- Porsche 918 Spyder prototype returns to the road with polished black and white shell
It may not be the first time Porsche’s 918 plug-in hybrid has had a chance to flex its 770 horse power for the camera, but when we last saw the
priceyinsanely expensive speed demon strut its stuff on record, it certainly didn’t look like this. The freakish prototype has emerged as a beautiful, high-performance vision of efficiency, blasting its way past 100 kilometers of terrain for every three liters of petrol (78 miles/gallon). The $845,000 machine pairs a combustion engine with electric motors to achieve that consumption rating, and sports a carbon-fiber reinforced-plastic monocoque (self-supporting) shell, rear-axle steering and that unique upward-venting exhausted system that you may have noticed in the shot above. The 918 Spyder is slated for its initial production run beginning in September of 2013, with the first models making their way to US customers late next year. It’s time to start saving — just a few thousand blog posts to go.
Gallery: Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 Spyder prototype returns to the road with polished black and white shell originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 17:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Viacom and Time Warner Cable call truce, TWC TV mobile apps will stream Colbert after all
Good news ahoy if you’ve liked Time Warner Cable’s TWC TV streaming app but were frustrated with content providers pulling channels over licensing rights: the cable giant and Viacom have reached a settlement that will see Viacom’s channels return to your Android or iOS gear. Comedy Central, CMT, MTV and other channels will be back in the next several weeks, and the two sides even managed to bury the hatched over “unrelated business matters,” according to a joint statement. Just what led to the about-face is being kept secret, although Viacom’s tendency to sue over retransmission rights in the digital realm raises the possibility that TWC had to fork over an extra amount. At least now you can watch The Daily Show on your iPad knowing your cable provider and the studio are singing “Kumbaya.”
Viacom and Time Warner Cable call truce, TWC TV mobile apps will stream Colbert after all originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 16:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Boost Mobile set to offer Smith Micro’s Visual Voicemail features starting on May 31st
Up until now, the Boost Mobile crowd’s been missing out on those fancy visual voicemail creations, but that’s about to change starting on May 31st. Earlier today, Smith Micro announced it’s delivering its Visual Voicemail features to the prepaid-friendly carrier, with the upcoming Boost-branded HTC EVO Design 4G being the first slab to offer said tidbits. Smith Micro is also adding an optional service dubbed “Voicemail-to-Text,” which — for an extra $1.99 per month — will essentially turn those vocal messages into words and send them to you via text message or email. With the launch of the “four-gee” waves in mind, we’re certain you’re enjoying all the incoming news of late.
Boost Mobile set to offer Smith Micro’s Visual Voicemail features starting on May 31st originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 16:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Rare Commodore KIM-1 hits eBay, shows you the PET’s barebones roots
Most of us think of Commodore’s pre-C64 computing history in terms of the still-legendary PET-2001, but an eBay auction run by Lawrence Bezuska shows just how far back the tradition really goes. He’s selling a KIM-1, the stripped-down hobbyist computer from Chuck Peddle that was the foundation for what the PET became. It’s so old that it was originally made by MOS Technologies in 1976 — Commodore bought the company and kept making the KIM-1 until 1981. Inside, you’re still looking at a 6502 chip, although you get just 1.12Kb of RAM and lose more than a few things that even DIY enthusiasts take for granted today, such as a power supply. There’s no way you’ll play Doom on it, then, but the winning bidder does get the luxury of a keypad just inches away from bare circuitry. If you’re quick enough to make the May 17th auction deadline and miss the days of very, very low-level programming, be sure to check the source link.
Rare Commodore KIM-1 hits eBay, shows you the PET’s barebones roots originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Eton anticipates next natural disaster with self-powered FRX radios
Eton, the name behind solar-powered sound systems and emergency radios, is updating its disaster-preparedness portfolio with the new FRX series of self-powered radios. The FRX 1, FRX 2 and FRX 3 use hand-turbine energy to keep the internal lithium ion battery juiced, and all include a glow-in-the-dark indicator, LED flashlight and DC input. While the FRX 1 offers only the basic components, the FRX 2 and 3 have solar panels for recharging, along with a headphone jack and a USB port for powering other gadgets. The FRX 3 boasts a digital alarm and radio — as opposed to the analog radio on the FRX 2 — and a display for receiving NOAA weather alerts. Eton priced the radios at $25, $40 and $60, respectively, and it’s currently selling the three options with American Red Cross co-branding at outlets such as Amazon, Best Buy and REI. Realizing your crank-powered Raptor is on its last legs? Check out the PR past the break.
