Author: Brett Widmer

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Nokia Releases Nokia Lumia 820 3D Printing Kit, Now You Can Make Your Own Shells

While the Nokia Lumia 920 is still king of the Nokia Windows Phone 8 world, the Nokia Lumia 820 is certainly a solid choice if you are looking for a mid-range device. One of the features that sets the Nokia apart from other handsets in their class is their swappable plastic shell.  Most phones only allow you to customize the look of your phone with different cases, but Nokia allows you to replace the entire shell giving you a truly “unique” look.

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Will LG Make Another Run At Windows Phone?

According to an article in the Korea Times, it appears LG may be attempting another run at Windows Phone, this time with Windows Phone 8. Besides an effort to renew interest in Windows Phone, LG also has a goal of selling 75 million headsets in 2013 between all of its Android (and soon perhaps WP) devices.

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Possible Facebook Phone To Be Announced Tomorrow? [Rumor]

Recently there have been many rumors of a Facebook possibly releasing a cell phone. However, Mark Zuckerberg has adamantly denied on two separate occasions, in July and in September, that these rumors are not true. However on Tuesday January 15th, Facebook has scheduled a press event. So the question is, what is the topic of this event?

Mobile Apps
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15,000 apps submitted for Blackberry 10

Recently RIM held a Blackberry 10 app port-a-thon weekend, promising $100 per approved app, a chance to win a Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha device and free Playbooks. Since then, the competition has come and gone and there were a staggering 15,000 Blackberry 10 apps submitted for approval.

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Samsung Announces Upgraded Version of Galaxy S2, the S2 Plus

Samsung refuses to let the Samsung Galaxy S2 die, it seems. They have now officially announced a newer, improved version of the aging handset under the name Galaxy S2 PLUS. While it doesn’t have many external changes and looks nearly identical to the S2, it did get some notable upgrades under the hood.

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Hisense Unveils New Google Integrated TV at CES

Hisense has unveiled a new Google TV this year at CES, the XT780. While Hisense may not be a make you are familiar with, they are quickly trying to change that. Hisense first got into the Google TV market back in 2012 at IFA in Berlin. They unveiled the Pulse set top box, add-on hardware similar to the Roku series.

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LG Unveils Curved TV at CES

LG has just unveiled an OLED TV at CES that is a bit different than what you have seen before. What’s so different? The TV has curved OLED screen.

Android
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Vizio 7-inch Tegra 3 Tablet Features Stock Android Experience

Earlier today we mentioned Vizio was introducing its first Windows 8 tablet, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some Android-related news for us as well. Vizio has now announced a new 7-inch tablet featuring a Tegra 3 processor and pure Android experience without the bloat. Interestingly enough, one of the key features of the Windows 8 tablet was it was also a pure Windows 8 experience, with no vendor-specific junk thrown in.

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3D Systems Releasing New Larger 3D Printer, the CubeX

When it comes to evolving the technology, one of the brands that comes to mind is 3D Systems. The company continues to raise the bar, and has now announced new high-end 3D printer called the CubeX, which the company bills as the “the ultimate desktop 3D printer”.

SPORTS
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Sportscar-Styled Hovercraft Unveiled by Mercier-Jones

One word that provokes an immediate man grunt, hovercraft. These amphibious vehicles don’t provide much for aesthetic value, though. That’s where the Engineers at Mercier-Jones come in. Mercier-Jones have takento the challenge of developing a lustful hovercraft design that would make any car enthusiast water at the mouth.

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Sony Rumored to Reveal Xperia Z and ZL at CES

Recently, there have been many factors pointing to the idea that Sony is planning to officially reveal a pair of brand new 1080p 5 inch smartphones at CES 2013 next week. Now it seems that some official press releases of the Xperia ZL and Xperia Z have hit the net, found directly on Sony’s website.

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Samsung on Pace to Exceed 10 Million in Note 2 Sales

Since Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note II last September, it has been nothing less than a huge success. In South Korea alone, there have been more than one million sales. This only one month after Samsung had announced global sales reaching and exceeding five million units.

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Photo of Samsung’s Smart Tango Corner Sweep Vac for CES

Thanks to some “leaked” photos on Flickr, it is known that Samsung is going to release a new model to its robotic vacuum line. This tease, leaked or released, by Samsung shows The Smart Tango Corner Clean robot that has the standard circular design, but also has one other little feature.

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Hover Cars Possible? New Magnets Can be Controlled by Light

Our wait for hover cars may finally be coming to an end thanks to reasearchers at the Japanese Aoyama Gakuin University. A breakthrough has been made in realtime control over magnetically levitated disks by using only light. The team recently disclosed study results that show the motion of a graphite disk being controlled by the use of a laser.

OTHER VIDEOS
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Netflix Set to Share Watched Video History Via Facebook

For some time now, Netflix has wanted to integrate social media into their customer’s video watching experience. That has been prevented due to the United State’s Video Privacy Protection Act. The bill prevented companies from sharing customer’s watched videos without written consent from the customer.

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Acer Rumored to Release $99 Tablet Next Year

According to supply chain makers in Taiwan, Acer will soon release the Iconia 1, a 7 inch Android tablet with a bargain price of only USD $99. Supposedly this tablet will come sometime in the first 3 months of next year.

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Apple Rumored to be Severing Ties With Samsung

This past week, many states have been attempting to attract a major semiconductor manufacturer said to have ties to Apple Computer. New York, Oregon and Texas are all the front runners in a race to bring a new major manufacturer to the US.

Social Media
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Veggie Drums, Enough Said

Scott Garner has created something I’m sure none of us ever thought we would see, drums made of beets. He calls this creation the aptly named BeetBox. The drums use one of the credit card sized Raspberry Pi Computers as well as capacitive touch sensors and an amplifier to make each of the beets create a sound as they are touched.