What will the future hold for a post-MeeGo Nokia? Sure, we have a fairly good idea, but you have mere hours to wait until the rumors are confirmed. We’ll be coming to you live from the company’s keynote at Nokia World in London, where we’re expecting not one, but multiple Windows Phones to make an on-stage debut. The show kicks off at 9AM local time, and we’ve included a handy list of round-the-world start times below. Bookmark this page right here and find out as it happens.
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10:00PM – Hawaii (October 25th)
01:00AM – Pacific (October 26th)
02:00AM – Mountain (October 26th)
03:00AM – Central (October 26th)
04:00AM – Eastern (October 26th)
09:00AM – London (October 26th)
10:00AM – Paris (October 26th)
12:00PM – Moscow (October 26th)
05:00PM – Tokyo (October 26th)
The Nokia World keynote is tomorrow — get your liveblog here at 4AM ET! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Chalk one up for the chatterboxes. In a study spanning 18 years and more than 350,000 test subjects, researchers in Denmark have found no connection between cellphone usage and brain cancer. The landmark project, carried out by Denmark’s Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, was published online last week in the British Medical Journal, and is just the latest in a series of similarly optimistic studies. Of the 358,403 cellphone owners examined, only 356 were found to have a brain tumor, while 856 were diagnosed with cancer of the central nervous system — percentages that are comparable to those seen among non-mobile users. Even among long-term cellphone owners (13 years or more), incidence rates were not significantly higher than those observed among the general population. Hazel Nunn, head of evidence and health information at Cancer Research UK, described the study as “the strongest evidence yet that using a mobile phone does not seem to increase the risk of cancers of the brain or central nervous system in adults.” The study’s authors, however, acknowledge some shortcomings in their work, including the exclusion of “corporate subscriptions” — people who use their mobile devices for work, and who probably use them more heavily than the average consumer. They also recognized the need for longer-term research and for more child-specific studies. You can check out the article in full, at the coverage link below.
Cellphones are dangerous / not dangerous: Danish study tilts toward the latter originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Toshiba showed off a 4-inch display for cellphones with a 367ppi resolution earlier this year, and it’s now back with an even higher pixel density for its new 6.1-inch display for tablets (or possibly phones, at the rate things are going). This one comes in at an impressive 498ppi, which translates to a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 — or more than enough for some “photo-realistic” images, according to Toshiba. As for the other key specs, it boasts a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 16.7 million colors, and 61 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut — plus viewing angles of 176 degrees both horizontally and vertically. What’s more, Toshiba is even suggesting that the display could also be used for glasses-free 3D, which would cut the resolution in half but still be higher than other comparable displays. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when it might actually hit some tablets, 3D or otherwise. Head on past the break for an up-close look at those pixels.
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Toshiba shows off 6-inch tablet display with 498ppi resolution originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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With prices sliding and uncertainty rising, China’s biggest producer of rare earth minerals has suddenly decided to suspend all operations, in a move that could strain already tense relations with the West. Baotou Steel, a miner, refiner and vendor located in Inner Mongolia, announced the decision in a statement today, explaining that it’s simply looking to “balance supply and demand” in response to a prolonged price slump within China. Since June, in fact, prices of neodymium oxide and europium oxide have declined by 34 and 35 percent, respectively, with many analysts attributing the drop to mounting economic uncertainty in the US and Europe. Earlier this year, the Chinese government announced plans to merge or close some 35 rare earths producers within the mineral-rich northern region of Inner Mongolia, effectively crowning Baotou Steel as the industry’s epicenter. Now, of course, that’s all changed, though the shutdown will only last for one month. It’s also worth noting that China still exerts rather considerable influence upon the market, accounting for roughly 97 percent of all production of rare earths — a group of 17 minerals used to manufacture gadgets like cellphones, flat-screen TVs and EV batteries, among others. And while new deposits
and market projections
may point to a transforming landscape, it’s unlikely that Chinese influence will wane anytime soon — much to the chagrin of Western free trade advocates
Major Chinese supplier halts rare earths production in attempt to boost prices originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Straight out of AsiaD, we’ve got our first look at Mango’s next three handsets: the HTC Titan, the Samsung Focus S (pictured above), and the Samsung Focus Flash. Well, not strictly first — the Focus S has slipped out into the wild before, and we’ve already clashed with the Titan and the Radar Lees is showing off, but we’re still happy to get a proper look at Sammy’s new stars. The Focus siblings both outpace their older brother with matching 1.4GHz processors, but split the difference in screen size, with the Focus S brandishing a larger 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and the Flash stepping down to a 3.7-inch plus-free Super AMOLED. Cameras? They’ve got ‘em, an 8 megapixel peeper clings to the back of the Focus S, while the Flash retains its predecessor’s 5 megapixel cam — both slabs lay a happy claim to front-facing cameras. Further details are scarce — we know that the Focus S measures in 8.55 millimeters at its thinnest point and promises “4G” speeds when it lands later this year, but when that might actually be is still a mystery. We’ll let you know when we hear something. Check out the galleries below for a better look.
