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Samsung's new handset is a more pocket-friendly alternative to the full-size S4

Though it's the Korean firm's flagship devices that tend to grab the headlines, Samsung also makes a fairly compelling line of mid-low end devices. The latest of these was revealed today in the form of the Galaxy S4 Mini. Like the S3 Mini before it, the mid-range handset presents a scaled-down version of its big brother, in both size and performance.  Read More

Tek Recon offers a blaster and an integrated app to make real world play like an FPS

What happens when you combine a popular first-person shooter like Call of Duty with toy guns like Nerf? You get the Tek Recon, a new product that takes what we loved about those blaster guns as a kid and mashes in some modern twists that can only be delivered with the rise in popularity of smartphones. It certainly looks like an interesting way for kids (or adults) to get outside and play with their friends.  Read More

The Pocket Tripod in its folded-up state

The Pocket Tripod is an interesting new stand and tripod for iPhone users. Instead of being a bulky device that is hard to carry around, this one is able to fold up completely flat and fit inside of a wallet. Not only can it fold up into a tiny package, it can articulate into all kinds of positions, so it offers a lot of flexibility.  Read More

The motor of Minddrive's electric Karmann Ghia will only engage if it gets enough tweets, ...

Working with Minddrive mentors, a group of at-risk teenagers has restored a beat up 1967 VW Karmann Ghia and converted it to battery-electric power. The newly-painted and freshly-buffed vehicle will shortly begin a rather interesting journey from Kansas City to Washington. The car has been fitted with a device that monitors social network traffic relating to the project and for every tweet, like or share registered, battery juice points are generated. If there's no social buzz, the car doesn't go anywhere.  Read More

Gizmag goes in-depth to compare the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4

It’s tricky business, comparing iPhone and Galaxy smartphones. Too often the conversation disintegrates into fingerpointing, one-upmanship, and sermons from the Church of the Holy Fanboy. But when it comes down to it, we're talking about two great smartphones. Some people will prefer one, some will prefer the other. Who cares? The only important question is which is better for you? Let’s do our best to help you answer that, with our in-depth comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Apple iPhone 5.  Read More

Gizmag spends a bit of time testing the Nikon Coolpix A

At first glance, the Nikon Coolpix A looks like a typical, if slightly retro, compact camera. But, it actually contains a large APS-C sensor, the same size found in most DSLRs. It also boasts a relatively speedy f/2.8 18.5-mm fixed lens, which should enable it to take photographs rivaling the quality of much bigger cameras. After getting a brief pre-release hands-on with the camera, we've now had the chance to spend some quality time with it, to see if it lives up to the potential.  Read More

The R-Kaid-42 bespoke wooden retro gaming rig

R-Kaid-42 is a bespoke two-player wooden retro console produced by Swedish design company Love Hultén. Built around a custom PC rig, the unit assembles into an unassuming piece of furniture for easy storage, and boasts over 20,000 playable titles taken from the so-called "golden age" of arcade gaming in the 1980s and 90s.  Read More

The Amazing Humidifier is a travel-sized device that creates water vapor from a store-boug...

Carrying a full-size humidifier with you when you travel isn’t particularly convenient. If you still don’t want to dry out while sleeping in your hotel room, however, there is an option. South Korea’s Amazing Grace is now offering a tiny humidifier that can be placed in whatever bottle of water is close at hand.  Read More

Sony and Lego team up to add life to Lego bricks

Concerned that youngsters are showing a preference for video games at the expense of traditional toys, Lego has reportedly teamed up with the enemy, partnering with Sony to develop prototype Lego bricks embedded with electronics that they’ve dubbed “Toy Alive.”  Read More

Space diving - extreme sport of the future (Photo: www.mondoart.net)

Science fiction may well become reality with the development of a real life Iron Man suit that would allow astronauts or extreme thrill seekers to space dive from up to 62 miles (100 km) above the Earth‘s surface at the very edge of space, and safely land using thruster boots instead of a parachute. Hi-tech inventors over at Solar System Express (Sol-X) and biotech designers Juxtopia LLC (JLLC) are collaborating on this project with a goal of releasing a production model of such a suit by 2016. The project will use a commercial space suit to which will be added augmented reality (AR) goggles, jet packs, power gloves and movement gyros.  Read More

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