LG just announced its new Android phone, the LG G4, and the company claims its screen is even sharper and more colorful than that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6.
The phone, which launches on Wednesday in Korea, will be coming to other markets such as the United States near the end of May or early June.
LG says the 5.5-inch screen on the G4 is DCI compliant, which means it meets the same set of standards and specifications that companies like Disney, Fox, and Paramount follow in digital cinema.
This also means the color reproduction is about 20% better than that of the G3, according to LG. The company claims that the screen on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 isn’t as accurate in this sense because it over saturates colors.
Here’s a look at how a photo of red strawberries looks on the LG G4 compared to the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6.
You can tell that the reds look deeper and more rich on the G4, but it’s also important to keep in mind that this comparison was set up by LG. That means I have no idea whether or not the screen settings or camera settings were tweaked at all to somehow make the reds look better on LG’s phone. Regardless, based on this test alone, the screen on the G4 certainly looks impressive.
LG is promoting the G4’s camera as ideal for photographers, too. There’s a manual mode that lets anyone who knows a bit about photography have more control over the camera’s settings. You can tweak the white balance, ISO, and exposure value among other elements when shooting in manual mode. There’s also a Simple Mode for those looking to use it like a basic point-and-shoot camera.
The company also claims it’s made some improvements to the optical image stabilization in the camera, which prevents any blur from appearing in photos if your hands shake. There’s a 16-megapixel sensor on the main camera, which on paper is the same as the Galaxy S6, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
That’s an unusually large sensor for a front-facing camera, or selfie camera as some companies have called it. The iPhone 6’s main camera, for example, is 8-megapixels while its front-facing FaceTime camera is just 1.2-megapixels.
Another nice bonus for photographers — you can shoot in RAW mode on the LG G4, too, which is rare for most smartphones. This essentially means photographers can see what an image looks like before the camera processes it and changes it to a JPEG.
It’s a new feature to come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but not many handset manufacturers have taken advantage of it yet. It’s not common for smartphones to be able to shoot in RAW — Nokia’s Lumia 1520 and 1020 are among the only other phones that can do this.
You’ll have two new options in terms of design for the G4 — the company’s new leather back or the so-called Hammer pattern. This Hammer pattern (shown above) is the same plastic back that the one of the LG3, but it’s been painted to look like metal or ceramic. LG is really playing up its leather back though, saying that it took three months to make and that it’s resistant to water stains, abrasion, and scratches.
Some other core details: the phone will include 32GB of storage expandable to 128GB, it supports wireless charging, runs on a Snapdragon 808 processor made by Qualcomm, comes with 3GB of memory, and the 3,000 mAh battery is removeable.
The phone is about the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus. And, while some Android fans will definitely appreciate the ability to swap out the battery and change the back cover, it just doesn’t have the elegant, premium feel of the aluminum iPhone 6 and glass Galaxy S6. The screen is really nice, but I don’t know if the difference in quality is noticeable enough to compel someone to buy it over Apple or Samsung’s phones.
The real question will be how long the battery lasts. Although I like the G3, I was expecting to get more juice out of it for a phone of its size.
One of Windows’ most beloved features, the Start Menu, is making a big comeback in Windows 10. We already have a basic idea of what it looks like — settings and apps will be displayed in a list format just like the classic Start Menu — but the “Modern UI” tiles introduced with Windows 8 will also be a huge part of it.
Now, leaked screenshots that reportedly show a newer internal build of Windows 10 indicate the Start Menu may get a transparent look. The screenshots, posted by Chinese website ITHome, reveal a version of the Start Menu that’s see-through and blurs any programs running in the desktop behind it.
It looks a lot like the Aero Glass effect Microsoft made for Windows 7, as The Verge’s Tom Warren notes. Another leaked screenshot from ITHome shows that Microsoft is working on integrating Cortana into the Start Menu, too.
We’re expecting to learn more about what Microsoft has planned for Windows 10 at its Build keynote presentation on Wednesday. Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when the final version of Windows 10 will be released, but we’re expecting it to come out in July.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went to the White House for an official visit and state dinner on Tuesday.
In a speech after Abe arrived, President Barack Obama said the visit was a chance to express gratitude to Japan for some of its most famous cultural exports.
Obama described the occasion as an opportunity for Americans “especially our young people, to say thank you for all the things we love from Japan.”
“Like karate and karaoke. Manga and anime. And, of course, emojis,” Obama said.
