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The lack of design innovation in an economic environment which excluded innovators meant that Soviet Russian technology often lifted concepts directly from the West. Not just little things like microprocessors and computers, but massive projects like Superfortress bombers, the Concorde and even the Space Shuttle.

Top 10 Soviet Technology Ripoffs

Pocket sundials can be over 1000 years old, arguably making them the world’s first watches – and with no moving parts to break. Typically they were carried by shepherds, where there are a variety of designs, from the French Pillar Sundial to the Tibetan Time Stick.

12 Pocket Sundials

There is something fantastically hellish about fiery steel manufacture, nothing seems more gigantic or obviously dangerous looking. The instruments used to transfer molten iron, steel and slag are massive solid items made of the same thing they contain in liquid form and are objects of wonder.Particularly interesting are the torpedo ladle railroad cars, which transfer hot metal from blast to oxygen furnaces. They are dramatic and interesting enough that despite their obscurity they are available in several forms for model railroads. Vote for your faves.

giant molten steel handling equipment

Tube testers are machines to test the notoriously unreliable predecessor of the transistor – the vacuum tube, or valve. If you are a hi-fi nut with a tube amp you might actually even need one of these.What makes them special as vintage gadgets is that they have that particular density of retro buttons and switches that spells complicated and releases Serotonin in male humans.The link to the Catalog for the ‘Supreme’ brand on Steven Johnson’s site is particularly fine. Tube testers can be picked up on Ebay, fairly often, for reasonable prices.

13 tube testers

For high speed chase scenes or a low speed horse back rides, the film industry’s cameras occasionally have to go mobile and when they do, they rely on specialist high tech. cars and trucks.Usually wearing intimidating matte black paint (to reduce glare) these vehicles are often engineering wonders, employing after market performance upgrades, elaborate electronics, exotic materials and even gyro-stabilizers to keep a subject in frame. With companies like Pursuit Systems, AP Cam Cars and a handful of others fulfilling Hollywood’s high speed needs, the vehicles they create are rarely seen but hard to overlook.Here are some of out favorites including the amazing Go system, used for The Bourne Supremacy.Curated by Chris Hull

12 movie industry camera cars

Although the Omega Speedmaster is the most famous space watch, being worn on all moon missions, it is one of 7 watches which are NASA certified, including a range of far less glamorous Casio G-Shocks. Ironically, the watch which has possibly been in space most is one that costs a fraction of the price of a Speedmaster and is more associated with computer geeks – the Timex Datalink.Rules as to what watches could be worn by Russian Cosmonauts were more relaxed, however, Poljot military watches were often worn. The Chinese have chosen the Fiyta Chronograph for their manned space missions.

watches worn in space

The best current ebay auctions for oobject heads, including a Mickey Mouse that has been in space, a $4000 armor dress and some great vintage computer gear including an original Altair 8800b. vote for your faves.

best of ebay oobjects jan 25 08

Our top burglar alarms include an array of guns with trip wires or trigger mechanisms, designed to scare off thieves, including the hellish looking device from a London dock warehouse, a clockwork 19th century doorstop burglar alarm, and a device from the 1930′s which dialed an emergency number and played back an alert message from a gramophone record. Vote for your faves.

top 10 unusual burglar alarms

Obvious the very word submarine implies something below sea level, so submarines on dry land are particularly weird. Here are some of our favorites, ranging from abandoned washed up submarines, like beached whales, to those which have been specially buried in the ground as museum exhibits.

10 dry land submarines

If you are as persnickety as we are, then you also possibly fantasize about having lots of gadgets that are tiny and foldaway in beautiful, intricate transformer-like fashion.Here are our picks from big to small: houses, helicopters, cars, boats, beds, computers, coat hangers. even if you’ve seen these things before, there is something satisfying about putting all these things in one place.

collapsible gadgets

New York, a city which is defined by its skyline, existed as a metropolis well before skyscrapers and has gone through several distinct architectural phases.I’ve picked this collection to demonstrate these, from the earliest known photograph of New York in the 1840s which shows the Upper West side as rural, to the Brooklyn Bridge dominated skyline of the mid nineteenth century.A postcard from 1904 is labeled ‘New York Skyscrapers’ but shows very few of what we would call skyscrapers today, consisting of the early steel framed buildings epitomized by the flatiron.Between the 1920′s and 1930′s the machine age skyscraper city of masonry-clad, art deco splendor grows at breakneck speed and remains similar in texture until the emergence of curtain wall, glass and steel buildings in the 1950s, after the completion of the Seagram in 1958.The 1973 opening of the iconic World Trade Center coincides the building of other inferior block like buildings along the periphery of lower Manhattan, notably at Water St., which destroy the hill like collection of spires.

evolution of the New York skyline

Here is a roundup of collectible boomboxes, currently being auctioned on ebay. The mannerist nature of 80s ghetto blasters could not be more different from today’s minimalist trends in consumer audio gear, lead by Sony and Apple. Because of this, these devices now look obviously obsolete and different and are starting to become collectors items. Ugly, but interesting, and representative of their time, some are perfect examples of pointless feature driven design, something which still plagues software.

