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Apple Working on Smaller, Cheaper iPhones, Sources Tell WSJ

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed rumors that Apple is developing a new line of smaller and cheaper iPhones. Those trusty old "sources close to the development" tell the Journal that the new device will be about half the size of the iPhone 4, and will be sold to service providers at about half the price of existing iPhones. The new phone, which goes by the codename "N97," will apparently featu...

Flashy Adidas Touchscreen Helps You Buy Shoes, Won't Hold Your Feet

Adidas and Intel recently unveiled a massive touchscreen wall that allows shoe retailers to house a large inventory without taking up so much floorspace. The adiVerse Virtual Footwear Wall, which was designed by U.K. group Start Creative, was recently unveiled at the 2011 National Retail Federation Convention. When a shopper approaches it, the wall determines whether the person is male or female,...

Massive San Francisco Touch Screen Makes Riding MUNI Palatable, Perhaps Even Fun

In the past couple years, the experience of waiting for public transportation has morphed into a daily opportunity to play around with the electronic device of your choice. And, for the next two months in San Francisco, Yahoo will be trying to take that experience one step further. As part of an ingenious marketing campaign called Bus Stop Derby, the search corporation has installed 20 enormou...

Beautiful Failures: The Best-Designed Tech That Flopped

Share Ask any experienced manufacturer to name the key component to a winning product, and they'll undoubtedly reel off a string of theories, personal maxims and anecdotes. Then, if they're even remotely honest, they'll confess that they have no idea what they're talking about. Some ugly and even poorly made objects go on to wild success (cough, Bluetooth headsets, cough), while beautifully desi...

Cellphone Touchscreens Are Dirty, Unicorns Not Real

Guess what. Your cell phone is filthy. You might not be able to see it, but it's covered in germs. It doesn't matter if you've got an old-school flip phone with a numerical dial pad or a flashy new iPhone 4; either way, it's a disease farm. British researchers told the Sacramento Bee that the average cell phone is home to 18-times as much bacteria as the handle of a men's room toilet. Of course, ...

The Week in Design: A Gorgeous ATM and a Ridiculous Fridge, Contrasted

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. This week saw o...

The Future of Touchscreens, RickRolling Slowed Down and Visualized

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In the future, as visualized by TATMobile, touchscreens will accompany us from the bedroom to the office, and apparently, the mouse lives on. Fortunately, this looks m...

Touchscreens Pose Smudgy Security Risk Thanks to Greasy Faces

The greasier among you take heed: your touchscreen cell phone may be vulnerable to smudge hacking. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania (.PDF) have found that, with a camera and some basic photo processing, they can map taps and swipes on a cell phone's screen, thanks to the thin layer of oil left behind when you hold the device to your face. With just a little increase in contrast and ...

Design Concepts: Ultramodern Learning Tools

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. Like them or ...

RIM Tests Touchscreen BlackBerry and Tablet Prototypes

Apparently, Research in Motion (RIM) isn't satisfied to stand pat in the smartphone market. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, RIM is testing a touchscreen BlackBerry prototype that has a slide-out keyboard and will run the yet-to-be-released BlackBerry OS 6. Users would be able to swipe and pinch the screen, and the device would also have a universal search bar for users to navi...

'Eyephone' Lets Your Eyes Control Your Phone

Apparently, using fingers to navigate a smartphone is just too much trouble. According to MIT's Technology Review, researchers at Dartmouth University have developed a system that allows users to operate a cell phone with their eyes. Cleverly dubbed Eyephone, the system, which you can see in action in this video, divides the phone's screen into nine areas, and identifies when the eye is focused o...

iPad Moves a Million Units in a Month, Hacker of Palin's E-Mail Found Guilty

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple moved 300,000 iPads during the gadget's first Saturday on the market, and sales have certainly remained steady since. This past Friday, a mere 28 days after the device's release, Apple claims a consumer officially nabbed the millionth iPad. By comparison, the iPhone didn't reach that milestone until its 74th day of existence...

TrueTouch Lets You Hover to Control Your Touchscreen

If a touchscreen responds to a finger that doesn't actually touch it, is it still a touchscreen? Counterintuitive as it may seem, the answer is "yes." In a few months, people with a Nokia S60, Palm Pre or any other phone featuring a Cyprus touchscreen will be able to navigate their devices by simply hovering their fingers over the screen. A user will still make contact with the screen to execute ...

Multitoe Touchscreen Floor Taps, Jumps and Wiggles Into The Future

Touch displays are awesome and all, but it sure takes a lot of effort to put your finger to the screen. Couldn't we just do it with our feet? Well, Professor Patrick Baudisch and his research team at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany have developed a multi-touch floor display called Multitoe, utilizing the concept of frustrated total internal reflection (we had to Wikipedia that on...

Flip Slide HD Adds a Touchscreen to the Budget Camcorder

On Tuesday, the new Flip Slide HD camera finally (and officially) hit stores and the Web. We haven't got our hands on one yet, but according to Engadget, the feature that's creating the most (and really, the only) buzz is the three-inch touchscreen that pops-up when you want to play back footage. Other than that, it's not a whole lot different than the Flip Mino HD -- as far as filming goes. It...