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LG has launched a new large-screen smartphone in a similar vein to the flagship G2 in South Korea. The LG Gx has a larger 5.5-inch IPS display with a 1920x1080 resolution, packed into a casing measuring 9.2mm thick and weighing in at 167 grams, though its internals appear to be taken from the LG Optimus G Pro rather than mimicking the G2.
LG has reported its second quarter results for 2013 returning a net profit of $139 million, almost in line with its results for the same period last year. A bright note for the company was it set a record for smartphone sales, shipping 12.1 million units worldwide. The company has started to make its mark in the Android space dominated by archrival Samsung with phones like the Optimus G, G Pro and Nexus 4 all boosting the company’s brand profile.
LG has realigned its branding ahead of the launch of its Optimus G successor in August. The new flagship handset will simply be called the LG ‘G2, ’ in a move that may upset Samsung, which uses the ‘Galaxy’ branding for its devices. Its 4:3 ratio phablet devices will also drop the ‘Optimus’ branding and will be known as the ‘Vu’ series moving forward. However LG has said that it will retain the Optimus branding for certain devices, including its popular low-end smartphones, the F- and L-series handsets.
LG could be formally revealing its follow-up to the Optimus G early next month. Invitations sent out for an event in New York on August 7th from the manufacturer reads "Great 2 Have You!," with the larger size of the letter G and number 2 hinting at it being the rumored LG G2, a handset that has appeared a few times in the last few weeks.
More specifications for the rumored LG G2 have surfaced, suggesting it to have a 5.2-inch Full HD display and 3GB of RAM, as well as a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The suggested details for the update to the Optimus G line of smartphones is accompanied by an image giving a clear view of the front of the device.
The successor to the LG Optimus G may have controls on the back of the smartphone, according to some leaked images. Photographs allegedly showing a promotional video for the "LG G2" demonstrate a pair of buttons located just below the camera, which could possibly be used as a volume control or a way to adjust the camera's zoom function.
LG will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor in a future replacement for the manufacturer's Optimus G series of smartphones. The change in processor is an upgrade from the earlier Snapdragon chips used in earlier Optimus G devices, with LG claiming it to have "up to 75-percent better performance" than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
A version of the LG Optimus G with features borrowed from the Optimus G Pro is heading to Korea. The Optimus GK has a five-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 440ppi, and though it has a smaller screen than its Pro equivalent, it keeps most of the internal specifications the same, just as the Optimus G Pro released specifically for Japan.
LG is planning to create an updated version of the Optimus G smartphone, something that could launch by the third quarter of this year. The device will apparently have a screen that is closer to five inches in size, smaller than the 5.5-inches used by the Optimus G Pro, and is set to be a globally-released handset.
LG has celebrated its Optimus G Pro 5.5-inch ‘phablet’ crossing the 500,000 sales mark in its home market of South Korea. The company has achieved the milestone in just 40 days, which is a record for any handset made by the company. Until now, LG has played second-fiddle to arch rival Samsung in the smartphone space, however its latest line Optimus G smartphones along with its Nexus 4 has helped to increase its profile while also garnering positive reviews.
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HBO Now has 800,000 subscribers
The CEO of HBO, Richard Plepler has confirmed that the online streaming HBO service, HBO Now, has 800,000 subscribers. When criticized for the seemingly low number, Plepler noted that the still nascent service was bound to Apple exclusivity during the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Plepler declared during the Time Warner quarterly earnings conference call marketing for the online-only offering would be enhanced in 2016. While HBO Now's critics are slamming the low numbers, the service must also compete against itself on cable, in addition to Netflix and other streaming services. http://on.recode.net/1QWoLHe
Unsafe IoT called threat to humanity
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told two different Senate committees yesterday that the Internet of Things posed a clear and present danger, and could be weaponized by governments. Before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper declared that insecure IoT "will bring new security vulnerabilities" and "will connect tens of billions of new physical devices that could be exploited" by those wishing to perpetrate violence or eavesdrop on the populace of the world. http://bit.ly/23Xvcky
Apple public betas for iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4
Following Monday's release of betas for the iOS and OS X, Apple has unveiled public betas for both operating systems. The iOS 9.3 beta includes all of the previously reported enhancements for education customers, along with Wi-Fi calling for Verizon iPhone owners, and a carrier update for T-Mobile users. The OS X 10.11.4 third beta includes enhancements to Twitter URL opening, Live Photo viewing and sharing, and Evernote note importation into Notes.
Google given NHTSA SDS waivers
In contrast to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's approach, the US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has confirmed that it is declaring the software in autonomous cars is the legal driver of a so-equipped vehicle. In a letter to Google, the NHTSA says that it "will interpret 'driver' in the context of Google's described motor vehicle design as referring to the SDS [self-driving system], and not to any of the vehicle occupants." Other matters, such as legally-required rear-view mirrors for occupied vehicles has yet to be determined. However, regulations specifying the "driver" need no longer be interpreted as meaning a person behind the wheel, as the agency writes that self-driving cars "will not have a 'driver' in the traditional sense that vehicles have had drivers during the last more than one hundred years" http://1.usa.gov/1QrAGtR
Dropshare 4 for Mac now available
Dropshare 4 for Mac has shipped, introducing support for uploading files and screenshots to Amazon S3 API-compliant services, like DreamObjects and OpenStack. The update also introduces a new popup design, an in-app editor for custom landing pages, an improved upload history window, and security improvements when using SSH connections. The paid upgrade costs $25, though it is free for customers who bought the previous version this year and half-price for those who acquired version 3 of the app last year. http://bit.ly/1XixV3q
Google starting phase-out of Flash ads
Search engine and advertising giant Google will shortly no longer accept Adobe Flash-created ads for its AdWords network. Starting June 30, ads in the once-ubiquitous format will no longer be accepted. Additionally, after January 2, 2017, the network will no longer serve Flash-based advertisements, and the network will be completely HTML 5 based. http://bit.ly/1PNx1uc
Sonos now works with Apple Music
Wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has announced that its systems worldwide will gain compatibility for streaming the paid Apple Music subscription service starting today, February 10. "Music fans worldwide will have access to Apple Music features like For You, New, Radio, and My Music, and will also be able to stream the entire Apple Music catalog through Sonos smart speakers tuned for great sound in every room of their homes," the company said in an email to journalists. Apple Music's streaming service costs $10 per month, with a free three-month trial. http://bit.ly/1Wdi2Ko