Archive for February 23rd, 2012

Proton and Yes team up to offer Malaysia’s first 4G-connected car, promise more to come

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

The first one may only amount to a MiFi housed in the dash (although that does come standard), but automaker Proton and Malaysian carrier Yes seem to have some fairly grand designs on 4G-connected cars. In addition to providing a WiFi hotpot for passengers, they eventually hope to use the 4G connectivity for a range of automotive-related applications, including vehicle diagnostics, security, and other location-based services. Notably for potential buyers, Yes's 4G coverage of Malyasia is fairly widespread, encompassing over 65 percent of the country's populated areas and the full 960 kilometer stretch of the country's North-South Expressway, as well as a "large portion" of its East-Coast Expressway. While details on those promised services or any future cars remain a bit light, that first one (the P3-21A sedan) will apparently soon be available.

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Proton and Yes team up to offer Malaysia's first 4G-connected car, promise more to come originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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FCC thinks ISPs should do a better job preventing fraud, theft

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

Internet fraud and theft are major problems, there seems to be little doubt about that -- according to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, some 8.4 million credit card numbers are stolen every year. The question, then, is who should be addressing the issue. Genachowski this week called for "smart, practical, voluntary solutions," asking internet service providers to put more effort into helping prevent data theft, hacks and other issues, or risk having "consumers lose trust in the internet," thereby "suppress[ing] broadband adoption and online commerce and communication." The chairman asked ISPs to help avoid hijacking through more efficient traffic routes and to instate DNSSEC to help weed out fraudulent sites.

FCC thinks ISPs should do a better job preventing fraud, theft originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Robot navigates, reassembles truss structures

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

Sick and tired of your boring old truss? This handy little robot may well be just the solution you're looking for. It can navigate a truss structure using its 3D-printed bi-directional gear innards, unscrew a beam with its rotational mechanism and reattach it, transforming the structure into a new shape. The structure itself is specially designed for the bot, with robot lockable connectors and reflecting segments that can be picked up by its sensors to help it detect its location. The folks behind the plucky little robot are currently working a number different concepts for the project. You can see a few of them in action in the video after the break.

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Robot navigates, reassembles truss structures originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple patent application points to DJ-like beat matching, pairs iTunes with fist pumps

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

Once upon a less digital time, there existed the art of the mixtape: a tedious labor of love that required timing, taste and a penchant for musical progression. No longer in this iTunes-era, where personally curated song collections that once served as the background to our lives can now be automated by our dear friends in Cupertino. And, based on a patent application filed back in August of 2010, those Apple-made robo-playlists could get even smarter and slicker, with your perennially hip, millennial compadres being none the wiser. According to the claims covered, "an electronic device" (insert Mac or iOS product here) would be able to locate and interpret beats from a preceding AAC, MP3 or WMA file and crossfade them into those of the following track. In other words, it's a virtual disc jockey built into your machine; one that would supercede the currently available DJ feature. Whether or not this Sven Väth-like software will pan out in the company's favor remains to be seen. So, until that fateful day arrives, the creation of those fist-pumping, house mixes is better left to the few, the proud, the orange-skinned.

Apple patent application points to DJ-like beat matching, pairs iTunes with fist pumps originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Roku remote for iOS updated, easier navigation features in tow

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

Roku remote for iOS updated, easier navigating features in tow
Good news for folks who are enjoying the virtual hook-up between a certain line of miniature entertainment boxes and an iOS device. The Roku app's just hit version 1.1 and is bringing along some relatively fancy, but more importantly, useful features. Some of the new bits include a D-pad filled with buttons and shortcuts for apps like Netflix, Pandora and Crackle. Also, there's the inclusion of a new swipe-based remote -- which is optional -- that should help make navigating through applications a bit easier while you're lounging on the couch. You can grab the updated goodies now by heading to the App Store or hitting up the source link below.

