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The Oppo N1, featuring a rotating camera module

Many of today's smartphones sport very capable cameras, but unless you add funky lens attachments like the HiLO or a helpful device like the Spinpod, the recorded image is probably going to be either front or back. Chinese manufacturer Oppo revealed a new smartphone at a press conference in Beijing on Monday that kind of combines both ideas on the device itself. The N1 features a hinged camera module capable of rotating 206 degrees for front, back, top or angled photography.  Read More

Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos introduces the new Kindle Fire HDX family

As expected, Amazon has updated its 7-inch Fire HD tablet, and added two new Fire HDX models. The new Fire HD is lighter than its predecessor, makes gains in the processor department and gets treated to a brand new operating system. The two HDX flavors both feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, have sharper displays than their stablemates and are available with up to 64 GB of storage.  Read More

SolidRun's new CuBox-i mini-computer

Israel's SolidRun has announced the second generation of its tiny fanless computer system, the CuBox-i. Available in red or black, the Series starts with the CuBox-i1, which is able to run Android Jelly Bean or Linux, and packs a 1 GHz processor, 3D graphics and 512 MB of RAM. Not too shabby for just under US$45.  Read More

The Stigo folding electric scooter in Paris

After spending five years in development, a new Estonian-designed electric scooter was launched on September 20 at the 1,000 Pionniers event in Paris. The Stigo has a top speed of 25 km/h (15 mph) and a range of up to 40 km (25 miles) per charge, and is folded up and ready to roll in just two seconds.  Read More

The Scorpion fs Enduro from HP Velotechnik on display at Interbike 2013

Germany's HP Velotechnik (HPV) is adding a new special edition off road trike to its Scorpion fs range that caters for riders who want to sit back and enjoy the forest scenery from a different perspective, while also promising to serve up enough thrills to keep more aggressive trail-blazers happy. Currently being shown off at Interbike 2013 ahead of an October US release, the Scorpion fs Enduro features chunky tires, full suspension, disc braking and 27 gears.  Read More

The Minx Air 200 wireless speaker system from Cambridge Audio

Last month I got the opportunity to spend some quality time with the Minx Go Bluetooth speaker from Cambridge Audio and came away mighty impressed. Since then I've been playing my tunes through its bigger brother, the top of the range Minx Air 200. This wireless speaker is roughly four times the physical size of the Go, is compatible with Apple's AirPlay technology as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and has a monstrous 200 W amplifier at its heart.  Read More

The CP4 Stage is said to be the best stage piano that Yamaha has ever made

For almost 40 years, Yamaha's electric grands have graced the stages of professional players the world over. After almost two years in development, the company is readying "simply the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made" for release later this month. Featuring natural wood keys and authentic hammer action, the CP4 Stage promises faithful sonic recreations of the company's premium acoustic grand pianos, as well as a good selection of electric piano sounds from years gone by.  Read More

Three new Chromebooks and a Chromebox have been announced by Google at IDF13

During last week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Google previewed a batch of upcoming Chrome devices based around Intel's 4th-generation Core i processors. As well as revealing new Chromebook models from existing partners Acer and HP, the Mountain View-based multinational also announced two new sign-ups to its cloud-based operating environment in the shape of Toshiba and Asus.  Read More

Roland's most versatile and powerful HandSonic digital hand percussion instrument to date,...

Through many of us may kitchen-top-finger-tap or office-desk-thumb-drum out of impatience or boredom, folks like Jeremy Ellis and Wilhelm Grahsl have turned it into an impressive art form, with a little help from some digital friends. The latest version of the latter's hand percussion weapon of choice has now been released, the Roland HandSonic HPD-20.  Read More

Sony Europe has launched the new Walkman WH Series 3-in-1 headphones

Though many smartphones are also very capable music players, there are some of us who prefer to listen to tunes from a dedicated device while out and about. Whatever your poison, you'll also need to carry some headphones, and perhaps even a set of speakers for those moments when you've just got to share with those around you. Sony has combined three devices into one to create the new Walkman WH Series headphones, saving you space in your overloaded backpack and eliminating the chance of annoying cable snag.  Read More

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