Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199

We’re still a good dozen days away from its public release, but the EVO 4G has already been given a rooting makeover. Google dished out EVO handsets to all the lucky (so lucky!) attendees of its blowout I/O 2010 event, and a trio of those visitors rolled up their sleeves and decided to get down and intimate with the phone over the weekend. The product of their labor is at this stage just a few screenshots and a blurry video after the break, but fear not, we’re sure details of the hack will be forthcoming promptly.

Sprint selling HTC EVO 4G on June 4 for $199
Everyone’s favorite WiMAX-powered Android device finally has a date and a price, and you don’t have terribly long to wait: June 4 is the date that you’ll want to be lining up outside your local Sprint store for an EVO 4G, $199 in hand (assuming you’re signing up for a new contract, of course — according to the fine print, the full cost is $450 before all discounts). Interestingly, Sprint has specifically called out that you’ll be able to video chat (remember, the EVO 4G has a front-facing cam) over both 3G and 4G using Qik — not a bad choice, considering the company’s well-established expertise with streaming live video out of handsets.

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Acer’s Android

Acer’s Android-powered Stream gets official, gets handled, lives up to its name with DLNA support

If for some reason none of the current Android slates have tickled your fancy, not the Nexus One nor the Droid Incredible nor even the Evo, maybe Acer’s Stream is for you. It sports Nexus One-like specs, with a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and 512MB of RAM. Its five megapixel camera can record 720p video and it can also play back content at the same resolution with support for Xvid, WMV HD, and others. There’s an HDMI port on-board in case you want to bring that content to the big(ger) screen, and it’ll even act as a DLNA and UPnP streamer on WiFi, with dedicated play/pause, fast-forward, and rewind buttons.

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2010 Nissan 370Z Convertible

Nissan redesigned the Z Coupe for 2009, upping the power, improving the handling and civilizing a notoriously plastic interior. The convertible version was left to soldier on as-is for one more year, though, leaving prospective buyers longing for the considerable improvements the Coupe received.

Now those improvements are here, and the richer interior, sharper handling, more substantial convertible top and 26 extra horses will leave buyers of the last Z wondering why they didn’t wait for the new and improved model.

Model Lineup
The 2010 Nissan 370Z Convertible lineup consists of only two trims: Base and Touring. Base equipment includes cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, a tilt steering wheel, manually adjustable seats, power windows and locks, keyless entry and starting, an AM/FM/CD stereo, an auxiliary input jack, a trip computer, bi-xenon automatic headlights, fog lights, and P225/50R18 front and P245/45R18 rear tires on alloy wheels.

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2011 Kia Sorento

In 2003 the Kia Sorento began life as a typical sport-utility vehicle ? big, heavy and embarrassingly inefficient. It was widely successful, however, primarily because it was affordable. Today, a low price tag isn’t enough to sway budget-conscious Americans into buying a vehicle that will cost them an arm and a leg at the pump. They want more value for their hard-earned money, and Kia has responded.

For 2011 the Sorento is lighter, more agile and more efficient than ever before. It has an attractive unibody design with 15 percent more usable space inside. Full-time all-wheel drive replaces the electronically actuated unit of old. And it gets almost 30 mpg. The Sorento has changed so much from its beginnings, it’s almost unrecognizable ? and that’s a great thing.

Model Lineup
The Sorento is a 4-door SUV with a full-size hatch in the rear. Typically a 5-seater, it can be outfitted for third-row seating ? an option that’s almost nonexistent at this price point ? upping the passenger count to seven. The base version comes with a peppy and efficient 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine ? new to the Sorento line ? and a 6-speed manual transmission.

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The 10 Best Used Cars to Own

Buying a pre-owned car is more popular than ever before. Here are our choices for the most desirable used cars on the market today.

By Sam Foley of MSN Autos

Conventional wisdom says that, on average, a new car loses 20 percent of its value the moment you drive it off the dealer’s lot. So when times are tough and money is tight, it makes sense to shop the used-car market and be on the winning side of that depreciation curve. Auto journalists love crowing about new cars, but when it comes to used cars, reviews aren’t as important as a deep dive into owner satisfaction surveys, true cost-of-ownership estimates and resale value statistics. Luckily, we’ve already done that research for you, factoring in some of the more intangible factors such as sex appeal, comfort and style whenever the hard numbers painted a fuzzy picture of a vehicle’s worthiness. So here are our choices for some of the best vehicles the past has to offer you now.

