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Emirates airlines allows passengers to use mobile phones in-flight

Emirates airlines allows passengers to use mobile phones in-flight

Flying on a commercial airline can be a very annoying proposition. If you're like me and always seem to get stuck in the middle seat between two people who should have purchased a pair of seats each, a flight can be a nightmare. I can only imagine how annoying it would be if those two people were chatting away on their mobile phones during the entire flight.

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Agama robotic vacuum cleaners suck in a good way

Agama robotic vacuum cleaners suck in a good way

Robotic vacuum cleaners are nothing new; they've been on the market for a long time now. Most robotic vacuums look the same with a round shape that creeps around your house to vacuum the carpets without you having to bother. A company called Agama has announced two new robotic vacuum cleaners that will help you keep your home spotless and clean. The robotic vacuums include the RC530A and RC330A.

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Brain controlled kitty tail for humans is called Shippo

Brain controlled kitty tail for humans is called Shippo

It seems there's no shortage of strange gadgets coming out of Japan. I guess we can thank the Pokémon craze for the rash of wearable faux animal parts for humans. In the past, we've seen some rather odd necomimi robotic cat ears that would move based on your mood.

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Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

Keurig Vue V1200 coffee brewer uses RFID technology

I wager most of the offices out there have normal coffee makers where you put in a paper filter, water, and ground-up coffee to get a full pot. Some offices have fancier coffee machines that brew single cups of fancy hot drinks. Some of the coolest single cup makers are made by company called Keurig.

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Berg Little Printer teases Instagram-esque photo tweak

Berg Little Printer teases Instagram-esque photo tweak

Berg's whimsical Little Printer has been hacked to support photos, though the new direct messaging feature won't be present in the first generation of the unusual desktop gizmo. Part of a side-project by a member of the Berg team, the app update adds a camera feature to the currently text-only smartphone software, allowing users to append a photo to their wirelessly-beamed message.

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Doctor Who sonic screwdriver toothbrush prevents time traveling gingivitis

Doctor Who sonic screwdriver toothbrush prevents time traveling gingivitis

I know a lot of people who really like Doctor Who. I've tried watching the show on more than a few occasions. I just can't do it. The show is too cheesy for me. I know that is sort of the point of the franchise. If you're a huge fan of Doctor Who, we have the perfect toothbrush for you.

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What the heck is IFA? (And why should I care?)

What the heck is IFA? (And why should I care?)

Stand by, tech hounds: gadgets incoming. Samsung, HTC and others are readying for the big tech show of Q3, Berlin's IFA, the European rival to CES and for those of us addicted to our grown-up toys, a chance to see the phones, tablets and smart TVs we'll be coveting over the next few months. Plenty to get excited about, then, particularly with IFA 2012 expected to be the biggest in the show's history. So, what's in store?

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Star Wars Wampa Ice Scraper Mitt is winter genius

Star Wars Wampa Ice Scraper Mitt is winter genius

Did you ever wonder what became of the hand Luke chopped off that Wampa that wanted to eat him on the icy planet of Hoth? I like to imagine that fuzzy Wampa arm crawled around the icy planet like Michael Caine's mitt in the 80's flick "The Hand." Only the Wampa hand was nice and instead of trying to choke the life out of you, it would scrape the ice off your snow speeders windshield.

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PowerPot Charges gadgets while you cook

PowerPot Charges gadgets while you cook

A new gadget called the PowerPot has surfaced and is aimed at those who want to be ready for any type of disaster. It's also ideal for campers who like to rough it without giving up their electronic devices. The PowerPot concept comes in three different forms that generate different amounts of power when subjected to heat.

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Dropcam HD now shipping for $149

Dropcam HD now shipping for $149

Dropcam has announced that it's now shipping the world smallest HD Wi-Fi monitoring camera called the Dropcam HD. The camera was previously available for pre-order, and that pre-order period is now over. The camera has automatic night vision and is always on making it easy to view live video and record the video the camera is viewing.

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Japanese researchers develop speech-suppression speaker gun

Japanese researchers develop speech-suppression speaker gun

A Japanese research team has developed a device that can compel the overly talkative to shut their mouths and let somebody else get a word in edgewise. Before you start pulling out your pocket Bill of Rights, understand that researchers Kazutaka Kurihara and Koji Tsukada haven't developed a weapon, it's more of an etiquette enforcer - with extreme prejudice. Their device processes the speech of an overly loud person, then computes and adjusts the frequencies and sends their own words back at them, modulated in such a way that they become instantly confused and therefore more likely to shut their traps already.

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How Important Is Product Pricing, Really?

How Important Is Product Pricing, Really?

Whenever I review a software product or gadget, one of the key elements I must consider is price. Time and again, I need to determine if the value a product delivers is enough to justify its price tag. And in far too many cases, it doesn’t.

But I’m starting to wonder how much price really matters. Surely we’d all like to save a few extra bucks whenever we can, but if the right product comes along that satisfies many of our desires, we find a way to justify purchasing it in our mind. The device over there that’s $200 cheaper is nice and all, but it’s not the one we want. And that’s all that matters.

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