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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.

Tablet Version of Flipboard App Arrives Today

The Android app Flipboard was officially launched in May of this year, and while it was fine for smartphone users, it left those with a tablet wanting more.

Asus Nexus 7 Audio Dock, In Hands December 30th

The long awaited Asus built audio dock for the Google Nexus 7 is still being elusive.

ZTE Avid 4G Drops Today for MetroPCS

In the recent months, MetroPCS has released a couple of very affordable phones for consumers. They've done it again today releasing the ZTE Avid 4G.

Samsung Releases Upgraded Battery for the Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has quickly became one of the most popular phones on the market today. Is it the perfect smartphone? Some would say it is pretty close, though it would be nice if it had a bigger battery. Perhaps something like the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD’s 3300mAh Battery? While they won’t be able to get something quite that big, Samsung has released an extended battery for the Galaxy S3 giving it an extra 900mAh

NZ SPCA Raises Awareness For Shelter Dogs With Porter, The Driving...

Everyday lost and abandoned dogs are left in shelters, never being adopted and many of which end up put to sleep. The Auckland, New Zealand SPCA decided to do something about it. They wanted to raise public awareness for the 50 – 100 dogs it has in its shelter every week. Anyone with an obedient dog knows how intelligent they are and how able they are to be trained.

The Greatest App Ever: Food Allergy Tester for your Smartphone

At the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, they have developed a device they call the iTube. Associate professor Aydogan Ozcan was tasked as the team leader. This is a groundbreaking system that turns your average smartphone into an allergen sensor. Prior to this technology, detectors were large and very complex. The iTube is a system that the average person can use, and lives will be saved.

Introducing, the Brazilian IPhone

If you are headed to Brazil in the near future, be careful if you go shopping for a phone. The Brazilian company Gradiente is selling an Android phone called IPhone.

Facebook Rumored to be Developing Snapchat-Like App

With Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram earlier this year, it is well known they have great interest in mobile apps. With that in mind, Facebook is now said to be working on a new app. This mobile app, set to be released in a couple of weeks, is supposed to be similar to that of Snapchat.

New Breakthroughs in Human Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Technology

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have made a breakthrough in human brain controlled robotic arm manipulation.

Georgia Tech Uses Kinect to Aid in Physical Therapy for Children

When it comes to physical therapy for children with motor skill impairments, the tools available right now are helpful but also are somewhat limited. Georgia Tech’s...

Nokia to Release Update to Fix Nokia Lumia 920 Camera Issues

While the Lumina 920 is a solid phone overall, its biggest draw is the PureView rear camera capability. The camera is amazing at image-stabilization and low light but has been receving complaints about daylight phots being blurry. It is reported that Nokia will be changing the camera software for the 920 and will hopefully resolve some of the issues in an upcoming update.

Expansys UK No Longer Getting HTC Butterfly

Excitement has been stirring in Europe since the announcement of the the 5 inch 1080p HTC Butterfly. So much so that UK Expansys started offering up the Butterfly for preorder in the UK. One site, Coolsmartphone, decided to get in on the preorder action.

Dell Originally Wanted Microsoft to Drop Windows Name from Windows RT

There has been a little confusion by some consumers about the difference between the ARM-only Windows RT and the x86-only Windows 8. This is exactly why Dell’s Vice-chairman, Jeffrey Clarke said the company originally tried to get Microsoft Steve Ballmer to rename the Windows RT OS.

Nokia Set to Release Windows Phone, Lumia 505

To all our friends in Mexico, are you wanting to get a Windows Phone, but not wanting to spend a ton of money?

ZTE to Unveil New Grand S “Superphone” at CES 2013

It appears that ZTE is going to be releasing a new supposed superphone at CES 2013 early next year. While there has been rumors and whispering of this in the past, it has now been confirmed by event information posted on the press page at CES.

Forum User Reveals the Pogo Charging System, Possibly Coming Soon for...

The Nexus 10 may soon be getting a new way to charge its battery. A forum user on Android Central recently showed off a new Pogo charger on the site which apparently hooks onto the phone using magnets instead of fumbling with a traditional cord. This system appears to be similar to the MagSafe chargers for MacBo

Jelly Bean Updates Dropping for Motorola Users

If you own a newer Motorola smartphone, chances are you have or will be getting a new update. Motorola had recently promised to offer more timely updates for its devices, and seems to be keeping true to their word.

