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Pawel Piejko

Mobile Technology

Google to acquire Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion

Google has announced today that it is going to purchase Motorola Mobility for a price of US$40 per share, which adds up to a total amount of US$12.5 billion. Taking Google's patent wars into account, Motorola's portfolio of 17,000 patents could have been an important factor behind the deal. According to a blog post by Google's CEO Larry Page, Motorola will be run as a separate business, while Android will remain an open platform.Read More

Laptops

Dell rolls out Vostro V131, upgrades Inspiron 13z and 14z

Dell has rolled out three new laptops: the Sandy Bridge-upgraded Inspiron 13z and 14z, as well as the business-tailored 13.3-inch Dell Vostro V131. Powered by Intel's Huron River platform and a choice of Intel Core CPUs, the Inspiron 13z and 14z feature 13.3- or 14-inch displays respectively, and come with aluminum lids and palm rests. The Vostro V131 is a thin (0.83 inch/2.1 cm) and light (3.6 lbs/1.64 kg) laptop, reportedly offering up to 9.5 hours of battery life.Read More

Electronics

The Phantom v1610 camera shoots videos at 1,000,000 fps

Vision Research has revealed the latest addition to its line of digital high-speed cameras, in the form of the Phantom v1610. It shoots videos at an impressive speed of 16,000 fps, at a resolution of 1280 x 800. However, if the number of pixels is reduced to just 128 x 16, the speed can be increased to a whopping 1 million frames recorded every second. While that's less than the X-ray camera that shoots at 4.5 million fps, the Phantom v1610 is not a scientific one-of-a-kind device. Read More

Sports

New world record in one-hour cycling set - 91.556 kilometers

This sleek, human-powered missile on wheels is called Eiviestretto and it's one of the world's fastest recumbent bicycles or HPVs (human powered vehicles). On August 2nd, Francesco Russo of Switzerland rode this custom-built streamliner to beat the world record in one-hour cycling by covering a distance of 91.556 kilometers (56.89 miles). The new record was set on the DEKRA Test Oval track in Klettwitz, Germany.Read More

Electronics

Bluelounge MiniDock iPhone/iPod wall charger doubles as a display-docking station

Charging an iPhone or iPod when out and about can often leave users taking advantage of any spare power outlet at hand. For those using the standard adapter and cable that came with said devices, this can sometimes mean leaving the units laying on the ground at the mercy of any big booted passersby. Bluelounge's MiniDock charging adapter overcomes this problem by replacing the dangling cable with a dock that connects directly to the standard Apple USB power adapter so that your mobile device sits upright close to the wall, safely out of harm's way. Read More

Computers

IOGEAR Sharing Station provides access to USB devices over WiFi

WiFi and USB have both become inexpensive and ubiquitous connectivity solutions, so the idea of exploiting them both at the same time a single device makes sense. IOGEAR's latest take on the theme is its Wireless 4-Port USB Sharing Station, which allows up to four USB peripherals (external storage, camera, printer, etc.) to be shared over a WiFi network and in the process provides a recipe for an uncluttered desktop environment.Read More

Laptops

Dell Latitude XT3 convertible tablet breaks cover

Announced back in February 2011, the Dell Latitude XT3 convertible tablet finally has itself a product page on the company's U.S. and Canadian websites. The Latitude XT3 features a rotating 13.3-inch, 1366x768 pixel multitouch display, Core i3, i5 or i7 processor, a durable tri-metal design and a spill-resistant keyboard.Read More

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