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Engadget: WiMAX will cover one billion people in 2011, coming soon to NYC and San Francisc->

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Thought WiMAX was just beaming high-speed internets to a very few lucky technosapiens in far-away lands? Think again! If all goes according to plan, more than 800 million people from the future will be wrapped in its soothing vibrations by the end of this year, and over a billion worldwide in 2011, surpassing expectations. That's an impressive spread given that Sprint just got things rolling domestically in Baltimore about a year and a half ago. Next up will be stops in New York City and San Francisco, good news for urban folks, but will it be enough to hold off the progression of LTE? Don't you love a good wireless format war? We don't.

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WiMAX will cover one billion people in 2011, coming soon to NYC and San Francisco originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Olympus' SP-800UZ 30x superzoom starts taking pre-orders->

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Thought your decision was made when Nikon's P100 superzoom hit online stores yesterday? You might wanna give Olympus' offering a quick peek as well, as today the SP-800UZ has debuted on Amazon with a similar shipping schedule of three to five weeks. It brings quite the punchy résumé too, with its 30x optical zoom and $349 price both being that little bit better than Nikon's hardware. Additional enticements include a 14 megapixel sensor with dual image stabilization, AF tracking, 720p video recording, face detection and a 3-inch LCD. Just to make sure you're completely comfortable with your purchase, the above price also includes a spare high-capacity battery, mini tripod, lens cleaning kit, and a USB card reader. Man, wish mobile operators treated us like this.

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Olympus' SP-800UZ 30x superzoom starts taking pre-orders originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Humax HD-FOX T2 and Panasonic TX-P42G20B become the first Freeview HD tuners on ->

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Slowly but surely Freeview HD is making its entry into UK homes. The well-reviewed Humax HD-FOX T2 is living up to its promise of being the very first Freeview HD tuner around, and is now available to buy via the company's online store or at your local electronics outlet. Priced at £180 ($281), its listing on the Humax Direct Sales site has an amusing "this is NOT a recorder" blinking message to inform people that it lacks the PVR functionality that the forthcoming Toshiba HDR5010 will bring. If your disposable income stretches a bit further and you want your tuner integrated, Panasonic will happily exchange its 42-inch TX-P42G20 plasma for £1,100 ($1,717). It's the successor to the TX-P42G10 and boasts a 600Hz refresh rate along with a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and the prerequisite 1080p resolution. There's nothing we can do about the dearth of Freeview HD programming for the moment, but at least the hardware is finally out there.

Humax HD-FOX T2 and Panasonic TX-P42G20B become the first Freeview HD tuners on sale in the UK originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Novatel shows off next-gen GPS-enabled MiFi, integrated 'apps' (video)->

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If you haven't freaked out and given up on MiFi after they were shown to be, well, a little bit vulnerable, good for you, because there's good things in store. Novatel is working on a new revision of its routers with integrated GPS, USB charging, and what's pledged to be better battery life. Perhaps most interesting among the revisions is firmware able to run Linux "apps" that display content within the MiFi's admin webpage. Current apps are things like data usage and weather but the possibilities are endless -- or slightly broader than weather and usage, at least. It's unclear which (if any) of the current MiFi models will be also be blessed with this firmware update and its resplendent selection of homebrew widgets, but we do know that the new MiFi model will be hitting carriers sometime toward the middle of 2010 and will be selling unlocked around the end of the year.

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Novatel shows off next-gen GPS-enabled MiFi, integrated 'apps' (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Windows 7's European browser ballot screen revealed, rolling out next week->

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Microsoft is putting the finishing touches to the famed "browser choice screen" that the European Commission forced it to include as part of its antitrust investigation settlement, and today we get to see it for the first time. Users who have Internet Explorer as their default browser (meaning none of the savvy Engadget readers) will be alerted that there is "an important choice to make" and directed to the above decision making assistant. We actually think the randomized order of the top five browsers makes a ton of sense, and would express some cautious optimism that the ballot screen could really do its job of informing people of the alternatives out there. Users in the UK, Belgium and France will get to try it out next week, and a phased rollout will begin across Europe on March 1.

