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LeakedTT: New images spotted of iPhone 5C, appear to be legit

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 5:33 pm

Today, new photos have surfaced of what appears to be Apple's budget friendly iPhone 5C. The photos appeared on the blog Sonny Dickson, which published a rather large gallery of images showing off the back housing of the rumored low-cost iPhone.

 

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As with all leaked images of pre-launch devices, take these photos with a grain of salt, but also make note that they appear to be extremely legitimate. These photos appear to be the actual device with real electronics inside instead of just a plastic housing. Furthermore, they add credence to leaked videos we saw a earlier in the week.

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LG announces G2, a 5.2-inch Android based smartphone / phablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 4:12 pm

Today, LG Electronics unveiled its latest flagship smartphone in the form of the LG G2. This is the first device introduced under LG's new "G" series which is reserved for premium devices only. LG says that the G2 is a beautifully designed smartphone that brings together functionality and convenience in a comfortable package.

 

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The G2 features a 5.2-inch full HD 1080x1920 IPS display that packs 423 pixels per inch, and is powered by a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 clocked in at 2.26Ghz. 2 GB of low-power DDR3 800 is present and a 3000mAH battery keep things up and running for quite a long time. A 13-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties, while a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera is in control of the selfies.

 

LG says that there is also graphics RAM built into the display which cuts down on power usage and improves graphics performance. The device is available in 16GB and 32GB configurations. The usual complement of LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 are also present, and the biggest shocker of the day may just be the fact that LG has decided to place the phone's volume buttons on the back of the device located near the camera. Stay tuned to TweakTown for more information on LG's new G2 as it becomes available.

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id Software founder John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 2:54 pm

This morning Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift, announced a new addition to the team. The company said that id Software co-founder and legendary programmer John Carmack has joined the Oculus team as the company's new Chief Technical Officer. Oculus says that Carmack "is one of the brightest minds of our generation - pioneer, visionary, and industry legend. There are very few people in the world that can contribute to the Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality like John can."

 

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For those of you who might be too young to remember, John Carmack is the brains behind revolutionary pioneer first-person shooter games such as DOOM, QUAKE, RAGE and Wolfenstein. Carmack is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of 3-D graphics and has recently worked as a programmer in the aerospace industry at Armadillo Aerospace. Carmack prepared a statement which I have pasted below.

 

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"I have fond memories of the development work that led to a lot of great things in modern gaming - the intensity of the first person experience, LAN and internet play, game mods, and so on. Duct taping a strap and hot gluing sensors onto Palmer's early prototype Rift and writing the code to drive it ranks right up there. Now is a special time. I believe that VR will have a huge impact in the coming years, but everyone working today is a pioneer. The paradigms that everyone will take for granted in the future are being figured out today; probably by people reading this message. It's certainly not there yet. There is a lot more work to do, and there are problems we don't even know about that will need to be solved, but I am eager to work on them. It's going to be awesome!"

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LG G2 press images leak ahead of today's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 2:04 pm

Today, LG will launch its G2 phablet in in New York City at 11 AM EST, but no product launch is complete without official press images leaking hours before the event starts. This morning, our favorite leakster @evleaks has gotten his hands on the official press images for the LG G2.

 

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The phablet has already leaked several times, but this is the first time we're getting a look at what the device will officially look like. The G2 is rumored to feature a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 processor, 5.2-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, and 13-megapixel rear camera will take all the selfies you can handle. Finally, a 2,610mAh battery will keep the phablet up and running for most of the day. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the new LG G2.

iPad mini loses to refreshed Nexus 7 in drop, slide and dunk tests

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 10:31 am

The refreshed Nexus 7 was unveiled not too long ago, but Square Trade have been quick off the jump to perform drop, slide and dunk tests on a bunch of 7-inch slates.

 

 

The tablet and gadget warranty provider tested the original Nexus 7, the refreshed Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad mini. The iPad mini took the most damage from a five-foot corner drop, with massive damage to its cover and screen. The refreshed Nexus 7 took some corner damage and a few screen scratches, but wasn't as banged up as Apple's slate. The same drop saw the original Nexus 7 with more damage than its successor.

 

Moving onto the slide test, which was performed on a smooth-surfaced table, the iPad mini slid right off the desk with a slight push. Both of the Nexus 7 tablets stopped a few feet from the edge thanks to its matte and textured panels on its rear.

