eMachines Mini-e ER1402: all the PC your mother can handle for just $300 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Jun 2010 07:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.4 just over a week ago, and if you've been waiting to hear whether it works on systems built following our start-to-finish Hackintosh guide or the newer no-hacking-required guide, I've got good news: I finally got around to installing the update, and the Hackintosh upgraded without issue.
That means the process involved in updating your Lifehacker-approved system is dead simple—it's the same one regular Mac owners use. Launch Software Update, grab the update, and restart.
Note: To be very clear, I'm referring only to Hackintosh systems built using our instructions. If you built a different Hackintosh, be it a netbook or any system that didn't use the main recommended hardware in our build, your mileage may vary. I can only vouch for the system I built.
Posted by Augustine at 8:44 AM
The modern DSLR requires so little power that, unaccustomed to the habit, you can forget to charge its battery. But this concept by Weng Jie would solve the problem. It's simply a camera strap with solar paneling.
I know—anyone could have mocked this up, but that doesn't make the idea any less great.
Consider, for instance, the USB-based cellphone solar chargers we've reviewed in the past. Ultimately, they're good in concept but a bit disappointing in practice. Cellphones simple pull too much power too quickly to make solar worthwhile in scenarios beyond emergencies.
This strap would be more useful as DSLRs require less power. But on top of that, the solar rig here has a lot more surface area (I'm guessing double or triple) than that of your average pocket solar adapter.
Posted by Augustine at 12:01 AM
Friday, June 25, 2010
The line Apple set up for users to test out FaceTime is a great idea, but it might be leading to something bigger. The rep I spoke with mentioned that this is a trial for video calls with AppleCare.
If feedback is positive, I was told, you might soon have the option to call tech support using Facetime. Apparently they've been toying with the idea for some time. I don't always feel like getting dressed every time I pick up the phone, but this could be incredibly useful, especially when Apple finally gets around to integrating Facetime with iChat. Imagine being able to show someone exactly what you mean by "my iMac's screen is STILL yellow."
1-888-FACETIME has been live since yesterday, and demand has gone from one call every couple of hours to phones ringing non-stop. Everyone I spoke to expected demand to grow tremendously as more and more people receive their iPhones. The staff are using a mix of iPhone 4s and pre-production units to make the calls. When asked if they had encountered any Chatroullete-like indecency, one rep replied, "I haven't had anything yet, but I wouldn't be surprised. I knew the job was dangerous when I signed up."
There are also some privacy issues to consider. Calling into 1-888-FACETIME already includes a warning not to record the conversation. Tech support calls are often recorded, but this probably needs to change for video calling. The relevant privacy laws all vary by state, so Apple definitely has some legal hurdles to clear before you can start video chatting with tech support regularly.
Posted by Augustine at 11:57 PM
The Pacific Star II Project was conceived by Colin Rich. He set up 2 cameras, insulated them in a styrofoam box and attached the box to a weather balloon. The cameras were programmed to take 3 pictures every 3 minutes and then shoot a minute of video and this video is what came out of it.
Some people say the best camera is the one that's with you, I guess we should also include the camera that's 125,000 feet up in the air, as well.
Video by Colin Rich
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HTML5 speed test finds IE9, Firefox 3.7 lead the pack in Windows, Chrome a distant last originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 03:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Download Squad &nb! sp;|&nbs p;Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:53 PM
Update: To be clear, the developers of the offending apps had already removed them from the Android Market, so this was technically a cleanup. The only question is why Google would go out of its way to mop up an app that absolutely no one would miss.
Google flexes biceps, flicks Android remote kill switch for the first time originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 04:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Android Developers Blog | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:52 PM
Motorola's Droid X up for pre-order today at Best Buy: $200, no pesky mail-in rebates originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 11:51 PM
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]Permalink | Mobiture | Email this | Comments
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Texas Instruments' Blaze tablet coming to developers this August originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 15:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Slashgear | Email this&nb! sp;|&nbs p;Comments
Nokia N9 (or something) in the wild: 8 megapixel camera, American 3G? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Negri Electronics | Email this | Comments
[Thanks, Aaron H.]
