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Monday, August 20, 2012
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Barnes & Noble's Nook Comes to the UK in October
5:46:50 AMStan Schroeder

Barnes & Noble's e-reader Nook, as well as Nook e-book store will be coming to the UK mid-October, the company announced.

"We're confident our award-winning technology, combined with our expansive content - including books, children's books, magazines, apps, movies and more - will bring UK customers the option they've been waiting for," said Barnes & Noble CEO William J. Lynch.

The first device to hit the British shores will be Nook Simple Touch, also available as a GlowLight-equipped variant. Details about the pricing have not been revealed, and Barnes & Noble promises partnerships with leading retailers will be announced "shortly."

This is the first time the company has gone international. Its catalog of more than 2.5 million titles will definitely be of interest to avid readers looking for an alternative to Amazon's Kindle, which is already available globally.

The Nook digital bookstore will be available at www.nook.co.uk.

BONUS: A Look at the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight



LG Optimus Vu Available Globally in September
4:07:57 AMStan Schroeder

LG's upcoming smartphone/tablet hybrid, the LG Optimus Vu, will be available in Europe, Asia, Middle East/Africa and Latin America starting in September.

The device, which was announced at the Mobile World Congress in February and became available in Korea in March, sports a 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio display.

It's powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and has an 8-megapixel camera, 3G connectivity and 32 GB of storage memory.

The LG Optimus Vu is slated to hit the U.S. in Q3 2012, but there's no word about the exact date, price or possible addition of LTE connectivity.



Samsung Teases Galaxy Note II Ahead of Mobile Unpacked Event [VIDEO]
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:53 PMStan Schroeder

Samsung has posted a new teaser video for its Mobile Unpacked event, which will be held in Berlin on Aug. 29, and though it never explicitly says so, it seems to focus on the upcoming Galaxy Note II.

Samsung has already said the tablet/smartphone hybrid would be revealed at the event, without giving any precise specifications.

The device's predecessor, the Galaxy Note, had a 5.3-inch screen and Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board. Recent rumors said that the Galaxy Note II might come with a flexible screen, but the latest trailer doesn't give any indications that this is true.

In the video, film director Wim Wenders refers to a device that's "a small and light thing." Would you like the Galaxy Note II to be smaller than its predecessor? Share your thoughts in the comments.



McDonald's Tests PayPal Hot on Heels of Starbucks-Square Deal
Sunday, August 19, 2012 7:46 PMBrian Anthony Hernandez

McDonald's is testing a new payments system in which customers use the fast food chain's mobile app to order and pay for meals. PayPal, eBay's mobile payments platform, would power the transactions.

Customers using the PayPal method at the 30 participating McDonald's locations in France would be put into a separate pick-up line while waiting for their food, Reuters reports.

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Pay for Dinner With Your Phone

August has become a pivotal month in the growth and visibility of mobile payments.

The McDonald's news comes on the heels of payments startup Square teaming up with Starbucks to complete all of the coffee chain's credit and debit card transactions.

Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts launched an app that lets people pay for coffee and treats, as well as send up to $100 to a friend via text, email or Facebook to spend on Dunkin' Donuts goods.



Sony Unveils Successor to Xperia S Smartphone: The Xperia SL
Sunday, August 19, 2012 6:59 PMLauren Indvik

Sony has quietly introduced the successor to its Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL.

The Xperia SL boasts a faster processor -- it has a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, versus the S's 1.5 GHz -- but few other improvements. Reviewers of the S complained both about its "pokey" processing speed and its uninspiring 4.3-inch display, but unfortunately, the XL offers no improvement for the latter. Other parts of the XL's hardware, including its 12.1-megapixel camera, are the same as that of Xperia S.

The smartphone is now listed on Sony's website with a "coming soon" sticker. The site also shows a full list of specs for the device, as well as images.

The phone comes in four colors -- silver, black, white and pink -- and runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). There's no word yet on pricing, carriers or availability date.



U.S. Military Designing Anti-Suicide Spray
Sunday, August 19, 2012 2:40 PMGeekosystem

A scientist from the Indiana University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Army to design a nasal spray designed to suppress thoughts of suicide.

Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense that the military would be looking into alternative methods to keep soldiers from killing themselves. According to RT, 116 U.S. soldiers have died of suspected suicide in 2012, and the army currently has the highest recorded rate of suicide in its history.

Developed by Dr. Michael Kubek, the spray would deliver an extra dose of thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH), which causes a “euphoric, calming, antidepressant effect.” TRH has been used in the past to treat severe depression and bi-polar disorders. Between the quick-acting effect of the chemical and fairly direct delivery system, the drug might be able to literally stop people from killing themselves on the spot.

You may be asking, “Why haven’t doctors been using this kind of drug to treat depression for years?” The problem is the delivery system. TRH isn’t effective when taken in pill form or by blood injection. Right now, the only way to administer it is with an injection directly into the spine. That’s why they want to develop a new delivery system.

Obviously, if the chemical works it won’t be long before doctors start prescribing TRH for depression and thoughts of suicide to everyone. That’ll be an especially big help for anyone taking one of the dozens of designer drugs that may increase thoughts of suicide.



Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]
Sunday, August 19, 2012 1:46 PMCharlie White

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Technology made even more great strides this week, with companies figuring out ways to change the way you watch TV, use power tools, and wake up in the morning. Heck, someone's even figured out how to make a car run on thin air.

Meanwhile, rumors roiled about Apple revolutionizing the world of cable television, an industry that's certainly ripe for big changes in the coming years.

SEE ALSO: Previous editions of Top 10 Tech This Week

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