Microsoft To Show Off Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update May 24th

We recently heard about a range of new features for Windows Phone 7 that will come in the Mango update, and now it looks like Microsoft will give us a preview of Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on the 24th of May.

Microsoft will be showing off all the new features which include turn by turn navigation, with voice directions, Bing Audio, that will let you search for music, you will be able to let your phone listen to a track with the microphone, and then your Windows Phone 7 device will identify which track it is.

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YouTube Videos Now Support Live Captions

At the Google I/O 2011 conference yesterday Google took the opportunity to launch its new YouTube Live captioning service, please note the “Live”. This is not the same service as the automatic captioning function YouTube unveiled last year which brought with it a few smiles when the captioning didn’t quite go as planned in some instances.

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Lighting Science Shows Off Android @ Home Light Bulbs

Earlier today we told you about Android @ Home, which is a new Android framework that is design to let you use you Android device for home automation, letting you control lights, games consoles and various other devices.

A company called Lighting Science has developed a new LED light build, that can be controlled via any Android device, and it is a 60-watt equivalent omnidirectional light bulb.

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Google To Launch Chrome Laptops For $20 A Month

According to a recent report by Forbes, Google intends to announce a new ‘student package’ for Chrome laptops, and students will have to pay a monthly fee of $20.

The $20 monthly fee will get the student a Google Chrome laptop, as well as the Chrome OS and all of the online software, and Google is also expected to launch a similar plan for small and medium sized businesses later this year.

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SpringPad Adds Offline Access Via Chrome Browser

Springpad the online service that allows you to save anything you want to remember on your phone or computer, has this week added a new facility using a Chrome browser extension that enables users to be able to access their accounts and saved items anywhere while offline.

The new feature has been one of the most asked for additions to the Springpad service from its users, and now SpringPad has listened and responded with the release of the Chrome webapp.

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Logitech Revue To Get Android 3.1 And Android Market

Google announced that it is bringing Android 3.1 to Google TV devices, as well as the Android Market, and one of the first companies to launch a Google TV device, Logitech has announced that Android 3.1 and the Android Market are headed to the Logitech Revue.

Logitech announced on their blog that we can expect the Revue to get the Android Market and Android 3.1 this summer, and it will be provided as an over the air update.

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Google +1 Button Nearing Launch

At the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco the Google +1 button development team demonstrated how its new social button can be added to websites and has suggested that the new Google +1  button could be arriving very shortly, even within the next couple of weeks.

The Google team also showed examples of its +1 button statistics that would be made available, through a suite of analytics similar to the Google Analytics dashboard, once enough people have used a website’s +1 button.Google did add though that the layouts and exact statistics might vary when the Google +1 button is officially launched. Watch a quick video explaining the new Google +1 button after the jump.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S II Hands On

We just got our hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S II, which is Samsung’s latest Android smartphone and the follow up to the popular Samsung Galaxy S, and the first thing you notice about the Galaxy S II is the 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, it looks amazing.

The Samsung Galaxy SII’s 4.3 inch display features a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, and everything looks great on the display, processing is provided by a dual core 1.2GHz processor, and it comes with Android 2.3.3.

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Espresso Shot Gun Concept (video)

Rather than using old fashioned espresso machines to create your perfect coffee shot in the morning this Espresso gun named “il Tiro” brings a much cooler way to get your caffeine fix. Simple loa up the gun handle with water and charge the three coffee barrels with freshly ground coffee of your choice. Then simply set the temperature you would like your shot to be and put the trigger to fill your cup. Watch the video after the jump to see the new concept device in action.

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Sharp Unveils 3D Equipped Aquos Phone SH-12C Gingerbread Smartphone

Sharp has today unveiled a new smartphone it will shortly be adding to its range, in the form of the Android Aquos Phone SH-12C. The new Sharp smartphone is equipped with a  4.2” QHD (540×960) 3D New Mobile ASV Panel and dual 8 megapixel 3D cameras that can be used for taking both 3D photographs and 3D video.

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Minibloq Enables Easier Arduino Programming (video)

Minibloq is a new Kickstarter project has been designed as a programming language for Arduino motherboards created to make much more fun and easy for children to make their own microprocessor projects.

Is a graphical programming environment for Arduino and other physical computing devices, such as DuinoBot or Maple designed by Julián da Silva a developer who has been working in educational robotics since 1994, and currently works at a startup called Robotgroup where he designs robots.

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Tactile Touchscreen Prototype (Video)

Researchers from the Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Japan are working on a tactile touchscreen prototype, which can transfer tactile information to the palm of your hand.

The tactile touchscreen prototype uses a layer of gel which is positioned behind the screen, this then lets you feel where objects are on the screen, have a look at the video of it in action below.

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