- CES 2012 to feature 94 startup companies in ‘Eureka Park TechZone’
CES hasn’t exactly been known as the place where small startup companies catch their big break, but the CEA seems intent on changing that notion this time around. The organization announced today that its new ‘Eureka Park TechZone” will feature 94 startup companies occupying some 9,000 square feet of floor space at The Venetian — up considerably from the 28 companies that were signed on when the new area was first announced this summer. As CNET’s Daniel Terdiman notes, digital imaging companies look set to have a particularly big presence in the area, including the likes of smartphone accessory-maker Kogeto (its Dot device pictured above) and the Cornell Research offshoot Mezmeriz, which is focused on pico projector technology. Needless to say, we’ll be there next month to see what comes out of it.
CES 2012 to feature 94 startup companies in ‘Eureka Park TechZone’ originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Spotify hits some BlackBerry smartphones, Angry Birds finally reaches the PlayBookIt may not exactly be the good news RIM fans have been hoping for, but those committed to the company’s products do now at least have two more big-name apps at their disposal. First up is Spotify, which is now out of beta and available for GSM-based BlackBerry smartphones including the Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000, and Curve 8520. The app itself is free but, as with the company’s other mobile apps, you’ll need a $10/month Spotify Premium subscription to take advantage of mobile streaming. While there’s no word on it hitting the PlayBook any time soon, users of RIM’s tablet can now finally get a taste of that little Angry Birds game that’s apparently available for a few other platforms. That includes the original game, plus Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, each of which will set you back $5 apiece.
Spotify hits some BlackBerry smartphones, Angry Birds finally reaches the PlayBook originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Samsung Captivate Glide review
The QWERTY slider hasn’t exactly gone the way of the dinosaur, but it’s definitely approaching giant panda status. That is to say, it’s become rare for a major device manufacturer to output anything other than candybar touchscreen smartphones. And why not? Slimmer, faster, beastlier is the mobile motto as of late and that’s precisely what consumers seem to gravitate towards. But for diehard fans of tactile feedback, Samsung’s birthed the Captivate Glide, a handset that marries the best of both form factors. Sitting just below its high-end brethren, Sammy’s 4-incher runs along AT&T’s 21Mbps HSPA+ network and bundles an 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display with a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 1,650mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear camera capable of 720p video capture. At $150 on a two-year contract, it’s just half a Benjamin short of the top-tier, LTE-capable HTC Vivid. With that small of a price divide, you have to wonder: is the downgrade really worth it for the Captivate Glide’s (comparatively) slower speeds and physical buttons? Are you willing to trade-in thin and sleek for messaging convenience and a bit of bulk? Follow on past the break as we deliver the answers to those burning questions.
Gallery: Samsung Captivate Glide review
- Nokia Lumia 800 infiltrates Washington, succumbs to FCC teardown
It’s a rite of passage for any stateside-bound communications device, and now Nokia’s darling Windows Phone handset has arrived at FCC HQ to lay disrobed alongside the agency’s imposing L-square ruler. The Lumia 800 has been available through carriers in other countries since shortly after its Nokia World launch, but it has yet to land in the US with a carrier subsidy. It’s not clear exactly where the shiny slab is headed after its mandatory pit-stop near the nation’s capital, though with no reports of 1700 MHz AWS on board, it’s safe to say that this iteration won’t be joining its Lumia 710 sibling over at T-Mobile.
Nokia Lumia 800 infiltrates Washington, succumbs to FCC teardown originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- T-Mobile, Motorola respond to Senator Franken’s Carrier IQ questions
The deadline has passed for T-Mobile and Motorola to respond to Senator Al Franken’s Carrier IQ questionnaire, and both companies’ reports are in. We’ll first tackle T-Mobile’s letter: the carrier stated that it began installing CIQ last August, and nearly 450,000 Android and BlackBerry devices are infested with the IQ Agent software, which is used for individual troubleshooting cases and marketing purposes. This is a more moderate use than Sprint or AT&T, which both mentioned that it was actively pinging their CIQ-enabled phones to collect data on service and wireless performance on their networks. Nine T-Mobile devices in total contain the IQ Agent: the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II and Exhibit II 4G, LG MyTouch and MyTouchQ, LG DoublePlay and the BlackBerry 9900, 9810 and 9360. Motorola, meanwhile, admitted that CIQ is installed on four of its devices: the Admiral, Titanium, Bravo and Atrix 2. While this rounds up all of the companies that were asked by Senator Franken to respond, we’re still anxious to see what kind of effect this will have. We’ve already witnessed one major change, as Sprint’s agreed to disable the software on its phones, but who’s next? Where do we go from here?
T-Mobile, Motorola respond to Senator Franken’s Carrier IQ questions originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Where’s the spectrum? This map will show youWe’ll admit, trying to decipher wireless spectrum can be a frustrating and exhausting process. Who owns what, and where? Fortunately, Anthony Fiti of Spectrum Omega has put together a
Rosetta StoneGoogle Map indicating how much spectrum each carrier owns in the lower 48 states, the frequencies they own and where it’s all located. While it’s by no means 100 percent accurate due to various complexities in how some spectrum is shared between carriers, and there’s no promise of it being continually updated yet, it’s still the most comprehensive visual guide we’ve seen outside of the FCC site. If you’re curious as to who’s got the spectrum in your neck of the woods, take a peek at the source link below and have a look around.
- IRL: Spotify, Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 and Oakley’s AP backpack 3.0Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we’re using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment.In this, our last edition of IRL before worldwide eat-Chinese-food-and-go-to-the-movies day, we’re unpacking our gifts a few days early. Darren replaced his document scanner after his old one went to wherever it is that deceased scanners go, Joe finally settled on a gadget bag stylish enough to go with his skinny jeans and Brian’s given himself the gift of a Spotify premium account. So how’s it going, here in real life? Head past the break to find out.
IRL: Spotify, Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 and Oakley’s AP backpack 3.0 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Tesla confirms Model S pricing and options: $49,900 and up after tax credits
Tesla Motors has talked a fair bit about pricing for its Model S sedan over the past couple of years, but it’s now finally set things in stone. US pricing for the base model will start at $49,900, although that’s only after you factor in the $7,500 federal tax credit. As Tesla notes, that’s the very same pricing that the company first promised way back when the car was unveiled in 2009, but it does come with a few trade-offs (more on that later). Opting for that base model will get you 40 kWh battery, along with 19-inch wheels and the 17-inch touchscreen that’s included on all models (complete with a number of connectivity options). The standard Model S can also be upgraded to a 60kWh or 85kWh package for an extra $10,000 and $20,000, respectively (including other performance improvements), while the top-of-the-line Model S Performance option starts at $79,900 (also after the tax credit). Somewhat curiously, while that stand-out touchscreen is standard on all models, you’ll have to add the $3,750 tech package if you want built-in navigation and other options like a high definition back-up camera. You can price things out for yourself and check out all of the customizations options at the source link below.
Tesla confirms Model S pricing and options: $49,900 and up after tax credits originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Verizon confirms LTE data services fully restored, 3G never affected
Several hours after service issues were first reported this morning, Verizon Wireless has confirmed that 4G LTE service has been restored throughout the country, and that 3G CDMA services were never affected. So that miserable half-day of reliving the pain of 3G speeds is now behind us, hopefully never to return.
Verizon confirms LTE data services fully restored, 3G never affected originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.