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Sprint iPad reportedly appears in Best Buy inventory system

Monday, March 12th, 2012

At launch, AT&T and Verizon will be the exclusive carriers of the new 4G-enabled iPad in the United States. In the spring, however, Sprint will also be launching its own 4G LTE network. With the carrier already selling Apple’s flagship smartphone, users were shocked to see the Cupertino-based company shun its new partner’s network — but this may not be the case. According to images obtained by Engadget, Sprint iPad models have begun to show up in Best Buy’s inventory system. Nothing is confirmed at this point, but it is possible that a Sprint iPad could launch around the same time as the carrier’s first batch of 4G LTE smartphones. A second image of Best Buy’s system can be seen after the break.

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Arman Ahnood teases OLED display with solar cells, idealizes the self-sustaining smartphone

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Plenty of effort is going into improving smartphone battery life, but only a few individuals are delving into radical realms to achieve the goal. Take for example, Arman Ahnood, a researcher at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, whose latest prototype uses solar cells to capture wasted energy from OLEDs. Similar to Wysips (which uses only ambient light), and equipment from UCLA (designed for LCDs), each project faces the unenviable task of making the smartphone a self-sustaining piece of gear.

Ahnood’s handiwork relies on an array of solar cells that surround and sit beneath the phone’s display. Currently, the system averages 11 percent efficiency in its energy capture, with a peak efficiency of 18 percent. Naturally, there are gains to be made. Of the light generated from OLEDs, Ahnood approximates that only 36 percent is actually projected outward. Critically speaking, this also suggests that similar power savings could be achieved with dimmer, more efficient displays, but we’ll let that slide. As it stands, Ahnood’s system is able to generate approximately five milliwatts of additional power, given a screen size of 3.7-inches. It’s hardly sustainable, but if the creation lets us squeeze in a few more text messages on Friday night, we’ll take it.

Arman Ahnood teases OLED display with solar cells, idealizes the self-sustaining smartphone originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 01:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus appears in Verizon system, could land November 3rd

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which was originally scheduled to debut during the CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 show this week, has reportedly made an appearance in Verizon Wireless’s internal systems. A screenshot obtained by Droid-Life reaffirms BGR’s report the phone will be equipped with support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, but does not reveal much more on the device other than its lack of global roaming capabilities. In addition, Phandroid, says the phone might be available as early as November 3rd, although the site’s tipster refers to the phone by its code-name, ‘Nexus Prime.’ Samsung will officially announce the device in Hong Kong on October 19th, and a picture of an Ice Cream Sandwich on the official invitation confirms Google will discuss the next Android release, too. BGR exclusively released full specs for the phone, which include a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, NFC, LTE/HSPA depending on the carrier, a 1,750 mAh battery and a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. A screenshot of the Galaxy Nexus in Verizon’s system follows below.

 

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Vizio’s VTAB1008 tablet hits the FCC: your $349 slate now one step closer to shipping

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Vizio hasn’t had much to say about its tablet plans since it entered the fray at CES in January, but it looks like things are now starting to pick up again, and fast. We just got wind of a listing for a Vizio VTAB1008 tablet priced at just $349 in Walmart’s system earlier this week, and now that same device has passed through the FCC — which, if you place the two together, could well indicate that a launch may finally be imminent. Unfortunately, the FCC listing doesn’t provide much in the way of details beyond the crude outline above and some expected specs (WiFi, Bluetooth and HDMI), but the agency has only been asked to hold back the confidential parts of the filing until August 30th, so we should at least know more by then at the latest.

Vizio’s VTAB1008 tablet hits the FCC: your $349 slate now one step closer to shipping originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 10 Jun 2011 18:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Vizio Tablet (VTAB1008) priced at $349 within Walmart’s system

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Wait, Vizio’s concocting a tablet? For those with chronic short-term memory loss, you may have forgotten that America’s so-called low-cost TV leader branched out a bit during this year’s Super Bowl, but it’s been dead quiet on the tablet front ever since dropping the Via and sticking with Tablet. Looks like that’s about to change, though — a courteous tipster handed off the screenshot you see above, highlighting the appearance of a ‘VTAB1008′ within Walmart’s inventory system. The device was just added a couple of weeks ago, and while we’re still no closer to knowing if Vizio’s done the right thing and settled on Honeycomb, we do know that it’ll be pricing this thing competitively. How competitively? $349… competitively. We’ll keep you abreast of any release dates we see, but for now, catch up by having a gander at our preview video from a few months back.

