Fraunhofer's Full-HD Voice brings high fidelity VoLTE to Android smartphones originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Friday, February 24, 2012
Intel joins the Document Foundation, pimps LibreOffice originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink ZDNet |&! nbsp; Document Foundation, LibreOffice (AppUp Center) | Email this | Comments
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OMAP 5's dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink AnandTech, CNXSoft | Texas Instruments (YouTube) | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Lumus OE-31 optical engine
Lumus' OE-31 optical engine turns motorcycle helmets, other eyewear into wearable displays originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Google, Microsoft and Netflix want DRM-like encryption in HTML5 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | W3C | Email this | Comments
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Google+ Circles heading to Google Voice, creepers heading straight to voicemail originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Google Voice Blog | Email this | Comments
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Samsung demos new 32nm quad-core Exynos ahead of MWC originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Unwired View | EE Times Asia | Email this | Comments
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you're lucky enough to have an Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich, like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the folks at ExtremeTech have a great walkthrough on how to turn your handset into a fairly powerful workstation. You'll need a couple of items to get started, but the end result is that your phone can turn into a desktop almost anywhere you go.
The source article makes no bones about the fact you'll need a display to connect to if you want the full effect, but they suggest you pick up an HDMI-to-mini-HDMI converter for a few bucks to get video out from your device, and pair a bluetooth keyboard or trackpad to your phone, and call it a day. Even though most people only think to pair bluetooth keyboards or trackpads to their tablets, the process is the same with a handset, and works just as well. Connect the HDMI adapter into any nearby TV or monitor, and you're all set. The end result is a pretty snappy workstation that you can control from a mouse and keyboard and work on a nice large screen.
Plenty of other Android devices have this capability buit-in, even if they don't have Ice Cream Sandwich—if your phone has an mini HDMI output, you may be able to do the same thing, and if the thought of running Android on a huge screen doesn't totally appeal to you, you can always try the same procedure with the upcoming Ubuntu for Android.
Would you give this a shot? Pack up a bluetooth keyboard and trackpad and an HDMI cable for your trip and leave the laptop—or your tablet behind? Or is this a solution looking for a problem? Whatever you think, share your thoughts in the comments below.
How to Use the Galaxy Nexus as a Desktop Replacement | ExtremeTech
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How impressive is the Desktop Plus version of OnLive's iPad software? For $4.99 a month it basically lets you run full Windows on your iPad, and at blazing speeds to boot. This is the cloud done right. Mostly.
OnLive is a cloud-based gaming company, and what it has done is to take the same technology that shoots first person shooters to your screens and apply it to running apps over the cloud. The company leverages countless servers in data centers connected to gigabit ethernet to run various programs for you—including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Internet Explorer—and then it sends that video to your iPad. Essentially, it turns your iPad into a display for one of its servers.
What's that mean in practice? First and foremost it means you can have Office on your iPad right now, today, and free, which was the promise of the original OnLive Desktop. You can edit documents, run video in PowerPoint presentations and basically do anything that you could if you were using Office on a desktop. You can use a software keyboard for input (which includes a Windows-centric keyboard layout) or hook up a bluetooth keyboard. It also recognizes handwriting, which is a neat trick.
OnLive Desktop Plus takes that functionality and adds something that feels magical: the Internet. Because OnLive is sending full-fledged version of IE to your iPad, you can use web apps like Dropbox or Gmail or, well, just about anything else. Flash video works everywhere, because again, it's being handled by remote servers and sent from their to your tablet. You're never kicked to a mobile site. You get to see videos on Hulu or Disney or anywhere else, exactly as they're meant to be presented.
The entire premise is that OnLive doesn't deliver all the data that its servers are crunching, just what you need to see on your screen. It's not sending you entire web pages, fully rendered. It's also not compressing video, so there's no buffering. Think of it as a video of your computer's display, where the stuff going on off-screen has been not only cropped out, but isn't delivered. (Audio, however, does come through even in the background.)
I was a little skeptical at the demo. Surely this was rigged, right? There's no way to download and display artifact-free video that quickly. But at home, things were mostly the same as they were at OnLive's offices.
Word was responsive and I was frankly amazed at how well the handwriting recognition worked (although it's still far slower than using a keyboard). Hitting Windows from my iPad felt little different than from my laptop, although the navigation was admittedly trickier.
