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Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Ford’s hot Reflex concept

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It seems like Ford is trying to do it all with its Reflex concept. It looks like something futuristic, yet harkens back to 1980s retro sci-fi. It definitely looks sporty and will probably have the power to match, but Ford is claiming an astounding 65 mpg if this thing ever hits the road. This is thanks to the hybrid diesel ...

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Mazda 5 goes hybrid with hydrogen

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Building enviro-friendly vehicles has become a major component to many automakers’ strategies, and now Mazda is working on a couple of hybrid vehicles of its own. However, unlike the others on the market with gas-electric engines, Mazda has opted for a hydrogen-gasoline option. The company is working on implementing a rotary-powered hybrid unit into its Mazda 5. The same technology ...

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Laptops go 5.1 and 7.1 with Turtle Beach Roadie

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For me, a notebook computer is meant to be as portable as possible. For others, a laptop is a mobile desktop computer — for playing Counterstrike — and having true surround sound may seem like a lost cause. Not so, says Turtle Beach. Now you can take advantage of watching your favourite Hollywood action flick with 5.1, or even 7.1 ...

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Python for S60 now open-source

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All you homebrew artists now have another toy to play with. Nokia has released Python for the S60 Platform software package to the community at large, in line with its continued commitment to mobile open-source software application development. The S60-platform, based on the Symbian OS, is a popular one among users, and now developers can fiddle with Python scripts and ...

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Alltel gives you whatever plan you want

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Well, maybe not whatever you want, but they are certainly aiming to meet every consumer need out there as far as cell phone plans. Alltel has launched what they call the “U” personalized prepaid wireless service, allowing you to make a plan that is right for “U”, fulfilling your specific needs and desires. The introduction of U Prepaid gives customers ...

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CDMA2000 was huge in 2005

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The world of 3G has become a heated battleground for market supremacy with CDMA enthusiasts on one side and GSM aficionados on the other. The CDMA Development Group (CDG) officially announced some major success for the CDMA2000 standard in 2005, with penetration into 67 countries across 6 continents. Indeed, there were 143 CDMA2000 operators at the end of last year, ...

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Honda UK develops Accord that drives itself

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It seems like we’re getting that much closer to the day that you can sit down in the car, say “Take me to the mall,” and have the vehicle automatically deliver you to your destination. Honda UK has developed a cruise control system that is inching toward full auto-pilot status. A handful of luxury vehicles already have cruise control equipped ...

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Mazda exhibits aggressive-looking Kabura coupe

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The Detroit Auto Show this year, as with every one that preceded it, is filled with some crazy looking concept vehicles. Mazda is exhibiting an aggressive looking coupe with some definite West Coast flavour. The Kabura, Japanese for “first arrow shot into battle”, was dreamed up under the supervision of Franz von Holzhausen, the director of design at Mazda North ...

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BMW joins hybrid SUV market

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Toyota might have the Highlander hybrid, and Ford has its Escape hybrid, but when BMW enters into the hybrid SUV market, you can be sure they will be a force to be reckoned with. The German automobile manufacturer has taken its compact X3, and has mated the sport utility with what it calls “EfficientDynamics”. The concept vehicle was showed off ...

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Aston Martin unveils 2007 Rapide four-door

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James Bond fans rejoice! At the Detroit Auto Show, Aston Martin unveiled a four-door sedan with a monstrous 480-horsepower engine. Dubbed the “Rapide”, this new sporty ride is based on the DB9 coupe, stretching the body by 11.8 inches. Just like the V8 Vantage, this car makes use of the same aluminium VH architecture. The styling is classic Aston Martin, ...

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See-through OLED technology

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Remember when regular old LCD monitors hit the market and everyone was wowed by just how much thinner your screen could be compared to the chunky CRT alternative? Well, cellphone screens are getting thinner and thinner these days, to the point of reaching transparency. A couple of companies thus far have developed the innovation, but they are utilizing slightly different ...

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Alltel to distribute Motorola’s MOTOwi4 wireless broadband portfolio

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Motorola’s MOTOwi4 Canopy portfolio will soon be made available to a large number of Independent Operating Companies (IOCs) in the United States, effectively providing a more affordable wireless broadband solution. Although only announced today, the deal between Motorola and Alltel Supply Co. was put into effect in Q4 of last year. Under this agreement, Alltel Supply will act as the ...

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Enterprise-class Wi-Fi from ADC and Xirrus

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A new agreement between ADC and Xirrus was announced today, forging a relationship that will bear a “complete family of enterprise-class Wi-Fi solutions.” Expect the new Xirrus-manufactured WFX W-LAN Array products to have a huge service area and plenty of Wi-Fi bandwidth. In fact, with the network going at 864 Mbps, the infrastructure is said to be able to support ...

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Korean handset makers set to do battle in Japan

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The war that’s about to erupt in Japan will probably only lead to more North Americans drooling over devices that we will never see on our side of the Pacific Ocean. Korea’s big three cell phone manufacturers — Samsung, LG, and Pantech — are about to compete for market supremacy in Japan for the first time. Will the slim, PMP, ...

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Portable cell phone jammer

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We’ve all been to the movies and some moron decides it’s a-okay to have a super loud conversation his cell phone. Well, now you have the option to jam his signal (as well as anyone else in a 3-metre radius) with the CX 200 Portable Director II Cell Phone Jammer. The tiny device is clearly designed with covertness in mind, ...

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