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  • 1. 13 October 2009 Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com ENGADGET BFG’s 18.4-inch Deimos X-10 gaming laptop packs twin GPUs, $1,859 starting tag OCT 13, 2009 02:16A.M. BFG Technologies, which could admittedly move laptops based on company name alone, has decided to actually toss in some unnecessary legwork with its latest beast. The 18.4-inch Deimos X-10 (likely a rebranded Clevo M980NU) is undoubtedly one of the larger desktop replacements on the market today, boasting Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad and Extreme CPU options, twin 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, three HDD bays for up to 1.5TB of storage, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a Blu-ray optical drive. There’s also a built-in subwoofer, four USB 2.0 sockets, HDMI / DVI ports, 7-in- 1 card reader, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 2 megapixel webcam and a bundled backpack — because, you know, it’s physically impossible to lug this behemoth around any other way. It’ll ship with Windows 7 and start Continue reading BFG’s 18.4-inch Deimos X-10 gaming laptop packs at just under two large, though you can save 10 percent if you get your twin GPUs, $1,859 starting tag order in prior to October 30th. Filed under: Gaming, Laptops Gallery: BFG’s 18.4-inch Deimos X-10 gaming laptop packs twin GPUs, $1,859 starting tag BFG’s 18.4-inch Deimos X-10 gaming laptop packs twin GPUs, $1,859 starting tag originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Oct 2009 01:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments 1
  • 2. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET Compaq CQ61 does 15.6-inch screen and “real” processor for $399, wonders what all that netbook fuss was about OCT 13, 2009 01:45A.M. It doesn’t usually take much to identify the type of person that’s suited for a netbook and the type of person that’s suited for a budget laptop, but Gallery: Compaq CQ61 press shots unfortunately not all of them can self select — we’re pretty sure a lot of folks who picked the former option would be pretty pleased to trade up for this here Compaq CQ61 right about now, the followup to the well- received Walmart-destroying CQ60. Compaq is becoming HP’s “value” brand in the US, and we’d say the CQ61 is a pretty nice way to flex those wallet-friendly credentials for a wider audience than the Walmart set. It’s built on a 2GHz AMD Sempron M100 processor, ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics, 2GB of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium, with a WXGA 15.6-inch screen, 160GB HDD and DVD burner to boot. HP was a bit cagey on what sort of battery life to expect out of the included 6-cell (our guess is not much), and of course the laptop won’t be winning any beauty pageants, but it’s a pretty nice score for the truly cash-strapped student or anyone else who needs a full-fledged laptop on the cheap without all the netbook compromises. Still too rich for your blood? Compaq’s CQ4010 slim desktop weighs in with relatively similar specs and a $319 pricetag. Gallery: Compaq CQ61 hands-on 2
  • 3. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 a goal for battery life and set the specs to match. The corporate end of that is an IT app that lets a business actually set its own power consumption goals and constrain user laptops to match — we don’t know how well that would play out in practice, but the delicious string-pulling it entails is enticing. Prices start at $799, and there are naturally configurations as far as the eye can see. Check out a video of the spill- proof-ness in action after the break. Filed under: Laptops Gallery: HP’s ProBook 6x45b line hands-on Compaq CQ61 does 15.6-inch screen and “real” processor for $399, wonders what all that netbook fuss was about originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments ENGADGET HP’s ProBook 6x45b line handles a spill with aplomb (on video!) OCT 13, 2009 01:20A.M. While we don’t normally find ourselves terribly jealous of laptops designed for massive rollouts at medium and large businesses, the new ProBook and 6545b (15.6-inch) and 6445b (14-inch) almost have us ready to reassess that assumption. They’re pretty boring AMD-powered workhorses on the surface, but HP has reworked the keyboard tray so Gallery: HP’s ProBook 6x45b line press shots that it automatically drains spills through the laptop and out through the bottom — without running past any of the vitals. It’s not foolproof, but it’s a great first stab at making us all a little safer from accidents — and hopefully finds its way into consumer lines sooner rather than later. We’re similarly jealous of the new energy management software that HP has packed on here, which has a configuration panel that provides battery-squeezing estimates based on various settings, letting a user pick 3
