Rambus, Broadcom sign licensing deal, agree to share toys originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 02:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Reuters | Emai! l this a> | Comments
Friday, December 23, 2011
Stream TV launching glasses free Ultra-D 3DTV tech at CES, again originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 05:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 9:00 AM
Codecademy founder Zach Sims tells me that Codecademy, and specifically new hire Amjad Masad, built the feature because it wanted people to be able to play with what they’ve learned on Codecademy without having to download a desktop-based code editor or integrated development environment (IDE). He says that most other online code-learning environments (like Treehouse) don’t yet offer a way for students freeform write and run the code they teach in-browser.
In addition to editing, Codecademy Labs allows you to run, and download executable files so your programs can run elsewhere. “It eliminates the biggest hurdle. When they’re learning code, people want a super easy way to go do something with it,” Sims says “Labs makes it really easy to continue along the path of learning stuff without any of the complications that go along with programming.”
Codecademy recently received $2.5 million from an impressive array of investors including Union Square Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech, SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder Collective, CrunchFund, Joshua Schachter, Dave Morin, Naval Ravikant and others.
Posted by Augustine at 8:11 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011
AMD Radeon HD 7970 review roundup: supremely fast, relatively efficient originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:20 PM
drag2share: Google Books for Chrome gets offline support, one less excuse for not reading the 'classics'
Google Books for Chrome gets offline support, one less excuse for not reading the 'classics' originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Inside Google Books | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 5:19 PM
Samsung releases CES 2012 teaser, hints at upcoming Smart TV products (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Samsung (YouTube) | Email this  ;| Comments
Posted by Augustine at 8:15 AM
Gallery: Samsung Captivate Glide review
Posted by Augustine at 8:14 AM
CES 2012 to feature 94 startup companies in 'Eureka Park TechZone' originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink CNET | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 8:12 AM
Firefox 9 for Android makes tablet support official (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Droid Life | Mozilla, Firefox (Android Market) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 8:00 AM
AMD updates Fusion A-Series chips, offers overclockers two new options originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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It looks like LG couldn't wait until next month's CES to share its very latest selection of monitors. They're all IPS screens, and include the D43 3D monitor, which offers a conversion mode from 2D images and a 3D hotkey. It's joined by the 27-inch, slim-bezeled DM92 and the DM82; a 23-incher with built-in seven-watt speakers. The DM52 straddles both sizes and will be up for grabs alongside the rest of LG's new display family starting February. Monitor mavens can consult the press release below.
LG gets ready for CES with a new gang of IPS monitors originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | LG | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:59 AM
Samsung launches two dual-sim Galaxy Y phones for carrier cheaters originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:59 AM
I originally reviewed the international version of the Galaxy Nexus, but I've been using the Verizon one—with LTE!—for about a week now, so our review is updated accordingly. (Check it out right here)
The quick version: The phone is definitely thicker than the Euro version but almost negligibly so. Verizon's LTE is fast fast fast. We're talking speeds of 23Mbps download and 12Mbps up. Even in an area where I only had 1-2 bars of 4G reception, I still averaged 9.94Mbps download and 5.36 upload speeds, which is impressive. As for the 4G-hammered battery life, I was still able to make it most of the way through the day. (Conversely, switching to 3G-only I was able to power through the whole day.) Oh, and I did notice some of the signal issues that've been reported. Rarely, but it happened.
Everything else is the same. Same lovely screen, same sub-par camera, same really nice experience. I will say that this version's facial unlock works much better than it did on the other version, and it recognizes me about 90 percent of the time. I don't know if this is something that came in the 4.0.2 software update or if it just didn't like my hideous Movember moustache. [Gizmodo]
Posted by Augustine at 7:00 AM
drag2share: Hackers Stealing $3 Million from Subway Means You Should Probably Pay with Cash [Security]
If you've eaten at a Subway recently, there's a slight chance that you might've got your credit card information stolen. Okay probably not! But a group of Romanian hackers have managed to hack into Subway cash registers and have been logging down all sorts of customer info since 2008.
According to the courts, the hackers have managed to tap into 150 different Subway locations and 50 other small retailers through each store's point-of-sale systems, gathered credit card information from 80,000 people and racked up THREE MILLION DOLLARS in fraudulent chargers. What's amazing is how terribly simple the hack was, they didn't even have to break a sweat.
The Subway owners weren't following Subway security standards and fell into the slippery slope of leaky software. According to Ars Technica:
The hackers then deployed a collection of hacking tools to the POS systems, including logging software that recorded all the input into the systems-including credit card scans. They also installed a trojan, xp.exe, onto the systems to provide a back door to reconnect to the systems to allow the installation of additional malware, and prevent any security software updates.
