- HTC One S for T-Mobile review
A couple weeks ago we got to have our Ice Cream Sandwich and eat it too, thanks to a gorgeous couple phones from HTC — the One X and the One S. Both run Sense 4 — a thinner, lighter version of the company’s polarizing UI — and together with the entry-level One V, represent HTC’s attempt to make a comeback after a lackluster year of me-too products. The first to make its way to the US is the One S which lands on T-Mobile April 25 for $199 on contract (with a $50 rebate). We just spent a weekend with Magenta’s new flagship handset. So how does it compare to the global One S? Find out after the break.
Gallery: HTC One S for T-Mobile review
- Qbo goes legit, now up for pre-order on maker’s site
Graduation day is always tough on parents. So, you’ll have to forgive the growing pains experienced by TheCorpora, whose six years in development labor of cybernetic love, Qbo, is now ready for mass consumption. To make this ever-evolving, endearing bot on wheels easily accessible, the team’s divvied up its commercial wares into two distinct offerings: Basic and Complete. For the soldering prone among you, that former kit comes with a chassis, plastic coverings and an array of the cutesy android’s mechanic guts, all at your disposal for assembly. Devs less interested in getting their hands dirty and more concerned with coding can opt-in for the fuller set in either Pro or Lite versions, replete with a fully constructed unit and differing only in the variety of motherboard and CPU configuration used. The outfit’s accepting pre-orders on its site now, with the base model running about 500 Euros (about $656) and the higher end packages emptying wallets at 1,700 Euros (about $2,230) and 2,300 Euros (about $3,017) apiece. Those are certainly hefty investments for the at-home hobbyist, but can you really put a price on synthetic love? We didn’t think so.
Qbo goes legit, now up for pre-order on maker’s site originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Roku 2 boxes updated for Francophones and English speakers alike
The latest update for Roku 2 and LT boxes is rolling out to all now, bringing the boxes to v4.6 and reportedly improving system navigation performance “by up to 50 percent”. As noticed by Zatz Not Funny when it first started leaking out, this version includes the French language support required by Roku’s Canadian launch (that’s the channel selection for Canada pictured above) this week, while the official blog notes several other fixes and tweaks that should make launching channels like Netflix and BBC iPlayer a more reliable experience. As usual, it should be pushed to every box over the next couple of days, but you can speed up the process by manually checking for an update. Have an older Roku player? Don’t worry, Director of Product Management Tom Markworth closes telling owners to “stay tuned” for future updates coming their way as well.
Roku 2 boxes updated for Francophones and English speakers alike originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Windows Store slowly going global, 26 country specific markets launching with next update
The Windows Store, though still very much in the trial stage, is already growing — and not just in terms of catalog size. At launch, alongside the consumer preview of Windows 8, the Store was only accepting submissions from devs in five different countries and had region specific markets to match. With the next preview release of its upcoming OS, though, Microsoft plans to expand that greatly. Soon enough 33 more nations will be open to submitting apps and the number of country-specific store fronts will jump from five to 26. And, while you’ll still have to submit your apps in one of the 12 certification languages for approval purposes, entries will be accepted in 109 different tongues. This move will require some changes on the backend, of course, to scale globally. So, as part of that transition Microsoft has stopped accepting submissions for Consumer Preview apps. We can only hope the down time is short lived and the next version of the Windows Store (and possibly Windows 8) is hot on its heels.
Windows Store slowly going global, 26 country specific markets launching with next update originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Padcaster / Lenscaster lets you mount SLR lenses on iPad, we go hands-on at NAB (video)
Think people look ridiculous shooting stills or video with an iPad? Try throwing an SLR lens into the equation as well. Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter developed the Padcaster as an inexpensive solution for mounting an Apple iPad on a tripod. And why would you want to do such a thing? With 1080p video capture, built-in LTE and a on-board editing suite, such a device makes for an excellent on-the-go all-in-one, letting you shoot, cut and transmit video with a single package. One major aspect of visual storytelling that the tablet doesn’t excel at, however, is emphasizing details with blurred backgrounds, along with magnifying your subject with optical zoom. Enter the Lenscaster. This universal lens mount lets you use a standard 35mm adapter to attach any SLR optic to the iPad camera, enabling a small variety of hardware-driven optical effects, including shallow depth of field, manual focus and a zoom option that doesn’t result in detail loss.
