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Tech’s biggest misfires of 2011

The past 12 months have been a boon of technological innovation, particularly in the world of mobile devices, where top companies have been waging an arms race for the top of the smartphone and tablet hills. Not everything has been smooth sailing, however — 2011 has also been dotted by delays, false starts, security breeches and straight up technological turf outs. Check out some of the lowlights from the year that was after the break.

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Tech’s biggest misfires of 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS UX21 and UX31 laptops gain Elan Touchpad, new colors and improved resume / standby times

Not a lot new happening in the Zenbook world here at the 2012 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show, but for those thinking of splurging on a UX21 or UX31, we’ve a pinch of good news to share. ASUS has informed us that the UX series as a whole is now shipping with the Elan Touchpad, not to mention updated drivers that improve resume and standby times. Moreover, the range is available in Rose Gold and Hot Pink, neither of which should be possible to resist. In fact, let us know which hue’s tickling your fancy in comments below.

ASUS UX21 and UX31 laptops gain Elan Touchpad, new colors and improved resume / standby times originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP’s TouchPad running Ice Cream Sandwich? Mmmm, thanks CM9 (video)

Another smote at the hearts of those who failed to reach the fire sale in time: CyanogenMod 9 is bringing some ICS flavor to the TouchPad and it’s apparently not far off. The video after the break gives us a glimpse of some remarkably stable operation, especially considering how tricky it was bringing CM7 to HP’s slate. It looks like everything functions except the camera and video playback, and the team behind the port promises it’ll give us “something to play with soon.”

[Thanks, Pedro]

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HP’s TouchPad running Ice Cream Sandwich? Mmmm, thanks CM9 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Researcher brings modified Touchpad into the MRI room, breakthrough ensues

Yes, the Touchpad is officially dead, but that hasn’t stopped Stanford researcher Andrew B. Holbrook from using HP’s tablet in a somewhat unexpected setting: the MRI lab. Holbrook, it turns out, has been developing a new, webOS-based system that could make it a lot easier for doctors to conduct interventional MRI procedures. Unlike its diagnostic counterpart, this brand of MRI can only operate within highly magnetic fields, thereby posing a threat to many electronic devices. Holbrook, however, may have found a way around this barrier, thanks to a modified Touchpad. With the help of HP engineers, the researcher stripped his tablet of metallic components, including its speakers and vibration motor, resulting in what the manufacturer calls a “minimally metallic device that could be used almost anywhere within the magnet room.” With his Touchpad primed and loaded with apps for data manipulation, Holbrook went on to successfully integrate the device within an MRI system. He also developed a series of apps that allow technicians to monitor and manipulate an MRI procedure on their devices, regardless of whether they’re in the magnet room itself, or outside. Holbrook says he’s already started applying the same approach to webOS phones, in the hopes of providing doctors and researchers with an even more compact way to keep track of their patients. For more details on the system and future developments, check out the source link below.

[Thanks, Mina]

Researcher brings modified Touchpad into the MRI room, breakthrough ensues originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 23:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Refresh Roundup: week of December 5, 2011

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging to get updated. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery from the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout at tips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

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Refresh Roundup: week of December 5, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP TouchPad returns in TigerDirect bundle, if only for a moment

“We’ve got TouchPads!” That’s the slogan, but even TigerDirect admits that it’s expecting its latest batch of TouchPad slates to evaporate in a matter of minutes. Strangely enough, we’ve seen the zombie-like webOS tablet on sale in a variety of locations during the past few months, and if you’re quick, you’ll be able to buy yet another from yet another vendor at 2:30PM ET today. The company’s not saying how many are in stock, but we’re told to expect the entire batch to be claimed “by 2:32PM ET.” The deal? $249.99 nets you a 32GB TouchPad, a 10.1-inch Belkin tablet case and Creative Labs’ D80 Bluetooth speakers, while a $299.99 bundle replaces the speaker with a Photosmart printer. Oh, and don’t even bother trying to order over the phone — this one’s online only, and it’s one bundle per customer. We’re telling you now so you’ve got time to memorize your credit card number. Feel free to talk about nerves, shaking limbs and tales of luck in comments below.

