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Mercedes-Benz shows off Ener-G-Force concept vehicle

Mercedes-Benz shows off Ener-G-Force concept vehicle

Mercedes-Benz recently participated in a design challenge called the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012. The goal of the design channel was to design a Highway Patrol vehicle for 2025. Apparently, Mercedes-Benz's idea of the future is more than a little post-apocalyptic because its concept vehicle for the design competition is a massive off-road 4 x 4.

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Alpine resurrected: Renault and Caterham promise “distinctive” sportscars in 3-4 years

Alpine resurrected: Renault and Caterham promise “distinctive” sportscars in 3-4 years

Renault and Caterham have announced a partnership to create a new Alpine sportscar, resurrecting the iconic brand and hopefully translating concepts such as the Alpine A110-50 to the road. The deal, which will see the creation of The Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham in January 2013, could have sports tires on tarmac within the space of 3-4 years, though details of what exactly will bear the abandoned Alpine badge are currently couched in mystery.

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Sony Nexus X mockup appears unlikely

Sony Nexus X mockup appears unlikely

What we're seeing this morning is a couple of photos that have appeared on Picasa with the name Sony Nexus X attached to them - dare we assume? Though quite likely an elaborate mock-up of what could be in the future, the notion of a Sony Nexus device is not new - back when the Xperia Play was released, it was revealed that it was a Nexus device before being turned down in favor of the Nexus S. It also plays well with the notion that Google's future Nexus releases will go with more than one manufacturer rather than just Samsung or HTC.

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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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