  • 4. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 bump the software to the next level, tx2 comes along for the ride OCT 13, 2009 01:01A.M. While the hardware on the outside looks to hardly be a departure from the norm for HP’s TouchSmart line, there’s some exciting stuff going on under the hood. Of course, multitouch is the big buzz this season with Continue reading HP’s ProBook 6x45b line handles a spill with aplomb Windows 7 onboard and those fancy Surface apps are fine to play with, (on video!) but more important is what HP is doing with its own TouchSmart application. It’s added panes for Hulu, Netflix, Twitter and an HP Music Filed under: Laptops Store powered by Rhapsody, which work in nicely with the rest of the touch-friendly apps onboard and a bit of underlying Microsoft HP’s ProBook 6x45b line handles a spill with aplomb (on video!) technology keeping things humming — like a nice big handwriting pane originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:20:00 EST. for quick Rhapsody searches. There’s also a voice controlled recipe app Please see our terms for use of feeds. that can capture recipes from popular recipe sites and read them out loud to you, and the photo app can hook up with a phone over Bluetooth Permalink | Email this | Comments and pull off photos. The other big new touch is the addition of HDMI and composite inputs, specifically for use with gaming consoles on the colorful 20-inch (300) and 23-inch (600) screens. What we would’ve really liked to see at this point would be a bit of that stylus-friendly capacitive Wacom tech, since a computer like this is dying to be turned into an easel, but this infrared camera-based stuff will have to do for now. HP had to hit these friendly $899 and $1,049 respective pricepoints somehow. Specs are nothing too special, but TV tuners, discrete graphics and Blu-ray are all in the offing. Meanwhile, HP’s tossing all that fancy new software onto the TouchSmart tx2 convertible multitouch tablet, which starts at $800, and the dv3 is also getting a touchscreen as rumored — thought details are slim there. The tx2 and 600 launch on October 22, while the 300 lands November 1. Gallery: HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 hands-on 4
  • 5. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 Filed under: Desktops, Tablet PCs HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 bump the software to the next level, tx2 comes along for the ride originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments ENGADGET The daily roundup: here’s what you might’ve missed Gallery: HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 press shots OCT 13, 2009 12:59A.M. Snow Leopard ‘Guest Account’ bug deleting user files, terrorizing children? Think your Snow Leopard woes are finally over? Don’t go logging into 5
  • 6. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 that Guest account, then. T-Mobile offers Sidekick users olive online & FiOS launch October 30 branch, $100 • Nokia N900 unboxed, and no, you can’t unbox your own (yet) • Sprint HTC Hero now on sale to everyone The daily roundup: here’s what you might’ve missed originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:59:00 EST. Please see our terms If we’d just been shafted like this, we’re not sure we’d want to buy even for use of feeds. more stuff from Team Magenta Some HTC Hero units shipping sans EV-DO Rev. A on Sprint? Permalink | Email this | Comments Update: the message that Sprint Hero users are seeing is merely a mislabeling, apparently. Other news of import • NVIDIA Ion 2 still on track for this year ENGADGET • Engadget reader meetup in Tokyo! QNAP brightens up its NAS • New Adamo XPS image takes a stand offerings with new TS-210 model OCT 13, 2009 12:03A.M. What’s this? A QNAP NAS that doesn’t stick to the company’s traditional VUDU goes live on the LG BD390 dark industrial look? Amazing but true, and yet another sign that the company is increasingly looking to bring the NAS out of the office and into the home — a move that could only be further bolstered by a certain celebrity endorsement. Effectively replacing the company’s previous TS- 209 model, this one sticks to the same two-bay setup (for up to 4TB of storage), but steps things up to an 800MHz Marvell processor, along with 256MB of DDR2 memory, 3 USB ports, and all the usual UPnP / Internet streaming on your flat panel is a go! DLNA support you’d expect. No word on a price just yet, but we’d Achtung, T-Mobile: if Project Dark is $50 unlimited, you’re in presume it’ll be less than the $449 QNAP is asking for its four-bay TS- trouble 410 model. Never forget Boost Mobile. [Via Electronista] • Blu-ray releases on October 13th 2009 Filed under: Storage, Networking • Epix HD queues up Iron Man, Madonna and Eddie Izzard for 6
  • 7. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 QNAP brightens up its NAS offerings with new TS-210 model originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments SLATE MAGAZINE ENGADGET Why do Italians keep voting for B&W’s $400 Zeppelin Mini Silvio Berlusconi? iPod sound system up for pre- OCT 13, 2009 12:02A.M. order, ships next month Silvio Berlusconi has been accused of bribery, tax evasion, corruption, OCT 12, 2009 11:02P.M. and subversion of the press. His wife has left him on the grounds that he consorts with prostitutes and holds orgies at his villa in Sardinia. He makes embarrassing jokes (and then repeats them, as he did with the one about President Barack Obama’s “suntan”) and periodically disappears to undergo more plastic surgery. He is at war with the Italian legal establishment, with almost all the journalists who don’t work for him, and with the Catholic Church. Last week, the Italian constitutional court lifted his immunity from prosecution, which means Italians can look forward to a whole new series of law suits and scandals. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - Bowers & Wilkins has never been one to play the bargain game, and the $399.95 price tag on its new Zeppelin Mini is evidence of that very fact. The somewhat miniaturized iPod sound system is up for pre-order as we speak on Amazon, and we’ve heard directly from the company that it’ll be shipping out to US-based consumers in “early November.” So, is a flashy design, a pair of 3-inch drivers, 3.5 millimeter auxiliary input jack, USB 2.0 port and a promise of a better tomorrow enough to pry those SLATE MAGAZINE four Benjamins out of your hand? What are the risks of having Continue reading B&W’s $400 Zeppelin Mini iPod sound system up for twins? pre-order, ships next month OCT 12, 2009 11:05P.M. Filed under: Home Entertainment A New York Times article published Saturday notes that a reduction in B&W’s $400 Zeppelin Mini iPod sound system up for pre-order, ships the number of twins born from fertility treatment could save the health next month originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 care system $500 million. That’s because twins are born prematurely 60 22:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. percent of the time and land in the costly neonatal intensive care unit more often than singletons. The article also mentions that these babies Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments are more susceptible to mental retardation and learning disabilities. Just how grave are the risks facing twin babies? [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - 7
  • 8. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE ENGADGET Freaky Fortnight: The T-Mobile offers Sidekick users stereotype of the jangled new olive branch, $100 OCT 12, 2009 10:13P.M. mother. OCT 12, 2009 11:01P.M. The weekend started with Beer Friday at the Slate offices. Everyone gathered around a table that held six-packs and an opener. Someone handed me a Brooklyn Lager—it must have been pulled from the back of the bodega refrigerator, because it was nice and cold—and I leaned against a desk. I was chatting with three women, all of whom I presumed to be in their 20s, and at some point I realized, I am an old person to them. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - We’d heard T-Mo was thinking about doing more for Sidekick customers who’ve had their data wiped by Microsoft / Danger / Hitachi’s botched server upgrade, and we just got a statement confirming that any affected SLATE MAGAZINE customers will be getting a $100 gift card for their troubles in addition to Why the far left and the far right that free month of service. T-Mobile also says that recovery of “some” lost content may be possible, but we’re not holding out hope — and if both oppose swine flu we’d just been shafted like this, we’re not sure we’d want to buy even more stuff from Team Magenta. Full statement after the break. vaccinations. Continue reading T-Mobile offers Sidekick users olive branch, $100 OCT 12, 2009 10:54P.M. Filed under: Cellphones Swine flu may have an unexpected side effect: political unity. The far left and far right agree that they’re sure as heck not getting vaccinated T-Mobile offers Sidekick users olive branch, $100 originally appeared on against swine flu. Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 21:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - Permalink | Email this | Comments 8
  • 9. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET ENGADGET Apple aware of Snow Leopard Green laser for microprojectors accounts bug that kills data, is developed, microraves soon to working on a fix follow OCT 12, 2009 10:06P.M. OCT 12, 2009 09:40P.M. Apple just made a statement about that nasty Snow Leopard Guest Japanese company QD Laser has apparently developed a green laser Account bug that deletes user data — it’s not much, but at least the which could up the ante in the HD pico projector market. The laser — people in charge are working on things. which is just 5.6mm in diameter and outputs a 532 nanometer, pure green light — was shown off as a working prototype at CEATEC. QD says We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely their green laser (the hardest type to make) will be well-suited to gadgets rare cases, and we are working on a fix. like cellphones and laptops because of its low power consumption and wide operating temperature. Mass production is seemingly planned for Peachy — now if Apple would just figure out how to fix all those broken next year, with the hopes that each little laser will run $10, cheaper than Time Capsules holding the backups, we’d be all set. the one currently available, which is manufactured by Corning. You know what we always say: rave on. Filed under: Software Filed under: Displays Apple aware of Snow Leopard accounts bug that kills data, is working on a fix originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 21:06:00 Green laser for microprojectors developed, microraves soon to follow EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 20:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments 9
  • 10. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET SLATE MAGAZINE Blaze announces ‘Wii style’ Conservatives claim the Motion Freedom 3D controller stimulus has already failed. But for PS3, really it has barely started. OCT 12, 2009 08:50P.M. OCT 12, 2009 08:10P.M. From the moment it passed, the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the stimulus bill—has been the subject of controversy. Many critics have deemed it a debacle, since unemployment has continued to rise in the months since its passage. The Republican Party declared the bill a failure over the summer, and House Minority Leader John Boehner recently deemed it a waste: “You can’t spend $800 billion of taxpayer money and not create jobs when you say that’s what the goal was.” At a dinner several weeks ago, I heard a cable news reporter, one whose job is to report numbers accurately, declare that “we’ve already spent $800 billion and it was a waste.” I suppose it’s too much to ask political hacks and TV reporters to get the size and timing of the