- Apple’s iPad WiFi + 4G renamed ‘iPad WiFi + Cellular’ across many of its online stores
Remember Apple’s new iPad WiFi + 4G? Well, forget that moniker, as this variant of the company’s latest slate has been quietly re-dubbed as the iPad WiFi + Cellular. As noticed by 9to5Mac, the change occurred within the last “24-48 hours” across many of Apple’s region specific webstores, including (but not limited to) those for the US, UK, Australia, Canada and various countries in Asia. If you’ll recall, in many regions the best you’ll get out of the slate is HSPA-connectivity (although, the slate is also equipped for LTE) — something that Apple itself had considered good enough to be considered 4G, even after offering refunds to customers in Australia who (like many others) can’t partake in its LTE. Interestingly, 9to5Mac also notes that a similar change hasn’t made its way over to the iPad 2, which still has its cellular-equipped variant still dubbed, iPad 2 WiFi + 3G. We’re reaching out to Apple for comment, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to hit up the source links below for more insight.
Apple’s iPad WiFi + 4G renamed ‘iPad WiFi + Cellular’ across many of its online stores originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- NVIDIA confirms no ‘Project Grey’ until 2013, Tegra 3 LTE later this year
While earnings calls are rarely the veritable dial-in party, sometimes they do toss up a juicy gambit or disappointing revelation. While NVIDIA was dishing out projections for Q1 2013, it pretty much quashed any hopes of seeing an in-house LTE Tegra chip in 2012. While we were assured that Tegra 3 LTE phones would come this year — based on those partnerships announced back in February — it was also stated that the thoroughbred Tegra LTE chip wouldn’t be a reality until 2013. So, this pretty much ties in with what we had heard, but this time, from the horse’s mouth.
NVIDIA confirms no ‘Project Grey’ until 2013, Tegra 3 LTE later this year originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 15:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- PSA: Dropbox Dropquest begins right now!
Big Dropbox fan are you? Got plans for the weekend? Cancel ‘em. Dropquest 2012 begins right now. If you’re unfamiliar — it’s the storage company’s internet scavenger hunt that involves a series of puzzles, challenges and, erm, origami. If you complete the game, you’ll get 1GB of extra space for free, but if you come in first place, you’ll get 100GB free for your entire life, while 10 second-placers get 20GB for life and so on. You’re not allowed to ask for help on the company’s support forum (you’ll get disqualified) and you’re competing against at least half a million other fans of the service, but if that hasn’t daunted you then head on down to the source link and get puzzling!
- Matsunichi’s MarquisPad MP977 tablet tempts us with $249, dual-core Android 4.0
You might remember Le Pan’s tablets from CES this year, of which only one was truly ready at the time. The company is now ready to hit the US in earnest, but you’ll have to forget the company name along with the earlier designs: it’s now Matsunichi, and it’s planning to kick off its US-ready makeover through the MarquisPad MP977. The tablet shares the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display of the Le Pan II, but it’s now running a slightly speedier dual-core, 1.2GHz TI chip (likely the same OMAP 4430 as in the Droid Xyboard), ships with Android 4.0 out of the gate and comes in a sleeker — not to mention browner — shell. Storage is being cut in half over the Le Pan II to just 4GB between the internal memory and a bundled microSD card, though, and the battery is good for a very modest five hours. Nonetheless, the $249 sticker and a May release will put the MP977 in the running with the slower but more capacious Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
Matsunichi also teased us with a roadmap for a pair of future tablets in the process. The 10.1-inch MP1010 will keep the resolution, but it’ll run on a quicker 1.5GHz TI processor and carry a total of 10GB of space when it appears sometime between June and August. If those 0.4 inches of extra glass are just too much to bear, an MP979 will bring all the extra storage and speed of the MP1010 to a 9.7-inch screen sometime between August and September.
