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Microsoft announces Halo 4, coming this November

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the return of Master Chief and the Halo franchise with the release of “Halo 4″ on November 6th. The franchise was originally imagined as a trilogy, with the game’s third installment becoming the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it was released in 2007. Many questions were left unanswered, however, and fans of the series wanted more. The game is set four years after the events of Halo 3, as Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the entire universe. “We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4′ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4′ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.” Additional details surrounding the game will be announced on CONAN Wednesday night on TBS at 11:00 p.m. EST. Microsoft’s press release follows below.

Master Chief Returns With Worldwide Launch of “Halo 4″ Beginning Nov. 6

Marking the return of gaming’s most iconic hero, the first chapter of a brand new “Halo” saga is the year’s most anticipated video game release.

REDMOND, Wash. — April 17, 2012 — The countdown has begun for the landmark entertainment event millions of fans worldwide have been anticipating for more than four years. “Halo 4,” the hotly anticipated sequel to the iconic franchise that has shaped entertainment history, will launch worldwide on Nov. 6, 2012.

“Halo 4″ marks the return of legendary hero Master Chief, named by Fast Company as “one of the most popular characters in gaming history1,” and aims to set a new standard for blockbuster interactive entertainment with the launch. Set four years after the events in “Halo 3,” Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. Developed by 343 Industries, “Halo 4″ marks a new beginning for the landmark entertainment franchise that has sold more than 40 million games worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, live-action shorts, comic books, action figures and apparel.

“We are beginning a new saga with ‘Halo 4′ and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of ‘Halo’ games and experiences,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with ‘Halo 4′ leading the charge, we’re confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.”

“Halo 3,” the biggest consumer product launch of all time when it released in 20072, concluded the original game trilogy, but left many unanswered questions around the fates of the series’ beloved hero, the Master Chief, and his artificial intelligence companion, Cortana. On Nov. 6, fans will experience the next chapter of the iconic franchise. Tonight, Conan O’Brien will help celebrate this fall’s launch of “Halo 4″ with a special segment on “CONAN” on TBS at 11 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. CDT. Those interested should tune in and check out http://www.teamcoco.com or follow @TeamCoco on Twitter for updates and more details.

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Epic Mickey 2 controllers invoke the power of the brush, are made for you and me

Saturday, March 24th, 2012
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Do you like your M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E with a side of eXtreme? So do the developers at Junction Point, which is why a sequel to the mouse’s first Epic is on its way. But the impending release of that title’s not all grown-up Mouseketeers-cum-gamers have to look forward to, as two special WiiMote peripherals are also apparently on deck. Shown off at a preview event for Epic Mickey 2, the prototype accessories are made to mimic in-game “weapons,” like Oswald’s controller and Mickey’s paintbrush. The designs aren’t final, but as you’ll see in the source below, they should make for an excellent addition to any diehard’s Disneyana collection.

Epic Mickey 2 controllers invoke the power of the brush, are made for you and me originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 06:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung admits defeat with early tablet efforts, but its new announcements won’t help

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Samsung on Monday admitted that it has failed to gain ground in the tablet market while Apple’s iPad continues to proliferate at an increasing pace. Speaking with reporters at Mobile World Congress, a Samsung product strategy executive stated plainly that Samsung has a lot of work to do if it hopes to gain ground with its tablet portfolio. “Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” Samsung’s Hankil Yoon said, according to CNET. Read on for more.

Yoon seemed confident that Samsung’s new Galaxy Note would be a huge hit — he said he believes Samsung will ship 10 million 5-inch Notes — but despite its supersized stature, the Galaxy Note is still a smartphone. The executive also thinks the larger Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will be a success, and he says original Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners will upgrade to the Note.

“The best thing to survive in the market is to kill your products,” Yoon told CNET. “We want to stay competitive in the market.” The only problem, however, is that the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t really a Tab 10.1 killer. It’s basically a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a faster processor and an S Pen.

