Nintendo set to develop games for smartphones and tablets

In a move that will surely have a polarizing effect among nostalgic gamers, Japanese video game maker Nintendo will soon venture into smartphone games. It will partner with Japanese mobile gaming production house DeNA to develop games for mobile devices that make use of Nintendo’s extensive portfolio of iconic games and characters in an attempt to “ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect.” The move comes years after facing increasing competition from other companies, including PlayStation maker Sony and Xbox maker Microsoft, who have been offering customers a mobile experience.

The cross-platform service will run across smartphones, tablets, PCs and Nintendo’s own devices, and is set to launch in fall of this year.

Samsung crams even faster LTE into the Galaxy Note 4

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The Galaxy Note 4 is already one of Samsung‘s best smartphones, but a new model focused on maximizing 4G could make it more of a catch. The LTE-A Tri-Band CA Galaxy Note 4 (what a mouthful) can handle three different frequency bands simultaneously and aggregate them into a single, theoretically faster connection. The improved handset, which Samsung says is the first “commercially available” smartphone with such a setup, supports both Category 6 (up to 300 Mbps) and Category 9 (up to 450 Mbps) LTE networks — but the kicker here is its ability to pick out and jump between the best available bandwidths.

In practice, it should mean consistently faster connections, provided your carrier’s network has been upgraded to support the blistering speeds. Anandtech reports that it’s also packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, which would be an improvement on the standard Note 4’s Snapdragon 805. However, at the moment there’s nothing to suggest the new model will be sold beyond Korea. That’s understandable — until Category 6 and 9 networks are the norm, it makes little sense for Samsung to push such a device worldwide.

Racially diverse emojis are on the way

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People have been grumbling for some time now that emojis are too white. There currently aren’t any emojis that reflect black, Asian or Latino users, but that’s all set to change: the Unicode Consortium, the industry body that regulates the pictoral symbols, has just announced its intentions to include five skin tones in the Unicode standard. That means you’ll finally get a more multicultural look on all platforms that support emoji, including Android or Apple smartphones.

People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone,” Unicode Consortium wrote in a draft of its report. “The Unicode emoji characters for people and body parts are meant to be generic, yet following the precedents set by the original Japanese carrier images, they are often shown with a light skin tone instead of a more generic (inhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette.”

Unicode Version 8.0 will add a a skin tone modifier to its system, which means that every human emoji – like dancer in a red dress or praying hands – will be available in its original white skin colour as well as four other shades.

Everyone from Miley Cyrus to actor Tahj Mowry have complained about the lack of diversity in emojis. Back in April, Apple pledged to work with the Unicode Consortium on giving the system an urgent ethnicity update.

The update is currently only in its draft stages and there is no set date for when Version 8.0 will come into play. But it all sounds pretty promising, right?

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Latest LG phone leak keeps hope alive for keyboard lovers

 

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LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile

Smartphones with keyboards are increasingly rare, but LG must see some life left in the category — @evleaks has just posted a leaked press shot and specs for the Optimus F3Q, a landscape slider reportedly headed to T-Mobile. While the image doesn’t do much beyond confirm the five-row keyboard from an abstract image seen last month, the rumored specs suggest that the F3Q won’t be much different than its touch-only counterpart.

It will supposedly ship with the F3’s 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon, 5-megapixel camera and 2,460mAh battery; it may even run Android 4.1. There’s no mention of launch details in the leak, but the modest spec sheet hints that LG’s QWERTY handset will get an entry-level price.

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AT&T begins updating the Galaxy S4 Active with Android 4.3

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AT&T begins updating the Galaxy S4 Active with Android 4.3

Nope, it’s not KitKat, but hey, beggars owners of older Android handsets can’t be choosers. If you’ve been using AT&T‘s version of the Samsung‘s waterproof Galaxy S4 Active, you’re in luck: Android 4.3 is starting to roll out in the form of an over-the-air update. As you’re probably aware by now, the update keeps the phone in Jelly Bean territory, but brings a good deal of improvements, including OpenGL ES 3.0 support, Bluetooth Smart technology, enhanced notifications and 1080p Netflix streaming.

Good luck with that 772MB download, and do let us know how it goes.

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You can order a gold LG G2 in Taiwan, but just… don’t.

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It’s de rigeur now for flagship phones to get a gold version, a debatable trend that’s at least working out for snarky tech editors. After all, there’s something awkward about gilting a geeky handset like LG’s G2, especially in a shade reminiscent of gaudy late ’80s home decor.

It’s now available in Taiwan (and possibly elsewhere later) for $530 — if you’re in the target market, those back buttons are less likely to tangle with manicured nails.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet by February 19th, give peace another chance

 

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Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S

Previous attempts by Apple and Samsung to negotiate a truce in the patent wars haven’t exactly panned out, but they haven’t given up hope yet. The companies’ CEOs have just agreed to attend mediated settlement discussions no later than February 19th, potentially averting a trial in March (and likely future legal action).

We’d like to believe that Apple and Samsung will finally reach an understanding, but we’re not optimistic given how long the two have been at each other’s throats.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to meet by February 19th, give peace another chance