Stuff Office Cat’s Diary – 22/02/2013
LG Optimus G confirmed for European launch
The LG Optimus G, the Korean firm’s flagship smartphone, has just been confirmed for a European launch – and soon. The 4.7in phone, which supports 4G and rocks a quad-core processor, will hit Sweden, France, Germany and Italy later this month with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean inside. A UK launch has not been announced just yet, but Office Cat would be surprised if it didn’t arrive in Blighty before too long.
Get your 4G LTE worldwide, at last
4G is great and all, but there isn’t a single LTE chip able to support every type of LTE network in the world. Until now! Yes, Qualcomm (which is reportedly also being brought in to provide its chips for the Samsung Galaxy S4) has just revealed the RF360, which works with all the varieties of 4G network currently in use. In short, this means you’ll soon be able to have a 4G phone that’ll offer super-fast data wherever you roam. And speaking of roaming, Office Cat dreads to think what foreign networks are going to charge you if you decide to check your emails via 4G whilst on holiday...
Xenon flashes go on a diet
Scientists have come up with a Xenon flash that’s thinner than ever, meaning the technology – which offers a much more powerful light source than the LED used by most smartphones – can be squeezed into the sort of slimline touchscreen mobiles most people now use. Don’t get too excited just yet, though, because they don’t think they’ll have a commercial prototype until September this year. Still, you could say the future’s looking “bright” for smartphone flashes. Ahahaahaha.
Immersion working on touchscreen that touches back
You humans do like prodding your touchscreens, but Office Cat knows you secretly miss the way buttons actually feel – i.e. the feedback they give from being a 3D sticky-outie object as opposed to a smooth, flat surface. Haptics is a step in the right direction, but only a little one. Well, get ready to be happy, because Immersion is working on a “tactile solution” that can make a touchscreen feel more like a button by “conveying physical presence” and “realism” and, lord help us, “emotion”. It’s basically haptics on steroids, and will apparently do things such as shake like a person chortling when a friends sends you a text featuring “LOL”. SMH.
PayPal goes Chip & PIN
PayPal has unveiled PayPal Here, a handheld device that lets businesses accept credit card, debit card and PayPal payments. It can also be paired with a smartphone for use anywhere, so Office Cat supposes it’d be useful for market traders, mobile hairdressers and, er, cat-walkers (these are a thing, honest).