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Newly Announced Motorola Defy is Rugged and Runs Android 2.1

Newly Announced Motorola Defy is Rugged and Runs Android 2.1

Who said rugged meant a phone had to actually look like a piece of military equipment? With the announcement of the Motorola Defy, Moto brings their second Android handset specced out to resist the elements and keep chugging under even the most hostile conditions. Taking a page from the Motoro

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Science Team Make Gut Bacteria Do Math: Living Computers On Way? [Slimy

Science Team Make Gut Bacteria Do Math: Living Computers On Way? [Slimy

Computers made by this method would be superfast no doubt replacing electrons with bateria at a microscopic level good small, efficient, but god, imagine when bateria & living cells form computers, medical companies will be having a good time producing "antibiotics" for feeding your computer too

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Putting Multiple Credit Card Accounts On the Same Plastic

Putting Multiple Credit Card Accounts On the Same Plastic

The worst part about getting your credit card declined? Reaching back into your wallet to find one that works. Embarrassing! The Dynamics Card 2.0 MultiAccount feature solves that by putting two different accounts on the same piece of plastic. Card 2.0, shown off today for the first time, feature

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Intel's 6-Core Gulftown Gets Tested, Blows Us Away

Intel's 6-Core Gulftown Gets Tested, Blows Us Away

Six cores. That's how many are in Intel's ridiculous new Core i7-980x. MaximumPC takes us deep inside the world's fastest CPU, with full, mind-searing benchmarks. Meet the world's fastest CPU. OK, so we just gave away the big reveal to our report before you even flipped one page, and without s

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Broadcom Launches 802.11n Wi-Fi Chip For Cellphones

Broadcom Launches 802.11n Wi-Fi Chip For Cellphones

The new chip, which also integrates Bluetooth and FM radios, can grab 802.11n data at speeds of up to 50Mbps, and Broadcom claims it can do it all without totally devastating your battery. While mobile browsers are far from fast enough to handle data coming in at draft-N speeds, this does op

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Nokia PC Suite 7.0 Release 8.2 Final

Nokia PC Suite 7.0 Release 8.2 Final

Nokia PC Suite is a package of Windows-based PC applications developed especially for use with Nokia phones. Depending on your phone model, Nokia PC Suite lets you edit, synchronize and back up many of your phone's files on a compatible PC through a cable or wireless connection. Key features

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Urine a candidate for energy independence

Urine a candidate for energy independence

We thought we were supposed to have fusion-power for our DeLorean by now but it perhaps urine-power is just around the corner instead. [Gerardine Botte] has been working on creating hydrogen from urine, the world’s most abundant waste product. The voltage needed to break apart the urea atoms

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Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera just popped out the latest version of their desktop browser, 9.6. Besides being just plain faster, it adds feature improvements all around, like a new low-bandwidth mode in the built-in email client, expanded syncing (speed dial, search engines and notes), and RSS feed previews, so you c

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Creme That Egg: Rube Goldberg Machine Destroys Easter In 8,000 Easy Steps

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrCb_fNmSTA[/youtube] I have to admit, this Rube Goldberg machine is pretty friggn' ingenious—even if it does result in a the gruesome death of a delicious Cadbury Egg. [Telegraph via Jezebel]

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Canon G12: A Sequel That Shoots HD Video

Canon G12: A Sequel That Shoots HD Video

Canon’s G12 is a lot like the fantastic G11 pro point-and-shoot. Same sensor, practically same body, but now with 720p video and a “high sensitivity” mode. No fantastical advances—on the upside, G11 owners, don’t you feel better?

Also announced was the SX30 IS, a camera with a 35x wide angle optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization. The G12 will be on sale in October at $500, and the SX30 IS at $430 later this month. Full details are below in the press release:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 14, 2010 – U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the addition of the new PowerShot G12 and PowerShot SX30 IS Digital cameras with innovative features to help photo enthusiasts further develop their photographic capabilities. Once again setting the trend in the consumer market and solidifying its spot atop the PowerShot lineup, the PowerShot G12 will have High Definition (HD) video capture capabilities along with the HS (High Sensitivity) SYSTEM helping to produce outstanding quality in the toughest low-light conditions. The PowerShot SX30 IS is the world’s first point-and-shoot model to feature a 35X-Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization, making those long distance shots that much easier to capture and then share with friends and family.1 Consumers have grown accustomed to PowerShot cameras providing brilliant image quality while also offering the latest technological upgrades. The addition of these new cameras helps solidify Canon’s position as the leader in the marketplace.

