Archive for May, 2012

Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

There were several rumors last week that Apple was planning to sell the Nest thermostat in online and retail stores. The online Apple store went down not too long ago, sparking excitement as to what we might see, and it turns out that the Nest is indeed the culprit. The unit has been notoriously difficult to track down in retail stores in the past, so hopefully the inclusion in Cupertino’s glass sanctuaries will make it somewhat easier.

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1.6% of apps incompatible with Nokia Lumia 610

1.6% of apps incompatible with Nokia Lumia 610

Over the past few days we’ve heard more information about limitations that 256MB of RAM brings to the Windows Phone platform, with various reports coming in of the apps that won’t run on the Nokia Lumia 610. All About Windows Phone has taken a closer look at the numbers with regards to such apps, noting that while Microsoft has said that around 5% of apps are incompatible with 256MB devices, the actual number is closer to 1.6%.

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NASA GRAIL spacecraft wrap up primary mission early

NASA GRAIL spacecraft wrap up primary mission early

NASA has announced that the twin GRAIL spacecraft, which launched last year dubbed Ebb and Flow, have completed their primary mission ahead of schedule. The primary mission for the spacecraft was to study the moon from its crust to the core. With the primary mission now complete, the twin spacecraft are preparing for an extended science operation that will start on August 30 and continue until December 3 of this year.

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Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Project Glass reveals non-speech control as outsider tries headset

Google is gradually spilling more details on Project Glass, with co-founder Sergey Brin revealing a hidden trackpad that can be used to navigate when speech input might be too distracting. Brin brought the wearable device to The Gavin Newsom Show, with the California Lieutenant Governor being one of the first outside of Google to try Project Glass on and later telling Wired that "you can easily forget you have them on" and that despite the bright studio lights the "image was remarkably clear."

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Samsung Galaxy S III hits UK

Samsung Galaxy S III hits UK

Samsung's Galaxy S III has arrived in the UK, with the company's third-gen flagship smartphone already facing stock shortages as demand massively outstrips supply. Released in mainland Europe yesterday - as well as a day early from Samsung's flagship UK store, where the queue (shown here a few hours before sales began) quickly outstripped stock - the much-anticipated 4.8-inch smartphone is hitting all major carriers and retailers in the UK. More details after the cut.

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Drivers of Ford Sync equipped vehicles get State Farm insurance discounts

Drivers of Ford Sync equipped vehicles get State Farm insurance discounts

Ford has announced an interesting development that will appeal to some drivers of the company's vehicles are equipped with the Sync voice control technology. Ford has teamed up with State Farm insurance to offer a significant insurance discount for drivers who use Sync. Sync is the Ford system that allows drivers to make hands-free voice activated phone calls and control vehicle systems without looking away from the road.

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HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE escape US customs

HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE escape US customs

If you’ve been worried about not being able to get your hands on an AT&T HTC One X or an EVO 4G LTE, worry no more. HTC says that the customs ban has been lifted now that the affected handsets have been found to be free of patent infringement. The phones will now make their way past customs and into retail stores, and eventually into customer’s hands once stock levels normalize.

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Sonos iOS and Android apps get SUB support

Sonos iOS and Android apps get SUB support

The Sonos Controller apps for iPad and iPhone, along with the Android app, have been updated to support the company's upcoming wireless subwoofer, the Sonos SUB, ahead of its launch on June 18. Announced earlier this month, the SUB features two speakers and super-simple wireless setup, requiring a single button-press on the 'woofer itself to cause it to pop up as a new device on whatever controller you're using.

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D-Link DIR-857 offers dual band media streaming

D-Link DIR-857 offers dual band media streaming

Are you one of those fellows who likes to pipe HD media around the home using nothing more than wireless technology? D-Link has a router than you may be interested in. The company says that the new Dualband HD Media Router DIR-857 is capable of transfer rates of up to 900Mbit/s by using Wireless N on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, making it perfect for those Mad Men streaming marathons.

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