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12/5/2008 at 11:07:00 AM - 12/5/2008 at 11:08:36 PM

Nikon D3x DSLR preview roundup (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 11:41:00 AM

You've heard the rumours and the tales of hacked firmware, and you've seen the glamor shots-- and now that the Nikon D3x has hit the streets, we've got some significant previewage for you to check out. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive -- as you would expect from a 24.5megapixel, $8,000 camera. Trusted Reviews was impressed not only by the quality of the pictures and the bright, clear viewfinder, but by the overall build of the camera as well, stating that it felt "extremely wellbalanced in the hand even with heavy lenses. And ... the D3x's controls were surprisingly easy to operate and use, with everything laid out very intuitively." CNET pointed out that the camera "shares similar dimensions with its sibling, the D3, so this means accessories produced

for the latter can be used on the new camera." One omission that the review pointed out was the Nikon's inability to capture 1080p full HD video, making Canon's EOS 5D Mark II your only option if that's what you're after. But don't take our word for it -- check out the reviews below for more info. Read- CNET: "[O]ne beast of a camera... raises the Japanese company's benchmark for future product development." Read- Trusted Reviews: "It looks big, I agree, but it doesn't feel it..." Read- MegaWhat TV (video review): "The 24.5-megapixel CMOS sensor puts it above all of the other models in the FX lineup." Filed under: Digital Cameras Nikon D3x DSLR preview roundup originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

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Engadget reader meetup / holiday party in NYC, December 19th! (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 2:30:00 PM

This is the one you've been waiting for, Engadget fans. We've decided to end the year on a high note with a big reader meetup and holiday bash for our faithful readers! On December 19th, we're blowing it out at the completely amazing Hiro Ballroom in Manhattan. We'll have a big selection of gear and giveaways on hand, including products (both to play with and to win) from: Nokia, Microsoft, T -Mobile, Voodoo, SanDisk, Peek, Sling, Rhapsody, and more! And believe us, there really is more to come. Here are a few details: • We're giving away tens of thousands of dollars in gear! Including... • SanDisk 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB microSD cards for the first 200 people through the door! • Free food, and free drink tickets

for the first 500 people, totally awesome music all night • Live Q&A session with Engadget editors • The event is 18 TO ENTER / 21 TO DRINK, and ADMISSION IS FREE. Sorry younger readers, but we'll do a follow-up all ages event soon! When: Friday, December 19th, 7:00PM to 12:00AM We're still working out details as well as adding to our roster of giveaways and companies which will be in attendance, so expect updates as we move towards the event. If you're planning on coming, shout it out in the comments! Filed under: Announcements Engadget reader meetup / holiday party in NYC, December 19th! originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Verizon posts its first BlackBerry Storm firmware update (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 12:30:00 PM

Lo and behold, Verizon's taken a break from releasing low-end Nokias for just long enough to officially release its first Storm update -- which just happens to be the same one that's been floating around on the interwebs for a few days now, 4.7.0.75. Anyone

unwilling or unable to connect to their PC to nab the update can wait until 9:30 Pacific this evening, when it's said that an over-the-air version of the same software will hit the airwaves. Best of luck, upgraders! [Via CNET] Update: We've given the update a shot, and Mac users should be warned that there doesn't seem to be a good

way of shoehorning the goods on to the phone at this point -- probably

better off to wait for the OTA. Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds Verizon posts its first BlackBerry Storm firmware update originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Leica introducing special edition M8.2, D-Lux 4, CLux 3 cameras (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 11:07:00 AM

It's just been a few months since Leica rolled out its standard issue M8.2, D-Lux 4, and C-Lux 3 digital cameras, but it looks like the company is already set to enter the special edition fray, with new, somewhat "limited" versions of each apparently set to roll out over the next few weeks. That includes two special edition versions of the M8.2, one with a Hammertone finish and one with a "green safari" finish, as well as a limited titanium edition of the D-Lux 4 that also comes with a presumably pricey leather case (it'll run $1,400). Slightly less limited is the Zadig & Voltaire-designed C-Lux 3 pictured at right, which is apparently the first of the lot to become available and, at just â‚Ź670 (or just under $850), one of the cheapest. Read- Leica Rumors, "Two special edition Leica M8.2 coming soon" Read- Leica Rumors, "Leica D-Lux

