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You’d be forgiven for not knowing what to expect from HTC’s next flagship smartphone. The images that have emerged are frequently dodgy, and there are even claims that the company is seeding decoys to throw people off the scent. However, you might finally be looking at the real thing… or rather, things. Well-known leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted a supposed product shot displaying a pair of differently-sized, previously unseen devices that he believes to be HTC’s successors to the One M8. Both have edge-mounted front speakers, a large front camera (UltraPixel?) and the super-thin bezels that many have been asking for. The designs are feasible, although that Galaxy S5-style home button on the larger version gives us reason for pause — either this is sketchy, or HTC’s lawyers have decided that Samsung won’t get angry. You’ll likely know more at HTC’s media event on March 1st.

Old habits die hard… pic.twitter.com/eQ81vxQl2S

– Evan Blass (@evleaks) January 28, 2015

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Dropbox now reports when non-US governments want your data

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While Dropbox was quick to embrace transparency reports, it’s been pretty opaque about data requests from outside the US. How do you know which countries want your info? You don’t have to wonder any longer. The cloud storage outfit has published its …
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Sony closing Music Unlimited in favor of Spotify-powered service (update) | Engadget

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Sony today revealed PlayStation Music, a new Spotify-powered music service coming to PlayStation 3, 4 and “Xperia smartphones and tablets” this spring. The service will outright replace Music Unlimited, the service that Sony previously implemented ac…

When Sony unveiled its PlayStation Vue streaming service, it painted a rosy picture of what you’ll get: tons of channels! You’ll never look at TV the same way again! But what’s it like to use in the real world? You won’t have to wait until the formal launch to find out, apparently. One early user has shared impressions with GigaOM, and the early signs suggest that it might just beat Dish’s Sling TV… in certain circumstances, anyway. The interface is polished and speedy, and your viewing rights are much more consistent than what Sling TV delivers. As a rule, you can assume that you’ll have the promised 28-day window to watch saved shows from a cloud DVR.

The main catch, at least in Vue’s pre-release state, is the channel selection. Sony clearly chose quantity over quality. You get the big four networks (Disney/ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) and some other majors, but you also get a ton of associated niche channels you’ll likely never watch — no, Sony, we weren’t dying to stream Exits or Palladia on our PlayStation 4s. And while you do get some sports options, ESPN isn’t among them. Even so, this is a promising peek at what Vue will offer when it goes live early this year. Let’s just hope that the price stays down to Earth.

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KORG、アナログシンセ ARP Odyssey 復刻版を Rev.3 カラーで3月発売。Rev.1 /Rev.2 カラーも限定発売予定

電子​楽器メーカーの KORG がカリフォルニア州アナハイムで開幕した NAMM 2015 にて、アナログシンセサイザーの名機 ARP Odyssey の復刻版を発表しました。昨年2月に開発を発表していたもので、ティーザーサイトにあった写真のとおり、3種類ある Odyssey のうち後期モデルとなる Rev.3 をモチーフとしたブラック/オレンジ色のデザインを採用しての復活です。発売時期は3月下旬。
さらに、ホワイトパネルを纏った Rev.1 および黒/金の Rev.2 カラーも数量限定モデルとして5月に発売の予定です。…

…3つの世代がある ARP Odyssey は、それぞれ内部のフィルター回路が異なります。立ち上がりの鋭いサウンドの Rev.1、野太い低音の Rev.2、安定したレゾナンスの Rev.3 と、それぞれの特徴がユーザーには親しまれています。復刻版 ARP Odyssey には、これら3世代すべてのフィルター回路を搭載。パネル上の VCF TYPE スイッチによって簡単に切り替えられます。
オリジナルにない要素として、新たに DRIVE スイッチをパネル上に追加。このスイッチは VCF を歪ませる効果があり、より荒々しいサウンドを生み出すことが可能です。

