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Engadget posted a review of samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch, with its flexible (curved) 1.84″ (432×128) Super AMOLED display. And they really love that display – it’s beautiful, the curve feels natural and it’s aesthetically pleasing. The colors are vibrant – and the only problem is that it’s barely readable in sunlight unless you set it to “outdoor brightness mode”. But eventually the reviewer is not happy with this hybrid smartwatch and fitness band, due to the weak software and awkward UI. And they say that the $199 price is too much for this device. Read more about Engadget reviews the Gear Fit, says the display is beautiful but the software is messy
Acer’s Android-powered Stream phone already got official way back in May — and we got our hands on it at Computex in June — but the company has only just now confirmed a launch date. According to Acer, the Stream will be rolling out on August 9th, and it’ll be exclusive to UK-based online retailer Expansys , at least initially. As for the phone itself, you can expect a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, Android 2.1 for an OS, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording (no flash, though), an HDMI out port, and full DLNA / UPnP support for media streaming (hence the name). Of course, being exclusive to Expansys also means you won’t be getting a subsidized price — look for this one to set you back £399, or just over $600. Full press release is after the break. Update : And it looks like we’ve got our first unboxing with the final retail packaging. Video’s after the break. Continue reading Acer’s Android-powered Stream confirmed for Expansys-exclusive August 9th launch Acer’s Android-powered Stream confirmed for Expansys-exclusive August 9th launch originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
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The thing about the future is this: we’ll still have to do menial things like answer the door, or take out the trash, or get up off our couches to get our own brews after a long, hard day at the office… unless we’re smart enough to invent robots to do such menial things, that is. Well, Willow Garage has spent some time building a “Beer Me” application for its PR2 robot which gets at least one of these tasks under its belt. They added a a four-holed foam block placed behind the robot’s navigation laser so that it can safely carry four bottles across the terrain, and equipped their refrigerator with a tilted “self-stocking” shelf. Check out its operation in the video below. Continue reading Beer-fetching robot promises to make your significant other obsolete Beer-fetching robot promises to make your significant other obsolete originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink Singularity Hub | Willow Garage | Email this | Comments
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When it rains, it pours, ladies and gentlemen — and tonight, it’s pouring high-end Android phones from Samsung. Hot on the heels of the Epic 4G for Sprint and a dash of preliminary official info on T-Mobile’s flavor of the Galaxy S , the Vibrant is now 100 percent official with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and 4-inch Super AMOLED display. Though the physical design of the phone is unique to T-Mobile — just as all North American versions of the Galaxy S are — the specs should be ringing a bell by now, and the trend continues through to the 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture and Samsung-skinned build of Android. It launches on July 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract, though interested folks will be able to pre-order in Radio Shack locations starting July 1 for $50 (which gets returned to you in the form of a gift card). Oh, and don’t worry, entertainment buffs: you will definitely get both The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition and a little motion picture called Avatar pre-installed on a 2GB microSD card. Bonus! Follow the break for the full release. Continue reading Samsung Vibrant is official on T-Mobile, coming July 21 for $200 Samsung Vibrant is official on T-Mobile, coming July 21 for $200 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
So, we know AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S is called the Captivate — but what about T-Mobile ? Earlier rumors that it’d be called “Vibrant” are all but confirmed today thanks to a carrier-run site that’s slowly revealing a rebus puzzle… and so far, we can clearly see Sam + Sun + G and Viking – King + [unknown] + Ant. So yeah, that pretty much locks it up — and with a Super AMOLED display on board, we’d say the name fits perfectly (and TmoNews claims to have the original image anyway, where the unknown portion is Bee + R). We’re expecting some sort of US-focused Galaxy S announcement out of Sammy next Tuesday , so we imagine this’ll be it. T-Mobile USA’s Samsung Galaxy S to be called ‘Vibrant’ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink TmoNews | T-Mobile | Email this | Comments
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A visual recap of the day’s articles Jun 21st 2010 | 45 Articles http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/toshiba-portege-r700-slides-in-with-a-thin-design-core-power-an/ 12:30 am 34 Comments Toshiba Portégé R700 slides in with a thin design, Core power and an affordable pricetag http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/toshiba-libretto-w100-resurrects-the-classic-umpc-brand-with-dua/ 12:29 am 101 Comments Toshiba Libretto W100 resurrects the classic UMPC brand with dual 7-inch displays http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/asus-eee-pc-1201pn-with-nvidia-ion-now-available-at-an-amazon-co/ 1:32 am 27 Comments ASUS Eee PC 1201PN with NVIDIA Ion now available at an Amazon.com near you http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/motorola-droid-2-stars-in-its-first-video-touts-1ghz-cpu-and-51/ 2:27 am 161 Comments Motorola Droid 2 stars in its first video, touts 1GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM? http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/super-amoled-vs-amoled-vs-lcd-in-direct-sunlight-fight/ 3:45 am 157 Comments Super AMOLED vs AMOLED vs LCD in direct sunlight… fight! (video) http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/new-xbox-360-has-red-dot-of-death-instead-not-quite/ 3:21 am 208 Comments New Xbox 360 has red dot of death, instead? 