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Mysterious yellow and black cards lead to wild Nikon speculation

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

You know what’s black and yellow all over, fits in the average mailbox and gets the imaginations of camera junkies running wild? These cards, that’s what. Over the past few days, mysterious cards have begun to arrive in the hands of Nikon users, and while the company’s name is nowhere to be found, the colors and hints are starting to build a case for something new. It seems a countdown from 8 has begun, with the first card stating “I am…” and the second “I am fun….” In case you weren’t aware, Nikon has yet to dabble in the Micro Four Thirds world (or even hint at a competitor like Samsung’s NX range), but whispers of a so-called EVIL lineup have been building steam. Nikon aficionados have pointed out that the countdown will end just prior to a UK press meeting on March 8th, which could very well mean that an all-new compact is just days away from being properly revealed. Or it could be nothing at all. Keep your expectations low — it’s better to be pleasantly surprised than deflated and alone, right?

Mysterious yellow and black cards lead to wild Nikon speculation originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Mar 2010 01:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel officially adds Pine Trail Atom N470 processor, early performance results don’t impress

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Intel introduced the new Atom N470 netbook CPU back in September and then Lenovo showed off its S10-3t with the new processor at CES, but chipzilla’s taking the time today to give its newest Pine Trail CPU a proper unveil. The 1.83GHz N470 joins the 1.66GHz N450 as an option for netbooks, and like the rest of the Pineview integrates the GMA 3150 graphics controller on the same chip and supports hyperthreading. According to Intel, the major OEMs are expected to introduce new netbooks based on this processor soon, but if our experience with the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t is any glimpse into the “performance boost” of this processor we’re not sure there’s anything to wait for. Our full review of the S10-3t netvertible is almost done cooking, but we can tell you right now the system didn’t feel faster in use even with its 2GB of RAM, and on PCMark05 it scored in the same range as other N450 netbooks. While the slightly faster clock speed may be a nice bragging right, at the end of the day Atom N470-based netbooks are still, well, netbooks.

Intel officially adds Pine Trail Atom N470 processor, early performance results don’t impress originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Vaio P Clone Can’t Compete with the Original [Clones]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

So, the Sony Vaio P has a clone. Congrats, Sony! Too bad the mimicry ends with the aesthetics:

The appearance is spot on, but the insides are decidedly sub-par. The Atom processor is a less powerful than the processor offered in the Vaio P, and the memory maxes out at 1GB. If you’re comparing, that’s a full GB short of the original.

Since this is a clone however, the price is really the only area where one could say it “competes” with Sony’s premium-priced Vaio P.

The clone offers a 160GB for about $300, as well as a $380 model with 350GB storage, 2Gb ram and 3G.

Aaand scene. [Gizchina - Thanks, Andi]


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Nokia Teases, Heavily, That C-Series Phones Are Launching at CeBIT [Nokia]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Remember Nokia? They make cellphones (still!), and at CeBIT they’re hinting hard that two more, possibly the C5 and C6, are about to join their ranks.

The hint was packaged in the Nokia Conversations newsletter. C if you can figure out what it is:

“Of course, we don’t comment on rumours or leaks, but we are looking forward to C BIT for the next series of Nokia announcements. Right we’re off to pack our rucksacks and lederhosen, C you there.”

Do you C? Because they’re laying it on pretty thick (and so am I!). So coy, that Nokia. Too bad they’re doomed. Maybe these phones will help. Otherwise, C ya later. [Engadget]


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PlayStation Network down, so are lots of PS3s

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s unclear exactly what’s going on at the moment, but it appears that the PlayStation Network is down and causing a whole host of related problems for PS3 systems, including 8001050F error codes, game crashes, corrupted trophy info, and even the complete inability to launch certain titles. There’s no ETA on when things will get back to normal — looks like it’s gonna be a Blu-ray kind of evening for PS3 owners out there.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

PlayStation Network down, so are lots of PS3s originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Solar cars, solar boats, solar… gold?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
The Week in Green is a new item from our friends at Inhabitat, recapping the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us.

This week Inhabitat peered into the future of green tech as we liveblogged the most exciting moments from this year’s Greener Gadgets Conference. The highlight of the day was the on-stage live-judging and announcement of this year’s Greener Gadgets design competition winner, the AUG/Living Goods Program. Renowned industrial designer Yves Béhar also wowed us by unveiling a brand new design for a “Hackable” solar-electric car that is composed of modular components. (Engadget liveblogged it here.)

Speaking of sun-powered vehicles, Hungarian auto company Antro has just unveiled plans to create an out-there yet undeniably cool solar-powered car that splits into two vehicles. And for those looking to ride the seas in style, take a long, hard look at this giant solar boat. Then again, why ride a conventional vehicle when you could hop aboard this insane futurictic crawler town on wheels? Too bad it’s made out of LEGOs.

