Author: Jeremy Pedro

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Global Mobile Transactions To Reach $1 Trillion by 2014

Yankee Group, a research firm from Boston, MA, has presented extensive research on the future of mobile usage and mobile transactions. Their research shows that at the conclusion of 2010, total value of global mobile transactions was at $162 billion, and they anticipate that it will be $984 billion by 2014.

Technology
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Golfball Assault Rifle Lets You Shoot As Far As The Pros

Golf is a sport of patience and technique, while firearms are essentially contained explosions that launch projectiles into targets. The two hobbies, though both involving a small projectile, are never usually associated, let alone mentioned in the same sentence. That is until now, New Century NcStar, Inc., a manufacturer of gun accessories has managed to find a way to combine the two distinctly different hobbies, with an assault rifle attachment that can launch golf balls over 250-yards.

Technology
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SteriShoe zaps away shoe smells with UV

Whether or not you choose to admit it, we have all been plagued with the unfortunate situation of having smelly shoes. Until now we have had to resort to insoles, deodorant or sprays. U.S. company Shoe Care Innovations have come up with the world’s first functioning ultraviolet shoe cleaner. The SteriShoe UV Shoe sanitizer safely cleans and disinfects the inside of your shoes, 100 percent free of chemicals, with the use of ultraviolet light.

Android
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Differences in smartphone preferences between races

The clash between smartphone platforms has always been a heated one, with just a handful of companies fighting for dominance. Now a new study done by Nielsen may provide us with some insight on which platform is really winning the hearts and minds of consumers, and even deeper, what kind of consumers are they attracting.

Apple
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Verizon’s iPhone 4 pre-order sales a success

On Thursday, Verizon announced that the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 achieved a record first day sales, describing it as the carrier’s most successful first day sales in history. Although we are unsure of the exact official numbers of the pre-ordered handsets, CEO Dan Mean had this to say “in just out first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history.”

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Dual-core HTC Pyramid superphone coming May 2011

So it seems that rumors are floating around about HTC releasing the first dual-core Android smartphone. It’s codenamed Pyramid, and it will feature a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8260), 4.3 inch qHD display and support for HSPA+ networks. The device has been picked up by T-Mobile and has a target release date of May 2011.

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Ford’s Intelligent Cars use Wi-Fi to communicate

Daimler AG’s Smart Car has been driving around bearing the name as a self-proclaimed genius of automobiles for some time now. Ford on the other hand, has come up with a concept that will attempt to usurp this title and truly certify itself as a genuine “smart” car.

Sony
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Sony Ericsson has new Windows Phone 7 devices in the pipeline

As promised, or most likely closer to, as rumored. Dating back to last summer it seemed that Sony Ericsson had decided to invest its interest more deeply in the area of Windows Phone 7. When rumors first arose, the Swedish collaborative venture only passively mentioned that it was looking into the new Microsoft mobile OS as a possible platform for its devices. However, as shipments and demand began to decline, Sony Ericsson must have started to explore new opportunities in an attempt to draw interest to its products in a saturated smartphone market.

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Free iPhone credit card readers for small business owners

Convenience is the general theme that our society has been speeding towards, getting things fast and easy, that’s the way we like to roll. We can see this through the popularity of services like Netflix; instant movies, and iTunes; instant music. Credit cards in essence, are fast money, but not fast enough.

Technology
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PixelOptics single swipe liquid lenses will change the way you see

If you are either near-sighted, far-sighted, or maybe both, you might think that vision technology is moving a little too slow for your liking and having to wear bifocal lenses are cramping your style. The truth is, bifocals and progressive lenses are absolutely old tech, very last decade, and that is why PixelOptics has chosen to take the road less travelled with a much needed 21th century upgrade.

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Phone Halo is your gadget guardian angel

Phone Halo works by using a mobile application alongside a small matchbox-sized “PhoneTag” dongle apparatus that you can attach to nearly anything you want to keep track of, preferably something that you carry around at the same time as your smartphone; keys, wallet, luggage, laptop bags, your child. Whatever it is you have around with you that you don’t want to go missing, Phone tag it.

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Mophie Pulse gives your iPhone 4 a louder bark, bigger bite

For those of us that are iPhone users we should be quite familiar with Mophie’s Juice Pack and that clever little Mophie Marketplace case to easily ring up credit cards. The power packs have been an invaluable accessory to thwart the iPhone’s battery chugging capabilities, but where can they go from here? Mophie has taken it one step further with their next-generation power pack, the Mophie Pulse, which they are showing off CES.

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Joby brings bendy Gorillapod arms to the iPad

Joby has been known for its popular, and recognizable bendy tripod for your camera and mobile devices. You can morph and shape them into just about any configuration you want. At this year’s CES in Joby has added to their line up to include two new stands for the iPad, which they did not have any products for previously. Their new additions are the Ori Case for the iPad, which is a more set and mechanical looking piece, and the Yogi Case, which is their traditional go to design adapted for the iPad.

