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Carbon Fiber matches wood in terms of flexibility of form and surpasses steel in terms of strength. Because of this it is beginning to be used as a decorative item, replacing walnut in car dashboards, for example. This consciously decorative use can work well, but where carbon fiber is used for pseudo functional design, like the carbon fiber letter opener shown here, the choice is inappropriate and ridiculous.

8 pointless uses of carbon fiber

Included here are the RC helicopters that filmed New Orleans streets after Katrina, a seven foot Yodeling man and a remote controlled zombie for halloween. Vote for your fave.

18 best remote controlled gadgets

Aside from their spectacular size, what makes floating cranes unusual and interesting objects is that they are essentially boats. As such, they dont exactly conjure up the idea of stability, which is the primary requirement for lifting things. They also look weird since boats usually consist of large hulls with smaller superstructure, here the arrangement is reversed making them seem very ungainly.Some of these cranes can lift tens of thousands of tons, at sea, and are engineering wonders.

10 enormous floating cranes

Fingerprint scanners are a dime a dozen these days. But how about devices which can literally grant access by the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you type or write, bite or grip. Here is a chart of state of the art biometric applications, including futuristic devices like portable Game Boys which are ominously called HIIDE (handheld interagency identity detection).

18 futuristic biometric devices

Included here are notable landings based upon being spectacularly close to high rises (the old Hong Kong airport), very short runways (Saba, aircraft carriers), specific vehicles (the Space Shuttle and Concorde) or a reconstruction of the Amazing US Airways flight 1549 which ditched safely in the Hudson after all engines failed.

videos of plane landings from the cockpit

Microphones are a classic gadget because, even today, their design is often based upon Art Deco or Machine Age styling. Here is a chart of vintage and vintage style microphones designed to show how that style evolved and how it is still copied today. Vote for your faves.

24 classic microphones

Apple’s refresh of the Macbook line this fall is more evolutionary than revolutionary. In terms of design they have continued the trend, which started with the iPhone (see the drilled headphone jack hole on the original model) towards machining directly from block metal. This has lead to the latest Macbooks as being described as having monocoque structures, something which may not strictly be false but which is meaningless in the context.A monocoque is a single piece shell structure, it is a nice sounding word and is often used in marketing literature because it sounds technical. Because of this, and because of the fact that things like commercial airliners are hybrids of frame and shell structures almost anything can be described as such. There is a perfect geodesic truss in the list below which is described as a monocoque shell structure (the opposite), while an ordinary soda can is a monocoque. The use of machining for Apple parts has more to do with tolerances and finish and almost nothing to do with structure, so the term is not relevant.Below we discuss the merits of things which are described as monocoque – but as for the Macbook, not really

Apple monocoque or not

Nothing seemed as modern as the space race, gleaming white rockets and cutting edge technology. Except that that was decades ago, and some of the most spectacularly important pieces of technology have been left to rot. Soviet shuttle prototypes have been spotted in the most unlikely places, from the wind swept deserts of Bahrain to a river side dock, full of scrap metal, in a Moscow suburb.The NASA LUT-1 launch tower that sent the first men to the moon was described as ‘the modern day equivalent of the dock from which the Santa Maria sailed for the New World’. It lay in a rusting pile of collapsed metal until it was broken up for scrap four years ago.

abandoned space technology

Before rendering, 3d computer models are displayed as wireframes, which have a particular aesthetic. Several artists have tried to capture this in real life, with surreal models of things that aren’t really there. I also threw in Gaudi’s classic upside down catenary arch model of Sagrada Familia, for its sheer prowess.

9 real wireframe models

There has probably been nothing like the sight of dazzle ships, before or since. So impressive were they that their patterns were used into WWII, after their efficacy was questionable, because they were thought to boost morale. Dazzle patterns were designed by modernist painters, in the modernist style, bringing about a very strange meeting of bohemian painters and military types.With no all weather camouflage for ships in WWI, these extraordinary designs were painted on ships to confuse rather than obscure. The sliced geometry meant that it was difficult to align split screen range finders, and fake bows made it difficult to gauge speed and heading.We are breaking our usual rule of showing actual objects rather than paintings or models, for two reasons: dazzle ships were very brightly colored, yet there are no color images of their WWI versions; many of the dazzle designs were by modern artists, and the famous painting of a dazzle ship was by one of the people who designed the camouflage itself, Edward Wadsworth.