stimulus package right. But I expect better from my colleagues at the Washington Post editorial page, which on Sunday argued against further stimulus measures because they would add to the scary national debt and because “the government still hasn’t run through half of the $787 billion in tax cuts and spending increases enacted this year.” We were fairly impressed by Blaze’s knack for impressive but questionably useful gadgets when it introduced a three-cart contraption [more ...] for the DSi last month, but it looks like it’s truly outdone itself with its Sponsored Topics: - - - - latest peripheral. While it’s possible that it’s the result of some miscommunication or a bet taken to its limits, it does appear that the company is indeed set to release a controller that can only be described as a Wiimote for the PlayStation 3. Of course, it’s still a bit light on specifics, but Blaze says its so-called Motion Freedom 3D Controller will open up “unthinkable gaming possibilities,” and let you “become one” with games like Sega Tennis and Tiger Woods Golf. It’s even been ENGADGET “ergonomically designed from the ground up.” How can you possibly go wrong? Dyson’s Air Multiplier is the Filed under: Gaming overpriced bladeless fan you Blaze announces ‘Wii style’ Motion Freedom 3D controller for PS3, really never asked for originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:50:00 EST. OCT 12, 2009 08:01P.M. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments 10
  • 11. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 We can’t fault Dyson for chutzpah. After putting the company’s spin on vacuum cleaners and then hand dryers, we probably should’ve guessed that a revolution in table fan engineering was next up. When we first saw an image of the Dyson Air Multiplier “bladeless fan” a few spurious theories popped into our heads as to how it works, but it didn’t take long to figure it out: it has blades in it. It’s just that these blades are inside the lower canister, rather similar to, dare we say it, how a vacuum cleaner is Continue reading Dyson’s Air Multiplier is the overpriced bladeless fan set up, with the air then routed through the ring up top. The benefits of you never asked for this tech are that there are no nasty blades to get fingers caught up in, but also that there’s no “buffeting” — that on-off gush of air caused by Filed under: Household fan blades unceremoniously chopping up the air into inelegant segments. Unfortunately, the downside of the Dyson method is that you can’t make Dyson’s Air Multiplier is the overpriced bladeless fan you never asked for Darth Vader voices through the backside of the fan, and the whole originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 19:01:00 EST. assembly is closer in noise pollution to that of an actual vacuum cleaner Please see our terms for use of feeds. than a regular table fan. And then there’s the matter of price: $300 for the 10-inch model, $330 for the 12-inch, and neither of them offer nearly Permalink | Email this | Comments as much wind as a regular fan this size — quite a steep entry fee for the gentle breezes that emanate out of this plastic wind tunnel. Full PR is after the break. LIFEHACKER Gallery: Dyson’s Air Multiplier Do You Take a Proper Lunch Break at Work? [Reader Poll] OCT 12, 2009 08:00P.M. 11
  • 12. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 LIFEHACKER Google Adds Shared Folders to Docs [File Sharing] OCT 12, 2009 07:45P.M. Whether an out-of-control workload or the down economy is keeping Good news for people using Google Docs to share or collaborate on you at your desk during your lunch hour, weblog Web Worker Daily documents: Google today has added folder sharing and multiple points out that 45 percent of U.S. workers are taking fewer and shorter document uploading to its popular suite of web-based document and lunch breaks than last year. spreadsheet apps. Photo by chanchan222. There’s not much to getting up and going with shared folders. Either right-click a folder and select Share or go to a folder and select the Share We’ve suggested a few tips for maximizing your lunch hour in the past, this folder drop-down to invite people. They’ve also improved their file but the folks at Web Worker Daily emphasize that skipping your lunch upload tool to support uploading multiple documents at one break altogether is not something you should make a habit of. The post time—provided you’re sharing documents within their supported types. offers some suggestions for making sure you squeeze in time for a proper Images, Word documents, PDFs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint lunch break: presentations work like a charm; I tried uploading a plain text Greasemonkey script, for example, and it was rejected, so while Docs has Ditch your desk: Wolfing down a cereal bar with one hand almost opened the doors for regular old file hosting and sharing, it’s still while emailing a colleague with the other does not qualify as a got its limitations. lunch break. Even if you only have a few minutes and can’t leave the building or your home office, walk away from your Shared folders and more in Google Docs [Official Google Docs Blog] work area or go into your kitchen to grab a bite. We’ve suggested ways to make your brown bag lunch more appealing so ENGADGET you can save money at work, but it’s just as important that you take time out to enjoy it. We know you’re busy, but we’re curious: New Adamo XPS image takes a Let’s hear more specifics of your lunchtime routine in the comments. stand OCT 12, 2009 07:27P.M. Productivity Superstar: Is Your Brain Starving For a Lunch Break? [Web Worker Daily] 12