背面のインターフェースパネルには音量調整可能なヘッドホン出力も搭載。付属のパッチケーブルでヘッドホン出力から外部入力につなぐことで、セルフ・フィードバックが行えます。一方 GATE OUT 端子を TRIG IN 端子に接続すればエンベロープジェネレーターがオフとなりレガート奏法も可能となります。
ほか、MIDI IN および USB-MIDI 端子を新たに装備。オリジナルの Rev.3 にあった XLR 出力端子はバランス出力に変更となっています。

ちなみに、KORG は2013年に自社のアナログシンセサイザー MS-20 の復刻版となる MS-20 mini を発売しています。実は MS-20 mini のサイズも、オリジナルに対して86%の大きさ。このサイズとしたことについて MS-20 の開発者は「オリジナルに対する冒涜だと思った」としていました。今回 ARP Odyssey の復刻にあたった David Friend 氏も同じ意見だったのかどうかわかりませんが、KORG にとって「86%サイズでの復刻」には何か別の意味もありそうです。付け加えると MS-20 の場合はその後、数量限定の組み立てキットの形態でフルサイズの MS-20 を発売していました。

- MS-20miniはもちろん魅力的なのだが、KORGが作ったARPという点でも、このOdysseyはマニア魂をくすぐるものだ。オリジナルを再現しつつ、DSPでポリフォニックになってたりすると素敵…。ワークステーション型とは違う「いじり倒す」感覚は、古参のシンセマニアをターゲットにしているのだろうか?
PV中にハービーハンコックが出ているのには驚いた…。
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Sous le soleil de Sundance

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Qualcomm’s presence inside many of the world’s most popular mobile devices over the last few years has kept the money coming in (creating the need for the picture shown above), but today there was some bad news. In its Q4 earnings release, the company revealed (PDF) “Expectations that our Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer’s flagship device.” Uh-oh. Even though it didn’t say who the large customer is, for years there have been expectations that Samsung would eventually stop relying on Qualcomm chips to run many of its Galaxy phones.

This would appear to line up with rumors from Bloomberg last week that claim Samsung will use one of its own Exynos CPUs in the next Galaxy S because the Snapdragon 810 overheated in testing. Of course, it’s not all bad news — even the revised profit estimates are only down to between $28 and $26 billion, compared to $28.8 and $26.8 billion, and LG has already confirmed plans to use the 810 in its upcoming G Flex 2. On an earnings call today with analysts CEO Steve Mollenkopf brushed off the overheating claim, saying the part works as expected.

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Source: Qualcomm Q4 2014 earnings (PDF)

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Samsung's Gear VR headset arrives at Best Buy (but not at retail)

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If you’ve been curious enough about virtual reality to buy Samsung’s Gear VR headset, you’ve had to visit either AT&T’s website or Samsung’s to pick one up. Not very convenient, is it? Your VR shopping just got a little bit easier, though, as Best Bu…
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Tesco taps Kobo to offer Binkbox Books libraries when it closes | Engadget

Reposted from http://ift.tt/1y5ALeh on January 28, 2015 at 11:32AM

Unlike Blinkbox Movies and Blinkbox Music, Tesco hasn’t found a buyer for its underperforming Blinkbox Books service. We expected the e-book platform to quietly fade into the night, along with customers’ purchases, but it seems Tesco has a parting gi…

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy has yet to grace a launch pad, but that isn’t stopping the company from extolling the reusable rocket’s virtues. Elon Musk and crew have posted an animation (below) demonstrating how a typical mission with the heavy-duty reusable rocket should go. As you might imagine, everything goes smoothly in this conceptual clip — the machine blasts off from Kennedy Space Center, detaches its Falcon 9 boosters (which dutifully return to the ground) and puts its payload into orbit. Success!

The real question is whether or not SpaceX can live up to its vision. The company has done a lot to advance private spaceflight, but some of its experiments with reusable rockets haven’t gone according to plan. Hopefully, the company has put as much thought into Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight (due this year) as it has the marketing blitz.

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Robot finds fish beneath Antarctic ice, could be used to explore Europa

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Sonos’ big controller app update from last year was a case of two steps forward and one step back. It was slicker and made it easier to find music, but playing music got harder — among other issues, it required extra effort to send tunes to speakers…