dazzle ships

What do you do when you have lots of cash and cheap oil, but mess around in expensive cars in a manner not much different from America in the 50s. Arab drifting is the name given to handbrake slides, perfected in places like Saudi, where Arabian Stallions have been replaced by metal Mustangs. Here it refers not just to the videos of the stunts which are interesting in of themselves, but the cultural drift, as exemplified by the range of music that accompanies the videos, from rock to rap to house. This list is contains not just Arab Drifts but clips of car culture n the Arabian peninsula, proving Youtube’s worth as an anthropological treasure trove.

arab drifts (videos)

Magic Lanterns are essentially pre-electric slide projectors. They hold a unique position in the history of gadgets, being popular at the end of the nineteenth century when cheap mass produced decoration became available. They represent one of the last machines to be designed like furniture rather than gadgets.The dirty little secret of design is that good taste equals expensive – when everybody could afford decoration, minimalist design with expensive materials became a way to display wealth (the early modernist, Barcelona pavilion had stainless steel columns, onyx walls and travertine floors) contrary to legend, modernism was originally product for the elite, not the masses.Magic Lanterns are pre-modernist, richly decorated items that are very different from the design of todays gadgets, which look like their design is dictated by function, but in reality (like an expensive Porsche designed to travel at speeds which it is illegal to do so) is dictated by a fetishized culture of the machine.

12 Magic Lanterns

Like fossils for creationists, these medical dinosaurs are concrete evidence of the tragic fallacy of anti-vaccinationism. During the 1940s and 50s entire hospital wards were filled with these terrifying looking submarine-like devices, to help polio victims whose paralysis rendered them unable to breath.Although modern day respirators tend to work with positive rather than negative pressure, polio itself has been almost entirely eradicated due to the successful widespread use of vaccines, saving countless lives.

12 iron lungs

In the mid 50s an small Japanese electronics company, Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo, created an American sounding brand name, Sony, for a series of portable all-transistor radios. The product design was similarly American influenced, with wide spaced serif lettering, like that used on Amtrak trains or even Raymond Loewy’s original Air Force One, but with a flair and attention to detail that was distinctively Japanese. Half a century later, Sony, is still a consumer brand which is associated with superior design. Here are 12 of our all time favorite classic Sony Designs.

12 classic sony designs

When gold prospectors first ventured to California, the equivalent of a hot tub meant farting in a zinc trough full of tepid water. Today it means an object reminiscent of CERN’s LHC particle detectors, with several hundred jets, built in 40 inch plasma TVs and seating for ten.We put this list together largely because there is something fascinating and supremely gadgety about the variety of arrangements of body shaped molds and strategic placement of jets, that when laid out side by side, in a gallery, seems particularly impressive. This type of space ship like hot tub design seems like something unusual enough to define a time and place, like fins on 50s cars or undulating water beds from the 70s.

spaceship like hot tubs

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

Bank vaults comprise the most impressive fortresses ever built. Their giant mechanical doors are supreme gadgets, as large as a truck but built with the precision of a Swiss watch.Working vaults range from the New York Federal Reserve with 5000 tons of gold beneath Starbucks on the corner of Nassau St. to the giant doomsday project seed bank vault in the Arctic. Reconverted vaults are used for an amazing array of items such as underground farms, dry cleaned garment stores, wine cellars, radioactive material storage and restaurants. There are even bank vaults which have survived nuclear explosions in both Nevada and Hiroshima. Here is a collection of some of the most celebrated or unusual vaults in the world

bank vaults

Charles Sheelers iconic image of the Albert Kahns Ford River Rouge Plant, with its criss crossing conveyors and spire like chimneys, is probably the most iconic image of the American Car manufacturing industry whose future, like Kahns original buildings, hangs in the balanceEven among architects, Albert Kahn is less renowned than Louis. But Albert Kahn is far more important in terms of the influence of his buildings. He is sometimes referred to as the architect of Detroit. Kahn invented the American factory style, taking early European modernism to the place where assembly lines were invented and developing an architectural style that was supremely innovative both in terms of construction and design. The plants he built are in many places around America, but most famously in Detroit, where, lie the car industry itself, some of his most important building lie in ruins.We have two favorite images in this list. One if of the abandoned Detroit Public Schools Book depository, with its once minimalist, clean modernism in absolute and total decay, overflowing with rotting books strewn across its floor. The other image is, of course, Charles Sheelers

the architect of detroit

Billions of dollars are spent on car design and manufacture, and yet few vehicles match the beauty of some of those built for land speed record attempts, sometimes by a handful of people in a garage.Here are our picks purely based on looks rather than actual speed. Seeing them on one page is extremely satisfying.

