And There It Is: The Start Button Is In A Leaked Screenshot Of Windows 8.1

windows8-start-buttonThe much-desired Windows Start button is making a return from Windows 7,making the jump from Windows 8 and finally reappearing in Windows 8.1, an update planned for later this year. The Windows 8.1 update, which will be free for all current Windows 8 users, will bring a ton of typical improvements seen in an incremental update, but in this case a major feature — the Start button — will come back. While it won’t be its tried-and-true self (it still only takes you the Windows Tile Start screen) it at least is there for a sort of visual aid/confidence.

ViaWindows SuperSite

Verizon Adds The Galaxy S 4 To Their New AWS LTE Spectrum

The Galaxy S 4Recently, Verizon has been working on its AWS spectrum — basically high-capacity 4G LTE. Since the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is brimming with new radio technology, it will be the first device to support the new network, which will be rolling out in the new few months. All GS4 users on the Big Red carrier will have to do is wait for a software update that will be pushed to their devices. Surely, the best phone Samsung has produced won’t be the only AWS smartphone in existence; other manufacturers will being incorporating it into their phones, like with the Lumia 928 by Nokia that just debuted on the network.

Via:  Bloomberg

The White Nexus 4 Is Coming, But LG Won’t Make More Nexus Phones

nexus4-white-officialAfter confirming the existence of the white Nexus 4 from leaked shots for many, many months now, it was only the question of when LG would step up and actually release the white variant of the famous black device. Turns out, LG will release a white Nexus 4 — and it will be the last Nexus phone that they’ll ever make, despite the fact that it actually increased their market share by quite a bit, according to LG Mobile’s European VP, Kim Wong.

He even went on further, saying that the Nexus 4 “no added value for us without our own skins.” Still speaking of the subject, Wong continued:”the current duopoly of Google and Apple is not healthy for the market”, so the exclusion of LG from said companies as much as possible is at least in some form, healthy for the company itself. The new white Nexus 4 will release on May 29th in Hong Kong, just one day before LG’s Optimus G Pro launch event at Macau, which is nearby. A U.S. and European launch are scheduled “in the next several weeks”.

ViaLG

Samsung Will Unveil New ATIV Laptops And Android Devices On June 20th, In London

Samsung_Premiere_2013_GALAXY_ATIVCome June 20th in London, members of the media will be graced to new Samsung products. What’s so special this time? Well, it’s the first time Samsung has held a press event since renaming their devices: ATIV stands for all their Windows Phones, Windows RT for all tablets, and Windows 8 laptops or hybrids. To add some zing to the party, Android devices will also be announced, most likely the Galaxy S 4 Mini, and not a Galaxy Note 3.

The event is called “Samsung Premiere 2013,” and will start off at 2PM ET (7PM BST) on June 20th. Per usual, Samsung will be livestreaming the entire gig on its YouTube channel. Looks like June will bring technology news into an exciting season.

Via: Samsung, TNW

This Time, Nest For Google Glass Would Control Your Home’s Temperature

glassware-nestAnother awesome Google Glass app (Glassware, as Google would put it) has been synthesized. Nest for Google Glass, created by James Rundquist would allow users to announce that they’re coming home (or heading outside) to make their Nest units change the climate of their home, or make an exact goal for the temperature by changing it. The app is both unofficial and not fully developed, but as with most Glassware concept apps, their source code is publicly available to allow for continued development.

ViaGlass NestGitHub, and Slashgear

Intel Boasts That Haswell Can Increase Laptop Battery Life by 50 Percent

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Intel’s claim is bigger than most people think, because it really should come with ramifications if it’s not true. Intel’s word is that their new Haswell chip that succeeds the current Ivy Bridge will boost the battery life of laptops by a full 50 percent, no holds barred. Intel’s Architecture Group VP Rani Borkar is on the record for making said statement, and goes on further to state that the battery life increase will have no affect on performance, either.

Of course, real-world testing will be validates the impending fact, but if it is true, then laptops will finally all have the battery life they’ve needed.

Via: Computer World

Lego Masters Build A 5 Million Brick X-Wing Fighter On Display In Times Square

The Giant X-Wing Of 2013It only took 32 master builders, 5,335,200-bricks, 17,000 hours, and lots of planning to bring a 1:1 ratio, full scale X-Wing fighter from the Star Wars universe, then transfer it to Time Square for a three-day public exhibit. As a result, it’s the world’s largest Lego model weighs a massive 45, 979.61 pounds (this weight includes some supporting steel infrastructure, interestingly). Its dimensions are 11 feet high, 43 feet long, and has a wingspan of 44 feet — if there was ever a real X-Wing fighter, this must be the closet thing there is. To add to the grandeur, it’s actually quite a beautiful construction.

And for those of you concerned as to whether or not it will be disassembled, worry not: after the exhibit in Times Square, the giant X-Win fighter will find a new home in the LEGOLAND California Resort.

ViaTechnolog

New Notifications System Debuts In Google Chrome Beta Release

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All part of Google’s advancement to bigger and better things in Google Chrome, a new Beta channel release has gone live today, enabled richer notifications in both Chrome for laptops (the browser equivalent) and Chrome OS, on laptops like the Chromebook Pixel. The range of notifications include reminders, emails, Google+, and just about anything else that developers are willing to support.

Via: Google