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Line2 brings voice and data multitasking to Verizon’s iPhone

Those of you looking to grab the Verizon iPhone 4 may be surprised to hear that the phone doesn't support network multitasking. You have to choose between voice or data, not both simultaneously as is possible with the AT&T iPhone 4.

$10 million in counterfeit iPods, iPhones seized

The 200-member L.A. Port Police force's most recent investigation led to the seizure of more than $10 million of counterfeit Apple products and other electronics in a warehousing operation in downtown Los Angeles over the weekend.

iPad MIDI connection continues the 80s theme in Apple’s aftermarket

The folks at Create Digital Music have provided further proof that the iPad is in fact for consumers and creators with a series of new tutorial videos.

United Space Alliance looking into commercial contracting

The United Space Alliance, NASA's lead shuttle operating contractor, is bidding on the prospect of continuing on a commercial basis after 2013.

Sage Mobile Payments adds credit card processing to phones and tablets

Artists at exhibits, vendors at trade shows, limo drivers at airports; nobody likes a missed sale. Which is exactly the problem Sage Software Inc. is looking to eliminate with today's launch of their new fee-free encrypted credit card payment device.

Technology still most trusted industry

Technology has defended its title as the most trusted industry in the public's eyes according to the recently-released 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer.

GM to cut Chevy Volt prices for second generation

Those planning to by the next generation of Chevy Volt will be pleased to hear the car will be about 17 percent cheaper than the original

$20,000 and a CR-48 laptop for first to hack Chrome

Google is offering $20,000 and a CR-48 Chrome OS laptop to anyone who can hack their Chrome browser.

Shell drops out of the algae biofuel race

Shell is out of the Algae biofuel game after Cellana, a joint venture formed by Shell and HR Biopetroleum, bought out the petro giant's shares.

Institute: Red light cameras really do save lives

Red light cameras saved 159 lives in the U.S. between 2004 and 2008 and would have led to the prevention of 815 deaths had every large city — defined as those with more than 200,000 people — been using the technology.

UR-110 watch blends astronomy and time-telling

URWERK's new UR-110 watch is a solar system behind a sapphire crystal viewing glass, using orbiting "hour satellites" running along a minute track and a steampunk tenor to tell time.

New method extracts fingerprints from fabric

Researchers may soon be able to lift fingerprints from clothes worn by the victims of crimes, according to the University of Abertay Dundee and the Scottish Police Services Authority.

British watchdog agency wants to ban cell phones for kids

Powerwatch, an independent watchdog agency in the U.K., wants to impose an age limit on cell phone use, saying children are up to five times as likely do develop brain tumors from using mobiles.

Breakthrough solar technology a step towards cheap full-spectrum panels

The solar age is now a day closer thanks to Wladek Walukiewicz and Kin Man Yu at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who have developed a new full-spectrum solar cell that uses common production methods.

Google sting finds Bing copying Google’s search results

The results tell all: Microsoft uses Internet Explorer to monitor what users search for on Google, the results they choose, and uses that data to refine Bing's searches.

International Space Station to get a bouncy-castle addition

Inflatable furniture may have gone out of style after the 70s, but NASA isn't looking to Boeing or Bechtel to build an addition to the International Space Station; they're looking to Bigelow Aerospace to design and manufacture a 330 cubic metre inflatable expansion

Patched Froyo security flaw resurfaces in Gingerbread

The notorious security flaw in Android 2.2's stock Internet browser, which allows remote access of files on your SD card to rogue websites, hackers and attackers who know the file path, has been patched on Android's new Gingerbread version of the OS.

The Jetlev water-powered jetpack

To the excitement of tourists and gimmick-lovers everywhere, the Jetlev-Flyer water-powered jetpack will be hitting beach resorts the world over this March.