most beautiful land speed record vehicles

Although current proposals for 4000 mph Maglev trains running in evacuated tubes, would offer New York to Beijing in less than 2 hours, built versions of pneumatic railways predate regular subways. Brunel built one, and an underground pneumatic railway was built by Alfred Ely Beach, in Manhattan, in 1869. The late 19th century stock market crash, depression and Civil War, destroyed the idea and little of it remains apart from the station, which features in the movie Ghost Busters II.

Pneumatic Trains

Switzerland may not have been the place where the symbolically mundane cuckoo clock was invented (it was actually Germany), but it was where Hofmann invented LSD. And although the CERN lab is mainly in Switzerland, where the plaque commemorating the web’s invention sits, the room where Tim Berners Lee wrote the proposal for the web is literally a few feet across the border into neighboring France. Here are some some labs where famous inventors worked.

inventors laboratories

The most claustrophobic places in the world. Imagine sleeping in a space smaller that a jail cell, deep under water, with a very large live bomb. This is what the business ends of submarines look like. Brass or steel hatches, like the eyes of a metal insect, peer out on a tiny Jules Verne-like space covered in buttons, gauges and levers, which often contains bunks right next to the torpedos themselves. Torpedo rooms are one of the strangest man made spaces on earth, or rather below it.

12 claustrophobic torpedo rooms

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8-Bit Memory Take An NES Cartridge And Ups Storage A Few Billion Bytes

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If you consider yourself a gamer, then you likely have a few NES cartridges lying around the house. If not, leave now. Rather than letting them continue to collect dust, 8-Bit Memory turned a bunch into external USB hard drives.

DreamBook ePad F10: New Intel Windows Tablet

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There are more and more tablet options on the market these days. Pioneer Computers in Australia is offering up another alternative in its new DreamBook ePad F10. This sleek tablet runs on the Intel Atom processor and is ready for either Microsoft Windows 7 or Android.

String Labs’ augmented reality showcase app for iPhone

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Want to see one of the ways that you’re going to use that iPhone in the future? You should do yourself a favor and check out what String Labs is doing with their new augmented reality engine, String. What is AR, you ask?

Best Buy, Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osborne, and the new “Buy Back” Program

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During the Super Bowl, Best Buy featured a commercial with teen pop sensation, Justin Bieber, and heavy metal legend, Ozzy Osborne, to launch their new “Buy Back” program. The program is pretty much what it sounds like–Best Buy stores will buy back products from their customers.

comScore: Android past iPhone in US fall smartphone share

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Android managed to push past the iPhone in US smartphone market share in the fall, comScore found on Monday. Google’s OS swung from 21.4 percent in September to 28.7 percent in December, moving it just ahead of Apple.

GMail ‘Priority Inbox’ feature now available for mobile

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Mobile users struggling with managing large amounts of e-mail in the GMail inbox can now set up and utilize Priority Inbox, a service that automatically identifies important mail based on what users actually read and reply to (which Google keeps track of).

Best Buy confirms HTC Thunderbolt ‘s retail exclusive

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Best Buy this evening both confirmed its HTC Thunderbolt pre-orders and its special access to the phone. Verizon’s 4G range-topper can be reserved in advance for a $50 deposit.

T-Mobile offering all smartphones for free this Friday and Saturday

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Section: Communications, Cellphones, Cellular Providers, Smartphones Out of the big four US carriers T-Mobile is known to have the biggest discounts on phones through promotions. None of the promotions are as great as the upcoming Valentine’s Day promotion.

Fake iPhones seized from LA warehouse

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Police in the port of Los Angeles have seized what they say is over $10 million worth of counterfeit Apple devices from a warehouse.

