British chip maker ARM, which is not an evil organization of Bond villains, could be showing off a prototype phone running on Google's Android platform next week at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona.

This should be taken with a grain of British salt, as there has been no official announcement from the company or Google. The source was someone "close to the company".

Reuters: ARM to show Google phone prototype next week: source

Tags: Products, Tech

Fake iPhone Almost Gets It Right


Posted February 6, 2008 - By bleahy

Want an iPhone, but don't feel like shelling over the big bucks to Daddy Apple? There's a new imposter in town and he's almost like the real thing.

The C-002 HiPhone (lol) features an interface that comes very close to the iPhone featuring multi-touch, a single button, and similar applications. None of them work as smoothly as Apple's phone, but they get an A for effort.

In addition, they throw in a removable battery, support for two SIM cards, a microSD slot and a cheaper price.

Check the video after the break, which is set to Eminem's Stan for no apparent reason.

Engadget: Keepin' it real fake, part CIX: C-002 HiPhone ups the ante

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Tags: iPhone, Products, Tech

Microsoft's Surface is a cool concept that was previously assigned to commercial use. Companies like T-Mobile and Vegas casinos were considering using the technology to allow customers to get information easier.

Now, it appears as though Microsoft is considering a consumer version of the table after "more pushback to get a consumer version of the Surface than you can shake a stick at," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

It is interesting to think about what Surface could be used for in a home and we've already seen "smart tables" being hacked up by people, but the price might get prohibitive. If Microsoft keeps the same 30" touch-screen, consumers might be shelling out a ton of money for the product.

Would you buy one for your home?

EETimes.com: Microsoft to build consumer version of Surface PC

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Helio (you know the little guy in mobile?) is unleashing a new service that helps you locate local bars, restaurants, and parties through a supped-up network known as buzzd. buzzd gets their info from entertainment know-it-alls like TimeOut New York, Flavorpill, and Citysearch.

But in addition to the info coming down from these providers, there will also be the option to search user-generated content to steer people to or from wherever you are. Helio is also going to integrate their handset's GPS capabilities which will make it even easier to find the hotspots, particularly while already blasted, as you won't have to enter your location manually.

news.com: Helio's new nightlife search site has lofty ambitions
more at buzzd.com

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On tonight's episode of X-Play, Adam and Morgan get some time with Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. This is the never-before-seen, full-blown American version of the game and, well, we've got the footage early. You want to see it, don't you? Well, here it is in all it's Super Smashing glory.

Hands On: Super Smash Bros. Brawl »

Don't miss the full segment as X-Play brings you a Hands On: Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tonight @ 8PM ET!

Everyone we know is seriously pumped up for this game. Even B5 couldn't hold back the excitement in Freestyle 101.

Also, dont miss X-Play all this week as they'll be bringing you new footage and info on Super Smash Bros. Brawl everyday through Friday.


Tesla Making Gas-Electric Hybrid


Posted February 4, 2008 - By jrmylmb

Would you pay $80,000 for a car that could only go 200 miles in one trip? The answer to that should be no, which is why Tesla, the company fronted by spaceman Elon Musk, is going to be introducing an REV (range extended vehicle) at a lower MSRP to compliment their pricey roadster.

Telsa was originally going to target the all electric auto model but as our dependence on gas and the combustion it provides becomes more apparent, the economy of a company that only sells battery powereds that don't go very far looks grim.

So, its ok to sell out your ideals if your ideals might screw your company into nothing. Still, the Whitestar is pretty dopalicious and TheFeed will be purchasing one for each of its writers after work today.

crave.cnet.com: Tesla to make gas-electric car

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The digital camera market is a lot like the television market. Companies announce entire line-ups and drop them on us in one fell swoop of consumerism.

Enter now, the 9 new cameras from GE. The standout is the E1050, which clocks in at 10.1 megapixels and features a 5x optical zoom, HD video with HDMI out, a touchscreen, and a GPS radio that enables "geotagging".

The impressive part is that this camera only costs $249.

Head over to Engadget for bullet-point details on the other 8 cameras, which basically just shift around the amount of megapixels and zoom.

