Gadgets Timeline

Apple Unveils iPad Mini, New Macs In California

Apple Reveals iPad Mini

Apple officially unveiled its iPad mini on Tuesday — a move that Steve Jobs said would never happen. Along with announcing the highly anticipated device, the press event in California also saw the revelation of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple CEO Tim Cook and vice president of marketing Phil Schiller took the stage during… Read more »

Samsung Will Terminate Apple’s LCD Distribution Contract

Samsung Cancelling Apple Display Orders

Samsung is close to terminating its liquid crystal display panels contract with Apple, Inc. According to Samsung officials, Apple’s strict supply chain requirements are the primary factor for deciding to end the deal. Analysts believe that Samsung has already cut down on the number of displays it is shipping to Apple. The company’s entire operational… Read more »

Microsoft Surface Tablet Pre-Orders Sold Out

Microsoft Surface Tablet Sells out

Buyers attempting to get their hands on the Microsoft Surface RT tablet when it debuts on October 26 may be out of luck. Microsoft’s product page for the new 32GB and 64GB tablets are now listing the devices as “out of stock” for new orders. The new tablet with its sleek design and Windows OS… Read more »

Boxee TV Returns, Delivers Dual-Tuner, Unlimited DVR Storage Space

Boxee TV Returns

Boxee didn’t have the best run at the ‘smart tv’ market when it first debuted. The company simply didn’t have the backing to take on Apple TV, Google TV, Roku and other competitors in the space. Now Boxee TV has returned and instead of focusing on streaming multimedia content from local storage and the web… Read more »

Microsoft Surface Pre-Orders Start At Noon, Priced At $499

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface pre-orders start at 12:00 pm EDT on October 16, marking the first time Microsoft has personally entered the tablet market. The highly anticipated device is sitting behind a huge marketing campaign geared towards the Apple iPad’s consumer based market. The first Surface to reach market is the 32GB model running Windows RT. The… Read more »

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 »