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Study shows more people watch TV on tablets than computers, still nothing on

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Study shows more people watch TV on tablets than computers, still nothing on

Is your notebook still your preferred second TV? Well, it seems you’re now in the minority. The hip new way of consuming the drug of the nation — after the ‘ole tube itself — is on a tablet, according to a recent Viacom study. Over 2,500 people were polled nationwide, and the results show a shift away from computers and smartphones to slates. Tabs made up 15 percent of full-length TV show viewings, with the increase of streaming services and companion apps being cited as contributing factors to the trend. We don’t know what the fuss is about, we watch all our telly on a tablet.

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Study shows more people watch TV on tablets than computers, still nothing on originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pioneer launches RMX1000 Remix Station, now no tune is safe (video)

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
Pioneer has been dishing out its line of digital DJ tools for long enough that you’d hope it knows what the spinners want, and these days it seems that’s remixing tools. The RMX1000 is a new effects based unit, that looks like an evolution of the firm’s EFX range. It still cooks up those chops, rolls, and reverbs, but also has a companion “Remixbox” software, as well as studio-friendly VST / AU functionality. The software lets you overwrite the default set-up with one of your own, and there’s an SD card slot so you can leave yours at home, but still bring your settings to the club. Word is that pro DJ settings will be available for download, so nosey DJs can see how James Zabiela likes his high-pass filters. The effects themselves come in four flavors: Scene, Isolator, Release and X-Pad. Connectivity-wise it’s rocking a pair of RCA and 1 / 4-inch plugs for both in-and out-put, and there’s USB for the computer / MIDI hook-up. It’s set to land in June with a $1000 price tag, but in the meantime if you want to see if it’ll be worth your savings, hit-up the video after the break, or click the PR for the full specs.

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Pioneer launches RMX1000 Remix Station, now no tune is safe (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire?

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
The Kindle Fire is less a tablet and more a $200 window into Amazon’s storefront. The 7-inch slate that shares its DNA with the BlackBerry PlayBook lacks any physical features bar a micro-USB port, headphone jack and speaker. Internally, that 1GHz CPU is paired up with 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage, with no option for increased size, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi or 3G. Performance was fine inside the company’s carousel sandbox, but step outside and things became outrageously herky-jerky, especially in the Silk browser, which didn’t live up to its name. We found that there was plenty we’d like to change to make it more of a useful tablet, but did we miss the point? You probably had one bought for you in the Holidays and it’s had three or four months solid use since then, so what do you think? Is it a good companion on your daily commute, did it justify winning our E-Reader of the year prize and if Jeff Bezos was reading all of your comments in anticipation for version two, what would you demand he changes?

How would you change Amazon’s Kindle Fire? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG announces the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

LG on Thursday unveiled its first quad-core smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD. The handset features a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor with a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Optimus 4X HD will also come equipped with 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 2,150 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera a and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera. “LG introduced the world’s first Dual-Core smartphone exactly one year ago and today we’re announcing the next milestone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile. “But speed in itself isn’t what makes LG Optimus 4X HD unique, it’s the benefit we’re bringing to customers with the HD multimedia experience in a mobile form factor.” Even with a quad-core processor, the phone is expected have impressive battery life thanks to NVIDIA’s  ”4-PLUS-1″ design, which uses a fifth “companion core”  for low processing activities and allows the phone to save battery life. The Optimus 4X HD will make its debut at next week’s Mobile World Congress. Read on for LG’s press release.

LG’S QUAD-CORE SMARTPHONE MAKES DEBUT AT 2012 MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS
LG Optimus 4X HD Takes Desktop Performance to the Mobile Space

SEOUL, Feb. 23, 2012 – LG today unveiled its first Quad-Core processor smartphone, LG Optimus 4X HD. Combining NVIDIA’s latest 1.5GHz Tegra 3 with True HD IPS display, the LG Optimus 4X HD delivers PC-like performance in the palm of one’s hand.

“LG introduced the world’s first Dual-Core smartphone exactly one year ago and today we’re announcing the next milestone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “But speed in itself isn’t what makes LG Optimus 4X HD unique, it’s the benefit we’re bringing to customers with the HD multimedia experience in a mobile form factor.”

The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor is the world`s only 4-PLUS-1™ Quad-Core mobile processor designed for high-level multimedia performance but utilizes a fifth battery-saver core to handle less demanding tasks such as active standby and music playback. When running at full speed, the 12-core graphics processing unit (GPU) in Tegra 3 delivers a visually rich experience and console-quality game playability.

Equipped with the True HD IPS display, the Optimus 4X HD guarantees the finest viewing experience with high resolution, clarity and no color or shape distortion. The Optimus 4X HD includes 16 GB internal memory and runs on the latest version of Android OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Besides the smooth and fast performance, the Optimus 4X HD boasts a 8-megapixel BSI (Backside Illumination) Sensor camera with LED flash and advanced multimedia features to enrich the overall multimedia experience.

