Nest home monitoring device pops up at the FCC with ZigBee, greater ambitions

Blog sponsored by Engadget.com 23.9.2012 Comments Off on Nest home monitoring device pops up at the FCC with ZigBee, greater ambitions

Thermostat makers aren’t exactly known for their rapid update cycles, so we’ve been wondering just when a company as unusual as Nest would try its encore. If a new FCC filing is any indication, Tony Fadell and company aren’t resting on their temperature-controlled laurels. While we don’t know if it’s a thermostat as such, the…

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Mobile Miscellany: week of September 17th, 2012

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If you didn’t get enough in mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This past week, Sprint hit more than one milestone that it just had to share and Nokia teased the latest app that’s exclusive to Lumia owners. We then discovered a very rare…

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Motorola feels Droid Bionic owners' pain, promises to fix things

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With a star-crossed history that includes a lengthy delay, mysterious sounds and other issues, Motorola’s Droid Bionic has had a bit of a checkered past. Motorola, however, is apparently aware of Droid Bionic owners’ woes and is working on a plan to make things right. At least that’s what Punit Soni, VP of Product at…

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DirecTV HR34 DVR 'Genie' recommendations and autorecording get previewed ahead of fall launch

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DirecTV paired its HD interface with the five tuner, RVU ready HR34 Home Media Center DVR back in March, so what will it do next to take advantage of the multiroom boxes with five tuners and massive hard drives? The answer is Genie, a new feature / rebranding that should be very familiar to TiVo…

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Alt-week 9.22.12: Quantum Scotch tape, moving walls and scientific beer

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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days. Sometimes, here at alt.engadget.com, we’re literally on the bleeding edge of technology. We get to explore concepts and ideas that are almost nebular in nature. Not this week though, where there’s a distinct utilitarian aroma in the…

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HTC's Windows Phone 8 press event now available to watch online (video)

Blog sponsored by Engadget.com 22.9.2012 Comments Off on HTC's Windows Phone 8 press event now available to watch online (video)

Love you some Windows Phone? Big fan of HTC? Well, then, we imagine this has been a good week for you! If you missed our coverage from New York as it happened, first of all, shame on you. But, we’ll forgive you, and as a special treat even point you to a video of the…

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Twitter CEO reveals plans for interactive tweets, content curation, reinforces belief in syndication

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Twitter has ruffled a few feathers recently, so when CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at the Online News Association conference in San Francisco, he took the opportunity to put some minds at rest. First he dismissed the idea that the service would become a media company by forcing users to the site or official…

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AmEx, Starbucks announce plans for Passbook integration: both live by end of the month

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When it launched with iOS 6 this Wednesday, Apple’s Passbook mobile-ticketing feature boasted a handful of high-profile partners — including Fandango, Live Nation, Lufthansa and Ticketmaster — but that list still leaves plenty of room for fleshing out. According to Venture Beat, AmEx is launching integration with Passbook later today. The credit card company’s Passbook…

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Alibaba spins out Aliyun team with $200 million investment, pep talk

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You can imagine that the team building Alibaba’s Aliyun mobile OS must have hurt feelings following Google’s accusations that Aliyun is just a corruption of Android. Alibaba chief Jack Ma is keen to restore some of that wounded pride, at least on the surface. The CEO has used a since-confirmed staff memo to spin out…

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Nikkei: Amazon to launch Kindle in Japan 'early October'

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If it feels like we’ve heard about Amazon’s intention to punch through the Japanese wall with Kindle before, it’s because we have. However, if a new report on Reuters via The Nikkei is to be believed, it could finally be getting closer. It’s said that the internet retailer had planned to launch its e-reader line…

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