4 Titanium limited edition" Read- Leica Rumors, "Leica C-Lux 3 does fashion" Filed under: Digital Cameras Leica introducing special edition M8.2, D-Lux 4, C-Lux 3 cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments

Secret iPhone video-out features hacked, used for video games (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 12:19:00 PM

Hey, just because using secret undocumented iPhone SDK calls might get you booted from the App Store doesn't mean it's not a good time -- Ars Technica commissioned Freeverse to mod its Moto Chaser game to use the hidden video-out features in iPhone 2.2, and we have to say the results turned out pretty decent. It's not perfect -- it looks like it only works in landscape mode, and rendering to TV resolutions strains the processor and slows framerates down on all but the faster 2G iPod

touch-- but it works, and it's a taste of where iPhone app development could go if Apple ever opens up the gates. Or you could just be Google and do whatever you want, we suppose. Video after the break. Continue reading Secret iPhone video-out features hacked, used for video games Filed under: Cellphones Secret iPhone video-out features hacked, used for video games originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Sprint 4G dual-mode CDMA / WiMAX modems and handsets on tap (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 2:02:00 PM

Qualcomm shows off Snapdragon-based netbook / tablet concept (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 1:01:00 PM

It's already doubled the power of its SnapDragon platform with a new dual-core processor, but it looks like Qualcomm is now really making a push to take on Intel in the netbook / MID space, with it recently showing off a seemingly fully-functional concept device. As you can see above, the device is a convertible tablet, which should surely make Intel's head spin, as will the fact that it is running a curiously familiarlooking OS. Being a concept, however, Qualcomm isn't offering too many specifics just yet, although it

does say that devices like this one should last for four to six hours on a single charge, and that the first batch of devices based on the platform (but not necessarily this device) should be available sometime next year, with twelve different companies having already signed up to build devices. [Via jkOnTheRun] Filed under: Laptops, Tablet PCs Qualcomm shows off Snapdragonbased netbook / tablet concept originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments

Hang tight to that Samsung SWCE100 ExpressCard you snatched up as one of the few early adopters in Baltimore -- that thing could one day be a serious relic (or rare eBay find). Just over a year since launching the perplexedly named XOHM WiMAX service, Sprint has decided to rechristen the whole thing Sprint 4G after its workings with Clearwire. Reportedly, the carrier will be offering up dual-mode CDMA / WiMAX modems as early as the end of this year (at least in the Charm City), while similarly equipped handsets won't be too many months behind (just like we'd heard). Kinda hurts to know you can't add a CDMA radio into that WiMAX-only card you

already purchased, huh? [Via phonescoop] Filed under: Cellphones, Wireless Sprint 4G dual-mode CDMA / WiMAX modems and handsets on tap originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 17:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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Netflix proclaims Roku, Xbox Instant Watch streaming problems resolved (Engadget) Submitted at 12/5/2008 1:26:00 PM

And there was much rejoicing, as Roku and Xbox 360 owners that noticed a distinct lack of clarity in their Instant Watch streams should be seeing much better today. Netflix didn't say which lever was pushed / pulled to achieve the desired result, but thanks to work with "content distribution partners and key carriers" the dreaded one-dot should be long gone. The final report is yours, with boxee users the most recent to logon,

anyone still enduring vintage VHSquality video and lackluster HD, or enyoing the high quality promised land thanks to a newly unclogged series of tubes? [Via CNET] Netflix proclaims Roku, Xbox Instant Watch streaming problems resolved originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 05 Dec 2008 16:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments


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