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Glove boxes are a staple of apocalyptic movies – chambers where scientists can manipulate dangerous substances through pockets with integral gloves.These are gadgets that everyone can recognize yet few can name. Here are our favorite picks, from radiation shielded plutonium glove boxes at Los Alamos to those aboard the Space Station, a version for welding exotic materials and a Class III device for handling biological or chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction.

12 real life glove boxes

Comic book ads are the nadir of capitalism, where the ability to blatantly deceive through advertising is exacerbated by the fact the audience is young children. Here are some classics.

12 deceptive comic book ads

Nothing limits the design of interfaces like the QUERTY keyboard, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t try.Our personal favorite here is the Ergodex panel which can be configured to mimic the cockpit controls of many aircraft, including an F16.

21 futuristic interfaces

In the movies, spook equipment equals high tech and futuristic, but the reality of the external product design design is often anything but. Product design will eventually no longer be an issue. This is one of those lists where as technology improves the items become less interesting, to the point where they disappear, as encryption technology becomes software only, as with the NSAs secure version of Google’s Android OS. Nonetheless standard secure phones are still provided to government officials, by the NSA, the latest model being introduced in 2008 and with hardware that looks distinctly antiquated compared with consumer technology such as an iPhone. The odd one out in this list is the US/Soviet hotline, which is arguably as much a reaction against the time it took to decode secure messages, being introduced after the delays in doing so during the Cuban missile crisis.

9 secure phones

I deliberately picked spiral ramps as opposed to spiral staircases, since they include buildings whose entire form is determined by the ramp rather than being merely a feature. Examples include everything from the Guggenheim to the Reichstag, the Tatlin Tower, Lingotto Factory or Lubetkin’s brilliant Penguin Pool at London Zoo. My personal favorite is the spiral ramp at Convair Aeronautics, by Pereira and Luckman, the people that designed the now defunct control tower at LAX. The insane but amazing proposal for a half mile high drive up skyscraper for the 1937 Paris exhibition is one example of a spiral ramp car park, and I’ve thrown a few examples of anonymous car park ramps into the mix to show how beautifu these often overlooked pieces of background architecture are.

18 Spiral Ramps

Just how much of the human body can you replace or augment: seemingly everything apart from the tadpole like remnants of the brain and spinal chord.Bionic eyes, ears, hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers, hands, feets, legs, arms and skin are now real science rather than concept designs. For this list, we have gathered together as many real devices including commercially available products rather than concept designs or imagery that appeal based on gimmick value. The one exception is the tooth and ear cellphone implant which is feasible today.An interesting idea is how the notion of a cyborg might change (often imagined as fusion of mechanical and electronic technology with human biology), since many of these devices use technology that is itself principally biological, such as stem cell lines in the bioreactor liver or artificial skin.

16 Genuine Cyborg Technologies

Sometime in the last few years bored programmers realized that they could strap things like chairs and surfboards to the end of an assembly line robot – and so was born the robocoaster. Here are some videos of them as actual rides and as a recreational high for coders.

programmable roller coasters

The legendary fleet of BBC spy vehicles. The BBC has a cosy reputation, but to people outside the UK the fact that TV owners have to pay a compulsory license fee to fund the BBC (even if they only watch other channels) seems absurd. Coupled with this, the BBC actively police whether people pay for their license and to do so they have a mythical fleet of hilariously creepy ‘TV detector vans’ that supposedly can spy on you and pinpoint exactly which room you might be watching a TV in. Whether they work, or whether they even exist or not, is open to question, these few images are the only ones we could find of them. Nevertheless, their very concept is an Orwellian nightmare.

sinister bbc spy vehicles

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

The Olympics is to the World Cup as the Eurovision Song Contest is to Saturday Night at the Apollo. An event created by top down bureaucracy rather than grass roots passion. This is sometimes reflected in its architecture, which has a far worse track record in terms of long term use. Many Olympic sites fail to live up to their aims at sustainability or regeneration and instead lie in ruin or have since been demolished.After the recent scandal about the horrendous state of the recent Athens Olympics’ facilities we decided to look for more examples. Here is what we found. Some are the products of politics and war rather than over-ambitious folly, but it seems that about half of the Olympic sites are gone or wrecked.

