- AT&T’s 4G LTE network is live in San Francisco
New York City by the end of 2011? How’s about San Francisco by the end of December 8th? We can’t say for certain that it’s lit up for good (“testing,” you know), but at least for now it’s absolutely screaming on our LTE-equipped AT&T handsets in downtown SF. Seeing similar? Let us know how it’s going for you in comments below, and feel free to stick your tongue out in the general direction of the Big Apple. (They won’t see you.)
- SPHERE 2 mouse turns the premium dial up to platinum, can hide in perfumeries
You can’t have enough premium spherical mice, can you? OreObject is hoping not, trumpeting its “environmentally sensitive” sequel to the SPHEREtouch. Sure, the SPHERE 2 still packs all sorts of curves, but it’s now been crafted from “surgical grade” stainless steel, with four-way navigation chops and a detachable, tangle-free USB cord thrown into the mix. It’s the curious scroll wheel at the apex of the sphere that now furnishes the orb with four-way scrolling, and the peripheral will be available in three different finishes: titanium ($185), gold ($290) and platinum ($320). The one percent among us can sniff out the preorder form at the source link below. Or get the butler to do it.
SPHERE 2 mouse turns the premium dial up to platinum, can hide in perfumeries originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 21:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Australian High Court just says no to Apple appeal, Samsung breathes a sigh of relief
First, Apple got Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from Oz, then Sammy got the temporary injunction lifted. Undaunted, Apple vowed to appeal the Korean company’s victory to the High Court of Australia, and today, The Register reports that the court has denied Apple’s appeal. Details are sparse as to why Cupertino’s arguments were unpersuasive, but one thing’s for sure: Samsung’s going to have a much more merry Christmas as a result of its latest legal victory.
Australian High Court just says no to Apple appeal, Samsung breathes a sigh of relief originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- White Nokia N9 descends from Lintukoto, goes on sale in Finland
Espoo isn’t making it any easier to say goodbye to MeeGo’s last dance with polycarbonate. Nokia’s alluring and elusive N9 in-snow-white-dress appears to now be on sale… in Finland. Web retailer Verkkokauppa has the handset listed on its site for 630€ — that’s $840 for you import types. Memento hunters throughout Europe can buy what this Finnish site’s selling or just sit tight and wait for the color variant to hit their respective markets this December. But if patience isn’t at the top of your priority list, we’d suggest you hit up the source below with some plastic in hand.
White Nokia N9 descends from Lintukoto, goes on sale in Finland originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- High school senior kills cancer with nanotech, still can’t legally drink
Ever ask yourself, “What am I doing with my life?” No? Well, a little existential crisis is in order then. Because while you and the rest of Team teen America were busy dressing like Gaga, dancing to the Bieber and playing Angry Birds, high school senior Angela Zhang was killing cancer. Yes, this 17-year old medical prodigy from Cupertino was just awarded the Siemens Foundation grand prize — a $100,000 payday — for her work “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells.” It’s certainly a mouthful, but this nanotech is what one fellow researcher’s calling the “Swiss Army knife of cancer treatment,” as her gold and iron-oxide nanoparticle does double duty delivering the drug salinomycin to a tumor site, in addition to aiding MRI and photoacoustic imaging. If that’s not impressive enough, this real-life lady Doogie Howser’s also won Intel’s ISEF grand award in both 2010 and 2011 for other health science-related work. Sure, Angela might inadvertently fall into the overachievercategory, but girlfriend definitely deserves to win that Prom Queen crown.
High school senior kills cancer with nanotech, still can’t legally drink originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Leica rehashes Panasonic’s Lumix Fz150 as the V-LUX 3, because ‘image’ mattersLeave it to Leica to rebrand a recent Panasonic camera, tack on its iconic red dot and then likely charge a premium. Such is the case with its “new” V-Lux 3 digital superzoom, which is essentially its take on the venerable Lumix FZ150 we spent some hands-on time with back in August. To recap, this shooter features a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Leica’s DC Vario-Elmarit 4.5 – 108 mm f/2.8 – 5.2 ASPH lens (that’s 25 – 600mm for you full-frame buffs), 1080p AVC HD video recording at up to 60fps with stereo sound and an a77-like 12fps continuous burst mode (albeit using manual focus). On back, you’ll find an articulating 3-inch LCD loaded with a 460K pixel resolution and a 0.2-inch EVF, both of which feature nearly 100% frame coverage. While there’s no word price, you can surely expect the V-Lux 3 to cost a few Benjamins more than its Lumix counterpart when it hits shelves in January. Hey, at least you can say its a Leica, right?
Leica rehashes Panasonic’s Lumix Fz150 as the V-LUX 3, because ‘image’ matters originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- CompactFlash Association readies next-gen XQD format, promises write speeds of 125 MB/s and upWe don’t need to tell you CF is one of the few memory card formats that’s managed to survive the SD tidal wave (remember when you needed Memory Stick to use a Sony point-and-shoot?). But if you’re the kind of serious shooter who uses CF, you might be tickled to know its high-speed successor is just about good to go. The CompactFlash Association said it’s finished work on XQD, a next-gen format that promises faster speeds, along with a smaller footprint than current-gen CF cards. As for transfer rates, the included PCI Express interface promises theoretical write speeds as high as 5 Gb/s, though the association is quick to peg real-world writes at 125 MB/s and up. Still, that’s plenty fast for processing RAW stills and 1080p video, and it’s a clear bump over the 100 MB/s write rates (max) you’ll get from today’s CF cards. No word on availability or partnerships, though we know Nikon led XQD’s development, and that Canon endorsed it, so it’s safe to say we’ll see this in some major releases sometime after the association starts licensing the technology in early 2012.
CompactFlash Association readies next-gen XQD format, promises write speeds of 125 MB/s and up originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.