- Apple TV (2012) gets torn down, confirmed to have 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage
We already knew about most of the latest Apple TV‘s technical upgrades, but a few key specs have eluded us since its announcement. That’s now changed, however, thanks to user aicjofs over at XMBC’s forum, who ripped a fresh unit apart to find out exactly what’s inside of its shell. Apart from its documented single-core A5 SoC, it’s now confirmed that the 1080p-capable streamer features 512MB of Hynix-branded RAM (up from 256) along with an unchanged 8GB of storage, courtesy of Toshiba. Interestingly, there’s no word on whether it’s still packing Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR like the 2010 variant (Apple’s website only lists 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi), but MacRumors notes that aicjofs has discovered what’s possibly an additional WiFi antenna. A few parts are still under investigation, but you can check out the links below for more info.
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- Sony Tegra 3 slate benchmarked, Tablet S successor on the way?
If you’re looking to benchmark tools for hints at Sony’s next slate, then you’re looking at a little number that calls itself the V150. According to the NenaMark Android GPU benchmarking tool, this 1.4GHz tablet rocks a 1280 x 752 display and Android 4.0.3. An Nvidia Tegra 3 helps this slate achieve a benchmark score of 59.70, which is well above the Tablet S’ 42.89 average. Considering that Sony’s last wedge-shaped wonder has already seen a sizable price drop, it’s looking like the firm may be gearing up to announce its replacement. We’re reluctant to make the call with only a single benchmark score to go by, but we won’t stop you from speculating.
Sony Tegra 3 slate benchmarked, Tablet S successor on the way? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- New York’s Chinatown Fair arcade presses start to continue
Live in New York? Miss the familiar sound of a quarter dropping into an arcade slot? If so, then news that the Chinatown Fair arcade could be re-opening will definitely give you a power-up. It turns out that film maker Kurt Vincent headed down to the disused locale to shoot its vacant halls, only to bump into the new owner shuffling some game cabinets back in. Sadly there’s sparse little other info about how or when we might see the flicker of screens lighting up the walls once more, but at least you should be able to beat that OutRun top score in relative comfort soon.
New York’s Chinatown Fair arcade presses start to continue originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Engadget Mobile Podcast 130 – 03.18.2012
Wade through the post-St. Paddy’s fog with the Engadget Mobile Podcast — the only podcast that, if it were a mobile phone, it would be bathed in lightning, have its radio flashed, and have a pixel density three thousand times greater than even the most sensitive eagle could detect.
00:02:30 – iPad review (2012)00:17:33 – Galaxy Note LTE gains access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network with custom radio
00:22:30 – Samsung Rugby Smart review
00:28:35 – HTC details micro arc oxidation, says your One S will be strong enough to forgo the case (video)
00:35:13 – HTC Sense 3.6 preview
00:42:09 – Samsung heralds European arrival of Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy S II (updated)
00:54:25 – Hands-on with TheAppBuilder at SXSW (video)
01:13:22 – Confirmed: ICS coming to the Nexus S in the next few weeks
01:16:10 – Sony outs Xperia sola: 3.7-inch LCD, 1GHz CPU, ‘floating touch’ navigation
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- Panasonic Lumix GF5 accidentally leaked by Hong Kong spokesperson?
Frequent social networkers will tell you that Instagram’s usually plastered with food photos and self-portraits, so we were quite surprised to see a product leak over there. After some careful inspection, we’re pretty certain that the above picture shows a legit Panasonic Lumix GF5, which from this angle bears much resemblance to the GF3 bar the grip. To add credibility here, the uploader is none other than Hong Kong celebrity Angelababy who happens to be the brand ambassador for Panny (oopsie!). Unsurprisingly, the twee model has already removed the offending picture from her account, but the direct image link still works.
