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Ford’s SYNCMyRide app forgives you for your lame phone, transfers contacts to your car

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Bluetooth connectivity between phones and SYNC-equipped Fords is nothing new, but the problem is that a good number of handsets out there in the wild don’t support phonebook download (seriously, check the compatibility chart) which means you can’t dial names by voice — and what’s the fun in calling anyone if there isn’t at least a small chance of your car confusing “Dad” for “Vlad“? That’s where Ford’s all-new SYNCMyRide comes into play, an app for Windows and Mac machines that’ll take the names and numbers (up to 2,000) off your lame vintage handset and stick ‘em on a USB drive; from there, you just plug the drive into your SYNC’s port and kick off an upload. It’s compatible with every SYNC-equipped car on the road today, so we’ve hooked you up with a link to go grab it — but only begrudgingly, since we’d obviously love to see you upgrade to a better phone instead.

Ford’s SYNCMyRide app forgives you for your lame phone, transfers contacts to your car originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android 2.1’s boot animation for the Nexus One reminds us of… something

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Red, green, blue, yellow. They aren’t just four of the bestest shades in Roy G. Biv — to anyone with a computer and a soul, that particular color combo is permanently etched in the brain as the unchanging constituents of the Windows logo in its many, many forms over the years; Google’s logo happens to use them, true, but so far, Android’s been green to the bone. Anyhow, you may have already noticed that some of the shots of the Nexus One clearly show a boot screen with a cross pattern colored thusly, and it turns out there’s an Android 2.1 dump floating around that’s got the animation on board. Of course, dumped ROMs have a tendency to get pulled apart like a turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in a matter of mere hours, and the animation’s already found its way onto YouTube. Just because it’s in a hacked Flan ROM doesn’t mean you should expect to see it on every Android phone under the sun next year — the animation portrays a nexus, of sorts, which would fit in nicely with a phone of the same name.

Seriously though, check out the wait cursor in Windows Mobile 6.5 for comparison after the break (along with a video of the Nexus One’s lovely boot sequence in action).

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Android 2.1’s boot animation for the Nexus One reminds us of… something originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Seven Chevy models eligible for $199 Autonet Mobile WiFi router

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Slowly but surely, General Motors looks like it’s pushing Autonet Mobile’s in-car WiFi option to each and every one of the vehicles it sells, and while we recently heard that it was making its way into a few other autocars for the not-at-all-appealing price of $500 (up front), this offer sounds a wee bit more palatable. Dubbed “Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile,” the add-on is now certified for installation in the Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express, and if you get in before December 31st, you’ll be able to add internet to your ride for $199 after mail-in rebate — though a 2-year service agreement (at $29 per month) is also required. Just think how silent your kids will be on that cross-country trek to visit the in-laws this Christmas, though. Totally worth it.

Seven Chevy models eligible for $199 Autonet Mobile WiFi router originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 19:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Asustek to spin off motherboard and GPU business under Pegatron brand

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Asustek has informed the Taiwanese Stock Exchange that it will completely spin off its motherboard and graphics card subsidiary, Pegatron, in July 2010. The split is driven by the parent company’s desire to continue its competition against the likes of HP and Dell under the ASUS brandname, while still collecting ODM and motherboard orders from those same companies for its manufacturing business. For its part, the newly self-governing Pegatron will be expected to advance the ASRock brand up from its current entry-level position and into the mainstream. We don’t know how well that’s going to go down, but at least the mobo market will be primed to embrace a new name after the heartbreak of losing old stalwarts like Abit and now ASUS.

[Thanks, Mack S]

Asustek to spin off motherboard and GPU business under Pegatron brand originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chevy Volt gets its own song and dance, humanity weeps aloud

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And you honestly thought you’d see a decent return-on-investment from bailing these guys out.

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Chevy Volt gets its own song and dance, humanity weeps aloud originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony considered SSD, network storage for PS3 Slim

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Could the the PS3 Slim have been even slimmer? It could have, according to Sony’s Masayuki Chatani, but it would’ve cost you. That word comes from a wide-ranging interview Chatani gave to Tech-On!, in which he revealed (seemingly for the first time) that Sony had considered using SSD drives or even network storage to further reduce the size of the console. SSD drives were ultimately rejected, as you might have guessed, due to cost reasons, and Chatani says that network storage ultimately proved to still be simply too impractical for a game console. He also said that the PS3 could have been made slimmer if Sony had just left the power supply on the outside, but that would have “imposed restrictions on transport and use, making it harder to use freely.” Not a whole lot in the way of big revelations otherwise, but you can check out the complete interview at the link below.

Sony considered SSD, network storage for PS3 Slim originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kindle App for iPhone goes international, starts to get a little annoying at parties

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We get it, Amazon Kindle App: you’ve just become available in over 60 countries, you’re something of a jet setter now. But you don’t have to go around and rub it in our faces. So what if we’ve only been to Mexico that one time by accident and can’t sync books and page placement via Amazon’s Whispersync technology… that doesn’t make us any less valuable as a person. Oh, and you’re coming to the Mac and BlackBerry “soon,” huh? Well, aren’t you special.

Kindle App for iPhone goes international, starts to get a little annoying at parties originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide: Digital Cameras

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Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! The team here is well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties of the seasonal shopping experience, and we want to help you sort through the trash and come up with the treasures this year. Below is today’s bevy of hand curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the holiday season.

Digital cameras are the bread-and-butter of holiday gadget giving — everyone wants one, and everyone wants a better one. But you can’t just dole out any shooter you can find — you need to find the right balance of image quality, features, and usability for your intended recipient, and hold the line on your bank account as well. Sounds daunting, but we’ve pulled up a few of the more interesting models out there to help you out.

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Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide: Digital Cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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University of Antwerp stuffs 13 GPUs into FASTRA II supercomputer

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The researchers at the University of Antwerp’s Vision Lab caused quite a stir last year when they built a supercomputer with four high-end NVIDIA graphics cards, but it looks like they’ve truly stepped up their game for their followup: a supercomputer that packs no less than thirteen GPUs. That, as you might have guessed, presented a few new challenges, but after wrangling some flexible PCI cables into a specially-made case and loading up a custom BIOS courtesy of ASUS, they were apparently able to get six dual-GPU NVIDIA GTX295 cards and one single-GPU GTX275 card up and running with only a few hiccups. As before, the big advantage with this approach is that you get an enormous amount of computing power for a relatively small cost — twelve teraflops for less than €6,000, to be specific. Head on past the break for a pair of videos showing the thing off, and hit up the link below for the complete details (including some jaw dropping benchmarks).

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University of Antwerp stuffs 13 GPUs into FASTRA II supercomputer originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TomTom feels jolly, temporarily drops price of iPhone GPS app

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TomTom has done a respectable job of keeping its iPhone GPS app up to date when compared to formidable options from Navigon and the like, but today it’s making its biggest move yet by way of a significant price drop. We’ve heard directly from the company (and confirmed with our own two peepers) that the US and Canada version of the app is now on sale for $69.99, while a US-only version is currently on sale for just $49.99. If you’ll recall, the former was just selling for $99.99 a few days ago, so if you’re planning on making that fateful trip to grandmother’s house again this year, you might want a robotic gal leading the way. Just sayin’. [Warning: Source link directs to iTunes]

TomTom feels jolly, temporarily drops price of iPhone GPS app originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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