It’s Time To Say Goodbye To The Galaxy S3

Galaxy S IIIs In A RowIt’s been nice knowing you. Having reviewed the GS3 on T-Mobile, and AT&T, there was no doubt it was the Android device that changed the marketplace, outselling the iPhone in certain markets. Since the Galaxy S3 mini was a cost-effective way of getting smartphone technology to the masses, it also made sense to make the Galaxy S3 even more readily available, which is what Samsung did. A great deal of marketing and effort was put into the Galaxy S3, and while it is currently being toned-down by the Galaxy S4, it’s important to remember that Samsung’s success story owes itself to the S3, not the S2 or original S smartphone. Also, the Galaxy S3’s design is what inspired the current S4’s aesthetics, which actually improved upon what the Galaxy S3 had done. However, there is some general disappointment due to the lack of an octa-core processor setup in the United States, instead opting for a quad-core.

Now, with Samsung’s big follow-up, the Galaxy S 4, shining reviews (for the most part) and plenty of pre-orders hint towards the S4 taking over the reigns as the dominating Android smartphone. In the coming days it will become more apparent as to what Samsung’s plan with the S4 is, like the release on Verizon, sales numbers, software updates, and eventual competition with the next iPhone, all of which will happen this year. It’s unusual to think of the Galaxy S4 in such a way where all the responsibility of Samsung is placed on it, but it makes sense to — it’s the best Samsung’s got.

Brevity Review: MadCatz Cyborg RAT M Gaming Mouse

RAT MThere’s been a lot of MadCatz gear appearing on LaptopMemo recently, and that’s totally fine because the engineers and designers at MadCatz seem to be completely hell-bent on creating a variety of gaming accessories that could make anyone happy. In that quest, the have launched the GameSmart initiative — a variety of accessories designed to work on many different platforms. The RAT M is one of them; it’s compatible with the latest iPad, Microsoft Surface, PC and Mac. A Bluetooth 4.0 gaming mouse which takes 2 AAA batteries as a power source is actually better than it sounds, and not only because with that whole package you also get a carrying satchel.

Brevity Review: The Velodyne V-Pulse In-Ear Earphones

V-PulseFinding in-ear earphones with bass, range, and clarity for a decent price is actually very hard, considering that any one of the three aforementioned traits usually only are present by themselves in any particular headset. Of course, there are exceptions,  and that is where greatness is extracted (or rather, listened to). In Velodyne’s case, the V-Pulse in-ear earphones have already been reviewed extensively, recommended by CNET and The Wirecutter as “the best in-ear earphones for $100″, and to that, I completely agree.

Brevity Review: The Victorinox Swiss Army Spartan Knife

Swiss SpartanThis is a relatively easy thing to talk about: a Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife. First off, it is worth noting that in New York state it is perfectly legal to carry a Swiss pocket knife, as long as it is not brandished about the streets (basically, out of sight and only used for rational actions). Moving on, this is the Spartan, but in military camouflage. There are 11 main implements for the Spartan: a large blade, wire stripper, small blade, toothpick, large screwdriver, corkscrew, key ring , bottle opener, reamer and can opener — indeed, this is a genuine Swiss Army knife.

Google Releases The Glass Kernel Source For Devs

Google Glass White Explorer EditionFor the couple dozen (and soon to be a few thousand) Google Glass Explorer Edition developers, jailbreaking the Glass headset is already a reality, but really digging into the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich build has now been made possible by Google — you can now learn and evaluate the kernel source.

On a side note, Karthik’s Geek Center spotted information within the file that points to Glass potentially being equipped for NFC support. See? There are discoveries being made already.

Via: GoogleKarthik’s Geek Center

New Google Policy Stops Facebook And Others From Bypassing Play Store For Updates

play-store-policy-change-04-26-13-02In what can only be described as “knowing who’s boss”, Google has made a small change to their Play Store policy: you may not update an app’s APK binary code without delivering it through the Play Store itself. This is something nearly all of the apps on the Play Store do, but a small red flag was raised when Facebook performed a side-update, which users would have no control over denying it; so Google has changed its policy. Seems right, actually.

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LG Optimus G Pro For AT&T Details Are Let Loose Early

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There isn’t much to learn from LG in their upcoming LG press event in NYC. Besides the LG Optimus G Pro that is already available overseas, the local variant won’t be much different, sans a few tweaks here and there. In fact, LG kept the same 5.5-inch form factor, 3,140mAh battery, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor paired with 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSDXC to 64GB), 2.1-megapixel front-facing / 13-megapixel rear cameras, NFC and WiFi a/b/g/n. A specific change that the AT&T version has is a Full HD IPS display instead of a True HD-IPS+ screen.

Otherwise, 4G LTE, HSPA+, and regular GSM (all usual bands) are part of the Optimus G Pro’s repertoire on AT&T. The formal unveiling next week will be more revealing, we’re sure of it.

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The Creative Assembly Plays The Battle Of Teutoburg Forest In Rome II

Rome IIThe Creative Assembly, the fantastic studio behind Total War: Rome II, recently published a 10+ minute narrated walkthrough of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest event. With years of additional work put into the battle engine, we witness killing, stabbing, shooting, flanking, charging, lancing, burning and warhounding — all in just one battle between the Roman Legions and the Germanian forces that wiped out the Romans in that battle, so very long ago.

Keep in mind that it’s all pre-alpha footage (it still looks great, right), so everything is subject to change before Total War: Rome II launches this October for PC.