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Samsung Game Hub, Video Hub hands-on (video)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Sad that Samsung’s rumored S-Cloud didn’t appear on the scene? Well the arrival of the company’s new Video, Game and Music hubs might heal the wounds. Rather than a unified service, the Galaxy S III will have access to three separate stores that will offer an alternative to Google Play. We spent a few minutes having a play, and you can see what it’s like after the break.

Gallery: Samsung’s new movie and game hubs hands-on at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012

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Samsung Game Hub, Video Hub hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 17:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Insert Coin: Hand Stylus for touch devices

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.

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Inventive scribbler Steve King — no, not that one — is working his fingers raw trying to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter. His project, the colorfully-named Hand Stylus, works with all your capacitive touchscreens, sports a retractable nib that rotates to avoid uneven wear, and even sticks to the magnet on an iPad. While it can’t replace the need for natural digits, it could potentially come in handy while taking notes, sketching, cooking, or experiencing frostbite. Skip down below the break for a video if you need more convincing, or you already lost the one that came with your Galaxy Note.

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Insert Coin: Hand Stylus for touch devices originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 17:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vonage reports $14 million in income, loses 19,000 subscribers

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Vonage reports $14 million in income, loses 19,000 subscribersVonage may have raked in $216 million in revenue, netting itself $14 million in profit, but things still seem to be heading in the wrong direction for the company. We’re not even talking about the sharp decrease in net income — the $350 million made in the last quarter was thanks in large part to a one-time tax benefit. Revenue remained flat sequentially at $216 million, but was down slightly from the same time last year. What’s more, churn had increased from Q4 and, despite signing up 165,000 new accounts, the VoIP carrier managed lose 19,000 subscribers — and that’s after dropping 14,000 last quarter. For more info check out the PR after the break.

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Vonage reports $14 million in income, loses 19,000 subscribers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 22:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Microsoft has long been pushing to get the Xbox 360 into as many living rooms as possible, and it looks like it could now be about to attempt a new tactic to further expand its reach. According to The Verge’s sources, the company will launch a new bundle next week that will include both a 4GB Xbox 360 console and a Kinect sensor for just $99 — the only catch being that you’ll also have to sign a two-year contract at a rate of $15 a month. That will give you access to the Xbox Live Gold service, and potentially some additional streaming content, as well as a two-year warranty (there’s also naturally an early termination fee for those that break the contract). From the sound of things, though, the new offering could be getting something of a soft launch — the only outlet mentioned for the bundle so far is the rather limited number of Microsoft Stores in the US.

Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 11:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi

Boingo is best known for providing WiFi on the ground, but it’s now working with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom to spread its paid internet access to international flights, not just flights in the US. Lufthansa trips both inside Germany as well as to Canada and the US will soon let you pay with your Boingo account to stay online while you’re in the air, using DT’s broadband internet access as the conduit. More airlines will be coming soon, although those of us who get itchy staying offline for more than a few hours will have to pay an unspecified premium for that connection when it’s ready. Check the PR after the break for the official word.

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Boingo, Deutsche Telekom team up for international in-flight WiFi originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 22:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Triggertrap: nine ways to activate your DSLR with an iOS device, choose one

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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When we first heard about the Kickstarter-funded Triggertrap, it was a nice but nichey lab instrument of a device that could fire your DSLR with diverse stimuli, like lights or ringing phones. It wasn’t the first photo-tripping idea we’d seen, but at least it could be had for a fair sum ($75.00) and be used out of the box. But now, by connecting that tech to an app and charging $19.98 for both the software and hardware, Triggertrap might open up remote snapping to a lot more folks.

Running off any iPhone, iPad or iPod using iOS 5, the app uses a dongle which can be connected by cable or infrared to most DSLRs or advanced compacts. From there, you’ll be able to use all of your iDevice’s sensors as triggers, from motion through to facial recognition and even GPS. The app doesn’t just fire the shutter, either — it also gives you control over the focus and flash. And if you don’t have a separate camera, the iPhone’s built-in cam can be used instead — which would save you from buying the $9.99 dongle, if you have the necessary accoutrements. So if you’ve been wondering how to get those hard-to-shoot images, or have more nefarious ideas, check the videos after the break.