Roku remote for iOS updated, easier navigation features in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hack enables fast refresh mode on Nook Simple Touch (video)

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

As anyone who's used an e-reader knows, page refreshes aren't the most elegant feature of E Ink. Well, if you've got a Nook Simple Touch a hack released by XDA Developers member marspeople could put an end to your page-changing woes. You'll need to root your device and install an .apk, then simply activate fast refresh mode by a four-tap gesture -- sadly, not the Konami code. What is impressive, is just how fast the screen refreshing actually is. Fluidly browsing documents and the web on e-readers suddenly has the potential to be a whole lot less frustrating. Check the video after the break to see a demo, and touch the source link below if you want in on the fun.

[Thanks, Nate]

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Hack enables fast refresh mode on Nook Simple Touch (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Best PowerPoint Alternative? [Hive Five Call For Contenders]

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Uncategorized

Creating dazzling presentations for clients, business meetings, or even job interviews doesn't mean you have to shell out for Microsoft Office. There are plenty of free options, or other paid applications that make great-looking slideshows. PowerPoint is a great tool, and definitely the industry standard, but this week we want to know what you think the best app is to create good-looking and attention-getting presentations and slideshows without resorting to PowerPoint. More »


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‘Hugo’ director Martin Scorsese, cast explain the advantages of shooting movies in 3D (video)

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

We'll have to wait until this weekend to find out if Martin Scorsese's Hugo takes home any hardware from the Academy Awards, but we've got an early preview of one the Blu-ray 3D release's special features right here. Press play to hear the director explain why 3D affects the storytelling by bringing in qualities usually found in the theater to film, as well as comments from actors Christopher Lee and Sascha Baron Cohen. Scorsese explains "We see in 3D, we see in space... most of us do. Space is part of our lives. It means something. I think, for the individual person who has a vision of telling a story through images, how that person uses space -- that extra element, that extra dimension -- to tell a story is very, very important." Adapted from a book inspired by filmmaker Georges Méliès, the movie hits stores February 28th -- check out the trailer after the break.

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'Hugo' director Martin Scorsese, cast explain the advantages of shooting movies in 3D (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Make Windows Search a Million Times More Useful with These Simple Tweaks [Search]

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Uncategorized

Windows 7's search function kind of sucks. You can only find what you're looking for half the time, and you never know why. Here's how to make Windows search work the way you want it to. More »


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Shanghai court rejects Proview injunction, okays the sale of Apple iPads (update: Proview sues Apple in US courts)

Posted by Ry on Feb 23 2012 | Technology

The legal tussle between Apple and Proview over the iPad has swung in Cupertino's direction. According to Chinese news outlet Xinmin, a Shanghai court has rebuffed Proview's demand for an injunction halting the sale of the Apple tablet due to licensing issues. The Pudong New Area People's Court made the decision yesterday, stating that while the Guangdong court case has yet to make a final decision on who owns the "iPad" trademark, there wasn't enough evidence on Proview's side to honor an injunction.

For those who've just caught up with the story, here's a quick overview: starting in 2000, Proview's Taiwan branch registered the "iPad" trademark in several countries, with the Shenzhen branch doing the same in China. Apple then bought worldwide rights from Proview Taiwan, which would have included China. Proview Shenzhen, who has gone into debt restructuring since 2010, is now saying that it never authorized its Taiwan counterpart to do so, but Apple claims that it has Proview Shenzhen's signatures on the paperwork. It looks like eventually it's going to get easier to grab that iPad in China, though if Apple's appeal case in the Guangdong court fails, then Proview could easily strike again with more ammo.

Update: Looks like Proview is bringing the fight to Apple's home turf. We've just learned that the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino firm on February 17th in Santa Clara County, California, where it alleges deception in Apple's purchase of the iPad trademark. [WSJ]

Shanghai court rejects Proview injunction, okays the sale of Apple iPads (update: Proview sues Apple in US courts) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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