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Chrome Browser for Android Exits Beta, Available Through Google Play

You can expect to get tabbed browsing, of course, but Chrome for Android also has incognito. There's also the ability to sync your open tabs with your desktop to read later and the ability to switch tabs "the way you would fan a deck of cards."

Ford Traffic Jam Assist Gets Us Closer to Automated Driving (Video)

There are systems out there with "adaptive" cruise control, but Ford's Traffic Jam Assist is an "intelligent driving feature" that will take that to a whole new level.

Amplify Your iPhone Speaker With a Foldable Paper Cone (Video)

This is either one of the stupidest ideas on the planet or one of the smartest. It's called the eco-amp and it's an iPhone speaker amplifier that is basically a cardboard cone.

Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV Set Top Box to Retail for $199

We've seen Google TV implemented in certain HDTVs and Blu-ray players already, but the NSZ-GS7 will be Sony's first standalone set top box to feature the Google TV platform.

MIT Carbon Nanotube Solar Cell Captures Near Infrared Light

Regular photovoltaic cells can only capture a certain spectrum of light, but a new type of solar cell developed by MIT researchers can now capture energy from the near-infrared region of the light spectrum.

Ride the STAIR ROVER Skateboard Down a Flight of Stairs

Or, there's a third option when you see those stairs: you could simply ride down them on the innovative STAIR ROVER skateboard.

Nintendo 3DS XL Gets 90% Bigger Screens for $199

The original Nintendo 3DS hasn't been quite as big a hit as Nintendo had hoped, so they're coming forward with a supersized version called the Nintendo 3DS XL.

Inside the Minds Behind AppStori Crowdfunding Community

Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding have become an incredibly popular way to get young startups off the ground, but what is it about AppStori that makes them different. I recently interviewed them to find out.

SpyBike Lets You Secretly GPS Track Your Stolen Bicycle

It's never fun when something of yours gets stolen. While cars can have systems like OnStar, your bicycle can now take advantage of something called SpyBike.

Czech Flying Bike Taking to the Air This August (Video)

As kids, we all dreamed of hopping on our bicycles and flying away like they did in E.T. Thanks to the ambitions of some crazy Czech scientists, we may soon be able to do that.

New LeapFrog LeapPad 2 and Leapster GS for the Kiddies

While us grown-ups can drool over the Galaxy S III and the Microsoft Surface, LeapFrog has a couple of new updates for the younger gadgeteers in the audience.

Tim Cook Discusses Microsoft Surface with Apple Legal Team (Video)

And you don't have to tell Tim Cook about the Surface, because it's surely caught his attention too... as well as the attention of Apple's legal team.

iPhone-Powered SmartPet Robot Dog Wins Tokyo Toy Show

More in line with my digital lifestyle would be something like the SmartPet. Winning the innovative toy category award at the Tokyo Toy Show, SmartPet essentially transforms your iPhone into a virtual pet dog.

Questions About Microsoft Surface Tablet That Need to Be Answered

Yes, we know about the two versions of the Microsoft Surface and its support for Netflix, but what about all the other details that still have us scratching our heads?

Boeing Jet-Powered Go-Kart Goes “Well Over” 100MPH

Riding around in a go-kart is already pretty fun, but what if you could reach speeds of over 100 miles an hour with a custom jet-powered go-kart? Thanks to Seth Kettleman, you can.

Devs Can Finally Reply to App Reviews in Google Play Store

You've developed what you believe to be a groundbreaking Android app, only to have it slammed by some unfair user reviews. Google is now allowing devs to reply to these comments in the Google Play Store.

BMW i Pedelec Folding Pedal-Electric Bicycle Announced

Even though you may know BMW better for its cars, it has now unveiled a pedal-electric bicycle that it calls the i Pedelec.

Prototype Glasses Provide Over 180-Degree Vision to the Blind?

But what if you are completely blind? Is there a solution for that? Designer Xu Guang-suo sure thinks so and that's how he came up with the Navigation Glasses for the Blind.

Samsung Shows Apple How to Keep Secrets (Galaxy S III)

No pre-production Galaxy III was mistakenly left behind at a bar one night and that's because Samsung took several measured steps to keep their secret project as secret as possible.

Vodafone Booster Brolly for More Bars in More Places

Can you hear me now? We've all had the experience of dropped calls and loss of signal, but it looks like one way to get better cell phone reception is to open a special umbrella.

New Apple Maps for iOS 6 vs. Google Maps Comparison

One of the many changes that you'll find in iOS 6 is the departure away from Google Maps and toward Apple's own Maps app...

Vertical Ascender Uses Vacuum Pads to Let You Climb Walls (Video)

Have you ever wanted to climb up vertical walls like Spider-man, but you can't be bothered to get bitten by a radioactive spider? Enter the Vertical Ascender

The Electric Car Battery That Never Has To Be Replaced?

Even though you may be saving at the pump, owning a hybrid or pure electric vehicle means that you have to replace that expensive lithium-ion battery at some point. However, A123 Systems claims that it has created a battery that doesn't need replacing.

Struggling Sales Lead to $30 Price Cut on Kindle Fire

The Amazon Kindle Fire did quite well for itself during the holiday shopping season, shipping about 4.8 million units during that period. Now, sales have slowed and Amazon has responded by slashing the price

New 2012 MacBook Air Has Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7

The 2012 MacBook Pro with the Retina Display wasn't the only new notebook announced at WWDC. Apple also unveiled an updated MacBook Air, complete with a beefier processor and faster graphics.

