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Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Have you been hoping to experience a Panasonic boom up close and personal, but found yourself in the wrong locale? The Japanese electronics giant wants to change all of that by expanding its Android lineup to Europe and North America, according to Nikkei. The company’s said to be in talks with a “major telecommunications firm” in Europe to bring several devices to the continent as early as this spring, and is aspiring to eventually make it to North America and other Asian countries. This lines up with last week’s rumors that it was seeking out a PR agency to help spread the news when the time’s right. Might we expect Panasonic to make a mobile splash at CES or MWC in a major way? It’s going to be exhibiting at both, so we’d say there’s a pretty good chance.

Panasonic plans to go forth with Android to all of Europe this spring, North America is a definite maybe originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lapdock 500 goes through the FCC, its pre-launch gutting ritual shown off to the public

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

If you’ve loved the idea of using a lapdock but you’ve held off because the existing models are either too Atrix-y (proprietary) or just plain ugly (lapdock 100, we’re looking at you), there’s a good chance you’ve been closely following the developments on the lapdock 500. The Webtop-enabled device just waltzed through the FCC complete with imagery, and not just in crude drawings: we’re talking outside and inside shots here. Originally shown off at Motorola’s Droid RAZR reveal, the latest addition to the laptop dock family comes with the most features of them all — it’s laden with a sizable 14-inch display, ethernet and VGA sockets, SD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing camera and 6-row keyboard. Sounds great, but how’s the Webtop on it? Guess we’re going to find out sooner rather than later. Browse the gallery below to get your visual fix.

Gallery: LapDock 500 in the FCC

Lapdock 500 goes through the FCC, its pre-launch gutting ritual shown off to the public originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Growing Up Geek: Zachary Lutz

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Welcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have our very own Contributing Mobile Editor, Zachary Lutz.

Perhaps it requires a special breed to proudly wear the label of “geek.” No, I’m not talking about circus performers that bite heads off chickens (check the original meaning of the word), but about people like you and me, the folks who pursue their interests to a fantastic degree. It doesn’t matter whether your passion is knitting, fishing or kayaking; if you’re a curious individual who’s always thirsting to learn more, there’s a good chance we’ll get along. For me, my pigeonhole just so happens to be computers — and, more recently, mobile technology. Sure, you could blame it on way too many hours in front of the screen, but as a certain self-empowered pop star might say, I’d like to think I was born this way.

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Growing Up Geek: Zachary Lutz originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Sensation 4G review

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile is arguably one of the carrier’s best smartphones ever. It’s packed to the brim with features and impressive specs, it’s lightning quick, incredibly well-built, and it runs HTC’s latest and greatest Sense user interface. Can it compete with other Android devices like the T-Mobile G2x, though? How does a dual-core Snapdragon CPU compare to a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 in real world usage? Is this the best smartphone to ever hit T-Mobile? Answers to those questions and more can be found after the break!

Hardware / Display

If you’re going to use the word “superphone” to describe any smartphone, there’s a good chance you’re going to use it to describe the HTC Sensation 4G. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, the HTC Sensation 4G is one of the fastest phones on the market. It runs Android 2.3, features a sharp and vivid 4.3 inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera with two LED flashes and 1080p full HD video capture and a front-facing camera, and it is all packed within a unique unibody construction.

The front of the phone features slightly curved glass that is overlaid on the display, sort of like the Google Nexus S, though it is more subtle. Surrounding the display is an aluminum case split up by soft touch rubberized plastic on the top and bottom. On the left side, you will find a volume up and down rocker, and a micro-USB port. On the top, you ‘ll see a 3.5 mm headset jack, power on and off button, and switching to the back, you’ll see the 8-megapixel camera with dual flashes, a speaker, and an extra mic for noise cancellation. There’s also an LED built in under the earpiece speaker for notifications.

Interestingly enough, when you take the battery cover off the back of the phone, you are not taking the battery cover off so much as you are taking the entire case off the back of the device. The phone fits perfectly in my hand and even though it’s a 4.3 inch display, the fact that it is a qHD display means that it isn’t as wide as other 4.3 inch devices. Plus, the feel of the phone in your hand really exudes quality — it is solid, a little heavy, but it feels like you are holding and using a quality product.