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Tranquil PC iXL takes you up to 2.93GHz sans fans, has equally lofty price http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/lgs-bx580-network-3d-blu-ray-player-now-shipping-for-100-less/ 8:11 am 25 Comments LG’s BX580 network 3D Blu-ray player now shipping for $100 less than expected http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/best-buys-iphone-4-inventory-plans-revealed-by-another-purporte/ 7:39 am 73 Comments Best Buy’s iPhone 4 inventory plans revealed by another purported leak http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/insignias-infocast-internet-media-display-the-dash-aping-chumb/ 9:01 am 24 Comments Insignia’s Infocast Internet Media Display, the Dash-aping Chumby frame, now available http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/live-map-of-the-london-underground-tells-you-where-the-trains-ar/ 8:51 am 37 Comments Live map of the London Underground tells you where the trains are, aren’t http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/dell-confirms-talks-with-google-about-chrome-os/ 8:34 am 52 Comments Dell confirms talks with Google about Chrome OS http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/samsung-acclaim-arrives-in-us-cellular-stores-july-9-were-sure/ 10:12 am 30 Comments Samsung Acclaim arrives in US Cellular stores July 9, we’re sure somebody will care http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/toshibas-charge-grid-puts-your-solar-panels-to-work-smartly-ch/ 9:46 am 19 Comments Toshiba’s Charge Grid puts your solar panels to work, smartly charges your EV http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/scientists-create-sweat-monitoring-underwear-break-them-in-vid/ 9:22 am 32 Comments Scientists create sweat-monitoring underwear, break them in (video) http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/lgs-solar-hybrid-ac-unit-probably-wont-do-much-to-cool-your-po/ 10:38 am 115 Comments LG’s solar hybrid AC unit probably won’t do much to cool your power bill http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/northrop-grumman-wins-contract-to-build-us-armys-long-endurance/ 12:11 pm 132 Comments Northrop Grumman wins contract to build US Army’s long-endurance hybrid airship http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/jolicloud-promises-touch-support-in-version-1-0-gives-a-demo-no/ 11:49 am 22 Comments Jolicloud promises touch support in version 1.0, gives a demo now http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/ios-4-now-available/ 1:05 pm 416 Comments iOS 4 now available for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, newer-generation iPod touches http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/barnes-and-noble-nook-firmware-version-1-4-now-available/ 12:55 pm 38 Comments Barnes and Noble Nook firmware version 1.4 now available http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/toshiba-ships-core-i7-equipped-satellite-a665-3dv-but-only-to-t/ 12:33 pm 30 Comments Toshiba ships Core i7-equipped Satellite A665-3DV, but only to the 3D fanboys http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/growing-up-geek-veronica-belmont/ 1:41 pm 92 Comments Growing Up Geek: Veronica Belmont http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/unlimited-data-option-disappears-from-ipads-atandt-tells-grandfat/ 1:26 pm 118 Comments Unlimited data option disappears from iPads, 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http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/shooting-around-with-the-nikon-d3s-the-field-review/ 4:27 pm 80 Comments Shooting around with the Nikon D3S: the field review http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/new-xbox-360-getting-a-199-flavor-this-fall/ 6:06 pm 8 Comments New Xbox 360 getting a $199 flavor this fall http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/nintendo-3ds-will-launch-in-all-major-markets-by-march-2011-d/ 5:42 pm 60 Comments Nintendo 3DS will launch ‘in all major markets’ by March 2011, design still being tweaked http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/chryslers-peapod-nev-killed-in-bankruptcy/ 5:28 pm 27 Comments Chrysler’s Peapod NEV killed in bankruptcy http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/sony-selling-amd-powered-vaios-for-the-first-time-in-years/ 7:10 pm 34 Comments Sony selling AMD powered VAIOs for the first time in years http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/intel-drops-atom-d525-cpu-adds-its-wireless-display-tech-to-a-h/ 6:38 pm 26 Comments Intel drops Atom D525 CPU, adds its wireless display tech to a host of new devices http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/slingplayer-mobile-for-android-ready-to-entertain-you-for-30-st/ 8:07 pm 65 Comments SlingPlayer Mobile for Android ready to entertain you for $30 starting tomorrow http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/iphone-3g-ios-4-and-you-whats-missing-spoiler-multitaski/ 7:33 pm 254 Comments iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking) http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/poll-is-ios-4-causing-you-grief/ 9:01 pm 168 Comments Poll: is iOS 4 causing you grief? http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/dell-streak-gets-cozy-with-bluetooth-keyboard-and-mouse-suddenl/ 8:38 pm 43 Comments Dell Streak gets cozy with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, suddenly looks small (video) http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/california-considers-electronic-ads-on-license-plates-we-consid/ 10:04 pm 29 Comments California considers electronic ads on license plates, we consider never moving there http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/21/modern-technology-sent-through-time-vortex-redesigned-for-1977/ 9:31 pm 10 Comments Modern technology sent through time vortex, redesigned for 1977 All About Apple iOS 4 now available for your iPhone 3G, 3GS, newer-gen iPod touches iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking) iOS 4 apps: the best of what’s new and updated Poll: is