Seriously, we can’t caveat this one enough — there is no way of knowing if this is in fact the Galaxy S III or, if it is, when it might come to market — but, it looks like Samsung’s “next big smartphone” just made a cameo on the company’s support pages. Listed as the GT-i9300, the mystery device reared its head over at the Global Download Center of the United Arab Emerites site. If Sammy is to keep with its naming scheme i93XX would be a flagship device — the i90XX line was the Galaxy S, i91XX represents the S2 series, while the i9250 and i9220 are the Nexus and Note respectively. As we warned before though, this could be some mid-range device and Samsung could be changing its naming conventions. Or, perhaps, its yet another variation of an existing model. Still, we’ll take this as a good sign that Seoul squad has something interesting brewing.
Sony’s PlayStation Vita hasn’t exactly sold like hotcakes over in Japan, so the company has sweetened the pot for the portable’s potential Stateside buyers. Those who placed pre-orders will get a couple of extra goodies for their $350. To go with the previously promised limited edition case, 4GB memory card and copy of Little Deviants, you’ll also receive 250MB of data from ATT and a PlayStation Network game gratis as soon as you activate 3G on the device. Furthermore, folks buying a Vita on launch day can look forward to the same free data and PSN game, plus an 8GB memory card in exchange for their $300. So, that enough to get you on the handheld’s bandwagon? Sound off in the comments below.
Just wake up from a very restful week-long slumber? First of all, we’re envious of your good fortune. Second, Research in Motion made a few changes to its leadership chart. Third, you must be really hungry right about now. So grab a sandwich, come back in an hour and join Myriam, Brad, Sean Cooper and our very special guest Kevin Michaluk (yes, Mr. CrackBerry Kevin himself) as we discuss the northern news, as well as anything else that happened this week.
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January 27, 2012 5:00 PM EST
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/27/engadget-mobile-podcast-live/
He was appointed with a fair bit of fanfare as the United States’ first Chief Technology Officer back in May of 2009, but it looks like Aneesh Chopra has decided that it’s now time to make room for the nation’s second CTO. The White House confirmed today that Chopra is stepping down from his position, noting that he has amassed a “dizzying array of accomplishments.” Among those are his contributions to the Obama administration’s national wireless strategy, a set of internet policy making principals, and a number of efforts related to the President’s open government strategy, including the Data.gov platform. No word on his successor just yet, nor is there any official word on what Chopra plans to do next — although The Washington Post reports that he’s expected to run for lieutenant governor of Virginia.
What’s that? An HTC PI86100 Windows Phone with ATT-specific LTE (bands 4 and 17) showing up in the hallowed halls of the FCC? Why, this must be the Titan II, announced a tad over a fortnight ago. Docs show that a production unit of the device, sporting the aforementioned LTE bands as well as 850 / 1900 3G (also ATT compatible), is ready to take on its new Windows Phone competition sometime soon. Is it a guarantee that the phone is nigh at hand? Not quite, but at least it signifies that the 16 megapixel beast is one step closer to showing up in our hands.
Gallery: HTC Titan II in the FCC
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/27/htc-titan-ii-fcc/
It’s MacWorld, which means those providers of Apple gear are busting out wares for aftermarket insertion into your objects of desire. Other World Computing’s latest offering is a slender solid-state drive ready to be crow-barred into last year’s MacBook Airs. The bombastically named OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD is a SATA Rev. 3.0 drive with a promised 6GB/s data speed at sizes of up to 480GB. Since the stock drives are limited to the 3GB/s SATA Rev. 2.0 (but the controllers run 3.0), you should find a significant performance bump when swapping in the new unit. The toggle-synchronous NAND drives come in a variety of sizes from 120GB ($260) all the way to 480GB ($1,150), but you’ll get a three-year warranty for all that cash. We may never give you our money, nor our funny pages, but you can have the press release that’s after the break.
It wasn’t long ago that we first crossed paths with the ZTE V66 tablet, though at the time we were unfortunate to only meet its dull black-and-white renders. Those of you unfamiliar with the tab won’t have your jaws dropped by its innards, which are expected to be missing out on the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment. Aside from the OS letdown (still, it’s not as bad as shipping with Gingerbread), the V66 is pretty standard fare for a modern tablet. It’ll be running on Verizon’s speedy LTE network, sporting a 7-inch (1,280 x 800) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery will help keep it chugging along. We’ve yet to hear an official word from the Big Red about price and availability, so we’ll let you know how deep into your wallet you’ll have to dig as soon as we find out.
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We’re pretty fond of new ways to integrate smartphones with car stereos here at Engadget, which is why we’re particularly intrigued by a new Kickstarter project called Dash. Unlike MirrorLink, which reflects a phone’s interface onto a larger touchscreen, this nifty creation puts the smartphone front and center in the stereo itself. While the Dash will initially support only the iPhone 4 / 4S and iPod Touch — which connects via the dock connector — the company seems ambitious to target other platforms in the future.
The Dash comes in two parts, the double-DIN stereo itself, along with a detachable aluminum faceplate that’s held to the main unit with neodymium magnets. The only interface element is a volume knob, as every other interaction is performed on the iPhone’s 3.5-inch display — just promise to keep your eyes on the road when you sort through your tunes. The stereo contains four 50W channels and two 2V preamps. The Dash is currently projected to ship in July for $300, but a $250 donation serves as a discounted preorder right now. It’ll be available in a variety of colors, which you can peep in the gallery below, and be sure to check out the project’s video after the break.
Gallery: Insert Coin: Dash car stereo
There’s something romantic about hacking the iPhone, especially when it means finding ways to personalize the massively popular handset. Apps like Instagram may help you realize artistic talent, but software just doesn’t get those creative juices flowing like an old-fashioned piece of hardware can. Despite its taboo-sounding name, The Love Box isn’t an adult toy in the traditional sense, instead serving as an analog video (and stills) mixer for your iPhone 4 or 4S. Consisting of a wooden box and an angled sliding mirror, the homegrown contraption lets you simultaneously capture the action in front of and behind you in a single image. It was originally designed in Barcelona to capture two people conversing for a documentary called “The Love Box Conversations,” hence the name. The “lowest-tech accessory for the highest-tech phone” is available now as part of a very limited initial run of 100 units, and can be yours for 57.63 (about $77.50) if you hit up the source link below.
Google’s bringing a number of changes to its Earth service courtesy of version 6.2, including Google+ integration and improvements to search. Most notable here, however, is a new method of rendering that stitches aerial photos together in a manner less patchy than before, making for “the most beautiful Google Earth yet,” according to the company. The new version is available now for download — more info in the source link below.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/27/google-earth-upgrade/