Windows 7's European browser ballot screen revealed, rolling out next week originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: ThinkPad W701 and W701ds specs emerge from a leaky faucet->

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Time to update you on another forthcoming update in the laptop world, this time concerning Lenovo's premier widescreen workstation range. Purported internal Lenovo slides from earlier this year show the new W701 and W701ds ThinkPads nonchalantly hanging out next to some pretty beefy spec sheets. The W701, which we saw passing through the FCC, is again listed alongside an Intel Extreme series CPU and a Wacom Digitizer, while its display quality has been upgraded all the way to 100 percent of the NTSC color gamut and 280 nits of brightness. Going stride for stride with it is the dual-screen W701ds, with both machines offering up to 16GB of RAM, SSD options up to a quarter of a terabyte, and Ultrabay expandability. DisplayLink ports and the like are just glazing on the cake, but we can't help noticing the frankly silly two-hour battery rating on the 701ds -- guess that CPU is going to live up to its Extreme name in every way imaginable. The announcement date listed for these machines is February 23, which is when we'll be better able to gauge the veracity of the specs before us.

ThinkPad W701 and W701ds specs emerge from a leaky faucet originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 07:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Corsair's Padlock 2 offers 256-bit AES encryption inside a rugged body->

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Our British readers will already be painfully familiar with the comical propensity that government officials (even spies!) have for losing sensitive data while on the move. It might be an idea, therefore, to give your forgetful local representative a break with one of these new Corsair USB drives. The Padlock 2 features OS-agnostic password protection via the keypad you see above plus 256-bit encryption of the data stored on the flash inside. So even if someone is tenacious enough to pry the case open, he'll have a hard time getting anything useful out of it. Oh, and don't worry about forgetting the passcode, there's a procedure for wiping the drive clean and generating a new one. 8GB units are available immediately, and we've spotted them online priced at £46 in the UK and $59 in the good old US of A.

Corsair's Padlock 2 offers 256-bit AES encryption inside a rugged body originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 06:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Atlona's VGA to HDMI adapter ditches the brick, does 1080p on USB power->

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Laptops or desktops stuck with only VGA output often need a little help to get their content onto an HDTV, and Atlona is there for them. It's introducing another in a storied line of HDMI adapters, this one taking VGA input and turning it to HDMI output. That's not particularly special, but that this one does it powered only by a single USB port is. It'll also pull in analog audio over a 3.5mm plug and add that to the mix, then pump the results at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200. Of course, all that functionality is going to cost you: $120 for the adapter, but it does at least include a six-foot HDMI cable. They're up for order now ahead of a date with the postman next week, and there's another picture waiting for you after the break if you're really into the orange and black scheme.

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Atlona's VGA to HDMI adapter ditches the brick, does 1080p on USB power originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Mitsubishi's upconverting technology takes 1080p to 4K x 2K, you to cloud nine->

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So, there's good news and bad news, and we tend to prefer starting with the former. According to Akihabara News, Mitsubishi has whipped up an upscaling technology to end all upscaling technologies -- one that takes vanilla 1080p material to 4K x 2K without breaking a sweat. Now, for the less-than-awesome tidbit. For whatever reason, the tech is not yet compatible with Blu-ray content, and moreover, you're still nowhere close to being able to afford a 4K television or projector. Here's hoping this breakthrough makes 'em a wee bit more feasible for the layman, though.

Mitsubishi's upconverting technology takes 1080p to 4K x 2K, you to cloud nine originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: LG not interested in proprietary smartphone OS, likes Android and Windows Phone ->

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LG has told the press at MWC that it will not be developing its own smartphone platform "at least for the next two to three years." We think companies should focus on what they do well, and given our ambivalence toward the S-Class UI, it's probably a good thing that LG will narrow its operation down to churning out delectable slabs of electronics and leaving the software side to the geeks over at Google and Microsoft. The head of the company's handset unit, Skott Ahn, has indicated that the future of LG smartphones will be shared between Android and Windows Phone 7 (sorry, Symbian lovers). It will have taken plenty of restraint to not respond to local nemesis Samsung -- who has just introduced its first Bada handset -- but LG appears to be of the opinion (which we share) that the smartphone OS sector is already overcrowded, and its expectation is that over the next couple of years the market will distill itself down to just three predominant operating systems.

