in 8GB of internal storage and support for a micro-SD card. Despite all of the information that has been released, any images of the device have yet to surface, and there is also no information on what processor is used for image handling. If you believe the rumor mill, we should see an official launch in June.

Teenager discovers iPad Smart Cover magnets can turn off pacemakers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 10:35 am

The tiny magnets inside of the iPad are capable of turning off implanted defibrillators if the iPad is left on the chest, something that was discovered by a fourteen-year-old.

 

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This isn't a problem for most, and even those with pacemakers, but if you were using your iPad in bed and had a pacemaker, and fell asleep - well, ther could be a serious issue. Gianna Chen discovered the problem as part of a science fair project that didn't win first place, instead, she'll be presenting her findings to 8,000 doctors at a meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denver. Bloomberg reported the news, adding:

 

The research offers a valuable warning for people with implanted defibrillators, which deliver an electric shock to restart a stopped heart, said John Day, head of heart-rhythm services at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and chairman of the panel that reviews scientific papers to be presented at the Denver meeting.

 

If a person falls asleep with the iPad2 on the chest, the magnets in the cover can "accidentally turn off" the heart device, said Chien, a high school freshman in Stockton, California, whose father is a doctor. "I definitely think people should be aware. That's why I am presenting the study."

John Carpenter 'would love to make' a Dead Space movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 10, 2013 9:26 am

Dead Space is one of the best survival horror games out there, and now it looks like we might actually see a movie based on the game. The director of horrors such as Halloween and The Thing, John Carpenter, has recently expressed interest in making a Dead Space movie.

 

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Carpenter said during an interview with GameInformer: "I would love to make Dead Space [into a film]. I'll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made. I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something's on board. It's just great stuff".

 

When Dead Space 3 launched earlier this year, Carpenter took to Twitter, tweeting "Dead Space 3 is the first great game of 2013". Carpenter got into games thanks to his son, where he explains: "My son got me involved in games when he was growing up. He and I spent time together playing. He got me hooked on it".

Canalys' reports that Android has 75% of smartphone shipments in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 10, 2013 8:32 am

Canalys' latest report states that Android made up 75.6% of all smartphone shipments during Q1 2013, an increase from the 69.2% for the previous quarter.

 

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Canalys estimates that 216.3 million smartphones were shipped in the three-month period, which is around the same number shipped for the previous three-month period ending 2012. Samsung leads the shipment, making up around one-third of all smartphone shipments, with Apple making up 17% of the lot. Huawei, LG and ZTE are all next, with less than 5% of the market each.

Department of Defense forces 3D-printed gun plans off the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 10, 2013 7:24 am

The Liberator, the world's first 3D-printed guns has had its plans of construction removed from the Internet. The Department of Defense (DoD) had the plans removed from Defense Distributed.

 

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Defense Distributed, founded by Cody Wilson, had plans for The Liberator on his website, allowing anyone to access the plans and if they owned a 3D printer, to make the firearm from plastic. Over 100,000 copies of the plans were downloaded before the DoD slammed the ban hammer down. A banner on the website says:

 

[Defense Distributed's] files are being removed from public access at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense Trade Controls. Until further notice, the United States government claims control of the information.

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EA registers the domains to Battlefield13.com through to Battlefield20.com

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 10, 2013 6:31 am

It seems as though EA are planning to have Battlefield around for quite sometime, as they've secured the rights to the domains for http://www.battlefield13.com all the way through to http://www.battlefield20.com.

 

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But, EA doesn't own the domain rights to http://www.battlefield10.com, 11.com or 12.com, but it has the numbers secured to http://www.battlefield2.com right up to http://www.battlefield9.com. EA only secured the rights to Battlefield4.com last month for $9000, and they paid a hefty $80,000 for the numberless Battlefield.com.

Leaked specs on the next-gen Nexus 7 see a 1920x1200-pixel display, Android 4.3 and Snapdragon S4 Pro for just $199

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 5:43 am

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities has come out and said that Google will unveil a next-generation Nexus 7 tablet at Google I/O next week. The analyst also reveals some potential, and quite surprising specs on the device.

 

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The Nexus 7 will still reportedly be made by ASUS, and will feature:

  • 7-inch LTPS display with 1920x1200 (WUXGA) resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, quad-core (the same processor in the Nexus 4)
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back
  • HD front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 4000mAh battery with Qi wireless charging
  • Android 4.3 - Jelly Bean

 

The upgrade to the 1920x1200-pixel display will be gorgeous, and it will be snappy with its Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The 5-megapixel camera on back is totally new, as the current Nexus 7 tablet doesn't feature a rear-facing camera. The 4,000mAh battery is slightly less than the 4,325mAh battery in the current Nexus 7, but I'[img] x sure the battery life will still be great.

 

The best bit that we have here is the price - just $199. If Google can achieve this price, it'll completely kill the iPad mini in virtually all aspects.

Official teaser trailer to Gravity released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 10, 2013 5:32 am

I am sure there's a lot of you who have seen the great Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and now the acclaimed director is back with yet another epic movie, Gravity.

 

 

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as two astronauts who go into space but are detached from their ship, after which they're forced to survive on their own in the dark beyond. There's some truly epic camera work done by Cuarón, something he is known for, and by the looks of things we're in for an utter treat with Gravity.

 

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Check out the trailer above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

RumorTT: More talk on the Motorola X smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 10, 2013 3:31 am

Another week passes, and another rumor on the Motorola X phone is here. This week, we're hearing from HotHardware's tipster, who has has a device in their hand to report from.

 

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This tipster has said that the ROM info on the Motorola X phone lists "X" as the device type, which gives this rumor an anchor. The Motorola X phone features a 4.8-inch 1280x720-pixel display, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and 2GB of RAM. The processor inside isn't known just yet, but it tests slower than the Galaxy S III in AnTuTu, which isn't fast at all.

 

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The more interesting part, is that there will be two versions of the Motorola X - the first is the full 'X' edition, and the second, and smaller 'X M' model. There's also a feature on the tipster's X phone called "Droid Blast" that lets you "instantly send photos or videos to friends near you with a simple gesture'.

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