Mobiles
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RCA first to release a true mobile TV experience

There are almost 70 television broadcasters that are transmitting Mobile Digital TV signals throughout the US. For those of you who were not aware of Mobile Digital TV or Mobile DTV, its an initiative that looks to enable local TV stations to deliver live, digital content to ATSC-capable mobile and video devices, including mobile phones, […]

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4G booster to bring farmers up to speed

Wilson Electronics is bringing some of that innovation a little closer to home with their announcement of a new product line of 4G signal boosters. The 4G AWS is the first product up for release and it boosts signals on the Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum band. It’s intended for indoor installations, whether for home or office, and it will strengthen the connection range and also increase transfer speeds in places that are subject to a weaker signal.

Android
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Lookout: Android Trojan with botnet capabilities

To the dismay of Android users, it appears that the Google operating system has fallen victim to an external threat. Recently it has been discovered by sercurity-app maker Lookout, that an Android-specific Trojan is lurking around waiting to take advantage of unsuspecting downloaders. It’s called Geinimi and this Trojan was developed just for Android devices […]

PHONES
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Skype update allows video-calling over iPhone 3G

Up until yesterday the mobile Skype application had been limited with features and did not included video-calling like its desktop counterpart did. Skype released the latest update for the iPhone and iPod touch, among the improvements is the addition of video-calling for the iPhone 4, it allows a user to make video calls on either WiFi and or 3G network connections. Its ability to make video-calls over 3G is a surprise because Facetime from Apple is still restricted to making video-calls over WiFi.

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A face to the rumors: Will the PSP2 look like this?

About a month ago a few grainy pictures of what looked like a PSP2 were leaked, and following that the rumor mill started to buzz with speculations on what the actual product will look like. Now we have been treated to clearer, more official looking images of a mock-up PSP2, though take note that these images are not from Sony.

Science & Tech
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1000-Core processor is the future of computing

Our computers in their simplest form are just a series of tiny electronic circuits containing transistors that switch on and off in certain patterns to execute the functions that we need. At their conception computers were created using only one core processor; this is what reads and performs instructions. Now a computer that has at least two processors is commonplace, and with higher end systems having up to 16 cores.

Science & Tech
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Personal Genome Machine makes DNA sequencing semi-portable

It’s about the size of your home inkjet printer, with an iPhone/iPod Touch dock and a touchscreen interface attached to it, except this isn’t for your family photos. It will output digital DNA results in just 2 hours and is intended for research purposes; despite it being called a “Personal Genome Machine.”

BMW
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BMW brands their logo in your mind

Ask any advertiser what one of the most important things in reaching your audience is and the majority will not say budget, appeal, or quality, not even production value. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is if their target remembered and retained a memory of their brand and product, because that is what results in revenue.

Apple
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Word Lens lets you see in another language

Your jaw may hit the floor after watching the demo video for the latest and greatest app for the iPhone. It’s called Word Lens, and it utilizes the camera on your iPhone alongside Optical Character Recognition technology to translate written words from one language to another. It can translate road signs, restaurant menus, and pretty much anything you would find useful to read in a foreign language during your travels.

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Google gives you the power to invent

Everyone has a favorite app or set of apps that they love to use, but the thing is most of the time we can’t find the app that can do exactly what we want it to do. Now, those days may soon come to an end; that is if you’re technologically inclined enough to use Google’s new App Inventor.

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Leica M9 plus Speak and Spell iPhone 4 decals are shipping

I think that most of us are familiar with the Speak and Spell toy of the 80’s, or Mr. Spell from Toy Story for you youngsters. Well get ready for a splash of nostalgia because blakemedia from the do-it-yourself online market etsy.com has come out with a vinyl iPhone decal that is going to take one of our favorite 21st century gadgets look a lot like one of it’s old world forefathers.

Android
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Chrome OS to perish or “merge” with Android?

Not even a week after the Cr-48 Chrome netbook was announced, criticism is already flying its way, and from an unlikely source. Former Google employee and creator of Gmail Paul Buchheit, had this to tweet “Prediction: Chrome OS will be killed next year (or “merged” with Android).” That is a little cold-hearted considering his former […]

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Rogers and Fido will “unlock” your phone for $50

It seems like the mobile phone providers have finally decided that they can’t top progress, and have begun to offer a “strings attached” unlock service for their customers mobile devices. Telus got the ball rolling when it announced that it would be offering the service starting next year, and Rogers and Fido followed suit soon after with their “Handset Unlocking Policy.”

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Google mobile searches up 130%

What does that mean for Google Mobile? It means that it is getting a bit of a facelift with the addition of Seller Ratings ads, for the convenience of its users, but a more likely story; Google wants to capitalize on an already billion-dollar mobile search market.

Technology
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Memory Time Watch Concept: Time measured in memories

What a profound statement that really puts time, life and our experiences into perspective. As much as some of us wish that we could just have a few seconds to catch our breath, time does not stop for anything it continues toward an endless purpose and it expects everyone to try to keep up. It is up to us to find value in the moments that we are granted.

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Bringing buoys to the space age

Tablets, cars, computers, pretty much everything is being hit by a wave of technological advances, so why not buoys?  That is exactly what Tae Hoon Lee and Sung Yong Kim thought when they designed their new Hybrid Energy Buoy. The design of the buoy itself looks like it came to Earth in search of intelligent life.

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Google’s Chrome OS makes hardware indispensable

In 2009, Google announced that it was readying to step into the OS ring, which has been dominated, for the most part by two obvious heavy hitters. Tuesday was essentially the weigh-in for our new contender, Google’s Chrome OS, accompanied by the Google CR-48 netbook.