LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition brings cellular connectivity to Android Wear

LG shows no signs of slowing down with its smartwatches and has just taken the wraps off the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. If you delve deep into the sands of time you will no doubt remember the launch of the original LG Watch Urbane all the way back in May of this year.

There are more changes under the hood than you might expect given this short turnaround time too. The headliner of course is the addition of LTE, a first for Android Wear. GPS has been added as well, something that we hope to see most Android Wear devices offering going forward for fitness tracking purposes.

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The screen is slightly larger at 1.38-inches (up from 1.3) and the resolution has similarly been bumped up to a class leading 480 x 480. The battery was fortunately not forgotten receiving a boost up to 570 mAh (up from 410).

The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition adds quick access to critical features through the three buttons on the side of the smartwatch including the ability to flip ambient mode on and off with a touch of the crown button.

No details on pricing or a release date at this time and naturally for the LTE functionality you are going to be dealing with a carrier.

Check out LG’s promo video below and let us know if you think you are ready to leave home armed only with your smartwatch.

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Outlook for Web gets Facebook-style ‘likes’ and Twitter-style ‘@mentions’

Microsoft has announced that it has added a couple of new features to its Outlook for Web service. These include Facebook-style Likes and Twitter-style Mentions.

Now you can endorse a specific email by liking it, something which you can do by clicking the thumbs-up icon in the reading pane, similar to the way you do it on Facebook.

“This turns the icon from gray to blue, notes within the email that you liked the message and adds a thumbs-up icon in the email list view,” the company said in a blog post. You’ll also get a notification when somebody likes your email.

Moving on, the Mentions feature lets you grab someone’s attention as well as automatically include them in an existing email thread. To use the feature, just add the @ symbol (see image above) in the email body, followed by the contact name.

“Their name will be highlighted in the message in blue and they will receive an @ flag in their inbox view next to the message,” the software giant said.

Although the Likes feature will begin rolling out today, it’ll currently only be available to Office 365 First Release customers whose Office 365 plan includes Exchange Online. Office 365 commercial customers will start getting it towards the end of the month.

Similarly, the Mentions feature – which will begin rolling out in the mid of the month – will also be initially available to First Release customers only. Office 365 commercial customers will get it next…

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LG V10 unveiled, touts Second Screen, dual front cameras and manual video control

We’ve caught a couple glimpses of the LG V10 in recent weeks and while the secondary screen and dual front cameras were apparent, not much else was known. Thankfully LG has ended the suspense for us now with the official announcement of the LG V10.

Here’s the quick specs rundown if you’re interested, but the V10 does have a few unique features for us to cover as well.

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor
  • 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display
  • Second Screen 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display
  • 4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 64GB eMMC ROM with microSD (up to 2TB)
  • 16MP rear camera with F1.8 Aperture / OIS 2.0
  • 5MP Dual Lens front facing cameras
  • 3,000 mAh removable battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 6 x 3.12 x 8.6mm
  • 192g
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC
  • USB 2.0

The ticker does do a bit more than simply act as a shortcut launcher as we had hoped. It operates independently of the main screen as you would imagine and offers an “always on” display mode that can show weather, time, date and battery status even with the main display off. Vaguely reminiscent of what we see with Android Wear. When the main screen is active the “Second Screen” as LG calls it does function as a shortcut launcher, but it can also display notifications without interrupting the content on the main screen.

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As for the main screen, it is a 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum Display while the Second Screen is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with a resolution of 160 x 1040. Critically both displays share an identical 513ppi, meaning you shouldn’t notice the transition from one to the other. Surprisingly despite the two screens it manages to come in at 6-inches tall, about a quarter of an inch shorter than the Nexus 6P.

The next feature that was noted in the leaks were the dual front cameras. No shock that selfies appear to be the prime motivator for this feature as it promises up to 120 degree wide angle selfies when employing both cameras. You can also do multi-view recording capturing from all three cameras on the V10 at once.

LG is particularly proud of the V10 where video capture is concerned with a full manual mode. This puts shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance and focus under your control throughout recording. The V10 can record at up to 4K in 16:9 or 21:9 and thankfully offers microSD expansion up to 2TB (no, you still can’t buy one) to capture all that video.

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Rounding out some of the features of the V10 is a stainless steel frame with soft Dura Skin over the top that is more resistant to scratching. The V10 also offers a fingerprint sensor for both basic device security and Android Pay.

The V10 will be launching in Korea in October with China and the U.S. to follow along with “key countries” in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

No word on pricing at this time, but there’s little question this is going to be slotting in at or near the top of the line for LG. Between the ticker display, the dual front cameras and the general focus on video quality there are certainly interesting qualities to the V10, but it definitely seems like a device that you will need to spend some time with to figure out if those pieces add up to a compelling experience.

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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition debuts as the first Android Wear device with LTE

Alongside the premium V10 phablet, LG announced a successor to the Watch Urbane smartwatch. Dubbed LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the newcomer is the first Android Wear device with 4G LTE support.

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition packs a brand new 1.38″ fully circular P-OLED display with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels. The resolution results in the highly impressive pixel density of 348 ppi.

The rest of the device’s specs include an industry standard Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in memory. Built-in sensors include accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer, heart rate sensor, and GPS.

The 2nd Edition LG Watch Urbane has an IP67-certified stainless steel body that measures 44.5mm wide and 14.2mm thick. A 570mAh hexagonal battery by LG Chem powers the smartwatch.

It is worth noting that the latest LG Watch Urbane features non-removable bands. The latter contain essential hardware components this time around.

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will first make its way to retailers in the United States and South Korea. There is no word on pricing just yet….

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Do More (Or Less) With Your Email with Google Inbox And Microsoft Send

One of the more pedestrian things you can do on your phone is send emails. They come in, you acknowledge them; and most of the time wish they were texts or that you could do something more useful with them than just hit Reply. You long for a magic button than just makes all of them go away. Well you’re in luck. Two apps, Google Inbox and Microsoft Send, are trying to do just that.

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