Archive for December, 2010

Moshi Reflection clock lands as a Brookstone exclusive

Moshi Reflection clock lands as a Brookstone exclusive

Moshi makes some really cool alarm clocks. The coolest thing about them is that they have voice recognition tech inside that allows you to manage and control all of the clock functions using your voice. That means rather than pressing buttons repeatedly to turn alarms on and off or set time you can just tell the clock what time it is.

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Fatheadz Eyewear is perfect for people with cranius enormous

Fatheadz Eyewear is perfect for people with cranius enormous

My cousin's skull is so large to find a helmet to fit him in high school they had to buy one that was previously mounted on a golf cart and pull out the running gear. His skull is so big that he was once mistaken for the Death Star at Comic-Con, you get the idea. If you have a massive skull like my cousin, it can be hard to find sunglasses that fit. He has been wearing the same pair of sunglasses for years because they fit his gigantic skull.

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Tiny Sony Ericsson XPERIA leaks with 1GHz processor punch

Tiny Sony Ericsson XPERIA leaks with 1GHz processor punch

The Sony Ericsson Hallon isn't the only leaked handset out of the company; a new, compact Android smartphone has been spotted at IT168, presumed to be the successor to the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini pro. The new phone has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3-inch, 320 x 480 multitouch display; it also boosts the processor over the original X10 mini pro, to a 1GHz chip paired with an Adreno 205 GPU.

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DIY Nintendo Wii laptop scraps DVD drive for ripped game library [Video]

DIY Nintendo Wii laptop scraps DVD drive for ripped game library [Video]

Taking consoles intended for your living room and making them portable is a growing niche, and while some may not like the aesthetics of ShockSlayer's "ZNWii "DIY Wii laptop, you can't really argue with the functionality. He stripped the Wii of its DVD drive and instead used game "backup" software to load all the titles you might want to play onto an internal drive.

Video demo after the cut

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McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

McAfee: Apple, Google TV, Facebook and iPads all key 2011 cybercrime targets

As 2011 prediction pieces go, McAfee Labs' threat report for the coming year is on the depressing side. The company's security researchers reckon that Apple kit along with mobile devices and geolocation services will be the most popular targets for threats in 2011, though smart TV systems like Google TV are also suggested as likely to see attacks. Clicking on Facebook and other social network links will also become a potentially harrowing experience, McAfee believes, with URL-shortening services used to redirect users to malware.

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Paul Allen patent suit refiled: App Store, iTunes, Gmail & more all cited

Paul Allen patent suit refiled: App Store, iTunes, Gmail & more all cited

As expected, Paul Allen and his legal team have resubmitted a revised legal suit in its broad-ranging patent infringement case, after a judge threw the previous version out of court for being insufficiently detailed. Allen claims Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax and Staples all impinge on patented tech developed at short-lived investment Interval Research Corp.; the new submission details specific products and services each defendant offers that the lawyers believe impinges on the patents. In Apple's case, that includes item-comparison functionality in iTunes, Apple TV, the App Store and the Dashboard.

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France wants tablet-tax for iPad and Android slates while Windows exempt

France wants tablet-tax for iPad and Android slates while Windows exempt

French legislators are considering imposing a tablet-tax that would affect all models with at least 40GB of internal storage, though Windows-based slates would be exempt. The proposal, reported by Numerama, is part of French "private copy" taxation which imposes extra fees on digital media like blank CDs, DVDs and thumb-drives; it's estimated it would add up to €12 ($16) to the cost of Apple's top-spec iPad or Android tablets. However, because Windows is classed as a "full" OS rather than a mobile one like iOS or Android, it escapes the taxation.

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