Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Engadget Mobile Podcast, +1 and live at 5PM ET!

And then there were three. You may have heard Joseph Volpe’s voice in such Engadget Mobile podcasts as last week’s episode 111, and who can forget the wild shenanigans that happened in episode 104? We sure can’t. But now he’ll … Continue reading

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Adobe product manager fingers Apple for death of Flash Player for mobile

Adobe’s battles with Apple haven’t exactly been a secret over the past couple of years, but the death of Flash Player for mobile has once again brought that drama to the fore. Mike Chambers, a lead product manager for Flash, … Continue reading

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DropSpace adds real Dropbox sync to Android

Dropbox offers a lovely client for Android, but it’s lacking true “sync” functionality. You can merely browse your Dropbox, pull files into the device, and manually upload specific files. DropSpace is a little Android app that makes Dropbox on Android … Continue reading

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MyFord Touch 2013 update hands-on

In short doses we’ve been reasonably impressed with MyFord Touch, the Blue Oval’s attempt at bringing the car dashboard into the 21st century. For someone used to touchscreens and virtual controls it’s intuitive enough — but many others have been … Continue reading

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Who Knew Mixing Nature and Fashion Photography Could Make Such Beautiful Art? [Photography]

Much like a Reeces cup, an unexpected mix can sometimes generate something greater than its individual ingredients. Artist Matt Wisniewski skillfully wields his enviro-fanshionista influences to create these incredible pieces of overlaid art. [Matt Wisniewski via Colossal via Peta Pixel] … Continue reading

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Kobo Touch With (Permanent) Offers Saves You $40 [E-Readers]

The price wars that seem to have given e-ink based E-readers a new lease on life continue, with Kobo quietly introducing an ad-supported version of their Kobo Touch that will shave $40 off the price tag. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/9L6NJvv89p0/kobo-touch-with-permanent-offers-saves-you-40 Yahoo … Continue reading

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Daily Tip: How to configure the iPhone?s Weather and Stock widgets in Notification Center

Curious how to setup notifications in iOS 5? With all the various banners and popups, badges and sounds, widgets and lock screen options, it can be a little tricky for first-time users, but worry not — we have you covered! … Continue reading

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Amazon Appstore for Android Test Drive hands on: surprisingly cool, but still US-only

When Amazon Appstore for Android launched last week, one of its primary features — Test Drive — was disabled just a few minutes after it opened. With no try-before-you-buy, no refund process, and 1-Click purchasing ready to strike at any … Continue reading

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Facebook SlingPlayer revealed, proves you can’t escape social networking (video)

Add another future platform for SlingPlayer to the pile, as the company recently showed off this quick demo of streaming video through Facebook. While the old Sling.com streaming still works just fine, this one adds some new social features to … Continue reading

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TC Gadgets Weekend Giveaway: An iPhone 4S

I gave my love a red, red rose but she actually wanted an iPhone 4S and now you, too, can hand over one of these exciting products to your loved one thanks to Rebtel. This weekend’s TC Gadgets giveaway is … Continue reading

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Sharp’s splashproof Aquos SH-01D arrives at the FCC’s door, won’t shut up about its 12.1 MP camera

Japan has typically had exclusive access to Sharp’s skinny and big-screened smartphone series, but that could soon change. Details of the Aquos SH-01D have now appeared in the FCC’s bulging mail box, a phone packing a dual-core 1GHz processor and … Continue reading

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iPhone Users Report a Whole New Battery of Problems [Apple]

Even as frustrated iPhone owners complain that Apple’s iOS 5.01 update didn’t actually fix problems with iPhone battery life, users are reporting a whole string of new complaints against the iPhone 4S and the new update. Will it ever stop? … Continue reading

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Color vulnerable to simple GPS hack, lets you spy on anyone, anywhere

Color, the $41-million-in-funding location-oriented photo sharing startup, is susceptible to simple GPS spoofing. With nothing more than a jailbroken iPad or iPhone, you can use FakeLocation to trick Color into thinking you’re somewhere else. Within seconds you can be browsing … Continue reading

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Prepare your kids for school with Qwizful for iPhone [Kids Corner]

Qwizful is an iPhone educational app for kids ages 4-7. It is filled with questions on key topics that are taught in school so as to prepare your child for the classroom. Qwizful aims to make the quiz and learning … Continue reading

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Facebook launches unified mobile site, announces 250 million mobile users