[Thanks, Andrew]

HP TouchPad returns in TigerDirect bundle, if only for a moment originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP TouchPad Go gets reviewed, but remains already long gone (video)

While we already rode the white unicorns of HP’s now disintegrated webOS series, there was one little filly we didn’t get to saddle up. A developmental model of the seven-inch TouchPad Go has now made it into the hands of webOSnation and has been given a thorough going over. The major differences from its bigger brother? A rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and a smudge buffering matte finish on the back are the main signifiers. Aside from those (and an experimental build of the next firmware update), it’s a tiny TouchPad. The Go matches the resolution of the original, also packing the same processor innards of the defunct white TouchPad. Those unwilling to accept the future of webOS can still absorb the full critique of what could have been in a video review after the break.

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HP TouchPad Go gets reviewed, but remains already long gone (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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[Video] Amazon Kindle Fire Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM (Alpha)

kindleiceThe Kindle Fire may not see the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some time but developers have already got it running on the device. To get Ice Cream Sandwich on a $200 tablet is a dream come true although not ready for the public it is coming along nicely. There are problems with the audio and video feedback although everything else looks to be running quite well.

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McAfee predicts more mobile attacks and fewer PC attacks in 2012

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McAfee Labs is basically predicting that, for everything you worry about on your computer, you will now worry about on your mobile devices as well. Cybercrime, hacktivism, and threats to your mobile banking? Yep.

Vince Weaver, McAfee Labs’ Sr. VP, says:

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Root Pretty Much All Phones in 4 Easy Steps

rootWe all love a rooted phone right? Sometimes the rooting it strikes the fear of god into some and when they see some of the instructions they simply panic and decide “sod that!”. Thanks to the team over at UnlockRoot.com you can now root your handset in just 3 simple steps.

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Update now rolling out for Droid RAZR, comes complete with major bugfixes

razrWho doesn’t hate software bugs? I do, you do, and Motorola does. The solution? Updates!

Moto is now starting to roll out Software Version 6.11.748.XT912, and here’s the bug squashing we’ll see:

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Are Cellphones Killing Us? How About Twitter? (Infographic Fun)

Infographic Fun

I usually try to resist the urge to post any infographics but it is the holiday season so I have been letting loose. Today I have two infographics for you. One points out how cellphones are killing us. The other simply parodies all infographics by showing how infographics are just another example of “Lies, damn lies, and statistics!” :)

Check them out below:

Phones Killing Us Infographic

Blame Twitter Infographic 

via AllThingsD and IntoMobile

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ASUS’ Origami-like Transformer Prime Smart Cover hits Amazon, sporting luxurious folds

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime has yet to start shipping, but when it does, you’ll be able to wrap it up in this specialized Smart Cover, from ASUS. Spotted on Amazon’s German site, this Origami-like accessory will prop up your Prime in either a vertical or horizontal lying position, much like some of those other “intelligent” covers we’ve seen. The folds look decidedly ornate, but we’ll have to wait a little longer before trying it out for ourselves. It’s available now for €39 (about $53), though at the time of this writing, it’s also out of stock.

ASUS’ Origami-like Transformer Prime Smart Cover hits Amazon, sporting luxurious folds originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 06:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Transformer Optimus Prime wants his name back, right now preferably

In a cunning bid to remind the adult world of its long-lost childhood, in which even the most vacuous fictional characters could somehow seem magical, Hasbro has suddenly decided to sue ASUS over its ‘Transformer Prime’ branding. It doesn’t matter that the Transformer Prime really does transform — you know, in real-life — or that it exists in a non-competing market, or that the latest Transformers movie was a complete waste of everybody’s time. Nope, Hasbro still feels the need to “aggressively protect its brands and products” from illusory enemies, and it’s fully prepared to threaten ASUS with a sales injunction until some sort of conciliatory gesture appears on its bank statement. If this lawsuit takes hold — please, not another Düsseldorf — then we promise that our future children will never buy, watch or touch a single Hasbro product. Except maybe that R2-D2 version of Operation, which is pretty sweet.

Transformer Optimus Prime wants his name back, right now preferably originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Transformer Prime gets a stomach full of Ice Cream Sandwich (video)

Sure, the Transformer Prime has been official for a couple of weeks now, but we haven’t seen the 10-inch tablet get much action, aside from a few quick hands-ons. ASUS is finally ready to show us the quad-core Tegra 3 tablet — running Ice Cream Sandwich, no less. The tablet won’t actually ship with the brain-freezing mobile OS, but the company has promised a sweet, sweet upgrade. Check out the video, including 1080p video playback and some time with the quad-core-friendly Riptide GP after the break.

