Author: Fabrizio Pilato

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Seabird phone concept by Billy May

This is a concept from Billy May, a conceptual designer and Mozilla Labs community member who set out to create with the feedback of his community, what he envisioned would be the future of mobile computing. It’s called the Seabird, and its design will change the way we look at mobile devices.

Technology
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Verbatim’s Clip-it USB drive keeps flash memory designs fresh

After a good attempt at every iteration possible USB drives tend to be just that, USB drives. Well, leave it to the design team over at Verbatim to keep things interesting. They’ve come out with a Clip-it line of USB drives, which basically do just that, clip on to things like a paper clip. You can clip it to your tie, business cards, pocket protector, heck you can clip it anywhere you want.

IPAD
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Netflix Canada for iPad review

Netflix for Canada has launched today, giving access to unlimited movies and TV shows streamed right to your device for just $7.99 a month. The service is available to PCs, Macs, PS3, Wii, iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch) and even Samsung and Toshiba Blu-ray disc players. Netflix plans to add streaming support to XBOX 360 later this fall, VIZIO and Insignia Blu-ray players down the road, as well as Internet TVs from Samsung and Apple TV.

Android
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First Gmail app available from the Android Market

As any hardcore email user can attest, Gmail is one of the best options out there for mail, and a Gmail app for Android would be hard to live without. Going forward with Android and Gmail individually, the Gmail team today released a new version for the Android Market.

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Casio EX-H20G hybrid GPS camera Geotags indoors

When you take a photograph with a GPS-enabled camera the location is logged by its ability to connect to the overhead satellites. This is logical, but what happens when you’re indoors? Unfortunately, you won’t have any location data, until today. Casio has revealed their EX-H20G point and shooter that can log the geographic location (geotag) even indoors.

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iPad 2G in the works, ready by 2011 with reinforced glass

Suppliers in Taiwan are reporting that the next-generation Apple iPad will be ready in the first quarter of 2011, contrary to previous reports of a late 2010 release. The 9.7-inch touch panel display will have reinforced glass in order to improve upon its predecessor’s lack of ruggedness.

Android
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Viewsonic’s G Tablet runs Android 2.2 froyo, costs $529

Don’t confuse Viewsonic’s recently revealed G Tablet with the ViewPad we saw at IFA. This is an entirely different unit running Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chipset with Android 2.2 Froyo on board. Froyo you say? Yes, even after Google specifically announced that Froyo is not optimized for tablets.

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First Kestrel Hemp electric car photos unveiled

Motive Industries has just sent us the first images of the Kestrel 4 passenger electric car. What makes this car special is that it’s body will be made of hemp plastic. Although this green electric car is not due out until late 2012, that doesn’t stop the company from continuously giving us small hits to keep us going.

HTC
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HTC Desire Z is a 720p QWERTY slider with Android 2.2

There’s nothing more exciting than an entirely new slider phone running Android, the only problem is, its just about the same as every other one on the market. Despite its Android appeal, the HTC Desire Z is a beautiful looking handset, but not much of a game changer.

IPAD
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iPad light painting at its finest

Sometimes the most simplest looking things can give you a jaw dropping effect. Like this stop-motion animation movie of an iPad sequence of illuminated 3D segments of typography, when photographed in a series and put together it gives a 3D effect of the text being projected. Not quite what R2-D2 would have made for Luke Skywalker, but we’re getting there.

Apple
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Just Mobile Alupen stylus for the Apple iPad reviewed

Just Mobile has “just” released an iPad stylus that allows you to take control of your touchscreen iDevice without smudging up the entire display. The chunky Alupen is a stick 4.75″ thick stick of aluminum in the shape of a pencil, it has an “Ultra-soft rubber nib” on one end which is smooth and finished in matte black. I call it the giant crayon for Apple nerds.

TABLETS
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Dell unveils a tablet inspired netbook

Dell is attempting to flourish in the creativity department. Their latest creation with unimaginable inspiration comes in the form of their new Inspiron Duo 10” tablet/netbook concraption. The Flip screen device will allow itself to be either a netbook, or a tablet – depending on your mood.

