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Holga brings its retro, rotary, filter phone case to the Galaxy S II

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Holga caseWe get it. Really, we do — photo filters fun. We also get that sometimes an app just isn’t gonna cut it. You want quick access to double, triple or even quadruple image lenses as well as colored overlays. Well, iPhone 4 and 4S owners had their prayers answered in mid November a $25 Holga case, now Android fans have their own version — provided those Android fans own a Galaxy S II. If you don’t mind adding some bulk to your super-svelte super-phone head on over to the source link to get your own rotary-style lens case for the somewhat reasonable price of $28.

Holga brings its retro, rotary, filter phone case to the Galaxy S II originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ask Engadget: best live traffic standalone GPS?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Elliot ‘Mr. E’ M. Smith who is trying to avoid Los Angeles rush-hour traffic with the help of his GPS. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I prefer using a GPS unit, not my phone, when I’m driving around LA. The best traffic I’ve seen is via Google Maps, since it shows surface traffic for streets in Hollywood. Navteq HD Radio maps (which is what I use now) doesn’t show this kind of information: it’s only for highways. There aren’t any highways between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but there’s a ton of traffic, which you’re blind to when using a standalone GPS. Is there an easy way to get surface traffic data on a GPS unit rather than forking out for a phone / tablet and $30/month data plan? Thanks!”
It’s a tricky one to round off the year, dear commenters. Is there a GPS unit with live-traffic that you hold dear to your hearts? Does it let you glide around the gridlock with the Beach Boys cranked up? Let your fingers do the commenting in the space below.

Ask Engadget: best live traffic standalone GPS? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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cTrix forges Atari 2600 and guitar together, mesmerizes nerds (video)

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

If you’re going to rock out, you might as well do so with a video game console from the ’70s as the core of your guitar. In fact, this is precisely what modder cTrix has done with his gATARI2600. In his configuration, he’s able to write and play new music through an Atari 2600 by using an EPROM programmer (a software application he wrote) and daughterboards to feed the new music back through the instrument. The gATARI also features equalizer and flange pedals, a track selector, and whammy bars that allow the player to switch tracks and make changes on the fly. No details have been posted as to how to make your own just yet, but click past the break to watch cTrix jam both thoroughly and effectively at Blip Fest 2011 in Japan.

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cTrix forges Atari 2600 and guitar together, mesmerizes nerds (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 17:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

2011 has been a tremendous year for tech — Amazon launched a $200 Android tablet, AT&T and Verizon continued their LTE expansion, Apple killed off the Mac mini’s SuperDrive and Samsung introduced a well-received killer 5.3-inch smartphone. But tiny tech startups made their mark as well, proving that you don’t need an enormous R&D budget to spur innovation. Still, development isn’t free, and unless your social circle includes eager investors, seed money has been traditionally hard to come by.

For many of this year’s indie devs, crowdfunding sites have been the answer, with Kickstarter leading the pack. We’ve seen an enormous variety of projects — including a deluge of duds and plenty more semi-redundant iPhone accessories — but a few treasures soared above the swill to be featured in our Insert Coin series, with many of those meeting their funding goals and even making their way into the hands of consumers. Now, as 2011 draws to a close, we’ve gone through this past year’s projects to single out our top ten, and they’re waiting for your consideration just past the break.

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Insert Coin: A look back at ten top projects from 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype gifts NYC with NYE WiFi, so you can miss the ball drop while Skyping the ball drop

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Those kind folk at Skype already served up plenty of glorious WiFi waves across US airports this Christmas, and now it’s New York City’s turn. From noon on the 31st until January 1st, if you spy a “Skype WiFi” network, those tasty bytes are yours for the taking. The VoIP don has teamed up with WiFi provider Towerstream for the give-away, and recommends you load-up on the latest version of its famous software to make sure you don’t miss out. If you pack an iDevice, then it’s the Skype WiFi app you’ll be wanting updated in the lead up to midnight. Just make sure you don’t miss that kiss, just for a festive freebie.

Skype gifts NYC with NYE WiFi, so you can miss the ball drop while Skyping the ball drop originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 26, 2011

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

This week may not have been incredibly packed with news in the mobile world, but it was still easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of December 26, 2011:

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 26, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dropbox Automater triggers monotonous tasks with uploading of a file

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Dropbox Automater

There are plenty of tools and apps out there that automate the essential computing tasks that face us everyday. Some are time consuming others are simply monotonous — but they must be done. Dropbox Automater combines time-saving task mastery with perhaps our favorite cloud storage solution. The service watches a designated folder for uploads, when a new file is added an action is triggered — everything from converting documents, to resizing an image or tweeting a link. And that’s just scratching the surface. There are already plenty of automation scripts in the fledgling service’s repertoire and devs can add there own by creating a SOAP webservice. Hit up the source link to get started now.

