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A gallery of products using radioactive materials.Because radiation was seen to be new and powerful, at the beginning of the 20th century radioactive material was used in products such as face creams, mineral water and medicine, by equating power with rejuvenation. For similar reasons it was even used in items from spark plugs to condoms. Although many of these items are from an age when the dangers of radiation were not known, radiation is obviously useful as a healing tool for cancer therapy, but it is still used in legal Chinese remedies, which are respected more because of their age rather than efficacy and quack homeopathic medicines which are tolerated while unproven, because they are harmless water.Vote on your fave examples.

14 radioactive products

If there is one kind of hammer that you don’t want to get your thumb stuck under, its a steam hammer, a giant hellish machine that defined the industrial age.There are several claims to its invention in the mid 19th century, to hammer steel into shape and smash out impurities. One of these is Creusot, who exhibited a version at the Paris Universal Exposition of 1878.Looking at the Creusot Hammer, I would argue that it was the inspiration for the Eiffel tower, ten years later.Here are a variety of hammers including the mechanical or hydraulic versions that replaced steam, but still have the same titanic look.

10 massive steam hammers

The blackboard is a somewhat legacy item that has disappeared from classrooms and meeting rooms, to be replaced by screens and whiteboards, except that is for physicists and Hollywood movies. Walking around CERN and peeking into rooms many still have blackboards covered in equations.In celebration of the Higgs, here are 15 physicists in front of their blackboards. The apotheosis of ‘blackboard craft’ is possibly John Wheeler who used to pre-prepare very elaborate boards filled with colored diagrams. In the list I’ve tried to pick those which have some relevance to the development of the standard model: Feynman; Gell-Mann; Glashow or the eventual discovery of the Higgs, such as Higgs himself or important CERN luminaries such as my personal hero, John Bell, author of what has been called the most profound theory in physics: that if quantum theory is correct, then either things communicate instantly at a distance, or they don’t exist when they aren’t being looked at or both. Brownie points if you can say what the equations on the blackboards are, in the comments

15 physicists in front of their blackboards

Here is a collection of lamps, lights and chandeliers made from everything from car parts, umbrellas, bicycles, tableware, old globes, tape measures and speaker parts.Hopefully this will whet your creative appetite.

19 great diy lighting ideas

Being slightly anally retentive about this list, I’ve limited it to pictures of the actual typewriters that were used by 9 famous writers, not just examples of the same model. Included are James Bond creator Ian Flemming’s gold plated portable that would have been worthy of Goldfinger himself, and the typewriter used by Apple Mac user, Douglas Adams, to write the Hitchhikers Guide, before there were such things as Apple Macs.

famous writers typewriters

The trend for dull or matt black motorcycles originated in ‘Rat Bikes’ as a reaction against stock vehicles with bright colors and overblown fairings. For the purist a rat bike is never washed and ridden till it falls apart, a purely practical and functional idea that ends up creating a particular look. Painting bikes matt black was originally part of this utilitarian idea but was appropriated by people who create ‘Survival bikes’. These have a deliberately designed post-apocalyptic look that traces back to things like the Max Max movie series. The line between rat bikes and survival bikes is sometimes blurred as people who consciously create the menacing, industrial look of survival bikes borrow from distressed and naturally aged rat bikes.What made this list particularly interesting from a design curation perspective was how a simple thing such as the type of paint has come full circle through various subcultures and into the mainstream.The 2007 Triumph Speed Triple, shown here, is a production motorcycle that is available in matt black, with a look and feel inspired by rat bikes. It completes the design cycle where a reaction of something mainstream becomes a mainstream fashion.

black rat bikes

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

Although the term galvanometer is often used to refer to things other than devices which measure electrical current (such as charge or resistance), there are an amazing array of early designs for this instrument, considering their simplicity.Many of these design differences are to do with the cases that surround what is basically a twisting wire, however there is something definitively analog in their mechanism and 19th century amateur scientist in their variety. Early galvanometers represent the extreme opposite of todays high energy physics, which requires giant multi billion dollar apparatuses and extreme digital processing for measurement. A long way off a compass and a battery.

different types of galvanometer

Russian oligarch, Roman Abramovich donated money for a giant tunneling machine to build a tunnel between Russia and Sarah Palin’s house, when he was governor of the adjacent region to Alaska. The Wikipedia entry for Tunneling Machines and the entry for Civil Engineers in the UK Yellow Pages have something in common, they both read: ‘see boring’. Doubly ironic, since boring is one of the most interesting projects for civil engineers, and the machines used to do the job are spectacular. The set here includes a variety of shield tunnel boring machines, TBMs, including those for celebrated projects such as Yucca mountain or the Channel Tunnel. Perhaps the most ironic of all is the Air Force TBM, a machine for digging deep underground, owned by the people who defend the skies.

20 interesting boring machines

Since the Psion III showed the way forward for a super small keyboard device, somewhere between a cellphone and a Laptop. Its a type of device that offers something that the iPhone or Blackberry will neverThese days this form factor is dominated by devices used to play videos and some of the designs are very good.