Server Log Reveals Panasonic May be Readying 1080p Handset of Their...

When you think of Android phone makers Panasonic is not a name you usually think of, but that isn't the case in Japan. Now it seems that the company is preparing to enter into the 1080p smartphone race with its own high-end handset.

Walmart and Target to Offer Bargains on Apple Products Starting Next...

Looking for a bargain on an iPhone or iPad for the holidays? Walmart has announced plans to reduce its prices on Apple products for the season.

Rumored iPad Mini 2 in the Works, will have Retina Display

Creators at Apple are evidently already working hard on a new higher resolution and lighter version of the iPad mini. This report comes from the Apple rumor mill DigiTimes, though it isn't the first time we've heard it. Keep in mind that DigiTime's record for getting things right is certainly mixed, though it did recently predict Apple’s addition of retina displays in the Apple Macbook and managed to get it right.

New Google+ Android Update Set to Drop Later Today

Later today, Google will release a new update for its Google+ Android app.

Cydia’s Fullforce Tweak for Jailbroken iPads Compatible With Google Maps

Frustrated with getting stuck with boxed iPhone apps on your iPad? Cydia has had a tweak available for jailbroken iPads, called FullForce that could be the perfect solution.

Microsoft Application Submissions up 40%

This Wednesday Microsoft announced that with the launch of the Windows Phone 8 platform in October, their Windows Phone application submissions have increased a staggering 40%. Because of this huge increase they decided to keep the Windows Phone Store open longer during the holiday season.

Samsung Gearing Up to Release Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3...

A huge shift is coming for the South Korean based company Samsung. The Korea Times reports that Samsung is planning to focus on organic light emitting diode displays (OLED) and flexible plastic based displays in place of traditional liquid crystal displays (LCD) going forward.

Fuhu Nabi XD: A Tablet Just For Tweens

Fuhi Inc, the maker of the Nabi 2, a tablet for kids, has announced the release of the Nabi XD, a tablet made with your tween in mind.

Razer Fiona: A Tablet Built For Gamers, By Gamers

PC Gamers, listen up! Razor has announced the Fiona, a tablet built just for you with input received by fellow gamers. The Fiona is a hybrid tablet made for PC gaming, running on the power of Windows 8.

Acer Releases Upgraded Version of C7 ChromeBook

Acer recently released the Acer C7 and now they are back at it again, this time with the Acer C710-2605 Chromebook. This affordable laptop features an 11.6 inch display will 1366 x 768 pixels and a Intel Celeron 847 1.1 GHz processor. An impressive 500GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM, versus the 320 GB hard drive and 2 GB of RAM you get with the C7.

Redbox to Launch Streaming Service

Redbox, the movie rental kiosk company has been planning a partnership with Verizon to attempt to break into the video streaming market for some time, but it looks like it is all coming together now. Associated Press reported Redbox Instant by Verizon is set to be launched late December as invite-only for the time being.

New Google Drive Extension Allows Web Archiving and Image Storage

Google has just released a new extension for Chrome through its Chrome Web Store. This new extension is called Google Drive. It is a tool that allows users to capture and store web based content using none other than Google Drive.

Instagram Releases New Update With New Filter

This week Instagram has released a new iOS application update to version 3.2.0, and Android update to version 3.3. This update adds an awesome new filter and a plethora of other enhancements that are a must have for all those shutterbugs.

iPhone Heart Monitor Due Next Month: AliveCor Gains FDA Approval

The FDA has approved AliveCor’s iPhone Heart Monitor and will go on sale in the United States next month. The AliveCor uses an iPhone 4 or 4s smartphone to record, display, store, transfer and evaluate singe channel electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythems. The Class II device consists of a self-powered case that attaches to the back of an iphone. The case communicates wirelessly with an associated heart monitor application on the phone.

HTC to Release 3 Phones to China Mid-December

HTC is attempting to take over the Chinese market by launching three variations of it’s 2012 phones for China. These phones should be available mid-December. The HTC J Butterfly (American Droid DNA) a 1080p smartphone will be released in the common black but also a brown and white colors. Local variants of the Windows Phone 8-based HTC 8x and HTC 8s are also to be released.

