Joe Pollicino

  • Nike+ FuelBand SE unveiled with new colors, Bluetooth 4.0, priced at $149 (update: eyes-on)

    The sportswear giant from Beaverton, Oregon has just unveiled its latest fitness-oriented wearable -- say hello to the Nike+ FuelBand SE. This refreshed edition looks nearly identical to its predecessor, but comes in black with total crimson (a mix of orange and red), pink foil or volt (a yellow and greenish neon) accents. Nike's hoping to get FuelBand users to move even more throughout the day with this edition, thanks to some "fine-tuning" to how your Fuel is tracked. Namely, the new unit can identify actual movement better, rather than counting things like ambiguous wrist flicks. You'll also get better flexibility and weather sealing, hourly reminders to move, Bluetooth 4.0 and a double-tap function for the home button that'll bring up the time. Nike's tweaked the FuelBand iOS app a bit as well, to help users get the most movement out of their day. Fuel Curve graphs your hourly movements, with five minutes per hour being the minimum to achieve an hourly goal (only two-percent of users reach this currently). You'll also find dynamic info for your daily and weekly activity. Flipping the app into landscape mode gives a new view for tracking your weekly goal, hours you've "won" and the intensity of your movements. Better yet, Sessions gives you the ability to tag specific workout activities and monitor your Fuel Rate in real time. All of this is easily shareable with your friends across social networks using a centralized Group feature. Nike's running app has also been updated to automatically pause when you rest, while also enabling a photo option. If you want in on the new band, you can snag one starting November 6th, for $159 $149. Also worth a mention, Nike's reinstated its Accelerator program as the Nike+ Fuel lab in San Francisco, with an aim to help 10 more companies build Fuel-related products over the course of 12 weeks.

  • Engadget Podcast 364 - 10.12.13

    We didn't record in the studio this week because Brian and Marc were in Boston making our reader meetup a blast. Still, they tirelessly laid down this week's episode immediately afterward, along with Zach Honig and Sarah Silbert -- their first podcast appearance! So, this one is short, but it's sure to be sweet to your ears. Hosts: Brian Heater, Sarah Silbert, Marc Perton, Zach Honig Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the podcast:

  • Engadget Eurocast 039 - 10.11.13

    How many accents can Dan go through in a single Eurocast? We're not quite sure ourselves, but this time he's channeled his inner superhero. Lacking the same skills, Jamie decides to hijack every topic segue, while James tries to suss out his torn feelings toward the Galaxy Gear. What are you waiting for? Hear this week's edition by streaming it below! Hosts: Dan Cooper, James Trew, Jamie Rigg Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the Podcast:

  • Bose intros SoundTouch WiFi music systems, makes home audio more like a car stereo

    Bose is out to take on the likes of Sonos with its new SoundTouch WiFi music systems. The speakers rely on a free SoundTouch app that acts as a simple controller for all of your favorite music. It pulls media from your network-connected computers and Pandora, and we're told other popular streaming services will be added soon. The app uses a very simple interface that's almost like a mix of the Sonos Controller app with the intuitiveness of a car stereo. The universal feature across the speakers and software are six customizable presets (individual artists, playlists or internet radio stations) that can be changed on the app, with an included remote or using physical buttons on SoundTouch-optimized systems. If you hear or search for something you enjoy, it's as simple as holding one of the preset buttons for a few seconds to store it -- just like you would in your car.

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 192 - 10.10.13

    Just what is Pocketnow's Taylor Martin carrying in his "nerd bag" lately? This week Brad aims to find out. From there, it's all about the best things to come this fall: wearables, curved displays, fingerprint scanners and pumpkin spice-flavored everything. So cozy up next to your heater and get to streaming below. Hosts: Brad Molen Guest: Taylor Martin Producer: Joe Pollicino Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) Hear the podcast:

  • Engadget HD Podcast 370 - 10.09.13

    If there's one thing to take away from this week's podcast it's that Ben's fantasy football picks finally performed positively. Well, that plus hints the next few months will be very interesting, thanks to HDMI 2.0 and rumors of an Amazon STB, among other topics. Get caught up on the last week in HD news by streaming this week's episode below. Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh, Richard Lawler Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the podcast:

