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Google MapsGL updates 3D buildings, improves virtual tourism

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Google MapsGL update adds parallax perspective, improves virtual tourism

Google’s been spending some quality time with its Maps offering of late. Most recently, it overhauled the 3D buildings and landmarks to make them, well, better. This time, its Maps’ juiced up sibling MapsGL that’s been feeling the paternal love. The WebGL-based 3D renderings have been the same treatment, making your virtual aerial tours all the more realistic. Now, as you glide over the landscape, your view of the buildings is much more like real life. Or you could just take the lazy tourism one step further. Hit the source for examples.

Google MapsGL updates 3D buildings, improves virtual tourism originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google+ Share button gives you another option aside from plain ‘ol +1s

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Although Google’s had its +1 button all over the web for some time now, helping folks show their allegiance to things they like, it’s lacked a dedicated button just for sharing content. That’s now changed, as the Google+ development team recently let loose the Share button. The button is similar in appearance to its +1 sibling, but rather than just being a shortcut for quickly slapping content with a virtual high-five, it gives you a way to easily share pages on your Google+ profile. (Yes, you could share through the +1 button, too, but consider this one a bit more focused). Best of all, the Google+ Share button is ready to roll, so move your cursor to the source link below if you’d like to put it on your site or find out more. Happy Liking sharing!

Google+ Share button gives you another option aside from plain ‘ol +1s originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Robo-guard the South Korean correction service robot says ‘stay out of trouble’ (video)

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Robo-guard the South Korean correction service robot says 'stay out of trouble' (video)

It sounds like the sequel that didn’t even make it to DVD: RoboCop’s jaded, rotund, less attractive younger brother, who never made the police force — and tired of living in his sibling’s shadow — took a job as the next best thing: a prison guard. Well, that might not make the silver screen, but it’s certainly reality TV. Meet Robo-guard, the world’s first robotic correctional officer. Developed in South Korea, Robo-guard is equipped with 3D cameras that let it observe inmates, while special software looks out for changes in behavior. Should anything suspicious be detected, he’ll raise the alarm. A lone wolf, he works his beat autonomously, but can also be controlled manually via an iPad, if human colleagues want to check what’s going down. Initial field trials are under way right now, and if all goes well, he’ll earn a place in more prisons. Who knows, he may even make deputy one day.

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Robo-guard the South Korean correction service robot says ‘stay out of trouble’ (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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ViewSonic’s ViewPhone 4e hands-on (video)

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The ViewSonic ViewPhone 4e — the downmarket sibling of the ViewPhone 4s — launched at MWC today and unlike the 4s, the 4e was essentially feature complete. This dual SIM set will ship with Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 display, a 3-megapixel camera, and an FM radio. We had a chance to see it in both yellow and a truly garish pink hue and the housings are impressively solid and while they may not come in our favorite colors, they’re at least fun. While not as tack sharp as the ViewPhone 4s’ IPS display, the 4e looked just fine and the the quick UI tour didn’t show any obvious slowdowns or stuttering from its 650Mhz CPU. We’re expecting this to launch in Europe before June for about $350.

Zach Honig contributed to this report.

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ViewSonic’s ViewPhone 4e hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ViewSonic goes dual-SIM with ViewPhone 4s, 4e and 5e, all packing Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Friday, February 24th, 2012

When you’re ready, here’s yet another load of pre-MWC goodness. This year ViewSonic decided that merely slapping Ice Cream Sandwich on its new ViewPhones isn’t good enough, so instead, the company’s just-announced 4s, 4e and 5e also come with an extra SIM slot. Starting from the left we have the ViewPhone 4s featuring an impressive 3.5-inch 960 x 640 Super Clear IPS LCD (which, from the sounds of it, should be very similar to Apple’s Retina Display from LG), along with a five-megapixel camera, a VGA front-facing imager and a 1GHz chip. Pictured in the middle is a similar-looking ViewPhone 4e but packing a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 LCD, a slower processor at 650MHz only, a three-megapixel camera and one extra touch button than its sibling; all of this made with budget in mind, obviously, though somehow ViewSonic’s very proud of its 10.3mm thickness.

If 3.5-inch displays aren’t your cup of tea then you’ll have to jump straight to the 5-inch ViewPhone 5e, but so far all we’ve been told is its 800 × 480 screen resolution. Could there be more in this dual-SIM beast? Stay tuned to our MWC coverage and you’ll know as soon as we do.

