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Android 2.1 moves down food chain, ROM now ported to G1

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Future, meet your past. The fine lads at xda-developers forums have ported the Android 2.1 ROM — you know, the updated OS from Nexus One that everyone’s been talking about lately — all the way to the original G1. Right now it’s being dubbed version 0.9999 since it’s still lacking A2SD, CompCache, and SWAP… and if you’re feeling confused by the terminology, it might be best to not try this at home just yet. Creator Teh Dust has also removed a few things for the sake of making it more lightweight, including Car Home, Live Boot, and high resolution wallpapers / apps that don’t jive with the G1 anyway. Willing, curious, and wanting to impress your Droid-carrying friends? File’s hiding in plain sight, waiting for you.

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Android 2.1 moves down food chain, ROM now ported to G1 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nexus One finally caught on video alongside its packaging

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Frankly, we’re surprised it took this long, but lo and behold, here we are with the first video of the Nexus One we’ve seen. It’s just the all-too-brief and familiar boot animation, but thenexusone.com promises this is just one of many videos to come, and with any luck, a nicer video camera can be found in the interim. Also on hand is a few snapshots of the casing it came with — don’t read too much into that, however, as even the developer-only Google Ion had fancy packaging. Video after the break.

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Nexus One finally caught on video alongside its packaging originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chunghwa Picture Tubes churns out 21.5-inch capacitive touch panel

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Big screen touch panels aren’t anything new (or fancy), but a 21.5-inch capacitive touch panel is definitely pushing “drool-worthy” territory. In a presumably dingy corner of some overseas show floor, it looks as if Chunghwa Picture Tubes (or CPT, as the cool kids call it) has one of those very displays out for public viewing. Reportedly, the 21.5-incher has yet to reach mass production, but it’s currently shipping 10.1-inch versions to an undisclosed amount of customers. As of now, the big boy is being “validated by clients,” which means it’ll probably be ready for mass consumption between next year and next century.

Chunghwa Picture Tubes churns out 21.5-inch capacitive touch panel originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 19:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cooky robots will make soup for you, won’t clean up afterwards

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Cooking robots aren’t exactly anything new (even if they haven’t yet been perfected), but they generally come in the form of humanoid robots or, at the very least, robotic arms in order to be more adept in the kitchen. JST’s ERATO research division has taken a decidedly different approach with these so-called Cooky robots, however, which are tiny, wheeled bots that scurry about your countertop and work as a team to make miso soup for you. As you might have guessed from the image above though, they aren’t quite entirely autonomous, and require that you both label all the necessary ingredients with special cards, and pre-program things like cooking time and temperature. They’ll take things over from there on out though and, as you can see in the video after the break, the results do at least appear to be edible.

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Cooky robots will make soup for you, won’t clean up afterwards originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Entelligence: A Google Phone could be the death of Android

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Entelligence is a column by technology strategist and author Michael Gartenberg, a man whose desire for a delicious cup of coffee and a quality New York bagel is dwarfed only by his passion for tech. In these articles, he’ll explore where our industry is and where it’s going — on both micro and macro levels — with the unique wit and insight only he can provide.

Without a doubt, the big buzz since the weekend has been over the “Google Phone,” an HTC-built device called the Nexus One handed out to Google employees last week in what Google describes as a “mobile lab.” Confirmed to be running Android 2.1, the Nexus One has once again raised the idea of Google selling unlocked devices directly to consumers. (Google has been selling unlocked HTC Android phones for some time, but only to developers.)

It would be a strange turnabout if Mountain View made this move, directly going in the face of previous assurances that Google had no plans to compete directly with Android hardware manufacturers. What’s more, there are a lot of unanswered questions here.

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Entelligence: A Google Phone could be the death of Android originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 18:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google files for Nexus One trademark

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The mystery of the Nexus One continues to grow ever deeper, but we can pretty much confirm Google’s planning to sell something under that name: the search giant filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “Nexus One” on December 10th, and in order to be granted the trademark registration it’ll have to use the mark in commerce at some point in the future. Now, don’t get too carried away — sure, that could mean free unlocked GSM Android sets for all, but it could also just mean Google’s planning to sell the Nexus One as its next-gen Android Developer Phone. Considering everything we’ve heard points to the device being limited to T-Mobile 3G, we’d say the developer phone theory is still the most likely, but it’s all up in the air until Google provides a sample of the Nexus One mark being used in commerce to the USPTO — or, better yet, announces something official.