You may be wondering: shouldn’t this Micro Four Thirds camera be the GF4 after the current GF3? Well, much like Chinese superstition, Japan also prefers to steer clear of the number 4 as it sounds the same as “death” in Japanese. For instance: there was no Lumix LX4 before the LX5. As for specs, Chinese website Nphoto reported earlier this month that the GF5 will also feature a 12-megapixel sensor but with a better signal-to-noise ratio and topping at ISO 12800, while on the back it’ll have a much sharper LCD with 920k dots (instead of just 460k on the GF3). Judging by the looks of things it shouldn’t be long before we see Angelababy presenting this new camera for real — let’s just hope that she gets to keep her job.
Panasonic Lumix GF5 accidentally leaked by Hong Kong spokesperson? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- HP sneaks out new dv4, dv6, dv7 and g4 Pavilion laptops, Ivy Bridge in tow (video)
We know Ivy Bridge is close to landing, but when damn it, when? Until we know for sure, what about these new notebooks from HP that sneaked out with barely a flicker of ballyhoo. There are four new Pavilions on their way, the dv4-5000, dv6-7000, dv7-6000 and g4-2000. All of them are getting the Ivy Bridge treatment bar the g4, which sticks with Sandy Bridge. The dv4 and dv6 both sport 2.3GHz i7-3610QM processors, GeForce GT630M graphics, Beats Audio and 14-inch or 15.6-inch (1366 x 768) displays respectively. The dv7 model steps things up with a 2.6GHZ i7-3720QM chip, GeForce GT 650M graphics and 17.3-inches of 1920 x 1080 screen. The g4, on the other hand, comes in a range of processing flavors, including the i3-2350M and i5-2450M Sandy Bridge variants and a 14-inch screen. The g-series will likely carry a £399 (about $630) price-tag, while the dv6 and dv7 are rumored start around £599 ($940) when they eventually land potentially in April — but don’t count your chickens. Full specs in the source, and promo videos after the break.
HP sneaks out new dv4, dv6, dv7 and g4 Pavilion laptops, Ivy Bridge in tow (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- SQ Blaster Plus blasts some infra-red at the FCCThe SQ Blaster Plus strolled into town, but before it knew what had hit it, it was bundled into the back of a van and taken to the FCC’s secret underground bunker in Washington. It was there that strange men in blue lab coats found out what lay beneath that black plastic box that’s remarkably similar to last year’s offering. Hidden inside is a 802.11 b/g WiFi module and an infrared blaster, capable of beaming out commands to your TV and similarly equipped appliances. It’s also only packing the one side-mounted aerial, whereas the older generation had the choice of internal or external. Now that it’s been passed fit and proper by the government, it can’t be long until it reaches our
- Ask Engadget: Best Mac Mini carrying case?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 Kevin, who’s decided to abandon laptops for his Mac Mini. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.“Hi All. I purchased a 2011 Mac Mini with dedicated graphics for PhotoShop and InDesign. I’ve grown tired of my Core 2 Duo Laptop, instead I want to bring my Mac Mini to and from work (I’ve got display, keyboard and mouse at both places so it’s not a problem). It might be a weird idea, I wanna try it. Any suggestions on what I can use to carry it, as long as its discrete as I commute quite a bit. Thanks!”
Well, we’re impressed by his commitment and his plan, but has anyone else made the leap and lived to tell the tale? We’ve never seen a mac at a LAN party, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some exquisite accessories available for the purpose. One, two, you know what to do.
(NB: If you don’t know what to do, it’s to give your helpful suggestions and personal experiences in the comments below)
- Pioneer launches its 2012 VSX AV receivers lineup, available now starting at $249We’ve seen Pioneer stuff its VSX line with 3D and Bluetooth goodness in the past; now, the Japanese outfit is unveiling its 2012 AV receivers portfolio in an attempt to widen its offerings. Starting with the lower-end models, the VSX-522 and VSX-822 are both packing 5.1 surround audio, while the main difference between the two is the lack of AirPlay and Bluetooth on the former. If you are, however, looking to go the premium route, you can snag the VSX-1022 or the top of the line Pioneer VSX-1122 , which will get you 7.1 sound, DLNA, as well as 1080p upscaling. All good for your ears? Ready up your wallet, as you’ll have to drop anywhere from $249 to $599 if you want to add one of these to your setup.
Gallery: Pioneer VSX press shots
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