Bad News Archive

  • Nokia N8 to be final Symbian N Series device, all MeeGo from here on out

    Nokia N8 to be final Symbian N Series device, all MeeGo from here on out

    Whoa. Nokia's premier range of devices, the N Series, will bid adieu to the Symbian operating environment and go MeeGo full time after the introduction of the N8. That's what we've just heard directly from the Finnish horse's mouth. Nokia will naturally keep Symbian around -- of course there's a whole Symbian^4 to come -- but will utilize it on more mass market devices as it seeks to push smartphones further down the product hierarchy. So it's not necessarily bad news, as such, it means we'll likely see Symbian trickle down to handsets priced more like featurephones and less like miniaturized laptops. What it does mean, however, is that Nokia is pushing forward with its modernization plans, and doing so more aggressively than previously thought. Which we consider to be a pretty awesome (and necessary) thing.

    Nokia N8 to be final Symbian N Series device, all MeeGo from here on out originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Innpu’s ‘wired phone’ has retractable headphones, intractable sense of self-worth

    Innpu’s ‘wired phone’ has retractable headphones, intractable sense of self-worth

    This is news to us, but apparently there have been "few noteworthy advancements" in smartphone hardware since the iPhone and BlackBerry came out. Out to fix this stale, plateaued industry is Innpu, with its revolutionarily new "wired phone" (it's bad news when even the manufacturer puts the product name in quotation marks, right?). Setting the new high watermark in cellphone engineering, it comes with built-in headphones and mic, which retract automatically when you complete your call. And hey, we've seen earphones like that selling by themselves for $2, maybe $4 a pop -- luxurious stuff. Lest you think Innpu unambitious, the company's also promising to bring this life-saving functionality to the iPad and netbooks, while noting that its sophisticated technology "can hardly be copied." Probably because no one will ever care to try.

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    Innpu's 'wired phone' has retractable headphones, intractable sense of self-worth originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 05:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • HTC EVO suffering from glass separation issues?

    HTC EVO suffering from glass separation issues?

    HTC Evo suffering from faulty glue issues?
    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/HTC_Evo_suffering_from_glass_separation_issues_Engadget'; Potential bad news for EVO owners: we're seeing plenty of reports from folks having issues with the lower portions of their screens. Conspiracy theories say that the adhesive holding the glass is failing, causing the screen to peel up a bit and embark on a very slow journey to capacitive independence. This separation is causing excessive light leakage from below, a problem that we noted in our review but apparently gets continually worse as users spend more time massaging their screens -- even those not being as hard on theirs as this guy was. No official response from HTC yet and we're not sure just what a fix could be, but we have seen people do some wonderful things with duct tape.

    [Thanks, Brandon; image courtesy of Ryan/Selfdestruct]

    HTC EVO suffering from glass separation issues? originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Protect your iDevice from theft. Sorta

    Protect your iDevice from theft. Sorta

    So you're at the coffee shop, and you've walked over to the counter to order another half-frap-double shot raspberry no fat mocha, and left your iPad (or iPod) plugged into your laptop. Suddenly, that skeevy looking fellow who was sitting two tables away makes a grab for your iPad, and runs for the door! You don't see him because you were looking away, but you still know your kit has been boosted! How do you know? Well, you had the PadLock installed.

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  • iPhone 4’s screen may be tough, but don’t think that it’s shatter proof

    iPhone 4’s screen may be tough, but don’t think that it’s shatter proof

    I'm sure we all know at least 2 or 3 people that have accidentally dropped their iPhone and watched in horror as the screen shattered into so many tiny pieces. It may have even happened to you. So, I'm sure you were pleased when Apple showed off how tough the new screen on the upcoming iPhone 4 was. I mean, they bent it like 30 degrees, fer cryin' out loud! That's like a million more degrees than the previous screen could bend, right? But what they didn't show you was how it handled being dropped from waist height onto the ground. Three times. It took iFix your i to do that, and I've got some bad news: it didn't survive.

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  • Sprint’s HTC Hero rooted, promptly patched over-the-air

    Sprint’s HTC Hero rooted, promptly patched over-the-air

    Great news: the original Android 2.1 firmware for Sprint's HTC Hero was recently rooted. Bad news: Sprint and HTC were entirely too quick about fixing it, pushing out an over-the-air update this weekend that patches up the so-called "security vulnerability" without a new root yet in sight. Owners of rooted devices are naturally being advised not to pull the trigger on the new build at this time; too bad HTC couldn't have shown this kind of hustle with the 2.1 upgrade in the first place, isn't it?

