Archive for November, 2010

30 November

LG Star shows up again, flexes its Tegra 2 muscle for the camera

LG Star shows up again, flexes its Tegra 2 muscle for the camera

That high-end Android smartphone from LG seemingly destined for release early next year has made another appearance — and this time, the UI’s in full view and showing us a few tricks. Looks like the so-called Star will be running a variant of LG’s usual Android skin, for better or worse, and the particular device shown off in Phandroid‘s forums here is loaded with Froyo — a strange choice for a 4-inch beast launching in 2011 with Gingerbread around the corner, perhaps, but we certainly wouldn’t put it past ‘em. The owner (who actually claims to have two in his possession) was kind enough to run it through Quadrant, producing a score of 1759 — fantastic for a stock device, and a score that’ll undoubtedly go through the roof once hackers get their hands on these things and start trimming the fat. Between this, the LU3000, and that unnamed LTE device for Verizon, these guys could be a serious Android force in ’11, couldn’t they?

LG Star shows up again, flexes its Tegra 2 muscle for the camera originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 02:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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28 November

Microsoft: we figured people would hack Windows Phone 7, would suggest that they don’t

Microsoft: we figured people would hack Windows Phone 7, would suggest that they don’t

Hot on the heels of the release of a utility for bypassing the Windows Marketplace and sideloading your own apps, Microsoft has released a brief statement on the state of the Windows Phone 7 hacking community… and we wouldn’t exactly say they’re too worked up about it:

“We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.”

So yeah, we’d say this is more or less a boilerplate quote: “we figured you’d hack this thing, we’d prefer it if you didn’t, and here’s a laundry list of things that could (but probably won’t) happen if you fail to heed our meek warning.” Over the long term, we wouldn’t be surprised if Redmond ended up playing an Apple-style cat-and-mouse game with these folks, breaking hacks with firmware updates only to have them re-hacked within a few days’ time. Considering the lack of spitfire in the statement here, we don’t see them coming down too hard unless legitimate, card-carrying, fee-paying developers throw a fit — and granted, ChevronWP7 could be a step on the road to piracy, so that could very well happen.

Microsoft: we figured people would hack Windows Phone 7, would suggest that they don’t originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 26 Nov 2010 16:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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RCA HDV5000 HD DVD Player
RCA HDV5000 HD DVD Player

26 November

Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive nabs an extra 55MB/sec via firmware update

Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive nabs an extra 55MB/sec via firmware update
How’s this for post-purchase pleasantries? Super Talent has just revealed a new firmware update for the world’s first USB 3.0 thumb drive (that would be the RAIDDrive), and it’s one that takes full advantage of second generation USB 3.0 controller technology. The end result? An extra 55MB/sec on the benchmarking front, pushing its proven maximum speed to 370MB/sec. Head on past the break and mash play if you don’t believe us, and feel free to start pressing your own storage boutique of choice for something similar for all those other SuperSpeed products.

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Super Talent USB 3.0 RAIDDrive nabs an extra 55MB/sec via firmware update originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 26 Nov 2010 07:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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24 November

Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ drops drive extender support, MS suggests you buy bigger HDDs

Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ drops drive extender support, MS suggests you buy bigger HDDs

Windows Home Server 'Vail' drops drive extender support, MS suggests you just buy bigger HDDs

If you’re a current Windows Home Server user there’s a very good chance you’ve taken advantage of the drive pooling features of the OS. Need more storage? Pop in a new HDD, watch some lights blink for a bit, and then you’re ready to get back to downloading… whatever it is you’re downloading. Granted things didn’t always work perfectly, but this tech, formally called Drive Extender, makes adding storage easy, makes it possible to replicate only the data that needs it, and is completely hardware independent. And now it’s going away. Microsoft has confirmed that the next release of Windows Home Server, Vail (due in the first half of 2011), will not feature Drive Extender, indicating you’ll need to simply buy bigger drives and manually handle data replication or rely on RAID to make this happen, solutions that are decidedly less intuitive for non-techie users. The reaction among WHS fans has been overwhelmingly negative, with 148 comments (and counting) on the announcement post, most telling MS where it can shove its RAID controller. Feel free to keep on venting here if you like.

Update: Malcom dropped this link into comments, where Windows guru Paul Thurrott indicates the issue is related to MS trying to position this to the small business sector — that Drive Extender can’t keep up with more professional loads.

