Professional photographers know the drill: every few years, Canon or Nikon announces a game-changing DSLR, often prompting top photogs to unload their complete kits and switch to another system in a never-ending attempt to shoot with the best. This time, Canon is first out of the gate, with its flagship EOS-1D X — the latest in a series that dates back to 2001 with the EOS-1D. As you’ve probably noticed, the company’s new top model looks virtually identical to its decade-old ancestor, but is otherwise a far cry from that four megapixel CCD sensor-sporting dinosaur. We’ve been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to check out Canon’s new $6,800 18.1 megapixel full-frame model since first getting word of the beastly camera last week, and just had a chance to go hands-on during the company’s Pro Solutions event in London. Jump past the break for our impressions and a video walkthrough.
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Canon EOS-1D X first hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Microsoft is prepping another update to the Xbox 360 dashboard and, as usual, that means some folks will be able to get an early peek courtesy of the company’s preview program. While there’s still no date set for a roll-out, those interested in participating this time around can now put their name in for consideration in the program, which is said to be a more automated process than before. As for the dashboard update itself, it boasts a new design for “integrated Kinect and controller navigation,” new “Beacons” for playing online with friends, deeper Facebook integration, and cloud storage for your saved games and Xbox Live profile. According to Microsoft’s Major Nelson, “other features and entertainment partner apps” may also become available during the program period. Hit the source link below for the complete details.
Microsoft opens up latest Xbox Live dashboard preview program originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Nokia’s development community just got its first taste of near field lovin’ with the first Qt SDK to support NFC. While you’ll be forgiven if you’re not up in arms over the latest revelation, owners of the company’s latest handsets can soon expect a greater number of useful apps that take advantage of this newfangled technology. The developer tools enable the creation of applications for both Symbian and MeeGo, and allows software authors to simulate NFC tags and create events based around them — all within the virtual environment. Programmers looking to dip their toes into the water will find a couple of experimental apps from Espoo’s pride that highlight near field communication, along with the complete source code for each. Sounds like it’s time for some to make a pot of coffee and let the coding madness ensue.
Qt developers gain NFC support with Nokia’s latest SDK update originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 01:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, it looks like the “field trial” is officially over. Google today announced that its Google+
social network has moved up to beta status and, as a result, it’s now open to everyone (no invitation required). It’s also rolled out a slew of new features for the occasion, including a number of improvements to the Hangouts video chat service. That includes Hangouts on your phone (Android 2.3+ only, for now), a new Hangouts On Air feature for public broadcasts, and a number of “extras” including screensharing, a sketchpad and shared Google Docs (not to mention Hangouts APIs). Google’s now also finally added search functionality across the site, and it’s renamed the Huddle group chat feature to Messenger (which also includes a number of new tweaks). Hit the links below for the complete rundown on what’s new.
Google+ moves from field trial to beta, adds Hangouts on phones, search and more originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Verizon’s latest LTE network expansion may be a tad small compared to some previous ones
— encompassing 15 new markets, plus some additional coverage in ten existing ones — but it was enough to push the carrier over one significant milestone. It now says that the network encompasses some 160 million Americans, or more than half the US population. As Verizon is quick to point out, that’s a feat it managed to accomplish in just eight months. Head on past the break for the press release with the complete list of markets covered.
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Verizon further expands LTE network, says it now covers more than half the US population originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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MSI managed to turn a few heads back in April by building a gaming laptop around SteelSeries
keyboard with its GX780
, and it’s now announced that both it and the higher-end GT780R model are available with a list price of $1,550 and $1,750, respectively. In addition to that multicolor backlit keyboard, both models pack a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 display, a Core i7 2630QM processor, a pair of USB 3.0 ports (plus three USB 2.0), 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. So what’s the difference between the two? The big one is GeForce GTX 560M graphics with 1.5GB of GDDR5 RAM on the GT780R, compared to a GT555M with 1GB DDR5 of VRAM on the GX780. Head on past the break for the complete press release, and hit up either Amazon or Newegg if you’re ready to place an order (both seem to have knocked $100 of MSI’s price).
Continue reading MSI’s SteelSeries keyboard-equipped GT780R, GX780 gaming laptops now available
MSI’s SteelSeries keyboard-equipped GT780R, GX780 gaming laptops now available originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Mac users certainly have quite a few more gaming options these days than they once did, and they can now also add Mad Catz’s series of Cyborg R.A.T. gaming mice to that list. The company finally released some Mac drivers for the complete range of mice today, which will let you take advantage of all the advanced features Windows users are already accustomed to. Those still putting off that Snow Leopard update will have to take care of that first, however, as the drivers won’t accept anything less.
Mad Catz brings Mac support to R.A.T. gaming mice originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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So you’ve built your own homebrew CNC mill and want to test out some recent modifications? That’s a question few ever have to ask themselves, but DIYer Jamie Nasiatka recently did, and came up with the bright idea of making his very own Weighted Companion Cube. As you can see above, things turned up pretty well, and you can check out the complete build process at the source link below — yes, it lights up, and changes colors. Let’s just hope no one tries to throw this cube through a Portal t-shirt
DIYer builds his own CNC mill, fabricates a Weighted Companion Cube to show off originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 May 2011 13:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It’s fast becoming apparent that no electric vehicle is complete without an accompanying smartphone app to help you find places to charge it, and it looks like ECOtality isn’t about to let that trend pass it by. It’s just announced its new Blink Mobile app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, which will let folks locate Blink charging stations, check up on the charger’s status, and receive various alerts (like when your car is finished charging at home). Unfortunately, you can’t download it just yet, but ECOtality says it will be available sometime this summer, with the iOS and Android apps likely to come out a bit ahead of the BlackBerry app — a web-based app is also in development. Head on past the break for the complete press release.
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ECOtality announces Blink Mobile EV charging app originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 21 Apr 2011 07:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
American Express may have been lagging a bit behind the likes of Visa and Mastercard with digital payments over the years, but it’s making a pretty big play in the field today. It’s just announced its new “Serve” digital payment platform, which is more or less a straight-on competitor to PayPal. That means you’ll be able to transfer funds to your Serve account from your bank account or credit card, send money to other using either the website or mobile app (currently available for iOS and Android), and even link your account to a reloadable Serve card, which you can use at any retailer that accepts American Express credit cards. Nothing fancy like NFC payments just yet, but American Express is promising to “quickly evolve” the platform by adding new features and functionality, and it’s hoping to kick start things by waiving most of the consumer fees for the first six months. Head on past the break for the complete press release, and hit up the source link below if you’d like to sign up.
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American Express challenges PayPal with ‘Serve’ digital payment platform originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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