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ARM-ed to the Teeth, Arduino Hardware Grows Up 17th Sep 2011

ARM-ed to the Teeth, Arduino Hardware Grows Up

Makers and motherboard-modders rejoice! One of the most popular open-source computing hardware companies recently debuted new hardware offerings for gadget geeks, including a beefier project board that will allow makers and hobbyists to create more complicated embedded computing projects.

Arduino announced three new products at Maker Faire NYC this weekend: The Arduino Due, which features a souped up ARM-based microcontroller, the Arduino Leonardo and the self-explanatory Arduino Wi-Fi.

Straight from the company of the same name, an Arduino is an open-source prototyping board that houses a single microcontroller (basically a programmable CPU) and allows for input-output with a number of ports, so you can connect a variety of sensors, LEDs, wires and whatever else you want to your project.

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Ever-Popular iPhone Named Top Smartphone. Again 8th Sep 2011

Ever-Popular iPhone Named Top Smartphone. Again

The iPhone undoubtedly is among the most popular phones ever, and yet another survey shows it continues resonating with consumers.

In J.D. Powers’ semi-annual customer satisfaction survey, Apple’s iPhone takes the top spot yet again, making it the top smartphone brand five years running. Apple scored an 838 on the survey’s measure of performance, ease of operation, features, and physical design. HTC scored second place with 801.

“Our results are based on consumer experience.

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Hands-On With the Droid Bionic, Verizon’s 4G Screamer 5th Sep 2011

Hands-On With the Droid Bionic, Verizon’s 4G Screamer

The Droid Bionic is here, and to some, it couldn’t have come soon enough. It’s rare to see such a feverish level of anticipation for a non-Apple smartphone, but everyone’s been buzzing about Motorola’s latest 4G LTE handset — so far the only dual-core phone available for Verizon’s 4G network.

The Droid Bionic will go on sale Thursday morning at Verizon stores and through Verizon’s website for $300 with a 2-year contract, $590 without a contract.

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Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray 1st Sep 2011

Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray

What’s the coldest substance known to man (or fat, bloated alien)? Carbonite, of course, which is why the Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray might be the best way to chill a drink in any universe.

The silicone tray, from nerdware merchant ThinkGeek, produces one big slab of cocky-pilot-filled ice, and six smaller ones. It is good for temperatures as low as -40˚F (-40˚C), and you can even pour in molten chocolate to make chocolate Solos.

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HP Resurrects TouchPad Tablet to Pacify Rabid Customers 28th Aug 2011

HP Resurrects TouchPad Tablet to Pacify Rabid Customers

And on the 61st day, the TouchPad rose again.

HP has plans to produce another round of its TouchPad tablets before the year is out, despite its earlier decision to discontinue its mobile hardware products.

“Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand,” HP spokesman Mark Budgell wrote in a company blog post.

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Photographer Makes Huge 8 x 10-Inch Digital Camera Back 24th Aug 2011

Photographer Makes Huge 8 x 10-Inch Digital Camera Back

Only in the world of photography could a piece of gear that costs “equal to the cost of a good size house – before the housing crash” be considered a money saver. But that’s exactly what photographer Mitchell Feinberg claims for his 8 x 10-inch digital camera back.

After months of calling around, Feinberg managed to convince somebody to build the back for him (actually two backs — a pro always carries a spare). It fits directly onto the back of his Sinar 8 x 10 plate camera, and can capture an image in 30 seconds.

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Rumor: iPhone 5 to Debut on Sprint in October 22nd Aug 2011

Rumor: iPhone 5 to Debut on Sprint in October

The iPhone 5 will come to Sprint’s network in mid-October, according to sources who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.

That’s also the time frame that Apple’s next-gen iPhone is expected to land on larger U.S. carriers Verizon and AT&T.

It’s been widely reported that Apple is testing LTE models of the iPhone, but it’s unclear if LTE will be embraced in the iPhone 5, or a later model.

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Disaster-Proof Backpack Keeps You Stocked for Emergencies 18th Aug 2011

Disaster-Proof Backpack Keeps You Stocked for Emergencies

Good design, it is said, should solve problems. Perhaps that is why the best designers occasionally focus their efforts on addressing issues helping the poor, the needy or those hit by natural disasters.

A team from Osaka University, working with famed designer Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki, created the “Vaccine Refrigerator” backpack to facilitate transporting and storing medicine in an emergency. It is the latest in a series of products developed under Kawasaki’s Peace-Keeping Design project.

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$400 Philips Toothbrush Comes with Plug-In Drinking Glass 15th Aug 2011

$400 Philips Toothbrush Comes with Plug-In Drinking Glass

When it comes to the basics of toothbrushing, once you have brush with a decent head its all down to your scrubbing technique. So it is with total skepticism that I write about Philips’ DiamondClean Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush, a toothbrush which will cost you £250, or $413. [UPDATE: Philips PR people got in touch to say that the selling price of the Sonic toothbrush in the U.S is $200, which makes the UK version look like rather a bad deal].

I’m an obsessive teeth-cleaner, brushing at least three or four times a day.

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Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate, ‘Just’ $15 Per Bottle 14th Aug 2011

Cold-Brew Coffee Concentrate, ‘Just’ $15 Per Bottle

Mmmm. You’re thinking of making a nice tall glass of iced-coffee, sweet, creamy and with the strong hit of an espresso. Do you a) throw a 250-gram (half-pound) pack of ground coffee into a liter (0.038 cubic feet) or so of cold water, stir once and set aside for 12 hours, only to strain it and be left with a delicious and concentrated hit of non-bitter caffeine or

b) jump in the car, burn yet another gallon of gas driving to the store in your air-conditioned Chelsea Tractor and spend $15 on Grady’s Cold Brew, a pre-made iced-coffee concentrate?

The answer should be “a,” and if you’d thought about this yesterday you’d be sipping on that tall, cold beverage right now.

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