LG’s next phone will be the first with one of its own CPUs inside

LG has been trying for years to catch up to Samsung and Apple in phone sales, and its next step on that path is to make a device with an LG CPU inside. The G3 Screen phone that it's releasing this week in Korea will have an eight-core "NUCLUN" (pronounced NOO-klun) processor, based off of an ARM big.LITTLE design similar to Samsung's octacore Exynos chips. NUCLUN has four 1.5GHz cores for the tough tasks, and four 1.2GHz cores for easier stuff that help it save on battery life. Otherwise, there's also a 5.9-inch 1080p screen and support for the new, faster LTE-A networks that download at up to 225Mbps. Until now, LG's phones have mostly relied on Qualcomm chips for their processing needs, but Dr. Jong-seok Park believes going its own way will help the company "achieve better vertical integration" and greater flexibility going forward. Of course, we're wondering when a NUCLUN-powered phone will go on sale outside of Korea, but considering the progression of Exynos, that could take a while.

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Thursday Deals – 10/23: 3TB WD Elements External Hard Drive just $91 with Free Shipping

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Podcast 114 – Listen in live

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Welcome to the live edition of our podcast, this is the listen in live post which will become live at about 7.30pm tonight. There will be a Play button below.

Topics this week will revolve around the Nexus pre-orders, the devices we’ve been using this week and the usual smattering of random.

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‘SimCity BuildIt’ lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt on Android, and like so many other mobile games it won't cost a dime to download. Of course, once you start shelling out for in-app purchases that'll change in an instant. Why the lack of fanfare? Well, the last game in the series didn't fare so well at the outset or for awhile afterward, so that might have something to do with it. Android Community says that despite expectations, however, it isn't a mobile port of the PC title. Instead, it's apparently more along the lines of a typical Android city builder, just with a SimCity coat of paint. We've embedded a gameplay video after the break so you can judge for yourself.

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Yahoo’s mail app has notifications for flights and events too

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Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app... whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced something similar earlier, but we're not entirely sure (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Kidding aside, the Today section in the Yahoo Mail app can now tell you if your flight's been delayed or canceled and give you directions to the airport: you can even call the airline or go straight to its website if you need to rebook, right from the app. When you visit a new area, you'll automatically get restaurant and attraction suggestions, replete with their Yelp reviews. Finally, if you're attending an Evite, Eventbrite or Ticketmaster event, the app will show you its details, along with directions on how to get to there. The update's already out on both iTunes and Google Play, but (unfortunately for most countries around the globe) the features are only available in the US for now.

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Google Helps iPhone Owners Make the Switch to Android

There are several reasons why some iPhone users might want to change to an Android based Smartphone but is it as easy as it sounds?

There’s a common belief that it’s difficult to switch from an iOS device to Android, and this perception might put off those who would like to change smartphone but consider themselves to be locked into the Apple ecosystem, but perhaps help is at hand.

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Google Opens The Door

Google have set out to help those looking to move platforms by launching the Switch to Android Website which contains a number of helpful hints and tips which show you how to move your mobile life onto Android.

Included on the site is advice for users wanting to:

  • Move their photos to Google+ Cloud Storage
  • Transfer their iTunes library to Google Play Music
  • Keep all their contacts on their new device
  • Use their email and instant messaging tools
  • Find their favourite apps in the Google Play Store

Most of the advice is straight forward but should be enough for most iPhone users to be able to comfortably switch to Android.

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Google Unveils ‘Google Inbox’

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In a bit of a surprise announcement today, Google decided to announce a new product of theirs’. “Years in the making”, Google says that Inboxthough developed by the Gmail team, is a whole new way to send and receive emails.

For many of us, dealing with email has become a daily chore that distracts from what we really need to do—rather than helping us get those things done.

Along with a fresh UI that doesn’t look anything like an email client, Inbox boasts three innovating features: Bundles, Highlights, and Reminders.

It is worth noting first that Inbox is currently in invite-only mode. People using the service are given invites that they can send out to friends, but those who cannot wait are able to email Google and will receive invites upon availability.

As oppose to just giving you your emails, Inbox calculates the information you need from them and presents it to you. With Bundles, similar emails are grouped together (i.e. your bank statements), allowing a brief overview that allows you to quickly dismiss unwanted content. Over time Inbox can adapt and determine which emails you want grouped.

Next are Highlights. Inbox is able to “highlight” important info from your emails like flight itineraries or event information and displays them in a simple way. Additionally, information not included in the email from the web is also pulled up to give you everything you could want to know. Highlights and Bundles are described to work together to “give you just the information you need at a glance.”

Finally, Inbox allows you to set different kinds of reminders. Sure, you can add things like “walk the dog” to it, but Inbox takes these a step further. With “assets”, Inbox will pull in information about your task for you. Say you want to go to the hardware store. Assets tells you if the store is open and will give you the contact information. Additionally, using its intelligence, assets are also placed within emails. A map to the restaurant you reserved will appear in your confirmation email, and a link to checkin will appear next to your flight ticket. However, for those times when you’re in a time crunch and aren’t able to process your emails, snooze options are available for emails and reminders.

Overall, Inbox is a great improvement over Gmail. It’s available on the web, Android (With that fantastic Material Design look), and iOS. Just keep in mind that for the meantime it’s invite only.

Update – If you can’t wait and want to take the risk, you can find the APK floating around on the internet, however it looks like Google are checking the invites, so you may not be able to use it.

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Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws, swing sets and other playground toys. To transform these outdoor playsets into big controllers, kids will have to clip the Hybrid Play sensor (above) onto their slides and merry-go-rounds. This sensor (which is dust- impact- and water-resistant) is powered by an Arduino microcontoller and equipped with accelerometers, gyroscopes, infrared and Bluetooth. It transforms real-life movements into signals sent to your phone, which the app then converts into virtual action. By the way, the system's iOS and Android apps will come loaded with a selection of games to choose from, but everyone can make their own, as it's an open-source project.

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