- CineSkates go mini, still harnessing the power of smooth
You remember CineSkates, right? They’re the camera tripod that looks like a Gorillapod that’s just discovered the miracle of rollerblading. It’s got a little sibling now — the miniSkates Video Dolly, a rollable mount that works with phones and cameras that weigh up to 1.5 pounds. The minis are available for $150 as a complete set (Gorillapod included) or $95 for just the skates. Check out the smooth video after the break.
CineSkates go mini, still harnessing the power of smooth originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 17:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- GE’s 27-watt LED replacement for 100-watt incandescent bulbs set to light up our lives next year
As if you didn’t already have enough reason to be pumped for this week’s Lightfair trade show in Vegas — GE is talking up its new 27-watt Energy Smart LED bulb that can product enough power (1,600-plus lumens) to replace a standard 100-watt incandescent bulb. The bulb, which joins 13-watt and 9-watt LED bulbs (replacements for 60- and 40-watt incandescents, respectively) offers up 25,000 hours of life, which should give you roughly 22.8 years, assuming you use it about three hours a day. It’ll be hitting the U.S. and Canada in the first half of next year for an undetermined price. Check the illuminating press release after the break.
GE’s 27-watt LED replacement for 100-watt incandescent bulbs set to light up our lives next year originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 17:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Samsung snaps up mSpot, teases a boost to media cloud efforts
Talk of a Samsung cloud service might not have panned out at the Galaxy S III event, but that doesn’t mean the Korean electronics giant isn’t interested in the space. Samsung has just acquired mSpot, best known for its cloud music storage and its earlier movie streaming tie-ins with carriers. The exact intentions aren’t exactly clear — Samsung is only promising that mSpot’s technology will represent a “key integrated offering” on new mobile hardware. Still, the deal suggests that the Music Hub and Media Hub may get that much more cloud-savvy in the future. When asked for comment, Dropbox coyly stated: “It’s cool. Being single is the new black.”
Samsung snaps up mSpot, teases a boost to media cloud efforts originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 16:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Join us live for Bill Clinton’s CTIA keynote tomorrow at 3PM ET
Well, we kicked off the week with the current king of regulation, now we end the event with a keynote from a former regulatory king maker. President Bill Clinton will be taking the stage tomorrow afternoon to talk about… something. The philanthropist and former commander-in-chief took the long trip to N’awlins to address the industry and press, so we assume he’s got something important to say. If you want to find out exactly what that might be, check back here at the time listed below to watch Willy get his word groove on.May 10, 2012 3:00 PM EDT
Join us live for Bill Clinton’s CTIA keynote tomorrow at 3PM ET originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 16:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Rhode & Schwarz anechoic test chamber waves-on
We’re oft treated to fantastic news by the FCC while devices are tested in its immense labyrinth of labs but what we’ve not seen much of is the type of equipment contained within them. While the smaller Rhode & Schwarz TS8991 that we had a peek at today is used more for antenna design purposes and not by the FCC, it still offers some interesting — and frighteningly complicated — insight into the world of those who make your handsets work. The MIMO test we watched involved two theta positioners (which can be seen in the picture above) that rotate about the handset on the pedestal which also turns to add the azimuth in the test run. Each theta positioner has a quad ridged horn antenna, which — aside from likely being the greatest sounding antenna name ever — capture the signal from the handset and eventually allows the AMS32 management system to generate a 3D pattern of the radio emissions. The system will test 2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi, and Bluetooth sets and rings in somewhere above $1,000,000. Follow on for a video and a pretty detailed explanation that is mostly pretty user friendly.
- Google+ for iPhone gets big visual makeover in 2.0 update
Users of the Google+ iPhone app have sometimes complained that their version isn’t given the same love as that for Android users. The TLC level just got a boost today, as a Google+ 2.0 update has remade the app in style: it now has a more immersive “carousel” for streams, with stylized fonts, a greater emphasis on profile photos and a whole lot less of that humdrum white. Actions like a +1 vote are more prominent at the same time. If you’re of the Apple-owning persuasion, you can get the updated app now; Android users are also being teased with a future update that will bring some “extra surprises” within a few weeks.
Google+ for iPhone gets big visual makeover in 2.0 update originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 16:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Apple releases OS X 10.7.4, FileVault bug gets addressed
Hey, Mac users: are you ready for an update? Because Apple is dropping its latest OS version on your heads. 10.7.4 just hit, and it brings with it a number of small fixes to help improve things like security, stability and compatibility for your system. The update promises to fix an issue with the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting, compatibility with some third-party keyboards and the ability to copy files to SMB servers, among others. You can check out a more complete list of fixes just after the break.
Apple releases OS X 10.7.4, FileVault bug gets addressed originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 16:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Alcatel OneTouch 995 hands-on
Alcatel’s OneTouch 995 first graced our pages back in November, which promised pumped-up specs and a departure from the company’s traditional low-end lineup. We’ve now managed to lay our hands upon the device, and while it sports only Gingerbread (which contradicts those Ice Cream Sandwich rumors), it’s really quite nice — especially given the low price. While the hardware is relatively unassuming, that’s not a bad thing. Instead, the OneTouch 995 manages to include just enough quality components to make the handset both attractive and functional. It features a 1.4GHz CPU, along with an admirable 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 IPS LCD display and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. We were also pleased to see a stock Android 2.3 interface, and Alcatel’s addition of a micro-HDMI port with DLNA support is most definitely welcome. The enclosure itself is quite plasticky, but it’s also comfortable to hold. We’re told the OneTouch 995 will arrive on the market in the near-term, and will sell in the neighborhood of $270. As an important feature for some, it’ll also be available in a variety of colors. To see the company’s finest handset to date, be sure to check out our gallery below.
Gallery: Alcatel OneTouch 995 hands-on
Sean Cooper contributed to this report
- Google Maps for Android takes you inside with improved walking directions
All right, so Google Maps has gotten you safely to your destination. Now what?! Don’t panic — the company is rolling out indoor walking directions for the app’s latest Android release. Version 6.7 also features 360-degree photo views of businesses, to help ensure that you really don’t get lost once inside. Also new is nearby deals that can be accessed by clicking “Offers,” so you can nab some sweet deals within arms’ reach. The latest version is up for the download now via Google Play. If you’re still lost, please consult the instructional video after the break.
Google Maps for Android takes you inside with improved walking directions originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 09 May 2012 16:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.