Internal HTC email reveals company reorganizing American operations


In an effort to create a new division for “emerging devices,” according to an internal HTC email obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the company is placing its global sales president in charge of American operations as the reshuffling of execs continues at the Taiwanese manufacturer.

The Wall Street Journal article reads:

“Effective immediately, in addition to his current duties in supporting me with global corporate strategy, [President of Global Sales] Jason Mackenzie will lead HTC America,” HTC’s chief executive, Peter Chou, told employees in an internal email Sunday. “[President of North America] Mike Woodward will lead Emerging Devices, a newly established business unit that will focus on innovative new HTC products and global distribution strategies.”

Whether all the recent changes will have a positive or negative effect on their recently dismal sales numbers has yet to be determined. We’ll certainly see soon enough.

Source: AllThingsD

LG files for several ‘G’ trademarks in South Korea including G Watch and G Glass


LG already announced that moving forward, they will drop “Optimus” from their premium smartphone lineup. The plan is to utilize “G”, and from what we can see, it will be used across the board. They recently filed for several trademarks in South Korea with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), which included G Watch, G Glass, G Hub, GPAD, G Link, and G Band. We already heard that LG was working on a smartwatch, a glassware product, and a new tablet, but it appears they could be readying a bracelet and a media center as well.

Now there are tons of trademarks that go unused, so don’t be surprised if some of these names are never mentioned again. However, it does give us a clue as to what LG might have up their sleeve.

source: PocketDroid

Samsung’s next high-end tablet rumored to feature 12.2-inch display


The folks over at SamMobile have received word that Samsung’s next high-end tablet could quite possibly feature a 12.2-inch display along with an ARM 11 processor and a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, matching the Nexus 10. This could be part of an effort for Samsung to build devices with slimmer bezels and bigger, more powerful displays. We’ll see if Samsung gives any information on the upcoming device at IFA in Berlin.

Source: SamMobile


‘The Walking Dead: Assault’ now available on Google Play for $2.99


Calling all Walking Dead fans! There’s a new game in the Play Store that we know you’ll absolutely love! ‘The Walking Dead: Assault’ has been released, and is now available for $2.99 for anyone running Android 2.3 or above on their device. It’s gotten some rave reviews so far, so we could have a new hit on our hands. The game has a really nice comic book-feel to it, with really nice animations and fantastic music. The game-play is very simple to understand but will still provide a challenge to any mobile gamer. Who doesn’t love a good old zombie shooter? Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store. Read more

SIM cards are now hackable and could affect approximately 500 million phones


We all thought the SIM card was un-hackable, but think again. German cryptographer Karsten Nohl is going to present some interesting findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31. He found encryption and software flaws that could affect millions of SIM cards. His team tested approximately 1,000 SIM cards for vulnerabilities and found that hackers can remotely infect a SIM with a virus that sends premium text messages. That’s not all, they can redirect or record calls and possibly commit payment system fraud. “Give me any phone number and there is some chance I will, a few minutes later, be able to remotely control this SIM card and even make a copy of it,” Nohl says.

Now it doesn’t look like this affects all SIM cards. It all comes down to the encryption standards chosen by different countries. Noel said,  “Different shipments of SIM cards either have [the bug] or not, it’s very random.” Noel did find about 25% of the cards he tested to be hackable, but figures about an eighth of the world’s SIM cards to be vulnerable. That’s about a half a billion mobile devices.

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ASUS Nexus 7 press images leak, official announcement expected July 24


Leaked press images seem to be the new fad here, as we received pictures of the Moto X in all its glory over the weekend, and now we’re getting to see the new ASUS-made Nexus 7. It also seems to be sporting a new default 4.3 Nexus wallpaper, which will replace the old one.

The device’s two cameras (1.2MP and 5MP) can be clearly seen, as well as the notification LED, stereo speakers on the back. If you look closely, you’ll also notice that the time, 4:30, obviously points to the device featuring Android 4.3.

The 16GB Wi-Fi variant is expected to go for $229, while the 32GB Nexus 7 will cost $269. Prices on the LTE version are not available yet, but that information should be coming soon. The device will also feature a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1920 x 1200 display, and be SlimPort-enabled.

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More images of the Galaxy Note III leak, almost as bad as the first set


We had a chance to see some leaked images of the Galaxy Note III late last week. It was with Mr. Blurrycam, which means they weren’t so hot. Today, we have a couple of more for you, but don’t get too excited. Not only are these with Mr. Blurrycam again, it’s safe to say that it’s just a prototype, not the final build. There is no sense saying much more about them other than if blurry photos are your thing, enjoy!!

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CyanogenMod teases a ‘New Challenger’ and a ‘New Nemesis’


It looks like the folks at CyanogenMod are up to something. Well, they are always up to something, but they are in the teasing mood right now. They released a very short teaser video for something they are working on. What is it? We have no idea so let the speculation begin. It’s start out by saying, “Nothing can be perfect, Things can be better.” Ain’t that the truth. There is a few more tidbits that you can check out for yourself, and then it closes with  “A new challenger appears,” and “A new Nemesis appears.” I have a funny feeling they have a few more teases lined up. Any ideas as to what they might be up to? Hit the break for the video.

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Moto X specs and benchmarks leak


The Moto X is one of those devices that you just can’t figure out. On one hand, the specs seem so yesteryear, but on the other hand, you know Google and Motorola must be up to something. I guess we won’t know anything for sure until August 1st, but we do have a good idea of what the specs are going to be. Most of these have already been reported, but here we go. Images of the AT&T version, also known as the “ghost” version leaked. It has a model number of XT1058.

The display is 4.7-inches and has a resolution of 720p (1184 x 720). The CPU is a Qualcomm S4 Pro MSM8960DT clocked at 1.7GHz and the GPU is an Adreno 320. You can expect to see 2GB of RAM, a 10.5MP rear camera, and a 2.1MP front camera. There is 16GB of internal storage on the leaked device, but we don’t know what other options they might offer. It doesn’t look like there will be an SD slot, which isn’t a surprise since there is a heavy influence from Google. The battery is expected to be 2,200mAh and non-removable, which isn’t all that big when you consider what Motorola has achieved with the RAZR line. As to WiFi, you can expect 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and NFC will be onboard. The test unit is running Android 4.2.2.

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NVIDIA to begin shipping “SHIELD” portable gaming system July 31st following delay


In late June, NVIDIA delayed their upcoming “Shield” Android-powered portable gaming system due to mechanical issues with third-party components. Yesterday, NVIDIA posted on their blog announcing that they will finally begin shipping the device on July 31st now that it is in full production.

If you order now, they’ll even throw in a limited edition t-shirt, while supplies last of course. Hit the break for the full blog post. Read more