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Fabrizio Pilato


Visa announces mobile payment trials in NYC this year

We reported just 4 days ago that you will soon have a digital wallet in your pocket, and today, Visa and Bank of America have teamed up to create the “digital wallet.”

Acer delays Android tablet, Motorola joining the race

You know that Acer Android tablet we heard about back in May, well, it has been put on the back burner, for now. If recent rumors are to be believed at least. They were initially intended to launch late this year with Froyo, but apparently that’s not sweet enough for Acer.

Rumor: HTC Mecha, Spade, Speedy, and Blitz on the horizon?

If you're on the fence about getting an new HTC Android phone, you may want to hold off just a bit longer. Rumors from the AndroidGuys have some code names for yet-to-be released HTC devices, and their leaning towards the Android flavor with a bunch of names that sound like super heros. They are HTC Mecha, HTC Spade, HTC Speedy, and HTC Blitz, which is CDMA.

Nikon D3100 14.2 megapixel DSLR with HD Video makes a friendly,...

The latest DSLR from Nikon is the D3100, an interesting configuration of HD video 1080p recording, with a bunch of automated guide features. Nikon seems to be making the DSLR camera into a point-and-shoot with a “Guide Mode” that lets you “sample images of what you can achieve with certain settings, for example if you change the shutter speed or aperture.”

MacBook Air project meshes components into a mini portable-computer

What does it take to get someone's creativity going these days? Not much. A free busted up MacBook Air did it for Bart, a guy behind The MacBook Air Project. He's been taking the guts of a MacBook Air, and integrating them into Apple's wireless keyboard. The entire package should be a bit thicker than the original Apple Wireless Keyboard, with a few noticeable changes - wires coming out of it.

Apple iPhone to replace your entire wallet?

Apple's latest acquisition of Benjamin Vigier, a man who specializes in near field communications may be the one of the most brilliant moves the California company has ever made. Catapulting the primarily computer-focused business model of Apple, into the world of financial institutions. The day your smartphone replaces your entire wallet is coming very soon, and the iPhone could be the first to take us there.

Asus to launch first Eee Pad tablets with Windows 7 this...

Is it a mistake that Asus plans to launch their first Eee Pad tablet on the Windows 7 platform? Asus is a company that likes to cover as many bases as possible, so it’s a natural move for them to release for the platform they can go to market quickest with, then fine tune things in other areas for other markets.

Genius offers first wireless graphic tablet: The MousePen M508W

Another option for graphic designers has emerged this week. Genius, makers of tablets and other peripherals have added the first wireless tablet to their roster. The 5 x 8-inch MousePen M508W tablet is just $199 and will ship this September. As for technicals, it gives you 1024-levels of pressure sensitivity, comparable to the Intuos Bamboo pen but twice the LPI, sitting pretty at 4000.

Chrome to Phone is the missing link

Google’s Chrome-to-Phone solution launched yesterday, it’s a two part system that allows Chrome web browsers to send links to their Android 2.2 smartphone. The software fills the void of linking your home desktop navigation findings to your smartphone for on the go browsing.

Google’s voice actions for Android: One step closer to Star Trek

Voice actions have arrived for Android smartphones. Google’s latest integration of seamlessly simple solutions has brought about the new feature which allows Android users to simply speak the command.

Game Changer: First public quick-charge station for EVs installed in Portland

The day will soon come when you are driving your Nissan Leaf or other electric vehicle, running low on juice and need to power up stat. You’re no where near your home, have a meeting in less than an hour and running on a 5% charge. Your standard recharging station will take at least 4 hours to get anything on the meter, until now.

Samsung reveals 3D-capable 10.3″ portable Blu-Ray player

Samsung today launched a 3D-capable portable Blu-ray player, this sucker will play 1080p on its 10.3-inch screen, but don’t go putting on those 3D glasses just yet.

Just Mobile’s UpStand for the Apple iPad review

I just got through a half dozen documentaries and videos that I’ve been meaning to get to for months now. How I did it? The Just Mobile UpStand and a bit of help from CineXplayer. Now that my iPad conveniently sits next to my monitor in seemingly perfect viewable angle, I can let those videos play as I work during the day.

