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Pre-caffeine tech: Ice Cream Sandwich, antler guns!

via Geekosystem

Our pre-caffeine roundup is a collection of the hottest, strangest, and most amusing stories of the morning. Here's everything that you need to know before taking that first sip of coffee today:

Google and Samsung announced the Galaxy Nexus, the first LTE-enabled smartphone to feature Android 4.0 — better known as Ice Cream Sandwich — on Tuesday night.

"People need Android ... but people didn't love Android," said Matias Duarte, director of the Android OS user experience, explaining why the world's most popular smartphone OS needed a full redesign. Ice Cream Sandwich, now officially labeled Android 4.0, is that overhaul. And people, it's awesome.

Meanwhile, as rumored, Motorola introduced the Droid RAZR phone, calling it an "impossibly thin" phone with a stainless-steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology Splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside.

Sony has some news for gamers who've been waiting to get their hands on the PlayStation Vita. The powerful portable gaming gadget with two thumb sticks, two touch surfaces and a sprawling screen will arrive in North American stores on February 22, 2012.

Oh! This is cool: Researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University unveiled a project in the works that uses a Kinect-like camera to transform any surface into a touchscreen.

In robot news, today's ultra-lifelike androids and computer-rendered humans seem to bridge the valley between the land of the living and the distant cartoon world occupied by Disney princesses and animé characters — except they're creepy. Here's what scientists are doing about that "uncanny valley."

Speaking of creepy, , the folks at Architects Southwest, an architecture firm based in Louisiana, have launched the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. The organization has tasked artists, architects and other zombie enthusiasts with one goal: Design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.

"Angry Birds" has a new bird, and the movie of the game is definitely Go.

Apple received more than 1 million tributes to Steve Jobs, which are now live on its Steve Jobs website page.

In closing: Perhaps if these animals had guns for antlers while alive, they wouldn't be mounted on a wall now.

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