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Ever since James Bond had tricked out briefcases as an accoutrement for his array of gadgets, the idea of a suitcase full of a kit of gizmos for a specific task is seductive; or morbidly curious, in the case of apocryphal suitcase nukes. The concept predates James Bond, with transmitter suitcases which were make for allied spies during WWII.

tricked out gadget suitcases

Quite often a company will release a limited edition item to mark a product’s anniversary that is actually worse than the original. We trawled the web to find examples of well designed anniversary gadgets, including our favorite, the 300lb limited edition espresso machine that was used by the Pope. Vote on your favorite.

14 anniversary edition products

Roman cavalry would often have lifelike armored face masks which were deliberately expressionless to add to their creepiness. Conversely, traditional Japanese face armor is often contorted into aggressive displays of anger. Ironic somehow, since the Japanese are considered stoic and in control of their emotions whereas modern day Italians are caricatured as anything but. Military masks are interesting because they reveal the underlying hidden character of the often faceless uniforms of war. They range from early lifelike representations to some of the more abstract examples during the Renaissance or the accidentally terrifying arctic warfare masks of the otherwise friendly Swedish.

armored face masks

Although the West Coast of the US and Japan have plenty of above-ground, tangled, utility cables, for some unknown reason telephone and electricity cabling in Vietnam is particularly horrendous. This list, may seem like an obscure joke until you look at the examples of some of the worlds most unbelievable rats nests of above ground cabling – all in Vietnamese cities.

extreme vietnamese street cabling

Times Square is the worlds most visited attraction. More people visit this crossroads in Manhattan every year than there are Canadians. It used to be called Longacre Square after the same area in London which was also the center of the carriage trade. Then the New York Times created its headquarters on the south side in 1904, and so the area was names after it.The Times building was completely remodeled in the mid 60s as the Allied Chemical building, then again more recently, to the point where it is basically a giant billboard support with only one tenant – the people who drop the famous ball at New Year.For this Times Square set I’ve chosen images all looking south towards the former Times building, from 1880 to 2011, through the first neon billboards, the decline in the 80s, the Christo project to wrap it 1 Times Square in 1985 and its refurbishment in the 1990s as something more like the Vegas strip.

12 times times square over time

The Oobject Rotten Apple Award. To mark this week’s 10th anniversary of the death of the Newton we have picked some of the products from Apple, that we’d rather forget.We could have picked many more from the years when Jobs was in the wilderness and Apple attempted to be market driven rather than design driven, under Sculley. Reactive rather than pro-active. One problem, the gallery would have been a sea of similar, anonymous items. For the Sculley era machines, assume that we mean every product in the range.(update: Apple’s earnings are just in and they are blow-out. After hours trading shows that as of today, Apple is worth more than IBM.).Vote for your all time worst product.

19 all time worst apple products

In the Avengers, Steed carried a sword cane. A sword cane was only one of a variety of gadget or system canes that were made popular in the Victorian era when everything from automatons, whiskey flasks, pipes, lighters, guns, umbrellas and golf clubs were combined in these antique gadgets.Here are some of the best ones we could find. Vote on your faves.

10 sword and gadget canes

The condom may be the worlds oldest gadget, but it continues to evolve. The recent development of the snap-on Pronto condom in South Africa has saved countless lives, after it was found that easy to open packaging had a huge effect on usage by not destroying the moment. We have chosen a dozen different commercials from a dozen different countries, many of which show different cultural attitudes and fantastically oblique humor. Contrary to the headlines on YouTube and blogs, these commercials are not banned, however most could not be shown on national TV in the US, which has some of the world’s strictest, self-imposed, censorship. The fact that they could be shown on cable suggests that this is not necessarily a cultural issue, but rather a result of a vocal, prudish minority. McCann Erickson’s Million Sperm film, for example, is listed as banned but actually won several awards after being broadcast. Vote for your faves.

12 countries 12 condom commercials (videos)

Ted Stevens was right, the Victorian Internet consisted, quite literally, of a ‘Network of Tubes’. Paris, London, Prague and Vienna had extensive networks of pneumatic tubes which delivered messages in capsules. In New York 5 million mail messages passed every day through an underground pneumatic system, and a network in Berlin delivered hot meals directly to people’s homes suggesting that kitchens would no longer be needed in the future. Today these systems can still be purchased where they are used in places like hospitals where samples are passed between departments.