Android In-App Payments Begin With Angry Birds

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Angry Birds, the insanely popular multi-platform game, is introducing a new payment system to some Android customers for purchasing in-game content. Angry Birds game players will be able to use their real cash money to pay for virtual goods existing only within the game’s ecosystem.

Gadgetell Hands On: Verizon iPhone 4

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Section: Communications, Cellular Providers, Smartphones, Mobile, Reviews, Peep Shows, Features, Originals It looks like our 3AM ordering time has paid off in the form of a Verizon branded iPhone 4 that has arrived a full three days ahead of the general release.

Stetheadphone

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As you can see Stetheadphone is designed to look like you’re wearing a stethoscope while liste..(Read…

Switch Salt And Pepper Shaker

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The Switch Salt And Pepper Shaker from Fred & Friends’ new 2011 lineup. It uses a large toggle b..(Read…

Groupon Super Bowl Ad Makes Fun of Tibet & Whales, Provokes Ridiculous Controversy

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The group coupon buying site Groupon may have damaged its image forever, thanks to a series of Super Bowl ads that were…actually pretty funny.

SkinDisplay Prints Phone and Text Messages On Skin

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With mobile phones dominating our lives these days, we seem constantly connected virtually yet ever more easily disconnected in person.

SkinDisplay Prints Phone and Text Messages On Skin

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With mobile phones dominating our lives these days, we seem constantly connected virtually yet ever more easily disconnected in person.

Verizon iPhone 4 Jailbroken Already (Update: Jailbreak Tool Now Available)

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Well, that’s that. Verizon iPhone 4′s just started hopping off the delivery trucks a few hours ago, and it looks like their jailbreakability is already confirmed.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G may cost $149 on contract

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The upcoming Galaxy S 4G may cost $149 on a two-year contract, according to a leaked image, Android Life reported on Monday. The uncovered Walmart price lines up with the retail giant’s 88-cent pricing schemes. The subsidized price will require a two-year smartphone contract or a full upgrade….

Steve Jobs kills off the CD on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken

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It’s no secret that Steve Jobs isn’t a fan of the physical CD, preferring of course that his customers buy their music in his iTunes store. But what length is he willing to go to get rid of the CD for good?

Hitachi intros new media players

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Hitachi has just introduced two new multimedia players for its home market of Japan in the form of the i.μ’s HMP-S104 and HMP-V204. The former is a runner’s player and is meant purely for music with a 128×64 display. It plugs into a USB port to load files onto 4GB of storage space….

Cardboard bins!

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OK, that may not be the most exciting headline I’ve ever written, and I’m not sure the exclamation point really helps all that much.But I am, personally, nonetheless very excited about cardboard bins right now, because thanks to them, for the first time in almost five years, I am no longer burdened…

Pentax Releases Silver K-5 And Limited Edition Lenses

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Despite having only ever used one for a few minutes, I’m a fan of the K-5. It’s a solid-feeling camera, and it’s got a lens selection going back decades.

New Pentax WG-1 Rugged Cameras Look Adventure-Proof

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I managed somehow skipped Pentax’s rugged camera when I last did a rugged roundup, but I’m definitely not missing this one. The WG-1 is the “12th rugged generation” camera from Pentax, and looks to be quite a solid piece of kit.

NFL Teams May Replace Playbooks with Tablets

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The NFL is considering trading in the hefty playbooks with a tablet. The move would be a great win for environmentalist as one NFL team easily goes through 5,000 pages of plays and video printouts each game.

T-Mobile: All Smartphones Free February 11 & 12

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T-Mo has just announced one of the crazier deals in their long, storied history of crazy deals. As a Valentines Day celebration, the carrier will offer all of their smartphones for free. This deal will only be good on Feb 11 and 12.

Verizon iPhone 4 teardown: World Phone CDMA/GSM radio inside

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iFixit has been at it again, whipping out the adjustable spanner set (well, a selection of Torx screwdrivers actually) and taking on Verizon’s iPhone 4.

Verizon’s iPhone 4: I Was Wrong. Here’s Why.

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“The surest way for an analyst to generate attention is by making an Apple prediction. Apple has a cult following, and its product development and launch strategy is famously secretive, so the fact that your source is the lunch counter guy across the block from the Hon Hai factory in Taiwan…

European newspaper publishers unhappy with Apple’s publication requirements

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A few European publishers have heard from Apple about subscription arrangements on the App Store, and they’re not happy at all.

