When the not-exactly-small five-inch PlayStation Vita just isn’t enough handheld for your… hands, it’s time for the DekaVita 7 — literally “huge Vita 7”. Gametech has managed to make the Vita TV portable, by attaching HDMI and AC connectors, buttons and a seven-inch IPS screen to the miniconsole. (Why?) The result is something approaching a slightly smaller Wii U GamePad, although there’s no touchscreen — because there isn’t any compatibility with the Vita TV. (Seriously, why?) It’ll cost 23,000 yen when it launches sometime in Spring 2015, although early preorders will get a 4,000 yen discount. Japan residents can do that here. Just, why?
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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/12/dekavita-why-why-why/?ncid=rss_truncated
Switching from iPhone to Android or another mobile OS means you may encounter issues receiving texts, and the issue is going to land Apple in court. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the company face claims it failed to disclose issues that customers would face if they switched from an iPhone to another device. Plaintiff Adrienne Moore alleges that upon opting for the Galaxy S5 to replace an iPhone 4, the switch blocked the delivery of “countless” messages. Koh said the case would move forward, and Moore should get a chance to prove whether or not the disruption violated California’s unfair competition regulations. If you’ll recall, Apple announced a tool a few days ago to help folks deactivate iMessage when switching to a non-iOS device — ensuring texts from iPhone users still come through.
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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/11/apple-imessage-lawsuit/?ncid=rss_truncated
Since Virgin Media and Sky extended their partnership for another five years, cable subscribers have been able to enjoy additional perks, like being able to use Sky’s sport and movie apps. From today, some Virgin customers will gain an additional benefit from a Sky-owned company: free access to 22,000 WiFi hotspots across the UK. It comes from The Cloud, by way of a separate agreement, which lets mobile customers use Virgin’s WiFi Buddy app to connect to its access points, on top of the 3,000 public Arqiva hotspots located in some of Britain’s biggest airports and hotels.
The app comes pre-installed on Virgin Mobile-branded handsets, but you’ll need an Android device to take advantage of the service as it’s currently not available on iOS or Windows Phone. There’s no word on whether cable customers will be extended the same privileges in the future, but Virgin Media does now provide free WiFi access in more than 150 Tube stations — useful, but only when you’re in London.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/11/virgin-media-free-wifi-the-cloud/?ncid=rss_truncated
It’s official: following months of negotiations, Google now has an airfield to call its own. The company’s Planetary Ventures wing has signed a lease with NASA that lets it manage Moffett Federal Airfield, including three hangars, two runways and even a golf course. The 60-year (!) deal will have the internet giant shell out $6.3 million per year in upkeep, and a total of $1.16 billion in rent. Don’t worry that Google will run roughshod over Moffett’s historical significance. The agreement also has the company pledging $200 million to both restore the hangars and create a previously promised educational building that illustrates the airfield’s role in Silicon Valley’s past. Google hasn’t said exactly what it plans to do with the new turf, but the odds are that it’ll be used for much more than executives’ private jets. Don’t be shocked if you see some internet balloons floating over Mountain View in the years ahead.
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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/10/google-signs-moffett-airfield-lease/?ncid=rss_truncated
Scan-and-pay isn’t a new concept inside Britain’s major supermarkets, but Sainsbury’s is keen to ensure it plays a key role in its shopping future. The grocery chain today announced that it will soon begin trialling a new shopping app that’s designed to cut down the time spent doing the weekly the shop. According to Sainsbury’s, the app will let customers fill their baskets using their phone, guide them to the in-store location of their chosen products, and then let them scan and pay. Everything is handled inside the app, which skips the checkout to reportedly cut down bagging and payment time to “seconds.” Although Sainsbury’s has also teamed up with Zapp to let you pay at the checkout using your mobile from early next year, a spokesperson tells us that the two payment systems will be independent of each other. The supermarket says it will begin trialling the system with its own teams in the coming weeks, before rolling it out to Nectar cardholders sometime in 2015.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/10/sainsburys-mobile-app-scan-pay/?ncid=rss_truncated
The FAA might not know what to do with drones, but UAV technology is moving so fast we’re thinking more when not if the skies will be filled with quadrocopters. To help more people jump into the future, 3D Robotics SVP of Sales and Marketing Colin Guinn joined us at Expand to show off the company’s drone tech that makes the learning curve easier. He brought along the Iris+ drone, which expands upon the original model released last year by adding more autonomous smarts. Not only can it can take off and land by itself, but it can orient around you for a third-person chase cam / drone selfie, or follow a predetermined GPS-guided path to take aerial photography. It packs a GoPro-ready mount, datalink that lets you fly it from your PC, Android/iOS device etc. and is available now for $750. It can fly for a little over 20 minutes on a charge and just needs its propellors screwed on to work out of the box. If you’ve wanted to get into drones but were concerned your first flight could be your last, the Iris+ was made with you in minds. Check out the full demo and discussion after the break to find out just how easy handling one of these can be.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/09/3d-robotics-expand-ny-uav/?ncid=rss_truncated