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Vintage Nikon fisheye lens aims to dwarf your DSLR, for sale at 100,000 quid

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Vintage Nikon fisheye lens aims to dwarf your DSLR, up for sale for 100,000 quid

A lens that can look behind itself — the very idea of it nearly boggles the mind, but it’s what the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f2.8s claims to be able to do, delivering a viewing angle of 220-degrees. This gargantuan fisheye lens was introduced in 1972, and was reportedly only available through special order. The price of getting your hands on one today? Oh, only about £100,000 ($161,210 American) for a lens in mint condition, and only from Grays of Westminster, a London Camera shop that deals exclusively in Nikon products. It isn’t the first time this prodigious piece of glass has shown up, two years ago an identical lens hit eBay to the tune of $34,020 — a veritable bargain, by comparison. Check out the source link below to peek at the sale. Wallet can’t take the damage? Scope out “more coverage” for a bit of Nikon history.

Vintage Nikon fisheye lens aims to dwarf your DSLR, for sale at 100,000 quid originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 02:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple WALT prototype hits eBay, reminds us of a life with landlines

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

As it turns out, Apple too used to announce products at trade shows… only to never actually ship them. Back in the halcyon days of the early ’90s, Apple revealed the WALT (Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone) at Macworld Boston, touting a fairly amazing feature set. Things like a touchscreen, handwriting recognition, fax support, an address book, caller ID, online banking and a speakerphone set it apart from the landline devices of its day, and being that it was co-developed with Bell South, it’s pretty clear that your pops had his eye one at some point. Those looking to relive the corporate boom of one-nine-nine-to-the-tres can plunk down $8,000 of 2012′s dollars at the eBay link below; just don’t expect it to work out of the box, okay?

[Thanks, TS]

Apple WALT prototype hits eBay, reminds us of a life with landlines originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Mar 2012 00:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New York Will Sell Its Old Gear on eBay to Pay Its Bills [Government]

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Evolve Motorcycles shows off $50k Xenon lightcycle, Lithium electric streetbike

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

This year’s Milan International Motorcycle Show is definitely featuring a healthy assortment of battery-powered two wheeled machines, and now Evolve Motorcycles has two more plug-in designs to add to the list. First up is its Xenon, aka the Tron Lightcycle replica, which is a real bike that you can purchase 32-inch hubless rims, OLED light tape and all for $50,000. It’s even claiming a top speed of 100mph with a 100 mile range on its custom lithium ion battery system, so all you have left to do is regret not grabbing one for $35k on eBay last year. The Lithium however, chooses to keep things more conventional as a streetfighter concept built around a 54hp electric motor that is expected to cost around $20,000 when it actually goes on sale. Check after the break for a pic of the Lithium, or head over to our friends at Autoblog Green for a gallery full of eyecandy featuring both bikes.

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Evolve Motorcycles shows off $50k Xenon lightcycle, Lithium electric streetbike originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Nov 2011 07:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Former eBay chief Meg Whitman replaces Apotheker as HP CEO

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has officially replaced Leo Apotheker as the CEO of HP. Unlike Apotheker, Whitman has experience working in the consumer market after spending 10 years with eBay. Ray Lane will assume the executive chairman position on the board of directors. “We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP,” Lane said. “We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets.” Read on for the full press release from HP.

HP Names Meg Whitman President and Chief Executive Officer

Ray Lane appointed executive chairman; Léo Apotheker steps down as president, chief executive officer and director

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– HP (NYSE:HPQ – News) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Meg Whitman as president and chief executive officer.

In addition, Ray Lane has moved from non-executive chairman to executive chairman of the board of directors, and the board intends to appoint a lead independent director promptly. These leadership appointments are effective immediately and follow the decision that Léo Apotheker step down as president and chief executive officer and resign as a director of the company.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Meg Whitman’s caliber and experience step up to lead HP,” said Lane. “We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Meg is a technology visionary with a proven track record of execution. She is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Furthermore, as a member of HP’s board of directors for the past eight months, Meg has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

Whitman said, “I am honored and excited to lead HP. I believe HP matters – it matters to Silicon Valley, California, the country and the world.”

Speaking on behalf of the board, Lane said, “We very much appreciate Léo’s efforts and his service to HP since his appointment last year. The board believes that the job of the HP CEO now requires additional attributes to successfully execute on the company’s strategy. Meg Whitman has the right operational and communication skills and leadership abilities to deliver improved execution and financial performance.”

Financial analyst conference call details

HP will host an audio webcast for financial analysts and stockholders to discuss today’s announcement. Details are below:

When: Sept. 22, 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET

URL: www.hp.com/investor/briefing

It is recommended that attendees dial in 15 minutes early to avoid registration delays.

