What’s this here? It’s the stuff of CES 2012 legend — the HP Spectre. Now, granted, we had a pretty good idea that the sexy new ultrabook is headed our way soon, but hey, here it is, in the flesh, spotted by a blurrycammed tipster roaming around the Intel booth on the CES showroom floor. It’s nice to know that the thing will be there waiting for us when those doors officially open on Tuesday.
Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging to get updated. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery from the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/refresh-roundup/
Well, well, it looks like Samsung has let the cat of the bag a hair early. The company’s Galaxy Note is indeed headed to ATT, confirmed by several posters in the public area of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The banner appears to be a Photoshop job rather than an actual device photo, since there’s no 4G LTE indicator to be found. The ATT branding is prevalent, however, leaving little doubt that the device will in fact be making its way to Ma Bell. More details will surely come to light during tomorrow’s Samsung press conference, and we’ll be back with a hands-on shortly after.
Mobee’s no stranger to the world of Mac peripherals these days, and you would’ve already come across the brand if swapping batteries is too much for you. Following its Magic Charger (for Apple’s Magic Mouse) and Magic Bar (for Apple’s wireless keyboard and Magic Trackpad), at this year’s CES the company’s decided to dish out an all-on-one charging station that features a second inductive charging pad plus four USB ports. But of course, there’s a trade-off for this big daddy: in addition to the USB connection to your Mac, the Magic Feet also requires an AC adapter. However, given that each device has a battery life of up to 10 days only, this external power will actually come in handy for night time charging.
Alternatively, if you’re not a fan of clogging up desk space with a charging station, then you can consider Mobee’s Power Bar. Unlike its inductive-charging counterpart, this stick simply adds a 10-day battery and a micro-USB port to the Magic Trackpad, thus letting you plug-and-charge when needed. Oddly enough, Mobee doesn’t say whether the Power Bar is also compatible with Apple’s wireless keyboard, but the response we received was that it isn’t a matter of technical limitation; but rather, it’s simply that the company believes the Magic Bar is the better solution for owners of the wireless keyboard. Well, we’ll let you be the judge.
Belkin has added another wireless networking kit to it’s N-series lineup here at CES. The company has announced its Advance N900 DB, a dual band WiFi router capable of 450Mbps speeds per band. Featuring six MultiBeam antennas, the tech makes watching Hulu Plus from your basement much easier and looks to cut down on those pesky dead spots. Also outfitted with IntelliStream, the device automatically prioritizes video and gaming streams and houses a 600MHz multi-thread processor that multitasks across all networked devices. For connected storage or wireless printers, the N900 packs two USB 2.0 ports enabling access to those peripherals from workstations other than your desk. If you’re looking to take the leap, the router will be available for pre-order this month and at retailers in April, setting you back two Benjamins. See the PR after the break for all the details.
Looks like there was some truth to those coming attractions, after all. Pantech’s eight-inch waterproof tablet, which is set to get its close up next week at CES, is now available for pre-order, a fact we’ve confirmed with a few ATT stores — though the physical locations have yet to actually get some demo models for you to play around with. The tablet is set to start shipping on January 22nd. It’ll run you $300 with a two-year contract and $450 with, so you’ll have to stick to the cheap champagne for a while with those at home splash tests.
Target dates come and go, and other times, they’re merely brushed aside. That seems to be the case for C Spire Wireless, which (back in its days as Cellular South) announced that it would have a live LTE network by the close of 2011. At the time, the regional provider had linked arms with Samsung to build up the necessary infrastructure, although now, all the carrier can muster is, “We did not launch 4G LTE at the end of 2011. We have no further comment beyond that.” Its homegrown ambitions for LTE aren’t the only front that’s stalled, either. If you’ll remember, the network had previously inked a deal with LightSquared to provide additional LTE coverage, although without regulatory approval, it seems that C Spire will be forced to find a new game plan if it cares to match speed with the big boys.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/c-spire-lte-rollout-stalls/
We received a handful of tips overnight from readers in higher altitudes indicating problems with their Verizon Wireless devices, problems that seemed more severe than the last round of outages. Indeed there was a problem that knocked out all service, but it was restricted to areas in and around Montana and Wyoming, and it’s said to be already fixed. Verizon said a switch failed during regularly scheduled maintenance, putting early bird subscribers offline for a period of about seven hours. All appears nominal again at the moment, so go ahead, give your friends a call and get them out of bed already.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
According to a blog post by entrepreneur Amit Kumar, a new app called Samsung SwipeIt has started popping up on that company’s smart TVs, and may be positioned as competition for Apple’s AirPlay media sharing technology. Kumar mentions the app started rolling out to TVs at the beginning of the year, while the companion app for Android appeared on the Market around the same time (nothing on iTunes yet, despite a listing for an iOS app on Samsung’s Korean site), promising easy sharing of photos and videos to Samsung’s connected TVs. It’s built by last year’s Free The TV Apps competition winner MOVL and is based on that company’s Connect platform, which as seen in the diagram after the break is all about pulling together media across screens and platforms.
It was hard to miss the “2.0″ branding over at Parrot‘s little aerodrome here at CES, but with nary a detail we were left speculation what the new major version number means. Now, though, we have some more details. A lot more details, actually. Over at AR Drone Flyers we’ve spotted what looks to be an official press release detailing everything about the new UAV, most notable being an improved 720p camera. You can apparently use this to record footage from the drone and even program it to fly in any direction automatically. In other words, this could be the low-cost aerial camera DIY extreme sports filmmakers have waited for. And, at $299 when it ships in Q2, it’ll be quite close to affordable. You can check out a picture of the new drone above and read the full details in the seemingly official press release below.
[Thanks, Symon Davis]
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/parrot-ar-drone-2.0-leakedd/