Archive for July, 2009

31 July

Zii EGG prototype gets a hands-on demonstration

Zii EGG prototype gets a hands-on demonstration

Our interest was fairly piqued last week when Creative officially unveiled the Zii Egg handheld which we’d seen earlier at the FCC. Details are still a bit vague in some areas, but we know that the Zii Egg is really aiming at developers for its “Plaszma” platform. The Zii Egg also runs Android, though will not come pre-installed on the device instead coming as a download once the device is shipping. CNET Asia just got a chance to have a sit down with a pre-production model of the handheld, and here’s what we’re noticing in the video. The hardware, which looks pretty great, doesn’t look very heavy or substantial to us — which is not to say it looks cheap. The 10-point multitouch capacitive touchscreen was not operable at the time of the demonstration, but it sure sounds promising, and there also wasn’t any real display of the software or applications as of yet. It looks like Creative will be filling its pre-orders for the Zii Egg in the second half of August, so we don’t have too long to wait to see what this thing is all about. Hit the read link for the video.

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Filed under: Handhelds, Portable Audio, Portable Video

Zii EGG prototype gets a hands-on demonstration originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:52:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Slacker G2 Personal Radio Player
Slacker G2 Personal Radio Player
Leica S2: $26,000 Body-Only
Leica s long-time-coming S2 DSLR is about to hit the stores in the UK for a bank account-emptying 16,000, or around $26,000. And that s not even the top-end version. To get a sapphire-glass LCD screen and some gussied-up Platinum Service , you ll have to drop another 3,100, or almost $5,100. To put that in some perspective, you [...]

29 July

Sonos CR200 touchscreen remote now available

Sonos CR200 touchscreen remote now available

Well, here we are at last, at the tail end of a tear-filled journey across controllerland, CR100 finally in the trash, iPhone app getting a little love on the side, and the CR200 at last providing a true, elegant touchscreen interface for controlling a Sonos system. The CR200 is available as of today in a $999 system bundle or $349 all by its lonesome. Be sure to check out our review before you do anything rash.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Peripherals

Sonos CR200 touchscreen remote now available originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive
Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive
Gadgets Join the Search for the Lost Tomb of Genghis Khan
<< previous image | next image >> It’s one of the few great archaeological mysteries of the world, and now a bunch of gadget-wielding geeks are going to try and solve it. The tomb of Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol empire and one of the world’s greatest and most ruthless emperors, has remained hidden for nearly [...]
Lights, Camera Projector, But In A Kitchen
I wonder what else we will be seeing in futuristic kitchens, but for the moment let s stick to what Nelly has for us. Since my French is no-good I m going to do my best to explain what she is trying to convey. Oniris is the kitchen for the future that …

27 July

ASUS Eee PC 1004DN lands in Taiwan, gives the netbook a serious identity crisis

ASUS Eee PC 1004DN lands in Taiwan, gives the netbook a serious identity crisis

Asus makes optical-endowed Eee PC 1004DN official

Sure, an optical drive isn’t going to explode the definition of netbooks as we know it — we’ll have to wait for Windows 7 to do that — but perhaps we can all learn to live lives of greater peace and harmony now that you can spin up a plastic circle of ones and zeros inside an Eee PC. The new 1004DN is now available in Taiwan for NT$19,988, about $609 US.

[Via Liliputing]

Filed under: Laptops

ASUS Eee PC 1004DN lands in Taiwan, gives the netbook a serious identity crisis originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Jul 2009 05:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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25 July

Epic Games VP says new consoles are a “long way off,” Natal is the “next Xbox”

Epic Games VP says new consoles are a “long way off,” Natal is the “next Xbox”


We’ve heard plenty of talk about ten-year console life cycles for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and it looks like there’s some consensus starting to build around the idea that any new consoles really are still a long ways off. Speaking with Eurogamer earlier this week, Epic Games VP Mark Rein cast some doubt on the very need for new consoles anytime soon, pointing out that “over half the users who played Gears of War 2 so far do not have HDTVs,” and adding that “there’s no way we’re ready for the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox Whatever.” He did also note, however, that the current consoles would see some major changes, and in the case of the Xbox 360 he says, “it’s called Natal. That is the next Xbox.” For the curious, Rein also concluded that Natal would win in a fight with Sony’s motion controller, but only if it was a kickboxing fight, “because it can see you kicking.”

