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Acer Iconia Tab A510 now available, 10.1 inches of Olympian ICS and Tegra 3 for $450

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Ah, Acer’s Olympics-themed Iconia Tab A510. If you’ll recall, after months of staying quiet about its A500 successor — which was already viewable in public — Acer finally made the 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) slate official when it went up for pre-order last month. Fast forward to today, and the company’s US website is now listing the tablet as in-stock and ready to ship. Notably, the A510 is Acer’s first tab loaded with NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and Android Ice Cream Sandwich (slightly modified) — a duo of delicacies seldom found together in tablets up for grabs as of late. To refresh your memory, its $450 price tag also gets you 32GB of storage with 1GB of RAM, your choice of a white or black bezel and other goodies, including a 1-megapixel front-facing camera and an auto-focusing 5-megapixel shooter on back. Not too shabby for device that can reportedly handle 12 hours of video playback. Sweet tooth tingling? Hit up the source link below for all the details.

[Thanks, Daryl]

Acer Iconia Tab A510 now available, 10.1 inches of Olympian ICS and Tegra 3 for $450 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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April Fools’ Day roundup: the big toys, the small toys and the cats

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
April Fools' Day roundup: the big toys, the small toys and the cats

Depending on where you are right now, you’re either pretty much done with April Fools’ Day (hence our bloated inbox thanks to all you lovely tipsters!) or it’s just about to start on your side of the world. In fact, some of this year’s submissions already got a head start, including the excellent 8-bit quest mode in Google Maps. Oh, don’t worry, there’s plenty more from Mountain View and the usual participants this year — we’ve rounded up the best of the lot right after the break for your amusement. Keep an eye on this as we will be adding new goodies to the list throughout the day.

[Thanks to everyone who sent these in]

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April Fools’ Day roundup: the big toys, the small toys and the cats originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Apr 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Maps 8-bit version for NES: April Fools arrives a day early in Mountain View

Saturday, March 31st, 2012
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Well, it appears that April Fools is in full effect — at least if you ask Google. Today the company introduced its “latest” build of Google Maps, dubbed Google Maps 8-bit version, tailored specifically for the Nintendo Entertainment System. According to Google, this Dragon Quest spoof version of Maps will come in the form of a special NES cartridge that can connect to the internet via dial-up. This apparently allows most of the heavy lifting to get done on Google’s servers, where the maps are rendered to 8-bit form “in real-time.” Better yet, it even supports voice search. Naturally, there’s no word on a release date, but you can currently check out the “beta” by visiting Google Maps in your browser and selecting “Start Your Quest.” That said, that company warns that “your system may not meet the minimum requirements for 8-bit computations” — something tells us it’ll still be less resource-intensive than Crysis, though. We’ve checked it out and found some goodies, including an alien at Area 51, so let us know what you come across during your journey in the comments.

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Google Maps 8-bit version for NES: April Fools arrives a day early in Mountain View originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 13:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012

Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, we’ve spotted the Lumia 610 in two new colors, and the open source community received new goodies from the likes of HTC, Qualcomm and Samsung. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of March 19th, 2012.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of March 19th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 19:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Huawei Fusion arrives at AT&T, lets you Go prepaid with Gingerbread for $125

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
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Hey, not everyone needs a bunch-of-core superphone tied down to a two-year contract, so it’s always nice to have some solid prepaid options, right? If you shook your head yes to that, you’ll be pleased to know that AT&T’s just added the Android Gingerbread-loaded Huawei Fusion to its GoPhone lineup. The device features a 3.5-inch (320 x 480) display up front, while on back there’s a 3.2-megapixel shooter. Other goodies include Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio functionality and support for up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD. If your still nodding your noggin, the Fusion and its (essentially) utilitarian specs can be yours for the keeping, sans contractual commitment, for just $125. You’ll find more info at the links below.

Huawei Fusion arrives at AT&T, lets you Go prepaid with Gingerbread for $125 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NCAA March Madness Live app comes to iOS, Android by tourney tip-off

Thursday, March 8th, 2012
NCAA March Madness Live app comes to iOS, Android by tourney tip-off
Following in last year’s steps, the NCAA and Turner Sports have taken the wraps off their March Madness 2012 goodies for handsets, slates and PCs. Though, unlike its 2011 variants, you’ll now have to part ways with a one-time $3.99 charge in order to catch your favorite college team in action. Paying such a fee will give you an all-access ticket to watch every game during the tournament, which gets rolling this Tuesday, March 13th. Moreover, you’ll also be able to customize channels to your viewing pleasure, test your knowledge in live trivia and check out how the bracket’s shaping up. The action-packed March Madness Live app is available now to folks on iOS, with the Android version coming to “selected” devices by the time the tourney is underway.

