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26Oct/11Off

Sony announces new PlayStation Move bundle with LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition

Ahead of the holidays, Sony has announced a new Special Edition of its popular game title LittleBigPlanet 2 with PlayStation Move support. It’s offering the Special Edition game on its own as well as in a bundle that includes the Move add-on and controllers. As announced back at E3 2011, we should be seeing many other popular titles get Move support as well.

The Special Edition version of the game will feature whole new adventures with five new levels plus seven mini levels. It is designed to take advantage of the capabilities of the Move controller and lets you create your own Move games, record fluid motions, paint stickers, and do all sorts of fun creative stuff in the game. Also included are five new levels and two mini levels along with other goodies for the Disney/Pixar Toy Story game titles as well as $35 worth of DLC content.

The PlayStation Move bundle includes all the good stuff from the Special Edition game plus the Motion Controller, the Navigation Controller, and the PlayStation Eye Camera. The Special Edition alone will cost $59.99 while the Move bundle costs $129.99. Both will be available starting November 15.

[via PlayStation Lifestyle]


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26Oct/11Off

Samsung reveals Solar Powered Internet School for Africa

When technology giants like Samsung get it in their minds that they’ve got a mission to save the world, one might expect such epic wins as this Solar Powered Internet School to come to fruition. That’s just what’s happened this week as Samsung notes its first Solar Powered Internet School unit is currently undergoing pilot testing at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy in Boksberg and will be shipped out to other regions within months. Ship em all!

Samsung isn’t simply doing this out of the goodness of their own hearts, but it’s nice to see initiatives like this appear to be so close to real action in the world. This project is in place as a result of CSR requirements — Corporate Social Responsibility, that is, and thus far the project is set for greater Africa. For the betterment of Africa too, if I do say so myself. This project will yield units that are both easy to transport to remote areas and able to withstand inclement weather.

The first version of this project’s units are 40-foot shipping containers equipped with rubber solar panels. These panels are able to power the classroom within for up to 9 hours each day and can retain power for up to 1 and a half days without any new sunlight. Inside the unit there are, of course, a whole slew of top of the line Samsung products such as the Galaxy Tab, a 50-inch electronic board, solar powered netbooks, and more.

Inside the first unit is a refrigerator, UPS, a router, Virus Doctor air-purification, Wi-fi enabled camera, and of course a file server. This file server works via a 3G connection and will house the entire South African school curriculum. Sounds like a pretty nice little unit, wouldn’t you say? Certainly seems nicer than the one-room schoolhouses of the generations before us, that’s for sure.

[via Samsung]


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26Oct/11Off

Boxee Box updates iPad app, adds Spotify worldwide access

D-Link’s Boxee Box has gotten an update to version 1.2 today for its iPad app, adding new playback controls. The set-top box has also recently integrated Spotify and has now updated the service to allow Premium Spotify users to be able to access the service from anywhere in the world. The app was previously only accessible from certain countries.

The Boxee Box for iPad update now shows a new remote control at the lower right hand corner of your screen that lets you control videos you send to your Boxee Box from your iPad. The process of sending media files to your Boxee Box will also now resume where you left off for any files you played through the Boxee Media Manager.

Additionally, the Boxee Box service now has an option to select video quality when you stream files. This is helpful for those with bandwidth issues and provides more consistent streaming when you’ve got a weak WiFi connection.

[via Boxee]


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26Oct/11Off

LG DoublePlay ships early to T-Mobile for $99

The LG DoublePlay smartphone has gone on sale at T-Mobile about a week earlier than expected. The device sports a slide-out split QWERTY keyboard, but is most unique for its dual touchscreens. The second screen is smaller than the main display and sits between the split keyboard, making it easy for you to browse and chat at the same time.

The device features a 3.5-inch main display with a second 2.0-inch screen. It sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and support for 720p HD video capture. Inside, it’s powered by a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a customized LG interface on top that lets you use the two screens to display parts of the same app or two different apps at the same time.

Originally thought to go on sale in early November with a debut today at the National Texting Championship, the LG DoublePlay is instead available immediately at T-Mobile. The device is priced at $99 with a new two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate.

[via T-Mobile]


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Apple launches ship-to-store in San Francisco

Apple has begun offering a new ship-to-store or in-store pickup option for its online customers in the San Francisco area. The program allows customers to place an order online to have the item shipped to their local Apple retail store for pickup, saving shipping costs for customers. The program also provides pickup customers with Personal Setup service of any new Apple product.

When you go to checkout on Apple’s online store, you’ll see a new delivery option called “Pick up.” The program is only limited to the San Francisco area stores but will eventually be rolled out to other Apple Stores in the US. You can pick up products within an hour if they are listed as “Available now,” and you can designate someone else to pick up your order.

Additionally, Apple retail stores will also begin accepting returns for online orders. This saves customers from having to ship items back to Apple and cuts down on the return process. These new services should roll out to all stores in the US in time for the holidays.