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    Sprint's HTC Hero rooted, promptly patched over-the-air originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • EVO 4G Root released

    EVO 4G Root released

    We'd already seen proof that the oh-so-lovely hacking community had already managed to root (read: gain full, unrestricted administrative privileges for) the unreleased Sprint EVO 4G -- but outside of a very select bunch, the process was kept on lock down. Fear not! Now you, too, can get all up on some handset hacking debauchery. Well, you can if you have an EVO -- which for the vast majority of would-be owners, won't happen until tomorrow's launch.

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  • HTC Evo 4G to get an HDMI dock

    HTC Evo 4G to get an HDMI dock

    We’ll start with the bad news: according to some early stage testing done by PCMag, the HDMI output on the HTC Evo might kinda-sorta suck. While they haven’t quite pinned down the source of their woes, various TVs are all showing various issues. On the upside: it looks like the HTC Evo is getting a fancy-pants [...]

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  • AT&T to provide free unlock codes for everyone! …except iPhone users

    AT&T to provide free unlock codes for everyone! …except iPhone users

    It seems that all it takes is a class-action lawsuit to get some companies to start treating their customers right. As a settlement of said lawsuit, today it was announced that AT&T will provide customers with a free unlock code for their device after only 90 days of service. Now, now, don't get too excited yet: it's not quite as clear-cut as it may seem.

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  • Lame: The iPad is banned at Yankee Stadium

    Lame: The iPad is banned at Yankee Stadium

    Bad news, Yankees fans. Apparently the winningest team in the history of sport doesn't want you sitting inside the stadium with an iPad on your lap. That's right: the iPad is banned at Yankee Stadium! So says a poster on one of the IGN messageboards. The Bronx is burning.

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  • Sega delays Sonic 4 till later this year (but there will now be an iPhone version!)

    Sega delays Sonic 4 till later this year (but there will now be an iPhone version!)

    It would appear that Sonic 4 has been delayed until the “latter half of 2010.” That’s the bad news. The good news? One, there’s a new trailer. Two, it’ll also come out for the iPhone and iPod touch (in addition to the platforms we already knew about). Hear that, Nintendo? The full title of the game [...]

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  • Flash 10.1 for Android beta unveiled: Hulu a no-show, Froyo now a minimum requirement

    Flash 10.1 for Android beta unveiled: Hulu a no-show, Froyo now a minimum requirement

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    What was once just one echelon above a myth is now finally coming to fruition. Adobe is pushing out a beta of its Flash 10.1 player alongside Google's own beta for Android 2.2 "Froyo." The general release for Flash is still on track for June, according to Anup Murarka of the Mobile and Devices team. The announcement doesn't come without caveats, however, and the bad news is that Froyo is now a minimum requirement -- according to Murarka, the APIs needed for its software only now exist in 2.2. Also not on the docket? Hulu -- it's being blocked due to content licensing issues, and our inquiries with that company turned up nil. Flash 10.1 will be available as a Marketplace download, but Adobe intends to work with as many OEMs as possible to preload it on devices so it's there at purchase. Speaking of OEMs, Murarka teased that we should expect announcements later this month and the next regarding Flash integration in TVs. Be sure to head on after the break as we talk a little more in-depth with Murarka about 10.1.

    As for all there is to see, hear, and do with Froyo, Google's big keynote is going on now -- stay tuned, and in the meantime, why not check out our hands-on impressions of Android 2.2! Oh, and did we mention Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch is gonna be on this week's Engadget Show?

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    Flash 10.1 for Android beta unveiled: Hulu a no-show, Froyo now a minimum requirement originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Sony sales numbers reveal surging PS3, waning PSP

    Sony sales numbers reveal surging PS3, waning PSP

    Sony just released the numbers from the last fiscal year (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010). The good news (for Sony and its shareholders, at least) is that PS3 sales were up quite a bit from the previous year, going from 10.1 million sold to 13 million this year. The bad news is that PSP sales have hit a bump in the road, going from 14.1 million in to 9.9 million. Translating those numbers into English, that means that the PS3 is doing a heck of a lot better than it ever was, and that the PSP, well, isn't.

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  • German site lets you pre-order unreleased HP Mini 210

    German site lets you pre-order unreleased HP Mini 210

    Oops! Looks like someone spilled the news about HP's new Mini 210 netbook. The new netbook (if the site is to be believed) will be running the new Intel N455 chipset, the successor to the N450. The N455 runs at 1.55GHz, and is expected to support the newer DDR3 RAM.

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  • Malware targeting iPad users

    Malware targeting iPad users

    Uh oh, sounds like the tablet that Steve brought down from the mountain might be susceptible to attack. A recent campaign by malware spammers has been targeting users of the much hyped iPad, inviting users to download an updated and improved version of iTunes. The update promises to provide more compatibility and better performance, and is completely fake.

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