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The Great British Bake Off: technology and gadgets to make you a better baker

You might not have noticed, but there's a little cake competition on TV at the moment. Alongside the emotional peaks and troughs, the perfect piping and the collapsing pastry and the 'bincidents', The Great British Bake Off is also doing more to get the nation baking than decades of Home Economics lessons ever did. Supermarkets…

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Lauren BravoThe Great British Bake Off: technology and gadgets to make you a better baker
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5 things you need to know about Google Nest

With Apple announcing its HomeKit connected home initiative earlier this month, it was only a matter of time before Google responded with its own plans for one of its latest acquisitions, Nest. But what exactly is Google Nest and how could it change your life?  1) GOOGLE WANT TO CONTROL YOUR HOME Google bought Nest…

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Chris Price5 things you need to know about Google Nest

New bike could help kids learn to ride in an afternoon

A crowdfunding campaign for a new bike that apparently helps children learn to ride in a single afternoon has launched on Kickstarter. As a child, there are few things more satisfying than finally wheeling down the road with the wind in your hair and your stabilisers in the bin. The Jyrobike has been designed to…

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Diane ShipleyNew bike could help kids learn to ride in an afternoon
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Why Apple gluing the smart home together with HomeKit isn't so dumb

As Apple unveils its latest smart home initiative, we look at how we could all soon be using our iPhones to bark instructions to our home. While those expecting a raft of new Apple gadgets, such as the iWatch, may have been left disappointed, for fans of home automation there was much more to cheer…

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Chris PriceWhy Apple gluing the smart home together with HomeKit isn't so dumb

Why web series are such big business (and not to mention fun)

Following in the footsteps of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Yahoo, Vimeo has just announced its first exclusive original series, High Maintenance, which will be released later this year. Created by Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair, it's a comedy about an unnamed cannabis dealer (played by Sinclair) and the clients he interacts with. Guest stars include…

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Diane ShipleyWhy web series are such big business (and not to mention fun)

Scribble Ink lets you draw with colours you find around you

If you're into design or just have an eye for colour, we bet you've spotted a shade while you've been out-and-about that you just wish you could replicate, whether it's a particularly bright flower, piece of street art or eye-popping door that you want to copy on your own. Well, the Scribble Ink is here…

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Becca CaddyScribble Ink lets you draw with colours you find around you

Lomography's first instant camera uses real life filters

Lomography is a hugely popular online community of analogue photography fans, and this week the team behind the site launched its first instant camera. The Lomo'Instant Camera combines all of the things we love about 35mm Lomos, like attachable lenses, automatic and manual shooting settings, multiple exposures and wide-angle, portrait and fisheye options with the…

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Becca CaddyLomography's first instant camera uses real life filters

4 Crowdfunding campaigns that could change your life

There's nothing like Kickstarter (or Indiegogo, or any other crowdfunding platform) for making you realise how many genius inventors there are in the world. Here are four ideas we spotted this week that made us shout, "Yes, that needs to be a thing!" The Verve LED vest A brilliant invention for runners or cyclists exercising…

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Diane Shipley4 Crowdfunding campaigns that could change your life

Are Google set to buy Dropcam?

Another day, another acquisition rumour, and this time it seems Google is considering buying home security camera firm, Dropcam. On the same day that it's been claimed that Apple is turning the iPad into a home remote control, Google is also said to be expanding its home automation products, after recently buying thermostat company Nest.…

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Hayley MinnAre Google set to buy Dropcam?

Our favourite portable speakers for summer: Jawbone Jambox, Bose Soundlink, Jabra Solemate

Over the next few months we'll be bringing you our favourite tech for the summer months, whether you're looking for a charging device to keep your gadgets juiced up at festivals, need a portable speaker to blast out tunes in the park or a waterproof camera to capture every sunshine-soaked selfie. In this video it's…

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Becca CaddyOur favourite portable speakers for summer: Jawbone Jambox, Bose Soundlink, Jabra Solemate

Would you want to live in a Star Trek-themed mansion?

Fancy living in a Star Trek-themed house? You can now, as there's one on the market! Marc Bell, former CEO of FriendFinder is selling his $35 million mansion, complete with an accurate recreation of the bridge in the Starship Enterprise. As well as a pool, basketball court and massive dining room, the home in Boca…

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Hayley MinnWould you want to live in a Star Trek-themed mansion?

This smart cushion will tell you if you're too stressed or slouching

We've seen plenty of wearable gadgets that keep an eye on your daily activity, vital stats and even stress levels, but with Darma, a smart cushion, you only need to sit on it to find out more about your body throughout the day. The Darma cushion is only 1mm thin and detects tiny movements in…

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Becca CaddyThis smart cushion will tell you if you're too stressed or slouching

The Quitbit lighter tracks your smoking habits, encourages you to quit

It turns out that it isn't just the steps you take throughout the day, the calories you consume or the workouts you squeeze into your schedule that the latest wave of new gadgets allow you to track, but get ready to be served up a lot of (potentially scary) insights about your smoking habits too.…

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Becca CaddyThe Quitbit lighter tracks your smoking habits, encourages you to quit

It's now OK to chat to your washing machine, thanks to LG

Do you ever find yourself getting annoyed at your home appliances and start calmly talking to them to try getting them to work properly? Thanks to LG, you can now actually communicate with your fridge, washing machine, microwave and oven with a new HomeChat service. Yes, this does sound like a bizarre idea, but, hold…

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Hayley MinnIt's now OK to chat to your washing machine, thanks to LG

You can now live in a completely automated Jetsons-style home

Our homes are becoming smarter everyday and even the dullest of tech brands are branching out into cool, connected devices to make our home lives easier and more automated than ever. But how would you like to live in the world's most connected and automated home with a kitchen that has glass partitions, which turn…

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Hayley MinnYou can now live in a completely automated Jetsons-style home

Never forget where you've left your car again with Google Now

If you've ever parked your car in a hurry and then completely forgotten where you left it just hours later, then fear not, because technology is here to save the day. Google has updated its Now app for Android with a new feature that will deem your short term memory completely redundant next time you're…

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Becca CaddyNever forget where you've left your car again with Google Now