apple
Who’s Ready to Get Mad Over an iPad Notch?

Patents aren’t written in stone, but they’re definitely a glimpse into what a company is mulling for future products. On that front, a newly released Apple patent hints the company is finally recognising that most people use their iPads in landscape mode by shifting the front-facing camera and FaceID sensors onto the horizontal side. The catch is that one diagram shows a notch for those components. Read More >>

fitbit
Surprise! Fitbit’s First New Product Under Google is a Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion – a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering the popularity of its Versa smartwatch. Now with its first new device under Google, Fitbit is going all-out with the Charge 4. Its most popular fitness tracker has been refreshed with built-in GPS, NFC payments, Spotify compatibility, and a new focus on active minutes in addition to steps. Read More >>

gadgets
Our Favourite Gadgets to Use When Stuck at Home

With a third of the global population on lockdown, people are left to their own devices – literally – to keep some sanity. Read More >>

gadgets
The Never-Ending Death of Smart Home Gadgets

I got my smart TV in early November 2016. It was a 50-inch Samsung – the largest size I could convince my then skeptical roommate to shell out for. We scored a modest deal. At roughly £500 split between two poor millennials, it wasn’t too bad. (Though, in retrospect, I should have waited until Black Friday.) It was, and I mean this in the most generous of terms, okay. The picture quality was fine. The apps all worked. Screencasting was sometimes choppy but altogether fine. And then last year, I moved. Read More >>

science
This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about – and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable exoskeleton that you can strap onto your ankle to help you run more easily, according to a study published in Science Robotics. Read More >>

smart speakers
Marshall’s New Itty Bitty Smart Speaker Packs Big Sound

Marshall’s latest smart speaker is an unusually small boy. How small? The new Uxbridge Voice, which is integrated with Amazon Alexa, measures a mere 5 by 6.6 by 4.8 inches. Read More >>

gaming
Adorable Animated Super Mario Chain Chomp Toy Will Help You Practice Safe Social Distancing

If you’ve played the various iterations of games like Super Mario and Mario Kart over the years, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself at the dangerous end of a Chain Chomp more than once. The character can be a terrifying baddie to stumble across in a game, but in real life it’s the most adorable way to keep other people away. Read More >>

drones
This Egg Is Actually One of the Most Powerful Drones You Can Buy for Less Than £1,100

You don’t have the chance to review an egg-shaped drone every day. The PowerVision PowerEgg X is exactly that: a powerful quadcopter that resembles an ostrich egg when folded. Although at first I suffered the natural consequences associated with roughly underdeveloped software, things have changed quite a bit. With each new firmware update, the PowerEgg X has proved to be one of the most intelligent and versatile commercial drones you can buy for under £1,100. Read More >>

watches
The World’s First Digital Watch Is Coming Back – for £675

If you’re trying to do everything you can to preserve your mental health while quarantined at home, an endless list of doomsday notifications on your smartwatch probably isn’t helping. Given that a dumb watch doesn’t seem so dumb any more, Hamilton is re-releasing the world’s first digital watch that does nothing more than tell the time. Read More >>

gaming
Turn Your Nintendo Switch Into a Miniature Arcade Optimised For Fighting Games

Nintendo’s Switch might not be the top console choice for fans of fighting games, but with titles like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and Super Smash Bros. available, it’s no slouch either. If fighting games get more screen time on your Switch than Zelda does, this miniature arcade stick controller might be a worthy upgrade. Read More >>

gadgets
Dyson’s New Flat Iron Is Impressive, But It’s Not Magic

Let me tell you: Straightening hair is a pain in the arse. For those born without pin-straight tresses, taming frizz, waves, and curls is an Entire Process that involves a mystical combination of heat, expensive hair-styling products, and praying that the weather cooperates with you because, as we all know, water and humidity are The Enemies of straight hair. After I tested out the Dyson Corrale, a £400 cordless flat iron that promises 50 per cent less heat damage, my DMs were flooded with friends asking if this thing is worth it. After playing around with it for a few days, my very unsatisfying answer is: It depends. Read More >>

gadgets
We Risked Our Hair to Try Out Dyson’s £400 Cordless Flat Iron

Bad hair days suck – so is it any wonder why lots of us don’t hesitate to plunk down hundreds of pounds a year in pursuit of a luscious, sleek mane? Even so, Dyson’s hairstyling gadgets are a special kind of expensive, from £300 supersonic hair dryers to its £450 Airwrap curling iron. The Corrale is Dyson’s latest hair gadget – a cordless £400 flat iron that the company says can smooth and curl any hair type. Read More >>

apple
Here’s What Apple Would Have Announced at Its Cancelled March Event

A few weeks ago, there were heavy rumours that Apple was planning a March 31 event to unveil a new slate of products. Now, for reasons that are obvious, Apple decided to err on the side of caution and cancel – a wise move considering Santa Clara County, where Cupertino is located, has banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more to curb the spread of covid-19. But while the event was cancelled, that doesn’t mean the products are. Read More >>

sonos
Sonos to Roll Out Whole New App for Its Next Generation of Speakers

The Sonos saga continues. A few months ago, the company caught some flack for sundowning its older hardware – now dubbed “legacy” products. It then quickly amended that while its oldest products would no longer receive newer features, they would still receive security updates and bug fixes. A big unanswered question, however, was how exactly would newer and legacy Sonos products interact? Read More >>

headphones
Montblanc Wants to Entice You With £525 Smart Headphones

Last week, Montblanc announced its expensive-as-hell Android smartwatch, the £1,040 Summit 2+ – with cellular connectivity, as a treat. Now the company is following that up with plush, noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones that seem like a bargain by comparison, at £525. Read More >>