Archive for February 18th, 2012

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 flexes its imaging muscle (video)

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 flexes its imaging muscle (video)
While we already know that Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 will offer a quad-core variant, incorporate LTE and use a 28nm manufacturing process, the company posted an article to its media blog ahead of Mobile World Congress showcasing the new features provided by the chipset's Image Signal Processor. You're likely familiar with some of the imaging functionality available in Qualcomm's existing Snapdragon processors -- technology like Scalado's Rewind (pictured above) which we've covered before. The new SoC cranks things up a notch with support for up to three cameras (two in the back for 3D plus one front-facing), 20-megapixel sensors and 1080p HD video recording at 30fps. In addition to zero shutter lag, the Snapdragon S4 includes proprietary 3A processing (autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance) along with improved blink / smile detection, gaze estimation, range finding and image stabilization. Rounding things off are gesture detection / control, augmented reality and computer vision (via Quacomm's FastCV). Want to know more? Check out the source link below, then hit the break for video demos of the S4's image stabilization and gesture-based imaging chops.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 flexes its imaging muscle (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 23:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ask Engadget: Best expedition planning software?

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget inquiry is from Martin, who's planning an expedition and wants something more sophisticated than a cork-board to manage it. If you're looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

Hi Engadget, I'm about to start planning for a big expedition. There's plenty of forward planning required and I need some software to handle my to-do lists, notes, phone numbers, mail conversations, images, PDF-files etc. Best case scenario is something that syncs with my Macbook and iPhone but I'd also use a good offline solution if it was available. Is there a consumer-friendly app that suits my needs out there?

Project management software? Novice-friendly database? Something entirely better? If you just happen to know the one package that'll solve Martin's woes, do the decent thing and share it with the world.

Ask Engadget: Best expedition planning software? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Week’s Top Downloads [Download Roundup]

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Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app

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Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app
It wasn't all that long ago that we saw a student turn a tablet into a Braille writer, and now some researchers from Georgia Tech have done the same thing for smaller touchscreens, too. The Yellow Jackets produced a prototype app, called BrailleTouch, that has six keys to input letters using the Braille writing system and audio to confirm each letter as it's entered. To use the app, you simply turn the phone face down, hold it in landscape mode and start typing. As you can see above, it's currently running on an iPhone, but the researchers see it as a universal eyes-free texting app for any touchscreen. Early studies with people proficient in Braille writing show that typing on BrailleTouch is six times faster than other eyes-free texting solutions -- up to 32 words per minute at 92 percent accuracy. Skeptical of such speeds? Check out the PR and video of the app in action after the break.

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Georgia Tech researchers turn an iPhone into a Braille writer with BrailleTouch app originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 20:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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YardShare is a Social Network for Outdoor DIY and Gardening [Outdoors]

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Uncategorized

Many people enjoy working on their front or back yards as can be seen with the proliferation of TV shows and Pinterest boards dedicated to gardens, patios, and outdoor kitchens. To share photos of your own design or research what other people have done you may want to check out YardShare. More »


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Engadget Mobile Podcast 126 - 12.18.2012

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

Some weeks, there are descriptive themes we can ascribe to the Engadget Mobile Podcast in retrospect. This isn't one of those weeks. We are simply all over the place: good phones, bad phones, fat phones, skinny phones, phablets, spectra, lions, leaks, rumors, lies, and videotape. So just kick back with your usual hosts and their bud Dan Seifert for two hours of mobile mega-miscellania. You could do worse on a Saturday night!

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen, Joseph Volpe
Guests: Dan Seifert (MobileBurn.com)
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International)

00:03:04 - AT&T Galaxy Note review
00:21:08 - PSA: AT&T's Galaxy Note does not support AWS for HSPA+
00:29:10 - Pantech Burst review
00:41:20 - Motorola Droid 4 review
01:00:28 - Prada phone by LG 3.0 review
01:02:40 - Scalado Remove clears up your photos, we go hands-on (video)
01:08:43 - OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) in-depth preview
01:11:38 - iPhone address book issue prompts response from Apple, apps' access to contact data will require user permission
01:16:53 - HTC Endeavor specs revealed in leaked ROM: Tegra 3, 720p, Sense 4.0 (update: screenshots)
01:19:50 - HTC developing music streaming service, wireless boombox?
01:20:59 - HTC to give sneak peek of Sense-coated ICS to a few lucky Europeans
01:24:35 - AT&T Pantech Element hands-on at CES 2012 (video)
01:28:15 - LG Optimus Vu gets pictured alongside Samsung Galaxy Note, hints at possible stylus
01:34:20 - AT&T prepares internal systems for shared data, launch date still TBD
01:37:18 - AT&T's hungry eyes turning toward Leap, Dish or MetroPCS?
01:43:00 - Sony finalizes divorce with Ericsson, renames itself Sony Mobile Communications


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Engadget Mobile Podcast 126 - 12.18.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 126 - 02.18.2012

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

Some weeks, there are descriptive themes we can ascribe to the Engadget Mobile Podcast in retrospect. This isn't one of those weeks. We are simply all over the place: good phones, bad phones, fat phones, skinny phones, phablets, spectra, lions, leaks, rumors, lies, and videotape. So just kick back with your usual hosts and their bud Dan Seifert for two hours of mobile mega-miscellania. You could do worse on a Saturday night!

