TikTok Adds Parental Controls to UK Version of App

TikTok, which as far as I can work out is some sort of proving ground for viral content before it is transferred to the more familiar legacy social networks I might actually use, is introducing parental controls to its UK app, with worrying dads now able to transfer all parental responsibilities to the reworked checkboxes within the app's Family Safety Mode. Read More >>

Digital Headwear Could Control Phones by Thought

A hat with modern magical sensors in it could be the future of smartphone interaction, as its inventor claims it could one day be used to switch playlists on the fly by you just thinking about listening to Kids in America. Read More >>

Sick Scientists Create Controllable Insect/Computer Hybrid

A team at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have done something clever but also a bit weird and bad; using embedded controls to manage the walking speed of a beetle and building something they call an insect-computer hybrid legged robot. Read More >>

Man Builds One-Buttoned Chromecast Remote

This glamorous piece of post-millennial tech is a remote control for a Chromecast. If it looks like it was made by a man on his living room carpet, that's because it was. Read More >>

Military “Active Sticks” Feedback System Coming to Commercial Jets

BAE Systems is using this week's Farnborough International Air Show to demonstrate a form of Active Inceptor Systems for regular aircraft, taking the tactile feedback from the military world to the city-hopping commercial jet pilots. Read More >>

“OK Google, Make a Boat Go. NO! Take a PHOTO.”

Google thinks fumbling for the voice input button and talking to your phone is somehow easier than fumbling for and pressing the camera icon. Hmm. In a G+ post, Google reveals that saying "OK Google, take a photo" is the new, exciting and easier way to make your phone take pictures via the search box. It's not. Even boss Larry Page thinks speech input is rubbish. [Google] Read More >>

You Can Control Your iPhone with Just Your Head in iOS 7

Hidden inside the Accessibility settings of iOS 7 is a sneaky new way to control your iPhone (or iPad): with your head. Yep, with simple left or right head movements you can navigate your iPhone. You'll look a little bit crazy, but ooh wow look at you control your iPhone invisibly. Read More >>

Valve Testing Sweat-Sensing Biometric Gaming Input in Left4Dead

One of the ways in which PC gaming saviour Valve is looking to innovate is in the field of biometric input, with the Half-Life creator apparently now testing various control methods that use eye-tracking and take data from sweat sensors so the software knows when you're panicking or at the limits of your skills. Read More >>

Point and Laugh With/At LG’s Updated Magic Remote

This isn't Christmas 2012's hottest sex toy. It's LG's revised Magic Remote, the new way to turn the act of changing channels into a never-ending loop of frustration. Read More >>

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We Could Control Future Computers and Video Games Using a 3D Motion Tracking Wristband

The Wii Introduced the masses to motion-based gaming. The Kinect took things one step further and all but eliminated controllers. Microsoft's latest innovation, an infrared tracker which is worn on the wrist, could make gaming and UI controls even more immersive than before. Read More >>

Siri vs. Android: Which Is Better at Understanding Voice Commands?

Motorola created a bit of a stir yesterday when it released a video comparing Android's Voice Actions on the Atrix 2 with iOS's Siri on an iPhone 4S. Fanboys screamed foul in the YouTube comments, so we decided to test it out for ourselves. And yes, there's a very clear winner. Read More >>