All the info was transferred to FTP dump sites registered to stolen credit cards and some even began printing their own credit cards (with other people's information). Next time I buy a $5 footlong, I'm paying cash. [Ars Technica]
Posted by Augustine at 6:59 AM
The Radeon 7970 is packing some serious firsts: a brand new core design, and the world's first GPU using cool, efficient 28 nm transistors. But it's also designed, of course, to be fast as hell. Gamers, you're gonna want one.
The 7970's numbers are heavy as hell on paper: 3 GB of RAM, up to 32 internal computing units, the first use of PCI-E Gen 3, Direct X 11.1 support, and a fat, CPU-style L2 cache. That adds up to a potential six monitors gaming at once. And that's just with one—you can sling together up to four of these things at once. AMD is promising enormous gains over Nvidia's top cards—billing it as the world's fastest—but we'll hold off on judgment until we have something firmer than internal, synthetic benchmarks. Still, there's no reason to think this thing will be anything less than incredibly powerful, with both games (of course) and the bevy of desktop software it's capable of accelerating.
But it's not all about power! The 7970 is power with responsibility, or something. It's capable of ramping up its power consumption when needed—and scaling it down to practically zero when your desktop has been idling for a while. And it'll be quiet, unlike many GPU powerhouses—no leaf blower, if AMD is to be believed. They claim a new fan design and smarter ventilation angles will mean softer cooling. With all that horsepower, we hope so!
Again, we'll have to wait until the 7970 drops on January 9th (for $550) to see how the card stacks up IRL. If you want to punch Battlefield 3 down into submission, be excited. [AMD]
Posted by Augustine at 6:58 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge. Did aliens build it? Was it built by Druids as a place to sacrifice virgins? Oh Stonehenge, how you taunt us with your gray boulders and alignment with the sun. Luckily I no longer have to fear what I don't understand. The new Stonehenge Experience app will answer all my questions about alien sacrifices and sun dials.
Like the name implies, Stonehenge Experience helps you explore the British remains in an interactive fashion. See how the stones lie in relation to the sun as it passes overhead during the summer solstice. Use your finger to excavate the remains from the surrounding landscape. If you want to feel like you're actually there, the app uses the iPhones accelerometer and gyroscope to let you walk amongst the stones.
These are the kind of apps that get me all giddy inside. Sure, fighting demons and building towers is fun. But when an app takes full advantage of the available technology to help you learn about a topic, I'm ecstatic. The app includes the making of Stonehenge which should put to bed my fears that aliens are using it to sacrifice druids.
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Posted by Augustine at 1:16 PM
The number of noteworthy music apps in Google's Android ecosystem is on the rise, but it's still weak in certain sub-categories – in particular, music-making apps. Until recently, Android showed a real dearth of high-powered music-making apps.
This was a real buzzkill for musicians (myself included) who wanted to make music on our Androids in mobile settings. Latency problems at the core of the Android OS (originally very real, and later exaggerated) and performance inconsistencies due to variation of Android devices from various manufacturers drove away the developers of serious music creation apps. Maybe they were just tired of all those comments saying "It doesn't work on my ___."
Thankfully, Android's latency problem was resolved, and the upshot is surprisingly-capable mobile apps including Audiotool Sketch.
Basically a pared-down version of the Audiotool web app, Audiotool Sketch for Android offers one melodic synth and two drum machines that clone popular analog sounds. It also makes quick, simple work of creating and editing beats, in stark contrast to apps like ReBirth for iOS, which have potential, features-wise, but look like the dashboard of a space shuttle.
Most importantly, for those that want to take this past the realm of "fun toy" and into the "useful tool" category, the output audio doesn't sound like you made it on a cellphone, as is apparent even in the following video demonstration. (The app looks like it really shines on an Android tablet, but unfortunately our Kindle Fire, which ranks among the most affordable models, is not supported.)
After setting the length of your melodic segment, you pick the notes in the melodic sequencer. Then, you can set accents and slides to each note and apply filters and waveform editors to home in on exactly the sound you want, while octave controls let you program bass and melody lines from the same interface.
And it scales, so to speak: Once you've programed a pattern, you can copy/paste it to one of the banks where you can edit and add variations, or randomize the sequence for automatic inspiration.
Two included drum machines work similarly to each other, but with slightly different sounds and ways to edit parameters. Working in concert, they provide a variety of rhythmic options. As with the melodic sequencer, you can also set the duration of drum sequences to be longer or shorter, to fit the groove.
An overview window handles the mixing of all of these elements. There, you can adjust volume and left/right panning for each virtual device and add delay (with adjustable mix and feedback). Also helpful: Pattern switching can be done from the mixing window, which means you could use this thing in a live composition/performance scenario. BPM is adjustable from this window with a simple slider, or by tapping - another essential feature in my book.
That about covers it, but this thorough video tutorial covers the features more in-depth - but really, for its current discounted rate of $1, which developer Audiotool says will be only through the end of the year, Audiotool Sketch is definitely worth seeing for yourself.
