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Michael Kwan

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Revealed: Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch, Note 3, New Note 10.1

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.

IFA 2013: Sony Xperia Z1 Flagship Waterproof Smartphone

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 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.

Battroborgs Bring Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots into 21st Century

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.

Acer Revisits Atrix 4G Lapdock with Extend Laptop Concept

Remember the Motorola laptop for the Atrix 4G? It looks like Acer is preparing something similar, calling it the Acer Extend.

Refreshed ASUS Fonepad 7 Rocks Intel Atom and Android

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.

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.

NASA: Moon Contains Large Quantities of “Magmatic Water”

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.

Daily Deals: 67% Off JOYSTICK-IT Arcade Stick for iPad

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.

Rovio Goes Kart Racing with Angry Birds Go!

Sick of the same old sligshot flinging Angry Birds action? No worries, Rovio has something new up its sleeve - what appears to be some kind of kart racer!

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.

Daily Deals: $220 Off Asus 21.5″ Touchscreen All-in-One Windows 8 PC

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.

Daily Deals: Exovolt Plus Stackable Battery Pack for 20% 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.

Official Apple iPhone Trade-In Program Explained

Rumored to go nationwide some time in September, Apple reportedly will offer a new trade-in program where you give back your old iPhone in exchange for credit toward a new iPhone.

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?

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.

Your iPad Can Be a Desktop PC with Modus III Portable...

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.

Targus 2-in-1 Stylus and Pen for iPads and Tablets

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.

Daily Deals: Pyle Sound Flow Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker for $94 Off

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.

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.

Astronaut Almost Drowns in Space, Lives to Blog About It

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.

Daily Deals: Save 30% on Bluewave Bluetooth Audio Receiver

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?

Daily Deals: Sony Xperia Tablet S 64GB for Half Price

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.

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.

Mid-Tier HTC Zara Smartphone for Under $100 on Contract?

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.

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.

CIA Confirms Existence of Area 51, Documents Released to Public

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.

Daily Deals: Nano Arcade Pocket Genesis Consoles for 23% Off

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.

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.

Daily Deals: Castiv Guitar Sidekick Smartphone Mount

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.

Say Hello to One of the Strongest Magnetic Fields in the...

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.

Leaked: White Sony Honami Smartphone Pics

After hearing quite a few rumors, we now get a look at pictures that depict exactly what the Sony Honami look like. Isn't it stunning?

Daily Deals: HTC One for $30, Plus Bonus $50 GC and...

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.

Teen Uses 3D Printer to Make Robotic Prosthetic Arms for $500

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.

Daily Deals: PowerGen 3.1A Dual USB Car Charger for 73% Off

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.

Over 100,000 People Sign Up for One-Way Trip to Mars

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.

“Hand of Thief” Trojan Invades Linux Computers, Steals Bannking Info

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

Google Tests Project Loon Internet Balloons in California

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.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Coming to Moto X “Soon” Via Carriers

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.

Video: Sun’s Magnetic Field to Reverse Polarity, Not Cause End of...

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.

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.

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.

Video: NASA, Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni Let You Walk Around...

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.

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.

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.

Video: Real Life-Sized, Full Scale Wall-E Robot with Sound Effects

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.

Video: STAR 3D-Printed Robot Flattens Legs to Slip Under Small Gaps

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.

Your Next Windows Laptop Will Have Projected 3D Holograms

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.

Analysts: HTC Should Merge with Huawei or Lenovo

In an effort to "inject cash" back into HTC, JP Morgan analyst Alvin Kwock asys that a "merger with a company like Huawei could be a solution."

Daily Deals: Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 for Just $99.99

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.