In addition to lauding Japanese animation, technology, and martial arts, Obama praised the country as one of America’s “closest allies in the world.”
“This visit is a celebration of the ties of friendship and family that bind our peoples,” said Obama.
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Consumer confidence surprisingly tumbled this month to its lowest level of the year as weak job growth increased concerns about the state of the economy.
Apple Pay is a super convenient and secure way to make payments without needing to take out your wallet. It’s easy to use it with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s even easier to use it with the Apple Watch.
When you want to pay for something with Apple Watch, just double-tap the side button and hold your watch to the terminal. You’ll feel a subtle vibration and hear a light beep to confirm everything worked. That’s it.
You’ll need to set up Apple Pay on your iPhone before you can use it with your Watch — then you can add any card you have on file through the Apple Watch app. Once you add your cards, it’s really simple to find which one you want to use to pay for things: Just swipe left or right.
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Who needs a menswear blog when your style is so sharp, you can catch someone’s eye on Google Street View?
GQ found eight men whose pocket squares and trouser hems were so on point, even a picture taken from a camera strapped to the top of a car couldn’t cramp their style.
Their closely fitted pants and button-downs project composure and sophistication, despite the men’s blurred-out faces.
Google Street View began in 2007 when Google placed a GPS device, cameras and lasers on top of an SUV and drove around collecting photos. Street View cars are now much more recognizable than they were at the beginning.
Googlers also collect photos using 360-degree-camera-equipped backpacks, trolleys, snowmobiles and tricycles.
Pranksters are also fond of Google Street View. One guy heard a Street View car was in his neighborhood, and made sure he got on camera taking a selfie.
This year, Facebook tops the list, ranking as the best place to work in America. The social networking site just beats out Google, which comes in at No. 2.
Clearly, both tech giants are great employers, but why is Facebook a better place to work than Google?
To answer that question, we compared the two companies head to head with the help of data from PayScale and Glassdoor.
Employees from both tech companies are pretty stoked to be there, but Facebook has the edge over Google with a satisfaction rating of 93% compared to Google’s rating of 84%, according to employees who completed PayScale’s survey.
“Every morning when I go in, I feel like the luckiest guy on earth for ever landing a job here,” writes a Facebook data scientist in Menlo Park, California, on Glassdoor.
There are a lot of contributing factors to this high level of happiness, but one important reason stands out — Facebook trusts its people.
Don Faul, a former Facebook exec, recently told The Wall Street Journal that compared to Google, which he says is more structured and places more importance on “manager” titles, Facebook employees are often placed in roles that cater to their strengths and are encouraged to question and criticize their managers. And this kind of freedom is perhaps one of the best drivers for employee engagement.
“You get zero credit for your title,” he said. “It’s all about the quality of the work, the power of your conviction, and the ability to influence people.”
We know money isn’t everything when it comes to job satisfaction — but it certainly helps. In fact, while a higher salary won’t necessarily boost your happiness, researchers from the University of British Columbia and Michigan State University found that people with higher incomes reported feeling less sad, something Facebook employees surely know well.
On average an experienced employee at Facebook makes $135,000 compared to $133,000 at Google. And the social media company typically pays 17% above market rates for its employees, while Google pays 10% above market.
Taking a closer look, according to data gathered by Glassdoor, an intern at Facebook makes almost $7,400 a month on average, while a Google intern makes closer to $7,200 a month.
If you’re in the market for a stress-free job, you’d be better off avoiding the tech industry altogether. But while it’s unlikely for many techies to consider their jobs relaxing, more Facebook employees report low job stress levels than any other tech company, including Google.
Despite stressors like product launches and “oncall duty,” a two-week period a few times a year when engineers are responsible for keeping Facebook’s service up-and-running around the clock, 11% of Facebook employees consider their jobs low-stress. Meanwhile, 9% of Google employees feel the same way.
“Does your work make the world a better place?” That’s what PayScale asked Facebook and Google employees, and 81% of Facebook employees answered with a resounding yes. At Google, on the other hand, 67% of employees feel their work gives them meaning.
A former Googler cited one possible explanation on Quora: too many overqualified people.
“It can be tough to feel a sense of accomplishment about what you do, and that sense is actually quite important to the type of people who are ambitious enough to get over the Google hiring bar.”
While it may seem counterintuitive that more competitive hiring practices could work against Google, the ex-employee explained that the tech giant has its pick of the best and brightest candidates and often hires them for lower-level jobs.
