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BMW 3 Series made right before your eyes

This is a fascinating video following a BMW 3 series from the beginning through an assembly line. Starting as a couple of sheets of metal, ending with a fully operational BMW ripping down the interstate.

Leaked: The iPhone 4 brick case

Check out these images of the next-generation Destroyer case from Incipio. We call it the brick, simply because, well, it's about the size of a brick once you're all said and done. And it could probably take the impact from a brick smashing on it.

Panasonic reveals first ruggedized Android Toughbook tablet

Panasonic is set to break free from their Windows-based tablets and release their first Toughbook tablet running the Google Android OS. This is fantastic in many ways, firstly, it shows that Android is getting enough mainstream adoption that Panasonic is confident enough to roll it out to the enterprise partners, and secondly, you can take the ruggedized Android tablet out in the backwoods or in the crazy corporate world of hacking and digital espionage and not have too worry too much thanks to its ruggedized exterior and embedded hardware security.

Telus To Add Skype Billing Solution for Android Smartphones

In the first agreement of its kind, Skype has partnered with Canadian wireless carrier Telus to offer the ability to purchase Skype Credit via your mobile account. Telus customers will be able to bill Skype Credit charges to their wireless Telus accounts.

An iPhone Dongle That Lets You Shoot 3D Video

Not the best of names, but the Sthreeam dongle is a kickstarter project that adds a second imaging sensor to your iPhone. Why would you wan't a second camera on your iPhone? To record in 3D of course. So basically, it's a project in the early concept stage.

iPhone Desk Phone with Speakerphone Dock Review

Perhaps you're trapped in the days of yesteryear, looking for a way to bring a bit of nostalgia back to your high-tech lifestyle, and besides, you have to sit down once in a while. The KEE Utility Desk Phone Dock for iPhone may just take you back in time enough to enjoy your technology once again.

Steve Jobs Unveils iCloud @ WWDC

It was a bit of a surprise today when Steve Jobs walked out on the stage at WWDC to the tune of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" classic blasting over the PA system. He took a leave back in January, but that didn't stop him from appearing today. In high spirits and receiving much appreciation from 5000 Apple devotees, jobs kicked off the event with the announcement of iCloud.

iOS 5 Unveiled with 200 New Features, Wi-Fi Sync, Split Keyboard…

Apple kicked off the week with a sneak peak at iOS 5, the next version of the Apple mobile OS for iPhone, iPod and the iPad. The keynote address by Scott Forstall, Apple Senior VP, most importantly showed how the iOS 5 will add over 200 new features and eliminate the dependence on needing a computer.

WTF? Chinese Boy Sells Kidney For iPad 2

It makes me quite sad to report this, but a young 17-year old student from Eastern China has sold a kidney in order to purchase an iPad 2, if reports from The Global Times are to be believed.

Video: Windows 8 Optimized for Touch

Yesterday Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at D9, much like Google's Android tablet optimized Honeycomb, Windows 8 has been built around the use of touch devices, but they assure us it will work equally as well with a mouse and keyboard.

Dockable Tablet For iPhone and Android Smartphones Has No Soul

We know about the PadFone, the Atrix 4G Dock, and ever since the news of them I've had dreams of docking my iPhone in a similar device. Buy one superphone and make your own scalable devices by simply docking it within a specialized housing that has no main internal components.

FACT: Brain Cancer Risk Increases With Cell Phone Use

We know that there has been a lot of back and forth going around concerning the situation surrounding the facts of wether or not Cell Phones, and the radiation they emit, can potentially cause cancer. Well, the WHO said it, so it must be official now. Cell phone radiation is possibly carcinogenic and could be linked to some cases of cancer, case and point.

iOS4 Cracked, Russian ElcomSoft Breaks the Backup Encryption

No more secrets. If you wan't something to be completely secure, don't have it on a smartphone, computer, USB flash drive or any network for that matter. Just store it in your brain, it should be safe for now.

Hackathon: Now Stream Torrent Streamer for iPhone and iPad Demoed

An iPhone and iPad app that allows you to stream any type of torrent was demoed this past weekend at the Tech Crunch Hackthon.

Droid X2 Pre-Orders Begin at Verizon Wireless

Bigger, better, faster than ever, the Motorola Droid X2 is set for a May 26 launch on Verizon Wireless. Pre-orders begin today, so if you were in the market for the Droid successor, wanted a 4.3-inch scratch-resistant, anti-reflective qHD Display packing an 8 MP camera with autofocus, HD Video recording, HDMI, all powered by a dual-core 1 GHZ CPU, this may be for you.

WordPress iPhone iPad App Update Fixes Crashing, Adds QuickPhoto and Stats

Mobile Magazine runs on a customized WordPress CMS. Several months ago I gave the WordPress iPad app a go to see if I could actually create articles and manage some of the sites workflow through it, well, it was a huge fail. Not only would it crash, but the admin panel wouldn't load. Apparently I wasn't the only one, as Automattic, the makers of the WordPress iOS app, have fixed 31 bugs that caused 75% of app crashes and have now re-released version 2.8 of the app to the iTunes app store.

