Author: Andrew Anderson

Android
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Android 2.4 in May? Don’t hold your breath.

Pocket-lint is reporting that Google will release the 2.4 iteration of Android in June/July. According to “multiple sources familiar with the matter”, there will be an announcement to this end at the beginning of May during the company’s IO conference. Android 2.4 will reportedly be dubbed Ice Cream (or potentially Ice Cream Sandwich) following on the heels of the launch of Donut (D), Eclair (E), Froyo (F), Gingerbread (G) and Honeycomb (H).

Android
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LG Optimus Black is slimmer than all: even iPhone 4

The technology pendulum never stops swinging. There was a time when the race was on to make the smallest phones possible and then manufacturers went off Atkins and they all blew up into today’s smartphones. LG is swinging back the other way with their latest and thinnest: the Optimus Black.

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Android-powered Recon goggles make snowboarding digital

Don’t you hate it when you’re out snowboarding and it isn’t at all like playing a video game? All that hard work and none of the data like speed, altitude or temperature flashing in front of your face. Well, pick up your thermal socks because Recon Instruments has announced their next generation technology at CES 2011!

Technology
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AppliedMicro takes NAS Systems beyond HD

AppliedMicro used the CES venue to announce their complete consumer NAS systems designed to allow consumers to store, stream and share digital files across any converged device. Specifically designed for OEMs and ODMs, AppliedMicro NAS Systems will have the processing power, system design and software to evolve basic storage devices into next-generation multimedia servers.

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Wow… SnapKeys 2i drops the keys from typing

So we’re still not totally sure how it works, but SnapKeys 2i definitely caught our interest at CES 2011. Using only four imaginary letter keys and one hell of an advanced word prediction engine, SnapKeys hopes to change the way people type on their smartphones and tablets forever.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Sprint launches EVO Shift at CES

Running on the 4G network, EVO Shift and its predecessor are both lightning fast but HTC has sacrificed a few things to bring us this slimmed-down version. The 3.6” captive-touch screen display is still large enough but trimmed down from the original EVO’s 4.3”. This sacrifice may have been made in part to accommodate a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a feature not offered on the original EVO.

TABLETS
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ASUS unveils new Eee family of tablets at CES

Surprising no one with a technology pulse, tablets are big at this year’s CES. So with damn near everyone and their grandmother showing off what they’ve been working on over the last year, it’s advisable that your product better be among the sleekest if you want to get noticed.

Wi-fi
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Clickfree makes computer backups wireless

Clickfree, the innovators on the cutting edge of backup technology, have made backing-up multiple computers even easier for both home and office users. Leveraging your wireless network connection, Clickfree allows users to backup as many Window and Mac computers as necessary with their new Clickfree Wireless product.

Technology
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CardSharp: the credit card that transforms into a knife

On this year’s “must-have” list for the gadget-lover close to your heart we’ve been intrigued by design house Iain Sinclair’s wallet collection. While our inner-geeks love the wallet-sized HD and 3D cameras, the CardSharp utility knife is equally exquisite. Designed to be stored in your wallet, the knife is the dimensions of a credit card, but with three little folds it transforms into the utility knife you see before you.

3D Printing
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Google Maps 5 adds 3D vectors

Google Maps 5 has three key new features that truly redesigns the product’s usefulness: 3D building rendering, vector-based map drawing and offline reliability. The 3D rendering is really amazing and definitely the headliner on this roll-out

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Google maps the body

After mapping the far reaches of the Earth, to the solar system, Google’s come back to Earth and delved into mapping something much closer to home: humans.

Technology
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Miniature smart chip developed to fight chronic pain

NICTA CTO, Dr. John Parker, put it into perspective by noting that existing pain blocking implants are typically the size of a matchbox; the new INS2 is about the size of a single match head. The smaller size means that the effectiveness of the device is enhanced partly because it can be implanted closer to the spine.

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Could Microsoft give a sneak peek of Windows 8 at CES?

Next month’s CES could be one of the most fascinating events to date, with a whole slew of new technologies emerging. An indicator from the last few months of products coming out of the vine, the 2011 CES’ primary focus will be on tablets, as companies jostle for position to take on the market-leading iPad.

Android
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T-Mobile working on Android Sidekick?

T-Mobile has gone grassroots to aid in the design of the newest Sidekick. Catapulting themselves into the user-feedback world of Twitter, they have asked their customers a very big question: “What would you like to see happen with Sidekick? Give us your wish list”. We were a little surprised to see this coming now since […]

fitness
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GymyGym office chair turned fitness center

Ever have one of those days where you’re sitting at your desk, feeling totally unproductive, probably reading Mobile Magazine? Well hand’s off the mouse and onto your chair. The GymyGym ergonomic exercise chair gives you all the tools for a full body workout without having to leave your desk.

Social Media
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World’s smallest battery powering big research finds

A team of researchers at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) has developed the world’s smallest battery. Reported in the December issue of the Science journal, the researchers’ discovery has wide-reaching implications that will aid in the development of smaller, more efficient batteries in the future.

Apple
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Peel TV adds advanced TV guide remote to iPhone

The growth of iPhone apps just keeps optimizing the devices in our lives. The good folks at Peel (not to be confused with the ZTE Peel) are making a push to banish our remote controls to the technology garbage dump in favor of your iPhone. The new Peel app turns your iPhone into a universal remote while ignoring the idea of a list of channels altogether.

Android
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Rubin shows Android Honeycomb running on Motorola tablet

Google co-founder Andy Rubin turned heads at All Things Digital’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco this week. During a talk at the conference Andy showed off his baby, the new Android 3.0 OS (aka ‘Honeycomb’). As a double whammy he previewed the OS on Motorola’s prototype tablet, helping the hardware manufacturer jostle […]