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You Will Never Be Too Old For Your Own Personal Swing Chair [Desired]

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

You can now bring one of the simplest of joys from your childhood—enjoying a leisurely swing—into your office without having to hang cables from the ceiling, or move furniture out of the way. At least you can if Florent Coirier ever decides to actually sell her swinging Portique Armchair. More »


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Verizon to offer free mobile hotspot on new iPad, AT&T is looking into it

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Along with 4G LTE support, Apple’s new iPad will include a new personal hotspot feature that will vary from carrier to carrier. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the exclusive carriers of the iPad in the U.S. and both carriers offer a mobile hotspot feature on their smartphones, however it was unknown if the feature would be offered on the new iPad as well. Verizon Wireless on Thursday  supplied GottaBeMobile with confirmation that the feature will be included — for no additional charge — with each data plan. “The tablet data plans include the mobile hotspot just as they do today,” a Verizon spokeswoman said. “Data plans begin at 2GB for $30 and go to 10 GB for $80 and includes the mobile hot spot. The iPads have one additional option of 1GB for $20.” AT&T will not offer the feature at launch, but may enable it in the future. “We are working with Apple to enable this feature in the future, but we currently do not offer it,” an AT&T spokesman told 9To5Mac.

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MakerBot’s Replicator is the personal 3D printer we’ve been waiting for

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

MakerBot announced their brand new personal 3D printer, the Replicator, at CES yesterday and we just had a chance to see it up close and in person. What do we think? Well, let’s just say that we want one of them, and fast. For starters, the unit comes preassembled from MakerBot, but it also features a larger printing footprint so you can print even bigger designs. There’s also the option of using two different colors of plastic to print two-color objects — you can also choose from either ABS plastic or a more eco-friendly variant. While the printing footprint is larger, the unit itself isn’t that big, and it’s reasonably quiet. In fact, it seems more quiet than the previous models MakerBot offered. It starts at $1,749.99 and goes up to $1,999.99 if you’d like the dual extrusion option. Check out our gallery to see the unit for yourself.

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Amazing Multicopter Could Be Your Ticket to The Heavens [Video]

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The Scout Observer: Your Personal SATCOM, Powered by iPhone [Accessories]

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Judge shoots down Personal Audio’s second Apple infringement case

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Talk about swift justice. It’s been less than a week since we reported on Personal Audio’s second infringement suit against Apple, and an East Texas judge has already put an end to the litigation. In a statement regarding the company’s complaint that the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and latest generation iPods infringed on the same patents put forth in its initial suit, Judge Ron Clark said the $8 million already awarded to the plaintiff should do just fine. He went on to deny the company’s request for a second trial. It may not be the last we hear of Personal Audio, but it is a refreshing change of pace from the usual goings on in Eastern District courtrooms.

Judge shoots down Personal Audio’s second Apple infringement case originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 31 Jul 2011 03:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon’s DROID Charge gets updated, personal hotspot bug fixed

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Over the weekend, Verizon Wireless began issuing a software update to the Samsung DROID Charge that addresses a number of issues. Most notably, the update repairs a bug that caused the Charge’s mobile hotspot feature to work only if users set the date back to last month. Beyond the personal hotspot fix, the update is said to bring improved web browsing and email, improved battery life, and several other enhancements. Users will be notified automatically when the over-the-air (OTA) update is ready for there devices, or impatient users can initiate the update manually.

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iWork for iPhone hands-on

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Apple announced that their popular iWork suite of apps are now compatible on iPhone and iPod touch devices a little earlier today, and you know we had to get up close and personal with them. For starters, the apps are full versions of the existing app that ran on the iPad, and even from browsing through the included sample guides in their respective apps and spending a few minutes creating new ones, it’s clear that there’s a level of capability here that just isn’t seen on mobile devices, let alone smartphones. The transition effects in Keynote are nothing short of amazing, and then when you actually take a second to realize this is happening on your mobile phone — it’s just mind-boggling. Apple really just set the bar for what applications on a phone can do. Again. All three apps are now available in the App Store as universal apps which support iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads for $9.99 each.

P.S. One note about Keynote: the app only works in landscape mode, even if you have the portrait orientation locked.

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Apple’s 2011 iMac undergoes teardown, shows off fancy new upgrades

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Yesterday, you saw the new 21.5-inch iMac fully specced out and up for sale on Apple’s online store, and you were even treated to the sight of its 27-inch sibling pushing three displays and 11 megapixels of resolution. Today, you get to witness Apple’s latest all-in-one computer fully disassembled. iFixit is doing the honors, as usual, and the investigation starts with the detachment of that familiar LG-produced IPS display and a Sony Optiarc optical drive, followed by the discovery of an Intel controller for the solitary Thunderbolt port on board (there are two on the larger model). Other notables include an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics chip and a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU, but you’ll have to punch the source link to see them up close and personal.

