Author: Michael Kwan

Sony
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Sony QX10, QX100 Lens Camera Attachments for Smartphones

Sony is apparently coming to the rescue with the revealing of the QX10 and QX100. These are fully contained cameras with their own image sensors, optical zoom, tripod mount and lens, but they can attach to your iPhone or Android device for expanded functionality.

L.G
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Daily Deals: LG 42-Inch 1080p LED TV for $230 Off

I think you need a new TV. Football, hockey and basketball are right around the corner and then you’ve got all those season premieres too. And if you’re looking to score a great deal on a new HDTV, it looks like this Labor Day weekend sale on this LG LED TV is a solid bet.

google
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Google Hangouts Getting 720p HD Video Chat, VP8, WebRTC

Engaging in a video chat with a bunch of your buddies from around the world is fun and all, but it’s not so great when everyone is a blurry, pixelated mess. Google has heard your cries and they will soon be offering 720p HD video chat to everyone. In fact, a few select users have already gained access.

Apple
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Apple A7 Processor Makes iPhone 5S 31 Percent Faster

When Apple went from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS, they told us that the “S” stood for speed. We got the same kind of performance bump when we went from the iPhone 4 to the 4S, so it only makes sense that the upcoming iPhone 5S will be faster than the current iPhone 5. But how much faster?

SAMSUNG
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Video: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Gets Easy Qi Wireless Charging

Even though wireless charging has been around for a little while now, it’s still not really the mainstream way to recharge your mobile devices. And as much as you might like the rugged waterproof nature of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, it’s missing wireless charging capabilities. That is, until Monster Watts came along.

Apple
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Olloclip Lens System Lets You Do More with Your iPhone Camera

Many people will agree that the camera on the Apple iPhone is among the best when it comes to smartphones, giving you the option of completely replacing your point-and-shoot. Even so, it can be a little limited in scope and that’s why you might consider the Olloclip iPhone camera lens system.

SAMSUNG
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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Has Camera and NFC

When you look at the current crop of smartwatches on the market today, they’re relatively basic in terms of functionality. The rumored Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, on the other hand, looks like it’s going to get loaded with features that almost take it to smartphone territory.

Space
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RINGS Propulsion Tech Uses Magnetic Fields to Move Spacecraft

Researchers at the Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the University of Maryland have developed a solution called the Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System, or RINGS for short. This is an electromagnetic propulsion technology that doesn’t require any of those individual satellites to carry around or use any sort of propellant.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Hang Your Unused Power Cords with DCI Plug Out Plug Organizer

We all have a habit of leaving things plugged into the wall, even when we don’t want to use them. I know this is the case with my phone charger. I just leave it there, so it’s really fast when I want to grab the other end of the USB cable for a top-up. But this creates the problem of vampire power and the wasting of electricity.

Science & Tech
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Say Hello to One of the Strongest Magnetic Fields in the Universe

There’s a particular kind of neutron star that’s called a magnetar. It’s basically a dead star that has collapsed on itself and the one of current interest is being called SGR 0418+5729 (memorable, I know). Since it’s a dead star that collapsed on itself, it’s very dense, having more mass than our sun, but only being about 20km across.

Mobile Apps
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Support for HTML5 Web Apps Added to Amazon Appstore

If you’re an app developer, then you’ll know how much trouble it can be to port your app across multiple platforms, especially if all you want to do is have a simple web app that can be accessed from everywhere by everyone. Amazon feels your pain and that’s why the Amazon Appstore is now open to HTML5 web apps.

SAMSUNG
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Daily Deals: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III mini (I8190) Smartphone

Maybe you’re the kind of person that really likes the aesthetic of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, but you’re not exactly a fan of the much larger screen size. You’d rather have something smaller without sacrificing the look and, if that’s the case, then the Samsung Galaxy S III mini could be literally a good fit.

MOTOROLLA
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Motorola’s Moto X Launches with Verizon on August 23

Late last week, we learned all about the Moto X specs and features. We learned about the 720p display, the all-day battery life, and the gesture-based shortcut to the simplified camera app. What we didn’t learn was an official release date for Motorola’s hotly anticipated smartphone, but a new leak is pointing toward August 23.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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Daily Deals: Get the 7-Inch Kindle Fire HD for $40 Off

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t need to live on the bleeding edge of technology all the time and you just want something that gets the job done, the best time to buy a new gadget is when the next generation is right around the corner. And that appears to be the case with tablets, because the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has been slashed down by $40 by the good people at Amazon.