Archive for November, 2009

30 November

Kindle is the biggest selling item on Amazon, bests sliced bread

Kindle is the biggest selling item on Amazon, bests sliced bread

Recession? Not if you’re the Amazon Kindle, it turns out — it’s currently the bestselling product across all categories at Amazon. Yes, that means it’s outselling the robotic hamsters, the t-shirts with wolves howling at the moon, and the limited edition Snuggies. November, when people traditionally start trampling each other in the name of gift giving and holiday cheer, has also been the best single month of sales ever for the e-reading device, in spite of the fact that there’s more competition than ever for it — so that’s good news for them, right? Amazon hasn’t released any actual numbers, of course, so it’s hard to say what it all means. The other good news is that as far as we can tell, it doesn’t look like they’ll sell out anytime soon. Full press release is after the break.

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Kindle is the biggest selling item on Amazon, bests sliced bread originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Flip Video Mino Camcorder
CrunchPad Tablet Dies Stillborn
After months of delays and radio silence, web 2.0 cheerleader and temperamental blogger Michael Arrington has declared his inexpensive web tablet project CrunchPad dead. Arrington announced the end of the CrunchPad on Monday through a blog post that laid the blame on his development partner, Singapore-based company Fusion Garage. “The entire project self destructed over nothing more [...]

28 November

How would you change AT&T’s 3G MicroCell?

How would you change AT&T’s 3G MicroCell?

We know, we know — AT&T’s 3G MicroCell isn’t even out nationwide yet, but for those select markets that have access, we’re hoping you’ll chime in on the pros and cons as to enlighten the other folks before their time comes. By and large, the GSM femotocell works exactly like the Airave for Sprint, though this one does fully support 3G data as well as simultaneous voice and data usage. For those that have taken the plunge: are you satisfied with the value proposition? Is reception really any better? Have you ditched your landline yet? What would you change about the service or billing? Voice your opinion on the matter below, and remember, life doesn’t present you with many chances such as this. Wouldn’t want to waste it, now would we?

How would you change AT&T’s 3G MicroCell? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Nov 2009 23:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia N97 Smartphone
Nokia N97 Smartphone
Review: Apple s 27-inch iMac and Magic Mouse Make an Excellent Pair
Apple’s new 27-inch iMac is a speed demon, especially the model shipping with the new Core i7 processor. Even better, the latest iMacs ship with the new Magic Mouse, Apple’s first single-button mouse that gets it right thanks to the powers of multitouch. Wired.com’s Mike Calore is mesmerized with his Core i7-powered iMac. He gave it [...]
Flower Arrangements
It s always nice to have a pretty vase with fresh flowers in it sitting in your living room. But what really impresses me, are not those typical Victorian or Ming sorts. I prefer the dare-to-be different ones, like this Adaptation Vases by Brandon Perhacs. A set of four glass tubes …

26 November

Camangi WebStation website goes live, orders do not

Camangi WebStation website goes live, orders do not

It still won’t sell you one, but Carmangi has just launched the official website for its Android-based WebStation tablet / MID, and cleared up a few remaining details in the process. As we’d heard, this one packs a 7-inch glass touchscreen and some of the usual niceties like WiFi and GPS, but it looks like the rest of the specs are decidedly par for the course, including a 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor, 128MB of RAM, 256MB of flash storage, and 3G connectivity in the form of a USB dongle only. You will get a complimentary 8GB microSD card to boost that storage, however, and you’ll soon apparently be able to get it in your choice of pink or black in addition to the basic white — the company even has its own “Camangi Market” for apps, though it’s looking a little sparse, and not all that unique at the moment.

