Xbox veteran Ed Fries joins Razer in an advisory role, probably to work on something awesome

What do you do after spending nearly three decades tinkering with software — from the humble Atari, through Microsoft Office, and into the modernity of Xbox gaming? Well, in Ed Fries’ case, we’re guessing you go to CES, find the wildest, most awesome gaming concept around, and sign up with its maker to help guide its development. Again, we’re guessing that’s what Ed’s done, we can’t know for sure what he’ll be doing as a member of Razer’s Board of Advisors, but there’s no denying the proximity of the Switchblade‘s announcement and his joining the gaming peripheral company. Even if the kindly gent’s focus isn’t on Razer’s portable gaming device, we imagine he’ll be a good influence on other products going forward. After all, when has it ever been a bad idea to have more veterans on your team?

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Notion Ink Adam hits the FCC, torn apart in haste

Although Rohan told us that his Adam tablet had cleared FCC testing a few weeks ago, it’s not until today, just now actually, that we’ve seen the filing go public. For our troubles the FCC has done us the solid of a full-blown teardown. And honestly, it’s not pretty. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised to see so many hand-soldered connections and individual strands of wire encompassing the NVIDIA Tegra T20-H-A0 application processor and embedded Ericsson F3307 HSPA broadband module — it is, after all, the tiny startup’s first mass-market device. But we’ve borne witness to many a splayings including the tidy tablet teardowns of the iPad and Galaxy Tab. As such, the Adam comes across as a bedraggled mess of suspect build quality — great for modders, less great (potentially) for the average I-just-want-it-to-work consumer. Naturally, NI doesn’t have the design or manufacturing muscle of Apple or Samsung and with the tablet having only just now shipped it’ll be months before we have a good idea about the device’s integrity. So kick back for now with a few of the more egregious components (like the swiveling camera) after the break with the rest piled up in the gallery below.

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Egypt enters communication blackout with disruption to internet, SMS, and BlackBerry messaging

We don’t know what exactly is going on over in Egypt, but the country’s government seems to have decided that keeping in touch with the outside world is no longer desirable and has almost completely shut down internet, SMS, and BlackBerry communications. It’s not surprising, therefore, that reports are emerging in rather piecemeal form at the moment, though Renesys has hard data showing that almost all routes for exchanging internet traffic with the country have been shut down, with only Noor Group excepted from the block — a move the internet analytics company theorizes might have been motivated by a desire to keep the Egyptian Stock Exchange online. The reasons for this blackout remain open to speculation and interpretation — most of which, we remind you, has better destinations than your favorite tech blog — but its content is clearly an extreme step for any government to take. Check out the links below for further details.

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Egypt enters communication blackout with disruption to internet, SMS, and BlackBerry messaging originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 04:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New adapter from Mitsubishi brings Samsung’s old 3D-capable TVs up to spec

Although 3D as a feature didn’t become commonplace on HDTVs until 2010, Mitsubishi and Samsung have both been shipping a number of 3D-ready models for several years. However, they rely on a different input format than the one used by 3D Blu-ray movies, 3DTV broadcasts and most 3D videogames so an adapter is required to make it work, which Mitsubishi released for its own DLP TVs last year. While enthusiasts on AVSForum quickly developed workarounds to get them working with some of Samsung’s DLPs as well, those won’t be necessary now that Mitsubishi is releasing the 3DC-100S, which will work with Samsung’s TVs (only projection sets, not plasmas) right out of the box. right now it’s available as a part of a $449 MSRP starter pack bundle but word is it should be available on its own shortly, in case you want to check out some ESPN 3D action without shelling out for a brand new TV set, press release is after the break.

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Monster iMotion adds gesture control to your iPod, cigarette lighter

We haven’t always gotten along with Monster or enjoyed the MSRP of its products, but this latest one shows a bit of promise — and a bit of price gouging too. It’s the Monster iMotion, a car adapter for your iPod or iPhone that not only will charge it via the cigarette lighter but lets you get your motion control on, too. A wave of the mitten can be used to change tracks and the universally familiar “talk to the hand” gesture can pause. It doesn’t look quite as comprehensive as EyeSight‘s tech, but it does have the advantage of being available now — for $120. Hey, check out that gold-plated connector!

Monster iMotion adds gesture control to your iPod, cigarette lighter originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 28 Jan 2011 03:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Motorola will enable Atrix 4G’s 1080p video recording in post-launch software update

The software on Motorola’s upcoming Atrix 4G has already been subject to some stern (and premature) scrutiny, but here’s some rather more concrete information about it, courtesy of the company’s own spec page for the device. As it turns out, Moto intends to launch the Atrix with some of its hardware capabilities clipped — specifically its Tegra 2-derived power to encode 1080p content — but will deliver them to users in an update (hopefully soon) thereafter. LG’s Optimus 2X, which is built around the same dual-core chip from NVIDIA, has been spending its time before launch showing off exactly what those 1080p encoding skills can deliver — both with video recording and through its HDMI connection — so it’ll be a downer for Moto fans to learn that their hallowed new superphone won’t be able to match up at launch. Then again, when we think about how often phone makers fail to tap the full potential of their hardware, maybe we should just be happy that 1080p abilities are coming to the Atrix at all, eh?