Apple’s 2011 iMac undergoes teardown, shows off fancy new upgrades originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 May 2011 08:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CyanogenMod 7.0 final released for plethora of Android handsets

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Maybe your Android handset hasn’t been bless with an official build of Gingerbread just yet, or maybe your device’s iteration of Google’s latest mobile operating system isn’t performing up to snuff. Either way, you now have unofficial official options, as Cyanogen has announced the release of CyanogenMod 7.0 for a host of Android handsets. Based on Android 2.3.3, the code brings dozens of extra check-boxes and features to your device — allowing you to inflict more of your personal steez on to your phone. If you’re interested in further customizing your set, hit the read link, have yourself a download, and enjoy the mack-daddy of custom Android ROMs.

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Google Maps 5.3 for Android released, now with location dashboard

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Recently, Google announced an update to its Maps application for Android. Bearing version number 5.3, the update brings new location features that target Latitude an Hotpot users. “If you’ve enabled Location History for Google Latitude, you’ve been able to visualize interesting trends in your location history with a personal dashboard at google.com/latitude on your computer,” writes Google. “Now, you can also see your dashboard on your phone by tapping View location history from your Latitude profile.” The second feature allows Maps users rating locales via Places or Hotpot to input their own, personalized aspects of their location — as opposed to Google doing it automatically. Google Maps 5.3 is in the Android Market and requires software version 1.6 or higher.

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iPhone’s personal hotspot will only support 3 connections over Wi-Fi

Friday, March 4th, 2011

To Apple’s credit: it has consistently said that its Personal Hotspot feature would “support five connections.” It did this without ever actually specifying what type of connections those were. According to support documentation on the iPhone maker’s website, those utilizing the Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3 will be allowed to share their phone’s internet connection with up to five devices, however, only three of them can be over Wi-Fi. Yes, it seems the other two connections will have to be made using Bluetooth and USB respectively. Most of the tech world assumed — present company included — that the five connected devices in question would all be suckling from the iPhone’s data connection via Wi-Fi. Which is, obviously, not the case. We can’t say we remember the last time (if there ever was a time) that we had five devices connected to a cellular hotspot device, but that’s just us. Is this a deal breaker for anyone?

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AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it’s an iOS 4.3 thing)

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Say it ain’t so! According to this here slide, which details a bit of insidery AT&T information about the impending release of iOS 4.3, Ma Bell’s iPhone 4 will have its Personal Hotspot restricted to use with just three devices. Just about every MiFi / mobile hotspot device we’ve ever seen — including Verizon’s iPhone 4 — has supported five WiFi devices, but unless AT&T pulls a 180 here, it’ll be limiting its iPhone to just three connections. What’s wild is that we’ve found AT&T to actually have superior 3G speeds when you can actually get a signal (and thus, be more conducive to tethering five devices at once), and since you’d be on a data cap anyway, it’s not like AT&T risks losing millions from five P2P servers being ran over one’s iPhone. Granted, it’s possible that some unicorn crafted this piece of paperwork to throw us all off, but we’ve reached out to AT&T and are awaiting comment. You know, just in case.

Update: Based on Apple’s iOS 4.3 page, only three WiFi devices are supported through the Personal Hotspot connection. If you’d like to tether five total devices, the other two will need to be over Bluetooth / USB. Don’t go blaming AT&T here — we’re guessing Verizon’s model will be set up the same way. Thanks, Christian!

[Thanks, Anonymous]

AT&T Mobile Hotspot for iPhone 4 limited to just three WiFi devices (update: it’s an iOS 4.3 thing) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 14:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple to release iOS 4.3 on February 14th, report claims

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Contradicting earlier reports suggesting AT&T might enable Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature on February 13th, which would require a release of iOS 4.3 on or before that date, MacStories reports that Apple is set to issue the new software a day later on Valentine’s Day. The Apple enthusiast blog cites a reliable source in stating that Apple will release iOS 4.3 at 10:00AM PST on February 14th. Other unconfirmed reports have suggested that the new OS build would be made available before February 10th, when Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 is set to launch. Among the new features expected to be introduced in iOS 4.3 are AirPlay support for third-party native apps and Web apps, a new option to configure the iPad’s slide switch as mute or rotation lock, and of course Apple’s Personal Hotspot function, which turns the iPhone into a portable wireless modem.

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