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24
Oct
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LG’s next phone will be the first with one of its own CPUs inside


LG has been trying to catch up to competition like Apple and Samsung with its phones for years, and its next step on that path is to build one with its own CPU inside. The G3 Screen phone that it’s releasing this week in Korea will have an eight-core “NUCLUN” (pronounced NOO-klun) processor, based off of an ARM big.LITTLE design similar to Samsung’s octacore Exynos chips. NUCLUN has for 1.5GHz cores for the tough tasks, and for 1.2GHz cores for easier stuff that save on battery life. The G3 Screen is a 5.9-inch phone with a 10808p screen and support for the new, faster LTE-A networks that download at up to 225Mbps.

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Source: LG Newsroom

24
Oct
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Google Earth for Android receive its biggest update


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Google has decided to update the famous Google Earth for Android. The app has been around for a long time, and it is one of the most famous applications on the Google Play Store. The latest update is the biggest one so far, as it brings better and smoother 3D rendering technology.

“Starting today, you’ll see faster, smoother, and crisper transitions as you’re zooming into your dream destination in Google Earth. Thanks to a new 3D rendering technology—the first major 3D overhaul since Earth launched more than 10 years ago—sharper views of mountains and cities are just a virtual skydive away.”

earth-n9-nycRoads and labels are also improved, and it will gets same updates as Google Maps in future. Google Earth will now also allow you to open your KML files as well.

If you love exploring the planet without even moving from your bed, you should definitely check out the latest version of Google Earth. Check it out and let us know in the comment box below.

Source: Google Maps


 

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24
Oct
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Verizon begins pre-orders for Sony SmartWatch 3



Verizon on Thursday began taking pre-orders for the Sony SmartWatch 3, and Android Wear-powered smartwatch. Priced $250, the device is expected to begin shipping on October 30. The watch will also soon find its way into the Google Play Store where it will be offered alongside other Android Wear products, including those from Samsung, LG,… Read more »

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24
Oct
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Sound Off! What’s missing from your favorite operating system?


Whether you’re running the latest version of Android, iOS or Windows Phone, there’s bound to be something missing from your favorite mobile operating system. Personally, I find it amazing that iOS still makes me play Whac-a-mole when it comes to clearing out my notifications panel. What are some features you can’t believe are still missing? Sound off with your fellow Engadget readers in our forums.

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Source: Engadget forums

23
Oct

Android Wear update adds local music playback, standalone GPS



Google on Thursday announced an update to the Android Wear platform which adds in two noteworthy features. Smartwatches powered by Android Wear will now be able work more independently of smartphones thanks to internal GPS reporting capabilities. Apps such as MyTracks can now track runs and activities without requiring a connected device. Whether you’re training for… Read more »

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23
Oct
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Nexus 6 vs Nexus 5: A civil war within Google


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Ever since the announcement of the Nexus 6, we’ve been dying to know how it will stack up against other devices. While we won’t know for sure until we have our hands on one, we can at least look at the various specs. Lets take a look at the Nexus 6 vs the Nexus 5!

Motorola Nexus 6 vs LG Nexus 5

Display

Let’s start with the Display. The Nexus 6 has a gorgeous display with a pixel density of 493 ppi, while the Nexus 5 isn’t bad either with a 445 ppi. However, considering the Nexus 6 is a full inch bigger than the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6 is a clear winner in the display quality. Motorola’s device has an AMOLED screen while LG’s offering has an IPS screen, so that’s a matter of preference. Is also worth noting that the Nexus 5 is still a regular phone with its size, whereas the Nexus 6 places itself well into the “phablet” category.

Battery

With the battery, the Nexus 6 has another clear advantage with a 3,220 mAh battery, while the Nexus 5 has a 2,300 mAh battery. While the Nexus 6 has much more pixels to push, the Nexus 6 site still claims you can get 24 hours of talk time, with the Nexus 5 getting 17.

Processing

When it comes to the processors, they come pretty close. The Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.26 GHz, while Motorola’s offering has a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz. While the Nexus 5 technically has a year old processor, it is no slouch. Technically, the Nexus 6 wins, but when it comes down to it they are pretty close. However, the Nexus 6 has 3 GB of RAM while the Nexus 5 has 2 GB. This should give the Nexus 6 more multi-tasking power.