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NCAA March Madness Live app comes to iOS, Android by tourney tip-off originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 01:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft Research’s shoulder mounted system makes anything a multitouch display

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Remember the nifty new 3D transparent display, augmented reality mirror, and remote sharing technology that Microsoft revealed just over a week ago? Turns out that Redmond’s research arm wasn’t done doling out the gadget goodies, as it’s now showing off a new Wearable Multitouch Projector that turns any surface into a gesture-sensitive display. Using Kinect-style motion and depth sensing cameras in concert with a pico projector and a PC, you can tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom to your heart’s content on the nearest flat surface. It’s currently a rather clunky, cabled contraption, but the touch input does appear to work pretty well, and the researchers who built it think that the tech can be miniaturized to a more user-friendly size in the future. See for yourself in the video after the break.

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Microsoft Research’s shoulder mounted system makes anything a multitouch display originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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SugarSync for Android updated, adds enhanced sharing and on-the-go file management

Friday, March 2nd, 2012
SugarSync for Android updated, adds enhanced sharing and on-the-go file management
Not long after handing its Android application a video-friendly refresh, SugarSync’s back with more updated goodies. Now, the sweet Dropbox adversary is stuffing version 3.5.1 with some productivity and social-driven bits. The rejuvenated app, which won’t ask anything of your wallet, is boosting its sharing features by allowing you to handout contacts, files and folders via Zuck’s social network and that famed 140-character box. Facebook and Twitter’s integration doesn’t stop there, SugarSync’s letting anyone grab 500MB of extra storage at no cost by referring other humans through the aforementioned sites. Another new feature is the on-the-fly file management, which essentially allows you to copy, move and delete any of your docs while you’re on the go. Eager to give it a try? It’s up for grabs at the source link below or you can get it directly from your Big G-approved device.

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SugarSync for Android updated, adds enhanced sharing and on-the-go file management originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Meego 1.2 arrives for Nokia N9 users today

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Nokia N9 users, if you’ve yet to activate your beloved device today, then do so post-haste. It looks like our army of faithful tipsters found PR 1.2 ready to roll this morning. The 284MB update should be available worldwide, although a few users in Saudi Arabia are yet to see any goodies. Video calling, folder functionality and copy and paste should all be available in this release, but we’ll let you get elbows-deep in the update and stop spoiling the surprises that are in store for you.

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Meego 1.2 arrives for Nokia N9 users today originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Months after Gingerbread’s arrival, HTC Sense remains fussy, users can’t get no satisfaction

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Many HTC Sense users have experienced less than ideal conditions ever since their upgrade to Gingerbread. In an issue that’s likely tied to the operating system’s new memory management techniques, we’ve seen the launcher sporadically restart upon return to the home screen, and in rarer cases, cause Sense to revert entirely to its factory settings. While the glitch is hardly new, it’s rather well documented and the longstanding nature demands a proper (and expedient) update from HTC. Until that moment comes, we’ve included a few tips to help affected users get through the day.

First, the most straightforward solution involves using an alternate launcher, such as ADW, Go or LauncherPro. If you want to keep Sense and its goodies, you can try to keep widget use to a minimum, but if you’re willing to gain root access, the command “echo ro.HOME_APP_ADJ=1 >/data/local.prop” has also proven successful at holding Sense in memory. Of course, dropping Sense entirely and replacing it with an AOSP ROM is another solution. Regardless of which route you choose, we hope you’ll sound off in the comments and join us in the call for an update.

Months after Gingerbread’s arrival, HTC Sense remains fussy, users can’t get no satisfaction originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nintendo introduces paid DLC, lets you complete the games you completed

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Did you get a Nintendo shaped bundle of joy for Christmas? Completed the games already? Fear not, as from March Kyoto’s gaming veterans will be launching paid downloadable game content for its 3D handheld. The first title to get the goodies will be Fire Emblem, and as yet, there’s no clues about what treats you’ll get for the reported “several hundred yen” you’ll be asked to stump up. Nintendo, however, is understandably keen to stimulate interest in its 3D titles, and more importantly, claw back some of that mobile gaming market-share. With hints of downloadable add-ons coming to the Wii-U also, and Mr Iwata’s previous commitment to deliver the goods, it clearly thinks this is the way to go — let’s just hope all the kinks have been ironed out come release day.

Nintendo introduces paid DLC, lets you complete the games you completed originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Even though Ice Cream Sandwich is popping up everywhere since its source code was released to the public, we’ve got to give a shout out now that its been squeezed onto the original Google phone, HTC’s G1. The G1 was last seen sporting an unofficial Honeycomb port, and now jcarrz1 from XDA-Developers is showing off his device running Android 4.0 in this video. So far the touchscreen is (slowly) working, along with all apps and “ICS goodies”, though WiFi, Bluetooth and rotation are still out. That’s a nice effort for a device that some said wouldn’t see any versions past 1.5, so press play and witness the unholy fusion of Android’s past and present working all at once, or hit the source link below to grab the alpha release for yourself.

