- Twonky Beam Browser hands-onShowing your friends the latest viral video traditionally requires huddling around a smartphone or tablet, which is odd when you’re sat in a room with a 40-inch flat-screen. Web connected TVs or media units like the Apple TV will let you watch YouTube as long as you spend five minutes tediously inputting the search term on your remote. For those of us who can’t afford a unified Airplay setup, there’s PacketVideo’s Twonky Beam Browser, which lets you push mobile content to your TV as fast as your wireless router can handle it. Does it work as well as advertised? Is it the answer to your prayers? Read on to find out, dear reader, read on.
- Nabaztag robotic rabbits rise from the ashes at midnightTwas a sad day when Mindscape was forced to shutter the online service used by its collection of Nabaztag robotic rabbits — as the tale goes, the domain’s demise left the tiny, Linux-running hares inanimate, mute and nearly useless. But just five short months later, things are starting to look up. Via email, the company has confirmed that nabaztag.com will come (back) alive on midnight of December 24th (a timezone was not specified), allowing Nabaztag users to communicate with their coney comrades. “At midnight you can turn your rabbits on without changing anything,” writes the bunny builder. That’s not all. The company is promising to “enrich” the devic’s modules with “community contributions.” If you’re a Nabaztag owner, step away from that eggnog and put on a pot of coffee… Christmas is coming a full 24-hours early.
Nabaztag robotic rabbits rise from the ashes at midnight originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Engadget Primed: ports, connectors and the future of your TV’s backsidePrimed goes in-depth on the technobabble you hear on Engadget every day — we dig deep into each topic’s history and how it benefits our lives. You can follow the series here. Looking to suggest a piece of technology for us to break down? Drop us a line at primed *at* engadget *dawt* com.
For many among us, what goes on behind and along the sides of a high-definition television is almost as compelling as what’s displayed on that big, beautiful flat screen. Of course, we’re talking connectors, with their attendant chaos of cords. A high-def TV is only as good as its connection to a high-def signal. The same holds true for the array of disc players, game consoles and other peripherals we cluster around our sets. So it may seem quaint, then, that we still often confront more analog ports than digital ones on our high-end TVs. You’d think with advances in wireless technology, we’d have done away with the spider web of wires entirely. Alas, like flying cars and fembots, we’re just not there yet.
In this installment of Primed, we’ll examine the best and the bogus when it comes to TV connectors, and spend some time tracing the arc of how we got to where we are in this particular moment of television evolution. The narrative on television and home entertainment remains a work in progress. But we’ll endeavor to get you caught up to date, and as an added bonus offer a glimpse of what the future of your TV’s backside will likely look like.
Engadget Primed: ports, connectors and the future of your TV’s backside originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- HP issues LaserJet firmware update, hopefully ends exploding printer saga
Some of you might remember the story that HP LaserJet printers might be open to hack attacks that could result in some not-so-spontaneous combustion? Now the company has issued a statement saying that no-one reported their printer exploding, but to be on the safe side, it’s produced a firmware update (available at the source link) that’ll close the hole and ensure your Holiday doesn’t end with a visit from the fire department.
HP issues LaserJet firmware update, hopefully ends exploding printer saga originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 4PM ET!Just because there are a few celebrations going on this time of year, doesn’t mean mobile news stops coming — for one, AT&T lobbyists and lawyers are getting some well-deserved time off for the holidays! So in honor of the season, we feel like getting a little jolly today and are ready to crank out a podcast for all the world to hear. So join Myriam and Brad — and our very own Richard Lai — for a special holiday episode of the Engadget Mobile Podcast today at 4PM ET!
Note: The recorded podcast will likely not be available for download until after the weekend. All the more reason to join us today for the livecast!
December 23, 2011 4:00 PM EST
Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 4PM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Go Daddy pulls support for SOPA amidst backlash, too late to satisfy WikipediaIt looks like the prospect of widespread boycott was more than Go Daddy was willing to face as a result of its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act — the domain name registrar announced today that it has officially withdrawn its support for the controversial bill. In a statement, the company said that “fighting online piracy is of the utmost importance, which is why Go Daddy has been working to help craft revisions to this legislation – but we can clearly do better,” adding that it will support new legislation “when and if the Internet community supports it.” That move proved to be too late for a number of prominent Go Daddy customers, however, including Wikipedia, which coincidentally announced today that it will be moving all of its domain names away from Go Daddy due to its stance on SOPA. Go Daddy’s full announcement is after the break.
Go Daddy pulls support for SOPA amidst backlash, too late to satisfy Wikipedia originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Growing Up Geek: Steven Troughton-SmithWelcome to Growing Up Geek, an ongoing feature where we take a look back at our youth and tell stories of growing up to be the nerds that we are. Today, we have a special guest: programmer, app designer, artist and geek, Steven Troughton-Smith.
I was born to be an artist. I was always the kind of kid that doodled when bored in class; I used to spend hours creating the most intricate symmetrical robots or plotting maps for world domination. Somewhere along the way I realized that the thing I really wanted to design was software, and I’d really have to learn to start programming to be able to make what I saw in my head exist.
As a child of four I was exposed for the first time to a computer — a Macintosh IIsi. When I wasn’t playing SimCity 2000 or Spelunx, I was dabbling in Photoshop 3.0. I was fascinated by the Mac and would spend hours learning all the intricacies of how it worked. I discovered an Amstrad 286 in our attic at some stage — my mom’s old work computer — and set to work trying to figure out the arcane incantations to show something more interesting than a DOS prompt onscreen. (Eventually I found some Windows 2.03 floppy disks about the house and forcibly upgraded it — it wasn’t much better off for my efforts). Then, in 1998, I met RealBASIC.
- NEC outs pair of displays that tell you their carbon footprint, how economically awesome they are
So, what’s so special about NEC’s new 24-inch MultiSync LED backlit displays? Well, these nifty NECs have two ECO modes to help keep power consumption to a minimum, plus a feature that lets users to track the amount of carbon dioxide created by the electricity they use. It also lets you input how much you pay for all those electrons to track just how much the monitors contribute to your monthly utility bill. Otherwise, these are fairly unremarkable 250-nit, 1920 x 1200 panels with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, and USB 2.0 connections. The eco-friendly displays are available from NEC Japan, but the company’s not saying how much they cost. One thing we do know is that they’ll be upping the smug quotient in the land of the rising sun. See what that could lead to in the video after the break — warning: may not appeal to those who hate funny things.
NEC outs pair of displays that tell you their carbon footprint, how economically awesome they are originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 hands-on impressions (video)
Don’t call it a comeback, it’s a Xyboard — Motorola’s rebranded (for the US, anyway) Xoom 2. A 10.1-inch attempt at sidestepping the original Xoom’s notoriety. With baked-in LTE of the Verizon variety, a slimmer waistline and a distinctive design, this Android 3.2 tablet could very well inject a dose of excitement back into the company’s flagging category appeal. But with the spotlight-stealing ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime already on the map and dazzling consumers with its notebook-like functionality, will anyone even notice Moto’s second swing at Honeycomb? Are LTE speeds and an improved silhouette enough to lure wayward users back into the company’s willing embrace? Does anyone even care about non-Ice Cream Sandwich tablets? Read on as we explore the odd ends and angles of this curiously-shaped slate.
Motorola Droid Xyboard 10.1 hands-on impressions (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.