JailbreakMe broken: Apple updates iPhone, iPad iOS to thwart PDF vulnerability

Apple has just pushed new updates; iOS 4.0.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch, and iOS 3.2.2 for iPads. The update does what we all expected, takes away any jailbreaking fun you were having, but also protects you from the latest PDF threat.

Confirmed: Dell Streak Android tablet is $300 this Thursday

On Thursday August 13th the Dell Streak will be available for pre-order from AT&T, the price is $300 and it will run on an undisclosed version of Google Android. Since it's being sold through AT&T, there are strings attached to that price, a 2-year contract. Without contract expect to pay $550.

Video: Hanvon Windows 7 tablet takes on the iPad

This latest video shows a Windows 7 tablet and Apple iPad going head to head in a series of every day tasks. The hardware used for the Windows 7 contender is the Hanvon Windows 7 slate, one of many Windows 7 tablets that will be released before the year is out.

Apple to make liquid metal iPhones?

Liquidmetal Technologies has just licensed all their rights to their patents to none other than Apple. What this means is all speculation, but Apple will now have access to the companies technology for “future” developments.

Sprint Battery Boost portable power pack doubles as a card reader

Technocel has just unveiled a new portable charger and micro-SD card reader for almost any device that uses a micro USB port. The Sprint Battery Boost is a little dongle that can fit on to your keychain, backpack, or purse, giving you access to a quick 1 hour of extra talk time just when you need it most.

EconoDriver retrains bad driving habits to save you gas

With the cost of fuel these days, and the end cost to our environment, saving gas isn’t a fad. Automobile manufacturers are striving to meet what I would call, pretty lax fuel economy regulations, but that doesn’t change a heavy foot.

BlackBerry Torch review finds abysmal display

Gizmodo got their hands on one of the first BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphones from RIM. Their verdict? The screen has such a low-res, it’s like going back to SD after watching HD for a year. It’s a 480x360 display and a “grisly sight,” the text is jaggy and ugly when compared to an Android or iPhone display.

Samsung’s dual touchscreen patent could change tablets, again

We’ve been inundated with the iPad and its multitouch capabilities. It has made for a slew of apps utilizing the technology, and now, we are to prepare for the next-generation of tablet computing – a future of double touchscreens, one on the front, and one on the back.

Confirmed: Rogers to offer Samsung Galaxy S Captivate

It has been confirmed that Rogers Wireless will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate "in the coming weeks." The Android 2.1 smartphone, upgradable to 2.2 with support for Flash 2.1, runs on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, has a Super AMOLED display with a 480 x 800 resolution

Motorola Flipout square phone at Rogers for $30

The oddly shaped cube mobile phone form factor is back, this time its on Rogers Wireless and Motorola is giving it a run with an Android 2.1 phone. Nokia gave it a shot with the X5, although we only heard of an Indonesian release, perhaps they weren't brave enough to try it on other markets.

Pimp my ride: Glowing Cyglo bicycle tires use embedded LEDs

Cyglo is a company based in the UK who has been awarded a couple of patents in the US and UK to sell what could be the next craze in bicycle fashion and um safety. The Cyglo tires, or “tyres” in British English, use embedded LED lights within the sidewall or top of the tires. The LEDs can either blink or stay on permanently; when the wheel turns at any speed, the highly visible ring of light is formed. The best part about it, there’s no battery pack or other contraption required to power the Cyglos. They are “continually and perpetually” creating their own power as the tire spins.

China’s mega-straddle bus to blanket commuters

China is one of the fastest growing countries on Earth, with millions of people in their megacities, their population is expected to double in the next 30 years. How will their government manage transportation for such a staggering number of people? Go-Go-Gadget city bus, a design I’m sure many have thought about, yet never imagined would come to fruition.

Game changer: BlackBerry 6 unleashed

RIM today unveiled their Torch 9800 smartphone following the news of their BlackBerry 6 operating system. What this means for you? A whole lot.

JustMobile’s iPad Stand turns your iPad into a mini desktop computer

Just Mobile's UpStand is a good looking brushed aluminum stand that can support either landscape or portrait modes. With rubber supporting grips you needn't worry about slipage. It's coming soon to the US for $45

A new $139 Kindle to kill the iPad?

