Archive for May, 2011

30 May

GTA’s Liberty City recreated in Google Street View, reveals your nearest Ammu-Nation

GTA’s Liberty City recreated in Google Street View, reveals your nearest Ammu-Nation

Type “Liberty City” into Google Maps and it whisks you to some place east of Wichita, Kansas. Yup, Wichita, for Pete’s sake. No self-respecting Grand Theft Auto fan can stand for an omission like that, and thankfully now they don’t have to. Those hardcore Niko-lovers at gta4.net have not only recreated the real fictional Liberty City using the Google Maps API, they’ve even cobbled together 80,000 screenshots to provide full-blown Street View too. Man, we haven’t seen this much Gay Tony passion since the Trashmaster. Oh, wait a minute — apparently this so-called Street View leaves out a couple of ramps that gta4.net considered to be “not very interesting.” Hush, and you call yourselves fans?

GTA’s Liberty City recreated in Google Street View, reveals your nearest Ammu-Nation originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 May 2011 19:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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28 May

ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex?

ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex?

We love teasers, but the wait can be unbearable sometimes. Luckily, all it takes is a tweak in the URL to uncover ASUS’ upcoming Computex teaser pics ahead of time, as discovered by our eagle-eyed reader Anas. As you might have already figured out, the image on the left — which just went live — seems to be just a reminder of the Eee Pad MeMO’s June launch, though the words “A Tablet That Jumps Out at You” could also imply a device bearing 3D functionality of some sort. Maybe ASUS managed to upgrade said 7-inch Honeycomb tablet just in time? We shall see.

But the real meat here lies in the remaining image, which is scheduled to close the loop on the “Pad or Phone” teaser campaign this coming Sunday. What’s new is merely the intriguing line “How about Both?” below the old text, accompanying the silhouette of what appear to be a large tablet and a smaller phone-like device. Could this mean ASUS is toying with the idea of an Atrix-like docking combo, except the lapdock is instead just a tablet? We could well be stretching here, but hey, ASUS does say it wants to “break the rules,” right? Stay tuned as we’ll find out more at Computex 2011 next week.

[Thanks, Anas A.]

Update: It should be noted that the phone-docking idea we’re referring to is not related to the MeMO and MeMic duo — look at the second pic closely and you’ll see that the smaller device has four Android soft keys, whereas the MeMic has different buttons. Check out the close-up after the break.

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ASUS to unveil a phone-docking tablet at Computex? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 May 2011 23:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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26 May

Google gets creative, names new NFC payment system Google Wallet? (Updated)

Google gets creative, names new NFC payment system Google Wallet? (Updated)
Yesterday, anonymous sources said that El Goog and Sprint would debut a new NFC payment system on May 26th — otherwise known as tomorrow. Today, a leak allegedly from The Container Store appears to have spilled the beans on the moniker for Mountain View’s mobile money method: Google Wallet. Not the most creative cognomen, but at least it sums up the service succinctly. Still, it’s no Ice Cream Sandwich, but we’ll find out how it tastes live at tomorrow’s event.

Update: Eagle-eyed reader Steve pointed out that looking up the WHOIS info for googlewallet.com does indeed lead you to Mountain View, though this was created way back in 2005. You may recall that Google Checkout was initially known as Google Wallet, as reminded by InformationWeek, but we just noticed that the URL is now plain dead instead of taking us to a Google error page, as it did minutes ago. Very intriguing.

Google gets creative, names new NFC payment system Google Wallet? (Updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 21:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Palm Pixi Plus Hands-On Review
Palm Pixi Plus Hands-On Review
Slowly But Surely, Next-Gen 4G Networks Expand
We’ve been waiting on wireless 4G technology to further expand coverage across the United States since telecoms began promoting it years ago. Finally, we’re starting to see results. AT&T will roll out its 4G LTE network this summer across five major cities — Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and San Antonio. The company says it will expand [...]