HTC G1 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Nov 2011 00:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Is this Nikon’s D800 DSLR?

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Grab the salt shaker folks — if Nikon Rumors is to be believed, what you’re gazing at is Nikon’s hotly rumored D800 DSLR. The camera is reportedly packing goodies like a massive 36 megapixel sensor capable of 7360 × 4912 resolution, and an ISO range of 100 to 6,400 that’s pushable to 25,600. Furthermore, you can expect to find the same 51-point AF system found in the D3s, slots for SD and CF cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and over three-inches of display on back — all while being “smaller and lighter” than the current D700. Notably, Nikon is apparently stepping up its DLSR video chops with this cam as well, as it’s said to be capable of filming 1080p HD video at 30 fps, while 720p grants you up to 60 fps. Of course, this type of primo kit won’t come cheap — if it all proves true you can expect to slap down roughly $3,900 (¥300,000) to make one yours, although, a release date is still anyone’s guess. You’ll find another shot of this purported beauty after the break and the full rumor rundown at the source link below.

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Is this Nikon’s D800 DSLR? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 04:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google lures college students to Google+ in effort to speed adoption

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Google’s latest social networking effort follows a long line of failed attempts to break into a space owned by the likes of Facebook, Twitter and (somehow) Myspace, and Google seems to finally have a hit on its hands with Google+. The service amassed more than 10 million users within two weeks of launching as an invitation-only beta, and it now reportedly has more than 40 million users following a public launch. As Facebook approaches 1 billion users, however, Google has quite a bit of ground to make up. The Internet giant apparently isn’t afraid to get dirty in its quest for social network dominance, and a new report revealed that Google recently set up shop at colleges in Israel in an attempt to lure new users to Google+. Read on for more.

As a new semester got underway at Ben Gurion University and Tel Aviv University in Israel, students were greeted by an unexpected surprise: a series of booths that served as recruiting stations for Google+. The manned booths offered passers-by a free gift bag packed with goodies if they were willing to sign up for the new social network on the spot,¬†Ynet¬†recently reported. Google’s hired hands helped users create their profiles on the spot, even offering to take playful profile pictures for the university students, which were also printed on stickers and given away for free.

“The idea is to open a Google Plus account for people, and we want them to add people to their Circles so the network will grow,” one of Google’s booth-workers told Ynet (machine-translated from Hebrew). “A lot of people do not know the network, so we tell them a little about the social network and its advantages over other networks.”

Google also set up similar booths at another college in the area, and it is unclear if the company plans to extend its recruiting efforts beyond Israel.

Google+ is a service very similar to Facebook, though it offers a unique user interface and several compelling features. Users group friends into “Circles” and may share content only with specific circles if they so desire. The social network also features instant messaging, group chat and a recently-added gaming component that allows users to play games online within the Google+ UI.

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Google+ gets baked-in YouTube functionality, seeks your +1s

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Suffice it to say, Google’s been steamrolling through its services this week and laying down a variety of updates and goodies. Just a day after its short-lived Gmail iOS app was released, Mountain View’s veered its wheels toward the “pluses” in its portfolio. To start, Chrome users will find two new extensions, including a +1 button and a Google+ Notifications box, to more easily mark their favorite sites, while those loyal to Internet Explorer can update their Google toolbar for a similar effect — sadly, there’s no such love for Firefox at the moment. Moving on to its social front, Google has finally enabled native YouTube support in Google+. While on G+, you’ll notice a YouTube slider near the right, which when clicked pops up a video module (seen above). From it, you and your circles can quickly share your favorite viral videos and view playlists, which Google says are currently being added to G+ search results. Sure, we’re still anxiously wishing for things like Twitter integration, but ya gotta start somewhere, right? You’ll find a shot of those extensions below, and more details at the source link.

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Google+ gets baked-in YouTube functionality, seeks your +1s originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 17:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We’re live from the Tokyo Game Show 2011!

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

That’s right! We’re back in Japan for this year’s Tokyo Game Show, and obviously we’ll be getting intimate with the closer-to-final PlayStation Vita along with, hopefully, some of its just announced launch titles. While Nintendo’s absent as usual (though it did throw its own party on Tuesday), we’re still expecting some fresh goodies from the Xbox and PlayStation folks that should keep us entertained for awhile, plus we’ll be scanning the show floor for the eccentric peripherals and other odd pieces, so wish us luck. Oh, and be sure to also check out our sister site Joystiq to get your extra dosage of TGS — you know you want it.

To follow all the action from TGS, use the tag TGS 2011.

We’re live from the Tokyo Game Show 2011! originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 18:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Get 12 Classic Nook Ebooks Free In Barnes & Noble’s Back-To-School Offer [Blip]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

If you register your new Nook before October 31st, B&N will give you 12 free classic ebooks plus a bunch of study guides (don’t groan, students), which amounts to over $100 of goodies apparently. [B&N via Engadget] More »


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