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To mark the 800th anniversary of the famous London Bridge, the Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a competition for designs of an inhabited bridge.The current London Bridge is not the Victorian Gothic Tower Bridge, as many people believe, but a rather bland stone one. Its predecessor was also uninteresting and was bought by mistake and put in the Arizona desert. But the original London Bridge was a cultural icon, a bridge covered in buildings.Inspired by the competition we have put together a list of the most interesting inhabited bridges, from surreal single house bridge designs to Zaha Hadids sleek Zaragoza Expo bridge .

12 inhabited bridges

Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, here are some of the other lesser known Soviet satellites.Soviet space gear looked different to NASA space gear. There was something alarming about this, since it meant that there was a cultural and aesthetic aspect to the type of their design that we expect to be based purely on rational criteria.These days the variety of satellite design does tend to reflect their function more than their provenance, however here are our picks of the ones that were quintessentially Soviet. Vote on your faves.

13 soviet satellites

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

tricked out gadget suitcases

Here are some of the best finds from the last month, that didn’t fit into any particular category but were special, nonetheless. From the workshop where the Statue of Liberty was being made, to a Chinese factory with people working inside a steam press, a mockup plane for taxiing practice and an impossibly thin air tensegrity structure bridge, vote for your faves.

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As technology companies oozed slowly from San Jose to San Francisco, the architecture morphed from purely university campus, to a hybrid between this and a South of Market warehouse, complete with loft living accoutrements such as foosball tables. The new Facebook HQ is a perfect example of this, looking something like a Wholefoods, whereas Google looks more like the place full of plastic balls that you leave your kids when shopping at IKEA.

technology hq architecture

In this kind of space, no one can hear you scream. Anechoic chambers use spiked walls to eliminate echoes, the end result might literally sound dull but the visual effect can be stunning, such as at the enormous anechoic hangar. Vote for your faves.

Anechoic Chamber Architecture

Something as utilitarian as a tractor is not usually designed any differently from any another tractor, unless there is a reason. But because tractors have a such wide a varied use, often very specific, such as towing aircraft or harvesting grapes, there are a huge variety of designs that are neither willful nor spurious. Here is a non-comprehensive selection of some of our favorite designs, from a Porsche designed coffee plantation tractor to the futuristic looking KLM tow tractor.

20 unusual tractor designs

Before electricity, lighthouses relied on lamps that would almost be considered mood lighting by today’s standards. Mechanisms were clockwork and had to be wound as often as every two hours. In the 19th century, Fresnel designed a lens that could focus this light into parallel rays and project it horizontally, dramatically improving lighthouses. By the end of the century, all lighthouses had Fresnel lenses classified into orders, with first order being the largest and most impressive.These days lighthouses use less elaborate lamps such as the beacons found at airfields, or even powerful, but unremarkable to look at, LEDs. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and important lights ever made, including some 1st order beauties that stand 20 feet tall, and were floated on a mercury bed. There are no descriptions of each item, for this chart, as the images speak for themselves, however, the sites linked to have information about the lighthouses where they came from.

15 beautiful lighthouse lights

A perfect example of nothing dating like the future, the garbage can robot is a retro-futuristic cultural icon. Some of these were cheap props for cheap movies, but others were serious visions of the future. If nothing else they demonstrate quite how imaginative the Metropolis robot that stands the test of time was.

12 primitive b movie style robots

Airstream was neither the first nor the only manufacturer of streamlined trailers with examples shown here, by Spartan, Silver Streak, Westcraft and Bowlus, among others, yet they are deservedly the best known and continue to thrive. Because of their futuristic design they have a unique place in the history of technology. An Airstream was used for quarantine after the first men returned from the moon and today takes astronauts to the Space Shuttle. Their iconic silver bullet shape still looks modern, yet it dates from the 30s and is based upon a prior streamline designed trailer, called the Bowlus. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful things to have ever been on the roads.

