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What You Need to Know About the BlackBerry Playbook

Research In Motion (RIM) is best known for the BlackBerry smartphone but soon the company hopes to make headlines with the release of their first ever tablet: the BlackBerry Playbook. The device was announced last September 27, 2010 and eager users have been waiting for its promised arrival in early 2011. Tablets have been all the rage lately so what edge has RIM equipped the PlayBook with to make it a contender in the competitive tablet market?


Nanogenerators: Move, Shake, and Drop to Charge Your Gadgets

It took a long time but scientists have finally developed the first nanogenerator that could be available commercially to the whole world in a matter of a few years. With how things are working out for this technology and at the pace that it's being developed, you could soon be powering up your electronic gadgets simply by moving your body and going about your daily tasks just as you do today.

No More Chewing the Edge Off Your Pen; Now You Can Eat It!

Were you one of those people who would chew at the ends of their pens or on the caps whenever they were answering a test or having a hard time going through the questionnaire? Well, I was. So when I happened to stumble upon this edible pen by Dave Hakkens, I thought that this could be the perfect solution for all of us pen-chewers in the world.

Xbox 720: Is It Coming Soon?

Speculation as to when the successor of the Xbox 360 will be released began way back since 2007. News about the Xbox 720 (it would make sense to some people just to multiply the 360 by 2 to arrive at the new name, but we never know, Microsoft could really use it) is making rounds once again, but it isn't just plain rumors that's stirring the coup this time around.

Turn Tunes In Your Head Into Music For Everyone's Ears

Music has long been seen as an expression of one's thoughts, feelings, or emotions. But what about for people who are suffering from severe physical disabilities or for those who do not have the ability to speak? Well, researchers from the United Kingdom are working hard to give them a musical voice by developing a new computer system that can turn thoughts to music.

Eco-Friendly Plastic from Meat and Bone Meal? Yep, It's Possible!

Plastics are usually made with petroleum raw materials but scientists from Clemson University say that they have found an eco-friendly substitute for these chemical compounds: meat and bone meal. These are prepared from waste materials from the rendering industry, which can include ground-up remnants of carcass trimmings, condemned carcasses and internal organs, and bones.

Brazilian Scientists to the World: Get Ready for the Pineapple and Banana Cars of the Future

The automobile industry is constantly transforming and trying to build more efficient and greener cars. Because of these efforts, we've seen the age of the electric cars and we have seen prototypes of cars that run on water as well as vehicles that are powered by solar energy. Now these are all great, but there's another solution brewing around that will not only use eco-friendly materials during its manufacture but will also result in the production of a stronger, lighter car that will do wonders for fuel economy. Is the world ready for pineapple and banana cars to hit the road?

Harvard Scientists: We Can Use Electricity to Fight Fires

We can't fight fire with fire, but we can sure use electricity to quench the flames. This discovery was made by a team of scientists from Harvard University based on a 200-year old observation that electricity can influence the shape of flames and make them bend, twist, turn, flicker, and eventually snuff them out.

Duracell MyGrid Charging Pad: One Gadget that Can Charge Four Devices At Once

Most people nowadays depend on a lot of electronic gadgets to stay in touch with friends and family as well as maintain relations with business contacts, and the tangled wires of the mountain of chargers on your nightstand is obviously not a welcome sight. So here's Duracell's solution to all that wiry clutter: the MyGrid Charging Pad, which can charge up to four devices from a list that contains wide range of mobile devices, all in one neat contraption.

Jobs: "No Interest" in App that Detects iPhone's Radiation Emission

Steve Jobs replied with a succinct "No interest" to Gil Friedlander, Tawkon's CEO, when the latter asked the former if he would approve an app for the iTunes App Store that would allow iPhone users to see the level of radiation that their devices were emitting at any given time. With that, Gil took his app to Cydia and offered it to the users of jailbroken iPhones for free.

Introducing the Eyeglasses of the Future: emPower! Electronic Glasses

Regular eyeglasses come with a lot of compromises. Sometimes people even need separate pairs for their reading glasses and corrective glasses to correct their sight. That's why PixelOptics have come up with these innovative glasses that have built-in microchips and micro-accelerometers so you can activate and switch on the near focus lens only when you need them. But how does it work?

Spy Camera Series: My Pen's Watching You

So picture this: you start noticing things missing from your office desk and your papers somehow get rearranged when you get back from your break. Is something up or are you just imagining things? A lot of covert and hidden spy cameras are readily available nowadays and I thought it would be interesting to cover these in a series of posts dedicated to filming people on the sly, starting with pens. Use them to take down notes, sign some checks, clip it on to your shirt pocket, and start filming with the click of a button.

Hey Bruno, I Would Catch This (USB) Grenade For You!

As Bruno Mars sang, he'd catch a grenade for you, throw his hand on a blade for you, and he'd even jump in front of a train for you. You know he'd do anything for you; he'd even take a bullet straight through his brain, but he complains that you won't do the same for him. Well, now you can return the favor and catch a grenade for the hunky crooner–a USB grenade by ThinkGeek, that is.

Meet Tocky, the Alarm Clock that Rolls Away From You

Remember Clocky, the alarm clock that made waves because it came with wheels and could run away from the disgruntled person being woken up once its alarm started ringing? Well, the people behind Clocky, Nanda Home, have come up with a successor to the adorably designed alarm clocks in the form of Tocky, which will jump on your bed and roll around until you wake up in order to shut it up.

How To Turn Your iPod into a Game Boy–On the Outside!

Remember the days when the Game Boy was the hottest gaming console on the planet and people just wouldn't stop buzzing about every new version that was going to be released when it would be announced? It sold over 118 million units worldwide during its run so you could say that it was one helluva popular handheld gaming console during its prime. Now iPWN! honors the iconic handheld by letting you turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a Game Boy–at least on the outside, that is. 

Playbrick Earphones for the Kid In You

A lot of us probably went through a LEGO phase at least once or twice in the earlier stages of our lives and they were actually good times. Assembling colorful plastic bricks to come up with miniature versions of real-life objects was just half the fun! Now you can actually have a little piece of your childhood with you everytime you listen to music with the Sundries Playbrick earphones. Aren't they just adorable?

Get Ready for the evoMouse, the Mouseless Mouse from Celluon

The first computer mouse was created in the 1960s and since then, it has come a long way. There is a wide range of mice available, from the convential mechanical roller mice to the optical mice and to the laser mice. But there's a new one that's coming your way and it's definitely a cut above the rest because it's the first commercial mouseless mouse that the world has ever seen: the evoMouse.

IQ Alarm Clock: Firing Up Your Brain to Life Every Morning

So what do you do when you need to wake yourself up before you can get to your morning cup of coffee? Get the IQ Alarm Clock, that's what! It will wake you up with an alarm that will only stop ringing once you get the IQ question displayed on the screen right.

iPhone 5 Rumors: Larger Screen, Metal Back, And It Ain't Coming This June

Just barely six months after the iPhone 4 was released, rumors about the iPhone 5 began making the rounds, fueling up the flame and bringing up the hype for a yet-to-be-announced product that many Apple fans hope will surpass its predecessor.

Covert Robotics: Robots that Spy (and Hide) from Humans

The folks over at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) have come up with a prototype of a spy robot that's smarter than the average bot. Focusing on covert robotics, their Spy Robot will zig and zag to avoid any patches of light and scurry for cover to hide from any approaching humans.