LG G3 mini appears in leaked documents with 720p display, 8-megapixel camera

LG G3 mini appears in leaked documents with 720p display, 8-megapixel cameraLG’s bite-sized G2 mini was finally unveiled at MWC 2014 in February, six months after the launch of the flagship G2, but it looks like the next mini hero phone is already in the works. My LG Cell Phones has obtained leaked documents which show a device listed with the name “B2MINI” and model number LG-D725. The next four rows retain the B2 name, listing an unannounced device for each of the four major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. These are likely codenames for the LG G3 and its G3 mini counterpart, although it’s worth noting that the G3 mini is only listed for AT&T. The leak also contains some of the smaller phone’s specs. According to the documents, the LG



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Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tabletsOld-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur’s Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur’s Gate series’s popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it’s now available on the Google Play store for $ 9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur’s Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls,



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Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind read

Video: Awesome tiny wearable gadget could help the blind readFingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio and braille. Currently in prototype phase, the FingerReader is essentially a ring that you can use to follow a line of text in a book or on a screen. Thanks to the built-in



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Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation’s biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. …
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Blackberry plans Heartbleed patches as mobile threat scrutinized

The company logo is see at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the "Heartbleed" security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable websites, but have since warned about threats to technology used in data centers and on mobile devices running Google Inc's Android software and Apple Inc's iOS software. Scott Totzke, BlackBerry senior vice president, told Reuters on Sunday that while the bulk of BlackBerry products do not use the vulnerable software, the company does need to update two widely used products: Secure Work Space corporate email and BBM messaging program for Android and iOS.



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Amazon to unveil smartphone in time for winter holidays: WSJ

Amazon CEO Bezos demonstrates the Kindle Paperwhite during Amazon's Kindle Fire event in Santa MonicaAmazon.com Inc is preparing to launch its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company's plans. The Internet retailer would jump into a crowded market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. Amazon has made great strides into the hardware arena as it seeks to boost sales of digital content and puts its online store in front of more users. Amazon recently launched its $ 99 Fire TV video-streaming box and its Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets already command respectable U.S. market share after just a few years on the market.



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Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by Pandora

Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by PandoraBack in the days when MP3s were all the rage, Apple’s iTunes Store was the go-to place to pick up music for your iPod. But now that streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify have made it cheaper than ever to just stream music to our devices, people have stopped shelling out money for MP3s. This is a problem for Apple, which has seen digital music sales steadily decline even after it launched its iTunes Radio streaming service last year in an effort to get more people to buy music they like. Billboard now says that Apple wants to dramatically overhaul the iTunes Store to help it keep up with the times and this might include “an on-demand streaming service, an



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BlackBerry defeats NXP in U.S. trial over patents

The company logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in WaterlooA federal jury in Florida on Monday ruled in favor of Blackberry Ltd in a lawsuit accusing the company of infringing three patents belonging to Dutch semiconductor company NXP BV. NXP in April 2012 sued BlackBerry, then known as Research in Motion, alleging that versions of the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed patents related to the design, data transmission and other features of those devices. The lawsuit originally covered six patents, but NXP later dropped its claims related to three of the patents. Jurors needed less than a day of deliberations before ruling in BlackBerry's favor, in a trial that began on March 24, court records show.



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T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’The feud between struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry and scrappy wireless carrier T-Mobile is one that most people probably didn’t even know was taking place. And those who did know at one point have likely long since forgotten about it. If you’re one of the few people still tracking the ongoing fight, however, you were no doubt shocked when the ordeal came to a head earlier this week and BlackBerry decided to sever ties with the carrier, ending its long-standing agreement and preventing T-Mobile from selling new BlackBerry devices beginning later this month. Of course, things didn’t end there. Cutting ties with T-Mobile was probably a smart move for BlackBerry. As T-Mobile CEO John Legere pointed out on Twitter, T-Mobile sells almost



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Google’s Nest halts home alarm system sales over possible defect

A Nest smoke/carbon monoxide detector is installed in a home in ProvoNest Labs Inc, the maker of smart thermostats that Google Inc acquired for $ 3.2 billion, called a halt to all sales of its smoke alarms on Thursday after it discovered a possible defect that could cause users to turn it off unintentionally. Nest co-founder and Chief Executive Tony Faddell said that, under a unique set of circumstances the alarm's "Nest Wave" feature, which allows a user to switch off the device with a wave of the hand, could be inadvertently activated. Faddell, one of the creators of Apple Inc's iPod, apologized in the blogpost for a problem that was discovered during recent laboratory testing. "The fact that it could even potentially happen is extremely important to me and I want to address it immediately." He did not specify that set of circumstances.



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