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HTC Deluxe Leaked, International Version of Droid DNA Smartphone

After the HTC J Butterfly emerged from Japan and arrived in the US as the Droid DNA, it is once again getting reborn as the HTC Deluxe for the international market. The core specs inside this "new" superphone will be the same as its Japanese and American counterparts.

Daily Deal: $200 off Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 when you buy...

Here's a nice combo deal for anyone in the market for both a new tablet and a new HDTV, or even if you're just shopping for a new television and would like an added bonus.

Stable Version of CyanogenMOD 10 Now Available

The CyanogenMOD team has developed stable builds of the newest CM10 software. The latest modded ROM is stable, but has only been confirmed for a select number of devices. The stability, not surprisingly, is directly connected to how much information the CyanogenMOD team have about each device.

“Foxbots” Set to Replace Human Foxconn Employees

You don't have to worry about those kinds of things with robots, because "robot rights activists" simply do not exist. And that's possibly why Foxconn is prepping 10,000 "Foxbots" to replace their human employees.

Nexus 7 Tablet Explodes, Melts, Looks Like Horse

Remember a few years ago when we had that whole fiasco about exploding batteries that caused laptops to catch on fire? It seems that we've got ourselves an exploding tablet now in the form of a strangely melted Google Nexus 7. It's turned into a horse.

Wi-Fi Calling Not Supported on Nexus 4 with T-Mobile

Earlier, it seemed that T-Mobile would be supporting the Wi-Fi calling feature on the Google Nexus 4, but this no longer appears to be the case.

Daily Deal: $130 off Fujifilm SL300 14MP Digital Camera with 30x...

Do you want a consumer-friendly point and shoot digital camera with an extra long optical zoom lens? You're in luck, because the Fujifilm SL300 is on sale for about half price on Amazon.

Video: iPhone Used to Measure Test Rocket Flight Data

Have you ever wanted to have your own homemade rocket that could then record and collect data about its flight onto an on-board Apple iPhone? With this tutorial, now you can.

Daily Deal: $60 for a 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC Class 10...

If you have a smartphone or some other mobile device that is compatible with the microSDXC format, you might be interested to hear that you can get a 64GB card for $60.

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 4G for just $50

You don't have to wait until Black Friday to get the best deal on a new smartphone. In fact, you can get the sweet DROID RAZR MAXX 4G for just $50, which is a significant savings from the regular price of $749.00.

Cheap and Easy Follow Focus with FocusMaker for DSLRs

If you want an easier way to achieve that follow focus effect, you'll probably want to have a look at this FocusMaker rig. It's so brilliant in its simplicity.

Daily Deal: Get a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card with Select Samsung...

The Apple fans in the audience might disagree with their MacBook Airs, but as far as super thin PCs go, the Samsung Series 9 ultrabooks are among the sleekest. And now you can get a bonus $100 gift card when you buy one.

Daily Deal: 60% off ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL 4000mAh External Battery...

That's why there are so many chargers and backup battery solutions these days and one of the best could be the ReVIVE Solar ReStore XL. It's got a solar panel and a whopping 4000mAh of internal juice

iPad 4 and Mini: Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 Jailbreak Saves iOS 6 Blobs...

Do you have a new iPad mini or a new iPad 4? It looks like the Dev-Team people are once again on your side, because they've released an update to redsn0w that allows you to save your iOS 6.0 blobs off to Cydia. Naturally, they recommend that you stick with 6.0 if that's where you are at the moment.

Video: NowNow App Delivers Google Now to Jailbroken iPhones

Maybe you're not a fan of the Siri or you think your digital voice assistant could use some digital assistance. If you've got a jailbroken iPhone, you can now pick up the NowNow app to address that very need.

FreedomPop Photon 4G Mobile Hotspot Review

The kicker here is that I don't have to pay a dime; FreedomPop gives out 4G wireless Internet for free, including providing you with a mobile hotspot. To give them a try, I ordered the FreedomPop Photon 4G mobile hotspot and here are my impressions.

Daily Deal: 60% off Motorola H17txt Bluetooth Headset With MotoSpeak

If you're looking for a great Bluetooth headset at a great price, you might want to check out the Motorola H17txt with MotoSpeak. It's on sale for almost 60% off.

