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Toshiba reveals Lytro-style refocus camera for smartphones

New details have surfaced today that the folks from Toshiba are working on an impressive Lytro-like mini camera module for smartphones and tablets. If you're asking yourself what Lytro is, you should check this out. Essentially you'll be able to refocus and perfect parts of a photo well after you've snapped the image. the Lytro camera was rather large, so getting this into a smartphone would be quite the task. More details after the break.

Apple files patent for wireless charging from up to 1 meter away

The guys from Cupertino have been busy with patents lately, and today we have one more to report on. It appears that Apple has filed for a patent regarding wireless charging. Yes, a feature we enjoy in our Nexus 4, the new Nokia Lumia, and multiple other devices. Better hide those Nexus 4's before it's too late. The patent is based around wireless charging technology using magnetic resonance -- something that's been around for some time. More details after the break.

Crushed Silicon Li-ion tech could triple smartphone battery life

In a smartphone world of 5.5-inch HD screens, quad-core 1.5 GHz processor that rival old computers and more one thing that is still truly holding smartphones and tablets hostage is the battery life. Whether it be Android, iOS, or anything else for that matter battery technology has only come along so far, and that isn't much. However, A new crushed silicon technique could see our battery life triple without using more real estate.

NASA PhoneSat sending Nexus One, Nexus S into space

It's been a big summer for NASA. A few weeks back, it landed the Curiosity rover on the surface Mars, and it announced earlier this week that we'll be going back to Mars in 2016 - this time to find out how the Red Planet evolved. But NASA's upcoming plans don't all have something to do with Mars as some of them, like PhoneSat, will be playing out much closer to home.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 gets a charming new ad

We're still being left in the dark as to when Acer is planning to launch its new Iconia Tab A210, but this new advertisement we have posted for you after the jump seems to suggest that Acer is gearing up for launch. We got our first introduction to the Iconia Tab A210's hardware back in June, and even though it's quite similar to the Iconia Tab A200, there are a few key differences. One of those differences is the inclusion of a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which is a significant step up for the A200's dual-core Tegra 2 CPU.

Android telepresence robot Botiful introduced on Kickstarter

Move over OUYA, because today we've got another Android-based Kickstarter to talk about. Its name is Botiful, and its looking to infuse a little personality into those Skype video calls you make with your Android phone. Botiful is being touted as the "first consumer telepresence robot," and by docking an Android phone on the robot (and using the special Skype interface), it allows users on the other end to choose what they're looking at. For example, if you're talking to someone who is using a Botiful, you're given control over their robot, so you can remotely control what the robot does and who the focus is on.

Steve Wozniak shows us his travel bag full of gadgets – Android included

If you're like me you probably carry around more than one or two gadgets on a daily basis. Between multiple phones, an extra battery, and usual a tablet I do pretty well -- but nothing compared to some. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak decided to share with the world what all he carries around when he travels. His travel bag must be pretty darn big because he packs an arsenal of gadgets.
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