Eton anticipates next natural disaster with self-powered FRX radios originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 15:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- X-mini KAI capsule Bluetooth speaker review
Speakers these days! They are everywhere, in constantly evolving iterations, smaller and more versatile than ever before. Singaporean manufacturer X-mini has a pretty good foothold in this game with a consistent brand message of “Sound Beyond Size.” That indicates the portability, mass, and reproductive capacity of its products in a pretty nebulous fashion, so we decided to grab its latest offering, the Bluetooth-toting KAI, and place it in our real lives for a few months. It’s available now for $99, which will take it off the table for many casual listeners, but those who crave what’s next in distributed audio might find KAI to be quite the ear-opener. We got pretty close with it (but not weird close), and we have a couple of things to say about that whole size / sound relationship they’re so keen on.
- Motorola Droid 4 gets leaked ICS build, official Android 4.0.4 may soon follow
We’ve known for quite some time that Motorola intended to push Ice Cream Sandwich to the Droid 4, but until now the waiting game continued, with no end in sight. It now appears that the smartphone maker is making serious progress on its own Motoblur-infused flavor of ICS, with a stock version of the upgrade making the rounds since last night. According to early adopters, the build seems to enable complete functionality, but upgrading early will leave your device locked to 4.0.4, with no option for future updates. So, for now, it makes sense to hang tight, but it’d be reasonable to assume that Moto-sanctioned ICS is indeed on its way to the Droid 4. Impatient owners will find everything they need at the source link after the break.
Motorola Droid 4 gets leaked ICS build, official Android 4.0.4 may soon follow originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 14:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- RunCore InVincible SSD wipes data away with the click of a button
This one goes out to all the Bonds in the world. RunCore, a Chinese company specializing in the production of solid state drives, has cooked up a SATA II solution that should satisfy even the most guarded of privacy fanatics. Living up to its grandiose InVincible moniker, this aptly-named SSD’s built to endure extreme temperatures ranging from -45 to 95 degrees Celsius (or -49 to 203 degrees Fahrenheit), read / write data at speeds up to 240Mbps / 140Mbps and protect your 1s and 0s from prying, less-than-reputable eyes. How so? Well, the drive’s actual pièce de espionnite aiguë (that’s fancy for paranoiac fail safe) incorporates a dual-button scheme for clearing away data. Users, much like Neo in ye ‘ole Matrix, will have two colored choices to make: select the green button for “intelligent elimination” (aka overwriting of data) or opt for the “less subtle method” offered by the red button which applies a current to the NAND flash memory for actual physical destruction of your data. So, whether you’re a high-ranking government official, a spy unlike us or just someone who can’t help but look over his / her shoulder, rest assured your secrets can now be safely disposed of. Jump past the break to check out the outfit’s informational video and its woefully out of sync audio track.
RunCore InVincible SSD wipes data away with the click of a button originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 14:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Motorola Motosmart Mix XT550 masks its middling specs with a set of nice headphones
HTC may be over the idea of including premium earbuds with its smartphones, but Motorola is stepping up to give it the ol’ college try with its Motosmart Mix XT550. The phone will sell in China for ¥1,699 and is targeted at “people who really care about music.” Along with the bundled set of headphones, you’ll also discover a dedicated button to open the Sina Micro Music application. Beyond these selling points, however, the handset is a bit behind the curve. The XT550 features Android 2.3.6, a Qualcomm MSM7255A SoC with an 800MHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 3-megapixel camera and a 4-inch, HVGA display. On a positive note, the 1,735mAh battery is said to provide up to 30 hours of music playback. All things considered, however, we’re inclined to agree: you’d have to “really care about music” to spring for this one. Undeterred? You’ll find the full PR after the break.
Motorola Motosmart Mix XT550 masks its middling specs with a set of nice headphones originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 May 2012 14:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.