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Michael Kwan

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Drag-Reducing Synergy Personal Airplane Is Cheaper and More Comfortable

Most of us fly via commercial aircraft, but what if it was more affordable to have a personal airplane of your own? Leading us down that path is the Synergy aircraft with its unique, more efficient design.

Could DARPA Make the Real USS Enterprise a Reality?

Remember how he wanted to make a real life version of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek, drawing up all the necessary plans to do so? Thanks to some new DARPA funding, that dream could soon become a reality.

Rovio Flings Angry Birds Friends onto Facebook

As successful as Rovio has been with its Angry Birds franchise, it really hasn't done enough in the social sphere. That's changing with Angry Birds Friends, which is being flung over to Facebook.

Leaked Front Panel Reveals iPhone 5 with 4-Inch+ Screen?

It has been the general consensus among most people that the "next iPhone" will have a larger display, but now we've got some physical evidence to back that claim. This "leaked" front panel is coming by way of one of Apple's suppliers.

Ubisoft Dev Leaks Juicy Wii U Details, Including Price and Date

Yes, I know. We always have to take rumors and leaks with a grain of salt, but we can't help but to jump all over what we just learned about the upcoming Nintendo Wii U console.

Pentax K-30 Weather Resistant Mid-Level DSLR

When you're trying to get that perfect shot, mother nature doesn't always agree with you. There could be rain, dust, and all sorts of other camera-destroying elements. If you're in the market for a mid-range DSLR that can handle rugged environments, the new Pentax K-30 is a compact, lightweight option.

Foldboat: Plastic Rowboat Folds Up to Fit in a Backpack

Perhaps your plans for this summer include a camping trip by the lake, but you don't want to haul around a full-size boat with you. This fold-up rowboat is just the ticket, as it can be shoved into your backpack.

Google Chrome Becomes Most Popular Browser in the World

I've been using Google Chrome for quite some time, never really looking back to Firefox or Internet Explorer as a viable alternative. Now, it seems that I am in the majority, statistics show that Google Chrome has indeed become the most popular web browser in the world.

CordLite for Apple Devices Lights Up Your Cable

We've all encountered this problem. You want to plug in your iPhone to charge, but it's dark and you can't see the port. The CordLite fixes that

Sony Tablet P Finally Getting Android 4.0 ICS on May 24

That's changing, now that Sony is ready to push out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the dual screen Sony Tablet P. As with the Tablet S, the update will be pushed out automatically via the software update feature.

AAXA Technologies P4 WiFi and P4-X Pico Projectors

Continuing to move forward, AAXA Technologies has now introduced two new additions to its pico projector family: the P4 WiFi and the P4-X.

ElcomSoft Forensics Tool Snoops Through Your iCloud Data

Yes, the iCloud online backup service is convenient for you, but also means that inquiring minds can effectively gain access to a near real-time copy of all that data.

Mad Scientist Creates Real Life Tesla Gun (Video)

We've seen Tesla coils before, but nothing quite like this. Rob Flickenger has thrown caution to the wind and has built one extraordinary Tesla Gun. And it really works, complete with an incredible 20,000 volts and 2,000 amps of pure electrifying excitement.

W1PPS MacBook Pro Dock Without the Dock (Video)

Do you use your MacBook Pro more like a desktop than you do a laptop? Do you find yourself getting all frustrated with the process of connecting and disconnecting the countless peripherals?

Incantor: The Magic Gaming Wand for iPhone (Video)

You know what's the problem with Diablo III (aside from all the connection troubles people have been having)? You still play with a keyboard and a mouse. A new Kickstarter project has come up where you get to cast spells and engage in combat using a real magic wand.

Cornell Students Develop Sign Language Translating Glove (Video)

Yes, the prototype looks very crude with all the exposed circuitry and wires, but this quite the remarkable little contraption by three engineering students from Cornell University. It's a power glove that can effectively be used as a sign language translator.

X-Ray Vision, Body Scanning DNA-Destroying Terahertz Chips Coming to Mobile Phones?

You know those scanners implemented by the TSA that can see through your clothing? They utilize terahertz (THz) radiation and it turns out that this could literally "unzip" the DNA molecule. And now they're thinking of implementing the technology in mobile devices.

