Over the last several years, it’s been very common for television networks to cancel shows even though the shows are popular with critics and have loyal fans. TV shows that are unable to appeal to the mass market simply won’t last long. One television show that had received critical acclaim and had a very loyal
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It’s always better when more prizes are involved, right? In the case of this week’s giveaway, Diamond Multimedia, a company specializing in gaming hardware, is hooking our readers up with four of them. The first two winners will receive a Radeon HD 7850 video graphics card (valued at $ 200 each), while the next two will get either a GC1000 USB game console video capture device ($ 130) or a VStream Wireless USB PC to TV HD content streamer ($ 100). Start your engines, enter using the widget below and good luck!
Lucas123 writes “While you can buy a 1TB hard drive for your computer for less than $ 100, Ford today offers 10GB. Don’t expect much more anytime soon. Apart from the obvious — a car’s development process can be four years long — the automotive industry also tends to be behind the tech curve because of a lack of equipment standardization. And, while it’s possible for the industry to build modular infotainment systems that could be upgraded over the life of the car, there are no plans to do so. Instead, car companies intend to offer software upgradable vehicles through 4G connectivity and data storage and entertainment streaming through the cloud, which means they have to worry less about onboard hardware reliability and standardization.”
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Just a month away from retirement, Intel CEO Paul Otellini has reflected on his four decades with the company during his last quarterly earnings call with analysts and reporters.
Forty years ago today, Motorola created the first introduced the world’s first commercial portable cellular phone, ushering in an era of mobile freedom.
Seagate will be shipping a 4TB hard drive that has the distinction of being the world’s first to include a 1TB per platter design. This basically means that each spinning disk in the hard drive has a capacity of 1TB, and that there are four of them. It’s not everyday that you can claim to that have something that’s the “world’s first”, so don’t be too hard on Seagate. This certainly isn’t the first hard drive to have a 4TB capacity, but apparently the new 1TB per platter design significantly increases the hard drive’s performance over the competition. It consumes 35 percent less power than comparable drives on the market with 4TB capacities, and at 145MB/s, it has the highest average data rate as well. But most importantly, the new design will also bring down costs. A hard drive in an external casing can be had for $ 212, while just the bare drive will cost around $ 190. Bring on the terabytes, Seagate. My body and my illegally downloaded movies are ready.
At this year’s New York International Auto Show BMW is expanding its portfolio of connected apps — by four. The company announced iOS integration for Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody and TuneIn Radio and we couldn’t help but swing by to check them all out. This integration (which also will work on Connected Minis) entails an update to those existing iOS apps. In other words, you won’t need a dedicated BMW app nor second versions of these individual apps. You can use the ones you already know and love.
Join us below for a little more information on how that works, and a look at the company’s in-car LTE router that’s also on display.
Gallery: BMW Connected apps hands-on
Seagate might have been selling hard drives since 1980, but it’s seen a huge increase in demand in the last few years, allowing it to double its total sales since 2008, crossing the two billion unit milestone in the process. It’s thanking everyone’s unabated desire for streaming video, online shopping and other heavy-lifting data services for the uptick, with the company predicting that hunger for storage is likely to quadruple in the next two years. Thanks a lot, Ultra High Definition.
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In the last seven days, an asteroid the size of a city block and three smaller space rocks have zoomed safely by Earth, the latest demonstration that we live in a solar system that some scientists have dubbed a "cosmic shooting gallery."
An expert says U.S. intelligence believe four countries actively attack U.S. computers. But aside from China and Russia, who’s on the list?
As we and others have reported for years now, China is often accused of infiltrating the computer networks of U.S. companies and government departments. At the RSA security conference in San Francisco this week, one expert said that U.S. officials consider China just the most prolific on a shortlist of four countries most actively probing U.S. assets over the Internet.
A new survey from software security company AVG announced today reveals that a full 25 percent of mobile users keep “intimate photos or videos” on their smartphone or tablet device, a surprisingly high number given that only 36 percent said they would be comfortable checking their bank balance from a smartphone screen. AVG surveyed 5,107 smartphone users in the U.K., U.S., France, Germany and Brazil to get a broad look at how pervy we all are.
Mozilla previewed the first commercial build of its Firefox OS and announced several operator and smartphone rollout plans on Sunday at Mobile World Congress.
According to a survey of over 92,000 smartphone users, the Apple iPhone 5 ranks fifth behind four Android smartphones in user satisfaction.
Today’s watch porn comes courtesy of Roger Dubuis, a manufacturer of odd timepieces. Their latest, the Quatour (which kind of sounds like a character from Total Recall), is a watch with four separate escapements that average each other out as the watch is worn. It’s very weird.