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COD developer says they want Battlefield to succeed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 9:30 am

Call of Duty developers, Infinity Ward, are praising their main competitor's developer, DICE. Yes, praising, and not bashing. Executive Producer, Mark Rubin, explained there's a real camaraderie between all developers.

 

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He said that all developers have the same goal, and that is to push video games into new directions. During an interview with Games Industry International, Rubin said:

 

On a developer's side it's like, 'Oh, did you see that stuff they're doing? That's so cool! We could do something that's like this and that and we get excited about seeing that kind of stuff. So from a developer's side, it definitely pushes us [to do better]. But it pushes us in a - I don't know if other studios feel this way - but I hope in a sort of camaraderie type sense. 'Oh, those guys are doing awesome stuff. Let's jack up our game.' But not like two opposing teams. Rather, like the same team pushing in the same direction.

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'Rich Kids of Instagram' is being turned into a reality TV show

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 8:26 am

Jersey Shore is over and it looks like there's another show that could fill the void, so prepare yourselves to see rich kids with their toys, including lions, Ferraris, private jets and more.

 

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The Rich Kids of Instagram is being made into a reality TV show, with the working title of "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills." The series is being produced by ITV Studios America in association with Leepson Bounds Entertainment, and will see these kids from uber wealthy families enjoying their millions of dollars.

 

Their Tumblr page states "They have more money than you and this is what they do." What do you think of this? I didn't even know they existed until I read about it, but now I wouldn't mind seeing how the other half live with millions of dollars that they never earned themselves.

Apple releases iOS 7 beta 5, includes overhauled Settings, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 7:28 am

Apple is getting a little quicker with beta releases with iOS 7, with iOS 7 beta 5 already out. Build 11A4449a is the latest version of Apple's upcoming mobile OS, and includes an overhauled Settings app, which comes with colored icons, as you can see below.

 

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Build 11A4449a also includes a new Control Center setting that allows you to turn it off while in apps, which stops Control Center from accidentally being opened up from the bottom of the app you're using. People have been complaining of Control Center seeing issues with controls and buttons located along the lower edge of an app's UI.

 

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iOS 7 beta 5's way of working this out is with a new "Access Within Apps" option, which is either turned on, or off. As ZDNet stated, it would be good if Apple gave users the option of blacklisting specific apps, instead of all of them. The last few new features in iOS 7 beta 5 include an updated power off slider, new phone icons, banner notification pull-down behavior, new On/Off toggles in the Accessibility settings, as well as a new Twitter icon.

Unauthorized streaming could be a felony to the Obama administration

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 6:21 am

The Obama administration gets a second mention (in a row!) today, where they're trying to arrest you for "unauthorized streaming." The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force last week unleashed a report that recommended classifying illegal content streaming... as a felony.

 

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I bolded the word "felony" because this is quite serious, with the report proposing "adopting the same range of penalties for criminal streaming of copyrighted works to the public as now exists for criminal reproduction and distribution... since the most recent updates to the criminal copyright provisions, streaming (both audio and video) has become a significant if not dominant means for consumers to enjoy content online."

 

This could actually materialize, which is scary, with this latest recommendation coming months after the United States Register of Copyrights' Maria Pallante stating that Congress should make illegal content streaming a felony. If your eyes haven't been opened yet, you might want to sticky tape them open, because this could soon be a reality.

President Obama is being asked to back off from Edward Snowden

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 5:27 am

We've been covering as much of the Edward Snowden news as possible, but it looks like there are plenty of other people and groups who think he's being treated unfairly. Over 150 civil society organizations from around the world are pressuring President Obama to end the prosecution of the NSA whistleblower.

 

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Human rights, digital rights and media freedom campaigners from across the globe have joined together to call on the US administration to acknowledge Snowden as a whistleblower. They're wanting him protected, not persecuted. At the end of the day, all he has done has exposed the truth - something the US government and its various agencies have been using billions of dollars of tax payers' money to build, and then spy on those citizens with.

 

If Snowden is persecuted, it's going to stop other "whistleblowers" in the future from stepping forward. The US is already a police state, but if people are hunted down and murdered (Michael Hastings, for example), then we need to redefine the word "freedom."

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