Are the new crop of Russian spies nerds like us? We doubt it (we probably have more in common with Lil Wayne
than a certain “Anna Chapman,” if that is
her real name). How do they do their dirty work, then? Apparently their kit is mostly off-the-shelf: including laptops and flash memory cards. According to the FBI, two of the recently accused perps would meet at a coffee shop in Manhattan every Wednesday, where one would sit inside, while they other passed by in a van. When in range, they would connect over WiFi and transfer encrypted communications over their network. (The FBI was able to sniff this out using commercial software. Had they used ultra-wideband radio, however, the investigator’s task would probably have been all but impossible). It’s also believed that the spies used pre-paid cellphones to communicate. One such unit, purchased by Chapman, had the following listed for her address: 99 Fake Street. It just goes to show you that all the gadgetry in the world will not protect you from your lack of common sense.
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It’s Monday, and we know that getting the week started can be tough. We’re here to help by letting you peek into the recording booth when the Engadget HD podcast goes to tape at 4:30 pm. Think of it as a kind of time machine that will help you power through your day by reviewing what happened in the week HD-wise. Embedded Ustream tools and a list of topics after the break.
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Welcome to your nightly roundup of the day’s news, reviews and goings on courtesy of T3.com.
Not much of a surprise here, but it looks like you can officially include Sony in the e-book reader price wars
. It’s now dropped the prices on its three current models: the Pocket Edition
is down from $169 to $149, the Touch Edition
drops from $199 to $169, and the 3G-equipped Daily Edition
is now $299 (down a full $50 from $349). As The Digital Reader
blog notes, however, that still leaves Sony a bit out of step with the competition — the Pocket Edition lacks the WiFi of the similarly-priced Nook
, for instance, and the Daily Edition remains a tough sell
even at $299.
Sony cuts e-reader prices: Pocket Edition now $149 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jul 2010 14:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Admit it, you’ve been desperately refreshing this page in the simple hope of learning more about BMW’s first all-electric vehicle. Originally announced with nary a visual clue to its appearance, the Megacity has now been fleshed out in the above futuristic sketch, which gives us an inkling of the car’s design direction. Don’t expect it to have too much bearing on the final product, though — we do anticipate the real deal to have, y’know, tyres. BMW is also putting together an all-new chassis specifically for this battery-powered city transporter, and has already begun crash-testing the carbon fiber-equipped shells. In spite of its compact dimensions, the Megacity is being described as a “premium sustainability” vehicle, meaning its 2013 launch will be relevant to a somewhat select group of people.
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BMW Megacity EV gets sketched out in more detail originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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