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Vizio Tablet (VTAB1008) priced at $349 within Walmart’s system originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Jun 2011 19:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google adding web-based in-app payments, probably some time in May

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It’s not enough that you’ll soon be able to make in-app purchases on Android, Google wants to give you an outlet for your app spending online as well. The search giant is hard at work turning last year’s acquisition of Jambool and its Social Gold software into a web-based in-app payments platform it can call its own. Jambool’s proprietors have word that Google’s system is now in beta, which has led it to close new signups for the Social Gold offering, ahead of halting payment processing entirely on May 31st. That should serve as a pretty reliable guide for when to expect Google to flip the switch on its in-app purchasing service, which we’re hearing will include some level of integration with Google Checkout and Google accounts. As TechCrunch points out, the next Google I/O gathering is scheduled for May 10th — sounds about the right time for us to be introduced to this new, app-based way for separating us from our hard-earned cash.

Google adding web-based in-app payments, probably some time in May originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Mar 2011 09:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 shows up in Verizon’s system

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Well, look what we’ve got here! Seeing that HTC just introduced the Incredible S — a world phone only available in the UK — it was only a matter of time before the phone hit the stateside. A trusted tipster just hit us with screen shots of Verizon’s internals containing a device dubbed HTC ADR6350. The other screenshot below has a listing for the HTC63503 with a description of “INCRD2.” Putting two and two together, we’d say with great confidence that the Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon in the near future — and we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with that “buttonless” shot we saw a while back. Stay tuned as we try and dig up more details… and in the meantime, peep the second screenshot after the break!

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 shows up in Verizon’s system originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Control4, Sub-Zero get in on the home automation game

Friday, January 21st, 2011

While brands like LG, Samsung, and Kenmore all showed off their own special brand of Jetsonian appliances at CES this year, Sub-Zero was close by touting a stable of 30 automation-ready products and a partnership with Control4 that could make them a contender for home automation domination. Sub-Zero’s ZigBee-based system uses preexisting serial ports (initially installed for diagnostic purposes) to connect users to appliances via touchscreens, smart phones, and other enabled devices. The system lacks full control of potentially dangerous appliances like the oven, instead acting as an alert system when, say, your turkey is done roasting, but it does grant complete access to things like your refrigerator or freezer. Other systems might sport increased functionality, like LG’s Thinq, which allows users to set oven temperatures remotely, and Samsung’s fridge, which lets you tweet from a built-in touchscreen, but Sub-Zero is hoping a second-quarter release will put them at the head of the pack. We’ll see if a head start makes a difference in the glacial appliance market, when Samsung rolls out its smart refrigerator this May and Kenmore’s system comes to fruition in 2012.

Control4, Sub-Zero get in on the home automation game originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Jan 2011 13:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intuit now offering GoPayment service without fees through February, also throws in a free card reader

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Perhaps just to show that it is not hip to be a Square, Intuit has rolled out a serious incentive for businesses to jump on the GoPayment bandwagon. Since we last saw the mobile payment service, the company has decided to offer customers a free card reader (while supplies last) and no monthly service fees in an effort to expand its user base. Primarily aimed at those processing low sales volume, the deal includes $0.15 per-transaction fee. That’s half the $0.30 fee for high-volume users, who still get the complimentary reader for signing up, but have to pay $12.95 monthly for the privilege. The offer is exclusively available to new customers, and the gratis reader only works with some phones (far fewer than the number of phones that work with the app itself), but hey, free is free. Let’s just hope Intuit’s system doesn’t suffer from the security problems of its rival.

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Intuit now offering GoPayment service without fees through February, also throws in a free card reader originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Jan 2011 05:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone orders may come a day early

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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For those of you that managed to get in an online iPhone pre-order (via the online Apple Store) on June 15th before the pre-order Armageddon, you have a bit of good news in your inbox. Our tips box is full of future iPhone 4 owners who report having an email from Apple stating:

You recently received a Shipment Notification email from Apple advising you that your iPhone has shipped.

This email is to confirm that your delivery will occur on June 23rd. Although Apple and FedEx tracking information may currently indicate a later date, you can check the FedEx website the morning of the June 23rd to track your package to your doorstep.

Sounds good to us. Besides, a few thousand people activating a day early can’t hurt the chances of AT&T’s system actually staying up for the day. If your new iPhone does show up on the 23rd, as opposed to the 24th, make sure to send us a note and let us know what you think of the new device.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in.

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Droid Incredible arrives early for a few lucky, smug pre-orderers

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

While the new Verizon Droid Incredible isn’t supposed to arrive until April 29th, a few blessed pre-orderers are getting their units early. From the sound of it, there was a glitch in Verizon’s system that was allowing some phone orders to be shipped right away — sadly, that apparently has since been plugged. Interestingly, the boxes these are being shipped in so far just say “HTC Incredible,” not that it’s any surprise that the Droid Incredible moniker was a late-in-game addition. Of course, cries of “fake!” rang out in the forums, so one of the recipients (appropriately self-dubbed “SoSmarmy”) posted a video of the phone booting up for all to see. Check it out after the break. Not seething with envy yet? Perhaps you should re-read our review of the new flagship Android handset.

