- Switched On: Cisco’s hard-luck hardware
When you think about companies that dominate specific technology markets, alongside names such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Intel. SAP and Oracle, you would no doubt include Cisco Systems. Founded in 1984, the networking giant, which has grown largely via acquisition over the years, earned $43 billion of revenue in 2011. That placed it at #64 on the 2011 Fortune 500. Cisco has a current market value of about $113 billion.
Linksys, acquired in 2003, has remained among the top-selling home networking brands, and Cisco recently moved to bolster its TV service provider business — formerly known as Scientific Atlanta — with the acquisition of NDS. But for all the success that Cisco has had building connections among network endpoints, the company has had a tough road when it’s come to selling end-user devices directly to end-users over the last few years.
- Canonical tag teams with Humble, wraps up Indie Bundle installation with bow (video)
Love your Linux games, but hate painful installs? Ubuntu maker Canonical understands, and has kicked the usual, less snappy, procedure to the curb creating a new approach for the Humble Indie Bundle. The company already expanded Linux gaming, recently adding EA titles to its Ubuntu Software Center, and now you can download the Humble quintet from there as a single file, and install it in one go. In true open source style, you can pick the price you’d like to pay at Humble’s site and even juggle how that sum is distributed to the games’ developers and charities. So with the install obstacle gone, trundle on past the break and see if the promo video seals the deal.
Canonical tag teams with Humble, wraps up Indie Bundle installation with bow (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 16:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- We’re liveblogging Nintendo’s pre-E3 press event today at 6PM ET!
Are you ready for E3? Too bad, it’s already here, a couple of days early, thanks to the overzealous folks at Nintendo, who just couldn’t wait until Tuesday to hold their press event. The company is holding a pre-E3 event, helmed by president Satoru Iwata today at 6PM ET. The broadcast will likely revolve around games, but perhaps Nintendo had more surprises than it could contain in a single event. Find out by following along here.
We’re liveblogging Nintendo’s pre-E3 press event today at 6PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 15:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Sony: 4K isn’t just about the resolution
With M. Night Shyamalan already shooting his next movie — After Earth — on the F65 4K camera, Sony’s PR machine is going all out to assuage remaining doubters in the film industry. One of the more curious aspects of the awareness campaign is that it doesn’t focus solely on the exorbitant resolution — in fact, it gives almost equal weight to other visual promises that Sony hopes will persuade producers, directors and cinematographers to make the leap before anyone else does.
What might those eyeball treats be? Philippe Ros, a DoP hired by Sony to shoot a 4K promo film, put it succinctly at a showing we attended in London this week: “Only the first row in the cinema may notice the resolution, but I’m more interested in the colors than in the 4K.” According to Ros, every terabyte that floods out of the F65 per hour of filming contains color and dynamic range info way beyond what you normally get when shooting digital. The end result? Crews on the ground can relax just that little bit more, knowing that any mundane-looking scenes can be given far greater impact later. Now, even bearing in mind that Ros couldn’t have said anything bad about 4K without things getting awkward, it’s still interesting that he admits to being skeptical of the resolution itself. But if others on independent shoots discover the same post-production flexibility that he did, then the push for 4K might come from filmmakers rather than those further down the food chain.
- Sony Xperia P review: a solid, middle-sized smartphone waiting for Android 4.0
As the middle child from Sony Mobile’s NXT family, the Xperia P steps out from behind the Xperia S’ shadow with its own 4-inch screen — and a touch of WhiteMagic. Screen technology aside, the phone’s design follows a path very similar to Sony’s latest flagship and picks up a few quirks of its own on the way. The see-through button strip is actually touch-sensitive on Sony’s 2012 middle-weight — a curious oversight on the bigger model.
It packs Sony’s 8-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor (likely to be the same one found in the Xperia Arc S), a dual-core 1GHz processor and just under 13GB of user-accessible storage. But there’s one unfortunate Xperia trait here — we’re still playing with Android Gingerbread, even while its ancestors begin to dip their toes into Ice Cream Sandwich. Does anyone want an incrementally smaller Android phone from Sony? And what exactly is WhiteMagic and what does it mean for the battery life?
Sony Xperia P review: a solid, middle-sized smartphone waiting for Android 4.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 12:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Microsoft buys every ‘Smart Glass’ domain it can think of, E3 goers nod approvingly
A wise thing to do right before you launch a new product? Vacation, if we’re being honest. But if we’re being forced to pick another, we’d say registering domain names germane to said product ain’t a half bad idea, either. Microsoft has seemingly snapped up a healthy few “Smart Glass”-related domains, giving us more reason to believe that the whispers we’ve been hearing about a wireless streaming doodad have some merit. With E3 festivities kicking off this evening, we’re guessing it’s just a matter of time before the list (shown after the break) stops forwarding to Bing and starts forwarding to… well, awesomeness. Refresh fingers ready?
Microsoft buys every ‘Smart Glass’ domain it can think of, E3 goers nod approvingly originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 11:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- HUBO 2 has articulated hands, can walk 2 km on a charge: yours for $400k
HUBO has come so far from mastering the basics of mobility. The latest from KAIST is HUBO 2, a robot with flexible limbs that allow it to bend down and even do push-ups. The HUBO 2′s hands are another big improvement, now allowing the humanoid to open car doors, operate a gear shift and hold up to 7 kg. KAIST used “individually actuated” fingers that adapt to the shape of whatever HUBO 2 is holding, a la Honda’s new ASIMO. The robot can walk 2 km on a charge, and it looks like it’s a little less of a slow poke now, too: KAIST increased its running speed to 4 kph from 3 kph. Check out the source link and video below to see the HUBO 2 in action — if you’re impressed, it can be yours for a cool $400,000.
HUBO 2 has articulated hands, can walk 2 km on a charge: yours for $400k originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 11:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- E3 predictions: what to expect when you’re Electronics Entertainment Expoing
Happy June! We’re out holding things down in sunny, smoggy downtown Los Angeles, preparing for the on-coming storm of video game goodness. It’s shaping up to another exciting year for all things Electronic Entertainment Expo, albeit one a bit less focused on the hardware side. Things unofficially kick off on Monday, with press conferences from two of the big three — Microsoft and Sony. Nintendo will round things out on Tuesday morning, officially opening the show.
So, what sort of action can we expect to see over the week in LA? We’ve compiled a quick list of what we’re looking forward to over the next several days.
E3 predictions: what to expect when you’re Electronics Entertainment Expoing originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- ROCCAT’s new Lua three-button mouse is thirty dollars away from your FPS
How many buttons does a gaming mouse need? If you ask ROCCAT — for today at least — the answer is three. Evidently not happy with the current choice of tri-buttoned peripherals, it’s launching a new “Lua” model at both Computex and E3. As well as the aforementioned triplet of clickable appendages, it houses a Pro Optic R2 sensor which will let you jack the DPI setting from 250 up to 2000 and back again on the hop, battlefield, or wherever you may be. The ambidextrous device launches internationally sometime in late July early August, with a $30 price-tag.
ROCCAT’s new Lua three-button mouse is thirty dollars away from your FPS originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jun 2012 08:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.