Nexus 5 said to be ‘half the price’ of the iPhone 5S

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A source says the new Google phone will come with an attractive price for those that have been hankering for a new Nexus.

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The hype and rumors we’re hearing around the upcoming Nexus 5, expected from LG and Google later this month, is that it could instantly become the new Android phone to beat. But the latest whisperings hint that it could also give the iPhone 5S a run for its money when it comes to how much of your money you have to shell out for one.

TechRadar says a “source familiar with Google” has told the site that the successor to the popular but LTE-less Nexus 4 will ship in the latter part of October and cost “half the price” of the iPhone 5S.

What’s a little tricky about this is that the source seems to be referring to United Kingdom prices and ship dates, which can be different from what we see in the United States. If the Nexus 5 were to be half of what an unlocked iPhone 5S sells for at retail stateside (it starts at $649 for 16 GB contract-free with a T-Mobile SIM), that would mean we could see a new unlocked Nexus that, according to TechRadar’s source, will meet the specs of the iPhone 5S, but for less than $350.

That would certainly be a welcome deal for Nexus fans hoping for a repeat of the $299 price tag for an unlocked Nexus 4 right out of the gate.

We’ll see in the coming weeks if Google actually offers such a pre-holiday bargain on a top-flight phone, or if we’ve just caught wind of some sort of UK-only pricing scheme or just total bunk.

Be sure to read up on everything else we expect in a new Nexus, and let us know in the comments if you plan to get one of your own.


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The Morning Download: Consolidation Squeezing Cybersecurity Startups

5s iphone tmobile gravity txt cases for girls skullsThe Morning Download comes from the editors of CIO Journal and cues up the most important news in business technology every weekday morning. Send us your tips, compliments and complaints. You can get The Morning Download emailed to you each weekday morning by clicking here.

Good morning. There are almost as many startups in the cybersecurity market as there are new forms of malware. That kind of ferment is usually a sign of innovation - something CIOs sorely need in this domain. On the not-so-encouraging front, many of these disruptive little companies are being gobbled up by their larger rivals. Just last week, Versafe Ltd. was acquired by F5 Networks Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

Gartner Inc. analyst Avivah Litan notes in her blog that this is the third recent acquisition of a small security company by a big security firm. “First came RSA’s acquisition of Silvertail for about $350M, then came acquisition of Trusteer for $800M to $1 billion.” Ms. Litan goes on to say that customers may be better off when small innovators grow large on their own. “I haven’t seen strong evidence that the security companies know how to handle these innovators. I’m not sure they will successfully bring their technology to the enterprise security market while enabling it to continue to thrive in the customer/consumer web fraud detection/prevention market,” she writes.

Two schools of thought on cyber regulation. There’s fundamental disagreement between those who argue that cyber regulations create a minimum standard, and those who believe regulations don’t accomplish much beyond check-the-box compliance. The two sides battled onstage at a cybersecurity conference in New York Wednesday. “Regulation builds the muscle for security. It’s not best practice, but it’s necessary practice,” said Sallie Mae Inc. CSO Jerry Archer. John Prisco, president and CEO of cybersecurity software vendor Triumfant Inc., disagreed. “Boards of directors aren’t taking [cybersecurity] seriously, but they sure are compliant,” he said.

Threats are multiplied as companies move workloads to the cloud. But the move to the cloud may happen faster than IT executives can learn how to provide security, Mr. Archer said. “The wave is moving very quickly and my concern is staying in front of that wave. That’s what I see as the problem,” said Mr. Archer, CIO Journal’s Joel Schectman reports.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

NYSE and Nasdaq mull joining forces to combat glitches. With tech glitches on financial exchanges becoming more common, NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq are pondering a scenario some might have considered unlikely: teaming up to protect one another in the event of breakdowns, the WSJ’s Jacob Bunge reports. NYSE and Nasdaq are discussing a plan with other exchanges in which each company would run a backup for the other’s benchmark stock-pricing data. If one exchange group’s feed went down, traders could turn to its competitor for data while the problem was being fixed. The approach has challenges, however. Currently, NYSE’s and Nasdaq’s data feeds use different methods to communicate with traders and exchanges-essentially speaking different languages. Creating dual backups raises the question of whether communications would need to be standardized, which would take time.

As readers of CIO Journal know, NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer hinted at this breakthrough several days ago at an Oracle Corp. conference in San Francisco, where he told Oracle President Mark Hurd that “everyone has a lot of legacy technology” and that once new infrastructure is in place, “a lot should be shared.” Don’t expect the industry to write a blank check for technology upgrades, though. NYSE Euronext COO Lawrence Leibowitz told CIO Journal that “there is a cost benefit analysis … I don’t know if the industry could pay billions of dollars to fix this.”

Samsung goes after enterprise with business apps. Samsung Electronics Co. is leveraging its smartphone dominance with a new strategy that helps corporate customers find apps and third-party developers who have experience developing software for Samsung devices. With tablets and smartphones becoming more popular in the workplace, Samsung’s gain could be Microsoft Corp.’s loss. “This is about Samsung keeping the momentum going and pigeonholing Microsoft in the PC ghetto and not letting them move into the phone and tablet space,” John McCarthy, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., tells CIO Journal. A range of companies including AMR Corp. ‘s American Airlines, give Samsung tablets to employees.

Big Data hits adolescence. As Big Data enters the mainstream, companies are wrapping it in business concepts such as “governance” and “model management,” ideas usually associated with mature technologies, Guest Columnist Thomas H. Davenport says. That’s necessary, but companies need to go about the process with care, lest they discourage innovation. “Nothing throws cold water on a conceptual fire better than a committee for data and model ownership or stewardship,” he writes. “These things need to happen, but they should be imposed slowly and carefully.”

U.S. Senate expands data privacy investigation. The U.S. Senate expanded its nine-year investigation of data brokers to include 12 websites covering health, personal finance and family issues. The expansion comes after many of the subjects refused to identify the “specific sources of consumer information they obtain,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) said. “The investigation comes as the popularity of free health websites and apps has exploded in recent years,” writes the FT’s Emily Steele. “In exchange for providing the sites and the apps for free, industry executives said that companies often make money by selling adverts and data tied to their use.” The new sites under investigation include Time Inc.’s Health.com, Cond&; Nast ‘s Self.com, Fool.com, Investopedia.com and Babycenter.com.