15 pneumatic message networks

The excitement over commercial sub-orbital space tourism masks the reality of real commercial space venture through orbiting satellites. Obviously these are splendid complex objects to drool over, but you only get to do that while they are being assembled on the ground. Here are some of our favorite images including the giant clean rooms where surgeon-like technicians in white overalls piece them together.

12 satellites on the ground

And you thought the matrix was fiction? Robots designed to access hostile areas such as radioactive areas are also used beneath the streets to clean or repair sewers or to lay cables. They were among the first things on the scene after 911 or Katrina and have a particular rugged beauty. Vote for your faves.

12 super sewer robots

Until very recently, people still used the same principal that Newton had proposed, to derive latitude from the angle of the sun or stars at known times. The sextant (or originally octant) allowed people to do this relative to the horizon, rather than the instrument itself.Later versions of the sextant included a very simple version for emergency use, called the Bris sextant (not a great name for a device to be used on a rolling ship) and until the advent of GPS systems, bubble sextants were used on aircraft.

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The name Chrysler will be remembered if no other car is produced, in the automobile inspired skyscraper that is the pinnacle of American machine-age design.The Chrysler building is the tallest brick (steel re-enforced) building in the world but it is fundamentally modern, a triumph of both technology and design. Steel gargoyles were modeled on 1929 Chrysler automobile hood decorations and radiator caps and the earliest stainless steel cladding covered the stepped, Thai Princess-like crown. The Chrysler’s spire was unveiled in less than an hour, to make it the tallest building in the world and the first the first structure more than 1000ft high.Here are a selection of iconic views and details of the Chrysler, what I believe is America’s most important building, and an important milestone in the history of technology.

homage to the chrysler

Bel Geddes is the industrial designer most associated with the streamline style, an aerodynamic form than was as much about aesthetics as wind resistance. These designs actually look better than more aerodynamic forms and as such were used by Geddes for things that didn’t have to move at all, such as his streamlined school desk. Geddes started out as a theatrical designer then made a series of model cars and prototypes for trains and planes, including the incredible airliner number 4 – a 1929 proposal for a transatlantic boat plane carrying 450 passengers and an army of staff including a musicians and entertainers. But the other thing that Geddes created was his daughter, who was Miss Ellie in the TV series, Dallas.

12 Norman Bel Geddes creations

Soviet computer manufacture had a promising beginning with devices such as the MESM, which when it was produced in 1950 was the first universally programmable computer in continental Europe. By today’s standards, you’d have to fill the Empire State Building full of MESMs to have the same processing power as an iPhone. Later Soviet block computers were invariably based on Western counterparts with a myriad of Sinclair Spectrum clones, an Apple II based machine, PC compatibles and later on, Vax based systems from Robotron in East Germany.

12 Soviet Block Computers

Obviously the design criteria for four wheeled vehicles are somewhat different on other planets. This has yielded some of the most bizarre and fascinating vehicles ever proposed, from the giant Mobility Test Article test driven by Wernher von Braun to todays rovers which have ditched the most expensive component of all, the driver.Here are a variety of some of both classic and unusual space rovers from prototype to flown.

cars in space

Tourbillon watches are the most expensive in the world often costing $500,000. They became fashionable in the last decade as non-forgeable status symbols for billionaires, but that is now being threatened by Chinese imitations.The style of these devices is baroque in the truest sense, but becuase their aesthetic derives from the rational world of mechanics the style jars and they are, to my mind, as grotesque and kitsch as their diamond encrusted counterparts in the luxury watch market.After facing the existential threat of digital which made accuracy cheap, the Swiss watch industry turned to making high end jewelry either directly with diamond encrusted gold watches or indirectly via those that fetishised complex mechanics for the sake of it, such as these. Ironic, since the origins of Swiss watch making came from the ban on jewelry in Calvanist Geneva.These tourbillon (whirlwind) watches are the most extreme example of complex analog mechanics, the most expensive clockwork items in the world, costing between $100,000 and $500,000, they all share a rotating escapement which theoretically leads to better accuracy (even though that does not compare to a $50 swatch).This mechanism is very difficult to make and fascinating to look at, so most tourbillon watches directly expose their intricate mechanics, which originally only the Swiss could make. Recently, however, Chinese watch makers have brought tourbillon watches to market, for a tenth of the price, threatening their cache as a status symbol which is difficult to fake.

