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How would you change the LG Nitro HD?

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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AT&T’s LG Nitro HD is one of those rare devices your writer has actually used. We carried it as our daily driver during this year’s CES and were won over by that gorgeous screen, speedy LTE and its thin and light design. Unfortunately our experience matched those in the review: herky-jerky performance and battery life that meant we were always on the lookout for a power point. Of course, you can’t have amazing battery life without doubling its thickness, but would you have taken that compromise? We’re asking you: how would you change it?

How would you change the LG Nitro HD? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG gives away 2,000 specially modified phones for the blind

Friday, April 27th, 2012

LG gives away 2,000 specially modified phones for the blind

Skipping on the LTE, HD IPS screen or dual-processor is usually not a recipe that will land your phone on the pages of Engadget. But, these LG-LU2700Ss are not just any unspectacular flip phone. The handset has been specially modified for use by the blind and visually impaired. The manual is printed in braille and, rather than require the constant mashing of buttons, the phone is controlled primarily through voice commands. 2,000 of the devices were given away as part of the company’s donation program. Now if only they would mass produce them, LG would earn some serious cred.

LG gives away 2,000 specially modified phones for the blind originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon’s Summer / Fall 2012 smartphone roadmap

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Verizon launching iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, Motorola RAZR HD in Fall

While Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been the star of the rumor show for the past few months — with BGR leading the pack — we now have a clear picture of the smartphone landscape for late summer and early fall this year. BGR has exclusively learned details about most, if not all of Verizon Wireless’s flagship smartphone launches for the remainder of 2012, and things are definitely looking good for Verizon subscribers in 2012. All the details follow after the break.

For starters, Verizon Wireless will indeed be offering the Samsung Galaxy S3 — Verizon notably passed on the Galaxy S II in favor of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus — but we don’t know when the carrier will start selling Samsung’s new flagship smartphone. While we have a clear picture of Verizon’s fall smartphone lineup, we would assume the Galaxy S III will be available over the summer.

Speaking of Android smartphones, there are “multiple” Motorola RAZR models due to hit Verizon in the coming months, one of which will most likely be the Motorola RAZR HD (or a name similar to that) with a larger and clearer display.

HTC might actually be the star of the Android show this time around though, as we have been told HTC will have a major flagship device hitting Verizon shelves in the fall. It’s said to feature a whopping 5-inch 1080p HD display (a non-PenTile screen), a new chipset that includes a quad-core Krait CPU and an Adreno 320 GPU, HTC Sense 5 and a Scribe pen. Yes, HTC is launching a Galaxy Note competitor.

Lastly, as we reported late last year, Apple’s next-generation iPhone is currently slated for a fall release.

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Zune Desktop software will no longer be able to access Marketplace

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Microsoft on Tuesday announced on its Windows Phone Blog two changes regarding its Windows Phone Marketplace that will “help pave the way for new store features and new apps in the months ahead.” The Redmond-based company will be removing the option to shop for Windows Phone apps from the Zune Desktop software and will now require handsets to be running Windows Phone 7.5 to buy and download new apps, or update existing ones. The Zune Music Marketplace will remain open, and the software will be used to back up music and photos, and to install updates on the Zune HD.

[Via WMPowerUser]

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Microsoft cuts pre-Mango holdouts, Zune desktop software off from WP7 app purchases

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Microsoft cuts pre-Mango holdouts, Zune desktop software off from WP7 app purchases

Microsoft’s Windows Phone team is making a few changes to how users are able to acquire apps on their devices but luckily, they probably won’t affect most of you. Starting today, users can no longer get apps from the Zune desktop software (the app store will remain for the Zune HD, as shown above), so they’ll need to browse via the website or directly on their phones, which Microsoft says the majority of users were already doing. The other change is that in the next few weeks, any users who have not upgraded their handsets to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango will no longer be able to download, update or review apps. Since the update is available for all Windows Phones (Android, we’re mostly talking about you) this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, and any laggards will regain their access after upgrading. On a final note, the developer blog mentions the software needed for hardware partners to create phones for Bahrain, Israel, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam and that there will be more news on these storefronts “in the weeks ahead.” With these moves, the squad has culled any reason to open a heavy memory hungry desktop program just to install some new apps from a PC (iTunes, we’re completely talking about you) and devs can write off supporting users still running on old platforms guilt-free. All that in one day? We bet they didn’t even have to use their AK — those old zune:// links however, will be missed.

