PowerColor HD5970 Eyefinity 12 makes six screens yesterday's news originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | PowerColor (Facebook) | Email this | Comments
Saturday, May 01, 2010
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Official Twitter for Android app goes live, will go open source originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Twitter | Email this | Comments
Intel to launch Core i5 ULV processor in June, MSI X Series to snatch it up originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Friday, April 30, 2010
Windows only: Free utility CombineZM uses a image technique called focus stacking to combine multiple photos together, allowing for a wider depth of field, and clear, sharp images—a useful technique for getting great close-up photography.
Photos by Brian Valentine.
Photography site WonderfulPhotos.com has a step-by-step tutorial on stacking multiple images to create an all-around focused photo using CombineZM. The program can automatically combine these photos, but if you like a little more control, it also allows you to manually align them for a cleaner picture.
Focus stacking is more commonly used in macro-photography, and is done by taking at least three photos of the same object. The photos must focus on different parts of the object, with at least one each on the foreground, middleground, and background. By combining photos with different focuses, CombineZM will create an all-around sharp picture; more than what's possible on your camera.
CombineZM is free program available for Windows only.
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Confirmed: LG's Moorestown-based GW990 won't be made originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 12:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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This is "elastic water," a substance researchers have created in Japan that's 95% water yet retains a jelly-like texture that's perfect for sticking tissues together.
The stuff is made by adding two grams of clay and "a small quantity of some organic matter" to regular old water. And if they're able to figure out how to increase its density, it could produce eco-friendly plastic materials. Also, I bet it feels real weird when you squeeze it. [Japan Science and Technology Agency via Akihabara News]
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Update: And just like that, the LTS version is out! Get it at the source link below.
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Google, Sony, Intel & Logitech's TV project to be unveiled next month as Dragonpoint? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Gizmodo | Businessweek | Email this | Comments
All very sad, of course. So how did we get here? And was this thing ever really real to begin with? After all, it's hard to kill something that never lived. Well here's the deal, according to a source familiar with the situation: the Courier did indeed start life as a potential new product category for the company, one which was being incubated internally with very real plans for a marketable device. It seems, however, that things just didn't manage to take shape, and word was handed down very recently that the incubation period had reached its conclusion -- sans product -- and resources would be directed elsewhere. Now, that doesn't mean that we won't see some of this technology turn up in other products which Microsoft has in the pipeline (the company does keep quite a few balls in the air), but it does mean that those rendered videos of the Courier in action will remain, unfortunately, renders. As far as the Engadget team is concerned, there isn't a dry eye in the house right now -- but the Courier will always remain in our hearts as one of the finest unicorns that ever unicorned across our screens.At any given time, across any of our business groups, there are new ideas being investigated, tested, and incubated. It's in Microsoft's DNA to continually develop and incubate new technologies to foster productivity and creativity. The "Courier" project is an example of this type of effort and its technologies will be evaluated for use in future Microsoft offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.
Microsoft confirms, kills Courier in one fell swoop originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Apr 2010 16:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
ASUS Eee PC 1218 trades veil of secrecy for popular design award originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Ubergizmo | ASUS Design, ASUSTeK | Email this | Comments
Volkswagen rolls out foldable 'Bik.e' electric bicycle concept originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Autoblog Green | Email this | Comments
This is where it gets good, because he literally repeats one of Jobs' six pillars of Flash hate: "reliability, security, and performance" are not as good as Microsoft would like them. Where Hachamovitch diverges from Apple's messiah, however, is in describing Flash as an important part of "a good consumer experience on today's web," primarily because it's difficult for the typical consumer to access Flash-free content. Still, it's got to be depressing for Adobe's crew when the best thing either of the two biggest players in tech has to say about your wares is that they're ubiquitous. Wonder how Shantanu Narayen is gonna try and spin this one.
P.S. : it's notable that in multiple paragraphs of discussing "the future," Microsoft's IE general fails to once mention the fabled Silverlight, itself a rich media browser plug-in. Given Silverlight's featured role in the Windows Phone 7 infrastructure and other things like Netflix, we doubt it's on the outs, but there are sure to be some sour faces greeting Hachamovitch this morning.