28 stunning streamlined trailers

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

The Segway took the idea of the two wheeled vehicle and made it require thousands of dollars of electronics to remain as stable as an ordinary two wheeled bicycle. The Apple Newton was a personal organizer that required a personal assistant to carry it around for you.The common thread in the choices here is people mistaking sophisticated engineering for sophisticated design. Many were and still are technical triumphs.The Space Shuttle, for example, still bathes in the reflected glory of the Apollo missions, yet its design was largely a mistake based upon the PR potential of a plane-like craft, rather than practicality. Its replacement will look much more like a Saturn 5 rocket and it forms part of the hardware for what Nasa refer to internally as the ‘crude missions’.Below is our chart of the biggest all time tech. failures. Vote for the biggest loser or suggest some alternatives in the comments.

10 biggest tech product failures

There is a saturation point where individual pieces of graffiti become a texture, when things are absolutely covered in graffiti. This tends to happen in places that are charged with emotional energy, such as the Berlin wall, however here are some less well known places. From the throne of England which is covered top to bottom in hundreds of years old carved graffiti and equally aristocratic Harrow School which features a wood paneled classroom where every inch is covered by pupils who have carved their names, including Winston Churchill to pop culture shrines such as U2′s former recording studio and Elvis’ Graceland and not so pop Oscar Wilde, whose grave is covered in kisses.

graffiti covered

This year the MIT class ring, the Brass Rat, hides a hackers’ diagram of a subterranean campus wide tunnel network.Networks of secret passages and tunnels have been built on a giant scale, from components of the Maginot line to the Viet Cong Cu Chi Network. Others perform a peacetime function, such as the half mile tunnel network H.G. Dyar built under his Washington home, as a hobby, the passageways under Disney’s Magic Kingdom or the unbelievable 5000 year old Lizard People tunnel network under Los Angeles that the L.A. Times published a diagram of during the depression.Here is a collection of our favorite tunnel network diagrams, drawings or models.

12 of the worlds most fascinating tunnel networks

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

giant molten steel handling equipment

The Wall of Death ride, where centrifugal (or counter-centripetal as physicists tell us we are supposed to say) force allows a motorbike rider to circle a vertical wall is an iconic daredevil attraction that has been preserved by a few dedicated enthusiasts. Traditionally a wooden cylinder provided the circuit for a classic Indian motorcycle, however vehicles such as cars and go carts have been used in tracks that are now often spherical cages.

daredevil walls of death

Mechanical horse are interesting because they straddle the gap between the era of the internal combustion engine (we still notionally benchmark our cars relative to horses through horse power) and that of bone & gristle.

mechanical horses

Unlike today’s universal cigar shaped commercial airliners, early aircraft took lots of design forms as people experimented with different principals. This is a normal trend in design, however the image of multiplanes (those with many wings) collapsing as an icon of naive understanding of flight masks an ironic truth.The most ridiculous looking items in this list are the three flying ‘venetian blinds’, constructed by Horatio Phillips between 1883 and 1907, the last of which, with more than 50 wings, looks more like a wooden building frame than an aircraft. Phillips, however, was the first person to truly understand the science of flight and aerfoil shapes, so these mark one of the more rational developments in aviation history.

15 aircraft with lots of wings

Although Apple has recently released a beautifully designed keyboard which hints at what an Apple mini laptop may look like, it is the combination of tactile feedback and screen based keyboards which promises to make significant developments in keyboards in the near future. Here is our list of our favorite keyboards, vote for your faves.

22 best keyboards

A bottle opener is a very simple thing, to change it is re-inventing the wheel. but because its so simple there are endless versions of products (flip flops, rings, bicycles, keys, hammers) that incorporate a bottle opener.It is the archetypal form of gimmick, something that has an extra feature irrespective of the true purpose. Vote for which you think is the biggest gimmick.

15 biggest gimmick bottle openers

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

Before there was Lego, there was the Erector Set. This was an altogether different type of toy that resembled genuine engineering construction with trusses and girders, rather than plastic, primary color pixelated, objects.Although Erector Sets are sold today, they are re-branded versions of a different toy. The original Gilbert sets were made from 1913 till 1967 and are an iconic toy for gadget aficionados that can be picked up relatively cheaply on Ebay. Here are 10 favorite vintage kits that are currently for sale.

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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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