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Jul/09
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Take Back the Beep: how to disable voicemail instructions on Sprint

While we wait for all the carriers to get on board with nixing their endless, unhelpful voicemail pre-beep messages, we’ve already got instructions from Sprint on how to disable it for your own particular voicemail box on that network.
It’s pretty easy:

Call your voicemail.
At the menu, press 3 for personal options.
Press 2 for greeting.
Press 1 to [...]

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Jul/09
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Engadget Podcast 157 – 07.31.2009

Another quiet week, podcast fans — but we were still excited by a few new toys, like the new Creative Zii EGG, the Kodak Zi8, and the Nikon D300s. We also spent some time with the new Sony Walkman X-series, which got us thinking about Sony’s fortunes in this brave new world and how the [...]

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31
Jul/09
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iPhone OS 3.0.1 update released, fixes SMS vulnerability

Looks like Apple pulled the trigger on patching that nasty iPhone SMS vulnerability a little earlier than we expected — the iPhone OS 3.0.1 update just hit iTunes. It’s not some lightweight, either: you’re looking at 280MB of love here, so get downloading, friends.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Filed under: Cellphones
iPhone OS 3.0.1 update [...]

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Jul/09
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Onkyo ND-S1 iPod dock feaures digital audio, composite video, and leaves iPhone owners out of luck

We’ve seen plenty from the folks at Onkyo in the past, but until now their iPod accessories have been rather few and far between. That said, we gotta say that this here ND-S1 iPod dock looks pretty, pretty good. Obviously designed with the home entertainment crowd in mind, this guy features optical / coax digital [...]

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31
Jul/09
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Engadget Mobile reviews Nokia’s Surge

Some might say that the phone you’re peering at above is the most un-Nokia-like Nokia device produced in quite some time (if not ever), but remember, this one was custom made for US consumers and AT&T’s audience — something that’s not true for too many Espoo-sourced handsets. Once known as the Mako, Nokia’s Surge (or [...]

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Jul/09
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LG’s BL40 "Chocolate" phone sashays its way through new ad

We’ve already gotten a pretty good look at LG’s stylish new BL40 phone (also simply known the new “Chocolate”) courtesy of some official shots, but no phone launch would be complete without an over the top ad, and LG’s naturally got that covered as well. As you can see for yourself after the break, the [...]

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Jul/09
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TASER X3 video hands-on: watch out, baddies

Like most rational human beings, we have a healthy fear of guns. We’ve never shot a man in Reno (just to watch him die), and we’re even unlikely to tase a bro in Atlantic City, just to observe him become temporarily incapacitated. Still, the appeal of a “non-lethal” deterrent is understandable (and certainly preferable to [...]

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Jul/09
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Motorola Sholes Android phone for Verizon appears in the flesh

Hm, maybe Motorola should have stuck with the render a while longer, cause this first shot of the Verizon-bound Sholes Android smartphone is looking mighty rough. Of course, it is just a blurrycam leak, and there’s a chance we’re not seeing this set’s true beauty, but honestly, we’re not sure even the most loving press [...]

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Jul/09
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iPhone Firmware 3.0.1 Is Out, Fixes SMS Vulnerability [IPhone]

This iPhone OS update adresses the hullabaloo about SMS vulnerability. Get it while it’s hot.

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31
Jul/09
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EyeClops $100 Mini Projector Review (Just More Childhood Trauma) [Review]

The Gadget: The EyeClops Mini Projector. It projects SD content up to 60 inches across. Yeah, it’s technically a toy, but historically, EyeClops makes some cool stuff.
The Price: $100, cheap!
The Verdict: At age 27, I may be a successful gadget writer with a decent BS filter. But apparently, I still get suckered by the flashy [...]

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Jul/09
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LG BL40 Offers Clues About How on Earth You’re Supposed to Use a 21:9 Screen [Lg]

When we last checked in with the lanky BL40, it was gussied up and posing for glamor shots. LG has followed up with a video that gets into how you’re actually supposed to use such a strangely-shaped device.
Some of these features and interface ideas will be familiar from the earlier ad, but they’re [...]

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Jul/09
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LG Offers Up ‘Seamless’ SL80 and SL90 LCD TVs [Televisions]

LG’s new SL-series LCD TVs are noteworthy because of their “seamless” design which makes the bezel, LCD panel and speakers all look like a single piece. The 47-inch SL90 is LED-backlit with a 240Hz refresh rate.
Taking up only 1.15-inches in the thickness department, the SL90 also has a 3,000,000:1 contrast ratio and an ambient light [...]

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Jul/09
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Thanko’s USB Mouth Microscope Camera Shows You The Horrible Truth [Thanko]

Haven’t gone to the dentist in awhile? Worried what might be going on in there? Some mysteries are better left unsolved—but if you must know, Thanko’s USB microscope camera can shed some light (and some video) on the subject.
The device features six LEDs, a small CMOS camera that shoots photos in 640×480 resolution or video [...]

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31
Jul/09
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Sweet Merciful Crap, Snuggies for Dogs?! [Bad Ideas]

The Snuggie craze was bad enough when it hit a couple of months ago. But this? This takes it too far. Snuggies for Dogs? Throw it back!
What’s really amazing about these is that they actually improve on regular Snuggies. Snuggies for Dogs have velcro on the back to keep the damned thing on. [...]

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Jul/09
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PS3 Is Now 70 Percent Cheaper To Make, Could Mean Price Cuts [PS3]

During a Sony conference call, corporate CEO Nobuyuki Oneda revealed that the PS3 is roughly 70% cheaper to make than it was at launch. Estimates would put that figure at around $240—down from $800.
If these figures are correct, that would mean Sony could significantly drop the price of the console and remain profitable. Whether they [...]

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Jul/09
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This MacBook Cake Is Definitely a Pro [Cake]

We have seen many a gadget cake in our day, but this MacBook version is definitely up there in terms of craftsmanship. That’s not surprising when you consider that it was made by pros at Bcake NY.
It’s got everything: MacBook with on-screen message window and Super Friends, a Mighty Mouse, an iPhone and various desktop [...]

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Jul/09
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Apple’s eBook Store Probably Won’t Belong to Apple [Rumor]

Although it wasn’t the most enticing of the flurry of rumors floated in the FT’s Apple tablet report, the claim that iTunes might grow an eBook arm certainly raised eyebrows. It turns out, though, Apple might actually outsource this one.
This from BusinessInsider, whose source eagerly pooped on the idea of an Apple-run book store:
The answer [...]

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Jul/09
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Motorola’s Verizon Android Phone Looks Like We Thought [Motorola]

The first leaked photo of Verizon’s Motorola Android phone looks exactly like the renders. The “Sholes” has a keyboard, a weird D-Pad deal and an HTC-like chin. Sup with that? [Phonearena]

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Jul/09
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Samsung YP-R0 outed, not exactly groundbreaking

In the vein of the previous yawnfest, the YP-R1, Samsung’s apparently got this baby — the YP-R0 — on the decks as well. Maybe it’s just the naming scheme that bores us — after all, it’s not a bad-looking slim little device, with a 2.6-inch touchscreen display, and this model will supposedly house 8GB [...]

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31
Jul/09
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Easy Piano title lets DS Lite users tickle the ivory

We know that DSi of yours is all the rage, but you did hang on to that DS / DS Lite, didn’t you? Phew. Starting this November in Europe and other PAL regions, you’ll have a remarkably good excuse to bust that unit back out, as this new peripheral looks to require that all-but-forgotten GBA [...]

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