New L-Style phones from LG

From basic phones to smartphones, LG offers a wide range of models. Each model offers a specific set of features in proportion to the budget opted by users. Along-with other mobile phone manufacturing majors such as Samsung, HTC and Nokia, LG launches attractive new models with new features quite often. Recently, LG announced a new set of 3 phones – “L” series. These new models have close resemblance to HTC and Samsung. Through L series, LG offers simplified versions of smartphones. L Styles will fit in between budget and high-end models of LG.

New L-style phones offer better grip and it is easy to carry these slim sized ones. Special layout and design features attract users to stick to the new screen. Of the three L models announced, LG Optimus L7 comes with 4.3″ display. L5 sports 4″ while L3 sports 3.2 inches. L7 offers Ice Cream Sandwich and L3 runs on Gingerbread Android OS. It is revealed that L3 comes with 3 MP camera while L5 and L7 are fitted with 5 MP cameras.

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Google, Apple & Microsoft agree on Universal Privacy Policy for Smartphone Apps

Apparently the U.S. Government hasn’t heard that privacy is dead.

Instead the California’s attorney general held a gathering of the world’s major smartphone companies: Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft, Amazon.com and Research in Motion, to decide on the future of smartphone-driven internet privacy. The goal for the attorney general was to cajole the leading smartphone manufacturers into reaching a universal agreement on privacy protection for the app-using mobile public.

This new universal agreement would force all app developers to conspicuously post their privacy policies to their downloading public, including details on what personal information they retrieve from their users and exactly how they will use it.

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New Mobile Real Estate tool Flaretag: an interview with creator, 10-year Nokia Veteran Daniel Arroyo

Flaretag

The smartphone revolution is bringing the power of the internet to our daily lives via the powerful apps that are integrating our online and offline worlds. And those apps are being built by techno-geek-entrepreneurs such as Daniel Arroyo.

Daniel is a mobile-oriented entrepreneur, and creator of Flaretag — “a platform to connect web content with the world around you via your mobile phone”. Like many mobile entrepreneurs — this generation’s .com-ists — Daniel is inventing new and exciting ways of leveraging the internet with alternate devices.

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Apple’s Passcode-Based Security Fairly Useless

Apple’s security as of late is as effective as a one-armed man clapping. Not only can anyone access a password-protected iPad if it has a Smart Cover, Apple’s new brainchild Siri can be used to pilfer personal information despite a passcode lock.

Damn You Siri

A fatal flaw in Siri was recently discovered, tarnishing the reputation of the iPhone’s newest claim to fame. The flaw allows anyone to access an iPhone via voice-activated commands despite screen and password locks, access that includes personal information. By hitting the home screen button a person, using Siri, could have access to texts, the calendar and other services — all without having to unlock the home screen.

Email luckily is not accessible, “the positive thing is that accessing some of the more sensitive services in this manner, such as email, is forbidden,” says Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence, a mobile security firm. “But I could still run up a pretty impressive and annoying phone bill if I had malicious intent and if Apple missed this pretty easy to find vulnerability then what other security threats are hiding in Apple’s latest mobile OS?”.

Users can protect themselves from Siri by manually disabling the option to enable Siri at the password lock. The default setting however makes users vulnerable and should never have been the default to begin with.

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“I’m Getting Arrested” App perfect for Occupy Wallstreeters or pill-popping, drunk-driving, shoplifting celebrities

Getting arrested? There’s an app for that. Yes, it is official, there is an app for everything now. Inspired by the arrests of peaceful protesters in the Occupy Wall street movement the “I’m Getting Arrested” app was created to let loved ones, lawyers, or the media aware that you are currently getting arrested.

The “I’m Getting Arrested” app allows you to program a custom, predetermined message to be sent to your closest friends, family and bottom-feeding, ambulance-chasing lawyers. Your preset message will be delivered to your alert list when you tap on the app’s ‘bull’s-eye’ notification button. The bull’s-eye button luckily requires a 2-second long-press, to avoid accidental I’m Getting Arrested notifications from going out.

And, of course, the grass-roots, anti-consumerist, hippy-inspired app is released only for Android, the only (popular) Open Source OS; an OS that surely aligns with their screw-the-system attitudes.

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Nexercise – gamify and make exercise enjoyable

Nexercise is a free iPhone game that encourages people to exercise more frequently and consistently, by making the experience of exercising more fun and rewarding.

To play all you need to do is exercise for a minimum of 15 minutes with your smartphone on you. The app measures the motion of the device to prove that you’ve exercised. Each time you Nexercise you have a chance to win virtual medals, discounts and even free merchandise.

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Most Popular Open Source Platform Isn’t

Out of a survey done of eight major open source mobile platforms, Android was dead last. Android, the open-source underdog, scored just 23% on an openness survey – making it not only the lowest scorer but also the only platform to score less than 58%. Bazinga!

The report from VisionMobile evaluated Android, Eclipse, the Linux Kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian, and WebKit using several criteria to create an — open governance index. Eclipse ranked the highest with 84%.

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Microsoft’s New OS Mango Finally Catching up with the Crowd

During their Microsoft’s MIX ’11 conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced their upcoming release of Mango, the new Windows Phone OS. Mango is expected this fall. Mango will be Microsoft’s offering to finally compete with the more robust operating systems currently dominating the market — finally bringing features already popular in the market like multitasking.

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Nokia’s Symbian gets OS CPR

Just when we thought that Symbian had joined the technology graveyard — buried alongside the Betamax and AmigaOS, it gets OS CPR.

Symbian gets a revival even after Nokia executive Stephen Elop’s internal memo was leaked, a memo in which he pronounced Symbian DOA by comparing it to a platform on fire (and not in the good way). It was expected by most analysts that Nokia would adopt Microsoft’s new phone OS on future Nokia hardware.

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Digging deep into 3D Smartphones – Do they really work?

Most, or at-least some of the best 3D smartphones you can ditch your glasses and still watch the 3D effect on your mobile phone. These smartphones have a layer in front of the screen that allows visualization of Stereographic 3D images. The layer is comprised of parallax barriers, a series of tiny slits that helps each eye to view different sets of pixels.

However, you really have to make sure that you are positioned exactly in front of your phone’s screen for optimal 3D experience. Changing the angle slightly will not just affect the 3D quality but will make the image look a lot blurry causing a bad experience and strain to the eyes at the same time. With this constraint, watching a 1 minute video clip could be an awesome experience but I don’t think that it is easy to maintain the right angle throughout a video clip that lasts for about 5 minutes; and how about watching full length DVD movies – Not possible unless you put the phone on a dock or yourself! That is certainly a downside of the technology.

Moreover, sharing with the next person could well already be a big problem given the very limited viewing angle. If I want to watch a cool video simultaneously with the another person, it is impossible that both of us get the optimal quality; the uncertainty principle with Physics applies here.

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