- Huawei hurls Gigabit broadband across 100 meters of old copper
There’s little point in having a super-speedy optic backbone if broadband gets yellow-flagged on the final straight between junction box and home. But Huawei claims it’s developed prototype DSL technology that can deliver 1Gb/s downstream and upstream over common twisted pair copper telephone cable for distances of up to 100 meters. This could provide a “cost effective option for telecom operators building ultra-broadband access networks,” but will it be enough to overcome America’s anxiety towards Chinese-made telecoms infrastructure? In any case, some lucky people have had fiber-to-the-home Gigabit broadband for months already.
Huawei hurls Gigabit broadband across 100 meters of old copper originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- RIM reports Q3 2011 earnings: $5.2b revenue, $265m net income and 14.1 million handsets shippedNews out of Waterloo isn’t all bad today, as Research in Motion has revealed its financial results for the third quarter of 2011. While the company previously had to scale back its earlier earnings projections of $5.6 billion in the quarter, it’s apparent the firm came close to meeting that mark. After close of the markets today, RIM reported $5.2 billion in revenue with $265 million in net income and 14.1 million handsets shipped. The company was only able to eke out 150,000 PlayBook tablets during this time frame, however, which no doubt contributed to these reduced numbers. Unfortunately, the market hasn’t taken so kindly to the revelation, as RIM’s stock has fallen seven-percent in after hours trading. In a small bit of positive news, the firm reports that its subscriber count is up 35-percent year-over-year, which now totals 75 million subscribers.
Looking forward, the company expects to bring in between $4.6 and $4.9 billion in revenue for the next quarter, where it hopes to ship between 11 and 12 million units. Co-CEO Jim Balsillie referred to the last few quarters as among the most trying in the company’s history, and promised to re-evaluate RIM’s product portfolio, R&D strategy and to “leave no stone unturned” as it seeks to regain prominence in the smartphone world. Meanwhile, co-CEO Mike Lazaridis reaffirmed the commitment to the PlayBook OS 2.0, which remains on track for a February launch. As for the QNX-based BlackBerry 10 smartphones that we’ve been looking forward to, Lazaridis said to not expect anything until late 2012, which will be hampered by a chipset supply that’s not expected to become available until mid next year.
RIM reports Q3 2011 earnings: $5.2b revenue, $265m net income and 14.1 million handsets shipped originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- The Engadget Podcast is live tonight at 5PM!We’re back! Well, Brian is, at least. Tim’s MIA this time out, but it’s okay, because Darren and Dana will be on-hand to help recap the week’s biggest tech news. We’re live at 5PM tonight. So come, join us in the chat after the break.
- Microsoft Kinect used to map asteroids, glaciers, other scary thingsKen Mankoff is a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studies ice and ocean interactions. He also counts himself among a growing legion of environmental scientists who have begun using Microsoft’s Kinect to create detailed, 3D maps of caves, glaciers and even asteroids. As Wired reports, the Kinect has garnered something of a cult following within the scientific community, especially among those who, until now, have relied upon comparatively more expensive and complicated technologies to gather detailed 3D data. The approach du jour for most researchers is something known as Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) — a laser-based technology capable of creating precise maps over relatively large areas. The Kinect, by contrast, can only see up to 16 feet in front of itself, but at just $120, it’s significantly cheaper than the average LIDAR system, which can run for anywhere between $10,000 and $200,000. It’s also surprisingly accurate, capable of capturing up to 9 million data points per second.
Mankoff, for one, has already used the device to map a small cavern underneath a glacier in Norway, while Marco Tedesco, a hydrologist at the City College of New York, is looking to attach a Kinect to a remote-controlled helicopter, in the hopes of measuring so-called meltwater lakes found on glaciers during the summer. Then there’s Naor Movshovitz, also a PhD student at UC Santa Cruz, who’s more interested in using the Kinect and its image processing software to figure out how asteroids behave when broken up by a projectile. There are limitations, of course, since the device still has trouble performing amidst severe environmental conditions, though its supporters seem confident they’ll find a solution. Read more at the source link below.
