The state of California made October 16th “Steve Jobs Day,” and on October 19th, the company he co-founded with Steve Wozniak celebrated his life on campus in Cupertino. The photo here, provided by Apple, shows CEO Tim Cook addressing throngs of people who came to the memorial.
Visualized: Apple’s celebration of Steve Jobs’ life in Cupertino originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Well, after less than a year on the job as HP’s top dog L
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Not content to rest on its milestone-achieving laurels, Verizon’s trek towards an America blanketed in 4G continues to plow ahead. Hot on the heels of the operator’s last expansion, comes another 15 markets that get to surf along at blazing wireless speeds. Launching on September 15th in the western areas of the US, Big Red plans to flip the LTE switch on in the likes of Reno, Nevada; Moorhead, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota; Iowa City, Iowa; Canton, Lima and Mansfield Ohio; three counties in California and five additional markets in Illinois. At this pace, it looks like VZW might just hit that promised 185 million mark by year’s end. Be sure to hit the source below for the full pressers.
Verizon Wireless’ LTE expansion keeps on trucking, 15 new markets on September 15th originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The trouble with pesky Photon, at least as far as ultra-fast optical computing is concerned, is that he keeps coming back. If a data-carrying beam of light collides with reflections bouncing around between the components of a chip, it can suffer enough interference to make people yearn for the good old days of electrons. What’s needed is the optical equivalent of a diode, which only allows light to pass one way, and that’s exactly what researchers at Caltech and the University of California claim to have developed. As you’ll see in the photo after the break, their metallic-silicon optical waveguide allows light to travel smoothly from left to right, but it breaks up and dissipates any photons traveling in the opposite direction. This is all good, because there’s no point having futuristic 50Gbps optical interconnects if our CPUs lag behind. Light up the source link for a fuller explanation.
Continue reading Optical ‘diode’ lends hope to photonic computing, rayguns
Optical ‘diode’ lends hope to photonic computing, rayguns originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Cool game, or coolest game ever
? That’s the question we were asking ourselves when we first came across Garnet Hertz’s augmented reality-based OutRun project
— a concept car that weds Sega’s classic driving game with an electric golf cart, allowing players to navigate their way around real-life courses using only arcade consoles. Hertz, an informatics researcher at the University of California Irvine, has since brought his idea to fruition, after outfitting the system with cameras and customized software that can “look” in front of the car to automatically reproduce the route on the game cabin’s screen. The map is displayed in the same 8-bit rendering you’d see on the original OutRun, with perspectives changing proportionally to shifts in steering. The cart maxes out at only 13 mph, though speed isn’t really the idea; Hertz and his colleagues hope their technology can be used to develop game-based therapies for disabled users, or to create similarly AR-based wheelchairs. Scoot past the break to see a video of the car in action, and let your dreams converge.
Continue reading OutRun AR project lets you game and drive at the same time, makes us drool
OutRun AR project lets you game and drive at the same time, makes us drool originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 03 Aug 2011 09:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Microsoft really wants to hang with the cool kids at the mall. Or, at least park its retail derriere next to the likes of Apple’s sleek boutiques — to the tally of 86 stores by 2014. We know most of you are scratching your heads thinking, “Microsoft store? Don’t you mean Best Buy?” Aye, but we don’t. The MS-branded outfits started cropping up in 2009 and with 11 locations already dotting our map, COO Kevin Turner hopes to plant some more Windows flags in California, Florida and most of the northeast. Comments regarding the Ballmer-led company’s retail expansion came during the 2011 Worldwide Partner Conference and centered mostly on the benefits of customer feedback. It sure is nice to see the former market monopolist catering to us plebes, but we’re more interested in the D-list stars and awkward dancing destined to accompany opening ceremonies.
Microsoft Store to expand retail presence by 2014, makes shopping for a PC redundant originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It looks like it’s time to kiss that sweet HOV goodbye for lone California hybrid drivers. No, there hasn’t been a spike in Clean Air Vehicle sticker thievery — this time it’s official. According to the California DMV, those little yellow stickers that once gave hybrid owners the right to ride solo in carpool lanes have expired, leaving some 85,000 drivers to fall in line with the rest of the state’s commuters. You’ll forgive us if we don’t shed a tear over this announcement.
California carpool exemptions expire, quashing yellow-sticker envy originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jul 2011 04:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Get up, wake up, wake up: it’s the first of the month, and it’s also a Friday, so gather the fam ’round the glowing laptop by the fireplace and fire up the 246th edition of this, the Engadget Podcast. Dana Wollman rolls with us this time around the week in tech, which featured a generous stacking-up-upon of the already gigantic pile of tablets we have lying around HQ. We also had a plus-sized shot from the dark out of Mountain View and a healthy smattering of statistics and other news-morsels we know you wanna hear about. It’s all here for you for free, so get at it!
Host: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater
Guests: Dana Wollman
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: A Hard Day’s Night
00:02:50 – HP TouchPad review
00:10:00 – HP confirms it’s in talks about licensing webOS, Samsung tipped as a possibility
00:13:46 – HP tempts webOS early adopters to buy a TouchPad with $50 rebate
00:21:30 – Google+ for Android app (hands-on)
00:21:50 – Google+ invite received, we go hands-on
00:30:09 – LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer tablet hands-on (video)
00:36:07 – Cisco Cius Android tablet hands-on (video)
00:39:39 – Congolese VMK Gingerbread tablet eager to show its face, shipping in September
00:43:26 – ThinkPad Tablet shown off with keyboard-laden folio cover, could ship within a month
00:45:30 – Andy Rubin: over 500,000 Android activations a day, and growing
00:48:00 – Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in-depth preview (video)
00:54:08 – HTC Status for AT&T announced on Facebook, risks being tagged in embarrassing pics
00:56:05 – CyanogenMod 7 on the Nook Color hands-on (video)
00:58:15 – Ubuntu demonstrated running on Galaxy Tab 10.1, summarily dubbed ‘Tabuntu’ (video)
00:58:46 – US Supreme Court strikes down California law, says video games are protected as free speech
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Engadget Podcast 246 – 07.01.2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A supercharged Chevrolet Corvette may have been all the hotness back in 1996, but times and tastes change and now people are all about the electric boogaloo. Today we get to witness one modern man’s transition into this brave new world, a Wayne Bickley from California, who has gutted his crow-black ’96 Corvette and replaced the messy internal combustion setup with a set of 18 XS Power XP1000 batteries, a DC electric motor, and his own clutchless six-speed transmission. The end result doesn’t really look much different, but its 20-mile “spirited driving” range and 85mph top speed will surely feel different and it does also sound very much like something from the the future. Check out this modernized Chevy on video after the break.
Continue reading 1996 Corvette converted into a 2011 electric odyssey (video)
1996 Corvette converted into a 2011 electric odyssey (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It’s already been found unconstitutional by lower courts, and now the Supreme Court of the United States has finally weighed in on the infamous California state law that sought to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. In a seven-to-two ruling on the Brown v. The Entertainment Merchants Association case, the Supreme Court said that video games are indeed protected as free speech under the First Amendment, and noted that under the constitution, “esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature . . . are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree, even with the mandate or approval of a majority.” Inevitable, perhaps, but still a fairly historic day or the video game industry — and one that we’re guessing will be a bit more positively received than a certain other milestone involving violent video games this year. You can find the complete ruling in PDF form at the source link below.
US Supreme Court strikes down California law, says video games are protected as free speech originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.