Matsunichi’s MarquisPad MP977 tablet tempts us with $249, dual-core Android 4.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 12:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- The Engadget interview: OnStar’s Nick Pudar talks smart grids at CTIA 2012 (video)
While visiting the Innovation Showcase at CTIA 2012, we ran into Nick Pudar — OnStar’s VP of Business Development — who was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time. We sat in the LTE Skype-enabled Chevy Volt on display and discussed such topics as OnStar FMV, RelayRides and smart grids — wherein power utilities can (with the customer’s consent) send a signal to a vehicle to control when it charges. The idea is to allows utilities to maximize grid efficiency and minimize power spikes while giving customers options for when to charge the vehicle — like when the rates are the lowest or when the power generated is coming from renewable energy, for example. Pretty neat stuff, eh? Watch our video interview for all the (pardon the pun) juicy details.
The Engadget interview: OnStar’s Nick Pudar talks smart grids at CTIA 2012 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 10:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Microsoft Research’s MirageTable brings some augmented reality to your tabletop
We got a look at a holographic telepresence project from Microsoft Research earlier this week, but that’s far from the only Kinect-enhanced rig it’s working on these days. This setup dubbed a MirageTable was also shown off at the Computer-Human Interaction conference in Austin, Texas this week, offering a glimpse of one possible future where two people can interact with virtual objects on a table as if they were sitting across from each other (or simply do so on their own). To make that happen, the setup relies on a ceiling-mounted 3D projector to display the images on a curved surface, while a Kinect on each end of the connection both captures the person’s image and tracks their gaze to ensure images are displayed with the proper perspective. You can check it out in action after the break, although some of the effect is lost without 3D glasses.
Microsoft Research’s MirageTable brings some augmented reality to your tabletop originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 07:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Tesla coil gun exists, may shoot lightning
Inspired by the graphic novel “Five Fists of Science” — and perhaps encouraged by the plucky MIT student who made his own Tesla coil hat and survived — a DIYer named Rob designed a Tesla coil gun, which he says is fully functional. Rob used a Nerf gun cast in aluminum for the housing and created a high voltage switch with a 3D powder printer. The gun is powered by an 18V ion drill battery and a flyback transformer housed inside a PVC plumbing end cap. Though Rob has yet to fire the gun, photos show what he says are sparks from the setup, and a demo clip is on the way. While video proof is always nice, so is preserving your life. We wish Rob the best with both.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says mobile apps the top focus, we say it’s about time
Facebook has been making a lot of promises during a tour to drum up interest in its ever-nearing IPO, but the one gadget-heads have been wanting to hear the most, a commitment to its mobile apps, has been elusive — until now. Everyone’s favorite hooded CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is telling investors in his home ‘burg of the San Francisco Bay that mobile is front and center in his company’s plans. We’re hoping that means new app features, although Zuck is likely referring to money-making as well: shareholders are jittery knowing that Facebook makes most of its money on web ads that it’s not running on smartphones and tablets. Paid titles in App Center will go a long way towards scratching that itch, mind you. As for us, we’ll just be happy if Facebook takes less than a year and a half to produce a major tablet app.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says mobile apps the top focus, we say it’s about time originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 03:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Thunderbolt on Windows gets hands-on, lacks Mac’s hot-swapping
Thunderbolt’s 10-gigabit interface is only just making its way to Windows after spending more than a year as a Mac-only feature, so it’s not surprising that a lot of questions surround how well the Apple- and Intel-developed connection works for those of a Microsoft persuasion. A thorough test at AnandTech of one of the first motherboards to support the spec on Windows PCs, an Ivy Bridge-ready board from MSI, has shown some positive signs along with a few flies in the high-speed ointment. The good news? Most general storage devices will work as expected with a minimum of fuss, and you can even get some features of Apple’s Thunderbolt Display working if you’re willing to accept a lack of pre-supplied software brightness controls and USB support. The bad news comes mostly in the absence of true hot-plugging like on the Mac: if a device isn’t plugged into the Thunderbolt port on boot, Windows won’t see it. Professionals who need everything to be just perfect will want to wait, then, but bandwidth lovers will still find something to like if they’re willing to build Thunderbolt-equipped PCs themselves.
Thunderbolt on Windows gets hands-on, lacks Mac’s hot-swapping originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 May 2012 01:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.