Archive for February 1st, 2012

French court fines Google France 500,000 Euros for gratis Maps

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

French court fines Google France 500,000 Euros for gratis Maps
A Parisian commercial court has upheld a lower court's ruling against Google France, ordering the company to pay a fine of €500,000 for giving away its maps services. The plaintiff, Bottin Cartographes, claims that Google leveraged the market share of its Maps platform -- and the fact that it's free -- to undercut and stifle competition attempting to sell their topographical wares. "We proved the illegality of [Google's] strategy," said Bottin's counsel, noting that this was the first time Google has been convicted of malfeasance for this particular piece of software in the country. A representative from the search giant said it plans to appeal the decision, and reiterated the company's belief that competition exists in the space. Personally, we think the court got it right. Why should people get an awesome product for free when they can pay for an inferior one, right?

French court fines Google France 500,000 Euros for gratis Maps originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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EasySignMobile enters the Facebook fray for iPhone and iPad

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

EasySignMobile enters the Facebook fray for iPhone and iPad
Need to sign a contract, like, now? There's an app for that. Several actually, but the folks who create EasySignMobile have gone and made their service a bit more accessible to the unwashed masses with an updated version that supports Facebook authentication. The new feature is currently available only for iOS, although we'd imagine Android users will find similar love in the near future, as the company released its first version for Google's platform last October. Also on deck for iPhone and iPad fans, the latest version of EasySignMobile offers integration with Dropbox and Box.net for easy file storage and retrieval. So next time you need to make your mark, perhaps you can reach into your pocket rather than rummage for a pen. Those interested will find the full PR after the break.

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EasySignMobile enters the Facebook fray for iPhone and iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Xappr, because your smartphone doesn’t look enough like a gun

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

You love your smartphone -- and who can blame you, really? There's seemingly no limit to what it can do. But ask yourself this: does it look enough like a gun? The answer is almost certainly a big, fat "no." Thankfully, the Xappr is on its way from Metal Compass, set to help smartphones everywhere live up to their full laser gun potential. The company tells us that the accessory will work with iPhones and Android and Windows handsets (though only iOS and Android games are available, at present). Metal Compass expects to ship the thing in June, but you can pre-order one now, if you dare, for the low, low price of $30 (plus a full $15 in shipping, here in the States). Shoot past the break for a press release.

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The Xappr, because your smartphone doesn't look enough like a gun originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pentax K-01 leaks, wants to be your retro-looking mirrorless friend

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

Pentax K-01 leaks, wants to be your retro-looking mirrorless friend
Above is a purported leak of Pentax's upcoming K-01 -- a retro-inspired mirrorless camera which is apparently set for reveal soon. Divulged in a bevy of official-looking shots on Pentax Forums, the diminutive shooter will apparently be available in several colors alongside its incredibly-thin 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Also shown are closeups of a dedicated HDR mode up-top, alongside dedicated red and green buttons, and a curious signature by designer Marc Newson adjacent to its battery cover. Perplexed by the sum of its parts like we are? Well, until Pentax reveals all, get a acquainted with it in the source links below.

[Thanks, Ben]

Pentax K-01 leaks, wants to be your retro-looking mirrorless friend originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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JVC’s NX-BX3 is an iPod dock that you can put things on top of

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

The next time you buy an iPod dock, ask yourself this important question: can I put a lamp on it? If not, what's the point, really? While we're sure that's not the main selling point with JVC's NX-BX3 home theater sound system with integrated stand, it's certainly an important one. The system features an FM tuner, SRS StudioSound HD and can also hold glasses or a flower vase on its top -- really, the sky the limit (plus some general weight restrictions, we'd imagine) when it comes to the things you can place on top of it. The dock arrives in Japan this month.

JVC's NX-BX3 is an iPod dock that you can put things on top of originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Reselling Gadgets, Forum Threads, and Pen Storage [From The Tips Box]

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Uncategorized

Readers offer their best tips for reselling old gadgets for more, getting up-to-date on busy forum threads, and storing pens and pencils at your workspace. More »


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Vizio reveals $3,499 price for its 58-inch ultrawidescreen HDTV

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

We were told at CES last month to expect Vizio's ultrawidescreen LCDs would hit the market sooner rather than later, now we know how it will fit into our budgets, even if we're not sure how the aspect ratio will fit in our living rooms. Similar to the way its first Theater 3D TVs popped up last year, the XVT 3D CinemaWide product page reveals a 58-inch model (50- and 71-inchers are also planned) sporting its trademark 21:9 aspect ratio (compared to a traditional HDTV's 16:9) and 2560x1080 resolution will start at $3,499. It also has an array of specs, measuring the 120Hz Edge LED lit screen at 56.7-inches wide by 29-inches high and 1.8-inches deep. Just as we saw when they were first announced at CES 2011, Vizio upscales Blu-ray and other wider-than-widescreen sources to fill the screen without those black bars we've become accustomed to. If you're watching standard HD programming, the extra space alongside can accommodate tiles for Yahoo! Widgets pulling information from the internet without blocking the picture at all. Check our gallery below for a better look and a demo video after the break, we'll keep an ear to the ground to find out when and where these displays might hit the market first.

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Vizio reveals $3,499 price for its 58-inch ultrawidescreen HDTV originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Why Sub-$100 Android Tablets Are Rarely Worth the Trouble [Tablets]

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Uncategorized

Inexpensive Android tablets are on the rise, but you get what you pay for—and what you pay for is a cheap screen, a stripped down version of Android, and low powered hardware. More »


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Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter now shipping, snag one for $100

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Technology

Keeping its Q1 delivery promise, Seagate is now shipping its GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter for portable drives of the same moniker. We got our mits on this bad boy back at CES, witnessing first-hand the much improved transfer speeds of Intel's tech over the standard USB 2.0 for the smaller external drives. You can snag yours now, via the source link for a whole Benjamin. If you're in need of a refresher before making the investment, hit the gallery below for another peek at our hands-on.

Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter now shipping, snag one for $100 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Remains of the Day: The Pirate Bay Moves to a .SE Domain [For What It’s Worth]

Posted by Ry on Feb 01 2012 | Uncategorized

The Pirate Bay.org is now The Pirate Bay.se, Apple's attempt to ban Samsung's tablet and phone in Germany has failed, and Google's "Google Wave" service is now read-only. More »


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