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Two more Archos Arnova tablets roll through the FCC

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
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When it rains Archos tablets, it pours Archos tablets. A day after The Arnova A9 G3 tablet strutted its way through the commission’s approval process and into our hearts, two more members of the line the are ready for their cold, governmental closeups. Archos’s Arnova 7F G3 and 8C G3 have also found their way onto the the FCC’s site, carrying on the company’s long standing policy of making a heck of a lot of tablets — these ones, most likely, are set to serve as the seven and eight-inch counterparts to their slightly larger, slightly older sibling.

Two more Archos Arnova tablets roll through the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast MWC edition, live now!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

We’re in Barcelona, and we’re not ready to stop talking about phones. And hopefully you’re ready to start listening, because the Engadget Mobile Podcast is quickly approaching! We’re aiming to be broadcasting as close to 12:50PM EST as possible, but we’re in the process of hunting down potential podcast members so we may begin a little late. So join with us, if you dare, in an emergency special Mobile World Congress podcast!

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Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast MWC edition, live now! originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘Anonymous’ hacks two more U.S. government websites

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Members from the notorious hacktivist collective “Anonymous Operations” have reportedly claimed responsibility for hacking two more government websites following the takedown of the Central Intelligence Agency’s website last week. The Associated Press on Friday reported that Anonymous had breached the United States Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection business center website as well as a National Consumer Protection Week website. Both sites were temporarily replaced by a “violent German-language video” focused on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA, which has been signed by a number of countries including the U.S. and Canada, aims to put forth international legal guidelines for fighting piracy. Neither affected agency has confirmed the attacks, but both the FTC business center website and the National Consumer Protection Week website were offline at the time of this writing.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon clip breaks down shooting movies, special effects in 3D (video)

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray doesn’t hit the streets officially until next week, but you can get a look at one of the special features early right here. In this video clip director Michael Bay and other members of the production team explain some of the special challenges that came with shooting the special-effects heavy movie in 3D. It required changes to his usual frenetic cutting style with fewer pans and longer shots, as well as extra work by the editors on each element of animation overlaid on each frame. For a longer discussion about the background of shooting the flick you can check out an interview featuring Bay and 3D-master James Cameron here, otherwise just press play, or check out the press release after the break for a full list of special features included when he disc debuts January 31st.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon clip breaks down shooting movies, special effects in 3D (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lovefilm, Disney UK deal brings ABC content across the pond

Monday, January 16th, 2012

If you’re living across the pond and hankering for ABC’s content, it’s en route. In what could be considered a response to Netflix’s expansion to the UK market, Lovefilm has joined forces with Disney UK to offer members on-demand streaming access to ABC Studios’ content. Available titles include Castle, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Happy Endings, Grey’s Anatomy and the Ghost Whisperer, with all episodes available after their first run in the UK market. Compatible streamers include the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iPad, smart TV’s and Blu-ray players and the service itself starts at £4.99 ($7.65) per month. Still no news as to when the Camo Snuggie will make its European debut.

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Lovefilm, Disney UK deal brings ABC content across the pond originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung announces the affordable Galaxy M with a Super AMOLED display

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Following the company’s announcement of the Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its Galaxy M smartphone. The entry-level hadnset features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1GHz single-core processor and 4GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera and a TV tuner. The Galaxy M is similar to the Wave, with a metallic body rather than the usual plastic back found on other members of the Galaxy family. The device will be priced around $500 dollars with no contract and will be available in three color options: Platinum Silver, Blue Black and Lavender Pink. There has been no word on whether or not the Galaxy M will be launch in the United States.

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Amazon Kindle Fire gets unofficial Android 4.0 update [video]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire tablet now has access to an unofficial Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Members of the xda-developers forum recently managed to get a “pre-alpha” version of Android 4.0 running on Amazon’s new slate. The installation is based on the popular CyanogenMod 9 and while the ROM is working well in this early stage, there are still a number of bugs that need to be ironed out. It should also be clarified that this custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROM will remove all of Amazon’s customization features from the tablet, such as its user interface and deep integration with Amazon services. Hit the break for a video of Android 4.0 in action on the Kindle Fire and provided you understand the risks involved, follow the read link for all the tools you’ll need to install Android 4.0 on your Kindle Fire.

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Google said to be prepping Amazon Prime-like delivery service

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Google is reportedly in talks with retailers in an effort to create a subscription-based expedited delivery service that will compete directly with Amazon Prime. Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported that Google has contacted a number of retailers in an effort to provide unlimited speedy deliveries to members who pay an annual fee. Among the retailers Google has reportedly contacted about the service are Gap, OfficeMax and Macy’s. “They’ve approached us with the idea, but we haven’t made any decisions,” a Macy’s spokesman told The Journal, seemingly confirming the report. Google plans to integrate the service into its search engine to an extent, but the system would also feature some amount of integration on partner sites. According to the report, Google plans to pilot the service in San Francisco ahead of a full launch, which the company hopes will take place some time next year.

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Shanghai Science and Technology Commission proposes 100 ‘innovation houses’ for DIYers

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
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Here we call them hackerspaces and generally they’re sustained through the contributions of paying members. The Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality has decided to go with the more esoteric “innovation house” and is expecting support from the government, but the concept is the same — a pubic place where those with an idea can go and make it a reality. The commission is proposing building 100 such studios equipped with wood and metal lathes, drills, saws and milling machines. Shanghai may be a sprawling city of over 23 million (the largest in the world), but if even just half of those hackerspaces are eventually constructed it would have one studio for every 460,000 citizens and become one of the most DIY-friendly metropolises in the world. By comparison, New York City’s roughly 8 million residents share just eight.

