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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy. Comments
Valve head Gabe Newell says the company isn’t stopping any planned hardware initiatives, despite reports of layoffs at the company and the news that hardware lead Jeri Ellsworth was fired . In a statement issued to Engadget, Newell said: “We don’t usually talk about personnel matters for a number of reasons. There seems to be an unusual amount of speculation about some recent changes here, so I thought I’d take the unusual step of addressing them. No, we aren’t canceling any projects.
Eric Chahi’s seminal game work, Another World , is now available on BlackBerry 10 devices (so … uh, those of you with a Z10 , though it also works on PlayBook ). And not just any version, but the updated 20th Anniversary Edition , which adds updated graphics, a remastered soundtrack, and some gesture controls. The game’s one of several titles that publisher DotEmu is bringing to BB10, including notoriously difficult shooter R-Type . ” Another World 20th Anniversary is our first title on Blackberry
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Another World now available on BB10, several other classics on the way
Good news for Rick and Corey fans. A&E’ s brought its streaming app across from the iPad to the iPhone. Better still, it’s all the full length content from favorites like Storage Wars and Pawn Stars . Both the History and Lifetime have followed suit, and there’s even some extra A&E content found within the app, the kind that’s typically found on the show’s dedicated site — expect plenty of behind-the-scenes antics
If you were a fan of Slacker ‘s old-school black and gold aesthetic, you can mourn its passing today. The internet radio service has just undergone a rebirth, with a brand new white and burnt orange logo and a completely revamped design — on web, mobile and Xbox — in an effort to reintroduce itself to the mainstream and stave off competition from the likes of Pandora , Spotify and Rdio . The new look is decidedly simpler and more approachable, with a prominent search box and a distinct blue and white theme that carries its way throughout all interfaces. Indeed, the smartphone apps are explicitly designed to mirror the site, not just style-wise but functionally as well. For example, you can continue a song on the phone right where you left off in the browser.
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now $1,499: new processors for Retina family and cheaper MacBook Air
Apple announced today that the price of its entry-level 128GB MacBook Pro with Retina display has been cut to $1,499. Meanwhile, the model above (with a new 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of space) has now been priced at $1,699. The bigger 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display, will also get their processors bumped up to 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz, respectively, while MacBook Air shoppers might want to make their purchase today, as the 256GB 13-inch MacBook Air has now been discounted to $1,399. All the new models (and prices) will be available starting today. Comments Source: Apple
It’s safe to say the Android folk account for a pretty good chunk of Foursquare’s hefty user base , so it’s only logical for the social firm to often bring more and more new features to the highly-rated app. As such, today Foursquare announced it has added a few additional tidbits to its Android offering, including a couple which are bound to make it simpler for users of the service to find nearby spots and friends via the application’s main map. What’s more, Foursquare’s moved the “To-Do List” feature over to the app’s left drawer for easier access, while the essential “Check In” button also has a new home on that same side but toward the bottom corner. It’s worth noting that despite the latest version being live right now, Foursquare says these changes will be rolling out “over the next few weeks” — in other words, fret not if you’re not seeing the novelties show up just yet, as they’re sure to be coming very soon
Last September, Wahoo Fitness’ RFLKT iPhone bike computer appeared on our radar poised for a December release, but it’s only just gone up for sale. As of today, the iPhone 4S- and 5-compatible device is available for $130 from Wahoo’s website and is shipping out to door steps. If you’re in need of a refresher, the RFLKT (pronounced reflect, if you’re curious) sits on a bicycle’s handlebars and displays ride information slung to it over Bluetooth 4.0 from cycling apps running on a paired device. RFLKT is expected to support a number of apps in the future, but it currently plays nice with just two: its maker’s own Cyclemeter application and the Wahoo Fitness App, which monitors everything from speed to heart rate, with the help of another peripheral , of course. Cyclists can also push buttons on the contraption’s side to change tracks on their iDevice’s playlist
You know the drill (or is that screwdriver?) by now. New gadget lands at the iFixit labs , and the good folk there give it a teardown. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is this week’s lucky slab of silicon to hit the bench.
