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Motorola Droid Razr HD and HD Maxx Hit Verizon on October...

The Droid RAZR HD and Maxx HD are finally on their way to Verizon. The new devices are expected to arrive on the 18th of October. The Razr HD and Maxx HD both have crazy long battery operation, with the Maxx model promising 32 hours of normal use.

Google Street View Adds 250,000 Miles of Road

Google Street View is certainly a cool idea. Not only can you get direct street views of many of the places that you are visiting, it is also fun from looking up old areas you used to live in or visit frequently. Just for fun, I've used it before to see places like the old family home I grew up in. With that in mind, Google has now unveiled a new update that makes their service even better.

New Apple Patent Allows Internal Components to “Disappear”

The idea of hiding certain software components on a mobile device isn't exactly new. Many modern Android devices utilize buttons that are completely within the software. When they are needed, they show up. When they aren't-- they vanish temporarily. Apple apparently wants to take the concept further though, and has filed their own patent. In traditional Apple fashion, it takes an idea we've already seen and puts a twist on it.

8-Bitty Controller Brings Retro NES-Like Controller to iOS and Android

It's really hard to become fully immersed into the retro gaming experience when using an iPad or Android tablet. Sure, the games look similar to how we remember them. The sound is top notch, too. The only problem is that touch just doesn't give you that same nostalgic feeling.

ECOGEAR Releases New Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker, Only $130

The ECOXBT is actually rather affordable at just $130. It is made of rugged material and can withstand up to thirty minutes emerged in up to a meter of water.

HTC Bows Out of the U.S. Tablet Market

Are you an HTC tablet fan? While I doubt many readers are frantically shaking their head “YES”, there are probably a few fans out there. Unfortunately, HTC not only has had several fiscal problems holding them back, but they also have had problems breaking into the tablet market. With bigger plays like Apple, Samsung, Google/Asus and Amazon-- it isn't that surprising to hear that they are stopping the sale of tablets in the U.S. for now.

How Do You Know if You Are In The Matrix? There’s...

If you were in fact in the Matrix, how would you know? According to Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, there is in fact a test you can take to see if you are stuck living in a simulation.

iPhone 5 Scuffing and Denting Problems Causing Shipping Delays?

Heading over to Apple's website, you will find that the average arrival time for the iPhone 5 is now estimated at 3-4 weeks. Why so long? The obvious reason is that they sold like hotcakes and that Apple is having trouble coming up with enough shipments. A new report suggests an alternative, though. The problem has to do with the aluminum casing and the scratching problems that have been reported.

Several Developers Claim Apple Knew About Map Issues Before Release?

The Apple Maps fiasco is starting to boil over now. The Maps are starting to improve quite a bit now, even if they are still rather far from catching up with Google Maps. It is easy enough to move on, I mean mistakes happen. This wasn't intentional, Apple had no clue there were bugs, right? Actually--- it seems that they did.

Electric Bike Charges Battery Through Pedaling, Has No Chain as Well

The Footlose from Mando takes a very unique approach when it comes to creating an electric bike. While most of these type of bikes simply have a basic battery that dies and then requires you to revert to pedaling, the Footlose thinks differently. Yes, it still has pedals. Sure, the battery still dies. What is so different? Once you start pedaling, it starts charging up the battery so you can use it again. It also manages to do away with a traditional chain and gear system.

View S606- Another Low Cost Windows Phone 7.x Device

With Windows Phone 8 just around the corner, is Windows Phone 7.x all-but-dead? Actually, no. There have been several reports of new Windows Phone 7.8 devices coming to China and many third world countries in recent times. This makes a lot of sense, actually. Now that the platform is aging, Microsoft could potentially cut down the fees associated with licensing the software and could market it as an alternative to Symbian.

Android in Space? Nexus One Powering Nano-Satellite Program

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for the Nexus One. That's right, the two year old Google Nexus One is making its way into space. No, astronauts aren't taking the phone into space so they can get their Angry Birds Stars Wars on, instead they are basically launching the phone into space as part of the “PhoneSat Program”.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Picture Leaked

Samsung has now officially confirmed that a smaller version of the Galaxy S3 is on its way with a reveal tomorrow.

LG Intuition Android Phablet Review

The LG Intuition is the company's attempt to break into the phablet market, which was invented and is ruled by Samsung with the Galaxy Note and upcoming Note 2.

Wild Blood Arrives On Android, Finally

Not long ago we took a look at Wild Blood, back when it launched for iOS. At the time, we knew it was coming to Android but we didn't have an official date. The wait is now over.

