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TECH: 5 soothing gadgets and apps to help you chill out and relax

Feeling the stress of everyday life? Then, feast your eyes on these nifty gadgets, games and apps that’ll help you keep calm and find your zen.1. NoisliThis app can produce many different sounds to help the user chill out, like, for example, waves lapping on a shore, a crackling log fire, a distant...

Monday, September 21, 2015, 3:32 PM

5 apps to find out if you’re being cheated on

After the recent Ashley Madison data hack, no one can be too sure that their partner is truly loyal. So, if you’re a bit suspicious about your loved one’s extracurricular activities, try out these applications which’ll reveal the truth in a swift and discreet way.mCoupleThis nifty smartphone app...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 9:05 PM

Ullo claims to remove sulphites from your glass of wine

Warning: a glass of wine can leave you with a sore head, feeling wheezy and a generally feeling unwell –but it’s not because of the alcohol. The culprit for sensitive wine connoisseurs are sulphites, sulphur-based compounds that preserves wine while in storage. Now, a new device claims to removes...

Monday, August 24, 2015, 8:50 PM

Atari CEO Fred Chesnais and COO Todd Shallbetter talk about future of iconic brand

Decades ago, owning an Atari and playing its arcade titles like Pong or Pac-Man was the essence of gaming cool. But the gaming company is a different beast since its 1970s heyday, having being whittled down by mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies over the years. Today, the once-iconic gaming...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 2:14 AM

'Makey Makey' gadget lets you play with anything

If you thought a banana was a just a piece of fruit, think again: it can be your new touchpad, thanks to Makey Makey, a keychain-sized gizmo that turns everyday objects into touch-enabled “buttons”. The quirky gadget plugs into a computer USB port through its cable, with an alligator clip attached...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 9:03 PM

Revolutionary 'iAid' wants to be the eyes for blind people

It may look like a rudimentary joystick that you attach to your belt, but this gadget, a device to aid blind people, has been described as “revolutionary”. The iAid device uses ultrasonic sensors, GPS and cloud features, adding up as a navigation system for blind people. Created by Alex Deans, an...

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:15 PM

The 'Ripple Maker' device will print any image in a latte’s foam

Latte art is getting the 3D-printing treatment: the Ripple Maker can printanything on the foam of your café latte, including your own selfie. The gadget uses 3D printing techniques and natural coffee extract in pods to create custom-made designs in just 10 seconds. The machine connects via WiFi to...

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:25 PM

TECH: 'One Smart Piano' teaches you how to play

Now, there’s a ‘smart’ way to play the piano: The One Smart Piano can teach you to play your first song in five minutes, its creators claim. The musical instrument hooks up to a digital device app, which boasts a keyboard integrated with LED lights so that you can follow along on screen. The gadget...

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:23 PM

'Linka,' the smart lock for your bike

This could be the all-smart, all-screeching bicycle lock that’ll put all other standard devices to shame. Linka, dubbed “the world's first auto-unlocking smart bike lock”, promises to foil street thieves in more ways than one. The small yet mighty gadget, which sits just above the rear wheel, loops...

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 9:09 PM

'SensorWake' is the alarm clock that releases aromas

Hate that shrill sound of your alarm clock in the morning? A new bedside device claims it will get you to rise and shine to sweet-smelling aromas. SensorWake – dubbed the “world’s first olfactory alarm” – aims to wake sleepyheads up with the scent of peach, hot croissants – even dollar bills. The...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:01 PM

'Unicorns' app can live stream what you're doing now on your phone

I stream, you stream, we all stream for livestream… Live broadcasting from our digital devices is all the rage now, from the real-time video app Periscope to the video game broadcasting site Twitch. Now, a new app lets you lifestream whatever is on your smartphone app’s screen –even if you’re...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 5:11 PM

Website aims to end ‘discriminatory’ search engine image results

Google “hand” and the images that pop up rarely feature a person of color. With this lack of ethnic diversity online preoccupying her thoughts, Swedish graphic designer Johanna Burai decided to set up World White Web. The worldwhiteweb.net site focuses on changing search result pages for “hand” and...

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 3:21 AM

Catalin Alexandru Duru sets Guinness World Record with flying hoverboard

The hoverboard from cult movie “Back to the Future Part II” isn’t just the stuff of sci-fi fantasy lore. A version of the iconic flying skateboard has been making the Guinness World Records for the longest continuous flight ever travelled by such a craft. Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 4:08 PM

Priya's Shakti: the magical comic book that takes on rape

Sexual violence in India has become a fierce topic of discussion in recent years, and a new ‘augmented reality’ comic book aims to shed even more light on the issue. Priya's Shakti tells the story of Priya, a gang-rape survivor, and the Goddess Parvati as they struggle against sexual assault. The...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:26 AM

Real-life Star Trek 'replicator' makes meals in 30 seconds

Star Trek’s food ’replicator’, used to synthesize meals out of thin air, was the envy of sci-fi fans too lazy to cook. Now, this culinary fantasy could somewhat become a reality, thanks to a new device that can create the food you crave in 30 seconds. The Genie, which looks like a stylish coffee-...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 4:48 PM

TECH: This gadget will keep track of your farts

We’ve got wearables to monitor our heart rate, sleep patterns - and now, eh-hem, our farts. The CH4 wearable and app helps you work out which food gives you flatulence. The gadget, named after the chemical formula for odoriferous methane - sits in your back pocket or clips to your belt and tracks...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2:18 PM

TECH: 5 smart gadgets you need for your kitchen

For those who really want to ‘connect’ with cooking, here’s a range of intelligent culinary paraphernalia that will turn you from a can’t-boil-an-egg novice to a master chef.Time for some ‘smart’ coffeeHow about making your morning brew with a click and swipe on your smartphone? That’s exactly how...

Monday, April 13, 2015, 10:57 AM

New text app 'Words U' will make you sound smart

Are your electronic communiqués ostensibly bereft of magniloquence and erudition? Fret not: a new app translates your prosaic conversation into sentences with more bombastic, academic-sounding words – instead of "Hi", greet someone with "Salutations".Q: How came the idea to create Words U about?–...

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11:05 AM

TECH: Top 5 gadgets for forgetful people

For those who seem to leave behind their umbrella in a restaurant, or always mislay their house keys, help is on hand – in the shape of techy dongles and gizmos that will remind you on your stuff’s whereabouts.1 Don’t forget your umbrellaWho has never left their brolly behind in a restaurant, at...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:38 PM

OMG: 'Lazyboard' app lets you text with fewer words

If typing out “lol”, “ok” or “cool” on messages is even a stretch for you, the Lazyboard application aims to eliminate writing basic textspeak. The Android app, created by Singapore developer Prem Adithya, a.k.a Reddit user Sir-Zeph, works as a keyboard extension, allowing users to choose a select...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:10 PM