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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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26Apr/11Off

Official: Nexus S 4G Coming to Sprint May 8 for $199

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Sprint users looking for a stock Android experience with all the speed of 4G don’t have much longer to wait, as Sprint has formally announced the Nexus S 4G for a May 8th release. The device is identical to the Nexus S we have come to know on T-Mobile’s airwaves save for the addition of CDMA and a WiMAX radio. The Samsung-made handset features many highlights of the Galaxy S line including a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor with dedicated graphics support. Did we mention it comes with a nice, clean, stock build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread? All this can be yours for $199.99 on a new two-year contract. Check out the full press release below and head over to AndroidForums to join in on the discussion.

Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung with Android 2.3 for a Pure Google Experience Available to Sprint Customers in the U.S. on May 8 for $199.99

The highly anticipated Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™ goes on sale in all Sprint channels, including www.sprint.com, on Sunday, May 8, for $199.99 (plus tax) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Extending the company’s 4G device leadership yet again, it is the fourth 4G phone available and 20th 4G device announced from Sprint.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. With its pure Google experience, Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps, and in many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

Critics praise Nexus S 4G:

"Whether you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) or not, it’s tough to avoid drooling over the Nexus S 4G. The device has similar specs to its T-Mobile counterpart - the Nexus S - but it will take advantage of Sprint’s super fast 4G data network." - MSNBC Technology
"It’s probably our pick of Android phones now on Sprint - the Evo is nearly a year old, and the major advantage of the Nexus S is that it’ll be on the bleeding edge of Android updates." - Gizmodo
"So, what makes the (Nexus S) 4G different? WiMAX 4G. - IntoMobile
It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

Designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology, Nexus S 4G’s 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. Its higher color contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® - 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Nexus S 4G from Google will be available from Sprint for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Best Buy.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge - a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).


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26Apr/11Off

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Now Available at Best Buy for $399

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What do you get when you combine a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 10.1-inch display, 16GB of storage, and a $399.99 price tag? Call that bad boy the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which is now available for purchase via Best Buy. The Honeycomb tablet manages to grab one of the lowest price points we have seen on a device that doesn’t skimp on the hardware, and as such seems to already be backordered. The order page says units will ship in “1-2 weeks.”

This mirrors the Tranformer’s success in the UK where its first three production runs have already sold out. Either Asus didn’t anticipate high demand and lowballed their stock, or the Eee Pad Transformer is the perfect example of what can happen when you mix powerful hardware, Android Honeycomb, and the right price. Check out more discussion on the Transformer over at AndroidForums.

[via Best Buy | Thanks, Ajit!]


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26Apr/11Off

Android Edges Out iPhone as Most Desired in Latest Nielsen Report

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A new Nielsen survey is reporting that 31 percent of those planning to purchase a new smartphone are considering Android as their first choice. Those considering the iPhone? Slightly lower at 30 percent. While several reports from various analytics groups have had Android as the top dog in market share, this marks the first time in Nielsen’s studies of the smartphone market that Android has been named the most desired smartphone platform in the US.

What’s more, Android once again leads in new smartphone subscriptions. Half of those who purchased a smartphone in the past six months went Android, while a quarter chose iOS as their platform. This translates to a 37 percent overall market share for Android, which leads a pack featuring Apple at 27 percent, BlackBerry at 22 percent, and the combined Windows Mobile/Windows Phone 7 userbase making up 10 percent.

[via Nielsen]


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26Apr/11Off

Official: HTC Droid Incredible 2 Lands at Verizon on April 28th for $199

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April 28th had long been in our minds as the day we would see the HTC Droid Incredible 2 hit Verizon’s shelves, and with the date only a few days away Verizon has finally hit us with the official announcement. The Droid Incredible 2 will cost the expected $199.99 on-contract when it arrives in stores this Thursday. This is more or less the phone known as the Incredible S in other parts of the world, featuring a 4-inch Super LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and dual cameras. It isn’t a 4G device (that’s the Droid Charge, launching the same day), but it does take advantage of its 3G prowess with mobile hotspot capabilities. The full press release is below.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF INCREDIBLE: DROID INCREDIBLE 2 BY HTC DELIVERS STYLE AND PERFORMANCE TO VERIZON WIRELESS

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.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images of the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.


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