The screen on the HTC Sensation 4G is one of the best I have seen on any Android device. It is crystal clear, bright, vivid, colors pop, and the concave glass on the device really kicks it up a notch because not only does it protect the display if you put it on a flat surface face down, but it contours very nicely to your face when you talk on the phone (it sort of hugs your cheek).


The HTC Sensation 4G runs HTC’s brand new Sense 3.0 user interface on top of Android. It is incredibly familiar, yet HTC has made some unique and interesting changes. For starters, there is this carousel effect on the home screen that appears when you swipe quickly through your different home screens. When you look closely or slowly turn them, you see this great 3D effect. For instance, on the clock, which looks like an analog alarm clock, when you turn it slowly you can see parts of the wallpaper that site behind the clock’s display. The same applies to the address folder, mailbox, and calendar icons.

HTC has also made some changes to the applications drawer. It scrolls by pages now when you swipe up and down, there is a frequents tab, a downloaded tab, you can choose how you want to sort your apps, and more. As far as notifications go, when you pull down the notification drawer, you will see the last five apps that were used, notifications, and you will also see a tab at the bottom called quick settings that will give you access to disable/enable Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, cellular network, Bluetooth and GPS. You can also quickly jump into your settings from there, and view your device’s used and free memory.

HTC has also updated the email app, which I really like. It is cleaner, it shows more information, you can quickly flag and un-flag messages, and you can also get more contextual items when you tap and hold on an individual message. The calendar app looks refreshed as well. The agenda view is very useful and clean, and I love how on day views, HTC includes the weather forecast on top of the calendar. While I am not a huge fan of HTC’s skinned browser, the new updates — such as the ability to view/open windows and carousel/thumbnail view, the improved text selection, and other enhancements — make the browser faster and easier to use.

Unfortunately, HTC’s phone app doesn’t appear to have been updated. I haven’t ever liked the way HTC’s phone app looks or works, and I prefer something a little more straightforward. I don’t like how the keypad overlays onto your list of recently called people and your address book.

Phone / Speakerphone

Using the phone for voice calling was a relatively good experience. When talking on the HTC Sensation 4G, calls sounded reasonably loud and clear, though the ear speaker lacked a little low-end and calls did sound a tiny bit tinny at times. The speakerphone isn’t great, but it is certainly better than most phones I have used recently. In terms of reception, the Sensation performed incredibly well in this department and latched on to more T-Mobile bars than I have typically seen in the same locations from competitive offerings.

Music playback on the HTC Sensation, just like the earpiece speaker, lacked a lot of low-end and while decently loud, the high and mid-range frequencies overpowered any music I played on the device. It was to the point of distorting. Music sounded hollow, dry and dull.


I have used the HTC Sensation on and off for a week and I can confidently say that the battery life is very good. It’s powered by a 1,520 mAh battery and it performs better than most other current HTC smartphones. With heavy usage you can probably power through an entire day without needing a charge, and moderate users should be able to make it until the next morning before needing a recharge. I didn’t do much talking on the phone, but after hours of heavy emailing, web browsing, downloading apps, and playing back streaming music from Google Music, the phone was only at about 50% battery life.


The HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile is an incredible Android device. It features some of the latest specs coupled with HTC’s latest and best Sense user interface, all in a solid unibody construction complete with a super sharp qHD display and more. It fits perfectly in your hand, and it really feels like the ultimate quality product. It’s fast, it’s quick, it’s powerful, and it really shows off some of the best from HTC. Hands down, this is my absolute favorite Android device on T-Mobile.

There are a couple hiccups — the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is fast, but it’s not as fast as a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2, and I would have loved it if the phone was a bit lighter. All in all, however, this is the phone to beat on T-Mobile. It offers fast data speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G network, and it really pushes the boundary of engineering in my opinion. The HTC Sensation 4G is available for $199.99 with a two-year agreement starting on June 15th.

Pooja Jaitly contributed to this review.

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Rollin’ Justin robot plays catch, makes coffee, aims to replace your dad (video)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

With an 80 percent success rate, there’s a pretty good chance that Justin here is better at playing catch than you are. This old German Aerospace Agency-designed robot, which we first saw in 2009, learned a new trick — he can track thrown objects as they approach, calculate their flight path, and snap his cold, soulless hands around them before they hit the ground. Better yet, he can catch two objects at the same time. For his encore, Rollin’ Justin uses his tactile finger sensors to prepare you a cup of coffee, just so you know there’s no hard feelings once’s he’s done schooling you at three flies up. The ‘bot can be controlled via iPad and acts totally grateful when you get him a tie for Christmas, even though it’s not what he really wanted. Video after the break.

