Author: Bob Bounila

Apple
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Get In Close – Photojojo iPhone Telephoto Lens Attachment

We all have the urge to snap a photo with our smartphone at times. As you know, its difficult getting in close to some of those distant shots. If you’re an iPhone owner, rejoice, you can now snap this 8x telephoto zoom lens over your camera and get in close to the action.

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Tasteless Marketing By LG Kicks Steve Jobs In The Face

LG’s marketing is tasteless to say the least. They release a video for the newly announced Optimus Pad, aka G-Slate, with a simulated “Spec Fighter” video game challenging what clearly resembles Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the iPad, not so cleverly renamed to the A-Pad. LG’s unnamed Ninja kicks Jobs in the face at about the 1:00 minute mark of the video.

Drones
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X-47B unmanned stealth bomber drones first flight

Edwards Air Force Base was the site for the successful first flight of the X-47B unmanned stealth bomber. Yes, the stealth bomber is now operating without a human pilot. As scary as this sounds, the bomber didn’t have a payload, and it all ended well after nearly 30 minutes of 5,000 foot airobatical testing.

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.

SAMSUNG
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Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab slated for Q1 release

We’re not entirely sure why Samsung didn’t just do this right off the bat, perhaps they wanted some type of announcement to go out at CES, regardless, the Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab has been announced. We don’t have a price, but we can assume it will be roughly $50 less than the $400 Sprint 3G Galaxy Tab. Still stuck on Android 2.2, packing 16GB of memory and that front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera Apple loves to hear about. Availability is expected in Q1 of 2011.

HTC
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HTC ThunderBolt confirmed by Rolling Stone

The lightning fast rumored HTC ThunderBolt appears to be confirmed by way of a full page ad in none other than Rolling Stone magazine. This is HTC’s first LTE phone period, and it’s headed to Verizon. HTC Mecha and Droid Incredible HD names were floating around, but it seems ThunderBolt is it and its an electric choice considering its pushing the fastest data around.

IPAD
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Fling sticks to iPad for analog gaming controls

The Fling is a suction cup D-pad joystick that fills the tactile void of iPad gaming controls. Made of a bendy siliconesque resin, aluminum and a couple of suction cups, the Fling still allows you to see the action on your screen while enhancing gameplay ten fold.

SPORTS
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Swann’s $99 waterproof mini SportsCam

One of the most inexpensive waterproof ruggedized sports cameras on the market has to be coming from Swann Security. Their SportsCam Waterproof Mini Video Camera (DVR-460) is just $99 and comes with a whole rig of accessories for mounting, strapping, even waterproofing.

Android
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28 cool Android 2.3 Gingerbread tips and tricks

Google is really serious about baking, so much so they’ve gone and released some tips for Gingerbread users. You’ll definitely wan’t to use your fresh Nexus S or other Android 2.3 handset to its fullest potential, so who better to get you on the right track than Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Google.

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Smart Diagram for Android goes with the flow

Making diagrams seems to be something we can never get enough of. Personally, I don’t make diagrams, but if you’re work demands some type of diagram or flow chart making activities, then Smart Diagram for Android devices is probably going to appeal to you. The gesture based app lets you simply make shapes on a […]

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Yoomi Duo iPad game first to use hardware module

The first ever iPad game to be combined with real hardware is now available for purchase from Toys R’ Us. The game called “Yoomi Duo” uses a round chip holder that sits atop the iPad’s LCD, players use the chips and place them on the holder while guessing which image the other player would choose.

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Gawker hacked, what you need to do

Gawker has been caught with their tail between their legs, and now its being pulled on. If you’re a commenter on Gawker media properties, like our friends over at Gizmodo, then your password is likely compromised.

MOTOROLLA
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Motorola Droid 2 explosion was a hoax?

Surprised? That Motorola Droid 2 that allegedly exploded while a man was talking on it could be nothing more than a case of attempted fraud, if an “anonymous Motorola representative” is to be believed. According to GearLog, an unnamed source at Motorola said there was no evidence of an explosion in the Texas mans device, […]

LAPTOPS
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$99 Dell “Venue Pro” slider runs WP7

The cheapest Windows 7 Phone to date has to be the Dell Venue Pro. It has slid in at $99 with new activation and 2-year contract. The regularly priced $450 phone runs a 1Ghz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor, shoots HD video and has the flashy new Windows mobile OS.

3D Printing
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Onkyo 3D capable R5 notebook is for Japan

Onkyo of all companies has announced its latest notebook, a 3D-capable R5 Series Intel Core i5 powerhouse. Its 3D system is unspecified, but will be able to convert 2D content from Blu-ray and downloads for 3D viewing on the impressive high-definition 15.6-inch wide glow (1,366 × 768) LCD.

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Looxcie Bluetooth headset camera raises privacy concerns over ‘always on recording’

Sometimes its scary when the future of technology stares you right in the face, quite literally with the Looxcie. It’s a full on mobile surveilance system that brings us into a horrific privacy debate regarding “always on recording.” Regulations need to be put in place with this type of technology, perhaps to only be used as an enhancement for law enforcement agencies.