8 mobile media devices

Aircraft factories are gargantuan, complicated and interesting.The Boeing Everett factory, where the Jumbo Jet was built and the Dreamliner is being built is the largest volume building in the world. It has a floor plan of 100 acres, enough to fit more than a thousand family houses inside, with doors that are the size of football pitches.Included alongside Everett are a variety of factory shots of famous planes from Concorde to the Virgin Galactic space craft, the Blackbird and the B2.The shots of wartime assembly lines, which churned out aircraft at a rate associated with car assembly in environments that look like computer rendering from video games lines, include the famous secret factory at Burbank which was hidden under a fake hillside.

aircraft factories

Thrones provide a history of self importance through design, from Ivan the Terrible’s ivory throne to some of the more absurd set pieces, complete with enormous backdrops.The throne and sculptural setting for Papal audiences is a fitting example of something that would have Jesus rolling in his proverbial grave, quite missing the entire message of the scriptures. Other favorites include the coronation throne in Britain which is covered in antique graffiti, as if it were a unimportant school chair, or Saddam Hussein’s scud missile set piece. My personal favorite is the throne which the lunatic singer, Michael Jackson had made for himself, which actually looks ordinary here.

thrones

In some sense these are steampunk iPods, a ridiculously old fashioned and quixotic category of technology, because there is nothing portable about a record, particularly the brittle shellac versions of the gramophone era. Overcoming this lack of portability is precisely what makes these devices so beautiful and intricate, however, from the later versions which were installed in cars and music systems to the fantastic Peter Pan picnic player, where everything folds out including the platter and the telescopic trumpet. The Peter Pan style came from Europe, when they were called Kamerphones since they looked like the box cameras of the time. They were imported by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to take on their rounds and play bible discourses outside people’s doors.

12 portable record players

Toilet design says a lot about a culture. In the US public toilet cubicles typically have a quarter inch gap which allows people to see in, although a pissoir, which is a partially open air urinal is almost unknown. The reason for this irony is possibly prudery. The gaps are to prevent impropriety, but the enclosed toilets are because of a general American shyness about toilet matters. A small gap allows monitoring a large one encourages voyeurism. Political correctness due to the fact that pissoirs can normally only be used by men is undoubtedly also part of the reason, although recently funnel based womens pissoirs have been developed.Pissoirs first became widespread in France but exist throughout the world, from Scandinavia to Australia. They fell out of fashion in the late 20th century, but have seen something of a revival, with ultra modern versions being built in places like Berlin. Britain, which shares anglo-saxon prudishness with America has recently relaxed its taboo against open air urinals, due to the problem of binge drinking and subsequent al fresco urination. In the south of England, cylindrical pissoirs which are hidden during the day, telescope out of the ground at night, for the relief of marauding drunken hordes.

pissoir designs

Hyperbaric chambers are used either as compression/decompression chambers for divers or for medical treatment, to speed up the healing of wounds, amongst other things. They come in a variety of interesting forms, from hyperbaric lifeboats to miniature portable fold-up or telescopic versions for helicopter rescue of divers.

12 hyperbaric chambers

As people blow each other to pieces, daily, on the planet below, the silently floating Hubble telescope seems to represent everything great about humankind. Here are our other favorite telescopes.Update: Have been in continuous operation since 1963, the Arecibo project is in danger of closing due to cuts in funding. Jonathan, who is a researcher working at the Arecibo dish has posted a link in the comments to its website where you can donate or voice your support. http://www.arecibo-observatory.org

16 most wonderful telescopes

Until very recently, dental surgery appears to have been carried out with carpentry equipment. In fact, quite literally, since early dental drills were adapted from woodworking equipment. Here are some of our favorites ranging from the beautiful to the macabre.

12 vicious vintage dental tools

Creating the illusion that a staircase is floating in mid air has become a recent design trend. It can be achieved using a glass balustrade and hidden bolts, hanging the treads from above, cantilevering the stairs from a concealed beam or by using the structure of a spiral shape to make the entire staircase self supporting. Here are some of our favorites.

12 floating staircases

Continuous mining machines and Roadheaders are giant automated modern day mining machines that slice through rock at high speed and look like something from hell. Here are some of our favorite examples of these magnificent machines. Vote for your faves.

Terrifying Mining Gear

Tensegrity structures are visually stunning and their combination with computer enhanced structures is creating renewed interest for architectural applications.Buckminster Fuller coined the term tensegrity when he saw sculptures by Kenneth Snelson and realized that rigid component geodesics were a special case of perfectly balanced compression and tension. Tensegrity refers to structures where compression members (rods) are only connected to each other by tension members (cables). The end result is that the structures appear to float in air.Despite the fact that tensegrity structures are fantastically efficient, few have been built since they tend to have a single point of failure and need adjustment. Recently however, schemes which combine the intelligence of computing and tensegrity structures have lead to proposals of very large scale structures including sky scrapers.Here are our favorite tensegrity links from around the web. Vote for yours

13 wonderful tensegrity structures

This week, the overall value of everything created by American companies since 1997, the year Steve Jobs returned to Apple, as measured by the stock market, was valued at $0.Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 and started a decade long period of corporate innovation and development: changing retail and product design; inventing new entirely new products and form factors such as the iPod; reshaping the music industry through iTunes; the cellphone market with the iPhone and delivering the worlds most sophisticated computing platform with OS X. Since nothing shows pace of change better than technology, to demonstrate what Apple have done while the entire marketplace has theoretically done nothing, here is a retrospective list of our favorite Apple moments over the last decade, under the helm of Steve Jobs. Vote for yours.

Steve Jobs vs America since 97 (videos)

There have been four core audiences for Apple along the years, the original Mac for graphic designers and Desk Top Publishing, the OSX based machines which lured developers, the iPod which brought Apple into the consumer market with lifestyle apps, and the original Apple II which became a computer widely used in schools.Looking at these old commercials from the late 70s and 1980s, including the first ever Apple ad (which was a store ad not produced internally), you can see how much they were aimed at kids. Even then, there is a faint glimmer of the artistry of later Apple ads which aimed for high ideals and changing the world

apple II commercials (videos)

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

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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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