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Palm Pixi clears FCC with Verizon frequencies and WiFi in tow

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If you were looking for just one more reason to ditch Sprint then this could be it. A CDMA-flavored Palm Pixi just cleared the FCC — yes, another one — and we can say with confidence it’s not coming to Sprint this time around. Better yet, Palm’s model P121EWW matches up with that P121 code we saw leaked a while back for Big Red (Sprint’s model is P120EWW), and this sucker got tested for 802.11b/g WiFi. Looks like that Sprint ad touting the Pixi’s non-existent WiFi was more than just wishful thinking. With webOS-powered Palm gear already confirmed on Verizon for “early next year,” are you really going to make the jump to a WiFi-less Pixi on Sprint knowing what’s on the way? And more importantly, can we expect another terrifying series of ads targeting Sprint this time instead of AT&T?

Palm Pixi clears FCC with Verizon frequencies and WiFi in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 12:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Phone / Nexus One makes first Twitter appearance? (update: new pics!)

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Look familiar? For a story that broke on Twitter it’s only fitting that the first reported picture of the mythical, magical “Google Phone” (AKA, Nexus One) would appear there as well. The tweeted image above appears courtesy of one Cory O’Brien, an account manager at a San Francisco Bay Area marketing agency that does not list Google as a client. That note of caution aside, the image above is an exact match to that leaked HTC Passion / Bravo image from October, only this time lacking the HTC logo on the top-side bezel. Besides the pic, O’Brien tweets that the “Google Phone = iPhone + a little extra screen and a scroll wheel. Great touch screen, and Android.” Granted, none of this is confirmed yet, but with Google releasing so many of the devices as part of its “mobile lab” concept, well, we expect to see plenty more sightings in the run up to the rumored January launch.

Update: A quick search for “nexus one” on Google’s Picasa photo service reveals several pictures taken with a camera pegged as the HTC Nexus One in the EXIF data. The very first of these geotagged 2592×1944 pixel (that’s a 5 megapixel sensor folks, hardly “weirdly large” as described by TechCrunch) images were taken by user Bradley (who just happens to be a Picasa friend to Sergey… hint) in the SF Bay Area on November 27th. A few are clearly lit by an onboard flash as well. In fact, many of the pics appear to be taken from within Google’s offices and at Google sponsored events. The quality is not exactly spectacular and that won’t likely change in the final product because even Google’s bound by the laws of physics when it comes to tiny cellphone sensors.

Update 2: The device seems to have been around earlier with an EXIF identifier of “Phone88.” Fortunately, Google’s own employees have uploaded pics of the device, by the device, for us to marvel at — so meta. Check the gallery for the images or a quickie close-up posted after the break.

[Thanks, Alberto and Aaron C.]

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Google Phone / Nexus One makes first Twitter appearance? (update: new pics!) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 11:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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H2O Audio case turns your iPod nano 5G into underwater camcorder

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Bank account not mighty enough to handle an underwater EOS 5D Mark II? Fret not, ’cause H2O Audio just made underwater Terminator captures a reality for a comparative pittance. Said outfit has been cranking out waterproof shells for Apple’s cash cows for awhile now, but the latest one is of particular interest due to the iPod nano 5G’s integrated video recorder. The $79.99 case enables you to capture video clips while under the sea, and considering the multitude of wild and wacky scene modes, we’d say next summer just got a lot more interesting. Just ask that dude up there if you don’t believe us.

H2O Audio case turns your iPod nano 5G into underwater camcorder originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 11:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MyRacer serves up 5-inch Lisse H10 portable media player

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It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen a new entrant in MyRacer’s lisse line of portable media players, but the H10 looks to be changing all that with its 16GB of internal storage space and expansive display. You’ll notice a familiar design here externally, and within you’ll find a 5-inch panel (1,280 x 720 resolution), an HDMI output, FM tuner / transmitter, a microSD expansion slot, voice recorder and support for just about any file format known to man. Mum’s the word on a price and release date, but we doubt it’ll be long before it’s roaming the streets of Seoul.

MyRacer serves up 5-inch Lisse H10 portable media player originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 09:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iriver E30 ships in China, gets handled in the wild

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iriver’s E30 hasn’t shaken any trees since quietly launching in mid-August, but evidently the minuscule, no-frills player is shipping over in China. Available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB flavors, the pocket-friendly DAP is currently selling for around $66 at the low-end, and if you’re eager to see precisely what it looks like in the wild, that source link down there has the goods you crave. Sadly, there’s still no definite word on a US release, but if you find yourself a few time zones over this holiday season, we’re certain it’d make for a great in-flight partner on the way back.

