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LG GW990: first Moorestown smartphone gets official, runs Moblin

January 8th, 2010 admin No comments

Loyal readers will already know all about the LG GW990. A Moorestown device we first showed the world from the floor of CES yesterday. It’s now official, it runs Moblin, and it’s launching in the second half of this year.

In case you missed it the first time around, the GW990 brings Intel’s power sipping Moorestown CPU (compared to its current generation of CPUs), a 4.8-inch panoramic widescreen display, HD Video, 3D gaming, aGPS, WiFi, 1850mAh battery, digital compass, HSPA radio, and 5 megapixel camera. As you can see above, that display splits into 3 vertical panels when held in landscape mode giving you independent control over each. Much to look forward to here. Hands-on as soon as we can get it. Until then, another pic after the break.

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LG GW990: first Moorestown smartphone gets official, runs Moblin originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jan 2010 20:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more ahead of CES

January 4th, 2010 admin No comments

Hey Lenovo, your cards are showing. Just weeks after the FCC tipped us off on a new pair of netbooks that are all but definitely slated for a CES unveiling, Lenovo has no one but its web administrator(s) to blame for this one. A “New product showcase” portal over on the outfit’s site has just revealed a half dozen new lappies that are slated to go on sale starting January 5th – 7th, with the ultra-sleek 13.3-inch ThinkPad Edge (pictured above) leading the way. Said rig boasts up to 7.8 hours of battery life, a dual-core CPU, Windows 7, Bluetooth and WiMAX options, integrated WWAN / GPS, WiFi, a spill-resistant keyboard, three USB ports, a 5-in-1 media card reader and an option for a red paint job. There’s also a sub-3 pound ThinkPad X100e ultraportable with an 11.6-inch display, AMD processor and an only-available-overseas Arctic White color option. The T410, T410s, T510 and W510 are bringing up the rear, with their (admittedly brief) specification lists spelled out in the source links below.

[Thanks, Jake and Daniel]

Lenovo leaks ThinkPad Edge, X100e, T410s, W510, T510 and more ahead of CES originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 03 Jan 2010 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola Calgary / Droid Devour spotted in silver, Bluring it up

January 3rd, 2010 admin No comments

There’s another Motorola “Calgary” device (also known as the Droid Devour) making the rounds, and this time it’s showing a silver paint job and an obvious Motorola Blur home screen. Word is that the trackpad to the upper right of the keyboard is great, and the keyboard supposedly bests the Droid — not a challenging feat, to be sure. Obviously it’s headed for Verizon, and Boy Genius confirms that WiFi and GPS are onboard, but it’s still a little unclear what the low-end differentiators between it and the Droid might be, outside the three megapixel camera and what appears to be a smaller, lower resolution screen.

Motorola Calgary / Droid Devour spotted in silver, Bluring it up originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 02 Jan 2010 13:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A New Year’s gift to Engadget readers: 3 minutes of Woz

January 2nd, 2010 admin No comments

Steve Wozniak is a fascinating man. Super smart, funny, incredibly perceptive… and just a tiny bit crazy. Please enjoy three minutes (and 15 seconds) of pure Woz after the break. It’s our gift to you.

Update: For those wondering about the GPS setup Woz talks about in the interview, he’s posted up a short video of his rig in comments! We’re including a shot after the break.

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A New Year’s gift to Engadget readers: 3 minutes of Woz originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jan 2010 18:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Arena GT950 leaks out with AT&T branding

January 2nd, 2010 admin No comments

Looks like AT&T is about to get a version of the LG Arena — these shots of a GT950 with the carrier’s branding just hit the tubes. The phone hasn’t been officially announced by either AT&T or LG, but the safe bet is that the 950 is just a bespoke variant of the familiar Arena KM900, so look for a three-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen with LG’s S-Class UI, a five megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 8GB of storage. We’ll have to see whether this hits at CES next week or MWC in February — but until then you can get a feel for this thing by checking out our KM900 hands-on video right here.