Update: We’ve also gotten a peek at what looks to be the user manual for the new Transformer. Check it out in the second gallery above.

[Thanks, Jeremy]

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ASUS Transformer Prime gets a stomach full of Ice Cream Sandwich (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Eee Pad Transformer Prime gets handled, fawned over



We’ve seen the Eee Pad Transformer Prime work out its camera, take a bite out of Ice Cream Sandwich and slide through a Portuguese hands-on, but we’re more than happy to take a peek at Ritchie’s Room’s “first look” as well. Their impressions? Pretty positive — Ritchie had nary a negative thing to say about the ASUS slate, optimistically noting that folks screaming for ice cream will eventually be able to sooth their throats with an update. The outfit confirmed a handful of details we’d already deduced — the prime’s svelte 8.33mm (0.33 inches) and 586 gram (1.29 pound) measurements leave it just a hair thinner than the iPad 2, and as we suspected, make it incompatible with the original Transformer’s keyboard dock. Hit the source link below for a mess of photos and a glowing write-up.

Eee Pad Transformer Prime gets handled, fawned over originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Transformer Prime pre-order page points to December 8th release date

We were expecting ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime to hit the market sometime next month, but a new pre-order page on Newegg may have just revealed a slightly more specific date. Of course, the Tegra 3-packing tablet has already gone up for pre-order on a host of retail sites, but Newegg’s listing is the first to peg December 8th for its release. Its $500 price tag also dovetails nicely with what we’ve previously heard, though ASUS has yet to weigh in with its official word. Interested parties can grab a piece of the Prime at the source link, below.

[Thanks, Nivin]

ASUS Transformer Prime pre-order page points to December 8th release date originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime review

Is there any tablet that’s hotter than the Transformer Prime right now? (Please, don’t say the Kindle Fire.) For weeks we geeks, early adopters and people who love their tech toys have been awaiting this, and none too patiently. Make no mistake: this will be one of the slickest products we test this year and it isn’t just because the original Transformer had such an inventive design. The Prime is the first device packing NVIDIA’s hot-off-the-presses Tegra 3 SoC, making it the world’s first quad-core tablet. This comes with promises of longer-than-ever runtime and blazing performance (five times faster than Tegra 2, to be exact), all wrapped in a package measuring just 8.3mm (0.33 inches) thick — even skinnier than the iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1. Throw in specs like a Super IPS+ Gorilla Glass display, eight megapixel rear camera and a confirmed ICS update in the pipe and even we seen-it-all Engadget editors were drooling.

All of which means we dropped just everything when a 32GB Prime showed up on our doorstep earlier this week, and soon enough, you’ll have your chance to nab one too. ASUS announced today that the WiFi-only models will be available through online sellers the week of December 19th, and in retail the week after. (No word yet on 3G versions for the US just yet.) It’ll start at $499 for the 32GB model — not bad considering five hundred bucks is the going rate for a high-end tablet with 16GB of storage. From there you can get a 64GB number for $599, while that signature keyboard dock will set you back a further $149. Worth it? Read on to find out.

Gallery: Transformer Prime review (hardware)

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Amazon canceling some Transformer Prime pre-orders, supply shortages to blame

Were you one of the eager beavers who pre-ordered ASUS’ new superslate, the Transformer Prime, from Amazon? It turns out, demand for the tablet was so great that it’s outstripped the retailer’s supply, so Bezos’ business is apparently canceling orders placed on or after November 22nd and issuing refunds. Sad news for those who had their hearts set on getting the Prime this holiday season, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise — the delay gives you the opportunity to size up the competition before taking the quad-core plunge.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Amazon canceling some Transformer Prime pre-orders, supply shortages to blame originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 14:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover is ready for its closeup (video)

ASUS Taiwan’s been busy updating its Facebook with pictures of all its BFFs, completing the 30-day music challenge and posting a video of the Transformer Prime’s new origami-style smart cover. Slotting into two hook-holes on the side of the bezel, it folds into a cunning stand that props the tablet at a variety of angles — disconnecting with a gentle pull (and a slightly sickening metallic scraping noise). After which, it probably posted a message about wanting an unlike button and played some Farmville. If you wanna see how easy the cover is to position, head on past the break to watch it in action in glorious high definition.

[Thanks, dy4me]

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ASUS Transformer Prime origami-style Smart Cover is ready for its closeup (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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