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Rollin’ Justin robot plays catch, makes coffee, aims to replace your dad (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 02:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Orbita Bergamo 40 is a watch lovers’ secret hideaway

Monday, February 28th, 2011

If you’re a serious watch lover and collector, there’s a good chance you’ll want to keep your timepieces fully wound, especially if you own complicated movements, and the Orbita Bergamo looks to be a high-end built-to-order piece of furniture to show off and hide your watches. It’s capable of holding and winding 40 watches (each watch winder is able to be programmed independently), and the rear part of the cabinet that holds your timepieces can automatically lower into the cabinet to conceal your collection. Hand-made in Italy, the Orbita Bergamo 40 starts at $60,000.


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Griffin gets an iPhone all up in your car’s OBD-II port with the CarTrip Bluetooth adapter

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
Garmin gets an iPhone all up in your car's ODBII port with the CarTrip Bluetooth adapter

If you’re not a car person there’s a good chance you don’t know much about the OBD-II lurking mysteriously beneath your dash. It’s there — if your car was built since the first Bush administration, anyway. Usually its needs go unfulfilled until your check-engine light pops on and some mechanic with greasy paws clumsily stuffs a code checker in there, but more and more tools are coming out to change that. The Autobot Mavia is one, and now Griffin is doing the same with the CarTrip. It’s an OBD-II adapter that connects wirelessly to an iOS device or writes directly to SD card, storing information on information related to car mileage, even giving you a real-time efficiency readout on your display with the CleanDrive app. And, yes, it’ll even pull warning codes and the like if things aren’t quite running how they should. All that for $89.99, a fair bit less than the Mavia will potentially be and available sooner — sometime before the first quarter is through.

Griffin gets an iPhone all up in your car’s OBD-II port with the CarTrip Bluetooth adapter originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Aston Martin releases iPhone app, revs virtual engines

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

If you’re a car lover, there’s a good chance you’re a fan of the British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin. The company has just released an iPhone app called Aston Martin Explore that’s packed full of content and fun features like exclusive videos, photos of its entire car lineup including heritage and racing cars, and much more. You can tour the Aston Martin factory, use an on-screen accelerator to rev up your own virtual Aston Martin to try and redline it, and of course, stay up on the latest official company news as well as check out official Twitter and Facebook updates from within the app. Plus, if the app finally pushes you over the edge, you can even arrange a test drive with your local dealer with only a few taps.


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Viewsonic introduces 3DV5 3D pocket camcorder, no glasses required

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

There’s a good chance this 3D bandwagon may never stop rolling, so rather than maintaining that bitter beer face for yet another day, you may as well embrace the next dimension. Viewsonic’s newest pocket camcorder just so happens to fit into that segment, as the 3DV5 is a 720p shooter with a 2.4-inch autosterescopic display, not dislike that found on Nintendo’s 3DS. According to the company, there’s a one-touch function to switch between 2D and 3D recording modes, and once they’ve logged the latter, they can either plug it directly into a 3D HDTV (via HDMI) or watch it on-screen without any 3D glasses. Users can also throw these up on YouTube’s 3D channel if they’d rather rather with a set of anaglyph spectacles, but you’d probably budget for an SD card — you know, considering that the 10MB of internal storage space won’t exactly hold a masterpiece. Is this guy really worth £150 ($238)? Can you really live another day without the ability to create 3D content?

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Viewsonic introduces 3DV5 3D pocket camcorder, no glasses required originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Oct 2010 09:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Knight called HTC Speedy, launching on January 6th on Sprint?

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Now, we realize that this isn’t a shot of the actual handset’s release date, but hey, people have to get their cases on launch day, too! One of our Sprint sources sent us in a photo of the HTC Knight’s accessory list sheet, and the case for the HTC handset is set to launch on January 6th. We have also been told there is a good chance the phone will come to market as the HTC Speedy. No, we’re not kidding. Plus, do you know what day January 6th is, friends? It’s the first day of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. Yeah, we’d pretty much guarantee this release date now. The HTC Speedy was pictured earlier in the day if you’re interested in seeing what it looks like.

