Samsung Galaxy A7 makes appearance on benchmark site

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We have seen a few leaks surface for the Samsung Galaxy A7, but the latest appearance on the GFXBench benchmark site may provide some of the best information yet regarding the device. Unfortunately, one datapoint throws some confusion into the mix. Previous leaks showed the Galaxy A7 having a 5.5-inch screen. However, the entry in the GFXBench database lists the device as having a 5.2-inch display. We will have to wait to see what the final size it. Despite that bit of uncertainty, the rest of the specs look to be solid.
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ASUS MeMO Pad 10 officially released

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ASUS has officially launched a new 10-inch tablet device carrying a $199 price tag. The ASUS MeMO Pad 10 is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hardware. The device has a 10.1-inch display running at 1280 x 800 resolution, yielding 149ppi. Powering that display is a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with a 1.5GHz gpu and 1GB of RAM.
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LG G Pad 10.1 shows up at FCC with LTE connection for Verizon

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In time for the holiday season, Verizon is bolstering its tablet lineup. The G Pad 10.1 recently appeared at the FCC seeking approval. It just is not a WiFi-only variant of the LG tablet, though. This is a version of the G Pad 10.1 that has an LTE connection. Verizon and LG have not said anything about this device at this time.

Even with an LTE connection, the G Pad 10.1 is expected to be affordable. The specifications are not cutting edge; however, they are perfectly suitable for many consumers. The display’s resolution is 1280×800. The processor is a Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. The camera on the back is 5MP and up front is a 1.3MP camera. Nothing too crazy on this device.

Source: FCC
Via: G 4 Games

Amazon goes after Chromecast and Roku with Fire TV Stick

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With the holidays approaching, Amazon is adding yet another media streaming device to their lineup. This one goes after Google’s Chromecast and the Roku Streaming Stick. It’s the Fire TV Stick, and it’s going for $39. A little more than the Chromecast, but it also includes a remote control.

The Fire TV stick is basically the same Fire TV product that is offered in the set-top box, but in a smaller package and without the games. The stick goes right into your HDMI port, and you can control it via the included remote control or fling content from Fire tablets or if you’re one of the very few people who own a Fire Phone. So you will be able to enjoy all the same content such as Prime Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, and so much more.


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LG to update Japan-exclusive Isai with three new colors and 3GB of RAM

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LG first launched the LG Isai earlier this year as a Japanese exclusive with the company’s first WQHD display. Today the Korean tech giant has revealed a refreshed version of the Isai with similar specs and features to the original, with a few changes. First the new Isai ships with VoLTE capabilities, allowing users to place calls over the LTE network. Additionally the amount of included RAM has been boosted from 2GB to 3GB, bringing the specs even closer to LG’s current flagship, the LG G3.
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LG G3 scheduled to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop by end of year

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Word is trickling in regarding when the flagship phones of 2014 will receive Android 5.0 Lollipop. One of the devices we have been waiting to hear about is the G3. There has been next to nothing stated about when it would get a taste of Lollipop. Luckily, an LG representative went ahead and gave a general expectation. The representative said that the G3 would receive Android 5.0 by the end of this year.

This is for the international version of the G3; therefore, owners of carrier versions in the United States should expect it in early 2015 just like everyone else owning another device.

Via: GSMArena

Samsung releases two Galaxy Note 4 ads focusing on the camera and S Pen

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A new pairing of Galaxy Note 4 advertisements are rolling out now. They highlight two of the biggest selling points for the massive Samsung device. The first aims to prove how powerful the Galaxy Note 4′s camera is while the other is all about the S Pen. A wide range of events and uses are covered by the ads. Both end by asking whether or not you know how to Note.

Hit the break to watch the ads.


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Pictures of Droid Turbo’s retail packaging appear online

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Verizon’s big DROID unveiling is coming up on Tuesday, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to see the Droid Turbo in its packaging. The device, which has a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 procesor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3900 mAh and either Android 4.4.4 or 5.0 Lollipop. (Conflicting reports on OS version exist.)

Nothing really special or noteworthy to see here, other than the fact that we’re coming closer and closer to the release of a new DROID device. Hit the break for more pictures below.


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Nest thermostats add compatability with third-party home automation products

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It was only a matter of time before the now Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat (and smoke detector) became even more integrated in the “Internet of things.”

Now, the device can be paired and controlled with other home automation products, including Pebble smartwatches (to check and control the temperature in your home), ivee (voice-controlled home manager) and Life360 (an app used to check the location of family and friends and can adjust the temperature when people enter and leave your home).

WallyHome, a device that checks for water leaks, is also on the list of compatible products, as is Rachio, which controls sprinklers in the house for fires. Expect more and more products to become compatible with Nest, as Google is looking for more partners to expand the capabilities of its device.

Source: Engadget