LG has announced that its G Flex smartphone will launch next month, just in time for the Christmas holidays. France will be the first European country to see the device when it becomes available on Orange next month, though the pricing for the rest of the continent is yet to be announced. The LG Flex has some rather nifty specs, including a 6in 720p OLED display curved around a vertical arc, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. It can even repair hairline scratches to its outer shell. Yes, like Wolverine.
The heads of GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 have claimed that the work of their organisations has prevented 34 UK terror plots since the 2005 London bombings. In a televised, 90 minute televised public hearing yesterday, Sir Ian Lobban, head of GCHQ, Andrew Parker, head of MI5 and Sir John Sawyers, head of MI6 all faced questions from the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC). Out of the 34 terror plots they have prevented in the last eight years, Parker claimed that, worryingly, “one or two” would have resulted in mass casualties. The hearing was a way to publically justify the £2 billion cost of the agencies and to answer criticisms about mass surveillance lobbied at them in the wake of the NSA leaks.
A brand new UK Wearable Technology Show will launch in 2014. Here, innovative British developers will have a chance to demonstrate their devices to industry professionals, with startups being offered a boost to their blooming businesses. Next year, the first ever Wearable Technology Show will take over London’s Olympia Conference Centre from 18-19 March where three conference rooms will play host to all the sessions that will cover fashion, sports and fitness, health, M2M and live product demos. It’s an exciting development in the young, but fast-growing sector: many experts predict that shipments of wearable technology will hit 64 million by 2017.
Intel has also been looking to the future by publishing a nine point Internet of Things manifesto. In it, the company urges the technology industry to make the Internet of Things a reality, looking at the ways technology firms can assist in creating a fully connected world with Intel admitting that businesses could already be taking advantage of the technology as it exists now. Intel based its report on interviews with leading big data experts and winning over those experts is one of the nine areas that Intel identifies as being key to having a fully connected society.