Data broker giants hacked by ID theft service. A website behind an identity theft service operated a botnet that pulled data directly from internal systems at data brokers LexisNexis Inc., Dun & Bradstreet and Kroll Background America Inc., reports Brian Krebs on his website, Krebs on Security. The website is believed to have served more than 1.02 million unique social security numbers and 3.1 million date of birth records since its inception in early 2012. Fraud experts tell Mr. Krebs that it was the “data that these firms hold about consumer and business habits and practices,” that was most valuable. Mortgage and business lenders often use the legal, financial, employment and business data found on the compromised services for knowledge-based authentication, to establish a potential customer’s identity. “We could well be witnessing the death of knowledge-based authentication, and it’s as it should be,” Gartner fraud analyst Avivah Litan tells Mr. Krebs. “The problem is that right now there are no good alternatives that are as easy to implement. There isn’t a good software-based alternative.”

Scientists build first nanotube computer. Researchers at Stanford University on Wednesday unveiled the first working computer built entirely from carbon nanotube transistors. As electronics developers near the limits of conventional silicon transistors, researchers are exploring many materials, including ultra-pure carbon which are exceptional at conducting electricity and heat, and at absorbing or emitting light. “Of all the candidates that have been considered as a successor to silicon, carbon nanotubes remain the most promising,” Supratik Guha, a director at International Business Machines Corp.’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, tells the WSJ’s Robert Lee Hotz.

France probes Apple’s contracts with mobile operators. French authorities are investigating the terms of contracts between cellphone suppliers and French phone operators for the sale of devices such as the iPhone. “For operators, handsets have become one of the big expenses,” a person familiar with the matter tells the WSJ’s Sam Schechner. “There is a balance of power that is shifting.” The investigation reflects a worry in France and other European companies worry about the power of a cadre of largely American companies retain over the growing Internet economy there.

Manhattan DA calls for penal law update to combat cybercrime. Calling the penal laws used to combat electronic crime outmoded, a task force led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. called on New York State to update its laws to better tackle white-collar crime. “The Internet has become our 21st-century crime scene,” Mr. Vance said at a gathering at New York University. “Serious computer and related crimes are not today treated according to the gravity and breadth of the harm caused.” New York’s penal laws have changed little since 1965, reports the NYT’. Mr. Vance is prosecuting Sergey Aleynikov, a former programmer at Goldman Sachs Group accused of stealing proprietary code from the bank.

Facebook and Twitter too late for China’s Internet. Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. face a daunting task in China, if access to their social networks is unblocked in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, which is due to launch this weekend. Reuters’s Paul Carsten writes that China’s sophisticated social media scene, led by Tencent Holdings, Sina Inc. and Renren Inc., will make it difficult for the two Silicon Valley companies to record the same level of success accomplished elsewhere. “The impact is primarily on people who have a global point of view and need to communicate globally. Most Chinese people are not pining for an alternative to Weibo and WeChat,” David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” tells Mr. Carsten.

FAA panel to propose limits on in-flight Internet use. A federal advisory committee is expected to call for expanded use of personal electronics during takeoffs and landings, but key restrictions on voice calls and Web use are bound to remain, the WSJ’s Andy Pasztor and Jack Nicas report. The industry-government panel, which Thursday is expected to decide on specific recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration, is looking to ease restrictions, but onboard Internet connections likely would remain banned or inoperable on most flights below 10,000 feet for the near future. The committee and the FAA are likely to maintain the current prohibition on the use of cellular connections throughout the flight-whether for voice or data-and they may even require fliers to disable Wi-Fi capability on all types of devices during takeoffs and landings.

Twitter strikes deal with NFL. The NFL has reached a deal with Twitter Inc. to make football highlights and other content available on the social-media service, the latest big partnership aimed at capitalizing on the intersection of tweeting and TV, the WSJ’s Amol Sharma reports. The initiative is part of Twitter’s Amplify revenue-generating program that lets TV content owners distribute programming in users’ Twitter feeds, with short ads embedded. The companies share the ad revenue.

Twitter may already be changing - and not for the better. WSJ technology columnist Farhad Manjoo says Twitter’s impending IPO may force it to change, and not for the better. Investors will want growth, and Twitter will be tempted to give in-and that may already be happening. “The danger in Twitter’s IPO is that it will be pushed to turn into something for everyone-something it isn’t,” Mr. Manjoo writes in his inaugural column for the WSJ.

Fund to let investors bet on price of bitcoins. SecondMarket is expected to begin raising money Thursday for an investment fund that will hold only bitcoins, giving wealthy investors exposure to the virtual currency, the NYT’s Peter Lattman and Nathaniel Popper report. SecondMarket’s venture into bitcoin represents the latest effort to bring the virtual currency into the mainstream. But it is also likely to fuel the debate around the legitimacy and legality of a form of money that exists outside the conventional banking system, and has already attracted scrutiny for being used in illicit transactions.

Robots vs. anesthesiologists. A new system called Sedasys, made by Johnson & Johnson, would automate the sedation of many patients undergoing colonoscopies. That could eliminate a big source of income for anesthesiologists, writes the WSJ’s Jonathan D. Rockoff. J&J hopes the potential savings from using Sedasys will appeal to hospitals and clinics and drive machine sales, which are set to begin early next year. But many anesthesiologists say the machine could endanger some patients because it uses a powerful drug known as propofol that could be used improperly. The dispute could be a harbinger of health-care battles to come. Intensifying efforts to control spending present a commercial opportunity for health-product makers, but the new technologies threaten to disrupt physicians’ livelihoods.

Samsung to launch curved display smartphone. Samsung Electronics Co. plans to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in October. “Curved displays are an early stage in screen evolution which is shifting to bendable or foldable designs,” reports Reuters. The phone will first be available in South Korea.

EVERYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ellison’s pay under fire. investors are growing more dissatisfied with the high pay for CEO Larry Ellison ahead of the technology company’s annual meeting next month, the WSJ reports. Some shareholders complain that Mr. Ellison, who founded the software giant and beneficially owns a quarter of the company’s shares, continues to receive tens of millions of dollars of stock options every year, even when Oracle’s performance has been mixed. In a letter sent Wednesday to Bruce R. Chizen, chairman of the Oracle board’s compensation committee, CtW Investment Group said it would vote against the company’s compensation practices and possibly seek to unseat directors on the compensation committee if Oracle doesn’t limit its options awards and bring in a new, independent director to help oversee pay. Mr. Ellison received compensation valued at $76.9 million in the fiscal year that ended in May. Oracle’s stock rose nearly 28% in those 12 months, but it plunged 9% on June 21 after the company reported flat sales for a second straight quarter.

