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Georgia University Receives $900,000 To Build ‘MacGyver’ Robot

MacGyver Robot Georgia University

MacGyver is about to go robotic. A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a three-year, $900,000 grant to build a robot that can interact with its local environments as well as humans can. The grant was awarded by the Office of Naval Research. Researchers chose the MacGyver name because… Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G Receives FCC Approval

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have given Amazon permission to begin selling its Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G in the United States. Unveiled last month, the 8.9-inch tablet was forced to display disclaimers about its lack of US sales clearance. Disclaimers were being run on web pages and email promotions. The Amazon Kindle Fire HD… Read more »

iPad Mini Leaked Photos Show Lightning Dock Connector And Backside Panel

iPad Mini Back Dock Connector

Photos of the iPad Mini’s backside and Lightning dock connector were leaked on Tuesday, just ahead of Apple’s own press release event for the new miniature iPad tablet. Apple has not confirmed the authenticity of the images. The components do appear to be consistent with earlier parts leaks, and The Wall Street Journal has recently… Read more »

iPhone 5 Survives Barrage Of Gunfire, Other ‘Torture Tests’ [Video]

iPhone 5 torture tests

Now that the initial excitement over the iPhone 5’s release has died down some, somber consumers have turned to testing the new Apple tech’s mettle. Several independent users have been “torture testing” the device (and some, its potential buyers) with some electing to push the battery’s limits and others subjecting the iPhone 5 to gunfire…. Read more »

GPS Shoes Will Lead You Home, Just Click Your Heels Three Times

gps shoes

A new pair of GPS shoes will point you in the direction of home if you just click your heels three times and say “there’s no place like home.” Ok, you don’t actually have to say Dorothy’s famous phrase, but shoe maker Dominic Wilcox definitely had the Wizard of Oz in mind when he designed… Read more »

Apple Suppliers Begin Mass Shipping 13.3-Inch MacBook Pro, iMacs

iMac Line Refresh

The new iMac and 13.3-inch MacBook Pro models have begun to ship from Apple suppliers, according to a report by the DigiTimes. According to that report, the brand new 13.3-inch MBP with Retina Display is included in those shipments. The same report claims that enough supply has arrived to satisfy orders throughout a possible late… Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Will Come With Ads ‘Opt-Out’ Fee

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon came under fire after announcing non-removable ads for its Amazon Kindle Fire HD series, a decision the company has backtracked from following broad reaching criticism from tech writers and the general media. Amazon will now allow customers to remove lock screen and homepage ads for a cost of $15. Customers can pay the fee… Read more »

Color Blindness Sunglasses Could Help Determine Colors

EnChroma Color Blind Glasses

EnChroma wants to help customers who are colorblind see what their eyes are meant to see. The company claims to have developed a pair of sunglasses that correct color blindness using a special optical coating that filters light as it enters the lens. The idea for the glasses came about when the company was developing… Read more »

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Running On Google Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’

Amazon Kindle HD

Amazon executives on Friday confirmed that the new Kindle Fire HD tablets run on the Google Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ OS. During the company’s Amazon Fire HD press conference on Thursday officials had steered clear of the devices OS type, likely because the HD tablet has been heavily customized, making Android 4.0 less recognizable… Read more »

Apple To Be Its Own Exclusive ‘Initial Vendor’ For 9-Pin Dock Connector

Apple 9-Pin Connector

Apple has not yet offered developers access to parts or specifications for its next-generation Dock Connector leading to speculation that the tech firm will be the exclusive initial vendor for its new upcoming 9-pin dock connector when it releases on the iPhone 5. According to initial sources, Apple will sell the connectors individually and in… Read more »

Is Instagram Turning Into Instaporn?

instagram x-rated controversy

Instagram fans are using the popular cell phone app to share far more than just cute photos of their dogs and vacations. The picture-sharing venue is now jokingly being called “Instaporn” due to the increasing number of X-rated images popping up on platform. Approximately 70 million users were attracted to the application less than one… Read more »

Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver Turned Into TV Remote With Gesture Controls

Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver

The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to unlock the mysteries of the universe and to fix stuff on the popular and extremely long running British TV series Dr. Who and now that sonic screwdriver has been turned into a gesture-based remote control. Designs for the clever remote couldn’t include a bunch of buttons or the… Read more »

Toshiba Unveils New Tablet-Ultrabook Hybrid

Ultrabooks

Toshiba has unveiled a new tablet-ultrabook hybrid during the 2012 IFA conference in Berlin along with a series of new computer devices. The tablet-ultrabook hybrid was the star of the announcement by Toshiba, reports Mashable. The new device is called the Satellite U925t and is a Windows 8 ultrabook that converts into a tablet when… Read more »

HP Envy X2 Debuts, Shows Off Tablet And PC Features

HP Envy X2 With Keyboard

The convertible tablet/PC market received some powerhouse competition on Wednesday when Hewlett Packard (HP) rolled out the HP Envy x2. The Envy X2 is a 3.1-pound aluminum laptop computer with a multi-touch capable screen that doubles as a tablet. When separated from its keyboard body, the tablet is just 1.5 pounds and can be used… Read more »