LG not interested in proprietary smartphone OS, likes Android and Windows Phone 7 originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 04:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Sprint promises its first WiMAX handset by this summer, could be the Supersonic->

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The life of a gadget lover tends to involve a lot of waiting, so it's always nice to be surprised by a roadmap getting shorter rather than longer. Sprint has told Forbes that its very first WiMAX phone will be arriving in the first half of this year, which will be somewhat earlier than many had expected. We're likely talking about that A9292 "bar handset" from HTC that was spotted in January, as Forbes goes on to note that it's likely to be a HTC-built Android device. The aptly-titled Supersonic seems like the obvious, albeit unconfirmed, prime candidate here. Further word from Paget Alves, Sprint's president of Business Markets, indicates that businesses and government agencies might be the first adopters, which must mean whatever handset's being discussed will be at least somewhat business-friendly. Finally, CEO Dan Hesse himself is cited as saying Sprint will be bringing out "dozens of devices" with embedded WiMAX this year, so even if you don't like the first one, there should be plenty of options come the holidays.

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Sprint promises its first WiMAX handset by this summer, could be the Supersonic originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 03:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: FCC seeks faster internet for America, more spectrum for wireless data->

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Leave it to Google to make even the FCC's ambitions look meager. But hey, for the vast majority of Americans who will never have access to an ISP with 1Gbps, we've got nothing but kudos to send to Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. As the story goes, the FCC has unveiled a plan this week that would "require" internet service providers to offer "minimum home connection speeds by 2020," with a delectable 100Mbps figure being throw around. Currently, US internet speeds average just under 4Mbps, and the nation as a whole ranks 19th in the world. Naturally, companies that provide internet are balking at the idea, suggesting that consumers would revolt if they were forced to pick up the tab for all the network improvement efforts that would have to take place. Of course, Cisco Systems now appears to be the FCC's best bud, but we're guessing we don't have to explain the logic behind that one. In related news, the same entity is purportedly mulling a plan to "pay broadcasters to vacate airwaves it could use to alleviate network strain caused by the surging use of smartphones," which ought to make just about everyone happy. Well, most everyone.

FCC seeks faster internet for America, more spectrum for wireless data originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 02:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: OCZ cranks up the performance on Vertex Limited Edition SSD->

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CeBIT gets going next month, but OCZ Technology's not waiting around for the show to begin. Instead, it's pushing out details on its swankest SSD ever ahead of time, which will hopefully make room for some fancy prototypes to take up space in Germany. The Sandforce-based Vertex Limited Edition (LE) is based around an all-new architecture, and the company claims that this drive is its "fastest, multi-level cell (MLC), performance-based drive yet." How fast, you ask? How's about 270MB/sec on the read side and 250MB/sec on the write side, not to mention 15,000 IOPS. Unfortunately, it's still stuck on the SATA 3Gbps interface, but for those indifferent to that lingering 6Gbps alternative, you can be on the lookout for these to ship in 100GB ($399.99) and 200GB ($829.99) flavors for a limited time.

OCZ cranks up the performance on Vertex Limited Edition SSD originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 19 Feb 2010 01:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: Ask Engadget: Best USB / secondary monitor?->

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We know you've got questions, and if you're brave enough to ask the world for answers, here's the outlet to do so. This week's Ask Engadget question is coming to us from Corey, who needs a secondary display to run widgets, IM boxes and squashed YouTube clips while the real work goes down on the main screen. If you're looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com .

"My laptop's screen is feeling cramped these days, but since I mostly use it at a desk, I'm thinking of getting a USB monitor instead of a whole new rig. I know Mimo has a bunch of options, but has anyone used them? Are there any other companies out there making these USB-connected secondary displays? I know it's a new industry, but hopefully someone has a first-hand perspective to share. Thanks!"
No worries Corey -- we'll point you to our own Mimo impressions, and then we'll ask the readers to contribute from there. Any tips on which USB monitor is best? Any horror stories that we should all be aware of? Chime in below!

Ask Engadget: Best USB / secondary monitor? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Feb 2010 23:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget: VTech launches kid-friendly MobiGo handheld gaming system, Flip e-reader->

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You may be 32 36, but that's not to say that the kid in you is long gone. At this week's Toy Fair in New York City, VTech took a welcome step away from the landline handset department and tried its hand with a few swank toys. Up first is the $59.99 MobiGo (shown after the break), a handheld gaming system designed for minds within humans aged 3 to 7. Seen as a little tike's GameBoy, the device supports touch inputs and even features a QWERTY keyboard, both of which can be used to fish, color, draw, play on-screen instruments and generally enrich those malleable brain cells. Potentially more interesting, however, is the Flip; described as the planet's first children's animated e-reader, this $59.99 device has a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, a built-in dictionary and a QWERTY keyboard. Look out, Kindle!

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VTech launches kid-friendly MobiGo handheld gaming system, Flip e-reader originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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