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IDC: Nokia, Samsung, Apple are the new top 3 handset makers

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The latest figures are in from IDC: the top three global smartphone makers are Nokia, Samsung and Apple, in that order. Drilling down into the figures finds some surprises: Cupertino’s third-place with only 8.7 percent of the market, while the giants of Korea and Finland are duking it out with 22.8 percent and 26.6 respectively. LG and ZTE are tied for fourth, but that’s hardly good news for Goldstar, given that it’s lost a staggering 42.2 percent of its market share in the last twelve months (Nokia was the other loser, eating 8.2 percent). The cause for the drop is in part the world’s rejection of feature-phones (dropped faster than fashionistas rightly abandoned Ugg Boots and Jeggings) as millions upgraded to smartphones. After the break we’ve got the tables in full for anyone who wants to have their mind blown at the sheer quantity of handsets shipped in the last year, both financial and calendar.

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IDC: Nokia, Samsung, Apple are the new top 3 handset makers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Review enough Ultrabooks and you’ll start to wrestle with this idea of value. We’ve seen cheap ones that don’t perform well and expensive ones that do. Things get really dicey when you throw in machines that cost a bit less, look good and perform well, but are nonetheless flawed in some key way — like having a sticky keyboard or a trackpad with a mind of its own.

For more than a week now we’ve been testing the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and, at the risk of spoiling this review altogether, it’s made it even tougher for us to stack up one imperfect Ultrabook against another. What to do with a well-made, speed demon of a machine that boots in less than 20 seconds but starts at $1,095 without an SD slot, high-res display or backlit keyboard? Are the U300s’ stately looks, brisk performance and sound ergonomics enough to make up for a handful of absent features? Find the answers to that and more in our full review after the break.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U300s review originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You Can Buy One of the Super Rare DeLorean Time Machines Used in Back to the Future [Back To The Future]

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Cincinnati Bell brings Froyo to Milestone XT720, holds your hand through rooting process

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Rooting is the dark side of the Android platform. It opens your phone up to a world of unsanctioned opportunities and typically has carriers swatting you back with illegal network usage fees. So you’ll understand how bizarre it is that Cincinnati Bell is offering Milestone XT720 users software and an instructional video how-to that boots Eclair out, for its Froyo successor. Making use of the widely-popular SuperOneClick app, intrepid owners will be walked through the usual root, back-up and ROM-flashing steps. But the regional carrier’s no dummy as the procedure ends with users unrooting their devices, freeing the network from unwanted congestion and reducing the risk of a bricked phone. Customers of this Ohio-based provider should check the source for a forbidden peek into Android’s underbelly.

Cincinnati Bell brings Froyo to Milestone XT720, holds your hand through rooting process originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Columbia’s Omni Freeze Ice tech cools you down when the weather heats up

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Air-conditioning in cars and houses keeps us comfy in the summertime, but once we step into the great outdoors, it’s much harder to beat the heat. Columbia, which gave us electric jackets and boots to keep us toasty warm in winter, aims to keep us cool during the dog days of summer with its new line of Omni-Freeze Ice clothing. The material that makes the magic happen is made of flat fibers that bring 35 percent more surface area in contact with your skin than traditional round yarns — and the more cloth touching your dermis, the better it can absorb and dissipate body heat. These flat fibers are bonded with a special compound that activates when wet (by water or sweat) and lowers the temperature of both the garment and the person wearing it. In fact, if you stir in enough of the stuff, you can actually freeze a glass of water. Because the effect comes courtesy of chemical added to the clothing, it won’t last forever — but the company told us it’ll keep its cooling properties for 50 – 70 trips through the washing machine. Want it now? Too bad, because the Omni-Freeze Ice line of gear won’t be released worldwide until 2012.

We got to try on a sleeve of the stuff ourselves, and can say that Columbia’s cool new threads really work. Once the material was sprayed with some water and we started walking around, our arm was chilled quite pleasantly, almost like an Altoid for your skin. Of course, the cooling effect only lasts as long as it’s wet, and the temperature drop varies depending upon humidity levels and airflow over the moistened area — when waving our arm with the sleeve on, it got quite a bit colder than when we were standing still. Don’t believe us? See Columbia’s secret sauce in action after the break.

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BBC iPlayer will cost ‘fewer than $10′ a month for international subscribers

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

As you know, the BBC’s iPlayer online video catchup portal is about to strap its boots on and go international via the iPad some time this year, a subscription service which has now been priced at “fewer than $10″ per month. That’s the word direct from Mark Thompson, director general of the grand old corporation, who also assures us that the global launch is definitely coming in 2011. iPad and Android apps for the iPlayer were recently launched in the BBC’s homeland, so the technical requirements have already been fulfilled — now it’s probably just a matter of dotting some Is, crossing some Ts, and making sure Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t score you a lawsuit with his outspoken bravado.