And LG designers made sure that looks didn’t take a back seat to performance. The 8.9mm slim and sleek smartphone features a “prism-edged” design with enhanced materials and finish.

Additional information on the revolutionary new Optimus 4X HD will be available at LG Stand (Hall 8) at MWC 2012 from February 27 to March 1.

Key Specifications:
o Chipset: 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor (NVIDIA Tegra 3)
o Display: 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) True HD IPS
o Memory: 16GB eMMC and 1GB LP DDR2
o Camera: 8.0MP BSI Sensor (Rear) and 1.3MP (Front)
o OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
o Battery: 2,150mAh

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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
OMAP 5

We’ve seen Texas Instrument’s OMAP 5 in action, but we haven’t been able to pit it directly against a competitor. The Dallas company must be growing more and more confident in its product however, as its posted a video demoing its pair of A15 cores alongside an unspecified quad-core A9 part — presumably the Tegra 3. The video shows the next-gen TI part powering through the EEMBC BrowsingBench in 95 seconds, while its opposition takes a whopping 201. What’s more, this thrashing was performed by an 800MHz part — the four A9s were clocked at 1.3GHz. Of course, Tegra 3s are already in shipping products, while the OMAP 5 might not find a home in consumer devices before 2013. It’s also unclear just how much of a hit these new high-powered ARM cores will have on battery life or how much the pair of M4 companion cores helped in the benchmark. Head on after the break to watch a pair of tablets load up 20 websites in quick succession.

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OMAP 5′s dual A15 cores wipe the floor with four A9s in browsing benchmark originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NVIDIA officially brands Tegra 3′s five-core quad-core architecture as 4-PLUS-1

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
NVIDIA officially brands Tegra 3's five-core quad-core architecture as 4-PLUS-1

NVIDIA’s cooked up a few ways to describe the Tegra 3′s quad-core-with-a-spare architecture, usually by giving the extra Cortex A9 a cute nickname like “ninja,” or “companion.” Until now, the proper description was “Variable Symmetrical Multiprocessing,” or, vSMP for short. Despite how much fun (and technically accurate) some of these descriptions may have been, however, they just aren’t marketable. “Our customers wanted a name for it that’s unique and descriptive,” writes mobile business unit general manager Michael Rayfield, “A name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value.” That official name is the 4-PLUS-1 quad-core architecture, he says, and you’ll probably see it pop up a few times in Barcelona next week if LG’s latest offering is any indication. It lacks something in pizzaz, to be sure, but we’ll admit that it is at least descriptive of the Tegra 3′s technical chops. In related news, NVIDIA promises the Tegra will be less fickle about its new moniker than the symbol formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince.

NVIDIA officially brands Tegra 3′s five-core quad-core architecture as 4-PLUS-1 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GoBandit WiFi helmet cam hands-on

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Extreme sports junkies are no strangers to the vast selection of helmet cams just waiting for them to record their wicked shenanigans, so we were expecting to see nothing drastically new when we stopped by the GoBandit booth at CES 2012. There was one thing, however, that stuck out to us as we played with the company’s top-tier model, the GoBandit Live: WiFi. And let’s be very careful with words here, because these full HD cams don’t find WiFi hotspots — they are WiFi hotspots. This means that not only can you upload your vids to another device, you can broadcast them live. Here’s how it works: download the companion iOS app (the company’s working to have Android compatibility soon), activate the cam’s WiFi and either load your vids or view them live. The model GoBandit had on hand was still a prototype model, so unfortunately we weren’t able to put it to the full test yet, though we at least were able to snap a few pics for the gallery below. Available in March, it comes in two flavors: the Live, which offers GPS and WiFi, and the Race, which doesn’t. The pair will go for $419 and $319, respectively.

Joseph Volpe contributed to this post.

GoBandit WiFi helmet cam hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Transformer Prime heading to UK shelves next month, bundled with dock for complete transformation

Friday, December 16th, 2011


ASUS has excelled at building up the global Transformer craze, and although there’s been a few hiccups along the way, the quad-core beast is set to start hitting shelves around the world in the weeks ahead. According to Pocket-lint, the Taiwanese company has given confirmation that the newest Eee Pad on the block is hitting Great Britain in January. You’ll be surprised to hear that the Prime won’t be coming as a lone wolf, instead being bundled with its mighty dock companion and priced at £499 (around $770 in Greenbacks) for the 32GB WiFI-only version. We’d offer you a look at our review in the meantime, but on second thought, that probably makes the wait that much more unbearable…

Transformer Prime heading to UK shelves next month, bundled with dock for complete transformation originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xbox Companion app for WP7 will launch alongside the new dashboard December 6th

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

The fall 2011 dashboard update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is just a day or so away from arriving and while certain video partners may not be ready to ring the bell day one, its slick Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7 (caught on video here and here) will be there. The app lets users search the Xbox catalog of games, movies, and more directly from their phone, get second screen information on what ever the console is currently playing, see friend activity, or act as a remote control. It’s free for all WP7 users and will be available Tuesday, check the gallery below for a few more screen shots and Major Nelson’s blog for specific details.

