Qualcomm loads Ice Cream Sandwich on Snapdragon S4 tablet, fills our hearts with Liquid

Qualcomm’s souped-up Snapdragon S4 Liquid mobile development platform (MDP) tablet just got a major Android boost, in the form of a 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade. The maxed-out MDP tablet, which boasts such specs as an on-die LTE modem, dual 1080p cameras and more sensors than you can shake an accelerometer-powered wand at, is now running Google’s latest mobile OS. During an Engadget Show visit last month, Qualcomm reps told us that the device will support Android 4.0, but we weren’t expecting a port quite so soon, considering Liquid won’t ship until next spring. The company says it’s working “rigorously” to get ICS optimized not only for the S4, but for other Snapdragon processors as well. Click through the gallery below for an early look.

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Scientists Still Chasing The Force, Getting Closer

After much excitement, the Force has not been found. But don’t be sad, my fellow nerds. Scientists may have not found evidence of the Higgs boson yet, but they have discovered “tantalizing hints” that may indicate its presence. More »

Microsoft Says The Leaked Vista Is Of Limited Value

This article was written on November 15, 2006 by CyberNet.

Windows Vista I’m not sure how many of you downloaded and installed the leaked version of Windows Vista but Microsoft has some news for you. They are making some pretty big claims regarding the version of Vista that is floating around the P2P networks:

The copies available for download are not final code and users should avoid unauthorized copies which could be incomplete or tampered. This unauthorized download relies on the use of pre-RTM [release-to-manufacture] activation keys that will be blocked using Microsoft’s Software Protection Platform. Consequently, these downloads will be of limited value.

First off, who actually believes Microsoft that the “Bill Gates” version of Vista isn’t the real deal? I’m sure there are some versions that are obviously fake but several sites have confirmed the “Bill Gates” version to be the build that was released to manufacturing.

Second, it looks like Microsoft will be blocking all of the pre-release product keys so that no one will be able to activate Vista using the “cracked” method. That’s not that big of a deal because it was only a temporary solution. The “cracked” method activates Vista RTM by having it identify itself as a pre-release version of Vista, and then activating it using your pre-release product key that you received while testing. These product keys expire 5/31/2006 and was only found to be a quick-fix for those people who are anxious to get their hands on the new operating system.

Office 2007, on the other hand, has been leaked and no crack is even needed. Microsoft decided to leave the plain old volume activation system intact so you just enter in the supplied serial number and Office 2007 will be fully activated. Can’t get much easier than that!

News Source: InfoWorld [via Neowin Forums]

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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus hitting Costco on December 15?

That elusive Samsung Galaxy Nexus is still heading to Verizon, believe it or not, and we may actually be nearing the end of our frustrating quest to get our hands on one. While we’re still waiting for an official announcement from Big Red itself, the inaugural Ice Cream Sandwich device has shown up in Costco’s internal pricing guides with a starting date of December 15th — a mere two days away. It’s priced at $290 with a two-year commitment, which is exactly the same as what we’d originally heard a month ago. Keep in mind that since Costco is an authorized retailer for Verizon, its release date may vary from the official website and corporate-owned stores; that said, we’re sure hoping we can waltz into a store somewhere — anywhere — and pick one up this Thursday.

[Thanks, Anonymous]

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FBI inadvertently admits to using Carrier IQ data

Were you thinking that all the hoopla about Carrier IQ was just overblown paranoia? Think again. A Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI led to the FBI inadvertantly admitting that it has, in some way, accessed the keylogging spyware. The request was (cleverly) worded in a way that even a denial of documents […]

Samsung NX200 interchangeable lens camera review

There are some cameras that we absolutely love, some we find downright disappointing and others that get the job done, albeit with mediocre results. Samsung’s digital imaging devices typically fall within that last category — they’re moderately innovative, generally affordable and often well-designed, but when it comes to image quality and performance, we’re left… underwhelmed. So, when we first had a chance to try out the CE giant’s new NX200 at IFA in Berlin, we weren’t expecting a mind-blowing imaging device.

The NX200 is Samsung’s latest entrant into the interchangeable lens (ILC) category — it’s a mirrorless model, to be more precise, and a fairly impressive one at that — at least when you glance at the spec sheet. It’s the company’s latest ILC to use an APS-C size sensor, which is the largest we’ve seen in a mirrorless cam. This sensor type implies that the NX200 may have a chance at competing with Sony’s NEX-C3, which has been our top pick in the category, and its 20.3 megapixel rating suggests that Samsung wants to be taken seriously here, with a true contender on its hands. But has Samsung delivered a winner? Jump past the break for our take.

