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I am just a regular guy, have a fulltime job, play drums in a metal band (Ashes of Abaddon) and in my freetime (yeah right!) do freelance writing.

Nokia Releases Nokia Lumia 820 3D Printing Kit, Now You Can...

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.

Temple Run 2 Now Available for iOS, Coming to Android Next...

Whether you have heard or not, Temple Run 2, was just released for iOS devices the other day.

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.

Blurrycam Photos Surface of New Samsung Phone, Could Be New Stratosphere...

Earlier this week, we reported that a GLBenchmark entry indicated Samsung had a new phone in the works, “Godiva”. Now photos have surfaced as well..

Sony Xperia ZL To Get a Splash of Red

The little brother of the Sony Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia ZL, while it won’t have the water or dust proof ability of its big brother, will be a bit more colorful.

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?

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.

Could Windows Phones be Next to Try Intel Chips?

This week during an interview at CES, a senior project manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan, didn't exactly deny the possibility of a forthcoming Windows Phone handset with an Intel chip.

GameBoy Transformed into Android Remote

Chad Boughton, missing the tactile response of those 2 simple buttons and direction pad decided to swap out the dot matrix display in his GameBoy for his Galaxy Nexus’ Super AMOLED display.

Drexel Rolling Out Free Macbook Vending Machine

Drexel University in Philadelphia has started a new program that seems to be the beginnings of something very big. They have installed a Kiosk style vending machine that dispenses Macbooks for use by Drexel faculty, staff and students.

iBattz to be the First to Drop Rechargable iPhone 5 Case

Mophie is usually one the first companies to release their battery equipped case accessory for any type of device. However this time around, iBattz appears to be beating them to the punch with two cases for the iPhone 5.

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.

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.

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.

Straight Talk Now Offering iPhone 4 and 5 Contract Free

Walmart’s senior vice president of Entertainment has announced that Straight Talk customers can now get their hands on the iPhone 5, without contract.

Some Exciting Announcements Out of the OUYA Camp

Ouya is back in the news again. While most of you have probably heard of the Ouya before, for the few who haven't it is an Android based game console that managed to raise a staggering and record-holding $8.6 million via Kickstarter not too long ago.

Dell Project Ophelia: Android on a Dongle Just Needs a Monitor

Dell appears to be making another run at the Android market, but this time not in the form of its mobile business. Instead, they are creating a dongle that has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Loaded on it named Project Ophelia.

Nokia and Monster Unveil Purity Pro Headsets

Monster and Nokia have showcased another product created through their alliance, the Nokia Purity Pro Wireless Studio Headset by Monster.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey Arriving to Verizon within “the Coming Weeks”

Back in October, Samsung and Verizon formally announced the the Ativ Odyssey. Now we finally have new word suggesting that the phone will arrive in “the coming weeks”.

Ubuntu Phone OS Image for Galaxy Nexus Set to Arrive Late...

Last week we introduced to you the Ubuntu phone OS, and that has left us yearning for the ability to test drive it for ourselves.

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.

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”.

RIM Hopes to Boost Device Security with New Patent

This week, RIM has applied for and received an interesting new patent. With the recent picture leaks of the BlackBerry 10, RIM has created technology that would make the blurry inconspicuous photo a thing of the past.

Teen Gets Set of Rules with His New iPhone

Thirteen-year-old Greg Hoffman of Cape Cod Massachusetts received a gift that many teenagers wanted this Christmas from his parents, an iPhone.

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.

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.

App Logs Reveal iPhone 6 and iOS 7?

It appears Apple is at it again, according to The Next Web, Apple Inc is testing a new version of its iOS software.

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.

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.

Will Samsung Release a Transparent TV at CES Next Week?

Samsung is apparently planning on revealing a television at CES 2013 that will take TVs to the next level: see through.

New High Res Photos of the BlackBerry Z10

This weekend, some more high resolution pictures of the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 model were leaked. The BlackBerry Z10 is the new all touch screen Blackberry device, and their attempt to modernize the Blackberry brand.

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.

“Touchy” Claims to Make Anyone a Human Camera

So I'll ask the obvious question, Have you ever wanted to be a camera? Yeah me either, however Hong Kong's Eric Siu thinks you should at least give it a go with his new invention, Touchy.

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.

Fujitsu to Release Phone for Seniors in the US and Europe

Fujitsu has revealed plans to release its Raku Raku phone for seniors in the United States and Europe.

Nokia Lumia Prices Continue to Fall

The Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 were released to the U.S. market just a few months ago now, but as The Wall Street Journal reports, their starting prices are already dropping quite significantly.

GMail Extends its Free Calling for 2013

Google has announced Wednesday that users of Gmail in the United States and Canada can continue to get free calling for the next year for free.

LG Set to Release Line of Google TVs First Half of...

LG has announced it will release a brand new line of Google TVs with 3.0 software starting in 2013. These very sleek and slim TVs will come in sizes ranging from 42 inches to 60 inches.

Google Nexus 10 Supply Scarce

Wanting to get your hands on a Google Nexus 10 for the holidays? You are not alone, and unfortunately it seems you won’t be able to snag one in time.

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.

Huawei Exec Unveils 6.1 inch Ascend Mate 2 Weeks Before CES...

So what is the cutoff before a phone is more of a tablet that can place calls? Evidently bigger than 6.1 inches as far as Huawei is concerned. They are getting ready to release the Ascend Mate, a 6.1 inch 1080p Android phone.

Apple Not Playing Well With Others, Cans Pop Project

Introducing Pop, a portable battery that can charge any kind of phone including the latest in iPhone technology. The system would include cables for most every kind of port including the 30pin and Lightening connector.

Tumblr Now Offers Support for iPad with Version 3.2.3

Two days after the big Tumblr update to its Android app, iPad gets its own native app as well. Tumblr’s iOS app version 3.2.3 is now compatible with the iPad and the iPad mini.

iPhone 5 and Mini Having Battery Issues After Receiving Update

Recently Apple attempted to answer user’s complaint regarding Wi-Fi issues with the release of iOS 6.0.2. This update was geared towards the iPad Mini and iPhone 5 in particular.

Dropbox Releases New Beta Version of its App

Dropbox, the file and photo sharing website and application, has just released a new beta version for its Android app to the general public. This being amongst all the other tweaks and upgrades Dropbox has released lately.

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.

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.

Yelp Releases New Update

Android users who are hooked on the Yelp app will be happy to hear it has just released an update, version 3.7.

Nuance Releases Extensive Update to the Dragon Mobile Assistant

The company Nuance has now released a major update to its Android App, Dragon Mobile Assistant.

Deezer Launches Add Supported Streaming

Deezer, the music streaming service, is launching a free ad supported streaming service to its available options.