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Nokia E71

Nokia E71

Only 0.39″ thin, the Nokia E71 has arrived in the US. Enterprise-grade features include 3G, Wi-Fi, Exchange and VPN. Our favorite: GPS pinpoints your location and gives turn-by-turn navi.

Philips GoGear SA5245

Philips GoGear SA5245

It may not be an iPod or Zune, but Philips’ GoGear packs in decent features for the cost: a cool, Zune-reminiscent interface, 2.8″ screen, Rhapsody integration, FM radio and Bluetooth.

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Booq Python Pack

Booq Python Pack

Creative professionals, take heed: Booq’s water-resistant Python Pack hits a sweet spot for designers & photographers, with space for a 17″ MacBook Pro, SLR camera, and several lenses.

iThink Bionic Concept

iThink Bionic Concept

iThink is one of those products that we prefer not to “think” about, so frightening are its implications. A concept by graphic designer Paul Micarelli, it’s a cyborg implant with hints of The Matrix.

Vertu Ascent Ferrari 1947

Vertu Ascent Ferrari 1947

The Vertu Ascent Ferrari 1947 is crafted from high-grade aluminum and wrapped in red and black leather on the sides. It includes bluetooth and GSM, and costs and arm and a leg.

Portable Backup Batteries

Portable Backup Batteries

Traveling? Duracell’s PowerSource Mini (1 USB, 1 mini USB) and Xantrex’s Mobile100 (2 USB, 1 AC outlet) are backup Li-Ion batteries for laptops, MP3 players and cellphones.

Samsung INNOV8

Samsung INNOV8

The Samsung INNOV8 is a camera masquerading as a slider phone. We love the 16M color 2.8″ display, quad-band GSM and FM radio, but it’s all about the camera: 8 megapixels.

Fraction Adding Machine

Fraction Adding Machine

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories has a DIY for making your own Fraction Adding Machine out of a Rice Krispies Box, glue and tape. It’s based on an actual 1952 calculator.

Video: Toyota Winglets

Video: Toyota Winglets

Toyota is testing personal transport robots a-la Segway at local airports and resorts. They’ll come in three versions with increasing levels of freedom, from “practical” to “hands-free sporty.”

Hysek Abyss Tourbillon

Hysek Abyss Tourbillon

We’ll never own Hysek’s Abyss Tourbillon. Only thirty will ever be made, and chances are it’d cost a kidney or two. Unabashedly modern, this watch’s exposed moment shows it has nothing to hide.

FujiFilm FinePix Z200fd

FujiFilm FinePix Z200fd

FujiFilm’s FinePix Z200fd camera finally comes to the US this September. While 10 megapixels is impressive, its “Couple Timer” can detect faces and their proximity to each other. Eww, cooties.

Dell Vostro 2510 Laptop

Dell Vostro 2510 Laptop

Available as of today, the Vostro 2510 is the latest addition to Dell’s small business line. Clad in red, this 15.4″ laptop sports sharp lines, 4 USB ports and a discrete GeForce 8400M GS video card.

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Robo-Garage’s Murasaki prototype robot is no slouch at storytelling; “she” actually uses an MP3 player. The ‘bot rolls on two wheels and articulates her head and arms with an eight-axis system.

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Samsung Omnia Review

Samsung Omnia Review

Phone Arena has reviewed iPhone competitor Samsung Omnia, which features vibrating feedback, 5 MP camera, and bluetooth stereo. It falls flat, however, with a wimpy 240×400 screen.

Dalek Voice Changer Helmet

Dalek Voice Changer Helmet

Exterminate a whole new generation of SIL-LY HU-MONS with the Dalek Voice Changer Helmet, available at ThinkGeek. Includes authentic Dr. Who sounds and lights; runs on 3 AA batteries.

LG: Blu-Ray & Netflix

LG: Blu-Ray & Netflix

We love two-fers, and LG’s BD-300 does exactly that: it not only plays Blu-ray discs, but also streams Netflix movies. Available in Fall, Gizmodo reports that the price should be “well under $500.”

Sanyo Xacti HD800

Sanyo Xacti HD800

Sanyo’s Xacti line of compact HD cameras gets an upgrade with the HD800. Though seemingly a small step up from the HD700 on paper (from 7 MP to 8 MP), Akihabara News reports big noise reductions.

Tibida Binary LED Watch

Tibida Binary LED Watch

Maximize your nerd appeal with the Tibida LED watch: the first two modes are fairly simple, while the final binary mode which gets geek-ah-rific. Available in red, blue, black, or orange.

Motorola MOTO U9

Motorola MOTO U9

Motorola’s MOTO U9 is a slick clamshell phone (T-Mobile & AT&T customers) with an eye-catching external OLED display. Also nice: MP3-friendly buttons, quad-band GSM, and stereo bluetooth.

Virgin Galactic’s EVE

Virgin Galactic’s EVE

Recently rolled out in front of the world’s media, Virgin Galactic’s EVE is the mothership which will ferry SpaceShipTwo and astronaut-customers into sub-orbital space for $200k.

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Shuttle SLK4800 KPC

Shuttle SLK4800 KPC

Hot on the heels of Dell’s Studio Hybrid, Shuttle’s SLK4800 ($300) steps up from the value K4500 ($200) with the addition of an optical drive and dual VGA/DVI outputs. Standard: Linux; Vista +$180.

SimCity Creator Screenshots

SimCity Creator Screenshots

If thoughts of rampaging robots, fiery meteors and ginormous hands of death don’t get you excited, we can’t save you. EA has fresh screens for their upcoming (9/08) Wii-only SimCity Creator.

Samsung Series 9 LCD TV

Samsung Series 9 LCD TV

Samsung’s flagship Series 9 LCD HDTVs feature “art inspired” Touch of Color accents; ToC is hit-or-miss for most folks. Available: 46″ and 55″ models; LED backlighting; 120Hz technology.

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008

T-Mobile Sidekick 2008

Now available: the latest iteration of T-Mobile’s chat-friendly Sidekick. The 2008 version gives you more features (2.0 MP camera, higher resolution screen) for less ($150 w/contract, smaller size).

Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

Nvidia’s GeForce 9500 targets the sub-$100 video card market and competes with ATI’s Radeon HD 3850. Not for serious gamers, but it’s a good mainstream card with low power use and noise.

Netgear Wireless-N Upgrade

Netgear Wireless-N Upgrade

Netgear’s Wireless-N Upgrade Kit features an access point that plugs into your existing 802.11g/b router or gateway. Also included: a Wireless-N USB adapter which is 802.11g backwards compatible.

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