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Psystar to shut down ‘immediately,’ world shrugs

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Has the saga finally come to an end? Dow Jones is reporting that Psystar will be firing its eight employees and then “shutting things down immediately,” in the words of the company’s attorney with the bad-ass name, Eugene Action. Besides, after the latest round of losses at the hands of Apple, this should come as a shock to nobody. Now that we’ve put all that behind us, can we concentrate on something of importance — like Tweeting swears from the Zune HD Twitter app?

Psystar to shut down ‘immediately,’ world shrugs originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 20:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Baby simulator surfaces in Japan, Devo wants its mascot back (video)

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When we first saw Yotaro baby simulator we thought: “we’ve seen this ugly robot before.” And no, weren’t thinking about Keiko, the robot patient currently seeing action in teaching hospitals in Japan. It just so happens that robot in question has more than a passing resemblance to Booji Boy, a character beloved to Devo fans world-wide. The robot, developed at the University of Tsukuba, is designed to teach people about childcare and parenting by portraying various facial expressions, movements, and physiological traits associated with babies, relying on a Rube Goldberg-esque array of water tanks, projectors, sensors, and sophisticated emotion control software to respond to your actions appropriately. If you think it looks strange above, wait until you see it in action! Check it out after the break.

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Baby simulator surfaces in Japan, Devo wants its mascot back (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Josh is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight!

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Josh on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Get ready, America. Josh is once again accosting our nation’s airwaves from the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and he’s got a pretty huge assortment of new gear to show off. Tune in on your local NBC station at the times listed below, let us know how he’s doing in comments, and make sure to include #joshtops in your tweets!

P.S. – If you missed Josh and Jimmy getting silly with the TwitterPeek and the Droid last month, we’ve got the video for you after the break.

P.P.S. – Need another reason to check out the show tonight? Here’s a teaser.

Showtimes:
12:35AM Eastern
11:35PM Central
11:35PM Mountain
12:35AM Pacific

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Josh is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile bringing HTC HD2 to the States? All .nbh files point to ‘yes’

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You know those times when you’re sifting through an undercooked ROM, dumping .nbh files right and left, asking yourself: “is this even worth it?” Well, the folks at WMExperts can answer with a resounding fist pump after digging up references to T-Mobile US in an HTC HD2 prerelease ROM that was recently leaked their way. At this point we’re looking at a new 2.01 version of the HD2 software in the T-Mobile version, a big jump from the 1.61 seen in previous leaks, which maybe will smooth over some of those performance woes we experienced with the device. WMExperts also claims a March 2010 release date, which seems a while to wait, but somebody told us once about “good things” coming to “waiters” or something like that, so we’re cautiously optimistic.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

T-Mobile bringing HTC HD2 to the States? All .nbh files point to ‘yes’ originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 18:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 catches FCC on a good day

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Oh, to live the life of an FCC certification lab employee: setting up test benches, writing reports, playing with devices that won’t be released for months or years. Instead, we’re stuck enjoying their fun vicariously at an arm’s length through a little portal we know as the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology, where gems like the X10 occasionally pop up complete with pretty in-the-wild pictures, teardowns, and user manuals. What we’re looking at here are test results for EDGE 850 / 1900 plus WCDMA Band IV (that’d be T-Mobile’s and WIND’s spectrum, by the bye), WiFi, and Bluetooth, so even if T-Mobile ultimately chooses not to offer it on contract, you should be able to score it one way or another N900-style. The user’s manual is basically just 40 pages of good stuff plus a bunch of conformity statement mumbo jumbo, but it’s still a good read — so if you think this might be your phone of choice come 2010, have a look.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 catches FCC on a good day originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget HD goes inside a FiOS TV Super Headend and Video Hub Office

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FiOS TV Video Hub Control center
If your idea of fun is going behind the scenes and finding out how your cable company’s gears turn, then don’t waste any time clicking on this link. On this tour the crew learns all about collecting 600 channels and distributing them around the country via fiber, complete with locally inserted ads and complying with ridiculous blackout rules. But most interestingly, we learn exactly what makes Verizon FiOS TV special while at the same time what it has in common with other cable companies.