We were fans of Samsung’s S Pen stylus when we reviewed the original Galaxy Note, and the technology is even better suited for a full-sized tablet like the Note 10.1. The S Pen itself might not be a big enough draw for the mass market, however, and the Note tablet doesn’t have much in the way of innovation to offer users beyond its stylus technology.

Samsung also announced its Galaxy Tab 10.1 sequel from Mobile World Congress this week, the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), and we were not impressed with that slate either. The updated version of the original Tab 10.1 is hardly worthy of the term “update,” and it even moves backward in some respects.

It’s good to know that Samsung recognizes that it has some serious work to do if it hopes to truly compete in the tablet space, but we don’t view its device announcements this week as a good start. Samsung still has a surprise up its sleeve, however, and we’re hoping it can manage some substantial specification and design updates to support what should be an amazing display in its upcoming flagship tablet.

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LG Optimus 3D Cube is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

We’re not sure if the world was anxiously awaiting a follow-up to LG’s Optimus 3D (the AT&T Thrill 4G here in the states), but here it is: the LG Optimus Cube 3D. Only announced for Korean carrier SK Telecom so far, the Optimus 3D Cube is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.6mm vs. 10.9mm, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB of storage built-in, confirming most of the rumors we’d heard previously. According to LG, it will also be the world’s first that can handle 3D photo and video editing right on its glasses-free 4.3-inch screen, all shot by the dual 5MP cameras mounted on the back. It also has NFC baked in to support the new LG Tag+ stickers that change the phone’s settings when swiped, just like the Optimus LTE Tag. It’s scheduled for release in early March with Android 2.3, and although we didn’t see it mentioned in the Korean press release, will probably be due for an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover sometime soon just like its cousin, the Optimus Vu. Check out the machine-translated specs and press release after the break, there should be a native English version along soon and of course, we’ll be getting a look firsthand when Mobile World Congress kicks off on the 27th.

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LG Optimus 3D Cube is a slimmer sequel, world’s first phone with 3D video editing originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Switched On: The fit and the pendulum

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

In the pre-smartphone era, the industry focused on making cell phones smaller. In the 2001 movie Zoolander, the title character played by Ben Stiller uses a humorously diminutive flip phone closer to the size of a Bluetooth headset than the StarTAC it parodies. But if the movie were being made today (IMDB lists a sequel slated for 2014), the fictional male model might hold up an iPad 2 or Toshiba Excite to his head: particularly since 2010, phones have been expanding to accommodate their sprawling displays.

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Switched On: The fit and the pendulum originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson teases a new device for CES

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Sony Ericsson has taken to the company’s Facebook page to tease a “big announcement” coming at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Keen-eyed readers suggest that the teaser images, pictured above, could depict the sequel to the Xperia Arc, though nothing has been confirmed. Over the past few weeks we have seen various Sony leaks suggesting that the company will soon announce a mega-phone set to launch on AT&T, code-named the LT28at. Sony Ericsson also recently registered a new trademark for the name Xperia Ion, and rumors have suggested that the “Nozomi” smartphone may land at this year’s show as well. Whether it is an Xperia Ion, Arc HD or the Nozomi, Sony looks to be gearing up for something big at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Pure swings by the FCC with Contour 200i-Air(play) dock

Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Remember Pure’s Contour iPhone dock / WiFi radio that debuted last year at CES? Between us, you and the wall, we suspect a sequel is on the way in the shape of the Contour 200i Air that’s just been escorted out of the FCC’s underground bunker and dumped unceremoniously on a Washington highway. It’s packing the same setup as this year’s model, except now it’s packing Airplay chops for when you wanna stream music from your couch-based iDevice. Stay tuned, we’ll try to get our hands on one of these in a fortnight’s time.