  • 13. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE The cast of Seinfeld on Twitter. OCT 12, 2009 07:11P.M. The cast of Seinfeld expounds on the latest Internet phenomenon. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - ENGADGET Remember that wild hinge we saw on the Adamo XPS at Dell’s characteristically all-too-brief showing last week? The company’s gone Engadget reader meetup in ahead with yet another side pic, this time showing how the hinge pops out. Of course, showing what is actually on both panels would be too Tokyo! much for the company, so we’re left only to guess. A display? A OCT 12, 2009 07:06P.M. keyboard? Some kind of holographic projector? A hot key for making lolcat pictures? Listen Dell, we get it, you like the slow trickle of teasers, but can we just see the whole body now and move on the part where we wait for scraps of info on the specs? Gallery: New Dell Adamo XPS image takes a stand If you’re in the vicinity of Tokyo, Japan on October 15th, you’re going to want to read this. Our compatriots at Engadget Japanese are having a reader meetup! There will be music (with a performance by Mawya Denki) and free food, plus you’ll get to hang with the way cool editors of our Japanese site. Believe us, you want to attend. There will also be live Filed under: Laptops product demos by Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Sanyo, Nikon and an interactive Q&A featuring a Korg DS-10. Here are the details: New Adamo XPS image takes a stand originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Date: October 15, 2009 Location: Super-Deluxe (map) Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments Address: B1F 3-1-25 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo Time: Doors open at 19:00, event begins at 19:30 The venue holds about 300 peeps so get there early! Head here for full information. Filed under: Announcements 13
  • 14. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 Engadget reader meetup in Tokyo! originally appeared on Engadget on • Google responds to AT&T’s claim that Google Voice is unfairly Mon, 12 Oct 2009 18:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. blocking calls to numbers the telecom giant is FCC-required to accept. [Google Public Policy Blog] Permalink | Email this | Comments SLATE MAGAZINE LIFEHACKER Dear Prudence answers readers’ Remains of the Day: Wi-Fi Sees questions live at Through Walls Edition [For Washingtonpost.com. What It’s Worth] OCT 12, 2009 06:47P.M. OCT 12, 2009 07:00P.M. Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is on Washingtonpost.com weekly to Here’s a quick look at the news that hit our radar that didn’t quite make chat with readers about their romantic, family, financial, and workplace the front page today. problems. Prudie is taking next week off, so the next chat will take place Monday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. (Read Prudie’s Slate columns here.) • Why Email No Longer Rules… • People love to declare the end of things, and the Wall Street [more ...] Journal is calling it a day for email. We all still use it all the time, Sponsored Topics: - - - - of course, and sensational or not, email at the very least has more healthy alternatives than ever. [WSJ] • Google Wave And The Dawn Of Passive-Aggressive Communication • Written in response to the above article about the end of email, TechCrunch suggests that Google Wave is making a lot of ENGADGET headway addressing some of the problems with email. [TechCrunch] Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime • Wireless Network Signals Produce See-Through Walls says the PSP Go has a • A couple of electrical engineering researchers see through walls with the help of a wireless network grid. [Wired] ‘fundamental concept problem’ OCT 12, 2009 06:33P.M. • T-Mobile Lets Furious Sidekick Users Ditch Their Contracts for Free • This weekend T-Mobile acknowledged that they’d lost a whole lot of their user’s data for good, and today they’re allowing anyone to leave their contract for free to make amends. [Gizmodo] • New in Google Squared: quality improvements, sorting and exporting • Google’s Wolfram Alpha-alike, the so-far less useful Google Squared, has rolled out a lot of improvements, including more data and the ability to export data. [Official Google Blog] • External GPS for iPod and iPhone • You’ll need to be adventurous and willing to shell out for a Bluetooth GPS module to get it going, but if you really want to add GPS functionality to your iPod touch—it looks like you can do just that. [Hack a Day] Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime has been known to take a few shots at the competition in the past and, while he’s not exactly verging into CE-oh no • Sex, conference calls, and outdated FCC rules 14
