Samsung to launch a “lifeproof” version of the Galaxy S 4 this summer

According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch a water- and dustproof version of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone this summer. The handset would be called the Galaxy S 4 Active, but its chassis would continue to resemble the handset as it appears now.

The handset maker is also reportedly planning to launch the rugged device alongside an 8-inch tablet with similar capabilities, which may arrive later this year to join the 7- and 10.1-inch devices that make up Samsung’s tablet family, as well as the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note variant. The move will apparently be in an effort to help boost the company’s appeal to corporate and government-centric clientele in all-terrain environments, like war zones.

It’s unclear whether either the phone or the tablet might launch alongside the compact version of the Galaxy S 4 in July. Rumors have begun cropping up about a Galaxy S 4 Mini that would apparently feature a smaller design like a 4.3-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. It is also thought to feature an 8 megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 with Touchwiz Nature UX (like on the Galaxy S 4), and a quad-core processor, though the manufacturer remains unknown (or rather, the manufacturer has not been the object of speculation).

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Google chairman admits Google Glass can be “weird,” “inappropriate”

These? Awkward?

Google has long seemed blissfully unaware that Google Glass doesn’t so much step on the toes of etiquette as it does mildly assault them. But speaking at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on Thursday, Google executive chariman Eric Schmidt admitted to a little bit of awkwardness with speaking commands to Google Glass, stating that sometimes the glasses can be “inappropriate,” according to Reuters.

Schmidt has championed Google Glass since its unveiling last year. Sets of the glasses come with a small panel of controls mounted in the headset, including a touchpad, but the primary method of interaction is telling Glass aloud what to do (“OK, Glass, take a photo”).

But Schmidt stated in his talk that executing the voice commands is “the weirdest thing” and noted that society will, of course, need to develop new etiquette to make itself comfortable with these devices that enable surreptitious image, video, and audio capture. Schmidt appears to take the idea that society will accept them at all as a fait accompli.

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The Ten Craziest Videos Of Cars Driving Through Crap

People tell us cars are for driving on things like "roads" and "highways." Jalopnik readers know that cars are much better when they’re driving through things, instead.

Welcome back to Answers of the Day – our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day’s Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It’s by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!

This list, as you will soon see, is full of a lot of Hollywood magic, and there are some not-very-authentic explosions and probably some cardboard sets. We are 100% fine with that. It’s absurdly implausible stunts that make the world go ’round, as far as we’re concerned.

Plus, real-world crashes through stuff tend to be a bit horrifying. Witness this guy in his truck trying to run down his girlfriend who darts into a convenience store. He does not succeed in hitting her, but does bash through the building like mad.

So we kept our crashes to the mostly not-seriously-injuring kind.

If you have a bit of a crazy streak and there’s a particularly crazy stunt/crash you think we rudely left off, let us know in Kinja below. We only have so many slots on this top ten, so we had to leave a lot of frankly awesome tanks-through-houses videos on the cutting room floor.

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10.) Top Gear Puts A Marauder Through A Wall

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9.) Red Fang Drives A Station Wagon Through Everything They Can Get Their Hands On

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8.) Wayne’s World II Nails Every Movie Cliché

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7.) Bigfoot The Monster Truck Bursts Through A Ford Dealership

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6.) The Rock Symbolically Drives A Hummer Through A Hippie Volkswagen

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5.) Jackie Chan Demolishes A Multi-Story Building With A Mining Truck

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4.) James Bond Tank Chase!

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3.) Bus Driver Unintentionally Careens Through A House

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2.) Jackie Chan Drives Three Cars Through An Entire Shanty Town

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1.) The Blues Brothers Drive Through A Mall, And Everything In It

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Hard to Believe This Super Sharp Footage Was Shot with a Palm-Sized Camera

The BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera is exactly what it sounds like. It was announced earlier this month and promised to deliver super-sharp image quality in a tiny $1000 device. By the looks of the first bits of footage to hit the web, it won’t underwhelm. More »

    



Google Drive Now Automatically Syncs Files for Offline Editing

Chrome: Google Drive has had offline access to files for a little while, but the process wasn’t automatic. With a recent update that’s rolling out to users today, all your Google Drive files that you create will automatically be stored for offline access.

First off, the automatic syncing only works if you’re on Chrome OS or using the Google Chrome browser. You also need to have offline access enabled and the Google Drive webapp installed. Once that’s all set up, every time you create a file in Google Drive it will automatically save it to your hard drive so you can access it anywhere. If it’s enabled on your account, you should see the "syncing items" box on your main Google Drive page.

Google Drive can now automatically sync all your Docs, Sheets, and Slides so you can access any file offline | The Next Web

Court shreds power of Motorola’s standard-based patents

In October of 2010, the smartphone patent wars were heating up. That month, Microsoft filed a complaint against Motorola at the International Trade Commission saying various Motorola phones violated its patents. Motorola shot back with patent demands of its own, saying that Microsoft owed it a heap of cash for Motorola patents related to the H.264 digital video standard and the 802.11 wireless standards. In fact, Motorola wanted 2.25 percent royalties paid on an array of Microsoft’s most profitable products, including Windows and Xboxes.

The problem was, Motorola had agreed to license those patents at so-called “reasonable and non-discriminatory” or RAND rates. Microsoft accused Motorola of breach of contract, saying that Motorola’s 2.25 percent demand was anything but the “reasonable” rate Motorola had promised. Microsoft calculated that it would result in a $4 billion payment.

That led to a lengthy lawsuit and a trial in November 2012, meant to answer a simple question: just what exactly does a RAND promise entail? It’s a big issue, because as patent battles between competitors heat up, more patents tied to industry standards are being used as ammunition. Samsung used standards-essential patents (or SEPs) against Apple in its blockbuster trial, but to no avail. And Motorola has used them, against both Apple (in a case that was shut down just before trial) and Microsoft.

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Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!

Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!

Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!

Cooler Master Seidon 240M and 12 More Coolers: The Retest and Mega-Roundup

There's no right way to describe it; we're testing the Cooler Master Seidon 240M along with two new Noctua coolers in a new testbed. Alongside ten of our industry's finest, retested!