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Toy joy for the big boys

For a few minutes all the adults became children too. It was a four-year-old’s birthday party and, after the blue-interior Spiderman cake, the biggest thrill was a remote-controlled helicopter. While these are generally set to amuse children, the fathers were enthralled – because, unlike most RC gadgets, this one, called an AR.Drone, is controlled by an iPhone.With a camera mounted in ...[Read More]

Aerospace engineers to start experiments on Star Trek-style fusion impulse engines

In a move almost calculated to make Star Trek fans and space travel hopefuls extremely optimistic, the University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH), NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Boeing have revealed that they are experimenting with a fusion impulse rocket engine that will allow for more rapid space travel. The concept impulse engine has been named for the Star Trek equivalent according to UAH...[Read More]

Google, Motorola Mobility acquire imaging and gesture recognition company Viewdle

Google and Motorola Mobility were previously thought to be in talks to acquire imaging and gesture recognition firm Viewdle, something that Motorola Mobility has now confirmed via an official statement. Viewdle makes augmented reality and facial recognition software that “…realize the full potential of the many advanced consumer devices that are now on the market”, according to t...[Read More]

Microsoft launching Xbox Music on 26 October – report

Microsoft will be launching the Xbox Music service, which was announced at E3 this year, towards the end of this month according to a report from The Verge. The report cites “multiple sources” who say that Microsoft is preparing to send the service into the wild on 26 October, dropping it on the same date that Windows 8 launches for the company. The timing would make sense, especially ...[Read More]

Nokia considering selling Espoo headquarters – report

Cellphone manufacturer Nokia might be looking at selling the company’s headquarters, which is based in Espoo, Finland, according to a report from Reuters. Spokeswoman for the company Maija Taimi reportedly told Reuters “We are evaluating different options for non-core parts, such as real estate holdings, and that includes the headquarters.” Nokia has previously said that they are...[Read More]

Samsung sends invite for an October product launch, thought to be Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung has issued invitations for a product launch in Frankfurt, Germany on 11 October, sparking off speculation that a Galaxy S III Mini is in the offing. Based on the invitation for the event (pictured), odds are good that a Galaxy S-something-or-other will be introduced by the South Korean company. The tag line on the invite translates from German into, roughly, “So big can be small. And...[Read More]

iPad Mini casing images apparently leak

Images that apparently show the components that will be making up Apple’ s iPad Mini have leaked onto the internet, showing some of the features the device will apparently feature when Apple finally announces it. The 7.85″ tablet will seemingly have a nano-SIM slot and the casing is supposedly made from anodized aluminum, which is already a feature of Apple’s iPhone 5. The tablet...[Read More]

HTC One X+ confirmed, boasts larger battery, CPU

HTC’s One X+ handset, which was leaked online last week, has been made official by the company and the revised version of the One X boasts a few hardware improvements. Some features have remained unchanged while others have gotten a tweak or two. The CPU has been upped from a 1.5 GHz chip (found in the global version of the One X) to a 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 and, according to HTC, “...[Read More]

Apple rumoured to be announcing iPad Mini in just over two weeks

Apple is rumoured to be announcing the long-expected iPad Mini in two and a half weeks time, according to an Apple investor who cites “multiple sources” for his information. Invitations to an Apple event will apparently be sent out to American media on 10 October, presaging the event which is supposedly going to be taking place on 17 October. A launch day for the device of 2 November w...[Read More]

Samsung amends lawsuit to include iPhone 5

Samsung, fresh from having the shackles removed from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the States, has amended their ongoing lawsuit against Apple and added the iPhone 5 to the list of devices it says are infringing on patents. Strangely, the LTE patents that Samsung was expected to name as being infringed upon were not mentioned in the amendment. The patents involved in Samsung’s tacking-on of the iPh...[Read More]

Galaxy Tab injuction lifted, Apple may have to pay $2.6 million

The injunction against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been lifted by Judge Lucy Koh. There was a delay to the injunction’s removal because the initial decision to bar the device was being appealed. A US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision allowed Judge Koh to lift the ban and she also dismissed an argument from Apple which said that the court should wait until post-tri...[Read More]

Sharp begins production of HD-LCD phone displays

Sharp has announced that it has started production of 5″ full HD smartphone displays at the company’s plant in Kameyama, Japan. In spite of financial difficulties the company began production of the 5″ 1,920 x 1,080 LCD panels at the end of September and plans to ramp up to full scale production this month. The new displays will feature the highest ppi (pixels per inch) seen in a...[Read More]

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