Dropbox Automater triggers monotonous tasks with uploading of a file originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Porsche Design theme ported to BlackBerry 9900 / 9930, saves you a small fortune

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

If you want some of that Porsche Design look, without the German engineered price, then check what just pulled up on the driveway: a port of the custom theme and icons. Sadly, only BlackBerry 9900 / 9300 owners — which share much of the same hardware as the P’9981 — running BlackBerry OS7 (not 7.1) can give their handset that new car smell. This means the sharp lines and luxurious brushed finish that made the P’9981 catch our eye in the first place will remain firmly in those pockets deep enough to afford it. Tap the source link if you still want to add the racing stripes to your current saloon.

Porsche Design theme ported to BlackBerry 9900 / 9930, saves you a small fortune originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple lead designer Jonathan Ive knighted for the New Year, how’s your 2012 looking?

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Apple Senior VP Jonathan (or Jony) Ive has been credited with fueling the company’s resurgence alongside Steve Jobs with products like the iMac, iPhone and iPad, and for these successes has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire as a part of the New Year’s Honour’s List. Aside from having a much better NYE celebration than yours, he’ll be tapped on the shoulders by the Queen’s sword (we’ll see if he can make it through the ceremony without suggesting some tweaks for better balance and usability — you can see his passion above as he eats an invisible sandwich pontificates about new iMacs) and that will forever be Sir Jony to you, commoner. It’s a bump up from his previous title of Commander of the British Empire, and a full circle, as he noted benefiting from a “wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making” in a statement.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Apple lead designer Jonathan Ive knighted for the New Year, how’s your 2012 looking? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix and VUDU not hitting Boxee Box till January… as if you couldn’t have guessed

Friday, December 31st, 2010

According to a post that’s just gone live on Boxee’s blog, users of the Boxee Box won’t see VUDU or Netflix content on their TVs until January. We know, the wait will be painful. According to the Boxee team, VUDU offerings should hit the platform as soon as next week, but Netflix won’t be made available until the end of the month. The company claims that both services are up and running in its offices, but more time was needed to “test each application to make sure they are ready for launch.” It’s nice to know where we stand, though it would have been even nicer to get more frequent updates on the status of these apps, instead of a last-minute blog post on New Year’s Eve.

Still, the post has equal touches of hopefulness for the bright future Boxee sees for home entertainment, and acknowledgment of the massive challenges the startup faces in the coming year. In their words: “As we get ready for the New Year tomorrow and CES next week, it’s clear that in 2011 we will be competing with companies that spend more feeding their employees that we have to pay ours. We’re confident though that our small team will continue to push the envelop of what people expect from their TVs.” Here at Engadget, we’re eager to see how it all plays out, but we’re definitely rooting for underdogs like Boxee who have pioneered so much of what the world is just waking up to. 2011 is going to be a crazy year!

Netflix and VUDU not hitting Boxee Box till January… as if you couldn’t have guessed originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year’s Day 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

We’re not exactly sure of the cause of this fancy new issue affecting Apple’s super cool iPhone line of cellphones, but apparently you’ve got trouble come 1/1/2011. According to an explosive stream of frustration-filled tweets on the Twitter microblogging service, when the clock strikes midnight, one off alarms will cease to sing out. The issue sounds eerily similar to recent Daylight Savings Time trouble we witnessed back in November, although we saw both repeating alarm and single alarm failures.

So how can you fix this potentially life-ruining problem? Well until Apple patches its OS — and it’s currently unclear if this is just iOS 4.2.1 or earlier versions as well — you can simply create a recurring alarm at the time you need to be woken up, and then disable it once your dreams are completely ruined. We’re taking a deeper look into the issue and have contacted Apple — if we get more news, you guys will be the first to know. In the meantime, feel free to commiserate in comments, and… happy new year?

