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Brain-sensing Necomimi robo cat ears are furry-awesome [Video]

Brain-sensing Necomimi robo cat ears are furry-awesome [Video]

We've seen brainwave-sensing used for mind training games, the judicious application of comedy torture, and attempting to control the nearest robot: now the technology has reached its summit, with cosplay-style wiggling cat ears. The handiwork of Neurowear, the Necomimi straps a couple of motorized furry cat ears to a brainwave-monitoring headband, so that you can wiggle them appropriately.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA mini and mini pro hands-on [Video] [Updated]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA mini and mini pro hands-on [Video] [Updated]

Sony Ericsson has just announced the XPERIA mini and mini pro Android smartphones, the latest in the company's super-compact line, and we've stopped by for a sneaky hands-on play ahead of their planned release in August 2011. Just like their predecessors they're built for those who don't want a 4-inch or bigger display and prefer their smartphone to be discrete; unlike those predecessors, they're not underpowered minnows.

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Intel Ivy Bridge official: 22nm 3D Tri-Gate to revolutionize processors

Intel Ivy Bridge official: 22nm 3D Tri-Gate to revolutionize processors

Intel has announced its 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors, the world's first on a production technology, and with the potential to create not only smaller chips for smartphones, tablets and other ultraportables, but to make more powerful servers and desktop PCs. The 3D Tri-Gate transistors will be first used in Intel Ivy Bridge processors, demonstrated today and set to be the first high-volume CPUs based on the new technology. Intel isn't holding back on the hyperbole, saying Ivy Bridge will bring "an unprecedented combination of power savings and performance gains" - up to 37-percent more performance, in fact - and the company even managed to get Gordon E. Moore - who coined "Moore's Law" - to speak up on how important the 22nm evolution is to tech.

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Spotify takes on iTunes with iPod management, download bundles, more [Video]

Spotify takes on iTunes with iPod management, download bundles, more [Video]

Streaming music service Spotify has launched its biggest assault on iTunes to date, with the addition of iPod management functionality. Plug in an iPod classic, nano or shuffle and Spotify will list it in the new "Devices" section of the updated software: you can then sync across your existing MP3s as well as buy MP3s through Spotify's refreshed download service. Meanwhile there's mobile iOS and Android news for free Spotify users wanting to take their tracks on the go.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review

ASUS has been plugging away at tablets for years now, experimenting with convertible netbooks and trying to coax some semblance of finger-friendliness out of Windows. It's taken Android 3.0 Honeycomb and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 to actually deliver, however: an eye-catching hybrid offering the touch-usability of a slate and the content creation flexibility of a Keyboard Dock. Has Eee Pad outclassed iPad 2 or do the ASUS Transformer's two halves not quite add up to a whole? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

Android apps on BlackBerry PlayBook gets first demo

RIM has publicly demonstrated Android apps running on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the first time at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, showing how code intended for Google's platform will be packaged and run on the QNX slate. Apps will each run in their own instance of a virtual machine, presented to the user as regular shortcuts and with the emulator automatically - and transparently - loading.

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Osama bin Laden dead: Raid was confidential but Twitter wasn’t [Video]

Osama bin Laden dead: Raid was confidential but Twitter wasn’t [Video]

The reports of Osama bin Laden's death may be ubiquitous now, but the story inadvertently broke - and played out amid the firefight - on Twitter first. Abbottabad resident Sohaib Athar noted a "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)" and then "A huge window shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope its not the start of something nasty :-S" without realizing he was giving an on-the-ground insight into what the US government has described as a 40-minute "surgical raid".

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HTC Wildfire S Review

HTC Wildfire S Review

Expectations around the HTC Wildfire S are, a little surprisingly, high. The third of HTC's new Android devices from MWC 2011 in February, the entry-level smartphone replaces the Wildfire, a device which managed to carve itself quite the niche among pre-pay users and the budget or bulk conscious. Now the S-variant comes to further refine the lineage: we're a long way from the Tattoo, but has HTC done enough to keep the Wildfire S relevant today? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Project iKinect adds iPhone to Kinect gaming for boosted control [Video]

Project iKinect adds iPhone to Kinect gaming for boosted control [Video]

The great Kinect hacks continue, and next up is a way to bypass Microsoft's limitations on micro-movement recognition by throwing another controller into the mixture: namely an iPhone. Project iKinect is a PC-based co-play system which allows for more complex gameplay, using the Kinect motion sensor to track general movement and the iPhone's various sensors and touchscreen for micro-movement recognition.

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