[Thanks, Gavin]

iriver E30 ships in China, gets handled in the wild originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 05:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ultrathin LG XNote LGX30 surfaces at FCC rockin’ Windows 7

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Looks like Dell isn’t the only one who knows how to produce an ultrathin laptop, as LG’s latest concoction has just landed at the always-revealed database of the FCC. The XNote LGX30 (not to be confused with the Ion-based X30) is an 11.6-inch netbook with a 1,366 x 768 resolution panel, solid state drive, integrated webcam, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a multicard reader, GMA500 graphics set and a 3-cell battery. The machine weighs just 1.74 pounds and is based on some sort of Atom CPU, and as expected, it’s Windows 7 running the show. We’re hoping to hear a lot more about this thing when CES rolls around, but till then, feel free to peruse the user guide down there in the source link. It’s a riveting read, we tell ya.

Ultrathin LG XNote LGX30 surfaces at FCC rockin’ Windows 7 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Dec 2009 04:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Prototype SATA 6Gbps SSD gets benchmarked: yessir, it’s hasty

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We’ve already seen Seagate tout the speed advantages of its SATA 6Gbps hard drive, but it’s the 6Gbps SSD that we’re really curious about. PC Perspective managed to snag itself a Marvell prototype drive, and even though they could only test the read capabilities of it, the results are nothing short of titillating. Reviewers pitted the Marvell drive against Intel’s well-respected X25-M G2, and their (admittedly limited) testing led them to discover a 33 percent increase in burst performance over one of the quickest SSDs on the market today. In case you’re still not impressed, you should know that they also saw a 27 percent uptick in sustained read performance (compared to the X25-M G2) and a 175 percent increase over the aforementioned SATA 6Gbps Seagate HDD. Obviously it’s still too early to tell whether the 6Gbps SSD really is the best thing since the vacuum tube, but if these ultra-early results are any indication of what’s to come, we suggest you start packing those pennies away right now to finance your next storage upgrade.

Prototype SATA 6Gbps SSD gets benchmarked: yessir, it’s hasty originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Dec 2009 23:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia Booklet 3G slips to $199 on contract ‘through the holidays’

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Few people were debating that the $299 on contract price for Nokia’s Atom-powered Booklet 3G was a bit steep, but now it has fallen more in line with its closest competition thanks to a price drop at Best Buy Mobile. From December 13th “through the holidays,” the Windows 7-packin’ machine (which we just recently reviewed) will be available for $199.99 with a two-year AT&T Data Connect plan. Of course, there’s a good chance you’ll regret the decision to jump on this when the next-generation Atom hits at CES (which is happening, right Intel?), but hey, Santa’s got to do what Santa’s got to do.

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Nokia Booklet 3G slips to $199 on contract ‘through the holidays’ originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Dec 2009 21:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Piixl EdgeCenter 3770 media PC slides behind your flat panel, doesn’t get the attention it deserves

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Unorthodox media center PCs aren’t anything new; if you can dream it up, there’s most likely an option out there with your name on it. Piixl’s newest entry, however, has a fairly decent shot at appealing to more than just the home theater junkies, but only time will tell if the London-based startup can convince consumers that they really need another slab of machinery behind their flat-panel. The EdgeCenter 3770 is essentially an ultraslim HTPC with an enclosure that’s engineered to mount directly behind flat-panel HDTVs through their VESA mounting interface. The whole thing is just 30mm deep and can fit screens ranging from 37- to 70-inches, and if you’re worried about it being underpowered, don’t be. The base configuration is equipped with a 3Ghz Core 2 Duo chip, while Core i5 and Core i7 options (not to mention discrete GPUs) are available for those with the spare poundage. Interested parties can order theirs now starting at £2,490 ($4,043), though it’s frighteningly easy to push that well into five figure territory.

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Piixl EdgeCenter 3770 media PC slides behind your flat panel, doesn’t get the attention it deserves originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Dec 2009 19:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung TL225 / ST550 review roundup: some smiles, some frowns

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Incredulously enough, no other major camera maker has come out and mimicked Samsung’s front-facing LCD approach found on the TL225 (or ST550 in some areas), so if you’re in the market, it’s either this one or the lesser-specced TL220 (ST500). If you’re considering picking up the former as a bang-up gift for your special someone, you’d probably do yourself a solid by taking a peek at a few reviews around the web. The long and short of it is this: the camera’s dual LCDs are well implemented, and they actually do come in handy for those looking to handle the “self-portrait” duties in the relationship. Beyond that, however, there wasn’t a lot of praise to go around. For starters, the camera relies only on microSD memory, so those spare SD cards you’ve got laying around are no good here. Then there’s the so-so image quality coupled with the staggeringly weak battery life; Photography Blog was only able to squeeze out around 100 shots while making heavy use of the touchscreen. Everyone seemed to agree that the cam wasn’t for everyone, so be sure and take a look around before committing.

Read – Photography Blog
Read – About
Read – Photography Bay
Read – Digital Camera Info
Read – CNET
Read – Steves Digicams

Samsung TL225 / ST550 review roundup: some smiles, some frowns originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Dec 2009 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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