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Gizmag reviews the Kindle Fire HD 8.9'

“This is the iPad with Retina Display,” begins the ad. “And this is the new Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9-inch display.” We then see two “stunning HD” screens, with the narrator telling us that we may not be able to tell the difference. Then he drops the bomb: “ ... but your wallet can.” See, the iPad starts at US$500, and this Kindle Fire starts at $270. But is it really the great deal that Amazon says it is? Let’s find out, as we review Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9” tablet.  Read More

New VLC rolling-chassis on display at The Henry Ford Museum

The team at Edison2 has not been idle since winning the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize with its Very Light Car (VLC) back in 2010. An electric version of the VLC was unveiled in 2011 and this month saw the new architecture that will form the basis of the company's consumer prototype unveiled at the The Henry Ford museum.  Read More

Virginia Tech associate professor Percival Zhang is leading the research on the bioprocess...

Although the causes of world hunger are numerous, it certainly doesn’t help that factors such as arid conditions and limited land space make it difficult to grow food crops in certain places. If people in those areas could eat foods derived from plants that are hardy to the region, but that aren’t considered nutritious, it would go a long way towards addressing the problem. Well, that may soon be a reality, thanks to a newly-developed process that allows cellulose to be converted into starch.  Read More

Archos has launched three new low to mid-end smartphones

Archos is a company known primarily for its range of wallet-friendly tablets, and its first entries into the smartphone market are aimed firmly at the low to mid-end of the spectrum. Though the 35 Carbon, 50 Platinum and 53 Platinum might not stand up to market-leading devices from the likes of HTC, Samsung and Apple, they do boast some nice features for their price category.  Read More

TomTom GPS watches will hit the market soon

TomTom is a name that sometimes gets lost in the GPS market amidst the Garmins and Magellans. The company is hoping that it will stand out against those names in a new segment of the market: fitness watches. Its new range of GPS-powered fitness monitors is designed to provide a sleeker look and fit while giving athletes all the information they need to perfect their training.  Read More

Lockheed Martin and Reignwood Group plan to develop a 10 MW prototype OTEC pilot plant off...

Lockheed Martin has been getting its feet wet in the renewable energy game for some time. In the 1970s it helped build the world’s first successful floating Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system that generated net power, and in 2009 it was awarded a contract to develop an OTEC pilot plant in Hawaii. That project has apparently been canceled but the company has now shifted its OTEC sights westward by teaming up with Hong Kong-based Reignwood Group to co-develop a pilot plant that will be built off the coast of southern China.  Read More

The Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Ghost will appear with one of the origin...

Rolls-Royce has designed a bespoke special edition Ghost to commemorate its successful completion of the Austrian Alpine Trials 100 years ago. At the Shanghai Auto Show, the company will pull the silken cloth off the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection.  Read More

CompuLab's uSVR fanless server, front and back

Israel's CompuLab, makers of small form factor fanless desktop computer systems such as the Intense PC, is now pushing its way into the industrial server market with the launch of the uSVR. Available in configurations packing Intel's 3rd generation Core i7 processors and 32 GB of system memory, the high performance, ruggedized, fanless server is capable of modular expansion, too, courtesy of the company's Function And Connectivity Extension Module (FACE) system.  Read More

A petri dish of the sulfur-based polymer next to a (very small) stockpile of sulfur powder...

Whether sulfur is a by-product or a waste product of oil refinement and coal combustion depends on how you slice it. Certainly, some of that sulfur can be put to use producing sulfuric acid, fertilizer and other chemicals, but much of it is accumulating into stockpiles that are expensive to maintain (due to the need to neutralize acidic run-off). Researchers at the University of Arizona think more of that sulfur could be put to use thanks to a new chemical process that uses sulfur to make plastics that may one day be used to make a new generation of lighter, more efficient lithium-sulfur batteries.  Read More

HAPIfork is a smart fork designed to help you stop eating so much and so quickly

The HAPIfork is a "smart fork" designed to monitor your eating habits that gained a great deal of press attention at the beginning of the year when it was one of the stars of CES 2013. Now it's arrived on Kickstarter in an effort to raise US$100,000 to fund the initial product launch.  Read More

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