T-Mobile CFO talks consolidation, Sprint deal. T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he expected more consolidation in the U.S. wireless market and made a case for a deal between his company and bigger rival Sprint. Mr. Carter declined to say whether T-Mobile US and Sprint had talked. “It’s the logical ultimate combination,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference in New York. Mr. Carter noted that the U.S. regulatory environment was “tough” for consolidation as the government already blocked T-Mobile’s proposed sale to in 2011. He said a deal involving the smaller national operators would be good for the industry and described the U.S. market as a “duopoly” because AT&T and larger rival Verizon Wireless are far bigger than T-Mobile and Sprint.

Netflix aims for presence on cable-TV systems. Netflix CFO David Wells said his company wants to attract more customers by adding its Web-based movies and television shows to U.S. cable systems. U.S. cable operators have had an “open offer” to add Netflix for two years, Mr. Wells told Bloomberg at the Goldman conference in New York. The company is still willing to forge partnerships, he said. “We would love to reduce the friction to the end consumer, and to be available via the existing device in the home, which is the set-top box,” Mr. Wells said from the stage.

Tom Loftus contributed to this article.

Hardware vendors bail on Windows RT devices. What do Dell Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., AsusTek Computer Inc. and Samsung have in common? All have bailed on making machines for Windows RT, writes the Verge’s Tom Warren. “Despite backing Windows RT earlier this year, it appears that the “slower” sales of Dell’s device have led to its cancellation,” he writes. Microsoft Corp., which developed RT as its platform for devices running on power-sipping processors designed by ARM Holdings PLC, recently unveiled a Surface 2 tablet running Windows RT 8.1.

Debt-ceiling battle could eclipse shutdown showdown. House Republicans today are considering a plan that could avert a government shutdown - but it would set the stage for a much bigger battle over the debt ceiling. The strategy would clear the way for the House to approve a simple measure to keep the government open into the new fiscal year, beginning Tuesday, without provisions to defund the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Juliet Eilperin report. That would shift the battle to the debt ceiling, where conservatives would try to use the threat of default to force the president to accept a one-year delay of the health-care law’s mandates, taxes and benefits. The debt-limit bill would be loaded with conservative priorities, including the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the abolition of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Companies drop cheapest health plans. The U.S. arm of Sweden’s plans to discontinue its lowest-cost health plans and steer roughly 55,000 workers to new government-sponsored insurance exchanges for coverage next year, in the latest sign of the fraying ties between employment and health care, writes the WSJ’s Scott Thurm. Securitas is among more than 1,200 employers that offer the kind of bare-bones health plans that must be phased out beginning Jan. 1. Nearly four million people are enrolled in these so-called mini-med plans, which cap benefits to participants, sometimes at as little as $3,000 a year. Other big employers, including Darden Restaurants, Home Depot and Trader Joe’s will stop offering health insurance to part-time workers, and will direct those employees to the state exchanges. Darden, Home Depot and Trader Joe’s previously offered mini-meds to their part-timers.

J.P. Morgan discussing $11 billion settlement. J.P. Morgan is in discussions to settle probes related to mortgage-backed securities for $11 billion, the WSJ reports. The amount being discussed would include $7 billion in cash and $4 billion in relief to consumers. As large as the potential settlement may be, two people familiar with the matter cautioned that even if a deal is reached, it may not resolve one of the biggest dangers for the bank: the potential for criminal charges stemming from the mortgage-backed securities probe.


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LG EA73 and LN450W 29-inch LED monitors support 21:9 aspect ratio

LG Electronics has announced a pair of new computer displays that gamers and professionals alike will appreciate called the EA73 and LN450W. These two displays are very unique in that they support UltraWide 21:9 aspect ratio and have 29-inch screen sizes. The idea is to give users a wider monitor that allows more content to be displayed on the screen at once.

Both of the displays are set to be available in late September and utilize LG in-plane switching (IPS) technology. The computer displays both support 2560 x 1080 resolution. To view high-resolution graphics does require a graphics card with enough muscle and appropriate connectivity such as HDMI.

The displays come with special software designed to help the user manage multiple windows and input sources. The displays support four-screen split feature allowing users to cut the screen into four sections at a different screen ratios allowing for the prioritization of windows by size and location. Both of the displays support MHL and are Mac compatible.

Connectivity includes HDMI and DisplayPort. The displays cover 99% of the sRGB color space and support color calibration. The main difference between these two displays is that the LN450W has an integrated digital TV tuner allowing it to receive broadcast television signals. Both the screens have integrated 7 W speakers. The EA73 will sell for $599.99 with the LN450W will sell for $649.99. Both are set for availability in late September.

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Steelers Versus Bears: Game Time, Line, Trends, Weather, TV & Radio Schedule - Week 3 | Steelers Depot

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m., ET

Site: Heinz Field (65,500) * Pittsburgh, Pa.

Playing Surface: Natural grass

TV Coverage: NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)

Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)

Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network - WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)

Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)

National Radio: Westwood One

Announcers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst), Hub Arkush (sideline)

Spanish Radio: Available on Steelers.com

Odds Line: Bears -3

Trends:
Bears
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Chicago is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chicago’s last 7 games on the road
Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Steelers
Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chicago

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Kathie Lee and Hoda get underwear tips from Cher

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KLG and Hoda had some extra help during today’s Favorite Things segment. First, they discussed Kathie Lee’s choice - Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil - for her chapped lips. (“I get really, really, really chapped lips all the time - I do crazy stuff at home with my husband if you know what I’m saying,” KLG winked, touting the lip treatment that can make your lips more moist by “6000 percent.”

They then moved on to Hoda’s choice: Hanky Panky thongs, which Hoda erroneously claimed only came in one size.

Kathie Lee couldn’t believe it. How could everyone fit one size, after all? Hoda reassured KLG that it was true, and advised her to try them on at the commercial break. KLG wasn’t having it.

She grabbed the panties from Hoda’s hands and stretched them as wide as possible. Were these really going to work?

Suddenly, a distinctive voice piped up from the sidelines.

"They come in sizes!" said the throaty voice. What’s that?

It was Cher, a Hanky Panky aficionado! The “Believe” singer noted that Hanky Panky offers multiple styles.

"They come in a small, real brief," she added, pointing knowingly to herself, "and they come in that," she said, pointing to the pair KLG was still stretching out.

Sorry Hoda - as KLG put it, “Cher never lies.”

How you can find KLG and Hoda’s favorite things:
Kathie Lee: Hourglass lip treatment oil, $42, Hourglasscosmetics.com
Hoda: Hanky panky thongs, $20 and up, hankypanky.com


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Local worship news and notes

Get checked out

BAPS Charities at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 2021 Township Line Road, Hatfield, presents a Health Fair Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Get screened for diabetes, cholesterol, obesity and blood pressure, plus get your eyes, teeth, feet and skin checked. Health education lectures and materials for various topics, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will also be available. Call Dhaval at (302) 727-1010 or Manish at (215) 900-2234.