Microsoft’s Andy Lees shows off Titan, Focus S, and Focus Flash originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Even though it’s been a week that’s all about cellphones, there’s still plenty of HD news to decipher, from last week’s comments to our review of the Logitech Harmony Link. If you know us, you know Harmony = rant, but you’ll probably want to tune in just to see where Logitech’s latest effort to connect all our devices simply succeeds, and where it failed, failed and failed again. Apple, Intel, Boxee, Google, Roku, Slingbox and Crestron are all other names coming at the connected living room from a different angle and unsurprisingly, they’re all here. Give a listen to find out what they’re up to, plus our picks of what to watch on your HDTV this week.
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21:30 – Logitech Harmony Link review
30:00 – Crestron debuts free, paid mobile apps for Android devices
37:00 – Photo Stream, NHL, AirPlay mirroring and more added to Apple TV with software update
44:15 – Apple reportedly trying to add movie streaming to its iCloud
48:19 – Hulu owners ‘terminate sale process’, won’t sell to anyone
49:35 – Boxee Box adds music streaming from Spotify, just press play
51:17 – Google TV 2.0: app developers get final add-on for Android SDK
55:19 – Intel may be giving up on smart TVs, ceding market to ARM
56:35 – Roku announces $50 LT model, will add HBO Go streaming to all of its boxes this month
01:00:17 – SlingPlayer app now available for Honeycomb tablets, priced at $30
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Engadget HD Podcast 270 – 10.18.2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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are normally the province of businesspeople so important they can’t spare the energy to hold a phone to their ears or, perhaps, folks who just want to play CIA agent. If you find yourself in either category, Motorola’s
newest offerings will put what passes for a smile on your serious businessperson face. The outfit just took the wraps off two Elite series headsets, both equipped with NFC pairing, so one tap ‘twixt phone and earpiece will have you ready to simultaneously drive and talk. You’ll also get integration with MyMotospeak
, now capable of dictating text messages as well as hearing them read to you, HD-Audio, CrystalTalk noise cancellation and a roaming distance of 300 feet. While the Flip looks the part of your typical earpiece, the Sliver (pictured above) has decidedly more futuristic digs. Both will be available on October 24th with the Flip costing $100 and the Sliver fetching an extra $30 for its avant-garde design.We’ve got PR after the break along with a demo video — because who doesn’t
love watching cartoon characters explain how NFC works?
Continue reading Motorola intros Elite Sliver and Elite Flip Bluetooth headsets with NFC pairing (video)
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Motorola intros Elite Sliver and Elite Flip Bluetooth headsets with NFC pairing (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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There’s no doubt the demand for mobile broadband has skyrocketed worldwide, but the US is leading the LTE charge(s) — plural, ’cause you know, battery life sucks on a… nevermind. According to Pyramid Research, by the end of the year, the United States will claim 47 percent of LTE subscriptions globally. This is thanks in large part to three mobile operators: Verizon, MetroPCS and AT&T have created seven million connections across the country. Combine that with the fact that 71 percent of all LTE handsets will be in the pockets of Yanks by year’s end, and you’ve got a formula for domestic LTE domination. It comes as no surprise that VZW is the largest LTE operator in the US as it’s been making money hand over fist lately — which has allowed it to expand its high speed network at a dizzying pace. We salute you, Big Red, for carrying the banner for the ol’ US of A, blazing the trail littered with dead batteries and over-worked phone chargers.
US leads global LTE adoption, rides Verizon’s coattails originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 Oct 2011 02:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’re not really sure what to make of this, but it looks like Americans may be under siege… from their own cellphones. No, seriously — according to the latest survey from CTIA
, there are now more mobile devices in the US than there are human beings. The trade association’s semi-annual statistics show that during the first six months of 2011, the number of wireless subscriptions rose by nine percent over the previous year, to a total of 327.6 million. The combined population of the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, by comparison, is around 315 million. That translates to a nationwide wireless penetration rate of 103.9 percent, and, not surprisingly, a 111 percent surge in data usage. CTIA says these results highlight “the industry’s need to purchase more spectrum from the federal government,” as well as our collective need to get a life. You can find more crunch-able numbers in the full PR, after the break.
Continue reading Mobile devices may outnumber humans in the US, but they can’t take our soul
Mobile devices may outnumber humans in the US, but they can’t take our soul originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
There’s still no real indication of when you’ll be able to send text messages, photos and videos to 911, but the FCC has now set a date for another promised enhancement to the service. The agency is aiming to increase the service’s location accuracy requirements, and to that end it wants all cellphones and VoIP devices to be GPS-capable by 2018 (A-GPS, specifically). As the FCC notes, it expects 85 percent of all cellphones to have built-in GPS by that point anyway, which it says should “contribute to minimizing subsequent costs” required to meet the cut-off — it’s not, however, adopting a specific sunset date just yet. As you might expect, however, there’s not exactly unanimous support for the move in the industry, and the FCC itself notes in its recently-published document that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Motorola and the CTIA all insist that “a unitary standard is not technically or economically feasible at this time.”
FCC wants all cellphones to be GPS-capable by 2018 for improved 911 service originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.