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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

NVIDIA Gives Buyers Gears of War 4

If you've been thinking about picking up Gears of War 4 and want a new graphics card to be able to push this game to the max on your new 4K display, NVIDIA wants you to buy one of their cards. In thanks for buying either a GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, they will be happy to set you up with the full game download of Gears of War 4. Even better yet is the fact that this is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so if you buy this, you'll also play be able to play Gears of War 4 on your Xbox One. Dang. That makes the GTX 1070 a tempting proposition.

When playing Gears of War 4, you’ll be able to modify the look of the game with nearly three-dozen graphics settings, covering Anti-Aliasing, Ambient Occlusion, Level of Detail, Effects, Lighting, Shadows, Textures, and much, much more. Or if you’re unsure of what they do and how they’ll affect your game and performance, let GeForce Experience automatically configure them with a single click, giving you the ideal balance between performance and image quality.

Source: GeForce

Note 7 replacements arriving shortly

It's pretty crazy to think about Samsung having to replace 1 million devices in the USA thanks to their very public battery recall. The logistics of replacing these devices is pretty insane but it's also pretty insane to think that they can come up with 500,000 replacement devices in pretty much no time flat, which Samsung has announced are arriving in stores this week to exchange for faulty devices. Currently 25% of the devices that have been recalled are already replaced but if you still have one make sure to make arrangements to get it exchanged as there appears to be ample stock now. CNET has the full story.

Samsung will have enough Galaxy Note 7 phones in stores Wednesday to replace half of the devices recalled for a battery problem. Stores will have replacements for the rest of the affected phones by the end of the month.

The South Korean company on Tuesday said 500,000 replacement devices have arrived in the US and have been shipped to carrier and retail stores. About 1 million Note 7 units had been recalled in the country.

"New devices will be in stores no later than tomorrow and we will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure users are powering down and immediately exchanging recalled devices," Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement.

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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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.

 

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