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Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

If you have to issue an explanation to follow up an explanation, then it’s pretty safe to say the first one wasn’t clear enough, and it’s under those circumstances that Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky and the Windows 8 team are returning to the subject of Media Center and DVD movie support. After addressing both a few days ago, the internet backlash was (predictably) quick to finding out that Media Center would be available only as an upgrade to the Pro version of the OS, and that without it Windows wouldn’t natively play DVDs. What many may not know however, and the new FAQ points out, is that this is not an entirely new thing — Windows XP did not have support outside of specialized editions or add-ons, several versions of Vista did not play DVDs and on Windows 7 the Basic and Starter editions lacked the add-on. Of course, for most users this doesn’t matter in the least since brand new PCs tend to ship with third party software to play DVDs (or Blu-ray movies where applicable, which no version of Windows has or will natively support). Answering the question we had of what this means for users upgrading their own computers, they’ll either need to see if they have existing third party software to play DVDs that is compatible with Windows 8, or acquire Media Center post-upgrade.

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Microsoft talks DVD, Media Center support in Windows 8 and why most won’t miss it originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 10:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta

If you’ve been defiantly clinging onto Firefox 3.6 by your fingertips, bad news. Mozilla is officially putting it to sleep — whether you like it or not — by auto-updating users to version 12. You’ve still got a few days to bid your emotional farewells, with the switchover being pegged as early May. But, the browser’s creators stop short of setting a date for you to get the flowers delivered by. Official support for the 2010 release finished this week, and the final bout of security fixes was back in January. At the other end of the spectrum, Firefox 13 wobbled up onto its beta legs yesterday, bringing a new homepage, Google’s new SPDY protocol and tab extra features with it. If you’re making the leap, don’t panic if you find some old friends missing.

Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Postal Service Shipped This Guy’s Package Across the Country Twice for No Reason [Packages]

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

China claims one billion mobile phone users, India shrugs

Monday, March 5th, 2012

China claimed 900 million mobile users last April, but back then it still seemed possible that India might reach the billion user milestone first. China was ahead in absolute terms, while India’s user base was growing faster. According to the latest figures from its government, however, China is ready to stake its claim. It had 997 million phone owners by late February, with growth of around three million per week, which means it should have tipped the scales in the last few days. Of course, it’s not really about who gets there first: The salient fact is that millions more humans can now ring each other up, just, you know, to chat.

China claims one billion mobile phone users, India shrugs originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 06:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia announces 808 PureView: Belle OS, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera(!) — we go hands-on!

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Remember that Nokia PureView tease from a few days ago? Well, suddenly it all makes sense. We are indeed looking at an imaging flagship phone and a true successor to the N8. It’s called the 808 PureView and it’s expected to reach Europe in the next quarter for a price of 450 Euros. Before we move on to its craziest feature — the camera, of course! — let’s run down the other key specs: The OS is Symbian Belle; the engine is a 1.3GHz single-core chip; the display is 4-inches corner to corner but its resolution is a Nokia-style 360 x 640 (nHD). There’s 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage that is thankfully expandable via microSD. A Pentaband modem increases the chances of getting a signal while globe-trotting, while data speeds will top out at plain HSPA 14.4Mbps. Now that Carl Zeiss-lensed camera: it handles continuous-focus 1080p, but is claimed to have an incredible sensor resolution of over 41-megapixels when shooting stills — or 34-megapixels for 16:9 images. It’s achieved by some clever sub-pixel interpolation jiggery-pokery that basically entails five pixels being merged into one, but we’ll dig deeper very soon. It’s expected to arrive in May at a price of €450 and if you’re curious, we’ve got a gallery of hands-on images and video for your viewing pleasure.

