Some Smart Hacks Have Made LTE On The Nexus 4 Possible

This is really interesting. Google may have avoided adding LTE to the Nexus 4 to avoid the minefield of capability between different countries and wavelengths, but some enterprising hacker at xda-developers have worked out a very specific way to get the Nexus 4 to latch on a Canadian LTE network with the phone’s debugging menu — at least on LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz) on Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers. They went on, and elaborated that “Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are onboard the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported.”

Which makes total sense, doesn’t it? But still, while it is not practical, it is possible.

Via: xda-developers

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Will Receive The Premium Suite With Android 4.1

In a nice tidbit update, post-Thanksgiving, Samsung will start seeding out Android 4.1 to the Galaxy Note 10.1, as it already has in foreign countries. The update not only includes tweaks and fixes, but full-on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s Touchwiz customization, plus the Premium Suite of creation apps and the like, seen on other Galaxy Note devices. Other additions include Multi Window functionality, which means you can open up to 16 apps at a time, each which can be moved, resized and pinned to remain on top, Samsung’s Air View is also incorporated within Premium Suite, which allows users to preview appointments, emails, video and the like by hovering the S Pen above the screen — like a boss.

And then there’s smaller additions, Easy Clip, Quick Command, Photo Note, Paper Artist and an enhanced S Note app. Very nice, indeed.

Via: Samsung

The Human Rights Watch Calls For The End Of “Killer Robots”

Modern technology? Check. Ability for it to kill? Check. Pacifists screaming about it? Check. Amazing concept from the British military in 2010 as story image? Check.

The Human Rights Watch this week released a new report calling for the world to abandon fully autonomous weapons “before it’s too late.” Jointly published by the HRW and the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, the well-defnined 50-page report fully acknowledges that fully autonomous weapons are not yet a reality, but warns that contemporary trends are definitely pushing us in that direction, and that if accomplished, would prove disastrous due to lacking the human controls “that provide legal and non-legal checks on the killing of civilians.”

Moving further along this route of “stop technological advancement for the benefit of peace”, stating that, “It is essential to stop the development of killer robots before they show up in national arsenals,” said Steve Goose, HRW’s Arms Division director. “As countries become more invested in this technology, it will become harder to persuade them to give it up.”

Go to the source link, watch the video, and think about it.

Via: Human Rights Watch

Razer Begins Shipping The Ouroborus, An Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

Much like the other rodent that doubles as a cyborg, the Razer Ouroborus is a fully ambidextrous mouse that can be modified with different plates and be suitable for either left or right-handed users. The good news? It just started shipping to those that pre-ordered it, and needless to say — some of the hands-on sessions from Gamescom in Germany were very positive. Looks like Razer has another solid product for the next few months.

Via: Razer

Intel CEO Paul Otellini Stepping Down As CEO Of Intel

Unexpected summarizes Paul Otellini’s stepping-down from Intel as its CEO. He will be stepping down in May of 2013. Intel’s long time lead executive will be retiring from the behemoth of a company and industry that he has dedicated the last 40 years of his (amazing) life to, leaving behind a legacy that has seen Intel’s dominance in the x86 field grow to almost unapproachable levels — godly, even.

Some interesting facts about him is that he is the fifth chief executive in Intel’s history. He also oversaw the processor revolution that followed the lackluster Pentium 4, but also played a role in Apple’s famous transition from PowerPC to Intel, several years ago.

PR after the break.

Nokia Lumia 920 review: cyan is back

What a journey.  From Lumia 800, to the Lumia 900, and now Lumia 920 — all on a similar principle design.

Nokia and Microsoft both started off light-years apart from each other, then suddenly, in the spirit of trying to make the aging and stagnant Windows Phone platform work, they partner up, and suddenly Windows Phone 8 succeeds Windows Phone 7, and with it, a brand new flagship smartphone design to put both companies on the forefront of the consumer smartphone industry — right up there there with the IPhone 5 and Google’s Nexus, Samsung’s Galaxy, and HTC’s flagship devices.

After all, it’s alright to be #3, right? It might be in Nokia and Microsoft’s eyes, but it’s that sort of mentality that’s literally killing the Lumia 920. Let us explain, after the break.

Apparently, Windows 8 Sales Are Not Pleasing To Microsoft

According to Microsoft insider Paul Thurrott, some of “most trusted sources at Microsoft” report that sales of Windows 8 PC’s are disappointing and “well below Microsoft’s internal projections.” The source says that, internally, the blame is being placed on manufacturers’ “inability to deliver.” This is all very, very odd. But it is very understandable that Windows 8 has a rather intimidating feel for new users, also altering hardware in some ways that may make consumers feel uncomfortable. The holiday season may put a boost on Microsoft’s end, but it doesn’t sound good.

Via: Paul Thurrot

So 4G Is Getting Fast, Eh?

AT&T to Invest $14 Billion on Wireless Broadband Technology. It only takes four words to summarize the latest trends in mobile Internet: it’s getting ridiculously fast. 4G networks are popping up all over the place, and some of the industry leaders in mobile communication technology are seriously upping their game. AT&T recently announced through a press release that they’ll be investing approximately $14 billion in their wireless and wireline initiatives over the next three years. Investments like this are setting the stage for your laptops to become more powerful than ever.

With speeds like that, easily and efficiently watch shows on sites like HBO GO® at 4G speed on your laptop with a DIRECTV Internet bundle. Of course, AT&T isn’t the only company pumping out 4G technology. Verizon offers the Verizon Jetpack™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, which allows you to connect to up to ten devices to Verizon’s 4G network. CLEAR® is right up there as well, with its full line of personal 4G hotspots.

Keep an eye out for future improvements to 4G technology that will enhance your laptop’s Internet capabilities.