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The New AudiOffice is a device that allows people to use their smartphone as a desk phone

With just about everyone carrying and using a smartphone throughout their workday, the desk phone is starting to look like it could fade into obsolescence. For some things, however, the form factor of a good ol’ landline is still preferable. French tech firm invoxia has attempted to blend the benefits of smartphones and desktops, with its New AudiOffice phone.  Read More

New French startup UrbanHello has simultaneously launched its Home Phone – with 360-degree...

Many of today's telecomms users find that their conversational needs are more than satisfied by smartphones, yet most still have a home phone connected to a landline. The latter has received something of a modern make-over at the hands of UrbanHello, a new startup founded in Paris, France by Hervé Artus and Catherine Seys. The appropriately-named Home Phone has simultaneously launched at CES 2013 and on Kickstarter.  Read More

The Lenovo Ideaphone A586 debuts new Speaker Verification technology developed by Baidu an...

Like Android 4.0’s Face Unlock feature that unlocks a device when it recognizes the user’s face, Lenovo has made unlocking a hands-free affair, but by using a slightly different approach. The Speaker Verification technology, that makes its debut in the Lenovo Ideaphone A586 smartphone, lets a user unlock their device by speaking a passphrase.  Read More

The iTube device and app

If you’re the parent of a child with food allergies, you know how terrifying they can be. Such allergies can be life threatening and, despite food labeling laws, it isn't always possible to be certain some potentially deadly ingredient isn't lurking in an item. In an effort to improve on the bulky and complex allergen detectors currently available, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a device called the iTube that turns a smartphone into an allergen sensor.  Read More

The Pintofeed pet feeder

Being away from home doesn’t mean you have to neglect your pet. Thanks to the internet, you can play with them remotely and now you can feed them remotely, too. Pintofeed, Inc of Pasadena, California has developed a wireless pet feeder that you can control from your iOS or Android smartphone, so Fido or Mr. Tibbles never has to miss a meal.  Read More

ThinkGeek is now selling a the Blokket, a small pouch that can hold mobile devices or RFID...

Identity theft is a constant concern in the digital age, and the inclusion of RFID chips in just about everything from cell phones to passports unfortunately opens up another avenue for would-be thieves to lift your data. The only way to really know you were secure would be to block all wireless frequencies from reaching your IDs and gadgets. ThinkGeek's solution is the Blokket, a small pouch designed to hold mobile devices or RFID-chipped IDs and block them from receiving any incoming wireless signals.  Read More

OwnFone is a small and light cellphone which lacks in features but is very accessible as a...

Modern-day smartphones like those produced by Apple and Samsung have put a bunch of cool features into our pockets, turning the mere portable telephone into a computer, personal organizer, games console, and more besides. OwnFone, however, takes the opposite approach, offering an inexpensive, easy to use handset stripped down to the bare essentials.  Read More

You can call Santa and leave a message, or have him send a personalized call to a loved on...

Who wants to send Santa a wish list when you can just call him instead? Santa has scored his very own Google Voice number, a number you or your children can call the jolly old man at and say hello, or detail what you'd like to see under the tree. Santa is obviously pretty busy this time of year, so chances are you're going to get his voicemail rather than the man himself. This morning his outgoing message indicated he and Mrs. Claus were working on decorating the tree, but offered the option to leave a message he could check when the tree decorating was complete.  Read More

Apart from shedding some bulk, the MiLi Pro v2.0 is largely identical to its predecessor

Maybe feeling that their original MiLi Pro pico projector wasn’t quite pico enough, MiLi has put the device under the surgeon’s knife and produced an updated model that has shed a few millimeters around the waist appropriately titled the MiLi Pro v2.0. Although it packs the same Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) LED projector producing 10 lumens and 640 x 480 pixel resolution found in its predecessor, the fan has been ditched, resulting in a unit that the company claims is almost 50 percent slimmer than the original and “perfectly silent.”  Read More

The Origami Phone concept design by Chengyuan Wei

We've seen the cardboard record player and cardboard USB sticks, now another design that thinks outside the (cardboard) box - the foldable phone concept. Created by Chengyuan Wei, the Origami phone handset comes flat and like a pop-up book, transforms into a 3D handset with a few simple folds ... oh, and it's recyclable.  Read More

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