Verizon iPhone Shows You Can’t Win: Carriers Hold the Cards

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The launch of the iPhone on Verizon adds to the mountain of evidence that you just can’t trust wireless carriers.

Motorola Xoom tablet spotted at FCC

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A new FCC filing for the Motorola Xoom tablet has been found. The device isn’t mentioned by name, but what specs are there line up with those of the Android 3.0 tablet. These include a 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, dual-band Wi-Fi and support for CDMA/EVDO 800 and 1900 bands.

Apple, HTC, Samsung win in smartphone share, Nokia tumbles

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New market share data from IDC has cemented the view that Android and the iPhone have been rapidly draining the share of Nokia and RIM. Android phone makers HTC and Samsung doubled and tripled their fall market share respectively in the past year to get 8.5 percent and 9.6 percent of the market.

Archos 70c color e-reader goes up for pre-order

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The Archos 70 color e-book reader that’s been shipping in Europe since December can now be pre-ordered in the US. Called the Archos 70c, the device carries a $150 price tag on JR.com. The 7-inch device runs on Android 2.1 and has official Adobe DRM support for ePub books….

8-Bit Memory Turns Nintendo Cartridges into USB Hard Drives

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If you’re like me, you have a bunch of old Nintendo and Super Nintendo game cartridges lying around. They’re not good for very much these days, especially if you don’t have your old consoles plugged in to your television.

Flamethrower Gloves Look Awesome, Torch Everything

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If you think this is some kind of secret military project going on behind the scenes at DARPA, you’d be wrong: these DIY flamethrower gloves are actually the product of the special effects and design team at J&M Special Effects, who were interested in coming up with a system that could shoot…

T-Mobile is Offering Free Phones for Two Days with New Contract

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To help it’s customers feel the love this Valentine’s Day, T-Mobile is offering up all of its phones for free with a new contract.

Think Tank Retrospective Bag Masks Valuable Cameras Inside

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The Think Tank Photo Retrospective camera bag looks like a well-worn family heirloom shoulder sack. Only when the Retrospective’s big cover flap is open do you see a perfectly padded bag with lots of room for camera and lenses, and almost no room for improvement.

Verizon iPhone 4 Jailbreak Successful

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It didn’t take long for the just released Verizon iPhone 4 to be successfully jailbreaked. The first screenshots of the jailbreaked device was released over at BlogsDNA showing the Verizon iPhone 4 iOS 4.2.6 running with Cydia.

Live From Sprint’s Mystery Product Unveiling In New York City

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We’re live at Sprint’s Mystery Product announcement in New York City, where we’re promised the carrier will be unveiling “yet another industry first”. What exactly might that be? A Sprint iPhone 4?

Kindle Update Brings “Real” Page Numbering And More

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If you’re one of the Kindle users who is bothered by inconsistent page numbering between editions, this update should come as a pleasant surprise.

This CD Player Is A Late Addition To The Steampunk Movement

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This is either a steampunk CD player or an evil pneumatic crab. I’m hoping the latter of the two. Can’t you just picture a horde of the little guys angrily chasing after protagonist in a Beauty and the Beast steampunk mashup? Too bad it’s not.

6 Hands Exhibition at the Aram Gallery, London

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India Carpenter The Aram Gallery in London is well-known as a forum for the exposition of experimental and emerging design. Daniel Charny has been instrumental in bringing fresh, new work to the gallery, he recently stepped down from his position of curator and handed over the role to Ellie Parke.

Pentax intros rugged WG-1 camera, silver K-5

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Pentax led into the run-up for the CP+ camera show with one of its most hardened point-and-shoot cameras as well as special-edition DSLR hardware.

New MacBook Pros appear in Best Buy inventory systems

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“Dummy” listings for new MacBook Pros have begun arriving in Best Buy inventory systems, a source says. An example depicted in photos mentions a $1,199 pricetag, currently the cost of a base 13-inch Pro. Perhaps more significant is the alleged in-stock date, quoted as March 11th….

