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Livescribe 3 smartpen appears in FCC filing, can't wait to digitize your doodles

Now that we've got those naming suits out of the way, it's time to get down to brass tacks. With "brass tacks" involving a new smartpen, in this particular instance. The Livescribe 3 has just made itself known in a public FCC filing today, showcasing a svelte writing utensil whose main purpose in …

The iPodFather strikes again: Nest’s rumored next move on the “ugly white plastic crap” in our homes

Nest Labs, the high-profile startup created by “father of the iPod” Tony Fadell, is reportedly planning to set its sights on a hi-tech smoke detector, following the successful launch of its Learning Thermostat.<p>Former <i>WSJ</i> journalist Jessica Lessin cites “people close to the startup” as saying that …

Wireless charging war gets more interesting, as Qualcomm joins Qi

Wireless charging standards are a bit of a mess. There are at least three standards bodies vying to be the correct way to wirelessly send power to your devices: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) favored by AT&T and Starbucks, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) backed by Verizon, and the Alliance …

Ginger is a new app for creating presentations, somehow tied to Adobe

Ginger isn't available yet, but it is already generating buzz. Not for its marketing video, nor for its simple website, but for its potential tie to a massive company in the software world: Adobe. Ginger promises to enable users to "show your story to the world in minutes" via its upcoming mobile …

Qualcomm joins Wireless Power Consortium board, sparks hope for A4WP and Qi unification

Qualcomm, the founding member of Alliance for Wireless Power (or A4WP in short), made a surprise move today by joining the management board of the rival Wireless Power Consortium (or WPC), the group behind the already commercially available Qi standard. This is quite an interesting development …

Blackberry’s New Z30 Flagship Smartphone: Hands-on First Impressions

The BlackBerry Z30 is the Canadian handset maker’s most recent range-topping smartphone, but with ever-increasing competition in the consumer and its core enterprise markets does the 5-inch BlackBerry 10 device have enough to keep potential buyers interested?<p>Ahead of the device’s launch, we went …

Nokia reportedly using 'Lumia 2520' name for Windows RT tablet

Nokia appears to be sticking with the Lumia brand for its upcoming Windows RT tablet. Twitter account Evleaks, who has accurately predicted various Nokia devices in the past, claims the Finnish smartphone maker will select Lumia 2520 as the final name for its "Sirius" tablet. Nokia's Windows RT …

BlackBerry Rolling Out BBM to Android and iOS this Week

Apps will be free in Google Play and App Store.<p>Say what you will about the current state of BlackBerry smartphones, or the BlackBerry 10 OS, but …

The First Computer With Leap Motion Gesture Control Built Right In

Leap Motion, the Kinect-like gesture control system we profiled here, is super exciting; it measures gestures to the hundredth of a millimeter, and works on any computer. They're working their way up to shipping the device as an accessory, but they've also partnered with HP for something a little …

Federal Election Commission considers whether to allow campaign donations in Bitcoin

The Federal Election Commission is deliberating whether political contributions may be made in Bitcoin, and if so, how. The commission has until October 28th to determine whether donations in the emerging virtual currency comply with campaign finance restrictions, in response to a request filed …

Sony’s Smartshot QX ‘smart lens’ will have a white and champagne color option, just in case

We’ve previously covered the recent rumors of the 20 Megapixel Sony Wifi ‘smart lens’ which will attach to Android and iOS smartphones and connect to the phone via Wifi. Theoretically, you’ll be able to take much better pictures with the bigger CMOS sensor and Zeiss glass.<p>But is that black lens …

vrAse Is A Wearable Smartphone Case That Makes Your Face A Virtual Reality Play-Zone

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset isn’t even available for consumers to buy yet but here comes the cut-price competition… While the Rift development kit will set you back $300 — and still requires a PC to do the gaming horse-work — vrAse, a soon-to-be-launched-on-Kickstarter project, is …

GameStick consoles shipped to Kickstarter backers, retail launch planned for next month

The GameStick portable Android console has finally shipped to Kickstarter backers, with retail deliveries planned for the end of next month. Earlier in August, the company announced that it had completed a pilot run of GameSticks and would start fulfilling backers' purchases as soon as they …

ParaShoot wearable camera lets you shoot stealthily, monitor on a smartphone

GoPros are great, but if you'd rather film discretely without your subjects going into "dude" mode, there's now the ParaShoot wearable camera on Kickstarter. The idea is to sport the 1.3 ounce device like an amulet or on a belt during your day-to-day activities, so you can shoot 720p, 30fps video …

Canon PowerShot N has Facebook button for speedy sharing

The Canon PowerShot N camera has a dedicated Facebook button and Wi-Fi, letting you quickly share your shots.

