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  • Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 5:30PM ET

    Join the Engadget HD Podcast live on Ustream at 530PM ET

    No, it’s not Monday but we’re still recouping from the super bowl of electronics so and still not back to our original recording schedule of the Engadget HD podcast. You can tune in live at on this Wednesday edition at 5:30PM and be be a part of it. Start by reviewing the list of topics after the break, then participate in the live chat.

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  • Audi goes arty, crafts A4 replica slot cars for ‘quattro experience’ installation (video)

    Audi goes arty, crafts A4 replica slot cars for 'quattro experience' installation

    Audi and art? Those two worlds aren’t ones we’d necessarily lump together. But the luxury car-maker’s done just that, collaborating with Slot Mods USA to create the “quattro experience,” an installation replete with remote controllable A4 replicas and a custom track. Let’s be clear, though, this is no mere hobbyist recreation. As the accompanying mini-documentary shows, the team behind this project not only put great care into constructing the 20ft x 7ft custom track with the right bends, it also faithfully crafted the slot cars so as to mimic the Audi quattro’s all wheel drive mechanic.

    So, how’d they do that? Through a combo of 3D printing, a four-wheel drive chassis and, most importantly, a calculated arrangement of traction magnets, the crew was able to get the cars up and running, and even outfitted with in-dash cams. And, in an appropriate modernist twist, there’s an app for all of that — a custom one designed by Audi that runs on the iPad and lets “drivers” steer via a POV feed and onscreen controls. Unfortunately, the whole shebang’s only on display in Toronto for the time being. So, unless you’re planning a trip to the Great White North anytime soon, the mini-doc after the break’s about as close as you’re going to get to the real thing.

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    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: Audi

  • Facebook starts turning on free voice calls for iPhone users in the US

    Facebook starts turning on free voice calls for iPhone users in the US

    Earlier this month word got out that Facebook was trialing a free voice calling feature in Canada. We said that, if those tests went well, the company would expand to the US. Well, things must have gone swimmingly because, just two weeks later, American customers are starting to see the same feature turn up in the Messenger app. Just tap the “i” icon in the top right hand corner while viewing a conversation with a person and you’ll see a button for a “free call.” The voice call needs to be made over WiFi, however, so don’t expect to completely replace your contact list and dialer yet. We’ve reached out for comment from Facebook, and we’ll let you know the moment we hear back. In particular we’re wondering when Android users can expect to see the same option turned on for them. Let us know in the comments if Facebook’s VoIP has been turned on for you.

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    Via: The Verge

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