Amazon Kindle update to give real page numbers, public notes

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Amazon on Monday posted a preview version of a new 3.1 firmware update for the Kindle bringing some of its most requested features. The e-reader will now finally have the option of real page numbers that match those from the paper edition.

HP Exec talks design, shows off new Touchsmart

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This video can be tough to get through because it sounds like it was recorded in a bus depot, but it’s interesting in that HP executive Randall Martin breaks down their design process.

Canon launches four new Powershot cameras with features such as GPS, 5x zoom and more

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Section: Imaging, Digital Cameras So aside from launching two new DSLR cameras, the Rebel T3 and Rebel T3i, Canon has also unveiled four new models of its Powershot line-up. These are the Canon PowerShot SX230HS, ELPH 500HS, ELPH 300HS, and ELPH 100 HS digital shooters.

Max Page, Volkswagen’s Tiny Darth Vader

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This is Max Page, the biggest off-field star of last night’s Super Bowl broadcast outside of that weird mess of a half-time show. You didn’t see Page’s face last night, because, like the players, he spent his debut behind a mask. Page is the star of Volkswagen’s much discussed “Force” ad.

Apple May Do Away With Boxed Software

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Apple’s Mac App Store might be the main source of purchasing software for Apple customers in the future. The success of the Mac App Store’s launch could be ushering an era where Apple will only carry digital copies of software in their retail stores.

Trouble At Notion Ink: UI Director Leaves, Adam Battery Issues Surface

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Notion Ink put on one hell of a show at CES 2011. The Adams they showed us were extremely polished. But one thing you can’t test in a floor review is battery life. Which is why it’s taken until the first wave of Adam’s for a major battery issue to pop up.

Gmail Priority Inbox now available on iPhone

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The official Gmail blog has announced that the Priority Inbox feature, which uses an algorithm to mark what it thinks are important emails in your inbox, is now available on the web version of Gmail for the iPhone.

Verizon iPhone’s Chipset Hints at Unified Network Support

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Hardware geeks have carefully dissected the Verizon iPhone to dig up its secrets. Repair company iFixit pried open the iPhone and found that it uses the same Qualcomm chipset as the Droid Pro “World Phone.” That means this chipset is capable of supporting both GSM and CDMA, which means…

Google Exec Released From Egyptian Government Detention

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the Google executive who went missing in Egypt more than a week ago has been released from government detention. Word on Wael Ghonim’s release comes from family members and an unnamed “prominent businessman.”

EFO Outs Bluetooth Google TV Mini Keyboard

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If you have used a Google TV Logitech Revue device from your couch the keyboard that ships with the Logitech Revue set top box is nice and comfortable to type on. The catch for me is trying to find a place to store it when I am not using the system.

Performance Designed Products’ Marvel Edition Versus Fighting Pad: 6 Face Button, Re-Designed Thumbstick

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Last week saw a full-on Mad Catz arcade stick for the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and this week we have something a little less conspicuous.(Not everyone wants to store a big arcade stick around the house.) It’s the Marvel Edition Versus Fighting Pad, from Performance Designed Products.

Square: Aiming To Replace Receipts and Registers

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The folks over at All Things Digital recently caught up with Jack Dorsey, the cofounder of Twitter and the CEO of Square–a company focused on advancing mobile payments.

NEW Buyback Program Launches

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Best Buy isn’t the only company offering to buy back your electronics. A company called NEW is also willing to purchase your high-tech products after you’re finished with them.

Android 2.4 see in April, may keep phones, tablets divided

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Google may be planning to keep Android 2 and 3 segregated in a long-term split of the platform, according to a ViewSonic source on Monday.

Math Monday: Light Dimmer Knobs

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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics I believe that in the future, 3D printing machines will commonly be used to make household parts, e.g., when you need to fix a broken appliance knob or handle.

Cavalier Essentials asks: What kinda stuff does Steve McQueen carry?

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Miles of style Cavalier Essentials is a line of vintage men’s products described thusly: “If Steve McQueen carried a beat-up leather duffle bag on the back of his motorcycle, what would be in it and how would the products look?”

Governments Set To Discuss Who’s In Charge Of Creating New Top-Level Domains

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Flickr’d What happened recently to trigger the U.S. government’s sudden interest in Internet-policing? We saw the Department of Homeland Security seizing Web sites’ domain names last week, despite the fact the those Web sites weren’t based in the U.S. Odd.

