LG's high-end smartphone features trickle down to new L series

From InfoWorld: LG Electronics is bringing features from its more expensive smartphones into the hotly contested low-end segment of the market.

On Thursday, the company announced the L Bello and L Fino, two 3G Android-based smartphones that echo some aspects of the design of LG's G3 flagship model.

Chrome OS everywhere: Acer announces new Chromebook, desktop Chromebox

From PC World: Taiwanese PC maker Acer is bringing Google’s Chrome operating system to desktops with a new unit that will arrive in the U.S. next month.

Acer’s Chromebox CXI, announced on Thursday (and pictured mounted on a separate Acer monitor above), puts the Chrome OS into a small enclosure measuring 0.6 liters in volume. It runs an Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core 1.4GHz processor, has a 16GB solid-state drive, and promises a boot-up time of just 8 seconds.

SoundCloud amps up ways for artists to get paid. The price? Ads

From CNET: The "YouTube for audio" joined a fast-growing list of streaming-music companies parading new ways for artists to get paid through their platforms, but it's adding more commercials to do so.

Leaked Qualcomm Roadmap: 20 nm 64-bit Octacore Smartphone SoCs Cometh

From DailyTech: A Chinese microblogger, panjiutang, posted on the Chinese-language microblogging platform Weibo pictures of what appears to be a leaked Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) roadmap. If accurate the roadmap, which runs Q2 2014 through Q2 2015, suggests that the top mobile chipmaker's 64-bit Snapdragon chips are hitting mass production shortly and may be ready for launch in devices sometime around the end of the year.

Lenovo targets small businesses with three new budget-priced desktop PCs

From PC World: Lenovo today took the wraps off three diminutive desktop PCs aimed at small businesses with tight budgets. Details are thin so far, but two elements look promising: First, all three systems have management features that small business will appreciate (and that aren’t typically found in consumer machines at any price). Second, the price tags on each are exceedingly affordable.

AT&T to deliver 1Gbps broadband to Silicon Valley

From CNET: AT&T has announced the first city in Silicon Valley that will get its 1Gbps fiber service.

AT&T Will Also Receive the HTC One (M8) for Windows

From DailyTech: Just when we though that the HTC One (M8) for Windows would be a Verizon Wireless exclusive, AT&T tonight issued a short press release stating that it too will offer the smartphone.

Just like the variant that is now available on Verizon Wireless’ network, AT&T’s version will share hardware specs with the [Android-based] HTC One M8, but will run Windows Phone 8.1 complete with the Cortana personal digital assistant.

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

From InfoWorld: Symantec will consolidate its cluttered Norton line of security software, folding nine products into one online service that can be used across desktop computers and mobile devices.

The product, in beta now, will simply be called "Norton Security" and cost $79 a year when it goes on sale in North America on Sept. 23, said Gerry Egan, senior director of product management. It replaces Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton360, among others.

SanDisk announces the Ultra II series of SSDs, targets mainstream upgraders

From PC World: PC enthusiasts dig the very fast solid-state drives that SanDisk builds, but the drives in the company’s Extreme Pro line can be pricey. The Ultra II series of SSDs that SanDisk announced today target mainstream users who focus on price first and performance second.

As SanDisk product manager Jared Peck put it in a briefing last week: “We look at every piece of the market and want to make sure we have a good solution for each of them. The Ultra II line is aimed at mainstream users who are ready to upgrade from a hard drive or from an older, smaller SSD.”

Verizon takes top spot in network quality report, T-Mobile gains ground

From CNET: Verizon topped the charts in network quality, according to the latest report from RootMetrics, a company that independently tests wireless networks.

T-Mobile also jumped in RootMetrics' rankings, beating Sprint for third place nationwide in terms of overall quality.

"Verizon has recaptured the top spot in speed, while AT&T has slipped a little," Bill Moore, CEO for RootMetrics, said in an interview. "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."

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