Colorware douses iPhone 4 in double rainbow, might just solve your reception issues

Given just how much that white iPhone 4 bumper is about to cost you on eBay, it seems as if a Colorware’d alternative has never been a better bargain. The master of gadget coloration is back once more, this time promising to dress Apple’s latest problem child up with just about any combination of hues that you choose. Consumers can splash paint on the frame, back, button, SIM card tray and earbuds, with the minimum price set at 0 for a sent-in device. There’s no guarantee that a coat of Colorware will serve to remedy those awfully annoying reception issues, but at least you can pocket a beautiful reminder of just how happy a pair of colorful bands can make the average vacationer. And that, friends, is priceless.

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FaceTime video call works beautifully on airplane’s in-flight WiFi (video)

Yeah, seriously. While Aircell’s Gogo in-flight WiFi service has been blocking VoIP calling services (Skype being the most obvious example) from day one, it’s apparently not throwing the same brick wall in the face of Apple’s new standard. Our good pals over at TUAW managed to record a (relatively) solid two minute FaceTime conversation with an iPhone 4 owner, and only after you realize that said owner is a few thousand feet above the Earth’s surface does this all become a lot more interesting. We know for a fact that certain iPhone 4 owners have had difficulty with FaceTime conversations when using highly firewalled access points (like those found in hotels and corporate offices), but it seems as if seat 16A is cleared for transmission. For now, anyway. Head on past the break to peek the FaceTime ad that Apple forgot to make.

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XpanD heads to Paris, comes back with Jean Paul Gaultier… in 3D!

The crossroads of fashion and gadgetry is fraught with danger, bad taste, and ill-conceived promotional campaigns. Taking its place among both the Calvin Klein crapgadget and the subtle elegance (and overall silliness) of Sony’s Vaio P campaign, XpanD decided that the best way to sell consumers on its 3D technology was by following folks like Jean Paul Gaultier and Dita Von Teese around with a 3D camera. So they headed to Paris to film the outrageous clothing and personalities during something called Paris Haute Couture Week. “At XpanD, fashion is a religion-we aim to not only make 3D content look fabulous, but to make the people wearing our glasses look fabulous as well,” says Maria Costeira, XpanD CEO. Sounds great! Because, really, if American consumers are going to be sold on 3D it will be on the runway (and not, say, on the basketball court). Learn all about the XpanD Universal 3D glasses (designed to work with any 3D-enabled device!) in the PR after the break.

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iPhone 4 carrier unlock teased, not released just yet (update: video)

While we wait for a full, no-strings-attached jailbreak for the iPhone 4, let’s turn our attention to the other important matter of unlocking, shall we? iPhone Dev Team member planetbeing is teasing the world with a picture of an unlocked AT&T iPhone 4 being used way up north on Canada’s Bell — and while we don’t have a timeline for a release just yet, this should be particularly exciting news for Canadians who don’t have much interest in waiting any longer for their version of the phone to officially arrive. We’ll update you just as soon as it’s available.

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Update: Numerous readers have written in to remind us that the above image isn’t proof of an unlock, since an AT&T iPhone can roam on Bell. True — but considering how this is coming straight from an iPhone Dev Team member, we’re going to stay optimistic.

Update 2: Planetbeing has uploaded a video of the carrier unlock (embedded after the break), but he confesses that the existing build “sucks.” A cleaned up version should be ready for mass consumption shortly, though. [Thanks, all!]

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Drumssette DIY drum machine was once a four track, perfect for your Big Audio Dynamite cover band

This is probably the most charming instrument that we’ve seen in a long time. It looks great, it’s analog, and it’s useful despite certain limitations (and, as any musician will tell you, sometimes you need limitations to get the creative juices flowing). Designed and built by Mike Walters (aka Mystery Circuits), the Drumssette is a drum machine derived from an old Tascam four track cassette recorder. It features sampled Roland TR-808 drum hits, a sixteen step sequencer, analog echo and digital delay, clock output for controlling the rhythmic phrasing of an external instrument (allowing it to act like an arpeggiator, except that it controls the phrasing of the note, but not the pitch) and more. It’s pretty wild! This guy goes into extreme geeky detail as to the inner workings of this device, which you can see at the Source link if you’re so inclined. If not, make sure you check out select videos of the thing in action after the break.