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Intel Wireless HD 802.11n 99 USD

Intel Wireless HD 802.11n 99 USD Intel at CES 2010 showcasing Wireless HD, use very simple, just press the button on the laptop a few seconds later, the screen displays the contents of the notebook will appear on TV.

Although the name of the similar, but did not use a wireless high-definition standard WirelessHD, but on the Wi-Fi 802.11n. Only need to hang TV receiver box, with a decoder chip and HDMI output interface.

Intel Wireless HD use the processor for compression, Core i5-540M 2.53GHz dual-core on the transfer process is only 15-20% occupancy rate of the basic transmission YouTube HD high-definition video only occupied 5Mbps bandwidth.

Live demonstration was very good, on television, could not because of compression caused by the clear blocks of color, or stuttering, but the high bit-rate video or big-screen TV on the effects might be affected.

The current regret is that only supports 720p resolution, and does not support HDCP, which means that no matter how much resolution on the laptop to the TV?s will be scaled to 720p.

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Motorola Motonav TN550 Sat-Nav

Our first experience of Motorola’s new push into the UK market, the Motonav TN760t, proved to be a highly unusual device. But it was also an expensive proposition, particularly when accompanied by the professional in-car installation option. Fortunately, at the same time as the TN760t, Motorola has also launched a more modest alternative, the TN550. At ?80 less for the UK and Republic of Ireland mapping version, it’s a much more affordable proposition.

The most obvious difference between the two models is the screen, more specifically the aspect. The TN760t has the widest screen of any sat-nav currently on the market, with a 2.39:1 ratio similar to panoramic cinema. The TN550, in contrast, opts for a conventional 4.3in widescreen with a 16:9 ratio. There are some immediate downsides to this shrinkage, as Motorola’s novel Motonav interface appears to have been designed more with the TN760t in mind than the TN550.

One of the key ideas behind Motorola’s sat-nav software design is to keep the map on-screen as much as possible. So when you call up the initial menu, this merely places a few icons over the map. However, the extra information panel you can add on the left of the screen makes the TN550’s map display far too small for comfort. On the TN760t, the remaining map is around the same size as a 4.3in widescreen, so it’s still readily usable.

The same can be said of the Enter Destination interface. On the TN760t, there is enough space for the on-screen keyboard and results panel to be visible at the same time. But on the TN550, the results panel is stowed on the right, and has an annoying habit of popping up when it has come up with some suggestions, so it covers half the keyboard. This is particularly irritating if you’re still typing text.

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Sony VAIO P Series (VPC-P11S1E)

If you remain confused by the Apple iPad, spare a thought for the Sony VAIO P Series. It was first unveiled at CES 2009, but its promising beginnings belied a device that was slow, cumbersome to use and lacking in the battery life department. It was, to use an oft heard complaint of late, a product without a point. Despite its obvious issues, however, Sony has come back to have another go at this 8-inch, mini-netbook device.

We’ll deal with the obvious first: it’s very green. Luckily this lime green version (VPC-P11S1E/G), not to mention other colourful options like orange and pink, are joined by less retina searing white and black versions. Moreover, colour aside, the P Series is quite a funky looking device. Its combination of matt plastic, smooth lines and a compact, slim chassis that weighs 600 grams – 80 less than the iPad – is a strong reminder of why the device drew such admiring glances in the first place. It looks cool.

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Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch

A common complaint with the Apple iPad is that, while it has plenty of potential for entertainment and browsing, for productivity it is somewhat lacking. Aside from its limited hardware and software, one of the main reasons is the absence of a hardware keyboard. So what if you want the best of both worlds: the flexibility of a tablet combined with the convenience and productive potential of a proper laptop? In the Packard Bell Butterfly Touch, we may have the answer to just that question.

This 11.6in mobile machine is essentially an ultra-portable laptop with a swivel touchscreen, which can be folded down over the keyboard to turn it into a tablet. It’s by no means a new form-factor or a unique implementation, but what makes the Butterfly Touch special is that, with a retail price of just ?499, it joins Acer’s similar Aspire models in making convertible laptops affordable.

