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  • iYogi Insights Research Reveals that 33% Parents Willing to Buy Their Kids an iPad

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new research report published by iYogi Insights takes a closer look at how American parents view the iPad for their children. This is at a time when Apple...

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  • Digi-Key’s Android App Listed as a Top App

    Digi-Key’s Android App Listed as a Top App

    THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for...

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  • Some iPhone 4 models dropping calls when held left-handed, including ours (Update: Apple responds)

    Some iPhone 4 models dropping calls when held left-handed, including ours (Update: Apple responds)

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_4_bezel_antenna_actually_makes_it_DROP_calls'; What's more annoying than spending hours lining up for a shiny new gadget? Learning that your precious phone can't actually connect to the network. Well, depending on how you hold it -- word has it that the iPhone 4's bottom-left corner isn't playing nice with your skin. If you recall from the keynote, that's where the Bluetooth / WiFi / GPS antenna meets its GSM / UMTS counterpart. So we decided to test on two brand new iPhone 4 handsets purchased today in the UK.

    One iPhone 4 demonstrated the issue everytime it was held in our left hand (as a right-handed person is apt to do) so that our palm was essentially bridging the two antennas. You can see that in the video after the break. Bridging the two with a finger tip, however, didn't cause any issues with the reported reception. If we had to guess, we'd say that our conductive skin was acting to detune the antenna -- in fact, we've already managed to slowly kill two calls that way so it's not just an issue with the software erroneously reporting an incorrect signal strength. That said, we had no issues when Apple's $29 rubber bumper accessory (given to us free for standing in line) was attached, creating a buffer between our palm and the antennas. Our second UK-purchased iPhone 4 was fine, showing none of these handling symptoms. See the video evidence after the break including Insanely Great Mac's version which got us to worrying in the first place.

    P.S. Don't forget to take our poll and let us know if you're seeing both the yellow spots / stripes and reception issues. Unfortunately, we're suffering from both flaws which is not a good sign for quality control on this first batch of Apple handsets.

    P.P.S. Since some of you are asking, our review unit showed none of these issues.

    Update: Apple responds to the issue, and boy, it's a doozy.

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    Some iPhone 4 models dropping calls when held left-handed, including ours (Update: Apple responds) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:53:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Apple’s failure is your gain: User iPhone 4 reviews flood the Internet

    Apple’s failure is your gain: User iPhone 4 reviews flood the Internet

    What’s the difference between a tech pundit and some dude who likes the iPhone? Not much, actually. That’s why I’m glad to see that, thanks to Apple’s inability to release units on the right day this week – it appears FedEx didn’t hold the shipments and basically bombed them out like they would for everyone [...]

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  • Thanko sells digital camera/binoculars hybrid

    Thanko sells digital camera/binoculars hybrid

    Tokyo's most famous gadget maker, Thanko, has another hit product in its portfolio, the UDGZDC8M [JP]. For reasons unknown, the infamous company decided it's time to give the world a combination of binoculars and an 8MP digital camera. And people living outside Japan can get it, too.

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  • The Sony NEX-5 is available right now in the UK

    The Sony NEX-5 is available right now in the UK

    Don't look now, but a UK retailer has the the brand-spanking-new Sony NEX-5 cameras in stock. We can't say that about a single US-based seller right now so this seems like the best bet if you must be the first kid on the block with Sony's latest camera. Of course this previledge comes at a premium as the camera is selling for £589 ($867), which is a tad more than the US's MSRP of $650. Worth it? Hells yeah it is! You're reading a gadget blog, what side do you expect us to endorse?

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  • Starbucks moving to free, no-registration-needed WiFi on July 1st

    Starbucks moving to free, no-registration-needed WiFi on July 1st

    This isn’t so much mobile news as it is news that mobile users should probably know about. That coffee company, Starbucks.. maybe you’ve heard of them? If not, open the blinds at whatever location you’re currently sitting at, and look across the street (or, at most, down to the corner). Surprise! It’s a Starbucks! Well, [...]

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  • The Icon iPhone charger is real

    The Icon iPhone charger is real

    Our good buddy Wayne in Singapore just picked up the Icon iPhone charger at a PC fair and reports that it’s real, it works, and it’s pretty cool. He writes: Hey, oddly enough, I just bought this gadget at the Singapore PC show yesterday — and have been testing it out before even seeing this post.

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  • Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!)

    Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!)