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Toshiba’s Canvio for Mac external HDD family makes OS X backup a cinch

Not taking another chance on that Time Capsule, even after it’s repaired? Can’t say we blame you, and neither will Toshiba. Following up on the debut of the Canvio hard drive line in March, Tosh has just outed a Canvio for Mac family that’s aimed at making OS X backups a lesson in simplicity. Available now in 500GB, 750GB and 1TB sizes, the new trio ships with pre-loaded Mac-customized backup software, and they’ll be doused in either Radiant Silver or Infinite White. Internally, there’s a shock sensor for keeping things safe from minor bumps and bruises, and as you’d expect, USB 2.0 provides all of the power and connectivity you need. Check ’em right now for .99, 9.99 and 9.99 in order of mention.

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Velocity Micro shows off $199 Cruz Reader

We haven’t heard much about Velocity Micro’s Android-based Cruz Reader since it sort of came out of nowhere back in April, but it’s now finally nearing a release (sometime in August), and the company is starting to show it off a bit more. As expected, the Cruz Reader is just one of a series of tablets from the company and, despite the “reader” moniker, is actually more of a full-fledged Android tablet, complete with support for apps, games, web browsing, and other tablet-like activities. Velocity Micro is playing up the reader angle though, and has announced a partnership with Borders and Kobo to deliver ebooks to the device. Somewhat confusingly, however, it will be joined later in August by the 9 Cruz Tablet, which opts for a 16:9 capacitive display, adds 4GB of internal storage and an 8GB SD card, and Flash support, which the Reader apparently doesn’t have (we’re not quite sure what that means OS-wise). Rounding out the initial group is the kid-friendly Cruz StoryPad, which boasts a spill-resistant case and will run 9. Head on past the break for a look at the Cruz Reader on video, and the complete press release.

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Sprint’s Hesse: there’s ‘logic’ to a T-Mobile merger — if they both move to LTE

Sprint’s riffed about the possibility of migrating to LTE in the past — as has its 4G partner, Clearwire — so it’s no big surprise to hear CEO Dan Hesse tell the Financial Times today that he’s still open to the idea down the road, possibly side-by-side with the company’s existing WiMAX deployment thanks to its deep spectrum holdings. What’s far more interesting, though, is his concession that there’s “logic” to exploring a merger with T-Mobile USA in the event that they both move to LTE for their next-gen networks. For its part, T-Mobile hasn’t announced its 4G plans yet, but it’s an open secret than Deutsche Telekom has explored the idea of selling off its US outpost in the past. Combined, it seems that Sprint and T-Mobile — neither of whom have the firepower to compete with giants AT&T or Verizon on every level — would create a strong third-place carrier capable of nipping at their heels. FT says that the idea of a Sprint deal was rejected back in 2008 on grounds that the two have incompatible networks, so who knows… if that restriction were removed, there might yet be love in the air.

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Tec Hideoto portable cassette player time-travels from 1994, gets USB audio for its trouble

Of all the USB tape players we’ve seen in our day, this is certainly one of them! Available from a Japanese company called Tec, Hideoto is a Walkman-esque portable cassette player that features USB and stereo headphone outputs, powered by either the aforementioned Universal Serial Bus or two AA batteries. It also comes with Cassette Mate software for Windows, which presumably makes saving your audio to MP3, WAV, or WMA a figurative snap. Available next month in Japan for roughly , at which point we expect to see these pop up at our favorite import e-tailers here in the states. Get a closer look after the break.

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South Korea enlists armed sentry robots to patrol DMZ

South Korea has been working on deploying armed sentry robots along the border with North Korea since at least as far back as 2006, and it looks like it’s still keeping at it. While complete details are a bit light, they country apparently put a pair of new sentry robots in place in the Demilitarized Zone last month, which pack both a machine gun and a grenade launcher to ward off intruders. Those would of course be controlled by humans, but the robots apparently use heat and motion sensors to do all the monitoring on their own, and simply alert a command center if they spots a trespasser. Of course, they are still just in the testing phase, and the military says it’s waiting to see how things work out before it begins a more widespread deployment.

