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LG’s next smartphone to use Qualcomm’s quad-core chip

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AndroidMx has handled the upcoming device and posted pictures and screenshots from the phone’s settings page. (Credit: AndroidMx)

In a press release, LG Electronics announced that its upcoming smartphone will make use of Qualcomm’s latest quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor as well as component technology from various sister companies. These include battery, panel and touch technology from LG Chem, LG display and LG Innotek, respectively.

LG Chem’s contribution will apparently give the new smartphone a battery that is 60 percent more efficient than similarly sized batteries. it is also claimed to have a lifespan of 800 recharge cycles, an improvement over the standard 500 charges in batteries today.

The new True HD IPS+ display will have a resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, and boasts of generating 470 nits of brightness, while supposedly consuming 70 percent less power compared with AMOLED screens when displaying a white background. This screen will have a pixel density of 320ppi, so working backwards using the formula for ppi calculation, it’ll sport a 4.7-inch display.

Related to this is the touchscreen technology that will eliminate the gap between the glass and the LCD panel. This is not completely new since HTC has something similar in the HTC one X Android smartphone.

While that’s all we know officially, the phone has unofficially been leaked through AndroidMx, which got hands-on time with it. Codenamed Optimus G, other noteworthy features include 2GB RAM for running programs, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)–though we hope that last item may change since Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is already available.

LG has not said when this product will be announced. if it’s soon, this phone needs to really impress as high-profile smartphone announcements from Apple, Nokia and Samsung are all expected in the next three weeks.

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    Epic patent trial over iPhone goes to jurors

    San Jose, Calif. — Nine Silicon Valley residents who presided over the epic three-week patent trial between smart phone titans Apple Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. began deliberating the multibillion-dollar case Wednesday.

    Apple is demanding Samsung pay it $2.5 billion for allegedly stealing the design technology of the iPad and iPhone to create illegal knockoffs. Samsung counters that Apple stole its technology and is demanding $399 million.

    During closing arguments Tuesday, a lawyer for Apple said that Samsung was having a “crisis of design” after the launch of the iPhone, and executives with the South Korean company were determined to illegally cash in on the success of the revolutionary device

    Samsung’s lawyer countered that the technology giant was simply and legally giving consumers what they want: Smart phones with big screens. Lawyers finished their closing arguments late Tuesday.

    The competing claims came after last-minute talks between chief executives failed to resolve the dispute.

    Apple Corp. argues that Samsung Electronics Co. should pay the Cupertino-based company $2.5 billion for ripping off its iPhone and iPad technology when it marketed competing devices.

    Samsung has sold 22.7 million smart phones and tablets using stolen — “infringed” in legalese — Apple technology since June 2010 on sales of $8.16 billion, Apple’s lead attorney, Harold McElhinny told jurors Tuesday.

    “The damages in this case should be large because the infringement has been massive,” he said.

    McElhinny said Apple confronted Samsung about the alleged copying and sought a resolution before filing its lawsuit last year.

    “Instead of doing the right thing, Samsung decided to gin up claims of its own,” McElhinny said of Samsung’s counterclaim seeking $399 million from Apple for allegedly using Samsung technology in making the iconic iPhone and iPad.

    Apple and Samsung combined account for more than half of global smart phone sales. Apple is also demanding that Samsung pull its most popular cell phones and computer tablets from the U.S. market.

    “Apple is asking what it is not entitled to,” Samsung’s lawyer Charles Verhoeven said during his closing arguments. “Rather than competing in the marketplace, Apple is seeking an edge in the courtroom.”

    Verhoeven argued that the state of technology has led most phone makers to design simple-to-use products with large, rounded rectangular faces. he conceded that Apple makes great products but said it doesn’t have a monopoly on the design it claims it created.

    “There is nothing nefarious about this, it’s the way technology has evolved,” he said, showing jurors a slide of a Best buy advertisement with photos of similar-looking phones made by several different companies. “It’s not against the law in this country to be inspired by your competition.”

    Verhoeven implored jurors to reject Apple’s claims as a way to preserve competition in the United States for smart phones and computer tabs. he said a verdict in Apple’s favor could reverberate throughout the marketplace.

    “Consumers deserve a choice,” the lawyer argued.

    The jury of nine people will consider the case after hearing three weeks of testimony from technology experts, patent professionals and company executives.

    Apple’s damage demands, if awarded, would represent the largest patent verdict in the U.S.

    From the beginning, legal experts and Wall Street analysts have viewed Samsung as the underdog. to begin with, Apple’s headquarters is a mere 10 miles from the courthouse, and jurors were picked from the heart of Silicon Valley where the company’s late founder Steve Jobs is a revered technological pioneer.

    While the legal and technological issues may be complex, patent expert Alexander I. Poltorak says the case will likely boil down to whether jurors believe Samsung’s products at issue look and feel almost identical to Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

    “Most jurors will probably say they look alike,” said Poltorak, who is chief executive of General Patent Corp.

    In June, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh called Samsung’s Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer “virtually indistinguishable” from Apple’s iPad and banned its sale in the United States until the resolution of the case.

    “There was some evidence that Samsung altered its design to make its product look more like Apple’s,” Koh found two months before the trial started.

    To overcome that hurdle, Samsung’s battalion of lawyers has been arguing that many of Apple’s claims of innovation are either obvious ideas or were actually stolen ideas from Sony Corp. and others. Experts called that line of argument a high-risk strategy because of Apple’s reputation as an innovator.

    “Saying Apple is a copyist is going to be a hard sell,” said Ellen Brickman, a New York-based jury and trial consultant. “Apple changed the world when it came to computers. Apple changed the world when it came to phones.”