24 May

Sonos now streaming MOG music at 320kbps

Sonos now streaming MOG music at 320kbps

If you live in the US and own a Sonos whole-home audio system then the world of streaming audio truly is your oyster. You’d be hard pressed to name a single major domestic audio service not available to your S5 all-in-one or ZonePlayer setup. Today Sonos adds the MOG music service with high-quality 320kbps streams available on-demand or via customized artist-only radio stations. Better yet, you can sample the 11 million song library for free over the next 14-days before being asked to subscribe to the $9.99 per month Primo offering.

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Sonos now streaming MOG music at 320kbps originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 May 2011 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Touch Dual Mobile Phone
HTC Touch Dual Mobile Phone
Google Blocks Rooted Android Devices From Renting Movies
For many Android enthusiasts, having total control is part of the platform’s attraction. But Google is imposing some annoying new restrictions for those who want to be superusers on their own phones. Google is blocking access to its new Android Market movie rental service for those using rooted Android devices. If you try to access a [...]
The Double Bath

22 May

Flottille unfolding origami is anti-nanotechnology, pro-chilaxing (video)

Flottille unfolding origami is anti-nanotechnology, pro-chilaxing (video)

Turn the lights off, crank up your Music for Airports LP, and clear your appointments for the rest of the afternoon — it’s time to get your relaxation on with Flottille, tiny paper snowflakes that unfold as they’re exposed to water. French artist Étienne Cliquet uses a computer to design the machine-cut pieces, folds them by hand, and then gingerly dips them into the water with a pair of tweezers. The shapes expand slowly and hypnotically, likely the result of absorption through capillary action — not quite self-folding origami, but it’ll do in a pinch. Cliquet hopes they’ll shine some light on the “disturbing potential of micro and nanotechnology.” Fine, but what about the disturbing potential of origami-based technology?

Flottille unfolding origami is anti-nanotechnology, pro-chilaxing (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 May 2011 18:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2010 Hands-On with Spring Design s Alex e-Book Reader
CES 2010 Hands-On with Spring Design s Alex e-Book Reader
New Mac Malware Fools Customers, But Threat Still Relatively Small
A new piece of malware has caused an uptick in Apple customers reporting infected machines, renewing a timeless debate on the state of Macintosh security versus Windows. The trojan horse is called Mac Defender. It’s a web pop-up containing a spoof message that tells customers their machines are infected by a virus and they must install [...]
Never Too Old for a Computer

20 May

3M announces Cloud Library e-book lending service for ’21st century’ libraries

3M announces Cloud Library e-book lending service for ’21st century’ libraries

Both Amazon and Sony have already hopped aboard the e-book library lending train and now, it looks like they’ll have to make room for 3M, as well. Yesterday, the company announced a new Cloud Library e-book lending service that will allow users to browse and borrow digital books directly from their iPads, Nooks and Android-based tablets. Under the program, 3M will outfit local libraries with its own software, hardware and e-book collection, which bibliophiles will be able to access via special apps. The company is also planning to install so-called Discovery Terminal download stations in libraries, allowing visitors to leaf through the collection from a touch-based interface. Thus far, both Random House and IPG have signed on to the initiative, though licensing details remain murky. There’s also no word on when or where the service will launch, but 3M’s Discovery Terminal and iPad app will be on display next month in New Orleans, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference. Full presser after the break.

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3M announces Cloud Library e-book lending service for ’21st century’ libraries originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 May 2011 12:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pioneer X-Z9 Network Media Stereo
Pioneer X-Z9 Network Media Stereo
Hand-Cranked Magnet Machine Has No Purpose But to Entertain
Dave Johnson’s Magnet Machine is a gadget designed to do nothing practical at all, except to be awesome. Crank the handle of his wood and aluminum construction and it draws a chain of magnetic balls through the machine, slicing them off one at a time and sending them tumbling and hurtling along a series of [...]
The Invader Lamp

18 May

Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video)

Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video)

We got the lowdown on Toshiba’s latest four-inch LCD a couple of days ago, and today at SID 2011 we got up close and personal with the pixel-packed display. It’s one thing to read about a 367ppi screen that shows native 720p video, and it’s quite another to experience it in person. We can report that it is, in fact, as awesome as it sounds — onscreen images were clear, crisp, and chromatically brilliant. Pixel density enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that Toshiba confirmed the display will make it to market this year. Of course, the rep wouldn’t tell us which phone will take the iPhone 4′s crown as the ppi champ, though we imagine it’ll be something powered by little green bots. See the new king in action in the video after the break.