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ASUS Eee PC 1005PR

Just as there are many paths up the mountain, there?s more than one way to build a multimedia-friendly netbook. Nvidia?s Ion changed how consumers looked at netbooks last year. But now chip maker Broadcom promises a superior HD experience over the typical Pine Trail/integrated graphics solution inside most netbooks for a more wallet-friendly price. Given ASUS? notorious penchant for bringing out a new Eee PC model more often than NBC changes late-night hosts, it?s no surprise that they?ve given the Crystal HD Decoder a spin in its newest netbook, the $399 1005PR Seashell. Unfortunately, a medicore keyboard nearly spoils the fun.

Editors? Note:Portions of this review were taken from our earlier review of the Eee PC 1005PE-P.
Design

As the newest member of ASUS? Seashell line, the 1005PR shares the same tapered lines, rounded edges, and slim chassis as the 1005HA and 1001P, among other recent Eee PC models. Available in four colors?black, white, pink and dark blue?this 10.3 x 7 x 1.4 inch netbook benefits from a matte outer shell and a fingerprint-resistant checkered pattern on the lid. This adds a touch of style to an already elegant design, making the 1005PR fashionable without being loud. To go along with its sleek look, the 1005PR is also lighter than the average netbook, weighing just 2.4 pounds. The inside of the system is glossy black, and the deck picked up its share of fingerprints.

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Ferrari California Experience for 50 deserving children at Silverstone

Silverstone – On the 4th May 2010 some of the UK?s most deserving children received a very special treat courtesy of Ferrari North Europe, in partnership with the British Racing Drivers? Club. 50 youngsters were taken around the iconic Silverstone Circuit in a fleet of Ferrari California sports cars, chauffeured by professional drivers and talented young members of the BRDC?s ?SuperStars? scheme. Also taking the wheel were Fifth Gear presenter Jason Plato and Pink Floyd drummer and noted Ferrari enthusiast, Nick Mason.

Also in attendance was a very special guest from Italy ? Ferrari driver Marc Gen? who spent time talking to the children about their favourite Ferraris and what it?s like to be a Formula One driver. The children were all nominated by two charities, Starlight, which brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children by granting their wishes, and the UK automotive industry charity, BEN.

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BMW N55: Turbo, Valvetronic, and Direct Injection in ONE!

You surely must remember the ad wars between Audi and BMW from a couple of years ago! Either that or you probably came by this article opening your older brother?s laptop. Either way, the outcome was somewhat unsatisfying due to Subaru?s spin on the matters, when they took advantage of their International Engine of the Year 2006 Award to rub it in the face of the Bavarian teasers. Needless to say, this caused a mass sleeping disorder in the otherwise peaceful beer-loving town of Munich. Obviously, all of the sleepless nights were spent on activities different from lager-drinking, as BMW won the award the next two years, in big part thanks to one special engine: the N54 Bi-Turbo.

Being the bearers of 47 awards from the above-mentioned contest, BMW have exactly 24 more than the second best in the 11-year history of the competition ? Honda. Ironically, the latter has also been branded by some as ?the Japanese BMW. ?Ze Germans are so far ahead, in fact, that they already have the replacement for the N54 Bi-Turbo engine, which is an inline-6 with 3.0 liters of displacement, and makes 306 horsepower in its original guise. So that?s it: they are changing a basically three-year old engine, which has won the International Engine Awards consecutively in ?08 and ?09 and is being used with great success in most of their models? Was?*

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C350

Pros

* M-B star bigger than J-lo?s booty on the grille
* Competent performance
* Mercedes-Benz safety

Cons

* M-B star bigger than Mo?nique?s booty on the grille
* Busy center console controls
* No nav on a $40k+ car

Disclosure: I?m not a big Mercedes-Benz fan. Despite the solid engineering, performance, and prestige, I am just not a fan of the styling. The peanut headlights years were the worst. So when my editor called about the C350, I wasn?t exactly jumping for joy. But I was curious. The C350 has the bigger V6 and slots in between the C300 and the C63 AMG with the insane 6.2L V8. I wanted to see how it compares to my G35S. Plus my parents were going to visit that weekend and I wanted to impress them at the airport with a Benz, as they call them in Asia.