iOS 4 causing you grief? iPhone 4 pre-orders now shipping Best Buy’s iPhone 4 inventory plans revealed by another purported leak Apple, AT&T randomly canceling some iPhone pre-orders? Apple rolls out iBooks app for iPhone, iPod touch Switched On: New Mac mini a mixed Apple TV alternative Other news of import Nintendo 3DS: powered by DMP’s Pica200 GPU Shooting around with the Nikon D3S Amazon’s Kindle conveniently falls to $189, Nook looks stunned and bitter Growing Up Geek: Veronica Belmont Northrop Grumman wins contract to build US Army’s long-endurance hybrid airship Motorola Droid 2 stars in its first video, touts 1GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM? 3G video call on Fring for Android: bringing HTC EVO 4G and Dell Streak together $149 WiFi-only Nook confirmed, 3G price dropped to $199 HTC EVO 4G sold out online once again Entelligence: The aftermath of E3 The daily roundup: here’s what you might’ve missed originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 23:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds
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It’s no secret that Samsung wants to spread its high-end Galaxy S far and wide , but the exact details of its US attack have been a mystery thus far. TmoNews is reporting a “trusted source” as saying that the phone is pegged for a launch on T-Mobile on July 21, which matches up with some chatter we’ve been hearing as well. Though T-Mobile’s been supporting Android as aggressively as any carrier in the world, the company lacks a hero device — something akin to the Droid Incredible or EVO 4G — so it would stand to reason that Samsung’s best Android gear to date would be a good fit over there. Nothing wrong with a Super AMOLED display in a sub-10mm shell, now, is there? In the meantime, we’ve been invited to an event on June 29 to see “the next generation in Android smartphones” from Sammy, so we’re hoping for some more details then — and naturally, we’ll be on hand. Samsung teases next Android announce, Galaxy S bound for T-Mobile next month? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink PhoneArena | TmoNews | Email this | Comments
The Week in Green is a new item from our friends at Inhabitat , recapping the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us. This week Inhabitat followed the ongoing saga of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as we tracked BP’s latest attempt to plug the leak with yet another containment dome . We can’t help but wonder why BP refuses to use hair mats donated from thousands of businesses to clean up the slick, but we’re glad that the nuclear option is off the table for now. We also looked at one inventor’s plan to lead sealife to safety using a swarm of remote-controlled fish-like robots ! Several exciting advances in sustainable development also took place last week, starting with the announcement of this year’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge — Operation Hope ! Led by Allan Savory, the organization has pioneered a new way to transform desert into fertile farmland using a whole systems approach to range management. We also watched as London opened the UK’s first desalination plant in a bid to secure a sustainable water source — they’ll need it, as 700,000 people are expected to move to the city by 2021. On this side of the pond, California is on the brink of becoming the first state to ban plastic bags – take that Pacific Gyre ! Renewable energy also saw an upswell this week as a recently released report showed that wind could power 35% of the western states without major infrastructure upgrades. Biofuels are also on the rise as a clean burning fuel made from sewage sludge was recently projected to cost just 10¢ a gallon more than petrol. Finally, we followed one Japanese firm’s blue-sky plan to shoot for the moon with a massive solar-powered lunar base that beams energy back to the earth. In other news, we watched the worlds of tech and fashion collide as we showcased 7 celebrities who are pushing the envelope with awe-inspiring examples of wearable technology . We were also wowed by this prototype for a futuristic computer bracelet that would blow Dick Tracy’s mind.
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Shots of some docs over on BGR have us believing that AT&T is on the cusp of launching a program called “MobileProtect,” but don’t be fooled by the fancy name — this is basically an Asurion-operated handset insurance plan just like any other, the only real difference being that it’s for the iPhone and offered directly by the carrier. Interestingly, it seems that you’ll buy the protection through the App Store of all things, automatically billing the credit card that you’ve got on file with Apple, but you’d better really want the protection because it’s going to run $13.99 a month. Oh, and you’ll have to pay a $99 deductible to fix an 8GB 3G, scaling up to $199 for a 32GB 3GS. To put that in perspective, that means it’ll cost you $367 to replace an insured 32GB 3GS after a year of coverage, at which point you’ll say “well, I’d rather have an iPhone 4 anyway” and shell out $200 with an upgrade pull-ahead. Yeah, call us jaded. AT&T prepping MobileProtect insurance program for iPhone? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 May 2010 17:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | BGR | Email this | Comments
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One gigahertz is becoming the bar of entry in the world of Android, and the upcoming Sirius Sky from Pantech meets that with its Snapdragon processor. It’s also helped along by an Android 2.1 install and a 3.7-inch 800 x 480 OLED screen that does look rather vivid in the above shot — presumably taken indoors. 500MB of storage is offered internally by the phone while expandable memory bumps things up to 32GB, upon which pictures from the five megapixel camera can be stored for later mockery. The phone is said to be hitting Asian markets “pretty soon” and, while there are rumors of a US release, they’re sounding a bit unsubstantiated at this point. Pantech’s Sirius Sky smartphone does Android 2.1 on Snapdragon originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Apr 2010 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | Land of Android | Email this | Comments