Finally, we brought to light several illuminating energy projects: researchers have found a way to generate electricity by shining light on tiny gold nanoparticles, opening the door for self-powered molecular machines, and Phillips unveiled a blooming solar street lamp that soaks up energy during the day and uses it to light up the night.

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Solar cars, solar boats, solar… gold? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 18:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorized Lego Technic Avatar Helicopter is Grounded—For Now [Lego]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Give this Lego Avatar helicopter a few aerodynamic tweaks, a slightly more powerful engine and a pilot spouting off canned, predictable dialogue, and I could easily see it taking flight, literally, to fight the Na’Vi.

I mean, the rotors appear to be spinning at quite a clip in that video don’t they? Enough to sting a stray finger, in any event.

Looks pretty sturdy too, which is incredibly important should the pilot happen to have a James Cameron-sized ego. [Nowhere Else via CrunchGear]


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Naysayers Begin to Poo-Poo On Bloom Box’s Lofty Claims [Bloom Box]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Well, that didn’t take long. Already analysts are crawling out of the woodwork to put the seemingly miraculous Bloom Box fuel cell in its place as yet another energy saving technology that won’t perform as advertised.

This week it was IDC Energy Insights analyst Sam Jaffe, who said that while the fuel cell developed by Bloom Energy CEO K.R Sridhar and his team was definitely “not bogus,” it just doesn’t differentiate itself well enough from already available fuel cell technologies—especially as it pertains to price.

And the device’s supposedly unique “fuel-switching” ability? Not unique at all, Jaffe claimed on his Energy Insight blog, in a post titled “Four Things Bloom Energy Forgot to Tell the World”:

“Any high-temperature fuel cell should be able to do that. The fact that it’s solid oxide and it’s primarily ceramic opens up the possibility of making it much more cheaply, but every start-up in the energy field has an expensive product that they claim one day will be cheap. There is no reason to believe that Bloom has the ability to make it that much more cheaply. I’m pretty pessimistic about it.”

Indeed. Further…fueling Jaffe’s pessimism is the belief that a Bloom Box isn’t really all that green if you’re comparing it to the way we traditionally get power from the grid. At a cost of $7-$8/watt, he contends, the miracle box is no less expensive than photovoltaics that have been purchased at a rate of 100 kW at a time.

Another miracle energy tech bites the dust? Unless Bloom Energy can curb costs and green things up a bit, the answer for now is “maybe.” Unless the unicorns get involved, anyway.

Still confused about fuel cells and the Bloom Box? Be sure to check out our regular Giz Explains column on this very topic! [IDC via CNET]


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webOS 1.4 update now out for Verizon customers

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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Yesterday, many Palm Pre owners were treated to an OS update that spanned the globe, except, unfortunately Verizon Wireless subscribers were left out. Luckily for you Palm-fanatics on Verizon, Verizon Wireless Pre Plus and Pixi Plus users are now free to get their webOS 1.4 freak on. Don’t forget to let us know how you’re lucky that brand new update.

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Nokia hints at new C-Series handsets, official announcement at CeBIT?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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Nokia, as part of its Conversations blog, is circulating an email newsletter which hints at some new handsets. The sidebar story mentions the rumored C-Series devices, discusses the upcoming deliberately misspelled “C BIT” conference and tells its fans that Nokia will “C you there”. Don’t start dreaming of a 12 megapixel, Symbian S^3 powered flagship quite yet as the C-Series is expected to be comprised of entry level handsets. Indeed, the first handset in the lineup is rumored to be the C5, a numeric keypad-toting candybar, and the C6, which is rumored to be a front-facing QWERTY handset that recently passed through the FCC with AT&T 3G on board. Hopefully, this shameless self-promotion was just a teaser and when CeBIT starts next Tuesday will we see Nokia handsets from both ends of the spectrum get the official nod.

Thanks, Glenn!

[Via Engadget]

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LG’s 15-inch 15EL9500 OLED TV sets sail for Europe, scheduled to arrive this May

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

We’ve had only tantalizingly brief (or is it briefly tantalizing?) chances to see LG’s glorious OLED television, but each and every time it’s left us with the feeling that our lives are poorer for not having one in our homes. Sure, that says as much about our tech addiction as it does about the 3mm-thick displays, but at least the deep-pocketed among us won’t have to wait too much longer to sate the need for 10,000,000:1 contrast ratios and 0.001ms response times. LG has announced it’ll be bringing it’s 15-inch OLED panel to Europe this May (to be swiftly followed by summer availability in the US) with a hefty MSRP sticker of €1,999 ($2,725) for the Austrian market. Nobody ever said the cutting edge was gonna be a cheap place to live.

