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Google downsizes AndroLib’s Android Market app count by a few grand

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A stout 20,000 apps in the Android Market, eh? Not so much, according to none other than Google itself — which, with all due respect to original counter AndroLib — has a little more street cred here, especially when they’re deflating the numbers rather than inflating them. A spokesperson for the company told us this afternoon that “there are currently more than 16,000 free and paid apps in Android Market” without specifying paid-to-free breakdown or differences among regional Markets, so we don’t much basis for figuring out where Google’s number comes from; we’d count it ourselves, but we’ve… uh, we’ve got dinner plans this evening. So until someone can conclusively prove otherwise, we’re going to say that the Market has yet to crack the 20K mark in any region where the Market operates — not to say you can’t find a fair share of goodies among the 16,000 that are out there.

Google downsizes AndroLib’s Android Market app count by a few grand originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Limited edition Final Fantasy XIII PS3 gets unboxed

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Sony and Square Enix have sure taken their time building up anticipation for this one, but the new limited edition Final Fantasy XIII PlayStation 3 is now finally available in Japan, and our pals at Joystiq were lucky enough to wrangle one for an unboxing. As you can see, this one definitely takes things further than the rather understated Final Fantasy VII limited edition PS3, with it boasting a stylish matte white finish and a slightly glossier rendition of the character Lightning in pink — and, of course, a matching white controller. Hit up the link below for the full unboxing.

Limited edition Final Fantasy XIII PS3 gets unboxed originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG eXpo goes on sale at AT&T, sans projector

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Anyone looking for the highest-end Windows Mobile experience you can buy on AT&T, go ahead and form a line to the left, please, because your knight in shining armor has arrived. The LG eXpo — complete with a Snapdragon core, 5 megapixel camera, 3.2-inch WVGA display, fingerprint scanner, QWERTY slide, and optional microprojector — is now available, albeit at a $199.99 after-rebate, on-contract price that puts it pretty far into the realm of the high-power smartphone elite. The downside is that the aforementioned projector isn’t yet available for purchase, which makes the whole package a little less compelling — then again, that means you’re walking out of the store with $179 that you wouldn’t have otherwise had, so just look at your eXpo purchase as a fantastic money-making opportunity.

LG eXpo goes on sale at AT&T, sans projector originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Border security guards kill — literally kill — a MacBook (update: video!)

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Young American woman travels over to Jerusalem to meet some friends, see the sights, live the life. Overzealous border security officers ask her a bunch of questions, take issue with her answers, and a few well-placed bullets later she is allowed entry into the country with a somewhat altered MacBook in tow. So what can we all learn from this incident? Firstly, back up all the data you consider important; B, Israeli policemen don’t mess about; and 3, distressed laptops look gorgeous no matter how they got there — just look at the way the glass trackpad has wrinkled up from the force of the bullet penetrating near it, it’s a borderline work of art. The young lady in question has been promised compensation, but lest you think this is a one one-off you can see pictures of an equally dead Dell at the Flickr link below. We’ve got a couple more close-ups of the ravaged MacBook after the break.

[Thanks, Itai N.]

Update – We’ve tracked down a video interview with Lily herself, which shows off a few more angles of the former MacBook and current article of modern art — check it after the break.

P.S. – As always, we encourage a discussion. A sensitive, intellectual, worldly discussion. If you can’t infer what it is we’re asking of our dear readers tempted to intone on this matter, then please skip commenting on this thread, mkay?

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Border security guards kill — literally kill — a MacBook (update: video!) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2011 Audi A8 packs optional EDGE, Google Earth

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We’re guessing it won’t be the tipping point that finally convinces you to buy an Audi A8, but it looks like those in the market for the car will be able to add a nice little option to the 2011 model: a built-in nav system complete with Google Earth and a GPRS / EDGE modem. Yeah, so it’s not 3G, but it is apparently the first time that Google Earth has been made available in a production vehicle, which certainly counts for something. In addition to serving up various Google-sourced points of interest, that modem will also let you download a range of other up-to-date information to the nav unit, although it’s not clear exactly what that will entail. No word on how much it’ll add to the cost of the A8, but it looks like it won’t be available right when the car rolls out early next year — Audi is only saying “mid 2010″ at the moment.

