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We all stay Facebook friends with foes to stalk them, according to survey

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ll most definitely have at least five people in your friends’ list that you’d never ever want to spend time with in real life, but keep them there just to stalk them, and see what they’re doing (come on, we all do it, don’t we?) A survey of more than 2750 social media addicts has …

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Hayley MinnWe all stay Facebook friends with foes to stalk them, according to survey
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The Presence turns your old iOS device into a home security system

With phone contracts being the norm for many of us, it’s not unusual to find yourself with a spare phone or two lying around post-upgrade – and there’s now a fantastically innovative way to make use of old iOS devices. The Presence app allows you to safeguard your home by turning spare devices into a WiFi or cellular surveillance system, detecting …

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Sadie HaleThe Presence turns your old iOS device into a home security system
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Style Thief and FindSimilar have created ‘Shazam for clothes’

We’ve all had that moment where we’ve looked at someone walking past us with envy at how incredibly well put together their outfit is, only to find out her dress is a vintage piece from the 70s, and you’re never going to find it. Or how about swooning over Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s dress from the Met Gala only to discover …

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Hayley MinnStyle Thief and FindSimilar have created ‘Shazam for clothes’
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INSIGHT – Do the over 30s now prefer Snapchat to Facebook?

The first time that we heard about Snapchat, like everyone else, we said to our friend, ‘But what’s the point in an app where you just send pictures for them to be deleted after five seconds?’ With the photo-sharing app revealing in May that users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being …

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Hayley MinnINSIGHT – Do the over 30s now prefer Snapchat to Facebook?
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Lose weight, not sleep: the patented app designed to eliminate excess weight

A new app has been released which aims to help you lose weight by cutting out unnecessary stress in the morning. Developed by a neuroscientist, the Weight Loss Alarm Clock allegedly reduces stress levels upon waking up by playing a soothing Tibetan alarm sound as opposed to a more blaring noise, which in turn produces a less tense reaction in the body. Aggressive alarms …

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Sadie HaleLose weight, not sleep: the patented app designed to eliminate excess weight
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Cortana is coming to the UK in ‘two weeks’

We told you it was coming, and now we have a date, or at least some idea of when we’ll see Cortana in the UK. In response to a question on Twitter from software engineer Pete Stensønes, the Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone, Marcus Ash, said that Cortana would hit our shores in ‘less than 2 weeks’. …

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Diane ShipleyCortana is coming to the UK in ‘two weeks’
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Online conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women

Women are much more positive about wearable technology than their male counterparts, a social media monitoring platform has found. Brandwatch partnered with Brilliant Noise to gather and analyse more than eight million online conversations about wearable technology between the months of January 2013 and July 2014. While it found that men dominated the conversation (65%), female authors were 42% more positive when giving an …

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Sadie HaleOnline conversation analysis reveals wearables are more popular with women
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Light my fire! A Bluetooth speaker that’s powered by candles

Your music collection need never burn out with this new Bluetooth speaker from Pelty that’s powered by the heat of a candle. Designed by Gianluca Gamba and partners, the aesthetic invention converts the thermal energy from a candle flame to usable power via a thermoelectric generator. This enables the speaker to amplify sound once connected with a Bluetooth device such as an iPod touch …

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Sadie HaleLight my fire! A Bluetooth speaker that’s powered by candles
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A tiny laser sensor can detect explosives

A team of engineers from UC Berkeley in the U.S has developed a new technology that can detect explosives in smaller amounts than ever before. They used a tiny nanoscale plasmon sensor, which consists of a layer of cadmium sulfide on top of a sheet of silver, with a layer of magnesium fluoride in the middle. (But you probably already …

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Diane ShipleyA tiny laser sensor can detect explosives
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Will ‘electronic DNA’ replace passwords?

According to new research, the way we interact with our technology could be the key to securing our gadgets in future. A team from the University of Oxford says that our physical behaviour – including how quickly we type and how we hold our phones – is unique and can be quantified. In fact, there are 500 behaviours that can …

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Diane ShipleyWill ‘electronic DNA’ replace passwords?
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Could dew power our phones in future?