Apple’s iPad was always expected to be the Kindle Killer, but never really disrupted the Amazon's sales of its eReading tablet. In fact Amazon sells more Kindle books than they do hardcovers, and expect that number to “surpass all paperbacks sold sometime in the next nine to twelve months” said Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO. Kindle sales tripled in June when Amazon lowered the price to $189, we can only imagine what will happen now that the price has been reduced to $139 by simply dropping 3G and giving a Wi-Fi only version.

Terrafugia’s Transition escapes the land with a flying car

Its not exactly how I had imagined it would be. While classic sci-fi movies like Back To The Future, and The Fifth Element portray flying cars with jet propulsion engines tucked neatly away in the body of an extraordinary looking vehicle, real world engineers and scientists struggle to develop some type of flying frankinmobile that will catapult humankind into a world of three-dimensional travel. The latest creation and attempt at such a feat is the The Transition by Terrafugia (cleverly named "escape from land" in latin).

GM prices Chevy Volt electric car at $41,000, $31,500 after rebate

GM has announced the price of the Chevy Volt electric car, the first mass-produced EV to hit the streets of America (since the EV1, but that wasn’t mass-produced, just mass-acred) will cost $41,000. The US Government is giving a $7,500 credit, so this would take the EV’s price down to $33,500. This price is just about in the middle of the range that was expected; although at the pre-rebate, not post-rebate price.

WOWee One portable bass speaker reviewed

The Wowee One is a small portable bass speaker (subwoofer) measuring 4.7 x 2.4 x 1-inches. It’s capable of sending out 90db of sound between the 40Hz – 20KHz range, and creating a dynamic subwoofer out of nearly any flat surface imaginable. It has an internal battery with an estimated 20 hours of playtime per charge.

Panasonic announces first 3D video consumer camcorder arriving in October for...

Panasonic has unveiled the world’s first consumer 3D video camcorder, the HDC-SDT750. Recording works by using a 3D mode which is enabled by simply snapping on a 3D conversion lens designed to fit exactly to the camcorder. It records a split image, so you won’t be getting full 1080p 3D, but more like 960 x 1080. That’s pretty good for the first of its kind.

Win a Novothink Surge Solar charger case for the iPod touch

We're giving away a NOVOTHINK Surge hybrid solar charger case for the iPod touch (black). The solar panel technology allows you to get more music time by simply setting it under the sun.

Apple Magic Trackpad for the desktop is real

Apple’s Magic Trackpad seems to be a real product. It’s about as simple as ripping one out of a MacBook or MacBook Pro, giving it a battery holder, some Bluetooth love, and now it’s magically for the desktop. I would probably go for this in a heartbeat, as I’m pretty fed up with swapping batteries on the wireless “Magic Mouse” that magically drains a brand new set of AAs in 3-4 weeks, or AA NiMHs in 2-3 weeks.

Augen GENTOUCH 7-inch Android tablet $149 at Kmart very soon

The name Augen doesn’t ring any bells, although it does sound like something a player would scream out loud in a Street Fighter II match. The company is based in Hollywood, Florida, and has products ranging from eReaders, Netbooks, to Internet Tablet PC’s. Their latest incarnations that peaked my interest are the 7-inch Android tablet “GENTOUCH”, and 7-inch e-Reader “TheBook”.

Fujitsu announces 12.1″ multi-input touch screen for tablets

If you remember way back before the iPad was even a concept, Fujitsu had coined the name for their handheld device that was primarily targeted for the retail backend. Fast forward into the year 2010, and Apple has released their very own iPad, while Fujitsu has now announced a display technology with wIf you remember way back before the iPad was even a concept, Fujitsu had coined the name for their handheld device that was primarily targeted for the retail backend. Fast forward into the year 2010, and Apple has released their very own iPad, while Fujitsu has now announced a display technology with which they could use to launch their very own tablet device.hich they could come out using in their own tablet-style device.

Legal Jailbreaking could bring Flash to the iPhone and iPad

News came today as the US Government announced new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). One of the most notable and perhaps useless exemptions is the iPhone Jailbreaking grant. It is no longer “illegal” to Jailbreak your iPhone or other similar Apple device according to a U.S. Library of Congress ruling today.

Boogie Board LCD tablet review

The Etch A Sketch was a small box-like toy filled with aluminum powder that could be scraped off the inside surface of the glass to create a dark line on its light gray screen. Two knobs would allow you to move vertically and horizontally across the screen to create either a mess of lines, or a fantastic image. When you were done, just give it an upside down shake, and you can start allover again.

