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The best invention I’ve seen in decades

The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker (they could probably work on the name).

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The Suitcase of the future

In the future your suitcase will follow you around the airport. Dragging your own roller bag is so 2011. “Hop” is the name of the newest design in luggage; it uses your smartphone as a beacon and follows you around, if you get out of range it sends you a text to let you know that your sad little bag is all alone behind you.

The Hop is designed to follow behind the user at a constant distance, but if the signal is lost the suitcase locks itself and a vibration is sent via the phone to alert the user. The bags can be programmed to follow one another or to be controlled jointly by any staff that may handle your luggage.

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Watch the iPhone 5 video announcement now

This has just started circulating as a possibly leaked iPhone 5 announcement video. The Apple store is currently down, too. This video shows what we already knew— the iPhone 5 will be longer and thinner, but it also brings some new features, such as built-in Mission Control and fingerprint unlock through the home button.

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Australian billionaire wants to build a real Jurassic Park, lesson clearly not learned from the movies

We essentially have the technology to bring dinosaurs back to life already, it’s just not perfect. Some smaller species of ancient bacteria or plants have already been brought back to life with just a bit of their DNA. Now nobody is really pursuing this idea to bring back full-sized dinos because, well, it’s probably not the best idea. But now, billionaire and possible crazy person Clive Palmer is putting a hefty sum of money towards building his own Jurassic Park.

The controversial billionaire is rumoured to be planning to clone a dinosaur from DNA so he can set it free in a Jurassic Park-style area at his new Palmer Resort in Coolum.

Mr Palmer has, apparently, been in deep discussion with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life.

If Mr Palmer can resurrect the Titanic, what is to stop him from trying with another of his other alleged passions – dinosaurs?

This is just one of the rumours circulating about Mr Palmer’s plans for Coolum.

And while the concept sounds like a joke, it apparently comes from a source close to Mr Palmer’s inner circle.

It was the same source who provided the Daily with an exclusive peek at Mr Palmer’s plans to build towering hotels at the Palmer Resort with a 20-storey sky needle and a giant, London Eye-style ferris wheel.

Mr Palmer has not commented on this vision yet. Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has said Mr Palmer was very serious about the plans.

It is also understood Mr Palmer intends to target the Middle East market for his resort.

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Genius

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WSJ reports that Apple will be releasing a smaller version of the iPad

There are always a million different rumors floating around about the next big thing from Apple, but this time it seems that the next big thing might actually be quite small. The Wall Street Journal, who typically are rather accurate when it comes to tech rumors, says that Apple will be rolling out a version of the iPad that is a bit smaller and more affordable in order to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.

Two sources told WSJ that the screen will be smaller than eight inches (Bloomberg had reported between seven and eight) and that Apple’s working with two of its usual suspects for display components, LG and AU Optronics. It’s hard to ignore the timing of these rumors: it would obviously be in Apple’s interest to soften demand for Google’s Nexus 7 — which launches later this month — with a pre-emptive strike while it ramps up for production.

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Why your iphone sucks

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Science! Soon your poop will tell you what is wrong with you!

If you have been waiting for the day when you could finally just look at your poop instead of going to the doctor to figure out what the hell is going on in your stomach, you may not have to wait much longer. E. chromi is a new probiotic yogurt drink that actually changes the color of your feces in order to communicate any stomach ailments you may have. Although it is only used to detect E. coli today, in the very near future it will be able to detect the above viruses and such, with magic colorful poop power.

While researchers have so far only suggested that the drink could be used to track the progress of E. coli, they believe that one day it can diagnose conditions like colorectal cancer, worms, stomach ulcer and salmonella just by people looking into the toilet to check the color of their remains.

British designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King developed the disease detecting drink by first genetically engineering bacteria to secrete a variety of colored pigments that are visible to the naked eye.

The team had designed standardized sequences of DNA, known as BioBricks, and inserted them into E. coli bacteria. They explain that each BioBrick part contains genes selected from a range of existing organisms that allows the bacteria to produce colors like red, yellow, green, blue, brown or purple.

They explained that by combining these with other BioBricks, bacteria could be programmed to do things like indicate whether water or food is safe to drink or eat by turning red if they sense a toxin.

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Microsoft announces their 7 inch tablet, the Microsoft Surface

In a big press event just now, Microsoft unveiled the Surface, the company’s first Microsoft branded tablet. The Surface is 7” diagonal, a high res display, weighs less than 2 pounds, has a full sized USB 2.0 port and a sleek foldout keyboard integrated into its cover. Apple’s Smart Cover? Oooh magnets. Check out this fucking keyboard.

As Microsoft led up to the big unveiling, Steve Ballmer was sounding very Steve Jobs-like, talking about the beauty of when hardware and software are engineered to work well together, while recalling Microsoft’s hardware history. And when Microsoft puts their mind to it, they do make pretty good hardware, so it will be interesting to see how the Surface integrates into a total vertical ecosystem, through a Windows 8 PC, a Windows phone, the Surface tablet and the Xbox.

Much like the Courier prototype from a couple years ago, the Surface will not only use capacitive touch, but will come with a very nice stylus, made to feel just like a pen, as opposed to the crappy selection of third-party styluses for the iPad.

Another nice little design touch is the Surface’s integrated kickstand. If you have the keyboard rolled out, you can flip out the kickstand to keep the whole thing level. It looks like a lot of thought definitely went into the design of this thing.

And since this tablet runs Windows 8, Microsoft is touting it as a full PC experience in the palm of your hands. It also integrates seamlessly with a Windows 8 PC, so you can use your Surface as a controller, notepad or drawing device for any app in Windows.

Microsoft didn’t mention an exact price, but did say that it would be “priced competitively”, and will be available in 32GB and 64 GB flavors. At some point.

Read the liveblog on The Verge here

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It’s the 21st century and you don’t have a robot that mows your lawn?

The John Deere Tango E5 not only operates in all weather, it also doesn’t make that loud, annoying “lawnmower sound” or require any emptying of grass clippings. It also returns to its charger when its battery gets low, won’t open the pod bay doors.

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