Apter took the Padcaster and Lenscaster along on a demo shoot in New York City’s Union Square, interviewing passersby with a Cinevate 35mm lens adapter, 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss lens and a Sennheiser MKH-60 shotgun mic, all mounted to a Padcaster-equipped new iPad. The mounting duo may note be visually appealing from a physical perspective, but the resulting footage does look convincing — you can see it in full after the break. The Padcaster’s aluminum frame even doubles as a DSLR cage, letting you assemble a pro rig complete with camera, lens, mic and lights after removing the urethane iPad insert. The designer is also working on an iPad insert, though the tablet-sized contraption may prove to be overkill when paired with a pocketable smartphone. The Padcaster will be available soon for “about $200,” while the Lenscaster attachment should ship for an additional 60 bucks. You’ll also need to factor in a magnification optic to compensate for the distance between the iPad and the lens, along with a 35mm adapter, both of which are not included. The device is also unable to take full advantage of the iPad’s resolution, creating black borders around the image, which you’ll notice in the sample video, positioned just below our hands-on video right after the break.
Padcaster / Lenscaster lets you mount SLR lenses on iPad, we go hands-on at NAB (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- More images and details emerge about Ikea’s Uppleva
Did you not get enough Swedish furniture pr0n yesterday with the announcement of Ikea’s Uppleva? Well, we’ve got a slew of new images and some new details for you. As far as specs, it seems that the sets will be available in 24, 36, 40 and 46 inches and all are LED backlit. They’ll also all sport WiFi and “smart TV” features including the Opera browser — except for the 24-incher, which must accept its role as the runt of the litter. The TVs will also come attached to three different TV bench designs in six different finishes. While we weren’t able to score our own units yet, M3 did and you can check out their hands-on out at the source link.
Gallery: Ikea Uppleva
More images and details emerge about Ikea’s Uppleva originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- HTC One S shows up on T-Mobile’s site, reveals its $599 price (update: $200 on-contract at Best Buy)
We know T-Mo’s got a special HTC One S event in the works for later today, but it seems like someone’s a tad bit trigger happy and decided to out the handset ahead of time. Currently posing freely on the carrier’s site, this “Gradient Blue” flavor of the One S is showing a hefty $599 retail price, though surely will be lower with a subsidized deal in place. Aside from revealing how much damage it’ll do if you take the no-contract route, T-Mobile’s page is also listing the full set of features and specs packed within the One Series member. All the details should be officially unveiled soon, but until then you can head over to the source below, where you can add your name to the “Notify me” list if you plan on snatching one of these Sense 4-packing beasts.
Update: Well, that didn’t take long. The phone has now also turned up on Best Buy’s website, where it’s listed with a slightly lower $550 off-contract price or the usual $200 on a two-year term. Orders are expected to ship after April 25th.
HTC One S shows up on T-Mobile’s site, reveals its $599 price (update: $200 on-contract at Best Buy) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Google TV’s TV and Movies app gets to know you better with ratings, favorites and more
At the center of the revamped Google TV experience that rolled out last fall is its TV & Movies app, which is a blended guide of content currently airing live on TV and available for streaming from the popular internet services (Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go). As Product Manager Rishi Chandra mentioned when we caught up with him at CES, personalization is something Google will be focusing on going forward and that’s shown in the updated app being pushed out today. When it’s first opened, users will login and be asked to rate a few movies and shows so it can get a sense of their tastes to know what to present, Netflix-style. There’s more information displayed up front too, with expanded descriptions, and details below each show so viewers can find out about the episode that’s on more easily. For a few more details on what’s new and refreshed, check after the break.
Google TV’s TV and Movies app gets to know you better with ratings, favorites and more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Verizon announces Global Data Plan, 100MB for $25 a month starting April 23rd
Need to take that Verizon smartphone with you on an upcoming overseas excursion? Well, now you no longer have to wonder just how harsh the roaming data rates will be on the ol’ wallet. The carrier has announced its Global Data Plan that will launch on April 23rd, providing its customers with 100MB of data for $25 a month. Available in over 120 locales, the new roaming allotment will span all of Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. Of course, you’ll need a global phone to take full advantage of the list of destinations. Once you use up your initial purchase, a text message will break the news that an additional 100MB has been added automatically and another $25 tacked on to your bill. If you happen to venture outside of this plan’s included areas but remain within VZW’s wider global coverage, you can expect pay-per-use rates of $0.02 for each KB downloaded. Looking for more details? Hit that PR button below before packing your bags.
Verizon announces Global Data Plan, 100MB for $25 a month starting April 23rd originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.