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Shipwrecked treasure allegedly found via Google Maps

Shipwrecked treasure allegedly found via Google Maps

Treasure hunter Nathan Smith testifies that he used Google maps to find buried treasure in South Texas. Smith also monitored the treasures location with updated satellite images to ensure that no one was poking around long enough to gain legal rights to his findings.

The 39-year-old musician from Los Angeles located a 19h century boat, which has a supposed cargo of gold and silver off the Texas Gulf coast.  Smith is attempting to gain rights to dig at the location where he believes the missing ship is. He believes this to be the location because of written accounts found on Google and the readings of gold and silver from metal detectors at the site.

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A surge of donations help Wikipidia stay alive

A surge of donations help Wikipidia stay alive

Wikipedia has managed to bring in enough donations to operate for another year.  This comes from a huge surge in donations from various users. The very useful and popular encyclopedia requires $6 million in funding to pay its 23 staff members and keep the site online.

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Nokia N96 NAM edition gets very large firmware update

Nokia N96 NAM edition gets very large firmware update

Nokia somehow has managed to quietly release a major update for the North American  (NAM) edition of the N96.  This update is not like your typical bug fix; this improves everything from overall stability of the handset to improved responsiveness to the camera’s image quality.

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Plug-In Car MP4 Player has no need for external music source

Plug-In Car MP4 Player has no need for external music source

China seems to get all of the seemingly unneeded devices whether they are good or bad. The latest to come to our attention is "an ultra portable car media player with FM transmitter function." The Plug-in Car MP4 Player is anything but ordinary with the 4GB built-in memory.

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Garmin releases gallery of nüvifone screenshots

Garmin releases gallery of nüvifone screenshots

Garmin has been nothing but a tease when posting all of these Nuvifone gallery pictures. Though these photos are not actual pictures of the handset, they give you a bit clearer picture of what it will be like in hand. The most exciting pictures we came across are the screenshots of various features.

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Happy New Year from all of us at SlashGear!

Happy New Year from all of us at SlashGear!

The year 2008 is coming to a close and everyone is getting ready to ring in the New Year. The SlashGear team is going to spend this time with close friends and family. We would like to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year! We hope that everyone out there will be safe and make the best decisions. Unfortunately there will be no news on New Years day, see all of you back here on Friday!

iWork may become a Web Application at Macworld?

iWork may become a Web Application at Macworld?

9to5Mac is making claim that Apple will be making the announcement that iWork will be composed of web-based applications. This would mean that future versions of Numbers, Keynote and Pages would all be entirely run in a web browser. This does not necessarily mean that there will not be a native Mac version as well.

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SayType may or may not effectively translate speech to text on your phone

SayType may or may not effectively translate speech to text on your phone

We have all run into the text while you drive drivers on the freeway that just don’t seem to see where the lines are. I must admit that I have been that person a time or two, but some of these people might as well be watching TV or reading the newspaper while driving.

Luckily for us SayType aims to end this problem with their voice to text services. The service allows you to compose text messages or email without even touching your device.  Just sign up for this service, phone the company and you have 120 second to say what you need to say. But just how well does this service work?

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Novo Minoru is the first 3D webcam for use with your old 3D glasses

Novo Minoru is the first 3D webcam for use with your old 3D glasses

Now I know there are still a few of those old time blue and red 3D image fanatics left out there. Novo has not forgotten about this portion of the population, in fact they have just released the Novo Minoru – the world’s first 3D webcam. Yes its time to dust off the old cardboard glasses.

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Apple to announce a tablet iPod Touch HD?

Apple to announce a tablet iPod Touch HD?

The latest rumor regarding what Apple will announce as their next breaking product. According to sources close to Apple, we can expect to see a large screen iPod Touch device to be released sometime in the fall of 2009. This device is said to have a 7 or 9-inch touchscreen.

The source said that they have had their hands on prototypes and Apple is now talking with OEMs in Asia about producing this device. Sources say that Apple has been experimenting wit a large form tablet device for years, but have reportedly been concerned that users would not like such a device.

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Samsung Instinct shows up on Best Buy website costing a pretty penny

Samsung Instinct shows up on Best Buy website costing a pretty penny

We recently saw leaked photos of Best Buy’s inventory sheets showing that the Instinct was in fact coming to store shelves early next year in pink. Best Buy’s website has now listed it as “Coming Soon,” confirming that these rumors were in fact true.

What we didn’t know was that this older touchscreen handset was going to cost you a pretty penny. Never would we guess that is would be selling for $599.99. I guess women who have to have this phone are willing to shell out whatever it takes to have the finer things in life.

We are surprised to see the toned down soft pink color that Samsung decided to go with. Honestly we imagined seeing a bright pink obnoxious device that would embarrass anyone within 15 feet of the thing. If Samsung kept it up with other more neutral colors we can definitely see them selling pretty well. Pink was such a bold color to go with, as it does not appeal to the entire market.

Microsoft Zunes reportedly committing mass suicide

Microsoft Zunes reportedly committing mass suicide

Reports came flooding in stating that the 30GB Microsoft Zunes are killing themselves. This is not happening to just a few here and there either, it’s widespread. From what we gather there is some sort of weird bug that is somehow simultaneously killing all of the music players starting at 12AM.

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