Monthly Archives: May 2011

Google bids $900 million for Nortel’s patents to protect against litigation trolls

Nortel, once one of the biggest telecoms company in the world but now in the death throes of bankruptcy, has selected Google’s $900 million bid for its patent portfolio as the stalking horse bid. This doesn’t mean that Google will … Continue reading

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Apple to Replace Peeling Macbook Butts [Blip]

If your plastic unibody Macbook is having peeling rubber butt issues, you aren’t alone. Apple’s now actually fixing the problem for free—either through the Genius bar or a DIY kit. They’ll even refund any money you’ve spent before. More » Source: … Continue reading

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Call Mynah Cell Phone Call Recorder Review

Ever had an important business call on  your cell phone that you wanted to record?  Or even record those crazy threats that your ex is making to you?  Well there?s a solution for that!  The Call Mynah cell phone recorder … Continue reading

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100,000 People (Including Princess Leia) Still Receive Electroshock Therapy Each Year? [Wtf]

Because the full effect on the brain is still unknown, electroconvulsive therapy is viewed as a last resort treatment for the mentally ill. Still, there are around 100,000 people seeking the treatment each year, including Carrie Fisher. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/fsO0tkmEa5I/100000-people-including-princess-leia-still-receive-electroshock-therapy-each-year … Continue reading

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Subtly Display Your Geek Cred with the Cadence 4-Bit Chrono Watch

Unlike the watches that display the time in a pattern of colored lights, the 4-Bit Chrono UTC Watch from the Cadence Watch Co. looks like a typical analog watch with date and chronograph functions.  The geekery is subtle in this … Continue reading

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Sprint EVO 3D aiming for the fourth week of June?

We just ran across the latest edition of the Sprint Playbook, and not surprisingly, the highly anticipated HTC EVO 3D makes an appearance. But along with all the specs and talking points — which we’ve definitely seen before — is the header, … Continue reading

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Wow, Mobile Gaming Looks Awesome With Nvidia’s Quad-Core Project Kal-El Chip [Video]

Nvidia’s just showing off now. Specifically, their next-gen Tegra quad-core chipset, code-named Project Kal-El. As you can see in the video, the 12-core Nvidia GPU includes support for trie dynamic lighting; the first time we’ve seen something like this. [Nvidia] … Continue reading

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How to Save Battery Life

I love my new iPad and that isn?t necessarily a good thing. I spend a lot of time on my iPad and the drawback there is the battery life. Yet after some trial and error I have discovered how to … Continue reading

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CNC mill and Sixaxis controller make beautiful DIY music together (video)

Have you ever thought to yourself, “my CNC mill is pretty cool, but I really want to make it more awesomer”? Well, first, “awesomer” totally isn’t word, and second, have we got a hack for you! A reader wrote in … Continue reading

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BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 screenshots leak

A leaked early version of RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Messenger 6 has been making the rounds since late February, but images of the new app are just now beginning to appear. Over at CrackBerry, the crew has shared a handful of … Continue reading

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Dodge is a space-shooter in which you have no weapons

Space-shooters are usually a fairly fiery affair, with many types of guns, weapon upgrades, power-ups and more. Dodge does away with all of that, while keeping the very essence of a space shooter: Dark background, fast action, and stuff blowing … Continue reading

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ViewPad 7x aims to become world’s first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet, adds HSPA+ for good measure

Guess who’s sneakily beating the pack to the title of having the globe’s first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet… why, it’s none other than ViewSonic! The ViewPad 7x (1024 x 600 resolution) managed to leak out earlier this month, but now it’s … Continue reading

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Heart Shaped USB Bladeless Fan for Dyson Fans

Admit it, when you first heard about the Dyson bladeless air multiplier fans, you wanted one… at least until you saw their price. Now you can have a heart shaped USB version of this fan from Brando and it will … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? HP Coupon Roundup ? Save up to 25% on HP Pavilion, Select Editions, TouchSmart tm2, ENVY Laptops and Desktops

Today?s LogicBUY deal is a selection of coupons on a variety of HP laptops and desktops at up to 25% savings.  Most of these deals offer free shipping. 25% coupon code on HP Pavilion, Quad Edition, Touchsmart tm2, g-series configured over … Continue reading

