We’re not going to lie: we sometimes wish our giveaways could extend out to us as employees. Skullcandy just released its latest lineup of new gear, and the Supreme Sound Hesh — billed as a mid-tier on-ear headphone that has the sound of sets twice its cost — looks pretty tempting. The Hesh aims to enhance the bass, natural voice and precision highs, regardless of what you’re listening to (we know you enjoy the occasional Air Supply, no need to be ashamed). As always, just read the rules and hook us up with a comment below to enter. There’s five sets of headphones to be won this time around!
Color founder Bill Nguyen describes the startup’s early life as being “in the wilderness,” a state, he adds, that can also be used to describe past projects he’s helmed (a point we can’t exactly argue). Of course, Lala finally found its way — eventually being scooped up by Apple. And now Color, an app that’s already lived through its share of lives, has a big name on its side. The company has partnered with none other than Verizon to help soup up its life-streaming service. The two sides have signed an exclusivity deal that promises to harness Big Red’s zippy LTE.
The version of the app which will be exclusively available to subscribers of that carrier brings with it some much welcomed upgrades, including sound and a higher frame rate. Color was pretty insistent that such things weren’t key to the app’s functionality when it first launched, but it has apparently seen the error of its ways. As Nguyen told us, simply, “we were wrong.” Now, thanks to Verizon’s 4G technology, it’s now able to offer up a product closer to an ideal streaming situation — a scenario Nguyen apparently decided upon after playing around with a Red camera at CES. The dream now is live HD streaming. More after the break.
Serving jetsetters at LAX just wasn’t enough for Xcom Global. Engadget’s personal favorite when it comes to snagging international data before leaving the States is now opening up shop in the Big Apple — a wise move for increasing its presence in a market where loads of humans are doing business in nations other than the United States. Xcom’s calling its new venue a “satellite customer service center,” enabling flyers to swing by before they depart JFK (or LGA, we guess) and pick up a global MiFi. Rather than being positioned within an airport, this one’s located near Grand Central Station at the offices of Amnet New York on Madison Avenue, and in case you’ve forgotten, $12.95 per day (and up) can snag you a wireless data device capable of connecting in some 195 countries. Oh, and you can return the device to the same store or via your carrier of choice. Still trying to wrap your head around it? Have a look at our review.
The Nokia Lumia 900 may be the current leader when it comes to a quality Windows Phone handset on a budget, but Samsung is under-cutting the competition with the newly announced Focus 2. Succeeding the Focus and Focus S, this new handset offers LTE and comes in any color you like (so long as it’s white) for the low-low price of $49.99 on-contract. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED (non-Plus) display up front and a five megapixel sensor in the back, capable of recording 720p video, paired with a VGA camera facing forward. No details on processor or memory at this point, but for that price we wouldn’t expect to be too overwhelmed. Intrigued? You can sate that curiosity when it hits AT&T stores on May 20th.
Well, this isn’t a surprise. Verizon has now gone official with its mouthful of a smart phone, and it does exactly what it says in its name: that is, LTE connectivity. Alongside it, you’ll find Sense 4, Android 4.0 and a 4-inch Super LCD qHD screen. Rounding off those digits is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 that’s clocked at 1.2GHz,
matching its just below its sibling, the 1.5GHz One S. Power-wise, the Droid Incredible 4G LTE packs a 1,700mAh battery, which should provide ample power to shoot away with the rear-facing 8-megapixel shooter. Storage for all those photos, meanwhile, can be increased by up to 32GB through microSD, although we haven’t been given specifics on built-in storage yet. Verizon’s press release is right after the break, while you can expect the phone itself to appear in stores over the next few weeks.
Update: The One S runs on a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. Apologies for the confusion.