Mobiles
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Huawei MediaPad Gets ICS

Phandroid has leaked pictures apparently showing that Huawei is working on putting Ice Cream Sandwich on their MediaPad (branded at T-Mobile as Springboard, between $180 and $250 on contract, $450 without).

MOTOROLLA
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Pre-Alpha Build of ICS on original Motorola Droid A855

This is a very early custom build of CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0.3 out of Android Open Source Project) that didn’t get its own fork at CyanogenMod repositaries just yet. Adventurous users and fans of the original Motorola Droid may get a first glimpse of ICS goodness on their phones by using a download link here. Make sure to follow the discussion at XDA-Developers if you read this news late, as the new builds pop up constantly.

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Nexus S Gets ICS Update

Recently, Google promised that after the Galaxy Nexus arrived, Nexus S users would also be treated to ICS. After a very short wait, Google made good on their word.

Android
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Android ICS 4.0 Tablet For Under $100?

The Ainol Novo7 is a new tablet that is actually a collaboration of efforts by such companies as Ingenic and MIPS, available for under $100. The downside is that for now it’s only available in China, though MIPS and Ingenic plan to expand its target base to other countries as well.

Android
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Introducing The Galaxy Nexus, Google’s ICS Flagship Smartphone

Much hype surrounds Android’s newest OS version; Ice Cream Sandwich. Ever since it was first unveiled, Android lovers have waited as patiently as possible for the introduction of a new flagship device from Google. The wait is finally over and Google’s Galaxy Nexus — a new Android smartphone designed around Android’s newest version — Ice Cream Sandwich is here.

Space
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Surrogates More Than Just A Movie, Thanks To Advances In Robotics?

It turns out that “Surrogates”, staring Bruce Willis, might not have been just a movie after all. For those who haven’t seen it, in the near future when people don’t interact with the environment themselves and instead have human-looking robots they control remotely do everything for them. Telesar V might not be nearly as sophisticated as the robots in Surrogates, yet the concept is still pretty similar. Telestar V is a telexistence robot system being researched by a group at the Keio University led by Professor Tachi. The idea behind the technology is having a robot you can remotely control.

IBM
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IBM computer chip mimics the human brain

IBM is working on a new class of computer chips that are designed to imitate the human brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition. The chips’ processing power is similar to that of Watson. IBM hopes to use these chips in “cognitive computers.” These computers would learn through experience instead of being programmed. Just like the human brain.

Phones Reviews
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play review: The Android PlayStation phone

I play a lot of games on my smartphone. The trouble is that a smartphone was never really designed for serious video game playing, and that’s where the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is supposed to come into the picture. It’s PlayStation certified and is purpose-built to give gamers what they want while still doing the usual Android smartphone thing too.

Android
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Sony Ericsson adds Xperia ray and Xperia active to Android lineup

My experience with the Sony Ericsson Xperia line of smartphones hasn’t exactly been stellar, but that doesn’t mean SE isn’t trucking ahead with new additions to the line. I have the Xperia Play in hand and will have that review posted soon, but there’s also the new Xperia ray and Xperia active coming down the chute too.

Science & Tech
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Quantum Optics Researchers Store Information in a Single Atom

Researchers with the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany have managed to store quantum information in a single atom. The researchers wrote the quantum state of single particles of light, called photons, into a rubidium atom and read it out again after a certain storage time. This technique could potentially be used to design powerful quantum computers and to network them with each other across large distances.

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White Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Exclusive to O2 UK

The original PSP was only offered in black. Then, they came out with certain special editions and other iterations that outfitted the portable gamer in a variety of colors and designs. The Xperia Play is barely out of the gate, but Sony Ericsson is already breaking out the paint bucket.

3D Printing
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Research Team Develops Digital Fingerprint To End Electronics Piracy

Fingerprints. Retinas. Snowflakes. No two are the same. Now, in the wake of a multi-million dollar pirated electronics bust in L.A., researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute near Munich have developed a way to give embedded components of electronics their own physically unique properties in a step towards ending electronic counterfeiting.

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Sony Ericsson Introduces Xperia neo And Xperia pro

Yes, the lower case part of the name is the official name. Sony Ericsson wants to be all hip and cool like that, not unlike a certain iCompany. In addition to the Xperia Play (PSPhone), SE also showed off at least two other entrants to the Xperia family at Mobile World Congress.

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Fido Fetches Sony Ericsson Cedar GreenHeart Phone

Sony Ericsson is expanding their GreenHeart collection of environmentally-friendly phones with an exclusive Canadian release of the Cedar. With post-consumer recycled plastics, a low-consumption charger and waterborne paint, the phone is being sold exclusively by Fido in Canada, aimed at consumers and businesses looking at a low-impact mobile solution.

