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The best massage gadgets

May 17, 2015

If you’re feeling the stresses and strains of everyday life, then try out these massaging gadgets FOOT WARMER AND MASSAGER This may not look particularly techie, and it’s probably not the most stylish of foot accessories you’ll own, but what it lacks in the fashion stakes it more than makes up for in comfort. Pop your tired tootsies into the fleece-lined contraption and use the accompanying remote to warm and soothe them. While summer is here, you’ll be making the most of the two massage settings, then when the colder season rolls around, you can throw the two heat settings into the mix. £29.99

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Top DIY tech

May 3, 2015

BOSCH PMD 7 DIGITAL DETECTOR Whether you’re putting up pictures, shelves or curtains, if you’re worried about drilling into walls because you’re not sure what sits behind (pipes/electrical wires etc), this tool will help reassure you. In terms of DIY gadgets, you’ll struggle to beat this one for simplicity. Hold the device next to the wall and if it’s safe to drill into the area, a green light will show; if you need to be cautious and drilling isn’t recommended, a yellow light; and if you definitely need to steer clear, it will beep and the light will turn to red. £38.99

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Gadgets from royal warrant holders

April 26, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II has just turned 89, while William and Kate will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on WednesdayApril 29. So join in the celebrations with these gadgets from royal warrant holders DENON DP200USB USB TURNTABLE It’s not the brand of record player here that comes with the royal warrant, but the retailer; Richer Sounds is a supplier of consumer products to HRH The Prince of Wales. And, with a vinyl revival upon us, Richer Sounds stocks the Denon DP200USB turntable. To listen to your vinyl, simply connect the turntable to your favourite speakers (any that have Aux in will work). It also doubles up as a vinyl-to-MP3 converter. Pop a USB device in, press start then record, and it will convert the tunes into digital files. £169.95

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Gadgets for fashionistas

April 19, 2015

While in years gone by, tech products have focussed on function rather than fashion, times are changing and these stylish wearable-tech products could easily be found on a catwalk MISFIT SHINE Activity trackers have, over the last few years, bridged the gap between sports GPS watches and exercise apps. Yet, if you’re not so keen on the usual sports watchstrap, invest in the Misfit Shine and Bloom necklace accessory – the latter making the most of the 90s fashion revival. It takes less than five minutes to set up; you insert the battery into the small disc (the tracker), download the app (iOS or Android) and sync the disc to your phone, then you just stick the tracker into the necklace and off you go – some attractive jewellery and an activity tracker in one. Given it also tracks your sleep we’d suggest transferring it to the magnetic clip/watch strap provided with the Shine when you go to bed. £79.99

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The best compact cameras

April 12, 2015

With smartphones boasting high megapixel counts, is there still a place for compact cameras? Yes, if you want a decent zoom and a host of other features that make compacts so versatile CANON POWERSHOT G7X Taking compact cameras away from their point-and-shoot origins and up towards their bigger, sometimes taken more seriously, DSLR brethren is this Canon. Whilst this unit is a tad larger than the others, it packs a real punch in the features and image quality stakes, no doubt leaving some in the class above feeling threatened. £479

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Top electric scooters

March 29, 2015

Some days, we just want to get from A to B without breaking a sweat. Add some fun to your commute with one of these rides  

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Smart home appliances

March 22, 2015

All controlled via an app on your iOS or Android-powered devices, these gizmos will bring fun and functionality into your home LOGITECH HARMONY ULTIMATE SMART UNIVERSAL REMOTE CONTROL With multiple entertainment devices at home comes one perennial pain – losing any of their remote controllers. This touchscreen device offers access to up to 15 of your devices, controlling them all, whether behind a cupboard door or out on display. Download the Harmony app and select from 50 icons on your smartphone screen to take further control of your gadgetry. £159.95

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The best Multi-room speakers

February 15, 2015

Having a Bluetooth speaker here and there is fine, but if you really want to up your home-listening ante, then you need one of these multi room speakers  

