g-flex-att-t-mobileThe LG G Flex is the South Korean company’s attempt at creating a smartphone with a curved display, taking on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Round in the process. We had heard that LG planned to release the handset globally and that as far as a stateside launch was concerned, the device was scheduled to be launched on three of the major carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Unfortunately until today we have not heard word about a possible release date, but thanks to the ever-reliable @evleaks, the press rendering of both AT&T and T-Mobile’s version of the handset has made its way online.

However given that the LG G Flex will look exactly the same, there’s no telling which model pictured above is for which carrier, save for the carrier’s name sighted in either model, then again we don’t expect LG to be making drastic design changes for every single carrier, so we guess that’s to be expected. In any case @evleaks has been pretty spot on in terms of his leaks so for all we know this could be a possibility. Like we said availability of the handset has not yet been made available, nor pricing, but hopefully we will hear more from LG soon, hopefully at CES 2014, so be sure to check back with us then for the details!

snapchat-150m-photosAccording to a report from a few days ago, popular messaging client Snapchat was hacked in which the hackers managed to get their hands on some 4.6 million user names and phone numbers. The hack did not appear to be malicious in nature and basically served as a warning to Snapchat over its alleged vulnerabilities and exploits that other hackers could use. It was also a follow-up to a warning of said vulnerabilities that was relayed to Snapchat, but apparently the company did not do enough to patch those security holes up. Snapchat has recently released a statement regarding the hack and promised that they will be releasing an updated version of the app soon that will fix the problem that led to the hack in the first place.

According to Snapchat’s blog, “On New Years Eve, an attacker released a database of partially redacted phone numbers and usernames. No other information, including Snaps, was leaked or accessed in these attacks. We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.” Oddly enough Snapchat did not seem particularly apologetic over the hack, but we guess the important thing is to get the issue fixed and hope that Snapchat users are forgiving.

ibeacon-131206Apple has not attended CES for years, more than a decade even, but it seems that despite not being there physically, their presence will definitely be felt come CES 2014 as the event organizers have announced that they plan to hold a special scavenger hunt that will utilize Apple’s iBeacon technology which will introduce to both exhibitors and attendees to Apple’s new location-aware technology which the Cupertino company has recently introduced to its own retail stores to help guide customers through their stores, which on any given day tends to be bustling not just with staff, but with potential customers as well.

So why use iBeacon and promote Apple’s technology despite the fact that they aren’t actually there? Well the event organizers are hoping that come CES 2014, attendees will explore more and check out the different exhibitions available, as opposed to congregating mainly at big-name companies, which we guess will help smaller companies gain some exposure as well. After all some of the best gadgets of our lifetime came from small and humble beginnings. Powering the game will be technology from Radius Networks which will utilize low-energy Bluetooth technology from Texas Instruments.

Considering that iBeacon is Apple’s technology, this scavenger hunt will be the first time commercial implementation of iBeacon will include Android devices. According to CEA’s SVP of communications and strategic relationships, Jeff Joseph, “This promotion is a fun and novel way to introduce attendees to iBeacon technology and encourage participants to visit important exhibits across the show floor.” How well will it be implemented and received remains to be seen, but it does sound like a fun idea.

Steam_DDoSIt certainly seems like 2014 is off to a series of hacks. We had heard how Snapchat got hacked, and how Microsoft’s Skype social media accounts had been hacked, and now according to the latest reports, we are hearing word that Valve’s Steam platform has been attacked by hackers as well who have launched a series of DDoS attacks against the company’s servers, causing outages and rendering gamers unable to play their online games or connecting to the service entirely. Gamers attempting to connect to Valve have since been greeted with the error message pictured in the screenshot above.

According to one Twitter user (Twitter post deleted since), it seems that him/her along with another user by the name of @LARCENY_ have claimed responsibility for the attacks, with the message reading, “so we’re launching more ddos dildo attacks at steam, me n @LARCENY_” It is unclear if they are truly behind the attacks or if they are simply capitalizing on a coincidental Steam outage, but either way regardless of what it is, Steam’s Twitter account has been oddly quiet with no mention about the outage of hacks at the moment. This alleged attack on Steam is not the first as a few days ago, a group of hackers calling themselves DERP launched an attack on various online games, such as Dota 2 and LoL, taking them offline. We will update this article when we learn more about the matter at hand.

xbox-one-hands-on-review-02Would you have preferred it if the Xbox One had gone disc-less? Games could technically be cheaper since costs such as packaging, printing, and burning would have been taken out of the equation, but then again there is the issue that gamers without internet might have trouble playing games or downloading news ones. Well thankfully Microsoft has decided to go with Blu-ray for the new Xbox One, but apparently at one point in time, the Redmond company did consider going disc-less. Speaking to the official Xbox magazine for the UK, Microsoft Studio’s Phil Spencer revealed that they were still undecided even as late as mid-2013.

According to Spencer, “There was a real discussion about whether we should have an optical disc drive in Xbox One […] we could get away with a purely disc-less console, but when you start looking at bandwidth and game size, it does create issues.” It’s interesting that Spencer thinks that Microsoft could have gotten away with a disc-less console. After all when the console was announced and the always-on internet requirements and the DRMs were revealed, gamers kicked up a fuss to the point where Microsoft had to rescind on those policies, so we can only imagine if connecting to the internet once ever 24 hours was that big a deal, imagine having to download all your games, or being unable to play the latest game because you were stationed overseas with no connection.