  • Sony's Shuhei Yoshida: DualShock 4 will be compatible with Windows for 'basic functions'

    You won't be using a DualShock 4 on an Xbox come November 15th, but that doesn't mean it won't work on any of Microsoft's platforms. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida recently confirmed via Twitter that the PS4's gamepad will be compatible with Windows for "basic functions." In response to inquiries about said functionality, he specifically pointed out that "the buttons and joysticks will work just fine." There's no word on whether the drivers will allow PC games to automatically see it as a DS4, though; Yoshida replied in the thread further, stating that folks will have to "wait for [a] field report after the launch." As Joystiq points out, third-party controllers can show up as Xbox controllers on Windows thanks to the XInput API -- something that's non-existent in the PS3's DualShock 3. And with that, we're left to wait and see what PS4 insights Yoshida will reveal next.

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 191 - 10.03.13

    With Myriam off to the world of wearables over at Pebble, Brad Molen's officially in the driver's seat for the Engadget Mobile Podcast. And this week, we're talking all things Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. Better yet, James Trew joins us to share his insight on Samsung's oversized smartphone. You know the drill: head below to start your stream. Hosts: Brad Molen, James Trew Producer: Joe Pollicino Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) Hear the podcast:

  • Engadget HD Podcast 369 - 10.02.13

    CEDIA is a wrap, but Richard still has lots to recap about the show. Plus, he's got time to kill until Grand Theft Auto Online's connectivity issues get sorted. And Ben? Well, he's frustrated with his Fantasy Football picks, because they aren't operating at peak performance. Get to streaming this week's Engadget HD Podcast below. Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh, Richard Lawler Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the podcast:

  • Panasonic 65-inch Smart VIERA WT600 Ultra HD TV (eyes-on)

    Panasonic's 65-inch Smart VIERA WT600 UHD TV may have hit the market as a "me too" 4K TV, but it sure does look nice -- even when placed right next to some of the competition. Thanks to its embedded H.264 decoder, we saw it run 4K content straight off an SDXC card and streamed from the internet (after about 10-15 seconds of loading). Interestingly, while the TV supports the fresh and still-unfamiliar HDMI 2.0 spec, a good chunk our demo session was done over DisplayPort 1.2a to show the display's ability to pump out 60fps 4K content -- unlike existing competitors, which cap out at 30fps. Aside from faster frame rates, it was apparent in our viewing session that the out-of-box settings on a Sony XBR-65X900A ($5,499) had overly boosted reds, while both it and a Samsung F9000 ($5,000) dropped in for the demo showed pronounced haloing. Now we just want to see all of these TVs running 4K content fed from a player using HDMI 2.0 -- whenever that's fully standardized.

  • Libratone's $500 Loop speaker wraps AirPlay, PlayDirect and DLNA in wool

    Don't quite have the funds -- or room -- for the circular B&O Play A9 speaker ($2,700)? Libratone's new AirPlay and DLNA-equipped Loop might catch your eye. The $500 satellite dish-like rig packs two ribbon tweeters and a bass radiator, which together pump out enough volume for moderately sized rooms. While the Loop is tiny enough to sit on a nightstand, it also comes with a detachable wall mount. You can even connect devices to it via ad-hoc WiFi if you're away from an actual network, thanks to PlayDirect -- just like the Zipp. As with all Libratone speakers, the unit's sound characteristics are adjustable via a free app (Android and iOS) and the swappable wool speaker grille comes in a variety of colors ($50 each). The Loop is up for pre-order now in "Pepper Black, "Salty Grey" and "Raspberry Red" if you're interested enough to bring it full circle. It'll hit doorsteps and retailers by the end of the month.

