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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview detailed impressions

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The early days of Windows were inauspicious ones. Sitting on top of DOS, it was hardly a revolution in personal computing — instead it felt like a disjointed platform perched uncomfortably atop a command prompt, ready to come crashing down at any moment. That’s what it was, and often that’s what it did. The early days of Windows required constant jumps from GUI to shell as users ran a wide assortment of apps, only some of which played nice inside a window.

It was over a decade later, after Windows 95, that the operating system would truly ditch its DOS underpinnings and feel like a totally integrated system. Why are we reminiscing? Because we’re reaching that same point again. With the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Microsoft is showing off the most complete version of the company’s most modern operating system, yet in many ways it feels like 1985 all over again — like there are two separate systems here struggling to co-exist. How well do they get along? Join us after the break to find out.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview detailed impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Rugby Smart gets rendered as it anxiously awaits our drops and kicks

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Rugged phones seem to be the exception more than the rule when it comes to smartphones. However, AT&T apparently has one in the pipeline dubbed the Samsung Rugby Smart. Destined to be the latest addition to the lineup of Sammy’s military-spec devices, the Smart will — as you probably guessed — be the first member of the Rugby family to ditch the clamshell form factor and take on Android at the same time. Pocketnow, which leaked the above press renders, also mentions that the device is slated to offer Android 2.3.5, 512MB of RAM, HSPA+ and a 1,650mAh battery. Nothing impressive, to say the least, unless there are a few other surprises that await us sometime in the (hopefully) near future. We still haven’t heard a peep from AT&T, but word has it that when it’s finally ready to storm shelves, we should expect to see it available for roughly $100. If we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even hear more about the Smart in, oh, the next week or so?

Samsung Rugby Smart gets rendered as it anxiously awaits our drops and kicks originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Purported Windows Phone 8 details leak: NFC, native Skype support and more

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

We’re still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone “Tango,” but supposed details have already emerged surrounding the next major Windows Phone release code-named “Apollo.” According to Pocketnow, which claims to have obtained a video of Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore that was intended to be viewed only by Nokia employees, Apollo will launch as Windows Phone 8. Read on for more.

Reportedly, Microsoft’s theme for the launch is “scale and choice,” and Apollo will add support for four different screen resolutions, multi-core processors, removable microSD cards and near-field communications (NFC) for mobile payments. Belfiore is said to have discussed Windows Phone 8′s “wallet experience,” and how the operating system will use NFC chips built into the phone itself or into SIM cards. Windows Phone 8 owners may also be able to tap their phone to an NFC-equipped computer running Windows 8 to share media, a feature HP tried to bring to the masses with its TouchPad tablet and Pre 3 smartphone.

Pocketnow said it is possible that Microsoft will ditch the Zune client and will instead offer a new and improved syncing interface, as well as flushed out Xbox LIVE support. Other features include DataSmart data management, BitLocker encryption, a new integrated Skype client and more. Microsoft also apparently said it hopes its Windows Phone Marketplace will be home to more than 100,000 applications by the time it launches Windows Phone 8.

It remains unclear when Windows Phone 8 might become available on current Windows Phone smartphones or on new devices.


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LTE pricing may drop as much as 60% by 2016

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The monthly price we pay for 4G LTE data could drop drastically over the next five years. Currently, 4G LTE networks are blazing fast but there’s no doubt that the technology comes at a price. 4G LTE handsets sold directly by wireless carriers typically cost more than their 3G counterparts, and tiered 4G data prices are still a bit too costly for heavy data users looking to ditch their cable companies. Verizon Wireless, for example, currently charges $80 for 20GB of data per month while Time Warner Cable sells digital TV service and a 10Mbps unlimited monthly data connection for $89 per month (in New York City). But 4G LTE data prices could fall as much as 60% by 2016, or to about 20 Euro ($26) on average for monthly service according to Tariff Consultancy (TCL). Pricing is expected to decline as more wireless operators begin to offer 4G LTE services and the amount of subscribers on those networks increases. Verizon Wireless and AT&T have each deployed 4G LTE networks in the United States this past year, and Sprint will be the third major wireless carrier to deploy its LTE network next year. The TCL report also suggests that there will be more than 250 million 4G LTE subscribers by 2016.


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DirecTV’s new five tuner HR34 Home Media Center DVR ready to launch December 8th?

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

After waiting years for someone to deliver the first RVU-capable multiroom DVR setup, info leaked to SatelliteGuys indicates we only have to hold out one more week for DirecTV’s HR34 DVR. While DirecTV has yet to make an official announcement, retailer info states that it will be available starting Thursday for just $99 after rebate ($399 rack rate), bringing five tuners, 1TB of storage, whole home DVR service in up to four active rooms, and more. Of course, we’ll need to see some of the RVU-compatible HDTVs mentioned (Samsung 6000, 6400, and 6420 series) released before we can ditch the extra satellite TV boxes for good, but this is the first step. Hit the source link for more details including a full spec sheet PDF.

