CNET Update: LG G3 loaded with laser, kill switch
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CNET Update: LG G3 loaded with laser, kill switch

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The new LG smartphone has features any secret agent would fancy: a laser-guided camera, a kill switch, a special knock for access, and a way to hide files from prying eyes. If only the price wasn't classified.

There's a brand new cutting-edge smartphone from LG, and it has frickin' laser beams! I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. When it comes to the top of the line smartphones, Apple and Samsung hog the spotlight. It's just hard for other phones to get consumer's attention, and part of that is because Samsung just spends more money on marketing. But LG hopes that new tricks will help its phone stand out. The LG G3 is packed with unique features, and some of them sound like they belong in a James Bond movie. There's a laser-guided camera. The 13 megapixel camera is paired with something called Laser Auto Focus, which uses a laser beam to measure the distance between the camera and your subject. So it can focus quickly even in low light. There's also a secret knock that you can program to unlock the phone with a pattern of taps. Activating the kill switch, yeah, that disables your phone remotely if you lose it. But if someone's borrowing your phone, you can hide certain files from being seen, even when it's connected to a computer. Now, it will be hard though to lose this phone, because it has a massive 5.5 inch high resolution screen. And it'll give your fingers a little bit of a stretch, but at least you can adjust the height of the on-screen keyboard. Now, if you need to be discreet, there is this quick circle case cover. And it lets you use the phone without opening the cover flaps. From the circle you can do things like take a photo, play music, or handle phone calls. And like every good spy, it has a helpful assistant. Although it's not as chatty as Siri or as inventive as Q, the LG Smart Notice will offer suggestions throughout the day. So if the weather is bad, it will remind you to take an umbrella. It's packed with power. There's a large removable battery and a quad core processor. Plus you can get more storage with a microSD card slot, which was not in the G2. It goes on sale in South Korea Wednesday, and then it will be sold in more countries. The UK and the US will get it sometime in July. But for some reason, LG is keeping the price top secret. Meanwhile, over at the World Wide Web, there has been another hack. Yeah, this time it's Spotify. The music streaming service warned its 40 million users that there has been unauthorized access to its systems. But you don't need to change your password, because it seems only one unlucky person had their account hacked. But do keep watch for an update to the Android app. It should make it more secure. That's your Tech News update. You can find more details on the G3 and the Spotify hack at From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]
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