Mario Kart Tune Played by RC Car

What we have here are several hundred wine bottles strategically filled to play a perfect tune of Mario Kart while an RC car with a spring hammer drives by tapping them. I wonder how long this took to setup, regardless, it kicks ass.

OtterBox Gets Tough with PlayBook and iPad 2 Tablets

OtterBox has ruggedized our lives yet again with the announcement and availability of two tablet protection offerings; the iPad 2 and BlackBerry PlayBook Defender Series Cases.

BlackBerry PlayBook Review

RIM's BlackBerry Playbook is the companies first effort to join the newly created applucrative tablet computing market. Apple launched the iPad just over one year ago, and in that time sold 14.8 million units or more. They have also recently launched a successor to the iPad 1 tablet, bringing many more features to the table that were expected the first time around.

G-Form iPad Case Dropped Out of a Plane, Smashed with Bowling...

Some of you weren't totally convinced by the G-Form video we posted last week.  Well, for those of you who second guessed its ruggedness, the crazy folks over at G-Form have responded by dropping one iPad off an airplane, as well as dropping a massive 12lb bowling ball on top of it.

Google Chromebooks Unveiled: Orders June 15

Samsung and Acer are set to release the first Chromebook laptops on June 15. The Samsung Chromebook is priced at $429 for the Wi-Fi only version, and $499 for 3G. The Acer Chromebook Wi-Fi is priced at $349 and closely resembles the CR-48 prototype. Both will sell initially to the US, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Google I/O Live Blog: Ice Cream Sandwiches, Movie Rentals and more

This is live from Google I/O, keep updating to see the latest news from what Google is coming out with.

Skype Sold For $8.5 Billion: Microsoft’s Instant Messaging Network Now 300...

Skype's version 5 update practically destroyed the software in the eyes of many loyal customers, but not enough to sway Microsoft from paying $8.5 Billion for the company. Skype, a simple product yet essential to the world we live in today has 170 million users.

$25 Raspberry PI Computer Trumps OLPC

A UK developer has taken the wraps off his project to change the world learns. We saw it once with OLPC, where affordable laptops that could be used in schools around the world to educate less fortunate children. Now, David Braben of Frontier Developments has unveiled a prototype of a $25 computer that is the size of a USB stick.

Survive 20 Foot Drops with Rugged iPad, MacBook Extreme Sleeve

G-Form knows that there is a good number of tech users out there that are quite active, and perhaps a bit careless too. This is why they created the Extreme Sleeve.

Sony Adds 25M Names to the Hacked List: PSN Service Delay...

Oh Sony, how big and dangerous you have become. Many of you were excited with the latest news of PSN service coming back online shortly, but don't jump up and down just yet, because Sony has just announced (as of May 3) that their Sony Online Entertainment PC games network was also hacked.

Poll: How has the PSN hack downtime affected you?

We know you love your PSN, some of our gamers rely on it heavily to get through the day.  So tell us, how has the PSN being down affected you? Tell us in the poll below.

Solar Impulse Plane soaring to new heights

We are on the way to reaching new heights of innovation with solar energy technology. Solar Impulse, a program based out of Switzerland aims to fly around the world in a solar plane. Their next big step is an international flight from Payerne Switzerland to Brussels Belgium, a 500 km soar.

Poll: Do you root or Jailbreak?

With Sony getting hacked and their PSN still down, there's no hiding it even for the biggest of corporations in the world, that includes government too. While i'm personally waiting for an iPad 2 jailbreak still, tell us about you. Do you jailbreak your iOS device and root your droids?

White iPhone 4 is finally here, and..

What more is there to say? The White iPhone 4 is finally available from Verizon Wireless. It's taken for what seems like an eternity to be released, with all sorts of rumored problems and hyped up anticipation. And for what? Who really cares. That is behind us now and you can now have the slightly thicker iPhone 4 in White.

Apple Responds to Location Tracking Accusations with “Fix”

It's not often we see a response from Apple on controversial topics like privacy, but their latest Q&A press release is a bit like a slap in the face to anyone with an IQ above 50 and contradicts the very essence of a secure operating system environment.

PSN Still Down, Was This A Retaliation?

What could be one of the largest breaches in network security history, the PlayStation Network (PSN) was hacked over the last week where Sony admits hackers were able to retrieve the personal information and data of 77 million PSN accounts, including credit cards.

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Arrives at VZW for $200 on April...

The Droid Incredible 2 will land on Verizon Wireless April 28. We know the specs, a massive 4-inch Super LCD screen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and 768 MB of RAM is more powerful than most notebooks. HTC Sense will be skinned over top Android 2.2. The 3G smartphone will sell for $200.

Sony Unveils Android 3.0 HoneyComb Tablets with Dual-Screen too

Sony is giving it their best effort to take on Apple's iPad and the array of other Android tablet's inching for a #2 spot in the tablet work. Sony's tablets, code named S1 and S2 consist of a single screen 9.4-inch tablet and a dual 5.5-inch screened tablet, both sporting 3G/4G and WiFi and will run on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet-optimized OS.

