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CineXPlayer Updated: Dolby Digital AC3, DropBox, More 27th Nov 2011

CineXPlayer Updated: Dolby Digital AC3, DropBox, More

The play-anything-you-throw-at-it iPad movie app CineXPlayer has just been updated to version 2.5. But don’t let the incremental version number fool you: my favorite movie-playing app just got enough new features to make it my only movie-playing app.

CineXPlayer was one of the first decent iPad apps to play AVI movies files. The iPad’s native Videos app doesn’t like them, so you usually have to convert movies to MPEG format once you have downloaded them via BitTorrent.

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Brompton Oratory Jacket: High-Tech Jacket With Old-World Style 20th Nov 2011

Brompton Oratory Jacket: High-Tech Jacket With Old-World Style

Like its famous, transforming, overpriced bike, Brompton’s new Oratory is a transforming, overpriced jacket. Designed to be very practical on the bike, but stylish and smart off the bike, the Oratory is the sartorial equivalent of the English folding bicycle.

Obviously, PVC and Goretex are out, and cotton is in.

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SolarCycle, a Sun-Powered USB Port for You Bike 17th Nov 2011

SolarCycle, a Sun-Powered USB Port for You Bike

If you want to charge your gadgets while you ride your bike, then the best way has been to think ahead and get the bike fitted with a dynamo hub when you buy it. Now, there’s another option: a seat-post-mounted solar panel.

It’s called the SolarCycle Delux, and it comprises an aluminum rack along with the solar panel itself and a 6700mAh battery with a USB port.

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The Quest to Put Siri on all iOS Devices 13th Nov 2011

The Quest to Put Siri on all iOS Devices

Siri is the iPhone 4S’s not-so-hidden weapon. The artificially intelligent voice-recognition system is the biggest feature separating Apple’s sparkly new handset, which debuted last month, from every other smartphone available. So people naturally want Siri on their iPhone 4s, iPads, and MacBooks, too.

Hackers and developers have been working tirelessly to accomplish this feat. They haven’t yet succeeded in delivering a hacked Siri to the masses, but recent attempts show they’re getting oh so close.

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Party Hub: Outdoor Grill with Deep-Fat Fryer 9th Nov 2011

Party Hub: Outdoor Grill with Deep-Fat Fryer

Real men grill. Even realer men grill and deep-fry. So, if you have the merest whiff of testosterone about you, you need the Blacktop 360 Party Hub, possibly the most accurately-named gadget ever made.

As if an outdoor grill with a (20-ounce) deep-fat fryer at its center wasn’t cool enough, there are some extra-neat touches. For instance, the dials on the three heating zones all go up to 11, and the infrared burner on the grill is called the HELLFIRE (yes, in all-caps).

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Nvidia Unveils Tegra 3, World’s First Quad-Core Mobile Processor 7th Nov 2011

Nvidia Unveils Tegra 3, World’s First Quad-Core Mobile Processor

Nvidia has unveiled its long-anticipated Tegra 3 processor, the world’s first quad-core chip designed specifically for mobile devices.

The Tegra 3 is the world’s first quad-core ARM A9-based processor, and features a 12-core GeForce graphics unit. Nvidia says the Tegra 3 offers three times the performance of its previous dual-core Tegra generation, and boasts improved multitasking, better web browsing, and smoother app performance.

The new chip will make its first appearance in the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime — basically a higher-end version of Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer tablet, but with better cameras (8 megapixels for the back, 1.2 megapixels for the front), much more storage care of 32GB and 64GB versions, and, of course, the brawnier Tegra 3 chip.

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Panasonic GX1: Just Like the GF1, Only Way Better 5th Nov 2011

Panasonic GX1: Just Like the GF1, Only Way Better

Panasonic’s GX1 is officially official. After photos of the new Micro Four Thirds camera leaked last week, we knew pretty much everything that could be inferred from the knobs and dials on the body, including the fact that — thankfully — there are lots of knobs and dials. What we didn’t know was what Panasonic had squeezed inside.

When a camera make touts printed numeral on dials that “won’t easily wear,” you might worry at a dearth of features, especially in a camera which comes several years after its predecessor the GF1.

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New Google ‘Transparency’ Feature Aims to Reduce Ad-Targeting Creepiness 31st Oct 2011

New Google ‘Transparency’ Feature Aims to Reduce Ad-Targeting Creepiness

Google’s bread and butter is its targeted advertising technology, a multi-billion dollar business that includes tailors ad results to the browsing habits of individual users. The problem is, the better Google gets at guessing which ads we might want to see, the creepier its system feels.

Google wants to change that. The company just announced plans to roll out a new feature that provides clarity (or “transparency” in Google parlance) on why you receive certain ads on Google’s sites.

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Dual Case Holds Two iPads Side-By-side 30th Oct 2011

Dual Case Holds Two iPads Side-By-side

Double the iPads, double the fun! Or at least, double the chance of using the iPad to get any work done. At least, that’s the promise of ZooGue’s Dual iPad 2 Case.

The Dual iPad case is pretty much just a longer version of the ZooGue’s Genius, a good but bulky leather foilio-style iPad case. The Dual Case holds two tablets side-by-side, has a fold-out, Velcro-secured kickstand, a band to mount it to car headrests and covers with magnets to sleep and wake the iPads within.

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World’s Manliest iPhone Case Made From Truck Tires and Pool Tables 24th Oct 2011

World’s Manliest iPhone Case Made From Truck Tires and Pool Tables

Regular readers will know that I’m a sucker for bags and cases of all kinds (the Lady has implemented a one-in-one-out policy at home, meaning I have to dispose of an old bag before buying a new one). I’m also a fan of recycling things, especially inner-tubes. Even so, Karen Booker’s iPhone and iPod Touch sleeve goes one better.

This super-tough and slick-looking sleeve is sewn from old rubber truck tubes, but the coolest part is the lining, made from green baize reclaimed from pool tables.

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