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Sony announces Alpha A57 translucent mirror camera with 12fps shooting, improved autofocus system

Monday, March 12th, 2012

DSLRs tend to have longer refresh cycles than oh, we don’t know, phones with RAZR in the name, but every shooter must eventually go to heaven nonetheless. About a year and a half after introducing the Alpha A55 translucent mirror camera, Sony’s putting that model out to pasture to make way for its replacement, the Alpha A57. This time around, Sony’s bumped the ISO to 16000 and boosted the continuous shooting rate from 10 frames per second to 12. It’s also rolling out some improvements to the 15-point autofocus system, including enhanced object-tracking and quick AF in Full HD movie mode. Like the A55 before it, the A57 packs a 16-megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, though this guy records 1920 x 1080 video at 60i and 24p/25p. It also packs the relatively new Bionz imaging engine introduced with Sony’s fall 2011 models. Also on board: effects like Auto Portrait Framing (it is what it sounds like) and Clear Image Zoom, which promises an effective two-fold increase in focal length. As for design, the A57 feels more like a close cousin to the A65, and sports a tilting, 921,600-dot LCD. It’ll start at $699 for the body only when it goes on sale next month, though it will also be offered as a $799 kit with an 18-55mm lens. Until then, we’ve got official press shots below, alone with the official PR just past the break.

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Sony announces Alpha A57 translucent mirror camera with 12fps shooting, improved autofocus system originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Panasonic prices its 2012 home theater and audio offerings

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Panasonic just outed the availability for its 2012 HDTVs, so it’s no surprise the company would roll out its home theater and audio component pricing as well. Remember those high-end home theater 3D Blu-ray players that made their debut at CES packing WiFi, DLNA and Viera Connect? Well, if you want to pick them up when they go on sale in April, the SC-BTT490 will set you back $500, while the SC-BTT195 and 190 models will cost $400 and $300, respectively. Meanwhile, the micro sound systems we saw in Vegas also got priced — the elegant SC-AP01 packing AirPlay debuts in June for $170, while its hockey puck-sized and Bluetooth-powered cousin, the SC-MC07, can be had for $70 a month later. Panny’s also letting loose a trio of HTB series home theater systems ranging from $230 – $400 that offer Bluetooth for streaming music from your phone and wireless subwoofers to cut down on living room cord clutter. Don’t believe us? Well, head on past the break to get your fill of model numbers, price points and feature sets straight from the horse’s mouth.

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Panasonic prices its 2012 home theater and audio offerings originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Optimus 3D Cube is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

We’re not sure if the world was anxiously awaiting a follow-up to LG’s Optimus 3D (the AT&T Thrill 4G here in the states), but here it is: the LG Optimus Cube 3D. Only announced for Korean carrier SK Telecom so far, the Optimus 3D Cube is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.6mm vs. 10.9mm, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB of storage built-in, confirming most of the rumors we’d heard previously. According to LG, it will also be the world’s first that can handle 3D photo and video editing right on its glasses-free 4.3-inch screen, all shot by the dual 5MP cameras mounted on the back. It also has NFC baked in to support the new LG Tag+ stickers that change the phone’s settings when swiped, just like the Optimus LTE Tag. It’s scheduled for release in early March with Android 2.3, and although we didn’t see it mentioned in the Korean press release, will probably be due for an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover sometime soon just like its cousin, the Optimus Vu. Check out the machine-translated specs and press release after the break, there should be a native English version along soon and of course, we’ll be getting a look firsthand when Mobile World Congress kicks off on the 27th.

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LG Optimus 3D Cube is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Glittery Gifts for the Mystifying Girly Girl on Your List [Gift Guide]

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Suzuki’s Q-concept micro car tries to out-smart the Smart

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Inner-city cars have been getting smaller and smaller, but Suzuki’s Q-concept micro car takes extreme spot-hunting to the next level. Thanks to its tandem seating configuration, the Q-concept is slim — somewhere between a car and a motorbike — bestowing it tighter turning angles, ideal for snaking betwixt those SUVs at Walmart. Being a concept, there are all sorts of teasing technical touches we’d love to see, such as what looks like a smartphone dock in the steering wheel, video screens instead of rear-view mirrors and, of course, gull-wing doors. It might not have the cyborg-ish charms of Audi’s Urban Concept, but mercifully it’s got some decent curves, unlike its cousin the not-so-concept electric Every van.