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Top app toys

February 8, 2015

If you thought apps were just about getting buses or counting calories, you might want to have a little play with these brilliant app toys PARROT JUMPING SUMO This does what it says on the tin: it can leap up to 80cm in the air, using its powerful spring-loaded arm, then always land back on its circular feet. On board is a camera that can stream live footage of your antics back to your smartphone. Built to play hard, the Jumping Sumo is just as at ease in the great outdoors as it is inside. £139.99

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Bluetooth gadgets

February 1, 2015

Over two decades, Bluetooth technology has grown into a robust and reliable platform we can’t live without. Here are our favoured devices using it  

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Wi-fi boosters

January 18, 2015

There’s an ever increasing number of devices vying for internet connection; so make sure it’s up to the job, with these Wi-Fi boosting gadgets LINKSYS WRT1900AC

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Fitness essentials

January 11, 2015

If you’re planning to get fit this January, how about also planning not to waste hundreds of pounds on unused gym memberships while you’re doing it. Instead, get going with these brilliant keep fit gadgets JAWBONE UP24 Taking a more holistic approach to improving your health, the UP24 is an ingenious device that (working with an app) will give you insights into how you sleep, eat and move, highlighting where you need to alter your lifestyle choices. To keep you motivated, it’ll also celebrate milestones (like how far you’ve run or walked, or how many days you’ve slept properly) and keep pushing you to do better. £99.99

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Cool console accessories

January 4, 2015

With that shiny new console set in place and a pile of Christmas cash to hand, it’s time to accessorise your gaming BRAZEN SPIRIT 2.1 GAMING CHAIR Immerse yourself like never before by hooking up one of these seats to your system. You’ll enjoy better sounds from any device with an audio out (which is pretty much everything) while the subwoofer inside will increase the bass, oh, and there’s a vibration motor too. £124.95

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Top boredom busters

December 28, 2014

Don’t let your family give in to the post-turkey sandwich slump on Boxing Day, give them one of these board games instead - fun, frantic, and no fake paper money in sight...  

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Cheap and cheerful Christmas gifts

December 21, 2014

Secret Santa always sounds like fun, but sticking to the price tag while also being creative soon turns it a little more frantic. Luckily, we’re here to make your life and shopping list easier, with these budget yet brilliant buys...  

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Top learning tools

December 7, 2014

Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths, or STEM, are four fundamental school subjects being pushed harder and harder by the government. If you want to help them along, inspire your kids with these scholarly gadgets so fun, they won’t even realise they’re learning  

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Top tablets

November 23, 2014

Smartphones can only deliver so much when it comes to digital entertainment. Following a steady stream of new arrivals on the tablet front, here’s our pick of the best hudl.2

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Gadgets for coffee lovers

November 16, 2014

A nation of tea drinkers? Not so much; coffee, in all its latte and flat white forms, is edging ever closer to being our favourite caffeine drink of choice. Make sure you’re up with the trend with this round-up of the best at-home coffee making gadgets

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DREAMING OF DOTCOM ROMANCE …

November 15, 2014

Looking for love, a north-east woman turned to the internet, but as well as romance, she found herself entangled in a world of intrigue and drama

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Home office gadgets

November 9, 2014

Turn your spare room, shed or even tree house into a high-tech space any entrepreneur would be happy to hot desk from LOGITECH BLUETOOTH MULTI-DEVICE KEYBOARD K480

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Ghoulish gadgets

October 26, 2014

Forget a sheet over your head and a lop-sided grimace on the pumpkin, Halloween has gone high-tech  

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The best iPhone extras

October 19, 2014

The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have had their fair share of publicity, but what about the things behind the scenes? The less-celebrated, but no less-important extras?  

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The best home cinema kit

October 12, 2014

Now the evenings are drawing in, snuggling up for movie nights at home has never been more appealing. Just make sure equipment is up to Hollywood standards...  

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Better smartphone snaps

October 5, 2014

As a nation obsessed with taking selfies on our mobiles, we should strive for the best quality images. Here's a round-up of accessories to enhance your photos ME-SHOT DELUXE

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