Archive for Sep 30, 2011

Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

Alpha Dog robot is just as creepy as Big Dog robot

One of the things that places a limit on how far a military patrol can roam is the amount of gear like food, water, and ammo they can carry with them. The military is working on getting some devices like robots into the field that will be able to carry packs and supplies for soldiers over any terrain. A company called Boston Dynamics has previously unveiled the Big Dog four-legged robot that was sufficiently creepy.

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Nokia Drive for Mango adds voice control but AT&T ignoring Searay say tipsters

Nokia Drive for Mango adds voice control but AT&T ignoring Searay say tipsters

Nokia is reportedly readying a voice-control update for its mapping software, with the new PND app set to debut on the company's first Windows Phone handset. According to WinRumors' tipster, a T-Mobile Germany product display - temporarily erected at the carrier's headquarters - confirms the new 3D mapping system. However, there's also talk that AT&T may have decided to bypass one of the first Nokia Windows Phones, the Searay, and instead hold out for the Nokia Sabre.

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SwiftKey X 2.1 Keyboard for Android Hands-on [Video]

SwiftKey X 2.1 Keyboard for Android Hands-on [Video]

It's time for an update to one of the most powerful third-party keyboards available for Android today, SwiftKey X. This version is 2.1 and includes an upgrade to both the smartphone version and the tablet version of the app. In addition to a slew of performance and memory usage improvements, there's been layout and interface usability improvements, several language additions, and options to slide or tap rather than a single option to tap. Best of all, there's a new set of insights and statistics that you can read as you improve your accuracy in your everyday typing.

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Mount Everest webcam is world’s highest

Mount Everest webcam is world’s highest

Curious as to what's happening at the top of Mount Everest? Tune in to the world's highest webcam and you could find out for yourself, without having to strap on heavy-duty boots and goggles. The Mobotix M12 camera was installed by Italy's Ev-K2-CNR scientific committee as part of a Nepalese government project, running on solar power at the top of the 5,675m high Kala Patthar summit.

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Chevy shows off flying car at Texas State Fair

Chevy shows off flying car at Texas State Fair

I think one of the coolest things that Chevy had in its display at the Texas State Fair auto show was this little matte colored version of the new small car called the Sonic. The first time I saw it sitting there, I thought it was a clay reproduction of the Sonic used for the design process. Then it started whirring and lifted into the air. It turned out that it was a full-scale model of the new Sonic that was controlled and is controlled by a big RC controller like an RC airplane.

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Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari wheel is expensively authentic

Thrustmaster F1 Ferrari wheel is expensively authentic

Thrustmaster has been pushing Ferrari-themed peripherals for gamers for a while now, but the company's latest F1 wheel is the most convincing yet. A full-size replica of the Formula 1 Ferrari 2011 racing wheel designed to work with the company's T500 RS system, the eye-catching accessory includes brushed-metal paddle shifters, all the rotary knobs and buttons from the authentic car, and an easy swap system for switching between it and the original GT wheel.

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Nokia Sabre plus Samsung Yukon & Wembley WP7 phones leaked

Nokia Sabre plus Samsung Yukon & Wembley WP7 phones leaked

Microsoft has inadvertently leaked product names for unannounced Windows Phone handsets, including the Nokia Sabre, as well as specifications of a new 1.5GHz Samsung device. Buried in the terms and conditions of a Microsoft Canada app promotion - since amended, but not before WPCentral grabbed some screenshots - were Windows Phone 7.5 Mango devices the Samsung Yukon, Samsung Wembley, Nokia Searay and Nokia Sabre.

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2012 Ford SVT Raptor: updating an off-road icon [Video]

2012 Ford SVT Raptor: updating an off-road icon [Video]

In Texas, trucks are a big deal. Texans buy about 1-in-5 out of every truck that Ford sells. When you combine Dallas and a few other major Texas cities, the individual cities alone sell more trucks than many states do in their entirety. This is why when a new truck is being unveiled, Texas is the place that Ford comes to. At the 2011 Texas State Fair yesterday Ford pulled the covers off the new 2012 SVT Raptor off-road pickup. The truck has some interesting updates for this year that will make Raptor fans happy.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus official with HSPA+

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus official with HSPA+

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a 7-inch dual-core Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet set to go on sale by the end of October. Slightly smaller - though thicker - than the Galaxy Tab 7.7, the new Tab 7.0 Plus has an unspecified 1.2GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps downloads and 5.76Mbps uploads, and twin cameras: 3-megapixels with autofocus and an LED flash on the back, and 2-megapixels up front.

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Samsung offers Apple mystery deal to settle patent suit

Samsung offers Apple mystery deal to settle patent suit

Samsung has reportedly presented Apple with a mysterious olive branch in Australia today, a proposal intended to end the legal wrangling over Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales down under. Details of the proposed settlement have not been revealed, Bloomberg reports, but Apple lawyer Steven Burley told the Australian courts that the Cupertino company would "need time to consider it." Currently, Samsung has frozen plans to launch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia pending a preliminary injunction court decision, previously expected to be given next week.

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