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Sonos introduces Wireless Dock for multiroom wireless iPod enjoyment

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

You know we love us some Sonos gear around these parts, and Sonos’ latest announcement definitely caught our attention. Today at CEDIA, Sonos introduced the Sonos Wireless Dock. Its purpose? To let you inject all of your tunes from your iPod or iPhone seamlessly into your existing Sonos wireless network. This means regardless of however many zones you have set up, all of your music will be instantly, and of course wirelessly accessible. While there’s a good chance you’d have most of the music you’d want to play from your iPod already on your computer, and your computer already hooked up to the Sonos network, the product makes sense if you’re a notebook type of guy (something not always connected), or if you have a bunch of guests that come over. Just plug in their iPod and you’re rockin’ out. It launches “by the end of October” for $119.


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GV Mobile + submitted to App Store, we talk with Sean Kovacs

Monday, September 13th, 2010

We just got off the phone with our buddy Sean Kovacs, aka the Google Voice king of iOS, and he filled us in on the latest with his app and the development and submission process. If you aren’t aware, (please stop reading this site) Apple removed all Google Voice-related applications over a year ago when it decided that the apps “duplicated” functionality on the phone (phone app). People have been debating the real issue behind Apple’s move since then, but with the recently updated and reasonably straight forward developer guidelines now published, Sean Kovacs is deciding to try his hand again. Hit the jump for our conversation.

After reading through the guidelines and making sure there were nothing he’d be violating, he decided to try to appeal to Apple’s new appeal board. Sean filled out the form and that initiated a new review of the app. Since there have been many server-side changes on Google’s end since the app was last available, the app crashed at start up and prompted Apple to email back saying the application wasn’t functional. But, if Sean resubmitted it, Apple would look it over and review it again.

Sean told us he feels pretty confident about resubmitting a newer, more feature-packed, OS 4 compatible Google Voice app. Before, all emails went unanswered, but now Apple is communicating with Sean regularly. If you’re a Cydia user, there’s a good chance the app will be left in the repository, though new updates will probably cease. Also, since the app was deleted and app names can’t be used twice, it should hit the App Store (if it gets approved) as GV Mobile +. There will also be a “free day” around a week after the hopeful release that will allow previous customers to download the app again for free; there won’t be an update to the older one.

Sean has been nice enough to send us builds every now and then over the past couple months in ad-hoc mode for our iPhone, but we’re definitely glad that Apple is not the only one on the right path with their new guidelines and some transparency, but great developers like Sean will be able to share their software publicly again.


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Leaked T-Mobile G2 ROM brings Google Voice widgets for your existing Android phone

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

If you’re a Google Voice lover, there is a pretty good chance you’ll jump at the opportunity to install the latest leaked version. Not only does it contain ever-exciting unspecified changes since it’s a new version, it also brings homescreen widgets. Something most people have been waiting for, the widgets allow shortcuts for composing a text message, seeing your Google Voice calling balance, settings access, and the ability to toggle Google Voice. It all comes from the leaked ROM for the T-Mobile G2, made by HTC, that’s been making the rounds lately. Going to give a go? We’re loading up the .apk now!


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IBM’s zEnterprise architecture makes mainframes cool again, also efficient (video)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

IBM's zEnterprise architecture makes mainframes cool again, also efficientThere’s a good chance you think mainframes are about as cool as pocket protectors, your parents on Facebook, and COBOL… the latter of which, of course, is largely executed on mainframes. If so, stand still while IBM blows the doors (and the dust) off of your mainframe misconceptions with its new zEnterprise 196, offering 96 5.2GHz cores, 3TB of RAM, and hot pluggable I/O drawers for when you need to change pants in a hurry. All this is said to boost performance by 60 percent compared to its predecessor, the z10, while also reducing energy consumption by a claimed 80 percent — though that could be compared to people sitting in tanning booths performing calculations with abacuses for all we know. However, you can drop consumption a further 12 percent by opting for the water cooling system, nice if your AC unit is already struggling. IBM will start shipping these behemoths sometime in the last quarter of this year and didn’t mention pre-orders, so get ready to rent the biggest truck you can find and camp out in Armonk if you want yours on release day.

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Microsoft Supplier Factory Workers Live "Like Prisoners" [Microsoft]

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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