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Geekosystem’s LG Touch 10 ET83 Multi-touch Monitor Giveaway

If you're a frequent visitor to Geekosystem, you may have spotted our LG Touch 10 ET83 Multi-touch monitor review. The device is pretty impressive, with a bunch of bells and whistles that are awful enticing. Our verdict in the end? If you really need a touchscreen, it'd be hard to go wrong with this model, but there are always cheaper alternatives if you don't need one. That said, it's hard to argue with free. That's why we're giving one away, courtesy of LG Electronics through Ogilvy Public Relations.

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Review: LG Touch 10 ET83 Multi-touch Monitor

When it comes to monitors, folks tend to be incredibly picky or don't really care. You're either in the crowd that asks for IPS and HDMI ports, or you're just looking for something "that looks really good" to use for video games and the like. It's pretty rare for people to be somewhere between the two extremes, but it's not impossible. If you're more of the former than the latter, the LG Touch 10 ET83 Multi-touch monitor is probably for you.

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Google Maps Can’t Catch a Break in Germany, It May Be Banned by Courts

In December of last year, Google Maps was facing scrutiny in Germany for potentially violating European Union privacy laws. Things haven't gotten easier for Google in that country, because now Google Maps faces a complete ban in Germany due to a patent dispute with Microsoft. If Microsoft wins the ruling, Google will have to take some pretty extreme measures to keep Google Maps out of Germany. Hope you didn't want to find your away Germany, everybody. It's about to get a little more difficult for you, or more expensive for Google.

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LG Announces a Voice-Activated and NFC-Enabled Air Conditioner Because They Can

As proof that adding Near Field Communication (NFC) to anything makes that thing inherently more interesting, LG has announced an NFC-enabled and voice-activated air conditioner. Why? Because remember in the 80's when companies started putting digital clocks on everything just because they could? That's apparently what NFC is going to be for this decade. We expect to see a lot more things like this in the near future, and it just might be crazy enough to work.

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Google’s Unannounced Nexus 4 Smartphone Got Picked Up at a Bar

So have guys heard the one about the smartphone, the stalker, and the guy from Google? It might sound familiar: It's almost exactly the same as the one about the tech site and the lost iPhone, but with Google instead of Apple... Apparently, a Google employee (most likely) was field-testing the Nexus 4, the de-facto official Android smartphone supposedly being designed by LG, at a bar in San Francisco last month, and left it there. By the time they figured out it was gone, a couple of people had already found it, revealing the phone's existence and Google's unfortunate slip-up.

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Flexible E Ink Displays Now In Mass Production

E Ink devices are about to get a lot more like paper. LG has just started mass production of the first flexible, plastic E Ink displays. The flexible E Ink displays have a resolution of 1024×768 and are 6 inches diagonal, much like the Kindle and Nook. Unlike the Kindle and Nook, these flexible displays are made primary out of plastic instead of glass laminate, allowing them to be flexible as well as 30% thinner, 50% lighter, and virtually impossible to shatter.

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M-Disc Can Survive Boiling Water and Liquid Nitrogen, Just In Case

Millenniata and LG have teamed up to create something called the M-Disc, a CD of legendary durability. Ubergizmo reports that the disc is more of a "natural,"stone-like" substance and can withstand all kinds of ridiculous torture, including exposure to boiling water and liquid nitrogen. Unsurprisingly, you need a special device to burn to the M-Disc, but after that, it'll work in any normal CD player and can hold 4.7GB. It takes twice the time to write to the M-Disc, but considering what it must be made of, I feel like that's pretty reasonable.

So, that's all well and good and extremely impressive, but the real question is, "Why?" Granted, it isn't as backwards as creating an indestructible floppy or Zip Disk made out of titanium or something, but it's still a little bit behind the times. The M-Disc is going to be great for all three of the guys who still back up to CD. Besides, boiling water and liquid nitrogen? That's a pretty good deal for chefs and mad scientists, but what about those of us who can't be bothered to use jewel cases? Is it plain old scratch-proof?

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All Phone Chargers Will Be Created Equal (Soon)

In a resounding case of "it's about freaking time," 2011 will be the year that chargers for almost all mobile phones start adopting a new standard based on the microUSB connector. The process began in 2009, when 14 prominent mobile manufacturers (including Apple, LG, Motorola, and Research in Motion, maker of Blackberry phones) realized that it might be nice to A) not have to throw away perfectly good chargers after a phone upgrade and B) be able to lend said chargers to others when their phones are dead. Finally.

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LG Producing Color and Flexible e-Paper Displays

LG Display has submitted a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicating they're going to start producing a 9.7 color e-paper display and a 19 inch flexible e-paper display.

Companies tend to pump out neat prototypes that get shown off at events like the Consumer Electronics Show, but this is one of the first times in recent memory that "futuristic" technology familiar from film, such as the newspaper in Minority Report, will actually be put into production (and by the end of the year!).

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