LightSquared pitches new plans to FCC in attempt to end GPS interference hex

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LightSquared files new plans to the FCC, hopes to cast off GPS interference hex

If you thought filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy was the final chapter in LightSquared‘s wireless network saga, you’d be wrong. Hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone is back at the FCC‘s doorstep with yet another proposal, which he hopes might snatch the maligned network from the jaws of GPS interference-related troubles. Two filings placed with the commission apparently outline plans to use its broadband network in a way that it believes won’t interfere with GPS signals, along with the 5MHz of spectrum that are known not to cause any issues. Along with the proposed changes, LightSquared is reportedly set to ask for more time to have exclusive rights to propose a reorganization plan. If granted, this could finally mean some progress for the beleaguered project, but with investors worried that money being spent on this could be better-placed back in their pockets, Falcone will have everything crossed, while the FCC deliberates the situation.

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Razer Blade review (late 2012)

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Second-generation Razer Blade review

Razer has made a habit of catching us off guard — breaking the mold as an accessory manufacturer by building laptops, prototype game handhelds and controller-toting tablets. Their Blade laptop cut through our expectations as well, featuring a beautiful aluminum shell and one of the thinnest profiles of any gaming rig on the market. It had some serious flaws, though: it was underpowered, had minor build issues and simply fell short in the audio department. Its maker, apparently, wasn’t deterred: mere months after the original Blade’s own debut, Razer is now introducing a successor.

Most of the changes are internal: this model swaps out the original’s Sandy Bridge CPU and last-generation NVIDIA graphics for a newly announced 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-3632QM processor and a Kepler-based GeForce GTX 660M GPU. It caught our interest — Razer had previously insisted its first laptop wasn’t built just for power, but for a premium experience. Now, the firm seems to be focusing on both (now that’s a premium experience we can get behind). So, is this upgrade enough to make up for the OG version’s shortcomings? Read on to find out.

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Maingear announces Nomad 17 gaming laptop, comes with custom paint job

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Maingear announces Nomad 17 gaming laptop, comes with custom paint job

Maingear certainly loves to turn out solidly specificated hardware, and today is no exception. Its latest offering? The Nomad 17. As the name suggests this is a 17-inch notebook for gamers on the go. (Nomad, get it?) The new addition will support third-gen Intel Core i7 chips (up to 3.8GHz) and a maximum 32GB of RAM, with a choice of hard drive configurations. It’s not all about the under-the-hood grunt, though, with Maingear offering a choice of six colors for what it’s calling “hand-painted premium automotive paint jobs.” As for the other spec options? You can expect NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M or 680M graphics, a 1,920 x 1080 display, combo Blue-ray optical drive, b / g / n wireless along with USB 2 / 3, DVI-I, HDMI and Fire Wire ports. So, this definitely sounds like a ride you can make your own. Assuming you’re good with the $1,599 starting sticker price that is.

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Ask Engadget: should companies include a cable with a new product?

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We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from is from David, who wants to know if you’d prefer a free cable or a cheaper device when you buy pro audio gear. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.

“I work for a small audio-tech company and we’re currently getting close to releasing out first retail product, which does surround sound from stereo inputs — kinda like Dolby Pro Logic, except good. Internally, we’re agonizing over if we should include a stereo RCA cable. Of course, users will need to integrate an additional cable into their set up, but plenty of people will have spares lying around at home. Do you think it’s better to:

a) Include a cheap cable and let people who care buy a high quality one?
b) Include a reasonable quality cable but increase the price?
c) Include no cable and make it clear they need to buy one?

Many thanks!”

What a question! We’re decidedly of two minds, since given a bit of haggling, most retailers will chuck in a branded lead, but we’d hate to get our shiny new gear home to find it’s missing a key component the one time they don’t. Our dithering aside, it’s time to turn the question over to our faithful Engadgeteers with this chance to shape the future of the high-end audio business for the better, we’d better not disappoint the man!

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Target, Walmart list price drop for B&N’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight to $119

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Barnes & Noble slashes Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight to $119, assures us it's not Kindle-related

Check those calendars. It’s September 29th, which means, for those who follow the world of e-readers, that we’re two days from Kindle Paperwhite day. According to Target and Walmart, it also means that Barnes & Noble’s own illuminated e-reader, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, is getting a $20 price cut, down to $119. That price puts the reader on par with the entry-level Paperwhite (no 3G, with ads). Let the battle of the front lit e-readers commence!

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Logitech Harmony Touch remote pops up unannounced at Best Buy

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Logitech Harmony Touch remote pops up unannounced at Best Buy

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any new blood refreshing Logitech’s line of universal remotes, but after indications of new devices on the way in an earnings call earlier this year tipster Andrew spotted this brand new Harmony Touch on store shelves. Arriving at Best Buy unheralded by any official announcement or specs so far, the box shots and list of features show the ability to control 15 different devices and (of course) that center mounted touchscreen. There’s no mention of it on the Logitech site either, however one leaked blog post we spotted referred to this device and a Harmony Plus.

As our friends at Tech of the Hub note, the Touch clearly draws a lot of its heritage from the Harmony One and 1100 touchscreen remotes although to have ditched the dedicated Activity button for “one touch” control. The touchscreen itself supports both taps and swipes as well as up to 50 customizable channel icons, and the box lists both online setup and on-remote customization as features. According to Andrew it’s rocking a price tag of $249 — $50 above the current price of the Harmony One but $100 shy of the RF-equipped Harmony 900 — hopefully we’ll find out soon if what Logitech has added this time around makes it worth the wait.

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Alt-week 9.29.12: 3D pictures of the moon, 4D clocks and laser-controlled worms

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Alt-week peels back the covers on some of the more curious sci-tech stories from the last seven days.

Altweek 92912 3D pictures of the moon, 4D clocks and lasercontrolled worms

Dimensions, they’re like buses. You wait for ages, and then three come along at once. And then another one right after that. While that might be about where the analogy ends, this week sees us off to the moon, where we then leap from the third, right into the fourth. Once there, we’ll learn how we could eventually be controlled by lasers, before getting up close and personal with a 300 million-year old bug. Sound like some sort of psychedelic dream? Better than that, this is alt-week.

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