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Jaws debuts on Blu-ray August 14th remastered and upmixed (video)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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Universal Pictures promised it would celebrate its centennial by bringing classics out of the vaults and onto Blu-ray discs and now one of our most anticipated flicks, Jaws, finally has a release date. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 hit will come home in “digitally remastered and fully restored” form with an upmixed 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack August 14th. The soundtrack and picture have both been carefully restored in a process undertaken in conjunction with Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, as they went back to the original 35mm film and repaired it frame by frame. Also packed in will be four hours of bonus features, including an all new documentary The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws. If you’re wondering about the restoration process, there are a couple of samples included after the break, plus a video about it and teaser trailer for the Blu-ray disc — we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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Jaws debuts on Blu-ray August 14th remastered and upmixed (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Researchers suggest haptics and audio for discreet password input

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Researchers suggest haptics and audio for discreet password input

You can use as complex as a password as you like, but that won’t do you much good if someone’s able to watch or record you entering it. Researchers Andrea Bianchi, Ian Oakley and Dong-Soo Kwon have some ideas for overcoming that little problem though, and recently put together a video demonstrating a few of the possibilities they’ve come up with. All of those rely on haptic input systems — either on their own or in conjunction with some audio output (through headphones for privacy). That includes things like a dedicated haptic keypad or haptic wheel, and different methods that could take advantage of a haptic display on a smartphone. As you can see in the video after the break, some of those options could be a bit more time consuming than an easy-to-remember password, but there’s certainly plenty of potential applications where security would trump convenience.

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Researchers suggest haptics and audio for discreet password input originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mercedes-Benz to bring Siri integration to all A-Class vehicles

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled plans to integrate Apple’s Siri voice assistant into its A-Class vehicles, according to a report from PSFK. The integration would allow drivers to access their iPhone apps using voice commands. The feature is being called the Drive Kit Plus program and will work in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz’ Digital DriveStyle app to translate the iPhone’s screen onto the in-car display. The program will feature compatibility with popular apps such as Twitter and Facebook pre-installed, and drivers will be able to listen to music, change radio stations, update their status on social networks and send text messages using voice commands as well. According to the report, the car’s integrated Garmin navigation system will be also compatible with Siri commands. Mercedes-Benz is the first car maker to integrate Apple’s voice assistant into a vehicle, with the feature reportedly set to debut at the 2012 Geneva auto show next month and a rollout to all A-Class vehicles scheduled to begin this fall.

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U.S. Cellular unveils first LTE devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S Aviator

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

U.S. Cellular on Wednesday unveiled the company’s first two 4G LTE devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy S Aviator 4G smartphone. The carrier plans to launch its 4G LTE network next month, and it will cover 25% of the company’s current subscriber base. “With 4G LTE speeds, you can quickly get what you want when you need it,” said president and CEO of U.S. Cellular Mary N. Dillon. “This 4G LTE network builds upon our industry-leading network satisfaction and is the only one that comes with a valuable rewards program and other unique benefits like Overage Protection and Battery Swap that make our customers the happiest in wireless.” The Galaxy S Aviator smartphone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with an 8-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera and an HDMI port. The handset runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and will be available in April. While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is slated to be released in March and will feature the same specs as previous models. Read on for U.S. Cellular’s press release.

U.S. CELLULAR ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 4G LTE NETWORK NEXT MONTH ALONG WITH UPCOMING DEVICES

Brings up to 10 times faster download speeds and better web browsing experience

CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2012) – U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, is launching a 4G LTE network next month that will enhance the wireless experience with countless entertainment possibilities and help customers simplify and organize their lives. The 4G LTE network will cover 25 percent of U.S. Cellular’s customers and will coincide with the launch of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 4G LTE mobile tablet followed shortly by the Samsung Galaxy S® Aviator™ 4G LTE smartphone.