$35 Linux or Android-based tablet from India may never see the...

Yesterday we saw the announcement of a $500 tablet coming from India called the Olivepad. Today we have another tablet, this time a prototype also coming from India and is priced at a ridiculous $35. Apparently the price could go to as low as $20 or $10. It will even have green features, like the option to be recharged by solar cells. The OS will be Linux-based, however Android is one of the possibilities. Open Office will be included, a media player, and a host of other free apps.

Bank heist caught on tape, helicopters, bladesaws, and blasting roofs

What could be one of the most brilliant bank robberies ever caught on video, has been released to the public after a Swedish bank was robbed last September. The dramatic heist shows the robbers landing a helicopter on the roof of the bank, blasting the glass of the pyramid skylight, and descending into the bank with a huge ladder

OtterBox gets protective over the iPhone 4 with new cases

Just unveiled today, a trio of cases for the iPhone 4 from OtterBox. The cases are “coming soon” and will provide your iPhone various amounts of protection depending on your chosen armor. The OtterBox Defender Series is a black case which is NAC tested to address the loss in signal strength. The Commuter Series case provides two layers of security, a silicone mid-layer and a polycarbonate shell to protect against bump and shock. The third case is the OtterBox Impact Series, a single layer of silicone skin

Motorola Droid X to get updated by Verizon soon

Support documents over at Verizon Wireless indicate an update for the Motorola Droid X smartphone is imminent. I don't know if you are having problems with your Droid X, however this update is sure to clear up some small nuisances. You can expect the update sometime today, or tomorrow.

Brammo Empulse electric motorcycle ahead of its time

Brrammo has demonstrated a pre-production prototype of their new electric motorocycle, the Empulse. What looks like something from the Mad Max era, the Empulse can clock in over 100 mph and can reach a 100 mile range on a single charge.

Apple to reveal iPod Touch 4G with camera next month?

Reports of Apple working at launching “something new” through their retail chain of stores got mildly noticed this week. Apple Insider reports indicate an internal news bulletin was sent out to employees, details were scarce but the unknown product or service, which may or may not be the iPod Touch 4G, is expected to make a “big” impact.

Stores soon to get cheap e-Paper price tags

With oil prices fluctuating daily effecting food prices across the board, how do retailers manage to keep their pricing relevant without too much man power? Nempotic, maker of a high-tech display called Binem Active Matrix E-Paper has been supplying European and Asian grocery stores with these tiny remotely updatable price tags, which also happen to be a tree-free solution.

Concept HTC 1 phone is an elegant dream visualized

One of the most fantastic smartphone concepts ever created could very well be from designer Andrew Kim. His ideas are far from just...

HP’s McKinney shows rollable high-tech mylar display at MobileBeat

When HP bought Palm their minds were set on delivering a complete experience to the end-user, similar to Apple’s hold on all aspects of their products - from software to hardware. HP’s CTO Phil McKinney at MobileBeat expressed in a not so direct way, how this is also their plan, “When you look at success in the marketplace, it’s about those companies that can control the end-to-end experience,” McKinney said. With Palm now in their back pocket we can be sure future HP devices will not be built around Windows or Android operating systems.

NookStudy app to change textbooks forever

Getting their foot in the door early for the 2010 fall school season, Barnes & Noble today unveiled a solution to lighten the book bag, it’s called the NookStudy. NookStudy is an application and management tool for your eTextbooks, it runs on both Mac and PC, and will offer students instant downloads to study guides, test prep tools, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of academic and trade titles.

BlackBerry 6 official sneak peak video

The launch of RIM BlackBerry 6-powered devices still remains unseen, some rumors and leaks have surfaced, but for the most part nothing official has been laid out for OS 6, until today. In an official YouTube plug by the company, a clip shows off what RIM plans to deliver in BlackBerry OS 6; social networking feed integration via the Social Feeds App, fluid visual interface, universal search, and the much anticipated WebKit-based BlackBerry browser stemming from their Torch Mobile acquisition last year.

iPhone 4 catches fire, hopefully just a one time thing

What is seeming to be a never ending saga of turmoil and tribulation, continues with an iPhone 4 recently catching on fire when connected to a computer via Apple’s USB cord. The owner somehow also managed to get burned, according to reports on the BGR website.