  • 15. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 he didn’t territory this time around, it seems that he just couldn’t help LIFEHACKER himself from offering a few thoughts on Sony’s latest handheld. Speaking with The Washington Post, Reggie says that the PSP Go has a How to Clean Your Debit and “fundamental concept problem in terms of ‘Who’s it for?’ and ‘What’s the benefit?” — adding that he always has the “utmost respect for all our Credit Cards [Cleaning] competitors, but that it’s “interesting to try and answer the consumer OCT 12, 2009 06:00P.M. question of ‘What’s in it for me?’ in that product.” Of course, Sony does have a few answers to those questions for its part, sort of. [Via Joystiq] Filed under: Gaming Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime says the PSP Go has a ‘fundamental concept problem’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 17:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments There’s a certain list of things we routinely clean, but your debit and credit cards probably aren’t on that list—but they should be! It’s easy and can greatly extend the life of your card. SLATE MAGAZINE Photo by ohadweb. Dear Prudence: A Preacher’s Pet You might be wondering why you should bother, but if you’ve gone Peeve cardless for a few days while waiting on a replacement, the extra step of OCT 12, 2009 06:16P.M. cleaning your cards can go a long way toward preventing such a hiccup. A daily video from Slate V. All you need is an eraser and a damp towel. Wipe the card clean with the towel to remove any grimey build up deposited onto your card from your [more ...] wallets or card reader machines. It’s not something that gets extra dirty, Sponsored Topics: - - - - but the small particles when compacted with continuous swiping/use can rub off the magnetic strip holding your card’s information. Next take the eraser (we prefer Pink Pearl erasers, but the one on the end of a pencil will do just fine) and gently erase/rub the magnetic strip on the back. It will remove any gunk that’s built up over time. This trick also works with old school cartridge based gaming systems, just in case you really have the urge to play some NES Duck Hunt. Got your own methods for successfully cleaning off your grimy credit card and getting more mileage out of it—at least while you’re waiting for a replacement? Sound off in the comments. 15
  • 16. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET SLATE MAGAZINE Unlocked, contract-free HTC Saving Face: A chick-lit novel HD2 will be available November written in real time. With your 11 for a lot of money help. OCT 12, 2009 05:47P.M. OCT 12, 2009 05:44P.M. Chapter 17: You’ll never guess who Marina and Erica run into at the mall. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - SLATE MAGAZINE Sydney’s spectacular dust storms remind Australians of We know the HD2 is hitting O2 later this month and Vodafone is getting their history. the handset in Spain in December, but now it looks like the unlocked OCT 12, 2009 05:37P.M. version isn’t too far off either: UK retailer Clove says it’ll be out on November 11 for £469, about $740 US. Importing will soon follow, to be SYDNEY, Australia—This wondrous city awoke last month to find that it sure, but though the phone is unlocked and sim-free we’ll be limited to was experiencing any metaphor you like, from “darkness at dawn” to EDGE in the States until that US-specific version hits our shores next “red dawn.” A gigantic cloud of dust had blown in from the interior, year. The question is: will we be strong enough to wait? shrouding the capital of New South Wales in a sinister and choking mist of particles. A completely sane friend and editor of mine said that he [Via SlashGear] thought for a few moments that the North Koreans had finally succumbed to a death wish and decided to obliterate Down Under as a Filed under: Cellphones dress rehearsal. A taxi driver hailing from Serbia was more phlegmatic, telling me that for once he was glad of the lack of rain, because if it had Unlocked, contract-free HTC HD2 will be available November 11 for a lot come down while the air was full of this matter, the whole place would of money originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 have been waist deep in mud. But the wind brought it, and the wind bore 16:47:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. it away—dumping some dust as far away as New Zealand—and the experience would have been fairly easily forgotten if not for the nagging Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments fact that no meteorologist or climatologist had come anywhere close to predicting what, in retrospect, had evidently been brewing for some time. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - 16
  • 17. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE ENGADGET Is it smart to put your CEO in T-Mobile ‘considering your ad campaign? additional measures’ to OCT 12, 2009 05:08P.M. compensate Sidekick owners The Spot: A man is standing on the spiral ramp of the Guggenheim OCT 12, 2009 04:58P.M. Museum. On-screen text identifies him as “Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint.” He tells us about a new wireless plan that allows Sprint mobile customers to call any other mobile phone at no charge. “It’s a free country,” says Hesse. “Knock yourself out.” [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - LIFEHACKER Snow Leopard Bug Deleting Entire User Accounts [Data The official line is still that T-Mobile customers affected by Sidekick amnesia will be given a months’ credit on their data plan, but that may Loss] not be the end of it (and considering the magnitude of the issue for OCT 12, 2009 05:00P.M. affected folks, we’d certainly hope not). At this point, they’re leaving the door open to more by saying that they’re “considering additional Tech news site ITWire reports that a reproducible bug related to guest measures” to help soothe the souls of those who lost contacts, notes, accounts in Snow Leopard is deleting entire user account data. That’s a schedules, apps, and everything else, but exactly what those “measures” very bad thing. From ITWire, here’s what’s happening: are remains to be seen. Free phones? Free service? A gift certificate to a day spa? The full (albeit brief) remarks can be found after the break. According to multiple topics on the Apple Support discussion boards, the problem can occur when a user logs into their Continue reading T-Mobile ‘considering additional measures’ to Mac’s Guest account — whether by accident or on purpose — compensate Sidekick owners and then tries to log back into their regular account. Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless In some cases, users have reported finding their regular account empty of data, as though it were a brand new T-Mobile ‘considering additional measures’ to compensate Sidekick account. owners originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. The current workaround: disable the Guest account. Apple isn’t offering any response to this yet, and details are slim, but just to be safe, you may Permalink | Email this | Comments want to at the very least steer clear of your guest account for the time being. [ITWire via Neowin] 17
