Author: Raggy Jin

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Swedish photojournalist’s old Leica sells for $104,000 on eBay

The eBay auction of an old, tattered antique camera closed Friday for $104,000. The 55-year-old Leica MP-36 camera was once the property of famous Swedish photojournalist Leif Engberg, who’s covered (among others) the Soviet invasion in Czeckoslovakia 1968, the war in Vietnam, the civil war in Biafra, the war between India and Pakistan over East Pakistan (Bangladesh), conflicts in Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Africa, Central and South America, Balkan regions and the Middle East.

Artists
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NASA’s futuristic plane program of 2025 reveals artists renderings

Near the end of 2010 NASA chose three companies who would develop three new aircrafts for the year 2025, complying with NASA’s guidelines for the futuristic planes. Now, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have come up with three completely different artist renderings of their proposed aircrafts which are quite inspiring.

Science & Tech
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Artificial Intelligence set to try its skills at Jeopardy

A high-powered artificial intelligence computer – capable of human logic, linguistics, deciphering puns and instantly searching millions of pages of reference material and encyclopedias for information asked for indirectly – to be tested amongst the smartest contenders in a televised game show.

What is Jeopardy? Alex.

cars
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GM to stimulate electric car market with a handful of new models

If you’re an American looking to trade in your car this year and are considering making the switch to electric, you might want to hold off for the time being. According to a statement made by GM’s chief executive Daniel F. Akerson, there’s going to be a lot more options on the U.S. market in a couple years.

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Mobile Magazine’s 10 Best at CES Awards

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show ended this past weekend, but not without leaving a lasting impression of what is to come. Tablets and smartphones dominated, showing that the future is indeed mobile.

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iCade for iPad is the oldschool arcade cabinet we’ve always wanted

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there was a time when kids would leave their homes if they wanted to play video games. They would gather at gaming cafes, then called “arcades,” to drop coins into the large wooden boxes that housed individual games such as Ms. Pacman, Street Fighter or Frogger. Yes, we hope you remember this time, because we sure do and miss it too.

Android
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Galaxy Tab gets a 4G upgrade for Verizon

If you’ve just received one of Samsung’s well-priced Galaxy Tabs this Christmas, you’ll be pissed to hear that they’ve made the upgrade to 4G, as well as bumping up the resolution of the rear-facing camera to 5 megapixels and the front camera to 1.3.

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Toshiba’s Next-Gen Android Honeycomb dual-core tablet

This would have been the perfect way to compare the two side-by-side, too. The XOOM and the Next-Gen pack the same dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, sport the same 10.1″ HD screen with 1280×800 resolution and even the same 2MP front and 5MP back camera specs. They both even have HDMI-out.

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Huawei’s IDEOS X5 targets lower-end smartphoners

Operating on Android 2.2, the IDEOS X5 gives the option of a “fashionable variety of colours.” So, despite having little more than the standard fare of smartphone functions, it’s dressed to impress. With a 3.8″ multi-touch screen, 5MP camera for 720p video, FM radio and Flash 10.1 support, it’s will definitely get you through the day.

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BlackBerry superphone plans still distant

Lazaridis says they’re aware that they don’t have the high-end multimedia superphones on the market to directly compete with the iPhone or the Galaxy S, but is in no rush to change that until such things as dual-core processors and 4G networks align themselves to RIM plans.

OTHER VIDEOS
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SanDisk the enabler: 100MBps 128GB CompactFlash cards

Which means it may not be the fastest or the highest in capacity alone, but it’s the best combination of the two so far. With a 100MB per second writing speed, you won’t have to wait long to fill up the 128GB of storage with full-HD video or burst sequences from your 21MP DSLR.

fitness
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The Nike+ sportwatch GPS will nag you into shape

If you’re having trouble keeping up with the exercise routine you’ve suddenly imposed upon yourself for the New Year, you might want to check out the new Nike+ sportwatch. Not only will it add a new layer of technological novelty to something as old-fashioned as jogging, but it will even nag at you when you haven’t gone for a run in a few days.

Apple
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Two new Speck CandyShell iPhone 4 cases hit the market

Speck, makers of the ever-popular CandyShell iPhone case, has released two new models with two new innovations: You can choose either the CandyShell View, which holds your iPhone 4 in a convenient position for viewing photos, using FaceTime or watching videos; or the CandyShell Card, which adds a new level of horror to losing your phone by doubling as a wallet for ID and credit cards. Both at $40 a pop.

3D Printing
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XPAND presents world’s first personalized 3D glasses

XPAND, the company hell-bent on the idea that caps lock and exclamation marks are suitable for every occasion, has announced the world’s first set of personalized, universal 3D glasses today at CES. Using LCD active shutter technology, they’re fully compatible with every make and model of 3D TV, computer and gaming console – as well as in theatres.

IPAD
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iPad 2 mock-up pops up at CES

Though pre-emptive cases for the yet-unreleased iPad 2 are nothing new, it’s the machined aluminum mock-up of the second-generation iPad inside this one’s sleek, black leather covers that really demands attention. Though we won’t know exactly where the specs came from, it seems absurd Dexim would go through all the trouble of designing a tight-fitting sleeve for it – which, by the way, the original iPad doesn’t fit into – if they weren’t absolutely certain about its accuracy.

ROBOTS
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Scooba floor cleaner means you’ll never have to wash the bathroom floor again

Announced at CES, the Scooba 230 is designed for cleaning bathroom floors such as tile, lino and sealed hardwood. At 3.5″ tall and 6.5″ in diameter, the robot can fit around toilets and furniture and under vanities. Using a three-stage cleaning system, it washes, scrubs and squeegees floors – and holds enough cleaning solution to scrub up to 150 square feet.

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New iPhone app teaches newb tokers to roll like Chong himself

You’re just hanging out at a house party, minding your own business, when your grungy friends pass you a baggy and some zigzags as they sit down to a game of Rock Band. Fifteen minutes of cursing and crumpled papers later, you hold up what appears to be a tiny, pale, under-inflated paper football, half-transparent from your attempts to lick it closed. And all your friends laugh at your inferior excuse of a doobie.

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Apple’s App store set to pull in $2 billion in 2011

Gartner estimated the app market had hit $4 billion in 2010, and will grow to $27 billion by 2013. With Apple’s app store expected to pull in $2 billion this year alone. Add to that the rumor of a February launch of an iPhone that works on Verizon -– the largest network in the U.S. — greater availability will mean more new users with new phones to fill with new apps.

Drones
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Dark Knight movies inspire new wave of defense vehicles

I like to think a lot of people in the defense and security industries took much of their inspiration from comic book heroes when they were kids; the noble idea of defending the innocent against attacks from villains. And that seems to be the case with BAE Systems’ new battle-bot concept.

Space
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Eton’s Raptor a must-stow for your holiday escape

Meet the Raptor. The first thing you’ll notice is that one side of this omni-poderoso device is a solar panel. Not only does this panel charge the gadget’s own li-ion battery, but anything you plug into its mini USB charger, too. It’s got everything you need to for hiking, trekking, camping in the furthest reaches […]