Government Employees Lost More Than 2,000 Portables Last Year

A Freedom of Information request placed with various government departments has found that an astonishing number of portable devices have been lost by employees over the last year, with more than 2,000 phones, laptops and tablets declared lost or stolen over the past 12 months, or simply gone mysteriously missing in the days after a new iPhone was revealed. Read More >>

Hasbro is Bringing Back Tiger Electronics’ Handheld LCD Games

New York's Toy Fair 2020 is just a couple of days away and soon the internet will be abuzz with all the new toys arriving this year, but all the old toys as well. Continuing a trend seen at the show for the past couple of years, Hasbro today revealed it’s bringing back Tiger Electronics’ handheld video games in four new versions. Read More >>

This Japanese Smartphone Uses AI to Prevent Users From Saving and Sharing Naked Selfies

Worried about what online shenanigans your child might get into with their first smartphone? In Japan, a company has released a budget phone with at least one feature you won’t find on a flagship iOS or Android device: an AI-powered sensor that prevents naked selfie shots from being saved or shared. Read More >>

Man Who Probably Hates Having Fingers Builds a Gun That Shoots Playing Cards at 120 MPH

There’s no denying the engineering and building skills of YouTube’s The Practical Engineer. But it’s the “practical” claims we feel the need to question because as impressive as this invention is, does anyone actually need a handheld blaster that can hurl playing cards at speeds over 120 miles per hour? Read More >>

Wacom One Review: Well Balanced, But Cable Management a Chore

With continued competition from Apple as cheaper iPads are now gaining support for the Apple Pencil, Wacom has followed up on its £530 Cintiq 16 from last year with the even cheaper £360 Wacom One. As with larger Cintiq displays and tablets, the Wacom One is a secondary display, not a real tablet with a dedicated OS, or even a battery. Targeted at aspiring artists and students it lacks some important features you’ll find on more expensive Wacom tablets, but also manages to introduce support for Android devices for the first time – just don’t expect an iPad experience quite yet. Read More >>

This Nifty Mattress Fan Makes Falling Asleep a Breeze

Everyone has different requirements for the perfect night’s sleep. Some people need a white noise generator, while others might require a weighted blanket, or maybe even a body pillow to snuggle up against. And while it’s not a necessity, one thing that really does it for me is a gentle breeze, like when you take a nap outside on a lazy summer afternoon. Damn, I’m getting sleepy just imagining it. Read More >>

Sony Now Lets Anyone Make Their Own Remotes for Its Cameras

Sony announced on Tuesday another feature for its digital cameras that the company hopes will expand their adoption among professional photographers: a software development kit that allows third-party developers to create their own custom tools to remotely control and operate the cameras. Read More >>

Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers

It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, an Apple developer analysed the tech specs even further and found that even something as simple as a modern USB charger is packed with more processing power. Read More >>

The Best Thing About This Smartwatch Is the Strap

There’s no shortage of stylish Wear OS watches—it’s literally Fossil’s main reason for existing at this point. The company and its small army of designer brands make up the bulk of Android-friendly smartwatches out there. The problem is, they’re all functionally interchangeable. They run the same software, sport the same features, with maybe one or two proprietary apps that make you go: “Huh, well, that’s kind of new I guess.” This is all largely true of the Skagen Falster 3, but there’s one thing I absolutely love about it: the strap. Read More >>

Mitsubishi’s Fake LED Skylights Simulate Sunlight to Make Offices Feel Less Depressing

The technologies that once promised to free us from soul-crushing office jobs have mostly resulted in just the opposite. But Mitsubishi is leveraging one technology in an attempt to make working in a sea of cubicles feel less depressing. It’s developed an LED-lit panel that can simulate natural light coming in from the outside, creating the effect of a skylight even in an office at the bottom of a towering skyscraper where that would be impossible. Read More >>

For £50 This Handheld Console Isn’t Perfect But It Gets the Important Things Right

If you assumed that Nintendo was the only company still making handheld gaming devices, you’re missing out on some excellent hardware coming out of China. The New Pocket Go might not be as polished as the Switch or the 3DS, but for its price, it’s a fantastic little handheld that puts decades worth of emulated gaming in your pocket. Read More >>

France Smacks Apple With £21 Million Fine for Slowing Down iPhones

Back in 2017, Apple admitted to throttling older iPhones with new software updates. It sparked the ire of iPhone users everywhere and a number of lawsuits, leading Apple to offer discounted battery replacements. Today, the DGCCRF, France’s consumer watchdog group, has slapped Apple with a €25 million (£21 million) fine for failing to inform consumers that updating their software would lead to slower iPhones. Read More >>

This Squishy Water Bottle Would Be Perfect If Filling It Weren’t So Dumb

I have a never-ending list of quests to find the perfect every day carry accessories, which includes a drawn out hunt for the ideal water bottle. At CES last month I spent a week with Matador’s new squishy, packable water bottle and while it’s not my holy grail of hydration, it’s a nice option when travelling and trying to maximise space in your bags. Read More >>

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Why All the Smart Home Platforms Suck and How They’re Going to Fix It

If you buy a smart home device right now, it’s more than likely it’ll work with Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant, or maybe even both – but while these digital assistants are adding a layer of convenience on top of a living space full of sensors and gadgets, they aren’t really the smart home platforms we should be striving for. Read More >>

Pablo Escobar’s Brother Wants to ‘Kill Samsung’ With Another Folding Phone

As if the Pablo Escobar Fold 1 wasn’t enough, there is now a second Pablo Escobar-branded folding smartphone. The name? Wait for it – the Pablo Escobar Fold 2. Read More >>