Archive for February, 2011

RIM, Bank of America partnering up for Mobile Wallet NFC trial

February 26, 2011

RIM, Bank of America partnering up for Mobile Wallet NFC trial

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Windows Phone’s new UI and Xbox games are most exciting aspects of Microsoft deal, says Nokia poll

February 26, 2011


In search for feedback on its momentous decision to dump Symbian in favor of Windows Phone, Nokia has put up the above poll on its Conversations website canvassing opinions about what users anticipate most out of the new deal. There’s no consensus choice, with the equivocation of reactions being underlined by the fact that the “Other” option was the modal response, however of the given categories, a UI refresh and Xbox-related gaming boons turned out to be most important. No surprises there, Symbian’s touchscreen UI shortcomings are well known about while the Xbox tie-up has been one of Microsoft’s big selling points for Windows Phone 7 since its start. We’d just ask Nokia to be quick about delivering on these things — spending too long in anticipation mode won’t be good for our health.

Windows Phone’s new UI and Xbox games are most exciting aspects of Microsoft deal, says Nokia poll originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AOC Aire Black LED-backlit monitors, more of the same, now in black

February 26, 2011


If this super slim monitor looks familiar, it’s for a good reason — AOC’s new Aire Black LED monitors are nearly identical to their white counterparts, save a couple exceptions. As the name suggests, the new monitors are an all black affair, and come in 20-, 22-, and 23-inch iterations. The slender screens also come equipped with a new software feature called Screen+ that allows users to divide the display into four separate work spaces. Other than that, not much is new here — like the rest of the Aire series, the Aire Black features a 12.7-millimeter-thick screen, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, DVI-HDPC input, and five millisecond response time. If you like your monitors skinny, you can get your hands on the ebony displays now for $129 (20 inch), $149 (22 inch), or $179 (23 inch). Full PR after the jump.

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AOC Aire Black LED-backlit monitors, more of the same, now in black originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 07:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 shows up in Verizon’s system

February 26, 2011


Well, look what we’ve got here! Seeing that HTC just introduced the Incredible S — a world phone only available in the UK — it was only a matter of time before the phone hit the stateside. A trusted tipster just hit us with screen shots of Verizon’s internals containing a device dubbed HTC ADR6350. The other screenshot below has a listing for the HTC63503 with a description of “INCRD2.” Putting two and two together, we’d say with great confidence that the Incredible 2 is coming to Verizon in the near future — and we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it had something to do with that “buttonless” shot we saw a while back. Stay tuned as we try and dig up more details… and in the meantime, peep the second screenshot after the break!

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HTC Droid Incredible 2 shows up in Verizon’s system originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 05:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony indicates all future Alpha models will include translucent mirrors

February 26, 2011

Sony indicates all future Sony Alpha models will include translucenct mirrors
That satisfying clunk of the mirror swinging up and away, the rapid-fire clatter of DSLRs going into burst mode, could be on its last legs. Well, for Sony Alphas at least. The company has confirmed that its translucent mirror tech, most recently confirmed to be coming to the A77 and earlier shown on the A55 and A33, will be coming to the entire Alpha line. The sensor actually captures light through the mirror itself, which is just reflective enough to allow for real-time focusing even while capturing video. It’s something of a bold move in the generally stoic DSLR market, and only time will tell whether it helps to boost Sony’s street cred up to Canon and Nikon levels.

Sony indicates all future Alpha models will include translucent mirrors originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 02:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice

February 26, 2011

Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice
Digging the 1080p LifeCam Studio but don’t feel like spending $100? Or, maybe you don’t need all those p’s? Microsoft has, for you and you alone, announced the new LifeCam HD-3000. It tops out at 720p but retails for a more palatable $39.95. Also newly announced is a trio of mice, first and most exciting being the $19.95 Express Mouse (above) which, according to Microsoft, has both the looks and the moves. We’re not really sure what that means, but it is kind of funky looking with the offset cord your choice of six colors ranging from “Hibiscus Red” to “Dahlia Pink.” For those who’d rather stick with something less-flowery there’s the Comfort Mouse 3000 for the same price, similar features in a design less likely to stand out in the conference room. Or, cough up another $10 for the $29.95 Comfort Mouse 6000, pictured below. It gives up ambidextrous pretenses in favor of a more form-fitting shape and five whole buttons. Can you handle that many buttons? Yeah, you totally can.

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Microsoft announces budget-friendly Lifecam HD-3000 webcam, Comfort and Express mice originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How would you change Panasonic’s Lumix DFC-GF2?

February 26, 2011


We’re drowning in interchangeable lens options, but that’s far from being a bad thing. For those that finally caved and picked up Panasonic’s Lumix DFC-GF2, we’re interested to see how you’d change things if given that golden opportunity. Are you satisfied with the size, weight and design? How’s the low-light performance? Would you alter anything about the lens selection? Introduce a version that changes colors with the seasons? Go on and get creative in comments below — the GF3 needs some ideas, you know?

How would you change Panasonic’s Lumix DFC-GF2? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 23:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Freestyle for AT&T hands-on

February 26, 2011

HTC Freestyle for AT&T hands-on

Visual VoiceMail pulled from Android Market, Google accused of ‘pulling an Apple’

February 26, 2011

Visual VoiceMail from Android Market for possible payment violations, Google accused of 'pulling an Apple'
Looks like Apple isn’t the only one wanting to make sure that app payments are being run through appropriate channels. The Visual VoiceMail app, which has been downloaded about a million times (literally), has just been pulled from the Android Market. When developers at PhoneFusion asked the reasonable question, “why,” they were simply directed to section 3.3 of the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement:

If you want to collect fees after the free trial expires, you must collect all fees for the full version of the Product through the Payment Processor on the Market… All fees received by Developers for Products distributed via the Market must be processed by the Market’s Payment Processor.

The service allows users to purchase premium features through the company’s website, something that many other apps do and that is certainly not new to Visual VoiceMail. What’s next remains to be seen, but sadly Google is saying PhoneFusion must re-submit the app with a new name — losing all the positive reviews it’s racked up. Hardly an ideal solution.

Visual VoiceMail pulled from Android Market, Google accused of ‘pulling an Apple’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Live from the Engadget reader meetup in San Francisco

February 26, 2011


Have you heard? We’re having a party tonight and you are invited! If you happen to be in San Francisco, we’ll be here at The Metreon playing with the latest gadgets from loads of companies, including Sony, Motorola, HTC, HP, and Jawbone. It all starts at 6:30PM and goes until 10:30PM. Oh, and did we mention there’s awesome music and a taco truck parked outside? As you can see, the line is already around the corner, but there’s plenty of room. If you can’t make it, we’ll be liveblogging and uploading tons of pictures in this very post. All the details on how to get here and what to expect can be found right here.

Live from the Engadget reader meetup in San Francisco originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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