FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS!!! - LG G3 First Impressions

LG is making all sorts of headlines today as the tech giant announced the successor to last year's flagship with the LG G3. The G3 is one to watch this year folks and here's a short list of reasons why.

                                                                  Image courtesy of LG official press release

                                                                  Image courtesy of LG official press release

The G3 features the world's first Quad HD IPS display with a resolution of 2560x1440 packed into a 5.5 inch display. This means that the phone has 538 pixels per inch, making it one of the sharpest displays on the market. LG cut no corners with the internals either. The G3 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot for microSD cards up to a whopping 128GB of external storage. We're hoping LG's software customization helps with battery life, but it won't need much help with the inclusion of a 3,000 mAh battery in the G3.

                                                                  Image courtesy of LG official press release

                                                                  Image courtesy of LG official press release

On the back, the G3 features a 13MP camera with a new autofocus feature that utilizes lasers to help the device focus on images quicker. You read that correctly, lasers are included in this phone. LG has also enhanced the power button on the back of the device to feel more tactile. The overall footprint of the device is slightly larger than the G2 but LG has managed to make the bezels on the front so small that LG is boasting 76.7% display on the front. That's more than any current device on the market. 

All in all, I think we can expect great things from LG's latest flagship. With it's powerful display, state of the art CPU, plenty of RAM to go around, and new fancy camera focus tricks, we believe the LG G3 will be a great contender in the smartphone market. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

~Nathan

Change Your Password NOW (Tech Emergency)

The biggest vulnerability in Internet history was discovered by a Google researcher. This is being called Heartbleed across the Internet. Cliff Note version, a fake packet of information is sent to an SSL website, fake packet is rejected, and sent back with data stored on the servers ram. After this has happened the hacker will get usernames, passwords, & credit card information that was recently used by the server. Because this is hard to track or trace it is hard to say how much data has been stolen. Many sites have applied the patch and recommend you change your password.

Below is a list of patched sites that have been effected and you should change your password NOW! Better safe then sorry.

  • Facebook
  • Tumblr
  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Gmail
  • Amazon
  • Minecraft
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Dropbox

- Anthony

Verizon To Sell Samsung Galaxy S5 As "2 for 1" Deal

Reports are coming in that the Galaxy S5 from Samsung will debut last on the popular U.S. carrier Verizon in a 2-for-1 deal. This deal specifies that if a customer purchases a Galaxy S5 with a new two-year contract another family, friend, co-worker, pet, etc. could also get a Galaxy S5 for "free". However, there is some specific fine print that consumers must address before jumping on Big Red for their S5's. Firstly, the fine print states that alongside the initial purchase of the S5 with two-year contract agreements, the second S5 also requires a two-year contract. While most may not care about this little detail, this will certainly deter consumers looking for unlocked or contract-free S5's.

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One option Verizon is offering costumers is to divide the costs of the two handsets equally, bringing the total cost of each device to $99 respectively rather than the usual $199. What do you guys think of this deal? Is it worth jumping on the Samsung bandwagon for new users or is this not enough to sway you into Samsung's proverbial tennis court? Let us know in the comments below. 


~Nathan

Danger Of The Cloud (Question)

Well today I found out that one day a Cloud service could die. I have been using the Ubuntu One File services to use as a cloud backup. But today I got a very interesting email (picture below) that they are shutting down. Now why is this important? Because what if DropBox, Copy, or any other cloud service did something like this? Well, it holds all our files up in the cloud. Some think this is a good idea to use it as a backup. Yeah, cloud backup is a cool thing, but unlike a external drive, they will not cancel services on you, and delete your files. This is just like if my external drive was tossed into a river. Should we trust the cloud? Well today I learned NO!

~Anthony