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Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan (video)

Despite having launched a full battalion of Handycams back at CES, Sony left the adventurous crowd out by not introducing any ruggedized shooters. With that in mind, the Japanese outfit has taken the wraps off of its first waterproof (and dustproof) Handycam, which packs a mouthwatering 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor capable of 1080p video at 60fps. Staying true to its Handycam roots, the HDR-GW77V sports a 3-inch swivel screen while also offering 16GB of internal storage and a 10x optical zoom. Sony claims the camcorder can handle up to 16 feet of water as well as sustain a five-foot freefall. The HDR-GW77V will be hitting Japanese shelves late next month for 70,000 yen (around $860), and there’s no word on when — or if — it’ll make a trip outside its home turf.

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Sony outs new waterproof HDR-GW77V Handycam, available May 25th in Japan originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Everything old is new again: NVIDIA rebrands Fermi-based GT 520 and 510 into 600-series

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
Everything new is old again: NVIDIA rebrands Fermi-based GT 520 and 510 into 600-series

NVIDIA may have trotted out a brand new beast, ripe with fresh Kepler architecture, but that doesn’t mean it put Fermi to bed. Allow us to introduce you to the GT 520 and the GT 510, or as they now prefer to be called, the GeForce GT 620 and GeForce 605, respectively. These OEM GPUs have traded half of their memory and a few clock speed tweaks for OpenGL 4.2 support and a low-end position in the firm’s new 600-series. Despite their very Kepler-esque numbering (and NVIDIA’s website placing them in the same “product family” as the flagship GTX 680), Tom’s Hardware says the firm’s Bryan Del Rizzo confirmed the 605 and 620 are Fermi-based graphics cards. Then again, not all cousins share the same surname. File this under “extended family” and call it a day.

Everything old is new again: NVIDIA rebrands Fermi-based GT 520 and 510 into 600-series originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 08 Apr 2012 06:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin spotted wearing Project Glass prototype IRL

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Wondering what it might be like to sport Google’s Project Glass augmented reality HUD in your daily life? It would appear company co-founder Sergey Brin already knows, as he was spotted by tech pundits Robert Scoble and Thomas Hawk rocking a prototype at a Dining in the Dark charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Scoble has already posted a couple of pictures with Brin on Google+, mentioning more photos would be forthcoming from Hawk after the event concluded and that he’d heard other people, including Google exec Vic Gundotra, have the devices already. For now he mentions the glasses appeared to be “self contained” and that he could see a blueish light flashing on Brin’s eyes. Hit the source link for more pics and details, we’ll let you know if we find out more later — details on where to snag a set may remain confidential until we’ve had a chance to try them on first, of course.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin spotted wearing Project Glass prototype IRL originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 06 Apr 2012 01:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Flurry’s analytics: Apple’s App Store revenue still leading, but Amazon Appstore close behind

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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Not like we haven’t seen this dog-and-pony show before, but Flurry’s latest round of analytics — which measured revenue of 11 million daily active users from mid-January through the end of February 2012 — shows Amazon’s Appstore pulling in a shocking amount of revenue given the short life that it has lived. Apple’s strength in sales has been well documented, but the latest report shows that for every $1 generated in the iTunes App Store, $0.89 is being spent in the Amazon Appstore. Looking more broadly, the numbers show that just $0.23 are generated in the Google Play halls for every $1 spent in the App Store, but that’s hardly a new phenomenon; the ease of sideloading (amongst other factors) has raised complaints from Android developers for years now. Flurry’s conclusion is that Google’s core strength simply isn’t in running a store — something it’s about to do once more with Android slates — while both Apple and Amazon excel in doing just that. Curiously, Windows Phone and BlackBerry were left off of this report, but we’re hoping to see those cats thrown in the next ‘go round. After all, RIM sure seems certain that its developers are making out just fine.

Flurry’s analytics: Apple’s App Store revenue still leading, but Amazon Appstore close behind originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:26:00 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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Seagate expects flood-related hard drive shortages to continue

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Seagate took some time out from its busy earnings reporting schedule to address supply concerns stemming from the recent devastating floods in Thailand. The storage manufacturer announced that hard drives supply will likely fall 150 million units short of demand by year’s end. While Seagate’s own factories weren’t directly hit, suppliers for the company were impacted — as were competitors, like Western Digital. The events have also had a more positive impact on Seagate, however — as a result of the floods, a number of large buyers have entered into long-term agreements, according to the company.

