Are you in DevCon withdrawal? Need a little BBX preview to ferry you safely into the weekend’s arms? Well, you’re in luck, as German site Macberry.de took the time to film a walkthrough of the recently released BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 developer beta. The homescreen of this new build now offers users folder options similar to that on iOS, neatly collecting your gaggles of data into appropriate bundles — like documents and games. But you probably care less about that, and more about seeing BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps in action. We’re happy to report those Google-specific applications are shown here running quite smoothly, filling the 7-inch tab’s screen without any hint of lag. You can download the dev build now for your own first-hand account, or simply click on past the break to gawk at the silent tour.
Continue reading BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 developer beta previewed, Android apps look right at home (video)
BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 developer beta previewed, Android apps look right at home (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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BlackBerry users haven’t had a whole lot to celebrate in recent days
, but at least they now have Spotify
. Today, the Swedish startup unveiled a preview version of its music streaming app, available to download from its Previews page. At this point, the app is compatible with the 9780 Bold, 9700 Bold, 9300 Curve, 9000 Bold and 8520 Curve handsets, though the Torch 9800 has been left in the cold. It’s also worth noting that the service only supports GSM networks (no CDMA, as of yet) and requires a Premium subscription of $10 per month. No word yet on when Spotify will arrive on App World, or whether it’ll add extra support when it does, but early birds can grab their worm at the source link, below.
Spotify releases preview app for BlackBerry users, but not all of them originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Leaving the confines of a Manhattan apartment, Lincoln Center has the uncanny ability to make one feel dwarfed. Home to the performing arts and haunt to New York City’s glitterati, the landmark received the IBM makeover as part of the company’s THINK exhibit — an interactive installation designed to weave the story of technology as it applies to the fabric of life, achievement and change.
The first thing that catches the eye is IBM’s sparkling 123-foot long, 12-foot high LCD wall lining a tunnel leading into the bowels of the NYC landmark. The “living” wall thrives off the surrounding environment, visualizing traffic patterns and analyzing corresponding air quality from nearby Broadway. It also shows the solar potential of every rooftop in the city, financial transactions and the amount of water leaking from the main aqueduct. As the event’s producer Lee Green simply put it, the idea behind the set up is to “delegate understanding” to “intrigue and inspire” even the least technologically-inclined.
Continue reading IBM’s THINK Exhibit invades NYC, aims to inspire (video)
IBM’s THINK Exhibit invades NYC, aims to inspire (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Just last week, we got our paws on Samsung’s Series 7 Slate, and it’s already making its second debut. This time around, however, it’s sporting a much more mouthwatering setup. No, it’s not dawning Lady Gaga’s edible leftovers; this new look comes courtesy of Microsoft’s much teased and hotly anticipated touch-friendly OS, Windows 8. As you’ve likely already heard, the latest incarnation of the operating system is something entirely new for Redmond, and, as it turns out, the world. It’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, but that won’t stop us from making comparisons.
Like Apple’s latest attempt at a desktop OS, Windows 8 borrows largely from its mobile kin, Window Phone 7, bringing its signature live tiles to tablets and PCs, and from what we’ve seen it does so effortlessly. Before we go ruining a good thing, however, we have to point out that this isn’t everything Windows has to offer — it’s still a developers preview (and in turn, an OS under construction), and the device it’s running on hasn’t been approved as an official Windows 8 slate. Got all that? Good. Read on for our first impressions!
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Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Something big’s been brewing over in Carlsbad, and the time has finally come for it to be revealed to the world: the Razer Blade. The onyx aluminum beaut before you is the culmination of over three years of work by a stealth team of engineers — many of them absorbed from the former OQO team, but Razer also pulled talent from other places to build the Blade. Despite being only 0.88-inches thick (thinner than another 17-incher we know…), the svelte number still packs a punch with a 2.8GHz Core i7 2640M CPU and GeForce GT 555M graphics replete with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory. All that graphical horsepower will splay your exploits on a 17.3-inch LED 1920 x 1080 full HD panel with an HD webcam nestled above. Rounding out the package is 8GB of RAM, three USB ports (one which’ll support 3.0), HDMI out and a 60Wh integrated battery. And it could all be yours for $2,799 when it debuts in Q4 of this year.
That’s dandy, but we’re more stoked on the 480 x 800 LCD trackpad just to the right of the backlit keyboard. It works either as a multitouch enabled input device or as an additional display for in-game info when the mood strikes to slay demons with an external mouse. North of that hotness lie ten fully customizable buttons, both in appearance (courtesy of a separate LCD) and in function. The keys and trackpad are running a custom Switchblade UI — inspired by the company’s oh so sexy Switchblade concept that we saw at CES. And just like the concept, Razer’s used a custom lighting panel to ensure you can see those keys clearly from an angle — people don’t look straight down at their keyboards, after all. Follow on past the break for more impressions, video and PR.
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Razer Blade: hands-on with 17-inches of gaming greatness originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Google’s still doing a fine job of ignoring Gcal’s inability to routinely provide alerts and notifications to select users (nah, we’re not bitter), but at least the Gmail team seems to be firing on all cylinders. Just this week, the outfit revealed its newest Labs feature — Preview Pane. As you’ve probably gleaned from the title, it provides a “tablet-like” layout that’s actually similar to standalone mail clients from yesteryear, and for those with more vertical space than horizontal, there’s even an option to split the divider in that manner. In practice, we found it drop-dead simple to use, and it’s largely an improvement over the stock Gmail layout. The only issue? It nukes Multiple Inboxes, so those accustomed to scrolling down and easily clicking into their Starred emails (for example) will likely be reverting back with dreams dashed. See if it’s in your Settings pane and give it a go — who knows, it might be love.
Gmail’s Preview Pane brings ‘tablet-like’ layout to your browser, but kills Multiple Inboxes originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 11:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We were among the first to check out the upcoming Mango update for Windows Phone, but developers won’t be left out of the festivities any longer. Microsoft released the second version of Developer Tools Beta, which lets eager app-building folks try out the refresh on their own devices. More importantly than solid bragging rights, it affords developers the opportunity to test apps in a realtime environment, rather than on an emulator. This can only mean good things for Windows Phone users; with nearly four months remaining before the first Mango phones show up, devs have gobs of time to make sure their apps work flawlessly before the anticipated launch. As if this isn’t encouraging enough, Microsoft is also doing a fabulous job of helping students get started — not only is Redmond offering free registration, it’s giving out up to 50 phones to members signed up for the DreamSpark program. There’s no shortage of opportunities here, so aspiring developers may want to click on the source link and follow the directions to the letter. Full PR after the break.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Continue reading Windows Phone Mango ripe for developers to sink their teeth into
Windows Phone Mango ripe for developers to sink their teeth into originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Jun 2011 18:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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First unveiled back in February, Kinoma is Marvell’s take on a “new open app platform” targeted at everything from mobile devices to desktops to embedded handhelds. Here in New York, the company is finally showing off a live version of the software in the form of Kinoma Play, an implementation of the platform that runs atop Android 2.2 Froyo — for the moment at least. The folks from Marvell also had a massive touchscreen loaded up with a desktop version of the software running in a simulator atop OS X for eager onlookers to fool around with. Head past the break for a quick rundown of the offering and plans to do with it, along with some juicy video footage of the stuff in action.
Continue reading Marvell Kinoma Play Android app hands-on preview (video)
Marvell Kinoma Play Android app hands-on preview (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It ain’t nearly as monumental as the day that YouTube actually started supporting high-def videos, but it’ll certainly make those who routinely upload HD content a bit happier. We’re talking about two new additions put forth by the YT team: HD preview images and a logoless playback option. Any new video uploaded to the site in a resolution of 480p or higher will have an HD preview image wherever the player is embedded, and we’re told that preexisting HD videos will be updated “in the next few weeks.” Moving right along, that pesky YouTube watermark (seen above) will be no more should you choose to nix it, but it’s not as simple as just ticking a box; you’ll need to add “?modestbranding=1″ at the end of the video URL in order to make it disappear. So, celebratory drinks at noon?
YouTube subtly adds HD preview images, logoless playback option originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s been fully six months since Nox Audio’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Admiral Touch headset prototype wowed us at CES 2011, and boy, have things changed. That ugly metal band is gone, replaced by a handsome black and silver rig, with a neatly integrated adjusting strap for a comfortable noggin squeeze. Both sides of the Admiral Touch now sport buttons, including one to add the T-Pain Effect (we kid you not). More after the break.
Continue reading Nox Audio Admiral Touch prototype preview redux: now with more clever ideas and some bass
Nox Audio Admiral Touch prototype preview redux: now with more clever ideas and some bass originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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