Hulu, however, had some hiccoughs. The video wasn't synced to the audio at one point, and there were some noticeable artifacts. I was less impressed with that than I was with the apps. But for the most part Flash, typically a buggy experience even on a desktop, performed flawlessly. And it's amazing to see videos fire more or less the instant you load them, which happens thanks to OnLive's fat pipes and robust machines on the back end. Even over my sometimes janky WiFi connection, this thing took off. A 35 MB PDF file, for example, downloaded and displayed in
9 12 seconds on OnLive Desktop's browser. When I tried downloading the same file from my Dropbox app over Wifi, it took 24 seconds.
The company is also bringing an enterprise version to market in the near future. They showed me a version of Maya running on that today. To be able to run a $5000 program on your $500 iPad? That really is priceless.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The latest update to the Android version of Google Docs adds what might be the best feature of all: collaborative editing. While you've always been able to edit a document along with many other people in the web app, now Android users can join in via the native app on their phones or tablets. Additionally, this update brings rich text formatting so you can add things like ordered and bulleted lists, color variations, and standard text styles like bold and italic. Check out the video above for a quick look at these new features, or just download the app to try them out for yourself.
Collaborate and edit anywhere with the updated Google Docs for Android | Official Google Blog via Engadget
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We laid our hands on Fujitsu's quad-core prototype at the start of the year, it now looks like the phone's now ready to show itself outside the confines of a perspex box. Wielding a Tegra 3 chipset, there's still no official name for the incoming handset, but we're promised admirable battery life and those increasingly typical (for Japan, at least) water resistant credentials. We've also been told that this will be close to -- if not the -- final model of the handset, so we should get to test out that fingerprint sensor in person. Sure, it's not the only quad-core device we're expecting to see at MWC, but we'll welcome it with open arms -- if it does make the journey outside of Japan.
Fujitsu readies its 'final model' quad-core smartphone for reveal next week originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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Gallery: Pivothead video glasses hands-on
Pivothead video glasses offer impressive quality, we go hands-on (sample video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Pivothead | Email this | Comments
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Google Docs presentations slides out of preview, adds import and comment options (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink! a> | Google Docs Blogspot | Email this | Comments
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SanDisk makes 128-gigabit flash chip, crams three bits per cell, takes afternoon off originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Wall Street Journal | | Email this | Comments
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If you've ever stuck your fingers together with super glue, you know pain. But imagine sticking them together with glue that bonds materials at the molecular level: that's real pain. It's also what scientists are doing, with the help of flesh-eating bacteria.
A team of researchers from the University of Oxford has created a molecular glue inspired by Streptococcus pyogenes, which can cause flesh-eating diseases, reports PhysOrg. In fact, the team was interested in a single protein: one which the bacterium uses to bind and invade human cells. "The protein is special because it naturally reacts with itself and forms a lock," explains Dr Mark Howarth, one of the researchers.
Taking that single protein as a design cue, they've developed a molecular glue which uses the same concepts. Their new protein forms covenant bonds when it comes into contact with a partner protein. The bonds it forms are so strong that, when they tested a sample, the equipment used to measure the strength broke before the glue.
As well as being incredibly strong, the technology can be used to make highly selective adhesives: the binding proteins adhere to themselves, but not to other entities. All that remains is to develop ways of incorporating the proteins into other molecular structures in order to create insanely strong, selective glues. [PhysOrg; Image: Will Fuller]
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CFL bulbs can help you cut quite a bit of energy usage in your home, but you can't measure brightness by looking at wattage levels, like you can with incandescent bulbs. This chart will help you figure out the brightness of those newfangled bulbs.
Home-centric weblog Apartment Therapy put this chart together to measure wattage equivalents in lumens, which are a measurement of light output (unlike watts, which is actually a unit of power). Some CFL and LED bulbs will put their wattage equivalents on the box, while many don't—so this chart should help give you a good idea of how bright your new bulb is going to be. You can also check out EnergyStar's official chart, which includes the actual wattage of equivalent CFL bulbs (if you're curious). Remember, though—not all light fixtures are suitable for CFL bulbs, so make sure you're using them in safe housings before you buy. Hit the link to read more.
