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Panasonic Eluga now available unlocked in Europe, yours for £369 or €460

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Panasonic Eluga now available unlocked in Europe through Expansys, yours for £369 or €460

Wouldn’t ya know it, but Panasonic was spot on with its announcement of the Eluga smartphone’s European arrival this month. The elegant, waterproof handset is now available unlocked from Expansys, where it retails for £369 and approximately €460, with slight variations among countries. While the phone supports quadband GSM, its UMTS / HSPA connectivity is limited to the 2100MHz and 900MHz bands, which makes it less than ideal for North American use — though, if you really want one, it seems safe to peg this one in the $600 territory.

Similarly available through NTT DoCoMo as the P-04D, we first managed to get a hands-on with the Eluga at Mobile World Congress. For those in need of a quick refresh, the phone features a TI OMAP 4430 SoC with a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a rather paltry 1,150mAh battery. The Eluga includes a heavily-skinned version of Android 2.3.5, although an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich has been pegged for release this summer. The phone represents Panasonic’s return to the smartphone arena, and while it’s a bit behind the curve, it’s no doubt a fine starting point.

Panasonic Eluga now available unlocked in Europe, yours for £369 or €460 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Netflix reveals Android app tests that keep it running on ‘around 1000′ devices daily

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
In a quick peek behind the curtain at what life can be like as an Android developer, Netflix’s Tech Blog has posted details of the testing process for each iteration of its app. According to Netflix’s own stats, after being initially released for just a handful of phones nearly a year ago it now streams to “almost around 1,000″ different devices daily. The situation of building one app for different hardware, software (including CM7 and CM9), screen sizes and and other variations like hardware or software decoding presents many challenges, but the team has filtered down to 14 devices (10 phones, 4 tablets) that give maximum coverage for their daily tests. Add in an HTML5 frontend for the native video video player, and suddenly the staggered rollout across devices starts to make more sense. Hit the source link for more info on how it all gets put together and shaken down through both automated and human testing, while Apple fans can wait for a similar breakdown of the iOS process that’s on the way.

Netflix reveals Android app tests that keep it running on ‘around 1000′ devices daily originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Casio’s smartphone-ready G-Shock watch set to hit Japan in March

Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Casio’s G-Shock GB-6900 watch was originally set to roll out sometime this year (having even made an appearance at FCC way back in July) but, according to TechCrunch, the company was forced to delay its release to due to shortages resulting from the Thailand floods. Now it looks like you’ll be able to finally pick one up on March 16th of next year — at least in Japan, where it’s set to run ¥18,000 (or about $230). Of course, we wouldn’t be covering this if it was just an ordinary G-Shock watch. The key feature here is Bluetooth LE connectivity (part of the Bluetooth 4.0 spec), which consumes far less power than other Bluetooth variations, and allows the watch to communicate with your smartphone. As you might expect from that tiny display, that functionality is a bit more limited than something like Motorola’s MOTOACTV, but it will let you see incoming calls, emails and text messages, and control some basic features like your phone’s ringer or alarm.

Casio’s smartphone-ready G-Shock watch set to hit Japan in March originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Jan 2012 17:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Compact Stress Meter provides checkups from the comfort of your cubicle (video)

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Chances are you don’t need a machine to know that the office stresses you out, but if you’ve ever felt an urge to actually quantify the toll your boss takes on your body, the Compact Stress Meter could be your new best buddy. Developed by researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan University, this system uses a pulse wave sensor and infrared reflective probe to measure the blood flowing through a user’s fingertips, which serves as a relatively accurate stress index. All you have to do is place your finger on the sensor for ten seconds, and an accompanying computer program will automatically display your stress levels in real-time by analyzing variations in blood flow. At this point, the software and sensor are still separate, though the meter’s developers have already completed a new prototype with the sensor built in to a mouse, allowing users to continuously gauge their stress while diligently working in front of their computers, or while furiously searching for a new job. Click past the break to see the meter in action for yourself.

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Compact Stress Meter provides checkups from the comfort of your cubicle (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 01 Oct 2011 05:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How #FollowFriday Is SUPPOSED To Work [Ff]

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Pentax K-x introduced in four new colors, double rainbow now fully complete

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Well, well — what have we here? Oh, four more K-x hues? Who would’ve guessed. Just months after Pentax introduced the latest round of colors to hit its long-standing entry-level DSLR, along comes a new foursome to consider: chocolate, beige, olive and pink. We actually witnessed the last one there back in mid-February (go on and guess, we’ll wait), but now the whole group is up for sale on the company’s webstore for $649.95 each. Too bad Pentax seems more interested in pumping out more exterior variations than a bona fide K-x successor, eh?

Pentax K-x introduced in four new colors, double rainbow now fully complete originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tap Tap Radiation For the iPad Looks More Entrancing Than Any iPhone Variation [IPad Apps]

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Official: Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for AT&T ‘in the coming months’

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Yes folks, it’s finally really happened. Today Palm announced that its dynamic duo — the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus — will be making their way to AT&T’s network “in the coming months.” We won’t bore you with too many details on the devices, since you can read our review of the non-Plus Sprint variations here and here, and the Verizon versions right here. What we will tell you is that at an undisclosed time, the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus can be yours for just $149.99 and a deep-discount $49.99 (with a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year contract), respectively. The Pre Plus will be similarly equipped to its Verizon counterpart (16GB of storage, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1), and the Pixi should look awfully familiar as well (8GB storage, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1), though AT&T will be offering a variation with a blue back plate (in addition to the standard black and other swappable covers). Both UMTS / HSDPA devices will support AT&T’s new Address Book service as a Synergy sync option, and will have free auto-connect access to the carrier’s WiFi +20,000 hotspots. We don’t know when we’ll get our hands on these guys, but Palm will be showing off the AT&T-ified versions of the handsets at the upcoming CTIA… which we will of course be attending. It should be interesting to see if hopping on AT&T’s network will move the needle for Palm, let’s just hope those “coming months” are, you know… pretty soon. Full PR and one more pic after the break.

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Official: Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for AT&T ‘in the coming months’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Undress a Woman Using Radio Frequencies [Nsfw]

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

A dress that gradually disappears as you get a magic ball near to it? Yaishplease. That’s exactly what Daan Roosegaarde, V2 Lab, and Maartje Dijkstra have created, using a flexible plastic material and radio frequency technology. Very pretty too:

Called Intimacy, the dress’ smart fabric reacts to variations in the electric current, smoothly changing its opacity until it gets completely transparent—and viceversa. The change is controlled by a ball, which has an RF tag that gets detected by circuitry in the dress’ collar. On a related note, this is what happens to my underpants whenever my fiancée gets close to me, with no RF tag involved whatsoever. [Roosegaarde and v2 via Styleguru via Fashion Tech]



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Firefox 4 Windows mockup provides 5 UI hints of things to come

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Want a hint as to where Firefox will go next? As a product visual designer at Mozilla, Stephen Horlander is the kind of guy who can make things happen — so when he shares updates and mockups on Firefox 4′s user interface, we tend to pay attention. He outlines five portions of a screenshot teaser that’ll get a much cleaner, more streamlined facelift. Our favorite takeaway is the singular app button for menu navigation. Several variations are shown, but if you ask us, we’re currently fond of the setup above. As Horlander notes, the design’s in constant flux, but what we’re seeing is certainly promising.

Firefox 4 Windows mockup provides 5 UI hints of things to come originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Dec 2009 01:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000: the perfect travel keyboard?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Earlier this year, one of our dear readers wrote in asking the collective audience which wireless keyboard was the best out there for their living room. We’ve since seen all variations of that very inquiry, but the most common one was this: “what’s the best wireless keyboard for travel?” As more and more users resort to netbooks for getting things done on the go, more and more users are pulling their hair out as they attempt to bang out this month’s sales report on an 85 percent full-size keyboard. A few months back, Microsoft let loose a new Bluetooth ‘board that seemed perfect for the weary-eyed jetsetter, and we’ve been toying with it for the last little while. It’s easily one of the thinnest and lightest keyboards we’ve seen, and the carry-along-or-don’t numeric pad is certainly a nice touch. But is this slab of circuitry really what your digits need when typing on the go? Hop on past the break for a few of our impressions.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000: the perfect travel keyboard? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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