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Lenovo LePad S2005 leaps into China

The Lenovo LePad S2005 is now making the rounds over in China. Our crack team over at Engadget.cn saw the above announcement on Lenovo’s official Sina Weibo page. If you haven’t got a dictionary to hand, we can tell you that the 5-inch Gingerbread tabletphone has a disappointing 800 x 480 display and runs Android 2.3.5 on its dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm chip. Pre-sale prices are RMB 2,499 ($390) or RMB 2,699 ($425) if you turn up on the day. Sadly you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these, as it’s a Chinese exclusive. If we see anyone begging eBay for a secondhand Dell Streak 5, we’ll guess you just couldn’t bear the thought of buying a Galaxy Note.

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Dell unveils Alienware Aurora gaming rig, will serenade you for $2,200

Dell has just taken the wraps off a brand new addition to the Alienware family, hailing it, rather poetically, as “a serenade to raw gaming power.” It’s called the Alienware Aurora, and it’s staring at you with a Cylon-like grin in the image above. Beneath its menacing veneer lurks Intel’s six-core, 3000 series Core i7 CPU, an X79 Express chipset and quad-channel DDR3 memory, all of which are kept in check by Dell’s liquid cooling and active venting technologies. The gaming rig also supports both multi-display and 3D configurations, with GDDR5 memory-laced graphics cards. In case you’re not satisfied, you can always get under the hood and tinker with it yourself, without even busting out your tool belt. The Alienware Aurora is available now for prices starting at $2,200, so hit up the source link for more details.

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Cisco’s Linksys E4200 v2: The best saved for last

Cisco's new Linksys E4200 v2 from looks exactly the same as the previous version but offers much faster performance and supports 450Mbps on both 5.GHz and 2.4GHz bands.

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Cisco Systems released the original Linksys E4200 in January, which turned out to be a formidable wireless router.

Now as the year is coming to an end, the company announced today the second version of the same router, the Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900, which proved to be one of the best, if not the best, router of the year.

The E4200 v2 comes with Cisco Connect Express mobile app for Android and iOS devices that helps users monitor any wireless router in the E and X series, right from their mobile devices.

Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET)

The new E4200 v2 looks exactly the same the original on the outside, with a sleek-looking design that looks more like an expensive jewelry box than a … [Read more]

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‘Comic Reader’, Another iPad Comic Book Reader

Comic Reader’s schtick is that it looks like a comic book itself

Boom! Thwack! Comic Reader is yet another, well, comic reader for the iPad and, despite the almost catatonic lack of effort in giving it a name, it is very polished for an early release. It also has one neat–and possibly unique–feature: RSS.

Like every other reader, Comic Reader (henceforth known as CR to avoid confusion) allows you to import CBR, CBZ, ZIP and RAR files of your comic books, and catalog and view them on the iPad.

The catalog view is configurable three ways. There are small and large list views, along with a Series view (which groups series together and shows them with lovely large cover thumbnails), and a customizable “Reading List” view, which lets you gather issues together in arbitrary groups. These work fine, and adding comics is as easy as tapping their titles in a list.

Reading is competent. The page turns can be triggered by swiping or by tapping at the very sides of the screen. These side zones can’t be resized (I’d prefer them a touch bigger) and in order to have the right margin take you to the next page, you’ll need to (oddly) check “Swap Side Buttons” in the preferences. And no, I don’t have the page-reversing Manga Mode enabled.

There is a rather nice thumbnail view for navigating between pages, and the page turn animations are way better than those of the category leader Comic Zeal. But you also miss some CZ features, like the auto-tracking which will scroll a page a section at a time when you tap the “next” button.

Finally, there’s the RSS reader, which lets you add any feed you like. There are a few comic books news sites pre-loaded, but you can add in more by typing in the feed address. The reader shows summaries, and you can click through to a web view. This could be used to read web-comics, although it’s not really suited for that.

You should probably take a look at the instructions and videos on the developer’s site to see if you like it, but CR is a competent reader with a good amount of polish. It cost just $4.

Comic Reader product page [iTunes]

Comic Reader for iPad [Obsidian]