Android port for HTC HD2 overcomes big hurdle, finally getting close originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink xda-developers (1), (2) | mobile-linux-discuss mailing list | Email this | Comments
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Cost analysis geeks BillShrink have given the iPhone 4 and all of its top Android the side-by-side treatment, putting their features and performance up against their long-term costs. You might be surprised at the cheapest and most expensive offerings.
BillShrink's offered up this kind of smartphone comparison before, and the product is equally impressive. Each category of performance (battery life, screen resolution) and cost is granted a winner, but you'll probably skip down to the two-year cost of a data plan. With an "unlimited" (read: almost-all-you-can-eat) data plan, the Nexus One on T-Mobile is the cheapest option, but the iPhone 4 on a 200 MB plan is the cheapest option, all told.
Here's the full breakdown, which you can click for a larger view (at BillShrink's own post):
Smartphones: The Latest Generation [BillShrink]
Posted by Augustine at 8:54 AM
It's not just Android that Swype, the company which pioneered an ultra-fast texting method, has its eyes on—they're apparently developing an iPhone version, which they're hoping Apple will have no objections to.
Considering it's in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest way to text message, Apple shouldn't have any problems with OK-ing it for the App Store. Unless they see it as being competitive to their own virtual keyboard.
Swype's CEO Mike McSherry said to Reuters that it "remains to be seen" as to whether they'll be able to launch the app or not. I don't think I've heard a single bad word said about Swype, so maybe Apple should consider buying the company—and then license the software out to HTC, Motorola, Samsung et al. [Reuters]
Posted by Augustine at 7:53 AM
Gallery: Mitsubishi L75-A91 LaserVue HDTV
Mitsubishi's LaserVue HDTV makes triumphant 75-inch return, becomes 3D-ready originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Mitsubishi | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:34 AM
Canon patent application takes in-camera HDR to the pixel level originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Digital Home Thoughts | ! Photogra phy Bay | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:33 AM
Motorola Droid X for Verizon official: July 15 for $200 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:32 AM
Tokyo Institute of Technology announces SSD-packing, 2.39 petaflop supercomputer originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 14:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Tech-On! | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:32 AM
Update: We got a note from Rasmus Petersson at Tobii Technology indicating that, indeed, the glasses can be used without the IR transmitters -- you just lose some automation when it comes to data aggregation at the end of the study. So, married dudes, look out if your wife buys you a new set of specs for your birthday.
Eye tracking Tobii Glasses enable 'fully valid research' from a bodaciously styled pair of shades originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Tobii Glasses | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:31 AM
- It's built of basically the same material as the Droid, but there's something almost kind of "taut" about the phone, where when you thwack it with a finger it resounds like a drum. The phone vibration seems to work on this same principle, giving it much less of the typical buzz (in the funky, cheap sense) you expect.
- There are three mics, and in video mode you can select between "scenes" based on which mic you want to use: outward facing for regular shoots, inward facing for narration. The third mic is up top for noise cancellation during calls.
- Yeah, there's not kickstand, but the EVO 4G really does seem chunky up against the Droid X, and the camera bulge on the latter is not annoying at all.
- PHYSICAL BUTTONS.
- You get your choice between Swype and Motorola's multitouch keyboard, which is really pretty great. We were typing at speed within a few seconds of using it.
- You can tell that the processor is fast, but the UI still has a jerky quality to it -- it's not totally fluid. We'd say that's more of an Android thing, though.
- The new version of Motoblur is much, much more attractive than before -- the widgets are sleeker, smaller, and less in your face. You can also resize them, and they rearrange themselves somewhat intelligently.
Gallery: Motorola Droid X unboxing
Gallery: Droid X vs. Evo 4G... fight!
Gallery: Droid X car dock hands-on
Motorola Droid X first (official) hands-on and unboxing! Update: video! originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 16:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:30 AM