privacy
Mozilla’s Guide To Smart Tech Lets You Filter By Creepiness

It's mid-November, and the Christmas gift guides are everywhere. Mozilla's is a little different, though: the makers of Firefox have done an online guide to smart tech that gives it a creepiness rating in terms of how likely it is to spy on you. Read More >>

Black Friday
Nvidia’s Shield TV Has Its Own Black Friday Deal

Lots of us have been waiting for Black Friday before pulling the trigger on the tech products of our dreams. If yours is the Nvidia Shield TV, here's the deal you've been hoping for. Read More >>

smartphones
This Solution to Phone Multitasking Is Either Genius or Totally Absurd

There’s a reason your computer’s home screen is often referred to as its desktop. The user interface is designed to emulate a physical desk covered in documents and tools. That analogy doesn’t work quite as well with a smartphone’s tiny screen, but this concept UI that switches apps automatically as you physically move your phone around your desk is potentially a great solution—or just ridiculous. We can’t decide which. Read More >>

gadgets
This Robovac With a Removable Dustbuster Created More Messes Than it Cleaned

The dirty secret about robot vacuums is that they can’t actually clean your entire house. They’re great for floors, but are completely useless for cleaning all of your other other dust-covered surfaces. It’s a problem the Coral One—a robovac with a removable handheld cleaner—was engineered to solve. Its design is undoubtedly a clever solution to the problem, but the execution, unfortunately, isn’t the answer to our robovac woes. Read More >>

the future
5 Visions of the Future We Saw at Panasonic’s 100th Birthday Expo

Japanese tech corp Panasonic is 100 years old this year, and they're having a big old celebration in Tokyo in the form of an exhibition. As you might expect, said exhibition includes plenty of Panasonic's past, with some glorious ancient tech on display from back when the company was called National: Read More >>

watch this
Halloween’s Extra Spooky With Michael Jackson’s Thriller Played On Outdated Zombie Technology

There are still a few days left to immerse yourself in everything Halloween before thoughts shift to turkeys and shopping lists. So pull down the blinds, turn up that smoke machine, and put Paweł Zadrożniak’s latest masterpiece on loop as the Floppotron grinds out a wonderful rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. Read More >>

computing
Linux Founder Apparently Completes Empathy Journey in About a Month

Linux founder Linus Torvalds temporarily took time off from the organisation in September in order to “get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.” During his helm within the open-source software community, he developed a reputation for his egregious verbal abuse. Now, about a month after his self-imposed send-off to better himself, Torvalds is returning. Read More >>

apple
Apple is Indeed the Best Private Employer in the UK

A new survey from recruitment website Indeed has revealed that the best private sector company to work for in the UK in terms of work-life balance, benefits and general happiness is none other than Apple. Read More >>

smartphones
Someone’s Invented a Handbag for Women Scared of Their Phones

Worried about radiation, but can't stop scrolling on Instagram? There's a bag for that. Read More >>

smartphones
Brits Can’t Finish Dinner Without Sneaking a Look at our Phones

New data from YouGov shows we're a nation enslaved by our smartphones, and over half of us can't even clear our plates without a quick look. Read More >>

gadgets
The Dyson Airwrap Vacuums Your Hair Into Curls

Two years ago Dyson used its expertise in pushing air to create a premium hair dryer that was absurdly expensive, but, in our testing at the time, surprisingly worth the investment. Today the company is announcing its first follow-up to the Supersonic: a new styling tool called the Airwrap that replaces the skin-searing metal surfaces of a curling iron with hot air moving through brushes and other attachments that are much safer to use. Read More >>

google
What to Expect From Google’s Pixel 3 Hardware Event

In less than a week’s time Google will be holding court in New York to reveal some less-than-mysterious new hardware offerings. Those Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones might have been thoroughly leaked ahead of next week’s gathering, but what other surprises has Google managed to keep under wraps? Read More >>

robots
Finally, a Humanoid Robot With an Electric Screwdriver Hand

It’s been a few years since Japan’s AIST updated its HRP humanoid robot line. While the last iteration, HRP-4C, strived to make the robot seem as human as possible with a realistic female head, the new industrial-looking HRP-5P looks like it escaped the factory before its bodywork was finished. It’s not pretty, but the ‘skills’ section of its CV already looks impressive. Read More >>

smartwatches
Google’s Big Wear OS Revamp Has Started Rolling Out

While it doesn’t have a grand, overarching designation, you can think of Google’s recently announced revamp to its smartwatch platform as the third version of Wear OS (though officially, it’s 2.1). It’s got an all-new UI, updated health and fitness tracking, better app integration, and more, and it all should be headed to your device starting today. Read More >>

watches
You Can Easily Reprogram the Timezone on This Watch Using Flashes of Light From Your Smartphone

Not every one wants email notifications or step-tracking on their timepieces, but Longines has created an analogue watch that cleverly integrates one useful smartwatch feature: easy time zone adjustments, without requiring a wireless connection to your phone, or the watch to be charged every night. Read More >>