If you have a Jawbone headset and MyTALK account, you may have received an email from the outfit warning that you’ll need to reset your password due to a security compromise in a “limited” number of accounts. The company said it halted the hack after “several hours,” however, and that thieves only stole names, email addresses and encrypted passwords — but no other user information, so far as it can tell. If affected, you’ll need to reset your password by following the instructions (in the PR after the break), and Jawbone also advised you to change it on other sites too, if used elsewhere — never a good practice, incidentally. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in.] Filed under: Wearables , Wireless Comments
In case you hadn’t heard , HTC’s warming up for another phone launch, readying events in both New York and London. The UK arm has now offered up a countdown clock (six days to go!), but with an extra soupçon of tease — some ever-so brief glimpses of its M7 device, rumored to land as the HTC One . Fortunately, someone’s managed to track down all the teaser clips and stitch them together — we’ve added it after the break. Alongside plenty of blinding light , we get a better peek at what seems to be a machined metallic edge around the device, as well as a single shot of the camera lens — HTC does love its imaging tech . You can also glean that the device will arrive dressed white, just like its predecessor, the One X
We saw last quarter that while mobile phone buyers were on the decline in general, smartphone sales were way, way up . That’s how 2012 finished off as well according to Gartner , with cellphone purchases down 1.7 percent overall from 2011, but sales of higher-IQ models up 38.3 percent year-on-year. Samsung and Apple fared particularly well in the latter category for Q4 2012, making up over 52 percent of smartphones sold compared to 46 percent in Q3. Meanwhile, being embroiled in the odd security row didn’t stop upstart Huawei from hitting the smartphone podium for the first time with 27.2 million handsets sold in Q4 2012, a 73.8 percent jump over last year — but a distant third behind Samsung’s 64.5 million units and 43.5 million for Apple. Meanwhile, Nokia dropped 53.6 percent from last year with 39.3 million units sold, though it’s likely too soon to tell whether WP8 will boost it anew
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Gartner: half of smartphones sold are Apple or Samsung, Huawei third for the first time
Opera is celebrating the news that it’s hit the 300 million monthly user milestone with a big announcement. It’s going to dump Presto, the current Opera rendering engine, in favor of WebKit . The company gave the impression that it’s exhausted after swimming against the tide of an internet designed to work for Chrome and Safari for so long. Instead, the firm will devote its considerable resources toward “innovation and polish” on its browser products. Opera’s already hinted at its future by demonstrating Ice , its WebKit-based experiment for iOS and Android devices, which it’ll be showing off in more detail at MWC later this month
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Opera hits 300 million users, promptly moves to WebKit
Android 4.2.2 began arriving on an assortment of Nexus devices yesterday with “performance and stability” improvements listed as the only changes, but Android Police dug into Google’s change logs and compiled a list of small tweaks. With the update on board, Play Store downloads now display the time left to their completion, and Android Debug Bridge security is shored-up with the addition of a whitelist. Now, WiFi and Bluetooth tiles can be toggled by a long press in the notification Quick Settings.
The FCC took significant steps to cut the waste from its Lifeline phone subsidy program at the start of last year. However, it might not have gone far enough, if an FCC review of the program prompted by the Wall Street Journal is an indicator. Among the top five providers receiving money for telecom service to the poor in 2012, 41 percent of their customers either couldn’t or didn’t prove they were eligible. The lack of answers leaves a real possibility that some of the $2.2 billion spent on Lifeline in 2012 might have gone to those who didn’t need it. In response, the FCC is keen to claim that its reforms may have saved $214 million last year, but it isn’t happy that there may still have been money going down the tubes — it’s investigating the accusations and could levy fines of up to $1.5 million per violation.
Microsoft’s trying to address the recent shortfall of Surface Pro models, and has vowed via its Surface Pro blog to get more into the market “as quickly as we can.” As such, it’s begun dispatching 64GB SKUs to Best Buy, Staples and its own Microsoft Store in the US, with Canada to follow in a few days. 128GB SKUs will ship “later this week” to retailers, according to Redmond, “with some units available by the end of the week.” All flavors of the tablet-cum-laptop disappeared from shelves shortly after they arrived in retail stores and online, both stateside and north of the border. The company said it’ll fulfill orders for customers who made a reservation first, but that your local retailer “should have (stock) soon,” too. Filed under: Laptops , Tablets , Microsoft Comments Source: Microsoft Surface Blog
We’re still eagerly awaiting Steambox-spec’d hardware in our living rooms but Valve’s endeavor into hardware will move on minus one party member, noted inventor / hacker Jeri Ellsworth . She reported the firing in a tweet earlier today, however any reasons, future plans or possible link to the project itself were not mentioned. When we spoke to Ellsworth last fall , she was working on controller prototypes to address mouse/keyboard use from the couch.
