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LG plans on selling 45 million smartphones this year, says that the Nexus 4 has helped them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:32 am

LG have some grand plans for 2013, and by grand, we mean really grand - the South Korean company are expecting to have a ten-fold increase in sales according to The Korea Times.

 

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The Korea Times' report also says that LG are looking to sell roughly 75 million handsets this year, with 45 million of those being smartphones. LG also talks about jumping into the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon, with a senior executive from one of LG's partners telling The Korea Times:

 

We will release quite a number of new Optimus devices this year, and LG also has some new smartphones in the works that will run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.

 

The executive adds that this year "won't be as bullish for LG as last year" and that the Nexus 4 and Optimus G have helped the South Korean company make great impressions with major carriers. These two smartphones have shown not only the carriers, but consumers that LG are more than capable of releasing some of the best built, and outright best smartphones on the market right now.

Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus receive their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:30 am

Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus smartphones are now receiving their Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (JOP40D) updates, hosted by Google. There's been no word on over-the-air (OTA) updates just yet.

 

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Instead of waiting for the OTA update, there's always the option to manually download the update and install it with more than one method provided on the Galaxy Nexus forums across the world. The update is around 100MB, which you can grab here. The download is direct from Google, so you know it hasn't been tampered with.

T-Mobile to offer Nexus 4 in all retail stores soon, now offers Nexus 7 with SIM through Google Play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 8:28 am

T-Mobile have unleashed some news to consumers waiting to know about the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. The Nexus 4 will reach all retail stores 'in the coming weeks', and will be available once more through T-Mobile's website on January 23.

 

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In regards to the Nexus 7, there's now a 32GB version sporting a T-Mobile HSPA+ SIM card. The hardware rocking along inside of the tablet is the same as the "AT&T version" that arrived just hours ago, but instead this one says "T-Mobile" on it and doesn't come with $100 credit on your bill.

A second battery-related fire causes the FAA to ground all Boeing 787s in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 7:56 am

The Federal Aviation Administration have announced that all Boeing 787s in the US are to be grounded after yet another lithium-ion battery failure has caused a fire in Boston following one in Japan.

 

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Just hours previous, a 787 had to make an emergency landing in Japan after a fire broke out on the aircraft and had smoke filtering into the cabin. The FAA will now run an investigation into the 787s to ensure that the batteries are indeed safe for the planes to be operational again.

 

On January 7, a fire broke out in a 787 at Boston's Logan Airport, preventing the plane from taking off. Today's announcement comes just days after the FAA launching an investigation into the Dreamliner's design, manufacture, and assembly. The investigation is set to look over the various issues the 787 has faced over the last year since it first took into the skies.

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Smartphone shipments expected to surpass one billion in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 6:42 am

Let's face it - you own a smartphone, your mom owns a smartphone, and I'm guessing that even your Nanna owns a smartphone. Well, it looks like 2013 is set to be a mammoth year for smartphone shipments, with accounting and consulting firm Deloitte reporting that smartphone shipments will pass 1 billion units this year, with the total smartphone install base shifting into 2 billion consumers.

 

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Deloitte have also made other predictions, which include the increased popularity of authentication methods that aren't passwords, 4G LTE adoption ramping up with a subscription base exceeding 200 million, and the continued dominance of the PC which accounts for over 80% of Internet traffic - even with the smart device market chomping on its heels.

Galaxy Note III should feature the eight-core Exynos 5 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 5:36 am

I can't even believe we're talking about it already, but Samsung's Galaxy Note III could have a very fast processor baked into it. We're already hearing rumors of a huge 6.3-inch screen, but it looks like it'll feature Samsung's new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC.

 

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The Korea Times is reporting that Samsung will release the Galaxy Note III later this year, which will feature the eight-core processor according to executives from the company.

 

Samsung are also showing off their new eight-core Exynos 5 SoC to other firms in the hopes they'll be able to shift their reliance on selling billions of dollars worth of chips to main competitor, Apple. I'm sure that this will happen, as it'll be a huge bragging point to any manufacturer to sell a smartphone with an eight-core processor inside.

RumorTT: Apple's new iPad mini 2 could feature Retina display, more iPhone talk, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 4:36 am

It's usually Apple that gets things right the first time around, but they really dropped the ball with the iPad mini. It's lacklustre display mixed with it's huge price tag when versed against the much cheaper Nexus 7 hurt Apple.

 

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The latest rumors to begin circling is that the iPad mini 2 would sport a Retina display, which is, I guess, news to no one. The original iPad mini should've included it, but didn't and it looks like Apple will tweak the iPad mini to include the high-res display. There is also more talk of the iPhone 5S, and a "slightly tweaked version" of the iPhone 5.

 

The iPhone 5S talk is pushing that the next-gen iPhone would feature a higher-end A7 processor, fingerprint sensor as well as an improved camera and smart flash. I guess we'll see in a few months time.

Kansas City has become the center of tech startups thanks to Google Fiber

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 3:32 am

I've just moved house and I'm stuck with piddly 4Mbit ADSL, which isn't too bad, but nothing quite like Google's Fiber service that has rolled into Kansas City.

 

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The Associated Press is reporting that thanks to Google's Fiber service, it has turned Kansas City into a huge attraction for tech startups who want to jump onto the fastest Internet access in the US. The AP has reported that several startups have popped up in Kansas City, "working on their ideas for the next high-tech startup".

 

The AP cites one startup residence, which has been called the "Home for Hackers" that provides entrepreneurs "a deal that allows them to live rent-free for up to three months "while they develop their business plans". The Home for Hackers has three spots specifically reserved for entrepreneurs and an additional bedroom set up for "fiber tourists who want a place for a day or two where they can download anything faster than they could elsewhere."

Introducing the Typhoon, a new gun in Crysis 3; 7 Wonders episode 4 released

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 3:12 am

For all you Crysis fans out there, episode 4 of the 7 Wonders series has been released today. In the episode, they introduce the Typhoon, which they bill as the "culmination of 2000 years of human warfare." This very capable gun is able to fire 500 rounds per second. It fires 10 bullets in parallel 50 times per second.

 

 

When you're heading towards an enemy with this much firepower, there isn't much the enemy will be able to do to stop you. I don't know about you, but every day that Crysis 3 gets closer to release, I get happier. Crysis 3 is set to release in the US on February 19 and in Europe on February 22.

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Sprint to offer Total Equipment Protection on iPhones starting Jan. 25

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 17, 2013 2:49 am

Previously, Sprint customers only had one option when it came to insurance and extended warranties for Apple iPhones: Apple's very own AppleCare. However, a leaked internal screenshot shared anonymously with Engadget shows that starting January 25, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Total Equipment Protection (TEP) for iPhones.

 

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The monthly charge is an additional $11 on top of your current bill and a large $150 or $200 deductible if or when your device needs to be replaced. This is opposed to AppleCare, which costs just $99 up front and a $50 deductible when a device is damaged.

 

I'd have to lean towards AppleCare being the better choice. However, if you can't afford that extra $99 up front, you will soon have another option.

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