Octopus-like Robot Uses Air-Filled Limbs to Move Around

Animal robots have become quite commonplace. In fact, a robot that isn't designed after a human being or another animal would probably be more out of place. Today we are taking a look at a robot that uses four air-powered limbs that take inspiration from the body and design of an octopus.

LG Nexus Rumors Continue, Alleged Screenshots Surface

The LG Nexus rumor is one that seemingly won't go away. Does that mean it is true? Probably, but there are no guarantees until we have LG and Google confirmation. Today's LG Nexus gossip has to do with leaked photos of the alleged device.

The UK’s University of Surrey Already Looking Ahead to 5G?

The “5G Innovation Centre” is now being set up at the University of Surrey to help push forward mobile broadband speeds and ensure that UK is one of the first to flip the switch onto higher speed networking next time around.

New Cancer Treatment Method Uses Magnetic Fields

The problem with current cancer treatment methods like chemo is that they simply kill cells. They don't know the difference between the good and the bad, so they just take out all the cells they can. South Korean researchers may have the solution, and it involves magnets.

Apple Lightning Adapters Finally Shipping it Seems

There has been a remarkable amount of drama when it comes to the launch of the iPhone 5. The issues with iOS 6 maps, scuffs on the new phone and Wi-Fi problems are just a few of the issues that plagued the launch. On top of that, many iPhone 5 owners were a bit annoyed to hear that there would be delays with the lightning-to-30-pin adapter.

iPad Mini Will Outshine iPad 3, So Says One Analyst

Apparently Tokepa analyst Brian White believes that the iPad Mini is not only on its way soon, but that it will outshine the 3rd generation iPad.

LG Optimus L9 comes to T-Mobile

Looking for an entry device with a reasonably large screen? For the most part, entry models tend to stick with single-core processors and 3-inch screens. The LG Optimus L9 from T-Mobile is a bit different.

Duo Pinball Brings Classic Pinball Controllers to the iPad

The Duo Pinball is an app-supported controller that is all about giving you the best pinball experience possible.

Star Wars and Angry Birds Joining Hands?

Apparently the Angry Birds are getting their force powers on. A new mash-up between Star Wars and Angry Birds is apparently in the works. An Angry Birds Tumblr page was the first hint of the unique combination of two very different worlds.

Firefighting Robot Can Go Where Humans Can’t

The life of a firefighter can be awfully dangerous. Firefighters often put themselves in situations that are extremely risky, but there are times when the situation is just to dangerous for human life to enter.

Microsoft Surface Hits FCC, Launches On Oct. 26th

Microsoft's Surface is preparing for a special release event on Oct. 25th, with a midnight launch at select Microsoft Stores on the 26th. With that in mind, it has hit the FCC. We now know everything there is to know about the Surface-- except for the price tag.

Want Food From The Fridge? You Have to Smile First

Scientists at the University of Tokyo Sony computer science labs have created a Happiness Counter that measures your smile.

Apple Plans on Using its Apple Store Employees to Improve Map...

While iOS 6 is really a pretty impressive update, there are two things that are holding it back and bringing lots of negative attention...

Microsoft Sends Out Invites for its Windows 8 and Phone 8...

Microsoft's mobile invasion is almost here. The Redmond company has officially released invitations to their Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 media events.

HP Begins Hiring Spree to Bring in New Employees to Work...

It seems that HP has begun a hiring spree, looking for 50 new employees to help it expand its WebOS team. Wait-- what?

Google Street Makes Its Way to the Google Maps iOS Web...

With Apple Maps not delivering the quality experience that some had hoped, many users have turned to alternative map solutions, including the Google Maps web app. In many ways the web app is actually better than the original Google Maps for iOS that Apple dropped in iOS 6.

MetroPCS and T-Mobile Merger in the Works

T-Mobile is at it again. It might not have been able to sell itself to AT&T, but that isn't stopping it from a merger of a different color: it seems that MetroPCS and T-Mobile are coming together. The parent company of T-MObile, Duetsche Telekom, is currently in talks over the matter.

Samsung October 11th Press Event Might Reveal Mini Galaxy S3

Samsung has recently sent out a (German) press invite for an event on October 11th. What is the event all about? Rumors suggest it might be the announcement of a smaller version of the Galaxy S3.

Nissan’s NSC-2015 Can Park Itself, Driver Totally Optional

The notion of a self-driving car is nothing new. It's a notion that being actively pioneered by Google, but they aren't alone. The NSC-2015 is a concept car from Nissan that is essentially a Nissan Leaf with the ability to drive itself around.