Engadget: GE unveils the geotagging 10 megapixel E1050, eight other new cams

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Looks like the courts of America believe that Dish Network infringed on copyrights held by TiVo in their own DVR systems. The appeals court upheld an earlier decision and this marks the end of the line for Dish (unless the Supreme Court decides to hear the case).

Dish network could be forced to stop selling DVRs and disable all of their existing DVRs, which might lead to a massive exodus of subscribers.

In addition, they owe TiVo something to the tune of $96 million in damages. After that, they could conceviebably pay licensing fees to TiVo to keep using and selling their DVRs.

We're interested to see what happens because Dish Network doesn't have many options.

Ars Technica: TiVo wins on appeal; Dish Networks DVRs could be turned off

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Garmin's Attempt at iPhone Killer


Posted January 31, 2008 - By bleahy

We've seen phone makers try to incorporate GPS into their cells with varying degrees of success, but how about the other way around?

Garmin is giving it the 'ol college try with their new "nuvifone".

The iPhone-looking device will (of course) include GPS, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a 3.5" touch display. It will run on Garmin's own OS, which we believe will be the phone's biggest downfall.

No details on price, release date, or carrier.

Engadget: Garmin announces the nuvifone

Tags: iPhone, Products, Tech

Amazon Snatches Audible in Buyout

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Posted January 31, 2008 - By bleahy

Amazon.com is flexing its buyout muscle and moving to purchase Audible.com by the second quarter of this year. The move will run Amazon a cool $300 million, but we think they have the cash.

Audible already provides its content through Amazon and other outlets like iTunes, but Amazon might make a play to go exclusive with their newly owned collection.

They are already attempting to run the eBook market with their new Kindle device, but the device's price might hinder that front for the time being.

Hit the jump for our CES 2008 coverage of Amazon's Kindle.

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Standalone GH Axes in March


Posted January 31, 2008 - By jrmylmb

You'll finally be able to get yourself a Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul gitaxe without having to buy the game that normally comes with it. You can grab up the 360, PS3, or Wii version; or all three if you're feeling heavy of wallet.

Some pictures of the boxes we'll all be seeing on our local dealer's shelves in March can be seen over at this other videogame blog.

PrimoTechnology.com: Guitar Hero III Standalone Guitars Priced, Dated, Pictured


Xbox 360 users will be paying three-quarter the price of PS3 users for the forthcoming Devil May Cry 4. That's only if you live in the U.K., though. Sources are saying that the 360 version will be 30 pound while the PS3 DMC4 will be 40 pound, which is also above the typical high-profile release price in the U.K.

American retailers are not seeing any discrepancy just yet, and a rep. at Capcom said it was due to each retailer's pricing system and that it's really up to stores what they charge as Capcom doesn't set prices.

Welcome to the world of the real, Nero.

ign.com: Cut Price DMC 4 for Xbox 360 in UK

Dell Shuts Down Mall Kiosks


Posted January 30, 2008 - By bleahy

With Dell making a push into retail stores, they are shutting down their mall kiosk program. Like loitering teens, they are being kicked right out of the mall.

With all 140 of the kiosks are shut down, this leaves at least 140 high school kids out of work and kills their dreams of buying a car before prom. Tough luck, champ. Foot Locker is hiring.

Engadget: It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks

Nyko is already releasing a wireless Nunchuck of their own, but now they will release an adapter that will modify Nintendo's official Nunchuck to be wireless.

The unit wraps the cord up the Nunchuck and fits on the bottom, with another piece fitting into the Wiimote.

Power is supplied by 2 AAA batteries and should last about 60 hours, or so they say.

The accessory should drop in February for $19.99 and then remain useless when Smash Bros. releases in March and no one is using the Wiimote and Nunchuck anymore.

IGN Gear: Nyko Announces Cord-Free Adapter for Wii Nunchuck

Video conferencing is about to make the jump to HD and Sony is going to take you there... if you've got $9000 and someone to conference with who also has $9000 lying around.

But seriously, folks... this is for business users and not the general consumer. At least, for the time being.

The HD video is streamed at 60fps and PC data can be streamed at 30fps. The unit will even allow for a split-screen between video and PC data for thrilling HD-narrated PowerPoint presentations.

The PCS-XG80 will be available in the Spring. One question, Sony: why not 1080p?

Engadget: Sony intros the makeup-inducing PCS-XG80 1080i video conferencing system


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