Daily Deal: Apple iPhone 5 Bluetooth Qwerty Keyboard Case for $18

Do you love your new Apple iPhone 5 but wish that it had a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard to make text messages and Facebook status updates that much easier? This case could be the perfect fit.

Daily Deal: Save $150 on Canon EOS Rebel T2i Two Lens...

Canon is easily one of the most respected names in photography and now you can get a killer deal on the Rebel T2i 2 lens kit that comes with the standard zoom lens and a telephoto lens for $150 off the regular price.

Daily Deal: Unlocked Dell Venue GSM Phone on sale, now 50%...

Yes, the upcoming Google Nexus 4 is a pretty amazing deal starting at just $299, but what if you want something even cheaper while still retaining that whole unlocked out of the box smartphone experience? Amazon has a pretty great deal on the Dell Venue Android smartphone, slashing the price in half and giving you an unlocked smartphone for less than $200.

Kim Dotcom to Sue Hollywood, Offers Free WiFi to New Zealand

I guess you could say that Kim Dotcom is trying to act like a Kim RobinHood. It seems that the Megaupload founder has come up with a grand scheme to sue Hollywood studios and use the money toward providing everyone in New Zealand with free broadband Internet access.

Daily Deal: $30 for OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone 5

When it comes to offering protection for your mobile phone, one of the most trusted names in the industry has to be OtterBox. And now you can get an OtterBox Defender Series Case for iPhone for just under thirty bucks. That's almost half price.

The Coolest Geek Business Card Ever (Video)

Most business cards are a dime a dozen. Well, not literally, but pretty darn close. They become lost in drawers and hotel rubbish bins all the time, so you've got to do something with your business card to get noticed.

Daily Deal: 20% Off Lenovo Notebooks and Ultrabooks

That's good news for consumers, because it means that you're able to find some great deals on some pretty great laptops... like this substantial collection of Lenovo notebooks on sale for 20% off.

What’s Different? Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Galaxy Note

Well, it turns out that the original Note has been quite the resounding success and Samsung followed up with the Note II. But what's different between the two? How much of an upgrade is it?

Daily Deal: Up to $400 Off Select HP Laptops

Are you looking for a deal for a new laptop? You don't have to wait until Black Friday to score a new notebook at a great price, because a number of HP laptops have been slashed on Amazon for savings of up to $400.

LG Touch 10 Monitor Uses Ten Fingers for Windows 8

If you recently upgraded to Windows 8 and find your lack of touchscreen capabilities frustrating, you might be interested in the LG Touch 10. It's a 23-inch montior with full touchscreen tech. In fact, it is able to support up to ten contact points at the same time.

Daily Deal: $40 for GOgroove Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System

Wires? Who needs wires? If you want to share the tunes that you have stored on your iPhone with everyone else in the room, you can do that via Bluetooth with the GOgroove BlueSYNC universal speaker. It just so happens to be on sale for half price.

iRock is the Rocking Chair that charges your iPad

The idea here is actually brilliant in its simplicity. As you rock back and forth in the rocking chair, it generates power that is then sent to the iPad docked in the right side arm.

Daily Deal: $40 Off Plantronics Voyager Pro HD Bluetooth Headset

When it comes to the world of Bluetooth headsets, one of the most trusted names in the industry is Plantronics. And now you can get one of their better Bluetooth headsets for quite the impressive price.

US Govt: Legal to Jailbreak iPhone, Still Illegal to Jailbreak iPad?

I've always figured that I could tinker with my mobile devices however I see fit, as long as I'm not infringing on some other laws about invasion of privacy or anything like that. It seems that the United States government agrees with me,

IBM Creates 10,000 Transistor Carbon Nanotube Computer Chip

One very promising direction is with carbon nanotubes and IBM has just reached a major milestone. They have created a new computer chip based on carbon nanotube technology that has more than 10,000 transistors.

Daily Deal: $9 MiniSuit iPhone 5 Connect Case for Apple iPhone...

Even though the Apple iPhone 5 is still very new, it looks like the cases for the new smartphone are already going on sale. Case in point is this great looking MiniSuit Clipster case for the iPhone 5, which has been slashed by 70% off its regular price.

Unlimited Cloud Recording with Boxee TV DVR

Running out of storage space won't be an issue with the new Boxee TV. It's been proclaimed as the first DVR to offer virtually unlimited storage. They do this by uploading your videos to the cloud, rather than storing those recordings on a local drive.