  • 18. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET 5-inch BeBook Mini now shipping in the US for $199 (hands-on) OCT 12, 2009 04:34P.M. We’d heard back in May that Endless Ideas’ smallest e-reader yet would begin shipping (presumably in Europe) during the summertime, but it just recently started to make its way onto US doorsteps. Thankfully, our doorstep was among those greeted by the 5-inch reader, which boasts the same specifications as the original BeBook save for the smaller display. Priced at $199, it seemed a lot more competitive before Amazon hacked Filed under: Displays, Handhelds the price of its Kindle to $259, and given the dearth of WiFi / 3G WWAN, it’ll only appeal to those content with hitting up their PC via 5-inch BeBook Mini now shipping in the US for $199 (hands-on) USB to get new content loaded on. Upon unboxing this cutie, we were originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:34:00 EST. struck at just how light and compact the whole unit is, though even with Please see our terms for use of feeds. the font at its default size, we had no issues reading the crystal clear e- ink display. Screen refreshes were satisfactorily quick, and menu Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments navigation was a breeze. As an e-reader (and MP3 player, if you wish), it’s hard to bang on the pocket-friendly BeBook Mini, but with the Kindle’s recent price drop and Sony’s $199 Reader Pocket Edition, competition is fierce. Gallery: 5-inch BeBook Mini now shipping in the US for $199 (hands-on) 18
  • 19. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 ENGADGET LIFEHACKER Nokia N900 unboxed, and no, The Best Way to Search for an you can’t unbox your own (yet) Old Post on Lifehacker [Reader OCT 12, 2009 04:01P.M. Guide To Lifehacker] OCT 12, 2009 04:00P.M. We frequently get emails from readers having trouble finding an old post on Lifehacker. They’ve tried the site’s search box but still aren’t having any luck. It’s not you, it’s us. There’s a better way. Unfortunately Lifehacker’s search doesn’t always do the job of turning up content as well as it should, so when you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, turn your query over to the people who do search best. So it seems like the new thing for manufacturers is to gather a bunch of That’s right, Google. I’ve been writing for Lifehacker since 2005, and I platform champions (read: developers and bloggers) in a room, wax never use our internal search. Instead, I use Google’s site: search poetic for an hour or two about strategy, and — here’s where it gets operator to get Google to do the searching for me. Just take the query awesome — give out or loan hot, new devices to everyone in attendance. you were planning to use with Lifehacker’s search, paste it in the Google Google’s done it, Palm’s done it, and now Nokia’s getting in the game by search box, and add site:lifehacker.com to your terms. Google will limit handing out pre-production N900s on extended loans at its Maemo its results to only Lifehacker, and the results are almost always better Summit event last week, and that inevitably means that we’re going to be than Lifehacker’s default search engine’s results. seeing a ton of unboxings and reviews over the coming days. This particular unboxing comes to us courtesy of Slashgear, which notes that In fact, I use Google site: searches for almost every web site, so it’s not the devices are currently running non-final firmware even though the just Lifehacker. I even use a bookmarklet to quickly perform site: hardware is the same stuff we’ll be seeing on shelves in the next few searches for any site I’m visiting. weeks. It’s looking great so far — but then again, so did the N97 in its muted black box prior to release, so we’ll withhold final judgment until this one’s been thoroughly vetted for awesomeness. I’d love it if Lifehacker’s search turned up better results on its own, but it’s a lot more important to us that you can find what you’re looking for, so rather than use our search engine, using Google with the site: search Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds operator is your best bet. Nokia N900 unboxed, and no, you can’t unbox your own (yet) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments 19