[Thanks, Nathan]

BBC iPlayer will cost ‘fewer than $10′ a month for international subscribers originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Mar 2011 08:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Inflatable Snow Shoes Spring From Carrybags For Those Icy Icy Emergencies [Snow]

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop hands-on

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

We just said adéu to our friendly FedEx delivery person and ripped into our care package sent by Google. On first glance, the Google Cr-48 Chrome laptop looks very similar to Apple’s black MacBook. The screen is 12.1-inches, the entire computer is done up in a soft-touch rubberized finish, and — while it’s a bit thick (we’re used to using a MacBook Air) — we have had some fun typing on the well thought out (and well spaced) keyboard. Here are our first impressions:

  • We can’t get over how instant this thing is — it boots and wakes from sleep literally in one second max!
  • The soft-touch rubber finish, which at first didn’t sound very appealing, works really well on this super stealth, never-being-released notebook.
  • This is more of a preference, but we’d take a glossy display over the matte one on here any day… although the matte finished does fit into the anti-gloss vibe of the machine.
  • We can’t begin to explain how great of a feeling it is to have Verizon cellular support built in and how simple and easy the set up process is. Activating our 100MB/mo free account was extremely simple. One or two more steps than signing up for AT&T’s prepaid iPad plans — very solid.
  • Switching between open windows (think Spaces on a Mac with less jazz) is incredibly quick.
  • It’s so hard to get used to the fact that everything is browser-based, but it all has seemed to work very well for us so far.
  • Guest accounts rock!
  • All of our Google Chrome extensions and bookmarks were transferred over instantly for us — super cool.
  • The speed of the machine, in general, is obviously slower than we’d like and for a 12-inch (read: large) computer. But again, this isn’t meant to be released to the general public.
  • We had some wonkiness with the upper part of the LCD screen when we first turned it on, but we’re thinking that might have been due to the extreme temperatures this poor sucker had to endure on its journey to us this morning.
  • The trackpad hates us. It’s incredibly annoying and difficult to use. First off, it feels cheap, and second, unless you are scrolling with two fingers, don’t even try and have more than one finger at a time on here.

We’re cranking away and exploring Google’s first Chrome OS laptop and we will be sure to report back with more findings over the next couple days. In the meantime, hit up our hands-on gallery while we go make some insanely hot hot-chocolate!

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 official: Android 2.2 and ‘full’ phone functionality

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

We know you’re positively giddy with excitement to get at this OlivePad rebadge and ViewSonic is today fanning those flames of desire with a little bit of pre-IFA PR. Made official today, the 7-inch ViewPad 7 will try to lure in Android lovers with its tasty Froyo parfait, underpinned by hardware that includes front- and back-facing cameras, 3G for both phone and data transmissions, and a full-sized SIM slot. It doesn’t seem to have an earpiece so we’re unwilling to grant it the claim that it offers “full” phone functionality, but we’d be more worried about the unlisted internal specs on this thing — the OlivePad makes do with a 600MHz ARM CPU and an underwhelming 800 x 480 resolution, neither of which should be making the iPad quake in its well padded boots. Price is expected to be “no more than £350″ ($543) in the UK, though all we know about availability is that review units will start showing up in October. Ah well, the wait for a quality iPad alternative continues.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 series to be phased out, replaced by T400 this year

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

We’re not sure what tea they’re being served in the Far East these days, but the peeps at Lenovo have somehow convinced themselves to let go of the legendary 13-inch ThinkPad X301 and replace it with the 14-inch T410s by the end of the year. Ouch. While you mop up the tears pooling around your boots, here’s Marketing Director Wang Lipin’s reasoning: with the T400 series capable of offering more powerful CPU and GPU at a similar portability but much lower price (we’re talking about a $980 difference between the T410s and X301 base models, at the time of writing), the X300 series has since lost its special place in the ultraportable category. It’s tough to argue with figures like that, and hey, at least that’s one less temptation for the sake of your piggy bank. Or so we’re left to tell ourselves.

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Sony VAIO J joins the touchscreen all-in-one ranks

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

On the surface it doesn’t look like much separates Sony’s new 21.5-inch VAIO J all-in-one from the growing number of touchscreen AIOs on the market, but it’s definitely one of the more head-turning options out there. Like its 24-inch L Series, the VAIO J has a 1920×1080-resolution display and a Blu-ray drive, but the larger model now packs a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-620M CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA discrete graphics options with 512 vRAM. It also has a 7,200rpm 500GB hard drive and boots Windows 7 Premium, though Sony has added its touch-friendly Media Gallery software layer. The best news? While the L starts at $1,300, the J will arrive next month with a $900 starting price. Sure, there are cheaper models out there, but when doesn’t Sony demand a few extra bucks for its good looks? On that note, we’ll leave you with some polished press shots and the full PR after the break.

