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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.

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.

Windoro window cleaning robot to the rescue

Slap a pair of Roomba’s on a pane of glass, with a slight variation in cleaning utensils, and you’ve got the Windoro. It almost sounds like a spanish sword-fighting nobleman here to clean our windows.

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.

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.

3M Shoot ‘N Share combines pico projector and 720p video camcorder

The pico projector concept has been hovering around for some time now, although a great idea, how practical its uses are remain to be seen. Despite this, 3M has announced the Shoot ’N Share, a 720p MP4 video camera that will project a paltry 640 x 480 picture on to a wall or screen.

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.

Addonics’ five drive redundant RAID enclosure is ultra-compact, uses 2.5″ drives

Most RAID boxes out there use 3.5-inch drives, the 2.5-inch drive models which are typically used in notebooks, netbooks and portable harddrives don’t get used beyond that. There are some dual 2.5-inch RAID enclosures out there, but none can claim to the five drive capacity that Addonics’ latest Compact RAID enclosure supports

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.

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.

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 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.

HTC Desire HD (EVO 4G upgraded) unveiled

The HTC Desire HD has been unveiled today, and it appears to be a slightly upgraded EVO 4G that will be for European and Asian markets.

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.

Panasonic 360° Freestyle cordless iron makes a great gift for Misses...

Some say these types of gifts are not always the best for the misses, well, I think Panasonic’s 360° Freestyle Cordless Steam/Dry Iron is an exception to the clause. And unlike a set of corningware, or having your photo silkscreened on an apron, the $100 Freestyle is practical and without a doubt one of the coolest looking irons I’ve ever seen.

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.

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.

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.

Unicorn bicycle mod gives me that ‘warm and fuzzy’ feeling

I don’t know what it is about unicorns that make me all warm and fuzzy. Perhaps it’s one of those brain wash things from early sci-fi flics I became acquainted with as a young lad. Whatever it is, this unicorn bicycle mod will probably get your ass handed to you on a plater.

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.

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.

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.

iOS 4.1 Jailbreak possible, could cause big headaches for Apple

We knew not to expect a jailbreak from the iPhone dev team anytime soon, but @pod2g and @p0sixninja together may have a solution for jailbreakers once again. A blog post came hours after the iOS 4.1 official announcement, pod2g announced 'Pwned once again? :)'

iOS 4.1 released, still no jailbreak, iPhone 3G ‘faster’

Apple today released iOS 4.1, the anticipated update for iPhone and iPod touch devices that fixes bugs with the proximity sensor, Bluetooth connectivity, and the apparent iPhone 3G lag.

Mind control technology is here, and of course, it works with...

Mind control has taken a new twist today with XWave, a NeuroSky eSense patented technology that allows you to “see your mind in action.” What this means is, well, you can take control of things by the electrical impulses transmitted through your skull to the surface of your forehead.

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.

Seven superior tablets you can buy in 2010

When the iPad first landed it created a reaction, not only for those who intended to use it, but for every manufacturer that makes portable computer devices. And with that said, the battle began.

Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S) headed to Verizon tomorrow

Loaded with a 1Ghz processor, Android 2.1 and skinned with TouchWiz - whether that’s a good thing or bad is up to you - Samsung is sending the Fascinate to Verizon Wireless.  The Fascinate is Verizon’s specific brand of the Galaxy S, it will sell for $200 on-contract.

Nike+ GPS app for iPhone tracks your run on Google maps

Nike’s latest announcement brings us the Nike+ GPS app, and it wont need any fancy shoes either.

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.

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.

Motive Industries’ Cannabis Kestrel cars rear end exposed

That first hit of news from Motive Industries and their cannabis composite electric car was real smooth, now a second has come down the pipe and it’s even nicer than the first.

Canon shows us the future: 50 megapixel camera, 4k camcorder made...

Canon is giving us a taste of the future with their latest creations shown at the Canon Expo 2010 in New York. They’ve created a monster 50 Megapixel shooter that can capture colors that the human eye cannot see. I’m guessing we just have to take their word for it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet has landed

We saw the video, heard the specs, and now a full-fledged announcement from Samsung. The Galaxy Tab Android Tablet is official, and it's one sexy looking take-anywhere piece of mobile computing.

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 Touch takes 50% of portable gaming market, ‘outsells Nintendo and...

That little iPod Touch that hung around as an advanced MP3 player in its early days has all of a sudden become a mobile gaming powerhouse. Over 1.5 billion "games and entertainment titles" have been downloaded to the iPod Touch.

iOS 4.1 to come to iPhone and iPod, iOS 4.2 for...

Steve Jobs today at the Apple keynote said the company will be updating devices to iOS 4.1 very soon. This update will include various fixes and enhancements, including the proximity sensor issue, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G performance deterioration.

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.

iPod Shuffle gets buttons back, real voice control

Apple has a brand new revamped iPod shuffle, they brought the button back, and will give you 15 hours of battery life. Options are silver, blue green, pink and orange.

6th gen iPod Nano has multitouch, $149 for 8GB and $179...

Apple’s new 6th-generation iPod Nano is basically an overgrown stamp with multitouch. No click wheel on this one, the screen is 46% smaller and 42% lighter than its predecessor.

Intel inside your smartphone; $1.4b buys Infineon’s Wireless Solutions business

Infineon Technologies’ Wireless Solution business has been acquired by Intel for approximately $1.4 billion, the companies announced late last night. The move comes just weeks after Intel’s announcement to buy McAfee for $7.68 billion, while also working on a deal to acquire the Texus Instruments’ cable modem division.

SigmaTek Computer to reveal 5-inch and 7-inch eReaders at IFA

France’s SigmaTek Computer will be launching a pair of eBook readers at IFA next month. The 5-inch and 7-inch eReaders both have TFT displays with a resolution of 800x480. Inside is a RockChip2808 CPU running 600MHz, nothing sensational and could pose a problem since this eReader is not meant for just eReading.

Cannabis electric car made in Canada, hopefully doesn’t go up in...

Canadian company Motive Industries has announced their plan to test a prototype vehicle which is made of Hemp. The car is electric, and is expected to reach 55 mph with a range of 25-100 miles before recharging. CBC is reporting that several battery options will be available making the hemp electric vehicle affordable to many people.

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.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet teaser video spotted

Samsung is making the hairs on the back of my neck stand with their latest teaser video. It’s showcasing the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet, and oh boy does it look sweet.

Dell Aero Android smartphone is official, $99 on AT&T with new...

Dell today announced the availability of the Dell Aero Android smartphone from AT&T. The Aero sports a 3.5-inch (640 x 360p) capacitive multi-touch display with pinch-to-zoom functionality. Loaded with connectivity options, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi, BlueTooth and GPS.

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.

StumbleUpon lands on iPhone and Android devices

I’m not a hardcore stumbler, but every once in a while I like to get on the site and see what interesting user populated content is thrown at me. I find amazing photographers, neat technology, and marvels of the environment.

Sneak peak at Toshiba’s SmartPad tablet due October

A first quick glimpse of Toshiba’s SmartPad was flaunted at a press conference late last month. Toshiba Australia Managing Director, Mark Whittard, quickly whipped it out in conclusion to the event. Obviously that peaked many eyebrows, so they gave us a taste.