[via AppleInsider]


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26Oct/11Off

Nikon D3 camera costume really works

If there’s one thing I like about Halloween, it’s the ability of ordinary every-day inventors to create designs that not only work, they fit on their person. That’s what’s happened here with a dude named Tyler Card and his fully functional custom-made camera costume. Photos go in the front, photos get displayed on the back. Is this the ultimate all-time best-ever camera enthusiast costume? Or is it just super neato?

What we’ve got here is an LCD display from a Dell laptop computer connected to an actual Nikon D3 camera which is mounted on the inside of the barrel that makes up the camera costume’s front. Not only has Tyler created a video to show you how it works, he’s made a making-of video that also includes quite a few photos he’s already taken at a pre-Halloween Halloween party with the costume itself. First have a look at the costume in action here:

Also note that at the top of the camera costume, above Tyler’s head, are some Alienbees strobe lights which act as a flash, also controlled by a Paul C. Buff Cyber Commander controller. This costume open up your mind to the possibilities of the bust apart and rebuild culture before your eyes? While we’ve not yet heard any word from Nikon if they’ve got any plans to officially license this costume for the future, we’ve got our fingers crossed. Meanwhile we’ll just have to make our own!

[via Tyler Card's Tumblr]


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26Oct/11Off

Light Up inSoft pillow will have you awake all night

When it comes to gadgets, its not often that one will catch your eye for its softness, but that’s just what designer Takaaki Oguchi has done with this one – it’s a light up pillow. Without a doubt the most comfortable bit of technology I’ve seen all week, Oguchi’s “inSoft” LED light pillow has the ability to light from within without making your ear go “ouch!” Through a combination of cool-burning LED lights and padding that’ll allow just so much light to travel through it surrounding the light module, Oguchi may well have created the nightlight every kid is staying awake at night screaming about.

This isn’t a completed project, kids, I’m sorry to say, but it is on its way to becoming one. This is what’s known as a conceptual industrial design, one made by the designer without as much regard for the final product as one further down the production line would have. It is through projects like these that the most innovative concepts are brought to life – and of course, to light. Soft enough of an idea for you?

Meanwhile this pillow object has already been making the rounds abroad. The inSoft pillow has won the prestigious Koizumi Lighting Award, this bringing it closer to the production floor once more. Now we’ve all just got to find someone with a load of cash to put under the pillow, as it were, so that we can all have one straight from the store. Light em up!

[via Yanko Design]


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26Oct/11Off

Toyota’s Touch Life will "mirror" your iPhone’s display

One of the frustrating things about driving a car with an iPhone (or other smartphone) in tow is syncing its contents with the car's audio or navigation system. But thanks to Toyota's new Toyota Touch Life, that doesn't have to be so much of a problem anymore.

According to Engadget, Toyota's new Touch Infotainment system lets iPhone and iPod touch users access a handful of apps directly from their iDevice. By downloading Toyota's "application launcher," a free app from the App Store, users can access certain apps on the in-car display, which mirrors iPhone's screen...in part. Only certain apps are compatible, including Garmin StreetPilot and some Internet news and radio apps like AUPEO!, plus Stitcher, Facebook and Twitter.

Touch Infotainment is exclusive to new new Toyota Verso-S, Yaris and Hilux cars. We don't know if will become available to the Avensis, Prius or Verso models or as an add-on to existing Toyota vehicles.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogToyota's Touch Life will "mirror" your iPhone's display originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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26Oct/11Off

iPads, Angry Birds to travel to International Space Station

iPods and iPhones (in Airplane Mode? Spaceship mode?) have traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) via American and Russian launch vehicles. Now you can add the iPad to the list of iDevices that have left the planet.

That's the word from Collect Space, which reports that 2 iPads will visit the ISS next month. NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries says the iPads will be used for entertainment purposes only, and that they will be the first tablet devices to fly in space.

The space station is already stocked with laptops, but NASA is exploring the idea of using iPads on future space missions.

Also on the manifest is an Angry Birds plush doll. It's part of a Russian tradition of hanging a toy from a string in the launch vehicle. About ten minutes after liftoff, the bird will start to become weightless, indicating to the space explorers that they have left the gravity of earth.

There's no word on whether or not the iPads have the Angry Birds game installed, but it wouldn't be a shock if they did.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogiPads, Angry Birds to travel to International Space Station originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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26Oct/11Off

TUAW TV Live at 5 PM EDT: The iPhone 4S review show

The iPhone 4S has been in the hands of this Apple fan for well over a week, and that's been enough time to get a good feel for the speed and abilities of the newest member of the iPhone family. Today on TUAW TV Live, I'll do some side-by-side comparisons with the iPhone 4, perform a comprehensive deep dive into Siri and answer your questions about the top-of-the-line iPhone.

As usual, I'll be starting the show at 5 PM EDT (2 PM PDT / 10 PM BST) sharp, and we'll take a few minutes to chat before the demos start. To join in on the chat and watch the live streaming video, drop by TUAW about five minutes before the start time to learn how to participate. If can't join us live, subscribe to the video podcast and watch at your leisure in iTunes or your favorite podcatching app. Previous episodes are also available on the TUAW YouTube channel.

The chat is now available on IRC, too. Join us on server chat1.ustream.tv, chat room #tuaw-tv.

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