Author: Michael Kwan

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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.

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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.

PHONES
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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.

News
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Wanna Be Star Trek USS Enterprise Could Be Built for 1 Trillion, No Warp Speed

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.

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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.

IPOD
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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.

Mobiles
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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.

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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.

Apple
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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.

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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.

Technology
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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.

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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.

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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.

Cricket
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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.

Apple
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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.

Jailbreaking
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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.