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04.30.2011

Buying Guide: Skincare beauty gadgets

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04.29.2011

Scientists create artificial synapse

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Researchers from the University of Southern California have successfully created an artificial functioning synapse circuit, the same as those which allow electrical impulses to be passed between neurons deeps within our brains.

This is a particularly big development and means that scientists are now one step closer to creating larger, synthetic parts of the brain.

In the long-run this will not only be a huge technological feat, but will help those who have suffered brain injuries and work towards creating more intelligent systems and robots.

Via Gizmag.

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04.29.2011

Leica i9 concept pairs camera with iPhone

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As more photo applications enter the mobile app market and the camera capabilities of the iPhone improves, it's no wonder people are leaving their cameras behind in favour of their smart phones.

Black Design Associates has created a new concept that combines iPhone 4 photography with a Leica fixed lens rangefinder camera, which could be used as just a case but also enables optical zoom, shutter dials and flash.

Obviously it's still a just a concept but does look great, particularly if you're a bit of a photography fanatic.

Via Engadget.

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04.29.2011

Apple finally launches white iPhone 4

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Apple's home page today reads "finally" referring to the launch of the new white iPhone, which has been a long time coming due to a series of technical problems.

It's certainly good to see that Apple can pick fun at the situation a little!

The white iPhone is now available from $199 for the 16GB version and from $299 for the 32GB device from the Apple store.

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04.28.2011

TweetingSeat combines online and offline interactions

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Although there are plenty of virtual worlds, fake identities and secret lives played out online, more and more people are using the Internet (particularly social networks) in a way that is no longer distinct or separated from their real lives. In fact an increasing number of people switch between online and offline worlds quite naturally, whether that be speaking about a real life experience on Twitter or talking to someone in real life and arranging to go and meet them on Facebook Chat later.

This is why the idea behind TweetingSeat is so interesting, as it provides a real location that people can visit which will then tweet and stream live video of what the user is doing online. It does seem like a bit of a gimmick and to be honest I'm pretty sick of seeing the Twitter bird everywhere as it is. But it's still a nice experiment, I just wonder if anyone will actually go and sit there if they know all of their followers might be watching in anticipation of their next move...

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04.28.2011

The Royal Wedding online

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Everyone here in the UK (and those much further afield as well, I imagine) is getting ready for tomorrow, to see the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton now known globally as The Royal Wedding.

As much as some people pretend they're not interested, there's certainly a sense of excitement in the air in London today as people hang bunting, put up flags and begin preparations for the various street parties taking place all over the country.

However, what I find most fascinating about the big day is just how much is going to be shared, streamed and updated online while the couple exchange nuptials in Westminster Abbey.

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04.28.2011

The underwater exercise bike that enhances your workout

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The Pool Bike is designed to offer much more resistance than a standard exercise bike because it's meant to be ridden in the shallow end of a swimming pool!

According to OhGizmo, the deeper The Pool Bike is in the water the more intense your workout will become and it's been designed to improve both strength and endurance whilst putting less strain on your body.

Obviously it's completely waterproof despite having an LCD display and I can imagine it being a big hit in hotel pools as part of fitness classes and water work-out routines.

Available to buy from Hammacher Schlemmer for $899.95.

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04.27.2011

Virtual word controlled by tweets

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A new online game currently seeking funding on Kickstarter aims to create a virtual world from your tweets.

Tweetland, which currently has two games in production, Love City and a racing game called Route 140, aims to use tweets to make things happen in the gaming environment, so if someone tweets about zombies, they'll appear in the game! However, it's not just any old tweets that appear within Tweetland, it's been specially created to pick up mentions of things like cars, shooting stars, zombies and fireflies.

It's a really clever idea to use tweets and social networking updates to inform what happens elsewhere. However, judging from some of the rubbish people tweet about, we're glad that not everything is pulled into Tweetland!

Via Springwise.

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04.26.2011

Facebook introduces Groupon-style Deals

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This week Facebook will be introducing a new feature to the social network called Deals, which will be rolled out to five US cities in the next few days.

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04.26.2011

Chef Sleeve lets you throw food on your gadgets

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If you're sick of getting food and grime on your iPad when you're trying to cook, then try the Chef Sleeve. Although it may look too simple to work, the material the sleeve is made from is hard wearing, crystal clear and fully touch responsive.

You don't even need to worry about cleaning it afterwards, just dispose of it as it's 100% recyclable. The sleeve is ideal if you like to cook and play with your gadgets at the same time or if you have kids that like to get their grubby paws on things!

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