Earlier this month during CES 2013, word surfaced that a company called JK Imaging had licensed the Kodak name for a line of digital cameras. The company has wasted no time plastering that Kodak brand name on its digital photography offerings and has unveiled the first digital camera in its new line of Kodak products.
There’s a cloud hanging over the second city and it belongs to Microsoft. In a release issued today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to migrate the city’s 30,000 civil servants to a cloud-based solution for email and all desktop applications. Apart from the $ 400,000 the four-year deal is projected to save taxpayers annually, the move to Microsoft’s cloud computing for government platform will also help to bolster efficiency and streamline communication internally, as the city goes from three conflicting email systems to just one. According to the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology, this department-wide transition should reach completion by the end of 2013. It’s not the Windy City’s first big leap into remote storage — its hosted Department of Aviation data there for some time — but it does mark Emanuel’s commitment to modernization. Hit up the break for the city’s official PR.
Source: The Official Microsoft Blog
The end is near, according to some — but experts say not to put stock in the Mayan Apocalypse rumors that claim the world will end on Friday.
You’ve probably already heard or read about the massive shift to mobile computing that is underway. But a picture’s worth a thousand words.
Venture capitalist Mary Meeker gave her year-end “State of the Internet” presentation last week, to much geeky fanfare. In her talk, Meeker, who works for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, used several telling charts to reiterate something we’ve known for a while: the trend shaping the Web is the explosion in popularity of connected mobile devices.
An anonymous reader writes “Coffee may help lower the risk of developing oral and pharyngeal cancer and of dying from the disease. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, was conducted using the Cancer Prevention Study II. The large cohort study began in 1982 by the American Cancer Society. Researchers were able to examine 968,432 men and women, none of whom had cancer at the time of their enrollment in the study.” Four or more cups a day lowered the risk of getting oral cancers by a whopping 49%.
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It’s no secret that Windows Phone sales have been in the doldrums for much of the platform’s existence. If we believe Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer’s talk at the annual company shareholder meeting, however, the mobile OS has turned a corner. He tells investors that Windows Phone sales are about four times what they were at the same point last year, and that demand has been strong enough for initial sellouts in “many countries;” that may be an allusion to reported Lumia 920 shortages in Germany and Nokia’s native Finland, among other regions. Ballmer is quick to point to more competitive hardware as triggering the sales spike. The news is certainly positive on the whole, although we’d warn that Microsoft is pulling an Amazon — that is, declining to offer the shipment numbers that would give its grandiose claims some context. It’s easy to tout record growth when you’re starting from a small point, so we’ll refrain from calling Windows Phone the Comeback Kid until market share estimates show otherwise.
Augmented reality (AR) — the term does not exactly jump off the tongue. But the concepts behind the technology are beginning to change what we think of ourselves, objects and the people in the world that surrounds us.
Apple asks court to include Galaxy S III with Jelly Bean, Galaxy Note II and four more devices in lawsuit
As usual, Apple thought Friday night on a holiday weekend was the perfect time to push some more paper through in its ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, after Samsung asked to add the latest iPads, iPhones and iPod touches to its list of claims and the court approved the addition of the iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1, Apple is trying to put six more devices on the list. Listed in the motion are the Galaxy S III running Android Jelly Bean (but not Jelly Bean itself), Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Rugby Pro and Galaxy S III mini. As usual, the case will proceed, we’ll wait to hear if these requests are approved by the court and in the meantime, iThings and Galaxys alike will continue to fly off the shelves. Given the season, for now it’s time to be thankful we’re not one of the lawyers spending their day working on this. That leaves us plenty of time for more interesting activities, like hand-to-hand combat against fellow shoppers for the right to purchase slightly discounted items.
Source: FOSS Patents
Today, Olympus officially announced the M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 lens. The new lens is designed for street photographers, and is a fast and moderate 17mm wide-angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds system that features a maximum aperture of f/1.8, as well as depth-of-field and distance indicators. The aperture and focal length make it a
Four things are clear from Cisco’s better-than-expected Q1 FY 2013 results:
ASUS has made a strong case for the future of powerline networking with its new PL-X51P/PL-X52P powerline adapters (the PL-X51P is a single unit while the PL-X52P is a two-adapter bundle). They’re the first in the market to have four — that’s right, four — Gigabit LAN connectors each. If that wasn’t enough, one of them is actually a designated VIP port designed to push whatever’s connected to it to the top of the bandwidth priority list, presumably so you can speed up the download of that totally legal copy of Game of Thrones on one computer while smacking gnomes around in World of Warcraft on another. The adapters have an extra outlet each so you can still use the socket while an integrated noise filter helps compensate for powerline fluctuations. There’s also 128-bit AES encryption and ASUS promises speeds of up to 500Mbps. The model seen here looks to be Europe/Asia only due to the shape of the plug; we’ve yet to see one suitable for the US. Similarly, there’s no word on pricing, but we’ll be sure to update you with more information once we find out.