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

PSA: iPhone alarms not working come New Year’s Day 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WakeMate sleep-aid recalled due to ‘exploding’ USB charger, gives new meaning to being hot in the sack

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Early this morning, Perfect Third Inc. — makers of the less than perfect WakeMate wristband — issued a recall for the sleep analyzer’s USB charger, which apparently has a tendency to go up in smoke, and we don’t mean disappear. An e-mail sent out by the company’s CEO at 12:30 AM states, “we were informed by a customer of a safety incident with the black USB chargers.” A little vague if you ask us, considering the video we received shows the device “smoking after exploding.” The recall ensures that the WakeMate itself is perfectly safe, and that the Chinese-manufactured USB cables are at fault, but if you ask us, anything that is supposed to help you sleep soundly shouldn’t put you in danger of catching fire.

[Thanks, Ringram and Nick]

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WakeMate sleep-aid recalled due to ‘exploding’ USB charger, gives new meaning to being hot in the sack originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 16:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget’s biggest exclusives of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Man, we have to tell you: 2010 was a whopper of a year for Engadget, and for the gadget world at large. A space that was once reserved for only the hardiest tech nerds has been increasingly overrun with everyday neighbors, cousins, and parents, as product categories — the smartphone, e-readers, and tablets — became more ubiquitous than ever. Here at Engadget, for us, this meant more eyes than ever reading our stories, more tips flying in our direction, and working harder and faster than ever to bring our readers the best and most up-to-the-minute news.

What follows are the biggest, best stories that we here at Engadget broke this year as exclusives. Some of them are parts of the biggest gadget stories this year, and all of them are stories we busted our butts to bring to you, dear readers. Join us after the break for a thorough retrospective of the year 2010 in Engadget exclusives, our biggest year ever.

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Engadget’s biggest exclusives of 2010 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 15:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhonECG case monitors your heart rate to make sure you’re appropriately excited about CES

Friday, December 31st, 2010

CES isn’t just about incrementally thinner or faster hardware, you know. Some people like to bring legitimately innovative ideas to the show, such as this iPhonECG case, which does what its name suggests: it takes an ECG (electrocardiogram) reading of your heart’s activity through a pair of electrodes and then communicates its findings to an iPhone 4 it can be attached to. We say it can be attached to an iPhone as communication is done wirelessly, so you’ll probably be able to monitor your ticker’s rhythm without the Applephone pressed against your bosom. Then again, maybe you like that. It’s a free world, we don’t judge. We’ll be sending out our most hairy-chested editor to give this thing a proper test at the Las Vegas convention next week. Until then, scope out the video after the break.

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iPhonECG case monitors your heart rate to make sure you’re appropriately excited about CES originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 08:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Game Boy, HTC Aria and fake iPhone 4 combined for your amusement, is also possibly art

Friday, December 31st, 2010


We’re not sure what happened to Japanese tech mashup artist Goteking that inspired him to stuff an Android phone and a KIRF iPhone 4 into the back of a Game Boy Pocket, but stuff them he did, along with a bank of battery-powered LEDs that — if we’re not mistaken — spell out a Tokyo train schedule. Perhaps it’s designed to be a mind trip through and through, or perhaps it’s a homage to the joint forces of nostalgia and geekdom that spark daily flame wars all around the world.

Game Boy, HTC Aria and fake iPhone 4 combined for your amusement, is also possibly art originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 06:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FastMac U-Socket delayed yet again, now supposedly shipping in January

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Remember the $10 FastMac U-Socket that first turned up in way back in December of 2009 and was then beset by a number of delays that most recently led to a promised October ship date and inflated $20 price tag? Well, it didn’t ship then either, but the company is now apparently telling customers that it’s really, finally getting ready to ship the USB-equipped power socket sometime next month (despite a note on the company’s website that still says it’s shipping “mid-December”). Anyone ordering one now will apparently still have to wait a bit longer, though — the company apparently only expects things to return to “normal” by February.

[Thanks, Greg]

FastMac U-Socket delayed yet again, now supposedly shipping in January originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 04:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Authentic NASA artifacts, Buzz Aldrin’s dinner set for auction

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
Your long-held desire to own some authentic, Apollo-era vacuum-sealed, freeze-dried pot roast is about to be fulfilled. That’s right: RR Auction is, well, auctioning artifacts from the Golden Age of the space program this upcoming January, including Gordon Cooper’s father’s gold and diamond 32nd degree Masonic ring and some random part of a Mercury capsule that’s been mounted on a commemorative plaque. But that ain’t all! To see a complete list of all five hundred items, or to get in on the action yourself, hit the source link.

Authentic NASA artifacts, Buzz Aldrin’s dinner set for auction originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 31 Dec 2010 02:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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