Archive for October, 2009

TomTom Car Kit for iPhone review

October 30, 2009

Boy, TomTom sure has chosen the worst possible time to release its Car Kit for iPhone, and to make matters worse, its decision to not include the iPhone app is now set in stone. That’s right, the hardware alone will set you back the cost of a TomTom ONE nowadays, and the $99.95 app works on the iPhone 3G and 3GS without it. So here’s the question: is the car kit worth the extra $119.95? To find out, we got hold of a review unit for a sunny road trip around London. Surprisingly, the car kitSource: Engadget RSS Feed


Ubuntu 9.10 Arrives With Cloud Storage, Better 3G Connectivity

October 30, 2009

Has it been a full release cycle for Ubuntu already? It seems like only yesterday that we saw a jackalope jaunting by, but that was back in April. Now it’s time for Karmic Koala, which is the endearing name for the just released, final version of 9.10. I’m still re-running a Windows 7 netbook battery test — without Aero, this time — so I’m not ready to run Ubuntu 9.10 yet. I’ve got a download going for the Live CD, so while I wait for the software and my hardware, I’m perusingSource: jkOnTheRun RSS Feed

Sony Ericsson Aino hits the US, $599.99 unlocked

October 29, 2009

Almost two months after it got FCC’s approval, Sony Ericsson Aino is now available in the US via the SonyStyle online shop.

The Aino is sold unlocked and you have to pay $599.99 to get it. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s currently out of stock, but you can still order it (and receive it as soon as stocks are refilled).

The good news is that the phone has 850/1900 MHz UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, so you’ll be able to use it on AT&T’s 3G network.

The other features ofSource: Unwired View RSS Feed

Live: Storming The Beaches Of Facebook’s Developer Roadmap Event

October 29, 2009

We’re here today at the Facebook Developer Garage being held at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. The point of this rather large meetup for developers and the press is to talk about the future of Facebook’s Platform. As such, they’re calling this event the “Roadmap Edition.” As we noted earlier, big changes are expected to be announced today that will alter the way developers interact with Facebook’s Platform; this is D-Day.

Below find our live notesSource: RSS Feed

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis Finally Unite for Their Expendables Scene

October 27, 2009

Oh, the irony! The three biggest action stars of the ’80s — Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis — finally shot a scene together last weekend, for Stallone’s film The Expendables. And after decades of fans hoping to see this action version of a Jason/Freddy/Michael Myers mashup their big moment was only a dialogue scene. Take what you can get, I guess.

The shoot went down on Saturday, capping off months of speculation about whether Willis and/orSource: SlashFilm RSS Feed

Stanford builds robotic Audi for racing, robotic Volkswagen for parking

October 27, 2009

You can make a robotic car, and you can make a robotic car — and it looks like Stanford is leading the charge on the no compromises approach with its new driverless Audi TTS. That, of course, is only the latest in a long line of robotic cars from the folks at Stanford, and it looks like it’s also by far their most ambitious, as it’s going above and beyond the usual DARPA challenges in the hope of breaking a few records and winning a few races. In fact, the car apparently already holds theSource: Engadget RSS Feed

Acer Aspire One AOD250

October 26, 2009

Acer still remains one of the number one suppliers of netbooks, despite its recent problems of having to recall one of its netbooks.  The Acer Aspire One AOD250 is simply an extension of the Acer family.  Since the Aspire One AOD250 has been released, it is easily considered one of Acer’s best selling netbooks.

The netbook is not nearly as thick as the original Acer Aspire One.  The Aspire One AOD250 has new and improved measurements that take out some of the bulk, giving it aSource: Gadgettastic RSS Feed

Polk Audio unveils HitMaster speaker for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

October 26, 2009

I am a fan of music games like Guitar Hero and especially Rock Band. I have spent many a night making fun of my friends off key singing while playing Rock Band. I even have my share of aftermarket guitar controllers for the game. However, I draw the line at some of the stranger accessories like smoke kits and my own stage monitor speaker like the new HitMaster from Polk Audio.

The HitMaster is a single-point stereo speaker design that has a pair of 2.5″ x 5.5″ horns inside with aSource: SlashGear RSS Feed

IREX 8.1-inch DR 800SG e-reader now listed at Best Buy for $449

October 25, 2009

You know what happens when you realize your $399 price point can’t compete with the International Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook at $259? You jack it up by $50 and hope people view it as an ultra-premium product, that’s what. IREX’s DR 800SG e-book reader, which admittedly comes with a salacious set of specs and features, has just landed on Best Buy’s site as promised. The problem? It’s $449, and not the $399 that we’ve been hearing for a little while now. ‘Course, Best Buy has been known toSource: Engadget RSS Feed

Gears of War ‘Delta Squad’ getting boxed for UK gamers

October 25, 2009

NECA’s Gears of War inspired figures are heading to the UK in a special Delta Squad box set, according to Electronic Theatre. Originally available in various packages across North America, the special UK release of the Delta Squad package will include fan favorite characters (sans the Carmine brothers) Marcus Fenix, Dominic “Dom” Santiago, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole and Damon “The Annoying One” Baird, as well as new weapons and accessories exclusive to the set.
The series alsoSource: Xbox 360 Fanboy RSS Feed