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LG’s G3 flagship is a bigger, simpler, higher-res smartphone

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Simple is the new smart. That’s how the invite to today’s LG event in London reads. But what’s simple about the newly announced LG G3 flagship LTE phone? We’ll decode the marketing talk soon, but for now lets look at the simple facts about the hardware. As suspected (and oft leaked), the G3 has a 5.5-inch display, again with a much talked about Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display. As for the innards, there’s a Snapdragon 801 chip clocked at 2.5 GHz plus 2GB of RAM to serve you up Android Kit Kat, along with and 16GB of storage. There’s also a 3GB and 32GB variant if you need a little more juice. Other hardware highlights include a removable (3,000 mAh) battery and SD card support. Budding photographers will want to know that the camera is a 13-megapixel, and comes with OIS and tap to focus, and, yes, again, that rumored (infrared) laser auto focus — we’ll be exploring that in detail in our review for sure. That’s the key spec list, but in this increasingly experiential mobile world there’s a lot more going on than just a laundry list of features, which we got a chance to explore for ourselves.

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Posted by on 28/05/2014 in IT

 

Hands-on with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

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So, it wasn’t the Surface Mini we were expecting. But hey, we got fresh hardware, so that’s all that matters. The new Surface Pro 3 isn’t the smallest tablet Microsoft has made — in fact, it’s the biggest, with a 12-inch, 2,160 x 1,440 screen. But if you think it’s just a blown-up version of the old model, you’d be wrong. In addition to being the biggest, highest-res Surface, it also brings new pen tech, a new kickstand and a new keyboard, to boot. Also, it’s surprisingly thin and light, considering this thing is big and powerful enough to replace a full-fledged Ultrabook. As a heads-up, we’re taking a device home from today’s press event, so you can expect to see a full review on our site soon. In the meantime, though, here are some early impressions to tide you over.

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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 

Microsoft reportedly axed a smaller Surface

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We’d surmise that a few folks were disappointed then Microsoft’s Surface event concluded earlier today. Rumors swirled that the “small gathering” tease meant a more compact version of Redmond’s tablet was imminent, but instead the festivities focused on a larger 12-inch pro model. Now, Bloomberg reports that a more compact model was on tap before being nixed ahead of its official debut. The report states that CEO Satya Nadella and EVP Stephen Elop concluded that the device didn’t offer enough pizazz to differentiate it from the options that are currently on the market — smaller Windows-powered slates from the likes of Dell and others. MS engineers had reportedly been working on the so-called Surface mini alongside Qualcomm for the better part of a year before the plug was pulled ahead of final approval. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 

Adobe is working on a touch-friendly, full-powered version of Photoshop CC

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Microsoft is breaking out the big guns for the launch Surface Pro 3. It trotted out creative software powerhouse Adobe to show off a new version of Photoshop CC it’s got in the works. This edition is designed specifically for use with a touchscreen and stylus. Icons and other UI elements have been doubled in size so that they’re easier to tap with a free finger and gestures like pinch-to-zoom work flawlessly. And this isn’t some hobbled, half-featured version like Photoshop Express or Photoshop Touch. What’s more, it should be ready to support high-density displays like the one found on the new Surface. While the focus today may have been on how the Creative Cloud app would work on Microsoft hardware, it should excite avid Adobe users regardless of what brand PC they rely on. The lack of touch and high-density display support has been a bit of a pain point. And don’t worry, there’s “more on the way” according to Michael Goff. Besides, the tiles for other Adobe CC apps that popped up during the demo kinda gave that away. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 

Surface Pro 3’s accessories include a new Type Cover and a 4K-ready dock

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A professional tablet like the Surface Pro 3 deserves some equally high-end accessories, don’t you think? Microsoft certainly thinks so, as it just introduced some add-ons built with demanding users in mind. To start, it has a new $130 Type Cover keyboard add-on with a much-improved trackpad — the new design has a 68 percent larger area than the Type Cover 2, and 78 percent less friction. It’s better for lap use, too; you can lock in the cover so that it won’t wobble around so much while you’re typing on your legs.

The company has also unveiled a $200 docking station for those who want to use the new Surface as a makeshift desktop. Besides adding a bevy of extra connections (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, Ethernet and audio) to the tablet, the dock also lets you output video at 4K through its Mini DisplayPort. If you need an extra-sharp secondary display for Photoshop, you’ve got it. Both the station and the new Type Cover should be available when the Pro 3 launches in North America on June 20th, and there are promises of extra peripherals in the future.by engadget

 
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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 

Microsoft wants its new pen to be a big part of the Surface Pro 3

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Satya Nadella and his team are hosting an event in New York City, where Microsoft has already revealed its Surface Pro 3. Not surprisingly, the company’s placing a lot of focus on the integrated pen. “When you hold a pen in your hand, it has to feel light,” said Panos Panay on stage. But what exactly is Microsoft doing to make this happen? Well, according to Panay, it is very important to know that the Surface Pro 3’s pen is “not a stylus,” but rather meant to mimic a real, ink-based pen, with a similar form factor and weight.

To show off the new N-trig-powered pen, Microsoft brought out the New York Times Crossword app, which you can see in action in the video below. Also shown off on stage was Final Draft, an app designed specifically for the Surface Pro 3 that uses the pen to let you edit movie scripts in real time. “It doesn’t just mean writing; it’s experiences,” said Panay about the applications. That’s not it, though, as you can also use it to take notes with OneNote — a simple click on the pen seamlessly sends your scribbles to the cloud, even if the device is off. Photoshop CC users, meanwhile, can expect some integration with an upcoming touch-friendly version Adobe is working on, which is expected to be optimized to take full advantage of Microsoft’s new tablet. As Adobe’s Michael Goff puts it, the software is expected to be “a creative’s dream come true.”

Best of all, perhaps, the Surface Pro 3 can be turned on by simply clicking a button on the pen, which will come in handy during times when you just want to pick it up and make a quick note or two. With the camera, meanwhile, you can use the pen to capture photos and, if you want, doodle or take notes over them. There’s no doubt that Microsoft has definitely gone the extra mile to make the pen a key component of the Surface Pro 3 — now it’s just up to third-party developers to unleash its full potential. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 

Microsoft announces its biggest tablet yet, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3

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When Microsoft invited us to a “small gathering” here in New York City, we thought that meant a smaller-screened Surface Mini was in order. Instead, the company just announced a larger Surface, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3. Like the previous Surface Pro, it supports pen input, making it a good choice for creative professionals, especially with that pixel-dense 2,160 x 1,440 screen. In addition to being the biggest, highest-res Surface yet, though, it’s also the thinnest-ever product with an Intel Core i7 processor. All told, the thing measures just 9.1mm (0.36 inch) thick, putting it on par with an older-gen iPad — incredible when you remember this is more akin to an Ultrabook than a tablet. by engadget

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Posted by on 21/05/2014 in IT

 
 
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