How to Buy the Right CFL: A Cheat Sheet | Apartment Therapy
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Need a portable boombox for your smartphone or music player? Industrial design student and Instructables user MTriest has a great, minimalist design that's easy to carry around. It was designed for the iPhone, but you should be able to adapt it to accommodate any similarly-shaped device with a headphone jack. If you want to give it a try, here's what you'll need:
- 1/2 and 1/4 inch medium-density fibreboard (both boards should be at least 14 x12)
- 1/4 inch clear acrylic
- 5/8 inch dowels
- A mini rocker switch
- A 5mm LED
- One AAA battery pack
- An Altec Lansing IMT227 OrbitM Speaker
- 1/2" cloth elastic band
- Electrical wire
- 1/4w 62 OHM resister
Aside from the speaker (which you can buy here), all the materials are pretty common and easy to come by. Although putting this project together requires a bit of time and some tools (mainly to cut the fibreboard and acryllic), the result is pretty cool. If you don't want to cut the materials yourself, you can always seek out someone on Etsy who regularly cuts these materials and ask for a custom job. Either way, to get the instructions for this project, hit up the full post on Instructables.
iPhone Boombox | Instructables
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Qualcomm's next-generation system-on-a-chip is set to turn up inside consumer devices at the Mobile World Congress—and judging by its rumored speed and integrated LTE technology, it could cause quite a stir.
Qualcomm has announced that the new chip—MSM8960, or Snapdragon S4 to its friends—will debut in several handsets next week in Barcelona. Whilst only dual-core, the exciting news is that Qualcomm has been able to roll LTE connectivity into the chip.
Currently, phones have a separate LTE processor that both adds bulk and kills battery performance. An integrated system should help alleviate those issues by sharing resources.
AnandTech has also had an opportunity to benchmark the new processor, and the results look promising, with the chip trumping the highest results from any currently shipping devices by a factor of two. In real-world tests, they found that compared to a Galaxy Nexus, the Snapdragon S4 helped reduce web page loading times by 0.3 seconds with the cache disabled or 1.4 seconds with it turned on. That is massive.
LG's shown that it still thinks 3D phones are the future by unveiling yet another new phone pre-MWC. The beefed up Optimus 3D Max is the successor to the world's first 3D phone and aims to continue the headache-inducing pocket 3D experience we all know and love.
The Optimus 3D Max apparently packs "true performance muscle" - I'll leave you to make your own mind up about that one. It comes equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP chip backed up by 1GB of RAM; 8GB of storage; a 1,520mAh battery; a dual lens five-megapixel 3D cam, and a 4.3-inch 3D WVGA display covered in the new Gorilla Glass 2.
Unfortunately the Max is saddled with Gingerbread, but it's got NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to keep you connected, while being only 9.6mm thick. LG's also touting 3D up-conversion for apps like Google Maps, Google Earth and "other road views" using an enhanced 3D converter.
The phone will be officially shown off at MWC next week, and will apparently see an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich "shortly after launch". It'll launch in Korea in March and the rest of the world soon after. I'm not convinced 3D on phones is the answer, but if you are you'll have another option to pick from soon. [LG]
Our newest offspring Gizmodo UK is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
When the Asus Transformer Prime launched, there was outcry from developers over the fact that its bootloader was locked. Asus eventually crumbled, and announced that they would remove the restrictions. Now, almost two months later, you can download the fix.
The news means that those who wish to do so can now install customs ROMs on their Transformer. Asus is, however, keen to point out just how bad an idea it thinks that is, saying:
"It is strongly advised that you avoid activating this App unless you fully understand and accept the risks that may arise."
Yeah, yeah. Shut up, Asus. [Asus]
What's more, the Times says that none other than Sergey Brin is a "key leader" on the project, with another being Google engineer Steve Lee, the creator of Latitude. Notably, Bilton also says that Google sees the project as an "experiment that anyone will be able to join," and that the company is not currently thinking about potential business models for the glasses, which could suggest that they may be more of a small-scale hobby than part of a major push into consumer hardware.
NYT: Google to sell Android-based heads-up displa! y glasse s this year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | The New York Times | Email this | Comments
Update: It looks like it'll also arrive in Europe with a new name; the Optimus 3D Max. Check the full English PR release below.
Gallery: LG Optimus 3D Cube
LG Optimus 3D Max is a slimmer sequel, world's first phone with 3D video editing originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
'Select' PS Vita apps hit the US PlayStation Store: Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr (Update: video hands-on)
Update: We've added a brief video hands-on just past the break to let you grab a taste of each app before downloading them for yourself.
'Select' PS Vita apps hit the US PlayStation Store: Netflix, LiveTweet and Flickr (Update: video hands-on) or! iginally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | PlayStation.Blog (US) | Email this | Comments
Dell XPS 13 manuals leak, spill the Ultrabook's guts all over the internet originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 06:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Dell | Email this | Comments
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