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Camangi WebStation website goes live, orders do not originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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24 November

Survey: Droid advertising scaring men right into dutiful brand loyalty

Survey: Droid advertising scaring men right into dutiful brand loyalty

Glowing red cyborg eyes, bombs dropped from stealth fighters, emotionless calls of “DRRROOOIIID” every time you get a text message — it’s enough to scare yesterday’s lunch out of anyone. Verizon’s no-holds-barred advertising campaign for the Motorola Droid has been so hellishly frightening overwhelmingly successful, in fact, that it appears to be paying dividends either directly or indirectly against Moto’s biggest rivals. YouGov’s BrandIndex — an ongoing survey measuring brand loyalty through some secret-sauce methodology that only analysts would fully comprehend — shows a marked spike in Moto’s score in the critical adult male category, while Apple and RIM have taken hits over the same period. These numbers look terribly volatile over a relative short span, so we’re not going to be rushing to any conclusions — but by any measure, it’s pretty wild to see Moto go from a has-been to besting the bulletproof cult of iPhone in just a few short weeks. In the long term, it’ll be interesting to see just how deeply Moto’s and Apple’s carrier relationships are factoring into public sentiment; after all, momentum’s certainly on Verizon’s side right now.

Survey: Droid advertising scaring men right into dutiful brand loyalty originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:23:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TrekStor vibez MP3 Player
TrekStor vibez MP3 Player

22 November

BlackBerry Bold 9700 now on sale to all at AT&T: $200 on contract

BlackBerry Bold 9700 now on sale to all at AT&T: $200 on contract

T-Mobile (along with a number of overseas carriers) have had RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9700 for some time now, and while we knew that the handset was shipping to those who AT&T considers “special” and “irreplaceable,” the rest of the collective masses have simply had to sit on the sidelines and wait. Thankfully, that whole bout with patience is over, as the Bold 9700 is now available to order directly from the operator’s website for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and your John Henry on a 2-year agreement. So, anyone forcing Santa to come early this year, or what?

[Thanks, Ry]

BlackBerry Bold 9700 now on sale to all at AT&T: $200 on contract originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Nov 2009 05:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SanDisk Sansa Clip+
SanDisk Sansa Clip+

22 November

Finland unleashes Blobo, the squeezable, all-too-cheerful game controller, on an unsuspecting world

Finland unleashes Blobo, the squeezable, all-too-cheerful game controller, on an unsuspecting world

What’s a matter, guy? Wiimote seem “old hat?” Looks like a start-up in Finland has just what you need. Containing “industry-leading” sensors for keeping track of “movement, rotation, magnetic fields and pressure,” Blobo is a squeezable game controller roughly the size and shape of a golf ball that communicates with your PC or phone via Bluetooth. Currently available in a package with “six sporty fun and fit” games, it’ll keep tabs on you as you run, jump, dribble, or karate chop your lonely nights away — in the comfort of your own living room or wood panel rec room. In addition, the company has made a commercial which will, in the words of one Engadget editor, make you “want to stab myself.” Retails for €54.90 (around $80). Video after the break.

[Thanks, Visa]

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Finland unleashes Blobo, the squeezable, all-too-cheerful game controller, on an unsuspecting world originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Nov 2009 18:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20 November

Power HotSpot for 12 volt ‘noncritical’ electronics and the survivalists who love them

Power HotSpot for 12 volt ‘noncritical’ electronics and the survivalists who love them

Companies have been trying to get the ball rollin’ for a few years now, but we haven’t really seen a solar charger hit the sweet spot between convenience and performance that makes us want to shell out our hard earned dough (or ill-gotten booty). Regen’s ReNu doesn’t look bad, for example, but it’s not exactly something you can take camping. If you are a Grizzly Adams-type, however, Power HotSpot might be something worth looking into. The latest from Solis Energy, a company heretofore known for its commercial solar products, this is a portable unit that can power 12 volt “noncritical” devices via a standard car power adaptor, anywhere that gets a decent amount of sunlight. Retails for $375. PR after the break.

