If you are ever questioning the power of higher education, then go look at what the University of Pennsylvania are doing. They’re working with “Robot Quadrotors”, aka extremely fancy remote controlled helicopters, and were inspired to perform the James Bond theme with them.

See? All you need is a load of guitar strings strategically stretched over a frame, a modified keyboard with helipads placed perfectly, bits of a drumkit and a ton of remote controlled flying things to play a movie theme…

In a few days we are apparently going to have another iPad in the world…
Of course, we don’t know exactly if there is one being released or what it’s specs will be as there’s not been an official announcement, but that hasn’t stopped the wild speculation online.

Cue someone making a fantastic “What If…” video showing what the iPad 3 could be if Apple wanted to pull some sort of “the future is NOW!” stuff on us. The actual iPad 3 (if that’s what it’s called and if it’s actually being released, we still don’t “officially” know) won’t be as awesome as this…

Edge to edge screen, magnetic connectivity to other devices, holography and on-desk projected controls will probably not be part of the actual launch, but we can dream, can’t we? Aatma Studio already has.

Onkyo have announced it’s first releases for 2012, namely 4 entry level home cinema receivers.

The TX-SR313 boasts 5 HDMI ports, Dolby TrueHD and kicks out 5x100w. The TX-NR414 raises that to 5x130w, 6 HDMI in and assorted bits of internet connectivity, including Spotify. It can also be controlled by an app and also features InstaPrevue, namely getting a live thumbnail of whatever’s playing on each HDMI input, which seems fairly useful.

The TX-NR515 and the TX-NR616, aside from being sexily named, feature “MHL” (smartphone playback), 8 HDMI in, 2 HDMI out, upscaling up to 4K if your screen can take it, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and the 616 has Audyssey DSX Expansion for additional Front Wide channels.

Expect them in March and April in the UK for between £299 and £599.

Press release and gallery after the jump.

And now for the obligatory Valentine’s Day post. I’ll make it quick.

TomTom (There’s the tech aspect of the story for you) used it’s database to work out the most romantic road names in the UK. And here’s the top 10…

1 Love Lane
2 Rose Lane
3 Rose Hill
4 Rose Street
5 Rose Avenue
6 Lovers Lane
7 Lover’s Lane
8 Valentine Road
9 Rose Crescent
10 Rose Gardens

Now, back to your typically normal posting regime.

Just when you thought there couldn’t be another Galaxy-named product from Samsung, they announce the Galaxy S Advance.

A dual-core 1.0Ghz processor, 4.0″ Super AMOLED display, Gingerbread and a 3.5mm headphone socket appears to be the main draws, but then there’s also the 5MP camera, Samsung’s “TouchWiz” UI and “Find My Phone”.
That last feature appeals as not only can you find your phone (duh) but you can also remotely wipe the data from the handset in the event it gets into the wrong hands.  Cue quote from someone important at Samsung UK, Simon Stanford (MD):

“We are very excited to launch our latest handset from the Galaxy family – the Galaxy S Advance. Our aim is to build on the features we know our customers enjoy and add to the choice of smartphones we offer. Our Galaxy range has proven extremely popular and we have no doubt this latest sleek and powerful addition, with its curved design will be greeted the same response when it is released in the UK. ”

Full specs and press release is available after the jump.

Fans of the Kinect whom want to do the whole Minority Report thing on a PC can now get hold of official hardware. No, not the Kinect, but the Kinect. For Windows.

 

Why the change in hardware? Because the Windows version has a “Near Mode” allowing it to work with actions just over a foot away from it, saving you from being forced 8 feet away from your desk to use it. Also, if you want to use the new SDK, you’re forced to get the new hardware. Homebrew Kinect users will be forced to use the existing beta SDK.

Other improvements to the SDK include a “Commercial-Ready Installer”, better speech recognition and support for up to 4 Kinect sensors plugged into one machine, why ever you would do that is beyond me but I’m sure someone would have a need for that.

Wanted a Samsung Galaxy Note but couldn’t bear to get the black version because it clashed with your all-white decor? UK residents can now get hold of a white version of the Galaxy Note from John Lewis in Oxford Street, London as of today. It doesn’t look like the black one here.

Just to be clear, this is not the white one. Not White. Use your imagination, or pay someone to imagine it for you. Ok? Good.

Oh, and if you’re in the first 100 customers, you’ll get £250 of music, films and books as well.

Of course, normal people would have bought the black version back in November and bought a cover for it. Then again, I don’t really consider the people whom shop at John Lewis nor their bulging wallets “normal”…

Full press release after the jump.

For one day only, usually popular internet haunts including  Wikipedia and Reddit are blocking their users from the site, to raise awareness of SOPA and PIPA.

SOPA and PIPA are two bills currently going through the US Government which stand to protect copyright holders’ interests. you may think this is a good thing, but what they offer is far worse, and is detailed via the EFF far better than we can.

Or, you could just watch this…

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo

You know you’ve made it in life when you have an action figure made of yourself. Sadly, most of us will not enjoy such a thing but Steve Jobs will, albeit posthumously.

The “in icons” Steve Jobs collectible figure stands at 12″ tall (taller than an iPad 2), has 2 pairs of glasses (2 more than the Mighty Mouse) and the obligatory black turtleneck and jeans, but the biggest draw is the fact that it looks very close to the man himself.

It’s a steal at $99.99 and if you can afford one, the price will only go up as I expect Apple to lawyer-up pretty swiftly…

Sega has a great holiday gift for you, a game that is normally $2.99 for iOS is now FREE for the next 24 hours! Your favorite SEGA characters come together to battle it out in an adrenaline-fueled race to the finish line in Sonic & SEGA All-Star Racing.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later. Grab it NOW from the iTunes App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/id429208823?s=143455