Angels in our community

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, will honor all police, firefighters, EMTs and all first responders during worship services at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8:15, 9:30, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 29. On Sept. 29, there will be displays with information about the work of first responders and a training event for household disaster preparation, plus handouts and tools to help your own emergency preparedness. That weekend is the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, honoring God’s angels and messengers in our midst. Trinity is a disaster relief emergency location and partners with police and fire officials to offer short-term shelter to survivors displaced by fire and storms.

Society of Friends

Who are the Quakers? What do they believe? How do they worship and live their lives? A six-week series of free talks, “Exploring the Quaker Way &; Quakerism in a Nutshell,” is held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 2-Nov. 6 at Gwynedd Friends Meetinghouse, Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Join in at any time.

Support trucker ministry

The Bucks-Montgomery Transport For Christ chapter presents its third annual Truck Show 2 to 6 p.m. today at Jason Shelley’s shop behind Franconia Mennonite Church, 613 Harleysville Pike, Franconia. The features a concert by The Gospel Harmony Echoes. Refreshment will be available; bring a lawn chair. Trucks, show cars and pick-ups are welcome. The Transport For Christ Mobile Chapel will be on display. For information contact Jason at (267) 718-2841.

Shop it

Calvary Church, 820 Route 113, Hilltown, holds a Mothers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Admission is $1; no strollers.

Trinity United Church of Christ, 101 S. Main St., Telford, will be having a Pre-Holiday Flea Market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5. Weather permitting, it will be held outdoors. For $10, the church will provide a 10 x 10 spot to sell your treasures. Please provide your own table and chair. There will be baked goods and other foods to purchase. Call (215) 257-4025.

A Rummage Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, 837 Sumneytown Pike, Upper Gwynedd. The Bag Sale will be 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5. Gently used items for sale will include clothing, accessories, books, linens, small household items, costume jewelry, games and toys. Call (215) 699-9159.

Healing process

Debra Ryan of the Penn Foundation will present the program “Instilling Hope, Inspiring Change, Building Community” for everyone interested in learning about mental illness, support programs and available resources. Questions and discussion will be welcome. This presentation will start at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in rooms 125-127 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale.

'Digital Dharma'

The Philadelphia premiere of the international award-winning documentary “Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture” takes places at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Perelman Theatre at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. “Digital Dharma” is an epic story of a cultural rescue and how one man’s mission became the catalyst for an international movement to find, save and provide open access to the story of the Tibetan people. The film follows E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah who spent 50 years working with Buddhist scholars, Tibetan lamas and laypeople to preserve and digitize more than 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text threatened with extinction during China’s political turmoil in the 1950s and 1960s. Visit www.facebook.com/digitaldharma.

Discuss

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, offers a 10-week discussion on the book “10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe” by Larry Osborne. It begins Sunday and sign ups are in Hyson Hall for sessions on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Pilgrimage

An Archdiocese of Philadelphia Year of Faith Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. is set for Oct. 5. Busses will depart from St. Maria Goretti Parish at 7 a.m. and from Corpus Christi Parish at 7:15 a.m. The day will begin at noon with a brief Penance Service and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A procession, crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and praying of the rosary will follow. The pilgrimage will conclude with a 3 p.m. Solemn Mass with Archbishop Charles Chaput as celebrant and homilist. There will also be a stop at Union Station for dinner (at one’s own expense). Cost is $30 per person (children accompanied by an adult $15). Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for this event. Payment is non-refundable but is transferable to another person. Please register through mail (include name, phone and email); no phone or email reservations will be accepted. Mail to: Saint Maria Goretti Parish c/o Angela McClellan 1601 Derstine Road Hatfield, PA 19440 or Corpus Christi Parish c/o Angela McClellan 900 Sumneytown Pike Lansdale, PA 19446.

Work out

Join the aerobics classes offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays at Grace United Methodist Church, 295 S. Main St., Telford.

Celebrate Sukkot

If you like to camp out under the stars, join Congregation Beth Or for a Sukkot Camp Out, starting at 6 p.m. tonight. Pitch your tents by the pond and enjoy family activities and s’mores. Roll out of bed the next day and go to Sunday school. RSVP by Sept. 16 to Elisa at eheisman@bethor.org.

Bring your lunch and join Rabbi Gerber at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Goldstein Sukkah at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Upper Dublin, to eat and enjoy a holiday talk, “A Guide to Seeing God: Sukkot’s Greatest Teaching.”

Special guests

Dr. Nadine Rosechild-Sullivan will speak at the September Meeting of the New Hope Metaphysical Society about “The Secret” and the Laws of Manifestation at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Pebble Hill Church, 320 Edison-Furlong Road, Doylestown. Rosechild-Sullivan, a sociologist and spiritual counselor, recently published a book entitled “Turn Your Life Around! Expand Your Use of The Secret & Manifest Intentionally in Every Area of Your Life.” Light refreshments will be available. Admission is $10. Call Amy at (215) 242-0185 or the church at (215) 348-3428 or go to www.spiritsvision.com or www.pebblehillchurch.org.

John Ruth presents the message “As Far as it Depends on You” during the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service at Franconia Mennonite Church, Route 113, Franconia.

Ambler Church of the Brethren, 351 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, welcomes David Radcliff, Director of New Community Project, for a special Sunday school and Worship Message Sept. 29. Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 a.m., with worship at 10:45. All are invited to attend. Visit www.amblercob.org, email amblercob@verizon.net, or check out the Ambler Church of the Brethren Facebook page.

The DPC Forum at Doylestown Presbyterian Church will feature the Rev. Dr. C. Clifton Black from Princeton Theological Seminary at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Celtic Cross Room. The title of Dr. Black’s Talk will be, “The Lord’s Prayer &; Whose Kingdom, Whose Power, Whose Glory?”. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the church lot at Church Street and Selner Lane, Doylestown and in the county lots at either Court Street and Broad Street or North Main Street. For more information, contact the church office at (215) 348-3531 or email dpc@dtownpc.org. Also, visit www.dtownpc.org.

Let’s sing

The United Schwenkfelder Choir &; a community choir &; will hold rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. every Monday until December. No audition is necessary and all voice parts are needed. The choir meets at Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Worcester. For more information, call (215) 393-9974 or send an email to dlalderfer@juno.com.

Auditions for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia Boys Choir are held Sept. 28. Contact Tom for more information at (215) 425-6995.