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Power HotSpot for 12 volt ‘noncritical’ electronics and the survivalists who love them originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Nov 2009 01:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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20 November

Sony’s Blu-ray digital copies tested on PS3, PSP

Sony’s Blu-ray digital copies tested on PS3, PSP

We’ve seen digital copies of Blu-ray via separate DVDs before (e.g. Watchmen), and just recently Sony finally cut out of the middle disc and put the transferable video on the high-def disc itself. Joystiq recently showcased how it’s done using a copy of Godzilla and a PlayStation 3. For this you’ll need a PSN account and the 12-digit code included in the disc case. The standard definition video, here clocking in at 2GB, will copy to the hard drive (not a separate download, thankfully), and then if you want to the PSP. All in all, it’s approximately a five-minute process. We can’t help but agree, the early batch of supported films — The Ugly Truth, Angels & Demons, and Godzilla from 1998 — isn’t exactly fine cinema dining, but surely this is just a sign of things to come. Want to see all the nitty-gritty details in action? Check out the video after the break.

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Sony’s Blu-ray digital copies tested on PS3, PSP originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Nov 2009 21:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 November

Rihanna kitchen scale features iPod dock, Heavy D’s scale plays vinyl

Rihanna kitchen scale features iPod dock, Heavy D’s scale plays vinyl

If you haven’t yet invested in an iPod dock for the kitchen, the kids at ADE (a German company that manufactures cooking equipment for commercial and home use) have something right up your alley. The Rihanna kitchen scale features an iPod dock, an LCD display, and a 2 watt speaker that sits demurely beneath glass weighing area. This bad boy will handle up to 11 pounds (graduated in .04 ounce steps). Look for it soon-ish for around $105. And no, it has nothing to do with the popular recording artist of the same name.

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Rihanna kitchen scale features iPod dock, Heavy D’s scale plays vinyl originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E3 2009: Left 4 Dead 2
E3 2009: Left 4 Dead 2
Verizon Accused of Remote-Controlling Droid, But Truth Is Stranger
A rather odd bug in the Droid phone has been mistaken for a secret, silent, over-the-air invasion by Verizon’s software-update police. When a problem with the Droid’s autofocus mysteriously disappeared overnight, paranoid Droid owners assumed that a secret update had been sent over the air to fix it. This would be rather creepy. It is also wrong. [...]
Biker Bags
Carrying a purse or bag while riding a bicycle has been restrictive thus far. What I mean is that either you end up carrying a backpack or have those geeky baskets in front of the handlebars. Revolutionizing the way we carry our stuff is this absolutely fashionable set, simply called …

16 November

Facebook finally comes to webOS, not with a bang but a whimper

Facebook finally comes to webOS, not with a bang but a whimper

Just in time for the Pixi’s grand debut, webOS devices (that’s just Pixi and Pre) now have their first official Facebook app, joining the ranks of iPhone and Android… and we’re sad to report that it’s about as barebones as they can get. It pulls from the raw live stream, seemingly unfiltered — even if you said “no” to Farmville updates on your main feed, they’ll show up here. Clicking a YouTube link brings you to the YouTube app, clicking links go to browser. You can update your status or upload a photo, but that’s about it. You can’t seem to search Facebook for any info, view events, or anything else, and clicking on someone’s name or photo brings up their contact info. And that’s about it — can someone give Joe Hewitt a ring? Still, it’s better than nothing. WebOS 1.3.1 is required, not that you had any reason to hold off upgrading.

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Facebook finally comes to webOS, not with a bang but a whimper originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Panasonic R7 Laptop
Panasonic R7 Laptop
Tiny Clip-On Timepieces Turn Anything Into a Watch
Tempo Tags are tiny clip-on clocks that turn almost anything into a watch. Tempo Thermo Tags are the same, only instead of reading out the time, they tell you the temperature. There’s a theory that the pocket watch has returned, almost entirely replacing the irksome, vulgar upstart wrist-watch, which had itself pushed the pocket-watch into obscurity. [...]
Map Hole Points The Way
Map Hole is a new road guidance tool designed to direct pedestrians and travelers to their final destination using existing elements in the urban landscape. It locates the pedestrian with a starting point and provides information on the exact distance or average walk time to the listed landmarks. It sounds …