LG Announces A Press Event In New York City On August 7th

LG Optimus G ProIt could totally be for an Optimus G successor with a blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core or higher processor, but of course, LG left out the exciting parts. However, in our invitation to the event it was mentioned that it would be hosted by LG’s mobile division, so obviously it’s some sort of device that you’d carry around — shocking, indeed. I’ll be at the event, come August 7th, when the world will know just what LG has up their sleeves.

Robert Downey Jr. Partners With HTC’s $12 Million Marketing Campaign

robert-iron-man-3Here is the iron savior of HTC: Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed for the second and third Avengers movies, starting in 2015 by Marvel, Robert Downey Jr. will be rolling with HTC as part of their $12 million marketing barrage spanning television, print, and billboard advertising around the globe, with Downey Jr. maintaining a certain level of creative control.

As an HTC spokesperson told Bloomberg, the company had nothing to announce today, but said of the One that it has “overwhelmingly positive feedback from media and consumers alike. Anyone with a penchant for metal should be able to appreciate its appeal.” And Iron Man does have a penchant for metal.

By spending a small nation’s worth of money on marketing and a celebrity, HTC’s falling quarterly earnings and departing executives and employees most likely will be reversed; maybe it isn’t too hasty to say HTC is saved?

Via: Bloomberg, Marvel

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Is The Latest Awesome Ultrabook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Ultrabooks nowadays are increasingly powerful, thin, and all around awesome, with higher than 1080p HD displays, sometimes even doubled with touchscreens and the latest Intel processor technology, codenamed Haswell. So, it’s no surprise that Samsung just announced a whole crop of Galaxy and ATIV devices, the best of the bunch being the ATIV Book 9 (formerly the Series 9). It handles everything on its Intel Haswell chipset, with 12 hours of battery life, 256GB of SSD storage, a weight of 3 pounds and measures just 13.6mm in thickness.

The best part? The screen is a whopping 3200 x 1800 pixels, making it a qHD+ touchscreen coated with Gorilla Glass and a 65% color gamut, all with Windows 8 onboard. A release date and price hasn’t been mentioned quite yet, but Samsung states that will all happen very “soon”.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Facebook Announces Video For Instagram, Capped At 15 Seconds

Instagram VideoStarting today on Android and iOS, Instagram will allow you to post clips at up to 15 seconds, and can be decorated with one of 13 filters that were specifically created for the video portion of the app. Videos will autoplay, but not loop automatically, and will integrate easily with the rest of your feed. This addition to Facebook’s arsenal puts them in direct fire with Twitter’s own video clip sharing service, Vine. however, the main difference here is that Instagram has many more users than Vine has, which is still technically in its early stages.

Announced at a press event in Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom expressed optimism for the app’s continued success due to the new video feature.

The current stats for Instagram are evidence that the service has boomed to astronomical proportions: 16 billion photos have been shared on the service to date, receiving 1 billion likes each day, and is used by 130 million people every month. Promo vid after the break.

NVIDIA Shield Pricing Goes Down To $300, Again Thanks To Gamers


First, it was the Xbox One getting a 180 degree turnaround with its handling of used games and DRM authentication over an always-on internet source, and now it NVIDIA, claiming that according to gamers, the price of the Shield Android gaming handheld should go down.

“We’ve heard from thousands of gamers that if the price was $299, we’d have a home run,” the post said. Pre-orders will see the $50 price reduction come launch on the 27th, at Newegg, GameStop, Micro Center and Canada Computers. Now is also the time to see if the NVIDIA Shield is actually worthy of protecting the company’s image as a hardware manufacturer.


Microsoft Changes Xbox One Sharing And DRM Rules: Huzzah!

microsoft-xbox-one-greenIn a bid to make the Xbox One competitive with the PlayStation 4’s lack of an always-online policy and sharing of used games, Microsoft has reversed the policies regarding the Xbox One’s sharing and DRM restrictions. In fact, things will be just like the current Xbox 360: “I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360,” Xbox head Don Mattrick writes. Fantastic.

He then states following:

“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

Though, there is a con to this much-welcomed arrangement: “These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One”. So basically, some of the previously-announced features may be affected by the change.

But who cares? Gamers have one this battle, fair and square.

ViaXbox Wire

Overseas, The HTC Butterfly S Is Unveiled: Snapdragon 600, UltraPixels, And More

htc-butterflysThe HTC Butterfly S is the latest smartphone to be debuted by the master of Android smartphone design: HTC. Still making use of metal, the Butterfly S uses a Snapdragon 600 processor in a quad-core, 1.9GHZ setup, BoomSound and Beats Audio, Android 4.2.2 with HTC Sense quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radios, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, expandable through microSD.

All of which totals to a weight of 160 grams. The screen is of the 5-inch variety, presented in full 1080p HD at 440 pixels-per-inch.

Other typical additions include the UltraPixel camera and Zoe software features, along with a 2.1-megapixel wide-angle shooter on the front. Current details for a launch are pinned for July in Taiwan, accompanied by a NT $22,900 (roughly $766) price tag;  a launch in the United States hasn’t been mentioned.