Fully Charged: LG posts G3 specs early, Apple’s iPhone home automation plans, and Metro Redux headed to new consoles

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LG G3 specs accidentally posted by company ahead of events

We’re slated to see (and presumably try out) LG’s new G3 smartphone within mere hours, following months of rumours and purported leaks—but it appears that LG Netherlands accidentally jumped the gun last night by spilling the official specs.

Android Authority caught the listing before it was pulled, and it seems that the G3 will feature the previously confirmed 5.5in screen running at 2K (2560x1440) resolution, along with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 3000mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel back camera. It also includes laser-guided image stability—an exciting new function—and a Quick Circle feature designed for the new cover LG unveiled last week.

The RAM, processor, and storage figures are all a bit lower than most recently rumored, which has us wondering if regional configurations will vary—it’s possible that we’ll hear about a slightly more robust model when the official event starts up in a short while. Stay tuned for much more on the LG G3 as the day unfolds.

[Source: Android Authority via The Verge]

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Next big iPhone feature? Easy home automation

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Apple is rumoured to make a big splash at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week—with everything from split-screen iPad multitasking to introducing Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine as new executives via the expected Beats Electronics acquisition—but here’s one more significant bit of news we’ll reportedly hear about.

If the Financial Times’ sources are to be believed, Apple will put a large focus on home automation via the iPhone, adding a center of sorts to iOS that’ll allow you to control various devices in your home via your smartphone. The report suggests that entering your home, for example, can automatically turn on the lights thanks to your device’s proximity.

Marketing-wise, the plans are reportedly similar to the “Made for iPhone” branding Apple uses for approved peripherals, but with a new logo and name. In typical Apple fashion, everything under the label is expected to work rather easily, and privacy will also be a big selling point. Are you ready to have your iPhone talk to your refrigerator? Apple might be betting on it.

[Source: The Financial Times]

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Metro Redux upgrades shooter series for new consoles

Post-nuclear shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light were well received by gamers and press alike—we gave Last Light four stars just a year ago—but never huge sellers or especially visible to mainstream players.

Deep Silver and developer 4A Games hope to broaden the series’ horizons this summer with the release of Metro Redux, a remastered collection of both games (plus downloadable add-on content) newly delivered to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, along with PC, Linux, and Steam OS.

Not only does Metro Redux overhaul both games with enhanced visuals, but it’ll also now let you experience each game (set in Russian transit tunnels) in one of two very distinct ways: the slower-paced “Survival” mode similar to Metro 2033, or the more weapon-centric “Spartan” mode that’s similar to what was seen in sequel Last Light. The physical package will be sold for £34.99, otherwise each individual game can be downloaded for £15.99 apiece.

[Source: Metro Redux]

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