LG Confirms First Mobile Processor Enters Production In The Near Future

There have been countless rumors about LG developing its very own system-on-a-chip. Recent rumors suggested that it may be called Odin. Apparently its based on a big.LITTLE configuration with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7 cores. Without commenting on the specifics, a published report out of Korea today includes confirmation from an LG Electronics spokesperson that the company is indeed going to start producing its first mobile processors “soon.”


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Activate Download Booster In Verizon And AT&T Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a feature called Download Booster. What is basically does is that it combines Wi-Fi and LTE to substantially increase download speeds when a file larger than 30MB is being downloaded. It was previously reported that Verizon and AT&T blocked Download Booster on their Galaxy S5 variants. As it turns out the feature exists on their variants, its merely been hidden. So its possible to activate download booster on Verizon and AT&T Galaxy S5.


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Google Launches Standalone Camera App For Android

A standalone Google Camera app has been launched today. Available for download from the Google Play Store, the app is quite different from the camera app that’s bundled with Android 4.4 KitKat. In its standalone app Google has kept the user interface quite clean to make the shutter button quite prominent while refining and improving the overall experience. Google promises that its an interface “that gets out of your way.”

The app comes with a new Lens Blur mode which offers a shallow depth of field to achieve “SLR-like photos.” Basically it replaces the need for a large optical system and instead uses computer vision algorithms and various optimization techniques to simulate larger lens and aperture. Other features include Google’s signature Photo Sphere, a useful feature if you like taking panoramic shots.

Google has also declared war on capturing video in portrait orientation. When the video camera is selected the app won’t start recording video until the user switches to landscape orientation. The app is supported by all Android devices that are capable of running version 4.4 KitKat or higher.

There’s a big advantage for both Google and the users. Since its a standalone app, users get more choice if they’re not content with the stock app. Google can freely add features to the app because its not baked into the OS, so it doesn’t need to roll out an entire firmware update. A simple app update is all that Google needs to add new features. Google Camera is available as a free download.


Microsofts New All In One Media Keyboard Destined For Your Living Room

Microsoft today announced a new All-in-One Media keyboard which it believes is perfect for your living room. It might come in handy if you often connect a device to your TV. Most people do, its one of the easiest ways to share photos and videos with friends and family. This keyboard makes it easy to share all of that content from the comfort of your couch.


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OnePlus One Will Be Available In 16 Markets At Launch

The folks over at OnePlus continue to keep the media machine spinning. Over the past few weeks it has revealed tidbits of information about its first smartphone called the OnePlus One. Most of the specifications have been revealed but so far it hasn’t shown off the device itself. The announcement has been scheduled for April 23rd. Today the company confirmed that its first smartphone will be available in 16 countries at launch.


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Chrome Remote Desktop Hits Mobile DevicesIn this day and age, working outside of the office has proven to be pretty normal, thanks to the ever increasing computing power that we find in notebooks as well as other mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I am quite sure that the corporate types out there would have come across a situation when one is outside of the office and require a file urgently that happens to be stuck on your home computer. Life’s as you know it is not over yet, as Chrome Remote Desktop allows you to remotely access your machine from another laptop or computer since 2011 in a free, easy and secure manner. Well, buckle up and fast forward to 2014, and we have the Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android released, letting you do the same straight from your Android-powered device.


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Gold LG G3 Reportedly Coming This Summer

With flagships from HTC and Samsung out of the way we now looks towards LG. The company has been relatively quiet during the first few months of 2014. So far it hasn’t said much about its next flagship which will presumably be called the LG G3. Last week we exclusively reported that it is going to have a 2K display, LG later confirmed the report. It is now being said that the next flagship will be launched “in a golden hue” this summer. A purported picture of its retail packaging has also appeared online.


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$250 Wheelchair Transformed Into Johnny Five Geo Positioning RobotA bunch of student employees at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Systems Management and Production Center (SMAP) have come together and worked using both inspiration with innovation in order to roll out a $250 motorized wheelchair that will be able to perform the work that is equivalent to that of a $20,000 robot. Sporting a Ricoh panoramic camera that is attached to a mast, this machine will roll into position as it snaps a shot, which will then be stitched together in an app and viewed over a smartphone in a matter of seconds. Given the moniker Johnny Five, it will be remotely controlled manually, although the final design will include a tiny onboard computer that lets it operate in an autonomous mode.


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Sonys New 4K TVs Will Be Released In The U.S. This June

Sony announced an impressive lineup of 4K Ultra High Definition television sets at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 back in January. The company has finally confirmed pricing and availability details. People who have been waiting for them to hit the market fortunately don’t have to wait that long now. Come June the latest lineup of 4K Bravia televisions will be released, including the massive 85-inch model that comes in at a cool $24,999.


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Hyundai Jumps Aboard The CarPlay BandwagonHyundai has just announced over at the New York International Auto Show that its 2015 Hyundai Sonata model will be the first vehicle from its stable that will offer support for Apple’s new CarPlay technology. CarPlay technology will deliver phone, messaging, music, and navigation functionality from the iPhone directly into the in-dash display via iOS and Siri. This comes about after Apple decided to rebrand its iOS in the Car feature that was announced at WWDC last year.


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