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LG wants life to be good throughout 2013, as the company plans to sell 40 million smartphones this year. The South Korean company wants to depart from the usual entry-level handsets and shift into higher gears - this comes from the Head of LG's Mobile Communications Division, Park Jong Seok.
LG shipped 26.3 million smartphones last year, so if they want to meet their 40 million smartphone goal they'll need to nearly double their efforts this year. From what MWC 2013 has shown so far, this might not be as hard as you think. LG have some great devices coming out, and I think we're going to see them meet their 2013 goals.
Apple are looking for someone in Australia for a new position, the position open is for a 'Maps Ground Truth Data Specialist'. This position has been up for a couple of days, and comes just months after Apple's Maps app failing to provide correct mapping data in Australia.
The position will check "changes to map data, provide feedback on unique local map requirements, collect ground truth information, and evaluate competing products." But what is 'Ground Truth'? Well, that is information collected on location versus the data being collected remotely, such as data from satellites.
Google is looking to get a "fully-polished" version of Glass on sale by the end of this year. The search giant has said that the augmented reality headset will cost "less than $1,500" when it eventually goes on sale. The headset has already been available for pre-order for $1,500, though those versions aren't the same as what will be released to the general public.
As with all technology, the early adopters end up paying a premium to remain an early adopter. The Project Glass headset was announced last year and got a demonstration at Google I/O. The headset will be able to record pictures and video, provide directions, and much more, all controlled by your voice.
Google has announced that registration for Google I/O will open on March 13 at 7a.m. PST. Last year, the event sold out in just 20 minutes, so you'll need to be on top of registration to make sure you reserve your spot at the event. Last year, Google unveiled the Nexus 7 and other products.
This year's I/O will take place May 15 to May 17 in the Moscone Center, located in beautiful San Francisco, California. To register for the event, you'll be required to have a Google+ account and Google Wallet buyer account. Prices remain the same at $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic attendees.
More information can be found on Google's I/O page.
A couple of Google's office buildings in Mountain View, California are having issues with toxic fumes that are likely the result of the previous owners of the land. Buildings QD6 and QD7 were found to have high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic solvent used in the manufacturing of electronic chips.
The previous owners of the land were Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Raytheon, and other chip makers. These companies dumped thousands of gallons of THC into the ground, which has contaminated the water. Google installed air filters when they moved in and conducted air quality tests.
Readings as high as 8 micrograms per cubic meter were recorded. Normal exposure is 5 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA has said that it would take decades of exposure to cause problems, not the few months that Google employees experienced.
Google released a statement, saying "The health and safety of our employees is Google's number one priority, and we take several proactive measures to ensure the healthiest indoor air environments possible."
We just heard about IGN's layoffs that will affect many gaming sites, and now in other gaming layoff related news, EA have announced an unknown amount of layoffs in their Los Angeles, Montreal and "smaller locations".
The news is coming directly from EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said:
Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.
It looks like IGN have been slammed with mass editorial layoffs today, which will see 1UP, UGO and Gamespy shutting down. A company spokesperson told Joystiq:
We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly.
What now? There's only a few big gaming sites out there now - what are your thoughts on that?
If you're a user of Google's cloud services and have ever been stuck, you're probably not alone. To solve these issues, Google has introduced a tiered support service that spans the range of possible needs for support. The starting price is a lowly $0, but this just means you have access to online documentation, forums, and billing support.
Step up one level and you'll be looking at $150 per month. For this, you'll get "direct access to [Google's] support team." Step up again and you're looking at $400 per month. For this, you will get 24x7 phone support and various other support services. Of course, if none of these meet your needs, you can contact Google and get a custom plan that will set you back an undetermined amount.
You can find out more about the different support options on Google's website.
Last week I reported on CNET being sued by a coalition of artist over its Download.com site offering downloads of BitTorrent clients like uTorrent. CNET argued that it was well within its rights to offer such downloads, and as it turns out, the court agreed.
The coalition claimed, that because CNET had reviewed the software and provided an educational video on how to use said software, that Download.com was encouraging the use of the program. The court disagreed, with the judge saying that "there was no indication of encouragement and that a ban on any distribution of the technology would dampen public discussion of P2P technologies."
The judge did agree with the coalition on the fact that uTorrent and other P2P clients can be used to infringe on copyrights, but said:
"However, inducement of infringement requires more than just knowledge of actual or potential infringement. While there might be some evidence of past inducement of copyright infringement, there is no evidence of any ongoing distribution of any file sharing software 'with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement'."
NVIDIA has announced that they are working on building a new headquarters right across the street from their current Santa Clara headquarters. The new building's design is being worked on a team at Gensler and is being led by Hao Ko. NVIDIA says the arhitect shares their "values and drive to perfection."
The current renders of the new building are quite awesome and could rival Apple's new headquarters. As you can see in the picture above, NVIDIA's new headquarters will be shaped like two triangles with a connection in the middle.
The design harmonizes smart functionality and a shape that connects with and inspires our employees - a triangle, the fundamental building block of computer graphics. Efficient in every way, the design is thoughtful in its use of space, energy, and environment, and, of course, cost.
Let us know what you think of the planned headquarters. I think it looks pretty nifty. You can read NVIDIA's announcement blog post on their website.