Your Gmail inbox just got pumped

Google just gave you some new features in Gmail that add a level of functionality to email that makes it more than email. It's like they don't want you to go anywhere else but Google. Aw. Google likes me. It really, really likes me.

Somewhere, 1 in 10 smartphones run Windows

Microsoft's deals with Nokia are starting to make slow but noticeable progress, with more than ten percent of smartphones in the EU running on Windows.

Cheap tablets are making inroads into the broader market

Ever since Google launched its $199 Nexus 7 last year, tablet makers have been looking for ways to come up with even cheaper devices to undercut Google and other brands who targeted the sub-$200 space. Smaller form factors were popularised by Apple’s iPad mini, too. As a result the tablet underwent a massive transformation over the last 12 to 15 months in what can only be described as a race to the bottom. However, we’re not at the bottom just yet.

7 Ways Responsive Web Design is Evolving

Responsive Web Design is sweeping the online world and making it easier for users to get access to Internet sites, whether they’re using their desktop computers or mobile devices. While most web design trends often gain popularity overnight and quickly fade to obscurity, RWD clearly is here to stay.

North Korea has a doggone tablet: The Android based Samjiyon SA-70

Ruediger Frank is a Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna and Head of the Department of East Asian Studies. He got his hands on the SA-70, reviewed it and said, not bad. 

Comparing the iPad Air is hard to do

The iPad Air went on sale on Friday. It's easier to compare it to its predecessor in the Apple stable, but not that easy when it comes to other vendors like Microsoft and Samsung.

3D gesture-recognition chip for smartwatches and HMDs

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis are developing a chip that uses ultrasound waves to detect gestures. The chip is ideally suited to being used in wearable gadgets because of its convenience and low power consumption. Who wants to mess with a two inch smartwatch display anyhow.

Nexus 5. On Google Play. KitKat. Delicious.

LG and Google are delivering the first Android 4.4, KitKat, phone. The Nexus 5 is going to be available in every color imaginable as long as they are either white or black. 

The Livescribe 3 is smartpen-manship for the mobile warrior

Livescribe smartpens seamlessly transfer your handwritten notes to your tablet or smartphone. The latest edition is just about the best combination of old world data gathering and modern technology you could imagine.

Nokia has its first Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520, with Windows RT 8.1

Stephen Elop, who was Nokia's CEO and is moving into a new executive role at Microsoft, admits that it was hard to choose Windows over Android. But, the Lumia 2520 is the first RT tablet not made by Microsoft. Let the games begin. 

Apple launches new iPads; they don't get any cheaper

The iPad Air was launched today and it is lighter and more powerful than its predecessors. Pricing? Same old, same old. The iPad Mini 2 with Retinal Display also made it out the gate but it's going to work out $100 more than the old versions. They will, no doubt, sell like crazy this holiday season, but you might want to think about Amazon and Google and what they have on deck.

GigSky gives you free broadband in over 70 countries

The GigSky international SIM card comes with 10 MB of free mobile broadband service the first time travelers land in any of the countries that GigSkye covers.

HTC treads lightly in smartwatches and goes disruptive on tablets

The company is wary of wearable devices but it will compete with its own device, but it thinks its tablet will be something completely different.

Twitter quitters: We don't get it

36% of Twitter users don't use their account and 7% have shut down their account according to a recent poll. Doesn't bode well for upcoming IPO.

Chinese couple sell baby for an iPhone

After advertising online since June, the couple managed to quietly give birth and get just over $8,000 for the newborn.   According to the Daily Telegraph:   After a home birth, designed to cover-up the crime, they handed over the baby girl and received a large cash payment into their bank account on the very same day.  

Japanese sushi restaurant serves you to serve yourself

The Japanese really don't like the service industry. This time it isn't robot servers but an automted sushi restaurant where the eaters order from their table, have their food delvered by conveyor belt, and send their dirty dishes back down a chute. If they do a good job, they get to play a game on their little table consoles. 

The new Nike+ Fuelband SE looks good but doesn't do much

Pre-ordering is the new ordering. And so it goes with Nike's latest version of its activity tracking device which won't be available until November 6, but is ready for order now. How will it fare against the likes of Jawbone, Fitbit, smartwatches, Adidas and Garmin? I get tired thinking about it.

Nokia's Lumia 1520: the Windows Phone Phablet (Phtooey?)

The Nokia Lumia 1520 seems to be on track to debut on October 22 at a special Nokia event in Abu Dhabi. It's expected to go on sale in the US in the second week of November. It will be the first Windows "phablet" if rumors are right.

World Record Broken for Wireless Data Transmission: 100 Gbit/s

Cheaper is better, as this technology promises. And it could replace cable expansion of networks across waterways, the last mile to the home, and other areas where a line of sight laser system, such as this, is more economical.

NASA scientist quits job to make Halloween costumes

We can't think of a better reason to quite your space job than creating tee shirts with smartphone app animations. They are pretty awesome.