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CruxSKUNK: The Best iPad Case Ever?

Can't decide if you want to have an iPad or a MacBook Air? If you pick up the CruxSKUNK Keyboard Case from CruxCase, you can almost have the best of both worlds.

Video: Samsung Tells “Meaningful Design Story” Behind Galaxy S III

"The main design concept was to reflect nature. We wanted a more emotional, and stronger connection with our customers."

$100 Off Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 plus Free Keyboard Dock

Yes, there's a lot of attention being paid to the Google Nexus 7, but you can actually spend the same amount of money on a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and get a free keyboard docking station to boot.

Netatmo Urban Weather Station for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Yes, I suppose you could rely on meteorologists to give you a weather report, but they're not taking readings outside of your house and they certainly aren't giving you real-time data about the inside of your house.

Today Only: Sennheiser MM 450 Flight Bluetooth Multimedia Headset for Half...

It's rare to find such a good deal on a comparatively high-end headset, but it looks like you're in luck. The Sennheiser MM 450 Flight Bluetooth multimedia headset with noise cancellation is currently on sale for half price!

Samsung Galaxy Note Leaving T-Mobile USA By November 1? $160 on...

Well, that was a short stint. The Samsung Galaxy Note has only been with Old Magenta for a little over a month, but it...

Verizon Getting $99 Samsung Galaxy Stellar with Starter Mode

You're probably more capable of navigating through a complex smartphone than the average person. That said, we have to remember that not everyone is quite as well-versed in these kinds of things as you and me.

Dispatch Lets You Manage Multiple Simultaneous Internet Connections

In the video below, Dispatch was able to combine five 10-15Mbps connections into a unified 65Mbps connection. And by going to the roof, they got to 85Mbps. That's impressive.

Truly Unlimited High-Speed Data Coming to T-Mobile USA, No Really

Starting on September 5, T-Mobile USA will offer a truly unlimited data option where you get to stick with the company's 4G speeds regardless of how much data you consume.

Able Planet’s NC1100B Noise-Cancelling Headphones are 83% Off

It's pretty rare to come across deals like this. Normally, the Able Planet NC1100B Clear Harmony around the ear noise cancelling headphones sell for $350, but now they're on sale for an amazing 83% off.

Verizon Blackout Points Towards a Sept. 21 iPhone 5 Release Date

Now, there is further evidence that the iPhone 5 release date will be September, thanks to an employee announcement from Verizon Wireless. You see, they blacked out vacation requests for the period covering September 21 to September 30.

Human Brain Hacked, Banking PIN Codes Extracted with BCIs

In some ways, you could think of the human brain as a complex computer. And like any complex computer, with the right resources, it can be hacked.

Daily Deal: GOgroove BlueSYNC OR3 Bluetooth Speaker for $44.99

The GOgroove BlueSYNC OR3 Bluetooth speaker is a 4.75-inch diameter sphere and it's currently on sale for $44.99 through Amazon

Bow Down to Your Noodle-Making Robot Overlords

At this point in time, robots aren't very good at tasks that require intuition, common sense or human judgement, but they are fantastic at...

Flying Star Wars Speeder Bike Hovers Into Reality (Video)

Do you remember those speeder bikes from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi? Didn't you think it would be so cool if...

Toshiba Thrive 16GB Android Tablet on Sale for $250

You know, with all this talk of a rumored Apple iPad Mini, it looks like the folks in the Android crowd are doing what they can to compete on price ahead of time. Case in point is the slashing of price on the Toshiba Thrive.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S2 International Price Cut by 44%

Yes, the newest hotness in town is the Samsung Galaxy S III, but you may not be prepared for the $700+ outright price to get your hands on an unlocked one. Go ahead and save yourself over $300 by picking up an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II instead.

Daily Deal: Samsung 32GB microSDHC Class 10 Memory Card for $27.99

Want to expand the storage capacity on your smartphone or tablet? There's a fantastic deal going on for a 32GB microSDHC card from Samsung, slashing the price down to a mere $27.99.

Get $200 Off Sony VAIO SE1 Series Laptop

Just in time for the back to school shopping crowd is a pretty great deal on a pretty great laptop. You can get your hands on a shiny new Sony VAIO for $200 off

Daily Deal: Belkin Four-Port USB 2.0 Ultra-Mini Hub for $5.99

Do you find that you're lacking in USB ports on your tablet or notebook? Check out this sweet deal on a USB hub from the fine folks at Belkin. It's only six bucks.

Leap Motion to bring Minority Report Motion-Based UI to Smartphones

We don't quite have hover cars or lightsabers just yet, but it looks like we're about to get the Minority Report motion-based experience on our smartphones thanks to a company called Leap Motion.

Motorola S10 HD Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Half Price

When you're going for a jog through the park, you don't want to deal with messy wires and cables to keep the tunes pumping into your skull. You also want to maintain a certain sporty look, so giant headphones just won't do.

Xiaomi Phone 2 Quad Core Jelly Bean Revealed for $310

High-end specs usually come at a high-end price, but it looks like you can circumvent that problem by going with a less recognized brand. Case in point is the newly announced Xiaomi Phone 2

Pitch a Tent: Kelty AirPitch Inflatable Tent Poles Setup Easy

Making the process a heck of a lot easier is a company called Kelty. Their AirPitch inflatable tents essentially set themselves up for you; all you have to do is provide the air.

Sony Pocket Tablet Concept Uses Flexible OLED

Turning to designer Patrik Eriksson, we find what he calls the Pocket Tablet Concept. It's meant to be "a happy marriage between a smartphone and... a tablet."

iPad Mini Spy Pic of Parts Confirms Mini Dock Connector

It looks like it's pretty much for certain that Tim Cook and Apple are going to announce the new iPad mini next month and now we've got even more proof of the so-called 7-inch iPad.