Teen genius’ solar-powered death ray vaporises anything (evil not included)

The result is somewhat of an environmentally-friendly inverted disco ball of doom, designed to focus the sun’s rays to a single point capable of almost instantly vaporising metal

Toshiba Dynabook is a moody chameleon

Toshiba's new Dynabook is the mood ring of laptops, its lid coated in a nano-technology-based metallic film lamination that changes colours on the go. Toshiba boasts the computer's low environmental impact as the lid – and the rest of the laptop's casing – contain no metals. But this also means the base looks and feels a bit cheap and plasticky.

Double USB concept means you’ll never have to stab twice

Based on the idea that having to flip the USB plug every now and again to take a second stab at plugging in your USB-powered heated coaster is genuinely a problem

E-books overtake paperback sales on

Last year, for every 100 paperback books sold on, the company sold 115 e-books, according to Amazon's Q4 earnings report. What's more, Amazon saw three times as many sales of e-books than of hardcovers during the same period.

Thumbs up for the 80s iPhone Brick case

Thumbs Up's new Brick iPhone case, complete with mock antenna, gives the technological miracle that is your iPhone all the nostalgic stylings of 80s Wall Street yuppiedom, bringing us back to an age where the size of your phone – not the size of your truck – was the tell-tale indicator of overcompensation.

Volkswagen XL1 is not only sexy, it achieves 235 mpg

Volkswagen has unveiled the prototype of a 1Litre/100km car that's been in progress for the past decade. With a dolphin-inspired streamlined body, dual electric/petrol engines and none of the unnecessary, the XL1 is set to steal the show at Qatar's auto show.

JVC joining the “Boombox Not Dead” movement with RD-R1 and RD-R2

We may be the generation to witness the return of the boombox: We've seen iPod boombox docks – including the recent TDK boombox. Before that was Sanyo's retro boombox in 2007, complete with tape-playing glory.

Econut biodegradable iPad case concept

From designers Cho Youg-jo & Jeoung Jun-tae comes the Econut, an iPad case made entirely of materials sourced from the Coconut tree.

Inflatable snowshoes for those unexpected walks through deep powder

Snowshoes have followed more or less the same design for years: Little more than tennis rackets strapped to boots. That may be about to change with the release of the "Small Foot."

Ricoh CX5 couples traditional and digital methods for 0.2 second AF

If you know the Ricoh CX4, you'll recognize the CX5. The appearance and most of the features are almost identical, including the 10MP, 28-300mm (35mm equivalent) backlit sensor and 3" high-res screen. But Ricoh has added two important features to the 5: Hybrid autofocus and Super-resolution.

Synthetic micro-beads could create emissions-free, $1.50 per gallon gasoline

Imagine gasoline that costs only $1.50 per gallon, releases no carbon emissions and works in any and every existing gasoline engine without modification. That's exactly what UK-based Cella Energy has been working on for four years during a top-secret programme – and they're now announcing the achievement.

Monowalker’s hiking trailer: Wheelbarrow meets U-Haul

The Monowalker is a backwards hip-strap-mounted luggage wheelbarrow perfect for "scientists in nature" who need to hike their gear out on narrow trails. Hunters, to bloody up the steam-bent, varnished ashwood frame whilst dragging dead animals out of the woods. And they haven't forgotten you, dads; the hiking trailer is fully compatible with "Billy the Kid" child carrier backpacks.

$1,270 iPhone 4 case ready for pre-order

Just in time to become obsolete in five months with the release of the iPhone 5 – and presumably more expensive – is Franck Muller's set of $1,270 limited edition iPhone 4 cases.

Hindsight is 20/20 with upcoming rear-view cycle cams

Evan Solida, founder of Cerevellum, was a long-time road-bike rider and racer before an accident in 2007 prompted him to stop competing. Throughout several cosmetic surgeries to restructure his facial features after being hit by the car, his focus instead turned to inventing devices to make road sharing safer.

Dermatologists may soon be scanning your freckles with iPhones

iOS is taking another step into the medical world with the handyscope case/app combo, which effectively turns the iPhone into a dermoscope for checking potential spots of skin cancer.

Nexus S random reboot bug taking its toll on Android fans

Samsung and Google's Nexus S Android smartphone seem to be losing popularity quickly amongst its users, that's all because some phones are randomly rebooting in the middle of calls.

