LG Is Bringing The G2 To U.S. Carriers This Month

LG G2T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Verizon will be carrying LG’s current flagship smartphone, the G2. Fitted with a 5.2-inch screen, and volume plus sleep controls on the back, the G2 is definitely unique in its own right.

It will arrive on September 12th for $199.99 on contract at Verizon, AT&T will sell it a day after, for the same $199.99 on contract., while T-Mobile customers will have to wait until September 18th to buy it online (it should arrive in T-Mobile stores on September 25th), where it will sell for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $21.

As for Sprint; they haven’t announced availability yet.

Via: Techmeme

Yes We Get It, The Galaxy Gear Is A Smart Watch With A Camera

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Some very good people in the tech industry just can’t seem to grasp the fact that even though the Galaxy Gear may not be as game-changing as Google Glass or the iPad, or perhaps for the fact that it is simply a proof-of-concept, Samsung has created a a watch capable of taking pictures, routing calls from your Galaxy smartphone, and keeping track of fitness and other functions, through 90 different apps.

That in itself, is a good start. Now, I haven’t used the Galaxy Gear, but I have a pretty good feeling that it isn’t absolutely horrible — just a device that is in its first stages; as is evident by the $300 price tag.

For those of you wondering about the specs of the Galaxy Gear, it is a watch with two built-in microphones, a 320 x 320 resolution Super AMOLED display at 1.63-inches, Bluetooth connectivity, a 720p HD video and still 1.9MP camera, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a pedometer.

Compatibility is only with a few of Samsung’s Galaxy devices, like the recently-announced Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, while software updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II coming in October, when the Gear releases.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note III Is All Screen And Faux-Leather

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New smartphone design trend: faux leather backs. That’s what the Galaxy Note III will have, with its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen, a weight of 168g, 8.3mm thin, along with 3GB of RAM, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.

Colors that Note III will come in are black, white, and pink (along with several other basic colors). To make the S Pen (the stylus) more interesting they’ve added several new software features that go along with it.

Otherwise, there’s not much else to talk about, except the fact that the Note III is launching on September 25th in 149 countries, then worldwide by October.

In the US, versions will come to all major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.

Sony QX100: The Camera That Can Be Attached To Your Phone

DSC-QX10_Lifestyle_13_Xperia-i1-1200All right, first thing first: this is a very new and un-tested idea that Sony is trying to pull off. By making a camera sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens compatible with iOS or Android, the Sony QX100 is essentially a camera you attach to your phone with the included bracket via NFC, or via an NFC pad that is also included with the accessory. To make the images appear on your phone, Sony is  published an app called PlayMemories — which is slightly weird, yes.

Physically, it’s a  2.25-tall, 2.5-inch in diameter hunk of technology, with a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor R sensor on a 3.6x zoom, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens. Otherwise, there’s a standard ISO of 100-3200 for stills. The main exception, and key drawback, is the movie mode, which only shoots 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps, in MP4 format only.

In case the Qx100 is a bit too big for you, Sony made a smaller version called the QX10, which has a 18.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Exmor R image sensor. The camera features a 10x zoom, 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.3-5.9 lens.

It costs $250, while the QX100 costs $500; both are releasing this month.

HDMI 2.0 Announced: 60 FPS 4K, 18GBps Data, And 32 Channel Audio

hdmiThat’s right: HDMI has evolved. The cable’s design will remain the same, however it is more capable than ever before, and will be able to stream 60 FPS footage at full 4K resolution, at 18GBps bandwith and 32 channel audio for a complete cinematic-like experience.

Thanks to the fact that the design isn’t changing, it can be thought of as a sign of relief, since upgrading to an Ultra HD TV won’t be so hard — except paying the high price for one.


Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Review: Agent, Your Customized UAV Is Online

The Customized AR Drone 2.0This is the AR Drone 2.0. It’s high-time for civilians to have access to their own sort of unmanned aerial vehicle technology, and for the price, this is the best there is. Parrot was still riding the growth rocket of the original AR Drone, and with the 2.0, decided to not only increase the control, cameras, and capabilities of the drone, but also allow for more accessories to brighten up the experience.

But the best part? You can control the AR Drone 2.0 from your smartphone. But better yet, this particular AR Drone 2.0 has been modded to be even better.

Google: KitKat Is The Name For The Upcoming Android 4.4 Version

Android KitKatSundar Pichai, lead of Android at Google, after his lengthy trip around Asia for the company, has outed details on the next version of Android: dubbed KitKat. That’s right. Your phone OS will soon be the same exact name as a cheap chocolate candy.

Android 4.4 KitKat continues the tradition of having versions of the phone OS receive a name after a dessert: Cupcake (1.5), Donut (1.6), Eclair (2.0), Froyo (2.2), Gingerbread (2.3), Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), and Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3) — with Android 4.4 it is officially KitKat.

Other than that, not many details were mentioned on the new software release, leaving us to simply wonder, speculate, or leak as it were. Also, Android has reached the 1 billion device milestone.

An interesting side note is that Google actually has the blessing of Nestle to use the name, and without anything more than a licensing fee changing hands, but apparently it is an interesting experiment.

Via: Sundar Pichai (Google+)

Apple Confirms September 10th Event For New iPhones

appleinviteThe next set of iPhones, purportedly set to be a new high-end model made from the traditional glass and metal, a plastic budget version that comes in a variety of colors, and whatever else may or may not be real will be confirmed on September 10th. That’s when Apple’s press event in San Francisco is set to kick off, and press members are continually receiving their invites.

This should be a doozy week.