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Nokia announces 808 PureView: Belle OS, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera(!) — we go hands-on! originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 03:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Anonymous Explains CIA Takedown [Hackers]

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

3DS owners have been waiting (and waiting) for a chance to take advantage of a downloadable content market, and while Nintendo already accomplished the tough part (read: launching it) a few days back, there’s still been no word on when paid content would make an appearance. Pushing those freebies aside is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, which is seemingly destined to be the first 3DS title in existence to offer up enhancements in exchange for a few yen. The box here is actually an “early retail dummy unit,” though the verbiage on the back makes quite clear that downloadable material will be available at a cost. Furthermore, there’s a heretofore unseen Nintendo Network badge on the front, which may be a new look for the existing Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. At any rate, the game is scheduled to ship on February 16th in Japan, after which all of this will-it-won’t-it drama will presumably be cleared up.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy box points to first paid DLC for Nintendo 3DS originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Jan 2012 23:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Raspberry Pi demos Model B computer’s AirPlay capabilities (video)

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Just a few days after announcing that production of its Model B Linux computer is underway, Raspberry Pi has now unveiled a preview of what its single board device can do when combined with AirPlay. In a video published this week, a Raspberry Pi developer demonstrated how to stream content from an iPad to the ARM-based Model B, using only an HDMI-equipped TV and an AirPlay app. It’s as seamless as dancing cows are beautiful. Still no word yet on when this $35 will begin shipping, but in the meantime, be sure to check out the demo video, after the break.

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Raspberry Pi demos Model B computer’s AirPlay capabilities (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon to launch 1.5GHz dual-core LG Spectrum on January 19th, report claims

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Last summer, LG and Verizon Wireless released the Revolution, but the phone did little to revolutionize smartphones and after seven months it was chopped from the carrier’s lineup. According to Droid-Life, the follow-up to the Revolution is the LG Spectrum and it is heading to Verizon on January 19th. The Spectrum features superb specs with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity and a massive 4.5-inch HD display at 329ppi. Additionally, the device sports an 8-megapixel rear camera, a microSD slot, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and a 1,830 mAh battery. The Spectrum will launch with an exclusive HD ESPN ScoreCenter app and the HD Netflix app that is currently only found on the DROID RAZR. With the Consumer Electronics Show beginning next week, we fully expect to see the Spectrum unveiled within the next few days.

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Vizio flashes a sleek new HDTV design in Rose Bowl ad, we’ll see more at CES (video)

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

For the second year in a row, it looks like Vizio has taken advantage of its sponsorship of the Rose Bowl to tease a new product — last year it was an Android tablet, and the 2012 game brought this new display design. It flashes around :25 into the ad (embedded after the break), and while there’s no details on exactly what it might be, we know Vizio had plenty of Google TV tech to show off last year, and after a year of development plus the release of Google TV 2.0, it may have decided to match Sony’s funky TV setup with an interesting stand of its own. Whether there’s Android, OLED or any other new tech to be found in the flat-panel we’ll surely find out more in just a few days once CES 2012 gets underway.

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Vizio flashes a sleek new HDTV design in Rose Bowl ad, we’ll see more at CES (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Jan 2012 00:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple kicks off 12 Days of iTunes, offers a dozen freebies to last into 2012

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Find yourself something Apple-flavored underneath the Christmas tree yesterday? Need some gentle coaxing into using iTunes? Well, you’re in luck; Cupertino’s annual download giveaway starts today and runs through January 6th. The free gifts kick off with some Coldplay tracks and videos from the band’s latest Apple-sponsored festival appearance. But don’t let that put you off; we expect to see more music, some apps and even books over the next few days. Each one’s available for just 24 hours, so it could be worth checking the dedicated app daily. It’s up for grabs at the link below.

Update: The app appears to be Europe-only at the moment. No news just yet on whether a US edition will make an appearance later today. Let us know in the comments if you’re able to grab the free gifts.

