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Friday, January 08, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Sanyo's Xacti VPC-CS1 HD camcorder vies for 'world's smallest' title originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jan 2010 04:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Akihabara News | Sanyo PR | Email this |! Comments
Samsung OLED identity card animates your creepy, disembodied head (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jan 2010 06:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Update: Just noticed that Google does list 802.11n on the specs page although HTC does not.
Nexus One teardown reveals 802.11n WiFi and FM transmitter originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 16:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | ifixit, Broadcom | Email this | Comments
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Toshiba announces partnership with RealD for 3D teevees originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Toshiba introduces ZX900 Series 55-inch and 65-inch Cell TVs for the US originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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iPhone/Android: Want to send a text message when you're out of messages for the month, out of cellular range, or writing multiple recipients? TextPlus, a free app for Android, handles all those situations, and sends text messages entirely free.
TextPlus' recently arrived Android app works much the same as its previously mentioned iPhone app, using each cellular carrier's email-to-text system to shuttle around text messages without charge. The benefits are, of course, the free cost, the ability to run on Wi-Fi without cellular service, as well as the grouped, chat-style responses you can get from multiple recipients. On Android phones, and iPhones running the 3.0 firmware and later, you can also receive reply notifications when TextPlus isn't running. If you're a dedicated iPod touch user, it's also a convenient way to consolidate your messaging onto your persistent pocket computer.
The drawbacks are the very small hoops recipients have to jump through to reply to you, usually involving typing something like "T2" before replying, or another shortcode to get back to everyone messaged. For those situations where it's warranted, though, TextPlus is a handy option to have on hand.
TextPlus is a free download for Android and iPhones.
Posted by Augustine at 1:10 PM
Linky allows you to highlight a swath of links and then open them all by clicking on the Linky button on the Chrome toolbar—as seen in the screenshot above.
It doesn't quite have the finesse that the Firefox extensions have (both Multi Links and Snap Links support a right-click-lasso tool) but it beats hand selecting each link. Check out the video below to see it in action:
Have a favorite Chrome tip, trick, or extension? Let's hear about it in the comments.
Posted by Augustine at 12:58 PM
New line of LG plasma HDTVs feature NetCast, slim design originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: LG's CES 2010 announcements
LG reveals Full HD 3D projector, Skype-enabled HDTVs and more at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this |&nb! sp;Comments
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Let's clarify two things right away: first, the Ideapad U1 hybrid notebook tablet is still in the very rough stages of development. Second, it's going to be awesome—if it can live up to its potential.
Let's review the concept quickly before we get into the details. The U1 is literally two separate devices, joined together and made to play nice. One is a multitouch tablet that runs Linux and has a speedily efficient Qualcomm ARM 1Ghz Snapdragon processor running the show. The other is a Windows 7 notebook with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU 4100 processor.
The build is like Lenovo's other IdeaPads, except for the translucent red top that houses the tablet. When the base and the slate are linked up, the latter acts as an 11.6-inch, 720p (1366x768) monitor that looked crisp despite being saddled with Intel's integrated graphics. The (non-chiclet) keyboard is based on the current lineup of IdeaPads, and both it and the touchpad worked smoothly. The U1 we saw wasn't set up to do much other than web browse, and pages loaded quickly. The notebook has built-in Wi-Fi, but can also run off of the tablet's 3G connection, which I can see being a pretty great benefit for times when wireless isn't readily accessible.
The fun part, though, is unclasping the tablet from its shell. It's firmly latched in, which is more reassuring than frustrating. Once removed from the notebook, there's a two or three second lag before the Snapdragon p! rocessor kicks in. It's not seamless, but it's close enough. Tablet mode greets you with a six-panel screen of apps similar to that of Lenovo's Skylight smartbook. The selection is limited for now, but Lenovo will be opening up the SDK to developers soon to give you more to play with than the standard YouTube, Gmail, and Facebook-type options.
You can also enter a type of content mode, which divides up your stored files between music, video, images, and documents. With the multitouch interface, you can quickly jump among all four, and adjust how much of the screen is devoted to each. The resistive screen was good, but not great—it at times took some pretty insistent pressing to get the response I was looking for. The viewing angles could also use work; unless you're looking nearly dead-on at the display, you're pretty much out of luck.