12 monster 80s boomboxes

When Craig Breedlove built the first of the modern jet-propelled record breaking cars in his garage, he named it the Spirit of America, this could have just as well pertained to the place of creation as the object itself. The garage is a symbol of creative entrepreneurialism, people making anything from cars to music to robots and, of course, the Apple computer.

things made in suburban garages

Adding a sound system to something as skeletal as a bicycle is tricky task, but one that has been perfected around the world. From gangs in Queens to Critical Mass rallies boom box bikes are an interesting technological mix of eco and brash.

boombox bikes

The design of ski jumps is interesting because it is the most extreme form of a playground slide. It has recently produced excellent pieces of modern architecture from Zaha Hadid and MR2 but equally impressive are the bizarre temporary ski jumps at baseball grounds and football stadia.

10 ski jumps

Jet engines undergo a variety of tests shown here, from chucking water, sand and flocks of dead birds into their gaping intakes. They are also tested to see what happens when a fan blade is destroyed while the turbine is spinning, with an explosive charge, not something to try at home. But the best tests of all are those involving jet engine afterburners and the best of the best has to be those with vector nozzles.These are real oobjects, objects that make you go ooh. Vote for your faves.

jet engine test videos

When I was an architect, it was common for structural engineering books to have this image of two people effortlessly supporting a third to demonstrate the cantilever principal of the famous Forth Rail Bridge outside of Edinburgh. When I was looking for this picture, I noticed that the people were different. It turns out that this iconic image is not unique and here are the three variants I could find, making this the shortest (and one of the more obscure) oobject list to date.

3 forth bridge demos

There is something intensely creepy about submarines, not least because, as we found out from the two that had crashed into each other recently, they carry a thousand times the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb in a claustrophobic metal sarcophagus powered by the same stuff as the bombs. Because of this, and because of their featureless exteriors which hide immense complexity they provide the same kind of kick that a complicated gadget in a smooth case provides. Just like gadgets its interesting to see how they work when they are being assembled or taken apart. Here are our favorite views from the science fiction like decommissioning of Soviet attack subs to rotting reactor cores to components being wheeled through English roads.

submarine construction and decommissioning

A selection of our favorite camera rigs, modifications and improvisations from eccentric Czech artist Miroslav Tichs trash camera to a camera which is setup to deliberately create the red-eye effect.

10 neat camera hacks

This is a bit of an obscure list, we admit, however there is something very impressive about the sheer size of ships which can only be appreciated when they are out of water. The ships themselves are often in unusual objects which are equally impressive, such as dry docks or floating docks or ship carriers.

ships out of water

A nostalgic look at the prime or earliest examples of truly revolutionary gadgets. Keep sending us tips, and vote for the ones that impacted you most.

18 world changing gadgets

Henry Ford’s car assembly line is a symbol modern manufacture, yet the town where it originated has become a ruin and Toyota is now worth ten times the value of both Ford and General Motors combined.Car manufacture moved to the next level with the widespread introduction of robotics, by the Japanese, however German car factories have recently created a truly futuristic vision of manufacture, where both architecture of the factory and the machinery within it, have become an integrated work of art.The Autostadt visitor center at the VW factory in Wolfsburg, which involved commissioning over 400 architects, features 200 foot tall robotic silos at the end of the production line (reminiscent of the people farms in the Movie, the Matrix), where customers can pick up their newly manufactured cars. In Dresden the VW assembly plant, designed by Hann is an eco-friendly, transparent building right in the center of the city, with glass walls and maple floors, where tourists are encouraged to view the cars being put together in pristine surroundings. Leipzig features possibly the world’s most architecturally significant plant, a stunning building designed by the folks working at Zaha Hadid.

futuristic german car factories (videos)

Attempts by architects to create utopian communities usually have one distinguishing feature – they are not utopian and they fail. As such, they make great settings for dystopic fiction, such as the slightly kitsch and creepy Portmeirion in the Kafkaesque Prisoner TV series or Seaside, Florida in the Truman show.Some uptopias have been built and failed, such as Soleri’s semi-inhabited Arcosanti and some were only half realized, such as Disney’s Progress City, which ended up being watered down as Epcot. But possibly the most insane of all is Le Corbusier’s utopian vision for Paris which consisted of bulldozing the city of lights and replacing it with what resembles the worst projects in the South Bronx. It says a lot for the profession that the vision of arguably the world’s most famous architect was to destroy what is arguably the world’s most beautiful architecture.

9 utopian architectural projects

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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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