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The Elemental Watch – A fusion of case materials with high tech watchmaking

The Elemental Watch – A fusion of case materials with high tech watchmaking

Mechanical watchmaking is an old trade that requires traditional process. In today’s world, the watchmaking industry has adopted advance technology in manufacturing and material processing. Small brands, or what we call “micro brands” are also taking advantage of the internet and manufacturing tech on getting funds for their watch projects by utilizing crowdfunding like Kickstarters. There are many micro-brands on the crowdfunding sites, however there aren’t many that fully utilizing today’s manufacturing technology. We spoke to Nop Srinara, the co-founder of Vilhelm Watch to get an inside look of his watch project - The Elemental - an interesting watch project that uses multiple materials on a single watch case.

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Google TV facing network skepticism over blurry content model?

Google TV facing network skepticism over blurry content model?

Google's plans for the upcoming Google TV system may be facing unexpectedly strong opposition from TV networks, with skepticism about the search giant's ability to monetize the platform.  According to the WSJ's sources, Google has met with officials of TV networks including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, who have expressed concerns that their content may get lost amid the deluge of streaming media and even pirated content.

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Verizon Google Chrome OS tablet by HTC launching November 26th?

Verizon Google Chrome OS tablet by HTC launching November 26th?

Definitely one for the rumor-mill, but DownloadSquad claim to have heard from a source that HTC are building Google a Chrome OS tablet that will launch on the Verizon network in the US on November 26th.  That's a Black Friday launch, leading to speculation that Verizon will couple the slate with some seriously subsidized pricing so as to lure in would-be iPad buyers.

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Toshiba Libretto W100 sells out at Amazon

Toshiba Libretto W100 sells out at Amazon

Just two days after officially going on sale in the UK via Amazon, the Toshiba Libretto W100 dual-screen ultraportable has sold out.  Priced at $1,100 (for the W105-L251 model with no integrated 3G) and admittedly only available in "limited numbers", the Libretto W100 obviously proved appealing to a subset of cash-rich users who liked the look of two 7-inch capacitive touchscreens.

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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse gets premature unveil

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse gets premature unveil

Last we heard, Microsoft's Arc Touch Mouse was due sometime next month; that hasn't stopped German retailer notebooksbilliger jumping the gun and putting up their product page.  According to their details, the Arc Touch Mouse is a wireless peripheral that physically bends for comfortable mousing but flattens out for easier transportation.  It has a large touch-scroll sensor - presumably the grey bar running between the buttons - for easier navigation.

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T-Mobile G2 Android HSPA+ smartphone gets teasingly official

T-Mobile G2 Android HSPA+ smartphone gets teasingly official

T-Mobile USA has just pinged us to flag up their latest teaser site, for the new T-Mobile G2.  Billed as the network's first HSPA+ smartphone - which T-Mobile reckon will deliver speeds on a par with 4G rivals - there's scant detail as to the identity or specifications of the G2 itself, but we're guessing it's the HTC-made QWERTY slider previously known as the HTC Vision or T-Mobile G1 Blaze.

BlackBerry Torch sells 150,000 in first weekend?

BlackBerry Torch sells 150,000 in first weekend?

RIM's first weekend sales for the BlackBerry Torch may have proved disappointing for AT&T and the manufacturer, with various analysts suggesting the touchscreen smartphone shifted just 150,000 units in its first two days of availability.  Both RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus came to the 150k figure, having made spot-checks for stock levels at stores over the weekend, while Goldman Sachs merely described the launch as "underwhelming".

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Revo AXiS iPhone DAB/WiFi radio packs touchscreen

Revo AXiS iPhone DAB/WiFi radio packs touchscreen

Revo are known for their distinctive digital radio and iPod docks, offering either curiously retro or decidedly futuristic models, and their latest, the Revo AXiS, falls into the second camp.  Packing DAB, DAB+, internet and FM radio support, together with network audio streaming, the AXiS also has an iPhone/iPod dock and a color touchscreen for control.

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Apple patent pop-up keyboard letters & slide-to-unlock bar

Apple patent pop-up keyboard letters & slide-to-unlock bar

Apple has successfully patented two of the more basic interface aspects of iOS on the iPhone, the slide-to-unlock bar on the smartphone's lockscreen, and the pop-up characters that feature on its on-screen keyboard.  The two patents, each titled "animated graphical user interfaces for a display screen or portion thereof", were initially filed three years ago but only granted today.

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Pogoplug gets WiFi b/g/n Wireless Extender; Pogoplug itself cut to $99

Pogoplug gets WiFi b/g/n Wireless Extender; Pogoplug itself cut to $99

Pogoplug has launched a new WiFi adapter, the Pogoplug Wireless Extender, which allows users of the home NAS adapter to get online via a wireless network rather than stringing ethernet cable to their router.  Up for preorder at $29, the Wireless Extender supports WiFi b/g/n.  Meanwhile Pogoplug are also slashing the price of their eponymous device, down from $129 to $99.

Find out how to get a free Pogoplug Wireless Extender after the cut

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Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type pairs touchscreen with S40

Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type pairs touchscreen with S40

Nokia has unveiled its latest touchscreen handset, though the new Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type is resolutely entry-level rather than something for the company's high-end users.  Running S40 on a 2.4-inch resistive touchscreen, the X3-02 also has a numeric keypad, 3G and WiFi, and will launch in Q3 2010 priced at around €125 ($161).

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Barnes & Noble NOOK for iPhone launched

Barnes & Noble NOOK for iPhone launched

Barnes & Noble has updated its NOOK ereader app range, with a new iPhone app (that also works on the iPod touch) together with rebranding their NOOK for PC and NOOK for iPad apps.  The new NOOK for iPhone gets the same iPad customization, together with last-page-read sync across ebooks also being viewed on the PC, Android, iPad and iPhone apps, and access to the B&N eBookstore and digital library.

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