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Jul

Verizon bound LG G3 Vista leaks


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About a month ago we came across a report which said that Verizon will start selling LG G3 on July 17. Well, now we have some new info regarding Verizon and LG G3, at least in some form.

Let me explain, a new report came in containing an image of a phone which looks like an LG G3, but the leaker calls it LG G3 Vista. This image comes from a known leaker @evleaks and it resembles the G3, but there are some differences. The phone seems to lack a metallic look-alike finish on the back, this looks way different. That’s not the only odd thing when it comes to this leak though, the phone seems to lack dual LED flash on the back as well. Original LG G3 has it, this one on the other hand has only one flash on the back. Everything else seems to be in place though.

The question remains, is this going to be LG G3 under a new moniker with a different pattern on the back and with only one LED flash, or are they going to change the insides of the phone as well. Who knows, I guess we’re just going to have to wait for Verizon to release the thing and then we’ll see, if we don’t get more reports in the meantime that is.

Source: @evleaks
Via: TechnoBuffalo

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6
Jul

NASA gives the go-ahead to a rocket designed for deep space exploration


For the past few years, NASA’s been working on a powerful rocket called the Space Launch System meant for missions to the moon, Mars and other places far from our planet. While the rocket’s not quite ready to take Bruce Willis to an asteroid, it’s at least getting nearer to a launch pad — the agency has just finalized a $2.8 billion deal with Boeing to start building its core stage and developing its avionics system. The deal went through recently after the core stage passed its critical design review, where 11 experts inspected 3,000 of its artifacts. A core stage, by the way, is the middle part of a rocket that makes up most of its body: the one Boeing’s building for the SLS is a 200-foot tower that’ll store cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to fuel the engines.

Apparently, the last time a major NASA vehicle passed muster during one of these reviews was back in the 1970′s, and it was none other than the Saturn V, which carried many astronauts to the moon. The agency plans to earmark $6.8 billion of its funds from fiscal years 2014 through 2018 for the project and hopes to conjure up a rocket that’s ready for an unmanned mission by 2017. If that happens, the SLS could start ferrying astronauts to big space rocks or even the red planet as soon as 2021.

[Image credit: NASA/MSFC]

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Via: LA Times

Source: NASA

6
Jul

Terra Battle to be Hironobu Sakaguchi’s new free-to-play Mistwalker RPG



Terra BattleHironobu Sakaguchi is known for many things, but he is most commonly referred to as the father of the Final Fantasy game series. Having left those games behind, Sakaguchi started his own studio called Mistwalker and has been successfully putting out fresh new RPGs, like Lost Odyssey, ever since. Mistwalker’s next RPG game, Terra Battle, was just announced at the Japan Expo in Paris and is already currently in development on iOS and Android. There’s not a whole lot of detail about the actual game, but it’s due out in September 2014, so there won’t be long to wait before we see it in the flesh.

terra battleProbably most interestingly is the fact Terra Battle will be free-to-play on the mobile platforms; we’re not quite sure how that translates into a RPG game, but I guess we’ll see soon enough. Mistwalker has since released the above image which shows us a rather large snippet of the art design that will be in Terra Battle; so far, so good. For fans of the Final Fantasy series, you may interested to hear that music composer, Nobuo Uematsu, has been mentioned as being involved with Terra Battle‘s musical score.


Having played Lost Odyssey, I can’t wait to see what Sakaguchi and Mistwalker has in store for the mobile platform. Are you excited for Terra Battle?

Source: Famitsu, Destructoid via Pocketgamer, Hardcore Gamer


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6
Jul

Google makes sure its founders will survive a Terminator assault


Arnie is coming for you (unless you're Larry or Sergey)

The Connor family may be doing a great job preventing Skynet from becoming self-aware and declaring war on humanity, but Google apparently isn’t taking any chances. The internet giant has quietly uploaded a “killer-robots.txt” Easter egg file that tells Terminators to avoid hunting down the company’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. There’s more to this joke text than stopping murderous automatons from the movies, of course. It’s really there to mark the 20th anniversary of robots.txt, the document you put on a site to exclude pages from Google’s search crawler. However, it does make us wonder why Google didn’t see fit to save people like Andy Rubin or Sundar Pichai — surely it would expect those behind Android to get some mercy from androids.

