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LG's Optimus Vu 'phablet' to reach US shores in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 6:25 am

LG have something to feel life is good over, announcing that the phablet device, Optimus Vu, has passed 500,000 unit sales in South Korea. The company took the time to unveil their plans to launch an LTE-powered Vu in the US.




LG's LTE-rocking Optimus Vu should arrive in the US before the end of Q3, presumably, sometime in late-September, at the latest. LG haven't said which US carrier will have the Optimus Vu, but the current rumbles are that Verizon will do it.


Leaked shots have also teased toward a Verizon-branded Optimus Vu, giving more credit to Verizon taking on the Vu. LG's Optimus Vu should drop with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 5-inch display with a 1024x768 display (4:3 aspect ratio), a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 32GB of internal storage.

Bizzaro world: Apple licensing iOS design patents to... Microsoft

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:21 am

Sorry for the attention-grabbing headline, but it really is necessary because this is quite the bizarro world right now to read, and report on this. But, Apple are licensing some of their iOS design patents to Microsoft.




The news was unveiled during the ongoing patent slapping game between Apple and Samsung, with a Reuters reporter commenting that the information came from Boris Teksler, Apple's director of patent licensing and strategy, who went on to explain that the deal also features an "anticloning" agreement.


Ian Sherr, a reporter for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal has said that the design patents are covered under a cross-licensing agreement that the two heavyweight company's have set up.

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ARM inks multi-year deal with Globalfoundries to produce efficient 20nm chips

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 4:31 am

Globalfoundries has just inked a multi-year deal with mobile chipmaker, ARM. The deal will see Globalfoundries produce ARM's next-generation mobile system-on-chip (SoC) processors.




Glofo's factories are equipped to handle 20nm and FinFET process technologies, with the deal also calling on ARM to develop its Artisan Physical IP platform, which includes cell libraries, memory compilers, and POP IP solutions.


The chips that will be made will be baked into future smart devices, and ultra-thin notebooks. ARM and Globalfoundries have been working together for a few years now, where we've seen them developing ARM Cortex A-series processors at Glofo's Malta, New York fab. The new deal should see the companies working on more energy-efficient ARM Cortex CPUs and ARM Mali GPUs for mobile devices.

Sennheiser unveils two new gaming headsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 3:32 am

Sennheiser have just shown off two new gaming headsets, with the new devices including a premium option with Dolby technology integrated, with the other priced to appeal to entry-level gamers. Both headsets are available right now from Sennheiser's website.




First up, we have the PC 323D which sports Dolby 7.1 Headphone and Dolby ProLogic IIx sound. The 323D features a CircleFlex design which allows it to adjust automatically to a user's head. This headset comes with its own 3D G4ME1 7.1 USB sound card attached, as well as an open-acoustic design which is said to keep the gamers' head cool through hours of gaming. Volume controls are also featured, on the right ear cup and rounding out the PC 323D we find a microphone which features noise-cancellation technology.

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Expect Dell, Lenovo and Samsung to release Windows RT-based devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 2:23 am

ASUS have already pledged to Microsoft's Windows RT, but they've just been joined by Samsung, Dell and Lenovo. HP is still MIA when it comes to Windows RT-based devices. When Microsoft announced their Surface tablets, HP said they've start out by building Intel-based business notebooks only. They'd wait for input from their customers for the move to Windows RT.




HP feels that the already established x86 platform provides the best customer experience right now, and in the immediate future. Microsoft does fan the flames out that we won't be seeing only ARM-based tablets from these manufacturers, with some of them making full-sized notebooks, too.

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EA, Microsoft working together to bring games to Windows Phone 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 1:26 am

We probably should admit we knew this was coming, and not just TweakTown, but most readers of our site. But, Electronic Arts, the world's second largest game maker, has announced their working with Microsoft to bring games to Windows Phone 8. Electronic Arts' COO, Peter Moore, told Bloomberg:




We're working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation are.


Game sales haven't been the best for the company this year, where they've been down 37% so far, but the game maker is looking to think out side the box, with that box being the retail box game market. EA wants to get more titles online, onto tablets, and phones. The company believes that Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8 will be central to this new handset strategy.

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SSD RAID 0 with TRIM, a match made in heaven

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Aug 14, 2012 12:47 am

Solid State Drives (SSDs) have been out for quite some time now, but as with any new technology, the iron needs to be bought out to get out some of the niggly issues, some big, some small. One of these has been RAID 0 on SSDs with TRIM.




RWLabs has an editorial where they talk about the subject itself, and I can't really condense it into a news post as its a four-page piece. If you're interested in SSD RAID 0 with TRIM enabled, then I suggest you check out the piece here.


RWLabs reckon it won't be long before we see motherboard makers bake the necessary goods into their BIOS', so as long as you've got the hardware, TRIM on RAID 0 SSDs shouldn't be too far away!

Sprint announces Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE availability date and price

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 11:33 pm

Looking for a new device on the Sprint network? Maybe they can interest you in their upcoming Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE phone that they recently announced? How about if you know the price and release date? Well, the phone officially went on pre-order today for $199.99 and will be available August 19.




The new phone may seem a bit old fashioned with its QWERTY-keyboard and all, but Sprint assures users that there is a place in the market for such a phone. "At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard," said David Owens, vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad."


The device runs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor which is supported by 1GB of RAM. The screen is a 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display which runs at a rather low resolution of only 540 x 960. The phone also comes with NFC, LTE wireless connectivity, SD card support, and an 8MP camera. The whole device is powered by Android ICS 4.0.4.

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Apple survey from 2010 shows why people went with Android over iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 10:40 pm

Some good is starting to come out of the Apple vs Samsung legal battle. For instance, this survey that was released in the court documents shows the major reasons that customers chose an Android phone over an iPhone. Curiously enough, the reason given most was that people didn't want to change their carrier.




Looking at the numbers, it appears that AT&T's iPhone exclusivity damaged sales of the phone as people didn't want to jump ship to the carrier. They instead chose to purchase an Android, possibly resulting in a larger uptake of the operating system. The second largest reason, 36%, was that users trusted the Google brand.


43% Wanted to stay with current provider

36% Trusted Google brand

30% Preferred larger screen

27% Preferred Android Market

26% Wanted better Google services intergration

25% Wanted latest and greatest smartphone

25% Wanted turn-by-turn GPS

25% Wanted latest and greatest technology


Interestingly, the features that have come to be known as defining differences, bigger screen, latest and greatest technology, didn't turn up as high as other answers. They rang in at only 30% and 25%, respectively. The survey also indicates that 25% of Android buyers considered an iPhone. This group of people should be the respondents to this survey.

Google increasing its travel prowess, acquires Frommer's

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 13, 2012 9:33 pm

Good ol' Google is trying to become the one-stop shop for everything you could ever need. While Google Maps is great for planning a route, it doesn't tell you what sights to see, where to stay, or where to eat. That's where Google's latest acquisition could come into play. Google has announced that they have acquired Frommer's, a renowned travel guide provider.




No plans or purchase price has been divulged, however, it seems as though it could be to extend the Zagat team that Google owns. "The Frommer's team and the quality and scope of their content will be a great addition to the Zagat team," a Google spokesperson told CNET in an e-mailed statement. "We can't wait to start working with them on our goal to provide a review for every relevant place in the world."


Frommer's mainstay has been printed travel guides. With the Google acquisition, it's not clear whether or not Google will continue printing the travel guides or make them online only. It'll be interesting to see how other players in the travel industry will take this latest Google acquisition. Several companies expressed concerns over previous Google travel company acquisitions.

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