12 tourbillon watches

Although this list has been done by others, we have spent an unhealthy amount of time looking for specific examples of massively long, futuristic tunnels and impressive stations to give a definitive list from specific vanatage points, including some more obscure examples.

definitive list of subway architecture

These are possibly the most impressive gadgets on earth, beautifully complicated, polished stainless steel instruments that employ electron, x-ray, and ion probes, often in combination with depth profiling techniques, for surface analysis. They are the instruments featured on the covers of science lab and university brochures and are exactly what I want for my birthday. Vote for your faves.

12 ultra complex surface analysis systems

Brain devices tend to look interesting an unusual, from passive, insect like EEG caps with trailing wires to interactive Brain Computer Interfaces. These devices range from largely useless toys to profoundly impressive technology used to control things such as prosthetic limbs. Here is an eclectic mix of our favorites, vote for yours.

mind reading devices

Solar cookers are reflectors which focus sunlight enough to heat food, but they are a simple eco-friendly gadget that happens to look interesting and comes in a large variety of interesting forms.Because solar cookers are shiny and look like satellite dishes, they have a particularly futuristic appearance which often creates an extreme contrast with the surroundings where they are used, as some of these testify.

15 Solar Cookers

What makes clay models so special, is that they are the one-off original designs. In theory they are the priceless, original works of art and the production cars are the prints.The traditional process of manually refining the design of a car using clay over foam formwork, is still used even today, when CAD has replaced most drafting. Clay designs are often produced directly from computer milling and usually tweaks are fed back into the CAD design

12 clay car mockups

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Homefront’s Short Campaign Prompts Question: Is The Single-Player FPS A Lost Art?

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PSM3, the PlayStation magazine, has reviewed THQ’s fancy new shooter Homefront. It got a respectable 83/100. What’s perhaps worrying, however, is that the single-player campaign clocks in at a mere five hours in length.

Twist360 holds your iPad in Lots of Ways

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The iPad 2 is on the way with it hitting stores this week, but there are still loads of original iPads on the market that people want cool accessories for. For this crowd Bracketron has a new offering for you.

Australian Blokes Build Impressive Off Road Skateboard

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It’s called the FiiK. If you think it’s an odd handle, so did we until we learned it stood for “Future Is In Knowledge.” You see, the Queensland natives (brothers actually) have been improving their motorized skateboard technology for the better part of 10 years.(…

Disposable Eco Can Puts Biodegradable Spin On Canned Drinks

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The funny thing about the Eco Can is the manufacturers fashioned it after a well, can. Like a can, it’s disposable. Unlike a can, it’s biodegradable and can (that again) store hot liquid. If it does more than your average can, then why is it shaped like a can?

Google Instant Previews Now Mobile

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Google’s Instant Previews, which allows you to see webpage snapshots alongside text search results, is now available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices. Google rolled out this functionality today across 38 languages.

No Comment: Viewsonic ViewPad 10 press image shows a familiar OS

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Good work, Viewsonic; you’re now shipping the dual-boot 10″ ViewPad tablet that features both Windows 7 and Android as OS choices. We at TUAW wish you every success with the product.

Nokia lands new MeeGo chief, vows ‘style-conscious’ device

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Nokia’s MeeGo marketing lead said on Tuesday that the company had already picked a new head for the MeeGo team. Sebastian Nyström will jump from the top spot on the Qt team to head up the mobile OS. He replaces Alberto Torres, who left immediately after the Windows Phone 7 shakeup….

Core77 Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club Tonite with Katy Meegan, Em-Space Book Arts Center

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Tonight, Core77 welcomes Katy Meegan of Em-Space Book Arts Center to our bi-weekly creative speaker series: The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club hosted at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, OR. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

DIY Pulse Laser Gun Actually Burns Holes in Things

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When I was an undergrad, lasers this powerful were generally kept bolted down to equipment and you had to wear goggles when you were using them. Admittedly, you were only in trouble if you sat down right in front of one or held your hand in front while it was firing.

