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26Apr/11Off

Sprint Nexus S 4G confirmed for May 8

Sprint has confirmed that the Nexus S 4G will go on sale come May 8, with the WiMAX-toting smartphone priced at $199.99. The CDMA version of the Nexus S – which runs unmodified Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on a 1GHz single-core processor with a 4-inch curved Super AMOLED display – requires the usual two-year agreement and data plan.

There’s also native support for Google Voice, which Sprint announced was incoming alongside the Nexus S 4G and for which early invites started being issued late last week. Otherwise it’s the same Nexus S we know and love, only with an extra turn of 4G speed.

That means a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash, a front-facing camera for video calls, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS. There’s also NFC and 16GB of internal storage.


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26Apr/11Off

Sony pulled PlayStation Network over rampant piracy?

A new explanation for the ongoing Sony PlayStation Network downtime has been suggested, with claims that Sony has taken the service offline so as to close a loophole that had been responsible for “extreme piracy of PSN content.” PSX-Scene‘s “Chesh” took to Reddit to outline how a new PlayStation 3 custom firmware called Rebug was used by hackers to gain access to the PSN’s developer networks. From there, it was possible to input fake credit card information and buy content without ever paying for it.

The security glitch, it’s suggested, is because Sony was not validating credit card information since the users were on its trusted private developer network. Sony allegedly responded by pulling the plug on the network completely; the “additional security” Sony representatives have admitted is being installed is apparently to combat this sort of hacking.

Chesh admits that the explanation is speculation pieced together from information throughout the PlayStation hacking community, however sources with access to the SCE devnet servers have apparently confirmed that Sony is telling developers that, moving forward, only 3.60+ debug firmware will be allowed onto the network. If developers want to retain their access then they not only need to upgrade, it’s claimed, but contact Sony too.

Rebug’s developers are not responsible for the credit card hack, though whether Sony will look kindly on them anyway remains to be seen. However, user credit card information is believed to be secure still.

[via TorrentFreak]


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26Apr/11Off

iPhone app totals groceries and hints at self-service future

I know that one of the things that everyone can relate too is the dread that standing in line waiting to pay for your groceries brings. I always stand there worrying that my ice cream and frozen stuff will melt before the cashier gets everything in the carts ahead of me totaled up and the person gets done paying. I have long wished that RFID tags would come along and make checking out as easy as walking up the register and swiping your card.

A new iPhone app has turned up that is by a company called Modiv Media and the app is being implemented in 375 Stop & Shop supermarkets in the eastern US. The awesome app allows the user to scan the bar codes on their purchases and totals them all up on the phone. The app is called Scan It and it is very easy to use. The user scans their loyalty card and then takes the iPhone in the store. The user scans the items with the phone and bags them as they shop.

The stores say that on occasion a clerk may check the bags to be sure that the shopper scanned everything, but it’s mostly an honor system. The clerk gets the total from the iPhone and then the user pays. It sounds like a very cool system and I for one hope that it rolls out to stores all around the country. This is a great glimpse into the future of shopping and if nothing else, you can use the app to be sure you stick to your budget as you shop since it totals your purchases.

[via Technology Review]


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26Apr/11Off

Verizon’s DROID Incredible 2 by HTC coming April 28

Verizon Wireless has confirmed pricing and availability for the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, the CDMA version of the Incredible S we reviewed last month. The DROID Incredible 2 will drop on April 28, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement and mandatory data plan.

Inside is Qualcomm’s 1GHz single-core processor, driving Android 2.2 Froyo with HTC Sense on top. There’s also a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash on the back, and a 1.3-megapixel fixed-focus camera on the front for video calls.

720p HD video recording, Adobe Flash Player support, SRS WOWHD audio and integrated noise-cancelation round out the main specs, though you also get 3G mobile hotspot sharing and all the usual Android apps. We rather liked the Incredible S’ balance of power and battery life, so have high hopes for this CDMA version.

Press Release:

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC Available Beginning April 28

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced that DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, exclusively from Verizon Wireless, will be available beginning April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

DROID Incredible 2 by HTC follows in the footsteps of the popular DROID Incredible by HTC and features the Android™ 2.2 platform, a crisp 4-inch super LCD display, next-generation 1 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® processor and 3G Mobile Hotspot that can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Equipped with the hallmark HTC Sense™ experience, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC offers advanced personalization options, consolidated email capability and unique camera effects and filters. With its sleek, all-black design, DROID Incredible 2 by HTC combines functionality and speed into one stylish package. DROID Incredible 2 by HTC is a global-ready Android smartphone, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds.
Additional features include:
· 8.0-megapixel main camera with dual LED flash
· 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
· 720p HD video capture plus DLNA® to share multimedia content with a compatible TV
· Adobe® Flash® Player
· SRS WOWHD™ surround sound
· Automatic face detection for more accurate pictures
· Integrated noise-cancellation technology

