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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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Facebook’s solar-powered 737-size drone will beam Internet via lasers

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By Sasha Karen in Gadgets on Friday 31 July 2015

As part of Facebook’s ongoing Internet.org initiative to bring the Internet to locations that have never had connectivity before, the social media giant released footage of its completed Aquila drone on Friday, which aims to beam down Internet to locations that can’t normally receive it.

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Google Glass 2: Google working on a more practical Glass, for enterprise

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By Tristan Rayner in Gadgets on Friday 31 July 2015

The Google Glass rumours are doing the rounds at the moment, and while Google might have quietly killed off the wearable tech completely given how little we’ve seen of it, that isn’t the case. Google Glass lives, but most likely only if you need it for work.

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Bring smart tech to the bedroom with Sense

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By Chloe Olewitz in Gadgets on Friday 31 July 2015

Sense is a smart device featuring a sensitive microphone, ambient light sensor, thermometer, and particulate and humidity sensors to track and deliver insights based on your nocturnal bedroom behaviour.

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Windows 10 Review: 10 Things We Like About You

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By Chris Southcott in Apps, Gadgets on Thursday 30 July 2015

Windows 10 is go across the world, with 190 countries now able to get access to what Microsoft call a ‘new era’. Let’s take a look at how this new operating system looks after some hands-on time.

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The Five Worst Apple Watch Accessories

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By Luke McKinney in Gadgets on Thursday 30 July 2015

The Apple Watch promised to open up a whole new world of accessories. Unfortunately it’s one of those dystopian worlds where the population is tracked by electronic tags and can only find a hollow pretence of happiness through functionless consumption.

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Had enough sun? Just ask your new wearable UV detecting patch

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By Chloe Olewitz in Gadgets on Tuesday 28 July 2015

While some tech developments are moving us in the direction of life-size robotics, there are yet other projects shrinking innovation down a few sizes. Soon, you could wear a thin, flexible patch on your skin that measures your exposure to the environment and alerts you to ultraviolet radiation and dangerous gases in the air. 

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Introducing a waterproof, unbreakable – and unhackable – phone from the future

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By Dan Wighton in Gadgets, Mobile on Tuesday 28 July 2015

Smartphones can do a lot of things, but their Achilles’ heel has always been how fragile many of them are.

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Make every surface your canvas with this digital pen

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By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Monday 27 July 2015

Incessant use of screens in the digital world can become a little depressing in every day life. Jump on a bus and you’re lucky to grab eye contact with another soul.

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Aussie bricklaying robot works 20 times faster than humans

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By Janek Speight in Gadgets on Thursday 23 July 2015

A bricklayer’s job is probably one of the toughest going around. Unforgiving work, undertaken under a belting hot sun with a poorly paid apprenticeship, it is no wonder brickies are known for loving a schooner.

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Bring all your favourite trackpad gestures to the spacebar with SmartBar

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By Chloe Olewitz in Gadgets on Thursday 23 July 2015

The magic of highly responsive finger ‘gestures’ has brought a certain elegance to the tech of trackpads, but hardware company Synaptics is going a step further by bringing that functionality even closer to the keys with a gesture-enabled spacebar. 

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