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Bell & Howell Apple II Plus appears on eBay, like a foundling carved out of onyx

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

Bell & Howell Apple II Plus appears on eBay, like a foundling carved out of onyx
You wouldn't know it by the never ending barrage of black PowerBook's throughout the '90s, or even the onyx MacBooks in the mid-00s, but dark-clad machines from Apple were pretty much non-existant until Cupertino got serious about laptops, excluding of course the ill-fated Macintosh TV. Exempt from the prevailing 'Snow White' design ethos however, were clones sold by other companies, like the Bell & Howell's variant of the Apple ][ above. Per Wikipedia, the machine in question was only available through educational channels, notable for its A/V outputs (which you can espy after the break) especially for that purpose. Typical eBay caveats apply, with the buyer selling the machine "as is" -- read sans power supply -- but we can't imagine it'll be long before an Apple collector swoops in and steals the pooch. More pics and your chance to bid on a piece of history await at the source below.

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WSJ: AT&T and Verizon will sell LTE iPads

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

Citing sources "familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal is now stating rather unequivocally that both AT&T and Verizon Wireless are set to begin selling LTE versions of Apple's iPad. The latest revelation is hardly a leap of faith, as rumors to this effect have been swirling for a month now. Still, it coincides rather nicely with the recent chatter surrounding the launch of Apple's next iPad, which is currently thought to launch during the first week of March. It remains unknown whether Sprint will be stocking a 4G version of the iPad to call its own.

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WSJ: AT&T and Verizon will sell LTE iPads originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Origin PC’s EON17-X laptop assures gaming glory, regular chiropractor visits

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

Origin PC's EON17-X laptop assures gaming glory, regular chiropractor appointments
For all you hardcore gamers who refuse to sacrifice performance but demand quasi-portability, prepare your eyes for the EON17-X from Origin PC. The laptop is based on Intel's X79 platform and delivers a significant bump from the original EON17. Insane customization options include the Core i7-3960X Extreme CPU and two overclocked 2GB GeForce GTX 580M GPUs in an SLI bridge -- just for note, this particular configuration requires two 300 watt power adapters. It'll also accommodate up to four hard drives and 32GB of memory. If that's not enough to impress, the beastly creation also features a backlit keyboard with two lighting zones and seven customizable colors, along with a 17.3-inch 1080p display. Of course, all this power doesn't come without sacrifice. The EON17-X starts at $2,818, weighs over 12 pounds and measures over two inches thick. Those undeterred can place an order for Origin PC's latest gaming rig today. You'll find a few more tidbits in the PR after the break.

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Samsung’s crystal-studded Series 9 laptop to make its QVC debut tomorrow

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

Been waiting patiently to get your hands on Samsung's limited edition Series 9 laptop since its first showing at IFA in the fall? Then you really should have been looking into some other more sensible options in the interim. But if those non-crystal-studded alternatives didn't strike your fancy, you'll be glad to know that the laptop will finally be available in the US, exclusively on QVC, beginning tomorrow at 10PM. Unfortunately, the sure-to-be-premium price will only buy you a last-gen Series 9, with a Core i5-2467M processor and Windows 7 Home Premium for an OS.

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MediaTek sees no reason cheap phones can’t have Ice Cream Sandwich too

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Ice Cream Sandwich
If you don't want to drop $300 on a phone we don't blame you -- honestly, the idea makes us feel a bit dirty too. MediaTek doesn't seen any reason for it either. The company has been working its way in to the mobile chipset business for a little while now, and its latest is aimed squarely at the lower end of the handset spectrum but still promises to deliver the latest in dessert-themed operating systems. The MT6575 is a single core Cortex-A9 solution with an unidentified 5-series PowerVR GPU on board and an HSPA modem. The 1GHz core probably won't win and benchmark competitions, but it's enough to push Android 4.0 to a qHD screen, power through 720p video and capture shots with an 8 megapixel sensor. It even is capable of supporting 3D displays and DTV broadcasts -- not too bad for something destined to wind up in $50 smartphones. Checkout the complete PR after the break.

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From the Tips Box: Amazon Discounts, Word Pronunciation, and Facebook Photos [From The Tips Box]

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Uncategorized

Readers offer their best tips for getting better prices on Amazon, learning how to pronounce difficult words, and viewing Facebook photos in the old photo viewer. More »


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Live from Camp Pendleton with ViaSat SurfBeam 2 Pro Portable (video)

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

There's no power outlet, land-based internet connection or even a decent cell signal in sight, yet we're posting this live, at fast broadband speeds. We're miles deep into Camp Pendleton, connected to ViaSat's SurfBeam 2 Pro Portable mobile satellite transceiver and sending data to and from ViaSat-1 located more than 20,000 miles above our heads. SurfBeam 2 wasn't designed for us to kick back and surf the web in the middle of nowhere at speeds that we could barely achieve while tethered to a cable connection just a few years ago, but we're doing just that, with ViaSat's roughly $20,000 go-anywhere satellite broadband rig. We first heard about Pro Portable last month at CES, which the company is marketing towards military, emergency management personnel and even broadcasters -- that's right, the sat truck of the future fits inside a hand-carry suitcase, and sends HD video from the world's most remote locations right back to broadcast centers at record speed, nearly eliminating that lag that makes certain CNN reports painful to watch.

Pro Portable really can go anywhere -- disassembled, it fits inside a fairly modest suitcase, but screw it together and you have a full-size dish. There's also a four-port Ethernet router and an optional battery pack, which provides up to four hours of juice. Think of it as Exede broadband for far-off-the-grid types. Sadly, Pro Portable isn't priced low enough to make its way into your on-the-go blogger kit, but it costs a small fraction of the million dollars you can spend on a sat truck, which rents for thousands of dollars a day. It's also far more transportable and discrete, offering consistent 12 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds nearly anywhere in North America. How can SurfBeam 2 hold up during a bandwidth-intensive HD upload? See for yourself just past the break -- our 230MB hands-on video made its way from the ground to space and back to Viddler in just shy of 13 minutes, and our Skype video call looked fantastic, without any noticeable lag.

Gallery: ViaSat SurfBeam 2 Pro Portable hands-on

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Live from Camp Pendleton with ViaSat SurfBeam 2 Pro Portable (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Remains of the Day: Microsoft Store India is Hacked [For What It’s Worth]

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Uncategorized

Evil Shadow Team hacks Microsoft Store India over the weekend, Mozilla confirms that a Windows 8 Metro Firefox release will see the light of day in 2012, and Google (temporarily) stops providing prepaid Google Wallet cards for use on smartphones. Photo remixed from Kheng Guan Toh (Shutterstock) More »


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Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 10PM

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Technology

It's Monday, and almost as regular an occurrence as the day itself, we're here to help by letting you listen into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to mp3 at 10PM. Please be a part of it by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participating in the live chat as you listen in.

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Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 10PM originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Backward in Time

Posted by Ry on Feb 13 2012 | Uncategorized

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