Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals

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The residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia are the most tech-savvy bunch of supernatural creatures we’ve ever seen. If Edward Cullen and Bella Swan bothered to email each other, then we’d have been spared the horrors of New Moon. Quite the opposite here, as The Vampire Diaries folks have their fingers close to the undead pulse of gadgets, with one character in last night’s episode refusing to type a text message so they could write out their response with an S-Pen. Fans of the show that keep score should know that it currently stands two to Microsoft, two to Google and the fate of humanity all to play for.


Samsung Galaxy Note Lands On AT&T

The Samsung Galaxy Note has been available in Europe for a while now, and the device went on sale with US mobile carrier AT&T yesterday, who are offering the handset for $299.99 when you sing up to a new two year contract.

As a reminder the Samsung Galaxy Note on AT&T comes with LTE and it features a dual core 1.4GHz processor and it comes with Android Gingerbread 2.3, plus dual cameras, on the back there is an 8 megapixel camera with an LED flash, on the front there is a 2 megapixel camera for video chat.
Samsung Galaxy Note

LG Optimus Vu revealed, will go head-to-head with Galaxy Note

Somewhere a former Palm exec is scratching his head in confusion right now. LG has officially unveiled the Optimus Vu, and like the Samsung Galaxy Note it sports a hideaway stylus for annotations, sketching, and jotting down important reminders.

At 5-inches, the Optimus Vu is similarly sized, too, though its 1024×768 display and 4:3 setup is closer to the traditional paper journals and notebooks people are used to writing on than the 16:9 Galaxy Note. Yes, it does look a little uncomfortable to hold the way you would a smartphone, but LG’s probably not intending for this to be used as a large phone so much as a small tablet.

LG’s official specs line up with what had been reported before. Along with the 5-inch IPS display, the Optimus Vu offers a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, and an HDMI port. Again like so many other recently revealed Android smartphones, the Optimus Vu will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. LG does say an update to ICS is already in the works, but no specific release date is mentioned.

The Optimus Vu’s 2,080mAh power pack isn’t going to provide as much runtime as the beastly battery in the Droid Razr Maxx. In fact, it’s probably not going to keep up with its direct competition: the Galaxy Note’s battery offers about 25% more juice. The Vu is, however, 1.2mm thinner than the Galaxy Note, though that 4:3 wideness will still make it slightly harder to stuff in the average pocket.

As predicted, LG will be showing off the Optimus Vu at MWC 2012 this month, where they may reveal a few additional tidbits about the device. Right now, it’s slated for a March launch in Korea — with no plans announced for a Western rollout at the moment.