    Let's be honest, we've seen more Droid X / Xtreme / Shadow spy shots than we can keep track of at this point, but for the latest batch, Mr. Blurrycam must've forgot his trademark blur filter and delivered us the cleanest images yet -- for shame, we know. Here's what the current owners of the super-secret phone, Gadget University, are claiming: 4.3-inch screen (it seems to jump between 4.3 and 4.1, depending on whom you ask), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, HDMI out, HD video recording, Android 2.1 with a "new version of Motoblur" (Ninjablur, you say?), and hardware navigation buttons. The Verizon logo is again unmistakably clear, and according to the site's "inside information," the Droid X (as the Model number says) is coming next month, with training beginning at the end of this month.

    [Thanks, Sean]

    Update: And here it is alongside some of its contemporaries. Thanks, Jeremey!

    Motorola Droid X stars in its clearest off-the-cuff preview yet (update: comparison shots!) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 15:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Droid Xtreme (or X, or Shadow, or whatever it’s called) caught on camera yet again.

    Droid Xtreme (or X, or Shadow, or whatever it’s called) caught on camera yet again.

    Man - is Motorola just giving out new, unannounced handsets to everyone they see carrying a camera? Between the Droid Xtreme, and the Droid 2, the number of leaks is starting to get silly. With that said, keep'em coming! Today's latest batch of leaked goods comes in the form of gloriously sharp shots of the Droid 2's keyboard-less brother, the Droid Xtreme.

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  • Sony Ericsson ‘Shakira’ is a lower-cost X10 alternative?

    Sony Ericsson ‘Shakira’ is a lower-cost X10 alternative?

    Call it the Legend to HTC's Desire, if you will, but we're hearing that Sony Ericsson may have another Android device in the works that would slot in beneath the high-end Xperia X10. The phone -- allegedly codenamed "Shakira" -- is said to have a 3-inch display, but otherwise, we don't have any details; the tipster says that it could be running either Android 1.6 or 2.1, and with Sony Ericsson's custom skin in full effect, it's impossible to tell from this shot. Of course, the SE community has a legendary reputation for creating unbelievably convincing mockups, so we can't rule this real until the day it's announced; then again, it stands to reason that they'd want to make something cheaper than an X10 and less of a novelty gadget than the X10 mini. Stay tuned, folks.

    [Thanks, Dion]

    Sony Ericsson 'Shakira' is a lower-cost X10 alternative? originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 10:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO

    AT&T apologizes to the guy they threatened to C&D for e-mailing their CEO

    If you spend any more than a few minutes a day on the Internet, you've probably already heard the story of Giorgio G.: Upset with AT&T about his iPhone eligibility dates, he e-mails the company's CEO. A few days later, he e-mails again for a different (albeit related) matter. Within a few days, AT&T responds... with a threat to send him a formal cease & desist letter unless he stops e-mailing the CEO. 'Twas the voicemail heard around the blogosphere. Within a few hours, just about every gadget-oriented blog and news network had mentioned it, none of them too happy. Undoubtedly looking to save a bit of face in the situation, AT&T has publicly apologized to Giorgio.

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  • Nokia’s €15 bike charger will abide

    Nokia’s €15 bike charger will abide

    We've been seeing dynamo-powered gadget bicycle chargers for, well, ever. But it's good to see a company with the global reach of Nokia getting into the action with a €15ish kit all its own. Nokia says that a 10 minute bike ride at 6mph (10kph) will produce enough power for 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby. The kit, primarily intended for developing markets, ships globally before the end of the year with a handlebar mount, dynamo, and 2-mm charger jack. But there's nothing stopping you from picking up a micro USB adapter (at your own cost) and using the charger with Nokia's smarter (and more power hungry) handsets like the N97, N900 and forthcoming N8**. Coupled with Nokia's free turn-by-turn guided Ovi Maps, the kit could be quit handy when navigating the countryside on a long weekend bike ride, or for navigating within cities, like, oh we don't know, Amsterdam.

    ** Nokia N8 can be charged over 2mm or micro USB connectors, fancy.

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    Nokia's €15 bike charger will abide originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Jun 2010 08:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Daily Crunch: Gadget Hooligans Edition

    Daily Crunch: Gadget Hooligans Edition

    DeLorme announces Earthmate PN-60w, a satellite messaging GPS unit Buy a Nook, get a $50 B&N gift card Motorola officially announces its weirdo square phone, the Flipout Woah, the Asus Eee Tablet e-reader looks kind of awesome in action A DIY pen holder for your Moleskin (or other overpriced) notebook Sony releases Piiq headphones for skaters, kids who want to [...]

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  • New iPhone 4G videos appear and show off all the sexy parts

    New iPhone 4G videos appear and show off all the sexy parts

    Mmmm gadget p0rn. What a nice way to return from an extended holiday weekend. There’s one more after the jump. [via zdnet]

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