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Suzuki’s Q-concept micro car tries to out-smart the Smart originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Toyota breaks compressed air speed record, hits 80.3MPH with Ku:Rin

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Thankfully styled like the more dashing cousin in the typically awkward-looking compressed air car family, Toyota’s Ku:Rin (meaning Air-Wheel) has smashed the speed record for cars powered by (not necessarily hot) air. Sure, measuring a svelte 0.8m across, there’s certainly no space for the kids or the groceries, but it can reach a maximum speed of 80.3MPH. All that driving force is generated from compressed air which acts as the fuel, expanding and powering the single motor. Don’t expect air compressors to replace those petrol pumps just yet — the range for this streamlined beauty is a meager two miles. Take a look at NHK‘s report in More Coverage for redefining of “blown away.”

Toyota breaks compressed air speed record, hits 80.3MPH with Ku:Rin originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fujifilm announces X10 camera with 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, optical viewfinder, f/2 lens

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


Retro designs seem to be the latest thing when it comes to high-end point-and-shoot cameras, and Fujifilm is helping to lead the pack with its rather limited (and pricey) X100. The company’s just-announced X10, however, appears to expand upon its well-received cousin with a mighty fast f/2-2.8, 28-112mm manual zoom lens with a proprietary “Electron Beam Coating” that promises excellent image quality, even at the edge of the frame. The camera features a black magnesium alloy housing — we have to admit, it’s a very elegant look. There’s also a 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 12,800, 1080p video, an optical viewfinder, 10 fps continuous shooting (7 fps at full res), a pop-up flash, and a full-size hot shoe. Advanced photogs will appreciate the shooting mode, focus mode and exposure compensation dials, along with dedicated buttons to adjust a variety of other settings, including activating RAW capture. Fuji is mum on price, but we’re certain to get an update before this hits stores in early November. Jump past the break for the full feature rundown.

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Fujifilm announces X10 camera with 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, optical viewfinder, f/2 lens originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 01:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG launches ‘RoboKing Triple Eye’ smartphone-controlled vacuuming robot

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

You won’t have to leave your post on the couch, but you will have to lift a finger to your smartphone in order to tidy up with LG’s ‘RoboKing Triple Eye’ VR6180VMNV robot vacuum. Unlike it’s purple cousin who spends his time looking inwards, this little guy is always looking outward with its three cameras, capturing video and sending it to your smartphone or PC over WiFi. The robot uses sensors to create a plan of attack map of your home, allowing you to move it around by clicking the filthiest parts. Like a well-trained puppy, the dust buster also responds to voice commands from up to 5 feet away and it doesn’t even bark — only emitting 48dB of sound while sucking up dust. Of course, laziness of this caliber doesn’t come cheap, as it costs 899,000 Korean won, or around $840 bones.

LG launches ‘RoboKing Triple Eye’ smartphone-controlled vacuuming robot originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II family portrait, plus one in a box

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

With the simultaneous launch of three Galaxy S II phones in one event, a family portrait is a given. Well, except T-Mobile decided that its variant isn’t quite ready for the limelight just yet, so with that one we could only get a side-by-side shot with our very own European version outside the acrylic box. Anyhow, here you have it, the three “new” Galaxy devices plus their foreign cousin finally together, sort of.

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Samsung Galaxy S II family portrait, plus one in a box originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Magnifier curates Music Beta tracks, has nothing to do with burning ants

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
At school, Tim Quirk’s friend had an English cousin who sent over new records from the motherland. Now he’s paying the favor forward as head of Magnifier, a blog informing Google Music Beta members about new, interesting bands with free, exclusive tracks. One click adds the exclusive content to your Music Beta library. Google is calling Magnifier a “music discovery” site, making a big deal that only artists the editorial team thinks are “pretty great” will be featured. Sadly if your taste is more esoteric than My Morning Jacket, it may not be for you. Somehow we doubt Magnifier will get around to releasing exclusive Adriano Celentano tracks any time soon.