Shanghai Science and Technology Commission proposes 100 ‘innovation houses’ for DIYers originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Nov 2011 20:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sharp, HTC and ZTE learn the NFC Forum secret handshake

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The NFC Forum just scored a few high profile allies in the form of Sharp, ZTE and HTC. The handset manufacturers were among a slew of companies to join up as members, with Sharp and ZTE hitting the Associate level and HTC signing on at the Implementer level. Now let the mobile hazing begin!

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Sharp, HTC and ZTE learn the NFC Forum secret handshake originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 19:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google+ now open to the public, 100 total improvements added

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Google recently announced that its Google+ social network is now available to anyone who wants to join. The search engine giant noted that it has added 91 changes during the social network’s beta trial, which lasted just under 90 days, and that it is deploying nine new changes on Tuesday. Among the most notable additions, the Hangouts video chat feature is now available for Android smartphones running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or newer. Here is a list of several other key changes:

  • A new “Hangouts on Air” option allows users to live broadcast to up to nine different people.
  • Hangouts can now be named.
  • A screen sharing function has been added to Hangouts.
  • Users can now share and view a sketchpad directly inside Hangouts
  • Google Docs can be viewed and shared inside Hangouts.
  • Google+ members can now search for other users from the social network directly and Google+ will return results from around the web.
  • The Google+ Hangouts API is now available for developers.

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LG lays off 30% of its mobile employees overseas

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

LG has cut 30% of its overseas mobile staff as a result of the division’s recent poor performance, Reuters reported on Thursday. Korea Economic Daily broke the news and noted LG’s layoffs mostly included employees in the purchases and mobile marketing departments, and in unprofitable groups. LG said the Korea Economic Daily report was speculation, but the Korean news outlet noted that LG is planning to layoff members of its mobile business team in Korea, too. LG’s mobile business grew during the second quarter of this year but the division still failed to turn a profit. The mobile arm reported a $49.8 million loss on sales of $3 billion last quarter.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video)

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

You likely know the HTC HD2 as the phone that just can’t be held in the past. While it started life with Windows Mobile 6.5, it’s since met better fortunes with Android, Meego, and most recently… NoDo. Now, after the leak of Windows Phone Mango RTM, things are about to heat up once again. First, we’ve come across a video that clearly shows the HD2 gobbling up version 7720 of this tropical fruit without missing a beat. Also, xda-developers members YukiXDA and xboxmod are preparing to release their own concept ROM based on this release. Both projects are currently held back by the OS’s inability to properly recognize the phone’s microSD card, but that seems to be the final step before a full scale release. If you’re interested, check the video after the break and make sure to bookmark the source link. Life is about to get a whole lot more interesting for your HD2.

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HTC HD2 keeps spry with Mango RTM and custom ROM, looks to clear final hurdle (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Magnifier curates Music Beta tracks, has nothing to do with burning ants

Thursday, August 18th, 2011
At school, Tim Quirk’s friend had an English cousin who sent over new records from the motherland. Now he’s paying the favor forward as head of Magnifier, a blog informing Google Music Beta members about new, interesting bands with free, exclusive tracks. One click adds the exclusive content to your Music Beta library. Google is calling Magnifier a “music discovery” site, making a big deal that only artists the editorial team thinks are “pretty great” will be featured. Sadly if your taste is more esoteric than My Morning Jacket, it may not be for you. Somehow we doubt Magnifier will get around to releasing exclusive Adriano Celentano tracks any time soon.

Google Magnifier curates Music Beta tracks, has nothing to do with burning ants originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon to pull striking worker’s health benefits on August 31st

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

After disagreements over new contracts, 45,000 Verizon workers, or roughly 25% of the company’s workforce, went on strike on August 7th. The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers refuse to pay a $100 monthly premium on their health benefits and do not agree with other contract terms, but now they may have no benefits at all. Verizon is threatening to pull all health benefits from any employees who are still striking on August 31st. Verizon has already filed a lawsuit against the Communications Workers of America accusing the union of harassment and sabotage, and it has been granted injunctions against picketers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The unions aren’t happy: “We feel the company is exercising any means possible to make our members suffer in hopes of breaking our units,” president of CWA Local 2204 Chuck Simpson told reporters. Formal talks between the workers and Verizon are ongoing, and Verizon said it sent letters out to give strikers enough time to find alternative benefits.

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Google’s Music Beta gives users two invites, keys to the cloud for their best mates

Friday, July 29th, 2011

We probably all know at least one person who is bummed they missed out on the initial round of invites for Music Beta by Google. Well friends, you can be the bearer of good news for those troubled souls (who haven’t moved on to other online music pursuits, of course), as we discovered through a fellow music enthusiast. Members of the cloud-based service are now the proud owners of two invites handed down from the Goog, to be passed out only through a thorough application and interview process. Ok, not really… but perhaps you do have the power to make two of your friends, or soon-to-be friends, pretty happy. That is, until they realize how long it will take them to upload that music library they’ve been curating since 8th grade.

[Thanks, Ralph]

Google’s Music Beta gives users two invites, keys to the cloud for their best mates originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 07:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype comes to Facebook, and Facebook comes to Skype

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It ain’t the first time Mark Zuckerberg has taken the stage to announce… something, but today’s shindig is resulting in “something” that’s a bit more exciting for the average user. As rumored, the world’s most notable VoIP service is set to become exceedingly integrated with the service. Skype has just thrown up a teaser page for v5.3 for Windows (and v5.5 Beta), noting that Skype and Facebook provide “the best of both worlds.”

Zuck is primarily announcing three main things today: group chat, a new way to chat (“an easier way to find someone who is online”) and Skype-enabled video chat. Oh, and the tiny, tiny fact that there’s now 750 million Facebook members.

Developing…

Skype comes to Facebook, and Facebook comes to Skype originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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