2.3kW Carbon Fiber Electric Bike from Audi Boasts ‘Wheelie Modes’, WiFi

I didn't even know that Audi was in the business of bicycles, but it looks like this slick e-bike concept could be the R8 of the electric bike world.

Wanna Be Star Trek USS Enterprise Could Be Built for 1...

There are Trekkies who like to build scale models of their favorite starship. Then, there is a guy called BTE-Dan who not only has ambitions to build the real thing; he already has created a remarkably detailed plan on how to go about do it. The Build The Enterprise website has been up for about a week, getting overwhelmed by traffic from fellow Trekkers and regular aerospace fans alike.

iPhone 4S and iPad 3 Can Downgrade Firmware with Redsn0w 0.9.11b1

Up until now, only older iDevices have had the ability to downgrade to previous firmware versions using the Limera1n exploit and SHSH blobs, but that ability has now been ported to newer A5-powered iDevices like the third-gen iPad and the iPhone 4S.

AIRbudz Let You Simultaneously Hear the Outside World and Your Music

It's an epidemic, really. When most people put on their earphones, they become dead to the outside world. The cyclist can't hear the car honking at him. The runner can't hear the person screaming, "Look out!" We're not about to give up our music any time soon, so what do we do?

Foxconn Manufacturing 7-inch iPad Mini for August Release

Recent reports make it look as though Apple has the wheels in motion for another iPad, the hotly-rumored iPad mini with the smaller screen could be just a few months away.

iSight and Siri Cinema Display-Inspired Apple HDTVs Next Year

People thought Apple was crazy when it entered the mobile phone market with the iPhone, but look at where we are now. People are saying the same thing about Apple getting into TVs, but we've got reason to believe an Apple HDTV is very real and very much on the way.

All-Electric Toyota RAV4 EV Hits Road at $50,000

Say goodbye to the gas pump for good. Toyota officially debuted the its RAV4 full electric vehicle at the 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles. This is no longer a concept; this is the production model and it is available through dealers starting at $49,800, not including delivery fees.

China Has More Smartphone Users Than United States

It may not be completely fair to say that China is still an emerging market. I'd say that it has already emerged, having just overtaken the United States in smartphone usage. Yes, China is now the largest smartphone market in the world

RedSn0w Protects Jailbreak with iOS 5.1.1 Update

Good news! If you happen to be using the latest version of RedSn0w, you can safely update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 5.1.1 without losing your jailbreak status. This has apparently been confirmed by Redmond Pie, as well as another iOS developer.

Floater ePhone Concept Adds Slide-Out eBook Display

You may have noticed that smartphones are getting increasingly larger displays. We used to think that a 4-inch screen was pretty big, then along came 4.3-inch screens, then the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus, and most recently, the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III. But we don't always want the giant phablet experience that something like the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note may provide. We only want that bigger display sometimes.

Updated Apple iPad 2 Offers Up to 30% Better Battery Life

It turns out that we're wrong and the newer batch of iPad 2 tablets is actually an improvement over the original iPad 2.

Wicked Lasers Makes A Real Star Wars Lightsaber (Sort Of)

Just in time for Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), the world has now been offered the first real lightsaber, courtesy of Wicked Lasers.

Apple Patents Advanced Haptics for Raised Touchscreen Buttons

As great and as versatile as touchscreen displays may be, they don't offer the same kind of tactile experience as physical buttons. We've seen haptic feedback solutions before, but nothing quite like what this Apple patent seems to be depicting.

Samsung Galaxy S III Headed to T-Mobile and Sprint

After months of speculation and hearsay, the Samsung Galaxy S III was officially unveiled to the world earlier today in London, but which carriers are going to get their hands on this latest slab of Super AMOLED deliciousness? After all, Samsung didn't make any formal indication at the official event.

No BlackBerry 10 Update Coming for BlackBerry 7 Devices

Did you buy a BlackBerry 7 smartphone with the hope that you'd be able to upgrade to BlackBerry 10 when the new OS became available? Well, Research in Motion has effectively dashed that dream to pieces.

RunKeeper App Being Developed for Pebble E-Paper Smartwatch

Yes, the Pebble e-watch is also an app platform and its first app partner comes by way of RunKeeper, which is developing an app specific to the upcoming smartwatch.

