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Oculus Rift virtual reality 3-D goggles? Check. Infant onesies embedded with machine-washable sensors? Check, again. We agree, gadgets are fun. So if you’re really into gadgets – the cool, the hi-tech, the futuristic – you will find them here. Just don’t expect us to get that excited about Apple TV. That was sooo 2007.

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Fontus: A self-refilling bottle that condenses humid air into drinking water for cyclists

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By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Thursday 30 October 2014

Fontus is cycling accessory designed to fill your water bottle as you ride – sucking in humid air and condensing the water molecules, to give you up to half a litre of water per hour of cycling. But will it work in Australia, and is it worth strapping to your bicycle?

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Wanna see the world in Predator-vision with your smartphone?

Dan Wighton Contributor

By Dan Wighton in Gadgets on Wednesday 29 October 2014

We all know the movie, particularly the climactic scene. Pre-Twins Arnold Schwarzenegger (i.e. even more musclebound) takes on an alien killing machine called the Predator, who possesses heat vision and has superhuman strength and skill.

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Is the world ready for Apple Pay? Credit card killer Plastc preorders hit $5.2M in one week

Chris Smith Partner

By Chris Smith in Gadgets on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Apple Pay is encouraging people to leave their credit cards in their wallets and pay for goods in stores using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus now, or an Apple Watch in the future. According to Tim Cook’s recent comments, more than 1 million cards have already been activated on Apple Pay in the first three days.

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Tim Cook’s comments about Apple Watch’s battery life aren’t promising

Chris Gayomali Partner

By Chris Gayomali in Gadgets on Wednesday 29 October 2014

If the Apple Watch smartwatch is going to catch on, it will need to stay strapped to the wrists of people who end up buying it. They will need to love it so much that they remember to wear it. They’ll need to forget it’s there.

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Xped creates the world’s first device browser

Xped Contributor

By Xped in Gadgets on Tuesday 28 October 2014

As the web browser changed the world by enabling us to interact with any web site, Xped’s breakthrough technology, the Device Browser, enables us to interact with a new generation of device, irrespective of its type or brand, revolutionising how we interact with the world around us.

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Tim Cook explains why the iPod had to die, and confirms the Apple Watch needs daily charging

Techly Contributor

By Techly in Gadgets on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook answered questions pitched at him at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live conference. Perhaps the best question that he answered was: ‘Why was the iPod discontinued?’ The answer comes down to money, but the reason might surprise you a little.

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Fitbit announces three new fitness wristbands to help you get off your butt

Chris Gayomali Partner

By Chris Gayomali in Gadgets on Tuesday 28 October 2014

The jury is still out on wearables. But seemingly every week, a multitude of new makes and models springs out of nowhere like fitness-obsessed hydra heads. On Monday, Fitbit announced three new fitness wristbands for data-hungry gym rats, runners, or anyone who wants a little more insight into their workout. They are:

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Amazon unveils $39 Fire TV Stick to battle Google’s Chromecast

Peter Wade Partner

By Peter Wade in Gadgets on Tuesday 28 October 2014

On Monday, Amazon announced its latest device, a streaming Fire TV Stick to rival Google’s Chromecast. The Fire TV Stick is similar to Chromecast in function, design, and price ($US39 for Fire TV Stick versus $US35 for Google Chromecast) but bests the competition in memory, storage, and processing speed.

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ChronodeVFD is the coolest DIY watch that we probably can’t make

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By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Monday 27 October 2014

Engineer John De Cristofaro has created a seriously one-of-a-kind watch he’s calling the ChronodeVFD, throwing back to the old days of digital displays. Using the practically antique vacuum fluorescent display tube from the 1980s-era of electronics, this bold watch is a custom-job, but he can tell you how to build one – if you’re good enough.

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This Aussie invention plugs into trees and could solve the global water crisis

Janek Speight Contributor

By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Monday 27 October 2014

Trees are pretty switched on when it comes to water. They know exactly how much groundwater lies beneath them, but the only problem is that they ain’t Ents. But while they have no way of letting us know about the sweet nectar waiting to quench our thirst beneath them, Aussie scientists have made a world-first breakthrough that could solve that problem.

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