Canon’s HS SYSTEM

Since its inception, the Canon PowerShot G-series has differentiated itself from competing models with its ability to produce high-quality results. The PowerShot G12 lives up to this tradition with its wealth of features including the Canon HS SYSTEM which provides clear, exceptional images in low-light settings such as a sunset on the mountainside while on a camping trip. Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor combined with the PowerShot G12′s 10- High Sensitivity CCD sensor, make up Canon’s HS SYSTEM to enhance image quality and help reduce noise at high ISO levels. One of the many challenges photographers face shooting in the field is whether or not there will be sufficient light to capture that once in a lifetime shot. The HS SYSTEM helps deliver brilliant, sharp images without the use of the flash which can be shared for years to come.

Experience Life Through HD

With the PowerShot G12, the bar has been set higher yet again being the first PowerShot G-series model ever to record 720p HD video. Photographers will now not only get to experience the incredible quality of still images but also explore the world of HD video to relive those unforgettable moments time and time again. The new PowerShot SX30 IS also has 720p HD video capabilities and when used in combination with the new 35X-Wide Angle Optical Zoom lens will help secure memorable scenes from a child’s baseball game with extraordinary resolution, color and clarity. Both cameras also feature playback of audio in stereo sound in addition to the new Miniature Effect for movies mode, further adding to the flexibility when capturing memorable moments.

“Whether on vacation with the family or on assignment for work, consumers are always looking for the best way to capture that memorable moment,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “The addition of these new cameras illustrates Canon’s commitment to providing them with greater shooting flexibility while preserving Canon’s heritage as an industry leader in not only still photography but the world of HD video as well.”

PowerShot G12 Digital Camera

As the feature set of the PowerShot G-series has evolved, the one mainstay has been the camera’s ability to provide complete creative control to the photographer. Keeping with tradition, the PowerShot G12 offers a full range of shooting and recording modes with new, exciting features such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) scene mode. Offering added flexibility to photographers, this scene mode allows for multiple shots to be combined into one image helping to capture the full magnitude of a scene that consists of very dark tones and bright highlights producing greater image details. With the use of a tripod, one push of the shutter button yields three sequential images with various exposures, and then combines them into a single optimized image. A feature such as this typically requires outside software, however, this process can be completed within the camera thus helping to eliminate one critical step in the creation and editing process. Another valuable addition to this new model is Canon’s Hybrid IS technology that compensates for angular and shift camera shake, helping to create a near perfect image.

The Canon PowerShot G12 has a large, bright 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots of resolution providing photographers with additional creative control whether holding the camera overhead or low to the ground. A new control dial has been added to the front of the camera as well for easy adjusting of camera settings similar to how users operate a Canon Digital SLR camera. Further adding to the overall appeal of the new Canon PowerShot G12 is a 5X-Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization and its wide-angle capabilities starting at 28mm, which will help when trying to get a sweeping landscape into one image. When using compatible optional accessories such as Speedlite flashes, an underwater housing and a tele-converter lens the photographic possibilities for users of this new camera are almost endless.

The estimated selling price of the PowerShot G12 is $499.99 and will be available in early October.*

PowerShot SX30 IS Digital Camera

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS Digital camera is the perfect companion for photo enthusiasts capturing memorable images or videos at sporting events or special occasions. The addition of the new super telephoto lens, which ranges from an ultra-wide 24mm to a maximum length of 840mm, will offer unrivaled results while opening up a whole new realm of possibilities for users along the photographic journey. Helping to make this journey that much easier is a new Zoom Framing Assist button to aid in the tracking and capturing of subjects from a great distance away while keeping the lens in focus. At extreme telephoto settings, holding a camera unsteady can cause the user to lose track of the subject and make it difficult to find the subject. The Zoom Framing Assist button allows the user to zoom out, find the subject and then zoom back in.

The PowerShot SX30 IS has a 14.1-Megapixel sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and a large, 2.7-inch wide vari-angle LCD for easy viewing of images along with added flexibility when trying to compose overhead or low to the ground images. In addition, the PowerShot SX30 IS for the first time will use a Lithium ion rechargeable battery rather than the standard AA batteries found on previous models, making powering up the camera much easier.

The estimated selling price of the PowerShot SX30 IS is $429.99 and will be available in late September.*

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