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Apple patents the MacBook Air wedge shape

Apple patents the MacBook Air wedge shape

It's time for all wedge shape looking devices in the world to be on their guard, because Apple has just been issued a broad patent containing the wedge shape of the MacBook Air. This notebook computer has been out on the market for several years not, but its unique shape has never before been owned by Apple. What we've got here is a granting of ownership over the wedge that may well have Apple heading to court with a vast portion of the Ultrabook computers on the market today - wedges watch out!

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BMW Zagato Coupé is one-off automotive beauty

BMW Zagato Coupé is one-off automotive beauty

Custom cars seldom come as alluring as this, the BMW Zagato Coupé, a one-off, hand-crafted design study - which still manages to be road legal - in aluminum and glass. Created to mark the renewed partnership between BMW and coachbuilders Zagato, and set to debut officially at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este,

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Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

Augmented Reality Sandbox makes mudpies with Kinect

AR isn't just about flashing Google Project Glass alerts up in your line of sight, it's also about getting your hands dirty with some mediated reality thanks to an Augmented Reality Sandbox project by UC Davis. The handiwork of researchers at the W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, the digital sandbox uses a projector and Microsoft Kinect sensor to track the contours of the sand and overlay a real-time topographic map complete with virtual water flow.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 4, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: May 4, 2012

Today's morning wrap-up is a year's special edition: May the 4th be with you - Star Wars abound! At the moment we've got a severe lack of Star Wars news, I'm afraid, but don't let that get you down, we've got everything else in the gadget galaxy you could possible desire. Start your Mother's Day weekend off right with our Mother's Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts! Then head down to the two oddest stories we've got for the day already: Yahoo CEO grilling and This man made snack-time suck.

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NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter lets you watch Earthrise

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter lets you watch Earthrise

One of the most iconic images ever taken by an Apollo mission is called "Earthrise" and was snapped by Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968. The Apollo 8 spacecraft was in orbit around the moon with its little window facing the surface of the moon when the ship was rotated and the astronauts looked up and became the first humans in history to view the Earthrise on the moon.

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Billions of Super-Earths with 41% in ‘habitable zone’

Billions of Super-Earths with 41% in ‘habitable zone’

Grenoble University is today reporting that their international team of astronomers has taken data they've collected on Super-Earths and figured that additional discoveries could number "in the billions." Over the past few years and the past few months especially, we've been hearing an unbelievable amount of reports of newly-discovered Earth-like planets, this most recent announcement showing that of these "billions" of Super-Earth planets, a whopping 41% sit inside a zone orbiting their stars where they could potentially support life. The HARPS high-precision "Planet Hunter" device works with a 3.6m telescope at the Silla Observatory in Chile to bring us these results today.

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Samsung flexible OLED gadgets incoming this year

Samsung flexible OLED gadgets incoming this year

Samsung is mass producing flexible OLED displays for products still on track for release in 2012, the company has confirmed, though the exact extent to which they actually bend will depend on more than just the panels themselves. Samsung Mobile Display's assistant president confirmed the sales plans this week, Asia Economy Park News reports, insisting that "flexible displays will be commercialized within a year." The initial implementations are expected to include smartphones and tablets.

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Acer CloudMobile Android 4.0 ICS smartphone revealed and detailed

Acer CloudMobile Android 4.0 ICS smartphone revealed and detailed

Today Acer has both revealed the Acer CloudMobile smartphone and shown it to be a winner of the iF design award 2012. This award is given to Acer for the smartphone for recognition of outstanding achievement in design, and the device is set to be revealed again in detail at Mobile World Congress 2012. This device is the first smartphone in the Acer line to offer AcerCloud technology and is set to be released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich aboard.

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Apple loses Dutch Samsung tablet ban bid

Apple loses Dutch Samsung tablet ban bid

Apple's bid to have sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in the Netherlands has failed today, with a Dutch appeals court dismissing Apple's claims of IP infringement by the Android tablet. The ruling - released in Dutch - found that while Apple's tablet design patent 000181607 is still valid, prior art including HP Compaq's tc1000 and the 1994 Knight Ridder concept meant the Cupertino company's design rights are very narrow.

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