Pure swings by the FCC with Contour 200i-Air(play) dock originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Asus denies rumors that it may abandon Android tablets

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Taiwan-based Asus has denied rumors that it is considering an exit from the tablet market next year. A recent report from industry watcher DigiTimes cited unnamed sources from within component suppliers in stating that several PC vendors such as HP, Dell and Asus might abandon tablets next year in light of the poor sales performance seen with most models. ”As usual, the rumors and reports from DigiTimes are incorrect,” Asus spokesman Gary Key told CNET on Friday. “ASUS is not exiting the Android Tablet business.” The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is among a handful of Android tablets that have been well received by consumers according to reports. Shipments of the convertible tablet were said to have surpassed 400,000 units per month during the summer, and the slate’s quad-core sequel is scheduled for release later this year.

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Orange officially acknowledges San Francisco II’s existence, set to debut late November (video)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
A few days ago, Orange UK technically let the cat out of the bag with its upcoming sequel to last year’s penny-pinching San Francisco, and it’s finally ready to give us more than just the Help & Support page. Available on both Pay Monthly and PAYG plans near the end of the month (no specific date was given), the device — also known as the ZTE Crescent — offers a 3.5-inch WVGA TFT display, an 800MHz ARM11 processor, Android 2.3.5, a 5 megapixel camera and 512MB of RAM. Cost? £99 ($155) on PAYG and free on Pay Monthly with a 24-month term of at least £10.50. Incidentally, you probably won’t find too many of these in the city it’s named after. Press release below.

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Orange officially acknowledges San Francisco II’s existence, set to debut late November (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of October 31, 2011

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of October 31, 2011:
  • If you have a Verizon tablet and a strong aversion for Google Maps, try UpNext HD Maps. Released by the carrier this week, it’s interactive and offers 3D, and uses quick tabs to help you find restaurants, nightlife, businesses and so on. [Droid-Life]
  • Motorola Droid RAZR release rumor: how does November 11th, 2011 at 11:11AM sound? [AndroidCentral]
  • Apparently it’s Verizon week, because here’s another one from Big Red. This rumor’s about the LG Spectrum, which is being regarded as the Revolution 2. It’s apparently showing up in some Verizon database, according to screenshots; the images don’t really give away a whole lot, other than the fact it appears to have LTE — not really a shocker for the sequel to the Revolution. [Droid-Life]
  • The BlackBerry 9790 Bellagio got a bit of hands-on time, and has a bunch of images to prove it. [N4BB]
  • Let’s face it — not everyone is enamored by the look of the Motorola RAZR. Y’know, the new one. This week, a version of the device with a different design, dubbed the MT917, was spotted en route to China. It has a lot of similar specs inside, but it has rounded corners and includes a TD-SCDMA radio. [Unwired View]
  • The Google Reader and Google Docs apps on Android have been given refreshes, both of which having been inspired by Ice Cream Sandwich. Head to the Market and check them out. [Droid-Life]

Mobile Miscellany: week of October 31, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 Nov 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Atrix 2 review

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

We’ve seen a lot of game-changing devices this year, haven’t we? 2011 has already witnessed the first Honeycomb tablets, the influx of LTE and the introduction of a boatload of smartphones with dual-core processors. One of those groundbreaking devices was the Motorola Atrix 4G, which we called the best smartphone at CES 2011 because of its powerful Tegra 2 SoC and simply innovative Webtop operating system with an accompanying Lapdock. It was new, and it was powerful.

Not even ten months after the Atrix’s February 22nd launch, we’re already seeing its successor, aptly named the Atrix 2. At the risk of sounding blunt, it’s not a groundbreaking device — aside from a few bumps in specs, larger display and a fresh redesign, it doesn’t offer the same level of showmanship or innovation so eagerly demonstrated in the first iteration. But does the sequel compensate for the lack of sizzle? How much does this improve over the original? Does the newest version of the Lapdock satisfy? We’ll answer these questions and so much more after the break.

