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Breakdancing Is No Match For Project Natal’s Sensors [Natal]

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It’s possible that you’ve been reading reports of Microsoft’s body-capturing Project Natal with some skepticism, wondering, “how well can this cockamamie setup possibly work?” Well, going by this video of it perfectly tracking a guy breakdancing, pretty damn well. As best we can guess, Natal will be making its way to Xboxes sometime this fall . That means we’ve still got a good deal of waiting ahead of us, so every once in a while it’s nice to have a reminder of why we’re so excited. February’s reminder: this video of Natal perfectly tracking a dude dancing during the requisite playground ball demo game.

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Microsoft Employee Shows Off Prototype Windows Phone 7 Series Smartphone From LG [Windowsphone7]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under 7d, Ads, age, Ai, AR, Ati, Camera, Cellphones, clear, dash, dev, Display, down, Ds, Ea, engadget, Eu, Exclusive, Gadget, Ge, Gizmo, hand, Hardware, Hd, Home Automation, Ion, Iphone, Isp, Led, Lg, Mac, Mic, microsoft, mobile, Mod, News, One, Opera, operating system, Os, phone, Phones, Ports, Pr, Pro, prototype, Rc, Rf, Slider, Smartphones, Sport, sports, Style, Support, TI, time, Top, Ui, Uk, Up, Video, War, windows, Windows phone, Windows phone 7, windows phone 7 series, Windowsphone7, WindowsPhone7Series, Wood

Aaron Woodman, the director of consumer experiences for Microsoft’s mobile division, was a guest on today’s Engadget Show, and he had a nice surprise for everyone: a prototype of LG’s Windows Phone 7 Series phone. There’s not a whole lot in the way of details—it’s a slider that’s a bit thicker than the iPhone, it has a 5MP camera, and sports six hardware buttons—but it’s still exciting to see the new operating system on a branded device for the first time. Woodman wouldn’t confirm nor deny if Windows Phone 7 Series would support Mac OS, explaining that it was a topic that the team was currently discussing.

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What Comes After the iPad? [Humor]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under 7d, Ads, age, app, apple, AR, Cf, clear, Comedy, design, dev, Devices, Display, Ds, E3, Ea, Eu, flash, Ge, Gizmo, Hd, Home Automation, Humor, Ion, ipad, Iphone, IphoneOs, Isp, Led, Men, Mod, next, One, Ouch, phone, Rc, Rf, Style, Support, TI, Touch, Ui, Up, VoIP

When the iPad was unveiled in January, everyone could agree on one thing: it did look a lot like a big iPhone. Begeek.fr extrapolates Apple’s design consistency to its next two devices, launching in 2012 and 2014. I hear the iBoard’s going to implement twenty finger multi-touch and the iMat’s even going to support Flash.

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Haleron iLet Mini HAL Is a Modest Tablet With a Modest Price [Tablets]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under Android, Android16, hal, Haleron, Iletmini, Tablets

If the iPad seems a bit extravagant and the JooJoo’s sordid past turns you off, the 7″ iLet Mini HAL might be device for you. It’s no powerhouse, but at least you’ll be able to say you own a tablet. The 600MHz VIA CPU isn’t blazing fast and the 7″ touch screen isn’t luxuriously wide. The 2GB of flash memory isn’t great

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All U.S. Android Phones Reportedly Getting the Bump to 2.1 [Rumor]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under 7d, Ads, age, Ai, Android, android 2.1, Android21, app, Ati, Cellphones, clear, Display, droid, Ds, Ea, Eu, Firmware, Ge, Gizmo, Google, Hd, Home Automation, Ion, Isp, ISS, Lg, Make, Men, Mod, multitouch, mytouch, News, One, Os, oss, Ouch, Pee, phone, Phones, Pr, price, Pro, Rc, Rf, Rumor, Smartphones, Style, Support, Tat, ted, TI, Touch, Ui, Up, Update, Updates, Upgrade, Wall, Wallpapers, War, Wave

We recently heard that Android 2.1 was on its way to the Droid , but now sources tell AndroidandMe that all U.S. Android phones will be receiving Android 2.1 firmware in coming months, though some will require a wipe to upgrade.

