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CFC backtracks on Slim’s near-billion dollar fine in Mexico, lays out other terms and conditions

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

CFC backtracks on Slim's near-billion dollar fine in Mexico, lays out other terms and conditions

The ongoing kerfuffle between Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission and Carlos Slim’s America Movil (Telcel’s parent company) took a drastic turn earlier today. According to the CFC, a deal has been reached with Slim’s telecom outfit that, among other things, will revoke the 11,989,000,000 pesos fine (about $1 billion dollars) imposed back in 2011. That being said, the wealthiest man on the globe isn’t completely off the hook, as America Movil’s been given five new demands that must be adhered to. Among these are reducing the current per-minute interconnection rates from .95 to .36 pesos, sharing the Telcel waves with other companies in the country and routinely providing the CFC with extensive details to prove the aforementioned requirements are being followed. Should America Movil not live up to its end of the deal, the Mexican regulator could hit Carlos Slim & Co. with a fine of up to eight percent of Telcel’s annual revenue — which, needless to say, is a heck of a lot of cash.

CFC backtracks on Slim’s near-billion dollar fine in Mexico, lays out other terms and conditions originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 May 2012 22:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lumus’ OE-31 optical engine turns motorcycle helmets, other eyewear into wearable displays

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
After showing off a duo of wearable, see-through displays at CES, Lumus is back with a second optical engine — one that could be used in any style of frames, from prescription glasses to ski goggles. Available in binocular and monocular configurations, the tiny OE-31 sensor weighs just 10 grams (.35 ounces), allowing it to accommodate a variety of form factors besides your run-of-the mill (and quite dorky-looking) 3D glasses. As always, Lumus’ hook is its ability to combine head up displays, augmented reality and see-through displays, though this time around the sensor allows for a 19-degree field of view and a full-color, 640 x 360 picture. Though that’s not as impressive as the 720p, 3D-capable frames on offer at CES, the company argues it should be adequate for reading text, particularly since the viewing experience will be comparable to starting at a 40-inch screen from 10 feet away. No word, of course, on what products might incorporate these discreet head up displays, though maybe, just maybe, we’ll catch a demo in Barcelona. For now, we’ve got photos below along with a handful of demo videos after the break.

Gallery: Lumus OE-31 optical engine

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Lumus’ OE-31 optical engine turns motorcycle helmets, other eyewear into wearable displays originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon rumored to be working with Redbox on its internet video streaming service

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
If you’re still trying to make the pieces of the recent “Verizon is launching an over the top video service” rumor fit, perhaps the missing element is information detailed by TechCrunch suggesting Big Red is the unnamed partner aligned with Redbox’s upcoming online video efforts. According to the rumor, the two would connect like Voltron, or, like Dish Network and Blockbuster — without the whole falling into ruin, bankruptcy and eventual purchase part of the story — for a subscription service offering movies for streaming and download to a variety of devices. Allegedly dubbed Project Zoetrope, it would launch this spring however unlike Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video’s all-you-can-eat approach, its hook is described as a credit based system allowing a certain number of movies to be streamed or downloaded every month. It’s all very sketchy at the moment, but Redbox has gone dark about its streaming plans and it’s just about time we heard something there, so we’ll add one more thing to keep our eyes and ears open for at CES in January.

Verizon rumored to be working with Redbox on its internet video streaming service originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 00:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover is ready for its closeup (video)

Monday, December 5th, 2011
ASUS Taiwan’s been busy updating its Facebook with pictures of all its BFFs, completing the 30-day music challenge and posting a video of the Transformer Prime’s new origami-style smart cover. Slotting into two hook-holes on the side of the bezel, it folds into a cunning stand that props the tablet at a variety of angles — disconnecting with a gentle pull (and a slightly sickening metallic scraping noise). After which, it probably posted a message about wanting an unlike button and played some Farmville. If you wanna see how easy the cover is to position, head on past the break to watch it in action in glorious high definition.

