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Sep

LG V20 vs LG V10: What’s the difference?


LG has announced the successor to its LG V10 in the form of the LG V20 at an event in San Francisco.

The new device is the first smartphone to arrive with Android Nougat straight out of the box and it brings with it some impressive specs.

Question is, how does it compare to the LG V10? We have put the two devices up against each other, spec for spec, to see what the differences are.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Design

The LG V20 offers a full metal design, made from lightweight aluminium and a light silicone-based material. It has MIL-STD 810G drop protection and a nice slim bezel.

On the rear, you’ll find a dual-lens camera array with a circular fingerprint sensor positioned below it, while the front sports a singular camera lens setup. The LG V20 measures 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, weighs 174g and features a removable battery.

The LG V10 features a plastic textured rear with a tile-effect finish. There is one large camera sensor above the circular fingerprint sensor rather than a dual-lens setup, though there are two sensors on the front.

At 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm, the LG V10 is a little larger and thicker than the V20. It is also a little heavier at 192g, but like the new device, it also offers MIL STD 810G drop protection and a removable battery.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Display

The LG V20 has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD resolution for a pixel density of 515ppi. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 72.4 per cent.

There is also a secondary display on the V20 measuring 2.1-inches and featuring a resolution of 160 x 1040, which results in a pixel density of 501ppi.

The LG V10 also has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, meaning a pixel density of the same as the V20 at 515ppi. Its screen-to-body ratio is a little less at 70.8 per cent though.

Like the V20, the V10 also offers a secondary display measuring 2.1-inches and offering a resolution of 160 x 1040 pixels.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Camera

The LG V20 has a pair of rear cameras that are the same as the LG G5 with a 16-megapixel f/1.8 regular sensor and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 wide-angle sensor with a 135-degree view.

The 16-megapixel sensor has optical image stabilisation, along with electronic image stabilisation and digital image stabilisation for smooth videos. It also has a hybrid autofocus system on board to detect the scene and pick the best method for quick focusing in all conditions.

The V20 has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/1.9 aperture and 120-degree wide angle lens.

The LG V10 has a 16-megapixel rear sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation. There is a 5-megapixel Duo front camera, with an aperture of f/2.2.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Hardware

The LG V20 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, supported by 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It has a microSD slot for storage expansion, USB Type-C and as we mentioned previously, a removable battery with a 3200mAh capacity.

The V20 also includes a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC capabilities and enhanced audio capture for videographers with three HD mics and a studio mode to manually control capture.

The LG V10 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 4GB of RAM and a choice of 32GB or 64GB of memory. It too has microSD support and a removable battery, but the capacity is a little smaller at 3000mAh. It is also charged via Micro-USB not USB Type-C.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Software

The LG V20 is the first device to launch on Android’s latest software build out of the box, as we mentioned. It will arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat, overlaid with LG’s UX 5.0+, which is an upgraded version of the software on the G5.

The V20 will support multi-window display and Google In App, both features of Android 7.0. The second screen functionality has also been enhanced, offering an expanded notifications function that lets you tap a button to open longer messages.

The LG V10 is currently on Android Marshmallow, but it is likely to see an upgrade to Nougat eventually. Whether all the features that can be found on the V20 will appear is not yet known but the experience should be familiar when the update happens.

LG V20 vs LG V10: Conclusion

The LG V20 improves on its predecessor in a number of areas. It offers a more seamless design, a larger battery and a more powerful processor.

Yes, the RAM stays the same, as do the displays in most part, but the V20 also brings better audio capabilities and there’s a good chance there will be a big improvement in camera too if the G5 is anything to go by.

Ultimately, the LG V20 appears to offer the improvements you’d expect from a succeeding device, at least that’s what the numbers suggest.

7
Sep

Launch your own career with 40+ hours of web business training (95 per cent off)


Looking for a way out of the 9-to-5 grind? How about starting your own web business? While it may sound scary, running your own business online costs little to get started. And with the right training, you can establish a lucrative source of income straight from your computer.

The Build Your Web Business Bundle offers top training in entrepreneurship, web development, and freelancing, and it’s on sale for only £51.48 ($39 USD).

This course bundle includes seven courses, but here are a few course highlights:

  • Freelancing with YouTube, WordPress, Upwork, and Fiverr: Master the web’s most popular freelancing platforms and learn how to build a portfolio with YouTube and WordPress
  • Learn WordPress Website Creation & Web Design From Scratch: Build your own scalable website from the ground up using the world’s most popular content management service
  • Freelance Business Kickstart: Get valuable tax and business tips on freelancing and learn how to market yourself for maximum exposure
  • Online Residual Income Business Models: Discover how to generate passive income online and multiply your earnings with compound interest

Packed with more than 40 hours of training, this bundle covers every facet of running your own business online. In addition to training with several freelancing platforms, this course collection includes a number of resources like contract templates and legal advice to get your web business up and running.

