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iOS 5.1 Beta Code Directly References iPad 3, iPhone 5 27th Nov 2011

iOS 5.1 Beta Code Directly References iPad 3, iPhone 5

Apple began seeding iOS 5.1 beta to developers Monday. The update should address a number of bugs, but deep within the code are references to two highly anticipated iOS devices: iterations of Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

The beta of iOS 5.1 includes mentions of “iPhone 5,1” and “iPad 3,3″ within its source code, as well as “iPad 2,4“. iPad versions 2,1 through 2,3 are known, existing models. This suggests that the iPad 2 could possibly be coming to a new carrier — Sprint perhaps? — and be dual-mode, working on EVDO and HSPA 3G networks.

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16 Mobile Apps for Surviving Holiday ‘Fun’ 21st Nov 2011

16 Mobile Apps for Surviving Holiday ‘Fun’

The holidays are a smorgasbord of sensory overload. The traveling. The cooking. The shopping. Even the “quality” family time. It’s all packaged into two nightmarish rollercoasters scheduled at the blunt ends of November and December.

Luckily, however, if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet, you can get by with a little help from your app-based friends.

We’ve rounded up 16 apps to help you sail through the holidays problem-free.

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iPhone 4S Carrier Quality: AT&T Wins for Data Speed, Verizon for Call Reliability 16th Nov 2011

iPhone 4S Carrier Quality: AT&T Wins for Data Speed, Verizon for Call Reliability

The iPhone 4S is available on three major carriers, leaving potential buyers to wonder whether AT&T, Verizon or Sprint is the better network choice. Pricing plans aside, carrier quality is a significant factor in anyone’s purchasing decision, and now consumers have hard data to help them choose: A just-released study reports AT&T is tops for fast data speeds, while Verizon is the most reliable when it comes to making phone calls.

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Night-Lights Made From Vintage Cameras 15th Nov 2011

Night-Lights Made From Vintage Cameras

Flick user Jason Hull picked up a bunch of cheap, mass-produced plastic film cameras from flea markets and thrift stores, and gave them new life by turning them into these wonderful night-lights.

No pristine, functional cameras were harmed in this project, which is just as well, because the conversion is permanent. Jason ripped out the plastic guts from these retro machines, removing the shutters, film transport mechanisms and “as much plastic as possible” to both fit in a lamp and to make them light enough to dangle safely from a socket.

Seen here are just a few pictures from Jason’s great (CC-licensed) Flickr set. I love that they look so professional, right down to the neatly-installed plug prongs on the back. If I ever find myself sober enough at night to be scared of the dark, I’ll be making myself one of these.

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Apple Issues Worldwide Recall for Some First-Gen iPod Nano Devices 10th Nov 2011

Apple Issues Worldwide Recall for Some First-Gen iPod Nano Devices

Apple on Friday evening issued a recall to owners of some first generation iPod Nano MP3 players, citing a overheating issue affecting an undisclosed number of units. may be eligible for a replacement device.

According to the Replacement Program page on Apple’s website:

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod Nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk.

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Marcilla Cápsulas, The Worst Thing to Happen to Coffee Since Instant 8th Nov 2011

Marcilla <em>Cápsulas</em>, The Worst Thing to Happen to Coffee Since Instant

With the success of pod-based coffee makers like the Nespresso and Senseo, signs of panic are starting to show in the regular coffee industry. Whereas — until now — every kind of coffee maker has worked with every kind of coffee (differing grinds aside), now you have to buy the coffee that matches you machine.

What can loose-coffee suppliers do? In the case of the Spanish company Marcilla, the answer is to sell a pod that fits into a coffee maker owned by every household in the nation, the moka pot.

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Nook Fires Back: Tablet & E-Reader Family Aims at Amazon and More 5th Nov 2011

Nook Fires Back: Tablet & E-Reader Family Aims at Amazon and More

NEW YORK — A year after the release of the Nook Color, Barnes & Noble returns to a market suddenly crowded with “reader’s tablets,” including the red-hot Kindle Fire from its top competitor. B&N is firing right back at Amazon with a high-powered new multimedia Nook Tablet and competitive price cuts to the current Nook Color and Nook Simple Touch e-reader.

“Nook Tablet is our lightest fastest, media tablet,” said Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch.

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Ghostly, Layered Photographs Peek Inside Gadgets 2nd Nov 2011

Ghostly, Layered Photographs Peek Inside Gadgets

These pictures may look like ghostly illustrations, but the are in fact painstakingly-constructed photographs. Barcelona-based artist Max de Esteban disassembled various gadgets, photographed each part individually and then combined these photos to make an x-ray-like composite.

The results look like the illustrations inside the how-it-works books I loved as a kid, only instead of being airbrushed paintings, they’re totally accurate, real representations.

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Upcoming Kinect Development Kit Could Change In-Store Shopping 29th Oct 2011

Upcoming Kinect Development Kit Could Change In-Store Shopping

The Xbox Kinect is Microsoft’s big push into motion-controlled gaming. You don’t even need a controller to play. Just move your hands and feet with gestures that the Kinect understands, and — voilà! — you’re kicking footballs, competing in dance challenges, and shooting down bad guys.

But now, one year since its launch, the Kinect has gone way beyond video games. It could change our retail buying experiences, and reinvent the way we shop.

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Rest Modules Let Flight Crews Sleep in Cargo Hold 25th Oct 2011

Rest Modules Let Flight Crews Sleep in Cargo Hold

You know those battered aluminum cargo containers you see stacked up at the airport? Well, those might soon contain people, and not just stuff.

TIMCO, manufacturer of all kinds of airplane interiors, built these Crew Rest Modules units for Austrian Airlines. They’re the same size and shape as cargo containers, and can be loaded and hooked up to power in half an hour. The idea is that on long-haul flights lasting more than 11 hours, the crew can take a break and sleep in the six-bed, soundproofed chamber.

It seems like a great idea, allowing flight attendants to escape the constant demands of over-entitled business-class passengers, or the moronic bleatings of the cattle class out back.

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