2012 Apple MacBook Pro Announced with Retina Display

The 15.4-inch display rocks an incredible resolution of 2880x1800 pixels, giving you 220ppi.

Everything You Need to Know About Apple iOS 6

Apple's WWDC 2012 kicked off today with the keynote and one of the big announcements was the unveiling of "the world's most advanced mobile operating system." So, what's new with iOS 6?

Wexler Flex One E-Reader, First with LG Flexible E-Paper Display

Before you get too excited about curling up this e-reader to stuff into your backpack, realize that the flexible e-paper display here is still inside a reasonably stiff chassis. But that doesn't mean that it is not without its benefits.

Everything We Know About The Nintendo Wii U Tablet Controller

We thought cost could be an issue and we also thought battery life could be a problem. And now, Nintendo has confirmed our hesitations about the latter.

GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote Controls Multiple Cameras

The GoPro Hero line of "active" HD camcorders has been hugely popular about extreme enthusiasts, but there's only so much you do with one camera. The newly announced Wi-Fi BacPac and Wi-Fi Remote take care of that.

Joggobot, Your Flying Robot Running Friend (Video)

Do you want to have a jogging buddy but none of your human friends want to go for a run with you? Enter Joggobot, an AR Drone that's been modified to be your jogging companion.

Asus Taichi Laptop Has Dual Screens

Do you want more than a glowing piece of produce on the back of your laptop? Asus sure thinks so and it has just introduced the Asus Taichi to the world. It has a second display that covers the entire back cover.

Appsplit: Kickstarter Crowdfunding for App Developers

Kickstarter has done a fantastic job of lowering the barrier to entry for new innovations. If you've got a great idea, you can crowdfund the necessary money to get that project going. What if your project happens to be an app instead?

Google Chromebox with Chrome OS Launches Attack on Mac Mini

If you like the idea of living completely in the cloud, but you're not sold on bringing a Chromebook around with you, the Google Chromebox could be the answer for you.

Europe Adopts Apple-Supported Nano-SIM Standard Format

That's why Apple moved to the micro-SIM for its current line of iPhones, but even that isn't small enough. Now, the nano-SIM has been confirmed and it's 40% smaller than the micro-SIM.

Carbon Nanotubes Could Replace Expensive Catalysts in Fuel Cells

The Stanford scientists behind the work say that "carbon nanotubes could be an excellent alternative to the platinum, palladium and other precious-metal catalysts now in use."

Is Apple Developing A Point-and-Shoot Camera?

The iPod (and iTunes) shook up the way that we listen to music. And now it looks like Apple is going to tackle the world of digital photography.

Transparent Avengers UI Represents Future of Computing?

There's a lot of high-tech stuff going on in the recent Avengers movie, but perhaps even more interesting is the glimpse we get inito the future of computing through those user interfaces.

The Solar-Powered Self-Sustaining Floating Island Resort Concept

Have you ever wanted to have your own private tropical island, but you could be bothered to buy any land? What if you want to be eco-friendly while on your sunny vacation too? Apparently, you can with this floating island

Cricket To Offer Prepaid iPhone 4S with $55 Unlimited Plan

Up until now, the only way to get an iPhone in the United States is through a postpaid plan. That's going to change on June 22, as Cricket is going to offer the Apple iPhone on a prepaid basis. Yes, you can finally get a prepaid iPhone.

Splish-Splash with Water-Resistant Sony XPERIA acro S Smartphone

You dropped your phone in the toilet. Again. If you had the Sony XPERIA acro S, it'd be less of a burden, because this stylish Android phone is water-resistant.

Pre-orders Begin For Intel-Powered Lenovo Racer-A Smartphone

One of the first smartphones to be powered by an Intel processor is the Lenovo Racer-A, a device that you may have once known as the Lenovo K800. And now it's up for presale.

Leaked Photos Reveal Smaller Dock Connector, Taller Screen for iPhone 5

The next-generation iPhone is still several months away, but the latest set of leaked photos give us a great look at the back of the new iPhone. And then there's that small dock connector too.

Sleep Mask Claims to Let You Control Dreams

This isn't the first "lucid dreaming" mask to use this kind of idea, but the developers found that existing products were both too expensive and too bulky. Remee brings it down to a much more manageable price and size.

Asus Teases at Next-Gen Eee Pad Transformer Tablet (Video)

"Join us as we introduce the truly incredible next transformations." Given that the only context where Asus has use the "transform" moniker is with an Eee Pad, we're pretty confident this week's event has something to do with a new tablet.

Secret Facebook Phone Running Proprietary Facebook OS

It's been rumored for years that a "Facebook phone" was being developed by Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the Facebook team, but what we're talking about today isn't the HTC Status. It's a real deal Facebook-branded smartphone.

HD Video Sample from Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

I saw the AR.Drone 2.0 in action when I attended CES earlier this year, but now it's out in the wild and a sample of the HD video shot by the quadrocopter has been uploaded to the Internet.

Review: Samsung HMX-QF20 HD Camcorder

The Samsung QF20 is a very compact camcorder, but it comes loaded with a number of impressive features, like integrated Wi-Fi and an assortment of art filters.

The First Google Project Glass Video

While Google still has a long way to go before the AR experience is complete, it has released the first video sample from Project Glass, posting the video on YouTube in 720p.

Arkiv Field Modular Backpack Ready for Any Mission (Video)

Instead of having multiple bags for multiple purposes, you might want to look into Mission Workshop's Arkiv Field modular backpack. You can add and remove components as needed.