4G LTE speeds allow customers to begin watching a movie in seconds and enjoy smoother video streaming with little to no buffering, and video chatting with family or business colleagues is seamless.

With the Samsung Galaxy S® Aviator™, customers have the ability to talk and access the Internet at the same time. They can talk to their family about dinner plans while downloading an app to find nearby restaurants and simultaneously check out reviews online.

The March rollout of 4G LTE includes select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma, including some of U.S. Cellular’s leading markets such as Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C. U.S. Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer 4G LTE in several of these markets. The next wave of market launches will be announced later this month.

“With 4G LTE speeds, you can quickly get what you want when you need it,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. “This 4G LTE network builds upon our industry-leading network satisfaction and is the only one that comes with a valuable rewards program and other unique benefits like Overage Protection and Battery Swap that make our customers the happiest in wireless.”

The Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 is powered by Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and has a 10.1-inch WXGA TFT touchscreen. It features superior multi-tasking capabilities, a video watching experience similar to TV and smooth graphics and responsive controls for faster gaming. Apps are downloaded faster on the sleek Samsung Galaxy S® Aviator™ smartphone that comes with Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread). It has a 4.3-inch WVGA s-AMOLED plus touchscreen, 8 megapixel rear camera and front-facing camera for easy video chatting. Both devices will provide download and browser speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and be similar to a cable Internet connection.

The 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier’s high-quality nationwide network. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

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SMK’s touchscreen registers your gloved swipes, won’t acknowledge the bad touch

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Somewhere in an underground ice lair, Jack Frost’s prepping to nip at noses and keep covered hands from touch devices. But SMK Corp’s got a capacitive solution set to thwart old man winter’s digitus interruptus. On display at this year’s FPD International in Japan, the company’s touchscreen innovation incorporates a specialized chip capable of highly-sensitive pressure detection that works in conjunction with a noise-filtering sensor to make your gloved gestures readable. It’s good news for those of us subject to occasional bouts of frostbitten weather, but don’t clap just yet — these panels will initially be headed to in-car navigation systems. Still, with the displays workable on screens up to 8-inches in size, it’s possible we could be seeing this tech extend to smartphones in the near future. So, there’s a remedy out there folks, but while you wait for it, it’s best to keep those glittens close at hand.

SMK’s touchscreen registers your gloved swipes, won’t acknowledge the bad touch originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sirius XM Lynx receiver leaks out courtesy of Best Buy

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

It’s since been removed, but a listing for the tidy little package you see above was on Best Buy’s website long enough this week to provide most of the details on Sirius XM’s still-unannounced Lynx satellite radio receiver. As you can see, it relies on a touchscreen interface for the most part and, even more interestingly, it apparently runs some sort of custom version of Android — although we wouldn’t recommend getting your hopes up about Android Marketplace access or the like. You’ll also get a microSD card slot to load it up with your own music, and it can be used in conjunction with your choice of a car kit, home kit or portable speaker dock (not included). Assuming nothing’s changed, you can expect this one to set you back $250, although there’s unfortunately no indication of a release date.

Sirius XM Lynx receiver leaks out courtesy of Best Buy originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 Oct 2011 11:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Garmin ANT+ adapter for iPhone hits the FCC

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

There’s already a few options available for folks looking to pair their ANT+ device (i.e. a Garmin sport watch or cycling computer) with their iPhone, but it looks like Garmin is now about to get in on the act itself. While details are fairly light, the device sketched out above has turned up at the FCC for the requisite testing and approval, and it’s definitely an ANT+ adapter for the iPhone, which we can only presume will work in conjunction with an app of some sort. Hopefully Garmin will fill in some of those remaining details sooner rather than later.