ViewSonic goes dual-SIM with ViewPhone 4s, 4e and 5e, all packing Android Ice Cream Sandwich originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS ‘TF300T’ slate makes an appearance, could be the next Transformer?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
ASUS 'TF300T' slate makes an appearance, could be the next Transformer?
While ASUS is still trying to get a firm grip on its latest Transformer, a purported next-gen member of its Eee Pad family is now happily circulating the web. Taiwanese site NCCC claims to have come across what could be a followup to the Transformer Prime. The 10.1-inch slate raised the leak alarms when a QuieTek certification document revealed its “TF300T” codename, which is numerically higher than its Transformer brethren, the OG (TF101) and Prime (TF201). Furthermore, there are no rumored specs, and aside from the blood-like color on the tablet’s back — there isn’t much to tell it apart from its quad-core sibling. We’ll keep you in the loop if more juicy info fills our glass, in the meantime you can head over to the source for some additional eye-candy.

ASUS ‘TF300T’ slate makes an appearance, could be the next Transformer? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 14:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer’s Next Iconia Tab: 1080: Quad Cores and 1080p Display [Tablets]

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

ASUS Ultrabooks to arrive in New York City on October 11

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The Ultrabooks are coming, and it looks like ASUS’ first foray into thin and light computing will officially arrive on October 11th in New York. According to a UX series landing page, we need only wait 15 more days before getting our hands the ASUS UX21 and its larger, but still svelte sibling, the UX31, once again. Frankly, we can hardly wait for their arrival, but patience is a virtue, right?

ASUS Ultrabooks to arrive in New York City on October 11 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Sep 2011 19:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola’s Xoom 2 tablets pair up for a portrait, both at around 9mm thick

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

There’s nothing like a family portrait, and the Xoom 2 brothers have paired up for this year’s Christmas card shot — or at least for an anonymous tipster’s latest leak. These pictured tablets give us a better look at the rear-facing buttons we heard about last week, which appear to be a power button and a volume rocker. The smaller sibling sports the same “Fleming” moniker we saw in yesterday’s images, the same 8.2-inch screen size as previously reported, and appears to be about as thick as a 9.3mm iPhone 4. Combining with This is My Next’s intel, it appears that both tablets are of very similar thickness. Around back? A few stickers, again spelling out the smaller tablet’s codename and outing LTE compatibility.

Interestingly, our tipster tells us that both slates share the Fleming codename, along with Android 3.2 goodness and five-megapixel HD cameras on the rear, though both prototypes are also “buggy as all hell, with frequent reboots and crashes.” This could mean that we’re still some time away from seeing the original Xoom’s successors, so for now, check out our gallery below to get an eyeful for yourself.

Update: Our tipster has confirmed LTE for both devices.

[Thanks, Anonymous]

Motorola’s Xoom 2 tablets pair up for a portrait, both at around 9mm thick originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Sep 2011 16:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fujifilm X10 hands-on (video)

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011


We really like Fujifilm’s X100 — it’s a solidly-built camera, with an APS-C sensor, f/2 lens, and a rather unique hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder. But the X100 carries a $1,400 sticker price, and that 23mm lens — as sharp as it may be — is permanently fixed to the mount. That’s why we were rather exited when Fuji announced its X10 earlier this week. Would this be a much more capable (and affordable) replacement for the X100? Turns out it’s not — well, not exactly — though this latest model is certainly a better fit for the consumer market. We had a chance to go hands-on with an early prototype on display at the company’s IFA booth, and while some features (notably the pop-up flash) weren’t yet functional, we’re told it’s a rather accurate representation of what we’ll see when the X10 hits stores in late October, priced within the €499-599 range (about $715-860).

The first thing you’ll notice with the X10 is that, well, there’s nary a power button in sight. Instead, you’ll rotate the 28-112mm f/2-2.8 manual zoom lens to fire it up. There’s also no aperture ring, unlike its more powerful sibling, and manual focus is handled electronically, instead of directly on the lens. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find that the X100′s slick hybrid viewfinder has been replaced with a strictly electronic one. And what about image quality? We weren’t able to take away any sample pics, but with a much smaller 2/3-inch sensor, we haven’t a doubt that images won’t look nearly as good as those shot with Fuji’s better-equipped model. To compensate for that, the camera’s EXR mode can bump the resolution down from 12 megapixels to six, in turn capturing higher quality images in low light. We’re looking forward to checking out a production version sometime this fall, but in the meantime, thumb through the images below, or jump past the break for a video overview.

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Fujifilm X10 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 12:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ballmer: Microsoft will launch Xbox Music this fall

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Steve Ballmer revealed a new service yesterday that should be, ahem, music to your ears when it starts spinning this fall. During Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, the Windows chief mentioned Xbox Music — a MS-branded music streaming service, with over 11 million songs and Kinect compatibility. That last feature will let you shout your music selections across the room, and could result in some pretty gnarly sibling battles whenever music tastes don’t match. Unlike the console’s current last.fm offering, we can only hope that Music will support multitasking, allowing you to settle those musical differences in the virtual boxing ring as the beat goes on, rather than on the living room floor.

Ballmer: Microsoft will launch Xbox Music this fall originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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