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Norway’s Zero team crosses Europe in hydrogen cars without a backup

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Norway's Zero team crosses Europe in hydrogen cars without a backup

It’s not quite a trip around the world, but a trek that Norway’s Zero team recently undertook in a pair of hydrogen-fueled cars is certainly an impressive enough feat in its own right. Late last month, they drove two Hyundai Ix35 FCEVs from Oslo to Monte Carlo (admittedly one of the easier ways to technically “cross Europe”), relying solely on the existing hydrogen refueling infrastructure — that’s as opposed to other trips that brought along fuel trucks as backup. As the team explains, the key to the trip was some careful planning at the outset, but they apparently still wound up cutting it close a few times, and were forced to put their hypermiling skills to the test. Not surprisingly, they found that the hydrogen infrastructure still needs to be considerably improved for such trips to become commonplace, but they seem hopeful that things could soon improve.

Norway’s Zero team crosses Europe in hydrogen cars without a backup originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 May 2012 10:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Screen Grabs: Are agents on Fringe flashing their Google Wallet?

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Screen Grabs chronicles the uses (and misuses) of real-world gadgets in today’s movies and TV. Send in your sightings (with screen grab!) to screengrabs at engadget dot com.

Screen Grabs: Are agents on Fringe flashing their Google Wallet?

We’re not sure exactly what the FBI’s standard issue kit consists of, but we imagine it has more than a few bits of secret tech. These screen grabs from this week’s Fringe, however, would have us believe that the rogue agents like to pick up their tabs with what looks like Google Wallet. We can clearly see a Sprint-branded Galaxy Nexus being used to for a not-so-undercover financial transaction. At least it looks like the agents might have had an upgrade since we last saw them around these parts.

Update: As many of you have pointed out, there was something wrong with our own intel on this case, and it wasn’t one of the agents using the service. Perhaps the bureau isn’t comfortable with e-wallets just yet.

[Thanks, Te-je]

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Screen Grabs: Are agents on Fringe flashing their Google Wallet? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 May 2012 08:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change the LG Nitro HD?

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

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AT&T’s LG Nitro HD is one of those rare devices your writer has actually used. We carried it as our daily driver during this year’s CES and were won over by that gorgeous screen, speedy LTE and its thin and light design. Unfortunately our experience matched those in the review: herky-jerky performance and battery life that meant we were always on the lookout for a power point. Of course, you can’t have amazing battery life without doubling its thickness, but would you have taken that compromise? We’re asking you: how would you change it?

How would you change the LG Nitro HD? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit

NASA may have pushed back the Orion spacecraft’s test flight to 2014, but you can get an early glimpse of the capsule in orbit thanks to this animated video from Full Werks studio. You’ll see the capsule circle the planet before touching down in the Pacific — all with a much better view than you can expect when that actual launch date rolls around. The animation features audio clips from the original Apollo and, as any NASA-related video worth its salt should, includes a vintage voiceover from space sage Carl Sagan.

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Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

GameStop to offer Android slab trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade

If you’ve been looking for a reason to replace your aging device with something a tad more contemporary, your local pawnshop GameStop is happy to oblige. According to Gadget Experts, the games retailer is looking to bolster its Android offerings with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nexus S and Samsung Infuse 4G trade-ins at select GameStops this summer, expanding to all locations by the end of the year. Have a device that’s not on this short list? Don’t worry, Gadget Experts says the firm plans to fill out its touchable trade-in inventory with more devices in the future. So, what’s a Galaxy Tab worth to gaming’s favorite pawn star? We’ll let you know when GameStop drops the official details.

GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 04:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

GameStop to offer Android slab trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade

If you’ve been looking for a reason to replace your aging device with something a tad more contemporary, your local pawnshop GameStop is happy to oblige. According to Gadget Experts, the games retailer is looking to bolster its Android offerings with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nexus S and Samsung Infuse 4G trade-ins at select GameStops this summer, expanding to all locations by the end of the year. Have a device that’s not on this short list? Don’t worry, Gadget Experts says the firm plans to fill out its touchable trade-in inventory with more devices in the future. So, what’s a Galaxy Tab worth to gaming’s favorite pawn star? We’ll let you know when GameStop drops the official details.

GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 04:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change the Jawbone Up?

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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Ordinarily, we’d be dismissive if you answered that question with “Doy, make it work!” but in the special case of the Jawbone Up, it’s entirely apt. The wristband promised plenty of technological advances that would track your sleep, calories burned and diarize your food intake, all within the confines of a slender cord wrapped around your wrist. The downside? A significant proportion of the units conked out days after being opened, forcing the company to offer no-questions-asked refunds and halt production. So, what we want to know is: do you have a working Up? Does it still work? Do you like it? If Hosain Rahman was reading the comments below, how would you suggest he goes about fixing things?

How would you change the Jawbone Up? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 16th, 2012

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Refresh Roundup: week of April 16th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 16th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Switched On: When the smartphone giveth, Part 2

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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

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In case you missed it, Part I of this article can be found here

Last week’s Switched On discussed the Slacker Portable, Sony eMarker and TrafficGauge, three dedicated devices that didn’t make it but saw their functionality ultimately realized via smartphones. But there have been other idea for which the idea ultimately proved popular as smartphone bits rather than separately packaged atoms.

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Switched On: When the smartphone giveth, Part 2 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Skype for Windows Phone sheds beta title, graduates to v1.0

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Skype for Windows Phone sheds beta title, graduates to v1.0

Skype’s fledgling Windows Phone app broke out of beta today, adding contact searching and landline calling to it’s VOIP repertoire. The update comes just shy of two months of the Beta’s introduction in February, and boasts a handful of minor improvements that should keep your calls connected. You’ll still be making those calls yourself, however, as the full version doesn’t yet have support for receiving calls in the background — if the app isn’t running, your phone isn’t ringing. Hit the source link below to update.

Skype for Windows Phone sheds beta title, graduates to v1.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 16:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Virgin and Boost to go 4G, makes Sprint’s WiMAX feel wanted

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Virgin and Boost to go 4G, makes Sprint's WiMAX feel wanted

If you were thinking “how wonderful, but…” when you learned that Boost was getting a new 4G handset, hold that thought. If reports from Technobuffalo are to be believed, both Boost and Virgin Mobile will be renewing their vows with host provider Sprint and getting access to its 4G spread. Surprisingly, this apparently only extends to the existing WiMAX, not LTE infrastructure. While WiMAX isn’t Sprint’s favorite 4G flavor, it has at least committed to keeping it going for a while yet, enough time for you to upgrade once more at least.

Virgin and Boost to go 4G, makes Sprint’s WiMAX feel wanted originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system patent

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system

Oh patent applications… where creative ideas dance shoulder to shoulder with ill-conceived folly. Which do we have here today? We’re not sure. What we are sure of, however, is that someone at Microsoft has applied for a patent that describes a device with two screens. Not that old chestnut, but the second screen being of lower-power, like e-ink, and displaying different information based on the state of the first one (i.e. is it against your face or not.) The not-to-be-trusted images illustrate the second screen covering the back of a device and displaying a clock, or other such user specified info. The app does state that it would continue to display info, even if the device was in a sleep mode, and describes a non-flat contour. If you were to read into it, it might sound like rear e-ink phone housing, but if this ever comes to pass, it’ll likely be with a little bit of dressing down, so don’t get too excited.

