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May
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LG G3 rumored with Snapdragon 805, 3GB RAM, and 13MP Camera


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The upcoming LG G3 just got some more details according to a new leak which suggests that the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.

This will be coupled with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 QHD display, and a 13-Megapixel camera featuring OIS+.

Still up for debate however is the material that the LG G3 is made out of, with some leaks suggesting plastic like the LG G2, or a metallic rear casing as suggested by @evleaks leaked image.

Interestingly, the rumoured 3,200mAh battery will also be removable but as with any leaks and rumours should be taken with precaution since anything could change before the official launch next month.

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May
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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio speaker review


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Up for review today is the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio, a Bluetooth speaker exclusively offered through Sprint. Priced at $399.99, we had high hopes for the device, especially after having recently tested out the NYNE Bass at less than half the cost.

Measuring 11 inches in diameter, the Onyx Studio is a giant convex disc that sits at an angle upon two metal legs. It takes up more space on a shelf than we expected but it looks great in any environment.

Accessories Details PageAround the outer edge of the speaker are four buttons: power, Bluetooth, and volume up and down.You don’t see them from the front but you’ll figure out the placement in no time. What’s more, they have a slight indentation and respond easily to pressing so you can even fumble with them in the dark. Our sits higher up on a mantle; we can’t see the buttons at all yet we don’t have issues.

The speaker itself weighs around 4.5 pounds and is rather portable thanks to the handle. Unlike other models at lower price, this one is neither rugged nor does it have any special coating to keep the face from tearing or getting dirty. Suffice it to say, we’re a tad reluctant to take it outside. Not that we haven’t mind you, because it’s a perfect for barbecues and relaxing in the yard. It’s not portable in the sense that it travels easy or fits in a bag however it’s not stuck in one spot.

The battery life is rated at five hours, or roughly half of what we’d expect for the price. Other models we’ve tested offer anywhere between 10-20 hours playback, sure, but they don’t have the quality or projection of the the Onyx Studio. Still, we would have liked to see something closer to 10 hours of playback.

Turning the speaker around you’ll notice there’s no auxiliary input. Common for portable speakers, this feature would be nice to have for times we’d rather plug in a media player. It’s not a deal-breaker, though, as just about anything and everything we own today offers Bluetooth. As for the micro USB port on the back, well that’s reserved for firmware updates. And, for those wondering whether you can take calls through the speaker, that’s a definite no.

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Pictured with Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The first few times we played music on the Onyx Studio we were blown away at how loud it gets. But, as many of you know, loud does not always mean clear. Featuring two 3-inch woofers and two 3/4-inch tweeters, the speaker boasts 60 watts of power. We found the unit delivered consistently rich, warm tones across all genres of music. Bass response was excellent and the Onyx Studio provided enough rumble to fill any room. Outside in the yard, and with room to breathe, the speaker sounded even better. Switching from electronic to acoustic, rock, and hip hop, this guy was able to pick up highs and lows with ease and sound never came across cluttered or stacked.

Our biggest gripe with the Onyx Studio comes in the price. At $400 it’s about twice what we imagine our average reader would spend. It’s a premium device in every sense of the word; built materials and craftsmanship are wonderful. The problem, however, is knowing that we’re able to satisfy our needs at a fraction of the cost. It’s not as rugged as others and it’s missing a couple of features we can get in other products. Still, we can’t knock the product…just the price.

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7
May
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OS X 10.9.3 Public Launch Imminent [Mac Blog]


mavericks.pngThe latest OS X beta, 10.9.3, may see a public release within the next few days, as AppleCare employees have received a fresh build of the beta. The last build seeded to developers was 13D55, but as noted by 9to5Mac, employees have been given build 13D62, which suggests the beta is nearing the end states of testing.

The OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 Update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:

– Improves 4K display support on Mac Pro (Late 2013) and MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (Late 2013)
– Adds the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and iOS device using a USB connection
– Improves the reliability of VPN connections using IPsec
– Includes Safari 7.0.3

For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6228
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

10.9.3 will include improved 4K display support, enabling a HiDPI “Retina” scaling option for 4K monitors used with the 2013 Mac Pro and the 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, along with a 60Hz refresh rate.

