Archive for Aug 31, 2012

UK Boy finds rare whale vomit

UK Boy finds rare whale vomit

See that goodly sized rock that the boy in the photograph below is holding? Yeah, it's not actually a rock. What the boy is holding is a gigantic chunk of whale vomit. Disgusting is it not? I can only imagine the boy's mother standing behind the photographer with a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready.

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Nokia Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 WP8 phones reportedly leak

Nokia Lumia 920 PureView and Lumia 820 WP8 phones reportedly leak

What's purportedly Nokia's new Windows Phone 8 smartphone line-up, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, has leaked, showing slick unibody devices running Microsoft's refreshed OS. The two apparent press images were shared by evleaks (2), along with some basic specs, and it's the Lumia 920 that we're most excited about: it will apparently be the first Nokia Windows Phone to bear PureView branding.

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California approves bill allowing driverless cars on state roadways

California approves bill allowing driverless cars on state roadways

Some of the companies really pushing driverless cars can be found in California, including Google. Google is one of the biggest supporters of driverless cars and has a fleet of vehicles that have racked up over 300,000 accident-free miles while driving themselves. The state of Nevada already allows driverless cars to operate on its roadways.

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Revised market forecast chops $1B from Facebook revenue in 2012

Revised market forecast chops $1B from Facebook revenue in 2012

Things haven't exactly gone swimmingly for Facebook post IPO. The company has seen the value of its stock decline, and according to a new revised forecast published by the market research firm eMarketer; Facebook is going to make a lot less money this year than previously expected. The market research firm has slashed $1 billion from the 2012 Facebook revenue forecast.

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Nordic viewers can get HBO Go with no TV subscription

Nordic viewers can get HBO Go with no TV subscription

I think that a bunch of people here in the United States and in other countries that would gladly cancel the cable subscription if they could get HBO Go programming as a separate subscription. However, in the US and everywhere else HBO only allows access to its online streaming HBO Go service if you have a qualifying cable subscription. HBO is reportedly set to change that for some viewers.

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Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone launches

Huawei Ascend G600 smartphone launches

Huawei has announced the launch of its latest Android smartphone called the Ascend G600. The smartphone runs Android 4.0 and has an eight-megapixel auto focusing rear camera. The phone also features a pair of speakers with DTS surround sound to provide high-quality audio on the go. Huawei promises that the new smartphone will provide more visual clarity, more speed, and more power for smartphone users.

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TDK unveils quartet of new Life On Record speakers

TDK unveils quartet of new Life On Record speakers

Back in the day TDK was one of the big names in blank cassette tapes used for recording songs. I'm sure anyone that grew up in the 80s had a bunch of these tapes laying around the house with their favorite songs recorded in dubious quality. Now that cassette tapes are a thing of the past, TDK has made the switch to digital media and other devices for its product mix such as the company's new line of Life on Record audio products.

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Pioneer DDJ-WeGo is its cheapest DJ controller yet

Pioneer DDJ-WeGo is its cheapest DJ controller yet

Pioneer is big in the DJ controller business and has numerous products to its credit. One thing most of those products have in common is that they are far from cheap. Most of the pioneer gear we talk about for DJs isn't something that the entry-level person just getting into the art is likely to be able to afford. Pioneer has unveiled a new DJ controller called the DDJ-WeGo that it says is the most affordable DJ controller it has ever offered.

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Dell XPS 10 hands-on

Dell XPS 10 hands-on

Ditching the keyboard from your Windows tablet is a big theme at IFA this year, and Dell's XPS 10 is no different. A 10-inch Windows RT slate with a detachable keyboard slice - that also, unlike with some firms we've seen, accommodates a second battery - the XPS 10 crept out of its box and into our hands here at IFA today. Read on for our first impressions.

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Razer unveils aviation themed BlackShark gaming headset

Razer unveils aviation themed BlackShark gaming headset

One of the things I really like about gaming peripheral maker Razer is that not only do their products perform, but they look really cool to boot. The company is back with a new gaming headset that has an aviation themed design called the BlackShark. This is one of the best looking gaming headsets I've seen in a long time.

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Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD will ship globally in September

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD will ship globally in September

We have talked a few times about the Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD tablet. The tablet had been tipped to launch in August previously, but that never happened. Huawei has made the official announcement for a launch window of the cool quad-core tablet at IFA 2012. The tablet will ship globally next month.

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Dell XPS Duo 12 hands-on

Dell XPS Duo 12 hands-on

Windows 8 notebooks and tablets have come in all form-factors at IFA, but Dell's XPS 12 Duo is - with its rotating display - perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch. Dell kept the 12-inch ultrabook behind glass after its initial launch, but we caught up with the company for some hands-on playtime. The takeaway is simple: the XPS 12 Duo takes the concept of the old Inspiron Duo and polishes it to the point where it's ready for primetime. Read on for our first impressions.

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