Facebook has announced that its two mobile sites — m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com — have been unified, bringing a simpler mobile experience to Facebook users. And there are a lot of those — a quarter billion, according to Facebook. Smartphone users … Continue reading

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Google Maps 5.12.0 now available – Adds live events for New York, San Francisco, Paris, Zurich, and London

The latest Google Maps update is now available in the Android Market for download. Pushing the app to v5.12.0 there is one addition and one removal of a 'feature'. The additon comes by way of live events being added to … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: Scope Edition

Nikon Displays Mysterious Prototypes At French Exhibition Sweet-Looking Bike Tool Roll Made From My Favorite Material, Waxed Canvas Dodocase Puts Out Some J. Crew Exclusive iPad 2 Cases SocialBicycles Bike Sharing Is Now A Kickstarter Project Thanko Starts Selling The … Continue reading

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Sprint pushes SIM lock to iPhone 4S customers, offers to undo it for good boys and girls

We all knew this day would come. It’s hardly a tragedy, but some globe-trotting types out there might be a little annoyed. Starting today Sprint is pushing a SIM lock to all iPhone 4Ss on its network. As you may … Continue reading

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Nobody Asked for Smaller ‘Nano-SIM’ Cards, but They’re Coming Anyways [WTFriday]

Data, reception, battery, screen, CPU, weight, size. These are the cellphone specs I’m concerned. Smaller SIM cards? Not so much. But Giesecke & Devrient, one of the original SIM manufactuers, thinks we need a nano-SIM that’s 30 percent smaller. Great? … Continue reading

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HTML5 MP3 player lets you listen to your music library inside your browser

While this slick little HTML5 audio player might not pack all of the features of your favorite desktop media application, it’s still a very cool demonstration of what a Web app can do with access to local resources — like … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Sprint ID pack now available

The Univerisity of Notre Dame Sprint ID pack is now available for download on a handful of the carrier's Android devices. Sprint ID packs are customized themes for your smartphone that feature widgets and customized social media links and can … Continue reading

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Windows 8 getting a built-in PDF reader, Metro-style

For what seems like an eternity, Download Squad readers have reacted to news of security exploits targeting Adobe Reader with a common sentiment: why doesn’t Microsoft build its own secure PDF reader into Windows? Apparently the Windows 8 team agrees, … Continue reading

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Sony’s CEO is ready to launch a four-screen platform ‘that can compete with Steve Jobs’

After announcing that it would completely revamp its struggling TV business after yet another quarter of financial setbacks, what’s next for Sony? CEO Howard Stringer tells the Wall Street Journal that R&D is focusing on a “different kind of TV … Continue reading

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CRP Racing debuts Energica electric streetbike prototype at EICMA 2011

You might not need an electric streetbike in the near future, but it’s still cool to know that the prototype is complete. CRP Racing has just introduced the Energica at the EICMA motorcyle show in Italy. The Energica slides an … Continue reading

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Amazon says Kindle Fire also will have Hulu Plus and ESPN

The back-and-forth between the Amazon Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet continues, with the former this morning announcing that it will have Hulu Plus and ESPN ScoreCenter when it launches next week. That means the Kindle Fire will have the three … Continue reading

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This Deep-Frying Portable Grill Is a Jack of All Noms [Grills]

Like a swiss army knife for epicureans, the collapsible Blacktop 360 grill includes all the cooking surfaces you’ll need to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. There’s even an optional cutting board for something called veg-e-tables. More » Source: … Continue reading

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The Motorola RAZR Is $111 for Tomorrow Only [Dealzmodo]

Motorola’s kevlar-lined RAZR is coming out tomorrow at a pretty hefty $300 price tag. Except! Tomorrow’s exceedingly singular, palindromic 11/11/11 date has swayed the folks at AmazonWireless to run a twee little promotion where you can nab a RAZR for … Continue reading

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Bike Chains Welded into the Shape of Human Despair [Art]

The tightly-bound sculptures of Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo are equally impressive and depressing. Impressive in that such detail and texture can be coaxed from something as ordinary as a bicycle chain. Depressing in that these pieces all appear anguished and … Continue reading

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Thousands of Apps and Games Coming To Kindle Fire Next Week

The wait for Amazon’s Kindle Fire is almost over. Just one week to go and then we’ll see if this small tablet can give Apple’s iPad a run for its money. In case you weren’t aware, the Fire isn’t just a … Continue reading

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CrunchGear Week in Review: Animal Shots Edition

