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Google Mystery Barge Is … A Store for Secrets?

David Smothers November 1, 2013

Remember the strange Google-owned barge parked just off Treasure Island, matched by a counterpart in Portland, Maine? The one CNET uncovered last Friday, and suggested might be Google’s patented floating data center? The mystery that made it as far as a Daily Show segment? Well, San Francisco TV station KPIX says it’s solved the case…. Continue Reading »

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Galaxy Gear Hands On: More Watch Than You’ll Ever Need

David Smothers September 4, 2013

Samsung’s smartwatch is really real. And really awkward. We got some hands on time with the brand new ticker—called Galaxy Gear—and these are our first impressions. Design Galaxy Gear comes in six different colors that are reminiscent of playful Swatch wristwear. But Gear is a lot heftier than any old Swatch ticker. It has a… Continue Reading »

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How to Watch the Samsung Galaxy Gear Event Online

David Smothers September 4, 2013

Samsung is hosting a big event Wednesday at Berlin’s IFA show to announce a slew of new products. One of the most anticipated is the company’s smart watch, the Galaxy Gear, as well as its third-generation big-screen smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3. Mashable will be on the ground in Berlin and New York City to… Continue Reading »

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Solar-Powered Sun-Tracking Briefcase Battery Guarantees Perpetual Power

David Smothers July 12, 2013

If you’ve got travels in the near future that will keep your gadgets away from the live-giving power outlets that keeps them charged, trade your briefcase full of ‘important’ files for this equally vital solar-powered battery-filled attaché. When the SunSocket’s set of solar panels are fully deployed, they automatically track the position of the sun… Continue Reading »

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What Can I Do with a Smartwatch and Should I Get One?

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Dear Lifehacker, I keep seeing new “smartwatches” show up on gadget sites, but they all seem pretty different. What is a smartwatch, exactly, and should I consider buying one? Sincerely, Watching Watches Dear WW, Just as a smartphone did with the telephone, a smartwatch provides live access to certain kinds of information and intelligent features… Continue Reading »

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This Simple Device Makes Glorious Timelapses Easy—Even at Night

David Smothers May 13, 2013

If the term intervalometer leaves you scratching your head, but you have the perfect idea for the next viral timelapse video, Brinno’s here to help. The company’s new TLC200 Pro makes creating timelapses as easy as using a point-and-shoot camera. And thanks to a relatively large, extra-sensitive 1/3-inch sensor, it will capture beautiful results even… Continue Reading »

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Breitling Emergency II: A Satellite Distress Signal On Your Wrist

David Smothers May 2, 2013

Breitling’s original Emergency watch first launched back in 1995 and was able to broadcast a distress signal on the 121.5 MHz analog band allowing ships, planes, and other vehicles to track it. But if your approximate location wasn’t already known, it made locating the signal a bit tricky. So Breitling is introducing an upgraded version… Continue Reading »

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HTC One Review: The Beauty Is a Beast (Updated)

David Smothers April 8, 2013

Last year HTC made three excellent phones: the One X, the One X+, and the Droid DNA. This year, it’s focusing on a single dominant device: the HTC One. It’s a gutsy strategy—basically focusing all of your efforts on one device that will span across many carriers—but one that worked wonders for Samsung’s Galaxy S III last year…. Continue Reading »

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Today’s Facebook Phone Event: What To Expect

David Smothers April 4, 2013

Thursday marks Facebook‘s next big step to becoming a mobile company. Forbes writers are currently on their way through the morning fog to an event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, to see the social network’s “new home on Android.” This could mean the near-mythical “Facebook Phone,” or a forked version of Android a la Amazon’s Kindle, or a new… Continue Reading »

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Facebook Phone: Like It or Not, It’s Probably Real

David Smothers April 4, 2013

I am willing to concede that there will probably be a Facebook phone. The likelihood doesn’t make the idea any less ridiculous, but I’ve read enough tea leaves to believe the social media giant is now hell-bent on muscling its way into the mobile handset market, no matter the cost. And I think I finally… Continue Reading »

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