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Triggertrap: nine ways to activate your DSLR with an iOS device, choose one originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ShelfX’s Vending Fridge nixes the cashier, uses QR codes, RFID to ‘know what you took’

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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QR codes and RFID tags aren’t uncommon when it comes to automated payment applications, and now Colorado-based ShelfX has purposed them for its new wireless-equipped Vending Fridges. Eliminating the need for a cashier — or cash, for that matter — each unit allows you to purchase any items packed inside by scanning a QR code with your phone (using the company’s app) or an RFID badge. Upon presenting either method to the machine, it’s able to tell who you are and unlocks its door. From there, you can grab whatever you’d like, while ShelfX automatically pulls funds your account for what’s been removed. The system is also smart enough to know when goods are put back, so you won’t have to worry about being charged while making up your mind. All of the money goes through ShelfX, allowing it to take “a small percentage” for itself before sending a monthly payment to owners. The Vending Fridge is currently on sale for $600, and a retrofitting kit for your own fridge is also available for half that amount — no word on whether it has kid-blocking or crab-proofing options, though. You’ll find more information in the press release just after the break.

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ShelfX’s Vending Fridge nixes the cashier, uses QR codes, RFID to ‘know what you took’ originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 28 Apr 2012 02:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T stockholders vote down net neutrality proposal

Friday, April 27th, 2012

AT&T stockholders vote down net neutrality

AT&T stockholders took to the ballot box today at their annual meeting and voted not only to reelect the entire board of directors, but also on a number of measures concerning how the company should conduct business. Chief amongst them was a provision that would have required the carrier to operate its network according to the tenets of net neutrality. Unfortunately for you (unless you’re an AT&T exec), the proposal was voted down by a pretty stunning margin. 94.1 percent of shareholders opposed, with only 5.9 casting their voice in favor of true network neutrality. For more info check out the PR after the break.

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AT&T stockholders vote down net neutrality proposal originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Former MakerBot exec launches Solidoodle sub-$500 3D printer

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Let’s be honest — we all want a a 3D printer to call our own, right? Price has always been a significant barrier to the dream of printing pretty much everything your imagination can conjure (barring some hardware limitations, of course). For its part, MakerBot has made some significant strides toward tearing some of those barriers, and now Solidoodle, led by that company’s former COO Samuel Cervantes, is looking to take the trend even further. The company’s current self-tilted model starts at just under $500. The printer, which is now up for pre-order, can print plastic pieces up to 6″ x 6″ x 6″, and “all you need to supply is a computer and power.” Also, interestingly, “a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it’s printing. ” So, that’s a bonus. Check out a video of the printer in action after the break.

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Former MakerBot exec launches Solidoodle sub-$500 3D printer originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dropbox simplifies sharing with file viewer and folder links

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Dropbox simplifies sharing with file viewer and folder links

Dropbox is one of those tools that makes our lives a lot easier around the Engadget compound and our various satellite lairs. So, it only makes sense that we’d get a little excited when the company updates and improves the file syncing service. Now, sharing is a bit simpler, with the ability to generate a public link for any file or folder and have it open in a web-based viewer. This can be accomplished both from the website and on the desktop by right clicking and selecting get link. Those using the beta version of the Dropbox desktop client have enjoyed some of these features for sometime, but now the full suite of file viewing and folder sharing options are standard issue for all. Check out the PR after the break.

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Dropbox simplifies sharing with file viewer and folder links originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon’s cloud infrastructure said to power 1% of the Internet

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Amazon’s cloud computing infrastructure has seen tremendous growth and is silently becoming a core element of the Internet. According to research from DeepField Networks, one-third of the millions of users covered by the study visited a website that uses Amazon’s infrastructure each day, WIRED reported on Wednesday. While most people still think of Amazon mainly as an Internet retailer, the company is quietly becoming “a massive utility” that is responsible for 1% of all Internet traffic in North America, according to Craig Labovitz, the co-founder of DeepField Networks. “My mother, for example, has heard of Facebook. She’s heard of Google. She buys stuff from Amazon. But I don’t think most people realize just how pervasive Amazon is becoming,” he said. “The number of websites that would now break if Amazon were to go down, and the growing pervasiveness of Amazon behind the scenes, is really quite impressive.” The company stored 762 billion objects in its S3 storage cloud last year, three times the number of objects stored 2010, and it operates several data centers on the West Coast, across Europe, and in Virginia, Singapore and Tokyo.

