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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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Buhel Speakgoggle G33 Intercom goggles let you ski and talk

Buhel Speakgoggle G33 Intercom goggles let you ski and talk

In my part of the country, we don't get to participate in winter sports. We rarely get snow and when we do and couple inches of snow is a lot. That means we would have no use for these cool Buhel Speakgoggle G33 ski goggles that not only protect your eyes from snow and glare, but also allow you to talk using your smartphone via Bluetooth while you fly down the slopes.

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