Help others

Indian Creek Church of the Brethren, 821 Main St., Lower Salford, hosts a Voices For Freedom concert with local musicians to raise funds and awareness of human trafficking. Show time is 3 p.m. Sunday.

Join Christ Lutheran Church of Kulpsville, Habitat for Humanity, and Thrivent Builds to provide housing for two families in Hatfield. They are reaching out to businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals to come together around this project. Christ Lutheran announced in a press release that they are “thrilled to already have W.B. Homes as a partner in The Convergence.” The big day for “The Convergence” will be Oct. 6, but there will be opportunities both before and after this date behind the scenes. For more information on volunteering, call the church office at (215) 256-8738 or register at www.christlc.org. Click on “The Convergence” tile.

St. Maria Goretti Parish, 1601 Derstine Road, Hatfield, is accepting donations today in the Ministries Room of the church of canned food (fruit, meats, soups, sauces, peanut butter and applesauce), toiletries, coffee, tea, etc. for Shepherd’s Shelf. In addition, Catholic Social Services of Montgomery County needs school supplies.

A food drive in honor of the High Holidays to benefit Manna on Main Street is held through Sept. 30 in the lobby of the Religious School at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Upper Dublin. The following goods are especially needed right now: Canned fruit; peanut butter and jelly; canned soups (tomato, chicken, cream, mixed vegetable); canned beets, peas, potatoes and tomatoes; canned meats (chicken, turkey, chilli, beef stew, chicken dumpling, salmon); rice; pasta; pasta sauce; pasta meals; baby food; formula; diapers; personal items and toiletries; fresh vegetables and fruit.

During September, Christ Covenant Church, 2200 Mainland Road, Towamencin, will be supporting Shepherd’s Shelf in Kulpsville with donations of non-perishable food/items. Supplies especially needed in restocking the pantry are: canned soups, canned fruits/vegetables, stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, fruit juice (apple, cranberry and orange) in plastic containers, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, beef stew, spaghetti sauce, chili, pasta, instant potatoes, scalloped potatoes, minute rice, hamburger helper and Spaghetti-O’s. Contributions may be dropped off at the church office 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Sundays. Call (215) 256-8101 or visit www.christ-covenant.org.

Plains Mennonite Church, 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield, invites the public to donate supplies for Hygiene Kits, containing (in original packaging) an adult-size toothbrush, one squeeze-tube toothpaste (minimum 6 ounces), a large bar of bath soap, a good quality fingernail clipper, and a dark color hand towel (larger than fingertip). Hygiene kits are often presented to displaced people who do not have access to hygiene supplies. Some are given through schools or orphanages to encourage children in healthy habits. People in such countries as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Haiti and Bosnia and Herzegovina have received hygiene kits in the past few years. Call (215) 362-7640 or visit www.PlainsMennoniteChurch.org for details. Drop off supplies at the church by the end of November.

Fun times

The Country Fair is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Central Schwenkfelder Church on Valley Forge Road in Worcester. Entertainment includes the church’s Brasswind Choir, the women’s ensemble Light Hearted, the band Downbeat@3 and Central Schwenkfelder’s praise band 4-Giv’n. The North Penn S-Gaugers will run a model railway in the Community Center, and there will be an antique and classic car cruise, tractor rides, and face painting and games for children. At the “Stitches for Missions” booth, visitors can view and purchase raffle tickets for a queen-sized quilt, “Eight Pointed Star.” The winning ticket will be drawn at the church’s Country Auction on Nov. 9. Other highlights include food, a live auction of household items, a sale of gently-used clothing, The Book Stall, Attic Treasures, Kid’s Treasures, The Country Market, and a fresh flower booth. Call (610) 584-4480.

All are welcome at Saint Maria Goretti Parish’s 60th anniversary picnic, which follows a 4 p.m. Vigil Mass today. Contact the Parish Center at (215) 721-0199 for information.

Hopewell Christian Fellowship, 601 Hunsicker Road, Franconia, hosts the Franconia Township Police Department Bike Rodeo from 10 a.m. to noon today. Registration is from 9 to 9:45. Bike riders in grades 1&;8 are especially encouraged to attend. Get your bike inspected, test your bike safety knowledge and try out the obstacle course. Participants may enter a drawing to win a new 20-inch boys or girls bike. A representative from New York Life Child ID program will be on site. The rain date will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.hopewellchristianfellowship.com.

Start training

Lace up your walking shoes for the 2013 Friends of the Poor Walk on Sept. 28. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Greater Philadelphia will be taking to the sidewalks of East Norriton to raise money on behalf of the poor. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Hatfield, a lay organization, work person-to-person with our neighbors to both relieve immediate needs and to support their struggle to get out of poverty.

The Friends of the Poor Walk is a fundraising effort that is coordinated nationally and organized locally by the Conferences and Councils of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. It allows community members from all walks of life across the country to join together to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the poor and to raise significant funds for use in direct service to the poor. All funds raised locally will be used locally. To sign up to walk or to pledge support, go to www.svdpusa.net/fop or contact a member of Team Goretti at the Parish Center at (215) 721-0199.

St. Rose of Lima’s second annual “I CAN HELP” 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run will be held in North Wales at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 12. This event is open to the public. Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring canned goods on the day of the race to support the Nor-Gwyn Food Cupboard, the North Wales area food pantry that helps families that have fallen on hard times. 5K entry is $20 and the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk entry is $10. The 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run start and end at the Parish Center, 425 Pennsylvania Ave., North Wales. The scenic 5K and 1 Mile routes travel through the Borough of North Wales and Upper Gwynedd Township neighborhoods. There will be prizes, refreshments and music. All ages and experience levels welcome. Visit www.srol.org or call (215) 699-4617. Optional online registration is available at www.pretzelcitysports.com.

Special services

On Sunday, the combined congregations of the Schwenkfelder churches will meet at the Schwenkfelder Missionary Church in Philadelphia to observe its 280th Day of Remembrance and Thanksgiving (Ged&;chtnestag). This memorial day service is the oldest continual thanksgiving in the country, according to W. Kyrel Meschter, a retired banker from Worcester and author of “20th Century Schwenkfelders.”

The Schwenkfelders are the spiritual descendants of the Silesian nobleman, Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig. A scholar, reformer and prolific writer, Schwenckfeld endeavored to aid in the cause of the Protestant Reformation. A contemporary of Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, Schwenckfeld sought no following. He formulated no creed, and did not attempt to organize a church based on his beliefs. He labored for a reformation of life, for liberty of religious belief, for a fellowship of all believers and for one united, ecumenical Christian Church.