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Droid Incredible arrives early for a few lucky, smug pre-orderers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 and LG Fathom show up in Verizon Wireless’ systems

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

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We know there’s a big Apple iPhone announcement looming over, but that still shouldn’t stop some of those Verizon faithfuls from getting excited over brand new devices, right? We’ve scored shots of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and LG Fathom making its way into Verizon’s internal systems. Most of you know all about the 9650, but the Fathom VS750, is a global Windows Phone with a QWERTY slider, 3.2″ WVGA display and 3.2 megapixel shooter. Couple this discovery with Verizon’s teaser that went out about six new devices coming, we should probably assume that the wait is almost over folks. Hit the break for a shot of the Fathom resting easy in Big Red’s system.

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AT&T’s Palm Pixi Plus granted the FCC’s best wishes

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Alright, kiddies, gather ’round, because it’s time for everyone’s favorite class: Palm Model Codes 101. As you might recall from Sunnyvale’s previous exploits in the FCC’s system, P101 devices are Pres, while P121s are Pixis. That part of the code is followed by a three-character string indicating the radio type: EWW for CDMA, UEU for European GSM, and UNA for North American GSM. Using everything we know there, we can safely deduce that the P121UNA that just crossed the wires is the AT&T-branded version of the Pixi Plus, a device that we know to be hitting shelves “in the coming months.” Whether FCC certification was one of the roadblocks in getting it launched is a mystery, but it certainly can’t hurt the process, can it?

AT&T’s Palm Pixi Plus granted the FCC’s best wishes originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 27 Mar 2010 04:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sensorly aims to keep coverage maps honest

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Say you’re planning that next camping trip and you need to know whether you’re going to be able to incessantly check your work email every 10 minutes — do you trust a carrier’s coverage map of unknown age, origin, and honesty, or real-world experience? If French firm Sensorly has its way, you’ll soon be able to answer the latter thanks to the deployment of an app for your phone that continuously measures cellular and WiFi signal strength at your location and silently reports it back to the company’s servers where it’s compiled into color-coded maps predicting your ability to connect. The concept’s very similar to that being undertaken by another up-and-comer that’s been getting a good deal of coverage lately, Root Wireless, but the key difference is that Root’s system is still in private beta — Sensorly’s mobile app is available right now to anyone who’d like to download it and participate (albeit only for Android; iPhone and WinMo are in the pipe). It seems unlikely that they’ve got critical mass to provide meaningful feedback in most areas at this point, but if marginal boost in battery drain is tolerable for you, it might be worth giving it a whirl.

Sensorly aims to keep coverage maps honest originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Feb 2010 05:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Haiti Text Message Donations Top $10 Million [Haiti]

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

With an “unprecedented mobile response,” mGive and the Red Cross have collected over $10 million in relief for Haiti. With text donations pouring in at a rate of 10,000 a second, and average donations of $10 automatically charged to phone bills of mobile users, mGive’s system has proved essential for those looking to contribute.

For a full list of ways to donate, as well as how to avoid scams while doing so, check out LifeHacker’s guide

It’s now also possible to donate via iTunes. [NewsDaily]



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Palm Pixi arrives early for the people of Walmart

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Brush back that mullet and adjust your ill-fitting halter tops folks ’cause Palm’s newest webOS device has been spotted at Walmart. This pair of Pixi lovelies was ogled overnight inside one of Sam Walton’s finest Tennessee locations reportedly sporting a $400 price tag and little else — it wasn’t in Walmart’s system so it wasn’t yet available for purchase. Something that should be rectified in time for Sunday’s official launch with Sprint ($100 on contract) if not sooner.

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Palm Pixi arrives early for the people of Walmart originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Nov 2009 04:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry 8530, BlackBerry 9700 show up in Bell’s systems

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

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Love your Bell service in Canada? Don’t really want to spring for a brand new BlackBerry Tour? Well, it seems as if Bell is gearing up to launch the BlackBerry 8530 pretty soon. Full retail price is showing up at $499 without a service agreement, but don’t let that scare you off too much — it should be pretty reasonable once a contract is factored in. We also have shots of the BlackBerry 9700 making its way into Bell’s system meaning that it’s likely we’ll see Bell’s HSPA network overlay launch with it in tow. As always, hit the jump for some bigger and better shots.

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