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Apple patents “window layer” system for ninja iPhone

Apple patents “window layer” system for ninja iPhone

It would appear (and disappear) that Apple has won patent rights this week for a system that would allow a system-controlled transparent / opaque set of displays to hide the iPhone's camera as well as components such as a fingerprint reader and a solar panel. With this patent for "devices and methods for providing access to internal component" while also "applying concealment of components for an electronic device", the iPhone would appear to have no camera, tap the icon for a camera app, and poof! The camera lens would be revealed at the back of the device from under a previously solid block of back.

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iPad mini visualized in bright color renderings

iPad mini visualized in bright color renderings

With rumors abound of an iPad mini device appearing in the Apple lab this season it's only appropriate that high-quality renderings of said device would begin to appear in droves. What we're looking at here is a set of renderings done by designer Martin Hajek, a fellow who is also in the process of making some 3D models of the device for real-world use - for case-makers, of course. For now though it's time to peek at some iterations, including brightly colored backside the same as the 5th generation iPod Touch models just introduced with the iPhone 5.

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Razer Project Fiona gaming tablet will be made

Razer Project Fiona gaming tablet will be made

If you followed the details, we learned so far about Razer's Project Fiona gaming tablet with interest, you will really like the news that has turned up this week. Reports indicate that the Project Fiona gaming tablet has been confirmed for production. This product was first seen as a concept during CES 2012 where won several awards and got mobile gaming geeks all fired up.

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Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Sharp unveils Cocorobo @ Home virtual management system

Anyone remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Smart House? We're thinking that some of the executives at Sharp watched that movie and then decided we needed something like that in real life, as Sharp unveiled a new virtual management system called Cocorobo @ Home at Ceatec 2012 in Japan. The best way to describe Cocorobo @ Home is as a system that allows you to control all of your Sharp appliances from one simple interface.

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smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

smart forstars concept includes projector-snout and smartphone remote

What's that, your car doesn't have a projector hidden in its hood? You're obviously not as achingly cool as smart, with the German car brand outing its forstars SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) at the Paris Auto Show today. Tipped to offer "a glimpse of the brand's future design idiom" the electric two-seater features a 60 kW magneto-electric motor, replaces the rear-view mirror with a smartphone dock hooked up to a camera, and hides a projector in the grille for impromptu screenings.

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Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tobii and NTT DOCOMO announce ibeam eye-tracking tablet

Tablets these days can do a lot of different things, but NTT DOCOMO has a new tablet in the pipeline with a feature that we don't see all that often: eye tracking. The eye tracking technology in NTT DOCOMO's new ibeam concept tablet will be supplied by Tobii, and if you're going to be at CEATEC in Tokyo at the beginning of October, you'll get the chance to see it in action. It's there, at booth #4B66, that NTT DOCOMO will be unveiling the prototype ibeam for the first time.

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Hasselblad Lunar promises otherworldly photos for $6.5k

Hasselblad Lunar promises otherworldly photos for $6.5k

Esoteric camera company Hasselblad may not be ready to launch its "ultimate luxury" mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera, but that doesn't mean it's not going to shout about the new Lunar from the rooftops. Revealed today and set to hit the market early in 2013, the curvaceous camera is expected to use an APS-C 24.3-megapixel sensor with 25-point AF and Full HD video recording, sourced from Sony's NEX-7.

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Lexus LF-CC Concept Car slices the eyes at Paris Motor Show

Lexus LF-CC Concept Car slices the eyes at Paris Motor Show

The folks at Lexus have brought on another fabulous concept car in the LF-CC, coming at you in full how sharp action at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. This vehicle brings on much of the excellence that the LF-LC showed at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show, this time as a mid-sized coupe with more compact rear-wheel drive. This vehicle works with a bold L-finesse design language and has some wild grille mesh and a deep low front spoiler to keep your beast of a concept pulled in close to the road.

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Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung Dual-Display Notebook concept hands-on

Samsung's Windows 8 line-up at IFA wasn't limited to just the ATIV range; the company also had some interesting concepts to show, of which the most usable was a Dual-Display Notebook. Resembling one of Samsung's slick Windows ultrabooks from face-on, close the notebook's lid and there was a second display to be found, turning the machine into a slate-format tablet.

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