Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ask Engadget: best (cheap!) video recording goggles?

Ask Engadget best cheap! video recording goggles

We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from James, who wants to experiment with life-logging on the cheap. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I like the idea of being able to record stuff with your glasses, but not spending $1,500 on Google Glass to do it. Can you and the folks suggest a pair of glasses or goggles that will do the same job for a tiny fraction of the price?”

In our limited experience, Pivothead’s Durango is available for $349, but beyond that, the field’s a bit limited. ZionEyez Zeyez still doesn’t have an ETA for its products and SunnyCam’s ultra-low cost recording goggles won’t make it to the US until later this year. Let’s turn this question over to our audience, who, we’re sure will have some better and cheaper suggestions.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of June 24th, 2013

Mobile Miscellany week of June 24th, 2013

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, the Galaxy S 4 was spotted in purple garb, a new Windows Phone was outed for AT&T and US Cellular officially welcomed a budget handset from ZTE into its ranks. These stories and more await after the break. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore all that’s happening in the mobile world for this week of June 24th, 2013.

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PSA: Sprint's iDEN push-to-talk network rides into the sunset June 30th

The end of an era arrives Sunday, when Sprint will officially shut the door on its Nextel iDEN push-to-talk service. Subscribers who’ve held onto the legacy PTT standard with white knuckle grips (and extra fees) will have to switch to its Direct Connect offering for continued chirping capabilities — or migrate to the likes of Ma Bell’s haus. The freed up 800MHz spectrum won’t remain idle; if you’ll recall, it’ll be re-allocated to give a major boost to Sprint’s 4G CDMA voice/LTE data rollout for 2014. Hurry up and make that switch if you haven’t already and relive some Sprint Nextel memories with us after the break.

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Alt-week 6.29.13: DARPA's robot finalists, the IRIS solar mission and empathetic computers

Altweek 62913 Darpa's robot finalists, IRIS solar mission launch and computers that feel your pain

Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.

Sure, DARPA is slightly sinister, but it’s so into robots that we’re willing to let that slide. In fact, last year it launched the DARPA Robotics Challenge, and it just announced the top six nine seven teams to advance. But if just the idea of figuring out robotics frustrates you, NC State’s face tracking program literally gets that, and NASA just launched the IRIS solar probe from the belly of a transport jet. It’s Alt-week, baby.

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PSA: Google Play Music All Access $8 promotion ends soon

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Listen, we’re all for waiting until the last possible minute, but that time is now. If you happen to be looking for a deal on Google’s fancy new music service, the clock is ticking. Once June 30th rolls around, Google Play Music All Access’s $7.99 price tag will bump up to the standard $9.99 a month. That’s a full $2 a month more for access to those millions of unlimited songs. You can sign up at the source link below — that same page can also hook you up with a free 30-day trial, if not paying money is your thing.

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Topographic maps illustrate where Twitter's bird flies highest

Topographic maps illustrate where Twitter's bird flies highest

Not every Twitter user geotags their musings, but there are enough who do to generate some very insightful data. On its blog today, Twitter shared images from Data Visualization Scientist Nicolas Belmonte, who created topographic maps visualizing the density of geotagged tweets. The result is striking, as tweets clearly correlate with roads, geographic features and even lines of public transit. In addition to the blog’s stills, you can futz around with interactive maps of New York, San Francisco and… Istanbul. When you realize the implications of all those tweets from the Bay Bridge, it’s frightening enough to consider taking BART across the Bay instead.

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Twitter website adds language translation, promptly proves its worth

Twitter website adds Bing language translation, promptly reveals something interesting

The threads of the universe are known to intertwine in mysterious ways, and recently they’ve been tangling themselves around two largely unrelated things: Twitter and Windows Phone. It’s hard for us mere mortals to make sense of it, but here’s what we know:

1) Twitter.com now supports language translation, courtesy of Microsoft’s Bing. You just have to look for the “View Translation” link directly under eligible tweets. Good news for mono-linguists, but it would have been a bigger surprise had we not already spotted the Bing Translator making an early debut in the official Twitter app for Windows Phone. (That’s the first tangle, right there.)

2) We stumbled upon this translation feature while trying decipher the specific tweet shown above, which subsequently yielded an interesting tidbit for Nokia Lumia WP8 owners.

Honestly, the mind boggles.

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Source: Nokia Spain (Twitter)

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Cox flareWatch beta brings IPTV with 60 HD channels, cloud DVR for $35 monthly

Cox flareWatch TV beta brings IPTV with 60 HD channels, cloud DVR for $35 monthly

While everyone tries to figure out what the future of TV looks like, Cox Cable has crossed over to offering internet TV service to customers in Orange County. flareWatch beta testers can buy a Fanhattan Fan TV set-top box for $99 (up to three per household) and sign up for a TV package that features 90 live TV channels (60 in HD) and includes the usual favorites like ESPN / ESPN2, AMC, CNN, Nickelodeon and TNT, with video on-demand coming soon. DVR recordings take place in the cloud, with 30 hours of storage available for each subscriber.

There is one notable limitation however, as with cable company provided TiVo DVRs, streaming services like Hulu and Netflix are not available. Cox already cloud based storage under the MyFlare brand name, and a report on Variety mentions the company plans to expand it with music and game services. Other providers have hinted at offering IPTV options and Comcast launched an IPTV test at MIT, but this is the first one publicly available from a major company. If you live in the area, demonstrations are available at several locations, check out the site at the link below and …read more

Verizon starts selling 32GB Samsung Galaxy S 4 online for $299

DNP Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 32GB

Verizon customers — now’s your chance to grab Samsung’s latest flagship device with more internal storage. The carrier has started selling the 32GB Galaxy S 4 online, giving buyers another choice besides the 16GB version sold on its website for $199. Shipments aren’t promised until July 3rd, but you can buy the 32GB Galaxy S 4 right now for $299 — assuming you’re interested in paying $100 more for storage on a phone that already features expandable memory. If you’d rather shell out more money for an unlocked bootloader, though, Verizon also sells the Developer Edition at the lofty price of $650 each.

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Bell cleared to buy Astral Media, creates a Canadian TV powerhouse

Bell cleared to buy Astral Media, creates a Canadian TV powerhouse

Bell tried to shake up the Canadian media landscape last year by acquiring Astral Media, but it ran into a CRTC-sized roadblock — regulators didn’t want 25 TV stations moving to one provider. After some big concessions, however, Bell has received approval to buy Astral for $3.2 billion. The revised deal gives Bell control of 12 channels that include The Movie Network, HBO Canada’s owner. Bell is offloading some important TV content to move forward, though. Corus gets several recognizable channels that include the Cartoon Network and Teletoon, while big stations like Disney XD and MusiquePlus are on the auction block. Not that Bell will complain too loudly when the buyout closes on July 5th, mind you. The merger still gives it 35.8 percent of the English Canadian TV market and 22.6 percent of its French Canadian equivalent, or enough to immediately eclipse rivals like Rogers and Quebecor.

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