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Fast Turnaround By Developer Results In Gary Coleman Tribute App [Android Apps]

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Well, that sure was quick. Gary Coleman only passed away three days ago, but already there’s a tribute app waiting in the Android Market, ready and waiting to provoke little tears in those red-rimmed eyes of yours to spring out. More »




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Synaptics: PC Trackpads Getting Four-Finger Gestures [Computex]

Monday, May 31st, 2010

PC trackpads have tended to lag behind their MacBook counterparts, but the gap’s narrowing today. Synaptics—the same folks who introduced the buttonless, clickable PC trackpad last year, are adding four-finger gestures and more goodies with their TouchPad-IS platform. More »




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Google said to be moving away from Windows internally, Mac and Linux systems on tap instead

Monday, May 31st, 2010

According to a report in the Financial Times, Google is making a full-throated move away from Windows PCs for the company’s workforce. Apparently the big G is now giving staffers the option of a Mac or Linux rig as an alternative to a Windows computer. The FT article suggests that the move is spurred on by security concerns — some specifically related to a flurry of attacks against the company which emanated from China, a country Google has recently been at odds with over censorship. Although security could be at issue, some of the employees interviewed for the article seem to suggest the changes — which mean staffers require CIO approval for a Windows PC — might actually be geared towards bringing Chrome OS into the Googleplex full-throttle. “A lot of it is an effort to run things on Google product,” said one unnamed source, “They want to run things on Chrome.” Another employee is quoted as saying that, “Before the security, there was a directive by the company to try to run things on Google products. It was a long time coming.” Regardless of the reasoning behind the move, if Google is moving the company to Macs and Linux instead of the world’s most popular computing platform, it’s certainly notable. We’ve reached out to both Microsoft and Google for comment, and will update you if and when we have word.

Google said to be moving away from Windows internally, Mac and Linux systems on tap instead originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 May 2010 22:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola XT502 another Android phone for North America?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

There’s no shortage of Motorola buzz going around lately — thing is, nearly all of that buzz is focused on the Verizon side of the camp. What about the other six-odd national carriers in the States and Canada, five of which are using GSM? Well, for you guys, we submit this so-called XT502 — a phone that may be codenamed “Greco” thanks to the naming of the image file found over in the Bluetooth SIG’s certification directory. We can’t gather much from the microscopic image the SIG is using, but they’ve kindly listed radio details, which indicates we can expect a triband HSPA setup working on the 850, 1900, and 2100MHz bands — perfect for AT&T, Bell, Telus, and Rogers with a little dash of Europe thrown in for good measure. It’ll also have WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, and AGPS; in other words, all the basics you expect on a modern Android device. No word on a release plan, but at least it’ll be coming out with some totally legal Bluetooth, right?

Motorola XT502 another Android phone for North America? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 May 2010 22:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPads Now Being Used In Japanese Streetside Magic Tricks [Ipad]

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Racing Green Endurance SRZero electric car to make 16,000 mile trip, 250 at a time

Monday, May 31st, 2010
Racing Green Endurance SRZero electric car to make 16,000 mile trip, 250 at a time

Want to show that electric cars can be practical in day-to-day living? Take one on an impossibly long trip and show the world. That’s the plan for the Racing Green Endurance team, centered at Imperial College London, which will be taking its SRZero electric car along 26,000km (16,000 miles) of the Pan-American Highway, starting in northern Alaska and driving all the way down to Tierra del Fuego on the southern tip of South America. Their car is a repurposed Radical SR8, once a back-breakingly quick two-seat prototype with a curb weight of just 1,433lbs and a rollicking 363 V8 in the back. That lump has been displaced by a pair of Axial Flux electric motors, producing a combined peak of 386hp, though their batteries conspire to nearly double the car’s initial weight to 2,600lbs. Still, a 248 mile range is predicted on the EPA cycle, and since you can eke out 300 in a Tesla Roadster (224 mile EPA-rated range), 350 might just be possible here. We’ll find out in July, when the trip begins. Early video after the break, filmed by Claudio von Planta of Long Way Round fame, and we threw in footage of the SR8 setting the Nurburgring production car record just for kicks.

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Racing Green Endurance SRZero electric car to make 16,000 mile trip, 250 at a time originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 May 2010 14:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dreamcast Boombox Is The DIY Project You Were Looking For Today [Gaming]

Monday, May 31st, 2010

PosiMotion Helix iPhone / iPod touch gaming grip now available at Best Buy

Monday, May 31st, 2010

PosiMotion certainly announced this one well enough in advance (all the way back in December), but it looks like its Helix gaming grip for the iPhone and iPod touch is now finally available, and at Best Buy no less. In case your memory needs to be jogged a bit, this $20 contraption promises to be ideal for “virtually any game,” and let you use your iPhone or iPod touch in either portrait or landscape mode — it’ll also keep your headphones from getting tangled up for good measure. Still not convinced? Then perhaps the video after the break will change your mind — chains not included.

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PosiMotion Helix iPhone / iPod touch gaming grip now available at Best Buy originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 May 2010 10:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MSI WindPad 110: a 10-inch Tegra 2-powered Android tablet

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Oddly MSI didn’t officially talk about its Android-powered WindPad 110 during the press conference, but it definitely exists. The 10-inch slate runs Android 2.1 and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It’s got a different design to the WindPad 100, but retains the same 10-inch capacitive touchscreen and will have a USB port and video-out capability. While the tablet runs just stock Android, we’re definitely digging the curved form factor and the ability to swap out the back cover for a more “stylish” option. We heard very conflicting things about the availability of the tablet — one product manager told us that the company hasn’t decided if it will bring it to market, while another told us that they plan to sell it for $399 by the end of the year. Hopefully we’ll clear that up soon, but we’ve got some hands-on pictures below, and the video is on the way.

MSI WindPad 110: a 10-inch Tegra 2-powered Android tablet originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 May 2010 01:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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