Update:
Ruh roh. As we’re sure you’re aware, the “Nexus” name is a riff on Philip K. Dick’s Nexus-6 replicants in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and ultimately in Blade Runner — and his estate is none too pleased that Google’s using it without permission. According to the New York Times, Dick’s daughter — who is in charge of licensing his work — was never told of Google’s plans, and she’s contacted the lawyers now that she’s found out. We’re guessing Google can still make nice though: she says she would have been open to an agreement had contact been made earlier. So… let’s get on that, guys.

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Google files for Nexus One trademark originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gulftown processor dubbed Core i7-980X, making its debut Q1 2010?

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If you didn’t make it to eBay in time to put down $1,200 or so for your very own pre-release Gulftown chip, cheer up! The countdown to the six core wonder continues apace, with more news each passing day. According to a purportedly leaked slide that popped up on China’s PC Online, the 32nm chip will be known as the Core i7-980X and not the Core i9, as previously rumored. Part of the i7 “Extreme Edition” series (so extreme!). If everything goes as leaked, the 3.33GHz processor could be included in new Mac Pro systems come early 2010 — which more or less jibes with rumors that the processor will be available sometime in March. See the new product name appear on the roadmap after the break.

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Gulftown processor dubbed Core i7-980X, making its debut Q1 2010? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LaCie introduces Rikiki portable hard drive, monkey

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Apparently, making a sleek, tiny and reasonably affordable hard drive isn’t enough for LaCie. No, it has to stoop to using an impossibly adorable monkey to attract attention for its new Rikiki drive (available now in 250GB, 500GB, and 640GB capacities, priced between $75 and $150). Well, that’s just not going to cut it this time…. awww, look at the tiny monkey.

LaCie introduces Rikiki portable hard drive, monkey originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Engadget Show returns Sunday, December 20th!

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Can’t wait for another Engadget Show to roll around? Well you’re in luck, friend. We’re going to be hitting the stage again come December 20th, and this one is set to be a killer.

The last show of the decade will be dedicated to just that: the decade. We’re going to be talking about the most important gadgets of the past 10 years — both good and bad — and we’ll be joined by the perfect guest. Peter Rojas, the founder of both Gizmodo and Engadget (and now gdgt!) will take the stage with Josh, Paul, and Nilay to discuss what has been arguably the most important 10 years in gadgetry.

We’ll also have a few surprises, as well as some giveaways, so don’t miss it — you’ll be sorry if you do!

The show takes place at the Tishman Auditorium at Parsons The New School for Design. As you may already know, we film live in front of an audience once a month — but if you can’t make it, don’t worry. We’re bringing the video back home to Engadget (and as a free download here, in the iTunes Store, or the Zune Marketplace) for your viewing pleasure.

The beautiful venue (which you can see in a photo after the break) is located at 66 W. 12th Street between 5th and 6th Aves. Seating is limited and tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis — which means if you want to join us in the audience for the show, you’ll have to arrive early and be prepared for a little wait.

Here are the facts you need to know about the show:

  • The show is graciously sponsored by Sprint, and hosted by Parsons The New School for Design
  • The total show length will be around an hour

Here is what you need to know if you want to be part of the audience:

  • There is no admission fee — tickets are completely free
  • The event is all ages
  • The venue seats just over 450 people
  • Parsons students are welcomed, and we encourage them to come!
  • Tickets will be available for pickup at the Tishman Auditorium at 2PM on the 20th, and we’re strongly encouraging people to get their tickets and not stand in line — if you have a ticket, you’ll have a seat!
  • You’ll need to hold onto your ticket stub to be eligible for the giveaways
  • You cannot pick up tickets for other people — if you want your friend to get a ticket, bring your friend!
  • The show begins at 5PM, and doors will open at 4:30PM

If you’re a member of the media who wishes to attend, please contact us at: engadgetshowmedia [at] engadget.com, and we’ll try to accommodate you. All other non-media questions can be sent to: engadgetshow [at] engadget.com.

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Addonics intros two eSATA-enabled multicard readers for the brave and gullible

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There’s no denying that the two newest multicard readers from Addonics can connect to one’s PC via eSATA as well as the conventional USB 2.0 method, but frankly, we’ve our doubts about the honest-to-goodness speed benefits of linking through the former. The outfit claims that when its (external) Pocket eSATA / USB DigiDrive is hooked up with an eSATA cable, any flash media you insert can be used as a bootable device with read / write speeds of up to 150MB/sec, but of course you’ll want to slap the quickest SDHC or CompactFlash card you can find in there to fully take advantage of the extra bandwidth. There’s also an internal version for those tired of looking at the gaping hole where your floppy drive used to be, and considering that both retail for $59.99, you’ll probably spend the next four or five hours just choosing which you really need.

Addonics intros two eSATA-enabled multicard readers for the brave and gullible originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:22:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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