Engadget HD goes inside a FiOS TV Super Headend and Video Hub Office originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:11:00 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 including an Xbox 360, 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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The Engadget Show returns Sunday, December 20th! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201N review

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Six months ago netbooks all had 10-inch displays, fairly cramped keyboards, and couldn’t manage to play a 1080p video even if they trained with the best of marathoners. The world’s a lot different now: the King of Pop has passed away, the unemployment rate has dropped, and netbook manufacturers have realized 11- and 12-inch displays provide a more comfortable experience — especially when paired with more powerful hardware that adds multimedia prowess.

We’ll stop there with the Netbook 101, but looking at the past is necessary in realizing what a game-changer the ASUS Eee PC 1201N really is. The 1201N’s dual-core Intel Atom processor, NVIDIA Ion graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium, and 2GB of RAM make it the most powerful netbook to ever grace the purchase pages of Amazon. But does the $500 machine fix all the issues and frustrations we’ve ever had with netbooks when put to the test? Can it make us forget about cramped keyboards, strained eyes and sluggish video performance? Find out in our full review.

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ASUS Eee PC 1201N review originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Verizon to FCC: hey, you said ETFs were okay!

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Even though the FCC just gave Verizon until Monday to respond to its inquiries regarding the company’s new $350 “advanced device” early termination fee, they’ve shown some hustle here and delivered their 77 (yes, seventy-seven) page response today. Here are the two big takeaways consumers are going to care about:

  • The company justifies the advanced device ETF a couple ways; it starts out by referring to some 2003 statements by the FCC in which the Commission says that it doesn’t support the concept of customers breaking contracts and that carriers have a right to recoup those fees. Of course, that really doesn’t drive to the point here, which is that Verizon’s now charging two completely different ETFs based on a rather arbitrary line in the sand drawn by Verizon; to that end, the carrier says that the additional cost it incurs to procure the devices on its advanced list is greater than the difference between the two ETFs ($175) on average. It also says that it needs that extra guaranteed revenue to keep its broadband network up to snuff, since advanced devices are more likely to strain it.
  • Regarding the weirdness at the end of the contract — where a customer still owes $120 23 months into a two-year deal — Verizon says that it’s still losing money (read: we should be thankful they’re prorating at all). As an example, it says that its average loss for a customer canceling 12 months into a contract is about double the $230 prorated ETF on an advanced device, and that statistically speaking, customers are far more likely to cancel early on than late. While we don’t doubt that, we think they’re trying to divert the conversation here just a bit.

It’s hard to say whether these responses are going to sate the FCC on the matter, but seeing how Verizon’s showing no signs that it’s interesting in changing its policies, this could still turn into a battle royale. Stay tuned — something tells us this isn’t the last we’ll hear on the matter.

[Thanks, Daniel P.]

Verizon to FCC: hey, you said ETFs were okay! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 15:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Peregrine gaming glove modeled, calibrated, and demoed on video

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Now that the Peregrine gaming glove is finalized and taking pre-orders, we had a chance to sit down with creator and company CEO Brent Baier, who guided us through the use of the military-spec’d mitt and gave us our first glimpse at the calibration / key-mapping software (PC only for now, Mac coming later). We’re still fiddling with our review unit, and while the gaming aspect is intriguing, we’re actually pretty interested in how it could be applied to production and design software. The one issue with that is a conscience decision to limit each finger press to activating only one key at a time — macros are theoretically possible, but according to Baier that would disqualify the glove from being used in professional gaming competitions. Maybe down the line, perhaps? Video after the break.

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Peregrine gaming glove modeled, calibrated, and demoed on video originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 18 Dec 2009 15:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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