Android
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Official: ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android 2.2 tablet details released

Well, this is great news from ViewSonic. Their previously leaked ViewPad is now official, and we have more meat on the plate. It’s a 7” Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet that will have an 800×600 LED-backlit display, front and back cameras (VGA and 3MP respectively), multi-tasking, and is actually a phone as well.

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Specs released for Camangi WebStation II Android tablet

Getting ready for IFA, Camangi has posted the specifications of their next Anrdoid tablet, the Camangi WebStation II. This will come with Android 2.2 Froyo, already much better. A 1GHz, Samsung S5PV210 processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 2GB of iNAND, an 8GB SD card, all the while bumping the display up to 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) with Capacitive multi-touch.

Drones
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Navy Drone goes M.I.A. for 23 miles, 30 minutes: Skynet?

What happens when a multi-million dollar US Navy drone takes off and disconnects from their operator? A whole lot of panicking, thats what. August 2nd an MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing drone, a fancy name for an unmanned surveillance vehicle, was cruising at about 2,000 feet when all of a sudden its operators lost control over it.

Technology
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Pico Projector concept is cute and functional

There are many things that can happen when people are inundated with massive amounts of technology, their brains can begin to fry, they can go live in the forest, some even try to change things by making typical blocks of plastic, cute and quirky.

Wi-fi
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Logitech H760 wireless headset has built-in EQ

A wireless headset from Logitech has been announced today, the H760 is $99.99 and has a built-in equalizer for optimizing sound just the way you like it. I’m a little disappointed that it’s not Bluetooth and uses a 2.4 GHz RF dongle to transmit back and forth to your computer, you are still getting 48 kHz audio and 40 feet range, but I like to complain.

Apple
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Canadian iPhone 4 orders enroute

If you weren’t the guy standing in line for hours just to get your hands on the first batch of iPhone 4’s from Apple on launch day, then you might be the one who sat at home sipping on a cup of java reading the news about the guy standing in line while ordering yours online.

IPAD
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How to watch .avi (Xvid) movies on your iPad

Why is it so difficult to watch AVI files on your iPad? Simply because the format is not supported by Apple. Supporting Xvid format is competition for Apple’s own MOV. And that would mean cutting the grass on Apple’s video portion of the iTunes store.

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SanDisk’s smallest USB Flash Drive yet, the Cruzer Blade

SanDisk has just unveiled the smallest USB Flash drive they have ever made. The SanDisk Cruzer Blade is its name, and it’s about the size of a paper clip (the bigger ones) and weighs about the same as a penny (just 2.5 grams); that’s incredibly small and probably way too easy to loose for someone of my age and mental ability to recollect where things are.

Energy
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Personal underwater sub is only $2,000,000

Underwater exploration is not one of my passions, but if this $2,000,000 submarine becomes more affordable, I’d consider it. This personal submarine is for sale from the Hammacher Schlemmer catalogue. It consists of a large bubble window made of 3 ¼-inch thick acrylic that encapsulates two passengers allowing them to travel to the depth of 0.05 leagues under the sea (or 1,000 feet). The sub is equipped with batteries to power a 3-horsepower vertical/translational thruster for six-hours of deep sea exploration. Propulsion is only 3-hp, so don’t expect to do any underwater covert ops with this thing

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Microsoft Windows Phone 7 to launch for the ‘holidays’ with plenty of hardware choices

Microsoft has revealed additional hardware partners for their Windows Phone 7 OS, announcing that Dell and HTC are now on the list of manufactuers who will be making Windows Phone 7 phones. This is good news for the company, who have already got Asus, Samsung and LG to pony up a few devices. You can expect something from each of the companies before the year is out; while no set date on the official launch day of Windows Phone 7 is keeping us in suspense.

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webOS 2.0 coming ‘later this year’, HP Slate is for the enterprise

In an interview with Fortune, HP’s Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, stated that webOS 2.0 is slated to be released “later this year.” That’s a good indication that we can look to expect a few different devices coming from the Palm and HP camp; since they are working on developing new hardware “aggressively.” I personally would love a Palmpad, or even a revamped Pre 2.

Android
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Olivepad 3G tablet from India chooses Android

Leave it to India to tease us with a spicy Android treat. The Olivepad, from Olive Telecom is an impressive looking 7-inch tablet that puts itself between a smartphone and iPad. It’s running Android 2.1, with 3.5G HSUPA connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a TV tuner. The Olivepad has a few features that the iPad lacks, like Flash playback for one, there is a USB mini port, a 3 megapixel camera, and the 512MB RAM is expandable via SD memory.

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Samsung rejects Apple’s claims on the Omnia 2 antenna

Samsung today joined forces with RIM, Nokia and HTC by releasing their own statement towards Apple’s distraction of drawing the competition into their Antennagate problem. Apple’s tests showed the Samsung Omnia II being susceptible to signal loss via the “grip of death.” Samsung took their time in responding, perhaps because Apple uses a good number of memory chips from the company. So Samsung needed to be respectable and remain true to their manufacturing methods, but doing so without losing whiney customer.

Apple
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iPhone 4 to launch in 17 countries July 30

News came today as Apple, makers of the notoriously famous iPhone 4, announced plans to launch their problematic smartphone to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland on July 30th.