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The Anti-Rape Gadgets That Never Delivered

It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, colour-changing straws or colour-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting moment in the news cycle, the stories—and ostensibly, the products themselves—disappear. Read More >>

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The iOS 11 Control Centre Misleads Users on Whether Their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Are on

iOS 11 comes with a pretty sweet array of augmented reality tricks. Unfortunately, one thing that is less real than before in the new operating system is user controls for wireless connectivity. Read More >>

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Nest’s New Security System Makes Me Feel Sad for Nest

Everybody seemed excited about Nest’s big event today. New products! Several of them! New direction! Much needed for a company plagued with security flaws, product defects, and loads of other problems. But the most innovative thing that Nest announced was an alarm. Literally, a box that makes a loud noise. It’s called the Nest Guard, and it does not feel like a comeback. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Next Alexa Device Is… a Pair of Smart Glasses?

When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon’s Alexa is already out to a big lead. But with refreshed Home speakers coming from Google not to mention Apple, Sonos, and others soon to be joining the fray with their own sound systems featuring built-in digital assistants, Amazon has no time to rest on its laurels. To help bring the power of Alexa to places where a regular Echo might not be able to go, Amazon is reportedly getting ready to make an Alexa-powered pair of smart glasses. Read More >>

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All of the Best Augmented Reality Tricks Your iPhone Can Do Right Now

iOS 11 is finally available today for your iPhone and iPad, and among the many new features included in the update is Apple’s ARKit framework allowing developers to more easily create augmented reality apps and experiences. Here are some of the best ones you’ll want to try out after updating. Read More >>

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Do These 7 Dead Simple Safety Checks to Make Sure Your Accounts and Devices Are Safe

It’s a hostile world out there and your personal data is constantly being targeted from a whole host of angles. While you can’t control the shoddy security practises of major corporations, you can minimise the risk of your private information getting into the wrong hands. Just as you do regular maintenance on your car, or home, and you go to the doctor just for a check-up, there are little habits you should form to keep your online life as safe and healthy as possible. Here are the seven we do regularly. Read More >>

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The Best Gadgets and Gear for Students New and Old

September is close to ending, which means the students have started heading back to University to drink their way through an education. Whether you're a first timer, or going in for repeated years, there are things you can buy to make your life a lot easier. Here are some of the technological marvels that can make your three-four years more comfortable. Read More >>

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iOS 11 Will Break a Lot of Very Cool Apps

Among the many new features and updates iOS 11 will bring to your iPhone and iPad, there’s one that some users might not actually want. Apple is finally neutering older 32-bit apps, which means that some of your favourite games or productivity tools simply won’t load with iOS 11 installed. Read More >>

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If You Have Gigantic Ears No One Will Know You Bought These £37 Knockoff AirPods

Not everyone can afford to spend £159 on a pair of wireless in-ear headphones. But if you’re desperate to make people think you can, don’t for a second think that these £37 wireless alternatives are going to fool anyone—unless you’re 12 feet tall with equally massive ears. Read More >>

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The Motorised Longboard Is the Vape of Transport and I Love It

Electric personal transporters are mostly horrible. Segways are for people who are really just the worst. Hoverboards, which also explode, are just fodder for You've Been Framed. Everyone I’ve ever seen riding one of those electric unicycles has nearly caused a car accident. These machines are strange status symbols of lazy Western excess. Read More >>

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You Have to Be Hopelessly Devoted to Antique Computers to Build a Commodore 64 VR Rig

If you don’t have the budget for a £500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand-pound VR-ready gaming PC, here’s a far cheaper solution. A die-hard Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer that can be easily found for just a few quid at charity shops around the country. Read More >>

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These Smart Glasses Could One Day Turn Your Nose Into a Secret Remote Control

Google, a company that spends billions of pounds on research and development, still hasn’t found a good reason for everyone to own a pair of smart glasses. But an international team of researchers is rethinking how upgraded glasses could be useful—by turning the wearer’s nose into a remote control for other devices. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Flexible Flip Phone Might Be Coming Next Year

Sometimes a new gadget is just really cool-looking. It hits all the right aesthetic notes, boasts a flashy new technology and looks like something you want. But whether it’s something you need—or will be willing to empty out your wallet for—is another matter entirely. Read More >>

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This Inflatable Suitcase Made Out of Old Lorries Works Surprisingly Well

A pitch recently landed in my inbox that didn’t make a lot of sense. Some designers were working with Freitag, a Swiss company that makes bags out of old lorry tarps, and they were launching a Kickstarter. The product: the Zippelin, a foldable suitcase with bike tubes that inflated to create a frame. It sounded so weird it just might work. And it does. Read More >>