Gadgets

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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Hey Apple, it’s time you acknowledged and solved your MacBook Pro problem

Chris Smith Partner

By Chris Smith in Gadgets on Saturday 25 October 2014

I am writing these words on a MacBook Pro. There are many like it, but this Mac is mine. My MacBook is the tool I use most in my life. My MacBook, without me, is useless. Without my MacBook, I am useless.

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Aussie Red Cross trialling new technology to take the pain out of finding the vein

Joe Frost Contributor

By Joe Frost in Gadgets on Friday 24 October 2014

Ever donated blood only to be treated like a pin cushion, being stuck a dozen times as the red-faced needle jockey tells you, “you’ve got hard-to-find veins”? Well the Red Cross are trialling new near infra-red technology that visualises your veins and projects them onto your skin, making everyone’s veins easy to find.

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“When fashion is a marketing tool it doesn’t work”: Why Apple and Co. are failing at wearables

Claire Porter Editor

By Claire Porter in Gadgets on Friday 24 October 2014

Tech and fashion are colliding in a way that no one would have thought possible back in the days of beige boxes. But despite the attempts of Apple and the rest to get their moment in the sun, analysts say most companies trying to latch-on to the high-tech hipster bandwagon are getting it wrong from the outset.

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Moto 360’s release date in Australia, and how much it’ll cost you to own one

Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Gadgets on Friday 24 October 2014

If you’ve been hanging out for the Moto 360 since its announcement, you’re in luck. It’s finally being released in Australia and New Zealand after significant delays, and we’ve got all the info. you need about getting one.

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Drones set to save the lives of killer whales

Luke McKinney Contributor

By Luke McKinney in Gadgets on Friday 24 October 2014

Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have deployed a hexacopter to capture images of killer whales, gathering important scientific data and some stunning footage.

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PlayStation TV review: A good idea poorly executed

Josh Ong Partner

By Josh Ong in Gadgets on Friday 24 October 2014

Sony has been steadily building up a deep gaming ecosystem across multiple devices, including its PlayStation 4 console, PlayStation Vita handheld, Xperia smartphones and now the $99 PlayStation TV set-top box. Unfortunately, the PlayStation TV (PS TV) doesn’t live up to its potential just yet.

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Why Apple needs to stop releasing 16GB iPads

Brad Reed Partner

By Brad Reed in Gadgets on Thursday 23 October 2014

Earlier this month, we knocked Apple for releasing a new version of the Retina iPad mini that was literally the exact same as last year’s model except for the addition Touch ID and the option to buy it in gold. Now famed Apple blogger John Gruber, in his otherwise laudatory review for the new iPad Air 2, singles out another point of criticism about the company’s newest tablets: Namely, he doesn’t think there’s any reason for Apple to release larger iPads with only 16GB of storage anymore.

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We-Vibe 4 Plus review: An app-controlled vibrator for couples

Techly Contributor

By Techly in Gadgets on Thursday 23 October 2014

Adult toys aren’t often reviewed on tech sites, for good and varying reasons, but when a toy for couples that’s controlled via smartphone app hits the market, there’s a good reason for it to be – ahem – considered.

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iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 review: The best tablets, made slightly better

Harry McCracken Partner

By Harry McCracken in Gadgets on Thursday 23 October 2014

Let’s make this simple: if you already own last year’s iPad Air, you probably don’t want to buy an iPad Air 2. The new version’s improvements, though noticeable and welcome, are too minor to make the tablet you bought less than a year ago feel obsolete.

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No place like home: Smartshoe accessory lets you call Uber just by clicking your heels

Brad Reed Partner

By Brad Reed in Gadgets on Thursday 23 October 2014

When you were a kid, did you ever imagine what it would be like to be Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz? While you’ll likely never get swept away by a tornado and whisked away to an enchanted kingdom, a clever new accessory will let you find your way home just by clicking your heels.

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