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Former Google employee Anna Patterson’s search engine is alive. Cuil (pronounced “cool”) was released this week and supposedly can search 120 billion Web pages. She says that it is at least 3 times the size of Google, although that company says that they scan 1 trillion. Whoever is right, we like the idea of a search engine that uses actual content rather than ranking quantity and quality of links, as well as one that will not retain our histories or patterns. We gave it a test drive and think that Cuil is indeed very kewl.

 

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iSkin has released their new revo2, specifically made for the iPhone 3G. With anti-microbial protection, it features a docking port cover, raised surface volume and power buttons, an improved ViSOR screen shield, and anti-glare and fingerprint film. Available in four 2-tone models, the revo2’s silicone has a honeycomb micro-texture for sure grip and open camera hold, mute switch, and mic and speaker ports. The case can be yours for $39.99.

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Skypephone 3The company 3 has announced a new mobile Skypephone. The S2, made by China’s Amoi, has a 22.2-inch 240×320 display, a 3.2 mega pixel camera, and handles GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA. Holding 50 MB of internal memory, it features a microSD card slot and built-in Windows modem drivers that are automatically installed after connecting to a USB port. Look for the S2 in the next couple of months or contact 3 for more info.

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Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery with iPhone

Anyone who has picked up an knows that the battery, while great for a 3G phone, still leaves a lot to be desired. It’s simply no fun when your phone warns you that you have 20% power left while you are in the middle of your lunch break. Heck, I don’t even need to leave the house to go to work, and even I have issues with the battery. During , I had to be careful with my iPhone usage if I didn’t want the phone to run out of juice. Since I am going to be taking a trip to NYC this week, I wanted to be sure I was armed with a backup.

After doing some looking around, I came across this Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery Pack for the iPhone. In all actuality, it works with the iPhone as well as any iPod with a dock connector. It basically holds a charge that is similar to about 80% of the iPhone battery. That means that if you see your iPhone give you that 20% warning, you just plug this thing in, and it will charge it back to full. That is cool.

Even better though, you can charge the iPhone or iPod and the Backup Battery at the same time. You plug in the battery to your phone, and then connect the battery to the charger. This will first charge your device, and then once that is done, it will charge the battery. So if you do this overnight, you have a fully charged phone, and backup battery, when you walk out the door. Love it.

The device is thin enough to not be burdensome at all, reminding me of an iPod nano. I am gonna give this a try during this next week, where I will definitely be out and about and using my iPhone on a near-constant basis, being the awesome road warrior that I am. I will let you know how it turns out. Meanwhile, if you wanna pick up one of these for yourself, you can grab one here for $50. If it works as advertised, we think this is well worth it. Check the video after the break for more details, and also, we have a small Richard Solo Smart Backup Battery pack gallery we just put up as well.

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We were able to spend some time with CAPCOM during E3 2008, and they gave us a look at their very fun herding simulator, Flock. Yes, a herding simulator, but they are referring to it as more of a sandbox puzzle game. What they mean by that is that there are many ways to solve any given level, and the user can get creative and choose a method that is most fun for them.

The point of the game is to move farm animals around a quilt-like environment using a UFO of sorts. The quilt is where the world lies, and everything in the game looks to be stitched together, which gives it quite a bit of charm. Depending on how you herd the animals, and change the level, you affect that different ways that you can solve each puzzle. The game is similar to Lemmings, will support co-op online gaming, and will have over 50 levels. If that isn’t enough, there will also be a level editor for you to play with, and you can share any custom level you build online as well. The game will be released on Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and PC.

Check out the full demo in this episode, and watch out for the awesome Rube Goldberg level near the end.

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iPaq 914 review

While at the Connecting Your World event in Berlin Germany, we were able to get our hands on one of the new HP iPaq 914 Business Messenger Windows Mobile 6.1 QWERTY phones. We’ve already created a full iPaq 914 unboxing gallery for you to enjoy, but we also wanted to be sure to hit you with a full review of the phone. After a day or so of use, it’s easy to be impressed with this business-centric communications device.

As a phone with iPaq 914 performs admirably, offering great voice quality, and the well implemented Windows Mobile 6 dialer interface. Having quad-band GSM support means the iPaq 914 works virtually anywhere in the globe making it ideal for globe trotters and others needing to keep in touch while on the go.

Featuring HSDPA, EDGE, UMTS, WiFi, GPS, and 2.0 EDR, the iPaq 914 is well equipped for all sorts of wireless communications. The HSDPA chipset is quick and responsive and loads data quickly.

Click through Gear Live’s full review of the HP iPaq 914.

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PC VirusKeep your eye out for phony Hallmark greeting cards sent to e-mails as they seem to be on the rise again. If the notice says you have to load a .zip file, you know you have a problem. The Trojan .zip releases a postcard.exe and a run key to Windows. When you restart your PC that key releases evilness upon you and the program adds you to an IRC botnet, accesses your contact list, and sends out even more attack e-mails. While we realize this is nothing new, we thought we would warn you on the chance that you believed someone actually remembered your birthday.

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HoverboardNow you get a piece of “Back to the Future” with one of the original Mattel Hoverboards used in the film. It is in used but good condition and made of hand painted wood and metal with textured styling. It features a rear ball bearing-mounted footpad that rotates 360º and the bottom “magnet plates.” Available on eBay until August 1, you have to be a super Marty McFly fan as they are expecting bids between $30,000 and $50,000.

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My Pocket ChargerDuracell is apparently trying to understand that there is a specific need for speed charging. Their My Pocket Charger needs two AA batteries that you load into the device, then connect to your MP3 player, cell phone or other electronic device and they rapidly recharge it. The portable power source comes with two of their Coppertop batteries and we found one of the iPod chargers at Comp USA for $19.99 after instant $3.00 rebate. We see a problem here in that you have to toss the batteries after they work their magic. Would that Duracell could stick to more environment-friendly products.

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Lego WebcamWe never tire of Lego gadgets. This one is a mini-webcam in a Duplo block that goes into your USB port. The cam measures 31 x 31 x 13mm, comes in brown, and has a 3.2 MP picture interpolate and integrated microphone. Mount it on your flat panel display or notebook with a Magnet Grip and you will get images at 30 fps. Software is included and the cam is compatible with Windows XP/SP2/Vista at a price of $149.99. “123Smile” also makes other one-of-a-kind items out of Legos, including flash drives, USB hubs, and mini-lights.

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