Author: Radu Tyrsina

Android
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Android App Measures Brain Waves Using a Wireless Headset

If you want to measure your brain waves or your pulse, there’s an Android app that does just that. You would stick a wireless device on your head and start playing a 30 second app game on an Android smartphone that’s specially designed for this measurement. While gaming, sensors embedded in the headset would measure your neural activity and at the end, the result of your 30 second brain activity would be displayed on the screen.

Europe
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Updated live traffic for 13 European countries with Google Maps

Using the Google Maps in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland, you will be able to access traffic reports and to find out how congested a road is, if there are unexpected incidents or even gridlocks, so that they know exactly what to expect when choosing to go on a certain road. Moreover, they can use the Google Maps in order to find an overland route in case they want to avoid a jammed road or even a blocked one.

Science & Tech
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MIT Team Prints Solar Cells on Cloth and PET

Researchers at MIT have printed solar cells on cloth and even thin PET (basically plastic bottles). To create an array of photovoltaic cells on the paper, five layers of material need to be deposited onto the same sheet of paper in successive passes, using a mask made of paper to form the patterns of cells on the surface. This takes place in a vacuum chamber, and is similar to the process used to make the silvery lining in a bag of chips

BMW
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BMW Develops Motorrad E-scooter Concept

One of the companies you’re probably aware of that has been experimenting with different alternatives to fossil fuel powered vehicles is BMW. The latest in its lineup of alternative-powered vehicles is, believe or not, a scooter. They’re calling it the Motorrad E-scooter and it’s got an electric motor, whose batteries can be charged in about 3 hours.

Mobile Apps
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As App Store Downloads Go Up, So Do App Prices

Apple has officially stated that no less than 15 billion (that’s nine zeros) apps will have been downloaded by the end of this year. According to the company, more than 200 million users will have visited the store during 2011. Not only that, but the average price of the downloaded apps is also predicted to go up, a 14 per cent price increase to be exact.

Science & Tech
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Tron Concept Phone is a classic beauty

With that in mind the Tron inspired smartphone by Raul Galindo had been created. Aptly named the “Tron Phone,” it measures only 7mm in thickness, has a 4-inch display and a rather stylish, movie inspired light strip surrounding the sides of the device.

3D Printing
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Pic3D sticker makes any device, even the iPhone, glasses-free 3D

Many smartphones, such as the LG Optimus 3D or HTC Evo 3D have three dimensional display capabilities. But what if you just want to try the 3D hype without having to buy another expensive device? Global Wave was just thinking the same thing, and went and made the Pic3D film. The thin film layer you apply over top of your display is said to create a glasses free 3D experience.

IPAD
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Voltaic Spark: The solar powered iPad case

The New York-based solar-powered accessory manufacturer Voltaic has now launched a case that will be able to recharge our iPad. The Spark will allow you to recharge your iPad, as well as a number of other mobile devices too through its built-in solar panels, thus allowing for a longer battery life when outdoors.

Android
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Olivetti to take on European Android tablet market

Although it would be tricky to indicate an objective grade of success to the Olipad 100, considering its rather small market expansion and that all market indications from Italy have suggested that Olivetti’s tablet was indeed a highly sought after device.

Technology
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Kanz Outdoors field kitchen takes camping to a new level

When it comes to camping, you are either the rough, outback survivalist, spending your nights in a sleeping bag and living on beans, wieners or various wild nutrients, or you prefer bringing a tent and a miniature kitchen to cook full meals as if you are still at home. For the people that prefer a more “tamed” weekend surrounded by nature, but with the help of technology, the Kanz Outdoor’s Field Kitchen is the right choice.

Technology
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Check out this leaked Olympus Pen Mini

Olympus’s PEN series was supposedly started to bridge the gap between compact point-and-shoot style cameras and the bigger and sometimes heavier DSLR cameras, making for reasonable cameras with reasonable accessories. The new model which was recently inadvertently unveiled, is the Olympus PEN Mini, also known as the E-PM1.

Technology
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Bio Trust uses people’s faces as passwords

Remember all the spy movies where protagonists had to scan their retinas, or even their entire face to get into some secret base or vault? With 3M Cogent’s new development, we can now bring that high security feeling into our living rooms

Android
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Android Honeycomb launch postponed in Japan, USA still a go

While Toshiba’s late change of plans might be frowned upon, Google’s update on the Android software might just make it worthwhile. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb has both increased performance as well as added new features. For example, Android 3.1 tablets with USB ports will offer support for USB connected joysticks and game-pads, possibly attracting more users who are interested in gaming with their tablet. Also, Android 3.1 added Google Movie access for renting new and old movies, buy-bye Netflix.

macbook
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Will anyone need the Logitech HD web cam?

Logitech’s HD C615 brings true 1080p HD video recording to your PC or Mac computer. If you didn’t have one built in to that old school MacBook Pro or iMac, here’s your chance to get digitized in high-def. The autofocus cam has a compact fold-and-go design which lets you rotate it 360 degrees, fold and go where? I don’t know, since you’ll be tethered to your computer.

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Pioneer develops washable earphones

Pioneer has launched an inner ear earphones model capable of offering clear sound and powerful bass with a frequency set between 10Hz and 20 kHz and 16Ω impedance. But where the 3.5mm stereo headphones with gold jack and 1.2 silver cladded wire really changes things, is that they are made of a soft, ergonomic material can be washed with soap and water.

Apple
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The Beacon: Just another universal remote for your iPhone?

The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is a new Wi-Fi AV controller developed by Griffin Technology in collaboration with Dijit Media. Users can connect Beacon to their iOS gadgets and turn them into a universal remote capable of controlling your entire street block.. er, home entertainment system.