The Build Your Web Business Bundle normally retails for £1269.84, but Pocket-lint readers can save over 90 per cent off, paying only £51.48 ($39 USD) for the entire bundle.

7
Sep

Jam out anywhere for 20 hours straight with this powerful speaker (30 per cent off)


Bluetooth speakers are pretty straightforward, right? Just sync up and blast your tunes for hours and hours. Well, how about a Bluetooth speaker that does more than just play music? Introducing the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker.

This speaker not only lets you jam out on the go, but it also lets you charge up other devices. For a limited time, you can get the Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker on sale for only £138.58 ($104.99 USD).

Featuring a removable 6,000 mAh powerbank, the Soundjump lets you take the tunes–and power–wherever you go. Whether you’re going on a long campout or roadtripping across the country, having this two-in-one combo is guaranteed to come in handy.

Built to last, the Soundjump’s powerbank lets you belt out tunes for 20 hours straight, and you can easily juice your phone if it’s having a hard time keeping up. Plus, since the powerbank is easy to remove, you can always replace it without having to send in your speaker.

While the Soundjump focuses on utility, don’t think it skimps on performance. Equipped with dual custom 45mm full range drivers, the Soundjump is designed to deliver powerful sound on the go. Plus, this Bluetooth speaker is ultra-durable, making it sound companion for hikes and other demanding endeavors.

What’s more, this speaker comes with a built-in speakerphone. Rather than fumbling for your phone during an impromptu dance number, you can respond to calls with ease.

The Soundjump Bluetooth Speaker normally retails for £197.98, but Pocket-lint readers can take 30% off, making the final price only £138.58 ($104.99 USD).

7
Sep

Mario coming to iOS with Super Mario Run


Nintendo has finally announced a Mario game for iOS, as has long been rumoured.

Super Mario Run was unveiled during the Apple iPhone 7 launch in San Francisco where Apple boss Tim Cook gave up the stage to Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario’s creator.

It is an endless runner game, with similar styling to the classic 2D platform games starring the plump plumber. However, Mario runs automatically, so you need only tap the screen to make him jump.

There are other modes added, which add variety, but the simple fact that a Mario game will finally be available on mobile and tablets is very exciting indeed. It could even be as big a deal as Pokemon Go.

The game will be released in time for the holiday season and will be an exclusive to Apple devices it seems, at least initially.

Miyamoto also revealed that it will be sold for a one-off fee. Although the actual cost yet to be determined, there will be no in-app purchases whatsoever, he said. Nintendo wants it to be playable and suit all ages. Parents will certainly approve.

Nintendo still also plans to release iPhone and iPad games based on other franchises, including Animal Crossing.

7
Sep

Broadband fears prompt Europe to take a big step backwards


Regulators in Europe are considering axing regulations around broadband services in order to foster investment in new fiber optic networks. Reuters claims to have seen an as-yet-unpublished document in which officials ponder relaxing rules surround infrastructure sharing. Currently, companies that install fixed-line broadband to homes are obliged to rent access to other businesses at a fair price. But those firms are aggrieved, saying that the fees aren’t enough to justify the initial investment.

Officials want to scrap the regulations at the European level and hand control back to the individual countries. Local bodies will be required to monitor the investment of telecoms and ensure that they’re building out as promised, or playing fair if others want to instead. The move is designed to encourage telcos to build out rural areas where the returns — it’s claimed — simply weren’t there to justify the initial cost.

The backstory to this is that the EU is spooked about its poor digital infrastructure, especially compared to the US and China. The Union’s digital chief, Guenther Oettinger, has said that the bloc needs to invest $800 billion just to remain alongside the two world superpowers. That’s not the sort of cash anyone in Europe has to hand right now, given the whole financial crisis.

Then again, the obvious concern here is that the EU is essentially turning a blind eye to a system that’ll create a series of local monopolies. If your town is cabled by one company and can block others from accessing its network, then customers will be trapped with one provider in perpetuity. That’s not likely to go down well with consumers or people who believe in free and fair markets.

Source: Reuters

7
Sep

Snapchat reportedly drops Local Stories for cities


For a while, Snapchat has run Local Stories, or daily summaries of what’s happening in your city based on videos from users in the area. However, you may have to go without them before long. Bloomberg sources understand that Snapchat is dropping the feature and shifting its focus to “live moments” and special events, such as holidays or major sporting matches. Reportedly, Local Stories just weren’t that popular — Snapchat is more interested in deals for video series and other content that bolsters its bottom line.

