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Michael Kwan

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Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale...

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still on the hunt for a new tablet? One of...

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.

Black Friday Deal: 16GB Google Nexus 7 FHD for $189.99

It looks like one of the best deals on the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet is over at eBay. You can pick up the 16GB model for a solid $40 off the regular price, bringing your effective price down to just $189.99.

Designer Cell Makes You Feel Full If Your Body Is Too...

ETH-Zurich biotechnologists have apparently created some sort of genetic circuit that could "trick" your body into thinking that you're full.

Video: Could Comet ISON Lose Its Tail on Thanksgiving?

The much observed comet will be making a dangerous journey around our sun tomorrow, just in time for your Thanksgiving entertainment.

Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 for Free on Contract

If you hop on over to Best Buy, you'll find that they have a doorbuster deal on the Samsung smartphone, giving you the chance to buy it for exactly zero dollars and zero cents.

Video: Jolla Smartphone Powered by Sailfish OS, Supports Android Apps

Some former Nokia engineers have gone off on their own to create the Sailfish OS and now the first Jolla Smartphone has launched. For the time being, it's only available to buy in Finland and they're limiting production to about 450 units as of today.

Acer C720P Touchscreen Chromebook Announced at $299

Acer has now announced a far more affordable option with its touchscreen-enabled C720P Chromebook, listing the little laptop at a mere $299.99.

Apple iPhone 5S In-Store Stock Continues to Improve

In a survey of 60 Apple Stores in the United States, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster found that the iPhone 5S now accounts for about 90 percent of all iPhone models in stock.

Video: Original Angry Birds Updated with Shock Wave Power for Bomb...

We've gone to Rio and we've gone to space. Now Rovio has updated the first Angry Birds game with a new set of #ShortFuse levels, plus an upgraded ability for the black bomb bird.

Apple Copies Lytro, Patents Focus-Changing Camera Tech

Apple did cite Lytro's design as "prior art" in its patent application, but Apple did go on to say how its technology improves image quality and increases the maximum possible resolution of the image, the latter of which was quite the sticking point for Lytro.

Is Microsoft Finally Going to Kill Windows RT?

Microsoft senior executive Julie Larson-Green has indicated that Windows RT could be on the outs from the company.

9 Mobile Apps to Conquer Your Black Friday Shopping

You might think that you are already getting a great price on the product of your desires, but the store down the street (or the online store on the Internet) might be even cheaper and they might even throw in a gift card.

Video: Do You Want to Taste Your Smartphone?

You can see your phone and you can hear your phone, but would you want to taste your phone? Scientists from the National University of Singapore think you do and they've already started working on the tech to support this kind of functionality.

iPhone 5S Touch ID Could Evolve Into Advanced Trackpad Too

Because the Touch ID sensor has a high 500dpi resolution and it can read your fingerprint quickly in different orientations, there's not much that is stopping it from being a great trackpad.

BlackBerry COO, CMO and CFO All Leave the Company

Former BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins left the company earlier this month, but it looks like the rest of the "chiefs" are abandoning ship too. It has now been announced that three major executives are no longer with the company either.

Apple Black Friday Deals Online Start at Midnight

The good news is that Apple has indeed confirmed that it will be participating in the Black Friday madness, both via its website and through its regular retail stores.

Xbox One and PS4 Both Sold One Million Units on Launch...

It's way too early to say who is going to win this generation of console gaming and, looking at their respective launch days, it looks like the race is pretty darn close.

Vertical Takeoff Flying Car Fits in Regular Parking Spot

We haven't quite reached the era of the Jetsons where everyone has a flying car at their disposal, but projects like these from California-based Zee.Aero could be getting us much closer to that reality.

iPhone Gets Qi Wireless Charging with iQi Mobile (Video)

We've seen many other smartphones and mobile devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard, but the iPhone has thus far been left out of the wireless charging party. That's changing with the iQi Mobile.

Disc Drive Problems Plague Xbox One Consoles on Day One?

More specifically, it can make a clicking or grinding noise when the disc is inserted, then the disc gets spit back out. For whatever reason, the Xbox One is failing to read the disc at all.

Next-Gen LG Devices Getting LG Odin 2.2GHz Octa-Core Chip

Codenamed Odin, the new chip will be made in both quad-core and octa-core flavors with the Cortex-A15 cores getting clocked at up to 2.2GHz. Yes, that means you may soon have an LG phone with an octa-core 2.2GHz processor running the show.

Verizon Tops Consumer Reports Customer Satisfaction Survey Again

Consumer Reports has just released the results from its newest customer satisfaction survey and Verizon Wireless remains the highest ranked wireless carrier in the United States.

Google Translate Android App Gets Cleaner, More Languages

The Android app for Google Translate has now been updated to be prettier, easier to use and more robust. The new user interface is a lot cleaner and more straightforward compared to the old design

Reproducing Delicate Fossils with CT Scans and 3D Printers

Researchers from Charite Campus Mitte in Berlin have developed a technique where they can create incredibly accurate reproductions of delicate fossilized bones using a 3D printer.