12 examples of decayed Olympic sites

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

12 countries 12 condom commercials (videos)

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

Watching robots get more and more sophisticated over half a century of commercials is fascinating. Trends evolve from the erector set inspired Mr Machine and terrifying Garloo to cute 70s robot buddies, through the Japanese dominated 80s and hip hop and rave culture inspired 90s.

toy robot commercials through history (videos)

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

12 Norman Bel Geddes creations

Some people take paintball very seriously, and the boundary between harmless fun, unintentional irony and plain creepy is blurred. Here are paintball teams that look like outright militia, and some are. They include a church team in full combat gear a German group that re-enacts LAPD swat team offensives, and three very disturbing teams: a Japanese paintball re-enactment of the Yugoslav civil war complete with Serbian militia uniforms; an US vs Iraq shoot em up in Jordan and a sinister third Reich Team with Eagle T-shirts. Vote them down.

12 very disturbing paintball teams

Lighthouses are extreme and iconic buildings. Remote, intrinsically conspicuous and built to withstand extreme environments. For this list I’ve picked some interesting lighthouses themselves, such as the transparent latticework hyperboloid structure by Russian engineer Vladimir Shukhov or the haunting abandoned soviet nuclear powered polar lighthouses. In addition I’ve chosen some interesting elements from the giant fresnel lenses lamps to the traveling libraries that the predecessor to the US coastguard used to pass around to lighthouse keepers to keep their sanity.

the extreme architecture of lighthouses

Somewhere between a damp cloth and a full NBC gas mask lies the often unintentionally hilarious looking smoke hood.Promotional material for these items is a particular source of amusement, combining the creepy looking imagery of people wearing strange plastic bags on their heads with the utterly normal attire of office workers or suburban mums. The effect is like catching your boss wearing fetish bondage gear.

12 smoke hoods

Custom machinery designed for harvesting vast amounts of produce very quickly, has a particularly hellish quality. This list shows the variety of designs around a common theme, each for gathering a different product: carrots; beans; spinach; coffee; lettuce; cranberries; grapes etc. But then then there are our special favorites such as the worm harvester or the machines that eat trees, including a video of the infamous spider-like walking tree harvester.

15 monstrous harvesters

Here are clips of some of Steve Job’s legendary speeches. From the original introduction of the Mac to the triumphant return to Apple from the iPod to the iPhone launch and the famous Stanford speech after surviving cancer. People are expecting something great as a follow up to last years iPhone sermon. Vote for the all time best.

15 best steve jobs speeches ever – videos

These are the absolute best that money can buy, when it comes to headphones. The ATH-W5000s are nearly $2000 and the Ultimate Ears UE 11′s are custom made to fit the ears of many rock stars.If money were no object these are the headphones you might want. Cans for Cannes.

12 ultimate headphones

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

There is something inherently fascinating about survival kits. Here are some of our favorites, including those below ejector seats, some nicely designed kits from Japan and at Target, and those that we thought had interesting components. We will add to this list over time, send us suggestions of genuinely interesting or unusual, non-gimmick kits.

Survival Kits

Algorithmic architecture uses computers to generate natural looking aperiodic forms that are are a revolutionary alternative to the extreme crystalline regularity of what has up to now been considered modern. The dreary exhibition of pre-fabricated architecture at New York’s MOMA, has a couple of examples of algorithmic designs at its entrance, but that is where it stops. On entering it is an mixture of of the dated, High Tech style and dumbed down Mid-Century Modern boxes for Dwell magazine readers. If you really want to see what is happening at the cutting edge of architecture, look at some of these schemes. This list could go on forever. Drill down on some of the links and explore.

Algorithmic architecture

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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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