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HP may oust Apotheker for former eBay CEO Meg Whitman

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

HP may replace current CEO Leo Apotheker with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, AllThingsD reported on Wednesday. Reportedly, HP board members are not pleased with “a series of management mishaps,” inside HP. It is unclear if those mishaps are related to HP’s recent decision to kill off its webOS devices and spin off its PC business, which resulted in recent job cuts from the former Palm team. The board may be more upset HP’s stock has tanked more than 40% since Apotheker took the reins in September, 2010. In any case, if Apotheker does get relieved of his duties as CEO, one analyst has suggested he will still have made $9.4 million for the year. Whitman, who is also on HP’s board, is reportedly interested in the job but the appointment is far from official, AllThingsD said. Whitman’s experience in the consumer market might help HP if ever does decide to revive the TouchPad and other webOS hardware efforts. Whitman served as eBay’s chief executive for 10 years until 2008 before trying her hand in politics.

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Alleged HP TouchPad running Android appears, can be yours on eBay (update: and another one!)

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

In an extraordinarily convenient turn of events, one buyer of a firesale-priced HP TouchPad at Best Buy a couple of days ago claims his came out of the box with an extra special treat — it’s running Android, 2.2 to be exact. A possible explanation for the existence of this unicorn tablet can be seen in the two YouTube videos posted of the device so far, where it flashes a Qualcomm Innovation Center (Quic) logo which suggests it could be some kind of development project that slipped into retail. We queried Qualcomm about this TouchPad’s provenance ourselves and received only a “We have no comment on the video” in return, so the decision to believe that it’s real or a particularly well executed hoax is yours. Now, you can be the first to solve this riddle since the owner has put it up for sale on eBay. Need another potential perk? How about the ability to snag a TouchPad-running-Android bounty posted by HacknMod that’s up to $2,150 as of this posting. Relevant links are below, including the initial Reddit post, both videos and the auction, so while our credit cards will remain securely in our wallets those who are more trusting — or just can’t believe that anyone would would be dumb enough to try and sell a fake — can put a bid in if they so choose.

Update: Apparently one of our own commenters, Shahzeb Jiwani, has come into possession of a similar device. Luckily for us, he’s chosen to make a ROM dump available over on RootzWiki, so check out his video after the break or head over to the thread there as they try and find out how to make this work on everyone else’s $99 tablet.

[Thanks, David & Dennis]

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Alleged HP TouchPad running Android appears, can be yours on eBay (update: and another one!) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Why the Hell Are People Buying Touchpads for $300 on eBay? [WebOS]

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Military lightning gun parts sold on eBay, probably built in someone’s garage

Friday, August 5th, 2011
Lightning gun parts

We’re not sure where to start with this one. It’s, in a word, unbelievable. Technologist Cody Oliver was digging through eBay for parts to build a robot car that Elon Musk could drive around Burning Man, when he came across surplus equipment from defense contractors Omnitech Robotics and Ionatron. The components were originally from the military’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Neutralizers, or JINs — remote-controlled lightning guns designed to disable IEDs. But, the story quickly goes from interesting to terrifying. Oliver soon discovered the weapons were cobbled together largely from off-the-shelf parts, including a Linksys router with the serial numbers scraped off, and lacked even basic security. The now retired JINs were controlled over a standard 802.11 WiFi signal, with the encryption turned off — leaving the multimillion dollar devices vulnerable to insurgents. Ultimately the parts were deemed unfit for even Musk’s RC art car. You can read all of the horrifying details at the source link.

[Thanks, Chris]

[Image credit: Cody Oliver]

Military lightning gun parts sold on eBay, probably built in someone’s garage originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 20:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile payments could balloon 76% to $86 billion this year, Gartner says

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

141.1 million people around the world will make mobile payments this year, a 38.2% increase from last year, Gartner said in a new report issued on Friday. Global mobile payment volume is expected to hit $86.1 billion in 2011, up 75.9% from the $48.9 billion recorded last year. Gartner says mobile payments are not growing as fast as originally projected due to slower than expected uptake in developing countries. In addition, the “complexity of the [NFC]” service model has impeded its ability to takeoff in developed countries. “The biggest hurdle is the need to change user behavior by convincing consumers to pay with mobile phones instead of cash and cards,” Gartner research director Sandy Shen said, noting that mass market adoption of near-field communications (NFC) is at least four years away. Mobile payments will be driven by prepaid top-ups and money transfers, the research firm said. “Thanks to the success of mobile application stores, such as Apple’s App Store, and the efforts in driving mobile sales by major retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, merchandise purchases far outweigh other use cases in developed markets, which include North America and Western Europe,” Shen said. “We predict that in 2011, merchandise purchases will account for 90 percent and 77 percent of all transactions in North America and Western Europe, respectively.” Read on for the full press release.

Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Payment Users to Reach 141 Million in 2011

Mobile Payments in Developing Markets Growing Slower Than Expected

Worldwide mobile payment users will surpass 141.1 million in 2011, a 38.2 percent increase from 2010, when mobile payment users reached 102.1 million, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide mobile payment volume is forecast to total $86.1 billion, up 75.9 percent from 2010 volume of $48.9 billion.

Despite these strong growth projections, Gartner analysts said the mobile payment market is growing slower than expected.

“In developing markets, despite favorable conditions for mobile payment, growth is not as strong as was anticipated. Many service providers are yet to adapt their strategies to local requirements, and success models from Kenya and the Philippines are unlikely to be translated to other markets,” said Sandy Shen, research director at Gartner. While developing markets have favorable conditions for mobile payments, such as high penetration of mobile devices and low banking penetration, this is no guarantee of success, unless service providers adapt their strategies to local market requirements.”

“In developed markets, companies are trumpeting the prospects of Near Field Communication (NFC) without realizing the complexity of the service model. We believe mass market adoption of NFC payments is at least four years away,” Ms. Shen said. “The biggest hurdle is the need to change user behavior by convincing consumers to pay with mobile phones instead of cash and cards.”

Gartner expects Short Message Service (SMS) and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) to remain the dominant access technologies in developing markets due to the constraints of mobile phones. Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) will remain the preferred mobile access technology in developed markets, where the mobile Internet is commonly available and activated on the phone. Mobile app downloads and mobile commerce are the main drivers of WAP payments, and WAP will account for almost 90 percent of all mobile transactions in North America and about 70 percent in Western Europe in 2011.

Money transfers and prepaid top-ups will drive transaction volumes in developing markets. These are seen as the “killer apps” in developing markets, where people value the convenience of sending money to relatives and topping up mobile accounts. This is most obvious in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where these two services will account for 54 percent and 32 percent of all transactions in 2011.

“Thanks to the success of mobile application stores, such as Apple’s App Store, and the efforts in driving mobile sales by major retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, merchandise purchases far outweigh other use cases in developed markets, which include North America and Western Europe,” Ms. Shen said. “We predict that in 2011, merchandise purchases will account for 90 percent and 77 percent of all transactions in North America and Western Europe, respectively.”

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Market Trends: Mobile Payments Worldwide, 2011.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1714114.

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PayPal’s Signed Up a Major US Retailer For Non-NFC Payments [PayPal]

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

eBay’s CEO confirmed Tuesday they’ll be enabling customers to pay for products in a major US street store, with up to 20 national retailers adopting their payment service by 2012. How they intend to do this remains to be seen—whether they go the NFC route, or do something similar to the Pizza Express chain in the UK, which lets customers pay for their meals using the PayPal app from their seats, then up and leave. [Forbes] More »


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PS4 production to begin later this year?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We’re still waiting on that globe-like PS9 (aren’t you?), but seeing as how wireless head-to-console gaming isn’t yet available or ethical, we’ll make do with PS4 rumors. Based on nothing more than a game of component-maker telephone, sources out of Taiwan are telling Digitimes to expect a brand new PlayStation 4 for launch sometime in early 2012. Reportedly on board for this latest iteration are baked-in motion controls à la Kinect and a holographic David Lynch virtual pet. We kid, but we do hope he helms those new ads. According to these anonymous insiders, Sony has a planned production run of 20 million consoles for launch — all headed straight to eBay, we imagine. It should go without saying that news of this kind should be taken with a mouthful of salt, but with the PS3 turning five this November, it’s a safe bet that there’s a successor to the “It Only Does Everything” throne on the way.

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PS4 production to begin later this year? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Game Gear mod has five-inch screen, rechargable batteries, two pounds worth of memories

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Are Nintendo and Sony’s portable gaming offerings not doing anything for you? Yearn for the days of Hedgehog-based adventure? You’re not alone — though, unless you’re as crafty as “lovablechevy,” you’re going to have to settle for whatever you can find on eBay or in a dusty shoebox under a bed at your parents’ house. The modder resurrected a Game Gear with a custom case created using the beloved Sega portable, a Master Gear converter, a screen from a PS One, and assorted other bits and pieces. The franken-portable can play Game Gear and Master System titles, has a rechargeable battery, and weighs a hefty two-plus pounds. Video after the break and lots more jealousy-inducing images in the Source link below.

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Game Gear mod has five-inch screen, rechargable batteries, two pounds worth of memories originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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