All-in-one computer concept comes complete with tablet

In another show of unbridled innovation, the aptly named InOne all-in-one desktop computer concept blends several already-available technologies into a single package that leaves us aching for cooler things to come.

Next Great Leap pursues Google’s Lunar X Prize

Next Giant Leap, a Boulder, Colorado company building interplanetary lander/hopper robots, received a $1 million grant from the Charles Start Draper Laboratory to further their technology with the hopes of winning Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize in 2012.

1-inch camera shoots 2 megapixels and is smaller than the charger

Japan Trust Technology's new Chobi Cam One camera may not sound like much if you're looking at its 2 Megapixel resolution, or 30 fps non-HD video capture. But this truly is a remarkable (albeit ridiculous) DSLR-style camera. At roughly one inch tall, one inch wide and one inch deep, it may just be the smallest commercially-available camera with swappable lenses.

Twitter’s got worms

If you've got a Twitter account you'll want to be extra suspicious of any links for the time being. A new worm has been found posting shortened url links through unsuspecting Tweeters' accounts to bring traffic to a bogus antivirus website.

Geohot invited to jailbreak Windows Phone 7

George “Geohot” Hotz. He survived Apple's lawsuit for jailbreaking the iPhone. More recently, he's sitting as the defendant in a Sony lawsuit for hacking and bringing homebrew to the PS3.

T-Mobile to release Samsung S 4G and Sidekick 4G soon

"We will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G ... and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we're going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market."

Fujifilm’s XP30 nears indestructibility without sacrificing photo quality

Fujifilm's waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof camera is about to get an upgrade: Embedded GPS for geo-tagging your photos and video.

Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 2 to sport Dual Core...

Samsung's latest string of teasers leading up to the Mobile World Congress 2011 is the Evolution is Fate campaign, promising a Galaxy S2 on Android 2.3 Gingerbread that will inevitably take over for the first generation of their current best-selling tablet.

Multitouch screens coming to the iMac?

Apple has confirmed an agreement to fund strategic pre-payments worth $3.9 billion over two years to an unnamed technology during its Q1 results call yesterday. According to company sources, the specific technology won't be named as of yet, though they cite the 2005 flash memory deal as an example of a similar arrangement.

Apple’s anti-porn policies not bending over for Playboy iPad app

All those accusing Apple of selling out their no-nude standards the minute Jobs walked out the door, you can relax.

Flip smartphone concept boasts three Super AMOLED touchscreens

The Flip has three full-sized Super AMOLED touchscreens and a full QWERTY keyboard on three panels attached by steel mesh hinges. This allows for a book-like view across two of the screens; a texting or writing view with the keyboard, camera and one touch screen exposed; or a triangle prism view.

Google TV to be powered by ARM “soon”

Nearly a year after Google entered talks with ARM Holdings, Google TV is speculated to be made available on the cheap, efficient ARM chipsets later this year. Charbax of published an article last week stating he has it on "very high authority from someone at Google (to remain anonymous) that an ARM-powered Google TV platform is coming soon."

Charges laid against iPad hackers

Andrew Auernheimer and Daniel Spitler, the pair behind the theft of sensitive data belonging to more than 120,000 iPad users from AT&T's servers, have been charged for the hacking that led to their arrest last week.

$99 NoteSlate may become the new college notebook

Among 2011's impending hail of new tablet releases, there's one slate that's going to stand out among the rest in its single-function, single-colour glory: The NoteSlate. Essentially its taken the Boogie Board of yesteryear to the next leve.

Ralph Lauren reveals his private garage

It's got all the makings of a scene from a Batman movie: 60 of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world, owned by one indescribably wealthy collector and maintained in perfect running condition – all on display in a personal garage museum hidden behind a sliding wall panel.

Universities e-bike project results in the Borough One

Third-year industrial design students at the University of Cincinnati, whose class took part in the Borough Bicycles One project, used a series of photos taken over the course of the semester to sum up the prototyping phase and end result in this two-minute time-lapse video.