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Uber wants to give you a ride from Optimus Prime

Uber is adding an impressive new vehicle to its fleet: the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime. As a promotion for the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, Uber will be offering users in Dallas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles a chance to ride in the iconic fire-clad truck. Prime will be in each city for a six-hour long window, during which time you can simply choose the “autobots” option on the Uber app when requesting a pickup — though rides will be limited to just 15 minutes long. “There’s only one Optimus Prime,” says Uber, “so making contact will be difficult and may take many tries.”

With Age of Extinction due to hit theaters on June 27th, it seems that the film’s promotion is in full swing. Just yesterday a new Transformers-…

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Optimus L5 II and L7 II: hands-on with LG’s new low-end smartphones

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LG announced updates for its L-series of smartphones a few weeks ago, and they’re demoing the new handsets here at MWC. The L stands for “low-end” here — these are aimed at price-conscious European and Asian consumers. The L7 II has a 4.3-inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A5 processor with 768 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Those specs are virtually identical to the original L7, which we found to a be a pretty solid phone that was let down by a terrible processor. It looks very similar to the predecessor as well, with the same pleasantly ridged back and all-plastic construction, although it’s a little slimmer and less angular.


The next level down from the L7 is the L5 II, which has a weaker 800MHz…

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LG’s 5.5-inch 1080p Optimus G Pro is coming to North America (hands-on)

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After weeks of teasing, LG has finally given its 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro a full unveiling in South Korea today. The model for LG’s home country gains half an inch of screen size and a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor over the 5-inch variant we’ve seen in Japan, making it the first device announced with one of Qualcomm’s new chips. LG says that this 5.5-inch version will come to North America at some point in Q2, too.

Like its predecessor, the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro doesn’t exactly break new ground in terms of industrial design — it’s very much cut from the same cloth as many Samsung devices. That’s not to say there aren’t some flourishes here, though. The back of the phone features a similar reflective pattern to the Nexus 4 and…

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Galaxy S III and Optimus G adopt Miracast in hopes of taking on Apple’s AirPlay

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The non-Apple segment of the electronics industry is gaining another standard for video streaming to compete with Cupertino’s AirPlay ecosystem. The standard is called Miracast, and industry standards body The Wi-Fi Alliance is announcing the start of a certification program for what it hopes will be the one living room standard to rule them all.

Miracast takes care of all the video setting negotiation between devices

Miracast has a lot in common with DLNA and AirPlay. You can use it to stream video between devices, say from your smartphone to your TV or conference room projector. But what distinguishes Miracast is that it can be used in places with no Wi-Fi network available — it supports streaming over Wi-Fi Direct, a kind of ad…

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Mid-range LG Optimus L7 coming to US Cellular as the ‘Splendor’

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The LG Splendor, a variant of the LG Optimus L7, is on its way to US Cellular according to documents from LG’s website that were quickly spotted by Smartphenom before they were taken down. The product brochure reveals similar specs to the international Optimus L7 — a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display, Android 4.0, and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording.

The most important difference between the Splendor and the international model is the switch to a 1GHz Snapdragon S2-class processor, which may improve the phone’s performance slightly over what we saw in our review of the Optimus L7. Another change is a bit less on-board storage — 2GB instead of 4GB — but since the phone has microSD card support, it’s mostly a non-issue. …

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LG Optimus G official: quad-core flagship hits Korea next month, global launch to follow

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We’ve heard a lot about LG’s new flagship phone over the past week or so, and now it’s official: The LG Optimus G will arrive in Korea next month on all three major operators, and will arrive globally after that, including an October or November launch at Japan’s NTT Docomo. As expected, the Android 4.0 smartphone has a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera, as well as a 2,100mAh battery. LG is particularly talking up its “fully integrated touch technology” for the 8.45mm-thick phone, which the company claims allowed it to reduce the air gap between the display and the surface, as well as the size of the bezel.

In Japan, the phone will run on Docomo’s Xi LTE network,…

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LG Optimus Vu available internationally next month, adds Tegra 3 but drops LTE