Just days before the expected launch of Nokia's 41-megapixel Windows Phone, new photos posted online suggest that the gadget will be named the Nokia Lumia 1020 (opens in new tab). Over the weekend, Microsoft Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore posted on Flickr a series of sample images from different Lumia Windows Phones — two of which were shot with a phone tagged as the "Lumia 1020." The first has a resolution of 2,947 x 1,658, or about 5 megapixels; the second is listed at a resolution of 2,352 x 1,568 (3.7 megapixels). An eagle-eyed Verge reader initially spotted the Nokia Lumia 1020 name, and posted Belfiore's photo to a Verge forum, noting that the image was exported by Adobe Lightroom, and not straight from the camera. Nokia will likely launch the Lumia 1020, codenamed EOS, on Thursday, at a press event that will be webcast worldwide.
The US spying revelations made by Edward Snowden will make it harder for the US to confront China over its own alleged industrial spying (opens in new tab) at talks between the nations this week, according to reports. The US claims China is behind cyber attacks on the networks of its agencies and major companies, leading to the theft of trade secrets, as well as damage to those networks. But Snowden's disclosures of US electronic surveillance around the world give China an argument to counter these US complaints. Many countries spy on each other, but US officials claim China is unique in the amount of state-sponsored IP theft it carries out, as it tries to catch up with the US and other states in technology and other arenas. While denying it is behind cyber attacks on US firms and other agencies, China itself claims it is the victim of cyber-espionage. Snowden, meanwhile, maintains the National Security Agency hacked into critical network infrastructure at universities in China and Hong Kong.
(opens in new tab)LG is planning to show off something new next month, and we're pretty sure it's the Optimus G2. The Korean electronics giant has sent out invitations to members of the media for a New York event on 7 August, strongly hinting that it plans to unveil the much-rumoured Optimus G2 smartphone. The invitation reads "Great 2 Have You!" with the G and the 2 larger than any other text. If that didn't make things clear enough, LG also released a teaser video titled "To me, you are perfect. From G..." The video doesn't give too much away, but also implies a new Optimus G is on the way. The latest effort to hype up the phone comes after LG in June announced that the successor to the Optimus G would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor, which was first unveiled in January. The Snapdragon 800 will be featured in the LTE-A version of the Galaxy S4 and the 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Finally, Apple has released its third beta version of iOS 7, only two weeks after pushing out the second iteration of its newest operating system (opens in new tab) to developers. The latest update includes fixes for pre-release bugs in Messages, iCloud, and AirPlay. Specifically, problems with the new iCloud Keychain feature have been patched, as well as issues with the Find My iPhone and Bookmarks toggles, according to Apple Insider, which cited sources familiar with the release notes. The Messages application, meanwhile, no longer presents an empty message list; Apple also addressed a flaw that caused the app to crash when the user viewed attachments on two separate threads. A reportedly common issue that caused some apps to receive duplicate push notifications, or none at all, has been updated, and the app switcher now shows all suspended applications, Apple Insider said. Developers with an authorised Apple account can download the software update, and get back to building iOS 7-compatible applications before the OS' expected autumn launch. For more about iOS 7, follow the link above.