Verizon Wireless customers that purchase DROID Incredible 2 by HTC will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access. Verizon Wireless customers traveling outside of the United States should contact Verizon Wireless’ global customer support team at 1-800-922-0204 before embarking on their trip to ensure their phones have the right features for global usage.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

 


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26Apr/11Off

YouTube movie on demand service to launch soon

We already know that Google has been eyeing a movie streaming on-demand service for YouTube for a while now. This is all a part of the plan for YouTube to get profitable with the huge amount of traffic the video sharing site has. YouTube has long wanted more quality content that would lure in new advertisers and get them to spend money to run ads along with the video content. Many advertisers are weary of placing ads on user-generated content that is of low quality and may have content that the advertiser doesn’t want to be associated with.

After all the long running rumors and the questions about when the movie streaming service would launch TheWrap is reporting that it has learned the launch is “imminent” for the movie service. The push into streaming Hollywood films would put YouTube in direct competition with Apple iTunes and Netflix among others and help land those all-important new advertisers for YouTube. It is worth noting that YouTube has had some films on its service for about a year now.

The new push will bring titles for the major Hollywood studios. However, YouTube declined to comment on the new push according to TheWrap. One exec at a studio in Hollywood reportedly said the service would start with streaming and then move on to sell-through later. The pricing on the streaming films and what movies the secretive will have to start with are unknown at this time.

[via TheWrap]


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26Apr/11Off

Design concept combines Leica camera with iPhone

We have seen all manner of Leica cameras over the years and they all have a few things in common. These things include great photo quality, cool retro style, and a massive price tag. A new design concept that combines the cool Leica camera design with the high-tech iPhone smartphone has been unveiled. I will admit that the design is a bit weird. I’m not sure why you would want to combine an iPhone with the little digital camera myself.

The concept is called the Leica i9 concept and it is from designers Black Design Associates LLC. The company points out that it is in no way affiliated with either Apple or Leica. That would mean this is no official design concept and the product will never come to market. Combing the iPhone with the little camera is weird to me, but I guess with all the apps to help you take better photos by measuring light and other things perhaps this would be useful.

The designers say that the concept has 12.1MP resolution. Strange as it may be, the design certainly looks cool. The retro style of the Leica line is my favorite things about the cameras. The big downside to Leica for many of us is that the cameras are very expensive. Leica was rumored to be moving into the Micro Four Thirds market earlier this year and then the company came back and said the M9 was as small as Leica cameras would get.

[via Black Design]


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26Apr/11Off

White iPhone 4 prototype hits eBay

With the white iPhone 4 expected to go on sale later this week, now’s obviously the time to throw any prototypes you might have access to up on eBay. That’s just what seems to have happened here, with one hapless developer’s white handset going up on the auction site, and promising plenty of trouble for the individual responsible for it.

It’s not clear whether this is someone trying to sell a lost iPhone 4 prototype or trying to make some money on a device they were trusted with. Unfortunately, thanks to the fact that the employee ID is clearly visible on the handset (we’ve blanked it out, along with the handset’s serial number), we imagine Apple will be moving swiftly to get to the bottom of it.

Bidding is up to $2,838 at time of writing, with half a day left to run, but we’d be wary of throwing your hat into this particular ring. If you really have to have a white iPhone 4, wait until later on in the week when there’ll likely be cheap, legitimate versions to pick up instead.

[via @chronic]


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26Apr/11Off

Purdue Solar Racing team’s entry gets 2,200mpg

Solar power is an awesome thing. If we can harness all the free energy that comes from the sun efficiently, we will have an unlimited supply of free energy that can be used for all sorts of things from powering our gadgets to running the AC system in our homes. Even Google is getting into the solar power business. One of the more interesting things that solar power is being used for is to power experimental cars. The Purdue Solar Racing team has unveiled its special racing car and the thing is very impressive.

The Purdue team car can achieve nearly 2,200mpg and competed in the 2011 Shell EcoMarathon that was held this week in Houston. The vehicle prototype the team fielded was called The Celeritas prototype. The car is small, but it is designed to hold a full-size driver (as opposed to the miniature version) behind the wheel in an upright position. The car also has headlights, taillights, a trunk and lots more things that your average car has.

The vehicle uses energy regenerative braking and has a suspension that can handle potholes. The prototype racer was able to generate so much power from the solar cells on its body that it was in danger of overloading the onboard batteries. The team says that in the future models of the car might have an AC system onboard to make the vehicle more comfortable. The car is street legal and the team has applied for a VIN number and a license plate. The prototype took a year to design and $90,000.