Microsoft cuts pre-Mango holdouts, Zune desktop software off from WP7 app purchases originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola RAZR HD running ICS spotted in the wild, 720p display in tow

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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Last week, a Motorola engineer’s Picasa album all but confirmed the existence of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. And while we can’t say his job has a future, it looks like this handset does. The latest leak includes some newly discovered blurry cam photos from China showing Motorola model MT887 running ICS. This matches the EXIF data posted by that errant engineer, which listed the RAZR HD’s build as 4.0.3. According to the latest images, the RAZR HD sports a 4.3-inch display — with an upgraded resolution of 720p — though the other specs appear to match the current batch of RAZRs. As Android Community points out, that relatively bulky body could mean there’s a 3,300mAH battery inside. That’s all well and good — unless Motorola also has a Droid HD RAZR Maxx set to launch a month after this guy. Then again, who would be so cruel as to pit your hopes for a higher-res RAZR against your dreams of an even longer-lasting smartphone?

Motorola RAZR HD running ICS spotted in the wild, 720p display in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE listed as ‘coming soon’ on Bell Canada’s site

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE listed as 'coming soon' on Bell Canada's site

Just a couple of days ago, Canadian carrier WIND quietly outed its soon-to-be Nokia Lumia 710, and now it’s Bell’s turn to follow suit by teasing an upcoming device of its own. Unlike WIND, however, Bell isn’t flaunting a Mango-flavored handset, but instead a Gingerbread-loaded Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE. As you may have guessed by the “LTE” stuffed in its relatively long dub, this Sammy slab will be able to surf through the Mobility network’s Long Term Evolution waves. Sadly, the product page isn’t showing us just how much cash you’ll have to unleash, or how “soon” we can expect it to hit shelves around the True North. No worries, though, since Bell does have a signup page waiting for you to kindly place your name on it.

Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE listed as ‘coming soon’ on Bell Canada’s site originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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THX manages AV settings for pros and consumers with Cinespace HD and Media Director

Monday, April 16th, 2012

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The Star Wars Blu-ray boxed set was the first movie to ship with THX’s Media Director technology built-in, which works with compatible hardware to automatically configure AV settings for optimal quality on that title, so it’s no surprise the Lucasfilm produced Red Tails is next up for the treatment. Of course, the key element there is compatible hardware, and unfortunately there’s not much new to report there since we last checked in at CEDIA, although we’re assured the team is working on expanding support for its metadata from embedded chip manufacturers. On the content creation side THX also has something to offer with its cineCube HD, a slimmed down edition of its cineSpace offering designed to control color management at every step of the production process for the way it will eventually appear on Blu-ray. There’s more details on exactly what it does and how in the press releases, although the real proof will likely be seen in the movies and TV shows it’s used on.

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THX manages AV settings for pros and consumers with Cinespace HD and Media Director originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 17 Apr 2012 02:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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High-definition version of Motorola’s RAZR in the works

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The name DROID RAZR HD has appeared in the EXIF data from a series of images uploaded to Picasa by a Motorola employee. The EXIF data shows that the handset is running Android 4.0.3 and its camera is equipped with a f/2.4 aperture camera. The photos in question were uploaded by Vic Yu, who is a software engineer and program manager at Motorola Mobility according to his Google+ and LinkedIn profiles. Last month, the first image of what was believed to be the unannounced DROID Fighter surfaced on a Chinese forum. The handset is said to be equipped with the same massive 3,300 mAh battery that is found in the RAZR MAXX and a 4.6-inch high-definition display. The phone also lacked the Android navigation buttons found on earlier RAZR models, suggesting that it makes use of the on-screen buttons found in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DROID RAZR HD could possibly arrive on Verizon Wireless as the DROID Fighter, although nothing is confirmed for the time being. It should be noted that EXIF data can easily be manipulated, but an image of the data can be found after the break.

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Jaws debuts on Blu-ray August 14th remastered and upmixed (video)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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Universal Pictures promised it would celebrate its centennial by bringing classics out of the vaults and onto Blu-ray discs and now one of our most anticipated flicks, Jaws, finally has a release date. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 hit will come home in “digitally remastered and fully restored” form with an upmixed 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack August 14th. The soundtrack and picture have both been carefully restored in a process undertaken in conjunction with Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, as they went back to the original 35mm film and repaired it frame by frame. Also packed in will be four hours of bonus features, including an all new documentary The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws. If you’re wondering about the restoration process, there are a couple of samples included after the break, plus a video about it and teaser trailer for the Blu-ray disc — we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

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Jaws debuts on Blu-ray August 14th remastered and upmixed (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 Apr 2012 22:52:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th

Are you a smartphone user with an itchy trigger finger? Listen up. Rockstar Games has announced that the one and only Max Payne will begin terrorizing your iOS and Android devices in the very near future. The wares will be available for Apple-branded gear (iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, along with the iPod touch 4 and all iPad iterations) on April 12th, and Google’s implements two weeks later on the 26th. Max Payne Mobile is promising to deliver HD graphics, high resolution textures and exclusive content via the company’s Social Club service to your miniaturized screen. Rockstar did not elaborate on which Android sets would be supported, but promised to publish a full list “in the coming weeks.” Limber up those thumbs, charge up that handset and get ready to lay waste to… pretty much anything that moves.