    Poltorak said a verdict in Apple’s favor would cost Samsung a lot of money but wouldn’t dramatically disrupt the smart phone markets. he predicted that Samsung engineers would quickly redesign the company’s smart phone and computer tablets to compete if Apple wins the lawsuit.

    Apple lawyers argue there is almost no difference between Samsung’s products and those of Apple, and presented Samsung’s internal documents they say show it copied Apple’s designs. Samsung lawyers countered that several other companies and inventors had previously developed much of the Apple technology at issue.

    The U.S. trial is just the latest skirmish between the two over product designs. the two companies have been fighting in courts in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.

    The case is one of some 50 lawsuits among myriad telecommunications companies jockeying for position in the burgeoning $219 billion market for smart phones and computer tablets.

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      Quick day trips from New York City

      Tuesday August 28, 2012 5:38 PM By Polly Higgins

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      The Labor Day long weekend signifies the end of the summer, in a way. Kids are heading back to school, the nights are turning cooler the next vacation days likely aren’t until Thanksgiving. Somehow, this time of year always feels like our last chance to cut loose.

      So do it.

      Here are five day trips that are different enough from the everyday to feel like getaways but close enough to have you rested for the work week.

      MORE: things to do in NYC | Day trips | Travel in the Northeast

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      CITY ISLAND

      Part of the Bronx, this tiny island (about one-and-a-half miles by a half mile) packs it in. Notables include Stepping Stones Lighthouse, the City Island Nautical Museum (cityislandmuseum.org), the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and, along the island’s eponymous avenue, antique shops. you can’t be far from the water on this sliver of a spot, so grab some lobster or soft shell crabs from one of the many eateries (Johnny’s Reef is a favorite) and inhale the sea air between bites. for a restaurant list and more info: cityislandchamber.org.

      FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS

      Here’s a theme park with no rides, just … dinosaurs! It’s a dream for all dino-loving kids and their knowledge-loving parents, as there’s plenty to learn via activities (fossil digs, the "Family Feud"-style Raptor Feud game) and the main attraction, 30-plus animatronic dinosaurs with accompanying facts. the creatures are scattered among trees along a three-quarter-mile trail, so you can get plenty of outdoor time as you stroll and learn. at the Meadowlands, it’s a quick trip back in time too. You’ll save a few bucks if you get tickets ($21 adults, $18.50 ages 3 to 12) in advance at fieldstationdinosaurs.com.

      COLD SPRING

      About an hour’s drive from Manhattan, this charming, historic town on the Hudson River helps city folk decompress with an array of take-your-time activities. cold Spring has a downtown area with storefronts dating to the 1800s that house antique and other specialty shops. or, meander one of the gardens, such as the 63-acre Stonecrop (stonecrop.org), a public space with woodlands, display gardens and a conservatory. And there’s Fahnestock State Park (nysparks.com), more than 14,000 acres with a large beach (thanks to Canopus Lake) and plenty of hiking trails. Head back to town for dinner options (coldspringonhudson.com).

      STORM KING ART CENTER

      More than 100 sculptures are situated about the Storm King Art Center (stormking.org), 500 acres of fields and woodlands where you can see works by artists Roy Lichtenstein, Isamu Noguchi and many more. just about an hour’s drive north of NYC, once there you can wander (adult admission is $12) on foot or rent a bike. Normally closed Mondays, SKAC is open Labor Day. And if you forget to pack a lunch, the Storm King Cafe has you covered.

      KYKUIT

      The only way to really wrap one’s mind around the existence of a six-story private residence is to visit it. And the place that John D. Rockefeller (and three subsequent generations) called home just happens to be open to the public, a hilltop goliath complete with a sculpture garden (Pablo Picasso? check!), underground art galleries and a collection of classic cars and horse-drawn carriages. Various tours are available, and you will want to make a reservation in advance (hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit). Also in Sleepy Hollow is the 1,600-acre Rockefeller State Park Preserve; walking around the 24-acre lake is a great way to stretch your legs before the ride back home.

      Pictured: Kykuit, the former residence of John D. Rockefeller.

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        BioWare to Release Extended Cut for Mass Effect 3

        Following the release of Mass Effect 3 by BioWare last March, a complaint for false advertising was filed through the Federal Trade Commission following the claim of one unsatisfied user that the ending of the game did not achieve the marketing campaign of the company for its latest edition of the Mass Effect game franchise.

        A petition was organized by a number of other discontented users which was able to raise funds for Child’s Play, a children’s charity. however the company recently made an announcement that it will be releasing an extended cut for the game which is supposed to offer the closure that the users wanted to have.

        The free ‘Extended Cut’ content pack, which will extend the end of the game, will be available for download on June 26. more epilogue scenes and sequences will be offer by the new content pack basing on the choices made by the players while playing the game.

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        Although the ending basically does not change, it is developed from the initial conclusion of the game as it offers numerous results for every play-through of the game. The new content for Mass Effect 3 was initially promised by the company last April.

        BioWare indicated that users in the US will be able to download the new content for the Mass Effect 3 game on the PC as well as the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 game consoles. once the new content is downloaded, users will have the ability of loading a save prior to the end of the game in order for them to play with the new content.

        Ray Muzyka, co-founder of the company, revealed that it was agonizing to receive reactions from fans that the ending of the game did not meet their expectations. Muzyka indicated that the first instinct was to defend the game and point out the high ratings that were given by critics. however the company saw that it was necessary to humbly accept the feedback and criticism out of respect to the fans.

        Following its release, Mass Effect 3 was able to sell around 890,000 copies within 24 hours after it became available in the North American market.

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