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The original Netduino Plus was a welcome alternative for Arduino developers that had its limits — even networking was almost a step too far. Secret Labs doesn’t want any of us to bump our heads on the ceiling with its just-launched Netduino Plus 2. The networkable, .NET-friendly developer board runs a four times faster 168MHz processor with double the RAM (over 100KB) and six times as much code space (384KB) as its two-year-old ancestor. Having so much headroom lets the team build common OneWire and Time Server code into the firmware; Secret Labs reckons that there’s enough space that the Plus 2 can easily grow over time. The ports are just as ready for the future with four serial ports, software control of any add-on shields (including Rev C Arduino shields) and a new header that lets programmers debug both managed and truly native code at once. If the upgrade is sufficiently tempting, project builders just need to spend $ 60 today to enjoy some newfound freedom.
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If you found the new lineup of Vizio TVs announced last month interesting, then you might want to check out some potential accessories. Vizio hopes that soundbars will be at the top of that list with four new models available online and in stores in time for the holidays. The line is divided in half between the E-Series and the M-Series, with the extra $ 20 that the M-Series costs buying you a small display and controls up top. Within each series, you have the option to pay an extra $ 100 for a wireless subwoofer. All four of them do feature SRS TruVolume and TruSurround, though. The full release is available after the break, but sadly doesn’t include as many details as you might want, so you may way to check out Vizio’s website for more.
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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.
Most mornings, we wake up with little to no idea what happened the day before, let alone last week. Fortunately, they don’t let us run important scientific research projects. Or maybe they do, and we just forgot? This week (and most others as it goes) we definitely leave it to the pros, as we get some insightful glimpses at some important origins. Ball Lightning, the moon and even us humans are the benefactors of those tireless scientists, who work hard to explain where it all comes from. There’s also a planet with four stars that sees the first few paragraphs of its origin story excitedly written out. One thing we never forget, however, is that this is alt-week.
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As we get closer to Windows 8′s October 25th launch date, expect the floodgates to open on a barrage of tidbits, insider peeks and revelations. One such early arrival is these four clips, lasting just under a minute, that demonstrate some of the new features that’ll soon arrive on your computer, tablet or hybrid. We’ve included them for you after the break, but we warned — there’s no Alex Clare blasting in the background like those catchy Internet Explorer ads, so we’ll just have to sing it ourselves. On three… “and it feels like I am just too close to looovvee youuuu…“
The Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Rugby Pro, Galaxy Express, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 have all been added to the AT&T 4G LTE family with a beastly wave of Android goodness. These devices have all appeared in one form or another in the past, here coming with their most powerful set of features and
There’s nothing quite like having your birthday on a weekend. And while we’re sure that Android was out late last night, dining on sweets with its fellow mobile operating systems, we’d like to wish Google’s OS a very happy birthday. It was this day in 2008 that the Android team unveiled its 1.0 SDK, release 1 — a milestone that coincided with the announcement of T-Mobile’s G1, which would get the new OS into consumer hands around a month or so later, finally delivering the promise of a long rumored “Googlephone.” Android was a bit of a late bloomer, but now, toward the end of 2012 with 4.1 Jelly Bean beginning to bloom, it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t a dominate player in the ever more crowded mobile space. With that in mind, we’re raising a glass to you, Android — a glass of something sweet, naturally.
Some development in the e-book price war being played out in Europe — and an indirect victory for Amazon and any other retailer not called Apple in the process: the European Commission has announced that Apple and the four big publishers Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have offered to drop their agency pricing agreement for e-books sold in Europe — although the five still “do not agree” with the European Commission’s preliminary assessment that those agreements were anticompetitive in the first place.
This week is the annual Photokina conference in Cologne, and that means one thing: new cameras. Olympus today outed two of its new offerings, compact interchangeable lens cameras based around Micro Four Thirds sensors. The E-PM2 is Olympus’ smallerst and lightest PEN design, and aimed at entry-level users, while the E-PL5 is aimed more at slightly more demanding users and includes a swivelling screen, but both inherit a number of welcome features from Olympus’ well-received and much more expensive EM-5 model.
The EM-5 was celebrated first and foremost for its autofocus speed, one of the main areas where Micro Four Thirds and other compact interchangeables have lagged behind DSLRs in terms of performance. In hands-on use, Engadget found that focusing with these new cameras was nearly instantaneous with every lens they tried, save for some slight sluggishness when paired with Olympus’ 60mm f/2.8 macro, but macros often have to hunt a bit, and in general the performance of these two seems to push the bar forward considerably for the category.