DirecTV’s new five tuner HR34 Home Media Center DVR ready to launch December 8th? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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OWC updates its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD lineup, offers 30GBs for just $68

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Say hello to Other World Computing’s latest 2.5-inch SSD, the 30GB variant of its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G series (3Gb/s, of course). This SandForce-driven SSD may not have loads of storage, but priced at a wallet-friendly 68 bucks, it’s certainly tempting if your optical drive’s been gathering dust. Whether you’re running an ungodly amount of Firefox tabs on a Mac or Windows machine, you’ll be covered with “sustained data rates of over 275MB/s,” keeping your tasks speedy. Ready to ditch the beach balls and hourglasses? It’s available now from OWC and you’ll find more info in the PR past the break.

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OWC updates its Mercury Extreme Pro 3G SSD lineup, offers 30GBs for just $68 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 01:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change HP’s Veer 4G?

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

We know, there isn’t much point, but folks who sank untold Jacksons on one of HP’s final webOS devices deserve a chance to vent. And that’s exactly what we’re giving them. Barring a total 180, there won’t actually be a second Veer to suggest changes for, but we’re still keenly interested in hearing how you’d change the smallest webOS to ever ship. Back in May, we confessed to having a less-than-enthralling experience with the bantam handset, and while we doubt the company sold a shocking quantity of these, there’s no doubt that some of you are pocketing one right now. If that’s you, the comments are calling. Would you up the resolution? Ditch the physical keyboard? Change the network? Rethink the form factor entirely? Let us know below, and look, it’s cool to cry.

How would you change HP’s Veer 4G? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Sep 2011 22:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone 5 will have metal chassis, display size under 4-inches

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The iPhone 5 display will be no larger than 4-inches according to panel suppliers speaking to DigiTimes, which also revealed that Apple will ditch the current glass case on the iPhone 4 for a metal-backed chassis on the next-generation iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 display is expected to be between 3.5 and 3.7 inches and the latest rumor is in line with earlier reports that suggested the phone will be thinner and lighter than the current iPhone 4. The iPhone 5 is also expected to offer an 8-megapixel camera. BGR recently reported that AT&T will launch the iPhone 5 in October according to statements made by a vice president with the carrier.


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Samsung’s AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint GALAXY S II devices revealed

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Samsung is set to announce the U.S. variants of its GALAXY S II smartphone on Tuesday during a press event in New York City and a recent leak gives us a peak of what we can expect to be unveiled. On Friday, Pocketnow published a purported image of the GALAXY S II phones that are headed to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Judging from the picture, AT&T’s iteration remains relatively unchanged from the European model but we notice it does lack the hardware home button. The models headed toward T-Mobile and Sprint appear to ditch the sharp corners for more rounded edges. As we already know, Verizon Wireless will not announce a Galaxy S II model on August 29th, but we exclusively brought you the news that it will indeed offer a comparable device in the future. We also exclusively reported that Sprint’s S II will be branded as the Samsung Epic Touch 4G, and it looks like the name will stick when these sleek Samsung smartphones are unveiled on Tuesday. We’ll be on hand reporting live from the event, weather permitting.


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Mobiado’s Grand Touch phones ditch the Nexus S plastic for a precious metal finish

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Nothing quite screams money to burn like last year’s tech gilded in pricey, CNC-machined metals. Purveyor of mobile extravagance, Mobiado, has recently rolled out the red carpet for two new additions to its Grand Line — the Grand Touch and Grand Touch GCB. These high-end exercises in wireless hauteur are merely gussied up versions of Samsung’s Nexus S, sporting the same ol’ 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 16GB of storage, 512MB RAM, 4-inch Super LCD display and front-facing VGA / 5 megapixel rear camera. Available in either anodized aluminum or solid brass with gold plating (take a guess which is costlier), the sapphire crystal-backed duo comes unlocked with quad-band GSM, and tri-band UMTS / HSDPA radios, so you can stay connected aboard that yacht in St. Tropez.

Mobiado’s Grand Touch phones ditch the Nexus S plastic for a precious metal finish originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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WIMM Labs introduces tiny wearable computer platform, we go hands-on

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Tablets and smartphones might rule the present, but if you ask the folks at WIMM Labs, the future of data consumption is a one-inch by one-inch square. The Palo Alto startup just revealed its new, wearable computing platform, developed, in part, through a partnership with Foxconn, that it hopes will change the way we look at computers. Currently known as the WIMM wearable platform, this new modular device packs a full-color 160 x 160 touchscreen, WiFi and Blutetooth connectivity, an accelerometer and magnetometer, and runs on good old Android. What’s more, it’s waterproof. Basically, it’s a tiny, multifunctional computer, packed with “micro apps” that can make it anything from a smart watch to a health monitor, from a mobile payment device to an all-in-one remote. As of now, the company doesn’t have plans to market it direct to consumers, but says it has a few partnerships in the works that could bring a WIMM-powered something to market by year’s end; a developer kit will go on sale in the next few weeks for an undisclosed price. If you’re itching to ditch that tired old diamond-encrusted nano watch, check out the galleries below and hop on past the break for our first impressions, video, and full PR.