Snapchat tells us only that it cut a “small number” of jobs (Bloomberg says 15) in Los Angeles and New York City due to “changes to our Local Story coverage.” You can read the full statement below. Having said this, it makes sense that the company would focus more on special occasions. The social service has to show that it has a viable business model if it’s going to attract investors to an eventual public stock offering, and that means cutting features that cost money but don’t either attract more users or rake in additional cash. Unfortunately, that means losing some of Snapchat’s local flavor.

Source: Bloomberg

7
Sep

Intel brings you to NY Fashion Week’s runway with VR


If you can’t make it to New York Fashion Week in person, Intel is giving you another option: Virtual reality. Using VOKE’s app on the Gear VR, you can view live broadcasts of runway shows in stereoscopic 360-degree video. Intel isn’t giving many details about how it’ll work, but it describes the experience as a “natural environment” for viewing the shows, which kick off tomorrow. That could mean taking the place of an audience member beside the runway, or standing in the coveted spot at the end where models stare off vacantly.

If you don’t have a GearVR, you can view a 2D version of the stream at NYFW’s site, or partner designer sites. Those partners include “Erin Fetherston, Noon by Noor, Lisa N. Hoang, Dan Liu, Namilia, Marissa Webb, Band of Outsiders, Irina Vitjaz, Supima, Misha Collection, Prabal Gurung and Telfar.”

The VR experience sounds like an intriguing use of VOKE’s technology, which has primarily been used for sporting events. Of course, it won’t get you into all of New York Fashion Week’s trendy parties, but it’s yet another example of how VR can give anyone access to exclusive events.

Source: Intel

7
Sep

Europe’s cutting-edge wind satellite should launch in 2017


Humanity is about to deepen its understanding of Earth’s winds. The European Space Agency has secured a rocket launch deal for its wind-tracking Aeolus satellite, which is now expected to enter orbit before the end of 2017. The once-problematic spacecraft (technical issues postponed its 2015 launch) will be the first to profile wind on a worldwide scale thanks to the novel use of ultraviolet lidar in space. By bouncing laser light off of atmospheric air, dust and water, Aeolus will measure everything from cyclones to the presence of aerosols.

Aeolus could have far-reaching effects. It’ll improve our grasp on atmospheric behavior, which could improve both weather forecasts and our knowledge of the human role in climate change. It should influence other projects, too, by demonstrating how lidar can offer a fresh approach to Earth studies. Even if the Aeolus launch doesn’t get you excited, it could make a significant impact on science as a whole.

Source: ESA

7
Sep

Amazon and Apple out new iPhone 7 ahead of announcement


Looks like Amazon jumped the gun and accidentally posted its iPhone 7 accessories landing page ahead of Apple’s actual event. While we can’t guarantee that the page has the correct information about the yet-to-be-announced iPhone, it does look like at least Amazon and Speck are expecting to see the end of the headphone jack on the device. So many Bluetooth headphones. It also looks like the dual camera cases are only for the 7 Plus.

Update: Looks like Apple is getting in on the fun of outing its hardware before the official announcement. The company’s Twitter account just dropped tweets about the new iPhone 7 being water resistant, having stereo speakers and a longer battery life. Plus you can pre-order the new phone on September 16.

Update: Looks like Apple pulled the offending tweets. So here are some screenshots.

New cameras. Water-resistant. Stereo speakers. Longer battery life. This is 7. Learn more. https://t.co/yhSolSpN7J pic.twitter.com/fHHJTnaFEp

— Apple (@Apple) September 7, 2016

iPhone 7. The best iPhone ever, in every way that matters. Pre-order now. Available 9/16. https://t.co/x7ssUQ99p3 pic.twitter.com/jK5y3cpzpr

— Apple (@Apple) September 7, 2016

Click here to catch all the latest news from Apple’s “See You” event.

Via: Gizmodo

7
Sep

Live from Apple’s iPhone 7 launch!


It’s September and Apple is hosting an event. That can only mean one thing: New iPhones are afoot. You may have heard that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are rumored to ditch the headphone jack, but we’re also hearing talk of larger (maybe even dual) cameras, a pressure-sensitive home button, increased base storage and possible new color options. Even if the no-headphone-jack thing ends up feeling unsurprising, though, we’ll still be curious to hear how Apple justifies the move to would-be buyers, who are likely pretty set in their ways.

Also at today’s keynote we expect to get release dates for the latest versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS, and maybe even a look at the long-awaited second-gen Apple Watch. As for other hardware, reports point to an upcoming Mac refresh, but don’t necessarily expect to see the new models today. Then again, we could be totally wrong there. There’s only one way to find out: Tune in to Engadget at 1PM Eastern today as we liveblog the event from start to finish.

Click here to catch all the latest news from Apple’s “See You” event.

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