This one is coming from Tokyo, as Docomo and Disney have announced two Android handsets, presumably aimed at Disney lovers. First, we have the Docomo F-08D, which will be packing a 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor, and a microSD card slot. The F-08D will be available in shiny pink and shiny white.
Moving on, the Docomo P-05D will feature a 4.3-inch display as well, but with a lower resolution of 540 x 690. It’s worth noting that, while the resolution is less that that of the F-08D, this display is qHD. Under the hood is a 1 GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor, and will be available in pure white and pure white.
Both devices will feature a Disney-inspired UI, complete with icons and additional apps. We should also mention that both are waterproof. The F-08D is set for a February release, while the P-05D will see a March launch. Both devices will only be available in Japan, and it’s unlikely that either will see a European or U.S. launch.
So, do we have any readers in Japan that are looking forward to these devices launching? Are you planning on getting one when it drops? Let us know in the comments!
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With a site redesign freshly under its belt, the FCC’s setting its recently honed eye for modernization on other, more pertinent areas of its jurisdiction — like Lifeline. The universal program, a means of guaranteeing affordable phone service to low-income families, hadn’t exactly kept pace with changes in the telecom industry, overlooking consumers’ preference for wireless and the growing need for pervasive broadband access. That’s all set to change with new measures adopted by the Commission today designed to curb carrier abuse of the antiquated system and automate the enrollment process by eliminating unnecessary duplicate accounts and subsidies. A pilot program to offer and potentially bundle discounted, high-speed internet to eligible participants is also underway, with potential ISP partners currently being solicited for inclusion. All told, the moves could wind up saving the federal agency over billion in misdirected funds over a three-year span, leaving more money on the table to help your average Joe and Jane America step firmly into the 21st century.
FCC revamps Lifeline phone service, cuts the fat from carriers’ bottomlines originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Megaupload’s digital doors may have been closed due to the presence of pirated materials, but there’s still the matter of all that legal content residing on its servers. Naturally, folks want their files back, but now that the government’s gotten what it needs, the hosting companies no longer need to keep the data around because Megaupload’s no longer paying them to do so. Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, however, have decided to preserve the data for another two weeks while a deal is brokered with the DOJ for its release. In the meantime, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed up with Carpathia to create a website that puts folks in touch with EFF attorneys so users can try to retrieve their data. No word as to what legal wrangling the EFF can do to make it happen, but those affected can get the wheels of justice started at the source below.
Megaupload users’ data to be kept another two weeks, EFF to help folks retrieve it originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It’s earnings season, which adds a businessy angle to this week’s Engadget HD podcast but that’s not dimming our spirits when we’ve got new Harmony remotes from Logitech on the (distant) horizon. Verizon, Netflix and Apple also have numbers to talk about, but if spreadsheets aren’t your thing we’ve also got our impressions of the Boxee Box Live TV dongle and advice ahead of Super Bowl XLVI this weekend.
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Engadget HD Podcast 284 – 01.31.2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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BOOM! Last week’s leaked 2012 BlackBerry Roadmap slide deck brought with it a ton of goodies for the new year, but one thing that was missing was a fresh look at a BlackBerry 10
Smartphone Superphone. Consider it found though, with the slide above featuring an image and some details on the much-rumored about BlackBerry "London".
The story here isn’t cut and dry though. Back in November a first photo of a BlackBerry London dummy unit hit the internet, but that BBX phone — it wasn’t re-labeled BlackBerry 10 yet — featured a hardware design that was quite different than the phone in the image above. The first photo of London featured angular edges and a design language more akin to the uber-expensive Porsche Design P’9981 Smartphone by BlackBerry.
By contrast, the BlackBerry London in the image above looks much more like a phonified BlackBerry PlayBook, featuring the rounded corners and all-black look of RIM’s first tablet. And while we heard the first photo of London was legit as RIM hardware concept, we’ve been hearing for an even longer time now that the first QNX-based hardware was more like a downsized PlayBook. The plot thickens.
All confusion aside though, our excitement is building for the next-generation of BlackBerry phones that are due out later this year.Word has it that London is actually slated for the UK (go figure), while two other models — "Laguna" and "Lisbon" are in development for the US market targeting AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. We wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Laguna and Lisbon actually launched prior to London. With BlackBerry still the #1 Smartphone in the UK, it’s in America that RIM needs to first make a big splash with BlackBerry 10.
Talking hardware for a moment, we’re hearing that both the TI OMAP5 and Qualcomm chipsets are being tested (1.5GHz dual core processors). If we look ahead by looking at BlackBerry history, it could be that Qualcomm is for the CDMA carriers. All we know is that with the BlackBerry PlayBook rocking and rolling the PlayBook OS at 1Ghz, that with 1.5Ghz as a baseline BlackBerry 10 phones will not be lacking in the performance department.
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That salacious onyx number up there? Per CrackBerry, it’s a rendering of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry codenamed London. Found lurking in a leaked Waterloo slidedeck, the svelte render now sports a more curvaceous and onyx exterior — a departure from the angular metallic P’9981-esque dummy-unit first spied back in November. Those tweaks validate another rumor, which foretold the redo, as-well as the killing of its Milan and Colt siblings. Looks like RIM might be putting all of its eggs into this redesigned London-basket, which per this leaked roadmap could be yours come Q3. All or nothing, Thorsten Heins? We like your gusto — bring on the black unicorn.
BlackBerry London resurfaces in leak, sports matte black exterior, nonexistent OS originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It was never intended as such, but The Rolling Stones’ song Under My Thumb could easily pass as the anthem of overbearing parents across the globe. Now, T-Mobile is tossing its paranoid constituents a bone with an updated version of its FamilyWhere lineup. First onto the platform is FamilyWhere Check In, a free app that lets kids manually send their location to family members, which is delivered as a web link within a text message. The carrier’s more robust application, known as FamilyWhere Locate, is a /mo subscription service that automatically provides location tracking for up to ten devices. Here, doting parents (and untrusting spouses) can keep tabs on their family via a web browser or the FamilyWhere app, and may choose to have regular location updates delivered via SMS or email. Now all you have to do is slap DriveSmart onto your kids’ phones, and they’re certain to resent you forever.
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T-Mobile updates FamilyWhere location tracking service for worrisome parents originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We know it’s cliche to say something sounds like science fiction, but this is seriously one of the more far out there concepts we’ve ever heard. Researchers from UT Arlington and Northwestern University are working with surgeons from the Brooke Army Medical Center on a project called Biomask. The idea is to skip surgery and have patients wear a mask, layered with sensors, actuators and medicine delivery tools for several months while their face slowly regenerates. The outside of the medical miracle would be a hard shell to protect the electronics and the injured person’s healing face. Underneath, a second layer would monitor tissue growth, watch for infections and feed data back to doctors. An on board system would be able to dynamically alter the treatment, sending antibiotics or stem cells where they’re needed. The team actually hope to turn this facial reconstruction mask into a reality by 2017, a goal that we’ll diplomatically call optimistic. Full PR is after the break.
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Biomask project could regrow burn victims’ faces originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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