Microsoft weighs in: 'the future of the web is HTML5' originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 04:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Neowin | MSDN | Email this | Comments
Adobe CTO says Flash 10.1 for Android in June -- will Froyo follow suit? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Adobe | Email this | Comments
Fusion Garage pledges 3G JooJoo by July, memory stick support coming soon originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:36:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | The Inquirer | Email this | Comments
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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Intel said to be prepping 1.46GHz Core i7 ULV processor for this Fall originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Electronista | Fudzilla | Email this | Comments
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Coincidentally, that's almost identical to a statement the company issued last September, but regardless, AT&T can't necessarily afford to meet its network "performance objectives" before acting -- Verizon's announcement that Palm's Mobile Hotspot app would become a free add-on with the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus was a serious shot across the bow of any other American carrier trying to woo business customers and road warriors. Think it'll go live before the next iPhone does?"We understand that there is great interest in tethering but cannot provide any details at this time. We know that iPhone users love their devices and mobile broadband, and that they're likely to embrace tethering just as they have other features and apps - by using it a lot. iPhone tethering has the potential to exponentially increase traffic, and we need to ensure that we're able to deliver excellent performance for the feature - over and above the increases in data traffic we're already seeing - before we will offer the feature."
iPhone tethering on AT&T still waiting on better network performance originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Flash Player 'Gala' brings hardware decoding support to Mac OS X originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 20:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Adobe Labs   ;| Email this | Comments
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Online service Pdfcrowd turns any web site into PDF format easily with a variety of options, including the ability to set margins, encrypt files, or disable copying and printing.
We've covered services and browser extensions like this site before, but Pdfcrowd's got a lot more options that set it apart. The service is relatively straightforward. You've got a variety of ways to input your source: you can enter a URL, upload a HTML or TXT file (TXT is not officially supported, but it works), or enter HTML code directly. If you choose to enter HTML code, Pdfcrowd translates the code into PDF for you, and there's a WSISWYG editor available for making tweaks. After you set your options, hit the button to convert your file.
Pdfcrowd does the job, but it does append "pdfcrowd.com" to your PDF in the the bottom right-hand corner. If that doesn't bother you, you might want to check out the webapp.
Posted by Augustine at 8:48 AM
The best apps for any Google platform—like say, Android—are almost inevitably written by Google. Now Google's bought a little app company called LabPixies, that makes widgets and games for Android and iGoogle, so expect more. [Google via Cnet]
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There's not much secret left in the sauce for the iPad's A4 chip—it's a faster, customized version of what's inside the iPhone 3GS. But the recipe probably comes from a tiny chip design firm Apple purchased, called Intrinsity.
The informed speculation is that Intrinsity's custom 1GHz ARM chip, codenamed Hummingbird, is in fact the basis for the A4 inside of the iPad. The name Intrinsity might sound familiar, since it was rumored, but not confirmed, Apple had acquired the ARM chip design firm, which specialized in seriously speeding up ARM chips without horribly pillaging battery life.
Well, now Apple's confirmed to NYT that it's true, Intrinsity has been bought by Apple. So the obvious expectation is to keep seeing faster, stronger, custom ARM chips inside of Apple products—like the next iPhone—though what'll be interesting is what they'll be cooking up for Apple in the next couple of years. [NYT]
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This has come rather unexpectedly, and very early in the morning/late at night. Microsoft and HTC's relationship goes back years, but just what this new patent agreement for Android phones refers to, no-one knows. Exchange? Full Office support? UPDATED
We can continue guessing all we want, but for now Microsoft and HTC have sealed lips, merely announcing that the patent agreement for HTC's Android phones will see Microsoft license its technology, receiving royalties from HTC and more than 600 other companies it works with in a similar manner. [Microsoft]
UPDATE: While my initial cynicism made me believe this was a clever move from Microsoft to win points over Apple (in light of Apple's lawsuit against HTC for patent infringement), it appears it may not be that cut and dried. CNET is reporting that actually, HTC was also infringing on Microsoft's intellectual property, and rather than go down the same route as Apple, they've instead brokered a deal licensing their technology to HTC—for a hefty price.
REDMOND, Wash. - April 27, 2010 - Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.
The agreement expands HTC's long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.
"HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today's agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. "We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC."
Microsoft's Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property
The licensing agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft's significant research and development investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.
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In just 16 days, it's soared up the charts with over a million downloads on the first day of availability. Now, the iPhone version is the third most popular for Opera Mini downloads worldwide, and number one in the US.
The figures come via Opera's State of the Mobile Web report, which shows how they've taken over BlackBerry's top spot for US phone downloads. Worldwide however, the iPhone still needs to take on Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets, with Opera saying the top 20 list was dominated by these two manufacturers. [Opera via TechCrunch]
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Microsoft says Android infringes on its patents, licenses HTC originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 03:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | CNET, Microsoft | Email this | Comments
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Update: All About Symbian has a marvelously detailed breakdown of the N8's camera that dives deeply into the phone's optics, mic, flash, and more.
Nokia N8 fights back with heavenly HD video sample (updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Apr 2010 06:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Nokia Conversations | Email this | Comments
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