Technology
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Boxee Box getting closer with pre-orders and new Intel chipset

If you were going to jump for that Apple TV, you may want to hold off, as the DLink Boxee Box is planned to hit mail boxes this November. The original launch was slated for June, but due to a switch from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipest, to an Intel Atom CE4100 platform, Boxee Box is now back on track and is taking pre-orders for $199.

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Spirit HD review for the Apple iPad

When I first saw screenshots of Spirit HD, my thoughts were “wow sweet.” The graphics are really slick and retro, utilizing the ambience of a glowing LCD, with brilliant colors that transcend you into other dimensions, literally.

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Froyo could be fussy on tablets, says Google

Google has recently commented on the use of Android 2.1, Froyo – on tablets – and well, their words are nowhere near surprising. As everyone joins the tablet race, a lot of corners tend to be cut in order to become “second, to first” in a market largely dominated by Apple. The iPad has the most sales to date, and there’s still plenty of space for a successful second place.

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Windows Phone 7 coming October 11

According to Pocket-lint’s inside sources at Redmond-based Microsoft, the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system will be launched on October 11, 2010. That is exciting news, because the sources also report that Windows Phone 7 handsets will follow later in the month.

Apple
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Apple Peel 520 is coming to America

The Apple Peel 520 boarded a ship and is coming to America, according to an email sent out by GoSolar PR. The device has just, literally this afternoon, been submitted to the FCC with its 8k filing to finalize its presence. That means that the once Chinese Yosin black market device of 22-year-old Chinese programmer Pan Yong, will soon be a legitimate product in the USA by GoSolar.

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Sneak peak at first Windows Phone 7 game: Bye Bye Brain

Windows Phone 7 is on the brink of distribution and we’ve managed to catch a glimpse at one of the first games made for the device; Bye Bye Brain- a 3D zombie killing classic Tower Defense game where you must attack the flesh eating zombies and stay alive until the military rescues you.

Mobiles
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Pimped out Motorohome for the rich

I’ve always wanted to live in a van down by the river. I guess this would be taking things a bit further along than that. This pimped out palace on wheels has no solar panels, isn’t very aerodynamic, but when you have the bucks to burn, it’s all just the same.

TABLETS
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First look: Fujitsu Lifebook T730 Tablet PC

The Fujitsu Lifebook T730 Tablet PC is one beast of a machine. These are some first hand pics for you to take a gander at. It’s a bulky little tablet, but you’re getting a full-fledged power house of a computer packed inside this fliptastic form factor.

IPOD
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iPod touch revamped with FaceTime, HD, Retina display and Game Center

The new iPod Touch will come in three versions, an 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299 and a 64GB for $399. You will be able to edit videos, do FaceTime between iPod Touch and iPhone users, or iPod Touch and iPod Touch. The Camera is similar to the iPhone 4s, with VGA on the front, no flash however, but HD Video is possible on the rear camera.

Social Media
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World’s first digital camera from 1975 used cassette tapes

Kodak made the first digital camera back in 1975, they say Steve Sasson is the inventor. These images show the what a Super 8 movie lens, a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder, some hacked up CCD, digital voltometer, several dozen digital and analog circuits wired together and 16 nickel cadmium batteries get you.

Nissan
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U.S. bound Nissan Leaf to be in quantities of 25,000

Nissan almost pulled an Apple on us, without even knowing. Rumors began to surface regarding a severe shortage of the new Nissan Leaf electric car destined for the US in 2011. Word somehow got out that only 10,000 of the cars would be produced by the end of March, and the majority of those would be for Japan. This is inaccurate, and deemed “pure speculation” on the part of the Nissan dealer who spilt this nonsense.

Technology
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Touchless Gesture User Interface to be demo’d IFA

Mimesign will bring intuitive ways for people to interact with devices. The possibilities range from tablets, remote controls or in-car media controls. The interface is based on ultrasound technology and allows the user to remain in an unchanged state. Meaning, you can pimp slap your way through a photo album.