Max Payne to rampage on iOS April 12th, Android April 26th originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 08 Apr 2012 03:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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YouTube lets you watch 1080p 2D videos in ’3D’ with your anaglyph specs

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
Another day, another bit of news out of Mountain View. Stereoscopic 3D videos have been on on YouTube nearly three years, and since last year, the site has given viewers the option to transform “short-form” 2D content to 3D — with a single click on the settings bar, that is. Today, the beta feature comes to 1080p videos, meaning you’ll now be able to watch your favorite Phillip DeFranco and Shay Carl vlogs with extra chromatic impact in full HD. YouTube notes that it’s “constantly improving the underlying conversion technology,” which figures out how to simulate the effect based on characteristics of the video itself and true 3D videos uploaded to the site. We’d say there’s still something slightly amiss about using folding blue and red glasses to watch two-dimensional HD video in faux anaglyph 3D, but you can make the call for yourself by reading up about the magic at the source link below.

YouTube lets you watch 1080p 2D videos in ’3D’ with your anaglyph specs originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 14:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia Lumia 900 or iPhone 3GS?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

What would you choose?

I asked a question on Twitter a little while ago, and wanted to get an even bigger idea of what everyone thinks. This is a serious question — would you choose an iPhone 3GS over the Nokia Lumia 900? You can get iOS 5, a decent camera, HD video recording, iMessage, the App Store, iTunes, and of course, everything else you’d get with an iPhone. On the Lumia 900, you have a larger and much better display, 4G LTE, and a clean and sophisticated OS.

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DirecTV’s latest HD interface comes to the five tuner HR34 DVR

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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Even if you don’t have DirecTV, you’ve probably heard of the HR34 if you’re into DVRs. That’s because it’s the only DVR from a provider that can record five HD shows at once and it also works in multiple rooms of the house thanks to RVU. All that upside came with a big downside, though, the old and ugly DirecTV DVR user interface. We figured it was only a matter of time before DirecTV’s new HD user interface made it’s way to the big daddy, and now Solid Signal reports that it’s everything you’ve been waiting for with only slight differences from the HR24. No word on exactly when this update will roll out to HR34 DVRs everywhere, but we suspect it can’t be long now.

DirecTV’s latest HD interface comes to the five tuner HR34 DVR originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Onkyo intros a new pair of TX-NR AV receivers, prices start at $999

Monday, March 26th, 2012
Onkyo intros a new pair of TX-NR AV receivers, prices start at $999
Shortly after introducing its entry-level TX-NR515 and TX-NR616 receivers, Onkyo is taking the wraps off of a fresh pair of souped-up, pricier AV boxes. Both part of the TX-NR family, the TX-NR717 ($999) and TX-NR818 ($1,119) are carrying on the 7.2-channel audio tradition seen on their lower-priced siblings, while a Qdeo processor handles all video upscaling duties — yes, 4K included. The 3D-ready couple is also packing THX Select 2 Plus certification, a whopping eight HDMI ports on each box, DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD decoding and a revamped 1080p GUI. Onkyo’s also said iOS and Kindle Fire variants of its Android Remote App are in the works, though mum’s the word on when they’ll be up for grabs. Either of these good enough for your home setup? They won’t hit shelves until May, which may (baller status) or may not (Average Joe) be enough time to save up.

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Onkyo intros a new pair of TX-NR AV receivers, prices start at $999 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers

Sunday, March 25th, 2012
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We knew it was coming, but now it’s finally landed. Yep, those Sky+HD subscribers who get their internet from elsewhere are now free wander into the formerly fortified town of Anytime+. For the first time, all Sky+HD users with broadband can access the full range of online programming, which includes content from the BBC and ITV. Not a Sky customer, but like the sound of this? Sky’s already thought of that, and should have something to ease your pain anytime now.

Sky Anytime+ now available via all broadband providers originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Radiohead: Sit Down, Stand Up [Video]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Have you had the pleasure of watching the wonderful BBC series, Life? You probably have. Beautiful HD nature docs provide the perfect visual background for any living room activity. And as many have discovered, they play even better when muted and paired with a soundtrack of your choosing. More »


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