LG Arena GT950 leaks out with AT&T branding originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jan 2010 05:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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There’s An App For That: Phone Points Illegal Border Crossers To Water

December 30th, 2009 admin No comments

SAN DIEGO — A group of California artists wants Mexicans and Central Americans to have more than just a few cans of tuna and a jug of water for their illegal trek through the harsh desert into the U.S.

Faculty at University of California, San Diego are developing a GPS-enabled cell phone that tells dehydrated migrants where to find water. It also pipes in poetry from phone speakers, regaling them on their journey much like Emma Lazarus’ words did a century ago to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on Ellis Island.

The Transborder Immigrant Tool is part technology endeavor, part art project. It introduces a high-tech twist to an old debate about how far activists can go to prevent migrants from dying on the border without breaking the law.

Immigration hardliners argue the activists are aiding illegal entry to the United States, a felony. Even migrants and their sympathizers question whether the device will make the treacherous journeys easier.

The designers – three visual artists on UCSD’s faculty and an English professor at the University of Michigan – are undeterred as they criticize a U.S. policy they say embraces illegal immigrants for cheap labor while letting them die crossing the border.

“It’s about giving water to somebody who’s dying in the desert of dehydration,” said Micha Cardenas, 32, a UCSD lecturer.

The effort is being done on the government’s dime – an irony not lost on the designers whose salaries are paid by the state of California.

“There are many, many areas in which every American would say I don’t like the way my tax dollars are being spent. Our answer to that is an in-your-face, so what?” says UCSD lecturer Brett Stalbaum, 33, a self-described news junkie who likens his role to chief technology officer.

Migrants walk for days in extreme heat, often eating tuna and crackers handed out at migrant shelters in Mexico. On Arizona ranches, they sip desperately from bins used by cows when their water runs out.

Hundreds have perished each year since heightened U.S. border enforcement pushed migrants out of large cities like San Diego and El Paso, Texas, in the 1990s. In response, migrant sympathizers put jugs or even barrels of water in the desert.

The designers want to load inexpensive phones with GPS software that takes signals from satellite, independent of phone networks. Pressing a menu button displays water stations, with the distance to each. A user selects one and follows an arrow on the screen.

Some worry the software could lead migrants to damaged or abandoned water stations. Others wonder if it would lull them into a false sense of security or alert the Border Patrol and anti-illegal immigration activists to their whereabouts.

John Hunter, who has planted water barrels in California’s scorching Imperial Valley since the late 1990s, says vandals destroy about 40 of his 150 stations every year.

“My concern is for people who arrive and find (the water) doesn’t exist,” he says.

Luis Jimenez, 47, was abandoned by smugglers and rescued by the Border Patrol twice this year – once after hitting his head on a rock and again after being bit by a snake. The Salvadoran migrant, who hopes to reach family in Los Angeles, would try the GPS device but can’t afford one.

“If it tells you where to find water, it’s good,” he said at a Tijuana, Mexico, migrant shelter.

The phone designers say they are addressing the concerns, with an eye toward having the phone ready by midsummer.

“We don’t want to create a safety tool that actually puts people in more danger,” Stalbaum says.

The water locations beamed to the phones will be updated constantly to ensure accuracy. If the distance is too far, they won’t appear on the screen.

The designers, who have raised $15,000 from a UCSD grant and an art festival award, hope to hand out phones for free in Mexico. The phones sell used for about $30 apiece. It costs nothing to add the GPS software.

Distribution would be tightly controlled by migrant shelters and advocacy groups to keep them away from anti-illegal immigration activists. The migrants would need passwords to use them.

U.S. authorities are unfazed. The Border Patrol has begun a $6.7-billion plan to drape the border with whiz-bang cameras, sensors and other technology.

“It’s nothing new,” said Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott. “We’ve seen handheld GPS devices used by smugglers. … We’re just going to have to learn to adapt to any challenges.”

Critics of illegal immigration say the device is misguided, at best.