Smell Your Video Games with Sensory Acumen and Scent Science’s New Gaming Gear

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Smell-o-vision has been a long-standing joke about television technology: something that in the early days of television every futurist thought would come true, but simply never made it into reality, partially because it’s a ridiculous idea.

M-Edge Launches e-Luminator Touch Light for eReaders

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M-Edge has been pushing all sorts of cases and accessories for eReaders since the market really took off. The company has a full line of gear for the Kindle, Nook and other offerings that are on the market.

Nokia Aims for “Next Billion” With X1-00

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Looking to grab its next billion users, Nokia has launched a new, entry level mobile phone aimed at “growth markets”, or the developing world. The X1-00 will retail for less than €35 (or $48 bucks), and has special features that will make it appealing for those markets.

iPad 2: Where and when you can buy one

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Photo courtesy of Engadget If you’re in the market for an iPad 2, you’ll have a wide range of locations in the United States where you can pick one up on Friday. You’ll just need to wait until 5 PM local time to do so.

Philips puts out 21:9 TV with passive 3D, 400Hz 16:9 sets

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Philips has just announced the upcoming release of a new ultra wide screen TV with the Cinema 21:9 Gold. Sporting a wider aspect ratio than traditional 16:9 HDTVs, the 50-inch set also gets passive 3D technology.

SK Telecom to get CDMA iPhone 4 on March 16

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SK Telecom on Tuesday confirmed earlier tips and said it would carry the iPhone 4 on March 16. The Korean carrier will be the first outside of the US to get the CDMA iPhone 4. Its deal ends KT’s technical exclusive for the iPhone in the country, which was dictated mostly by its use of GSM….

The Meglio iPad Stand Is Great For The Can

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Another day, another iPad handle from Kickstarter. However, I think this one, the Meglio, is special for one reason and one reason only – it’s creator Salman Paracha has allowed us to finally admit where we all use our iPads the most: in the bathroom.

The New Apple iPad

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A much lighter and thinner iPad, this device is now qualitatively different and is arriving in stores on March 11. The new iPad has two built-in cameras; one for high-definition videos and photos on the back and one for video conference at the front.

Microsoft Will Release Hardcore Games For Kinect

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The Kinect for Xbox 360 has turned into a rather lucrative property for Microsoft. Naturally, the company is pushing to have more games developed for the peripheral. . A handful of Kinect games for hardcore gamers will be released this year.

Samsung To Release Galaxy Pro For Professionals

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Samsung will release a new smartphone called Galaxy Pro for professionals who want more than just a smartphone. The Galaxy Pro features a 2.8 in touchscreen, 3MP camera, 800MHz CPU, QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 512 MB storage along with a SD slot.

HTC Tube Tablet And Smartphone Concept Design

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As mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones become ever more an integral part of our daily lives, the ecosystem in which all devices work in harmony is very important.

Netbook with Sliding Keyboard Coming from China

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At first glance, it looks like another tablet, but if you try to touch the screen…no response. No, it didn’t get bricked by a bad operating system download, it’s a netbook! The Shanzhai group in China has created a netbook with a sliding keyboard that folds underneath the screen.

Disk Drill protects your Mac disks, recovers files

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Many of the disk utilities available for Mac OS X have been around for quite a few years, so it’s surprising when a new entry shows up in this very important class of Mac app.

Panasonic prices, dates new Lumix compact cameras

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As promised, Panasonic has now revealed prices for its Lumix ZS10, ZS8 and FX78 point-and-shoot cameras introduced late in January, along with the rugged Lumix TS3. The four arrive late this month, and share Leica lenses, HD video recording capabilities and Panasonic’s iA full-auto scene mode.

Google Instant Previews reach Android, iOS

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Google today brought its Instant Previews to mobile devices for the first time. Both Android and iOS now see a magnifying glass next to search results that will shift them to a thumbnail view of pages in the search results.

Review: The Lorex LIVE Snap Baby Video Monitor

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The Lorex LIVE Snap is amazing. It’s the gadget equivalent of spotting a narwhal dancing under a double rainbow. It’s without a doubt the most satisfying electronic device I’ve used in ages. It just works.

LimeWire settles music publisher lawsuit

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LimeWire on Tuesday said it had reached a settlement deal with major music publishers that had sued it for alleged piracy in June of last year. The two sides reached a secret deal that would see the lawsuit dismissed without the possibility of its return.