Brewing French Press Coffee in the Car with GSI Commuter Java...

Do you find that simply don't have the time in the morning to brew up a cup of coffee before hitting the road for...

Today Only: V-Moda Crossfade LP Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphones Slashed to $80

If you're looking for some really killer headphones at less than half the regular price, you'll need to act quickly. Amazon has the V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear headphones on sale for just $79.95.

Padintosh Case Brings your iPad back to 1984

There is something to be said about retro appeal and recognizing your roots. I'm not sure what that something is, but you can probably say it with the Padintosh Case for the iPad.

iPhone 5 Preorders Start September 12th, Ship September 21st

Now, we're hearing that Apple will make the formal reveal of the next iPhone on September 12th and that the first batch will become available on September 21st.

NEOGEO X GOLD Portable Gamer Includes TV Dock and Arcade Stick

Yes, you can play select SNK and NEO GEO titles through the Wii's Virtual Console or Xbox Live Arcade, but this is the real deal. Here is the NEOGEO X GOLD, a complete solution for both mobile and home-based gaming.

Daily Deal: $80 off JBL On Stage Micro III iPhone Loudspeaker...

One of the most respected names when it comes to audio equipment has to be JBL and this is particularly true of their iPod and iPhone docks. And now you can score a great deal on the JBL On Stage Micro III.

Save $110 on Kindle DX E-Book Reader with Free 3G, Free...

Many people have turned to their tablets for their e-book reading needs, but the fact of the matter is that an e-ink display is still easier on the eyes. And now you can score a tremendous deal on one of the best e-ink e-book readers out there.

Video: Researchers Develop Soft Meshworm Robot with Earthworm-Like Movement

For scientists at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University, they got their inspiration from the lowly earthworm when it came to their latest creation: the Meshworm robot.

Charge Your Smartphone While Riding with BikeCharge Dynamo

The BikeCharge Dynamo is such a wonderfully simple yet remarkably useful device. It taps into your cycling energy and converts it into USB output power for your gadgets.

Car-to-X (C2X) is the “Social Network” for cars

Daimler has been working on a system called Car-to-X, or C2X for short, that effectively lets vehicles exchange information not only with eachother, but also with infrastructure like traffic lights.

Get $25 Free Airtime Credit on $80 Prepaid Android Smartphone

Over on Amazon, you are able to buy the Pantech Crossover with AT&T for just $79.99, which is $120 off (60% off) the regular price of $199.99. Remember that this is the no-contract price, so the phone is yours free and clear. The phone works with the AT&T GoPhone prepaid service, so you only pay for the minutes that you use. The $25 airtime credit is then added to your account when you activate this phone. The GoPhone SIM kit is included in the box.

EXOGEAR Introduces Exovolt Plus Stackable Battery for iPhone and iPad

What if you could have an external battery that could expand and grow with your needs? That's what you get with the Exovolt Plus from EXOGEAR, billed as the world's first stackable battery pack.

Prepaid Phones growing fastest in the Smartphone arena

It's obvious enough to nearly any casual observer that smartphones are increasing in popularity, but the assumption is that everyone is signing up for monthly plans and extended contracts. And that assumption would be wrong

Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE for Verizon on Sale for $0.01

Despite more recent offerings like the HTC One X and the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G is still easily one of the best Android smartphones out there. And you can get one for just a penny.

Windows Phone Marketplace Becoming Windows Phone Store?

And in much the same way, Microsoft avoiding the use of "App Store" for its mobile devices, calling it the Windows Phone Marketplace. That appears to be changing.

iOS6 Resolution Scales to 640×1136 on iPhone 5 with Added Icon...

It's pretty much for certain that the new iPhone will be revealed to us next month and we're fully expecting a larger display, but it looks like the new iOS6 comes with an extra bonus to take advantage of that extra screen real estate.

Daily Deal: Motorola MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset for $38

Cut the cord and go with a stereo Bluetooth headset like the Motorola MOTOROKR S305, which happens to be on sale for $62 off the regular price.

Samsung Accused of Numerous Child Labor Law Infractions in China

While there has been a lot of attention paid to Foxconn and Apple in recent years, other companies aren't exactly angels either. In fact, Child Labor Watch is accusing Samsung of all sorts of child labor abuse in at least one of its factories in China.

GOgroove BlueSYNC Bluetooth Speaker on Sale for Half Price

It's even better when you don't have to deal with messy cables and cords. Rock out with some wireless music by way of the GOgroove BlueSYNC MC Universal Bluetooth Speaker System and do it at half the regular price.

Detector Can Use Wi-Fi Signals to Literally See Through Walls

The new detector was created by Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty of University College London and it taps into the Wi-Fi signal that is emitting from a regular old wireless router.

Synthetic Photosynthesis System Developed by Panasonic

Now, Panasonic has borrowed a page out of Mother Nature's book and developed what it believes to be a "highly efficient artificial photosynthesis system."

Patriot Xporter XT Rage 32GB Flash Drive Slashed to $32

USB flash drives are getting more and more affordable. Case in point is the Patriot Xport XT Rage USB 2.0 high speed flash drive, the 32GB version of which is now on sale for an amazing $32.

Daily Deal: Motorola Pro+ MB632 Unlocked Android Smartphone for $200

Maybe you're not a fan of signing lengthy contracts, but you also don't want to spend $500 or more on an unsubsidized smartphone. This deal on the Motorola MB632 could be just the ticket.

Finalized Version of Windows 8 Shipped Off to Manufacturers

With the official launch of Windows 8 scheduled for October 26, Microsoft is giving its OEMs and manufacturers nearly three months to prepare its product releases in time.