  • 20. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE Freaky Fortnight: The joy of a really crummy zoo. OCT 12, 2009 03:51P.M. Needless to say, the weekend wasn’t relaxing. OK, there were a few relaxing moments—in the morning, when we let our older son watch “TV.” I put TV in quotes because Nick only knows television as downloaded shows on iTunes that he watches on a computer. Whenever he’s in front of an old-school television playing live, he gets confused and asks me why I can’t start the shows at the beginning. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - ENGADGET Canon PowerShot SD980 IS SLATE MAGAZINE unboxing and impressions Advertisement: National OCT 12, 2009 03:37P.M. Geographic Channel OCT 12, 2009 03:51P.M. New Series Follows Alaska State Troopers They’re the first line of defense in the last frontier. Alaska State Troopers, a new series, premieres Wednesday at 10P Canon held off about as long as it could, but it finally caved to the e/p on Nat Geo. Learn more at pressures of adding a pressure-sensitive screen to one of its Digital www.natgeotv.com/alaskastatetroopers ELPHs. The SD980 IS goes down as the first-ever touchscreen PowerShot, offering a better-than-average set of specifications, a few color options, an attractive size and a 720p movie mode that helps to set Ads by Pheedo it apart from some of its VGA-quality contemporaries. We took the cam for a quick spin just to see how Canon’s adaptation of the touchscreen felt in real-world use, and we’ve posted up our impressions — along with a few sample galleries and a raw 720p video clip — just beyond the break. Gallery: Canon PowerShot SD980 IS unboxing 20
  • 21. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 LIFEHACKER How to Build a DIY Digital Camera Scanner [DIY] OCT 12, 2009 03:30P.M. Instructables user DHagen was sick of feeding coins into a public copy machine, wanted quality copies, but didn’t want to spend much cash to get his own photocopier or scanner, so he did what any DIYer with a digital camera would do: He built his own DIY copy machine/scanner using less than $20 of material (mostly plexiglass and a few various nuts and bolts). After building the camera mount apparatus, DHagen details how he snaps, crops, and converts the picture to PDF, but we’d recommend skipping that hassle altogether and using a previously mentioned photo-to- document tool like Qipit, Snapter, or scanR to accomplish similar results with less work on your part. Continue reading Canon PowerShot SD980 IS unboxing and If you’ve gone the DIY scanner route in the past, let’s hear how happy impressions you’ve been with the results in the comments. Filed under: Digital Cameras Portable, Paperless, Digital Copy Machine [Instructables] Canon PowerShot SD980 IS unboxing and impressions originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink | Email this | Comments 21
  • 22. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE Vioguard’s self-sanitizing keyboard means maybe we don’t all have to die this year originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:09:00 The life story of a skunk. EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. OCT 12, 2009 03:23P.M. Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments More revolting creatures: the snapping turtle, vulture, the tick, the jellyfish, and the slug. [more ...] LIFEHACKER Sponsored Topics: - - - - CrimeReports Maps Out Local Crimes [Crime] OCT 12, 2009 03:00P.M. ENGADGET Vioguard’s self-sanitizing keyboard means maybe we don’t all have to die this year OCT 12, 2009 03:09P.M. If you want to check out a neighborhood you’re planning on moving too or just want to see how things are looking in your corner of Sunnyvale, CrimeReports mashes up local police reports with map of the area. CrimeReports will display, when data is available, a variety of crimes including homicide, breaking and entering, robbery, theft, theft of/from a vehichle, assault, and sexual offenses by default. You can also add in other crimes like kidnapping, arson, alarm responses, and proactive police activity like community policing and vehicles stops. If there’s one thing scarier than going to the hospital for some potentially harmful harmfulness, it’s getting sicker due to some minor slip-up in the All of the above have color coded flags that can be easily read on the carefully-observed hygiene practices of your own personal Zach Braff map. The flags are identified in the left hand column or by mouse M.D. That’s where Vioguard’s newly shipping UVKB50 self-sanitizing click—both give you the type of crime and the location. You can also keyboard comes in, with a proximity detector to let a set of freshly adjust the range of dates displayed to the last few days, last week, two sanitized keys slide out for use by a health care professional, which slide weeks, month, or a custom date range via calendar. CrimeReports is a back once they’re not in use to get re-sterilized with anti-bacterial free service and requires no login. ultraviolet light. The $899 pricetag isn’t too bad given the application, but it probably won’t be making our own cubicles safer any time soon. CrimeReports [via Mashable] Video of the keyboard in action is after the break. Continue reading Vioguard’s self-sanitizing keyboard means maybe we don’t all have to die this year Filed under: Peripherals 22
  • 23. Today’s Tabbloid PERSONAL NEWS FOR info@arcagility.com 13 October 2009 SLATE MAGAZINE Mad Men: Don’s strange response to “I Have a Dream.” OCT 12, 2009 02:56P.M. I couldn’t agree more about these two affairs, Julia. I was really hoping you were right when you predicted last week that we’d seen the last of Henry Francis. And I didn’t think it possible, but Miss Farrell makes me miss Joy from Season 2. I preferred her straightforward sensuality and carefully designed topless swimsuits to Miss Farrell’s cocky idealism and Bowdoin T-shirt. “You think they can understand it?” Don asks Miss Farrell when she proclaims she’s going to play the “I Have a Dream” speech to her class. “I think they already know it,” she replies. I’m pretty sure I’ve rolled my eyes every time this woman has been on-screen this season. [more ...] Sponsored Topics: - - - - 23