[Thanks, dy4me]

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ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover is ready for its closeup (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Genius Handicapped Man Carved a Smartphone Dock into His Fake Arm [Prosthetics]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

‘The Heist’ iPhone app hands-on

Monday, May 30th, 2011

If you’re a Mac user, there’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Macheist, a deal site that bundles different Mac applications together for a ridiculously low price. While The Heist isn’t a bundled software deal, it’s an insanely addictive puzzle game for the iPhone based on a theme of trying to crack into a safe — hence the title. There are four different puzzle types and over 60 levels, each one with distinct themes and objectives. And, in addition, there’s a promised prize to any user that completes every level in the game. Not a bad hook, right? The game is built by developer TapTapTap, makers of the Camera+ iPhone app, and it’s available now for $0.99 in the App Store — and it’s currently sitting pretty as the No. 1 paid app.

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Intel brings vPro to Sandy Bridge CPUs, makes losing your work laptop slightly less painful

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Imagine, if you will, business travelers gallivanting across the globe with nary a care in the world — secure in the fact that should they lose their laptop by hook or by crook, they can disable it with a simple text message. Well, the dream is now a reality as Intel has put its third-gen vPro technology in Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 business chips, giving users the ability to lock down and reactivate a PC remotely via SMS. Not exactly a fresh idea, but nice to see it passed on to more modern chipsets. To further simplify the lives of IT professionals, the new version of vPro also has an encryption login requirement upon awakening from sleep mode, 1920 x 1200 resolution remote management, and host-based configuration to allow the set up of countless PCs at once. Of course, that assumes your employer’s willing to pony up for Chipzilla’s new gear — the economic downturn’s almost over, right?

Intel brings vPro to Sandy Bridge CPUs, makes losing your work laptop slightly less painful originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

You may have been following our live blog of Samsung’s “Unpacked: Part I” event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If you did you would know that, much to the chagrin of most of the event’s attendants, it sort of dragged; we heard the same things repeated over and over again by various members of Samsung’s team. However, after we’ve had some hands-on time with the star of the show, the Galaxy S II, we think we know why it got such and exhaustive introduction: it’s a really, really great smartphone. Sammy has obviously invested a large amount of time and energy into the next Galaxy S, and you can really feel all that effort and energy when you pick up the device. It’s incredibly light, incredibly thin, and incredibly responsive. The TouchWiz UI has gotten a serious makeover that makes it much more appealing than its previous iteration. Customization options, social networking hook-ins, it’s all there. Not to mention some of those high-end specs: dual-core processor, Wi-Fi direct support, HSPA +21 Mbps radio, 1080p HD recording and playback at 30fps, and hardware accelerated encryption — just to name a few. Oh, and who could forget that 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen… you really have to see it to appreciate it. In short: the phone is gorgeous, feels solid, and responds just like you want it to. Will the Galaxy S II make its way to the U.S. in a non carrier-bastardized form? That’s the $1,000,000 question. Sammy is hosting another event tomorrow evening where it may reveal more details about its strategy for the United States — if we’re lucky we may even get a timetable. Until then, hit up our hands-on gallery and let us know what you think!

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SBN Tech to show off Android-based IP Video Phone at CES

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
Haven’t heard of SBN Tech? You’re not alone, but it looks like the company is now set to make the rather valiant attempt of trying to stand out from the pack of Android tablets at CES next week. Its hook, however, is that its tablet isn’t actually a tablet, but an “IP Video Phone,” which may or may not be similar to the device pictured above that the company’s been showing off recently. Of course, while the company may be touting it as a “video phone” first and foremost, the device appears to be a fairly standard Android tablet underneath that guise — it packs a 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 screen, an SD card slot for expansion, and the company notes that you’ll also be able to use it for email, Twitter, Facebook and all your usual Android apps. Still no word on pricing or availability, but those details should be making themselves known soon enough.

SBN Tech to show off Android-based IP Video Phone at CES originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gridlock Concept Watch Not as Complicated as It Looks [Tokyoflash]

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010