Archive for Nov 27, 2011

3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

Chess between two people is tricky enough, but add a third player and the classic board game takes on a whole new - circular - dimension. 3 Man Chess takes the original pieces, moves and rules of chess and throws in a third, gray set of pieces and transfers play to a round board: despite the extra manpower and the unusual shape, all of the core tenets actually stay the same.

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Would the tech world be the same without Apple?

Would the tech world be the same without Apple?

Each time I pick up my iPhone, listen to songs on my iPod, or surf the web on my Mac, I think about the mark Apple has left on the technology industry. It’s amazing to me that a single company has been able to do so much in such a short amount of time. And it’s perhaps most amazing that no other company has even come close in many of the markets the iPhone maker competes in to matching it.

When I get thinking about that, I ask myself a simple, but not so solvable question: would the technology world be the same if Apple didn’t exist?

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its 354m mile journey

NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins its 354m mile journey

NASA's Curiosity rover has begun its journey into space, the centerpiece of the Mars Science Laboratory project. Blasting off at 10:02 am EST from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the $2.5bn rover will take nine months to travel the 354m miles between here and Mars, complete with an array of scientific instruments along with a nuclear battery to power them all.

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KORG Monotron Review

KORG Monotron Review

There is a little keyboard-looking device out there, ladies and gentlemen, that goes by the name of Monotron, is made by KORG, and will either drive your parents absolutely up the wall or will play the part in your ultra-professional mobile electronic band like no product you've ever used before. The KORG Monotron is what's called an analogue ribbon synthesizer and has just enough knobs, output ports, and volume to make you a musical masterpiece sit comfortably in your pocket. Watch as your humble narrator stumbles through the original electronic beat Popcorn and judge for yourself whether or not you want the cutest magic music machine in the world for yourself.

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XtremeMac Tango TRX Review

XtremeMac Tango TRX Review

The iPod dock by the name of XtremeMac Tango TRX has been out for some time now, having been first announced all the way back in 2010, but it's no worse for wear with the 2011 holiday season rapidly approaching, and since we've never had a look at it before and there's a brand new bit of functionality now with Google Music out of beta, let's have a look, shall we? This device comes with several parts - first being the main speaker complete with iPod dock which can house anything from the tiniest iPod to the iPad 2, though I wouldn't recommend the latter as it does block a bit of the sound blast and isn't exactly held the most securely in place. Then there's the bit that makes this whole thing unique: the second docking station, one that allows you to charge the device on one side of the house while the speaker jams music out at the other.

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AT&T considers bigger asset sale to save T-Mobile deal

AT&T considers bigger asset sale to save T-Mobile deal

AT&T's bid to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion has collapsed following reports that the FCC was requesting an administrative hearing regarding the deal. In a pre-emptive move, AT&T withdrew its T-Mobile proposal from the FCC and added the $4 billion breakup charge to its Q4 2011 finances. However, a source from Bloomberg is now claiming that AT&T may be considering one last plea of offering to sell more assets to save the T-Mobile deal.

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HTC Ville image leaks, reveals ultra thin Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone

HTC Ville image leaks, reveals ultra thin Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone

A new and more detailed image of the HTC Ville has surfaced today, revealing what may be HTC's thinnest smartphone yet. The device shown in Pocketnow's new picture is said to measure in at less than 8mm thin and will sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a dual-core processor. It was first revealed earlier this month with a rendering from BGR and tipped for a February 2012 launch.

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Asus Transformer Prime available for pre-order at Best Buy now

Asus Transformer Prime available for pre-order at Best Buy now

The next most powerful Android device on earth is now available for pre-order from Best Buy, that being the Asus Transformer Prime, an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor toting 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet. This device is available for pre order in two forms: one with a gray back, the other with a champagne back. Both models have 32GB of data storage built-in with a microSD card slot to expand by an additional 32GB if you wish. They've also got the official champagne-colored keyboard dock and a mystery portable dock which we must assume is the gray-colored keyboard dock, both up for $149.99 and at pre-order status as well.

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Sharp may supply Apple iPad 3 LCDs, already supplying iPhone displays

Sharp may supply Apple iPad 3 LCDs, already supplying iPhone displays

Sharp has long been rumored to be a runner up as a major display supplier for Apple and now new reports suggest that the company has successfully won the bid and has already been supplying screens for Apple's iPhones. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the WSJ reveals that Sharp will be supplying Apple's next-gen iPads with LCD screens that are manufactured at Sharp's Kameyama No. 2 plant in central Japan.

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Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker features a simple twist

Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker features a simple twist

The Hidden Radio and Bluetooth Speaker is simple and elegant, featuring a unique canister design that twists to activate. The device is developed by two industrial designers, who have been working on the project for the past four years. They've now reached the point of patenting the mechanism and launching a Kickstarter program to get the first production batch made and distributed.

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EZ-Steady camera stabilizer finds massive KickStarter support pre-launch

EZ-Steady camera stabilizer finds massive KickStarter support pre-launch

It appears that one inventor / designer by the name of Kyle Hart is sitting in a pretty great place after his EZ-Steady- iPhone, DSLR, GoPro Camera Stabilizer has found over $30,000 USD in backing money on crowdfunding site KickStarter with 19 days left to go - with an idea so simply wonderful as this, it's no wonder! What this design consists of essentially is a camera mount, a handle that allows the stand to move freely whilst still attached, and a bar that wraps down below the handle with weights attached so that the whole rig can be balanced. What we've got here is a steadycam setup made real for all manner of personal cameras - coming soon!

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