Apple contributing to OpenJDK project, ensures continued Java availability on OS X originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Apple | Email this | Comments
Friday, November 12, 2010
Samsung 'prints' 19-inch OLED TV, teases our display daydreams yet again originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Tech-On! | Email this | Comments
On a related note, Big Magenta will be rolling out two promotional Even More plans on the same date: a 1,500 anytime minute individual package for $79.99 and a 3,000 minute family plan for $149.99, both including unlimited text and web. Both require re-upping your contract and will be available "for a limited time," though the carrier isn't saying just how long that "limited time" may be. Follow the break for the release.
T-Mobile's $15 tethering option, tiered data available this Sunday originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 12:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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iTunes 10.1 is out, brings video AirPlay and iOS 4.2 compatibility originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Apple | Email this | Comments
Verbatim's diminutive MediaShare Mini NAS: memory not included originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | Verbatim | Email this | Comments
We'ved talked about moving your cache files to a RAM disk to speed things up, but it turns out Firefox has this feature built in. Here's how to turn it on.
Since your computer can access data in RAM faster than on a hard drive, moving cached data to RAM can improve your page load times. In Firefox, all you need to do to move your caches to RAM is open up
about:config and make a few tweaks.
Once you get into
browser.cache into the filter bar at the top. Find
browser.cache.disk.enable and set it to false by double clicking on it. You'll then want to set
browser.cache.memory.enable to true (mine seemed to already be set as such), and create a new preference by right clicking anywhere, hitting New, and choosing Integer. Call the preference
browser.cache.memory.capacity and hit OK. In the next window, type in the number of kilobytes you want to assign to the cache (for example, typing
100000 would create a cache of 100,000 kilobytes or 100 megabytes). A value of
-1 will tell Firefox to dynamically determine the cache size depending on how much RAM you have.
This tip isn't brand new, but it is something we didn't know about, so if you're looking to eke a bit more speed out of Firefox (and who isn't?) this should give your page loading speeds a little boost. You can check up on your memory cache activity by typing
about:cache in the address bar. Hit the link for more information on this tweak, and if you try it out, let us know how it works for you in the comments.
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HTC Mecha / Incredible HD pictured for Verizon with a fancy '4G' symbol originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Android Central | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Hands-on with FiOS Flex View
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Samsung Orion dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip spotted in the wild originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 23:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Pint-sized pico-projectors are popping up all over the place. Will Samsung's SP-H03 be the first to find its way into your pocket? Depends on how badly you need public video playback.
Dimensions: 1.5" x 2.75" x 2.75"
Resolution: 854 x 480
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
You're camping. You've got jury duty. You want to show a couple friends a web video without crowding the whole gang around your notebook. The idea of having a high-def projector that you can take anywhere has pretty wide appeal, and the HP-S03 is a serious attempt at satisfying that want. It packs a gig of internal memory, a strap-on battery that'll last two hours, and a 30-lumen LED DLP that fires off a 28-inch-diagonal image. All in something the size of a fresh stack of Post-It notes. Throw in native support for nearly 20 file types and you've got yourself a pretty powerful projection platform.
Setup is fairly straightforward. Find a wall at least three feet away, either connect the HP-S03 to a video source or use the touchscreen to navigate the internal memory, and hit play. For audio, it'll squawk out of its built-in speakers, but there's a 3.5mm jack for connecting something more substantial. You can plug it into the wall or use a rechargeable clip-on battery that lasts around two hours—long enough for a movie or a few rounds of video games. When sitting alone, playing a movie, the whole assembly looks like a little piece of softly humming cake.
Obviously, the SP-H03 has great portability. Its size and weight allow it to slip easily into a pocket, though at 1.5" tall, expect a lot of "or are you happy to see me?" jokes.
The image is bright enough with the lights off, but even on an overcast Portland day the image can be washed out in daylight. That's to be expected for something of this size. Supports roughly 20 video, music and image files as well as Microsoft Office Suite formats. Decent variety of inputs: VGA, composite, USB or SD. The LED will likely outlast the device, so you shouldn't have to ever replace a bulb.
Won't play some popular file types, like .mov, which definitely limits your options. Needs more modern cabling options something awful: Sure, you've got a simple composite input available with an adapter, but the lack of HDMI or DVI makes it decidedly less compatible with more modern laptops. Also, every input needs a dongle, which is a pain. One-watt speaker is loud enough to fill a small conference room, but sounds tinny—plug something beefier into the headphone jack is recommended whenever possible. There's also a constant, muted whine from the fan—not a big deal, but noticeable.
Obviously, no one will mistake the SP-H03 for a home theater machine, so don't expect to hook this up to a Blu-Ray and be blown away with full 1080p clarity and 10.1 surround sound. The resolution is good enough and the picture is bright enough for a PowerPoint presentation or a campground film festival. Overall, the HP-S03's portability and variety of input/playback options outweigh its outdated cabling and occasionally spotty video support.
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Gallery: This is the Nexus S
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As many good things do, this discovery came about by accident when the researchers were trying to create lighting as efficient as LEDs without using the toxic, expensive phosphor powder that LEDs rely on. The gold nanoparticles, shaped like sea urchins, put into the leaves of Bacopa caroliniana plants cause chlorophyll to produce the reddish luminescence.
In an added bonus, the luminescence will cause the leaves' chloroplasts to photosynthesize, which will result in more carbon being captured from the air while the streets are lit. The next steps are to improve the efficiency of the bioluminescence and apply the technology to other biomolecules.
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This little aluminum computer has one big goal: To be the last PC you will ever need. That's what the manufacturer claims—"The Xi3 Modular's three boards will allow you to upgrade it forever." Maybe. I just like the color.
The tiny Xi3 Modular has one board with two AMD Athlon 64 processors and the RAM, while two I/O boards handle all connectivity and input/output requirements. They say that, by changing these boards you can "upgrade this computer forever" to save money and resources. Nice intentions, Captain Planet, but many computer manufacturers have tried the same approach only to discover that their modular technology always gets outdated, rendering their whole upgrade strategy into a broken pencil: Pointless.
Still, it's a nice little computer which is designed to be mounted anywhere. It comes with dual display support with 1080p DVI, VGA, HDMI, LVDS and DP output, plus 6 USB and 2 SATA Ports, Xi3p and PCIe, and it's available in limited quantities for $849. [XI3 via BusinessWire]
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Whether it's for your own passive-aggressive diarising, or you actually plan on launching an appeal against AT&T, the RootMetrics app is worth a download. It's crowd-sourcing data for coverage maps...hopefully so networks can plug the holes. [RootMetrics via Gigaom]
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True nerdlingers probably use the time display on their TI graphics calculators, but one level up from those people would have this microSD card-reading watch strapped on at all times. Even bedtimes. Especially bedtimes. $16. [ThinkGeek via LikeCool]
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Seiko's 'active matrix' E Ink watch now up for pre-order originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Amazon Japan | Email this | Comments
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Samsung NX 100 gets reviewed, deemed a good option for the CSC curious originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Photography Blog | Email this | Comments
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