Xbox Companion app for WP7 will launch alongside the new dashboard December 6th originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Introducing Memo Touch, a tablet designed for elders with short-term memory loss

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s a product you don’t see every day: a tablet designed specifically for senior citizens — albeit with rather limited functionality. The Memo Touch is designed as a reminder tool for those who struggle with short-term memory loss, and can be used to deliver gentle cues when its time to take a medication, go to the doctor and the like. It’s collaborative, too, as family members may add calendar events, phone numbers and to-do items, or even share photos and personalized messages, all from the product’s companion website. Based on the Archos 101, the Memo Touch sells for $299 and requires a six-month ($174) or 12-month ($300) subscription. For those who don’t take to the new-fangled gadget, the tablet carries a three month return policy, where purchasers may opt to receive a refund or have the tablet restored to its Android roots. Hey, it’s one more way of keeping that rascally parent under your thumb, anyway. Overbearing children will find a full press release after the break. Now, where’d we put that damn tablet?

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Introducing Memo Touch, a tablet designed for elders with short-term memory loss originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 01:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011

This is the ASUS PadFone

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Wow, so our theory and mockup turned out to be pretty much spot on: indeed, the oddly named ASUS PadFone does tuck itself into a shielded docking bay on the back of its companion tablet, and the latter’s hinged cover appears to pop up upon releasing the latch. You can also just about make out the two ports inside which are likely to be HDMI and micro-USB — one for driving the larger display, and the other for taking care of touch input while possibly sipping juice from an extra battery somewhere. Now, what we really like to know is which version of Android will be shipped (if ever) with this split-personality phone — our money’s on Ice Cream Sandwich, given that this flavor will happily cater both phone and tablet form factors later this year. That said, given the uniqueness of this product, ASUS could probably still get away with taking a step back and launch this as a Gingerbread tablet. Well, we shall dig up more answers for y’all tomorrow, and stay tuned for some sweet hands-on time.

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This is the ASUS PadFone originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 May 2011 14:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FCC reveals Seagate GoFlex Satellite, a WiFi-capable battery-powered external hard drive

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

For a purportedly doomed manufacturer of magnetic storage, Seagate sure is spinning some interesting ideas these days — last year, we got modular, upgradable cables, and now the company’s testing external hard drives that don’t need pesky wires to function. According to filings, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite not only plays the network-attached-storage card with built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, it’s also got a 3.7V battery inside its case… making the product’s name somewhat apt, don’t you think? According to a leaked description, Seagate’s also planning a companion iOS app called “GoFlex Media” to let your iDevices stream content directly from the device. Mind you, none of that means you won’t be able to dock with your Satellite the old-fashioned way — FCC docs also mention a USB 3.0 cable that delivers data and power simultaneously.

FCC reveals Seagate GoFlex Satellite, a WiFi-capable battery-powered external hard drive originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 May 2011 13:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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I-O Data’s HDCA-UT3.0K drive offers USB 3.0 and 3TB of storage

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If you’ve been on the hunt for the biggest, fastest hard drive around, it seems your options are expanding. I-O Data just introduced the HDCA-UT3.0K external hard drive, which offers USB 3.0 support and 3TB of storage, which, as the company notes, makes it an ideal companion for TVs with a USB recording mode. Struggling to resist the charm of its blue LED and the possibility of owning more storage than you’ll ever need? Look for it in mid-May with a price of ¥26,400 ($324).

I-O Data’s HDCA-UT3.0K drive offers USB 3.0 and 3TB of storage originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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App review: Seamless for iOS and Mac (video)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

If you’re the kind of person who’s always listening to music and wouldn’t be caught dead headphone-less, pause that song for a quick second and check out Seamless. This lightweight app links your iPhone‘s Music player to iTunes on your Mac in a pretty clever — not to mention Cupertino-esque — fashion. The whole crux of it is the “transition,” which simultaneously fades out a song on one end while bringing it to full blast on the other. All it takes to get started is a quick $1.99 download for your i-device and free Mac-centric companion app. Does it work as advertised, or is it really just a gimmick? Head past the break for a quick rundown of just how seamless this utility really is.

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App review: Seamless for iOS and Mac (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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