- South Korea’s FTC reportedly raids Google again over lack of cooperation
Google might be in trouble for how it handled an earlier raid by South Korean officials over antitrust concerns. Insiders claimed to AllThingsD that the country’s Fair Trade Commission stormed Google’s Seoul offices again on May 28th after the company allegedly stonewalled the investigation in suspicious ways. Among the accusations, Google supposedly deleted files and asked staff to work from home rather than face inquiries. The FTC’s goal was still to answer complaints from local search firms Daum and NHN that Google was unfairly making it difficult to use a non-Google search engine in Android. Google still says it’s cooperating with regulators, but the assertions if they’re accurate would paint a different picture. They certainly don’t alleviate pressure in the US over similar subjects.
South Korea’s FTC reportedly raids Google again over lack of cooperation originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 17:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Nest expands its reach, begins shipping Learning Thermostat to Canada
The Nest Learning Thermostat has certainly generated plenty of buzz — and not just by thermostat standards — but it’s so far only be available to those in the United States. That’s finally starting to change today, though, with Nest announcing that is has now begun shipping the thermostat to Canada. Those interested will initially only be order the device through Nest’s own website, where it will set Canadians back the same $249 — they can also take advantage of the “Nest Concierge” program to get the unit professionally installed for $119, with additional installations running $25 each (all still in US dollars). Still no word on any Canadian retailers that will be carrying the device.
Nest expands its reach, begins shipping Learning Thermostat to Canada originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 17:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- The Engadget Show 33: Indie Game: The Movie, Fifth Avenue Frogger and The Art of the Video Game
E3 is rapidly approaching, but why wait until then for some hot video game action? We’ve got a veritable electronic entertainment expo of Engadget Show goodness coming at you this month, including an interview with the directors of the award winning documentary, Indie Game: The Movie. We’ve also paid a visit to the Smithsonian to check out the museum’s Art of the Video Game exhibit and took a look the insanely awesome Fifth Avenue Frogger arcade machine hack.
We’ve also got a look at the newly reborn Chinatown Fair arcade in Manhattan and E3 predictions with with Joystiq’s Ben Gilbert. And, as always, we’ll have the month’s latest and greatest gadgets, including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint, the HTC Evo 4G LTE, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 , the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 and two new iCade creations. Can you handle all of that? Good! Check out the video after the break.
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The Engadget Show 33: Indie Game: The Movie, Fifth Avenue Frogger and The Art of the Video Game originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 16:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Google’s Steve Lee talks about the history and future of Project Glass
Details on Google’s Project Glass haven’t been the easiest thing to come by since the wearable computing effort was announced earlier this year, but Google execs have been getting a bit more talkative and eager to give demonstrations as of late. You can now add product lead Steve Lee to that list, who’s given a fairly wide-ranging interview to Fast Company on the project’s origins and its future. Not surprisingly, he confirmed that the early prototypes were a fair bit bulkier — starting a laptop in a backpack — and that even the current prototypes are still “very early,” although they do handle more than just photos (he gives Maps as one example). Lee does see photo-taking as a “key aspect” to the device, though.
He also cast some doubt on initial reports that the devices would be available this year for between $250 and $600, saying that would be “pretty aggressive timing,” but he also noted that he “wouldn’t be on this project if it was like a five-year endeavor.” As for the future, he says that contact lenses with the technology is a natural evolution but a definite “long-term thing,” and that a nearer term goal is to “serve everyone and make this is a universal device,” adding that they’ve “prototyped lots of different form factors to accommodate all those folks.” All of that comes just from the first part of a two-part interview, though — the rest is promised later this week.
Google’s Steve Lee talks about the history and future of Project Glass originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 16:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Apple I up for auction: buy a bit of Apple history for the bulk of your net worth
Attention Apple lovers: here’s your chance to get your hands on an original piece of company history, but the past has proven that you better have a lot of extra cash lying around. Sotheby’s auction house is offering a working Apple I computer, which is the original design that was built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak back in 1976 — by hand. It’s expected to fetch between $140,000 – 180,000, and those dollars buy you a mobo, cassette interface and the original BASIC manual to get you
programmingpartying like it’s 1979. This isn’t the first Apple I to hit the auction block, but with only 200 of the things in existence, the winning bidder will join the upper echelon of Apple enthusiasts. So, if you’ve got cash to burn and fancy yourself the ultimate fanboy, head on down to the source link for the full details.
