You didn’t expect the Olympics to land in London without a video game tie-in snapping at its heels, did you? Of course not, but did you expect it to be bundled with a powder-blue console? Here’s the skinny: Nintendo’s Mario & Sonic at the 2012 Olympic Games Limited Edition Pack pairs the outfit’s upcoming Gamecube-free Wii refresh with the ghetto fabulous chromatic pop of the 1970s’
tackiest grooviest tuxedo craze. Like the “Family Edition” bundle that clued us in on the hardware refresh, this package has only been announced for Europe, and there’s still no word on how much either set will cost. Nintendo of Europe says they will be announcing additional bundles later this year, but if you just have to have a matching console for your blue Wiimote, you can pick one up November 18th.
European blue Wii bundle takes Mario & Sonic to the Olympics, sends US gamers home without a medal originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 03:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sure, two turntables and a microphone might be where it’s at, but you’ll only get so far before you wish you had a mixer plonked in the middle. Makers of high end DJ finery, Pioneer, has just added a member to its exhaustive family, the DJM-250, and the sweetest sound it makes is the chuckle of a happy bank manager. Landing in at just a dollar shy of $400, the aforesaid outfit reckons it’s the cheapest two-channel mixer on the market that boasts channel filters, for those silky smooth transitions. Aside from those, you’ll enjoy up to eight inputs and club-system friendly balanced XLR outs, and a choice of two colors — black and white! A December release date means it’s likely to find it’s way into a few Christmas stockings, though fans of white will have to wait just a little longer. Give the PR a bounce or watch the promo video after the break for more.
Continue reading Pioneer’s new DJM-250 budget mixer tries not to fade your balance
Pioneer’s new DJM-250 budget mixer tries not to fade your balance originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Sep 2011 01:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Owning a high-capacity SSD is a bit like having a butler — it’s a lovely option, but so
damn expensive. Intel’s announcing Lyndonville
— more modestly called the SSD 710, which replaces the less modestly named X25-E Extreme. The enterprise-level SSD’s carrying 25-nanometer MLC flash memory and when tested, five of the drives were able to handle the same load as 90 x 15,000 RPM HDDs in Intel’s data center. The drives will be available in the fall, and considering it’s already September, we can only assume the company is waiting for a few more leaves to turn brown before going to OEMs. Volume pricing for units of 1,000 places the 100GB model at $649, 200GB at $1,289 and the 300GB at a tear-inducing $1,929. You can see Intel’s Agustin Gonzalez talk up the 710 in the video after the break.
Continue reading Intel’s 710 SSDs get announced, bit too rich for the Christmas list (video)
Intel’s 710 SSDs get announced, bit too rich for the Christmas list (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Our network of eagle-eyed tipsters have given us the heads-up that Sony’s $700 NEX-5N is ready to buy online, and curious camera fans can check out last month’s hands-on
before deciding to part ways with that much cheddar. The company is also taking pre-orders for the monstrous NEX-7
, which costs $1,350 — slightly more than we’d expected. This camera has a 24.3-megapixel sensor, can shoot AVCHD video and stills up to 10 fps and can probably see the turn of the universe, or something. This one will make its way to homesteads in November, giving you just enough time to learn how to record everyone’s disappointed faces — come Christmas morning — in eye watering detail.
Sony Alpha NEX-5N on sale, NEX-7 available for pre-order originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 11:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, a very merry early Christmas to you too, Samsung. At the tail end of of the company’s PC-focused press conference here at IFA — an event primarily devoted to the Series 7 Chronos laptop
and Windows 7 slate
— its executives announced a rather unforeseen update to the Series 9
. No, we’re not talking beefier SSDs or a skinnier silhouette. Get ready, friends, because this holiday season our favorite pinch-thin PC is getting decked out in crystals. Hand-applied
crystals, guys. The company’s going to sell a limited number of these things in “Moonlight Blue,” a wintry navy, and “Luxury Rose Gold,” a champagne color, with carefully sprinkled bling on the cover. That color extends across the chassis, onto the palm rest and between the keys but blessedly, the fairy dust doesn’t make a cameo in the interior. No word on pricing, though we don’t expect
Samsung’s target customer will care.
Samsung to sell limited edition, crystal-studded Series 9 laptops originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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How can this be? Sony’s new handheld console already passed through the FCC and was even leaked on a UK Blockbuster flyer that stated an October release date. Yet apparently these clues count for nothing, because Bloomberg reports Kazuo Hirai as saying that the Vita won’t launch in the US and Europe until early next year — with only Japan getting the device before Christmas. Why would Sony be content to miss out on all that festive trade? We have absolutely no idea, but it looks like we’ll have to email Santa a revised wish list.
Sony PlayStation Vita handheld will miss Christmas in US and Europe originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 04 Aug 2011 05:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s a Galaxy Tab 10.1, but with 4G. No, not that 4G. Not even that 4G. This 4G. You know, the LTE variety, being spread around like Christmas ham by the folks at Verizon Wireless. Cosmetically, the slate offered up by Big Red is no different than the WiFi-only model that we peeked earlier in the year, but the LTE radio tucked within obviously makes it the one to get if you’re looking for top-tier speeds on the go. VZW will actually hawk two separate models LTE Tab 10.1 models (in white or grey), both of which are priced outrageously with two-year agreements: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model. That’s a pretty penny (to say the least!) given the albatross that is a 24-month contract, and those who’d rather provide their own connectivity can opt for the WWAN-less Metallic Grey edition for $499.99 (16GB). Access plans start at $30 per month for 2GB, with $50 per period getting you 5GB, or $80 getting you 10GB (no mention of tethering, unfortunately). Your pickup date? Two days from now, or July 28th for the calendar-challenged.
Continue reading Samsung’s LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes to Verizon on July 28th
Samsung’s LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes to Verizon on July 28th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Last time we heard talk of a Sony tablet, the company was confirming our suspicions about
the existence of the S1 and S2, giving the distinctive Android devices a broad global release time frame of this fall. And now we’ve been shown a private note sent from Sony’s marketing group, highlighting an August pre-order and an end of September release date for an unnamed tablet from the company, a timeline that’s right in line with our initial report on the S1. The device, according to the note, will be available through Sony Direct, UK department store John Lewis, and a third still-unconfirmed retailer at launch. Availability will apparently open up after the Christmas holiday. The note doesn’t offer up much info on the tablet, though it does promise that it stacks up well against the iPad and offers up some “unique design features,” which may well refer to the S2′s clamshell — or, for that matter, the S1′s curved back.
Sony S1 and S2 tablets hitting Europe in September? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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You know the old saying, right? If you can’t beat them, license your designs to third-party manufacturers and develop an app for your competitor’s hardware. Kno’s dual-screen tablet had a pretty tough road since its debut last summer. The educational device was plagued by shipping delays and low pre-order numbers, and by February of this year, the company effectively threw in the hardware towel. A few months later, Intel plunked down a bunch of money, so that Kno’s dreams might live on in the designs of other manufacturers. The company’s software plans are becoming a reality now, as well, with the release of Textbooks, which brings some 70,000 discounted educational titles to the iPad. The free app lets students read and organize texts, affix annotations, and communicate with study partners, offering creative new ways to pass notes in class. Press release after the break.
Continue reading Kno brings textbooks to iPad, millions of children now dread getting Apple tablet for Christmas
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This was a big, busy week that had the Engadgeteers spread far and wide across the globe getting the down and dirty on every piece of gear that came into the universe. You might feel overwhelmed. And we don’t blame you. There are lots of us, and only one of you, so let us help you boil it down for you in this, the 242nd edition of the Engadget Podcast.
Host: Tim Stevens
Guests: Brian Heater, Richard Lawler
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Are You Gonna Go My Way
04:03 – Microsoft unveils Windows 8 (video)
10:30 – HP’s Leo Apotheker totally open to licensing webOS to other handset makers
13:40 – Live from D9: Google’s Eric Schmidt takes the stage
19:45 – ASUS targets Christmas for Padfone launch, hints at Ice Cream Sandwich (video hands-on)
23:52 – Acer W4 Windows Phone Mango handset eyes-on (video)
24:42 – Acer Iconia M500 runs MeeGo on an Atom CPU, coming at the end of this year (hands-on video!)
25:08 – ASUS outs UX21 ultrathin laptop with up to Core i7 CPUs (video hands-on!)
26:10 – Intel ships 100 million Atoms, celebrates third birthday of netbook CPU
27:02 – LG V300 does multitouch, 3D, all-in-one
29:10 – Apple to unveil iCloud, iOS 5 on Monday, June 6
38:10 – Barnes & Noble Nook WiFi review
44:43 – Sony stands behind its digital projectors, claims the only thing ruining movies is Russell Brand
47:50 – Hulu, Miramax deal means Netflix, Hulu Plus both add Pulp Fiction and more starting today
49:30 – Sony promises global PSN restoration by week’s end, except in some parts of Asia
49:52 – Nokia’s online stores go offline in France and Spain (update: Netherlands too)
50:15 – Danger’s iconic Hiptop fades away / the Sidekick is here to stay
50:55 – Patent reveals Microsoft’s Zune Nano, reminds us of an ambitious past
51:40 – Cellphones are dangerous/not dangerous: the WHO changes its mind
52:48 – Palm.com quietly replaced by HPwebOS.com, no wake to follow
54:20 – Sony Pictures hacked by Lulz Security, 1,000,000 passwords claimed stolen
55:35 – Listener questions
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