  • Engadget Eurocast 038 - 09.29.13

    Yes, we've been away for a lengthy bit of time and we're sorry. According to Dan, our reel-to-reel tape recorder acted up the last time we tried to record. We took that absence to fix the so-called tapes and brought along Nicole Lee for her San Francisco-based insight and Matt Brian for his official Engadget EU debut. Ready to hear about all things BlackBerry, iPhone and Surface 2? Stream this episode of the Engadget Eurocast below. Hosts: Dan Cooper, Matt Brian, Nicole Lee Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the Podcast:

  • Verizon Wireless website reportedly allowing users to keep unlimited data plans while upgrading

    Apparently, now is the time to upgrade your Verizon phone if you want to keep your grandfathered unlimited data plan in tact. According to tips we've received, along with reports from Droid-Life and Android Central, the aforementioned type of users are not being forced into a tiered Max data plan during the upgrade process. There doesn't seem to be any bit of trickery required to make it happen either -- folks just go through usual upgrade motions to get a brand new phone on subsidy, and come out with an order confirmation that has all-you-can-eat data still onboard (see above). We've reached out to Verizon to find out whether this is an issue with its website or a shift in policy, and will post an update if we hear more. Let us know your results if you're brave enough to try it out. [Thanks to Minji and everyone who sent this in.]

  • Engadget Podcast 362 - 09.28.13

    We didn't do it live this week, but boy did we record a great show for you! Brian, Dana and Peter piped in from their respective empty closets sound booths to discuss Amazon's latest Kindle Fires and Microsoft's updated Surface lineup. On top of all that, we fit in a quick review recap of Sony's flagship Z1 cameraphone. Don't delay. Do it now. Stream the Engadget Podcast below. Hosts: Brian Heater, Dana Wollman, Peter Rojas Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the podcast:

  • NYT: NSA monitors, graphs some US Citizens' social activity with collected metadata

    Just how does the NSA piece together all that metadata it collects? Thanks to "newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials," The New York Times today shed light on how the agency plots out the social activity and connections of those it's spying on. Up until 2010, the NSA only traced and analyzed the metadata of emails and phone calls from foreigners, so anything from US citizens in the chains created stopgaps. Snowden-provided documents note the policy shifted later in that year to allow for the inclusion of Americans' metadata in such analysis. An NSA representative explained to the NYT that, "all data queries must include a foreign intelligence justification, period." During "large-scale graph analysis," collected metadata is cross-referenced with commercial, public and "enrichment data" (some examples included GPS locations, social media accounts and banking info) to create a contact chain tied to any foreigner under review and scope out its activity. The highlighted ingestion tool in this instance goes by the name Mainway. The NYT article also highlights a secret report, dubbed "Better Person Centric Analysis," which details how data is sorted into 164 searchable "relationship types" and 94 "entity types" (email and IP addresses, along with phone numbers). Other documents highlight that during 2011 the NSA took in over 700 million phone records daily on its own, along with an "unnamed American service provider" that began funneling in an additional 1.1 billion cellphone records that August. In addition to that, Snowden's leak of the NSA's classified 2013 budget cites it as hoping to capture "20 billion 'record events' daily" that would be available for review by the agency's analysts in an hour's time. As you might expect, the number of US citizens that've had their info bunched up into all of this currently remains a secret -- national security, of course. Extended details are available at the source links.

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 190: Myriam's farewell - 09.27.13

    This is it: Myriam Joire's last time serving as the host of the Mobile Podcast. If you haven't heard the news, she's taken a sweet gig as Product Evangelist for wearables startup, Pebble. We wish Myriam all the best on the new venture and expect it won't be the last time you'll hear from her on this front. Our main man, "all-around rock star" and current co-host, Brad Molen, officially takes the lead position next week. So, don't worry -- this podcast will continue to live on and remain awesome as ever. Salutations all around. Hosts: Myriam Joire, Brad Molen Producer: Joe Pollicino Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) Hear the podcast:

  • Engadget HD Podcast 368 - 09.26.13

    Ben spent the last week getting used to the iPhone 5s' Touch ID, while Richard advanced his career in GTA V. Fret not, however, because they still managed to keep tabs on all the latest HD news. Set aside an hour and get caught up yourself by streaming episode 368 below. Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh, Richard Lawler Producer: Joe Pollicino Hear the podcast: