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Wow, what a week. Last weekend the whole team was busy preparing for both the Mashable Awards Gala in Las Vegas and CES 2011 happening just next door. We’ve crowned your favorite picks from the past year and also previewed all the fancy new technology from the CES showroom.

Take a look through our roundup of tools and resources from the past week or so, including the future of the social media strategist, a slew of demos and hands-on gadget reviews and some insights into mobile retail.

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The BlackBerry Storm 3 has been whispered about and wondered about for months, but now there’s a murky trio of spy pics of RIM’s elusive smartphone for you to peruse.

A massive leak uncovered many of the mysteries of this upcoming smartphone from Research In Motion, said by BGR to be on its way in September.

With its Storm line, Blackberry bumbled the buggy first launch and nailed the second, so if the Storm 3 is anything like its respected predecessor the BlackBerry Storm 2, it might be worth the wait.

Looking a lot like last year’s iPhone with a bulbous back, the most impressive feature of the alleged BlackBerry flagship is the highest-resolution screen ever seen on a BlackBerry, 800×480 pixels, big numbers that mean its resolution is getting close to iPhone’s lofty “retina display” territory.

Check with BGR for the entire list of specs, but suffice to say this will be running a 1.2GHz CPU — it’s unknown if it’s a dual-core chip, but that’s plenty quick for smartphone these days. Now all we need to find out is how much this handset will cost and which service providers will be likely to carry it.

What about it, commenters? Will it be worth it to wait until September for the BlackBerry Storm 3?

Images courtesy of BGR

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It might look like a far-fetched timepiece from a sci-fi flick, but this design concept by Jonathan Frey uses E-Ink technology that’s becoming commonplace today. Not only is E-Ink breaking sales records inside Amazon Kindles and other e-readers — it’s making its debut in watches as well.

This two-display beauty uses E-Ink on both screens. The bottom screen shows its striped numerals over a sinister black background, while the top display’s day and date peek through a grid of shiny black metal. Everything is controlled with buttons on the side.

I’ve worn and reviewed an E-Ink watch, and it proved itself to be more energy efficient than conventional watches with LCD displays. An E-Ink watch drains its battery the most when it’s changing its numerals; the rest of the time it simply keeps time while it displays the results of the electronically charged rearrangement of its particles.

Another advantage: Designers love it. E-Ink displays can be configured in radically different ways from their LCD forebears, including curved surfaces that really do look like something you might see on the wrist of Captain Picard on the deck of the USS Enterprise. And later this year, color E-Ink displays will become available.

There’s no telling when this watch might see the light of day, but given the rapid expansion of E-Ink technology, watches like this can’t be too far off.

E-Ink Watch of the Future

E-Ink Watch of the Future

E-Ink Watch of the Future

Images courtesy of Yanko Design

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Although Panasonic isn’t usually the go-to company for software development or user interfaces, check out this attractive 3-D environment the company’s created for use with its 3-D HDTVs.

This looks like a good way to manipulate icons in 3-D space. Its Wii-like remote controls the on-screen elements, responding to gestures in this immersive UI. Panasonic’s Matt Frazier gave us a sneak peek at this interface, one he says is “not ready for prime time.”

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Finger painting on the iPhone and iPod has become something of a phenomenon, thanks to apps like Brushes [iTunes link] and SketchBook Pro [iTunes link], and the work of high-profile artists like David Kassan, the New Yorker‘s Jorge Colombo and David Hockney. In fact, Paris’s Pierre Berge-Yves St. Laurent Foundation is currently running an exhibition featuring Hockney’s iPad paintings until January 30.

But not everyone loves finger painting on the iPad. Like actual finger painting, it’s awkward and imprecise. Unfortunately, the current range of styluses for the iPad aren’t much help — instead of your finger, it feels like painting with a large, round eraser tip.

Which is why I was excited to discover the Nomad Brush, a new kind of stylus that more closely resembles a paintbrush. It’s made with a long handle and soft bristles, which the creator, Don Lee, assures interested parties is “incredibly responsive.”

While it doesn’t look like the brush will necessarily provide the precision myself and others are looking for, it could very well prove more intuitive for artists used to traditional tools.

We’ll have a full review when the stylus comes out in February. Check out the video above in the meantime.

[via Gizmodo]

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Google Labs has quietly debuted Shared Spaces, using Google Wave technology to let users quickly create a space with collaborative gadgets and a chat box inside.

As soon as it’s open to the general public, it will be simple and quick to create a space, grab a gadget from the gallery of 50 that already exist, and then paste the Space’s URL into a chat window, e-mail message, tweet or any other content-sharing platform.

If users know JavaScript, they can create their own gadgets and then rapidly build a Space around it, inviting all to participate.

Google didn’t say when this semi-closed Shared Spaces beta will be available for everyone, but it’s nice to know that there is yet another form in which Google Wave will still continue to exist.

Source: Steve Rubel.

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