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Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Might Fix Its Loudest Problem

Microsoft held a big Surface event in Shanghai this morning. While the event was basically impossible to watch in the west, with a broken liveblog and zero English livestreams, savvy viewers (and those fluent in Chinese) might have caught the big news: There’s a new Surface Pro. It’s been more than sixteen months since Microsoft’s landmark tablet-laptop hybrid saw an update. In the intervening time, Microsoft has seen a lot of competitors attempt to encroach on the 2-1 device space. While some of those clones have been aesthetically delightful, few have approached the slick combination of design and quality the Surface Pro delivers. So a refresh is welcome, and this year’s devices could fix some of the Surface Pro’s most annoying problems. Read More >>

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One Step Closer To The Robot Apocalypse

We all know Google Home and the Amazon Echo. Both are voice-activated speakers that can handle a bit of your life admin, giving you a calendar update or keeping track of your shopping list. But now they can talk to each other — and they get along — so I'm not sure how long it'll take until they realise that they should just team up and kill all humans. Read More >>

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The Best Bits You Can Buy to Keep Your Life Extra Secure

Following the WannaCrypt attacks, which started a week ago, you probably have security on your mind. While you can protect your computer with some solid anti-virus software, up-to-date software, and an ounce of common sense, that's not always the case with everything else in your life. Read More >>

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Fidget Spinners Are Good

We all fidget. We swing our headphones, we peel twigs and tear cardboard coasters, we flip pens around our thumbs and split the ends of our hair. Do we really need to explain, rationalise and lend science to the newest fidget toy? Read More >>

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Rose Gold Is The Best Thing That’s Ever Happened To Tech And I Will Hear No Arguments

Call me basic all you want — and it's true, I totally am — but I absolutely adore rose gold. In fact, if I'm being brutally honest, I think rose gold is the best thing that has ever happened to tech. Read More >>

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The Ultimate Cosplayer Built a Working Version of Batman’s Grappling Hook Gun

Probably best known for his functional electromagnetic Captain America shield replica, YouTube’s The Hacksmith and his team spent the past six months designing, building, and re-building a working Batman grappling hook gun that makes it extra easy to escape awkward cosplay conventions. Read More >>

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How to Buy Second-Hand Tech Without Getting Ripped Off

There are some fantastic bargains to be had if you can live without the shiniest, newest gadgets—but diving into the second-hand market comes with its own set of potential pitfalls and problems. Read More >>

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Oh Great, Now Samsung’s Working on an Echo Rival

Well it's definite now. Virtual Assistant-focused gadgets are the new 'in' gadget, and every company under the sun has decided they want a piece of the action. First came the Echo, then Google Home, Microsoft's Invoke, and rumours of A Siri-powered system from Apple. Now it looks like Samsung wants in, using the still-unreleased Bixby, naturally. Read More >>

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Amazon Has Officially Unveiled the Echo Show

There have been quite a few leaks regarding a new Echo over the past several days, and now Amazon has made everything official. Here's the Echo Show, an Echo with a touchscreen and camera. Read More >>

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Details About Amazon’s Echo Show Leak Hours Before its Rumoured Launch

Remember over the weekend when we first saw pictures of what was supposedly a brand new Amazon Echo? That's right, the one with the touchscreen. Well rumour is that it'll be launched sometime today, but that hasn't stopped even more information from leaking. Read More >>

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How to Turn Your Smartphone Into an (Almost) Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s questionable supply chain strategies mean there are still gamers trying to get their hands on a Switch, two months after its release. But why bother trying to hunt down another console when the smartphone in your pocket can already do almost everything the Switch can — with a few upgrades. Read More >>

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Let’s Talk About Google’s Crazy Year in Hardware 

Google needs to be in the hardware business. It’s infiltrated nearly all aspects of our lives to an alarming degree. It controls our emails through Gmail, knows where we go through Maps, has a list of every person we communicate with via Android, and understands our every interest thanks to its search engine and Chrome. Yet it’s gonna hit a wall soon. A company as large as Google can’t infiltrate every point of the human experience with software and services alone. It needs to be producing the phones we text on and the computers we browse on. Last April it was reported that Google was aggressively hiring a hardware team in preparation for a big push, and sure enough, by the end of the year, the company had released a whole line of gadgets across categories ranging from smart phones to smart speakers. Read More >>

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Genius Hoover-Hating Dog Figured Out How to Turn Off Its Owner’s Roomba

Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: vacuum cleaners. They’ll incessantly bark, or run and hide while you’re cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner’s Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place—it’s apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off. Read More >>

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This Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video everywhere you look. Read More >>

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Amazon Has a New Echo That Tells You If Your Outfit Sucks

Amazon has a new Echo and this time, it has a camera built-in to tell you how ugly, or hot, your outfit looks. Dubbed the Echo Look, this forthcoming $200 (~£156) device has a depth-sensing camera that can take full-length photos and videos using just your voice. Read More >>