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LG To Unveil 21:9 Gaming Monitor With FreeSync

LG will introduce the world's first 21:9 gaming monitor compatible with AMD FreeSync technology at CES this year, says the company. The UltraWide Gaming Monitor is the company's first 21:9 monitor specifically developed for graphics-intensive gaming, says LG. AMD's FreeSync technology reduces the screen tearing that occurs when the monitor and graphics card are out of sync. Games that currently support support 21:9 resolution include Battlefield 4, World of Warcraft and ArcheAge .

Starbucks Begins Powermat Wireless Charging Roll-Out

Starbucks unveiled Powermat wireless charging in approximately 200 of its stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The coffee store franchise says this is its first step in offering Powermat throughout its U.S. locations. Starbucks is also exploring rollouts in Europe and Asia within the year. Stores in the San Francisco Bay area are now equipped with 'Powermat Spots'  - designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their compatible device and charge wirelessly.  In addition, Starbucks stores are offering Duracell Powermat "Rings" for purchase or loan that instantly upgrade any phone to wireless charging compatibility. The rings are available for in-store purchase at $9.99 and can alternately be borrowed and returned on a per-visit basis. Powermat Spots comply with the open standard set by the PMA –...

Intel Bay Trail M-System SoC, Celeron Chromebooks Revealed

Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba are unveiling a fresh crop of Chromebooks powered by Google and Intel. The lineup includes the first designs using Intel Celeron and Pentium processors based on the Bay Trail-M system-on-chip (SoC). A new class of Chromebooks based on the 4th generation Intel Core i3 processor were also unveiled. Navin Shenoy (Vice president and general manager, Mobile Client Platforms Group, Intel) : Intel has grown to become the No. 1 microprocessor in Chrome systems.  We’ve been working on five generations of Chrome and after Google, Intel is the largest contributor to the Chromium OS. Intel chips are the first and only to support 64-bit Chrome OS. Lets take a quick look at them: Lenovo’s N20p Chromebook and Thinkpad YOGA 11e Chromebook offer options for touchscreen...

Foxconn, Lenovo, LG To Make Windows Phone Devices

Microsoft says it is working with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE to develop on the Windows Phone platform. Existing Windows Phone manufacturers include Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and Huawei.

IBM Sets US Patent Record Again

IBM inventors received 6,809 patents in 2013 says IBM. The company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders for the 21st consecutive year. IBM has 8,000 inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries. IBM's 2013 patent results represent inventions in areas such as IBM's Watson, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, as well as cognitive systems. The Top Ten list of 2013 U.S. patent recipients include: IBM - 6,809 Samsung - 4,676 Canon -  3,825 Sony - 3,098 Microsoft - 2,660 Panasonic - 2,601 Toshiba - 2,416 Hon Hai -  2,279 Qualcomm - 2,103 LG Electronics - 1,947

LG To Unveil 105-Inch Curved Ultra HD TV

LG will unveil a Ultra HD TV lineup at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, starting this week. Models include the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio curved Ultra HD TV (Model 105UC9), with a screen measuring a 105 inches diagonally. The new curved Ultra TVs also come with a forward-facing 7.2 multi-channel sound system, designed in collaboration with Harman Kardon.    

BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones

BlackBerry signed a bundling agreement with LG, involving both standard and virtual preloading (using the LG App Manager). Under the terms of the agreement, BBM will come preinstalled on the LG G Pro Lite in markets around the world. BBM is widely used throughout the Middle East, Africa and Indonesia where smartphone users tend to engage heavily in social networking.

LG To Launch Chrome OS-Based Chromebase Desktops Next Year

LG is all set to unveil the LG Chromebase, an all-in-one computer powered by the Google Chrome operating system. The LG Chromebase will come with a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display, and feature a Intel Celeron processor, with 2GB memory and 16GB storage.  Hyoung-sei Park (Head, IT Business Division,  LG): LG Chromebase is the wave of the future for desktops, which we hope to be widely adopted not only at home, but especially in schools, hotels, call centers and other business settings.  Chromebase - Specifications and Features Processor: Intel Celeron CPU Operating System: Chrome OS Display: 21.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Memory: 2 GB Storage: 16GB iSSD Ports: HDMI-in, USB 2.0 x 3, USB 3.0 x 1, LAN Accessories: Keyboard, Mouse, Cable Organizer Webcam: 1.3 M 720 HD The Chromebase desktops will be...