What do you guys think? Are you glad Microsoft did not go disc-less?

samsung-logoAccording to the rumor mill, Samsung is expected to introduce more Android tablets, possibly as part of its Galaxy Tab Pro lineup, and last we checked, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 made an appearance at the FCC, but now thanks to leaked AnTuTu benchmarks, a certain Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has been revealed. So what sort of specs are we looking at here? So far Samsung’s tablet lineup have been hovering around the mid-ranged level, but given the “Pro” status of the these tablets, it seems that as far as the 10.1” model is concerned, it looks like it will feature a 10.1” display with a resolution of 2560×1600.

The benchmark results also revealed that the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 will be powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 octa-core processor and will be accompanied by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera, and will run on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. No word on pricing or availability just yet, but Samsung is rumored to launch the tablet sometime in February 2014, which we can only speculate to mean at MWC 2014. Apart from the Galaxy Tab Pro lineup, Samsung also appears to have a Galaxy Note Pro lineup as we have seen the other day in AnTuTu benchmarks which ousted the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Could these “Pro” tablets be the ones rumored to sport AMOLED displays?

oppo-find-7-leakedWe have been hearing a lot about Oppo’s upcoming handset, the Oppo Find 7, but until today we still have not received word on when the company will be announce the device. Well thanks to a set of newly leaked photos, the Find 7’s metal frame has once again made an appearance, this time featuring additional objects placed inside of it to give us a better idea of how big it is. The image above shows the metal frame with a Pepsi can in the middle, and given that Oppo had a recent collaboration with Pepsi for the Oppo N1 handset, we doubt this is coincidence. The image above also appears to be an ad of sorts, perhaps advertising its display size, but if any of our readers can read Chinese, let us know in the comments below what the Chinese characters in the image above say.

So far Oppo has released a steady stream of teases about the upcoming device, such as its 2K display and also its display size which is pegged at 5.5”, giving it an incredible amount of pixel density. The rest of the specs are merely rumors for now but hopefully we will be hearing more about the handset soon. Assuming Oppo launches this in the near future, they will be the second handset manufacturer to offer a 2K display, with the Vivo Xplay 3S taking the title of first. Will Oppo announce the handset at CES 2014, or will it be later? Check back with us at a later date to find out!

Apple-sign-logo110712125041We have been hearing the rumors that later this year, Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone with a much larger display, specifically that of the 4.7” display, and another of the 5.7” display. Well according to a recent report published in China, multiple Foxconn insiders have apparently revealed that both these device display rumors are indeed true, although given that this is hardly official information, do take it with a grain of salt for now. The insiders have also revealed that both these alleged iPhone models will also come with a biometric sensor which we can only assume they are referring to Touch ID, Apple’s latest iPhone feature that recently made its way into the iPhone 5s.

It was only back in 2012 that Apple finally increased the size of its iPhone displays with the iPhone 5 and it did take a while for developers to catch up in terms of updating their apps to fit the new display. While we expect that Apple will eventually increase its display size, would they be making such a dramatic jump from 4” to 4.7”, and more importantly to 5.7”, thus entering the phablet space and compete with the likes of Samsung? Not completely out of the question, but definitely a little far-fetched as well. In any case we expect Apple to launch new iPhones later this year, presumably in the fall of 2014 as they typically have for the past couple of years, but until then, take it with a grain of salt.

vapecubeVaping is a pretty popular activity these days and is used by cigarette smokers as a way to kick the habit. Given that vapers have the choice of not adding nicotine in their mixes, it is also a fun past time for non-smokers to get in on as well. Of course there is debate over potential health and safety concerns of vaping, but that’s a debate for another time. Now you guys might recall that not too long ago, a certain vape mod was making its rounds on the internet and what mad it so unique was the fact that it was made out of a modified GameCube console, which was dubbed the VapeCube and was put together by Nebula.

The mod allows for up to four pipes to be attached to it at once, meaning that this looks like a great addition to parties and for friends to come together, enjoy a vape session, and just hang out. Well the good news is that if you wanted to get your hands on the VapeCube, it is now up for sale and comes in two versions: a wired version and a wireless version, with the difference being that the wireless version runs on batteries, while the wired version needs to be plugged into a power supply. They are priced at $199 and $249 respectively, which is admittedly rather pricey, and you will have to buy your own e-liquids.

galaxy-note-3-review-01Samsung has never been shy about launching multiple versions of its handsets, as we have seen in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S4, which spawned different variants like the Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, and the Galaxy S4 mini, which is why it is not surprising to learn that Samsung could be doing the same with its Galaxy Note 3 as well in the form of the Galaxy Note 3 Lite. The handset has been rumored to have entered production and is apparently scheduled for launch at MWC 2014, and according to the latest reports, it seems that the device’s specs might have inadvertently leaked thanks to a sighting on Samsung’s website.

The specifications have been found hidden in the code of Samsung’s website and assuming that these are indeed the final specs for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Lite, here’s what we might be able to expect come MWC 2014. The handset is said to pack a 5.7” 720p HD display and will also feature an 8MP rear-facing camera. The processor is unknown but according to the specs, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite will come with a Mali-T626 MP6 GPU, and will also feature a 3,200mAh battery that is removable. No word on LTE as some have speculated that this will not be a feature, and will come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean preinstalled. These are hardly the most impressive specs but presumably its price tag will not be breaking the bank anytime soon either.