Verizon drops Samsung Fascinate, Droid Incredible, Droid R2-D2 to $100

You can call it a Valentine’s sale or a pre-iPhone 4 blow out, but any way you slice it there’s some pretty good deals on Android phones available from Verizon right now. That includes the Samsung Fascinate and Continuum, as well as the HTC Droid Incredible and Motorola Droid R2-D2, which are all now available for just 0 on the usual two-year contract (the Fascinate deal is apparently today-only). Unfortunately, the sale doesn’t include the Droid X, Droid Pro or Droid 2 Global, but Verizon is promising some additional one-day only sales during its “ten days of sweet deals” from now until February 10th, so folks interested in one of those might not be out of luck just yet.

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New York subway schedule turned into a beautiful, musical visualization (video)

HTML5, JavaScript and a tiny pinch of Flash. Those are your ingredients for building one of the neatest, simplest websites we’ve come across in a long time. Conductor, as its maker Alexander Chen dubs it, is a visualization built on New York‘s publicly available subway schedule API. It shows the progress of the Big Apple’s underground carriers throughout the day and garnishes the experience with a delightful musical trick every time two lines cross. You can see it on video after the break or just hit the source link and experience it for yourself.

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New York subway schedule turned into a beautiful, musical visualization (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New York subway train schedule turned into a beautiful, musical visualization (video)

HTML5, JavaScript and a tiny pinch of Flash. Those are your ingredients for building one of the neatest, simplest websites we’ve come across in a long time. Conductor, as its maker Alexander Chen dubs it, is a visualization built on New York‘s publicly available subway schedule API. It shows the progress of the Big Apple’s underground carriers throughout the day and garnishes the experience with a delightful musical trick every time two lines cross. You can see it on video after the break or just hit the source link and experience it for yourself.

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HTC Thunderbolt might be getting simultaneous voice and data on 3G after all

We won’t lie: we’ve been pretty skeptical of the rumors so far that the HTC Thunderbolt would have support for simultaneous voice and data over EV-DO — SVDO, as it’s known — turned on. Perhaps more than any other US carrier, Verizon has a reputation for testing the living daylights out of devices and locking out hardware that doesn’t meet its reliability standards, and so we were a little leery of some supposedly leaked internal communication not long ago letting reps know that although it’ll be enabled, it shouldn’t be discussed because it doesn’t offer an “experience… consistent with [their] brand.” Well, we’ve just been fed a second document that features the same wording, so it looks like this might be real after all — and what’s more, it’s got updated verbiage stating that mobile hotspot capability will be available at launch, contrary to other leaks floating around today. This particular document is dated today, so we’re feeling good that the information is current — and if anything, it should get potential Thunderbolt buyers more excited than ever.

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HTC Thunderbolt might be getting simultaneous voice and data on 3G after all originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pantech’s UML290 LTE modem for Verizon gets official Mac support

Though it was predated by a usable hack, the Pantech UML290 USB modem — one of just two devices launched so far for Verizon’s LTE network — has finally been blessed with an official Mac OS driver. What does this mean? Well, technically, it means that this is the very first time Mac users are getting any LTE love in the US whatsoever — though with that Samsung-sourced mobile hotspot on the horizon, USB modems might be a tough sale at this point. On a bright note, the availability of the driver today means that Verizon beat its own estimate of February; the UML290′s counterpart from LG, the VL600, is still Windows-only, though we imagine that’ll be hitting soon as well.

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Pantech’s UML290 LTE modem for Verizon gets official Mac support originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Droid Bionic appears on Amazon with $150 price tag, quickly disappears again

Something’s seriously going on over at Amazon’s Wireless store where the Droid Bionic, a Verizon sibling to AT&T’s Atrix 4G, has today been spotted listed for sale with a 9.99 price. That matches the levy Amazon asked for the Atrix last week (before promptly yanking the page) and seems to confirm that the 0 price point is receiving some sincere consideration for these 4G-equipped handsets. The Bionic’s page has now also disappeared into the ether, but the memory of its delectable promise remains.

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Droid Bionic appears on Amazon with 0 price tag, quickly disappears again originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Notion Ink delays some Adam shipments to February 14th due to touchscreens damaged in transit

The growing pains of being a small company dealing with big demand have bitten Notion Ink again, as the company has had to dish out a disappointing email to some Adam buyers informing them their delivery has been delayed to February 14th. The culprit in this sad case is a shipment of damaged touchscreens, which company chief Rohan Shravan estimates will affect just over five percent of all orders. Touchscreen supplier Sintek has promised to work through the Chinese New Year to refill that stock, so hopefully the bump back to Valentine’s Day will be the last, seemingly fitting, one for the Adam.

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Notion Ink delays some Adam shipments to February 14th due to touchscreens damaged in transit originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung says Galaxy Tab sales to consumers actually ‘quite small’

When is a tablet sold not actually a tablet sold? When it’s a Galaxy Tab, apparently. As The Wall Street Journal reports, those two million Galaxy Tabs that Samsung reported it had “sold” in the fourth quarter of last year were apparently not actual sales to consumers, but simply sales to distributors (which is a different matter altogether). Even more surprisingly, Samsung’s Lee Young-hee further explained on an earnings call on Friday that so-called “sell-out” sales to customers were actually “quite small,” but she wouldn’t provide a specific number. Somewhat confusingly, however, she also later noted that while “sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected,” Samsung still believes that sales to consumers were “quite OK,” and that it is “quite optimistic” about 2011.