Mozilla, Telcos Form Open Web Device Compliance Review Board

Deutsche Telekom, LG, Mozilla, Qualcomm, TCL/Alcatel Onetouch, Telefónica and ZTE have come together to create the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB). The CRB is a partnership between operators, device OEMs, silicon vendors, and test solution providers, and will be an independently-operated organization. The goal of the CRB will be to promote the open Web device ecosystem, by encouraging API compliance as well as ensuring competitive performance. The CRB will also be the foundation for Mozilla’s Firefox OS branding requirements. Why is a compliance review board necessary? To reduce OS fragmentation, and provide a faster time to market, as well as to ensure performance uniformity, and provide global independent API certification, according to the CRB website.  

LG Launches First Google Play Edition Tablets

LG is launching the first device ever to be designated a Google Play edition tablet. The LG G Pad 8.3 will be Google's first Android Open Source Project (AOSP) tablet, and feature Android 4.4, KitKat. Lets take a look at the tech specs: Processor: 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor Display: 8.3-inch Full HD IPS WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels / 273 ppi) Memory: 16GB eMMC RAM: 2GB LPDDR2 Camera: Rear 5.0MP / Front 1.3MP Battery: 4,600mAh Connectivity: Wi-Fi Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm Weight: 338g The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play edition will be available in black and cost $349.

LG Electronics USA Names New President

William Cho, a 26-year veteran of LG Electronics, has been named president of LG Electronics USA. He succeeds Wayne Park, who has been promoted to the role of global sales and marketing officer, within the company. Mr. Cho will also lead the LG Electronics USA Home Entertainment business. In this role, he succeeds Jay Vandenbree, who is retiring at year-end. Mr. Cho was responsible for LG's global residential air conditioning business for the past two years. Previously, he served as president of LG Australia and president of LG Canada, besides holding  sales roles in the United States. Mr. Cho joined LG in 1987 after earning his engineering degree from Busan University and his business degree from the Yonsei University graduate school in Korea.

LG To Expand Energy Solutions Business

Electronics conglomerate LG says the company is 'actively pushing forward' its energy solutions business. The group is developing new business opportunities in the clean energy market, and working on a solutions package consisting of energy generation, storage and delivery.

LG Launches Dual OS Enterprise Platform For Mobile Devices

LG Electronics has released LG Gate, an enterprise-grade technologies package, that lets mobile employees utilize work resources from any location. LG Gate will launch first in the United States on the LG G2. LG Gate users can simultaneously run two operating systems on a single smartphone, enabling them to keep personal and business information completely separate.

LG G2 Promotion Event Goes Horribly Wrong In Seoul

A promotional event in Seoul organized by LG to showcase the recently-launched G2 smartphones, resulted in a scramble that sent some 20 people to the hospital. Held in a public park, the promotion involved the company releasing balloons in the air, with 100 free LG G2 coupons attached. The security personnel present were unable to control the crowd once the event started, especially as several people had come armed with BB guns to pop the balloons. According to a report by Kim Yoo-Chul in the Korea Times, LG is canceling outdoor events for G2 for now, and will be financially compensating those injured in the event. You may also be interested in: LG Launches Flagship G2 Smartphone With Rear Buttons  

LG Launches Flagship G2 Smartphone With Rear Buttons

LG unveiled its flagship smartphone, the LG G2 on Wednesday. The G2 is the first smartphone introduced under the company's new “G” series. LG called the phone 'the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.' Well, here is one thing you will definitely find interesting. The buttons on the LG G2 are on the rear of the device, making it the first smartphone to be completely devoid of side buttons. The phone also sports a 13-megapixel camera, and is the first globally available handset to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon  800 Processor. The LG G2 is also the first smartphone on the market to feature a 24 bit/192kHz Hi-Fi playback, according to LG. LG G2 - Key Specifications Processor: 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS...