In July we got our first taste of Aliyun OS, running on the W700. Now, with the Gregorian calendar year coming to a close, Alibaba is prepping its second wave “cloud-powered” hardware. First up is the W800, the successor to the original Aliyun handset. As far as specs go, the two look more or less the same — with the latest version still rocking a 1GHz Tegra 2. The one obvious difference is the slightly larger 4.3-inch display gracing the front of the W800. Perhaps more interesting though, is the still unnamed tablet which also clearly bares NVIDIA branding. Speed and exact model of the CPU inside is anyone’s guess, but we’re assuming this isn’t a Kal-el device. Price and release date for both are a mystery, but the W800 is expected to land sometime before November is out. Of course, you probably shouldn’t expect these to show up in your local Best Buy, but you’ve got a friend in Hong Kong who can send you one, right?
Alibaba unveils W800, second-gen Aliyun phone, and unnamed ‘cloud-powered’ tablet originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It cleans, it’s hackable and has a laser guidance system — what more could you ask of your Neato Robotics vacuum cleaner? You want it to assassinate those dust bunnies while dressed in white? Well then, you’ll want to check out the company’s latest offering, the XV-12. This successor to the XV-11 automated sucker doesn’t appear to add much in the features department, but it does get a shiny new coat of “misty white” paint and is available exclusively through Target for $400. The big selling points here are still the constantly updating room maps that the XV series creates using lasers mounted on top and what the company claims is the “strongest suction available in any robotic vacuum cleaner.” For some more details check out the PR after the break.
Continue reading Neato’s XV-12 robot vacuum cleans your floors dressed in white for $400
Neato’s XV-12 robot vacuum cleans your floors dressed in white for $400 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We just got some very, very sad news. Steve Jobs has passed away. As confirmed on Apple’s site, Mr. Jobs has died at the age of 56 after recently stepping down from the position of CEO and naming Tim Cook his successor. Steve has had a profound effect on the world of technology, both at Apple and through his many other endeavors. Our thoughts go out to his family.
Update: All Things D has posted a memo sent out by Tim Cook to Apple employees stating that there will be an internal celebration to honor Steve’s life soon. Those words can be found after the break, along with statements from Apple’s Board of Directors, his family, and Bill Gates.
Continue reading Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has passed away at 56
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has passed away at 56 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Today, we’ve got a pair of Canon point-and-shoots to show you. The S100 is the successor to the highly regarded S95, while the SX40 HS takes on the super-zoom market with its 35x lens. Both cameras use the company’s new DIGIC 5 image processor, which brings high-speed burst shooting and 1080p video to the party. The S100 features improved low-light performance thanks to its f/2.0 lens and new, larger 12.1 megapixel CMOS censor (gone is the CCD of yore). It also has a GPS receiver for embedding location data in your photos. The SX40, more or less, slaps the new processor and sensor into last year’s somewhat disappointing SX30 IS. Hopefully, those internal upgrades will solve some of the SX line’s problems with image quality and noise. Both cameras will cost $430, with the S100 set to ship in early November and the SX 40 HS in late September. Check out the gallery below as well as the PR after the break.
Continue reading Canon unveils PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS high-end point-and-shoots
Canon unveils PowerShot S100 and SX40 HS high-end point-and-shoots originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It looks like we have our Windows Phone roadmap filled out for at least the next year, as Tango has been confirmed
by Microsoft as next year’s minor update preceding Apollo
(aka Windows Phone 8). As mentioned at a MSDN seminar in Hong Kong, the successor to Windows Phone Mango
will indeed be made for handsets in developing countries — a key method to make these devices more affordable. These targeted nations have been neglected to this point, the company said, and the Tango update would bring more Bing services to them at a lower cost. Will such a move help Ballmer & Co. achieve greater market share against Apple and Google? It’s hard to tell — we certainly don’t see this update coming to Vertu
anytime soon, so we imagine that’s probably a good sign.
Microsoft: Windows Phone Tango will be minor update, is meant for low-end handsets originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 23 Aug 2011 23:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Back in September of last year NVIDIA pledged that the successor to Fermi, Kepler, would arrive in 2011. Since then, things have been rather quiet on the next-gen GPU front. In fact, rumors have started to circulate that the 28nm-based chip would be pushed back to 2012. Turns out those rumblings aren’t entirely inaccurate. While the latest polygon pushing silicon will start being churned out before it’s time to buy a new calendar, final products won’t start shipping until next year, as a company rep told TechSpot. Kepler’s descendent, Maxwell, is still expected to land sometime in either 2013 or 2014, but there’s plenty of time for that timetable to slide back a bit too.
NVIDIA’s Kepler GPU still (kinda, sorta) on scheduled for 2011 debut originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 06 Aug 2011 18:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We haven’t seen anything this heart-wrenching since Pleo last made its way through the FCC. There’s just something depressing about watching an adorable little animal robot get torn down in the commission’s sterile government labs. Karotz, the successor to Nabaztag’s friendly WiFi-enabled throne has followed Pleo down the FCC rabbit hole, getting poked, prodded, and pulled apart, to assure that it won’t be shooting any harmful bunny death rays at you, the consumer. Also of note: the strangely ominous “Your New Life With Karotz” user manual cover.
Nabaztag successor Karotz cracked open by the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well, hello there… beautiful? It’s a bit hard to tell, you know, given that shroud of mystery that’s veiling what appears to be Nokia’s heretofore elusive Lankku. If you’ll recall, the outfit’s first consumer MeeGo handset (N9-00) was purportedly axed back in February, and now it seems that the successor is finally getting its time in the sun. We’re told by an insider that the object shown here may or may not keep the N9-01 moniker when it ships to consumers. Moreover, it’ll run MeeGo Harmattan, ship in Q3 to folks in Europe, boast a 960 x 540 screen resolution, include an 8 megapixel AF (read: not EDoF) shooter and sport a frame that’s just marginally thicker than the iPhone 4 — reportedly, anyway. We’d obviously take all of this with a grain of salt for now, but with Elop himself set to speak this week in Singapore at CommuicAsia, hopefully the outfit’s CEO will be the one shedding more light on the situation. Needless to say, we’ll keep you abreast of any related developments.
Update: Oh, and these certainly look an awful lot like the first leaked press shots of this thing.
Is this Nokia’s Lankku? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Sony announced the successor to its NEX-3 digital camera earlier this week, so we decided to take a post-E3 road trip down to the electronics maker’s US headquarters in San Diego to check out the $599 NEX-C3 for ourselves. We’ll analyze the new sensor’s image quality in a full review before the camera hits stores later this summer, but from our initial impressions, the new cam appears to offer fairly minor tweaks compared to its predecessor. It’s incredibly small for a camera with an APS-C sensor — perhaps even awkwardly so, when paired with the comparatively massive 18-55mm kit lens or Sony’s enormous 18-200mm optic — but not small enough to be any less functional than the previous iteration. Like the NEX-3, the camera was designed to be held by resting the lens on your left palm, rather than by the grip, so size isn’t likely to be an issue. Cosmetic changes include a magnesium alloy top panel, front microphone positioning, and a more efficient display hinge, which helped reduce the camera’s thickness. We’ll be posting a full review in several weeks, but jump past the break for more observations, and a hands-on video from Sony HQ.
Continue reading Sony NEX-C3 hands-on (video)
Sony NEX-C3 hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Altec Lansing popped by our offices earlier today to show off the successor to its oversized Mix iMT800 iPhone / iPod dock. There’s not a heck of a lot to talk about in terms of changes with the iM810 — the dock is now iPhone 4 certified, the gold trim has been changed to silver, and the amber LED has been swapped for blue. The company does get some bonus points for reenacting the one scene from Say Anything that anyone remembers with the winner of its in-office John Cusack look-alike contest, however. The new dock packs in a 5.25-inch subwoofer, a seven band graphic equalizer, and a slot for storing its little carabiner-equipped remote — the hulking accessory can also achieve relative portability with the help of eight D size batteries. It’s available now for $300, Peter Gabriel album not included. Press release after the break.
Continue reading Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 is big, loud, desperately seeking Ione Skye’s affection
Altec Lansing Mix iMT810 is big, loud, desperately seeking Ione Skye’s affection originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 May 2011 14:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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