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Slap on the wrist: can new wearables help tackle problem drinking?

How many units of alcohol do you drink each week? It’s a question most people stumble over. It’s not easy to monitor alcohol intake. So often a doctor asks and the patient tries to quickly calculate the recommended weekly units, before settling on a slightly lower figure. It’s an issue too for those who want […]

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HP Inc gives PC gaming a Supercharge and say hello to Acer’s new projectors

 Rather than doing oodles of separate stories on various announcements, we’ll gather them all together on this page, updating daily as new gear is announced. Enjoy! 26 May HP has just announced a new line of PCs and laptops dedicated to all things gaming. The OMEN by HP line will include the 15.6” diagonal OMEN […]

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This Exploding Bike Alarm Might Actually Be Effective

About ten minutes after the very first car alarm went off, the tech went from being a genuine theft deterrent to an annoyance that everyone just ignores. The makers of the Bike Mine have a better idea, at least when it comes to getting people to notice when a bike or motorcycle is being stolen: […]

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Stick-On Lenses Turn Your Phone Camera Into a Microscope

Lens accessories for smartphones are by no means a new idea, but they’re often clunky, awkward to use, and far from something you’d want to try and squeeze into your pocket. These Blips lenses are a different story: They attach to your smartphone like a piece of tape, and are slim enough to carry alongside […]

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New 3D Printer Draws in Midair Like Magic

Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them. If you’re not familiar with the process, 3D printers slowly build […]

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Dyson Just Fixed Everything Wrong With Its Cordless Vacuum

We called Dyson’s cordless DC59 Motorhead the first genuine replacement for a full-sized vacuum, even with a few annoying design quirks and limited battery life. It has taken the company almost two years to design a follow-up, but the new Dyson V8 appears to fix most of the complaints we had with the original. The […]

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This Microwave Oven Is the Size of a Thermos

There’s a reason the microwave oven in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II. But since then, microwave technologies have been vastly improved (see cellphone towers) and a company called Wayv in the UK is finally using them to shrink the […]

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Speck’s Cardboard-Friendly VR Goggles Fold Flatter Than Your Phone

First revealed earlier in the year at CES, Speck’s ultra-thin folding Pocket-VR viewer is finally available for those who want to dabble in virtual reality and are looking for a cost-effective solution that falls somewhere between Google’s cheap Cardboard and Samsung’s pricey Gear VR. What your $70 alternative to Oculus Rift gets you is a […]

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Let Us Count Some Reasons Why You Won’t Want Will.i.am’s New Headphones

Will.i.am has a chequered history of making pieces of consumer technology that nobody really wants. Now you can add to that list a pair of Bluetooth headphones. Let us count some reasons why you probably won’t want these i.am+ EPs headphones in your life: They’re styled to look like vinyl records. Apple explains that there […]

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This Liquid Metal Watch Looks Like It Was Designed by a Terminator

There are a lot of good reasons to believe this watch that uses flowing liquid mercury to show the time is fake. A low-quality video, a questionable website, and product shots that look like photocopies of photocopies. But that doesn’t stop us from wanting a watch that looks like the T-1000 strapped to your wrist. […]