Mitsubishi unveils prototype in-dash Blu-ray player

Difficult though it may be to believe, Panasonic showcased a conceptual in-dash BD deck of its own back in October of 2007. Obviously, nothing has really come of that, so Mitsubishi’s stepping in with a prototype of its own. It’s stated that the player has only a third of the volume compared to a traditional “home Blu-ray player,” with it somehow being able to slip into a standard single-DIN opening. Better still, we’re told that the final unit — which is slated to hit production during fiscal year 2009 — could also boast a mobile TV tuner in select markets, giving us even more reason to not pay attention to pedestrians, road signs and stop lights while taking that Sunday cruise.

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Mitsubishi unveils prototype in-dash Blu-ray player originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 14:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Acer unveils Tempo smartphone series, forgets Windows Mobile 6.5

Not long after we spotted four new Acer phones in Barcelona has the company officially unveiled the Tempo X960, F900, M900, and DX900 smartphones, albeit with a few typo-laden spec sheets. Interestingly, all of them are running Windows Mobile 6.1, even though Stevey Ballms pulled the wraps off WinMo 6.5 earlier today — and making matters worse, we’re not seeing that required hardware Start button on the DX900 or X960, which means an upgrade probably isn’t in the cards. Curious move, we’d say — and we’re also in the dark on what happened to that goofy dual-sided set we saw leaked earlier. We’ll be on the lookout for answers, check all the detailed specs after the break.

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Acer unveils Tempo smartphone series, forgets Windows Mobile 6.5 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG’s KS360 to be company’s first Android phone?

It was about this time last year when we heard that LG was aiming to push out Android-powered handsets by 2009, and sure enough, it looks like it’ll happen by this summer. According to T3, the company’s altogether bubbly KS360 will be relaunched with Google’s operating system, though the actual specifications (outside of the OS, obviously) will remain the same. Marketing Manager Jeremy Newing also confirmed at Mobile World Congress that LG would be releasing two other Android phones this year, though he wouldn’t divulge any model names or favorite colors for us to guess.

[Thanks, Kat]

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Orange becoming first in Europe with LG’s G910 Watch Phone

We knew production was destined to start in 2009, and lo and behold, Orange has committed to selling the thing. You heard right — sometime “later this year,” LG’s G910 Watch Phone will be available across the operator’s European footprint, though there’s nary a mention of pricing. For those who’ve forgotten, this timepiece will support Bluetooth headset pairing, 3G HSDPA, video calling, multimedia playback and touch input, and it’ll also make you the coolest cat in the office. And that’s a Billy Mays guarantee.

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Huawei’s Android touchphone is a mystery wrapped in an enigma

We were really hoping MWC would be Android’s coming out party, but while there’s a hefty amount of name-dropping at the show, nobody much seems ready to put hardware on the line. And then there’s Huawei. We were expecting a handset from them at the show, and they’re halfway there, announcing an Android phone, but only bringing a non-working prototype to show for it. The touchphone hardware is decidedly iPhone-esque, and almost seems too button scarce to work with the traditional Android interface, but that’s where the rest of the story comes in: Huawei is working with an “established design consultancy” to develop its own custom interface for the device. The as-yet unnamed phone will be coming to market in Q3 of this year, and Huawei is currently in talks with a carrier who will rebrand the device — the lack of finality there left much of the rest of the info on this phone shrouded. We’re looking forward to learning more about this device in the coming months, but for now you can check out the tease of a gallery below, and the even less informative press release at the read link below.

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LG Arena KM900 hands-on with video interface tour

We’ve been waiting to get our grubby mitts on the LG Arena KM900 and try out the S-Class 3D UI for ourselves, and well — it’s a nice featurephone interface, but it’s not exactly revolutionary. The widget interface is nice, and we’re into the picture-based contacts screen, but the icon-based home screen just feels cluttered, especially when viewed in the expanded horizontal orientation. It’ll be interesting to see how LG refines these elements in its upcoming onslaught of Windows Mobile phones — we wouldn’t drop back to a featurephone for this stuff, but we’d be plenty interested in seeing more phones like the GM730 with this interface. Video after the break!

Read - Engadget Spanish coverage of the KM900
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Sony bringing Gobi WWAN module to VAIO Z, TT and P

Hey, you! VAIO P modder! Hold up on that HSDPA hack just a minute — er, on second thought, you should probably proceed, ’cause Sony isn’t about to take back your current machine when this Gobi-equipped model ships. Quite curiously, Sony has announced here in Barcelona that its VAIO Z, VAIO TT and VAIO P laptops will soon be embedded with Qualcomm’s Gobi, which provides both EV-DO Rev. A and HSDPA support on a single module. As it stands, Sony’s US model VAIO P only supports Verizon Wireless’ mobile broadband network, which should leave a pretty bitter taste in the mouths of early adopters. There’s no mention at all of when Sony plans to start shipping these oh-so-connected machines (nor if they’ll be coming to US shores), but we’re hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

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Sony bringing Gobi WWAN module to VAIO Z, TT and P originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Four previously unknown Acer phones spied in Barcelona

Well, these are not the Acer phones we saw leaked a few days ago — in fact, there are four new dudes here, all previously unseen. We know little about them, except that they are apparently on hand somewhere at MWC, and we hear that it’s possible they’re going to be unveiled today, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for them. In the meantime, try to contain yourself and hit the read link for photos of the other two.

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Four previously unknown Acer phones spied in Barcelona originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Engadget’s recession antidote: Win a Microsoft PC gaming pack

This whole global economic crisis, and its resulting massive loss of jobs got us thinking. We here at Engadget didn’t want to stand helplessly by, announcing every new round of misery without giving anything back — so we decided to take the opportunity to spread a little positivity. We’ll be handing out a new gadget every day (except for weekends) to lucky readers until we run out of stuff / companies stop sending things. Today we’ve got a Microsoft PC gaming pack, which includes a SideWinder X8 mouse, a SideWinder X6 keyboard, a LifeChat LX-3000 headset, a custom mouse pad, plus PC versions of Fallout 3 and James Bond: Quantum of Solace. Read the rules below (no skimming — we’re omniscient and can tell when you’ve skimmed) and get commenting! Check after the break for some photos of the prize!

Special thanks to Microsoft for providing the gear!

The rules:

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do, but if you want to share your proposal for “fixing” the world economy, that’d be sweet too.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you’ll be automatically disqualified, etc. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.)
  • If you enter more than once, only activate one comment. This is pretty self explanatory. Just be careful and you’ll be fine.
  • Contest is open to anyone in the 50 States, 18 or older! Sorry, we don’t make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one Microsoft gaming pack.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of the end of the contest. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen. (That means if you win this contest, you have to respond by Thursday, February 19th, 2009 to claim your gear).
  • Entries can be submitted until Monday, February 16th, 11:59PM ET. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 walkthrough with Engadget (now with video!)

We saw a Touch Diamond2 running old-skool Windows Mobile 6.1 this morning — and don’t get us wrong, the hardware’s pretty hot, but who really wants that noise when we’ve got the same thing running Windows Mobile 6.5 a few blocks away? Shortly after the fanfare of Microsoft’s press conference today, we were ushered downstairs for a walkthrough on a freshly-flashed Touch Diamond2 of virtually everything that makes 6.5 different from the versions before it, and while we’re not blown away by the sheer freshness or paradigm-shiftyness of what we’re seeing here, it’s a totally acceptable bump of 0.4 in the version number. Let’s put it this way: we still have a burning desire in our hearts and our loins for 7.0, whenever that happens. Follow the break for video and some key highlights!

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