Google Magnifier curates Music Beta tracks, has nothing to do with burning ants originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chromium’s experimental touch UI demoed on video, made for meaty fingers

Monday, August 8th, 2011
Chromium Tablet UI

Google was pretty adamant at I/O that Chrome OS would not be coming tablets, but that hasn’t stopped its open-source cousin from adding some touch friendly features. Chromium (the browser, not the OS) got its first tablet tweaks back in June, but this is the first time we’re seeing them on video. While the larger icons, widgets, and virtual keyboard, may eventually make their way onto the rumored Seaboard, there’s no guarantee these (obviously still early) experiments will ever debut as part of Chrome OS or even the browser. Check out the video after the break for a brief glimpse of this work in progress and, if you’re feeling adventurous, hit up the more coverage link to download the latest source code — just make sure to compile with ‘export GYP_DEFINES=”touchui=1″‘ to unlock the finger-friendly face of Chromium.

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Chromium’s experimental touch UI demoed on video, made for meaty fingers originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Growing Up Geek: Brian Heater

Friday, July 29th, 2011

That’s me above, on the left. I’m Robin, reaping all of the benefits of fighting supervillians on the mean streets of Gotham, without the whole thing about watching my parents brutally murdered by a mob boss. All things considered, life was pretty good, growing up in the East Bay in the ’80s, save for the fact that my cousin was somehow promoted to the role of Batman – most likely because he was visiting from afar (and maybe brought his own costume up from Southern California). And then there’s the whole holding hands thing — I can pretty much guarantee that ended the moment the photographer parent put the camera down. I mean, Arkham Asylum isn’t going to patrol itself.

Despite early photographic evidence to the contrary — and a few select themed birthday parties — I was never really a DC Comics kid growing up. I’d chalk a fair amount of that up to the fact that, so far as these photo albums indicate, I didn’t arrive on a rocketship from an exploding homeland, and was never independently wealthy, as the poor tailoring job on the Robin suit can attest.

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Growing Up Geek: Brian Heater originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FaceNiff makes Facebook hacking a portable, one-tap affair (video)

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
FaceNiff

Remember Firesheep? Well, the cookie snatching Firefox extension now has a more portable cousin called FaceNiff. This Android app listens in on WiFi networks (even ones encrypted with WEP, WPA, or WPA2) and lets you hop on to the accounts of anyone sharing the wireless connection with you. Right now it works with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Nasza-Klasa (a Polish Facebook clone), but developer Bartosz Ponurkiewicz promises more are coming. You’ll need to be rooted to run FaceNiff — luckily, we had such a device laying around and gave the tap-to-hack app a try. Within 30 seconds it identified the Facebook account we had open on our laptop and had us posting updates from the phone. At least with Firesheep you had to sit down and open up a laptop, now you can hijack Twitter profiles as you stroll by Starbucks and it’ll just look like you’re sending a text message (but you wouldn’t do that… would you?). One more image and a video are after the break.

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FaceNiff makes Facebook hacking a portable, one-tap affair (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Creative Live! inPerson HD webcam does onboard processing, doesn’t milk your CPU

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

When Logitech and Microsoft released a bunch of HD webcams last year, Skype refused to certify them for use with its HD video calling service. (That’s not to say these webcams won’t work with Skype HD — it’s that Skype won’t guarantee that they’ll work well.) And why this resounding slap in the face? Because Skype will only certify HD webcams that come with onboard video processing and therefore run even on tardy old machines. And that is precisely why Creative has followed the lead of other manufacturers like FaceVsion and Freetalk in including a built-in H.264 encoder with its latest offering, maintaining judder-free video and a chill-axed CPU. The webcam also has more flexible autofocus and a “quad mic” system, which together should allow users to sit as far as 10 feet away and still be seen and heard clearly. The only problem? A $150 price tag that’s significantly more than the competition and only slightly easier to face than your cousin’s acne condition at 720p. If you’re still keen though, check out the PR after the break.

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Creative Live! inPerson HD webcam does onboard processing, doesn’t milk your CPU originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Practice Your eBay Skills By Selling A Toddler [In Brief]

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

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