We’ll Be At HTC’s Big Event Tomorrow Morning!


Whatever it may be — an official name, release date, a new flagship smartphone, or imaging technology — it’ll be announced sometimes after 10AM tomorrow in New York and simultaneously in London. Word has it that the latest iteration of Sense will also debut alongside the latest version of Android; sounds good, if you ask us. Before the event even starts, follow @stefanetienne on Twitter to get glimpses of action, and then straight here to the homepage, where the announcement will be posted.

LG’s Optimus G Pro Sports The New 1.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 CPU


LG just took the wraps off its Optimus G Pro. It’s another “phablet”, with a 5.5-inch IPS screen  with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 400ppi (insane!), a 3,140mAh battery, the usual 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, microSDXC slot, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and 4G LTE. The phone will be released on local Korean carriers SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus on Wednesday for 968,000 won ($897) — so LG’s homeland gets the first treatment — while a North American launch is mentioned for Q2 along with the Japanese release.

The prize jewel? The new mid-range Snapdragon 600 processor, clocked at 1.7GHz on a quad-core chip. Nice.

Bungie Announces Destiny, It’s New First-Person Shooter MMO Franchise

fallenBungie, the makers of the first Halo straight till Reach, have announced a new franchise named Destiny, a console shooter for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with MMO-like features and a brand new sci-fi universe. The plot details our solar system, in a post-cataclysmal state, where you are the Earth’s “Guardians”, some of the last valiant soldiers fighting for the last city on Earth. The construction of Destiny as according to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg will be part first-person shooter (like Halo), part open-world sandbox (like EVE Online), and part persistent universe (like any online MMO out there). The catch?

It’s an always-online game. The reason? The universe is seamless and doesn’t feature matchmaking: it’s a universe that you connect to and experience, with everyone else who has the game. In-game, you’ll be able to customize armor, clothing, weapons, vehicles, spacecraft, and other gear, all the while traveling in interstellar space, to planets like Mars, our Moon, and Earth itself. Bungie also detailed that there are “no plans” to charge for a subscription fee, like most MMOs. Considering the architecture of the game, it also seems like a PC version is possible, but no mentions of next-gen console ports have been mentioned.

No doubt it will be an exciting game to play. Video after the break (with pre-alpha gameplay).

Google Could Totally Open Their Own Stores By The End Of The Year

chrome-virgin-kioskAt least, according to tech site 9to5Google. Apparently, Google executives are interested in creating new brick and mortar stores across the country to help sell their own products: the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Chromebooks, random accessories, Google Play Store gift cards, and of course, the upcoming Google Glasses.

Apparently, the justification of creating the stores is based upon the idea that consumers need  to experience the Google Glasses in person, which as of yet, technically haven’t been announced with a release date, plus with the possibility of costing up to a grand.

We shall see, indeed.

Via: 9to5Google

Sony PlayStation 4 Prototype Controller Leaked In Photo


While Sony is preparing a PlayStation presentation here in New York City next week, a leakster (those who publish leaks) outed an authentic image of a prototype PlayStation 4 controller along with a developer unit — which of course is subject to change, but  it’s interesting to see what appears to be touchpad and speaker on the controller, alongside a somewhat traditional layout. All will be unveiled on the 20th.

Via: Destructiod