Comcast has confirmed that it's going to buy Time Warner Cable to form a huge, tangled monster of awfulness. Hooray! You want out? Lucky for you there are some alternatives to doing business with your monopolistic cable-internet master if you try hard enough. Here are your options, and good luck making your escape. Read more...
For more than 40 years, American ground forces have relied on the AC-130 gunship for protection and close air support. However, the venerable AC-130H Specter variant, which has been deployed in every major combat operation since Vietnam, is beginning to show its age.Read more...
Today is the anniversary of brave Felix Baumgartner's space jump. His heart was racing at 185 beats per minute when he jumped from an altitude of 127,852 feet, then started to spin at 60 revolutions per minute and kept spinning for 13 seconds after jumping, reaching a maximum vertical speed of Mach 1.25. An incredible feat.Read more...
Organovo's 3D-printed mini-liver just shattered its own record, carrying out the same cellular functions as a natural human liver for 40 days in the lab. That may not seem like a lot — human liver cells are replaced about every 300 to 500 days — but the company's previous millimeter-sized liver slivers only managed five days.
The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the dwarfish Goodyear blimp.
Amazon today announced a pair of new tablet models for release later this fall in the form of the new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX. The specs are right in line with the previous rumors and look to include much faster processors, higher resolution displays, and improved cameras. What we didn’t see coming, however, is the aggressive price point for the new models.Noteworthy Kindle Fire HDX include 7-inch and 8.9-inch display sizes, 2.2GHz quad-core 800 processor, Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”, dual stereo speakers, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Like its predecessor, this guy will be offered in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE flavors.The 7” Kindle Fire HDX is $229. It is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.
You could call Amazon’s Kindle Fire the anti-Nexus. While the new Kindle Fire HDX may be based on Android, it’s resolutely designed to cater for avid customers of Amazon’s store, tailoring just about every part of the experience to streamline your shopping (whether digital or physical).
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the second half of what Amazon hopes will be a one-two knockout punch to rival tablets, sliming down the last-gen Fire HD 8.9 and boosting speed and screen resolution in the process.
Introducing Kindle Fire HDX-Powerhouse Tablets Built for Work and Play All-new Kindle Fire HDX-stunning new 7" or 8.9" HDX display, quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 3x the processing power, 2x more memory, 11 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audioNew HDX display goes beyond HD-exceptional pixel density, perfect 100% sRGB color accuracy, reduced glare, dynamic image contrast, and improved brightness for the best viewing experience indoors or outLightest large-screen tablet-Kindle Fire HDX 8.
A tablet for readers has always been a tricky proposition. For starters, the manufacturers that have attempted to create such a thing also make dedicated e-readers -- devices with longer battery life and screens designed to make text look as much like print as possible.
We saw this anecdotally in the first year of the Kindle Fire's existence.At that price you don't have to spend a lot of money to seem like a thoughtful, generous person.But, if you were in the market for a tablet for yourself, odds are you'd go with an iPad because it has better applications, and a more robust ecosystem.
mazon.com today announced that the new 7" Kindle Fire HDX is now shipping. Fire HDX combines groundbreaking hardware, the latest version of Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito," and exclusive new features and services like X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. Order now at www.amazon.
Amazon took the unusual route with the original Kindle Fire, branching out from Android by adopting Google’s OS but changing it in fundamental ways until it served the retail giant’s content funnel purposes.
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
Amazon slashes Kindles by 20% for one day only
Been on the fence about whether to get a Kindle or Kindle Fire for yourself or a family member? Did you miss out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday stuff? Well, you’re in luck! For perhaps the last time this year…
Today sees Amazon slapping a 20% discount on their entire Kindle line .
This week the folks at Amazon have released the first big update to their mobile operating system since the new wave of Kindle devices in Fire OS 3.1. This version of the OS is – as always – based in Android, but modified to make itself wholly Amazon-friendly.