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Michael Kwan

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Video: Say Hello to the World’s First Advanced Social Robot

It's one thing to get robots to mimic human movement, but it's another thing altogether to get them to mimic human emotion and facial expressions. A Dallas-based company wants to provide you with that robot companionship in the form of the more affordable RoboKind Zeno R25.

16 Main Android Apps Updated by Google, Not for KitKat

With the imminent arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat, you'd think that Google would hold off on any major updates until that was released. And you'd think wrong. Seemingly unrelated to KitKat, Google has gone ahead and updated 16 of the primary apps on its Android platform.

Intel Building First 64-Bit Quad-Core ARM Chips for Mobile Devices

Word on the street is that the first 64-bit quad-core chips based on ARM architecture won't come from Samsung, Qualcomm or NVIDIA. They're going to come from Intel.

Lenovo Hires Ashton Kutcher to Be Product Engineer

Lenovo has hired a new product engineer and it's not at all someone you'd expect. They just hired Ashton Kutcher. That's right, Kelso is going to be engineering products for the Chinese tech company.

Flexible Lenovo Yoga Tablet Boasts 18 Hour Battery Life

Lenovo already offers a range of tablets under its ThinkPad and IdeaPad umbrellas and you'll also find a number of convertible notebooks that flip around under the Yoga banner. Now, Lenovo has combined the two ideas with the new Lenovo Yoga Tablet, available in your choice of 8-inch and 10-inch flavors.

Pre-Order Your MultiTouch 84-Inch 4K Interactive Display, Play Massive Angry Birds

The company is now accepting pre-orders on its positively monstrous MultiTaction 84-inch interactive display. They're saying it's the world's first fully integrated 4K resolution display of its kind.

Updated Google Hangouts Brings SMS and Animated GIF Support

In an era filled with WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook Chat and all sorts of other protocols, Google still wants to be your de facto messaging choice. To this end, Google Hangouts has now been updated and improved with some new features.

HTC Phone Stops Bullet, Saves Clerk’s Life

He was obviously not wearing a bulletproof vest, but he did have his trusty HTC smartphone in his front shirt pocket. The phone was built so solidly that it actually stopped the bullet.

Motorola Project Ara Dabbles in Modular Smartphones

Motorola has just announced Project Ara, a new mobile platform that is meant to be fully modular, allowing users to simply upgrade components rather than buying whole new phones.

Samsung Outsells Apple, Nokia and LG Combined in Q3

The latest figures are coming in from Stategy Analytics and they're saying that in the third quarter of this year (that includes the period between July and September), Samsung sold a total of 120 million phones around the globe.

ESA’s Six Legged Rover Is the Future of Lunar Exploration (Video)

The ESA has just released a new video that depicts what the lunar rover of the future may look like. The prototype is obviously a work in progress, but it demonstrates some interesting features.

Patented: LG G Health Smartwatch with Flexible OLED Display?

The latest rumors come by way of a USPTO search, revealing a recent trademark filing by LG for the "LG G Health." Word is that this will be the company's entry into the burgeoning smartwatch arena.

Google WiFi Passport App Automatically Connects to Hotspot Service

Have you ever had the experience where you come across a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you go through the splash page to accept the terms and enter your login information, and then you arrive at a related hotspot later on and have to go through the same song and dance again?

At Least 3,000 Nexus 5 Units Sitting in Carphone Warehouse Inventory?

All rumors are pointing toward an October 31 announcement of the new Google Nexus 5 with the official launch coming the next day. And it looks like Carphone Warehouse is ready to capitalize on that demand starting on day one.

Official: Curved LG G Flex Smartphone Heals Itself Too

After much rumor milling, the LG G Flex smartphone has been officially revealed to the world and it is one curvaceous beast.

Scentee Smelly Smartphone Notifications for iPhone and Android?

Maybe you have your phone set to vibrate, so it buzzes. And many phones have a notification light too, but there's one sense that has been ignored in all of this: smell.

Video: Pay $75,000 to Float to the Edge of Space with...

World View Enterprises has now been approved for a "near space" balloon adventure that will take passengers way up in the sky for a fantastic view of the Earth. The price? $75,000 per person.

AT&T to Sell Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablet for Under $200

We saw the revealing of the Lumia 1520 in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, but we didn't know how much it was going to cost at launch. Now, there's word that AT&T will be selling the 6-inch phablet for as little as $199.99 on a qualifying two-year contract.

Custom Moto Maker Moto X Smartphone Now $99.99 with AT&T

ou may have seen the Moto X on sale for $100 through Best Buy and Amazon already, but those are just the standard version. Now, AT&T has equally slashed the price down on the Moto X to $99.99 and that includes Moto Maker customizations.

Google Play: Nexus 5 Starts Selling on October 31

Now, the latest rumblings are saying that the Nexus 5 will officially make its debut in the Google Play Store on October 31. How spooky!

NASA Video: Spectacular “Canyon of Fire” on the Sun

Last month, our very own sun experienced quite the spectacular phenomenon that NASA is calling the "canyon of fire." And they got it all on video.

Video: Cover for Android Provides Contextual Lock Screen

We've seen phones with "work" and "home" modes, trying to provide this kind of separation, but a new development called "Cover" looks like it could be a heck of a lot better.

YouTube Freemium Music Streaming Service Coming This Year

The name for this service has not yet been revealed, but people have started calling it YouTube Music for the time being. The idea is that the service would operate on a freemium model, not unlike Spotify.