Posted by Augustine at 1:15 PM
drag2share: Intel's First Android Smartphone Plays Blu-ray Quality Video Without Breaking a Sweat [Intel]
Intel is late to the smartphone game, sure, but its Medfield system-on-chip has been touted as the firm's make-or-break venture into the market. Now the first working Intel Android phone is in the wild—and it seems mighty promising.
The guys over at Technology Review were lucky enough to get a sneak-preview of Intel's reference designs—devices which have been sent out to inspire manufacturers interested in building products around Intel's latest technology. Intel hopes that its first all-in-one mobile processor design can strip away some of the luster from UK-based ARM, which currently dominates the Android market.
The Technology Review team actually got their hands on a pair of Medfield prototypes running Android: a phone similar in size to the iPhone, running Gingerbread, and a tablet close to the iPad 2 in thickness, running Ice Cream Sandwich. So, are they any good?
From what they say, the phone seems promising. They report that it could play Blu-Ray-quality video and stream it to TV, and that web browsing was smooth and fast. Apparently the Medfield chip is designed specifically to speed up Android apps and Web browsing, so that probably has something to do with it.
Elsewhere, the camera seems impressive. With a burst mode which captures 10 full-size, eight-megapixel images in 0.66 seconds — equivalent to a rate of 15 frames per second — it seems real effort has been put into the image-processing capabilities of the devices.
The Intel tablet, which uses the same Medfield chip as the phone, runs Ice Cream Sandwich. With a slightly larger screen than the iPad 2, it was about the same in thickness and weight, and their short trial suggests that it was much nicer to use than many current Android tablets. Which isn't that hard, but it sounds promising.
Of course, there's the ever-looming question of battery life that has dogged Intel's mobile efforts in the past. All that power could mean a whole lot of drain. Still, Intel's wanted a piece of this market so badly for so long, one hopes that they wouldn't be diving in unless they'd really cracked it.
Intel VP Stephen Smith told Technology Review that Intel "expect products based on these [chips] to be announced in the first half of 2012." But with these references designs already with the big manufacturers, might we see some early announcements at CES in January? Let's wait and see. [Technology Review via The Verge; Image: Intel]
Posted by Augustine at 1:13 PM
Group texts can be liberating and educational, as long as it's done with consenting, trustworthy partners. So rejoice, iOS Google Voice users. With today's update, you can finally be an SMS swinger.
Other app improvements include integration with Sprint iPhones, an expanded text entry field, and one-touch copy/paste in the dialpad. They're welcome upgrades to an already terrific service. Just remember that safe text is especially important in a large group. [http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-voice/id318698524?mt=8iTunes]
Posted by Augustine at 1:03 PM
drag2share: Apple buys flash storage maker Anobit for $500 million, aims to establish R&D lab in Israel
"Welcome to Israel, Apple Inc. on your [first] acquisition here. I'm certain that you'll benefit from the fruit of the Israeli knowledge."
Apple buys flash storage maker Anobit for $500 million, aims to establish R&D lab in Israel originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Daring Fireball | Reuters, Israeli Prime Minister (Twitter) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:56 AM
In other words, there are many, many more Android devices being ushered into use every single day that don't connect to any monitored wireless service, but naturally, keeping track of those is something even Google isn't about to attempt. Any guesses as to what this figure jumps to after the holiday season concludes?
"For those wondering, we count each device only once (i.e., we don't count re-sold devices), and "activations" means you go into a store, buy a device [and] put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service."
Google's Andy Rubin defines 'Android activation,' trumpets 700,000 per day clip originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 23:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Andy Rubin (Google+) | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:55 AM
Nuance gobbles up Vlingo, yearns to transcribe its own announcement originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 07:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink 9to5Google | AllThingsD | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:54 AM
Once it kicks off, any company should be able to issue digital coupons; those who choose to partner with mobeam, however, will have access to opted-in consumer information that tracks which couponing websites the consumer visits, the location and time each coupon is redeemed and other items purchased using the app. Physical coupons will still be around for a while -- P&G asserts that there will still be plenty of coupon-clippers that hunt through newspaper inserts or print them out -- so the old-fashioned method isn't completely dead yet. We'd sure love to see mobile couponing grow to a point where more and more trees are getting saved, though.
Procter & Gamble partners with Mobeam to deliver coupons to your phone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 03:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Wall Street Journal | mobeam | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 7:54 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Super Bowl to be streamed online and to Verizon phones for the first time originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Reuters | NBC Sports | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:48 PM
Posted by Augustine at 6:48 PM
drag2share: AOC reveals iPhone-compatible e2343Fi monitor, boosts your Dock Connector peripheral count by one
AOC reveals iPhone-compatible e2343Fi monitor, boosts your Dock Connector peripheral count by one originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink SlashGear | | Email this | Comments
Posted by Augustine at 6:47 PM