“If it’s not a crime, it’s very close to committing a crime,” said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego. “Whether this constitutes aiding and abetting would depend on the details, but it certainly puts you in the discussion.”

The software is being designed to direct migrants to water stations but Cardenas said they may add other “safety markers,” like roads, towns and Border Patrol lookouts.

The group has published verses to be played on the phone’s “Global Poetic System.”

One poem reads, “May your tracks cut the shortest distance between points A and B.”

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On the Net: Transborder Immigrant Tool, http://bang.calit2.net/xborder/

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Garmin spits out new handheld, touchscreen GPS devices

December 30th, 2009 admin No comments
If you’re the outdoorsy, adventurous type, this will no doubt be of interest to you. Garmin’s just outed two new touchscreen, handheld GPS devices — the Oregon 450t and 450. These mid-range devices both boast 3-inch displays, weigh in at in 6.8 ounces, and supposedly get around 16 hours of battery life on their two AA batteries. They also have 850MB of internal storage, microSD card slots, and can store up to 2,000 waypoints, 200 routes, 5,000 caches and a track log of 10,000 points and 200 saved tracks — good news for avid hikers, no doubt. The main difference between the two units here is that the 450t comes preloaded with topographic maps of the entire United States, with coverage of major trails, urban and rural roads, interstates, highways, coastlines, rivers and lakes, national, state and local parks, forests and wilderness areas. Both units are available to order now on Garmin’s site, and the Oregon 450 retails for $399.99, while the 450t will cost you $499.99.

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Garmin spits out new handheld, touchscreen GPS devices originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Dec 2009 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pocket Radar promises to be world’s smallest speed radar

December 30th, 2009 admin No comments
We’ve seen plenty of pocket-sized speed radar detectors, but it looks like this new so-called Pocket Radar may just be the first actual speed radar that will fit in your pocket. While you might expect that means quite a few trade-offs, the company behind it actually promises that it “forges a new standard in speed radar performance,” and that it’s able to track speed of everything from a fastball to race car within one mile per hour. Still no word on a price, unfortunately, but it should be available sometime this Spring — and, of course, be on display at CES next week.

Pocket Radar promises to be world’s smallest speed radar originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pedal Brain iPhone kit smartens up your bicycle

December 29th, 2009 admin No comments
Cyclists already have a range of dedicated devices to choose from that will help them with their training, and it looks like they’ll soon have an iPhone app / accessory kit to call their own as well. While the folks behind it are apparently still working on the finishing touches, they’ve nonetheless decided to get official with their so-called Pedal Brain kit, which more or less promises to be a Nike+ alternative for cyclists. That means it comes with an accessory (a case) that relies on the ANT+ wireless protocol to relay all the necessary information form your bike, which in turn is processed and analyzed by the Pedal Brain app (all of which will also work with an iPod touch). Pedal Brain also goes one step further with a coaching component, which will actually let you make your own training plans and sell them through the app (you’ll also be able to determine the price, but Pedal Brain will apparently take a $4 a month cut). No word on an exact price or launch date for the kit itself just yet, but it will apparently sell for somewhere between $130 and $200 (or more if you want the spiffy carbon fiber case).

Pedal Brain iPhone kit smartens up your bicycle originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Open Thread and Diary Rescue

December 24th, 2009 admin No comments

Tonight’s Diary Rescue’s Rangers who bring us the amazing selection of efforts which deserve your attention are Louisiana 1976, blank frank, dopper0189, shayera, ItsJessMe and jennyjem. All dadanation did was sing songs from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” all the while faking editing.

Rescued (The Diaries)

Extras (The Usual)

jotter brings us High Impact Diaries: December 22, 2009.

virgomusic has tonight’s Top Comments – Carols from Hell Edition.

Closing (The Paragraph)

Please use this as an Open Thread as well as your chance to promote your favorite diaries of the day. Respectful engagement is most welcome here. Please keep in mind that each Diary Rescue’s daily purview extends from 3pm PST yesterday to 3pm PST today. Shamelessly self-promote or pimp for a friend in this Open Thread!


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