Microsoft applies for low-powered interactive second display system patent originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New BeoPlay V1 shows up ahead of time, hearts and wallets flutter

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

New BeoPlay V1 shows up ahead of time, hearts and wallets flutter

We’re more used to phones getting leaked ahead of time, but it’s not always just the latest and greatest handset that sneaks its way into our inbox. Danish website Recordere has managed to get a cheeky glimpse of the new BeoPlay V1 TV from Bang and Olufsen. Pegged as the new “affordable” model from the Scandinavian manufacturer, it’ll come in two flavors: the BeoPlay V1-32 and V1-40 (the numbers representing screen size,) which include DLNA functionality, five HDMI ports, one USB, and integrated 5.1 surround sound, as well as a few other treats. The official launch is the 5th of May, with pricing set at €2,399 and €2,899 (about $3,170 and $3,831 respectively) depending how big the space in your front room is.

New BeoPlay V1 shows up ahead of time, hearts and wallets flutter originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 05:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 review

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

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It doesn’t feel like a year has passed since we reviewed the original ASUS Transformer and its innovative keyboard dock, but indeed time flies, and quite a bit has happened since then. The company has released the Prime, for starters, followed by two other high-end models. And now, the OG Transformer is going the way of the dodo, as the affordable new Transformer Pad 300 (aka the TF300) takes its place. Though this newest tablet was announced back in February, it’s only just going on sale in the US this week, starting at $379 for the 16GB version, and $399 for one with 32GB of built-in storage.

In addition to the fact that this replaces a truly memorable product, the TF300 is intriguing because it represents an even better deal for consumers: it borrows some design cues from the higher-end Prime, and also steps up to a similar 8-megapixel camera. Like the Prime, too, it runs an unskinned version of Android 4.0 and packs a quad-core Tegra 3 chip — something you don’t often see in a tablet this price. In short, the main differences between this and the Prime are battery life (10 hours versus 12), and the quality of the display (the 10-inch screen here offers 350 nits of brightness instead of 600). Those all sound like reasonable trade-offs and, frankly, they are. That’s our abridged review, over and done with in just two paragraphs, but meet us past the break if you’re craving a little more detail.

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ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 review originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 22 Apr 2012 03:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 9th, 2012

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Refresh Roundup: week of April 9th, 2012

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery we could find during the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of April 9th, 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Band Pro seeking damages against ARRI and Michael Bravin, expects to get its data back

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Band Pro seeking damages against ARRI and Michael Bravin, expects to get its data back

Should you ever get the itch to illegally peek at a former employer’s servers, take a lesson from Michael Bravin: don’t. The former ARRI executive’s adventures in cooperate espionage have landed him nothing but trouble. Although Bravin’s previous plea agreement required him to pay back Band Pro for damages and legal fees, the outfit is now seeking punitive damages against both ARRI and Bravin himself. “Band Pro is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges that Glenn Kennel and Bill Russel, executives of ARRI, had firsthand knowledge of Bravin’s hacking activities,” asserts the recently filed complaint. In addition to damages, Band Pro is seeking orders requiring ARRI to return all information acquired from the said hacking and the destruction of “all business plans and strategies developed in reliance” of that information. Check out the PDF yourself for Band Pro’s full list of demands and a detailed outline of its thirteen accusations against ARRI — we’ll let you know how things go down if the trial pans out.

Band Pro seeking damages against ARRI and Michael Bravin, expects to get its data back originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best Buy details its 50 big box store shutdowns in the US, most will close by May 12th

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

We knew Best Buy planned to close 50 of its big box retail locations by the end of its 2013 fiscal year, and now (just days after Mike Mikan took the CEO-reigns from Brian Dunn) it’s detailed all of the stores that’ll be getting the boot. As it stands, two locations have already been shut down, with six others set to close before the year is out — and the company hopes to clear out the remaining 42 before May 12th. Employees at most of the stores were informed of the news this weekend, and despite the impending closures, the company says it’ll try to re-position them within the company or offer up severance packages. Past that, Best Buy is also reaching out to the customers of these stores, noting that they’ll still have other nearby locations to choose from — try-before-you-buy online shoppers rejoice. There’s still no specific word about the 100 Best Buy Mobile stores it hopes to setup, but more information will be forthcoming later in the year. Hit up the press release after the break if you’d like to parse the full list of affected locations or find out more details about the planned closures.

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