It is unclear exactly when the beta might be released, but it could be as soon as this afternoon.



7
May
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Hands-On with iPhone 6 Case and Physical Mockup


Over the past several weeks, a number of photos and videos have shown cases and even physical mockups of Apple’s rumored iPhone 6. Most of the cases and mockups appear to have been based either on alleged design drawings published by Japanese magazine MacFan in late March or on essentially identical information leaking through other channels.

iphone_6_home_setLeft to right: iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 mockup, Retina iPad mini
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MacRumors has now obtained one of these iPhone 6 cases and separately 3D printed a very rough physical mockup based on the MacFan drawings for the 4.7-inch model. Together, the case and the mockup give a good idea of the feel of a larger iPhone.

The larger iPhone definitely makes one-handed operation more difficult, even for relatively large hands, but many users are already accustomed to using two hands much of the time. With the larger body, Apple appears to be shifting the sleep/wake button from the top edge of the device to the right side, and this new location feels very natural in our hands, with the index finger sitting right on the button in a left-handed grip.

iphone_6_5_handiPhone 6 mockup (left) and iPhone 5 (right) in the hand
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Our physical mockup includes our mocked up home screen showing that a 4.7-inch screen at the same 326 pixels per inch as the iPhone 5s would yield a 1334×750 display that could display an additional row of icons. While the mockup is based on the design drawings posted by MacFan, we did elect to slightly depress the surface of the device in order to help its physical features stand out more.

iphone_5_6_case_sidesiPhone 5 in iPhone 6 case (left) and edge views of case (right)
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With the case and mockup in hand, we encourage readers with questions to share them in the discussion thread associated with this story and we’ll do our best to address them.



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May
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This book sharpens knives, seasons steaks and serves dinner


You could pen a grilling cookbook when promoting a line of kitchenware, or you could make one that actually offered the tools needed to prep a meal. Creative studio JWT Brazil did just that for client Tramontina, constructing “Biblia Definitiva Do Churrasco” — or for us English speakers, “The Bible of Barbecue.” During the culinary process, sheets are removed from the book to complete the requisite steps, each piece donning its own unique typographic treatment. There’s a sheet of charcoal that’s broken up for fuel, a fire starter page, sharpening stone, apron and more. The wood cover doubles at cutting board and a placemat, serving tray and kitchen towel to tidy up are all tucked to get the results to the table. Only a handful of these were released to “master barbecue chefs,” but thankfully a simplified version is slated for future release. Our brief description doesn’t really do it justice, so jump down after the break to witness the full deconstruction.

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Via: Fiction (Twitter), Adweek

Source: JWT Brazil (YouTube)

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May
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Mink will let you 3D print custom makeup at home


Here’s a little secret that the cosmetics industry doesn’t want you to know: the base materials for most makeup, from the cheapest lip gloss to the highest-end eye shadow, is basically the same. The markup comes from either the brand name or a lack of scale for a particular color. Larger outlets like CVS or Walmart buy only the hues that sell the best so they can order in bulk and score a discount. Mink hopes to bring the entire industry to its knees by eliminating all that nonsense. It’s a 3D printer that mixes ink with powder, cream or whatever other raw material necessary to create an endless variety of cosmetics on your own desk.

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Mink is the brainchild of Grace Choi, a self proclaimed serial inventor who came up with the idea while at Harvard Business School. The hardware itself is proprietary, but it uses the standard image editing software already on your computer to actually print. You can pick a color from any where — a website, a YouTube video, a photo you took — and then drop the hexcode for the color into Photoshop or even MS Paint. Fill a canvas with the color of your choice, hit print and wait just a few minutes while Minx mixes up a fresh batch of makeup just for you.