He and his co-believers, numbering many thousands by the middle of the 16th century, supported a movement that was popularly known as “the Reformation by the Middle Way.” Ultimately, 210 Schwenkfelders fled Silesia due to persecution and emigrated to Pennsylvania between 1731 and 1737. The largest group landed at Philadelphia on Sept. 22, 1734 and affirmed their allegiance to the crown of Great Britain on the 23rd. The following day they held a service of thanksgiving to God for their deliverance from persecution, and their safe arrival in the New World. Since then, the Schwenkfelders have observed an annual day of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Trinity United Church of Christ, 101 N. Main St., Telford, be holding a combined multicultural service with the Centro Cristiano congregation at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6. A potluck dinner will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity UCC. An open invitation is extended to the surrounding community to come and enjoy this celebration, featuring bluegrass music from Trinity and ethnic music from Centro Cristiano.

This traditional service includes traditional hymns, a message and a unison prayer, and is followed by a traditional meal of bread and apple butter and the singing of the Memorial Day hymn “Their Home, the Storied Fatherland.”

Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Road, Upper Salford, will hold an evening outdoor worship service in the Celtic tradition at 5 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be “Celebrating God in Creation” and will include a guided walk in the natural area on the church grounds. Meet on the church Labyrinth. In case of inclement weather, a service will be held indoors. For more information, call the church at (215) 234-8020.

Also, a Celtic-inspired service of meditative readings and healing prayers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Church of the Holy Spirit. Laying-on-of-hands will also be available. For those wishing to share in food and fellowship before the service, there will be a potluck soup and salad dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 25 Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Upper Dublin holds Erev Simchat Torah Services, Consecration and Israeli dancing with RAK-DAN. On Sept. 26 at 9 a.m., it’s a Simchat Torah Morning Service with Yizkor prayers, followed by a light brunch.

Vendors, crafters needed

Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton, needs vendors and crafters for its annual Fall Festival 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Tables are $15. Call the church at (215) 723-3592 to make a reservation.

Advent Lutheran Church in Lower Salford is looking for vendors and crafters for its Fall Fest and Craft Show, which will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Contact Trish at (215) 513-1078 or tbarth4@gmail.com.

For fathers, mothers

A Guardians Catholic support group for fathers of all ages, named in honor of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer, provides opportunities for members to learn from one another by sharing their insights about challenges they face in married and family life, in the workplace, and in their spiritual life. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Oct. 1, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3 in the Religious Education Room at Corpus Christi Church, Sumneytown Pike, Upper Gwynedd (use side entrance of church to enter). Through fellowship, prayer, and discussion of relevant issues, participants come to a deeper understanding of the richness of their Catholic faith and their identity as husbands and fathers. This year, the Guardians are viewing the DVD series “Crossing the Goal.” For more information, or to register for your first meeting, contact Deacon Frank Langsdorf at deaconlangsdorf@gmail.com or (215) 855-1311 ext. 125.

The Mom Caf&; of Corpus Christi Parish is a monthly support group for women of all stages of motherhood. A typical meeting includes morning refreshments, prayer and a discussion of selected topics and pertinent readings. Participants of the Mom Caf&; receive an issue of “Take Out” (a family faith full-colored newsletter) each month at no cost. Children are always welcome to accompany their mothers to the meetings. Books, toys and a play area are provided. Free child care is also available at most meetings in a separate space, if you choose this option. Meetings are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1 and May 6 in the Religious Education Room at Corpus Christi, Sumneytown Pike, Upper Gwynedd. Use the side entrance of church to enter. For more information or to register for your first meeting, please contact Angela at corpuschristiaff@yahoo.com.

Music notes

The community is welcome to attend a Souderton Alumni Men’s Choir concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Zion Mennonite Church, Front Street and Cherry Lane, Souderton. Under the direction of Jon Leight, this community group performs an array of familiar tunes and non-secular music. The concert is free with a free will offering which will benefit the Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton. Guests are also asked to bring along food and household items for the food pantry run by Keystone. Canned meats, cereals, paper and cleaning products are always needed. Collection boxes will be located at the doors.

A free public concert of Celtic, gospel and old-time music by Quadas &; a 24-member club of hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and autoharp players &; is held at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Zwingli United Church of Christ, 350 Wile Ave, Souderton. There will be a special guest appearance by the local group Daybreak. Refreshments following the concert. A free-will offering will be taken. For information contact Bobbie and Obie at obediahbreadboard@verizon.net or (215) 234-8036. Directions can be found on www.zwingli.org.

The Chancel Choir at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale, will sing “Help, Lord” from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn at the 10:15 a.m. service Sunday. Call (215) 855-5489 or visit www.st-johns-ucc.org.

Time to learn

A “So Long, Insecurity” Ladies Conference is held at Immanuel Leidy’s Church, 276 W. Cherry Lane, Franconia Township, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, featuring Jessie Seneca of More of Him Ministries. Cost is $10 per person, and it’s open to ages 12 and above. Call (215) 723-8707 or email ilc.wmm@gmail.com.

Congregation Tiferet Bet Israel’s 2013 Scholar-in-Residence weekend is Oct. 4-6, featuring Jewish educator, author and historian Dr. Jonathan Sarna. The weekend series includes four presentations about “The American Jewish Experience: Our Past Present and Future.” Sarna, a professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, is considered one of America’s 50 most influential Jews. For more information, contact TBI at (610) 275-8797 or visit www.tbibluebell.com.

The Greater Lansdale Biblical Storytelling Guild meets at 10 a.m. the third Sunday of the month in Room 125 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Visit www.trinitylansdale.com/worship/biblical-storytelling.html.

Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Road, Towamencin, has an Adult Catechism program every second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m., with the first fall session on Sunday. Divine Liturgy is at 11:30, followed by a social in the church hall.

Women of the Word Bible study for women of all ages meets Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m., or 7 to 9 p.m. at Fairview Village Church, 3060 W. Germantown Pike, Worcester. Childcare is provided in the morning. Register at www.fairviewvillagechurch.com or call (610) 539-3333, ext. 230, or contact Sophia at (610) 831-1285 or sophiacp@gmail.com.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, offers Wednesday Morning Bible Story with Pastor Dayle Malloy from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Rooms 125 and 127. Call (215) 368-1710 or see www.trinitylansdale.com.

Bible study is held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Grace United Methodist Church, 295 S. Main St., Telford. Call (215) 723-2144 for more information.

Take heart

Grief Share, a support group for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 E. Cherry Lane, Souderton. It meets on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call Marcia at (215) 723-9111 for more information.

