Author: Raggy Jin

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Panasonic LUMIX FX77 Camera Makes You Attractive

We’ve all met a person or two who never wants to be in a photo. No matter what these people look like or how good any photos of them turn out, they indiscriminately hate every picture of their own face. It’s often irrational and baseless in the eyes of those around them, but those people go on with only the default Facebook avatar all the same.

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Apple Seeking Unlimited Downloads of iTunes Music

Apple is in negotiations with major record labels including Vivendi SA, Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music Group and EMI group to allow unlimited iTunes downloads, say sources close to the situation. The change would allow users to download purchased songs to iTunes on the various computers and devices under the same account rather than having to sync up manually, they say, adding a deal could be closed by mid year – conveniently, just in time for Mac OS X Lion and iOS 5.

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Green Refinery Turns Scum into Savings

Imagine having the ability to turn the scum on a nearby pond into usable bio-diesel almost instantly, saving you money you would have been spending on fuelling up your car with only the upfront cost of a tiny refinery device.

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The Manta Electric Amphibious Concept Vehicle

It’s the Manta, a three-wheeled amphibious electric concept car by David Cardoso Loureiro of Belgium which was entered into the Michelin Challenge Design and won a spot on display at the North American International Auto Show.

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Novel Metals Could Be the 21st Century’s Plastic

Researchers at Yale University have created a new material that they say will be as revolutionary to industry as the introduction of plastics in the 20th century. Stronger than steel, yet as mouldable as plastics, bulk metallic glasses or “novel metals” are the best of both worlds, they say.

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Atari 2600 Portable Gaming System Mod

While Sony and Nintendo continue to make advances, striving to take handheld gaming consoles further, some are just looking for a step back. Sites like nintendo8.com, the iCade arcade dock for iPad, cell-phone Pacman; they all take us back to the good days of 8-bit.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Portable Scanner Review

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 scanner might just be the ultimate portable scanner. Ultra-mobile, high-quality, easy to use and surprisingly fast; the hardware’s solid, the software is versatile and the bundle is very affordable. In fact, it seems to have achieved all of the benchmarks with little to no sacrifice in any area.

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Wikipedia Information Can Be Accessed With Livescribe Smart Pens

Smartpen manufacturer Livescribe last week announced the release of the new Wikipedia app for their Echo and Pulse pens. Once downloaded to the pen, the app lets you search through offline abstracts of the 100,000 most-visited English-language Wikipedia articles using your pen and pad as the interface: Simply write the name or subject in the “dot paper” notebook and tap the word with the tip of the pen and the information is at your fingertips.

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Griffin’s Survivor iPhone Case is Very Aptly Named

Imagine taking your iPhone 4 or fourth-gen iPod Touch with you on a trek deep into the rainforests of South America, the deserts of the Middle East, or snowboarding down a mountain face without ever fearing for its safety. While this probably isn’t something you could do with your naked device, Griffin has brutally over-engineered […]

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Sony’s VAIO S Has it All, From Integrated 3G to Blu-ray

Sony Europe’s new VAIO S series laptop is the ultimate workaholic’s tool: A 128GB Solid State Drive for rapid startups, a dual-battery option for 14 hours of life between charges, 3G connectivity for internet “everywair” and a hybrid graphics system for the perfect balance between performance and stamina.

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Raonhaje EGO Semi-Submarine Drivable by “Anyone”

2011 seems to be not only the year of the tablet, but the year of the new novelty beach-side resort vehicles, too. First we saw the introduction of the water-powered jetpack that gives ocean-goers a bit of a look down to the surface of the ocean. Now, Korea’s Raonhaje is following up with the EGO electric semi-submarine for resorts for a view of what lies below.

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Nomad Brush Set for the Digital Canvas Era

The idea of a digital canvas is nothing new, and with the expanse of drawing and painting apps and programs out there, the iPad and other tablets definitely have the ‘canvas’ side of that equation covered. But, as with a regular canvas, your fingers will only take you so far.

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Kno Hopes to Sell Hardware Division, Focus on OS

Student-aimed tablet startup Kno, who has already raised about $56 million to design and manufacture their textbook- and notebook-replacing clamshell tablets for college students, is reportedly in talks to sell off its entire hardware division to focus on software.