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Apple Will Send Your Tracks to the Cloud For Streaming, Come June? [Apple]

The rumor regarding a cloud-based streaming service from Apple just refuses to die, with BusinessWeek claiming that Apple could be previewing the service in June at WWDC, after they’ve signed deals with three of the four big music labels. More » … Continue reading

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Take a Peek at the U.S.’s Official Non-Denial Denial About the Stuxnet Virus [Virus]

Remember Stuxnet? Iran sure does—it nearly crippled their hazily-defined nuclear program. U.S. involvement was always rumored, but never confirmed. That’s still the case, even after Dep. Defense Sec. William Lynn’s non-denial this week, but, I mean, come on. [BB] More » … Continue reading

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Cliqset Founder Takes On Personal Publishing And Social Conversations With Stealthy Startup Glow

As we heard last fall, Cliqset, a FriendFeed like social aggregation platform, was shut down by its founders, Darren Bounds and Charlie Cauthen. Cliqset, which launched in 2009, was a high-powered social syndication and aggregation service, with the ability to … Continue reading

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Visualized: Samsung wants to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3

Samsung lawyers recently asked the court to make Apple show them the as-yet-unannounced iPhone 5 and iPad 3, claiming that they need to know what Apple’s products will look like ahead of time to avoid future lawsuits and uncanny similarities. … Continue reading

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Google Talk Guru answers questions via your IM app

Bots — like the kind which automate IRC rooms and Google Wave — are a good thing to know about. There are plenty of useful bots worth knowing about, too, including the Google Talk Guru. Just add guru@googlelabs.com to your … Continue reading

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In-app payment support arrives on Android

Right on cue, Google has launched in-app payment support for Android applications. Developer testing began last week, and now many popular apps — like the ones pictured above — can begin charging users for add-on functionality, content, or whatever the … Continue reading

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Drawing Machine Converts Photos to Sketches, Robotically

A number of artistically inclined robots showed up at this year’s Maker Faire, but The Drawing Machine really stood out among the competition. Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/the-drawing-machine/ Jda Software Group Jack Henry & Associates Ixys Itron

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1923 Leica 0-series becomes world’s most expensive camera, fetches $1.89 million at auction

Just when we thought ancient wooden boxes were all the rage among camera collectors, a compact beauty has shattered our theories — this 1923 Leica 0-series just sold at auction for €1,320,000, or about 1.89 million in US money. Curiously … Continue reading

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Infinity Ventures Summit In Sapporo: Demos From 14 Japanese Startups

Earlier this week, I took part in Infinity Ventures Summit (IVS) Spring 2011 in Sapporo [this and many of the following links are in Japanese], a two-day, invitation-only event that takes place twice a year in Japan. IVS attracted over … Continue reading

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This is the ASUS PadFone

Wow, so our theory and mockup turned out to be pretty much spot on: indeed, the oddly named ASUS PadFone does tuck itself into a shielded docking bay on the back of its companion tablet, and the latter’s hinged cover … Continue reading

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Swiftpoint Mouse Review

The Swiftpoint Mouse is made for those of you that love your laptop, but don’t love using the touchpad while you’re working with the computer on your lap. The Swiftpoint is a very small wireless mouse that you can use … Continue reading

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British royal family announces iOS and Android wedding app

To celebrate the imminent marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Royal Collection will release an Android an iOS app that chronicles the last seven royal marriages, including Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840. Ironically, the app … Continue reading

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Watching Space Shuttle Endeavor’s Junk Parts Fall Back to Earth Is Worth 37 Minutes of Your Life [Video]

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was watching an experimental film and not footage of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s last launch. At times, the visuals contained within the 37-plus minutes can only be described as accidentally beautiful. More » … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? Dell Vostro 3450 14? Core i5 Sandy Bridge Laptop for $599

Today?s LogicBUY deal is the customizable Dell Vostro 3450 14? laptop with the Intel 2011 Core i5 (Sandy Bridge) for $599.  Features: weighs 5.02 pounds, 1.2-1.31 inches thick, up to 6GB DDR3 memory, 1GB Radeon HD 6630 discrete graphics, 2 … Continue reading

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Google Whips Out an E-Wallet

