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Aerowatch: Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt

If you enjoy building model airplanes as a boy, and become a designer of high-end watches as an adult, what do you end up doing? If you're Maximilian Büsser, you create a watch that resembles an airplane – and that costs as much as one, too. That’s the story behind the new watch from Switzerland’s MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends), the Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt. The 50-jewel titanium and sapphire timepiece looks like it might wrench itself free of your wrist and start performing inside loops in the sky ... given that it sells for a mind-blowing 150,000 euro (US$196,812), however, you’d probably want to keep it close at hand.Read More

LG's Optimus 2X puts Android 2.2 on a dual-core Tegra 2 processor

Korean electronics giant LG is getting ready to release the world's first smartphone with a dual core processor. Promising better handling of multimedia, full 1080p high definition video and benefiting from both front and rear facing cameras, the Optimus 2X will initially be released with Android 2.2 but with an upgrade to Gingerbread coming shortly after.Read More

dzdock One: iPhone and iPad stand designed by an 11-year-old and made in the USA

Created by an 11 year old boy from Pennsylvania, USA, Dzdock One is a one-size-fits-all dock for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and other styles of tablets or smart phones. The design started off as a father son challenge, where young Dino Zaharakis’ was promised that if he could design an iPad dock and web-site to market it, he could get a phone. A big challenge for anyone, the youngster took it all the way and has successfully designed, manufactured and marketed the Dzdock One. Read More

W3C releases Mobile Web Application Best Practices guidelines

Whether it's due to improvements in our smartphones or the rise of tablet computers, one thing's for sure - mobile Internet usage is on the rise. That's welcome news for the vast number of web developers looking to break into the applications market. Of course, making sure that a new application works correctly across the various mobile platforms can be a bit of a coding nightmare. Happily, help is at hand in the form of a new mobile web standard developed by the international community working to make the web accessible for all.Read More

Holy hybrid! E Mobile's pocket WiFi is also an Android smartphone

Japan has long had a reputation for being on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, so one might expect that the country would be blanketed with open wireless for everyone. Therefore, many travelers are surprised to find that public WiFi is scarce, and that those who want mobile internet usually have to dish out for a for a monthly plan. E Mobile has been providing popular pocket WiFi solutions for some time, but the company's latest is an intriguing piece of hardware. Read More

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On the Go: Top gear for business travelers

Business travel in the 21st Century is a whole new ball-game. With the advent of laptops, netbooks and even smaller form factor connected devices like tablets and smartphones, the task of taking your office on the road with you is getting easier, but there's still a compromise between the gear you need to maintain full productivity and the reality of wrestling your way through airport check-in queues. So what are the options? In the first of a three part series that will look at the best of what's new for the mobile technophile, here's our pick of essential accessories tailored to the needs of the mobile business traveler.Read More

Jawbone Jambox - small size, big sound

Jawbone, a company better known for its Bluetooth headsets, has now released a Bluetooth speaker system that makes use of two powerful acoustic drivers and ultra-small speakers that work in concert with an innovative moving-wall passive bass radiator and airtight enclosure. The company says this is the first time this technology has been seen in a personal speaker system and delivers more punch than you'd expect from such a small unit. Read More

Google throws down 3 million eBook gauntlet

It's been six years since Google announced its plan to digitize vast collections of literary works and make them available to view online. Now the search giant has launched a new eBookstore in the U.S. where users are able to get hold of more than three million digital titles, including the latest best sellers, recommended reads and lots and lots of classics. Google eBooks are compatible with numerous Internet-enabled devices and can also be read online via a free browser-based portal.Read More

iPhone imitator Meizu to rebound with M9 and M9II on Android

Chinese manufacturer Meizu, which had to halt production of the (in)famous M8 iPhone clone back in October, isn't giving up the fight to become China's favorite homegrown smartphone. The company's CEO J Wong has indicated that he hopes the M8's successor, the M9, will be out by Christmas. The phone is reportedly now available for pre-order at retail stores in China.Read More

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