Daily Deal: 7-Inch Pandigital Android Tablet for $67

Are you interested in getting a new tablet, but you can't convince yourself to spend the $329 on an iPad Mini or the $199 on a Nexus 7? You can go even cheaper with something like this Pandigital Android Tablet, which happens to be on sale for $66.95.

Comparing the iPad Mini vs. New iPad 4

Pre-orders for both the iPad Mini and the 4th-generation Apple iPad started on Friday, but what if you still haven't decided which iPad is for you? Let's have a look at some of the most important specs so you can choose the right one for you.

What Should You Buy? Microsoft Surface RT vs. Apple iPad 4

I still think that the starting price on the Microsoft Surface should have been closer to $299, but in the $499 range, it competes directly against the recently announced fourth-generation iPad rather than the also recently announced iPad Mini. So, how does it compare?

Video: Boeing’s CHAMP Missle Drone Flying EMP Weapon Will Knock Out...

Do you remember in the Matrix movie when the crew was getting chased down by those flying squid-like sentinels? Do you remember how they said their only weapon against their mechanized foes was an EMP, or an electromagnetic pulse? Well, now Boeing has developed a missile with electronic-killing EMP-like capabilities, knocking out computers and electronics as it flies overhead.

Office Space Deal: Limited Edition Swingline Red Stapler for $12

Office Space has to be one of my favorite comedy movies of all time and this is mostly thanks to the unforgettable character of Milton Waddams. Have you seen his stapler? I have and it happens to be on sale for 67% off the regular price.

Video: Motorola HC1 “Google Glass” Wearable Computer Revealed

Well, it looks like Motorola has beaten Google Glass to the punch with the launch of the Motorola HC1 Headset Computer. This is a wearable computer that runs on Windows.

LiquidPiston X2 Rotary Much More Efficient Than Internal Combustion Engine

Unfortunately, the internal combustion engine is notoriously inefficient and that's why Dr. Alexander Shkolnik feels it has reached the end of its 150-year life cycle. It's time to replace it with something better.

Daily Deal: Up to 70% Off SanDisk SD, SDHC and MicroSD...

Are you looking for some extra memory cards? Even if you're not, this is probably too good of a deal to pass up. After all, you could always use some extra storage for your cameras, tablets and smartphones.

Daily Deal: $300 Off Fujifilm X100 12.3 MP APS-C Digital Camera...

There is just something classic and beautiful about the retro-inspired Fuji X100. It's even better that you can now pick up this fantastic camera for an impressive $300 off the regular price.

Storm Trooper Jacket Has Built-In Goggles in Zip-Up Hoodie

You could almost say that this puffy jacket from Ai Riders On the Storm is borrowing a page from A Bathing Ape, but they've added in a fully functional polycarbonate ski mask that's integrated into the hood.

Daily Deal: $100 off Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Waterproof Rugged Camera

Whether you're going snorkeling in Maui or you've been deployed to the dusty battlefield of the Middle East, a regular old point and shoot camera just isn't going to cut it.

GoPro Hero3 Camera Captures 4K of Phenomenal Action Video

Up until earlier this week, you could expect to pay about $300 or more for a GoPro Hero2. It really was the de facto "action camera," but GoPro is starting to face some potentially stiff competition in the space by the likes of Sony, JVC and others. And so, the GoPro Hero3 has been formally revealed and it improves on the Hero2 in just about every way. Indeed, all three versions come with built-in Wi-Fi

HTC J Butterfly 5-Inch Android Phablet Rocks 1080p Display

Most people would say that the Retina Display on the iPhone 5 at 326ppi is impressive, but the newly announced HTC J Butterfly blows that out of the water.

Extra Fuel Emergency Gas is safer than a Jerry Can

A much safer alternative, it seems, is a product called Extra Fuel. It works with any regular gas engine in a car, but it doesn't contain the volatile chemicals found in conventional petrol gas.

Mamma Mia! “Accent-gate” Hits Apple iPhone in Italy

It looks like the problems with the new Apple Maps aren't the only ones plaguing the iPhone 5. It turns out that the autocorrect feature is adding "random" accents to anything you type in Italian.

Daily Deal: $200 Off 13.3-Inch Apple MacBook Pro

It's not very often that you see great deals on MacBooks, because Apple maintains pretty stringent control over pricing. This is one of those rare occasions where you can save a solid $200 off a new MacBook Pro.