Nokia’s Extremely Low Cost Lumia 510, Could It Appeal to the...

Most of the Windows Phone-related attention is going to the Lumia 920, but what about the lesser-powered Lumia 510? This basic Nokia offering features just 256MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and a 4-inch display.

V3 Solar Cells Rotate with the Sun, Produce 20 Times More...

What if a solar cell could be made to rotate with the sun to gather direct sunlight and produce great electric output? That's what the V3Solar cone-shaped cells are all about.

iPad Mini Image Leak Suggests it will have Mobile Broadband

The iPad Mini this, the iPad Mini that. I'm sure everyone is more than eager just to see this thing get released so we can stop hearing about it everyday- hopefully we might soon get our wish. A new leak shows pictures of the 7.85-inch Apple tablet and gives us a few new details.

Google patent points to their own augmented-reality smartwatch

Google wants to surround your entire body with tons of computing devices, it seems. First we have the smartphone, which Google already controls through Android. Next we have the Project Glass computerized glasses. It's not enough to have a computer in your pocket (your phone, duh) and a computer in your glasses, now they want your wrist, too.

Want a pressure sensitive stylus for your iPad? Check out the...

When it comes to 3rd party stylus offerings for the iPad, most are nothing more than simple pens that offer a finer tip and nothing more. What if you want a pressure sensitive experience that somewhat mimics Wacom technology? If that's what you want, than consider Pogo Connect.

Robotic fish designed to patrol harbors for pollution

Recently we wrote about a robotic fish that was designed to mimic the swimming capabilities of a tuna, and could be used for spying and other government-related purposes. Now we have another robot fish, this one is aptly called the “Robo-Fish” prototype.

Polaroid iD450: Streaming, 16MP Pictures and HD Video, only $179

We live in a time when video cameras are so small and have such great HD resolutions that you can essentially carry a movie studio in your pocket. Considering many of the most exciting photo and video opportunities are unplanned, its important to have the right video and photo device with you at all times. One cool looking device that isn't too expensive is the new Polaroid iD450.

Rumor: iPad Mini Press Event scheduled for October 17th?

A new rumor claims that Apple is preparing for a special press event on Wednesday, October 17th. The topic of the event? The iPad Mini.

HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 Tablet is Geared Towards Enterprise Users

While many Windows 8/RT tablets are focusing on the average consumer, HP is releasing the ElitePad 900 for businesses that aren't afraid of the change that is coming with Windows 8 and its new Modern UI (previously called Metro).

Apple AppStore Guidelines May Now Somewhat Restrict 3rd Party App Advertising

Apple recently updated their AppStore with new guidelines for the submission of apps. One somewhat surprising change may now restrict the way that apps advertise similar apps from other companies.

State of iOS 6 Jailbreak: Not Quite Yet, but Several Developers...

When it comes to iOS, it is generally recommended that you upgrade as soon as possible. Ordinarily, the only exception to this rule is for those that rely on jailbreaking to get the most out of their Apple iDevice experience. With iOS 6, however, there are several reasons why you might want to hold off.

Hardware Review: Asus Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet

There are many notable choices out there such as the B&N Nook HD, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and – of course – the Asus-built Google Nexus 7. While all three of these certainly have merit, today's review is going to focus on the Nexus tablet.

iOS 6 Users Reporting WIFI Connectivity Problems

Besides less than great maps, iOS 6 users might have another issue at hand: WIFI connectivity. Apparently some have had problems turning WIFI on after upgrading to iOS 6. For others, WIFI seems to work but they can't get it to connect to a network.

Great Samsung Galaxy S3 deals coming soon: $0 in Canada, $50...

Thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy S3 soon? You might want to wait until Black Friday if you live in the United States. It seems that a leaked flyer has arrived suggesting that Sprint plans to offer the S3 for just $50 with a two-year contract as a special Black Friday promotion. How much are you saving? About $150, which is no small chunk of change.

Wall-Ye Robot Helps Inspect Vineyards for Bugs and Other Issues

Robots are invading just about every aspect of modern life. They are helping with noodles, outrunning athletes and even replacing pack mules. This time around, they are making their way to our vineyards as well. French inventor Christophe Millot has created “Wall-Ye”, named after Pixar's own WALL-E.

iPhone 5 Launcher released for Android

When it comes to Android fans, most of them are more than happy to poke fun at Apple's iOS whenever they have the chance. With that in mind, the so-named “Fake iPhone 5 Launcher” might have been made partially as a joke or a prank to tease iPhone 5 users, but it is a very real and working launcher released over at XDA Developers.