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September 16, 2015  10:29 AM

Play us a tune?

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
app, gadgets, Gaming, Music

Microsoft-backed startup Skoove has set its sights on helping aspiring piano players learn their craft by offering them online access to the "best elements" of having a...

August 13, 2015  3:50 PM

How clean is your smartphone?

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Apple, gadgets

For reasons unknown, furniture retailer Bright House has commissioned some boffins to investigate the cleanliness of a range of living room items, including laptops, smartphones and tablets.


November 5, 2014  10:39 AM

Smart phones, stupid users

Clare McDonald Profile: Clare McDonald
gadgets

As mobile use becomes more popular, so do mobile related injuries. Although the intelligence of phones is increasing, the intelligence of users is a different story.

We've all been there - walking down the...


June 6, 2011  9:20 AM

Finger on the pulse

WAshford Profile: WAshford
gadgets

A UK teenager has come up with a lucrative - for him that is - evolution of the humble doorbell, adding new technology to adapt to a sadly changing reality.

With the increase in the ransacking of homes while people are out or abroad, inspired 13-year-old Laurence Rook to come up with a...


May 13, 2011  9:42 AM

US Navy offers pocket rocket guidance

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
gadgets

Now here's our top pick for the gadget of the week. The US Navy has developed the Low-Cost Imaging Terminal Seeker (LCITS). Basically this a low-cost guidance capability that it says will greatly improve the tactical viability of an unguided 2.75-inch rocket by providing it with an inertial...


June 16, 2010  2:52 PM

Children spend too much time on computers

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
gadgets, Hardware, health, Mobile Computing, National news, pictures, photos and images, Social networking

In the days of old when knights were bold and computers hadn't been invented, squires - wannabe knights - would practice swordsmanship using wooden swords, to minimise the risk of injury and also to protect the valuable ironmongery from damage.

It is entirely possible that many infant...


December 2, 2009  9:41 AM

Busking made easy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
gadgets

Blogs such as Downtime that often talk about weird and downright bizarre technology are permanently in debt to Japanese researchers.

If it's not robots performing obscure household or human tasks in a slightly creepy way,...


November 30, 2009  3:12 PM

Does my tum look big on this?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cartoon or comic, consumer, gadgets, health, iPhone, Social networking

In these troubled times, time itself is clearly at a premium for the busy health-conscious IT professional. But worry no more, for now you no longer need to waste precious seconds glancing down at your scales to find out how much you weigh.

Thanks to the


November 24, 2009  12:06 PM

Bruce Schneier gets dolled up

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
gadgets

Now you can own a life-like doll of security technologist and author, Bruce Schneier, from the


April 3, 2009  2:25 PM

BMW driver gets led up the coastal path by his sat nav

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
gadgets

People who trust their satellite navigations systems too much get a rough time of it. Downtime feels the derision that meets their wrong turnings is a little unfair given that if they knew where they were going they would not be using a sat nav at all.

However, it cannot be denied that...


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