Alien Fossils Found (Maybe) Inside Meteorites

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Is it evidence of alien life, or just wishful thinking? A scientist from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center thinks that it may be the former. Dr. Richard Hoover published a study in the Journal of Cosmology that examines possible microfossils inside of carbonaceous meteorites.

Fiskar “88″ HDD Headphone Amplifier Designed For Sharp Audio

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Fiskar, the brand best known for shears and garden tools is stepping into the audio equipment market? Most likely not, but that doesn’t stop creative experimental designs using the Fiskar aesthetic.

Gene Munster: Don’t expect long lines for iPad 2

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Gene Munster, a senior research analyst for Piper Jaffray, expects the lines for Apple’s iPad 2 to be shorter than they were for the original iPad in 2010. Even so, Munster predicts Apple will sell over 1 million of the hotly anticipated iPad 2 in its first 28 days on the market.

Facebook now allows you to rent movies, kicks off with The Dark Knight

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Section: Video, Content, Portable Video, Video Providers, Web, Web 2.0 / Social Networking, Online Music/Video I don’ t know what you’ll find more interesting in this news, but Facebook has started rolling out movie rental via Facebook.com or the fact that the guinea pig for this…

First Ever Sketch Of Alexander Graham Bell’s Telephone Concept

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It was only 135 years ago, today, that Alexander Graham Bell was awarded his patent for the telephone. And here we have one of his first sketches of the magical device.

Fearing iTunes-Like Domination, Hollywood Plots Netflix’s Downfall

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Shocking news: Hollywood is not a fan of Netfix. Movie studios have started to become concerned with the company’s growing influence, and they’re determined to prevent it from becoming the next iTunes, so big and powerful that it can dictate terms. The solution?

Facebook Getting Digital Movie Rentals

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Late last month, Amazon threw down the online movie gauntlet by offering free streaming to all Prime users.

90s Rock Band Plays for Space Shuttle Discovery

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Remember Big Head Todd and the Monsters? They were kind of a thing in certain areas of the country for a brief period in the 90s.

Robot Research Allows For More Human-Like Movements, Does Well With Charades (Video)

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There has been a lot of news lately about robots and research making them more human like. A research project at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing is investigating how humans see actions and motions of robots.

Roxio Releases Toast 11 Titanium and Pro

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Roxio just announced the release of Toast 11 Titanium and Titanium Pro DVD, CD, and Blu-Ray disk authoring software for the Mac. If there’s anything constant about Toast is that it’s constantly changing.

Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad X220 Notebook

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Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad X220 Notebook, there is also a tablet version of the X220, and both models now come with Intel’s latest Core i3, i5 and Core i7 processors.The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 features a 12.5 inch LCD display, that comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, and it…

Facebook Movie Rentals Begin With The Dark Knight

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Facebook and Warner Bros. have partnered to provide a new digital movie rental service on Facebook, with the service starting with the Batman blockbuster : The Dark Knight.To rent The Dark Knight movie via Facebook will cost you $3 or 30 Facebook Credits for 48 hours, from the official Facebook…

Google’s Android Becomes The Most Popular Smartphone Platform

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According to recent research by comScore, Google’s Android OS is now the most popular smartphone platform in the US, this is up from last year where it was sitting in second place behind RIM.According to the research, Android now makes up around 31.2 percent of all smartphone users in the US,…

Phillips MultiRoom Entertainment Systems

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Phillips have today announced three new components to their multiroom music entertainment system range.

Robot claw delta-robot controlled by Kinect and Arduino

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One time my daughter and I were in the local grocery store and she wanted to play that game where you use the claw to pick up stuffed animals. Somehow, the stars aligned and I ended up winning two stuffed animals for her and now she thinks I can win at will, which isn’t accurate at all.

Konect USB concept watch looks very Star Trek

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If you like strange watches, Tokyoflash is the place you want to go. The site sells some odd watches that are often hard to read for most of us, but look so cool nonetheless.

HTC EVO View 4G trademark: Sprint WiMAX Flyer incoming?

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Looks like the HTC EVO View 4G really is incoming at CTIA 2011 next month, with HTC filing a couple of trademark applications for the mysterious new device.