Samsung says Galaxy Tab sales to consumers actually ‘quite small’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Passes Symbian, Becomes World’s Top Smartphone Platform (Mobiledia)

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Motorola reveals XOOM Honeycomb tablet Superbowl commercial (Mobile Burn)

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Editorial: The rise of the notbook, the fall of the netbook


Notbook (n.) — An affordable ultraportable laptop, typically with a 11.6-inch or 12-inch display that is not a netbook. It packs more power than a netbook (i.e. can handle 1080p video and Flash at fullscreen) and provides a more comfortable computing experience than the typical, 10-inch underpowered, shrunken Atom-based laptop. Most do not have optical drives, but do last for over five hours on a charge. Unlike pricey ultraportable laptops, notbooks are more affordable and start at around 0.

About six months ago, the 11.6-inch Dell Inspiron M101z arrived on my doorstep for review. The AMD Neo-powered system looked like a slightly enlarged netbook, but in a briefing with Dell, the product manager reinforced quite a few times that the system was absolutely “not a netbook.” I can’t remember his exact wording, but he made it crystal clear — the 9 Inspiron M101z was so much more powerful than an Intel Atom netbook that it could be one’s primary machine. Obviously, I started calling these sorts of laptops “notbooks,” and over the next few months, more and more of them started popping up. Some of them paired Atom with an NVIDIA Ion GPU (e.g. Eee PC 1215N), while others used AMD’s Neo chip and more recently AMD’s new Fusion Zacate APU. (Intel’s Core ULV-powered systems are frankly too expensive to be considered in this category, though some Pentium / Core 2 Duo systems, like like the Acer Timeline X1810T, could qualify.)

Uh, so what? There’s a new crop of more powerful, affordable, and highly mobile laptops — what’s the big deal? Well, while many think tablets are what will ultimately cut the netbook market down to size, it’s the notbooks that will also seriously hit the Atom-based lilliputian laptops of today where it really hurts. Don’t get me wrong, ARM-powered tablets like the iPad and Motorola Xoom are going to impact netbook sales in a big way, too (heck, they already have!), but mark my words, notbooks or affordable ultraportables will take a noticeable chunk of both the netbook and the mainstream laptop market. There’s finally a class of laptops that provide a terrific balance between primary and mobile computing without breaking the bank. Think I’m crazy? Hit the break to understand what I’m talking about.

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Editorial: The rise of the notbook, the fall of the netbook originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola teases Xoom Super Bowl ad: ’2011 looks a lot like 1984′

Moto hasn’t been shying away from the Apple jabs this year, and it’s got another one in store for the Super Bowl this week with a commercial that’ll poke fun at Cupertino’s 1984 Macintosh ad, perhaps the most famous Super Bowl spot of all time. In it, the company says that “2011 looks a lot like 1984″ with “one authority, one design, one way to work” while showing Planet Earth wearing a pair of shiny white iPod / iPhone buds. Boom, here comes a new planet — a red, gaseous one with an “M” logo on it — that pimps a bunch of wild features we’ll be seeing in the Xoom like a dual-core processor, upgradeable 4G, and Honeycomb out of the box. In closing, Moto says “it’s time to live a free life.” We would’ve liked to have seen Motorola follow a format closer to that 1984 commercial, but it’s a pretty well-played jab nonetheless — and it’s conceivable that this is just a teaser for the actual ad that’ll air next weekend. Follow the break to check it out.

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Motorola teases Xoom Super Bowl ad: ’2011 looks a lot like 1984′ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel briefly shows off Medfield-based smartphone

Intel promised way back in 2009 that we’d be seeing Medfield-based smartphones in 2011, and it looks like those have now gotten one step closer to reality. While there’s unfortunately few details to be had, that’s apparently a Medfield-based smartphone of some sort in the hand of Intel’s Anand Chandrasekher above, who apparently showed off the phone (possibly a prototype) ever so briefly at the company’s sales and marketing conference last week. Could it be a sign of things to come at MWC next month? Maybe, maybe not, but we’ll be there to find out.

Intel briefly shows off Medfield-based smartphone originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 11:39:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, shipments stopped and recalls beginning

Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, shipments stopped and recalls beginning

A problem requiring a “silicon fix” is bad news in the chipset business, and sadly that’s what Intel is announcing. Its new Intel 6 Series chipset, Cougar Point, has been found to have a flaw, something to do with the SATA controller. Intel is indicating that the ports can “degrade over time,” leading to poor i/o performance down the road. All shipments have been stopped and a fix has been implemented for new deliveries, but it sounds like recalls will be starting soon for those with this ticking time bomb silicon within. It isn’t a critical problem right now, though, so if you own a Sandy Bridge Core i5 or Core i7 system keep computing with confidence while looking for a recall notice, but it is bad news for Intel’s bottom line: the company is advising a 0 million hit to revenue.

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Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw, shipments stopped and recalls beginning originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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