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Tuesday: January 8, 2013

Engadget goes eyes-on with Samsung's new 85 inch television set.Engadget goes eyes-on with Samsung's new 85 inch television set.

The company calls the stand a 'timeless gallery' frame, and indeed the set would fit right in with some of the more conceptual pieces at the MoMA. Still, that easel-like design could be a bit limiting for some living rooms, so you can remove the S9 and wall-mount it -- though the 2.2 channel audio is built into that frame. Unique design aside, this TV is all about the high-end specs.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Television @ 10:25 AM | Tags (5) | eyes-on | samsung | easel | engadget | television |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: January 7, 2013

New Lego Mindstorm sets come with iOS and Android support right out of the box.New Lego Mindstorm sets come with iOS and Android support right out of the box.

Its updated Mindstorms EV3 runs on new Linux firmware that's ready for Android and iOS control out of the box, creates an overall more hackable platform and allows further programming on the core Intelligent Brick itself; accordingly, there's an SD card slot for local storage. A built-in infrared sensor expands the possibilities for a more autonomous design, as well -- Lego suggests that EV3 constructs can follow other moving gadgets, or even their creators, around the room.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 2:46 PM | Tags (7) | lego | mindstorms | mobile | infrared | engadget | ios | android |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 14, 2011

Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.Engadget's thorough review of the brand new Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.

Engadget covers everything here from the packaging to the performance of Amazon's first real entry into the tablet field. Engadget hails the device as quite an achievement at it's current price point ($200) but they do knock the device some by saying that it can't compete with 'normal' tablets that are currently on the market in some key factors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 10:32 AM | Tags (10) | amazon | battery | engadget | fire | interface | kindle | packaging | performance | review | thorough |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 11, 2011

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy app coming soon to an iPad near you.Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy app coming soon to an iPad near you.

Canadian indie developer Hothead Games is producing a Hitchhikers Guide app, aiming to replicate the titular guide itself (rather than the novels). When it arrives this fall, we can expect beautifully animated sequences describing the Babel Fish and Vogon Poetry -- but just a single word about planet Earth (the addition of the word 'Mostly' should come in a second, more sinister update). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 4:29 PM | Tags (7) | hitchhikers | guide | galaxy | app | ipad | engadget | panic |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 28, 2011

Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.Nintendo decides to drop price of the 3DS from $249 to $169.

But that's not all! If you were an early adopter and have managed to come out of the ordeal eye-strain free you'll have twenty free games waiting for you for being such a loyal customer. Those free games will be comprised of titles from Nintendo's eShop - ten of which have to be NES and the other ten GBA... but hey, free games!

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 2:47 PM | Tags (6) | 3ds | engadget | free | games | nintendo | pricedrop |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: July 11, 2011

Taiwanese tea company decides to market their product by way of mock Apple keynote.Taiwanese tea company decides to market their product by way of mock Apple keynote.

The Jobs / John Stamos hybrid dropped by to pitch a Taiwanese company's vast selection of tea, of all things, for a TV advertisement that's apparently currently airing in Taiwan. Decked out in light jeans, a black mock turtleneck and sneakers, the impersonator even matched Steve's hair color, rimless glasses, and current weight. The only thing missing was an actual Apple product -- and months of media speculation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 9:28 AM | Tags (9) | apple | engadget | hawks | impersonator | keynote | mock | stevejobs | taiwan | tea |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: July 8, 2011

YouTube experimenting with the new design dubbed Cosmic Panda.YouTube experimenting with the new design dubbed Cosmic Panda.

I had a chance to try this out last night and I liked the experience. The new design seems to take a couple cues from Hulu and other video sites by utilizing a darker background to make the video pop more. The other neat thing is that the comments will scroll while keeping the video locked to the top of screen and in view. That is surely a welcome change for those who enjoy reading inane YouTube comments. You can try it out for yourself over yonder.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Design @ 3:00 PM | Tags (9) | cosmic | darker | engadget | experiment | interface | panda | sizes | videos | youtube |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Apple would like you to know that they have surpassed 15 billion downloads in the app store.Apple would like you to know that they have surpassed 15 billion downloads in the app store.