[Via The Digital Home]

Filed under: Gaming

Epic Games VP says new consoles are a “long way off,” Natal is the “next Xbox” originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 13:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Garmin Nuvi 265WT GPS
Garmin Nuvi 265WT GPS

25 July

Engadget’s recession antidote: win a GigaPan Epic Imager!

Engadget’s recession antidote: win a GigaPan Epic Imager!

This whole global economic crisis, and its resulting massive loss of jobs got us thinking. We here at Engadget didn’t want to stand helplessly by, announcing every new round of misery without giving anything back — so we decided to take the opportunity to spread a little positivity. We’ll be handing out a new gadget every day to lucky readers until we run out of stuff or companies stop sending things. Today we’ve got a swank GigaPan Epic Imager on offer, ideal for capturing those landscapes in ways you’ve only dreamed about. Read the rules below (no skimming — we’re omniscient and can tell when you’ve skimmed) and get commenting! Hooray for free stuff!

Big thanks to GigaPan for providing the gear!


The rules:

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but if you want to share your proposal for “fixing” the world economy, that’d be sweet too.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.)
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly. One (1) winner will receive one (1) GigaPan Epic Imager. Approximate retail value is $299.99.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of the end of the contest. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • Entries can be submitted until Friday, July 24st, at 11:59PM ET. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

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Filed under: Digital Cameras, Misc. Gadgets

Engadget’s recession antidote: win a GigaPan Epic Imager! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Jul 2009 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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23 July

Avatar Digital Binocular Sports camera is a little bit KIRF-y, a little bit crazy

Avatar Digital Binocular Sports camera is a little bit KIRF-y, a little bit crazy


Sure, you can get a relatively compact camera with a nice built-in 10x, 15x, or even 20x optical zoom, but where’s the fun in that? This new so-called Avatar Digital Binocular Sports camera, however, will never be saddled with labels like “boring” or “practical.” It’s big selling point, as you can see, is 21x optical zoom that gets further bolstered by a blinding 40x digital zoom, all of which apparently must be managed without such niceties as auto focus. On the business end of the equation is a 2-megapixel camera with a 2.5-inch LCD, which just so happens to also double as a full-fledged media player with a curiously familiar-looking interface (check it out after the break). The best news? It’s available to order right now for just $128, or even less if you buy ‘em in bulk. Never to early to start that holiday shopping.

[Via Red Ferret]

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Filed under: Digital Cameras, Portable Audio, Portable Video

Avatar Digital Binocular Sports camera is a little bit KIRF-y, a little bit crazy originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 21:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung PN50A450 Plasma TV
Samsung PN50A450 Plasma TV
Asus Already Shipping USB 3.0 Equipped Motherboards
USB 3.0 is almost upon us. Asus has already built a USB 3.0-sporting motherboard and released it into the wild. The P6X58 is pictured above and you can see on the left side (the two blue rectangular holes) that it has a couple of the new speedy bus ports, along with slow old USB 2.0 [...]

21 July

Caption contest: Google Checkout finally finds a home

Caption contest: Google Checkout finally finds a home

Reader Milad sends in this picture of a Lebanese grocery store suffering from a little branding envy.

Nilay: “This is not what we expected by “‘innovative windowing system.’”
Chris: “Oh, so this is what Orkut is.”
Ross: “Interestingly, the produce section has a sale on blackberries.”
Darren: “And you thought Google Groceries was a belated April Fool’s prank.”
Paul: “Our VeggieRank was suspiciously low.”
Thomas H.: “I’m Feeling Lucky doesn’t work so well with produce.”
Josh F.: “No, really. It’s pronounced ‘Goo-Glay.’ It’s French.”
Richard: “Unfortunately, AisleView is not available in the scones, tea and treacle section.”
Ross R.: “Our carrots put the beta in their Beta-carotene.”
Thomas R.: “Do you sell Bing?”

