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Not content with just phones, Xiaomi to announce its own mobile chipset this month

China’s Xiaomi is doing very well for itself of late. It’s one of the largest forces in the Chinese mobile market and it is making inroads into other markets as well. The company makes everything from mobile phones to drones to laptops and electric bicycles and it makes them cheaply and well. But we could always do with things being a little cheaper. Xiaomi has a plan to make their mob...[Read More]

You want ALL of the Star Wars 40th Anniversary figures. All of them

Star Wars turns 40 this year — yes, really, and yes, we’re all getting old. But being old(er) means that we might just have the funds to secure all of Hasbro’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Star Wars figures set, which was unveiled at the New York Toy Fair last week. How’s your savings account looking? The set of 6in figures from the original trilogy are based on the highly-col...[Read More]

12 Nokia phones that changed the world (and 9 crazy ones)

Nokia is back. Like a phoenix from the ashes, the once iconic phone-maker is set to return at this year’s Mobile World Congress show – and rumour has it, will be bringing an updated 3310 along too. We’ve got fond memories of that phone (good luck beating our Snake high score, people) but it got us thinking – Nokia regularly shifted the gadget-time continuum with its crazy c...[Read More]

Light Start – Flaming drones, SpaceX lands, YouTube ads, and Mass Effect Andromeda

Well that’s one way to get stuff off a power line… Call us old fashioned but we like to see drones doing things the old way — taking photos and shooting video, terrifying pets and neighbours, and occasionally crashing because the pilot’s a doofus. A drone sporting its own flamethrower, though… that’s something that belongs in the category of military drones whic...[Read More]

Hans Rosling brought statistics alive, as he showed us how far humanity has come

“There’s nothing boring about statistics, especially not today, when we can make the data sing,” the great Hans Rosling once said. And sing they did. Rosling – who died from pancreatic cancer last week aged 68 – was more than a mere statistician, he was that rare kind of genius who could explain the most complex subjects and make them engaging for most. The Swedish professor called himself an “edu...[Read More]

The design tricks that made the Nokia 3310 world-beating

The Nokia 3310 mobile phone has near iconic status. Released in 2000, it is among the best-selling phones of all time, with 126m units produced. It was renowned for being virtually indestructible and for launching many of us onto the first rung of our connected lifestyles. Many people in their 30s and upwards remember it as the first cool phone they owned, or the phone their friends had that made ...[Read More]

Think you have what it takes to race FPV drones? Think again

Flying drones can’t be that hard, surely? And FPV drones (first-person view drones) are just a real-life version of a video game, right? So anyone can do it? Er… how about ‘no’? Not if this footage from this year’s Drone Racing League has anything to say about it. For those that don’t know, FPV racing involves drones piloted by drivers who wear a first-person vi...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Everything we know so far

Tablets might not be as in demand as they used to be, but that’s not going to stop Samsung from giving it the old college try. Android fans have really only had one choice if they wanted something to rival Apple’s iPad – the Galaxy Tab S2. Now that the iPad Pro has arrived, though, Samsung needs a new weapon to stop everyone jumping ship to iOS. Enter the Galaxy Tab S3. It’...[Read More]

Five ways nanoscience is making science fiction into fact

Russian author Boris Zhitkov wrote the 1931 short story Microhands, in which the narrator creates miniature hands to carry out intricate surgeries. And while that was nearly 100 years ago, the tale illustrates the real fundamentals of the nanoscience researchers are working on today. Nanoscience is the study of molecules that are one billionth of a metre in size. To put this into perspective, a hu...[Read More]

Should cybersecurity be a human right?

Having access to the internet is increasingly considered to be an emerging human right. International organizations and national governments have begun to formally recognize its importance to freedom of speech, expression and information exchange. The next step to help ensure some measure of cyber peace online may be for cybersecurity to be recognized as a human right, too. The United Nations has ...[Read More]

Dubai is getting passenger drones later this year

If you want to live in the future then it pays to have a lot of money. Dubai happens to have a lot of cash, which is cool because they’re going to swap some for passenger drones a little later on this year. Assuming, that is, that everything surrounding the Chinese EHang 184 passenger drone rollout goes according to plan. The Ehang 184 was seen at last year’s CES but we weren’t expecting it to lea...[Read More]

Google Maps adds shareable lists to its repertoire

With its live traffic data, peer reviews and ability to save maps offline, Google Maps has long been our default digital cartography service. Now it’s gotten even better thanks to the addition of shareable lists. From today, users can search for favourite spots on the Android or iOS versions of Google Maps, hit the “save” button, and add them to a selection of pre-defined lists, ...[Read More]

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