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A student from Scotland has come up with a novel way to keep noise levels to an acceptable level in the pubs and bars of the UK when two people are trying to have a civil conversation: get everyone to wear helmets made from transparent material with ports for talking and, presumably, breathing. The device was conceived by a student who was researching hearing damage and...

The world’s first camera that records 3D footage in high definition whilst simultaneously being small enough to fit into a mobile device has appeared from Sharp. The dinky, high-tech device can capture 3D video in 720p resolution and it is intended to be easily integrated into the smartphones and stand-alone digital cameras of the near future. Sharp says that it...

In recent weeks it has been Sony that has been most public regarding its intentions to bring 3D gaming to the PS3, but now its rivals at Nintendo and Microsoft have revealed 3D plans. Nintendo has indicated that it intends to launch the Nintendo 3DS hand held console with a 3D toggling button, which means that you can flick between two or three dimensional images at the...

An electric scooter which is the first of its kind to come with a removable battery pack has arrived in the UK. Manufactured by Econogo, the scooter has a detachable battery which uses the lithium ion technology found in most modern portable devices. Econogo is based in the UK and the YoGo scooter’s detachable battery represents a significant update from the previous...

Apple has finally committed to an official release date for the iPad for international customers, meaning that UK fans will be able to get their hands on a localised device in just a few weeks. The iPad will be landing in the UK and many other international destinations on May 28th. It is possible to head to Apple’s online store and pre-order the two versions of...

A joint operation by Finnish mobile manufacturer Nokia and US software giant Microsoft has finally produced a consumer product, with the Microsoft Communicator software suite coming to the E72 and E52 smartphones from Nokia. Recent figures show that Nokia is still leading the smartphone market, but business customers have been wooed by the likes of RIM with its BlackBerry...

GPS sat nav manufacturer TomTom has released what some may regard as one of the most geek-friendly navigation voices of all time, getting the dulcet tones of legendary Star Wars villain Darth Vader into a new add-on voice navigation download. TomTom launched the Darth Vader voice navigation pack on May the 4th, which has traditionally been designated as Star Wars Day by...

Bungie is known for its groundbreaking, console-selling Halo series, with exclusivity on Microsoft’s Xbox consoles allowing the platform and the games to triumph, but now a new deal with third party distributor Activision will see Bungie’s next project hitting multiple gaming platforms. Activision has broken records recently with the launch of Call of Duty:...

Apple has proved sceptics wrong and has managed to create yet another best selling gadget in the iPad, with one million of the devices flying from the shelves in its first month on sale. The iPad was seen by many as a fairly odd device, offering what looked to be a much larger alternative to the iPhone, but consumers have clearly fallen for Apple’s uniquely beautiful...

A $1.2 billion (£791 million) bid has been put on the table by HP in an attempt to purchase smartphone manufacturer Palm. Palm has faced poor sales after launching its first smartphones based on the webOS platform and many potential purchasers have been implicated in takeover deals, with Palm actively seeking an acquisition. Taiwanese manufacturer HTC was initially one...