Author: Michael Kwan

IPAD
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iPad Mini Cannibalizing Bigger iPad’s Sales

Well, this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. When you have customers who are interested in a new iPad and they see one for $329 and another one for $500+, they’re probably more inclined to consider the cheaper one.

Sony
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$40 off Sony MN2SW Android SmartWatch

Some people say that with our increasing reliance on smartphones that we don’t really need to have a conventional wristwatch anymore. That doesn’t have to be the case, especially when you have a “smart” watch to go with your smartphone.

SAMSUNG
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Factory Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Phablet for $350 Off

Yes, I know that you can head on over to your wireless provider of choice and get a new smartphone for a reduced price when you sign on with a contract, but that’s just not suitable for some people. Some people prefer to have their phones unsubsidized and out of contractual obligations, so if you want a unlocked Galaxy Note II, this is the deal for you.

MOTOROLLA
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Grab A Motorola MOTOACTV GPS Watch for $100 Off

Hey, it may not be quite the same thing as getting a James Bond 007 watch from Q or a technologically-absurd watch like Inspector Gadget, but this could be the next best thing. The Motorola MOTOACTV GPS sports watch and MP3 player is pretty slick and now it happens to be on sale for $102.04 off the regular price.

Apple
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Apple Cuts iPad mini Shipping Dates to Just One Week

When the Apple iPad mini first hit the retail channels, it sold out pretty quickly and the shipping dates weren’t exactly ideal. However, it seems that Apple has finally gotten its ducks in a row and the supply chain is once again ready to roll, because the shipping dates for the iPad mini have been reduced to one week.

Mobile Apps
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Security Threat: Unencrypted Cookies in Instagram iOS App

If you’re using Instagram to share vintage-style pictures of your cat on your iPhone, you may be opening yourself up to hackers. A security hole has been discovered in the Instagram iOS app that can allow bad guys to gain access to your account, giving them the ability to get data and delete photos.

Social Media
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Unlocked Oppo Find 5 Superphone Coming to USA for $499

The specs are roughly on par with the Droid DNA (HTC J Butterfly), giving you a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s the impressive 5-inch 1080×1920 full HD display (441PPI), 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a beefy 2500mAh battery for extended life.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Daily Deals: 10% Off Bose Headphones

One of the leading names in audio has to be Bose. It’s not terribly common to find Bose stuff on sale either, that’s why this 10% off deal is something that should grab the attention of any audiophiles in the audience.

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65% Off Angry Birds in Space Board Game

It’s based on the best-selling app, of course, but it has been licensed by Mattel to let you fling real (plastic) birds to destroy the structures erected by real (plastic) pigs. I’m not sure you can replicate the zero gravity environment of space, but you even get a space helmet in the package.

SAMSUNG
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Samsung Galaxy S III 4G for Just $59.99 on Verizon

The Galaxy S3 deal is being offered through Amazon and it’s for the Verizon version of the Android smartphone. As a quick reminder, this phone has a 4.8-inch 720p display, Android 4.0 ICS, 8MP camera, 16GB memory, microSD slot, and it’s mobile hotspot capable. It also takes advantage of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, giving you average data rates in the 5Mbps to 12Mbps range.

BMW
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BMW i3 Plug-In Electric Concept Car

At the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the BMW i3 concept coupe was revealed to the public. The plug-in electric car is compact, but it almost has the appearance of a shrunken down crossover.

ROBOTS
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Swarm Robots Automatically Play the Piano (Video)

The future isn’t about having a massive supercomputer. It’s about having a giant swarm of really small robots, as is the case with these music-playing bots from Georgia Tech. Coming from the school’s Georgia Robotics and InTelligent Systems (GRITS) Lab, these Khepera robots are instructed to play a certain score, but they’re not at all told how to do it.

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The Future of Foosball is on your iPad

Enter the appropriately named Classic Match Foosball Table. It’s a miniature foosball table where you can dock your Apple iPad and really engage in a game with virtual players on those virtual sticks.

Apple
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Phorce Smart Bag Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

Battery life has become a very important concern with our increasingly digital lifestyles and the world’s first “smart bag” addresses that very need. It’s called Phorce, and it’s a bag with an integrated 54Whr battery pack

Mobile Apps
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Siri and Maps Expected in Mac OS X 10.9

While we’re not yet sure which jungle cat they’re going to choose next, we’re hearing rumblings that Apple is planning to integrate both the Siri voice assistant and Apple Maps into the newest build of Mac OS X. This is based on early test builds of OS X 10.9, the retail version of which should be launching next year.