Camera

The Nexus 6 has a better camera, with a 13 MP rear shooter and a 2 MP front shooter, while the Nexus 5 has a 8MP and 1.3 MP. The Nexus 6 also has the ability to shoot video in 4K, while the Nexus 5 is behind at 1080p.

Storage

The Nexus 5 starts at 16 GB of memory, while the Nexus 6 starts at 32 GB. Neither have expandable memory.

All in all, both devices have great specs. Google truly has done well in designing both of these  Even the Nexus 5 which came out last year holds its ground well, but the Nexus 6 has been updated immensely, so in terms of specs the Nexus 6 is the clear winner.

However there are two things to consider: the Nexus 6 is quite large with its 5.96″ screen. One will have to get used to the size of the Nexus 6. Otherwise, some people are simply not going to want a phone that large and will want to get the Nexus 5. The other thing to consider is the price. What makes the Nexus 5 so great is all the great specs you get for the price: $349 off contract. The Nexus 6, however, will be $649 off contract. While the Nexus 6 will be available through carriers for cheaper, you’ll likely need to lock into a 2-year contract to get that price, which to many is not preferable.

So, when it comes to specs, the Nexus 6 is a winner. When it comes to size preference and price, the Nexus 5 is the winner. Which do you think is the better device? If you’re planning on getting a Nexus this year, which will you get?


 

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23
Oct
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Ubuntu turns 10 with its latest release


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Don’t look now, but one of the staples of the open source world just marked a big birthday. Canonical has released Ubuntu 14.10, officially making this friendlier Linux distribution 10 years old. The company is clearly happy with a low-key celebration; 14.10’s biggest addition is a developer tool center that makes it easier to write Android apps, while you’ll also find support for zero-setup printers and 64-bit ARM chips. Not exactly riveting stuff, is it? Still, the release shows how far Ubuntu has come — while there have been some rough patches in the last decade, the Canonical team can now focus most of its energy on refining a successful formula.

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Source: Ubuntu Insights

23
Oct
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‘SimCity BuildIt’ lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else


While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt on Android, and like so many other mobile games it won’t cost a dime to download. Of course, once you start shelling out for in-app purchases that’ll change in an instant. Why the lack of fanfare? Well, the last game in the series didn’t fare so well at the outset or for awhile afterward, so that might have something to do with it. Android Community says that despite expectations, however, it isn’t a mobile port of the PC title. Instead, it’s apparently more along the lines of a typical Android city builder, just with a SimCity coat of paint. We’ve embedded a gameplay video after the break so you can judge for yourself.

When it hits a wider release (and iOS as promised) is anyone’s guess, but for now we know at least one Canuck who’s probably pleased as punch.

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Via: Android Community

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23
Oct
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Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers


A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming — so they did. They’ve created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and other playground toys. To transform these outdoor playsets into big controllers, kids will have to clip the Hybrid Play sensor (above) onto their slides and merry-go-rounds. This sensor (which is dust- impact- and water-resistant) is powered by an Arduino microcontoller and equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, infrared and Bluetooth. It transforms real-life movements into signals sent to your phone, which the app then converts into virtual action. By the way, the system’s iOS and Android apps will come loaded with a selection of games to choose from, but everyone can make their own, as it’s an open-source project.

The Hybrid Play team’s hoping to raise $140,000 via Indiegogo for hardware production, as well as for software and games development. Unfortunately, that means the earliest you can get a unit is in April 2015 (if you pledge at least $99 right now and only if the campaign reaches its goal), but you can already peek at the app and its games on Android.

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Source: Indiegogo

23
Oct
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Yahoo’s mail app has notifications for flights and events too


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Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app… whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced something similar earlier, but we’re not entirely sure (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Kidding aside, the Today section in the Yahoo Mail app can now tell you if your flight’s been delayed or canceled and give you directions to the airport: you can even call the airline or go straight to its website if you need to rebook, right from the app. When you visit a new area, you’ll automatically get restaurant and attraction suggestions, replete with their Yelp reviews. Finally, if you’re attending an Evite, Eventbrite or Ticketmaster event, the app will show you its details, along with directions on how to get to there. The update’s already out on both iTunes and Google Play, but (unfortunately for most countries around the globe) the features are only available in the US for now.

[Image credit: Scott Schiller/Flickr]

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