Apple kicks off 12 Days of iTunes, offers a dozen freebies to last into 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Dec 2011 08:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FCC approves AT&T’s $1.9b purchase of Qualcomm’s 700MHz spectrum (update)

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Christmas has come early to the execs at AT&T, who are likely celebrating the FCC’s 3-1 approval to purchase Qualcomm’s block of the 700MHz spectrum for $1.9 billion. The news comes as a bittersweet victory for Ma Bell, whose efforts to acquire T-Mobile turned sour earlier this year. Qualcomm’s block of the airwaves, once used to facilitate FLO TV, now sits unused. Once the acquisition is complete, AT&T will use the new share of spectrum to increase download capacity for its burgeoning LTE network.

For the FCC’s part, it has approved the deal with only a few stipulations: AT&T will be required to satisfy interference requirements and must offer data roaming to its competitors on the spectrum. That’s not to suggest everyone’s pleased, however. Rural cellular providers asked that, as part of the deal, AT&T must ensure that its LTE network is interoperable with the bands used by smaller networks. Sadly, the FCC has denied this request, ostensibly limiting the little guy from receiving Ma Bell’s hand-me-downs.

Update: AT&T has gone ahead and released a wee bit of celebratory PR, which we’re including after the break. Most importantly, it expects to wrap up the finer details in the next few days.

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FCC approves AT&T’s $1.9b purchase of Qualcomm’s 700MHz spectrum (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint sues Time Warner, Comcast, Cable One and Cox for infringing twelve digital phone patents

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Sprint’s lawyers have been hanging out with nothing to do for a few days, so it’s time for them to get back to work. The Now Network is now focusing its sights on Time Warner, Comcast, Cable One and Cox, slapping each one with a separate lawsuit claiming they have been infringing on up to twelve of their patents. The technology the companies have been using, Sprint states, relates to the transmission of voice data packets and was patented in the 1990s. Interestingly enough, several of these patents were the subject of its 2007 infringement case against Vonage, in which the VoIP company was ordered to fork over $80 million. In the filings, Sprint mentioned that the four entities “have realized the great value in this technology and have misappropriated it without Sprint’s permission.” Our world may be frightening and confusing, but it sure can be lucrative at times. And let’s face it — Sprint has quite a few bills to pay over the next couple years.

Sprint sues Time Warner, Comcast, Cable One and Cox for infringing twelve digital phone patents originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 02:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

We finally got our hands on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and… well, it’s almost identical to the HSPA+ version we reviewed last month. It’s thicker, though we actually like holding and using the Verizon unit better because the slightly thicker case makes one-hand a bit more comfortable. There’s also a small, small, (notice how we’re saying small?) lip around the display that isn’t there on the HSPA+ version, but most people probably wouldn’t even notice such a minute case difference. The problem with the display’s auto-brightness being overly aggressive doesn’t seem to be an issue on the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus, but everything else seems identical. We’ll chime in over the next few days with a few more thoughts, but here’s a spoiler: provided there aren’t any huge issues we discover, this is easily the best smartphone to ever hit Verizon Wireless. Ready to go hands-on? It’s all in the gallery below.

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Samsung takes aim at Apple with Australian Galaxy Tab ad, credits Cupertino for its popularity

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Now that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been cleared for sale in Australia, Samsung is taking the opportunity to publicly celebrate its courtroom victory, at Apple’s expense. Exhibit A: a local newspaper ad that flatly brands Sammy’s slate as “the tablet Apple tried to stop.” The spot, which ran in the Sun-Herald this week, came just a few days before Samsung Australia’s mobile head openly credited Cupertino for making the Galaxy Tab a “household name.” Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Samsung Australia’s vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, declined to say how much his company lost in sales revenue due to Apple’s temporary injunction, but was more than willing to laud the iPad maker for inadvertently turning the spotlight on the Galaxy Tab. “At the end of the day the media awareness certainly made the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a household name compared to probably what it would’ve been based on the investment that we would’ve put into it from a marketing perspective,” McGee explained. The exec went on to say that the manufacturer is bringing to market “as many units as we can,” since it expects the device to be in “short supply against the demand.” To the courtroom victor go to the spoils — including, apparently, bragging rights.

Samsung takes aim at Apple with Australian Galaxy Tab ad, credits Cupertino for its popularity originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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