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  • Switched On: Played out

    Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

    DNP Switched On Played out

    At the launch of the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 — the first hardware devices to run on the long-awaited BlackBerry 10 operating system — there seemed to be a silver lining for the renamed company’s struggling PlayBook tablet. Confirming speculation, CEO Thorsten Heins promised a cheering crowd that the PlayBook would receive an update to a new OS. This would open the door to signature features, a more polished user interface and a vastly expanded app library.

    But something was amiss. The company had also announced that, to simplify app development, BlackBerry 10 would support two screen resolutions: the Z10’s 1,280 x 768 and the Q10’s 720 x 720. In contrast, the PlayBook resolution is 1,024 x 600. Late last month, the other shoe dropped as BlackBerry confirmed that the PlayBook would not receive the promised update, leaving it with an abandoned OS and marking the effective exit of BlackBerry from the tablet market.

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  • The Weekly Roundup for 07.22.2013

    The Weekly Roundup for 12032012

    You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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  • X-Arcade's rugged Solo Joystick: supports PC, Mac, Linux and nine gaming consoles

    XArcade's rugged Solo Joystick supports PC, Mac, Linux and nine gaming consoles

    There’s multifaceted, and then there’s X-Arcade’s Solo Joystick. Following up on the outfit’s aptly-titled Dual Joystick, the Solo here is a 12-pound beast that’s built to withstand just about anything. And, indeed, function just about anywhere. Up for pre-order now, the gamepad is set to ship to gamers everywhere on December 1st, bringing with it 11-inches of arcade-style glory. It’ll function with PC, Mac and Linux rigs right out of the box for $99.99, while optional adapters enable support for nine different gaming consoles (PlayStation 1 / 2 / 3, Wii, Dreamcast, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii U). Oh, and since you’re wondering, they company claims that it’s “hard at work on new adapters for the upcoming Xbox One and PS4,” and it’s throwing in a fully licensed version of Maximus Arcade Software for anyone who places an order before September 1st.

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    Via: HotHardware

    Source: X-Gaming

  • Chromecast bootloader exploit surfaces, opens up plenty of possibilities (video)

    Chromecast bootloader exploit surfaces, opens up plenty of possibilities video

    “Give it time.” It’s something many mums have uttered to their frustrated youth, and it’s something that’s also uttered amongst the hacker crowd each time a new device emerges. In the case of Google’s $35 Chromecast, it took but a couple of days for the HDMI streaming stick to be exploited. Granted, Google’s never been one to keep its biggest software projects under lock and key, but for those looking to tinker a bit with their new toy, GTVHacker has the goods. The exploit package has thus far been used to confirm that the software within is not Chrome OS — it’s described by the aforesaid site as “a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast.” Those interested in giving it a go themselves can test their luck here, while the timid among us can hop on past the break for a video.

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    Source: GTVHacker

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