I was impressed by the sound quality—not excellent by any means, but better than I expected from a tablet device. One immediately obvious downside is the total absence of ports on the tablet other than the docking—there's not even a headphone jack. It's configured for Bluetooth, but I'd still like the option to plug in my buds. The tablet also currently lacks an accelerometer, so there's no way to orient documents or images based on its position. This is hopefully something that will be addressed before its release.
I said the two devices are totally separate, and I meant it. There are advantages and disadvantages to this set-up. On the plus side, while the tablet is undocked, you can hook the base up to a monitor and get full notebook functionality. If you remove it during web browsing, the tablet remembers wh! ich site you were on and places you there automatically (and vice versa). In fact, when I had Gizmodo in notebook mode and removed the slate, it automatically took me to the mobile version of Giz.
The down side is that right now, web pages are the only things that are transferable this way. If I were working on a document in notebook mode, there's no on-the-fly transition once I pop out the tablet. You can drag and drop, but a more seamless transfer would be helpful. It would also be nice to be able to control the tablet remotely with the base, but once they've separated there's no interaction between the two. Again, these are things that may or may not be addressed by the time the U1 comes out in the second half of this year.
About that release: it's up in the air right now as to when you can get your hands on one of these, because of all of the tweaks that need to be made. It will also be crucial for Lenovo to be able to build up a decent store of apps for the U1 and the Skylight if these are going to have any functionality beyond very basic web browsing and media playback. And for an estimated retail price of $999—minus whatever subsidy they're able to get from a partner carrier—that functionality had better be there.
All in all, the U1 is a slick device, if a little undercooked. If nothing else, I'm excited to see how far they can take this concept once they put it in production. But no rush, Lenovo. If you take the time get it right, it'll be something special.
Posted by Augustine at 9:15 AM
That freshly-popped Popbox media streamer looks as good connected to a TV as we were hoping for yesterday. Shown off at the CES Unveiled stand, the size difference between the last model was noticeable, and yup, the price is $130.
I had a quick fiddle with the remote on the stand, with the screen-hopping proving fast and the interface just as fresh as the Popcorn Hour. There are little tweaks on the interface, animations that you're not quite expecting—like in the weather—which made me quite shocked that they're only asking $130 for it.
Netflix, Facebook and Twitter are supported, and as you can see from the screengrabs over here it's laid out in a really nice, clean manner. Further driving the point home was the popcorn machine on the stand, as you can see in the last pic. Smells gooood.
Posted by Augustine at 9:15 AM
HP's new TM2 swivelling tablet is an evolution of its surprisingly long-running tablet series, and it's definitely a worthy younger brother to the TouchSmart 600 all-in-one. BumpTop, the new desktop alternative, is a huge step up for the line.
The TM2 is the next-gen version of the TX2, also a 12.1-inch capacitive multitouch swivelling tablet. The TX2 had some issues—it was one of those "just slap a touchscreen on Windows and now it's a tablet" tablets, which never really work that well. HP's TouchSmart software was okay, but was really better for its big brother, the all-in-one. But the TM2 is a huge step in terms of software, not least because Windows 7 is eminently more touchable than Vista or XP. The hardware is a typical bump from the TX2—same sized screen, 9-hour battery life, same chiclet-style keyboard and multitouch trackpad as the Envy line, Core 2 Duo proc and better graphics.
But what's exciting is the "BumpTop" interface. It's essentially a desktop replacement that replicates your documents as well as various "places" that you can toss them—toss a photo into the Facebook icon to upload it, or toss a document into the printer icon to print it. It's intuitive and works well, although it's tricky to use when the screen is flipped up in "laptop" mode rather than down in "tablet" mode. The TM2 also has the new TouchSmart software for things like music, video, Netflix and Hulu, which is good because they've eliminated the optical (DVD) drive. But this is still a Windows 7 tablet—it's best to think of it as a portable version of the TouchSmart all-in-ones. It's a normal computer with some fun touch extras built in.
It'll be available January 7th, starti! ng at $9 50. [HP]
Posted by Augustine at 9:14 AM