Break down the best iPhone apps of 2012

Five years ago, the iPhone didn’t support third-party apps. Today, it’s a fully-fledged computer that fits in your pocket. There are now apps for editing photos and videos, playing recent console games, and composing electronic soundtracks. Which of those stood out from the crowd this year? Let’s take a look at the best iPhone apps of 2012.  Sparrow Possibly Mac OS X’s best email app came to the iPhone this year, and it’s a gem.…

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An EyeSee shopper-watching mannequin

Do you ever get the creep feeling that store mannequins are … watchingyou? Well, that feeling may now be justified. Italian display form company Almax has recently introduced its EyeSee line of mannequins, that are equipped with cameras and microprocessors in their heads. The idea behind the mannequins is that they could be located in storefront windows or specific areas of the store, where they would gather demographic data on the customers. Using facial recognition…

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Artist’s concept of SpaceX Mars landing

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, says that the missions to Mars by his company will use rockets powered by methane, which can be manufactured on the Red Planet. The announcement came last as the South-African born entrepreneur was giving a lecture in November to the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, where he was presented with the Gold Medal – the society’s highest award.  In his talk, Musk said that he foresees the first…

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Nokia’s new service is an alternative to Apple Maps :: Nokia Here

The iOS version of Nokia’s cloud-based mapping service has been released on Apple’s App Store. The service boasts a number of compelling features and undoubtedly aims to capitalize on the problems encountered by iPhone and iPad owners while using Cupertino’s own Maps app. Nokia Here provides access to all of the company’s mapping data, regardless of the platform you’re using. The web-based version has been available for use since the announcement on November 13th (compatible…

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CommBadge will operate at a distance of up to 30 meters from the user’s smartphone

When one considers how long mobile telephone communication has been available, it’s perhaps surprising that we’re still largely relying on finger input to answer calls and write emails. CommBadge aims to fix this with a wearable Bluetooth speaker that pairs with Android and iOS, and isn’t too far removed from something Star Trek’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard might wear.  CommBadge attaches to the clothes of the wearer and offers wireless control of both basic telephone functions…

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Otome 3D will open the world’s first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013

Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now’s your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what’s described as the world’s first 3D printing photo booth in Harajuku, Japan. There, visitors will have their bodies scanned into a computer, a process which takes about 15 minutes. Then the company prints your statuette on their 3D color printer in one of three sizes.  Of course, this “photo” booth isn’t cheap…

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita console is not doing terribly well in Japan

Sony’s downward spiral isn’t being helped by its PlayStation Vita portable game console, which is being pulverized by its primary competitor, the Nintendo 3DS, in the electronic giants’ homeland. Last week the Vita sold just 4,201 units while the Nintendo 3DS sold 187,077. The PS Vita’s lack of compelling content could be the main culprit. “The Vita had no new releases last week, and none of its games appear in the top 30 chart. There…

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The Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car

Automobile systems manufacturer Visteon has unveiled its Nissan Leaf-based e-Bee concept car, designed to showcase some of the company’s visions for mobility technology in the year 2020. Car-sharing will apparently be much more prevalent by then, as many of the car’s features are centered around allowing multiple users to adapt it to their liking. Probably the most prominent of these features is the e-Bee’s ability to store numerous user profiles in the cloud. In this…

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Wendy takes a quick break at Bilbo Baggins’s underground house in Hobbiton

I chose the quietest table in the shadows at the back of the Shires Rest Cafe and beckoned my companion to take a seat. Checking that we were alone, with no other covetous eyes watching, I held out my hand to reveal the precious items nestling in my palm…four green and glossy oak leaves from a Hobbit’s tree. ‘I didn’t steal them,’ I promised. ‘They were just lying on the ground, honestly. Do you think…

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An astonishing view of the Earth that reveals just what is in the atmosphere.

This image, released by Nasa, was created by a supercomputer designed to model aerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere. It shows how dust, sea salt, smoke and sulphates travel – and could dramatically improve weather forecasts. The high-resolution global atmospheric modeling was done using the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Nasa said the facility ‘provides a unique tool to study the role of weather in…

"An astonishing view of the Earth that reveals just what is in the atmosphere."