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WIMM Labs introduces tiny wearable computer platform, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Leaked AMD roadmap reveals next-gen Fusion tablet chips

Monday, July 4th, 2011
AMD Tablet Roadmap

Until recently, AMD has kept pretty mum on its tablet plans, with it only officially entering the fray last month. It’s clear that the first batch of Z-Series chips, codenamed Desna, are are not terribly different from the rest Fusion line but, according to a leaked roadmap, that will all change with its successor — Hondo. Supposedly the next gen of tablet APUs will ditch a number features that aren’t essential to burgeoning form factor, including VGA output, PCIe support, and couple of USB pathways. It will also add an “active standby” mode for maintaining connectivity while reducing power draw and cut TDP by about a third. Hondo is expect to enter production in Q2 of next year, and be succeeded by Samara which will feature a new graphics core. Check out the source link for a few more slides.

Leaked AMD roadmap reveals next-gen Fusion tablet chips originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jul 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google’s Nexus 3 could sport buttonless design, but we doubt it will look like this

Monday, May 30th, 2011

A tech enthusiast site called TechHog recently leaked an image of what it says is the upcoming third Nexus-branded smartphone from Google. Though the site’s post has since been pulled, the photo shows a phone with a buttonless design built by HTC and a form factor that slightly resembles that of the iPhone 3GS. If Google wants to ditch the Android menu keys on its next Nexus device — which would presumably run Ice Cream Sandwich, likely eliminating the need for the typical Android menu keys — we’re all for it, but we’re not so sure this particular image is even real. Hit the jump for a zoomed-in portion of the photo that shows a jagged border typically seen when a Photoshopper isn’t careful enough with the clone stamp tool — just one of several problems that leads us to believe the image is not authentic.


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ASUS Eee Pad Slider going on sale ‘soon,’ price is still anyone’s guess

Friday, May 27th, 2011

ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer might still be difficult to track down, but at least all systems are go for the company’s other Honeycomb tablet, the Eee Pad Slider. The company confirmed today that the 10.1-inch tablet, originally slated for May, is “coming soon” — no word, of course, on whether it will ditch Tegra 2 for an Atom Z670 CPU, as rumored. Next up, ASUS, give us a price, capiche? Last time we checked, the company was estimating it would cost between $500 and $800, so your guess is as good as ours as to how sweet a value this will be. Hopefully, we’ll get to see this elusive tab again at Computex next week, but in the meantime, hit the source links for some tightly cropped teaser shots of it running Honeycomb.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider going on sale ‘soon,’ price is still anyone’s guess originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 May 2011 21:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘PC market is in its twilight,’ says former Apple exec

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

In a “Monday Note” blog post that questioned Intel’s new 3D transistors and the company’s lack of presence in the mobile space, former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee took some stabs at the chip maker and stated that the PC market is dying. “Now that the PC market is in its twilight, with mobile devices proliferating and stealing growth from the PC, surely Intel has to get into the race,” Gassee argued, pointing out that every time Intel launched a new low-power processor for mobile devices, ARM had a better one up its sleeves. Intel has its Atom processor, designed for mobile use, but it’s been primarily placed in Windows tablets and netbooks instead of in smartphones. “For the past four years Intel has told us we’d see x86 mobile devices Real Soon Now,” Gasse wrote. “The company developed its own mobile version of Linux, MobLin, and they made a big deal of joining forces with Nokia’s Maemo to create MeeGo. But Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop, kicked Meego to the [curb], wisely decided to focus on one software platform, his ex-employer’s Windows Phone 7.” Gassee also took a moment to address rumors that Apple will ditch Intel for ARM-based processors in 2013, and argued that “there’s no roadmap for ARM chips to beat Intel in computationally intensive areas,” such as CAD, Photoshop, and FinalCut, today, but that multicore ARM chips could power mid-range Apple laptops in the future.

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Apple’s new iPod nano may feature 1.3-megapixel camera, clipless body

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Apple’s next-generation iPod nano may ditch the clip design and instead feature a 1.3-megapixel camera, according to leaked images posted by Taiwanese blog Apple.pro. The overall design of the unit looks similar to the current iPod nano, although there’s a chrome border around the new camera and the metal exterior has a noticeably deeper green hue, which suggests new colors are on the way. We’re a bit surprised at the lack of a clip on the nano, though, as most people we’ve seen with the music player use it — so perhaps it’s possible the clip can be removed to expose the camera lens. Either way, the form factor definitely matches earlier leaks of the next-generation iPod nano.

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Which Gadgets Should You Ditch, and Which Should You Keep? [Blip]

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

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