lg l70 MetroPCS To Launch LG L70 It does seem as though those who are in the market for a mid-range handset will have the LG L70 to choose from, especially if you happen to be a MetroPCS subscriber. The thing about the LG L70 is, it is not entirely a new handset, having been announced by LG before Mobile World Congress kicked off in February earlier this year, being part of the new L Series III along the way.

The LG L70 will run on Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box, which is uncharacteristically a departure for a non-flagship device, but we will not be complaining. @evleaks had leaked out a press render of the LG L70 complete with the MetroPCS carrier branding printed on the handset.

In terms of its hardware specifications, we should be expecting a 4.5” 800×480 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP or a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a 2,100mAh battery.

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In the video above, you would definitely be interested to know more about what Nokia has done when it comes to research and development for the future of sustainability in the world of consumer electronics. The Solar Armor that you see above is an amusing fashion statement, but it gets the job done – keeping a Nokia Lumia 1520 powered and charged the entire day, relying on indoor light alone.

Does this mean that we will be able to kiss goodbye to the standard issue phone charger? Don’t throw yours away just yet, as such a “solar armor” still needs plenty of work before it can be perfected and incorporated into everyday clothing. After all, walking out dressed like that is definitely going to draw a whole lot of awkward stares in your direction than nods of approval.

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zte apollo ZTE Apollo 64 Bit Android Smartphone RumoredChinese media CNMO have brought whispers of ZTE working on a 64-bit Android smartphone, where this particular device has been given the codename Apollo. Apparently, the ZTE Apollo will be based on one of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 808 and 810 CPUs, although we will not rule out the likes of the Snapdragon 410, 610, and 615, too. There has been nothing specific on what the exact model will be, although word has it that the ZTE Apollo will be a 64-bit smartphone.

Regardless, all of the options ought to be able to be a handset that is future-proof to a certain extent, despite sporting extremely different chipsets.For instance, the Snapdragon 410 and 610 happen to be quad-core models that will cater for low and mid-range devices, while the octa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 615 is quite a beast, with the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 and octa-core 810 being right at the high end side of things. Hopefully more information will be revealed in due time so that there need not be any more speculation.

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asha software update Asha Gets Major Update From NokiaNokia has kept to their promise by rolling out the second major update to its Asha range, where this particular update would deliver the likes of Mix Radio, an improved camera that has an audible selfie assistance, Panorama, OneDrive support, Facebook likes, Twitter re-tweets and birthdays in Fastlane, with all important built-in parental controls thrown into the mix, too.

This particular update is currently being delivered Over The Air (OTA), and ought to make its appearance as a push notification , although there is also the option to perform a manual check. This particular new firmware will target both single and dual-SIM versions of the following Asha handsets – the Asha 500, 501, 502, 503 and 230.

The new improvements made to the camera will include the inclusion of Panorama mode, and just in case you want to capture a selfie with the rear camera, the handset itself will offer voice instructions that ensures your face will remain at the center whenever you snap a photo, now how about that?

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arirang as120 Arirang AS1201 A Uniscope U1201 Knock OffI suppose it is always good to continue from a point where someone has left off, but to blatantly copy something that someone has already done, that is just plain sad. It does seem as though North Korea has done that though with their Arirang AS1201 smartphone, which happens to be described as a “home grown” triumph of the technological prowess of North Korea.

This particular device happens to be a clone of the China-branded Uniscope U1201, where both of them will run on the Android platform. The Chinese version would knock you back by $100 thereabouts, which might sound like a bargain until you check out the entry level hardware.

We are talking about a dual-SIM, 3G enabled smartphone with 4GB of internal memory, 768MB RAM, a 540 x 960 resolution display, a dual core CPU, an 8MP camera and a 1,600mAh battery. Will North Korea’s clone sport anything better or improved? Not likely, and what kind of Internet would the North Koreans be able to take advantage of, anyway?

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gs5 zoom spotted Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom Spotted In The WildIt is not surprising to hear that Samsung is working on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, considering how that is the route that they took with the Galaxy S5’s predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Hence, a sequel to the Galaxy S4 Zoom is not far fetched, and it seems that the Galaxy S5 Zoom has been caught in the wild, in the form of a photo that is clearer than most of the other hurriedly snapped leaked photos of other devices in the past.

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motorola moto g forte Moto G Forte Launched In MexicoMotorola did talk about the Moto G Forte not too long ago, and while it seems as though this is going to be a brand new smartphone of its own altogether, apparently, reality paints a very different picture. Actually, the Motorola Moto G Forte is a regular Moto G albeit with the addition of a Moto G Grip Shell that has been thrown into the mix, hence fooling folks into actually thinking that this is a new variant of the Moto G.

It has already arrived in Latin American markets, launching in Mexico first via local carrier Nextel, where the Moto G Forte will come bundled with 50GB of free Google Drive storage. One ought to take note that the Moto G Grip Shell happens to be a $14.99 accessory on its own if you wish to purchase it directly from Motorola. Wider availability of the Moto G Forte remains to be seen as at press time.

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apple lens uspto Apple Picks Up Patent For Interchangeable iPhone Camera LensesCould Apple be moving in the same direction as that of DSLR cameras and system cameras, where one is able to change the lens to maximize the photography opportunities in a particular situation? The answer might lean more towards the affirmative than anywhere else, especially when you take into consideration that Apple has been granted a new patent which describes a method to attach lenses to the iPhone using a bayonet mount.

This particular patent was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office today, where it has been simply called “Bayonet attachment mechanisms”, where it describes a method of making use of a bayonet mount on your mobile device, enabling interchangeable camera lenses to be attached to it.

Such bayonet mounts tend to be used in cameras as well as other consumer products, where you push and twist one part into another so that they end up locked and secure, ensuring that the add-on part will not suddenly fall out due to tardiness. To unlock, it is equally simple – twist one part in the opposite direction, and you’re good to go. What next, iLenses? It would be interesting to see which optical company that Apple would work with if they want to bring this patent to a whole new level.

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ipad mini iPad Air & iPad mini With LTE Available In China Apple has just announced that they will be making available to folks living in China TD-LTE capable models of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which would mean that high-speed LTE performance will be made available to iPad customers over in China. This would mean folks who pick up either model would be able to hook up to today’s most advanced cellular data networks at blazingly fast speeds.

The iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display models which will play nice with TD-LTE will also be able to accommodate the TD-SCDMA mobile standard, where it will join with the current iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display WLAN + Cellular models, in support of Personal Hotspot connectivity, as well as other kinds of advanced cellular technology (including the likes of GSM/EDGE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+) so that customers in China will be able to enjoy fast cellular access regardless of whichever iPad model that they decide to settle on eventually. [Press Release]

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TMobileLogo 5 T Mobile To Stop Employer Rate Plan DiscountsT-Mobile has a dream – and that particular dream is to make a positive change in the mobile carrier industry, so when April 1st arrives, it seems as though T-Mobile will be making a move away from employer rate plan discounts. Of course, since nature abhors a vacuum, what then will T-Mobile replace employer rate plan discounts with? Apparently, each time an employee purchases a new device, they will receive a $25 T-Mobile reward card , so those who are in a family of four who upgrade their devices once annually would be able to gain $100 in T-Mobile reward cards, now how about that?

T-Mobile claims that the old programs were designed to assist big carriers in closing big corporate contracts, using their employees as bargaining chips. The change that will arrive this April 1st would help simplify wireless for everyone, regardless of whether you are an employee at a small or large company. [Press Release]

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