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LG Beats Nexus to Market with Android Nougat Device

Traditionally, Google's Nexus devices have been the ones that launched their new OS, but it seems that LG is chomping at the bit and wants to beat Google at their own game - with Google's own software. That's right, instead of a Nexus device being the first one to market with Android 7 (Nougat), it will be LG. The dual-screen V20 will debut September 6th. If being the first one with a new OS is important, you may be in the market for a new LG device.

Although LG has yet to share many details about the new phone's features, we do know it will be once again sporting dual displays: a main 5.7-inch display, plus a second, always-on ribbon display at the top for notifications and quick app access. In practice, Engadget found the V10's second screen to be one of the best implementations to date, with easy access to audio controls or a quick glance at an email subject line.

Source: Engadget

Weekly Tech Update #374 - Headphones are Obsolete

We have just posted up Episode #374 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing the death of the headphone jack, Apple readies the Apple Watch 2, and Pokemon Go keeps losing users but keeps making money. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.

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Yahoo confirms data breach

The rumor of the week was that Yahoo had been hacked and they were getting ready to confirm it, the numbers being floated around were ~300 million users would be affected. Apparently the breach was worse than expected as Yahoo confirmed that they lost 500 million accounts information and it all happened in late 2014. User information was stolen, however, it appears that financial data was not taken. I'm pretty sure Yahoo isn't very happy about making headlines for this as they are in the process of getting bought out by Verizon. CNN Money has the full story.

The company said it believes a "state-sponsored actor" was behind the data breach, meaning an individual acting on behalf of a government. The breach is said to have occurred in late 2014.

"The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers," Yahoo said in a statement.

Froza Horizon 3 Plays Beatifully at 4K/60FPS

To really enjoy this video below, you'll need a 4K display that can run 60Hz refresh rate. That being said, Forza Horizon 3 looks so amazing at 1080p on my own screen that the video below is still worth the watch. There are a few PC issues still floating in the works, but if you have a super graphics card, take a look and see how this game looks at 4K with Ultra settings.

 

4K Chromecast Ultra

With more and more 4K TVs in the wild as well as more mobile devices supporting 4K, it was only a matter of time before Google had to step up their game with the Chromecast. They are expected to release the Chromecast Ultra and it will be almost double the price of the current Chromecast - but has a lot more features, power and quality than the current generations. Still, it is just a Chromecast.

Tipped to run firmware version 1.21 at retail, the Ultra will allegedly be sold alongside the existing high definition Chromecast dongle, released last year. Whereas that product retails for $35, Ultra will cost nearly double at $69, according to another Android Police report. The increased price brings more powerful hardware capable of streaming content with 4K resolution from a device like a smartphone to an HDMI-equipped display.

Source: VentureBeat

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