Apple I up for auction: buy a bit of Apple history for the bulk of your net worth originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 15:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- China greenlights Apple’s third-gen iPad for 3G use, China Unicom smiles knowingly
Apple’s current iPad is already cleared for China in WiFi trim, but those of us who’ve wanted to roam through Kunming on care-free 3G haven’t had any officially approved choices. That’s ending soon, as the Chinese government just gave the cellular version (A1430) the all-clear. Like in most parts of the world, Apple’s slate won’t use LTE given the lack of any established network in the area; HSPA’s as good as it will get. The clearance is slightly odd given that the State Administration for Industry and Commerce is leaning in Proview’s direction when it comes to iPad trademark ownership. With the iPad still legally available in the country, though, it’s safe to say that official 3G iPad carrier China Unicom is happy to prepare for a rush of customers who want to buy a cellular iPad without using the zipline delivery method.
China greenlights Apple’s third-gen iPad for 3G use, China Unicom smiles knowingly originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- PayPal mobile payments hit the UK, filling your closet just went wireless (video)
PayPal’s mobile payments have been on a whirlwind American tour this year, but they haven’t had a chance to cross the border so far. Someone must have finally stamped the company’s passport, since it’s now an option for UK residents to pay using the InStore app for Android or iOS. A trio of fashion outlets — Coast, Oasis and Warehouse — can soon scan an on-screen barcode to take payment for that posh new shirt instead of requiring ye olde wallet. As it is in the US, there’s no need for any NFC magic or even an Internet connection to clinch the deal, and there’s still the same access to discounts and refunds as for paper- and plastic-wielding buyers. A total of 230 shops will take your PayPal credit starting May 31st, although they won’t stop your potential fashion mistakes.
PayPal mobile payments hit the UK, filling your closet just went wireless (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 15:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Aaron Sorkin talks about future Steve Jobs movie, impact of technology on his writing
You don’t have to look far to get a grasp on who Aaron Sorkin is — he wrote A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Moneyball and The Social Network, for starters — and he showed up at D10 to talk creative media, how the digital age impacts his writing and his impending movie about late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. While not involving hard technology news, the interview was exceedingly refreshing, and it delved deep into the world of tech as it impacts his upcoming show about a fictional newsroom (The Newsroom on HBO). The highlights included a frank quote that whoever ends up playing Jobs in his movie — not to be confused with the one already in production with Ashton Kutcher — will have to be “good, and intelligent.” He also confessed to being fully engaged in the “three screens” movement, but wasn’t too prideful to admit that he taps into the brain of his 11-year old daughter for lots of technological help. Pretty wild for a guy that many would label “genius.” For more from the interview, head on past the break.
Aaron Sorkin talks about future Steve Jobs movie, impact of technology on his writing originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 15:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Archos 7-inch Child Pad with ICS now on sale for $130, Aaaalvin squeaks in celebration
Oh, we know you’ve been waiting for this one. Earlier today, Archos announced its kid-friendly Child Pad tablet is finally up for grabs — which was bound to happen after having passed the FCC’s meticulous inspection. In case your brain needs a quick refresh, those $129.99 get your little ones a 7-inch, 800 x 480 screen, Android 4.0, an unpretentious 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage (expandable by way of microSD). Obviously, kids are unlikely to focus on the specs side of things, so Archos has done a decent job of including pre-loaded tidbits such as apps, games and “exclusive” Alvin and the Chipmunk 3 content in order to keep them entertained. If you’re feeling like this is the one for your child, then hit the source link below to get your order in.
Archos 7-inch Child Pad with ICS now on sale for $130, Aaaalvin squeaks in celebration originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 May 2012 15:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.