Water and electronics might not seem like a natural or safe combination, but researchers in the U.S have discovered that H2O could be used to charge a mobile. Nenad Miljkovic and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that when water forms condensation on copper plates, it spontaneously jumps from one to the other, picking up an electrical …

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Diane ShipleyCould dew power our phones in future?
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The new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?

I’d like to admit something, and ask politely that none of you judge me. We are all friends here, in the cozy and confidential circle of trust that is the internet, aren’t we? Right then, here goes. My name is Lauren, and I Facebook-stalk myself. I am ashamed of the amount of time I spend looking at my own profile. …

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Lauren BravoThe new narcissism: why am I addicted to my own Facebook profile?
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SnapUp means you’ll never miss a sale again!

It happens time and time again. We find something we’re desperate to buy online, and then realise we can’t afford it. Now, SnapUp has made it possible for you to know exactly when your dream item goes on sale, so you can snap it up at a cheaper price! SnapUp works with around 1000 online retailers, including Amazon, H&M and …

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Hayley MinnSnapUp means you’ll never miss a sale again!
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Tiny powder electrodes could power tech for longer

We’re all asking more from our gadgets these days: not only do we want the best, fastest specs on the biggest, clearest screens, we don’t want to lose the use of our smartphone several times a day while we wait for the blooming thing to charge up. Again. Until now, companies have responded by adding larger batteries to their devices …

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Diane ShipleyTiny powder electrodes could power tech for longer
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INSTAGRAM: Top 12 London-based tattoo artists you should be following

Sure Instagram has revolutionised the way we can make sharing a photo of a salad so achingly cool (#clean #cleaneating #healthy), ensure any scene from 2014 looks like it was taken on a really lame camera decades before and tilt-shift the sh*t out of our pets. But you know where it’s made a huge, life-changing, money-making difference? For those working in …

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Becca CaddyINSTAGRAM: Top 12 London-based tattoo artists you should be following
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Uh oh, iPads might be triggering nickel allergies in kids

Many of us have probably heard that you can be allergic to nickel, but usually attribute the telltale itchiness to a cheap pair of earrings. Well, it looks like those with a low tolerance to this particularly nasty silver-y metal might have other problem on their hands, because iPads are now being identified as a trigger for setting off nickel-related rashes. …

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Becca CaddyUh oh, iPads might be triggering nickel allergies in kids
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Snapchat is more for selfies and cats than sexting

Snapchat has always seemed to have a reputation for being used as a tool for sexting, but we’ve always known it was more for silly stuff, like selfies with drawings all over us, or for showing off about that gig we’re at. Now, actual scientists have found that the app is used way more for cat pictures and selfies. A …

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Hayley MinnSnapchat is more for selfies and cats than sexting
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Check out these Apple iPhone 6 clones already being sold in China

Ever wish you could just stop buying into the latest iPhone hype and just build one of the damn things yourself? Well, it looks like that’s EXACTLY what some manufacturers in China have been doing, because photos of some rather convincing (OK, slightly convincing) iPhone 6 clones have been circulating this week. French tech blog nowhereelse.fr has published a bunch of …

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Becca CaddyCheck out these Apple iPhone 6 clones already being sold in China
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Microsoft working on wearables for the blind in UK trials

Everyone from big tech giants to tiny startups are working on wearables to make the average consumer’s life better – whether they’re prompting us to take more steps, improve our posture or run a little bit faster. But what about those with disabilities? Well, according to rumours this week, Microsoft is stepping up to the challenge of developing wearable gadgets …

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Becca CaddyMicrosoft working on wearables for the blind in UK trials
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Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 include a retina scanner?

If this new teaser from Samsung is anything to go by, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may include a retina scanner. SO futuristic! A tweet from the official Samsung Exynos account included this picture of a generic handset with an eye and detection reticule around the iris, which is more than a strong nod to the prospect of retina recognition for …

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Hayley MinnWill the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 include a retina scanner?