- Band Pro seeking damages against ARRI and Michael Bravin, expects to get its data back
Should you ever get the itch to illegally peek at a former employer’s servers, take a lesson from Michael Bravin: don’t. The former ARRI executive’s adventures in corporate espionage have landed him nothing but trouble. Although Bravin’s previous plea agreement required him to pay back Band Pro for damages and legal fees, the outfit is now seeking punitive damages against both ARRI and Bravin himself. “Band Pro is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges that Glenn Kennel and Bill Russel, executives of ARRI, had firsthand knowledge of Bravin’s hacking activities,” asserts the recently filed complaint. In addition to damages, Band Pro is seeking orders requiring ARRI to return all information acquired from the said hacking and the destruction of “all business plans and strategies developed in reliance” of that information. Check out the PDF yourself for Band Pro’s full list of demands and a detailed outline of its thirteen accusations against ARRI — we’ll let you know how things go down if the trial pans out.
Band Pro seeking damages against ARRI and Michael Bravin, expects to get its data back originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 15:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Alexandre Herchcovitch dresses up HP Pavilion dm1 with golden doilies, higher sticker price
Ask the most fashionable folks you know, looking good isn’t cheap — no surprise then, that playing dress up has put a premium on the HP Pavilion dm1′s price tag. Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch has dolled up the ultraportable laptop with a lacy gold topcoat, applying the signature flair to the machine’s keyboard, palm rest and lid. The cost of style? About $1800, according to Notebook Italia, which buys you 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, a 500GB hard drive and 1.65GHz dual-core AMD E-450 brain. A pretty penny, considering the notebook’s Core i3 model can be had for a mere $600. Sure, Herchcovitch takes the dm1 out of our holiday gift guide’s “on the cheap” section, but where else are you going to get a designer doily kicks?
Alexandre Herchcovitch dresses up HP Pavilion dm1 with golden doilies, higher sticker price originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Robo-guard the South Korean correction service robot says ‘stay out of trouble’ (video)
It sounds like the sequel that didn’t even make it to DVD: RoboCop’s jaded, rotund, less attractive younger brother, who never made the police force — and tired of living in his sibling’s shadow — took a job as the next best thing: a prison guard. Well, that might not make the silver screen, but it’s certainly reality TV. Meet Robo-guard, the world’s first robotic correctional officer. Developed in South Korea, Robo-guard is equipped with 3D cameras that let it observe inmates, while special software looks out for changes in behavior. Should anything suspicious be detected, he’ll raise the alarm. A lone wolf, he works his beat autonomously, but can also be controlled manually via an iPad, if human colleagues want to check what’s going down. Initial field trials are under way right now, and if all goes well, he’ll earn a place in more prisons. Who knows, he may even make deputy one day.
Robo-guard the South Korean correction service robot says ‘stay out of trouble’ (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 09:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Best Buy details its 50 big box store shutdowns in the US, most will close by May 12th
We knew Best Buy planned to close 50 of its big box retail locations by the end of its 2013 fiscal year, and now (just days after Mike Mikan took the CEO-reigns from Brian Dunn) it’s detailed all of the stores that’ll be getting the boot. As it stands, two locations have already been shut down, with six others set to close before the year is out — and the company hopes to clear out the remaining 42 before May 12th. Employees at most of the stores were informed of the news this weekend, and despite the impending closures, the company says it’ll try to re-position them within the company or offer up severance packages. Past that, Best Buy is also reaching out to the customers of these stores, noting that they’ll still have other nearby locations to choose from — try-before-you-buy online shoppers rejoice. There’s still no specific word about the 100 Best Buy Mobile stores it hopes to setup, but more information will be forthcoming later in the year. Hit up the press release after the break if you’d like to parse the full list of affected locations or find out more details about the planned closures.
Best Buy details its 50 big box store shutdowns in the US, most will close by May 12th originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 05:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Canonical’s AWSOME API bridges OpenStack and Amazon clouds, Ubuntu has its head in both
New features and services that improve Canonical’s latest version of Ubuntu seem to keep rolling in. The latest addition being the announcement of its AWSOME proxy service. No, that’s not us getting over excited about it, that stands for Any Web Service Over Me, and it includes APIs that smooth the transition to OpenStack for those currently using Amazon’s cloud services. Although not open source, Amazon’s Web Service has such a large market share, that Canonical clearly wants to make integrating with it as smooth as possible. The AWSOME proxy will only provide basic functionality for the AWS side of things, with users still encouraged to adopt the OpenStack infrastructure for deeper capabilities. Still, if you’re currently working with Bezos’ platform, and this was the last barrier to hopping aboard the Precise Pangolin ship, you’re in luck.
Canonical’s AWSOME API bridges OpenStack and Amazon clouds, Ubuntu has its head in both originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 03:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Nouveau open source NVIDIA driver goes stable, gets benchmarked
Nouveau, the open source graphics driver for NVIDIA GPUs is finally taking off the stabilizers, wandering out from the staging area, and being accepted as part of the standard stable kernel set-up. The project began nearly six years ago, so it’s been a long road, but one that has earned it favor in certain corners of the Linux world. Things started gaining traction in the last three years as more and more distros started adopting, and Mr Linux himself, Linus Torvalds, suggested it be part of the kernel. Want to see how it performs? Head on down to the source link where the gents at Phoronix have kindly given it some comprehensive benchmarks.
Nouveau open source NVIDIA driver goes stable, gets benchmarked originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 15 Apr 2012 00:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Ask Engadget: best heavy-duty cloud-storage solution?We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from is from Joe, who needs to backup half a terabyte of data to the cloud, as you do. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.“I’m looking for an online backup solution for between 100GB, up to 500GB of data. New options are popping up everywhere recently, but what’s the best cloud storage backup solution that’d allow for easy drag-and-drop backup, syncing across multiple computers both Mac and Windows, access from Android devices and at a reasonable price? Thanks!”Well, he doesn’t want much, does he? Just world-class storage, universal device access and all for a rock-bottom price. There’s plenty of contenders in this particular competition, from Dropbox all the way through to, erm, Box. It’s kinda clear that Joe’s not just backing up his holiday photos, so even enterprise-level offerings are worth suggesting. Still, the floor’s now open to you, so fire away.
Ask Engadget: best heavy-duty cloud-storage solution? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Mobile Miscellany: week of April 9th, 2012
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’ve seen clues to suggest the Galaxy Nexus will arrive at Sprint in a matter of days, and leaked materials suggest Rogers will have the HTC One X in stock by April 20th. 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 April 9th, 2012.
- Canon ‘examining countermeasures’ for 5D Mark IIIs experiencing top LCD light leak problem
Looks like the honeymoon period with Canon’s beastly 5D Mark III is officially over. Over the past few weeks some users have noticed that light leaking from its top-mounted LCD can affect exposure readouts, and now the company has confirmed that it’s indeed an issue. Essentially, the camera’s meter can experience a shift in the readout whenever the LCD’s backlight turns on in a dark situation — ensuring frustration when composing shots. There’s no word on how wide-spread the problem currently is, but Canon notes that it’s “examining the countermeasures” and plans to circle back once it has a solution. Interestingly, PetaPixel also reports that some folks have experienced the phenomenon when ambient light beams down on the panel as well. This isn’t the first time Canon’s had an issue with a shooter after its release, but hopefully a fix will be in soon. You’ll find more details at the links below, but while you’re here, let us know if you’ve got a Mark III showcasing the symptoms in the comments.
Canon ‘examining countermeasures’ for 5D Mark IIIs experiencing top LCD light leak problem originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.