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Motorola Atrix 2 review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Atrix 2 hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video)

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Motorola and AT&T are at it again with their Android shenanigans, this time following up the Atrix 4G with something a tad more… Atrix-y. Indeed, we’re referring to the sequel of February’s smash hit, honorably called the Motorola Atrix 2, announced at this week’s CTIA Enterprise & Applications. We had the opportunity to get some brief time with it, and it’s a fair device worthy of the family name: the 4.3-inch device feels good in the hand, and closely resembles the Photon 4G, only without the cutout corners. The sequel swaps processors, trading the 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU for a TI OMAP model with the same clock speed, and offers a full gigabyte of RAM to go along with it. Fortunately, the qHD 960 x 540 display looks gorgeous without its predecessor’s Pentile clothes. Also gone? The fingerprint sensor. Oh, and don’t be fooled by the missing “4G” moniker in the title; this little ditty packs a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio, up from 14Mbps in the first version. All in all, we like what we see here — we enjoyed the brief time we had with the sequel. It seems as though Motorola learned some important lessons from the original device, but we’ll reserve total judgement until our forthcoming review. Check out the full gallery and hands-on video (complete with bonus psychedelic carpet!) below.

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Motorola Atrix 2 hands-on at CTIA E&A 2011 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS quad-core Eee Pad Transformer 2 reportedly delayed

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The sequel to ASUS’ popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet was set to be one of the first slates to hit the market with a quad-core Kal El processor from NVIDIA. According to a new report from Fudzilla however, the convertible Android tablet has been delayed. The report cites multiple sources in claiming the Transformer 2 was set to be unveiled this month but has instead been delayed for “at least a month or a bit more.” No cause for the purported delay was supplied. ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer has been one of the more popular Android tablets to launch over the past year. Some reports suggest it is one of only a few such devices with sales that will reach up into the millions this year.

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Motorola Droid 3 Lightning Review: Another Summer Sequel [Lightning Review]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Did the Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC just hit the FCC?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Hooray, another Samsung phone made it through the FCC, and it looks like it could be another Galaxy S II variant. No, it’s not the Tegra 2-clad version. Nor is it the one with WiMAX. Heck, it’s not even the GT-i9100 that showed up in March. Nay, it’s the Samsung i777, a new form of the phone sequel we’ve been pulling our hair out in anticipation for. What’s so great about this candidate? It’s rocking an NFC antenna on the battery cover and utilizes 850 / 1900 bands in the WCDMA / HSPA variety, making it a tasty target for users on AT&T, Bell, Rogers, or Telus. The phone’s dimensions are identical with Europe’s current model, which nearly seals the deal on its likely association with the Galaxy S II lineup. Annoyed that this beauty is cradled in some FCC tester’s hands and not yours? Fret not, August is quickly approaching.

Did the Samsung Galaxy S II with NFC just hit the FCC? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Nexus S 4G now available from Sprint

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Sprint’s latest Android smartphone, the Google Nexus S 4G, is now available across the country from Sprint retailers, Best Buy Mobile locations, and online. Google’s Samsung-built Nexus sequel features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear-facing cameras, NFC support and Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. The new Sprint version of the device features the exact same specs as the older Nexus S, but with the key addition of support for the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network. The Nexus S 4G is available immediately for $199.99 on contract or for $549.99 free and clear from Sprint — or for $149.99 on contract from Best Buy. Also, be sure to watch for our full review of the Nexus S 4G, which should be ready soon.

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Motorola DROID X sequel to feature dual-core Tegra 2, improved display

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A new unconfirmed report suggests Motorola is prepping a sequel to its supersized DROID X smartphone that will improve the device in several key areas. Motorola launched the DROID X last year as its first entry into the popular new extra-large smartphone space. HTC and Samsung have found the most success with smartphone displays measuring 4 inches and larger, but Mototorla’s DROID X was a fantastic offering in its own right. The device must have sold relatively well, it would seem, as Motorola is now rumored to be cooking up its successor. Supposedly codenamed “Daytona,” the next Motorola DROID X will feature a 1GHZ dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a higher-resolution 540 x 960-pixel display that still measures 4.3 inches. Other rumored specs include the Android 2.2 Froyo OS, an 8-megapixel camera with 720p HD video capture, DLNA streaming support, an HDMI-out port and a microSD slot. The device is expect to be launched by Verizon Wireless, though a specific release date and pricing details are not yet available.

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