Former Apple CEO Eyes Bid for BlackBerry

Just when we thought this was settled, the can of worms has been re-opened. BlackBerry is reportedly back on the market and one of its newest suitors just so happens to be the former CEO of Apple

Samsung Patents Sporty Google Glass Competitor

Samsung has reportedly filed a design patent with Korean authorities for a type of "sports glasses," but these are "smart" sports glasses that could tackle Google Glass head on.

Video: Poppy Bipedal Humanoid Robot Created with 3D Printers

One of the most fascinating things about Poppy is that each of its components was actually printed on a 3D printer. And the overall cost is far lower than other similar robots.

Good News, Bad News: Free Hulu Videos for Mobile, But…

The good news is that Hulu is giving mobile users access to all sorts of free video content. The bad news is that you're not getting full episodes of anything.

Official: T-Mobile Giving Out 200MB Monthly Data for Free

If you've got a tablet, T-Mobile wants to give you 200MB of free data every month for however long you won the device. No strings attached, no contract. You don't even need to be a current customer.

12-Inch Tablets with 4K Resolutions Are Coming Soon

Japan Display -- which includes Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi -- have officially announced that they have created a 12.1-inch TFT module that boasts an eye-popping 4K resolution. That's 3840 x 2160 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 365ppi.

Video: LG Fireweb Smartphone Powered by Firefox OS

We've only seen a very small handful of Firefox handsets thus far, but now one of the biggest names in smartphones has revealed its take on the mobile OS: the LG Fireweb.

The Automated Highway Driving Assist System from Toyota

We are slowly inching our way closer to the reality of the self-driving car, this time with the newest innovation from Toyota: the Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system. Unlike other prototypes and demos, AHDA could see implementation in consumer-ready cars in as little as two or three years.

Mobile Devices Getting “High-End and High-Performance” Battlefield Game

Gibeau said that the "Commander Mode" in the game is particularly well suited for a touchscreen tablet and that EA is actively "working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance."

Tim Cook: iPad Boasts 81% Market Share of Tablet Usage

As far as Android tablets have come, it looks like the iPad is still the king of the bigger touchscreen castle, accounting for some 81% of the market.

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display Gets A7 Too, Starts at...

Because of the smaller dimensions, though, that results in an impressive 326 pixels per inch. As with its bigger brother, the iPad Mini with Retina Display also gets a 64-bit A7 processor for up to 10 hours of battery life.

New Apple iPad Air Is 20% Thinner, Features A7 Chip, Starts...

As expected, the fifth-generation full-sized iPad was formally revealed to the world earlier today and it's going to be called the iPad Air.

UBR-1 Mobile Workhorse Robot Now 11 Times Cheaper

Would you like to have your own personal robot servant to handle the mundane tasks in your life? That dream will soon be a much more affordable reality.

US Military Mounts M-240 Machine Gun on “Protector” Robot

Wars are not going to be fought by people; they're going to be fought by our robot overlords. While the US military has been...

Sales of Nokia Lumia Phones Continue to Rise, 8 Million Sold...

The sales figures have come in for the third quarter of this year, encompassing the period of June to September, and it appears that Nokia has sold "at least" eight million Lumia smartphones during those three months.

New iPad 5 Keyboard Case Inspired by Surface Touch Cover?

What we are hearing, though, is that Apple will also be announcing a brand new keyboard case for the iPad 5, along with the new iPad itself.

Samsung Galaxy S5 16MP Camera Coming from Sony or Samsung

Word on the online street is that Samsung plans on outfitting the Galaxy S5 with an impressive 16-megapixel camera, but they have not yet decided who will be the supplier.

Virgin Galactic Wants to Fly You From London to Australia in...

We already know about the space flight ambitions of Virgin Galactic, but the same kind of technology could be parlayed in far faster flights around the world too.

Video: Aeromobil Version 2.5 Flying Car Brings Us Closer to Jetsons...

Way back in 1940, Henry Ford predicted this day: "Mark my word: A combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come." And now it's here, in the form of the Aeromobil by Slovak designer Stefan Klein.

Lenovo A10 Android Laptop Announced for $249

Previously leaked and now confirmed, what you see here is the Lenovo A10 Android laptop and it'll presumably be marketed under the IdeaPad umbrella.

Tablet Owners Offered $5 LTE Day Pass from AT&T

Do you own a tablet rocking AT&T-friendly 4G LTE and you're dying to get connected for just one day at a time? AT&T has just announced a new $5 "day pass" for tablet owners, allowing them to hop online via the company's 4G LTE network.

October 24: A Night Out with Google Play (and Nexus 5?)

Google is sending out some special invitations to a special event on October 24 in New York City and, as cryptic as it sounds, they say it's going to be a "night out with Google Play."

The Future: Call in Military Air Strikes with ATAK Smartphone App

Continuing with this trend, a smartphone app is being developed wherein troops can effectively initiate a full-blown air strike with a few simple taps of the screen.

Android 4.3 Update Rolls Out for Galaxy S4 LTE

As much as you might like your Samsung Galaxy S4, you may have been disappointed that you didn't get the latest version of Android to go with it. Well, Samsung has finally come forward and it's starting to release an official build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE.

Massive Asteroid Could Wipe Out Mankind in 2032

Astronomers based out of Ukraine have detected a giant asteroid that could be on a catastrophic collision course with the Earth. The projected date, at this point, is August 26, 2032.

LG G Pad 8.3 Tablet Finally Comes to America

The LG G Pad 8.3 made its official debut in their home country of Korea on October 14 and now they've expanded the distribution to also include the United States.

Windows 8.1 Now Available for Download

Well, Microsoft heard your cries and your old friend, the Start button, is back with Windows 8.1. And this newest version of Windows is now available for download.