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Apple Reports Discovery of Child Workers In Their Factories [Apple]

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February has not been a good month for the Apple supply chain. After the assault , the arson, and the poisonings , now Apple’s annual supplier report reveals that this year 11 minors were found working in factories that manufacture their products. The 24-page report is full of bad news. The worst of it: three different factories Apple uses to manufacture parts employed 15 year old workers, 11 minors total, in countries that had a minimum working age of 16

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Child Workers Discovered in Apple Factories [Apple]

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February has not been a good month for the Apple supply chain. After the assault , the arson, and the poisonings , now Apple’s annual supplier report reveals that this year 11 minors were found working in factories that manufacture their products. The 24-page report is full of bad news. The worst of it: three different factories Apple uses to manufacture parts employed 15 year old workers, 11 minors total, in countries that had a minimum working age of 16.

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Folding Massage Chair Makes It Easy to Hide Your Embarassing Folding Massage Chair [Furniture]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under Decorating, design, Embarrassments, furniture

Hammacher Schlemmer, purveyors of expensive, goofy gadgets, are now peddling the Foldaway Massage Chair, a shapeshifting piece of furniture that will keep your muscles relaxed, your apartment uncluttered, and your buyers remorse so potent you can almost taste it. Picture a Transformer. But instead of being a really cool car that turns into an ass-kicking robot, it’s a little red cooler that doesn’t actually keep things cold that turns into a mediocre massage chair. That should help you capture the essence of the Foldaway Massage Chair

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The Frightening Future of Augmented Shopping [Retail]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under 7d, Ads, age, Ai, ANT, AR, Art, Ati, augmentation, AugmentedReality, Bes, car, cards, Cellphones, clear, Companies, Content, Credit Cards, Danger, dev, Display, down, Ds, Ea, Emi, Eu, Gadget, Gadgets, Ge, Gizmo, Hd, Home Automation, Ibm, Interest, Intern, internet, Ion, Isp, Led, Make, Men, mind, Mod, money, Ms, New York Times, Nyt, One, Os, phone, Phones, Pr, pre, presence, price, Pro, ps, Rc, Real, Red, retail, Rf, rip, RSS, Scanlife, school, Shopper, shopping, Smartphones, Software, store, Stores, Style, ted, Tent, TI, time, Ui, Up, Walmart, War

Online retail is nothing new, but now brick and mortar stores want to get in on the high-tech action. The New York Times has a disquieting look at new technologies that will make you shop ’til your signal drops. Take, for example, Norma Kamali’s boutique in Manhattan, which recently implemented a system called ScanLife that allows shoppers to find more information on products from their smart phones. So far, so good

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New Pentagon Policy Lets Troops Overshare Like the Rest of Us [Socialmedia]

by on Feb.27, 2010, under 4G, 7d, Abc, Ads, age, Ai, app, Arm, Art, Bandwidth, book, Cf, Cia, clear, dash, Defense, DepartmentOfDefense, Display, Ds, Ea, Ebook, Eu, Face, facebook, farmville, Ge, Gizmo, Government, Hd, Home Automation, Hp, Intern, internet, Ion, Isp, ISS, Laptop, Love, media, Men, Military, Mit, Mod, networking, networks, News, One, Oops, Os, oss, Pentagon, Pr, Pro, ps, Rc, Red, Rf, RSS, rtm, sage, security, social-networking, socialmedia, step, Style, ted, Tent, TI, time, Top, troops, tub, tweet, twitter, Ui, Up, Via, War, what, YouTube

Yesterday the Department of Defense released a memo outlining the government’s first official policy for social media access by military personnel. Somewhat surprisingly, it gives them unrestricted access to blog, Tweet, poke and ping just like everyone else. Effectively immediately, Department of Defense personnel across the board, including civilian employees and troops alike, have full access to popular new media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the rest

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