The New MacBook Pros: February 9?

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Late last month we reported that low stocks of 15″ and 17″ Macbook Pros might be a sign of an imminent refresh. That shortage has only deepened over the last few days, with some areas reporting 2-3 week waits for new stock.

iPhone 5 Rumored To Debut June 5th – 9th

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So the rumor is that the iPhone 5 may be revealed sometime between June 5th and June 9th during Apple’s WWDC 2011 event.

Police Find $10 Million in Fake iPhones, Other Gadgets

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High-tech forgery is the criminal growth industry of the future. As cash money becomes less common and more difficult to imitate, the shady smugglers of our connected future deal in counterfeit devices.

Samsung Forte shows up at FCC

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The Samsung Forte smartphone due at MetroPCS and with 4G LTE support may soon be out on the market, a recent FCC filing reveals. The device is expected to sport a 1GHz CPU, a five-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and an 800×480 touchscreen.

Cisco to buy Inlet for $95m to boost streaming video

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Cisco Systems is planning on buying out Inlet Technologies for $95 million in an effort to bolster its streaming video abilities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The deal would help users access video on handheld devices.

Canon unleashes the new Rebel T3 and T3i DSLR cameras

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Section: Imaging, Digital Cameras Look what we have here – Canon has announced two new DSLR camera bearing the Rebel T3 and Rebel T3i branding.

Awesome Website That Allows you to Print Blog Into a Book

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Do you have a personal blog that you would like to save forever? Do you ever worry that your online blog might just go “poof” and be gone one day? I have a personal blog that I have written on for many years and those thoughts definitely crossed my mind.

Ben Heck builds handheld Sega CDX gaming system

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Gadget builder and do-it-yourself crafter Ben Heckendorn has now created a portable Sega CDX console from the 1990s in the latest episode of the Ben Heck Show. The CD-based home gaming console was ripped apart for its guts and those were then installed into a newly fabricated case.

Carl Zeiss joins Micro Four Thirds standard

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The Micro Four Thirds format looks as though it is starting to gain momentum with Carl Zeiss joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standard group jointly founded by Olympus and Panasonic in 2008.

Verizon iPhone teardown shows no hard vibrator, new battery

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Verizon’s iPhone has been deconstructed today in a teardown that has revealed more changes than just the need for a switch to CDMA. iFixit’s look revealed that the mechanical vibrator has been removed.

Tenba Announces New Vector Collection Of Camera Bags

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We’ve always had a soft spot for Tenba camera bags — they are pretty versatile and tough — and now there are new ones. Today, they announce their new Vector Collection of camera bags that come in four different colors.

Oh, You Thought 1 GHZ, Dual-Core CPUs Were Fast? Meet Texas Instruments’ OMAP 5: 2 Ghz, Quad-Core

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Whenever the Flux Capacitor is invented, this thing will probably power it 1 Ghz CPUs were all the rage in high-end smartphones throughout 2010 — and right now, the trend is to stick an extra core on that 1 Ghz CPU and call it a day.

T-Mobile To Hold A Two-Day “All Smartphones Free” Sale This Weekend

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Hey, you! The one standing in line at T-Mobile, waiting to buy that new smartphone! Waaaaait! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIT! Read the rest at MobileCrunch. MobileCrunch posts about stuff like this, which saves you money. Money can be used to buy cake. Therefore, reading MobileCrunch = acquiring cake. QED.

Groupon CEO Baffled By Super Bowl Ad Response

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Believe it or not, one aspect of last night’s Super Bowl broadcast actually managed to garner worse reviews that the Steelers’ first-half performance and that trainwreck of a half-time show.

2% of Soldiers in Afghanistan are Robots

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Today, in 2011, one out of every fifty soldiers in Afghanistan has battery acid and lubricant instead of blood, sweat and tears. This means that, based on total army enlistment, “robot” is roughly as large a demographic as “asian”.

New MacBook Pros may be on the way for March

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9 to 5 Mac is reporting increasing signs that new MacBook Pros are on the way. This latest evidence is from Best Buy “dummy SKU’s” in its inventory system. If correct, the new laptops will come in at $1199 with a March 11 availability date.

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