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Paul Ridden

Fender's Special Edition Reclaimed Wood guitars

No matter how good the tone of modern materials such as Flaxwood and Arium are claimed to be, some players will simply not entertain owning a guitar unless it's made from vintage wood. Fender has soft-launched a Special Edition series of guitars aimed at players looking for the distinct tone of old growth timber, while enjoying the benefits of modern features and hardware. The company has secured a limited amount of reclaimed wood from obscure locations in the US for an interesting take on its iconic Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars. The redwood model is made using wood from the 1930s, and the pine models timber dates back to 1868 ... and you don't get much more vintage than that.  Read More

The Crossfire Pro modular business tablet from Entegra Technologies

Entegra Technologies out of Plano, Texas, is now taking order for a new rugged business tablet that's designed to adapt to the constantly changing needs of the mobile workforce, commercial enterprise, the military and utilities sectors. Users can snap on a carry handle or back straps, attach a trackpad-packing keyboard or kickstand, or park the Crossfire Pro in a desk, vehicle or retail dock. Different modules can be installed to ramp up processing power, change the operating system, add NFC capabilities or fingerprint scanning, or incorporate a bar code scanner.  Read More

Lenovo's ThinkPad 10 business tablet

Lenovo has announced that its 8-inch ThinkPad business tablet launched back in January is about to get a bigger brother. The new ThinkPad 10 multimode slate runs Win8.1 (with 64-bit support), is powered by an Atom quad-core processor, and is said to offer users a full PC experience.  Read More

The 10.1-inch ArcBook Android netbook from Archos

Archos has pulled back the curtain to reveal what's claimed to be the first touchscreen Android netbook, the ArcBook. Designed for students and mobile workers, the wallet-friendly portable workhorse features a 10-inch screen, a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex processor and a battery that promises to keep going long after the school day or shift is over.  Read More

The Xshot from China's Vivo benefits from a two-stage physical camera button on the side

As the image quality and resolution of smartphone cameras continue to increase, extra baggage in the shape of a compact camera becomes less and less appealing. China's Vivo is about to release a flagship LTE-capable Android phone that makes a standalone snapper even more of an unnecessary burden. The Xshot features a 13 MP camera at the back with a deliciously fast F1.8 lens and optical image stabilization, and an 8 MP selfie cam to the front, along with 4K video and high-end audio as added pot-sweeteners.  Read More

Luminlay's MA19 series glow-in-the-dark guitar knobs

Playing a bum note or starting off in the wrong key because you can't see where your hands are in a dimly lit club or quiet corner hideaway can be more than a little embarrassing, it could lose you money. Rather than lighting up a fretboard with LEDs to indicate fret positions on the neck (or just show off), Japan's Luminlay developed some glow-in-the-dark inlays that could be installed out front for everyone to see, or just up top to aid the player. Now the company has spread the idea to volume and tone knobs, making the numbers visible even when the lights are turned down real low.  Read More

Bang & Olufsen's new 55-inch UHD BeoVision Avant television

When the first Ultra HD televisions first started to trickle into the consumer space, early adopters paid quite a premium to be the first in the neighborhood to enjoy all that eye-popping visual goodness at four times the resolution of bog standard High Definition. Thankfully, prices soon began to drop and viewers today can get hold of a good-sized 4K TV for under a grand ... unless it carries the mark of Bang & Olufsen. The Danish luxury consumer tech manufacturer today released its new 55-inch UHD BeoVision Avant television for a cool US$8,000.  Read More

Google and Intel have announced that the number of devices running Chrome OS is about to s...

The number of devices running Google's Chrome OS is about to significantly increase. At a press event in San Francisco yesterday, Intel and Google upped Chrome system designs to 20 by introducing a bunch of new computers and notebooks from OEM partners like Acer, LG, Asus, Dell and Lenovo, including a few powered by the latest generation Core i3 processors.  Read More

The Chromebook N20p can be used in laptop mode, or Stand Mode

Lenovo has followed the recent release of student-only rugged 11e laptops running Google's Chrome OS with its first pair aimed squarely at consumers. Both the N20 and N20p sport an 11.6-in HD display, but only the latter boasts a hinge that allows its keyboard to be swiveled so far back that it becomes the base of a touch-enabled screen angled for movie viewing comfort.  Read More

Snapshot from aerial footage of the aircraft in hover filmed by a quadcopter drone Advanced Tactics Inc. has now received permission from the US government to release video footage showing the first test flight of its Black Knight Transformer prototype demonstrator.  Read More

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