Earth Day Tip From a Gadget Geek

Today is Earth Day, and one way we can easily help curb our CO2 impact on the planet is to not search Google. According to Google, each search uses roughly 0.0003 kWh of energy, or 1 kJ.

Slow Motion Skydiving Video Is Beautiful

If you ever had fears of skydiving, have a look at this. A slow motion video in HD made by the Melbourne SkyDive Center in Australia may make you think twice about that nerve wrecking descent from an airplane. I know I did.

redsn0w Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.2 Available: But not iPad 2

The world is saved once again. iPhone Dev Team have released the iOS 4.3.2 jailbreak, this one is untethered too, meaning you won't have to connect your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad every time you reboot the device.

Kyocera Dual-Screen Android Echo Released

As expected, Sprint is now offering the dual-screen Kyocera Echo to the Sprint customers in the US. The dual 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreens are obviously going to use alot of power, but when you've got two screens and your best bud has only one, who's worried about battery life? Right? Although the specs say you should get seven hours of talk-time, that's not going to be a whole lot of media and gaming action combined with that 1GHz QSD8650 Snapdragon processor.

TouchWood Video Is Brilliant

I don't believe in hacking up co2 breathing forests for any reason, so lets hope this limited edition TouchWood Hinoki smartphone from NTT Docomo uses Japanese Cypress trees (Hinoki) from a farm or other renewable source.

Apple Pico Projector Patent uses Lasers: LaserBooks Coming Soon?

We've seen plenty of pico projector technologies surfacing as of late, and with the introduction of pico lasers, they may now be up to Apple's standards. This new patent recently surfaced over at Picopros, it shows the Apple patent entitled, "Display System Having Coherent and Incoherent Light Sources." That's not as sexy as the sounds of MacBook or PowerMac, but i'm sure Apple is working on the name if and when this gets released.

World’s Fastest Electric Motorcycle on Video

The high-pitch sound of electric motors whirling is almost like a jet engine, at 190mph the unofficial world record was set, not too bad for a bunch of battery packs.

DoD Releases iPad app for DVIDS

Our good friends over at the Department of Defense (DoD) who's chief aim is to protect the nation has deployed a new app. Ever wanted to be tapped in to the DoD's Video and Imagery distribution system? Well, there's an app for that.

iPad 2 Challenger: Android Honeycomb ASUS Eee Pad Transformer available to...

If you're on the fence about going Android, still considering the iPad 2, but haven't made a commitment just yet then maybe you should ponder things over for a little while longer. The UK and Taiwan release of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer were a success; it shortened supply (doesn't this always happen) for the rest of the world. Now with an end of April release, the $400 Android 3.0 (honeycomb) iPad challenger is set to make its debut to the US.

ConSpin Controls Your Home With Android

Why would someone put Android on a remote control? Well, simple, because they can. Conspin, a Korean manufacturer of home entertainment products has unveiled their Android tablet-like universal remote.

Confirmed: Apple Policy Fails to Determine Eligibility of MacBook Pro NVIDIA...

In July 2008 Nvidia admitted a high failure rate in some of their graphics processors due to a "packaging defect." Hold up now, this reason is not explained in much detail beyond that. But many technicians are attributing this problem to improperly applied heat-transfer material (that silver gook that allows thermal energy to transfer from the chip to your heatsink and cooling fan.) The faulty Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor was the GPU chip affected and the problems inevitably resulted in the loss of video or the inability to boot your MacBook Pro entirely. Again, they say a "packaging defect" was the problem. Would it be safe to say the MacBook Pro is the packaging? Nvidia was unavailable to comment on this "packaging problem" as they do not discuss agreements about their hardware partners.

Apple iBoy parody video is not far from the truth

This iBoy video was released by the Israely TV series Eretz Nehaderet (Wonderful World), and now, its surfaced on YouTube allowing for the rest of the world to see. The parody is about a family who brings the new iBoy home to later neglect their children

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket To Carry 117,000 Pound Payloads In 2013

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), a private company who plans to make Space exploration commercial, recently successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket. Their most recent plan is to build the Falcon Heavy; the world's largest rocket ever made capable of carrying a payload of 117,000 pounds.

Sprint To Compete Against Isis: NFC In 2011, Google Bank?

NFC capable devices are ramping up and soon you will be able to wave your mobile at a teller to complete a purchase of goods. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the US, has told Bloomberg they plan to beat AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon to the NFC game by launching as early as this year.

Help Revive Microsoft’s Courier On The iPad

I was quite upset when the news came that Microsoft killed the Courier project. I did not cry, but I felt the way I usually do when Microsoft gives up on something great, heavily disappointed. Steve Jobs always comes through to ease my pain with something new.

4.3.1 Jailbreak Untether Released: iPad 2 Users Left Hanging

i0n1c, a German-based security researcher released the much awaited 4.3.1 jailbreak and untether exploit early this morning. The only thing left out is that the iPad 2 is not exploitable. The reason being, Dev-Team reports, is that the iPad 2 is "not susceptible to either limera1n or SHAtter bootrom exploits."