“There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google’s ad products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B test the color of a button on a site,” the ex-employee said.
Another former Google employee wrote on Quora that Google is too big for most of the company’s 53,000 employees to have a real impact. Facebook, however, employs a much smaller team of about 10,000.
“Unless you are an amazingly talented engineer who gets to create something new, chances are you’re simply a guy/girl with an oil can greasing the cogs of that machine,” the former Google employee wrote.
And when it comes to moving up the ladder, Facebook employees report to Glassdoor they have greater opportunities for growth. Compared to Googlers who feel satisfied in their ability to move up, Facebookers report they are very satisfied with the career opportunities at Facebook.
Facebook and Google both have great perks — free food, a vibrant office environment, easy transportation to and from work — but Facebook trumps Google in the parenthood department.
Facebook is one of the first companies to offer coverage of up to $20,000 for egg-freezing, and its employees love that they can enjoy parenthood on their terms, giving the tech company’s maternity and paternity leave policies an almost perfect score on Glassdoor.
Current employees are particularly excited to report Facebook makes its four-months-paid-leave policy available to both women and men, whereas Google offers 18 weeks of paid maternity leave but just 12 weeks of paternity leave.
And overall, Facebookers report on Glassdoor being happier with their benefits than Googlers.
“There is literally nothing bad about it — the perks and benefits are incredibly generous, and only get more so over time,” writes a current employee in Menlo Park, California.
Home prices in metro Los Angeles have climbed 5.8% in the last 12 months, according to a closely watched housing report out Tuesday morning. Nationally, prices are up 4.2%.
U.S. stocks were moving lower Tuesday morning as investors worked through the latest round of corporate results. Pharmaceutical stocks rose after drug giant Merck reported better-than-expected results.
Many people don’t even know Amazon has an advertising business. It sells ads across Amazon.com and Amazon-owned sites like IMDB.com. It also sells mobile ads across its Kindle e-book range and Kindle Fire tablet, and it has an ad platform which extends Amazon ads to other websites.
Speaking at The Financial Times’ FT Digital Media conference in London on Tuesday, Amazon Media Group’s vice president of global advertising sales Seth Dallaire revealed a novel way the company is using Kindle to sell ads for advertisers that don’t sell their products and services on the Amazon e-commerce site.
Amazon recently partnered with Land Rover, for example, to create an e-book written by an established author. Amazon was one of the partners that distributed that content through the Kindle platform.
Dallaire said: “We saw very high engagement from customers in terms of reading it. It was not promoted as a pure advertisement, but rather content, and the author that created that content is what brought customers in to engage with it to begin with. It was a great learning for us.”
Elsewhere, in Japan, Amazon worked with Nissan to create e-book brochures for new vehicles. Amazon is working with automakers to measure how many people visited a car dealership or drove away with a new vehicle as a result.
Dallaire said that the campaign worked so well in Japan — a country that has really taken to digital brochures — Amazon may look to extend that type of format to other markets.
“Most people don’t associate Amazon with cars; we don’t sell cars on the platform. But customers trust Amazon to provide objective opinions about a product or a brand … we will work hard to show that there is some attribution to that level of investment that drives business results, even if it doesn’t happen on Amazon,” Dallaire said.
Amazon only has a small (0.75%, according to eMarketer) share of the digital advertising market, in terms of revenue. Amazon Media Group’s European boss Dan Wright told Business Insider last month that it is working actively with creative agencies in the region to create “centers of excellence” that will not only help boost its share of the market, but make ads across the rest of the web better too.
Troubled for-profit school operator Corinthian Colleges Inc. is shutting down 28 campuses in the U.S. including sites in San Francisco, San Jose, Hayward and Concord, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The shuttered California campuses include 10 Heald Colleges in California — Heald College’s San Francisco location at Fifth and Howard is among those on the list. The company also closed 13 Everest and WyoTech campuses in California.
Earlier: Corinthian Colleges to buy Heald for $395 million
Invites went out for Tesla Motors Inc.’s big event Thursday just outside of Los Angeles. Didn’t get one? No worries, because we have a preview.
The invitation to Tesla’s press event at its Hawthorne, California headquarters is stark white and teases “the missing piece” with a faint outline of a white box, as noted by the Verge. The coy nature of the summons smacks of past Apple press invites, which only alluded to the iPhone-maker’s latest launch. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is an Apple enthusiast,…