Controller designer, hardware lead Jeri Ellsworth out at Valve
Samsung’s just pulled back the curtains on yet another device clad in a shade of Garnet Red: the Galaxy Note 10.1 with LTE. According to the electronics giant, it’s positioning the dark cardinal-colored tablet as perfect material for Valentine’s Day, and thinks the device will particularly strike the fancy of the fairer sex. Come February 14th, the freshly minted tablets will be available for three carriers in South Korea, while a rolling release is penciled in for other markets across the globe. Filed under: Samsung Comments Source: Samsung (Translated) , Samsung (Flickr)
While the President is currently giving his State of the Union address (viewable on YouTube here ), earlier today he signed an executive order intended to improve the network security of “critical infrastructure.” As noted by The Hill , the order charges the National Institute of Standards and Technology with the task of creating a framework of best practices for operators in industries like transportation, water and health to follow, due in the next 240 days. The Department of Homeland Security is also heading up a voluntary program works with various agencies and industry groups to make sure the policies are actually adopted, and find ways to create incentives for that to happen. The order has arrived after cybersecurity legislation failed to pass through Congress, and has been rumored heavily throughout the last few weeks. The president called for Congress to pass legislation to prevent cyberattacks during his speech, and this order is reportedly meant as a step in that direction. The Wall Street Journal indicates many businesses want liability protection against attacks in exchange for following the guidelines, which would require approval form Congress in order to happen.
Scotland-based Simple Audio announced today that it has been acquired by American computer component maker Corsair . T he five-year-old audio firm is best known in Europe for its networked set-top receivers, which are capable of sharing music from PCs, Macs, TVs, iPods and MP3 players . In an effort to expand its reach, Simple Audio hopes that this multi-million dollar deal will help bring its products stateside sometime this year. While there’s no word how many doubloons Corsair shelled out, the company stated that it had been eyeing Simple Audio since 2010 and felt that it was the right time to make a move. To take a closer look at this acquisition, click through to the press release after the break
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Corsair pops the question, acquires Scotland-based Simple Audio
http://www.engadget.com/podcasts/EngadgetHD_Podcast_336.mp3 This week kicks off with a slew of set-top box news: Dish is shipping its Hopper with Sling DVR, the TiVo Mini DVR is available on Suddenlink and Roku’s next media streamer just hit the FCC. Moving onto more modern concerns, second screen apps for events like the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star game and the Grammys along with more conventional contenders like GetGlue are all over are mobile devices, but are we getting any use out of them? Press play to find out which ones we’re happy with and much more.
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Engadget HD Podcast 336 – 02.12.2013
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site.
The Daily Roundup for 02.12.2013
Clearly, a lot of us wanted LG to reveal the design of the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro as quickly as possible: just a day after a teaser, we’re looking at the complete picture. And it’s quite a looker, by all counts. While it has the familiar digital cube pattern on the back, it’s also using curved glass in black or white, which LG says produces a “2.5D” effect.
LG reveals 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro design with curved glass
If you’ve had any sustained glitches with your Surface RT , check for a software update — Microsoft might just have sorted it out. A February refresh pushing out today should mend problems with WiFi reliability that have led to the tablet showing “Limited” access. It also eliminates sluggishness in the power and volume controls, as well as Windows as a whole. Is your Surface snappier after the update? Let fellow owners know in the comments.
Look, Will Arnett is hilarious. His gravely tones are also just as romantic in person as they are on television. And he took the stage here at D:Dive Into Media 2013 alongside Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development ) and Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer & VP of Content at Netflix) in order to talk about the changing world of original content production. Outside of making jokes about premiums paid for getting props back in order to create a new generation of Arrested Development (seriously, they sold the Aztec Tomb “immediately,” per Arnett), Hurwitz and Arnett both agreed that it’s a completely different dynamic in creating television for the internet. Filed under: Home Entertainment , HD Comments
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Ted Sarandos, Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett wax poetic about creating content for the internet