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  • Opinion: 'World's Smallest Camera' Goes on Sale

    Hammacher Schlemmer now sells what it claims to be the world's smallest camera for $100. The miniature digicam is small enough to rest on a finger, measuring 1.125 inches long, 1 inch wide and 1.062 inches deep.

  • Opinion: Mechatronic Security Robot Is Remarkably Formidable

    I’m constantly amazed by the creativity that goes into the random things I find on the Internets, and this bad-ass robot built by the Beatty Family is no exception. This isn’t your ordinary security bot, no sir; rather, it's an armored beast weighing in at 45 pounds that can defend itself with a mounted turret capable of firing 1,000 plastic or metal pellets a minute.

  • Opinion: Facial Recognition: Facebook Photo Matching Just the Start

    The Internet was in an uproar earlier this year following Facebook's launch of facial recognition software for its photo services, enabling users to identify their friends in photos automatically--and without their permission. Though critics described that move as creepy, the controversial technology may now be on the verge of widespread use.

  • Opinion: You Can Now Borrow Kindle Books from Libraries

    In a surprise move Wednesday, Amazon announced that 11,000 libraries throughout the United States are now able to loan books to Amazon Kindles. While libraries have been able to lend e-books to readers for some time now, this is the first time they've been able to do it in the Kindle format.

  • Opinion: Wireless Speaker System as Easy as Twisting in Lights

    How many journalists does it take to set up a wireless audio system? Hopefully just one; the same number required to screw a couple AudioBulbs, a new LED light and speaker system from GiiNii International, into a couple lamps or light fixtures. Once paired with an AudioBulb base station (pictured above), which doubles as an iPod dock, you have a complete wireless audio system with minimum setup time.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 19: Diving Into the Office Hub

    Today I am continuing the conversation from Day 18 about productivity on the go with a "Mango" smartphone. The Office Hub in Windows Phone 7 sets the device apart from the competition as a platform for mobile productivity.

  • Opinion: Little Mr. Roboto Set to Take on Ironman Triathlon

    It's one thing to take on an Ironman competition when you're six feet tall and two-hundred pounds of pure muscle. It's another thing entirely when you're just 20-inches tall like Evolta. The tiny Japanese robot is warming up to swim, bike, and run its way across a 143-mile-long Ironman course in Hawaii on October 24th. Given the size difference Evolta is expected to make the arduous trek in 168 hours, ten times longer than the average "strongman."

  • Opinion: Google+ Social Networking Now Open to Everyone

    Google opened the gates to its social network, Google+, to everyone today and rolled out more than a dozen new features to the service, many of them aimed at mobile phone users.

  • Opinion: Cyborg Plants Render Humans Even More Obsolete

    The cyborg plant is not a new concept. The robot plant replacement is even less new: You can buy one for a price of $4.19 from ThinkGeek, after all. But a team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich isn't interested in solar-powered plastic toys or surgically-altered self-lighting plants that hang on a wall (creepy!)--they're giving plants the ability to feed, water, and sun themselves, by augmenting them with iRobot technology and wheels.

  • Opinion: Skype iPhone, iPod Touch App Has Security Hole

    Skype is working to fix a security hole in its iOS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows a hacker to steal a person's entire address book. The vulnerability, located in the app's chat message window, can be exploited with JavaScript code. It was pointed out by security researcher Phil Purviance of AppSec.

  • Opinion: Verizon Sells 4G Android Phone for $100

    If expensive handsets were holding you back from jumping on the 4G bandwagon, Verizon has a treat for you. The carrier is introducing the Pantech Breakout Android 2.3 smartphone running on its 4G network, a device that will cost you only $100 with a two-year contract.

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 18: Productivity On the Go

    30 Days WIth Windows Phone 7: Day 18

  • Opinion: Get an Early Taste of Firefox for Android Tablets

    A few weeks ago Mozilla mobile user interface designer Ian Barlow posted some tantalizing mockups of the upcoming Firefox version tailored to Android tablets, but the software wasn't actually available to download at the time.

  • Opinion: Win Phone 7, Day 17: Taking, Sharing Pictures with WP7

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 17

  • Opinion: Windows Phone 7, Day 16: The 'Full' IE9 Experience

    30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 16

  • Opinion: Netflix Splits in Two, Adds Games, Upsets Users Further

    Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings thinks he has a great idea to stop more customers from defecting since its recent price hike: split his company into two operations, require users to maintain two separate accounts, and add video games. Hastings announced late Sunday that Netflix plans to rebrand its DVD by mail business as Qwikster, giving the new brand a separate website and independent viewing queue. Qwikster will also expand into video game rentals for Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Hastings named Andy Rendich, who currently heads up the Netflix DVD service, as Qwikster CEO.

  • Opinion: PlayBook Software Update to Finally Add Native Email

    Research In Motion is looking to add more punch to its PlayBook tablet -- along with competitive pricing -- to spur sales.

  • Opinion: Apps Created for Android, iPhone May Top 1 Million

    A milestone was hit today in the market for smartphone apps. There may be a million of them out there.

  • Opinion: Google Reportedly Working on Flipboard App Rival

    Google will soon launch a social news magazine for iPads and Android tablets called Propeller, according to reports. The app would compete with the popular Flipboard app on the iPad, which Google tried to buy but its offer was refused.

  • Opinion: Nonsense: Of Course PS Vita's Not Hitting the US Dec. 31

    It seems some in the media are comfortable speculating about the PS Vita's release date yet this year, right up to the point of phony baloney headlines based on obvious non sequiturs. ZDNet noticed Amazon's placeholder release date--December 31, 2011--for the PlayStation Vita and Wii U after reading a bizarrely straight-faced Washington Post story, and decided, well, that it was newsworthy...in the face of overwhelming evidence (and official word) otherwise.



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