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Acer Aspire One AOD250 Boots Android And Win XP, Holds Us Over Until Chrome OS Arrives [Android]

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

The long talked about dual boot Android, Windows XP Acer netbook is ready to come out of hiding and you can snatch one up now (with a six-cell battery) for $350. But will you ever use the Android?

Android on the Aspire One AOD250 functions like Splashtop or any instant-on operating system. It will boot into Android in 20 seconds (says Frandroid) and when you have had your fill, you can then enter Windows XP.

The model I saw demoed a few weeks back, had the standard Android home screen with the drawer of applications. Frandroid reports that there was no access to the Android Marketplace , but there were lots of pre-installed apps. The other good news is that there is full Flash support in the browser. But, as I have found with netbooks with instant-on operating systems I never end up staying in the pre-boot environment for too long. I end up wanting to run programs and save to the hard drive, etc. Maybe, this is why I am so excited for Google’s Chrome OS; it will be a full, yet lightweight OS that, I presume, will boot quickly and have all the things I need.

Beyond Android, the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD250 has a similar chassis to the other Aspire Ones (frankly, I have always thought the trackpad and keyboard were too cramped for a 10-incher). It has a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. I know I have to wait until next year for some Chrome OS, so in the meantime I conclude that the Aspire One AOD250 is a good value if you want some Google operating system loving on a netbook. [Acer]

Acer Expands Popular Line of Aspire One Netbooks to Include Unique Dual-Boot Option with Android and Windows XP Operating Systems

Fast Android boot option allows “instant on” Internet access complimented by the full functionality of the Windows XP environment

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 15, 2009 – Acer America, the world’s second largest notebook PC vendor and third largest PC vendor Source: Gartner data, FY 2008, today announced U.S. availability of the Aspire One AOD250 netbook featuring a dual-boot operating system including Android™ and Windows XP® Home. The innovative and open design of Android gives Aspire One users faster connections to the Internet and increased access to productivity and entertainment applications. Continuing to push the envelope on mobile computing solutions, Acer is offering the 10.1-inch Aspire One AOD250 with Android and Windows XP to U.S. customers with prices beginning at $349.99.

The Aspire One AOD250 netbook includes a dual-boot feature allowing users to switch between Android and Windows XP Home operating systems with just a click of a mouse. Designed specifically for mobile devices and applications, Android allows the Aspire One netbook to boot up and shut down quickly with “instant on” Internet connectivity, saving time and boosting productivity. Android is a free and open mobile platform, giving users access to leading-edge innovative applications that are user-friendly, affordable and often free. Aspire One users can download fun games, productivity titles, multimedia apps and cool widgets, created through an open source.

“The Android operating system and the Aspire One netbook is an ideal combination for end users that require a highly mobile device for data consumption,” said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product management for Acer America. “The unique dual-boot OS on the new Aspire One ensures users fast connections, the familiarity of Windows, and the added convenience of open source mobile platforms and applications.”

Combining ultra-portability and design
The Aspire One netbook is a simple and reliable mobile computing solution. Engineered for extreme mobility and weighing less than three pounds, the Aspire One utilizes the energy-efficient Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 to keep users connected while on-the-go. The Aspire One comes with a high-density, six-cell, 5800 mAh battery, 1GB of memory, integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi network connectivity, and a generous 160GB internal hard drive to store plenty of digital albums, music and documents. The Aspire One utilizes a Multi-Gesture Touchpad, allowing users to pinch, flick and swirl their fingers across the touchpad for intuitive navigation. It also allows users to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more.

The Aspire One has a 10.1-inch CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit display, offering a broader viewing area for Web page navigation and data input. For communication needs, the netbook is equipped with the Acer Crystal Eye webcam, delivering smooth video streaming and high quality images for online chats and business video conferences, even in low-light situations. A built-in digital microphone conveys superior voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes. Bluetooth® 2.1 allows the Aspire One easy connectivity to enabled wireless devices, such as phones, printers and PDAs.

Acer Aspire One AOD250 with Android™ Specifications

* Intel® Atom™ Processor N280 (1.66GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667MHz FSB)
* Dual-Boot Operating System, choose between Android™ and Windows® XP Home operating systems
* 10.1″ WSVGA Acer CrystalBrite™ LED-backlit Display
* Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset
* Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
* 1024MB DDR2 667MHz Memory
* 160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
* Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
* Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
* Bluetooth® 2.1
* Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcam
* Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
* Dolby® Headphone Technology
* Multi-Gesture Touchpad
* 3 – USB 2.0 Ports
* 6-cell Li-ion Battery (5800 mAh)
* 2.79 lbs. | 1.27 kg
* 10.2″ (W) x 8.4″ (D) x 1.0″ (H)
* MSRP: $349.99
* Four stylish colors: Ruby Red, Diamond Black, Sapphire Blue and Seashell White

Pricing and Availability
The Aspire One AOD250 netbook is available now via Acer’s authorized resellers and at major retailers nationwide, with prices beginning at $349.99. The Aspire One comes with a one-year limited warranty.

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