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

Caption contest: Google Checkout finally finds a home originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009
Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009

19 July

Insignia NS-HD01 portable HD radio hands-on and impressions

Insignia NS-HD01 portable HD radio hands-on and impressions

HD Radio has been desperately trying for years to become important in a world where most Americans are perfectly fine with tinny, 96kbps MP3s, and by and large, it’s been unsuccessful. More vehicles today arrive with compatibility for a single shining portable media player (Apple’s iPod, if you had to ask) than HD Radio, and up until this month, there was no way to easily strap an HD Radio player on your arm when heading out to the gym. One could argue that getting the technology into this segment is crucial for being ubiquitous, and while we aren’t so sure we’re in that camp just yet, we’re still willing to give Insignia’s NS-HD01 a fighting chance. Head on past the break for our take, and feel free to peruse the gallery for an up close and personal look at the hardware.

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Insignia NS-HD01 portable HD radio hands-on and impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 17 Jul 2009 17:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote
Logitech Harmony 670 Universal Remote
Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision
digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/gadgets/Blind_Photographers_Use_Gadgets_to_Realize_Artistic_Vision’; When a brain tumor caused professional photographer Alex Dejong to lose his eyesight three years ago, he turned to gadgets to continue making his art. Carrying around a Nokia N82 cellphone, Dejong used assistive software to translate sounds into visuals in his mind. After stitching together a mental image of his surroundings, he snapped [...]

17 July

MoGo Talk intros Bluetooth headset for iPhone, everyone else

MoGo Talk intros Bluetooth headset for iPhone, everyone else

At this point, Bluetooth headsets are pretty played, but it’s some kind of thrilling to see at least one company keeping things interesting. Newton Peripherals is that very outfit, today introducing a pair of new devices that are definitely unique in a sea of me-too ear pieces. First up is the MoGo Talk for iPhone, which adheres to the back of your handset and keeps the headset nearby at all times — think LG’s Decoy, but a tad less elegant. Next up is the MoGo Talk for VoIP & Skype (our personal favorite), which slides inconspicuously into one’s ExpressCard slot in order to a) stay out of harm’s way and b) charge when not in use. Too bad Apple decided that these slots were practically unwanted in its newest 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, huh? Both devices can be pre-ordered right now for $99 apiece, with shipments expected to begin next month.

[Via HotHardware]

Read – MoGo Talk for iPhone
Read – MoGo Talk for VoIP and Skype

Filed under: Cellphones, Peripherals

MoGo Talk intros Bluetooth headset for iPhone, everyone else originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jul 2009 09:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Digital Picture Frames Compared
Digital Picture Frames Compared
Nikon Will Fix Dead D5000s, Free
If you have Nikon s new flip-screen DSLR, the D5000, and it won t switch on, it s because Nikon didn t make it properly. A component glitch is causing some D5000s to remain resolutely off, even with a full battery or when hooked up to the mains. From the official statement: an electronic component related to power control in [...]

17 July

Palm makes Mojo SDK beta and docs publicly available, officially opens developer floodgates

Palm makes Mojo SDK beta and docs publicly available, officially opens developer floodgates

Success! For all you developers hankering to get in on the webOS and Pre action (or at least see the action), your wishes have come true. Today Palm announced on its corporate blog that it would be making the Mojo SDK beta and accompanying documentation available to anyone who is interested… effective immediately. Furthermore, the company says it will begin taking submissions for new applications in the fall — so if you’re planning on getting something in, it’s time to start cranking. For those of you haven’t already torrented the previously available leak of the kit (or just want some real docs), this news should be music to your ears… er, eyes. Well what are you waiting for? Get downloading!

Read – Palm blog post
Read – Palm’s developer site

Filed under: Cellphones

Palm makes Mojo SDK beta and docs publicly available, officially opens developer floodgates originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Jul 2009 10:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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