Seagate expects flood-related hard drive shortages to continue originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Notion Ink’s Adam II promises TI OMAP CPUs, Ice Cream Sandwich, broken dreams

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Notion Ink’s teaming up with TI in order to get at its OMAP4xx silicon for the forthcoming Adam II tablet. It’ll also be jamming in the company’s Wi-Link 7.0 and Phoenix Audio gear onto the Ice Cream Sandwich-running slate. The chip was apparently chosen thanks to its modular setup, HD visuals and powerful low-energy multitasking. Novice owners will also get their hands on a modular software architecture which will let casual users develop specific applications using a drag-and-drop interface. It’s pitching that functionality at home-brewers, students and professionals who can tailor the software to meet a specific need, casually mentioning that it could be used for signal processing, 3D modeling or medical imaging. Do we hear expectations being raised to unrealistic levels again? Given our experiences with the original, we suspect the answer is: “Yes.”

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Notion Ink’s Adam II promises TI OMAP CPUs, Ice Cream Sandwich, broken dreams originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 21 Jan 2012 05:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Silk ported from Kindle Fire to rooted Android devices, other web browsers now jealous

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Give it time and eventually someone will port your favorite browser to everything, even your toaster, if you’re lucky. A group of developers on the XDA-forums has begun sharing how to port the Silk web browser found on the Amazon Kindle Fire to various Android devices. To accomplish this, you’ll need a rooted Android device, whereupon you can download a package file and install it to the /system/lib directory with permissions set to the same as the other files in that folder. Users can choose to install any of the .apks that they want to side load, but will need to ensure that they also move the Silk apk from /data/app to /system/app. After a reboot, the Silk browser should be good to go, complete with access to Amazon’s cloud-based services through your favorite device. That’s just our quaint little summary, though: for the full instructions, you’ll most definitely want to hit up the source link.

Silk ported from Kindle Fire to rooted Android devices, other web browsers now jealous originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel’s Ultrabook portal jabs at limited functionality of tablets

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no question that tablets aren’t capable of handling the same rigors (with the same efficiency levels) as a full-on laptop, and Intel’s using that very point to promote the Ultrabook category as a whole. Given that we’re just days away from seeing what’s apt to be a flood of these things at CES, Intel’s new Ultrabook portal (and linked “Ultra Excited For Ultrabooks” preview paper) is priming the masses for what to expect. In the note, Intel Technical Marketing Engineer Shirley Chen notes the following:

“Tablets have introduced some great features that support some of these use cases with longer battery life and touch capabilities in order to provide a more enriched experience. However the screens are still small, local storage is generally miniscule and restrictive, and tablets lack performance compared to that of a traditional PC. At the other end of the portable scale there are laptops, which for many are just too big, and place power and performance above user experience, which both hardware and software play a part in. Ultrabook systems marry thin and light with the best in performance, responsiveness, security and battery life – filling the gap between desktop/laptop and tablet. We are reinventing the PC again. An Ultrabook device is ultra-responsive and ultra-sleek.”

Nothing here is truly groundbreaking, per se, but it’s the first time that we’ve seen such a giant company take a meaningful swing at a product sector that has caught fire for myriad reasons. 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the inexpensive tablet, but if Intel has its druthers, you’ll be shaking off the hype and picking up a full-fledged computing tool instead. Have a look at the rest in the PDF sourced below.

Intel’s Ultrabook portal jabs at limited functionality of tablets originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Jan 2012 13:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft job opening hints at forthcoming backup / restore features for Windows Phone

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

The current state of performing backups for Windows Phone is far from ideal, although a new job posting from Microsoft suggests that a better solution may be coming to the smartphone platform in its next major software release. According to a job posting from the monolith in Redmond, the company is seeking a talented employee to join its Windows Phone Backup, Migrate and Restore team. The listing goes on to state, “Our goal is to ensure that no matter if someone loses their phone, drops their phone in a lake … a user can quickly and seamlessly get their phone back to a good state.” Whether this involves backup to the cloud, or simply more robust features within the Zune software is never explicitly stated, although Microsoft does suggest it aims to leapfrog the competition in this arena. Not a moment too soon, either.

Microsoft job opening hints at forthcoming backup / restore features for Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:28:00 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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RIM’s giving away PlayBooks to enterprise customers, might start begging soon

Friday, November 25th, 2011
It slashed prices, promised the moon on a stick for next year’s OS upgrade and now Research in Motion has resorted to just giving the beleaguered BlackBerry PlayBook away. Purchase a copy of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v5 between now and the end of the year and you’ll bag a free 16GB tablet. The offer is open to everyone in the United States and Canada — except Quebec — who want the only tablet that’s packing the full BlackBerry experience (sans email, messaging, calendar…).