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Seagate’s Momentus XT Under Fire for Lagging, Freezing

Seagate’s newest hybrid SSD/ATA hard drive has been facing issues with speed, freezing and aggressive spin-down/spin-up habits – the very issues solid state drive technology itself was designed to surpass – angering some of the new technology’s 350,000 users. The Momentus XT is a 7200-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive combined with 4GB of SSD […]

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Nikon Planning Embedded Sensor Fan for Cameras

A recent patent filed by Nikon shows they may be looking to an old-fashioned answer to a new-technology problem. The problem? Some of Sony’s newer cameras are having trouble with their sensors overheating, causing unexpected limitations to their usage.

Android
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Fastest Texter In The U.S. Michael Zhang

U.S. Cellular has announced the five winners from its 2010 Speed Text Tournament, which travelled around the United States throughout the year to pit competitive text-writers against one another by timing their speed while typing random phrases. And at the top of that list is Zhang, who managed to accurately type the given 26 characters in 1.5 seconds.

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Rinspeed BamBoo Brings Social Media, Integrated Mobile Tech to the EV

No, the BamBoo was designed with the intention of being a fun, sun and sand delight for the social-media types and tech-savvy beach lovers. From its bread-box dashboard compartments to the throw-switch controls it conceals, it gives oldschool stylings and concepts a place in the world of high-tech transport.

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iPhone 4 Battery Explodes

Now, Omar Huartas is claiming his iPhone 4’s battery exploded, burning his hand and table after blowing the back panel off of the device. He says the fire expelled enough smoke to set off the fire alarm, leading him to tweet to a fake Steve Jobs twitter account: “my name omar huertas your iphone 4 blew up in my wife hand battery i spoke with apple i need something done loss data kids pic.”

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Ryanair Launches The World’s First Free Mobile Roaming Service

On one side of the Atlantic, Canadians are fighting a new CRTC ruling that bans Internet service providers from offering unlimited internet bundles; on the other, U.K.-based Ryanair and Maxroam have launched the world’s first free mobile roaming service, which is live and ready as of Monday, the companies announced at the MWC.

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Facebook Embedded SIM Cards FTW

Facebook is now available to anyone with a cell phone that uses SIM cards, thanks to European digital security company Gemalto who has managed to embed the entire Facebook software application onto the tiny chip.

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Flash 10.2 Optimized For Mobile – Will The iPad 2 Get It?

Adobe Flash 10.2 is coming to Android 3.0 devices including the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and BlackBerry Playbook, says Adobe, with Stage Video GPU acceleration to reduce RAM gobbling, smooth out performance and prolong battery life. Could these performance enhancements allow it Flash on the next-generation iPad?

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Research Team Develops Digital Fingerprint To End Electronics Piracy

Fingerprints. Retinas. Snowflakes. No two are the same. Now, in the wake of a multi-million dollar pirated electronics bust in L.A., researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute near Munich have developed a way to give embedded components of electronics their own physically unique properties in a step towards ending electronic counterfeiting.

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Yahoo Livestand

Yahoo is staking its claim in new-media territory with the launch of Livestand, a digital magazine stand for your tablet or super-phone.

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Google Accounts Get Security Upgrade

Google will be adding an extra layer of security — Google Authenticator — to their accounts in order to combat the growing threat of hackers and raise confidence in services such as Docs and Gmail.

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Fido Fetches Sony Ericsson Cedar GreenHeart Phone

Sony Ericsson is expanding their GreenHeart collection of environmentally-friendly phones with an exclusive Canadian release of the Cedar. With post-consumer recycled plastics, a low-consumption charger and waterborne paint, the phone is being sold exclusively by Fido in Canada, aimed at consumers and businesses looking at a low-impact mobile solution.

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Monopoly goes 21st century

Monopoly is getting a techno overhaul this fall, trading paper money for bank cards and exchanging guess-work and simple arithmetic for a computer tower that rolls the dice, manages the money and demands the rent.

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INQ’s Cloud Touch is a Facebook phone at heart

NQ Mobile is showing off the prototype of their “Facebook phone,” an Android-based smartphone with deep Facebook integration called the Cloud Touch. It’s got Facebook chat, the news feed on the home screen, and FB events integrated into the Google calendar.

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Slow motion: cute kittens and speeding bullets

In the 1920s, a fat, shirtless man in dress shoes somehow discovered the ability to survive being shot at close range by a cannon – and did so with a smile. To better display the feat to viewers, a videographer intentionally cranked his camera faster than usual while filming the cannon man so that when the reel was played back, the footage appeared to be slower; viewers could better take in what has happening on screen.