So, it’s a wrap. Done, dusted. To celebrate, the whole Engadget crew rolls up for the last podcast from the show floor. It’s fast-firing tech talk with a bunch of giveaways, and best of all you can catch it all again right here.
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When App.net kicked off its Twitter rivalry, the $ 50 yearly subscription fee was based on the assumption that the ad-free social service would maintain 10,000 customers. Founder Dalton Caldwell may have underestimated year-one adoption by just a tad: he now has nearly 20,000 customers on his hands in less than two months, which throws the previous economies of scale out the window. The pain for Caldwell’s business model is a pleasure for fans, however. App.net’s price of entry has dropped to $ 36 per year, with existing memberships’ durations extended to match the new yearly rate. Anyone on the fence also has a chance to try the service for a short stint through a $ 5 monthly plan. While it’s hard to know if the price drop will sustain the early runaway pace, it reflects a determination to play for keeps in the social media game — an important trait when the chief opponent isn’t sitting still.
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So, just how many people want to see Stompy, the two-ton hexapod come to smashtastic life? Enough to fund the project in 11 days via its Kickstarter page. The folks at Artisan’s Asylum dropped us a line to let us know that Sir Stompsalot has hit its $ 65,000 goal as of 7:30 AM this morning, with 18 days left to pledge. That list includes two backers at the $ 5,000 adopt-a-leg level and nine backers for the $ 1,000 drive Stompy mark, so unless you’ve got a giant insect of your own, you might want to avoid driving the streets of Somerville, Massachusetts for a while…
If you rushed out to buy a Galaxy S III (or are waiting to buy one) but got skittish over decking it out with extras, it’s time to relax. MobileFun has volunteered to show a quintet of the Android 4.0 phone’s official accessories on-camera to get a feel for how they work. Samsung’s desktop dock, battery charger and flip cover all get the video treatment, but the highlights are the WiFi Display Hub and C-Pen. The wireless hub sadly isn’t shown with a live Galaxy S III to demo, but gives a feel for just how minuscule it is next to a TV. However, the C-Pen is mostly notable for working only with Samsung’s latest: there’s no way to wield it as an upscale Galaxy Note stylus. All of the accessories are already on sale, although it might be wise for Americans to just watch the videos below until they have real phones in their hands later this month.
Yesterday, Phoronix had encouraging news about the prospect of Steam for Linux: photo evidence of Left 4 Dead running on Ubuntu 11.10 with AMD Catalysts drivers. Today, the site followed up with video footage of that same scenario, posting a hastily shot clip to show that Valve is indeed making progress — slow as it may be — on porting the game engine to Linux. Got 14 seconds? Check out the video demo below the break.
Continue reading Steam for Linux captured on video, one step closer to reality
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Sure, you can take us on our word that the new iPad really is that much sharper than its predecessor — or, you can opt for a more scientific approach, and peek at that Retina display under a microscope. Our own Richard Lai slid his 64GB WiFi iPad under a USB scope, going far beyond the naked eye for a close-up look at those gorgeous high-density subpixels. As you can imagine, it’s impossible to distinguish one dot from the next when you’re looking at a cool three million pixels packed tightly within a 9.7-inch slab, but that view clears up quite nicely under a 230x microscope. Some easy math confirms what you’ll see — those tiny red, green and blue dots are now 50 percent smaller, when compared to the iPad 2. That means text that’s easily legible without a pinch, smooth icons and far sharper pictures. There’s a dramatic improvement for sure, but is that new display alone enough to justify the upgrade for you? A quick click through the gallery below should help clear things up.
Gallery: The new iPad’s LCD under the microscope
Richard Lai contributed to this report.
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Naoki Maru’s Real King Kizer, the boxing robot to end all boxing robots, has been around for a hot minute, but the latest upgrade is bound to make even Wolverine Hugh Jackman take notice. The Real Steel-like setup was created when an Xtion Pro Live sensor (hint: it’s like Kinect) was thrown into the equation. The 3-foot, 2-inch boxer was then allowed to reproduce the motions of Maru’s kid, and unlike prior iterations, this one doesn’t require a physical harness to transmit commands. Enough talk — head on past the break to see the thing in action (but don’t expect any commercialization details).
Continue reading Naoki Maru’s Real King Kizer gets closer to Real Steel with motion sensing (video)
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Microsoft’s next-generation Office suite recently reached the Technical Preview stage, allowing third parties to test Microsoft’s pre-beta code. The software giant released early copies of Office 15 to a number of businesses, partners and OEMs in January ahead of a public beta this summer. Thanks to a source with access to the Technical Preview, we’ve been able to get a closer look at Microsoft’s plans for its next Office suite.
Office 15 applications all run as standard desktop apps across Windows 7 and Windows 8, and some will even come packaged in an ARM edition of Windows 8 later this year. Office 15 takes a different approach to design, minimizing the ribbon by default and using a full screen “backstage” menu (similar to Office…