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Via: Search Engine Land, The Verge

Source: Google

6
Jul

‘Hunger Marketing’ strikes again: 50,000 Xiaomi MiPad tablets sold in under four Minutes



Xiaomi MiPad tabletsJust last week, we reported on a story where Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, managed to sell 10,000 of its Xiaomi Redmi Note smartphones in just on second, further perpetuating the legend of ‘Hunger Marketing’ that Xiaomi has become so good at. As a further affirmation of this marketing strategy, Xiaomi has done it again this week by offering 50,000 of its new Xiaomi MiPad tablets which sold out in the slightly slower, but still amazing, time of just under four minutes. The 16GB variant of the MiPad costs 1499 Yuan ($240 USD) and the 64GB version is 1699 Yuan ($270 USD), but if you’re thinking this is just ‘another cheap tablet’, you would be wrong.

Xiaomi CEO, Lei Jun, said earlier this week that they are ready to compete with Apple, and the MiPad is their answer to the iPad Mini. A 7.9-inch device with a resolution of 2048×1536 and is powered by the new NVIDIA K1 processor married with 2GB RAM. The rear camera is a 8MP shooter and the front camera is 5MP, and everything is powered by a 6,700mAh battery. The Xiaomi MiPad is probably one of the most cutting edge Android tablets out right now, but unfortunately Xiaomi has not mentioned any plans of bringing this device outside of its own region; here’s to hoping they change their minds.


What do you think of Xiaomi’s ‘Hunger Marketing’ tactics? And what is your opinion of the Xiaomi MiPad tablets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Xiaomi (MIUI) via Phone Arena


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6
Jul

Weekends with Engadget: Android Wear review, ditching social media and more!


This week, we reviewed Google’s Android Wear platform, examined a few practical steps toward ditching social media, watched a sniper hit his target without looking and took a look at the phenomenon of social media activism. Read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last seven days. Oh, and be sure to subscribe to our Flipboard magazine!

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: a practical guide

Ever thought of dumping social media for a more private life? In this week’s installment of How to Disappear, Dan Cooper discusses some practical first steps toward going completely off the grid. Disclaimer: it’s incredibly difficult. You can find part one here.

Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

Thanks to Google’s unifying Android Wear platform, the smartwatch market is poised to explode. But does this wearable OS have the right combination of user experience and functionality to win the hearts of the masses? Read on as Brad Molen breaks down everything you need to know about Android Wear.

Windows 9 will morph to fit the device it’s running on

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Microsoft’s next operating system (Windows 9) will ship as a three-in-one of sorts (desktop, tablet and mobile). Codenamed “Threshold,” the OS will recognize the hardware it’s running on and morph to the occasion.

‘Reading Rainbow’ is the most popular Kickstarter to date

After reaching over 105,000 backers this week, Reading Rainbow dethroned the original Pebble smartwatch as the most popular Kickstarter project ever. At its close on July 2nd, the endeavor had raised over five times its goal of $1 million.

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What you need to know about social media activism

What do the “OccupyWallStreet” and “CancelColbert” hashtags have in common? They’re both examples of what’s been termed “social media activism.” Read on as Ben Gilbert dissects this modern form of protest and what it means to you.

Facebook used you like a lab rat and you probably don’t care

Smiles are contagious. So are depressing Facebook posts, apparently. In 2012, Zuckerberg and Co. manipulated its users’ happiness (gasp) by secretly bombarding their news feeds with waves of positive and negative stories.

NVIDIA’s Shield successor is a tablet

NVIDIA’s next Shield console might not be a “console” at all. According to a listing from the Global Certification Forum, the gaming company mistakenly leaked information about an upcoming “Shield Tablet,” including some specs.