Google officially unveiled its e-wallet Thursday in a presentation with its partners at an event in New York. Google executives demonstrated making purchases and downloading e-coupons with the e-wallet through a Google Nexus S Android smartphone. They added that eventually … Continue reading

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Torus is an impressive 3D Tetris game powered by HTML5

As far as Tetris goes, most variations look quite similar. You’re usually looking at a “wall” of bricks directly from the front. Torus takes that notion and throws it away; as you might have guessed from the name (or screenshot), … Continue reading

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Subtly Display Your Geek Cred with the Cadence 4-Bit Chrono Watch

Unlike the watches that display the time in a pattern of colored lights, the 4-Bit Chrono UTC Watch from the Cadence Watch Co. looks like a typical analog watch with date and chronograph functions.  The geekery is subtle in this … Continue reading

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Cloud Girlfriend will use a swarm of females to satisfy men

Cloud Girlfriend, despite what it sounds like, doesn’t really have anything to do with cloud computing. Rather, it uses a cloud of women to pose as your girlfriend on Facebook, or your favorite social network of choice. The service is … Continue reading

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Facebook launches unified mobile site, announces 250 million mobile users

Facebook has announced that its two mobile sites — m.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com — have been unified, bringing a simpler mobile experience to Facebook users. And there are a lot of those — a quarter billion, according to Facebook. Smartphone users … Continue reading

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Windows 8 App Store images leaked?

Windows 8 images continue to leak onto the Internet, despite Microsoft’s wallpaper-based pleas to those with access to the early releases. Today’s installment courtesy CNBeta shows the upcoming Windows App Store, which will likely feature prominently in Windows 8. We’ve … Continue reading

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Ask DLS: What’s your favorite mobile app at the moment?

The mobile app marketplace is exploding; there are now hundreds of thousands of apps on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry app markets. Heck, even Windows Phone 7 just crossed the 10,000 mark! But alas, not all apps are created equal; … Continue reading

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Google Cloud Print comes to HP ePrint printers

HP has become the first major OEM to deliver support for Google Cloud Print in retail-boxed printers. In an official release, HP announced that its ePrint-enabled printers are now fully Cloud Print compatible. Just sign in to your Google account, … Continue reading

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Google Adds Flight Schedules to Search Results [In Brief]

Google has added flight schedule and airport destinations to its search results, with an emphasis on non-stop routes. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/aDUKPMcnAhY/google-adds-flight-schedules-to-search-results Research In Motion Rogers Communications Saic Satyam Computer Services

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Apple?s White iPhone 4 from Verizon Review

Apple’s iPhone 4 has been out for a while now, and Julie did a great review of the AT&T black iPhone 4 when it was released.  Unfortunately, I?m a Verizon customer and had to wait through months of rumors before … Continue reading

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Deal of the Day ? Brand New Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.3? Core i3 or Core i5 Laptop

Today?s LogicBUY deal is the brand new, ultra-thin 13.3? Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Core i3 laptop for $1199.  Features: weighs only 3.7 pounds, 0.65-0.84? thick, backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, Gorilla Glass screen, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Ethernet, one USB 3.0, one USB … Continue reading

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Analyst Argues Against Google?s Chrome OS Security Promises

Google made a couple bold statements about its upcoming Chromebook tablet, many of which have certainly excited consumers, particularly the promise of an end to security hassles. In the Chromebook launch announcement, Google claimed that ?Chromebooks have many layers of … Continue reading

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ZiiLabs unveils Jaguar family of Honeycomb tablets for OEMs to devour

Just a few weeks after unveiling its ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 StemCell processors, ZiiLabs has now designed a new family of slates to house them. Developed with the OEM market in mind, the company’s new Jaguar Honeycomb tablets come in two … Continue reading

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Did You Know Microsoft Makes Five Times More Money From Android than From Windows Phone? [Microsoft]

According to Citi analyst Walter Pritchard’s lastest big report on Microsoft, the Redmond company makes five times more income from Android than from Windows Phone. You may pick up your jaws now. More » Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/zom0-MmuGe4/did-you-know-microsoft-makes-five-times-more-money-from-android-than-from-windows-phone Amazon.Com America Movil Amkor Technology … Continue reading

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