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SpecTech: Verizon suffers leak, Facebook forces Timeline

This week is a slow week for tech news, but we have leaked phone information, more rumors of the next Xbox and a new Alienware desktop.

Although Verizon announced the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx at CES last week, there have been some updates. This device has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED HD screen, 4G LTE technology and an eight megapixel camera capable of 1080p HD video capture.

This unique device also has 16 GB of storage plus a 16 GB microSD card shipped with the device. It will be able to upgrade to Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich. It also has a huge battery, capable of 21 hours of talk time and will ship today for $299.99.

The LG Optimus 3D 2, code-named CX2, might have been leaked online this week. Images were posted as well as some specs; it will be able to convert 2D material into 3D and will contain a 4.3 inch display.

The Sony Xperia U, code-named ST25i: Kumquat, was also leaked. It will have a huge impact being the first phone since Sony took control of the Ericsson brand. The Xperia U looks a lot like the Xperia S, but with a smaller 3.5 inch screen. The inside was reported to have a 1 GHz processor and a five megapixel camera.

RIM’s entire 2012 device line up was leaked and is surprisingly small. It reveals that in the next few months two BlackBerry Curves will be released. Boy Genius Report says that the company will also release a tweaked model of the PlayBook Tablet.

In the second half of the year the first BlackBerry 10, code-named London, will release in Sept. A second BlackBerry 10 smartphone will be released under the BlackBerry Bold device. Finally, in 2013, a BlackBerry 10 with a slide-out keyboard will be released.

Facebook announced that Timeline will slowly take over your profile, even if you don’t want it. Within the next couple of weeks Facebook will let you know when it will give you the Timeline. You will have seven days to edit out things that you do not want posted within Timeline.

At the U.K.’s University of Bristol, scientists have created magnetic soap. Now this may sound very stupid and a gimmick, but it isn’t. It could possibly help clean up oil spills. It was tested in a test tube and was successful, but the reason why it cannot be fully tested yet is because it is dangerous. For the soap to clean up a massive oil spill we would have to alter the conditions of the water itself, which could endanger the environment. It will continue to be developed and tested.

A new Xbox 360 successor rumor has surfaced again. The rumor is that it will use the Radeon HD 6670 GPU chip. This would help the console support DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. This would make the new Xbox’s graphics processing power six times the Xbox 360’s capability. It is also rumored to have a November 2013 launch date.

All sources from Cnet.com and IGN.com.

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