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  • Asus PadFone, tablet Station get imported stateside courtesy of Negri Electronics, yours for $860

    Having to fiddle with a separate Android tablet and smartphone and a laptop just won’t cut it? You might be eager to get your mitts the ASUS PadFone if that’s your sentiment, but folks in the US won’t exactly find these at their local Best Buy. Still, despite having no official carrier support or definitive launch plans within the states, you’ll now be able to snag the smartphone bundled with its tablet dock if you’re willing to hit the gray market. As discovered by Phone Arena, our friends at Negri Electronics are now stocking the international edition of the über-hybrid; $860 gets you one to call your own, but tactile-typists should note that it doesn’t include the keyboard dock. To refresh your memory, the fone itself is runs Ice Cream Sandwich atop a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, and features a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 16GB of expandable storage, HSPA+ connectivity and a 1,520mAh battery. Additionally, the 10-inch PadFone Station (tablet dock) scores you more screen real estate (naturally) and a nine-fold increase in battery life. Feel free to refresh your knowledge of the device (and its accessories) with our previous hands-on posts, then check out the source link below if you decide to pick one up with your hard-earned dough.

    Asus PadFone, tablet Station get imported stateside courtesy of Negri Electronics, yours for $860 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Tonino Lamborghini launches ‘luxury’ phones for low-spec loving Russians with deep pockets

    Lamborghini launches 'Luxury' phones for lowspec loving Russians with deep pockets

    Much like Porsche Design before it, this isn’t strictly the auto-maker (in this case it’s the son of the famous sports car mogul) releasing a phone. However, these are devices (three phones and a tablet) which bear the family name. Russian site Hi-Tech Mail got a good look at two feature phones (which look remarkably familiar,) the TL688 and TL820, sporting 2- and 2.4-inch displays, along with 3- and 5-megapixel cameras and 4GB and 1GB (expandable) storage respectively. Their main selling point evidently being the hand made gold plate and leather finish. There is a TL700 smartphone, too, which runs on not-so-sporty Android Gingerbread, with an unspecified Qualcomm processor, 3.7-inch 800 x 480 display and 5-megapixel shooter. This one ups the flash-factor some, boasting diamond processed metal and “elements” of crocodile skin.

    The tablet is known as the Lamborghini L2800 and has a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 resolution screen, 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB onboard storage (expandable). How much does all this sense-defying technology cost? Well, the feature phones start at 60,000 rubles, (about $1,829) or you can snap up the Android for 30,000 more (about $2,743) and treat yourself to the L2800 tablet for a reasonable 75,000 rubles (about $2,286). Of course, you’ll have to drive to Russia to get your hands on them, sometime in late August, but we’re guessing if you’re in the market for one of these, that’ll barely dent the plastic anyway.

    Tonino Lamborghini launches ‘luxury’ phones for low-spec loving Russians with deep pockets originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 10 Jun 2012 13:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Attack of the drones: US Navy picks Linux for its unmanned VTOL aircraft control system

    Attack of the drones: US Navy picks Linux for its unmanned VTOL aircraft control system

    Disagreement between passionate Windows and Mac OS diehards have caused many a kerfuffle on the Interwebs. When it comes to the tactical control system of the US Navy’s autonomous vertical take-off-and-landing craft, however, the military branch is putting its money on a different operating system. The Navy just awarded a contract worth nearly $28 million to Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems to transition its VTOL drones to using its own flavor of good, old Linux. Eventually, the Navy plans to have 168 Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Navy Fire Scout drones rocking the OS as part of its fleet. The Register reports that the move was likely made for security reasons following a malware attack on the Air Force’s Windows-based drone system last year. Add Samsung’s recent inclusion into the Platinum ranks of Linux’s core supporters and you really can’t blame fans of the operating system if they decide to wear shades while pondering its future.

    [Image credit: Northrop Grumman]

    Attack of the drones: US Navy picks Linux for its unmanned VTOL aircraft control system originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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