Choi expects to launch Mink at around $300 and, while she didn’t have a price handy, she expects pigments and substrates to be surprisingly cheap. The appeal is obvious: girls (or boys, no judgement) could have an entire cosmetic store at their disposal in a small desktop printer. While custom colors of eye-shadow are the obvious use, it could also allow people to experiment with new shades without suffering from buyer’s remorse. Watch the demo above from TechCrunch Disrupt and check out GraceMink.com to sign up for more info as the product gets closer to launch.

Filed under: Misc, Peripherals

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Source: TechCrunch, Mink

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May
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Fly like a bird with this VR-powered, scent-emitting machine


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Current technology and human anatomy may prevent you from soaring like a bird in real life, but a team at the Zurich University of the Arts may just have the next best thing. Their Birdly machine lets you flap your way through the air much like the Red Kite it’s modeled after. Motors translate your hand movements to the virtual avian’s wings, and an Oculus Rift VR headset gives you an all-too-literal bird’s eye view of the scenery — you probably won’t want to look down very often.

The design also replicates some of the subtler environmental cues you’d expect while airborne. A fan simulates headwinds depending on your speed, and you’ll smell whatever’s below; hopefully, it’s all pleasant scents like the ground and trees. Birdly still needs some tweaks to avoid making users queasy, and it’s intended as an art installation that you likely won’t see outside of Zurich. Nonetheless, it’s a good demonstration of just how immersive a VR simulation can get — even if it’s simulating the unfamiliar experience of another species.

Filed under: Displays, Misc, Wearables

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Via: The Rift Arcade

Source: Birdly, ZUTA (translated)

7
May
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KitKat details leaked for multiple Samsung smartphones


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Samsung expects to deliver Android 4.4 KitKat updates to around eight smartphones before June is out, says SamMobile. According to the blog’s sources, a number of devices have already been cleared to roll with a handful of others still in “testing”. Between May and June we should see models such as the Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and Galaxy S4 Mini picking up the update. Keep in mind this is for very specific model numbers and variants could be a few more weeks off.

One model not getting KitKat, according to SamMobile, is the international Galaxy S3. As to why, the site suggests it’s related to having 1GB RAM while everything else has 2GB. For what it’s worth, the LTE and U.S. versions have 2GB.

On the horizon, reportedly, is an Android 4.4.3 update for the Galaxy S5. It sounds as if Samsung may skip the 4.4.2 stuff and go right for the latest and greatest.

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May
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5.5-inch HTC M8 Prime due this fall – report says


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HTC is rumored to be working on a true competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 to be released later this fall.

Last year HTC attempted to make an entrance into the phablet world with the ONE Max but did not have much success. The device received lackluster reviews and sales never really took off. HTC may fare better the second time around if these new rumors hold true. The supposed “HTC One M8 Prime” is rumored to have a 5.5 inch quad HD (1,440 x 2,560) display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 5-Ultrapixel camera with a rather uncommon 18MP sensor that will better aid with depth calculation. Additionally, we’re told to look for USB 3.0 and  3GB of RAM. Talk about a powerhouse!

Keep in mind none of this is official, meaning HTC has not acknowledged any of these rumors. Well, maybe they have.

The device is supposedly due to arrive around this September so we will keep an eye out for any more news on this rumored device.

SOURCE: BGR

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May
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Microsoft updates OneDrive app for Android


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For those who have come to count on the cloud as a baseline file storage method, Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) is a very competitive option, offering 7GB of online storage and transparent Office integration.

Now the Microsoft OneDrive team, by way of their blog, has provided several updates to their app lineup, including the Android version. Sticking with Android here, with version 2.5 of OneDrive app (for Android 4.0+ devices) one can now:

  • Share files and/or folders with others using links or sending files to another app for sharing purposes.
  • Adjust viewing and editing abilities right from your Android device.
  • Select multiple files to download at once.
  • Move and sort files and/or folders.

 

This update brings much more functionality to OneDrive on Android, especially via the file sharing aspect.  While Office documents are still held tied to Office/OneDrive support only (via Office web apps), one can hope that this at least a small step in the right direction to freeing Office files to all apps.

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