Though the GH3 has yet to be formally introduced to the world, a video has just appeared on an official Panasonic YouTube channel that has either been posted accidentally or is deliberately intended to build hype in the run-up to Photokina. It mainly shows off the GH3 in a range of picturesque shooting situations, but the clip also spills a few key specs, including the presence of a 16-megapixel sensor, a new version of Panny’s Venus Engine processor, a splash- and dust-proof magnesium alloy build and high-definition filming at up to 72Mbps and 60p — although it’s not clear if it handles full 1080 at that high frame-rate. We also see a a flip-out LCD that looks much the same as the GH2‘s, an f/2.8 12-35mm lens attached instead of the 14-42mm or 14-140mm glass that came bundled with that predecessor, and so far only evidence of a traditional black color scheme. Click onwards for the video!
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Blackmagic Design has thrown its Cinema Camera MFT into the Micro Four Thirds arena, but it will only work with lenses that have manual iris and focus capability. The shooter is otherwise identical to the original Cinema Camera, with a 2.5k, sub-MFT sensor; CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes and DNxHD capture formats; built-in SSD; capacitive touchscreen; and an included copy of DaVinci Resolve color correction software. That means cineasts already on board that format will have another mount for their glass, and MFT’s mirrorless aspect will also permit other lens formats, like PL or Nikon, to be added with third party adapters. So, if the relatively low price, claimed 13 stop dynamic range, higher-than-HD resolution and new mount is enough to push your “start” button, check the PR for the entire skinny.
Coveted high-quality video camera company Blackmagic has revealed its second Cinema Camera, this time adding support for passive Micro Four Thirds lenses. Sitting alongside the existing Blackmagic Cinema Camera (which will be renamed the “EF” version), the new MFT model supports any such lens with manual iris and focus, or can be used with other lens mounts
During the month of August, we published 14 back to school guides, covering product categories ranging from cameras and printers, to smartphones and ultraportables. With each post, we offered a selection of gadget must-haves, but we also gave you an opportunity to enter our massive back to school giveaway, including 15 identical bags stuffed to the brim (and far beyond) with some of the hottest devices of the season. You want these gadgets, and we want to help! The contest runs through noon (ET) on Friday, September 7th, so there’s still plenty of time to enter — simply leave a comment at each of our category pages, along with the giveaway post, to secure 15 chances to win. And to make things even easier, we’re including links to all of our posts just below. Good luck, and have a fantastic semester!
- Engadget’s back to school 2012 sweepstakes: win one of 15 gadget-filled bags!
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: smartphones
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: tablets
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: ultraportables
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: e-readers
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: mainstream laptops
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: gaming
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: HDTV
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: digital cameras
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: portable audio
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: accessories
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: docks and clocks
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: bags and cases
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: printers
- Engadget’s back to school guide 2012: fun stuff!
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That oft-rumored successor to the Sony Xperia S smartphone, the Xperia SL? Sony’s now officially listing the 4.3-inch GSM device as “coming soon” on its website, along with full details and specs. As it turns out, the initial leaks were correct — the SL is a slight refresh of the S, differentiating itself with an additional duo of color choices (silver and pink), a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S3 CPU and Android Ice Cream Sandwich (up from a 1.5Ghz processor and Gingerbread). Aside from all that, it’s the same media-focused phone, loaded with the same 720p display and 12.1-megapixel shooter, that we reviewed in March of 2011. We can’t say we’re overly excited, but you’ll find more info from Sony at the source link below if you’re interested.
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Facebook has confirmed that four high-ranking managers are moving on from the company, news that will fuel speculation that the social networking giant may suffer a talent drain in the wake of its IPO.
Verizon Wireless Tuesday revealed that there are five additional data tiers over and above the six tiers announced with its Share Everything plans earlier this summer.
Over the past 30 years, technology companies have boomed, busted and boomed again. In 1980, the global market cap of technology companies totaled $ 50B, 1.7% of all global equities. Ten years later, tech market caps tripled to $ 176B. Then, technology companies entered hyper-growth, registering 140% annual growth rates for ten years surpassing $ 8T in global market cap in 2000. At its zenith, IT companies represented one-fourth of all equity value in the world – pure euphoria. At its post-2000 nadir three short years later, technology market caps deflated 63% to $ 3T. Today, the sector has settled: technology equity is worth $ 7T and represents 14.7% of the total global market cap.
The electric vehicle battery maker edges closer to bankruptcy.
We’ve followed electric car battery maker A123 from near the beginning, and now it seems to be near its end. On Friday, the company told investors that it only has four to five months of cash left, provided it gets access to an expected $ 30 million.
Amazon is keeping busy as the e-retailing company is reportedly prepping to release four new tablets and a smartphone.