Michael Kwan

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World Space Walk Sees Martian Space Suits Demonstrated

Last week was World Space Week and as part of those activities, three teams tested out space suits that may one day be used by human explorers of the Red Planet. The event, dubbed World Space Walk, had its tests coordinated from Innsbruck with an additional team in Marseille monitoring the telemetry data.

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Using Nuclear Weapons to Prevent a Real Armageddon

While we deal with our Earth-bound problems, scientists have recognized that a “devastating” asteroid is currently hurtling its way toward our planet and it could wipe us all out when it makes impact in a few years.

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Vivo XPlay 3S Android Smartphone Debuts 2560×1440 2K Display

hile not quite reaching the mind-blowing resolutions of 4K TVs, the Vivo XPlay 3S just might be the world’s first smartphone with a 2K display. That’s an effective resolution of 2560 x 1440, which (aside from the difference in aspect ratio) is roughly the same resolution as a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

Leaked: Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner for iPad 5 Too

Apple debuted its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S last month, so it would make sense that they’d continue to implement that technology in future devices too. And what we see here is the Touch ID indeed making its way over to the tablet side with implementation in the upcoming iPad 5.

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Get the Oppo N1 Android Smartphone for Only $99

It may not be quite as well known a brand as HTC, Samsung or Sony, but China-based Oppo wants you to take notice. And they’re doing it by giving you the opportunity to buy the decidedly high-end Oppo N1 for just $99.

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Apple iPhone 5S Outselling iPhone 5C More than 2-to-1

The latest numbers coming out of a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners poll revealed that 64% of people who bought an iPhone in September opted for the iPhone 5S, compared to just 27% of customers who bought the iPhone 5C.

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Download Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S4 Today

The newest version of Android Jelly Bean isn’t supposed to be available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 yet, but a near final build has leaked onto the Internet for your downloading and installing pleasure.

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US Market a Low Priority for Sony Smartphones

This decision comes from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who recognizes that the company’s “biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it… But getting into the US market requires a lot of resources and marketing, so we have to go one step at a time.”

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Sony Xperia Z1F Shrinks Z1 Down to 4.3-Inch Proportions

The current crop started with the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL earlier this year. Then, they recently got followed up by the more powerful Sony Xperia Z1, but what if you don’t want such a big phablet? Sony has now gone smaller again with the Xperia Z1F.

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Get the 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for Only $50

While you could get the WiFi-only version of the 7-inch model for $199 for just about any retailer, it might be even better to get a 3G and LTE-enabled model for just $49.99 instead starting on October 11.

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LG Curved Screen Smartphone Launching Next Month

We had already heard that Samsung plans on releasing a smartphone with a curved display (some people are calling it the Samsung Galaxy Round), but LG isn’t far behind with a curved smartphone of its own.

Launch Day Crowds for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

There are going to be a lot of people who will tell you that the iPhone 5S is such a small, incremental improvement over the iPhone 5 that it’s not worth getting. And then you are going to have those huddled masses who will line up for hours on end to be among the first with the new iPhone and, well, there are a lot of huddled masses.

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Is Apple Working on a Solar iPhone or iPad?

Apple certainly thinks so, if a recent job posting on their website is any indication. They’re seeking a “thin films” engineer who has experience handling solar power.

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New Apple Patent: iPad Anti-Reflective Display

The patent covers some sort of anti-reflective film that will go on top of the iPad’s display during the manufacturing process. By reducing that glare, your iPad becomes far more usable in super-reflective situations.

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IFA 2013: LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet

Over in Berlin at IFA, LG is showcasing the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. This is the first 8-inch tablet to offer a full HD display, boasting a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. To put that in perspective, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is 1280×800.

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