LG’s 15-inch 15EL9500 OLED TV sets sail for Europe, scheduled to arrive this May originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Eee PC T101MT convertible gets handled twice (video)

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
ASUS Eee PC T101MT convertible gets handled twice (video)

What’s better than one hands-on report to whet your appetite ahead of the release of a new gadget? Why, two of them, of course, and it’s the convertible ASUS T101MT getting the stereo impressions. The machine has netbook specs (1.6GHz Atom N450 CPU, 2GB RAM, 320GB HDD, etc. etc.) combined with a 10.1-inch multitouch screen, which both of the sites giving early impressions rated poorly. Responsiveness is said to be less than stellar, and while one of these previewers was able to improve it with some extra calibration, precision near the top of the screen still sounds bad. Build quality looks good (for an Eee) and the form factor certainly looks nice, but we’re losing a little faith in this entrant after watching the video below. Check it out for yourself and see what you think, but don’t write it off just yet: these are still pre-production models and a little firmware magic could whip this tablet into shape before its release — whenever that will be.

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ASUS Eee PC T101MT convertible gets handled twice (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 11:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fujitsu’s LifeBook UH900 gets unboxed, sized up against the competition

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Fujitsu’s LifeBook UH900 started shipping to Americans just over a fortnight ago, and now one has landed into the capable hands of Pocketables. Boasting a 2GHz Atom CPU and some of the most unsightly adapters we’ve ever seen, this flip-open handheld — which just looks too lovely to be saddled with the “UMPC” moniker — strangely stirs something within our heart. It’s one of those “I know I don’t need it, but I just have to have it” things. Don’t agree? Hit the source link, scroll all the way down, think about the upcoming weekend, and then see how you feel. Oh, and feel free to check out those size comparisons if you need extra encouragement in the “ooh” and “aah” department.

Fujitsu’s LifeBook UH900 gets unboxed, sized up against the competition originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 07:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher senses nearby wireless waves, makes music (video)

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

What’s cute, cuddly, and makes all sorts of bizarro noises when it senses wireless waves? Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher, of course! This analog synth contraption is simplistic in nature and complex in design, utilizing an onboard antenna to sense WiFi signals and then alter the sounds being outputted depending on signal strength and direction. It’s not exactly the symphony that Bach forgot to write, but it’s certainly beautiful in its own nerdy way. Have a look at the video past the break, won’t you?

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Yoshi Akai’s Wireless Catcher senses nearby wireless waves, makes music (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 04:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint Cuts Palm Pixi’s Price to $50 [PalmPixi]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Capitalism! Sprint was cool offering Palm Pixi for $100, until Verizon’s Palm Pixi Plus slid in underneath at $79. Well Sprint’s having none of that, slashing the original Palm Pixi’s price to a mere $50 for new customers, after all of the rebates and contracts and what have you. Remember, the candybar Pixi doesn’t have Wi-Fi and has a slightly smaller screen than the Pre, but if you or someone you know isn’t quite ready for a big boy phone, a $50 Pixi could be hard to resist. Also remember, hard times ahead for Palm. [Sprint]


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This Week’s Gaming Stories You Cannot Miss [Roundups]

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

I remember the good old days, when 2 or 3 guns was all a man needed.

The Secret Armory Of General Knoxx Opens This Week
MORE GUNSSSSS!!!!

Kotaku-Tan, The T-Shirt For The Kotaku Fan
Nice work by Meatbun.

Super Mario Galaxy 2: Yoshi’s Back…and He Brought a Drill!
I like that Yoshi. He’s a good guy.

Heavy Rain Explores Player Depression With Freezes And Glitches
I had one crash during Heavy Rain, but two of my characters died because the SIXAXIS motion controls are so horrid.

The Stalling Of An Anti-Bush Video Game
This is exactly why I don’t vote except when I do.

Don’t Worry, DSi XL Fits In My Rear Left Pocket
Thank. God.

Kirsten Dunst Is Your Magical Nerd Princess
I’m not sure what this has to do with gaming, but it was on Kotaku and I found it appropriately strange, so there.

Resident Evil 5: Lost In Nightmares Micro-Review: Less Fighting, More Frightening
I played a lot of RE5, but I still preferred the earlier, fixed camera games in the series.

Warner Buys Batman: Arkham Asylum Devs
Smart move.

Hands-On, Sword Out With Red Steel 2
Finally, we’re getting some decent swordplay on the Wii.


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Palm webOS 1.4 update hits Verizon’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

According to a little late night tweet from Palm — and the update screen on our device — the stacked new webOS 1.4 update is making its way out into the world for the company’s Verizon-flavored devices. That’s right, Plussers — video recording (and editing) is just a small download away. So why are you still reading this?

Palm webOS 1.4 update hits Verizon’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Feb 2010 01:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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