New Contact Lense Shown Off with Built-In LCD

A new crazy idea has surfaced in Belgium: a contact lense with a built in, programmable LCD display.

Youtube Gets Facelift and Improved Guide Feature

Youtube announced today improvements to its service in the form of a layout change and improved guide feature.

Nokia and HTC’s Competition is Increasing, Huawei Ascend W1 coming to...

Yesterday in Rome, Italy, Huawei presented an arsenal of Android products to journalists and bloggers. After some further investigation from Windows Phone Italy, it was discovered that the Huawei Ascend W1 will also be released in Italy as well as Asia, after it’s officially announced at CES 2013.

Sony Announces Upcoming Release of Xperia E

Sony has announced the upcoming release of the Xperia E, a “no-nonsense Android smartphone”.

Bargain Hunter: HTC Droid DNA for Only $149.99

Amazon Wireless is now offering HTC’s Droid DNA for the bargain price of $149.99 with a two year service plan. Verizon has the DNA listed at $199.99, so that's a $50 savings over the normal price.

Google Employee Confirms Android 5.0 Named Key Lime Pie

Rumors have been abuzz for some time that the next release of Android will be named Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Now a Google employee has all-but confirmed that the name Key Lime Pie is official.

LG’s $36,000 84 inch Ultra HD TV Lands in the UK,...

The long awaited LG 84 inch Ultra HD TV has finally landed in the UK. The TV lists for a whopping 22,500£, or the equivalent of about $36,000 in the United States. Interestingly enough, U.S. customers saw the release of the set a few weeks ago for a much more affordable (yet still extremely high-priced) $20,000.

LG Reported to Reveal Processor at CES 2013

Early last year LG had announced it would license ARM’s processor designs in order to bring its own chips to the market. Now Korea Times is reporting that LG will unveil its first in-house chip at CES 2013.

Video Teaser of Windows Phone 7.8 Update on Nokia Lumia 900

Building anticipation for the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 release, a video that appears to be an early release of the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade on a Nokia Lumia 900 has been leaked.

SwiftKey Flow Nears Release As Beta Testing Begins!

Hang on to your seats texters, SwiftKey is getting close to the public release of its new update, SwiftKey Flow.

Hopeful NEW Release Date of AT&T’s HTC One VX

This new phone was clearly set to be released on November 16th along with the One X. The One X got released, but there has been no word on the HTC One VX. Further adding to the mystery, when stores were contacted, they had no idea what the phone even was and it also wasn’t found anywhere on AT&T’s website.

Apple’s Ultra-Thin iMac Now Available For Sale Online

Looking for a gift for a loved one, or even yourself this holiday shopping season? The new ultra-thin iMacs are now available for order via Apple’s online store.

Facebook Releases Automatic Photo Sync

Facebook just released a new feature to its mobile phone app for iOS and Android devices called “Photo Sync”, an automatic sync of your gallery photos to Facebook. Don’t panic yet, read on.

StickNFind Locator System Makes Finding Lost Items Much Easier

Losing your remote, keys, or kids for that matter will soon be a thing of the past. Presenting, StickNFind, the app based location tool.

EPA E15 Approval Leaves Some Worried

Last summer’s EPA approval of the E15 additive in domestic fuel has left some of us confused and even fearful of the effects that the additive may have on our vehicles.

Could the iPhone 5 Be On Its Way To T-Mobile Next...

The rumor mill is hard at work with a new claim that T-Mobile will announce the official release of the Iphone to their network sometime next week.

Ebay Restricting Sales on LG Nexus 4

Looking to get your hands on the new LG Nexus 4? Ebay has made that a little harder by placing some new restrictions on the sale of the new Nexus 4.

VLC Turns to Kickstarter to Gather Funds for Windows 8 App

The team behind the VideoLAN VLC media player has officially announced plans to develop a native app for Windows 8. Of course building an app for a new ecosystem isn't free, there is staffing and other expenses to consider. While VLC has traditionally turned to user donations to help fund its endeavors, they are attempting to take this release to the next level by asking for help through a Kickstarter campaign.