[via Purdue]


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26Apr/11Off

Evercool unveils Dr. Cool router cooler

I have talked about the cooling company called Evercool before. The last product that I mentioned from the company was the Battle Hero cooler for your gaming notebook. There are lots of notebook coolers on the market today so that product wasn’t particularly new or exciting. The company is back with another new cooling solution and this one is unique. The new device is called the Dr. Cool and it claims to the be the world’s first patented router cooler.

I have never really thought about how hot my router gets or why I should worry about my router getting hot. It looks like some sort of shape charge that a Navy Seal would use to blow a door open. It has two padded bars on top that you can set your hardware on for cooling. It will work with anything you can set on the top from portable hard drives to tablets and anything else. I guess you could even set your notebook up there to keep it cool.

When you use it on your router, the side clamps can clip onto your router to keep the Dr. Cool in place and allow you to keep that router nice and frosty. The Dr. Cool is a white device and Evercool claims that it will extend the life of your router by keeping it cooler. The device is powered by a USB port or a DC power transformer. Pricing is unknown and you can see it in action on the video below.


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26Apr/11Off

Official: Casio g’zOne Commando Available April 28 for $199

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Verizon will be quite busy this Thursday, as an already crowded launch day featuring the Droid Charge and Droid Incredible 2 officially welcomes one more Android handset. The Casio g’zOne Commando has been announced for an April 28th release at Big Red. The Commando is built to be secure in more ways than one. Aside from the rugged construction the Casio g’zOne lineup is known for, the handset features high-security encryption and is designed with business users in mind. The Android 2.2 phone is water, shock, dust, vibration, and solar radiation resistant and is designed to operate at extreme altitudes and temperatures. It features a 5MP camera and Mobile Hotspot capabilities. The Commando launches at a price of $199.99 on a two-year contract.

Verizon Wireless And Casio Introduce The CASIO G’zOne Commando
First Ruggedized Android Smartphone for Verizon Wireless

BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Verizon Wireless and Casio today announced a new addition to the rugged wireless category and a new Android-powered smartphone in the marketplace, the CASIO G’zOne Commando™. Deployment ready, the Commando is a mobile office with high security features for secure corporate email; Wi-Fi for high-speed Web access; XT9 and T9 trace input for efficient typing; and snap-out menu for customized access to high-use applications.

Designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, the CASIO G’zOne Commando easily transitions from work to play with advanced G’zGEAR software. As the ultimate outdoor tool in a mobile device, G’zGEAR operates in eight modes to enhance the active, adventure-driven lifestyle. With the help of its Triple Sensor technology utilizing direction, acceleration and temperature, G’zGEAR enables adventurers to perform at their peak.

The Casio Commando is ideal for the business environment, especially for fields such as construction, transportation, manufacturing, utilities and healthcare. Workers in hazardous environments, such as construction sites, warehouses and factory floors, need a smartphone that has the capability to download blueprints, files and pictures; update project plans; access field force management, inventory access and corporate applications; and capture signatures.

Key features:

Android™ 2.2
Meets Military Standards 810G for Immersion, Rain, Shock and Dust Resistant, Vibration, Salt Fog, Humidity, Solar Radiation, Altitude, Low and High Temperature Storage
5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, still photo, video capture, LED light
High-security encryption for corporate email
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
Stereo Bluetooth™
VZ Navigator® for GPS and audible turn-by-turn directions
Mobile Hotspot capable-share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Lifestyle features:

G’zGear operates in eight modes
Earth Compass - Functions as a standard compass, the GPS shows the distance and direction to several domestic and international landmarks, including Yosemite National Park and Mt. Everest.
Walking Counter - Measures steps, distance and energy consumption, and total steps for the day, week or month. It also provides virtual treks for famous North American trails and roads including Mt. Kilimanjaro, Annapurna Circuit, Torres Del Paine Circuit, John Muir Trail and Transcontinental.
Adventure Training - Takes training to a new level by allowing users to run with virtual opponents, like world-record holders, wild animals, or their own best personal performance stored in the training history.
Trip Memory - Plots and records outdoor activities along with location information to share with friends and family on Twitter™ and Facebook®.
Tides - Showcases the tidal graph for the day; time of tide ebb and flow; and current, past and future sea tide levels. GPS displays the nearest location map.
Thermometer - Displays current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit with numeric and graphic thermometer readings and compares the current temperature across multiple locations.
Sun / Moon - Checks the time of the next sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset, and tracks the moon phases for your current location.
Star Gazer - Utilizes GPS to display the stars and constellation names based on the current season and time.
Pricing and availability:

The CASIO G’zOne Commando will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on April 28 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. CASIO G’zOne Commando customers will need to subscribe to a data plan. Unlimited data plans are available to customers starting at $29.99 monthly access.
Business customers who want to purchase the device can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.
For more information on the CASIO G’zOne Commando or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Customers can visit www.CasioGzOne.com to experience the CASIO G’zOne Commando.


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