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- Sprint, NBA strike multi-year partnership, celebrate with a new Android appNBA Commissioner David Stern is all smiles these days. Why? Because the most pointless labor dispute in human history has finally drawn to a close, and Chris Paul isn’t a Laker. He must also be elated over a new deal the NBA has just signed with Sprint, which replaces T-Mobile as the Official Wireless Service Partner of the NBA — a phrase that will likely be repeated ad nauseam during every single halftime report this season. Under the marketing partnership, announced on Wednesday, Sprint will launch its own “Sprint NBA Mobile” Android app, giving subscribers access to highlights, stats and the latest news on why Chris Paul isn’t a Laker. According to All Things D, an iOS version is still in the works, though it remains unclear whether it will sport the same features as its Android counterpart. Sprint says the app should be available in time for the NBA’s December 25th season opener, which won’t feature Chris Paul, because Chris Paul isn’t a Laker. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but All Things D reports that it’s valued somewhere “in the millions” — which should help shore up some of the revenue the NBA will lose in potential Chris Paul jersey sales, because Chris Paul isn’t a Laker.
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- Insert Coin: Kapsule Lightstand puts your Kindle Keyboard in the spotlightIn Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you’d like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with “Insert Coin” as the subject line.
There are plenty of benefits to e-ink displays, they’re clean, easy on the eyes, light on the battery draining and can be read in direct sunlight, unlike their LCD brethren. There are a number of downsides as well, of course, including the lack of backlighting, making them tough to read in a dark room. Several companies have attempted to capitalize on this shortcoming, with clip-on accessories that are sometimes awkward and unwieldy when attached to tiny e-readers. Though, for the record, some have managed to get things right, like Amazon’s own Lighted Leather Cover for the fourth-gen Kindle.
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- Dell cuts Mini netbooks for non-business customers, ruins Christmas for laptop loversIf you needed a good, valid reason to Hulk Out today, this might be it. Dell, which recently retired its Streak 5 and Streak 7 tablets, is apparently axing its Mini line of netbooks as well. According to the MyDellMini forums, conducting a search for a laptop with a 10-inch display on the Dell Shop will yield no results, while a search for specific models brings up a variety of messages confirming the world’s loss. Fortunately, the full-sized notebooks appear to be in abundant supply, and the search engine will happily suggest one of Dell’s 14-inch laptops for $469 and up. Because, you know, a 14-inch machine will totally serve the same purchase as a 10-inch one.
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- Google employee creates the ultimate LAN party house, lives la vita local
You don’t see many software engineers over on Cribs, but if you did, then Google employee Kenton Varda would probably be first in line. Some people buy fancy cars and hot tubs, Kenton created the ultimate LAN party room. Getting your crew round for a marathon Counter-Strike session might be a barrel, but tangled cables and weeding out connection problems are not, or at least Kenton clearly doesn’t think so. No more cable spaghetti for him though, thanks to a permanent installation that includes machines, monitors, many feet of HDMI and USB leads, rack mounts and networking equipment for up to 12 gaming chums. Spread over two rooms, with six stations in each — ideal for team games — bespoke cabinets were made to keep it easy on the eye. Anyone wanting to take on a similar project can expect to put a $40,000 dent in their wallet, or a little more, depending on the size of your LAN.
Google employee creates the ultimate LAN party house, lives la vita local originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Roku’s official iPhone remote app is available, has gesture control and channel selection for all
Directly on the heels of an update for its newest media streamers, Roku has released its official iPhone remote app. Apparently “inspired by user feedback”, it allows users to launch or rate channels, control the box with touches and swipes, and add or remove channels from their box directly from the app itself. Probably the best news about it is that it will work with all generations of Roku hardware, and can even pair to multiple boxes. Usage requires the box and iOS device be connected on the same network, and for users to sign in with their Roku account, but that’s it. Hit the source link to grab the free app now, or check out a couple more screenshots in the gallery below, then let us know how it measures up to the numerous third party solutions (like DVPRemote) currently available. Roku already promised an Android version is in the works, so we’ll keep an eye out for that to arrive soon.
Gallery: Roku official iOS remote app
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