- World’s largest telescope underway, scientists definitely observe big bang
Once again astronomers are observing formative explosions, but this time a little bit closer to home. Three million cubic feet of planet earth is being blasted from the Chilean Andes as work on what will be the world’s largest telescope begins. The location is the Carnegie Institution’s Las Campanas Observatory, and the project is a collaboration between South Korean, Australian and American institutions to create the Giant Magellan Telescope. The first mirror segment is just being completed, and is so precise it, matches its optical prescription to within a millionth of an inch. The project will cost $700 million once complete, small change we say for a chance to glimpse light from the edge of the Universe.
World’s largest telescope underway, scientists definitely observe big bang originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 17:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Chrome OS coming to ARM?Many moons ago, Google made it quite clear we wouldn’t be seeing its browser-based OS on any tablets or phones, but it never said Chrome OS wouldn’t run on devices powered by similar silicon. In fact, the issues tracker at the Chromium OS project shows that work’s being done to get Chrome OS compatible with ARM architecture, and in particular a Samsung Exynos 5250 chip. That Sammy silicon appears to be inside a new bit of hardware, codenamed “Daisy,” but deeper digging failed to provide further details about the mystery device. While it certainly seems like Google’s working on a new ARM-powered gadget, it’s important to note that the Chromium project functions largely via user contributions, so the work might not be directed by Mountain View. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Head on down to the source link to see the evidence first hand, and feel free to form your own opinion.
- Apogee MiC reviewIt’s no secret that a few of us here at Engadget HQ have an affinity for mobile recording tech. Perhaps you could blame some of our fledgling amateur music careers, but at any rate, we love to get our hands on tech that allows us to lay down tracks on-the-go. It’s also no surprise that Apogee would offer up another product that would look to do just that. As a complement to the outfit’s Jam guitar adapter, the Apogee MiC is the latest foray into mobile recording. Much like its guitar specific counterpart, the MiC is both iDevice and Mac compatible and its compact stature won’t take up precious real estate in your travel pack. But, as you may expect, staying mobile comes at a premium. So, is the $249 price tag a deal breaker for the MiC? Is it a small price to pay for adding a solid microphone to your mobile recording setup? Journey on past the break to find out.
Gallery: Apogee MiC review
- RIM putting BlackBerry 10 test units in developers’ hands in May
It’s telling, perhaps, when a VP for your company uses the word “finally” while discussing plans to release test models for your upcoming mobile operating system — but it’s certainly a pretty accurate sentiment when dealing BlackBerry 10. Talking up RIM’s plans to release up to 2,000 prototypes running the OS at the BlackBerry Jam conference in May, executive Alec Saunders had this to say: “It’s tangible evidence of the company making progress to finally shipping the device.” Barring any further setbacks, the operating system formerly known as BBX is set to hit before year’s end.
RIM putting BlackBerry 10 test units in developers’ hands in May originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 11:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Chevrolet replacing 120-volt power cords on most Volt automobilesIf you’re one of the 10,000 or so folks who pay insurance on a Chevrolet Volt, you may have a new cable coming your way. According to The Detroit News and Yahoo! Autos, General Motors will soon be sending out replacement 120-volt charging cords for Volt automobiles, which are said to “offer some more consistency in charging,” while also making it more durable. We’re told that some of the newfangled chargers have shipped with recent Volts, but the majority of customers were sent home with the older model. Of note, GM won’t be swapping out any of those optional 240-volt cords, and the company won’t consider this a recall or safety issue. As for getting your replacement? Owners are slated to be notified directly in the “next few weeks.”
Chevrolet replacing 120-volt power cords on most Volt automobiles originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Epic Mickey 2 controllers invoke the power of the brush, are made for you and me
Do you like your M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E with a side of eXtreme? So do the developers at Junction Point, which is why a sequel to the mouse’s first Epic is on its way. But the impending release of that title’s not all grown-up Mouseketeers-cum-gamers have to look forward to, as two special WiiMote peripherals are also apparently on deck. Shown off at a preview event for Epic Mickey 2, the prototype accessories are made to mimic in-game “weapons,” like Oswald’s controller and Mickey’s paintbrush. The designs aren’t final, but as you’ll see in the source below, they should make for an excellent addition to any diehard’s Disneyana collection.
Epic Mickey 2 controllers invoke the power of the brush, are made for you and me originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 06:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Huawei Fusion hits AT&T’s GoPhone lineup, prepaid Gingerbread for $125 (update)Hey, not everyone needs a bunch-of-core superphone tied down to a two-year contract, so it’s always nice to have some solid prepaid options, right? If you shook your head yes to that, you’ll be pleased to know
that AT&T’s just added the Android Gingerbread-loaded Huawei Fusion to its GoPhone lineup.The device features a 3.5-inch (320 x 480) display up front, while on back there’s a 3.2-megapixel shooter. Other goodies include Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio functionality and support for up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD. If you’re still nodding your noggin, the Fusion and its (essentially) utilitarian specs can be yours for the keeping, sans contractual commitment, for just $125. You’ll find more info at the links below.
Update: Well, our mistake folks. It turns out this phone has been available on AT&T for quite some time now. Thanks to everyone in the comments for pointing this out.
Huawei Fusion hits AT&T’s GoPhone lineup, prepaid Gingerbread for $125 (update) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 04:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- NVIDIA CEO suggests Kepler GPUs could be headed to future ‘superphones’NVIDIA looking for a piece of next-generation smartphones shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, but CEO Jen-Hsun Huang dropped a few details in a recent email to staffers that’s sure to spur at least a little excitement. As AnandTech reports, in addition to marking the launch of the company’s new Kepler-based GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, he also looked towards future possibilities for the GPU, noting that “today is just the beginning of Kepler,” and that “because of its super energy-efficient architecture, we will extend GPUs into datacenters, to super thin notebooks, to superphones.” Not surprisingly, that’s about as specific as things got as far as mobile devices are concerned, with no mention whatsoever as to when we might see such Kepler-based “superphones.”
NVIDIA CEO suggests Kepler GPUs could be headed to future ‘superphones’ originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Motorola Connected Home Gateway home automation all-in-one hits the FCC with Verizon tags
We first got our eyes on Motorola’s Connected Home Gateway home automation box during CES 2012, and now that it’s passed through the FCC it should be ready to do its all-in-one magic in real consumer’s homes sometime soon. What makes this device special is its ability to speak more than one of the various wireless home control protocols currently in use, easily connecting to, controlling and spitting out macros to make multiple things happen with a minimum of user interference or setup. Want to dim the lights, lower the temperature and turn on security cams as soon as you step outside your door? It can do that. This will all be a part of Verizon’s Z-wave based Home Monitoring and Control system at some point, if you’re still wondering what possibilities are out there, check out our CES demo video embedded after the break.
Motorola Connected Home Gateway home automation all-in-one hits the FCC with Verizon tags originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.