GDC 2011: Remedy brings Death Rally to iOS

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Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment is known for making full-fledged console titles like Max Payne and Alan Wake, but it’s stepping into the iOS arena with a touch-based remake of its old racing combat game Death Rally, originally released back in 1996.

Adobe Wallaby Converts Flash To HTML 5

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Adobe Labs together with launching Flash Beta 10.3 have also launched a new a new tool called Adobe Wallaby which can convert Flash to HTML 5, allowing developers to easily convert their Flash applications into iOS device friendly HTML 5.The tools has been created to take all the pain out of…

The Hands-Free Sandwich Holder

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This hands-free sandwich holder might look suspiciously look like a re-purposed harmonica holder for..(Read…

NAO Robot gets awesome charger it can connect itself

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I think that the little NAO Robot is a really cool toy that would be a lot of fun to play with. We talked about the NAO robot earlier this month and the thing is still being developed and tweaked.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Launches And Claims ‘Worlds Fastest’ Graphics Card Title

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After leaking a few early images of their new AMD Radeon HD 6990 graphics card back at the end of February.

‘Til Death Do Us Part Ring

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Til Death Do Us Part Ring” by Kate Bauman. On sale here. “Why have one engagement ring w..(Read…

Transcend SSD18C3 USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive

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Transcend has announced their new portable Solid State Drive, the SSD18C3 with USB 3.0 connectivity. The new SSD18C3 uses NAND flash memory and with its USB 3.0 interface it delivers transfer speeds of up to 260MB/s and read speeds of up to 200MB/s.

SocialKeyboards unveils S.N.A.K. the Social Network Access Keyboard

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If you are a serious user of Facebook that spend lots of time uploading photos and other content to your social network page on Facebook a new keyboard just for you has surfaced.

Secret space plane has solar stowaway

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Paul Marks, senior technology correspondent(Image: Boeing)The US air force launched the second un-piloted X-37B space plane into low-Earth orbit on Saturday.

ViewSonic delivers dual-boot 10.1î ViewPad 10 tablet

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ViewSonic has delivered the ViewPad 10, a dual-boot 10.1-inch tablet solution that runs both Android and Windows 7. The device centers on a large capacitive touchscreen display with a 1024×600 resolution with an LED backlight.

USB Powered Coffee Warmer Review

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This is one of the simplest I have ever made. To review the USB powered coffee warmer I just connected the gadget via USB, press the on button and put my coffee cup on it. My coffee was kept hot. This is one of the gadgets I like: simple to use and effective.

Philips WiFi Multiroom HiFi, Harmony iPod/DVD HiFi and Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay speakers debut

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Philips has outed a three-strong lineup of new music entertainment systems, including a multiroom audio HiFi, a component HiFi system, and an AirPlay-compatible wireless speaker system that looks like the eggs from Alien.

Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold HDTV: 3D, two-player full-screen gaming, more

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Philips has outed the latest in its ridiculously wide Cinema 21:9 HDTV range, the new Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold Series TV. The first 21:9 aspect 3D capable TV, the new set has a 50-inch panel which uses passive 3D glasses, along with Smart TV functionality and real-time 2D-to-3D conversion.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 official: World’s fastest graphics card

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We’ve been tracking AMD’s beastly Radeon HD 6990 for a few months now, and the company has finally seen fit to make it official.

HP reveals Omni Pro 110 all-in-one

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HP has introduced its Omni Pro 110 all-in-one, which it has aimed at small businesses looking for a compact, but smart looking desktop PC solution. It centers on a 20-inch HD anti-glare display and comes equipped with integrated speakers, a webcam and a microphone.

Secure iPad Stand

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If you’ve ever been in a situation where you wanted to make an iPad available to the public, but didn’t want it to walk away when you weren’t looking, you know that your options are pretty limited if you’d rather not attach something permanently to your iPad.

Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry loose the market to Android smartphones in US

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A report prepared by the source indicates that the device is running Google Android become the market leader for smartphones in the US. They are ahead of the devices with other operating systems offered by Apple and Blackberry.

Flash Player 10.3 Beta Released With Enhanced Privacy Protection

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Adobe has rolled out their latest Flash 10.3 beta release ready for testing and downloading and is now available for Mac, Linux & Windows.