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child on the autism spectrum? You are invited to join a support group at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, on the second Friday of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. This group gathers to give and receive emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information, share stories, and be more effectively equipped with skills and insights to parent children on the spectrum. Catherine Heller leads the discussion and shares her knowledge and expertise around topics chosen by the group. Contact Pastor Dawn Ranck to register at (215) 362-7640 or dawn.ranck@verizon.net. Childcare not provided. More information can be found at www.plainsmennonitechurch.org.

ASL Masses

St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, 51 Lansdale Ave., Lansdale, offers American Sign Language interpretation of Masses at 9 a.m. the first, second and third Sundays of the month.

In Spanish

Grace United Methodist Church, 295 S. Main St., Telford, offers Hispanic worship in the chapel at 2 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays, and Hispanic youth worship at 7 p.m. Fridays. Call (215) 723-2144 for more information.

A Spanish-language Mass is offered at 1 p.m. Sundays at St. Stanislaus Parish Church, Main Street and Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale. For information, call (215) 855-3133 or check www.ststanislaus.com.

Centro de Adoraci&;n Familiar, 1000 Troxel Road, Towamencin, holds Spanish-language services at 10 a.m. Sundays; Bible study is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, call (215) 361-2431, ext. 218 or check www.cafamiliar.org.

Let’s eat

St. Philip’s Orthodox Church, 1970 Clearview Road, Hilltown Township, hosts its second annual International Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, featuring dishes from Greece, Russia, Georgia, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Eritrea. There will also be a craft bazaar, children’s activities and tours of the church. Food entrees range in price from $9 to $11, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Keystone Opportunity Center and Manna on Main Street. Visit www.st-philip.net.

The Knights of Columbus, Pius IX Council hosts Breakfast with the Knights 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes made-to-order omelets, as well as a selection of hot and cold entrees. Cost is $8, $7 for seniors, $5 for children 5-12. Active duty fire, police, military and children under 5 eat free. Knights of Columbus hall is at 258 W. Eighth St., Lansdale. Contact (215) 368-3044 or info@kofC4396.org for more information.

Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Road, Towamencin, offers homemade pierogies available for $6.50 for a dozen on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Call (215) 362-9599 to place an order or stop by on Wednesdays.

Christ Covenant Church, 2200 Mainland Road, Towamencin, offers a free community hot breakfast including scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast, fruit and beverage the last Saturday of every month during 2013. No reservations required and breakfast will be served in fellowship hall from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All ages are welcome; please come and enjoy food and fellowship.

Gather together

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month in Hyson Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Contact Ashley at (215) 275-8212 or ashleybellhan@comcast.net.

Penn Valley Church, 320 N. Third St., Telford, offers Family Night 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. every Wednesday. Enjoy a meal at 6:15, followed by activities, such as nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds, classes for children and adults, a teen youth group and more. Call (215) 723-5890 or email info@pennvalleychurch.org for more information.

Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Road, Towamencin hosts bingo every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 6:45. Call (215) 362-9599.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Australian Review: Mightier Than Ever

They say the pen is mightier than the sword. For the Galaxy Note line of handsets from Samsung, they’re hoping that the S-Pen is mighty enough to sway you into buying the new Galaxy Note 3. Thanks to a few little tweaks and changes, this is the first handset where a stylus actually makes sense.

What Is It?

The Galaxy Note 3 is a huge uppercut to the competition. It packs a huge hardware punch with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, super-fast Category 4 LTE/4G capabilities, all hiding beneath a beautiful 5.7-inch Full-HD Super-AMOLED display. The battery is more juiced than ever with 3200mAh taking you from pillar to post, as well as a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera to shoot your life along the way.

All this power and beauty has been packed into a smaller footprint than ever, with the device measuring in at a svelte 8.3mm case, weighing just 168 grams.

What’s Good?

The Note-line of handsets is starting to inform the design language for the rest of the Galaxy products Samsung makes. If you look at the Galaxy S4 for example, you’ll see the same minimal bezel, oval-shaped home button, sensor placement and grille/pattern design found on the Galaxy Note II. This is great news, because the Galaxy Note 3 has a more premium feel than any Samsung handset that has come before it.

Cheap plastic covers have been replaced by a stitched leather back, bright accents, grooved edges and an S-Pen that feels textured like a beautiful watch might be. The changes to the S-Pen really go beyond just a new look, however.

Samsung has overhauled the S-Pen to take it from a novelty gadget into something you’re probably going to use all the time now, In fact, the new Air Command feature paired with the S-Pen will turn the Samsung-branded stylus into something you need, rather than something you use in meetings to impress your boss.

The Air Command feature refers to a a radial menu that anchors in new apps designed to leverage the Note 3&;s giant screen and handy power: Scrapbook for web clipping, Action Note for powerful handwriting tools, S-Finder for looking around your device, Screen Write for doodling on screenshots and Pen Window for putting hovering apps over any screen.

Air Command is fast, fluid and incredibly functional. Pen Window allows you to drop funky widgets on your existing multi-window layouts, bringing the power of three tasks at once onto the single, 5.7-inch screen. You don’t notice any slow-down the more you throw at the device: it welcomes the challenge and excels.

Likewise with Scrapbook, Action Memo and S-Finder. These are three incredibly useful features that can only be accessed with the S-Pen. It’s now something you need everyday.

Scrapbook is a fun little feature that lets you circle just about anything you can find on the Galaxy Note 3 from either the web or inside another app. Whatever you put in your selected area gets clipped, Evernote-style, into a centralised Scrapbook for you to access later.

Scrapbook also pulls out the contents of said webpages, for example, and embeds the content in a new page so you can watch that YouTube video or listen to that SoundCloud track inside the app without having to bounce out to your browser.

Action Memo is the natural evolution of the S-Note app that Galaxy Note users know and have come to love, only this time Samsung has done a great deal to make your handwriting meaningful and useful this time around. You can now create “Actions” from your handwriting, which uses optical character recognition-style software to encircle your text and turn it into something that other apps can use.

Got an address written down? Open it up in Maps with an Action to see where you need to go rather than writing it out again. Need to call that girl who left her number in your phone because you’re the smoothest dude around picking up chicks with your Note 3? Just Action her number into your phone and ask her out to dinner. Sadly, the Note 3 can’t help you with that unironed shirt hanging in your wardrobe you need to wear.

That OCR-style software comes in handy with the new global device search feature known as S-Finer, too. Not only can you now search for stuff on your handset better than ever before, S-Finder also looks at handwriting as well so that note you scribbled in a meeting won’t be lost forever. You can also add filters for time-specific searches and even location specific searches. If you were in London recently for a meeting and took a few photos, too, you can look for those specifically by your geotag.