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Toshiba declares victory in pixel density war: 367ppi coming to a phone this year (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 May 2011 04:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2011: Hands on with the Casio TRYX
CES 2011: Hands on with the Casio TRYX
Report: Amazon Readying Dual and Quad-Core Tablets
Amazon may release two tablet devices by the end of 2011, according to a report based on an anonymous tipster. The first device, code-named “Coyote,” will reportedly run on Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor, like many of the current generation of Android tablets being released this year, according to The Boy Genius Report. The second tablet, according to [...]

16 May

Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review)

Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review)

Seagate just took the wraps off what’s likely the niftiest portable HDD to cross our path in a long, long while. The GoFlex Satellite is part storage device, part wireless media streamer, and it manages to wear both hats with little compromise on either end. For all intents and purposes, this is a standard 500GB GoFlex HDD with a bit of extra girth, an AC input, an 802.11b/g/n WiFi module and a built-in web server. The reason for those extras? A simple depression of the on / off button starts the streamer up, and it’s ready for a connection in around 30 to 40 seconds. Once fired up you can stream data to just about anything — even iOS devices. That’s an impressive feat, not quite a “first” moment as Seagate would like you to believe (we’ll give that crown to AirStash), but still a rarity.

Our unit shipped with a GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter and a car charger, with the latter enabling users to entertain their children on long road trips — a nice addition, we have to say. Installation is a cinch; just fire up a media sync application that resides on the drive (for OS X users, anyway), and you’re ready to drag and drop files as if it’s any ‘ole HDD. No media management software or anything of the sort, thankfully. The purpose of having your media onboard is to stream videos, photos, documents and music to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or any other tablet, phone or laptop with WiFi. You heard right — while there’s only a dedicated app for the iOS family, any WiFi-enabled device with a web browser can tap into this. Care to hear our take on this $200 do-it-all hard drive? Have a look at our review video just after the break.

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Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite portable hard drive streams content over WiFi (review) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 May 2011 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CES 2007: Keynote Part 6
CES 2007: Keynote Part 6

14 May

Biodiesel can be harvested from leftover food, kids no longer have to clear their plates

Biodiesel can be harvested from leftover food, kids no longer have to clear their plates

The best dishes always contain 30 per cent fat minimum. This doesn’t merely ensure a level of hearty satisfaction (Windows 7 Whopper anybody?), it also means the leftovers contain plenty of the greasy good stuff, which can be cleverly harvested and metamorphosed into biodiesel. The technology behind this process has been around for a while, but now British firm Greenergy claims it is ramping up commercial production. The firm’s CEO reckons each of his new £50million ($80million) biodiesel plants will digest a sufficient volume of waste pies, fries and taramasalata to “fill out a cruise ship every year”. Mmmm, pie.

Biodiesel can be harvested from leftover food, kids no longer have to clear their plates originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 May 2011 09:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Creative Zen Vision M
Creative Zen Vision M
Gadget Lab Podcast: Big Google News, Tiny New Smartphone
This week’s Gadget Lab Podcast is packed with Android announcements, hackable hardware and a teensy new smartphone you may dig (if you can fit your thumbs on it).
Three-in-One Lamp

12 May

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 leaked, expected to launch tomorrow

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 leaked, expected to launch tomorrow

Panasonic is rumored to be launching the Lumix DMC-G3 tomorrow, the update to its Micro Four Thirds G2. According to 43 Rumors, the new cam will be 25 percent smaller than its predecessor, and will include a 15.8 megapixel sensor and a 3-inch articulating LCD. Overall, the camera appears to have a very similar form factor to the G2, but scraps the left dial, presumably shifting those controls to the touch-enabled display. The site lists the launch rumor at its highest accuracy level (think DHS threat levels, but for camera rumors), so they’re pretty sure we’ll have all the details come tomorrow morning.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 leaked, expected to launch tomorrow originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 May 2011 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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E3 2010: Hands On with the Forcetek Xio Gaming Exoskeleton
E3 2010: Hands On with the Forcetek Xio Gaming Exoskeleton