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Universal USB controlled ‘Power USB’ strip turns on when your PC says it can

Needlessly annoyed by how much energy is being wasted in your home thanks to vampire draw? Regrettably, it looks as if you’ll have to just tough it out for the remainder of summer (or winter, depending on hemisphere), as the device you’re peering at above won’t be on sale until August. The USB controlled “Power USB” power strip is a rather unique device, housing a grand total of four universal power sockets (hello, travelers!) and a single USB port; as you may expect, the USB port links the strip to your computer, giving it the power to turn a given socket on or off. Two of the plugs are actually on at all times (a good thing — trust us), while the other two can be turned on automatically when triggered by a software program or a print job, for example. There’s no mention of a price just yet, but even more alarming is the omission of a 12 socket version for the hardcore users among us.

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mSpot brings movie rentals to the iPad, works just fine over 3G

mSpot brings movie rentals to the iPad, works just fine over 3G

If you find yourself a little unimpressed with Netflix‘s Instant selection and you’re needing to rent something a bit newer right now, the new iPad-optimized version of the mSpot movie streaming app should fit all up in your niche. For between .99 and .99 you can rent and watch a movie streaming right to your little slab of delight over either 3G or WiFi, though we’re told those who do it via 802.11 can expect higher quality. You can also rent movies on your home computer, pause them there, and then resume playback on your iPad right where you left off. Handy when it’s time to run to the train and you just can’t wait to see whether George Clooney’s Up in the Air character manages to find room for true companionship in his backpack.

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Boeing Phantom Eye unmanned spy plane stays aloft four days, sort of bums us out

Sometimes, in the seat of our despair (which almost always corresponds with a viewing of The Real Housewives of New Jersey), we reflect on the sorry state of the world and note that the one thing we don’t have to doubt is that history is marching us towards a mechanized slaughter that will make World War I look like Burning Man (the rave, not the actual burning people). Sure, it never occurred to anyone to maybe figure out how to cap an undersea oil well, but at least we are making headway in our development of autonomous, long range aircraft (you know, for shooting people and eavesdropping and whatnot). Our latest example of a world gone mad comes courtesy of Boeing, and it’s called Phantom Eye. The unmanned aircraft system looks something like a bowling pin with wings and can spend up to four days at 65,000 feet. Also featured on the craft is a hydrogen propulsion system that promises great fuel economy, and whose only byproduct is water. At the unveiling ceremony in St. Louis, Boeing Phantom Works president Darryl Davis noted that the “capabilities inherent” in its design “will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers.” Awesome! Look for the device later this summer, when it begins a series of ground and taxi tests in preparation for its first flight early next year.

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Nexus One now a step closer to FM radio support, thanks to modified kernel

As you may or may not be already aware, the Nexus One and HTC Desire have the same Broadcom chip. Seems trivial at cursory glance until you realize the Desire has a FM radio app, which should ergo be just as feasible on the Google-branded device. Cut to xda-developers’ intersectRaven, who’s released a custom N1 kernel that theoretically brings life to the FM receptor. It’s available to download, but as for when you’ll get a chance to really use this yourself, that’s entirely up to the custom ROM developers updating their respective wares. For his part, Paul O’Brien said today he’s already got it working on an upcoming Froyo Sense build for the device — hang tight, folks, it’s coming.

[Thanks, John]

Nexus One now a step closer to FM radio support, thanks to modified kernel originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Jul 2010 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nemoptic’s Active Matrix Binem displays look perfect for your low-power Game Boy (video)

Nemoptic's Active Matrix Binem display is perfect for your low-power Game Boy (video)

While the grocery stores in our hood are apparently a little too low-tech for the stuff, Nemoptic has made quite a name for itself in produce circles with its tiny, cheap e-paper price tags, able to reflect the continually rising costs of Cap’n Crunch. Now the company is branching out with rather more high-tech but still tiny displays called Binem Active Matrix E-paper, which show a variety of interesting tricks in a series of videos from June that Technology Review is just now bringing to light. The two-inch, 170dpi screens can manage a 30ms refresh rate — just fast enough to handle video — and can do partial refreshing, changing only portions of the display. Perhaps most interestingly the screens can be backlit, meaning they use a rather different construction than traditional E-Ink, but exactly how they work has yet to be disclosed. Check out the thrilling demonstration after the break and see if you can solve the mystery.

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