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Wiipop incorporates Kinect camera and several Wiimotes into a veritable electric boogaloo

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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Sure, we’ve seen plenty of dancing games harness the Wii and Kinect’s unique motion capture systems, but the Wiipop prototype takes things to another level, combining the technology of both with some pro-level dance moves. The game utilizes the Kinect’s 3D camera and up to eight body-mounted Wiimotes, letting players improvise freestyle dance moves in a SingStar-like game, matching body pops to beats in a song. The game’s not quite ready for primetime, but when it is, Christian “Mio” Loclair sees its potential beyond simple gameplay. The title could, perhaps, be used to help design choreographed productions or to generate and trigger visual effects for live performance. In the meantime, pop and lock into the video after the break.

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Wiipop incorporates Kinect camera and several Wiimotes into a veritable electric boogaloo originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows Phone OS mod speeds up app load times, knows you’ll play Monopoly on your break (video)

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Experimental Windows Phone mod Falcon speeds up app load times, knows you were going to do that

Microsoft Research has revealed some of its latest work into mobile app optimization — and it’s called the contextual solution, Falcon. Fast App Launching with Context aims to improve “key OS services” including memory management, scheduling and security. It does this by using location and sci-fi-sounding “temporal access patterns” — when you use the app — to pre-load programs before you’ve even decided to use them, which dramatically reduces perceived loading delay. A learning algorithm baked into the Windows Phone OS mod also improves its behavior and predictive powers as you use it. In the project’s own tests, users were apparently saving up to 35 seconds on a single app launch. There’s no news on whether the developmental mod will find its way into future Windows Phone iterations, but if our phone just knew to pre-load Kinectimals each morning — the only thing that gets us through those 7am commutes– we’d be more than willing to give it a go.

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Windows Phone OS mod speeds up app load times, knows you’ll play Monopoly on your break (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xtex’s My Tablet gets you 7-inches of tasty ICS for just 150 bones

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Xtex's My Tablet gets you 7-inches of tasty ICS for just 150 bones

Tablets are are great and all, but they sure can be expensive — especially if you want one running a newer version of Android. Step in Xtex’s $150 My Tablet, a 7-inch device loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, a 16GB HDD (expandable to 48 GB via its TF card slot) and a 1.5Ghz CPU complimented by 1GB of RAM. That’s not all, though, as the device also packs a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an HDMI output and mini and standard USB ports. That low price does mean you’ll be making due with a screen resolution of 800 x 480 and only WiFi connectivity, but you’ll get to choose from its very neapolitan-esque black, white and pink colorways. Considering the My Tablet is nearly half the price of an Andy Pad Pro, it sure does looks appetizing on paper — as long as you keep your expectations reasonable, that is. Satisfy your sweet tooth with more images in the gallery below and the press release after the break.

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Best Buy details its 50 big box store shutdowns in the US, most will close by May 12th

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

We knew Best Buy planned to close 50 of its big box retail locations by the end of its 2013 fiscal year, and now (just days after Mike Mikan took the CEO-reigns from Brian Dunn) it’s detailed all of the stores that’ll be getting the boot. As it stands, two locations have already been shut down, with six others set to close before the year is out — and the company hopes to clear out the remaining 42 before May 12th. Employees at most of the stores were informed of the news this weekend, and despite the impending closures, the company says it’ll try to re-position them within the company or offer up severance packages. Past that, Best Buy is also reaching out to the customers of these stores, noting that they’ll still have other nearby locations to choose from — try-before-you-buy online shoppers rejoice. There’s still no specific word about the 100 Best Buy Mobile stores it hopes to setup, but more information will be forthcoming later in the year. Hit up the press release after the break if you’d like to parse the full list of affected locations or find out more details about the planned closures.

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DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)

Friday, April 13th, 2012

DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video)DARPA saw the battlefield potential in AR glasses ages ago, when even Sergey Brin was happy to wear regular Ray-Bans. It’s now stepped up its investment, giving more cash to one of its research contractors — a company called Innovega — to produce prototype contact lenses that could make military wearable HUDs smaller and less conspicuous. Innovega’s iOptik lenses don’t actually include a display, but rather allow the human eye to focus on an image from a separate accessory that sits right up close to the eyeball. The lenses have different zones that give the wearer multiple areas of focus, so they can see the overlaid augmented reality HUD — such as a feed from an overhead drone — but also warlike events going on in the immediate environment. Judging from the video after the break, however, calling them plain ‘bifocals’ might be taboo.

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DARPA realizes it needs contact lenses, opts for those nice AR tinted ones (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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It’s Not a Crime to Break a Terms of Service Agreement (So It’s Okay to Never Read Them) [Law]

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

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