Windows Home Server ‘Vail’ drops drive extender support, MS suggests you buy bigger HDDs originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 24 Nov 2010 10:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009
Toshiba Press Conference CES 2009
Beautiful Foot-Cranked Kitchen Appliances
Check out this amazing kitchen appliance from Berlin-based designer Christoph Therard, a human-powered cabinet of mechanical wizardry which lats you crank normally electric-powered gadgets with nothing but your leg. A machine like this needs a suitably cool name, and the R2B2 has one. The R2B2 works thusly: You hit pump the pedal and a big, heavy [...]

22 November

Jolibook now on sale in the UK, first batch of orders ships Monday

Jolibook now on sale in the UK, first batch of orders ships Monday

Looks like Jolicloud knows how to keep a product under wraps — just ten days after revealing the Jolibook to the world, it’s already on sale at a pair of e-tailers. Yes, it’s just a netbook, and a fairly standard one at that — you can cross the 10.1-inch WSVGA screen, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive and 0.3 megapixel webcam right off your laundry list. But it does have the instant-on Jolicloud 1.1 OS on board, and a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 processor to power through basic tasks, and for a confirmed £279 (about $443) it would also seem to have a price to match. Find it Vye or Amazon UK if you’re already sold, and expect to actually receive it before long — founder Tariq Krim tweets that orders placed this weekend will ship out Monday morning.

Jolibook now on sale in the UK, first batch of orders ships Monday originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 21 Nov 2010 14:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vuzix iWear VR920
Vuzix iWear VR920
Concept Traffic-Light is an Hourglass for Traffic
Sand Glass is a concept traffic-light which gives visual feedback as to just how long you’re going to be stuck at a junction. Using the hourglass as a metaphor, Sand Glass lets its LED-pixels bleed through the lamp’s waist one by one, so you can see just when the lights will change. It’s great, and if [...]

20 November

webOS 2.0 coming to ‘all’ Palm devices in the coming months

webOS 2.0 coming to ‘all’ Palm devices in the coming months

We’re hoping he wasn’t speaking out of turn here, but for what it’s worth, Palm developer advocate Josh Marinacci has said on stage at webOS Developer Days today in New York that webOS 2.0 will be coming to “all” Palm devices in “the coming months.” Now, we’re going to go ahead and assume he’s not talking about your Treo 650, your Palm III, or your LifeDrive, but we’re taking that to mean that Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus, and Pixi Plus owners on all carriers around the globe can expect official upgrades for their phones — and hey, considering how mild of an upgrade the Pre 2 is (and the fact you can’t get it on some of the older devices’ launch carriers), that’s fantastic news. Follow the break for Marinacci’s full presentation from the event.

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webOS 2.0 coming to ‘all’ Palm devices in the coming months originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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18 November

OnLive MicroConsole official at $99, we go hands-on and bombard you with details

OnLive MicroConsole official at $99, we go hands-on and bombard you with details

Everybody’s favorite instant streaming video game service just came into its own: OnLive is launching the MicroConsole right now, a tiny box that turns your Speedy Gonzales internet connection into a virtual game console. Sure, the company’s cloud computing service already lets you do the same from any old netbook — that’s kind of the point — but the $99 OnLive Game System gives you the leanback HDTV experience complete with a custom wireless gamepad, and (assuming you use HDMI) it’ll come with all the wires too when it ships December 2nd. We sat down with OnLive VP of Engineering Joe Bentley to get a handle on the hardware within, and learn about the budding ecosystem you’ll be dealing with if you buy in. See what the long-awaited system looks like below, and get the full scoop after the break!

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OnLive MicroConsole official at $99, we go hands-on and bombard you with details originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP DV2000T Laptop
HP DV2000T Laptop
Dongle Brings Live TV to iPad (In Japan)
TV on the iPad: Fantastic idea or foolish folly? I lean towards the former, but then I don’t own a TV set and so much of my life is now contained in my iPad that the only paper books I buy are fancy hardbacks, like The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (you should get [...]

16 November

BlackBerry PlayBook and iPad go head-to-head in a browsing showdown

BlackBerry PlayBook and iPad go head-to-head in a browsing showdown

We’ve only ever seen brief glimpses of the BlackBerry PlayBook in action so far, but a new video posted up by RIM comparing its tablet’s web browsing performance to the iPad certainly has us hungry for more. Seriously — PlayBook pretty much run laps around the iPad while loading pages, and even its Flash performance seems decent, which is a first for a mobile device in our experience. Of course, the video was made by RIM and we’re sure the specific pages were picked to make the PlayBook look as good as possible, but that’s fair enough — now if we could just get our hands on one to verify these claims for ourselves, we’d be happy as clams. Video after the break.