RIM Confirms BlackBerry 10 Devices Will Have Keyboards

As I mentioned in my post last week, it's still a little murky as to whether the team in Waterloo will opt for a Torch-like slider form or a Bold-like bar phone for the keyboard-touting BB10 device, but it's just as likely that they could go in both directions

Apple iPhone 5 Liquid Metal Concept Oozes onto the Web

Another day, another iPhone rumor, and another iPhone concept. While it doesn't look like the boys and girls in Cupertino have quite figured out how to make a T-1000 just yet, it looks like French designer Antoine Brieux is applying some liquid metal to his latest iPhone concept.

Say Hello to the Apple iPhone Plus Concept

As far as we can gather, Apple isn't going to launch the next iteration in the iPhone series until some time this fall, but that hasn't stopped designer Antonio De Rosa from dreaming up what he calls the iPhone Plus.

British ISPs Forced to Block Pirate Bay by Court Order

So much for free, uncensored, and open Internet. If you happen to be in jolly old England and any other part of the United Kingdom, you will soon have no more access to The Pirate Bay.

New UI and Features for Skype iOS Apps

Do you have have the Skype app for your iPhone or iPad? Well, both versions have just received an update that brings a few new features and introduces a tweak to the user interface.

Google Knew About Street View Personal Data Collection The Whole Time

They knew. They knew all along that the Street View software was actively collecting all sorts of personal information from users without their knowledge, yet they continued... until we found out we were being violated.

Steve Jobs Never Got To Be Willy Wonka

You know the story of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and how there was that Golden Ticket that would let the lucky kids tour the factory? Apparently, Steve Jobs was hoping to do the same thing, except he wanted a golden ticket in the millionth iMac sold for the opportunity for the winner to visit him in Cupertino.

Honda Tech Prevents “Accordion Effect” Traffic Jams

Rush hour traffic isn't fun for anyone and the frustration is further exacerbated when you have to come to a complete stop for no reason in particular. This is due to what is called the "accordion effect" and Honda has developed technology that could make it a thing of the past.

RIM BlackBerry 10 Device Unveiling This August

This is it. This just might be the last major attempt for Research in Motion to become relevant and competitive in the smartphone market. The first BlackBerry 10 device will reportedly be unveiled around the middle of August, followed by a launch some time in the first half of October.

Sony Tablet S Gets Official Android 4.0 ICS Update

Personally, one of the highlights is the inclusion of a native screenshot capture. It used to be that you had to root the Sony Tablet S to get this feature, but now it's built-in; just press the power and reduce volume buttons at the same time.

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Coming to Samsung Galaxy Nexus First

Do you want to be among the first group of people to enjoy some sweet, tasty, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean? It seems the best way to do that is to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, because apparently it'll be the first to get a taste of the newest Google Android iteration.

MIT NewsFlash Uses Light as Alternative to QR Codes

Whereas QR codes are effectively 2D barcodes that have to take up space on a page, NewsFlash is effectively invisible to the human eye. That's because it uses flashes of pink and green light that the human eye effectively averages out and does not see

NASA Engineer Designs Cricket Trailer for Camping Trips

As you prepare to whip out the bug spray and water filter for your annual camping trip, you might consider a little bit of NASA technology as part of that camping trip. Garret Finney worked on habitation modules for the International Space Station while working at NASA, but he has now taken that passion for efficient living to the world of camping trailers.

iPhone 5 Concept Gets 4-Inch Screen

It's starting to sound more and more like the iPhone 5 (or whatever the new iPhone will be called) is going to get bumped up to a four-inch screen, so how can we expect it to look? The latest crop of mockups offer a glimpse into the future design cue of the upcoming iPhone model.

A Real R2-D2 Robot for Your Chinese Plug-In Hybrid Car

On display at the Beijing Auto Show, the Qin is a plug-in hybrid car from Chinese automaker BYD. The car itself isn't terribly exciting as far as sedans go, but there is a little pop-up robot on the dash that serves as a central control point.

Forecast Puts Weather Widget on iOS 5 Lock Screen

Have you ever wanted to check the weather on your iPhone, but didn't want to fumble through to unlock the device, open the app, and wait for the info to show up? Forecast makes things much easier, because it puts the weather report right there on the lock screen.

Starck’s “Revolutionary” Apple Product Is Just a Jobs Boat

After getting all sorts of stark denials out of Cupertino, it has now been officially confirmed by Philippe Starck himself that he isn't working on a new Apple product at all.