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LG Velvet 5G Is Now Available On The TELUS 5G Network

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 7, 2020 by itnerd

The LG Velvet 5G is now available at TELUS, a bold new device featuring AI-optimized sound, sleek design and a 6.8” POLED display, all on the TELUS 5G network

A few key features include:

  • 48 MP camera to capture astonishing detail –  Every memory comes to life in high-res clarity and colour. Photos stay sharp, even when you zoom in. 
  • Immerse yourself in sound  With the LG 3D Sound Engine, AI recognizes what you’re listening to and applies the ideal setting. 
  • 5G-capable for unrivalled performance – TELUS 5G is connecting Canadians for good. Enjoy increased speeds, reliability and capacity with the LG Velvet 5G on the TELUS 5G

With all of the latest technology now at your fingertips, customers can also take advantage of TELUS’ Peace of Mind plans where they’ll enjoy endless data, endless fun without worrying about overages. 

LG Smartphone Catches Fire On Air Canada Flight

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 1, 2018 by itnerd

An Air Canada flight that was preparing to depart Pearson Airport in Toronto to fly to Vancouver got delayed for two hours because an LG phone caught fire in the passenger cabin. CBC News confirms that the phone in question was an LG phone. One passenger was taken to hospital with burns on a hand.

I can’t find any evidence that LG has commented on this. But I would be very interested in what they have to say. Stay tuned.

 

Telus Announces LG G6 Pre Orders

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 25, 2017 by itnerd

The LG G6 officially arrives at Telus on April 7th.  You can pre-order online on telus.com or visit in-store to pre-order their new device. To make the experience even better for Telus customers, they’re including the LG SH2 Sound Bar as a special bonus for those that pre-order.

I will be adding posts as I get more info from Telus.

Korean Smartphone Companies Duke It Out At MWC

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 27, 2017 by itnerd

If you were wondering what could possibly reverse Samsung’s fortunes after the exploding Galaxy Note 7 debacle, wonder no longer. Today at Mobile World Congress Samsung teased the Galaxy S8 in a video:

Also making an apparence were two new tablets. One Android and one Windows. The latter is interesting as Samsung has tended to be an Android shop with brief dabbles into Tizen which is their in house OS. Though you have to ask this question. Why would Samsung come out with tablets if nobody is buying them? There’s also a new Gear VR headset with a bundled controller on deck as well for what it is worth.

So if Samsung had no phone to show off, LG showed up with one in the form of the G6. Apparently it will have a 5.7-inch screen with a 18:9 aspect ratio (instead of the 16:9 standard) and Dolby Vision HDR, which could mean better-looking images. It’s fully waterproof, and has a dual-lens camera with some nifty photo tricks, too. We’ll see if that can steal the thunder from the S8.

UPDATE: Here’s a video of the LG G6:

 

Fix For LG’s UltraFine 5K Display WiFi Router Issues Is Coming Says LG

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 3, 2017 by itnerd

Earlier this week, I posted a story about the issues that the Apple recommended LG UltraFine 5K Display has when it is within 2m of a WiFi router. It now looks like LG is going to do something about it. According to Recode, LG is going to fix the problem by inserting additional shielding into newly manufactured models, which should protect against the electromagnetic radiation from routers that is likely causing the issues. For the ones that are already in customers hands, they will have to reach out to LG to get those retrofitted.

That begs the question. Why wasn’t this caught prior to them being shipped to customers? I ask that because it really seems that LG seriously dropped the ball here. And Apple can’t escape taking some of the blame here as they recommend this monitor, thus you think they would have tried a couple of these out to see if they play nice when they are close to a WiFi router. After all that is a common scenario for users that you’d think that someone would have tested.

#Fail: LG’s UltraFine 5K Display Is Useless When It’s Within 2M Of Router

Posted in Commentary with tags , on January 31, 2017 by itnerd

You have to wonder if anyone QA’s their products these days. I say that because this story from 9to5Mac details how the LG UltraFine 5K Display which is Apple’s recommended monitor for their new MacBook Pro notebooks is pretty much useless when it is within 2M (about 6 feet) of a wireless router:

The problem is UltraFine 5K Display becomes unusable when positioned within 6.6-feet of a router. I discovered this issue after purchasing my own UltraFine 5K Display last week and thinking something was defective with my hardware.

Right out of the box, UltraFine 5K Display was hardly usable as it would consistently disconnect and even freeze my MacBook Pro which made it unusable for work on Thursday and Friday. Connecting it to my MacBook Pro consistently resulted in needing to reboot my machine to continue working.

And:

I moved my router from the office to the living room and tested UltraFine 5K Display with my MacBook Pro on my desk and found that it stayed connected  in this spot for the first time.

Since moving the router to another room, UltraFine 5K Display has remained connected without issue.

I’d bet that other products besides routers will trigger this behavior. Nobody has stumbled upon them yet.

Given the amount of money and time poured into these products, you’d think they’d have done proper EMI susceptibility testing at some point. It’s moderately expensive, but easy enough for LG to afford. But clearly they didn’t do that, and now it’s an issue. If I owned one of these, I’d have to be pushing for them to take it back. Plus, Apple must have some egg on their faces as well seeing as they’ve recommended this monitor as they’re out of the monitor business. Perhaps they should choose their partners more carefully?

