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Happy Holidays from SlashGear

Happy Holidays from SlashGear

Today and tomorrow you'll hear just a little bit less from the team here at SlashGear than you normally would because we're out having a fabulous time celebrating Christmas (or something like it) at each of our various family abodes. What you will find is a couple of guides on what to do with your gifts, specifically if they come from the Apple or Android families, and some surprise posts as well. We're hoping you find this holiday set of days as relaxing as we are, taking a break from everything, including news about the ever-expanding future of gadgetry.

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Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Review

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Review

You have to be a pretty special electric toothbrush to make the frontpage of SlashGear, but Philips reckons its Sonicare DiamondClean HX9332 has what it takes. $300/£250 worth of sonically-cleaning electric mouth pleasure is on offer, complete with a USB traveling case and a magical inductive charger-glass for your bathroom counter. Is this the ideal holiday treat for your teeth, or merely an overpriced vibrating gobthrill? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Conflict Materials in my smartphone? Hope for Congo says yes

Conflict Materials in my smartphone? Hope for Congo says yes

It's a risky business you enter in when you purchase a product, and not just when you're rolling with NIKE with their child labor-made shoes or that lovely diamond you've got around your neck mined by an enslaved people in Africa - what we're now to understand is that its possible, though not confirmed, that the vast majority of the top-name manufacturers your gadgets come from are involved in, in one way or another, the "conflict materials" trade. You may know this term from the movie Blood Diamond, released a few years ago starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Djimon Hounsou, or Kanye West's song "Diamonds" from right around the same time as the release of that movie - the absolutely evil conditions you saw or heard in those bits of media are very likely continuing through to the bits that make up your favorite MP3 player, speakers, and tablets you're using right this second.

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MagnetU wearable social network device debuts

MagnetU wearable social network device debuts

If you are big into social networking this new gadget might catch your eye. It's not something that is made to allow you to connect to social networks on the go. This thing is a little device that looks roughly iPod nano in size. The wearable device clips to a sleeve or necklace and works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone.

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Little Printer prints digital stuff for you to read

Little Printer prints digital stuff for you to read

The Little Printer is a strange item that seems to be aimed a the person who both likes and loathes digital media. This Little Printer allows you to enter your subscriptions for social networking sites and other places and then each morning it will print that content out for you. Granted that isn’t green, but if you want a printed page to take with you this might be the ticket.

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5 Things SlashGear is thankful for this year

5 Things SlashGear is thankful for this year

It's turkey day here in the United States, and as the reasons for Thanksgiving have been blurred and broadened since the first celebration many moons ago, so too must we take a non-traditional post: here's five things SlashGear is thankful for. We're a team from all across the United States as well as a few other continents on this lovely gadget-tastic world of ours, and even though the first Thanksgiving got its start in the USA, this whole day should be called one where we realize how very lucky we all are to have what we've got. That said, enjoy five items that the average citizen might never have considered, but that we here at SlashGear hold dear.

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Digital watch packs micro-generator for power

Digital watch packs micro-generator for power

If you are a watch geek, this one will get your watch lust up I reckon. What you see here is an interesting digital watch that has a little generator inside that powers the watch by the motion of your arms. This self-powered style watch has been around for a long time in the mechanical watch world where the motion of your arms keeps the watch wound up and working.

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Solar Cookup200 cooks gets its power from the yellow sun

Solar Cookup200 cooks gets its power from the yellow sun

If you ever find yourself stranded in the wilds packed with a bunch of mirrors, wood, and some chicken that needs burning we have the outdoor cooking tool for you. This thing you see is called the solar Cookup200. It looks like some sort of satellite frying doohickey. It’s actually a device for focusing the sun light that hits it to cook up food.

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LG to show off new Roboking VR6180VMC robotic vacuum with cameras and smartphone control at IFA 2011

LG to show off new Roboking VR6180VMC robotic vacuum with cameras and smartphone control at IFA 2011

LG will show off a cool new robotic vacuum cleaner at IFA 2011 called the Roboking VR680VMNC. It remains me more than a little of the Toshiba robot vacuum that I talked about a few days ago. The LG offering has three cameras and a host of sensors that help it to navigate your home and clean things up. The coolest thing is that the LG Roboking vacuum can be controlled remotely.

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