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  • Opinion: This Real-Life WALL-E Replica Is Adorable, Awesome

    In 2003, Mike Senna charmed the Internet with his remote-controlled R2-D2 replica. Now, he's winning even more people over with this enchanting, full-size replica of Disney's WALL-E. And, it only took him two and a half years.

  • Opinion: New MetroPCS Phone Offers Mobile TV Programming: Worth It?

    MetroPCS now sells a phone capable of receiving free TV programming. There's one problem, though--it's expensive. The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G will set you back $460, $200 more than its sister Galaxy smartphones, which don't have TV reception capabilities.

  • Opinion: Put an Old Phone to Good Use--Make it a Lego NXT Telepresence Robot

    Do you have an old Android phone stored away that you keep only for emergencies--or just aren't sure what to do with it? You could breathe new life into the semi-retired handset by strapping it up to a Lego Mindstorms NXT set and turn it into a household security robot.

  • Opinion: Lego Motorized Wheelchair Doubles as the Nerdiest Throne Ever

    We've seen some pretty cool alternatives to the standard wheelchair, including a leg-bound exoskeleton and Segway that you can sit on. But obviously nothing can be cooler than a wheelchair made entirely of Lego and powered by Mindstorms NXT kits.

  • Opinion: Sharp Says New iPhone Screens Shipping to Apple

    Sharp, one of Apple’s three display suppliers, said the first screens for the next generation iPhone will begin shipping this month. The company’s new president, Takashi Okuda was quoted by Reuters, speaking at a press briefing in Tokyo, saying "shipments will start in August," but without any other details.

  • Opinion: Web App Tells You Which Olympic Athlete You Most Resemble

    Are you following the London Olympic games? Even if you're not watching every event, you probably at least follow your country's athletes and medal count. No matter the capacity in which you watch the games, there's one thing most of us know–we'll never be like them. But is that really true?

  • Opinion: The Mouth Factory To Advance Mouth-Driven Home Improvement

    Why use your hands when you can use your mouth instead? Designed by London's Royal College of Art's Cheng Guo, The Mouth Factory series is an absolutely bewildering collection of "functional machines" engineered to be operated by, you guessed it, the user's mouth. According to the website, the selection includes a chewing lathe, a tongue extruder, a mouth breath rotational molding machine, and a vacuum form machine.

  • Opinion: Images of Sony Xperia Tablet Leaked Online

    Photos of one of Sony's next-generation Xperia tablets have been leaked online, showing a device that boasts a number of features and accessories including a keyboard cover/stand just like the one for Microsoft's Surface tablet.

  • Opinion: Court Delays Apple's Bid To Ban Galaxy Nexus Smartphone

    Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone will remain on sale in the United States after a federal appeals court granted its maker a temporary reprieve from a ban on sale of the handset.

  • Opinion: Get Dozens of Free Business and IT Ebooks From Microsoft

    The smartest folks I know are the ones who have bookshelves stacked with reference guides. Knowledge is power, and all that.

  • Opinion: Honda's Stride Management Assist Will Have the Elderly Back on Their Feet

    It has been quite a month for miraculous restorative robotics. First we saw a glove with the capacity to improve motor skills of individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries. Now, Honda has introduced the Stride Management Assist, a device that will be featured at the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in August.

  • Opinion: iPad Mini: What We Know So Far

    Apple is set to unveil a new iPhone and possibly a new smaller iPad on Sept. 12, according to pundits. Apple has previously dismissed the 7-inch form factor for tablets because it’s too small, but the recent successes of the Kindle Fire from Amazon and the Nexus 7 tablet from Google, manufactured by Asus, have slowly squeezed the 9.7-inch iPad’s market share, so Apple is expected to hit back.

  • Opinion: This Arduino Hack Makes Reading RSS Feeds More Fun

    Looking for a way to keep an eye on RSS feeds throughout the day? You could be sensible and use a good RSS reader, or you could do something like the Arduino RSS Feed Display.

  • Opinion: Improve Black-and-White Photos, Obtain Ideal Scanner Settings, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can—though given the quantity of email that I receive, I can’t promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus.

  • Opinion: What to watch for when buying a used iPhone

    If you lose or break your iPhone, you’re on the hook to replace it. That doesn’t mean you have to buy a new one, though. There are plenty of used iPhones available on the market, and given that some people go so far as to buy a new iPhone every time Apple releases an update, many aren’t even that heavily used.

  • Opinion: Bring Back the 80s With This Modern Take on the Old Mixtape

    There are many things I don't miss about the 80s. The clothes and hairdos are one example, 80s music is another. One thing I do miss is cassettes, and especially the awesomeness of the mixtape. Luckily, I'm not the only retro-junkie out there: MakerBot has come up with a mixtape that looks exactly like the ones we used to have, but utilizes modern technology.

  • Opinion: Facebook Phone Dismissed by Zuckerberg

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cast doubt Thursday on the notion that the social network would be introducing its own smartphone any time soon.

  • Opinion: You'll Never Lose This Automatic Camera Lens Cap

    One of the biggest disadvantages to using a big, honking DSLR is that you constantly have to take off that lens cap. What makes it worse is that you're exponentially inclined to lose it every time you slip it into your back pocket, throw it into your bag, or pop it into your mouth to hold it.

  • Opinion: Facebook Phone Rumors Return Ahead of Quarterly Earnings Report

    An HTC-built Facebook smartphone may debut as early as mid-2013, according to a new online report. There’s no word on the hardware, but the purported new handset would include a “modified operating system,” according to Bloomberg. It’s not clear whether that suggests Facebook is basing its phone OS on Android or a lesser-known open source mobile platform such as Tizen.

  • Opinion: Samsung Removes Local Search Feature from Galaxy S III as Patent Suit Nears

    Samsung has removed local search capabilities from its Galaxy S III in hopes of fortifying the phone against Apple patent lawsuits.



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