The forgotten losers of the console wars

More than a few gaming consoles have spawned in the last 40 years, most of which you’ve probably never heard of. This week, a museum in southern Japan is opening its doors in celebration of 56 those historic (or infamous) consoles.

Watch a sniper nail his target from 500 yards without even ‘looking’ at it

What’s scarier than a regular ole’ sniper? One who doesn’t have to see the target. Armed with a futuristic targeting system and Smith Optics I/O Recon Goggles, this sharpshooter nails a target 500 yards away… while looking in another direction.

Garmin Forerunner 15 review: sports watch first, fitness tracker second

If you’re already an athlete or active jogger, Garmin’s new Forerunner 15 might be the fitness accessory you’ve been looking for. At $170 ($200 with the heart rate monitor), this somewhat bulky device combines the functionality of a sports watch with fitness tracking basics.

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6
Jul

HTC Makes a Nice Profit! Android Almost Overtaking iOS Globally! – The ManDroid Show



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Hello Android friends. Time the ManDroid Show that should have been up yesterday. Hopefully you America type people had a great 4th of July yesterday. Looks like HTC is finally rising from the money pit they were sinking in. Android is almost overtaking iOS in global users, and I have a feeling after Android L gets released officially, we will overtake that OS. Enjoy the show?


Android News
HTC back in black
Android overtaking iOS
Google Now everywhere
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact: http://androidspin.com/2014/07/03/sony-xperia-z3-compact-snapdragon-801-android-4-4-2/


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6
Jul

Recommended Reading: Colombia’s high-tech World Cup training and testing Facebook


Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Colombia v Uruguay: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Colombia’s High-Tech Advantage in its World Cup Match Against Brazil
by Matt Hartigan,
Fast Company

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Colombia certainly faced an uphill climb against Brazil at the World Cup, and the side turned to tech to increase its chance of winning throughout the tournament. During training, the Colombian national team leveraged Catapult: a wearable GPS system that maps players’ bodies in three-dimensional space to gauge the “load” placed on each athlete. Among a host of other features, the sensors transmit data to coaches and staff instantly at a range of up to 250-300 feet. Soccer isn’t the only sport using the system either, as the San Antonio Spurs implemented the system to track basketball prospects ahead of last week’s NBA Draft.

The Test We Can — and Should — Run on Facebook
by Kate Crawford, The Atlantic

By now, you’ve likely heard about Facebook toying with our emotions with manipulated News Feed content. The backlash has certainly been significant, questioning the ethics of this sort of secret user testing. The Atlantic’s Kate Crawford examines questions surrounding the whole process while suggesting an opt-in model for future experimentation.

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Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick
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Shannon Pettypiece and Jordan Robertson, Bloomberg Businessweek

Too busy with work to prepare healthy meals over regular pizza deliveries? Well, soon your doctor could give you a phone call telling you to cut it out. Carolinas HealthCare System is examining the buying habits of 2 million patients to determine those at high risk and to offer care before they report to the office.

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Razr Burn: My Month With 2004′s Most Exciting Phone
by Ashley Feinberg, Gizmodo

Back in the summer of 2004, many of us coveted the Motorola Razr V3 when it first made its debut. The ultra thin flip phone was a powerful and expensive option at the time, becoming one of the most recognizable handsets of all time. To celebrate its 10th birthday, one tech journalist opted for the Razr over an iPhone for a month, documenting the entire experience.

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Tracking the Digital Revolution, From Pong to ‘Gravity’
by Alice Rawsthorn, New York Times

A new exhibit at London’s Barbican Center takes a look at the evolution of digital media from Pong in 1972 right up through experiments from designers, coders and others today. The New York TImes offers a brief synopsis of the collection, including the technical challenges of showcasing tech from the ’80s and ’90s as they were originally intended.

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[Photo credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images]

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