All these features turn the Galaxy Note 3 into a really different handset than we’ve ever seen before. The previous generations of Notes were just big Galaxy S handsets with a pen attached. This one is the first productivity partner you could actually see yourself living with everyday.

Tap your home button from the main screen and you’ll find a clever HTC Blinkfeed-style feed that displays all your news and social content. When we first saw it, we thought that Blinkfeed and Flipboard had a baby on a Galaxy Note 3, but it’s actually a clever repackaging of the Flipboard app built specifically for the new Godzilla handset. It’s nice, but there’s no real way to curate the feeds you want, and it’s missing Facebook integration which is a bit of a shame.

Meanwhile, on the hardware side, the Galaxy Note 3 is also packed to the gills.

The power is turns this handset into an ego-bruiser, and the new most-powerful handset we’ve had through the labs. That didn’t last long for the poor iPhone 5s, did it? The Note 3 is packing ,ore RAM than in any other Android handset - 3GB worth to be precise - and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor so powerful you might just hear it growl under the soft leather backing of the handset itself.

In our Geekbench 3 tests, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 scored 2875. To put that into perspective, the Galaxy note II was impressive when it came out at 1403*, as was the Nexus 4 at 1537*. Earlier, we dubbed the iPhone 5s the most powerful device on the market with a score of 2530, but that crown was quickly usurped by the Note 3, with its impressive total. It’s worth pointing out that benchmarks aren’t always all they seem when it comes to Samsung’s top-tier handsets, but hopefully it wouldn’t make that error in judgment again.

It’s worth noting that Samsung only scored a few hundred above the iPhone 5s, which is still packing a 1.7GHz dual-core A7 processor and only 1GB of RAM. All that power on the Galaxy Note 3 saw off the iOS competition on the test bench, but it’s amazing to see what can be squeezed out of a comparatively-small processor and meagre amounts of RAM compared to just throwing more system resources at the platform.

Also on hardware, the 13-megapixel shooter on the back of the Note 3 is hella-impressive in daylight, but still leaves a bit to be desired in low-light areas compared to the Lumia range and even the new iPhone 5s.

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iPhone 5s

iPhone 5c

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Nokia Lumia 1020

Download the uncropped versions from Dropbox here.

Still, it’s an impressive camera for most circumstances, and it’s still packing a great deal of customisability on the software side thanks to the inclusion of the Galaxy Camera style Camera app. (It’s worth noting these photos were all taken on their respective handset’s “Auto” setting)

It’s also worth mentioning that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is, for the foreseeable future, the only handset compatible with the Galaxy Gear smart watch. The Galaxy Gear is a clever little gadget that acts as a fancy remote to your Galaxy Note, all the while making you feel like Maxwell Smart.

It connects via Bluetooth and gives you access to some nifty remote features like the weather, a pedometer, Find My Phone proximity alarms, S-Voice compatibility and different clock faces.

The Gear runs an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, a 1.9-megapixel camera with autofocus, all concealed underneath a 1.63-inch SuperAMOLED (320&;320 pixel) face.

It also packs a bunch of remote features for your smartphone, like pushing notifications to your wrist from various apps and allowing you to start, stop and skip music tracks from your watch.

The remote features also work in tandem with your phone, so for example, if you’re looking at a notification on your wrist, you can tap it or even just pull your phone out of your pocket and it will take you straight to the information you were looking at on the big screen so you don’t have to go digging for it again.

These are all clever features, but the real power comes from the calling, camera and app functionality.

The Gear also comes with a 1.9-megapixel camera mounted in the middle of the strap between the face and the buckle, designed for grabbing quick snaps when something happens that you don’t have time to get your phone out for. It’s a feature called Memographer, and feeds nicely into the Galaxy Note 3&;s ideology of taking quick snaps and grabbing information fast for access later.

All of the faces, apps and other ahem…gear…is managed from an app on your Note 3.

We’ll bring you our full review of the Galaxy Gear soon.

The beautiful screen on the Galaxy Note 3 trumps the massive panel on the old model, touting a 1080p panel (1080 x 1920, 386ppi). Just look at the difference between the two side-by-side.

Left: Galaxy Note II. Right: Galaxy Note 3

The phone also has a smaller bezel, less rounded edges and an all-round better design than its predecessor. It’s a coming of age for the Note.

What’s Bad?

The Note 3 is a fantastic handset, and probably the best thing to come out of Samsung Mobile in the history of ever, but no gadget is without fault.

We praised Sammy for ditching the scratchy, horrible plastic on the Note 3, but it’s not all single-malt scotch and fine suits with the leather case: it still has that underlying feel of plastic, almost with a faux feeling to it.

The Note 3&;s size bump from 5.5-inches to 5.7-inches is starting to push the planet-sized flagship into the “too big to hold” category. If the Note gets any larger we’ll have to relegate it there, but it’s worth noting that this phone isn’t for the tiny-handed (read: your feeble yet fearless reviewer).

Samsung has actually changed the charging port on the Note 3 from USB 2.0 to the speedy USB 3.0 standard. That’s actually a good thing, but what the hell am I meant to do with the 50 USB 2.0 cables I have on my desk now?!

The Worst Part

It was our least-favourite part of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and it seems to be one with no end. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is still running that goddamn Australia-specific version of Touchwiz where you can’t change anything in the dock and you have to push a bunch of keys just to move stuff around on the homescreen. God. F**king. Dammit.

Exact your revenge by flashing it off as soon as possible if you’re someone who likes Android because it’s, ya know, customisable.

Should You Buy It?

Centre of your digital life straight out of the box and impressively powerful and impossibly pretty as far as Samsung is concerned.

This is the phone for devout Samsung users and productivity junkies alike.

*Scores adjusted for Geekbench 3 tests according to Primate Labs’ multi-core test scores.

Source: Gizmodo

The new England Patriots could desperately use tight end Rob Gronkowski in the line up. Officially, he is listed as questionable, but Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio suggests that he is closer to doubtful than questionable.

From Pro Football Talk:

Officially, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers after multiple offseason surgeries. That means he’s technically 50-50 to play.

Unofficially, a league source says it’s still closer to doubtful than questionable that Gronkowski will play.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has also been without wide receiver Danny Amnedola. In last week’s win over the New York Jets Tom Brady threw just one pass to a tight end, it wasn’t caught.

The Patriots are also squaring off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who boast a revamped defense with shut down corner, Darrelle Revis. That essentially would close out their leading receiver from last week, Julian Edelman, who caught 13 passes for 78 yards in the game. The rest of the team combined for 6 catches against the Jets last week.


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