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Sony says NGP will be ‘affordable,’ won’t cost $599, WiFi-only version also coming

We had quite the interview with Sony’s Jack Tretton, but we certainly didn’t corner the market on hot new NGP details — Eurogamer and Game Informer quizzed the company’s Andrew House and Shuhei Yoshida, respectively, and came out with some important tidbits about the quad-core gaming handheld, particularly regarding pricing. Though Tretton seemed to suggest we’ll see a price somewhere northward of the Nintendo 3DS’s $250, Yoshida was quoted as saying “It’s not going to be $599,” laughing off the idea that the system would cost as much as the PlayStation 3’s infamous appraisal at launch, and House said that Sony “will shoot for an affordable price that’s appropriate for the handheld gaming space.”

While none were willing to cough up a real ballpark estimate, the SCEE president revealed one way that the cost might come down: pushing out a lesser model, a strategy we’ve seen before. House said that while all devices come with WiFi, “a separate SKU will have 3G,” making us wonder which of the handheld’s other groundbreaking features might carry a premium. After all, OLED screens don’t come cheap. Find the rest of Eurogamer‘s excellent interview (including a bit about how Sony will prioritize downloadable content over physical media) at our source link.

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Samsung’s new dual-sided QWERTY remote for Smart TVs revealed by the FCC

We didn’t spot this one at CES where the phone-like RMC30D and standard remotes were the only options, but it looks like Samsung has an alternative Bluetooth remote planned for its Smart TVs (but not any Google TV products judging by that Yahoo! button on the remote side) that features standard buttons on one side and a full QWERTY keyboard on the other, much like the Boxee Box’s remote. Judging by the ruler in the remarkably unflattering FCC photos, this one appears to be a bit larger and it’s not immediately clear what that display on the QWERTY side is for. Obviously, if there’s any chance users will be logging into their various Twitter or Comcast/Time Warner accounts on the TV they’ll need something better than T9 to do it, but we’ll have to wait to get our hands on this one to know if it’s an improvement. Check the gallery for a few more pictures, we’d expect some kind of announcement on the RMC-QTD1 before Samsung’s 2011 line of TVs hit stores.

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Microsoft: tablets affected Q4 earnings, netbooks past their peak

We had a strong (okay, really strong) hunch that the iPad was a contributing factor in Microsoft’s waning Windows revenue in Q2, but there’s nothing like a little confirmation from Redmond. During the earnings call, Microsoft CFO Peter Klein was asked if tablets were cannibalizing PCs, to which he responded:

I think that as Bill [Koefoed] talked a little bit in his comments about netbooks and how netbooks were, they hit their peak last year in Q2, and I think what we’ve seen is over the course of this year in the consumer space, some of that volume being replaced with newer devices like ultra-portables and tablets. And largely, these are second devices, not primary devices. And that’s caused a little bit of a drag on the consumer side.

That seems like an admission that people aren’t buying Windows 7 tablets, but either way, it’s now crystal clear that Microsoft suffered during the back-to-school and holiday season because consumers who may have previously picked up a Windows 7 Starter netbook went for a glossy new iPad (or maybe a Galaxy Tab in the later part of the quarter) or a more powerful ULV ultraportable. Obviously, the shift to tablets is to be expected, but the latter bit about ultraportables is quite telling as well — it seems to further confirm that people are seeking more power than Intel’s Atom, although we don’t really see how increased ultraportable sales would be a “drag on the consumer side” of Microsoft’s business considering ultraportables run Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional.

Sadly, Klein made no mention of Microsoft’s future tablet plans, but stated that netbooks were past their prime. We’re pretty sure that “next version of Windows” or whatever tablet OS Microsoft is planning couldn’t come soon enough for everyone. Or hey, could we suggest reviving the Courier?

Microsoft: tablets affected Q4 earnings, netbooks past their peak originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MSI’s Windows 7-based WindPad 100W now on sale for $710

MSI’s first entry into the wild, wonderful, and oftentimes wishy-washy world of tablets is now on sale, but frankly, we aren’t too sure we’d be jumping to hand over our $710 — er, $709.95 — for the WindPad 100W. The retailer is Simply Electronics, which just so happens to rank a few rungs below Amazon in terms of heardability-ness. At any rate, those willing to take a flying leap of faith should expect a 10.1-inch device loaded up with Windows 7 Starter, Intel’s Atom Z530 1.6GHz single-core processor, 2GB of memory a 32GB SSD and a battery that’ll keep things humming for around six hours. Here’s hoping it’ll perform better than that first wave of Win7 tablets, and you know, that you actually receive one.

MSI’s Windows 7-based WindPad 100W now on sale for $710 originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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