2010 Mercedes-Benz C350

Driving Impressions

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Oil Crews Cap One of Three Leaks on Gulf of Mexico Spill

The British Petroleum (BP) oil company says emergency crews have stopped one of three leaks on a broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Clear weather is proving helpful to clean-up crews and fishermen in affected areas.

BP representatives say calm seas enabled a submersible robot to reach the drill pipe and position a new valve, stopping one of the three leaks. They say it is unlikely to stop the amount of oil leaking from the broken well, but it does enable crews to focus on the other two leaks.

Meanwhile, BP is moving forward with other plans to stop the flow of oil completely at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Crews loaded a massive steel cap on to a vessel, which they hope to drop on top of the broken well to contain the leak.

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Mahindra New Cars

Since 1945, Mahindra and Mahindra or M&M has been producing great cars for the Indian roads. In this article, let’s have a look at the car maker’s current inventory of new cars in India. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is best known for cars in India, but the company is also active in both, IT and financial services, steel processing, and infrastructure. M&M made its entry into the passenger car segment with the Logan in April 2007 under the Mahindra Renault joint venture.

The Mahindra Bolero, a Mahindra new car in India, has plenty of variants to choose from. The spacious off-road car personifies ruggedness, durability and economic maintenance. The SLX, SLE, XL, XLS, MDI, DI, and VLX CRDe are the different variants it comes in and 2.5-litre engine carried by all these variants suits the Indian roads just perfect. The powerful turbocharged diesel engine delivers 63-68 bhp of power and 180 Nm of torque. Other Mahindra new cars in India that fall in this category are the Mahindra Bolero Camper which is the pickup version of the Bolero and the Mahindra Bolero Pik-Up in three choices – Flat Bed, Flat Bed with Power Steering, and Flat Bed CNG.

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How the Perfect 10 Diet works

Created by Dr. Michael Aziz, the Perfect 10 Diet is highly important for providing balanced nutrition to the body. A balanced diet is highly important for the proper functioning of our body as the right proportions of all the necessary proteins, fats and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals help in enhancing the overall well being of our body. As per the Perfect 10 Diet created by Dr. Aziz, the accurate presence of hormonal levels should also be considered for proper body functioning. The over consumption of processed and fatty foods & carbohydrates is the main reason behind the risk of being over weight. A perfect diet plays a big role in eliminating the symptoms caused by diabetes.

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Bed Wetting Affects Adults, Too

Adult bed wetting is a common problem as you can see from all the TV ads about bedwetting disposable diapers available for adults. The first thing for adults to do when they have a bed-wetting problem is to consult with a doctor to make sure that there is nothing medically wrong to cause this problem to develop. Bedwetting in the adult years can be a symptom of diabetes, kidney or bladder problems or something as simple as a urinary tract infection, for which there are antibiotics. Even though disposable diapers do help adults feel more comfortable, adult bed wetting does need to be checked out.

Allergies, cell anemia, and sleep disorders are also causes for adult bed wetting. Researchers dealing with this problem have also found psychological factors to be involved, such as stress and trauma. In some cases, age is the culprit as the muscles of the bladder start to lose their elasticity causing adult bed-wetting. Enuresis alarms work just as well for adults as they do for children and teenagers. These alarms wake you up out of your sleep at the first sign of moisture so that you do have time to get to the bathroom instead of wetting the bed.

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IR Eyes on Iceland Volcano From NASA?s EO-1 spacecraft

Infrared (right) and Visible (left) images of Iceland?s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, acquired April 17, 2010, from the Hyperion instrument onboard NASA?s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) spacecraft. [Image credit: NASA/JPL/EO-1 Mission/GSFC/Ashley DaviesFull image and caption: (photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA13048)]

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, the Hyperion instrument onboard NASA?s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) spacecraft obtained this pair of images of the continuing eruption of Iceland?s Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

In the left-hand image, created from visible wavelengths, new black ash deposits are visible on the ground, as well as nearby brilliant unsullied ice and snow and the volcano?s brown, billowing plume.

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