Garmin ANT+ adapter for iPhone hits the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google getting voyeuristic, adding interior photos of businesses to Places [video]

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

In conjunction with its Places service, Google is piloting a new, free feature for business owners. Being called Business Photos, Google is looking to supplement an establishment’s Places page with interior photographs. “Millions of potential customers visit Google every day to learn about places and businesses,” reads the company’s website. “Through scheduled photo shoots, Google is introducing a new way for you to showcase your business to the world.” In a handful of U.S. and international cities, business owners can apply to have a Google “photo shoot.” The search giant notes that demand will help them decide where to send its photographers. There is a video after the break explaining the news service, enjoy.

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HTC Arrive up for $50 pre-order at Wirefly, requires new Sprint account and two-year contract

Monday, March 14th, 2011

HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 QWERTY slider handset is a mere five days away from its launch on Sprint, but already there’s an online retailer keen to undercut everyone else for your business. Wirefly is currently offering the HTC Arrive (aka the 7 Pro outside the US) for $49.99 in upfront costs when bought in conjunction with a new two-year service plan from Sprint on, importantly, a new account. Eligible upgraders will have to shell out $149.99 for the privilege, though that’s still less than Sprint’s own $199.99 pricing. If you find it any cheaper elsewhere, do make sure to let us know.

HTC Arrive up for $50 pre-order at Wirefly, requires new Sprint account and two-year contract originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Facebook creates native app for feature phones

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

It’s hard for us to fathom, but it is true: not everyone needs a smartphone. But not owning a smartphone should not prevent you from getting your digital-stalking on while on the go, no? Facebook has announced a new, feature-phone ready mobile client, created in conjunction with Snaptu. As Facebook explains, “The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates.” The application will work on over 2,500 devices and the social network as partnered with 14 international mobile carriers (none from the U.S.) that will allow you to use the app without incurring data charges for the first 90 days. Those interested can grab the new bits from m.fb.snaptu.com/f. “During the next few months, we plan to make the app available through more carriers in other countries so you can have a great mobile Facebook experience no matter what device you use,” writes Facebook. Any BGR readers out there still rocking a trusty feature phone?Read

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Facebook paid $8.5 million for fb.com; pushing new profile layout to all users

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Just a few tidbits of Facebook news to report here. Reuters is reporting that the social networking site paid a hefty $8.5 million to acquire the domain fb.com from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Last year, Facebook launched its revamped messaging service, offering its users facebook.com email address in the process. The alternate domain fb.com was purchased by the company for internal employee email addressing. The Farm Bureau now calls fb.org as its home.

In conjunction with this new messaging service, Facebook also announced a new profile layout designed to easily present and share more information with friends. For the past month, users have been able to voluntarily opt-in to the new design by visiting www.facebook.com/about/profile. Now, it seems as though the update will be pushed out to all users over the next several days, like it or not.

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Path photo-sharing social network for iPhone launches

Monday, November 15th, 2010

From Shawn Fanning (creator of Napster) and Dave Morin (ex-Facebook) comes a new social network platform. Launched just last night in Apple’s App Store, Path creates (and limits you) to a social network of 50 close friends. You can share your personal moments in the form of photos, tag places, things and people, and also capture where you were at the time geographically. Since your network is limited to a max of 50 friends, the creators of Path think that you’ll not only share more often, but you’ll share more personal “Paths” that you normally wouldn’t throw up on Facebook or Twitter. The problem with Path, at least in our limited use of the application and network, is that with no external sharing, and a very, very limited group of friends, we’re not sure how useful the application is and will be. For instance, most of the stuff I want to share is public anyway (Twitpics, Facebook uploads), and the private photos I don’t want to share publicly, well, they are private. In theory, it would be great if there was a public by default option in Path, something that would let you use Path in conjunction with Twitter and Facebook, and a private option which would then limit your photo’s exposure to just your internal Path network of friends. In a world where updating Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Instagram, and everything else we’re on constantly, Path at this point seems too limited to be useful. Hopefully that will change, though. Let us know if you have given it a go and what your thoughts are — it’s available now if you want to give a try.

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Gizmodo University: Guest Lecture [Video]

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

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