Engadget reports on Apple's latest press release in which not only have they hit the fifteen billion download mark, but they also want to point out that they've  paid out 2.5 billion dollars for developing said fifteen billion apps. This number accounts for app sales across iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users (of which there are 200 million) - just in case you were wondering

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 9:42 AM | Tags (12) | 15 | app | apple | billion | developers | downloads | engadget | hits | payout | press | release | store |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: May 12, 2010

HTC asks for ban on Apple products after filing patent complaint.HTC asks for ban on Apple products after filing patent complaint.

Engadget is taking a deeper look at just what patents are involved here between the two companies and the implications of the federal lawsuit (which HTC has filed along with their patent suit). Should be an interesting battle - or about as interesting as Nokia versus Apple.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 3:33 PM | Tags (13) | htc | patent | complaint | apple | ban | iphone | ipad | ipod | engadget | nokia | dispute | lawsuit | federal |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Microsoft would like you know that Natal will launch this October.Microsoft would like you know that Natal will launch this October.

Get your imaginary baseballs and soccer balls (anything imaginary will do really) ready because Project Natal will be available for your beloved Xbox 360 this October. Microsoft hasn't nailed down an exact date that month but they think they'll have that ironed out by the time E3 rolls around.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 9:28 AM | Tags (9) | engadget | gaming | invisible | launch | microsoft | natal | project | videogames | xbox |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 10, 2010

Borders joins the e-reader party, taking pre-orders for Kobu device.Borders joins the e-reader party, taking pre-orders for Kobu device.

Let's see - so now we have a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, and a Kobu. I'll admit that I see many a Kindle on the morning commute into Manhattan and I've spotted the Nook on the subway just once in my travels. I'll also admit that the name Kobu sounds like something you'd eat for dinner.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 3:37 PM | Tags (10) | borders | ereaders | device | gadget | ebooks | reading | books | digital | epaper | store |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 34 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ten cool gadgets you can't buy in the United States just yet.Ten cool gadgets you can't buy in the United States just yet.

This particular list is rife with iPad and iPhone alternatives (all of which seem to be running some flavor of Android).  The two lone and notable exceptions in my opinion seem to be this tiny camera, pictured in thumbnail to the left, and the ever peculiar Ant Watch (fifth slide in).

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 3:24 PM | Tags (8) | camera | gadgets | msnbc | pcworld | slideshow | small | unavailable | unitedstates |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 71 Clicks | Posted by Vin


An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.An interesting writeup on iPad usability from Jakob Nielsen.

This post contains most of my reasoning as to why I haven't purchased an iPad just yet. I can't seem to rationalize how the device fits into my overall usage scheme. The iPhone seems to do everything I would use an iPad for - and it does a heck of a good job at everything it already does.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 2:04 PM | Tags (14) | apps | design | device | findings | gadget | interface | ipad | iphone | nielsen | screen | size | studies | usability | wonky |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: April 13, 2010

A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own multi-touch surface device.A handy tutorial regarding how to build your very own multi-touch surface device.

if you've got about $1,500 to kick around (and a spare computer) you too can make a surface that happens to be capable of multi-touch. You could also just buy a device that's already capable of multi-touch out of the box (cough cough, iPhone iPad iPod Touch) - but really, where's the fun in that?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 4:02 PM | Tags (9) | device | gadget | gestures | guide | howto | instructables | multitouch | parts | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: April 12, 2010

Palm would just like everyone to know that they would like someone to purchase them.Palm would just like everyone to know that they would like someone to purchase them.

So now the big question is just who will purchase Palm and for how much. According to the source article HTC, Lenovo ,and RIM have all expressed some kind of interest in being a potential future owner of the currently troubled handset maker.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 1:03 PM | Tags (12) | palm | yahoo | business | sell | tech | mobile | gadgets | pre | rim | lenovo | htc | pixi |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 1 Click | Posted by Vin


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