RIM’s giving away PlayBooks to enterprise customers, might start begging soon originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 02:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon lockers come to NYC, no more getting caught by UPS in your PJs

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
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First Seattle, then London, now the Big Apple — Amazon’s delivery lockers are starting to pop up all over. As we’ve explained before, the lockers are basically giant, automated PO boxes, designated exclusively for Amazon purchases. If you choose to add a locker location to your address book (go check your account settings to see if the option is available to you yet), your package will be crammed into one of these kiosks and you’ll be given a code to unlock a particular slot at the location of your choice. So far there are eight scattered around Manhattan in Rite Aides, D’Agostinos and Gristedes. We haven’t wandered out of our secret lair to get photographic evidence of the drop off locations yet (we prefer to have our Amazon purchases left at the gate under the watchful eye of a turret), but we think the screen shot we took is proof enough that we’re not pulling your leg. Still, if you’re afraid the UPS guy might swing by while you’re still in your jammies this seems like a pretty nice solution.

Amazon lockers come to NYC, no more getting caught by UPS in your PJs originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cybook prepping Odyssey reader with High Speed Ink System screen

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
Bookeen Odyssey

It looks like Bookeen may finally be through teasing us — the company is preparing to unleash the Odyssey, a reader sporting its High Speed Ink System. The modified Pearl E Ink screen has been shown off multiple times, playing back video and browsing the web. Now it will finally make the transition from interesting tech demo to actual product. Better yet, the 6-inch, full motion-capable screen has been paired with a touch layer, which means it could deliver a tablet-like experience with battery life closer to a traditional e-reader. Underneath the hood is a an 800MHz Cortex A8 processor from Texas Instruments and a WiFi radio, presumably for downloading content and browsing the web. The Odyssey is expect to start shipping in Europe in the next few weeks, but Bookeen has yet to reveal a price. You can check out the machine translated PR at the source link.

Cybook prepping Odyssey reader with High Speed Ink System screen originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kodak’s Waterproof Playfull records your pool parties in 720p, lets you relive that belly flop

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Do you like to play rough? Good, then this Kodak’s for you. Up for pre-order on the imaging company’s website, is an update to the Playfull we got eyes-on with at CES earlier this year — except this handheld camera’s waterproof, as well as dustproof and drop-proof (although, only “onto plywood”). The slim 720p shooter weighs in at about 85 grams and sports a 2-inch LCD display, HDMI out, pop-out USB 2.0 and an SD card slot expandable up to 32GB. Kodak’s offering this pocket and pool-friendly portable in mid to late October with a premium $120 price tag set for the black version, and the white at a lesser $100. If your high-end smartphone’s just not cutting the HD-recording mustard, go ahead and hit up that source link below.

Kodak’s Waterproof Playfull records your pool parties in 720p, lets you relive that belly flop originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 01 Oct 2011 07:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Charlie Miller finds MacBook battery security hole, plans to fill with Caulkgun

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Those batteries have probably met a worse fate than the white MacBook line they came from. According to Forbes, Charlie Miller’s managed to render seven of them useless after gaining total access to their micro-controllers’ firmware via a security hole. Evidently, the Li-on packs for the line of lappies — including Airs and Pros — are accessible with two passwords he dug up from an ’09 software update. Chuck mentions that someone could “use them to do something really bad,” including faulting charge-levels and thermal read-outs to possibly even making them explode. He also thinks hard-to-spot malware could be installed directly within the battery, repeatedly infecting a computer unless removed. Come August, he’ll reportedly be detailing the vulnerability at the Black Hat security conference along with a fix he’s dubbed Caulkgun, which only has the mild side-effect of locking-out updates by Apple. Worth being safe these days, though. Right? Full story in the links below.

Charlie Miller finds MacBook battery security hole, plans to fill with Caulkgun originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rogers listens, bumps data caps, lets you stream a few extra Netflix movies a month

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Rogers Data Caps

Rogers hasn’t exactly made a lot of fans with the rather draconian caps on its cable modem service. But the company wants you to know, it has heard your complaints and doesn’t want to cut you off from your precious, bandwidth-intensive Netflix streams. That’s why it’s raising the limits on its three top tier plans later this month. Extreme subscribers are getting a bump from 80GB to 100GB, Extreme Plus users from 125GB to 150GB, and Ultimate customers from 175GB to 250GB. The company is even boosting speeds, you know, to help you make more efficient use of that newly raised data ceiling — from 15Mbps to 24Mbps for the Extreme and 25Mbps to 32Mbps for Extreme Plus. It’s always nice to see a company listen to its customers, and come on, data caps aren’t all that bad.

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Rogers listens, bumps data caps, lets you stream a few extra Netflix movies a month originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Jul 2011 05:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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