Tablet turmoil: HP Touchpad 2 looks to enterprise; Some slate plans axed

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Apple’s iPad 2 has apparently kicked off some deep, internal soul-searching among rivals; Samsung has already given a public shudder, and now HP, ASUS and Acer are all believed to be shaking up their slate development.

Shock Study: Women Spend More Time Talking And Texting

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Wireless provider Mobistar recently announced the results of their survey which sought out cell phone usage by gender. If stereotypes are to be believed, then the results are hardly shocking. The survey found that women spend more time on the phone, and send more text messages than men.

HP now offering Verizon Palm Pre 2 for $29.99

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Section: Communications, Smartphones, Mobile After just a few weeks on the market, HP has already dropped the price on the Verizon Palm Pre 2. The smartphone started at $99.99 when it was released in mid-February. Just a few days ago, the price was halved to $49.99.

iPad 2 sparks redesigns, TouchPad 2 going to notebook group

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The iPad 2 has triggered a minor panic among PC and tablet makers, including a possible HP change in strategy for the future TouchPad, insiders said late Monday.

Amazon clarifies details of its Android Appstore DRM

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Following Amazon’s announcement of its Android Appstore and DRM protection, the retailer has attempted to clarify several of the terms that have been met with criticism or uncertainty. Developers will be able to opt out of the DRM option if they so choose.

Yamaha VSP-1 Voice Masking System Released In Japan

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Yamaha will launch the new VSP-1 Voice Masking System in Japan. It is actually a small speaker-like device that will mask your conversation in public areas.

AMD Radeon HD 6990 Review: Antilles Has Arrived

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The product we’ll be featuring here today, the AMD Radeon HD 6990, should come as no surprise to anyone that even remotely stays on top of the PC graphics scene.

Lenovo Reveals X220 Laptop And X220 Convertible Tablet

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Another new day, and another new notebook. Lenovo has two new machines coming out today, so we’ll get started with the first one. The ThinkPad X220 is a jack-of-all-trades, offering a nice combination of low weight, long battery life and a better-than-average CPU.

Verizon iPhones Unlocked, Carried by Cricket

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Oh YouTube, you’ve got the strangest and most wonderful things crawling around your innards. Today we’ve got a look at what appears to be a Verizon iPhone 4 which, just like it’s AT&T buddy, is both capable of being unlocked and has successfully been switched over to a…

Lenovo kicks out ThinkPad X220 with 24-hour battery

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Lenovo gave its ThinkPad X series a major refresh on Tuesday with a generational leap. The X220 notebook and X220t tablet both use a newer 12.5-inch, IPS-based rich color display but thrive with a new external ThinkPad battery pack.

Panasonic Gold SDHC UHS-I Memory Card Series

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Panasonic today introduced the new Gold SDHC UHS-I memory card series, which is ideal media for digital SLR cameras that requires high-speed write performance. These memory cards come with read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 80MB/s, respectively.

iPhone 4 Style Pillow Cushion

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You have such major love for the new iPhone 4 that you want sleep with it. But your significant other says, “Either the iPhone goes or I go.” Panic not. The iPhone 4 Style Pillow Cushion allows you to be close to your beloved smartphone without really committing any crime.

Veho Mimi Keyboard-Gamepad-Mouse Hybrid

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The Veho Mimi Wireless Gamepad Keyboard is a small form factor keyboard that has a built-in gyroscope, so you can use it as a 3D mouse. What’s more, the device also features a built-in 8-way gamepad with dual thumbsticks, allowing you to turn your HTPC into a full on gaming rig.

HP Omni Pro 110 PC All-in-one Business Desktop

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HP comes back to the all-in-one computer market by introducing the new HP Omni Pro 110 PC. This business-oriented desktop has a 20-inch widescreen display with an HD anti-glare display, integrated high-performance stereo speakers, a webcam with a microphone, a DVD writer and a 6-in-1 media card…

Pioneer 2011 receivers to gain Airplay, iOS apps

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Pioneer is introducing new 5.1- and 7.1-channel AV receivers that will ship later this month which build upon previous models, and that the company says are made for the the iPhone, iPad and iPod generation, featuring a connecting USB/video cable, AirPlay compatibility, optional Bluetooth audio…

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