Drones
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Skylark UAV would destroy the AR Drone at the park

Israeli defense electronics manufacturer Elbit has recently tested a new Forward Ground Control Station strategy by using the Skylark I LE unmanned aerial system.  What does that mean exactly mean?  The Israeli Defense Department gets one of the coolest remote control aircraft we have ever seen.  

Wi-fi
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A4tech V-Track: Wireless, Padless Mouse for All Kind of Surfaces

We all know that mice, the peripheral devices that is, require a mouse pad or atleast a good solid surface to work on smoothly. You will have a hard time trying to move the pointer on the display if you are using the mouse on a surface as smooth as glass or on the the wooly blanket while sitting on the bed.

IPAD
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PhoneIt-iPad turns the iPad tablet into a 3G phone

Maybe you’re one of those crazy kooks who didn’t get an iPad because it does not offer the possibility of making phone calls. Sure, there’s all kinds of voice apps and Skype apps, but now with PhoneIt, you really turn your iPad into a gigantic iPhone since you can make and receive phone calls or send text messaging using PhoneIt.

Technology
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Air Guitar Anyone?

First you need to connect the pick to the 30-pin dock connector of the iPhone or the iPod Touch. Then hold the iPhone in one hand and pretend it is a guitar neck while strumming the pick in the air. It’s as simple as that.

Social Media
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SWITL will takeover the World one condiment stain at a time

SWITL is a robot arm developed by Furukawa Kikou, capable to pick up materials in a semi-liquid state without changing their shape. The arm incorporates a very thin Teflon sheet which is used pretty much as a high speed shovel. Or maybe a comparison between a chameleon flicking out its tongue and SWITL would be more accurate in terms of speed.

Apple
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Magellan RoadMate 2.0 For iPhone Kills The GPS

A new update is now available for the iPhone RoadMate app, informed Magellan, the app’s developer. The RoadMate 2.0 version brings several interesting and useful improvements such as a brand-new user interface, Yelp API or the option to perform local searches in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Free lifetime maps and traffic updates are also available and users can share the points of interest and benefit from highway lane assistance as well.

Technology
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Scarpar All-Terrain Power Board To Begin Production

The company is confident that the current battery live time will increase by 10% in the future and they preferred to use electric motors in order to reduce the mechanical challenges and create a pollution-free device since Scarpar is „built for the future”, Fern explained. The batteries the Scarpar uses are based on lithium phosphate, „not quite as dense as lithium polymer, but they don’t blow up, either”, the CEO said.

LAPTOPS
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Logitech Lapdesk N600 Adds Multi-Touch With Trackpad Slider

Most often than not, a laptop ends up resting on your lap. Many laptops become too hot to handle, some researchers are even saying it can reduce the sperm count in men. You could simply use a pillow to support your laptop and create a barrier of separation between the heated computer and the family jewels, or you can buy the Logitech Lapdesk N600.

wii
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Nintendo Wii U Brings a Whole New Gaming Experience

Nintendo introduced its new game controller, codenamed “Wii U” at the E3 gaming expo this week. The device has an impressive design with its large 6.2-inch touch screen, dual analog sticks, countless buttons and will utilize a new 25GB proprietary data disc format.

Mobiles
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The ‘Ball of yarn’ Battery Charger

Yes, we have all had this problem – the battery charger was just a couple of inches too short for us to put the phone on the desk so we had to leave it on desk’s corner. And then you know what happend next.

SAMSUNG
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iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. Galaxy Tab In A Drop Test

The guys at Square Trade have thought to drop test different tablets to see how well they fare. They started out the test series with an iPad 2 covered in a Smart Cover and a bare iPad 2. The tablet wearing the Smart-Cover survived the drop and its display remained intact. Unfortunately, the other iPad 2 which did not have the cover on did not do very well in the test, to say the least.

Apple
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DashCam: The iPhone BlackBox App For Your Car

DashCam is an iPhone app developed by St. Edward Enterprises that allows drivers to track the route they are travelling on Google Maps and display speed and distance as well. To do this, the app uses the iPhone’s rear camera, Google Maps and the GPS. The recording can be used as evidence should an accident happen or for learning purposes. Users can share the video recording on various sites such as Facebook or YouTube, it also makes a pretty sweet HUD.

Nintendo
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Nintendo DS Gets A Little Wappy Dog

If you’re not sure if you can take care of a real pet, perhaps training with a virtual one would be a good start. Activision Publishing will launch Wappy Dog, a virtual pet game for handheld devices scheduled for release this holiday season.

SPECIAL OFFERS
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More Social Networking Capabilities Expected From iOS 5

The latest news about Apple, which coincidentally has come directly from the Apple’s mouth — this is unusual since Apple typically doesn’t talk about unreleased products — will support Twitter Pictures, a new photo-sharing service Twitter is planning to launch. In other words, iOS users will be able to load photos on Twitter directly.

Android
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Quad-Core Android Tablet Demo Video Unveiled By NVIDIA

Nvidia’s newest SoC, dubbed Kal-El is a stunning combination between a quad-core CPU and a 12-core GPU able to offer amazing dynamic lightning and movement performances. Kal-El is part the Tegra 3 architecture bringing four 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores on a single processor and a 12-core Nvidia GPU able to render 3D stereo, all crammed on the same chip. As surprising as it might seem, this killer combination has been particularly designed for smartphones and tablets, not your big ole desktop computer.

HTC
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Codename HTC Mazaa: The First RAW Capable Smartphone?

New photos have recently been leaked featuring the HTC Mazaa, an Android smartphone the company has kept away from prying eyes so far. The device allegedly incorporates a 12 Mp camera and can shoot in RAW mode, Eldar Murtazin, the well-known techster suggests. He is also the person who has offered the Mazaa name for HTC’s new device.