Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging for an update. 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 we could find during 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!
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If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, a potential listing of T-Mobile’s LTE launch markets was leaked, the FCC Chairman gave notice of upcoming spectrum auctions and Sprint issued a teaser for all you Windows Phone fans. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore all that’s happening in the mobile world for this week of March 18th, 2013.
Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we’ll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals. You’ll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won’t stick around long.
If you’ve managed to luck into a day off to start the week, allow us to propose another leisure activity for all of that free time. Of course, those of you who are stuck at work can join in too. We’ve compiled today’s list of good deals with a 55-inch 3D plasma HDTV resting atop the shopping rundown. Dive past the jump in order to see the whole lot, but careful to include those rebate forms and coupon codes where they’re needed.
This week we’re getting extra pumped up for Mobile World Congress as the big events start at the end of it – it’s a 7 day count-down for some, but a 5 day count-down for your humble narrator! Before we get in to all that though, time marches on – with Destiny we’ve got a
DavidGilbert99 writes “In an extraordinary move, the Chinese authorities have blocked access to Google.com, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs, and many more Google services as the Communist Party of China holds the 18th Party Congress. The blocking of these sites was reported by Chinese web monitoring site GreatFire.org, which said, ‘Never before have so many people been affected by a decision to block a website.’ The latest move in a long line of disputes between the Chinese government and Google, it is unclear yet whether this denial will be temporary (like a similar one in 2010) or permanent.”
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A group of 265 mummies Hungarian mummies are helping scientists find new ways to treat tuberculosis
Not all mobile news is destined for the front page, but if you’re like us and really want to know what’s going on, then you’ve come to the right place. This past week, we learned of the first market outside of China for ZTE’s new Grand X smartphone, and received news that both the Sony Xperia U and Xperia P will arrive in Australia. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of June 18th, 2012.
When will the pain end? Not anytime soon, apparently. Rovio is content to milk the Angry Birds franchise for all it’s worth, announcing that the next installment will involve motor racing. Angry Birds Heikki will be a web-based game that will launch on June 18th. Rovio say that the game won’t be a radical departure
After an all-too-long midseason hiatus, everyone’s favorite group of community college misfits returns on Thursday. Community has a significant online following that reacted noisily to its sudden disappearance from NBC’s schedule a few months ago, although if so many people are watching it, you gotta wonder why the network seems like it’s in such a hurry to press the cancel button. Oh yeah, it’s NBC, the people the ruined Heroes.
(March 15th, NBC, 8PM)
The latest series from the Discovery/BBC team up that brought you Planet Earth starts airing Stateside Sunday night so queue up the DVR and prepare to be wowed by nature. As usual, there is a downside — the British narration by Sir David Attenborough is not in place for the US audiences, swapped out for Alec Baldwin. Check after the break for a quick preview clip featuring the underwater “Icy Finger of Death” and a standard trailer.
(March 18th, Discovery, 8PM)
College hoops will be in effect all week on CBS and various Turner owned networks, with the 68-team tournament kicking off Tuesday night and continuing through three weekends of single elimination ball. Kentucky is the clear favorite to take it all, but with an odd mix of young/talented and older/experienced teams, this could be anyone’s year.
(All Week, CBS, TNT, TBS, TruTV)
Russia’s space agency has so far failed to contact its $ 13-million unmanned Phobos-Grunt Mars probe, which it lost contact with immediately after launch early on Wednesday — and may end up as the 18th in a long string of unsuccessful Russian missions to the Red Planet.
A team of researchers that made headlines for decoding a secret society’s 18th century manuscript is working to reveal the secret behind an even more mysterious book — one that the world has yet to decode.
Summer is coming to an end and that means the disappearance of the few remaining summer TV shows still hanging around on the schedule (LA Ink, we won’t miss you). It also means the appears of a certain war movie that takes place in the stars on Blu-ray, and an opportunity for networks like NBC and CW to get some of their fall programming kicked off early. Of course, we’re still all about football and Monday Night Football returns in earnest for the first time tonight with a doubleheader so while you know what we’ll be watching then, check out our highlighted picks of the week here, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.
While the rest of the world already got their taste, here in North America those looking to obtain legitimate HD copies of the series have to wait until Friday. Whether you’re buying six or three movies, there will be plenty of extras to go along with them, although unfortunately word is there’s been a few (more) changes made. You can have the movies of your childhood in 1080p and crisp surround sound, but you’ll also have to take a quick NOOOO from Vader in Episode IV (clip after the break) — is it worth it? Only you can decide.
($ 79.99 – Complete Saga, $ 39.99 – Original Trilogy / Prequel Trilogy on Amazon, September 16th)
The most hilarious animated series on television. The third season starts this week on FX and we’ll be there to watch the exploits of drinking, womanizing, and not always clear on the details super spy Sterling Archer. Explaining the appeal is impossible and quite possibly illegal, so check season one out on Netflix streaming if you need any further convincing, but do it fast.
(Thursday, FX, 10:30PM)
63rd Emmy Awards
We prefer 40 Year Old Virgin and Party Down Jane Lynch to the current Glee-ified version, but we’ll still tune in to see her host the Emmy Awards this weekend in an arena where big song and dance numbers should be right at home. Check the wiki to see which of your favorite shows are up for an award — can we admit that we didn’t watch HBO’s Mildred Pierce, which leads all others in number of nominations with 21?
(Sunday, Fox, 8PM)
If the Impulse name sounds familiar but you just can’t put your finger on it, allow us to break out the iron and get the confusion straightened out. Two weeks ago we reported that a rumored device called the Samsung Impulse 4G might be on its way to guide AT&T into its new era as a LTE powerhouse. Turns out it was partially true: this morning, the carrier announced the Huawei Impulse 4G, which in reality is a rebranded Ideos X5 that will act as an affordable ($ 30 on two-year contract) HSPA+ device cooking up faux-G speeds at a max of 14.4Mbps. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the LTE radio we were pining for. The Impulse also has a 3.8-inch WVGA display, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU, Android 2.2 and 5 megapixel image-snapper with 720p video capture. It’ll be hitting stores on September 18, and we’d say the specs line up with what we’d expect from a $ 30 Android phone. Follow below for the full press release.