After Initially Locking Down Funds, PayPal Relents And Gives GlassUp Access To Indiegogo Cash

The GlassUp, an ambitious Indiegogo project that wanted to take the concept of Glass and make it more about passive consumption of content than about privacy-treading recording, video and photography, was in danger of losing a full third of its funding earlier today due to a PayPal rule, but is now …

Bitcoin ATM Makers Open Pre-Orders & Fund Initial Run Of 15 Banknote-Eating Machines

Bitcoin startup Lamassu Bitcoin Ventures, the makers of a Bitcoin ATM which promises to eat your paper (fiat) money and spit Bitcoins into your digital wallet in return, have funded their initial production run of 15 units a few hours after kicking off pre-orders (via their website) — taking the …

Ping smart wallet tells you when cards go astray

To help stop theft or loss, this Bluetooth card holder will emit sounds when cards are removed or not returned promptly. The wallet can also make noise if you misplace it entirely.<p>Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a …

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Haptix Quickly Hits Kickstarter Goal to Add Touch Control From Any Surface

Haptix, a little camera device that promises to turn regular surfaces into 3-D multi-touch controllers, has exceeded its Kickstarter goal of $100,000 …

With $1.2M In Seed Funding, Danish Mobile Point-Of-Sale Startup Wallmob Sees Big Potential In New Stand

Danish startup Wallmob is introducing its new mobile point-of-sale specific iPad stand that’s designed to combine the best of both portability and centralized installation of hardware. It’s an aluminum accessory designed and produced in Denmark, Wallmob CEO Ken Villum Klausen tells me, and it’s a …

Barnes & Noble launches Nook Video apps for iOS, Android, and Roku

Nook tablets aren't long for this world — at least those manufactured by Barnes & Noble. But even as the troubled retailer shifts focus back to e-readers and away from tablets, it's still taking new steps to expand the Nook <i>ecosystem</i>. Today Barnes & Noble released Nook Video apps for iOS, Android, …

Wacom outs Intuos Creative Stylus with revamped Bamboo Paper app in tow for iPad sketching

If you're the type to digitally doodle on the slate that you already own rather opt for a professional-grade unit, Wacom just announced its latest accessory for doing just that. The Intuos Creative Stylus works in tandem with iPads for "a realistic pen-on-paper feel" for tablet-style drawing and …

Tiny key fob phones favoured by convicts

Miniature mobile phones disguised as car keys are becoming a favourite among prison inmates, who are able to smuggle the devices past guards.<p>Measuring roughly 8cm x 3cm x 2cm, the phones often sport the logo of BMW, Ferrari or Bentley, and can be used to make calls and send texts, but do not have …

Logitech announces Ultrathin, water-repellant Keyboard Folio & Protective Case for iPad mini

Logitech, the company behind some our favorite cases and keyboards for iPad, today announced the newest member of its iPad keyboard case family with the addition of the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio for the iPad mini priced at $89. It is currently available for pre-order with an expected …

Emojify transcends ASCII art, turns your photos into emoji mosaics

Emoji; they've conquered the world, featured in novels, and more recently they've allowed us to track Twitter's mood in real time. Now, a new app for iPhone automatically generates another internet staple, ASCII art, using only emoji. Emojify lets you take photos with your phone's camera, or pull …

Samsung Galaxy NX Android lens-swapping camera is £1,300

Hot on the heels of the phone that thinks it's a camera -- the Galaxy S4 Zoom -- is the camera that thinks it's a phone, the Samsung Galaxy NX. This …

Out Of The Comics, Into Reality: Jet Pack Moves Closer To Market

From Buck Rogers to James Bond, we all have a pretty concrete mental image of a jet pack — a motorized backpack with little handles in front and smoke shooting out of the back.<p>The New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Co. doesn't just think it's turned the jet pack of your imagination into a reality. …

Garmin Navigates Its Way Into the Action-Camera Market With the Virb

It hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies in recent years for Garmin, which has seen its portable navigation device business shrink due to the rise …