Here are some stories from the past week on CrunchGear: ?Rotary Mechanical? Cell Phone Concept Isn?t Practical, But It Looks Great Lomo?s New La Sardina Camera Is Cheap And Sardine-Can-Like Panda Itazura Bank: Super-Cute Piggy Bank (Video) Meet The Robostir, … Continue reading

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Konstruct for iOS creates generative augmented reality art with your voice

If you have an artistic temperament, but you weren’t blessed with steady hands or an eye for color, Konstruct might be the app for you. Not only does the iPhone app let you produce generative art using words, warbles and … Continue reading

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Daily Crunch: VR Drone Edition

Giant VR Helmet Is Very 90s, Yet Way Cooler Europe Launching Gigapixel Probe To Map Milky Way Effectology: Paranormal Spooooky Sounds Do A Barrel Roll: AR.Drone Challenges You To Become A Great Drone Pilot Kid-Tested, Grant Imahara Approved: Hexbrite Open … Continue reading

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Nokia’s Humanform concept phone, not shaped like us (video)

We barely recovered from Nokia’s futuristic concept buffet at Nokia World, but a new video has unearthed the deceptively named Humanform. Fortunately not shaped like a dolly, this teardrop device cooked up Nokia’s in-house labs supposedly uses some as-yet unexplained … Continue reading

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Ipad and ipad accessories

Owning an ipad is very impressive and many people will associate you with sophistication if they see you with an ipad. In genuine fashion ipads are meant for the educated people who can fully use most of the features that … Continue reading

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Bing begins roll out of HTML5-enhanced search interface

Bing’s new HTML5-and-CSS3-enhanced search interface, which was first demonstrated back in September 2010 to showcase the power of IE9, has started to roll out. The most notable addition to the new interface is is smooth page transitions — the fade … Continue reading

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Overclock your MSI motherboard using your iPhone, iPad or Touch

Do overclockers tend to carry iPhones? Some do, surely, which is why MSI has released Afterburner for all iOS devices over at the App Store. Like the Android version we reported a while back, it hooks up to the main … Continue reading

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Makoto Hirahara Bright Blind

Have one of those rooms that just doesn’t get enough natural sunlight ? Have a room where there’s no windows ?  Got a case of the Winter blues ?  Made of electroluminescent ( EL ) sheets, Makoto Hirahara’s Bright Blind … Continue reading

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AirGo Outdoor Speaker with Airport Express Dock

I have a couple of Airport Expresses laying around the house, but I almost never use them since I got a JawBone JamBox. Leaving them switched on all the time seems wasteful, although as we head towards winter, they may … Continue reading

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Auto-suggestion keyboard found hiding inside iOS 5

The panoramic camera mode isn’t the only thing to be unearthed from within iOS 5. A familiar-looking predictive typing option has been unlocked by iOS tinkerer, Sonny Dickson, who tweeted several shots of the new keyboard in action. Like the … Continue reading

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Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case for iPad 2 Review

I love my iPad 2 and I use it for everything – surfing, reading, email, apps, you name it.  The one thing I don’t like to do with the iPad 2 is enter large amounts of text.  I’m a true … Continue reading

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BongoTies Cable Wraps Review

I truly dislike cable clutter in all facets of my life…..work, office, garage, etc.  I collect and reuse packing ties, rubber bands, micro-bungie cords and the like, continually doing my best to lessen the mess. As the story goes, I … Continue reading

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Nvidia Crams Tegra 3 Mobile Chip Chock Full of Cores

Nvidia on Wednesday launched the quad-core mobile Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Formerly nicknamed “Project Kal-El,” the Tegra 3 has four main cores and a fifth companion core. It distributes the workload among these using patent-pending variable symmetric multiprocessing technology. Source: … Continue reading

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iPhone Live show tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

The best dang iPhone and iPod touch show in the ‘verse hits the net again tonight! Special guests: Steve Sande and Erica Sadun, of Talking to Siri and http://www.tuaw.com fame. Time: 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 1am GMT! Place: http://live.tipb.com/live/ (You … Continue reading

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Turn Your iPhone into a GPS with the Mophie juice pack plus Outdoor EDITION

Sometimes I’ve found that I can use online maps to plan a route, but I don’t want to have to print out directions.  Using my iPhone to check maps as I’m out can quickly use up my battery life – … Continue reading

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Google bids $900 million for Nortel’s patents to protect against litigation trolls

Nortel, once one of the biggest telecoms company in the world but now in the death throes of bankruptcy, has selected Google’s $900 million bid for its patent portfolio as the stalking horse bid. This doesn’t mean that Google will … Continue reading

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