Archive for December, 2010

LUMI Mask Will Wake You Up Gently if Enough Money is Raised

LUMI Mask Will Wake You Up Gently if Enough Money is Raised

Kickstarter has seen a lot of cool gadgets recently, all finding their way onto the site to help get money raised for the designer's (hopefully) great idea. iPod Nano watches, and then edible Jelloware cups. All of which have spent their time on Kickstarter, trying to find "backers" to invest in the idea, and bring it to life. For designer Taylor Franklin Hide, his idea is a mask that not only helps you sleep by blocking out everything in sight, but will also wake you up when the time is right.

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iPad 2 Case Mold Drawings Show Tapered Edges and Contoured Back

iPad 2 Case Mold Drawings Show Tapered Edges and Contoured Back

With 2011 inching closer, rumors and leaks regarding the second generation iPad are going to pick up speed. It's just what always happens, the closer we get to the expected announcement of a particular device from the Cupertino-based company. Earlier in the week, we saw a video of what the iPad 2's case might like; earlier than that, we heard rumors that the device may feature a smaller bezel this time around, along with a boost to the speaker. 9to5Mac managed to get their hands on some case mold drawings, and have pointed out a few interesting details from the images.

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Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Skype Continues to Hint at Video Calling on the Move

Earlier in the week, Skype had some documents find their way onto the Internet, of which a few of them seemed to outline the possibility that the company was getting ready to launch video calling on the iPhone. The fact that Verizon's name was included only helped to fuel the rumors and anticipation. And by now, we know that Skype will have some kind of video calling announcement to make in Las Vegas in just a few days, at CES 2011. But, the company isn't slowing down, and they've even launched a new "What's Next" page, where they're fine showing you all sorts of neat teases about what's to come.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: December 29 2010

Take a peek at a prediction column by Chris Davies: 2011: The Year of Pentaband? Glance in awe as Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, and Staples, all at once. Giggle to yourself as you see France enact a tablet tax which exempts only Windows devices. Scratch your head as Verizon plans to focus on Android, not a new iPhone, at CES. Dance with glee as Sony Ericsson's 1GHz XPeria Mini Pro's replacement leaks with stats! Wonder at Rovios elite strategy as ad consistency, location, method changes for Angry Birds on Android devices. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Nintendo 3DS Might Ruin Kid’s Eyeballs, if They’re Six Years Old or Younger

Nintendo 3DS Might Ruin Kid’s Eyeballs, if They’re Six Years Old or Younger

For as long as content has been displayed on a screen, parents have been telling kids not too sit to close. To blink. Or maybe not stare so hard. All of this in hopes that maybe, just maybe, their child's vision wouldn't get messed up before life eventually degraded them naturally. It looks like Nintendo is going to go ahead and step forward and say that, for kids that are six years or younger at least, using the Nintendo 3DS for extended periods of time with the 3D turned all the way on is dangerous for your kid's eyes.

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2011: The Year of Pentaband?

2011: The Year of Pentaband?

When Dell's Streak 7 "Looking Glass" tablet crossed the FCC earlier this week, the surprise wasn't that the 7-inch M02M slate existed but the radio it used. Boasting both AT&T and T-Mobile USA UMTS/WCDMA compatibility, the Streak 7 looks set to join the exclusive club of pentaband 3G devices. In a market where more - whether more CPU cycles, more megapixels or more screen inches - is generally the easiest fight to compete in, cellular radios seem to have been left behind. Could 2011 be the year pentaband goes mainstream?

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Palm hiring spree highlights push for developers & new form-factors

Palm hiring spree highlights push for developers & new form-factors

Palm has begun a fresh round of hiring, and the webOS maker isn't hanging around when it comes to paving the way for the 4-5 new smartphones and tablet expected to launch in 2011. While various engineer and management positions are open, it's likely Business Development Manager - expected "to successfully recruit and manage partnerships with top strategic developers to deliver compelling solutions and applications for the webOS ecosystem" - that will pave the way for further webOS success, as they boost App Catalog content.

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Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

Olympus XZ-1, Sony 1080p60 super-autofocus and Panasonic S-Series tipped for CES 2011 compact avalanche

A new Olympus compact camera has leaked ahead of its official release at CES 2011 next week, along with details on a new range of Sony shooters. The Olympus XZ-1, so 43rumors sources say, has the same 1:1.63 size 10.1-megapixel sensor as the Panasonic LX5 but paired with a 28-112mm f/1.8-2.5 lens.

Meanwhile, according to Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony will bring along compact cameras capable of 1080p60 recording in AVCHD format, while contrast auto-focus is tipped to be as fast as that on the Panasonic LUMIX GH2. In fact, the new models are expected to focus in just 0.1s.

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ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

ELP energy-monitoring system allows remote appliance control [Video]

A new energy-monitoring system promises to make tracking individual appliance electricity use straightforward, as well as allowing users to not only view data from their smartphone but remotely shut down greedy devices. The Energy Literacy Platform, a Tokyo-based startup, use compact ELP Modules which plug inline between appliances and AC sockets; they link wirelessly to an ELP Receiver that uploads stats to the ELP server.

Video demo after the cut

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