LG Smart TV Pwned By Android Ransomware….. & LG Refuses To Help

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 28, 2016 by itnerd

I am not a fan of Smart TVs as they have serious privacy issues. And to back that up, I cite these three examples of why you should not ever buy one. Now there’s another reason why you should not buy one, ever:

Darren Cauthon took to Twitter to reveal that his LG smart TV running Google TV was infected with malware when his family tried to install a movie streaming application. Judging from the photo he posted, this looks like a form of ransomware which requires him to pay to have access to the device restored.

But since the ransomware wasn’t necessarily developed for TVs, but for Android devices such as tablets and smartphones, it’s now completely bricked and no workaround seems to be able to restore it. Booting obviously leads to the same ransomware notification and other options are not available given the limited input on a TV.

Now here’s where it gets craptastic. When he went to LG for help, here’s what happened:

The only thing that could work, however, is flashing the stock firmware, which could only be possible with the firmware image provided by LG. Oddly enough, LG isn’t willing to help the owner remove the ransomware from his TV unless he pays, and according to his tweets, he could easily buy a new TV with the money that the company is asking for servicing.

The cost of removing the malware by flashing the stock firmware is $340, which, given the fact that this is an old TV running a platform that’s no longer supported, makes absolutely no sense.

Really? If I were LG, I’d be stepping up to help if for no other reason than to stop stories like this one from popping up on the Internet and generating bad press for them. Because that’s precisely what’s happening right now. Hopefully they step up and do the right thing if for no other reason to make this go away.

In the meantime, this shows that devices other than computers, phones and tablets can be pwned by hackers. Which is why I try to keep as many of my things from being on the Internet as possible. And that includes my TV.

UPDATE: Clearly bad press does make companies do things they normally wouldn’t do. Here’s proof of that:

And:

Let’s hope things work out for him.

UPDATE #2: He was able to rescue the TV thanks to the assistance of LG:

Samsung Galaxy J3 And LG X Power Now Available At Telus

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on July 19, 2016 by itnerd

Telus has announced that the Samsung Galaxy J3 and LG X Power are now available as part of TELUS’ line-up of future friendly devices.

Here is what these two smartphones have to offer:

LG X Power 

Exceptional battery life

  • Quick-charge technology combined with a massive 4,100 mAh battery makes the LG X Power an exceptional choice for all-day power-users

Simplified user experience

  • Clean and intuitive, the  LG UX 5.0 user interface is built for a smooth and seamless experience while juggling your tasks and apps

 

Samsung Galaxy J3 

Great screen in a compact design

  • The device’s slim and compact design is easy to handle and houses a brilliant 5.0” AMOLED HD that brings out every detail

Quick pics

  • Shutterbugs will love the camera on the J3. With the quick launch camera you will be able to capture the shot before the perfect moment sips away

Telus customers who are jumping into Android for the first time and even long-time Android fans can take advantage of the Telus Learning Centre. Free one-on-one sessions with our Learning Centre Experts will ensure either the Android novice or veteran is tapping into the full potential of their new device.

The Samsung Galaxy J3 and LG X Power are both available for $50 on a two-year term or $240 outright.

Flaws Found In LG Phones That Permit Device Hijacking

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 2, 2016 by itnerd

On Monday, CheckPoint found two flaws in LG phones that if used by someone with some amount of skill, can allow remote hijacking of the device. Here’s details from ZDNET:

Check Point mobile security researcher Adam Donenfeld said the first security weakness, CVE-2016-3117, was discovered in LG’s privileged service. Dubbed LGATCMDService, the service is not protected by bind permissions, which means that any application — regardless of its origins — can communicate with it.

“By connecting to this service, an attacker could address atd, a high-privileged user mode daemon and a gateway for communications with the firmware,” the researcher says.

If exploited, this could lead to privilege escalation and device hijacking, rebooting, disabling USB connections, wiping, identifying private IDs such as a device’s MAC address or completely bricking the device itself.

The second security flaw, CVE-2016-2035, lies within LG’s implementation of the WAP Push protocol. This protocol is used to send URLs to mobile devices through SMS messages, but due to LG’s implementation of the system, an SQL vulnerability is present.

Should an attacker compromise the device in this way, they could send an SMS message which allows them to view, modify or delete SMS messages stored on the device. Once compromised, this security flaw could also be used as a wider phishing scheme for more lucrative targets — such as a scam to access online bank accounts.

Patches should be out now to address these flaws, so you should be installing these patches if you own a LG phone. In the meantime, don’t download any apps via SMS to protect yourself.

Telus welcomes the LG G5

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 9, 2016 by itnerd

LG recently broke the mold on standard smartphone design with the introduction of the LG G5, which is one major reason why we’re ecstatic to have it be part of our future friendly line-up. Available at TELUS today, our customers can upgrade to the LG G5 both in-store or online at Telus.com

There are a number of unique features that make the G5 special. Here are a few reasons your audiences will want it:

Capture More of Every Moment: Get the whole picture! Our eyes can take in a lot, but this camera grabs even more at 135°. Capture a sprawling skyline, a packed stadium, or the entire beach without moving by zooming seamlessly between normal and wide-angle lenses.

Sleek, Sophisticated All-New Metal Design : Metal and glass smoothly float together uninterrupted, for a premium look and feel. The sleek iconic design comes with a changeable slide-out battery and boasts compatibility with the LG Friend accessories.

Notifications at a Glance: See the time, date and important notifications anytime without waking the phone with Always-on Display.

Telus customers hoping to upgrade sooner can use the Telus Trade-in program, which allows customers to trade in their existing devices for credit towards their upgrade.

Telus customers can get their hands on the LG G5 starting at $300 on a 2-year term or $800 outright.