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BlackBerry PlayBook and iPad go head-to-head in a browsing showdown originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Nov 2010 09:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2009: Sony Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC
CES 2009: Sony Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC
What We Wish Apple Would Do With iTunes
Apple is planning an announcement Tuesday morning regarding iTunes. Count us among the cautiously optimistic. ITunes is one of the most successful software packages in history, installed on more than 125 million computers worldwide and used for about 70 percent of all digital-music purchases. (Exact numbers are hard to find, but it’s huge.) Its reach would [...]
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14 November

The Engadget Show returns next Saturday, November 20th with Sprint’s product chief, Google TV’s lead dev, and giveaways to really be thankful for!

The Engadget Show returns next Saturday, November 20th with Sprint’s product chief, Google TV’s lead dev, and giveaways to really be thankful for!

Attention humans: the Engadget Show is back in a big way next Saturday, November 20th at 6:30pm! We’ll be interviewing Sprint’s product chief Fared Adib as well as Google TV product manager Salahuddin Choudhary, plus we’ll have the usual mix of raucous editor roundtable, insane giveaways, crazy segments, and mind-bending chiptunes music from exileFaker! You don’t want to miss it! Remember, giveaways happen at the live show only, so make the trek and join us at The Times Center in person. We have a new ticketing policy, so if you’re coming to the live show, be sure to read about it below. If you’re geographically incapable of joining us in New York City, just tune into the stream right here on Engadget.

The Engadget Show is sponsored by Sprint, and will take place at the Times Center, part of The New York Times Building in the heart of New York City at 41st St. between 7th and 8th Avenues (see map after the break). Tickets are — as always — free to anyone who would like to attend, but seating is limited, and tickets will be first come, first served… so get there early! Here’s the updated info on our new ticketing policy that you need to know:

  • There is no admission fee — tickets are completely free
  • The event is all ages
  • Ticketing will begin at the Times Center at 2:00PM on Saturday, November 20th, doors will open for seating at 5:45PM, and the show begins at 6:30PM
  • We now have assigned seating, so the first people to get their tickets — and the Sprint text-to-win winners (see below) — will get priority seating. This also means that once you get a ticket, your seat is guaranteed — you won’t have to get back in line to get a good seat.
  • Ticketing will continue until all tickets are given away
  • You cannot collect tickets for friends or family — anyone who would like to come must be present to get a ticket
  • Seating capacity in the Times Center is about 340, and once we’re full, we’re full
  • The venue is located at 41st St. between 7th and 8th Avenues in New York City (map after the break)
  • The show length is around an hour

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The Engadget Show returns next Saturday, November 20th with Sprint’s product chief, Google TV’s lead dev, and giveaways to really be thankful for! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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12 November

HTC Media Link DLNA media streamer dances through the FCC with 802.11n WiFi

HTC Media Link DLNA media streamer dances through the FCC with 802.11n WiFi

This certainly isn’t the first media streamer we’ve seen but the very fact that this non-smartphone sports HTC branding makes our hearts flutter with curious anticipation. HTC’s Media Link (model DH H100) just made its appearance in the FCC putting it right on schedule for a Q4 release. It tested on 802.11n WiFi at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for wirelessly streaming (DLNA) photos, audio, and video up to 720p to your HDMI connected TV. Otherwise, you can always tether that HTC handset to the microUSB jack. We’re not seeing any mention of the rumored “Tube” product name — perhaps that was the internal codename and the more mundane (but descriptive) Media Link moniker will stick for retail. We should see lickity quick now that US certification is done.

HTC Media Link DLNA media streamer dances through the FCC with 802.11n WiFi originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 06:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2009: Nokia Cell Phones and Bluetooth Headset
CES 2009: Nokia Cell Phones and Bluetooth Headset
First Look: Friends App for iPhone Creates All-In-One Contacts List
Most of your friends are on Facebook, only the nerdiest of them are on Twitter and your professional colleagues are on LinkedIn. Stalking everybody by checking all these sites can be a colossal waste of time. Enter the Friends app from Taptivate, who developed the beautiful Postman app I covered previously. Friends takes your contacts from [...]
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