Google Chromecast Adds Support for HBO Go Too

If you've got yourself a Google Chromecast, you can now enjoy HBO Go content streamed via the app for iOS and Android devices. This opens up a whole extra world of entertainment for fans of HBO content

Forget About Smartwatches, Sony Patents the SmartWig

Okay, this might be taking the whole "smart" phenomenon a little too far. We already have smartphones, smartwatches and smart cameras, but Sony has now filed a patent for a SmartWig. Yes, it is more intelligent than your average toupee? So, what you can expect from this hairpiece?

Preview: Black Friday Deals at Amazon Start Sunday

Black Friday isn't officially until November 29th, but Amazon's sale is kicking off this Sunday, November 24 with deep discounts coming as often as every ten minutes.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Iris Scanner and 64-Bit Processor?

The current rumors point toward a Q1 2014 release of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, but what new toys and features will Samsung bring to the table? For starters, it might start scanning your eyes for security reasons.

Next-Generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Goes Up to 2.5GHz Per Core

Following in the success of the current Snapdragon 800 chip, Qualcomm has now formally announced its successor, the Snapdragon 805. This next-generation mobile processor will make use of a Krait 450 quad-core processor wherein each of the cores can get clocked up to 2.5GHz.

Logitech Powershell: The First Official iPhone Game Controller

We've seen a lot of third party controllers for the iPhone and iPad, but none of these have really officially received a real stamp of approval from the folks in Cupertino. That has now changed.

Verizon Wireless Moto X For Just One Penny Today

You'll want to act quickly as this probably isn't going to last. While it's true that the Motorola Moto X doesn't have top-end specs, it is a flagship phone and it's one that you can pick up for just a penny.

Motorola Moto G vs. HTC Desire 601: Budget Android Phone Shootout

Two of the better budget offerings to show up in the Android world recently are the Motorola Moto G and the HTC Desire 601, the latter of which is marketed simply as the HTC Desire by some carriers. Which one is the better bargain?

Over 99% of Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Acquisition

We have now received word that Nokia shareholders have indeed approved the deal and the acquisition will go through as planned. And it's not like just a small majority of Nokia shareholders gave the thumbs up

Sony PlayStation 4 Costs $381 to Make

Based on that headline, you might be tempted to jump to the conclusion that Sony is earning a $18 profit on every PS4 console it sells, but that's not entirely true.

Google Winter Wonderlabs Holiday Showrooms Coming to City Near You

For this holiday shopping season, Google has announced that it will be popping up special Winter Wonderlabs showrooms in six major US cities: New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paramus (New Jersey), and Sacramento.

How to Get Free Talk, Text and Data on Sprint Via...

Now, FreedomPop has expanded its free talk, text and data service to include a bring your own device (BYOD) program, opening up a lot more options for people on a tight (or non-existent) budget.

AEON Leather Gloves Play Friendly with Touchscreens (Video)

AEON Attire has you covered with its Touchpoint Glove. This is a premium leather glove that will work with all touchscreen devices, including your favorite smartphone and tablet. T

The First 3D 360-Degree Movie for Oculus Rift

What if you could have a far more immersive experience where you could literally feel like you're in the middle of the action?

NASA’s MAVEN Mission to Mars Launched Today (Videos)

The MAVEN spacecraft, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, sat atop an Atlas 5 rocket at 1:28 EST earlier today, blasting off from the Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's going to take ten months for MAVEN to reach its destination.

Get Ready for 560ppi Super Hi-Res Displays from Samsung

These days, if you pick up a 5-inch Android phone with a 1080p display, you're looking at something in the 420ppi range, but Samsung's not satisfied with that. They want even more pixels.

Non-Gaming Microsoft Xbox One on the Way?

Microsoft is planning to release a version of the Xbox One that doesn't have any gaming at all. It will be geared entirely toward entertainment.

$349 Qualcomm Toq Smartwatch for Android Smartphones

While you may only know Qualcomm for its Snapdragon processors, the company is entering the wearable arena with the launch of the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch.

TowerFall: Ascension Battles Its Way onto PS4 Next Year

The Ouya Android console doesn't have much in terms of big hit games, but the Smash Bros-like TowerFall got its share of accolades. Now, an updated version has been announced for the PS4.

Video: MIT inFORM Dynamic Shape Display with Kinect Motion Capture

As a kid, I remember going to novelty stores like San Francisco and later Spencer Gifts, seeing a myriad of useless toys and gadgets. One of these was always the metal pinboard where you could smush your fist (or fast) into the bed of pins and it'd recreate that shape on the other side. This is kind of like that, but way cooler.

Thor’s Mighty Mini Hammer Charges Your Smartphone (Video)

Yes, the mighty Mjolnir Hammer can be used to vanquish evil, but this mini version of Thor's Hammer is just as capable of charging up your smartphone or tablet. And it'll light up and make fun movie sounds while it's at it.

Republic Wireless Launches Moto X for $299, No Contract

The Motorola Moto X has been added to the Republic Wireless lineup, giving you a seriously good option for getting on board with the unique wireless carrier.