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen, Joseph Volpe
Guests: Dan Seifert (MobileBurn.com)
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International)

00:03:04 - AT&T Galaxy Note review
00:21:08 - PSA: AT&T's Galaxy Note does not support AWS for HSPA+
00:29:10 - Pantech Burst review
00:41:20 - Motorola Droid 4 review
01:00:28 - Prada phone by LG 3.0 review
01:02:40 - Scalado Remove clears up your photos, we go hands-on (video)
01:08:43 - OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) in-depth preview
01:11:38 - iPhone address book issue prompts response from Apple, apps' access to contact data will require user permission
01:16:53 - HTC Endeavor specs revealed in leaked ROM: Tegra 3, 720p, Sense 4.0 (update: screenshots)
01:19:50 - HTC developing music streaming service, wireless boombox?
01:20:59 - HTC to give sneak peek of Sense-coated ICS to a few lucky Europeans
01:24:35 - AT&T Pantech Element hands-on at CES 2012 (video)
01:28:15 - LG Optimus Vu gets pictured alongside Samsung Galaxy Note, hints at possible stylus
01:34:20 - AT&T prepares internal systems for shared data, launch date still TBD
01:37:18 - AT&T's hungry eyes turning toward Leap, Dish or MetroPCS?
01:43:00 - Sony finalizes divorce with Ericsson, renames itself Sony Mobile Communications


Hear the podcast


Subscribe to the podcast
[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes
[RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically
[RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator
[Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace

Download the podcast
LISTEN (MP3)
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Contact the podcast

podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com.

Follow us on Twitter
@tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile @dcseifert @jrvolpe

Engadget Mobile Podcast 126 - 02.18.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Blockbuster On Demand pulls back from TiVo and others, is it on its way out?

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

From Zatz Not Funny comes word that TiVo owners are being notified their access to Blockbuster On Demand will come to an end March 31st, ending a run originally announced three years before. While this certainly affects TiVo's ability to offer the one box to search multiple services idea introduced with the Premiere, it could be more telling about Blockbuster's plans for the current incarnation of its internet movie service. As forum posters on TiVo Community point out, the list of supported devices is rapidly shrinking, with Vizio and Western Digital WD TV Live owners getting their own Dear John letters only a year or so after the app originally rolled out. Currently, the list of connected TV devices is limited exclusively to Samsung HDTVs and Blu-ray players, plus some cellphones and tablets. Once upon a time, Blockbuster desired an On Demand presence in "nearly every connected device" -- not to mention "major market presence" for the now Redbox-owned Express kiosks -- but after its purchase by Dish Network clearly those days are over. Now the only question is if / when we'll see a new service that better fits with the already announced Movie Pass package and what devices it might work on.

Blockbuster On Demand pulls back from TiVo and others, is it on its way out? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Clean Dryer Ducts to Improve Efficiency and Save Money [Saving Energy]

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Uncategorized

Everyone knows about cleaning the lint trap inside clothes dryers, but how many people regularly clean out their dryer exhaust ducts? In the case of environmental weblog Treehugger writer Johan Laumer after he cleaned out the duct for the first time in 15 years he found that a load of towels that would take 90 minutes to dry now only needs 25 minutes. More »


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Microsoft SkyDrive apps for Windows and OS X, extended storage pricing revealed?

Posted by Ry on Feb 18 2012 | Technology

Take this with a grain a salt, but it appears that like Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service is getting dedicated desktop applications for Windows and OS X, along with options for extra storage if you're willing to pony up some funds. Felipe Zorzo of Gemind uncovered the unannounced details (example above) while accessing its Brazilian web interface. Notably, if SkyDrive's free 25GB of storage has been too paltry for your needs, the paid storage options we mentioned should afford you an additional 20 ($10), 50 ($25) or 100GBs ($50) for your account. We gave our SkyDrive account perusal and were unable to verify webpages' existence for ourselves. For now, you'll find the pricing list after the break, and all of the leaked goods at the source link below.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Microsoft SkyDrive apps for Windows and OS X, extended storage pricing revealed? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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