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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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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."

Android 5.0 'Key Lime Pie' spotted on Nexus 7 and Nexus 4?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 4:28 am

Google have been hiding Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" behind some very sealed doors, but it looks like the first sliver of information has leaked out on Google's next-gen mobile OS.




Members of the Chromium Project are used to seeing countless Android builds, but the latest one is from a Chromium user who spotted a posting of bug 267659, who reported an issue with Cloud Print by listing out his devices. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 were both listed, running Android built KRS36B. These few digits and letters are very significant, to those who know what to look for.


The most important part? The "K" in KRS36B, which stands for "Key" in Key Lime Pie. All previous releases for Jelly Bean start with "J", and it continues backwards with "I" for Ice Cream Sandwich, "G" for Gingerbread, and so on. The most recent build pushed out to the original Nexus devices was JWR66V, so we have "J" for Jelly Bean, obviously.

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Samsung has high hopes for Tizen, they want the OS on everything

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 3:29 am

Samsung has been working on Tizen for a while now, but in case you didn't know what Tizen was, you might want to do some light reading. Tizen is Samsung's mobile OS, that will see a bright future for the South Korean giant in the years to come.




But now there's some new information on just how much faith Samsung have in Tizen, with co-CEO, J.K. Shin, who runs Samsung's IT and Mobile Communications Division saying that Tizen is more than a small project for the company, and it isn't just a "simple alternative for Android." Shin sees a future of Tizen powering more than smartphones, a future where the mobile OS would move into vehicles and other industries.


Shin continues: "There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, bio, or banks. Cross-convergence is the one [area] Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products."

AMD: NVIDIA's CUDA and PhysX are 'doomed'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 7, 2013 2:34 am

According to AMD's Vice President of Channel Sales, Roy Taylor, NVIDIA's CUDA and PhysX platforms are an utter failure. How does he get to that conclusion? Because the industry doesn't like proprietary standards.




Taylor continued: "NVIDIA should be congratulated for its invention. As a trend, GPGPU is absolutely fantastic and fabulous. But that was then, this is now. Now, collectively our industry doesn't want a proprietary standard. That's why people are migrating to OpenCL." The AMD VP says that Intel will continue adding more GPU to their die.


Taylor said that with Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, 17% of the die was GPU. Ivy Bridge notched that up to 27%, and Haswell sees 32% of its die reserved for GPU silicon. He thinks that Intel will eventually use the term APU, but not for a little while yet. He adds: "We think the reason they're doing that is because of GPGPU. It's not because of games. I think they see that HSA is an absolutely unstoppable force. I just don't know why they don't call [Haswell] an APU... it seems just like pride. If you remember [ATI] tried to join the coin term VPU... 'No, no, no, it's a VPU not a GPU,' they would say. GPU just became widely adopted they just quietly adopted it, and I believe Intel will do the same. Look [Intel] it's an APU, why are you protesting?"

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