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This was the big Samsung day that everyone had circled on their calendars and Samsung's JK Shin delivered on the rumors that we had been hearing about for weeks.
The Sony Xperia Z has been making some waves in Canada with its waterproof design lately, but now Sony has revealed its official flagship successor at IFA 2013 in Berlin. Say hello to the Sony Xperia Z1.
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.
What you see here are the Battroborgs and they're basically radio-controlled robots built for the single purpose of engaging in a boxing bout for your amusement.
Remember the Motorola laptop for the Atrix 4G? It looks like Acer is preparing something similar, calling it the Acer Extend.
ASUS is going through its lineup and doing some updates, just like we saw with the recent launch of the new Nexus 7. If you're looking for a 7-inch tablet that can also make phone calls, though, you may be more interested in the updated ASUS Fonepad 7.
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.
We've been seen more and more evidence indicating that there is indeed water on the moon and the latest discovery comes by way of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) on NASA's Indian Chandrayaan-1 probe.
Designed for the iPad but working just fine with all sorts of other touchscreen devices, the JOYSTICK-IT Arcade Stick is on sale for 67% off.
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.
If you're in the market for a new computer and don't have all that much space, you might want to take a look at this all-in-one PC from the fine folks at Asus, because it just so happens to be on sale for $220 off.
This is not only an external battery pack for your smartphones and tablets, but this is a stackable battery pack for theoretically unlimited expandable capacity. Need to charge four iPads in succession on that extended camping trip? No problem.
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?
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.
We've seen a broad range of cases and Bluetooth keyboards designed for the Apple iPad, but I don't think there are any quite as ambitious as the Modus III dock and portable workstation. It really does aim to turn that humble tablet into a real computer for real productivity.
One of the better options for a tablet stylus is this one from Targus, which also happens to function as a pen for when you're writing on an actual piece of paper.
We've seen a lot of portable Bluetooth speakers on the market, but most of them are as fragile as your smartphone. They can't really withstand harsh conditions, with the exception of something like this offering from Pyle. Better still, this rugged and waterproof wireless Bluetooth speaker is on sale for $94 off.
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.
This is Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. He's smiling here, but he certainly wasn't smiling last month when he almost drowned outside the International Space Station.
You may have picked up this totally awesome speaker dock for your old iPhone, but now you don't have anything that uses the old 30-pin connector anymore. Does this mean that your speaker dock is now useless?
How would you like to have a pretty awesome Android tablet for half price? The crazy people at Woot are back to their crazy ways again, this time offering the 64GB Sony Xperia Tablet S for 50% off the list price.
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.
What we're seeing here are apparent leaked images of the upcoming HTC Zara, a mid-range Android smartphone with mid-range kind of specs.
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.
We knew it was there. It had to be there. And now, the United States government is finally lifting the veil and officially telling us that Area 51 does indeed exist. Some CIA documents have now been officially released to the public and they fully acknowledge the existence of the site.
If you want to relive the 90s with a real controller at a killer price, ThinkGeek has an awesome deal on the Nano Arcade Pocket Genesis.
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.
Musicians know that there are tons of useful apps that can be used in tandem with their musical instruments, but it's always a challenge referring to these smartphone apps when you're actively trying to play said instruments. Coming to the rescue is the Castiv Guitar Sidekick.
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.
When it comes to Android smartphones, easily one of the best options on the market today is the HTC One. And now you can not only score a killer deal on it, but you can land yourself $150 worth of bonuses too.
And 3D printers could be the solution for amputees in developing countries too, thanks to the work of 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle from Colorado.
That's why you should charge them up every chance you get and this dual USB car charger from PowerGen looks like it's the perfect solution for all you road warriors out there.
Right now we have a space station, and could soon have a space hotel. But what about an actual space colony? That could be soon happening - on Mars.
A team of cyber-criminals from Russia have developed a Trojan for Linux and they're calling it the "Hand of Thief." As explained by security company RSA, the "Hand of Thief" malware is currently able to grab data from forms (both HTTP and HTTPS in a range of browsers) and it offers some backdoor capabilities
Earlier this year, Google took to the air in New Zealand to test its Project Loon balloons, blanketing remote rural areas with Internet access. The testing continues this month as Google's Project Loon expands to California.
As you know, the Moto X should become available toward the end of this month, but it will ship initially with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. That being said, the Motorola Mobility CEO says that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is almost ready for primetime and it should be pushed out soon.
We survived Y2K largely unscathed. We survived the so-called Mayan Apocalypse of 2012. We survived the doomsday predictions of Nostradamus. And we will also survive the cosmic phenomenon of our sun reversing the polarity of its magnetic field in a few months.
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.
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.
Realistically, none of us will likely have the opportunity to step foot on the Red Planet during our lifetimes, but this reasonably affordable virtual reality simulation could be the next best thing.
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.
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.
We've seen some smaller replicas and we've seen a handful that have the cute moving eyes, but I don't think we've seen a life-sized replica of Wall-E that is as ambitious as what Michael McMaster and his group of robot-creating friends have been able to put together.
Students from the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley have used a ProJet 3000 3D printer to create a robot that can walk under the narrowest of gaps.
A new patent has been filed by Microsoft for a laptop computer that would not only have a transparent display, but it would be able to project holograms in three dimensions for the user.
Whatever the case, now seems to be a good time to get a deal on the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, because it can be had for a penny shy of a Benjamin.