Sony
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Sony Ericsson has new Windows Phone 7 devices in the pipeline

As promised, or most likely closer to, as rumored. Dating back to last summer it seemed that Sony Ericsson had decided to invest its interest more deeply in the area of Windows Phone 7. When rumors first arose, the Swedish collaborative venture only passively mentioned that it was looking into the new Microsoft mobile OS as a possible platform for its devices. However, as shipments and demand began to decline, Sony Ericsson must have started to explore new opportunities in an attempt to draw interest to its products in a saturated smartphone market.

Science & Tech
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Hydroponics firm targets supermarkets for rooftop greenhouses

I’ve eaten tomatoes in the Mediterranean grown without pesticides that were bigger than my fist, and that were so sweet, so juicy and ripe, you could eat them like apples. My current tomato reality includes scrounging supermarkets back in North America, looking for ones that might resemble the glorious tomatoes of Europe. Without luck, I bite into tomato after tomato, tasting nothing but plastic and wax.

TABLETS
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HP PalmPad tablets with specs, pics and unlimited cloud storage

We’re still referring to the yet unreleased Palm tablet as the HP PalmPad, but the Opal and Topaz names have made their way onto the Internet too. The smaller of the two is the Opal with its seven-inch 1024×768 resolution TFT LCD, while the larger of the two is the Topaz with its nine-inch display of unknown resolution.

Android
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Sony Ericsson sticking with Android smartphones for now

XPERIA X10. XPERIA Arc. XPERIA Play. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Sony Ericsson is very much cozying up with Google Android, but now the company has made it official. I wouldn’t go so far as to say SE is putting a ring on it, but they are sounding pretty committed.

Social Media
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KFA2 Nvidia GeForce GTX460 graphics card is the world’s first wireless GPU

The KFA2 GeForce GTX460 graphics card is the first desktop GPU that has taken things wireless. This multi-antenna’d beast can transmit HD video over thin air with WHDI, effectively creating a new bread of media centers for your home entertainment setup, or one crazy ass gaming system. Five antennas extend out the rear of the PCI Express card that will transmit 1080p 60Hz video over a 40MHz channel in the 5GHz unlicensed band.

Technology
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PixelOptics single swipe liquid lenses will change the way you see

If you are either near-sighted, far-sighted, or maybe both, you might think that vision technology is moving a little too slow for your liking and having to wear bifocal lenses are cramping your style. The truth is, bifocals and progressive lenses are absolutely old tech, very last decade, and that is why PixelOptics has chosen to take the road less travelled with a much needed 21th century upgrade.

Sony
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Review: Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a little different. Even though it is largely sold as a “feature phone” rather than a smartphone, it has real smartphone brains under the hood with its Symbian S60 5th edition operating system. Does this make it a really good value for people who want web connectivity and smartphone-like functionality at a “dumbphone”-like price point? You’ll soon find out.

BLUETOOTH
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Plantronics Voyager Pro UC: the “smart” Bluetooth headset

Bluetooth headsets are pretty useful, especially if you’re in one of those places where handheld cell phones are illegal while driving. That said, it can be pretty annoying when your call gets routed to the headset when said headset is on your desk rather than on your ear. The new Plantronics Voyager Pro UC fixes that.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro at fido, $275 outright

Believe it or not, there are still people out there who don’t want a smartphone. They don’t want a full data plan, but they may still be interested in some smartphone-like functionality. That’s where something like the new Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro would come into play.

ROBOTS
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McGill University robotics remove man’s prostate

Over at McGill University, a team of surgeons have successfully removed a patient’s prostate without the use of human hands. Instead, a couple of robot surgeons did the real work on the guy going under the knife. Part of the surgery team included the da Vinci robo-surgeon and the McSleepy robot anesthesiologist.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 finally landing on AT&T next week

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 has been available in Canada for a few months already, so what’s all the hold up with a U.S. release? AT&T has officially announced that customers will be able to get their hands on the Android phone starting August 15th. That’s under a week away.

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Sony Ericsson Cedar feature phone gets a little green

The newly revealed Sony Ericsson Cedar cell phone doesn’t look like much, but this affordable handset is actually quite elegant in its presentation. It’s not a smartphone, but appears to offer integrated Facebook and Twitter access. That’s a good start. You may also notice beyond the elegant design, that the Cedar makes uses of recycled plastics, offers a lower power charger, comes with an e-manual, and is wrapped up in compact packaging.