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As some commenters have helpfully noted, it seems that while the A8 won’t initially roll out with 3G, it will be getting a UMTS modem in mid 2010, which should provide the bandwidth necessary for Google Earth and allow for simultaneous voice and data connections.

2011 Audi A8 packs optional EDGE, Google Earth originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Backflip / Enzo bringing Android contortions to AT&T

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Just when we though this decade had run short on phone form factors, Motorola comes along to blow our minds with this new Backflip / Enzo / Motus device. Amazingly, the most interesting part of this device might not even be the reverse hinge design, which flips the keyboard back behind the screen and faces out when not in use, but the fact that there’s a clear-as-day AT&T logo on it — something we’d heard rumored, but dared not believe until we saw it with our own eyes. The rest of the leaked photos go on to corroborate earlier rumors: there’s a touchpad on the back of the keyboard to aid in no-look scrolling, it’s running Blur on top of Android 1.5 (with a few AT&T apps, Yahoo search and no Gmail), and it runs the same 528MHz processor as the CLIQ. Hard to believe this very same company builds the Droid.

[Thanks, Jeff B.]

Motorola Backflip / Enzo bringing Android contortions to AT&T originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zune HD Twitter app now live UPDATE: it censors tweets!

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It was a slow rollout today, but the promised Zune HD Twitter app is now live in Marketplace. We’ve been playing with it a little since we got it, and while it’s definitely one of the more attractive mobile Twitter clients we’ve come across, it’s also distressingly laggy: it’s stalled out several times just scrolling a list of tweets, button presses go ignored, and refreshing data seems to cause all sorts of consternation — our Zune’s dropped its WiFi connection several times now. Not sure what’s going on with that, but we’ve definitely seen some far more polished apps running on the Zune, so we’re hoping these glitches get cleaned up soon.

Update: Turns out there’s a bigger problem here than just poor performance — as reader Scott Zero points out, it censors naughty words out of tweets in your timeline. (Seriously — here’s his original tweet that we’ve highlighted above.) Sure, it’s a free app, but this kind of active content censorship just rubs us the wrong way — even worse than Apple’s various Twitter-related App Store shenanigans. Bleh.

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Zune HD Twitter app now live UPDATE: it censors tweets! originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Continental to launch in-flight WiFi in 2010

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Looks like Continental is the lastest to inch closer to our dream of WiFi on every flight: the airline just announced that it’ll be rolling out Gogo in-flight internet service on 21 Boeing 757-300s in its fleet starting in Q2 2010. The service will cost $4.95 and up based on flight length, and the 757s in question mostly serve domestic routes — we’re hoping Continental takes a cue from American and US Airways and lets passengers check to see if their plane is WiFi-enabled.

Continental to launch in-flight WiFi in 2010 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000: the perfect travel keyboard?

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Earlier this year, one of our dear readers wrote in asking the collective audience which wireless keyboard was the best out there for their living room. We’ve since seen all variations of that very inquiry, but the most common one was this: “what’s the best wireless keyboard for travel?” As more and more users resort to netbooks for getting things done on the go, more and more users are pulling their hair out as they attempt to bang out this month’s sales report on an 85 percent full-size keyboard. A few months back, Microsoft let loose a new Bluetooth ‘board that seemed perfect for the weary-eyed jetsetter, and we’ve been toying with it for the last little while. It’s easily one of the thinnest and lightest keyboards we’ve seen, and the carry-along-or-don’t numeric pad is certainly a nice touch. But is this slab of circuitry really what your digits need when typing on the go? Hop on past the break for a few of our impressions.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000: the perfect travel keyboard? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 16:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon begins internal webOS training

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We always knew Palm would be bringing the Pre to Verizon sometime in early 2010, and it looks like preparations are underway: check out this leaked internal training slide, which describes a 20-minute Palm / webOS training that runs until January 4th. Interestingly, that’s the day before CES, so we’re guessing we’ll be hearing something about all this during Palm’s CES event — and if we had to guess, we’d wager that that updated Pixi with WiFi will somehow figure into the mix as well.

Verizon begins internal webOS training originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Dec 2009 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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